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Why You Need Pest Control Services

Hiring professional pest control services is highly beneficial for any homeowner because controlling pests like rodents, spiders or termites on your own is difficult. At Sure Green Lawn Care, we have trained technicians who understand where to treat and how to handle infestations. If you’re thinking of hiring pest control professionals, consider these benefits.

Specialized Plans

When you send in pest control professionals to remove invaders from your home, they set up plans specific to your needs. They’ll take into consideration the size of your home, the level of infestation and how to prevent problems long-term. Furthermore, exterminators will continuously monitor your home for future problems and show you the treatment areas.

Cost

Paying a regular fee up front can cost several hundred dollars, but home repairs can cost thousands of dollars if termites or other insects go unnoticed. You may not know the signs of infestation or how to properly inspect for insects. Pest control companies know exactly what to look for.

Hazard

Pest control professionals know how their products work and where to put them in and outside of a home. Many companies use products that are safer for the home and environment. Technicians know how to protect you and your family from products that could be dangerous.

Time and Flexibility

Many pest control companies are willing to work around your schedule. If you request a free inspection and price quote, most exterminators work flexible hours. Controlling pests is a long process and using the pest control products in a timely fashion is essential to protect your home. Pest control companies monitor and report every time they spray and know when to stop before the product no longer works.

Risks

Using the wrong type of extermination method will have negative consequences with many pests. Bees will swarm and mice can scatter, carrying diseases that can be deadly. Calling a professional means someone who knows how to deal with potential nests and the risks of treating them.

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Protecting Your Home from Winter Pests

The hot weather is long gone and winter is on its way. You might think that when summer ends, so do pests, but think again. Your house is a warm, inviting place for pests like rodents and insects. It’s likely that you already take steps to prepare your home and landscape for cold weather, but as you winterize, take extra steps to pest-proof your home.

Eliminate the Habitat

Inspect your exterior to locate and remove potential pest and insect habitats. Insects typically hide in areas that offer moisture, food and shelter. The following steps can minimize best and insect invasions:

  • Clean out gutters and downspouts, as accumulated debris provides a habitat for insects.
  • Check downspouts to ensure that water is directed away from the house.
  • Get rid of any debris rest against or near the house, including rock or compost piles, old boards or bricks.
  • Store firewood outdoors and away from the house.
  • Pull mulch away from the house.
  • Store trash cans away from the house. Trash offers a food source to insects and other vermin. Always keep trash cans tightly closed.
  • Move plantings so they don’t direction touch the foundation. Prune tree limbs that overhang gutters or roof lines and trim shrubs that rub against a wall, porch or deck.
  • Remove autumn leaves that collection against any structures.
  • Replace traditional bulbs with yellow or sodium vapor lights.

Seal All Openings

If you see any openings on the exterior of your house, take steps to seal them immediately. This will not only keep insects and pests out, but it will keep heat in. Here are the steps you should take to seal openings:

  • Replace screens with storm windows. If you do have screens, make sure they fit tightly and don’t have holes or tears.
  • Check seals around doors and crawl space openings. Replace worn weather stripping.
  • Inspect basement windows and replace concrete if it’s chipped or broken.
  • Examine the foundation and seal any cracks with caulk or concrete. Stuff steel wool into holes.
  • Look at eaves and boards carefully. Damp wood is an invitation to insects, so replace any rotting wood.
  • Ensure attic vent seals are tight.
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How to Keep Mice out of Your Home

Autumn is a popular time for mice to infest your home, since it provides shelter, warmth and food during the cooler months. Mice can quickly make themselves at home and start nesting if you don’t deal with them quickly. It’s critical to take immediate action.

Here are the best ways to get rid of mice:

Mousetraps

Mousetraps are the first thing most people try when they discover mice because it’s a tried and true method. You should buy more than you think you need because you want to catch all the mice within the first few days of setting traps. Over the course of weeks, mice have time to breed and make a mess, so it’s best to try and get them all immediately.

You should place mousetraps near where the mice are living for best success. There are electronic mouse traps available, as well as humane traps that simply capture the mice instead of killing them. Check mousetraps twice a day if possible and remove the mice immediately after they are caught. This is important to avoid spreading bacteria. When you don’t see any droppings or evidence for several days, the mice have all been caught.

Bait and Poison

Using poison to get rid of mice is a controversial option, since many feel it’s cruel to the mouse. However, this is a personal decision. Mice carry diseases and can be a health hazard to you and your family. If you do choose poison to deal with mice, follow these precautions:

  • Always place mouse bait in sealed bait stations
  • Don’t place bait out in the open, it should be under cabinets or behind the refrigerator
  • Only use poison inside the home, never put in where a pet could eat it
  • Wear gloves when handling the bait
  • Store extra bait containers or poison in a safe location out of reach

Natural Methods

You can get rid of mice naturally by using strong smells to drive mice away. Peppermint and moth balls are both known to be effective mouse deterrents. A cat or a rodent hunting dog like a terrier is also a good way to get rid of mice.

Call a Professional

If you have been trying to get rid of mice for more than a few weeks, the best solution is to hire an exterminator. Here are a few reasons why:

  • A professional mouse exterminator knows where mice like to hide. This will save you a lot of time in locating the source.
  • They are trained in evasive tactics mice use to escape traps and know the best baiting tricks.
  • They know how to find the areas where mice are getting in.
  • An exterminator will follow up and inspect your home o see if they successfully got rid of the mice. They can also replace traps, refill bait stations and adjust the plan as needed to get rid of the mice.
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Autumn Pest Control Tips

During autumn, wasps and flies start to go away, but the colder weather means an increased risk of other common household pests. Sealing gaps and holes in your home can keep pests out, but professional pest control is necessary to get rid of pests who have gotten inside.

These autumnal pests include:

  • Rats
  • Mice
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas
  • Bed bugs
  • Squirrels
  • Bats
  • Birds

Preventing Pests throughout the House

Here is a list of some common areas in your home that are vulnerable to pest problems, along with advice on preventing pests.

Attic

The attic is a great place for rodents like rats and mice to spend the winter. It gives them shelter, warmth and close proximity to your kitchen.

Prevention Tips

  • Replace damaged roof tiles
  • Fill cracks with roofing cement
  • Inspect roof space regularly
  • Keep attic tidy and clutter-free
  • Store items in plastic boxes, not cardboard

Pipes & Drains

There is more rain than sunshine during autumn, so it’s easy to notice problems with your gutters. Insects like cockroaches are attracted to moisture and a badly maintained downpipe is enticing to them.

Prevention Tips

  • Check downpipes regularly for leaks
  • Repair damage with gutter sealants
  • Check that drains are free flowing and remove obstructions

Bedrooms

As you’re switching out your clothes for the season, you might notice holes in your clothing. This could mean you have a moth problem.

Moth Prevention Tips

  • Check clothes regularly for damage
  • Use sticky traps or moth killer strips
  • Wash clothes and store in sealed bags
  • Vacuum and clean wardrobes/closets regularly

Another problem during the colder months is bedbugs, something no one wants to deal with. If you’ve been on vacation or invested in any secondhand furniture, you should be especially wary of bedbugs.

Bed Bug Prevention Tips

  • Check all areas of your bed for blood, droppings or shed skin
  • Inspect your furniture and carpet
  • Wash the clothes you wore on vacation on a high-temperature setting
  • Wash bedding on a high-temperature setting
  • Thoroughly vacuum and clean your bedroom regularly

Kitchen

As the kitchen is a source of food, it is a common gathering place for both rodents and insects. Pests need food for survival just like us, so they gravitate towards this room the most.

Prevention Tips

  • Store food in air-tight containers
  • Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink
  • Regularly empty the trash
  • Clear food debris off the floor
  • Regularly clean and inspect under sinks, cookers and behind the fridge
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Spring Lawn Care

After a long, cold Utah winter, spring is a relief to everyone along the Wasatch Front. More sun brings your family and pets outdoors, but with spring also come cleaning and chores. If you want a lush, healthy lawn in the summer, Sure Green Lawn Care offers services to help you prepare for more sun and fun.

Spring Yard Cleaning

Months of snow and ice leaves loose debris around your lawn. Sure Green can assist you by cleaning your yard before you dig into more complex tasks. There are several steps to clean your lawn completely before spring really hits.

Remove debris, like fallen branches and twigs to make room for any lawn equipment that may comb through your grass. Dead leaves, twigs and old loose compost have to go too. A simple comb over with a rake can remove these from your area. Sure Care can also prune and trim shrubbery around your home after months of harsh winter weather. Once your lawn is clear and clean, you’re ready to fertilize and plant.

Pre-Emergent Fertilizer

Once the spring hits, pesky dandelions and crabgrass is a common eyesore. Pre-emergent fertilizer is one of the best methods to prevent weeds from sprouting on your lawn later in the season. Sure Green can apply pre-emergent fertilizer to your lawn to prevent unwanted plants from germinating and spouting.

Keep in mind, pre-emergent is not ideal for all lawns. If you plant new grass seed this season, avoid this mixture to keep the grass you want alive. These strong chemicals can kill new grass seed if you lay it down too early. However, some grass seeds aren’t effected by pre-emergent, so be sure to check the labeling or talk to your Sure Green Lawn Care professional
It’s essential that the pre-emergent is spread evenly through your lawn and watered evenly. Check our page on sprinkler care and maintenance. Your Sure Green professional can guide you on maintaining your weed-free lawn.

Aeration

Your lawn needs to breathe and thaw after a long, harsh winter. Lawn aeration ensures a happy and healthy spring lawn by creating small holes in the ground. Sure Green Lawn Care’s aeration makes way for helpful flora and fauna and reduces soil compaction so your grass can also lay long roots underground. This ensures a healthy lawn for years to come. Compacted soil is an obstacle for rainwater and sprinkler irrigation. See our page on lawn aeration services for more information.

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Tips to Keep Your Lawn Looking Great All Season

So you want a your lawn to look and be as luscious as they come? We don’t blame you. After all, it’s your pride and joy, and there’s some great satisfaction that comes from having a beautiful manicured lawn. It can be overwhelming trying to learn everything one must do to get the results your neighbor, the lawn fanatic, is getting. That’s why we’re here to help. In order to achieve the best results, you’ll need to stay on top of each category we discuss, but in the end, we hope you’ll find it’s worth it.

Fertilizing

One of the biggest differences between the average lawn you see while driving down the street, and the green, luscious lawn everyone wishes was theirs, is whether or not the lawn is being fertilized, and how. The nutrients available in your soil aren’t enough to give your lawn the premium results most people are looking for. This is where fertilizer comes in. Starting in the early spring, and ending in mid to late fall, you’ll want to put on as many as five high quality fertilizer applications. Your first application should include crabgrass control to prevent any annual grassy weeds from invading your lawn. This application should be applied no later than the end of April for best results. Each application thereafter should be spaced about 6 to 7 weeks apart. The last treatment in the fall is considered a winterizer, and will help the grass green up faster during the upcoming spring.

Watering

Well all of this fertilizing is great, but without proper watering, your lawn may will fall short of the results you’re looking for. It may surprise you how much water your lawn actually needs. During the spring and fall, your lawn needs 1 inch of water per week, and during the summer, up to 2 inches depending on how hot it gets.

Because every lawn has a different sprinkler system, you’ll have to measure the sprinkler water output in order to properly set the sprinkler system. One way to do this is to take 5 or 6 soup, or tuna cans (make sure they’re all the same size), and place them out randomly throughout your lawn. Next, turn your sprinklers on for a regular timed cycle, and afterwards take the average water level of all of the cans to get the water output on your lawn. Multiply this amount by the number of cycles you go though each week and adjust your cycle times to give your lawn 1 inch of water each week.

While it may seem like a good idea to water your lawn daily, it’s actually best to limit your watering to 2-3 times per week. Doing this lengthens your sprinkler cycles, putting out more water each cycle, allowing for the water to sink deeper into the soil. Deeper watering means deeper grass roots, which in turn will give you a healthier lawn.

It’s also important to water your lawn at the proper time. It may seem like a good idea to water your lawn at night to let the grass stay wet longer, but doing so leaves your lawn more vulnerable to lawn diseases. At the same time, it’s best not to water your lawn during the middle of the day, allowing for the sun to dry up some of the water before it is absorbed by the soil. For best results, water your lawn early in the morning; even as early as 4:00 am.

Mowing

This part isn’t too difficult, but is still important. You should be mowing often enough so you’re not cutting off more than 1/3 of the grass blade each time. For best results we recommend setting your mower blade height to 2 1/2 to 3 inches. It also helps to have a sharp mowing blade. Having your mower blade sharpened annually will ensure nice clean cuts on each blade of grass. Grass blades cut with a dull blade are torn instead of cut, weakening the grass, leaving room for lawn diseases to move in.

Aerating

It’s normal for the soil in your lawn to become compacted over time. This happens when you, others, kids, or pets repeatedly walk on the lawn. When your soil becomes compact it becomes more difficult for the grass to grow. You may start seeing the lawn thin out, and in really compacted areas it may completely die. Core aerating removes cores from the lawn, allowing the soil to loosen up, also giving water and air easier access to the soil. We recommend aerating your lawn once a year.

Well there you go. We hope these tips help in your efforts to grow a beautiful healthy lawn.

 

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