Flea and tick season is here! When you hear about ticks and disease transmission, most of us think about Lyme disease. But there are more, including: Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis, and Tularemia. Who should be protected from tick bites? Both humans and our beloved pets. Preventative treatments(in both oral and topical formulations) are available for both dogs and cats that can prevent or reduce your pets exposure to fleas and ticks. What about humans? Treatment of lawn and flowerbed areas with granular or liquid insecticides is a highly effective method of taking care of existing tick and flea issues as well as preventing new infestations. At Synergy², we use combination granular insecticides to provide our customers with the most effective and longest-lasting protection from fleas and ticks!
MOSQUITO SEASON IS HERE! TIPS FOR PREVENTION!!
Our family loves spending time outdoors. Unfortunately, warmer temperatures and more time spent outdoors means exposure to one of the world's deadliest animals, the mosquito! Diseases carried by mosquitoes and transmitted to humans kill an average of 725,000 to as many as 1 million people worldwide annually. West Nile, Encephalitis, Zika, Malaria, and Chikungunya are some of the most common diseases mosquitoes are responsible for in humans. Mosquitoes don't spare our pets either with heartworm disease being among the most serious.
What can we do? Think prevention first. Mosquitoes have the ability to breed in just the cap of a water or coke bottle. Removing all sources of water that could become breeding sites for mosquitoes is essential. These include standing water in: gutters, leaky pipes, trash cans, birdbaths, grill cover, flowerpots, buckets, cups, baby pools, and even pools of stagnant water in lawns or flowerbeds.
Tips for prevention of mosquito bites outdoors, include:
1.Use a mosquito repellent spray or lotion with at least 20% DEET. DEET has been shown to be one of the most effective mosquito repellents.
2.Avoidance: Early morning and evening times are when mosquitoes are most active.
3.Clothing: This is a tough one in the South, but long pants and long sleeve shirts will reduce your exposure to mosquito bites.
4.Citronella and other organic chemicals may provide some protection against mosquitoes
5.Mosquito Misting Systems have been shown to reduce mosquito populations
6.Mosquito services provided by a licensed pest control company. This may include a mistblower application of insecticide to the areas around your home and lawn, especially the underside of leaves of trees and bushes(a common resting site for mosquitoes). The service may also include the application of larvicides to potential breeding sites as well as IGRs, or Insect Growth Regulators, which disrupt mosquitoes ability to reproduce.
For more information on professional mosquito service for both residential and commercial customers, please visit www.synergy2ms.com.
While termites are active year round devouring all types wood and cellulose products(including your home!), homeowners are most likely to be alerted to the presence of termites between early and late spring. It is termite mating season! A group of termites in the colony develop wings and have the ability to fly. Homeowners will notice these winged alates around windows, doors, and sometimes even inside their homes. Please see the attached picture to distinguish between winged ants and termite swarmers. What should you do? If your home is currently under a termite contract, call your termite service provider and request an inspection. If the inspection confirms active termite, your home should be treated at no cost. If your home is not currently under termite contract, call a local licensed termite company and request a termite inspection. Termite barrier treatments, while not inexpensive, are the best way to insure your most valuable possession is protected from devastating structural damage. Termite barrier treatments are typically guaranteed for up to 12 months. After that, the homeowner has the option of renewing protection annually with a termite bond. Termite bonds range from $125-$450 annually and are cheap insurance to guarantee your home is treated at no cost if termites re-appear. Synergy² is proud to offer cutting edge technology in the Termidor HP soil injection system. Benefits include no messy digging around your home, precise application of the termiticide Termidor, and up to an industry leading 12 year guarantee! Visit us at www.synergy2ms.com for more information.
With warming temperatures comes a really good question about lawn fertilization: Which type of fertilizer is best for my lawn, quick-release or slow-release? Quick-release fertilizers encourage rapid growth and greening but are probably not the best option for warm season turf grasses. Slow-release granular fertilizers in a 3-1-2 ratio of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium promote root development and release nutrients to your lawn over an extended period of time. Competing with your neighbor to see who can green up their lawn first? Remember slow and steady always wins the race in the end!
If spending a beautiful spring weekend renting a back-breaking lawn aerator and punching thousands of holes in your lawn isn't your idea of fun, we completely agree! And yet, annual core aeration of your lawn is one of the best ways to insure a thick, healthy lawn that crowds out weeds and efficiently utilizes water.
Unfortunately, our area of the country is known for heavy clay soils, which are easily compacted, restricting the amount of oxygen and water that can reach the roots of the grass. Compacted soils also do not allow critical nutrients into the root zone of the lawn. Over time, soil compaction can cause serious problems related to overall turf health.
Core aerators punch thousands of holes in your lawn which allow water and oxygen to reach the critical root zone. This also provides room for extensive new root development. Benefits of annual core aeration:
1.Relieve Soil Compaction
2.Reduce Build Up of Thatch
3.Improve Overall Turf Health
4.Reduces Water Run-Off
5.Thick, Healthy Root Zone Development
Next week's blog will include tips on core aeration for the do-it-yourself homeowner! If you would like more information on Synergy², please visit us at www.synergy2ms.com .
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Causing over $5 billion in property damage in the US annually, termites are a serious pest. Unfortunately, most termite damage is done inside of walls and is not recognized until significant damage has been done. The two best indicators for termites around your home are:
1.The presence of mud tubes on walls, both interior and exterior
2.The presence of termite swarmers(termites with wings that can fly). In Mississippi, termite swarmers are most likely seen during the spring in March, April, and May. Shed wings near a window or door may also be an indicator of termites.
What should you do?
If you have a termite bond/agreement with an existing pest company, renew it annually. This is inexpensive "insurance" that guarantees the company will come back and re-treat at no cost if there is a termite infestation.
If you do not have a termite bond in place, consider contacting a pest control company that specializes in termites to request a quote for a termite barrier treatment around your home. Once the barrier treatment is completed, renew your termite bond annually to keep that guarantee of no-cost re-treatment in place.
At Synergy², we are proud to be one of a select group of termite companies nationwide that can offer no-dig, soil injection termite barrier treatments. With no messy digging around your home and precise application of Termidor HP through soil injection, termites don't stand a chance! Visit us at www.synergy2ms.com for more information.
Let's face it, this is the time of the year we are green with envy. If our neighbor's lawn is already green this means he or she must be doing something right or we must be doing something wrong. Consider the following lawn care tips related to spring green-up:
- 1.Spring green up has much more to do with both the type and variety of grass. Centipede lawns typically green up first, followed by Zoysia and Bermuda lawns. Two Bermuda or two Zoysia lawns side by side may green up weeks apart due to the numerous varieties of those grasses.
- 2.In addition to grass types and varieties, soil temperature is a major factor in determining when your grass begins to experience rapid growth. For example, the optimum soil, not air, temperature for rapid Bermuda growth begins around 65 degrees.
- 3.Early fertilization can be problematic. By attempting to encourage your grass to green up more quickly, you may be doing more harm than good. Tender young grass is very susceptible to damage from a late frost.
- 4.By waiting until your grass can fully utilize fertilizer you reduce the risk of runoff into streams and ponds. A good rule of thumb in Mississippi is either Tax Day(April 15th) or once your lawn has been mowed a couple of times for the season.
Stay tuned next week for information on Synergy² new lawn service, core aeration, and how it can significantly improve your lawn's health. www.synergy2ms.com
Don't hesitate to contact us today if you have any questions, or if you are concerned you may have termite damage.
- March 10th, 2017 -
How to Identify Termite Damage
Termite cause over $5 billion in property damage every year. An interesting fact: Homeowners are five times as likely to have their homes damaged by termites than by fire. Early detection is the key to preventing severe damage and costly repairs to your home.
What are the signs of termite damage:
- 1.Mudtubes along interior and exterior walls, doors, and windows may indicate an existing termite infestation
- 2.Damage to interior wood, which may resemble water damage.
- 3.Swollen floors and buckling wood
- 4.Hollow sounding wood
What should I do? Termites never stop eating and are active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If a homeowner believes a termite infestation may be present, it is time to bring in a professional. A termite professional will conduct an extensive investigation of both the interior and exterior of your home. If active termites are found, the homeowner has a number of options for treatment. Stay tuned for next week’s blog on termite treatment options.
Don't hesitate to contact us today if you have any questions, or if you are concerned you may have termite damage.
- February 28th, 2017 -
Do I Have Ants or Termites?
During the spring swarming season, it is easy to mistake a winged ant from a swarming termite. 3 easy keys to quickly distinguish between an ant and termite:
- Ants antennae are elbowed, termites antenna are straight
- Ants have a narrow waist, termites have a broad waist
- Ants have 2 sets of wings with the front wings being longer than the back. Termites have 2 sets of wings with both sets being the same size
Other ways to identify termites:
- If you notice a pile of shed wings near the swarm, this is an excellent indicator of termites as ants do not shed their wings.
- Termite swarms are quick whereas ants may stay around an area several days.
- Mud tubes around windows or doors are specific to termites
If you're still unsure about whether you have ants or termites, or if you just want to be proactive about keeping termites away, contact us today for all the help you need.
If you have questions about termite swarms or how to prevent them, please contact us today!
- February 21st, 2017 -
Warmer Weather and Termite Swarms
Oftentimes the first sign of a termite infestation, termite swarms will quickly get a homeowner’s attention. Termite swarms are usually seen in Mississippi in the months of February, March, April and May as the weather warms up. A termite swarm is a positive indicator for an established termite colony somewhere close to your home.
What do termite swarmers look like? They are winged insects usually dark in color. It is common for swarming termites and ants to be confused. Stay tuned for next week’s blog on how to distinguish a termite from an ant.
What should I do if I notice a swarm? If your home is currently under a termite contract, contact your termite company to request an inspection and to discuss treatment options. Not under contract? Synergy² provides cutting edge termite control options including no-dig termite injection systems and innovative “green" termite baiting systems.
If you have questions about termite swarms or how to prevent them, don’t hesitate to contact us today!