Backyard Tips For July

Get Your Backyard Beautiful!

It’s that time of year again. The weather is warm. The days are longer. Last year we posted this article about sprucing up the backyard. Since our work is now done… we thought we would share it again to help someone else!

Backyard Paradise List: 

First, trim or prune all bushes, shrubs, and trees that are on our property. If this is more work than you or your family can handle, ask some neighborhood kids to help or call your local landscaping company for quotes. The best part about hiring the neighborhood youngsters is that they get to make a little spending money and have pride in their accomplishment (as they will see it on a regular basis).

Second, pressure wash the concrete patio. We already own a pressure washer, so that reduces the costs! To do this correctly, remove all patio furniture, grills, rugs, and other backyard living accessories. Our pressure washer is electric. Electric pressure washers are perfect for small projects around the house. This type hooks up to the water spigot and then is plugged into an electrical outlet. The water is pushed out the spray nozzle when the trigger is pressed. Make sure your movements are even and symmetrical or your finished patio may look like a snowflake cut out from kindergarten. When this is complete return your patio furniture and accessories to their desired locations. This is a great time to redesign the furniture placement in your backyard paradise.

Backyard Bench
Courtesy of summerly.com via Pinterest

Third, replace and repair stuff. If you have not thrown out old or broken items from the last season, this is the time to do it. You test hoses for leaks, patio cushions for mold or tears, and replace those citronella candles. These things do not need to be replaced each year. Test your grill. If you have a propane fueled grill, get your propane topped off. Or buy a gauge to monitor your gas levels. Sit on all chairs, benches, or swings to verify they are still safe. Your backyard paradise area should be of comfort and not a liability for injury.

Fourth, get creative. Your backyard retreat is your backyard paradise. You can personalize it to reflect your personal style and imagination. While perusing Pinterest, I found this bench idea. It is different, easy (even for a beginner), adds foliage with it being in the way, and none of your neighbors have even thought of this! The image has a very nice wooden bench seat. This, however, can be replaced with the wood of choice for your needs. We recommend using a sealant to make sure your piece lasts for more than one season. Would you love to have one or two of these for your backyard paradise?

Backyard Paradise Maintenance:

Maintenance: the word that just means work! Maintaining your backyard retreat area does not have to be a big chore. Routine upkeep on a weekly basis will allow you time to enjoy your backyard retreat. For our family, we will need to pick a Saturday to get our backyard living space cleaned, repaired, and ready to grill! Summer is just a month away and the grill has already been lit!

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The Zika Virus - Nashville, TN

The Zika Virus – What are the Real Facts?

The virus has been in the news a lot lately. So what is it? Can you catch it? And, how can you prevent it? We have the information you’re looking for!

What is The Zika Virus?

The virus is an illness with the common symptoms that include: Fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red/pink eyes). Approximately 1 in 5 people will become affected with the virus. The symptoms usually last between a couple days to a week. The virus is rarely fatal but is thought to contribute to congenital issues for pregnant women.

How can you catch The Zika Virus?

The Zika Virus is a virus spread by mosquitos. Although recent news suggests a few alternate forms of transmission; sexual relations, mother to fetus, possibly through blood transfusions, limited research says slightly possible through saliva or ?? Here is a website with definitions and information. Click HERE!

How can you prevent The Zika Virus?

Currently, there are no vaccines that prevent the Zika Virus. The best way to prevent the illness to avoid mosquito bites. Easier said than done, right. Be aware of the areas you are traveling to, to avoid highly infected areas. Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants when you can. Sit in screened in rooms. Here are more ideas; click HERE! One more treatment that can help around your home is have your yard sprayed. This is a service we can take care of for you. The prices varies by yard size. Please call us to get a quote. 615-220-1933.

The Short Answers To The Hard Questions About The Zika Virus via the NY Times. Click HERE!

Information from the CDC. Click HERE!

 

Absolute Pest Control is her to help protect your family from pests that can harm your family or your home. If you have this, or any other problems please contact us at 615-220-1933

Termites, Ants, Wood Chips and Mulch

What do Termites, Ants, Wood Chips and Mulch all have in common? Pest Control issues if they are used around the perimeter of your home!

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Here are some common questions we answer frequently about landscaping materials and pests that can damage your home.

Q. Does the use of Wood Chips and Mulch attract termites and ants to your home?

A. No, that is a commonly heard myth.

Q. Are Pine Needles a good replacement to Mulch?

A. Unfortunately, no. That is just another form of wood-type covering.

Q. Why are wood products bad for landscaping?

A. It isn’t wood per se that is the problem. It is the moisture that is under the Wood Chips or Mulch that can really bring on a problem. So you can use wood mulch around mailboxes or other landscaping that is far away from your home.

Q. So if Wood Chips and Mulch do not attract termites and ants, why do people tell me that?

A. Subterranean termite colonies feed off of the decaying wood in mulch and other wood landscaping products that homeowners use to help flowers and bushes survive in heat. The termite colonies send out workers to locate food and water sources. While the colony eats the current find another group is out foraging for the newest food source. If you think about mulch filled plant beds placed around your home, you may be setting your home up for multiple termite colonies. It is not a far road for termites to leave the mulch and start in on the wood in your home. Ants are also attracted to some mulches. It comes down to not attracting ants to your home and not providing a food source for termites.

 

No one wants termites and you can get them even without using wood chips or mulch. However by avoiding triggers like using mulch and wood chips in your landscaping around your home, can reduce the chances of having a termite problem in your home. We also offer a pretreatment plan that can help keep your home termite free. If you are interested contact our office HERE or call us today: 615-220-1933.

 

Other information can be read HERE.

How To Get Rid of June Bugs

How to Get Rid of June Bugs

June bugs

June Bug Copyright © 2010 Mike Quinn

They’re coming… June Bugs or June Beetles. The June Bugs are really scarab beetles. There are several different species that can be bothering you. The June Bugs usually arrive in late May or early June. However, there have already been reports of the pesky June Bugs in the Nashville area (Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Franklin, Brentwood, etc.). Your grass roots, garden, flowers and plants may be destroyed by these seasonal visitors. But good news! We can help you to get rid of June Bugs with just a couple steps.

 

Get Namatodes

Although this needs to be done in advance, think Fall, the Nematodes are a small but effective way to get rid of the June Bug larvae. How does it work: The grub eating parasites will eat the larvae of the June Bugs while they are “in the womb” and are unsuspecting. Reminder; This must be done in the fall. Read more about the tiny but mighty Nematode here and here.

Spray your lawn with a pesticide

Pesticides can be very dangerous to good insects in your yard. It is crucial to find the best product for your exact problem. And remember, killing adults won’t eliminate your problem completely because there may be larvae in your soil ready to hatch next year. Read the directions carefully to avoid overexposure of chemicals to your lawn and water table.

 

Attract and utilize natural predators

Do you have a pond? Frogs, toads and birds are predators to June Bugs. Frogs are carnivores and will each just about anything they can fit in their mouths. Frogs and toads are also active at night when June Bugs were active. Adult female toads will eat up to 81% of unwanted yard pests!

 

So what do you think of our article How to Get Rid of June Bugs? Please comment below any further questions you may have!

 

If you are experiencing problems with June Bugs or any other unwanted pest, our trained technicians can help you! We create a barrier around your home with our external pest control service. By maintaining the barrier wit consistency, you will rarely have a problem. And, if for some reason you do, call us and we will come out and fix it as soon as possible!

 

Call Absolute Pest Control for your Free Quote today 615-220-1933!

 

Spring Yard Tips For Tennessee; Organic Dandelion Removal

Spring Yard Tips For Home in Middle Tennessee

Spring Yard Tips- Lawn in MurfreesboroAs April showers bring May flowers, they most certainly awaken weeds and grass! Your yard may go from a dormant, easy to maintain area to an ugly beast in just a couple of days. You may wonder what quick and easy things you can do to make your yard have beautiful green grass that your neighbors will envy. We don’t guarantee a golf course style grass but we can offer tips to make your yard more desirable! Check out our Spring Yard Tips and make your life easier.

 

  • Mowing-

Sounds easy right? Not always the simplest part of our Spring Yard Tips. Make sure you start the year off right with freshly sharpened blades on your mower. When you mow, have your blades set to 2-3 inches off the ground for best grass height results. As you travel around your yard; go in different patterns to create grids or crop circle type creations. They will look cool and keep your neighbors guessing. This will also keep the mowing interesting! As the wether gets hotter, increase the grass length to about 4 inches in length in help conserve moisture. That may mean you need to mow more often but will keep other costs down.

  • Water Management-

Should you water during the day or evening and how much is too much? As the heat of the afternoon increases, water in the morning for best saturation rates. The problem with too much water or irrigation is the increase of the likelihood of disease. You may mean well; however over watering is a huge problem we suggest you avoid. An automatic irrigation system is the most effective way to keep grass well hydrated without inviting disease. We found that actively growing Fescue takes only 1-2 inches of water per week.

  • Weed and Feed-

DandelionsWe definitely don’t mean feed your weeds in our Spring Yard Tips! You do need to fertilize and feed your lawn and get rid of your weeds. Your first steps for success are proper mowing and watering. Then, a herbicide to help reduce the weeds. It is recommended to fertilize your lawn twice per year; Spring and Fall. Follow the label for best results on different types of weed control.

  • Aerating-

This part of our Spring Yards Tips can be made fun. There are slip on aerators that go on your shoes. You can easily aerate while walking with your mower around the yard. Aerating will allow water and air to your compacted lawn. During the warmer months, your lawn may get heavy use; especially traffic areas. It is important to aerate to loosen up that compacted dirt and allow water to get to your lawn’s roots.

  • Getting Rid of Dandelions-

Dandelions in NashvilleDandelions have a use but not for your lawn. How can you get rid of them organically? Mow them often and do not let them get to the white fluffy seed stage because then you will just have more dandelions next year. Another way to get rid of them is to pull them out. It is important to get the root as well; or else they will just regrow. One less common method s to poach the dandelions. Seriously! Add boiling water for 2 or 3 days on these pesky weeds and they will slowly be killed.

Having a beautiful lawn may or may not be important to you. We think it’s our choice. But remember the mess you have will affect your neighbor’s lawn too. It is likely your grass touches theirs and you will be sharing weeds before long. It is similar to unwanted pests like ants and cockroaches!

We hope these Spring Yard Tips will get your lawn looking good in now time! Looking for backyard beautification ideas? Here’s another article!

Need help with pest control? Let us help you! Call 615-220-1933 for our highly trained and professional pest control technicians. Free quotes!

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Backyard Tips

Get Your Backyard Beautiful?

It’s that time of year again. The weather is warm. The days are longer. Last year we posted this article about sprucing up the backyard. Since our work is now done… we thought we would share it again to help someone else!

SunflowerBackyard Paradise List:   First, trim or prune all bushes, shrubs, and trees that are on our property. If this is more work than you or your family can handle, ask some neighborhood kids to help or call your local landscaping company for quotes. The best part about hiring the neighborhood youngsters is that they get to make a little spending money and have pride in their accomplishment (as they will see it on a regular basis).

Second, pressure wash the concrete patio. We already own a pressure washer, so that reduces the costs! To do this correctly, remove all patio furniture, grills, rugs, and other backyard living accessories. Our pressure washer is electric. Electric pressure washers are perfect for small projects around the house. This type hooks up to the water spigot and then is plugged into an electrical outlet. The water is pushed out the spray nozzle when the trigger is pressed. Make sure your movements are even and symmetrical or your finished patio may look like a snowflake cut out from kindergarten. When this is complete return your patio furniture and accessories to their desired locations. This is a great time to redesign the furniture placement in your backyard paradise .

Patio RepairThird, replace and repair stuff. If you have not thrown out old or broken items from the last season, this is the time to do it. You test hoses for leaks, patio cushions for mold or tears, and replace those citronella candles. These things do not need to be replaced each year. Test your grill. If you have a propane fueled grill, get your propane topped off. Or buy a gauge to monitor your gas levels. Sit on all chairs, benches, or swings to verify they are still safe. Your backyard paradise area should be of comfort and not a liability for injury.

Fourth, get creative. Your backyard retreat is your backyard paradise. You can personalize it to reflect your personal style and imagination. While perusing Pinterest, I found this bench idea. It is different, easy (even for a beginner), adds foilage with it being in the way, and none of your neighbors have even thought of this! The image has a very nice wooden bench seat. This, however, can be replaced with the wood of choice for your needs. We recommend using a sealant to make sure your piece lasts for more than one season. Would you love to have one or two of these for your backyard paradise?

Backyard Bench

Courtesy of summerly.com via Pinterest

Backyard Paradise Maintenance:

Maintenance: the word that just means work! Maintaining your backyard retreat area does not have to be a big chore. Routine upkeep on a weekly basis will allow you time to enjoy your backyard retreat. For our family, we will need to pick a Saturday to get our backyard living space cleaned, repaired, and ready to grill! Summer is just a month away and the grill has already been lit!

How To Avoid Stinging Pests

Stinging Pests and Summertime

How to avoid stinging pests and the pain that ensues! The summertime is so close you can almost taste. The kids are getting impatient for the end of school. Even your pets are spending more time outside. This also means that you and your family are outside. Being outside increases your chances of being stung by a multitude of stinging pests. Visits to the emergency room for stings like those from yellow jackets and wasps reach over 500,000 every year. Ouch… how can you help reduce your chances?

Stinging Female Yellow Jacket

Yellow Jacket/Wasp image courtesy of Wikpedia

No Open Containers- We don’t mean alcohol, we mean those food tables. Have you noticed that the bees swarm the food on the buffet or dinner table outside. Obviously all living creatures need food. But, it doesn’t have to be yours! Here is a link to a video on how to make your own Yellow Jacket Trap. Click here. Please avoid killing honey bees. Honey bees help pollenate 80% of the food we consume. It is important to keep honey bees safe. Trash cans are another area that can be overlooked. Make sure you have tight fitting trash can lids. Washing and sanitizing your trash cans (as well as using liners) on a regular basis will help reduce the stinging pests like yellow jackets from hanging around.

Lose the gaps- Seal up all visible cracks and crevices that this flying, stinging pests love to use those cracks and crevices to start their nests. Other areas that they love are chimneys, attics, eaves and overhangs, light fixtures, under decks and play sets. If you regularly check those areas for nests, it will reduce the chances of being stung in the long run. If you see a nest, use extreme caution to remove it. Calling in professionals is a good idea (especially if you are allergic). Our technicians can assist in removing these nests once they are there but also look for them on your eaves and overhangs during our regular visits.

Colors and smells- You do not have to be the belle of the ball at an backyard picnic. You really don’t want to be! Wearing a lot of perfumes and dark colors or patterns attract those stinging pests to you. That is not what you want! Use unscented sunscreen, lotions and soaps before hanging outside for extended periods. Don’t forget your feet. If you are doing a lot of walking in grass, wear closed toed shoes to reduce the chance of stepping on bees and getting accidentally stung.

Don’t freak out- If you find yourself surrounded by stinging pests like yellow jackets or wasps, remain calm! Swatting at the pests only make them more angry. Walk carefully and purposefully away from the stinging pests. If you get stung, remove the stinger and seek medical attention if necessary. Many people realize their allergies after the second incident.

Contact a professional- If you find a nest on your property, call a professional like Absolute Pest Control to remove it for you. This is especially important if you or your family members have allergies. The nests can have hundreds or thousands of bees inside. If they feel threatened, the stinging pests may swarm and cause serious bodily injury. Our technicians can identify the type of pest you have and correctly remove the nest. Let a trusted professional handle this pest control issue.

Let Absolute Pest Control help you with any pest control problem you may have in your home or office. Our trained technicians can assist you no matter where you live in Middle Tennessee. Call 615-220-1933 today!

 

Spring Bug Guide

Which Spring Bugs Will Make You Crazy or Do You Love Them?

Springtime bring many positive things in nature. Some of the Spring bugs have positive attributes, while some are just a nuisance. here is your guide:

Spring Bug #1- The Ant

Ant Problems - Spring BugThe harmless but annoying Sugar Ant will feed off your scraps, crumbs and/or beautifully set picnic dinner. They will march in ling lines like an army of starving people at a buffet. They collect your food and bring it back to their colonies (usually underground or in your walls). They do not bite or sting but are very annoying. Carpenter Ants will make your home their feeding ground and are just as dangerous to your home as termites. If you see one of these fellows, call us immediately! There will never be just one! Without treatment they will cause thousands of dollars in damage quickly.

Spring Bug #2- The Lady Bug

ladybug - Spring BugChances are you have seen couple of these cute red and black Lady Bugs during Winter hanging out in your home. They seem harmless during the Winter. But, they hibernate in large colonies. Like those pesky ants, there is rarely just one! Once the weather warms up they come out of hibernation and will hang out on your window sills, or warm, light colored South Facing walls. Last year the Lady Bugs seemed to take over in the Fall. They are good for getting rid of aphids on your roses but can eat your other plants too.

Spring Bug #3- The Termite

Free Termite Inspection Murfreesboro, Smyrna _ Spring BugTermites do more damage to homes than any other pest. It is estimated that last year Termite damage to homeowners was more than $5 Billion dollars!!! That is a B… for billion. They start to be more active as the weather warms. Please be on the look out for wings near windows, mud tubes, damaged; hollow sounding wood or pellets; dry wood particles left behind by Termites. If you see any of these signs or want to see if your home has any warning signs, please call us for a FREE Annual Termite Inspection.

Spring Bug #4- The House Fly

House Fly - Spring BugThis is my personal nemesis. When there is a fly in my home, I go crazy. It reminds me of the 100+ illnesses that can be transferred by their feet. To keep Flies out of your home, keep it clean of trash and debris, wash trash cans thoroughly, check your screens for holes, use screen food nets when eating outside, don’t leave doors without screens open, use fly strips near garage entry ways and use essential oils to naturally keep House Flies at bay.

Spring brings warm weather and the possibility of more pesky bugs. Absolute Pest Control can assist you in keeping many of these bugs from bothering you. Our state of the art perimeter treatments will keep many bugs away from your home or business while allowing them to live in their natural habitat where they can do well for the eco-system. When in doubt, call us for your Free Inspection 615-220-1933. Thanks for reading our Spring Bug Guide.

Cold Weather Landscaping

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image courtesy of soundnativeplants.com

Murfreesboro and Middle Tennessee, it’s cold outside and your beautiful blooming flowers of the summer are gone. You do not need to pack away your tools and gloves just because the temperatures dropped. Using the following tips will keep you cheerfully in bloom through Winter.

1. Proper cold weather planters or containers.

Make sure your containers can hold their shape as water freezes. They need to be flexible. Terra cotta pots will easily break as they absorb water. Winter options that will perform better are metal, plastic or fiberglass. Another beautiful option is a wire basket lined with moss.

2. Plan ahead during Fall.

Before the ground freezes, plant your Winter foliage choices. I know it seems funny but people will wait until the last minute. Plan ahead for no loss in your beautiful landscaping.

3. Use an anti desiccant.

Spraying your plants with anti desiccant will keep them looking nice even when cut. This product will keep your Winter plants from wilting. The film will slowly come off with the weather. Usually one application is good for Winter.

4. Don’t water every day.

Once the ground freezes you do not want to water because it just turns to ice. As long as the soil can be poked, it needs watering. But without the heat, the soil won’t dry out as quickly. Monitor your plants and soil for the level of water they need.

5. Find hardy bloomers.

Planting the types of plants that will grow during the cold of Winter will increase the success. Here are a couple of options: conifers, mini conifers, rugged junipers or evergreens.

 

I hope you have the beautiful landscaping you are looking for this Winter. If there are any pests bothering your beautiful Winter garden, we would be happy to assist you. Our technicians gladly serve clients all over Middle Tennessee including Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Nashville, Nolensville and more. Call our offices at 615-220-1933 or 615-650-0070.

 

Live Bee Cam

Bees are very important to our plants and produce production. To honor bees we have some fun facts and the live cam from the Animal Plant.

Facts:

  • The honey bee has been around for 30 million years.
  • Bees are the only insects that produce a food consumed by humans.
  • A honey bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection trip.
  • They have six legs, two eyes, and two wings, a nectar pouch, and a stomach.
  • Honeybees’ stingers have a barb which anchors the stinger in the victim’s body.  The bee leaves its stinger and venom pouch behind and soon dies from abdominal rupture.

 

Here is the link to watch Bees live and find others that may interest you:

Click Here!

 

If you are having a problem with bees, we can help! Call us today with any issues with bee infestations: 625-220-1933

We service all of Middle Tennessee including; Smyrna, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Nolensville, Goodlettsville and more!

 

 

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