Dog Days of Summer
As the summer has heated up we've seen it take out it's wrath on many
landscapes. There have been stressed trees and shrubs as well as turf.
We need to remember that, just like us, our landscapes need to drink
deeply to beat the heat. Just as important,however, is to let the soil
dry a little between watering. This practice,especially in the spring
and fall, will encourage deeper roots that are then able to withstand
the heat much better than their shallow counterparts. So,while this may
not fix your problems right now, it can at least explain some of what
you're seeing and give you a way to help your plants and turf in the
Ants can be
difficult and frustrating to control. Spraying simply eliminates the
worker ants. That's not effective because they've left a trail and
others will follow or new paths will develop. You must kill the queen.
But there can often be more than one nest and more than one queen.
There are several types of effective baits, but it's not easy to
determine which one the ants will be attracted to. Sometimes multiple
baits are required. Ultimately the baits must be brought back to the
nest, and the queen, to get complete control.
Ants do have a beneficial purpose. They feed on decaying plants and
animal matter. We recommend control when they become a nuisance or
destructive. When that time comes, call us, we'll take care of that for
Earwigs like to
feed at night. They're attracted to moisture, decaying material and eat
most anything. They can be beneficial since some of their common foods
are aphids, scale, dead insects and other debris. There often found
under things, like sidewalks, patios, ornamental bark and heavy thatch
layers in lawns. Try to keep areas around your home's foundation dry and
clean of debris. Downspouts and flower pots are also a favorite hiding
spot. Spring and summer are the best times to apply control. Call us; we
know what to do.