Welcome to a New Growing Season!
We’re excited about working with you to keep your property looking great this year! There are lots of ways that we can help, and we hope you’re taking full advantage of the services we have available. Not sure whether or not we offer a particular service? Just ask! In fact, we encourage you to contact us with any questions, concerns or feedback you’d like to provide. We’re here whenever you need us, and we’re just a phone call away.
Our goal in this newsletter is to explain how and why things happen the way they do and remind you of important seasonal needs. We’ll also be passing on ideas and suggestions that can help your property reach its true potential. We’re glad you’ve chosen to partner with us for the care of your property. Great customers are hard to find, and we value your business!
Mosquitoes may be faster and bite more, but you’re smarter. Use IPM to cut down on mosquito problems.
Cultural or mechanical controls are the first approach of integrated pest management (IPM) used to combat mosquitoes. Cultural controls are environmental. Mosquitoes need water for their life cycle. Get rid of standing water anywhere it tends to stay for more than a week to cut down the number of adult mosquitoes. Drain pools and puddles and empty or refresh water in pot saucers, old tires, clogged drain pipes, wading pools, bird baths, fountains, garden ponds, cans and buckets. Mechanical controls include using screening and devices such as bug lights that lure and kill the mosquitoes.
Biological controls, the second aspect of IPM, include using natural things both to control population and to repel mosquitoes. Mosquito fish (Gambusia affinis) eat mosquito larvae floating on ponds, as do koi. The crushed leaves of certain plants, including lemon balm and citrosa, are somewhat effective as repellents. A derivative of China grass, citronella, when added to various products such as candles and wrist bands, helps repel mosquitoes.
Chemical controls, the third leg of IPM, involve using substances that are man-made, such as DEET, to keep mosquitoes from biting. There are chemical creams and sprays for your body, home and property readily available.
Use IPM and most of your mosquito problems may be DOA.