What are Tar Spots?

Tar Spots on Maple Leaves  The weather is cooler and leaves are changing colors.  Fall is truly a beautiful time of year and Maple trees are a show-piece with their vibrant shades of orange, red and yellow.  However, this year you may notice that some of your Maple’s leaves have tiny black spots that look like tar.  These spots are actually a fungus that delveloped in late spring and continued to spread throughout summer.  The great news is, these tar spots are seldomly detrimental to the overall health of your trees but they may cause premature defoliation.  Here are a few things you can do to help prevent these spots from returning next year.

Since Infection occurs when leaf surfaces are moist;

1.Improve air circulation by thinning crowded plants and pruning overly dense growth.

2.Avoid overhead irrigation.

3.Water only in the morning to ensure leaves dry quickly.

4.Rake up fallen leaves and destroy them.

Good Luck to you and enjoy those fall colors!!


Sick of Ants?

‘Tis the season for ants and here are a few things you can do to keep these pests at bay.

  • Always covering food – we do not know where the ant has been before it crawls across your food!
  • Clear away food and liquid spillage’s immediately
  • Clean food debris from under kitchen appliances
  • Make sure all garbage cans have tightly sealed lids
  • Keep compost enclosed aand covered
  • Clear away your Pet’s food immediately it has finished eating

As ants get creative finding ways to get into the house, you may have to keep checking for cracks and holes, and trying a few different solutions to keep all of them out.  Good luck!



5 ways to fix dead spots in your lawn

Dead spots in your lawn can be an unsightly occurrence. When a lawn is beautiful, lush and green it enhances the visual appeal of your home. Repairing the dead spots will allow your lawn to return to its lush magnificence and have your home looking beautiful once again. Here are a five ways you can renovate the dead spots in your lawn.

  • Reseeding.
  • Regular Maintenance such as correct watering and avoiding  gas, herbicide or fertilizer spills.
  • Use an aerator to help break up compacted soil.
  • Get Rid of Weeds.
  • Dethatching.

Fixing dead spots in your lawn can help save your grass and restore it to its lush beginnings. A lawn enhances the beauty of your home. It should be lush and vibrant at all times. Make sure you water your lawn on a regular basis. Furthermore, your maintenance routine should include mowing and fertilizing your lawn to keep pests away. Once the bare spots are restored, follow through with the lawn upkeep. Failure to do so will result in a reappearance of dead patches.

Whats the difference between traditional pest control and perimeter pest control?

The difference between traditional pest control and perimeter control is, perimeter pest control is a continuous chemical barrier sprayed around the entire exterior foundation of your home. This creates a barrier which keeps crawling pests out of your home. Traditional pest control  protects the interior of your home which a good majority of your pests come from the outside.

A few key benefits to Perimeter pest control:

1.This technique saves a tremendous amount of money compared to traditional in home pest services.
2.It keeps the treatment areas outside and away from living places.
3.Since 90% of pests come from outside, this is the first line of defense against insects entering your home.

Emerald Ash Borer

  The Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), an invasive, wood-boring beetle that attacks ash trees, was positively identified for the first time in Wisconsin in August 2008.  If you aren’t fimilar with these nasty little bugs, you may want to take a minute to look through these details to make sure you don’t have a run in. 

Characteristics of an Adult Emerald ash Borer:

  • Emerald ash borer adults are very small, metallic green beetles. Only 3/8 – 1/2 inch long and 1/16 inch wide (about the size of a cooked grain of rice).
  • Adult emerald ash borers emerge from beneath the bark of ash trees late May through mid-July, creating a D-shaped exit hole as they chew their way out of the tree.
  • Adult beetles are most active during warm and sunny days.
  • They never wander far from where they exit a tree (less than one mile) in search of a mate. Once they find a mate, the female will lay 60 – 90 eggs, one at a time, in the crevices of ash tree bark.
  •  The adult beetles will feed lightly on ash tree leaves, but do not cause much harm by doing so.
  • The adult beetles live a total of three to six weeks.

Avoid Japanese Beetle Traps!

No beetle traps

University research indicates that using Japanese beetle traps can actually make problems worse. The traps are intended to trap and kill the beetles in your yard. However, they use pheromones to attract the beetles to the traps. And these pheromones bring more beetles into your yard than the traps can catch.

Hate Japanese Beetles? Here is a list 0f plants they avoid.

Learning how to get rid of Japanese beetles can help save your lawn, garden and foliage. Japanese beetles and their grubs are voracious eaters that cause the U.S. hundreds of millions of dollars in agricultural damage every year.

For a fun do-it-yourself pest control project, try gardening. The following is a list of plants that Japanese beetles are known to avoid:

  • Begonias
  • Bleeding heart
  • Carnations
  • Columbine daisies
  • Flowering dogwood
  • Forsythia
  • Junipers
  • Lilacs
  • Lilies
  • Nasturtium
  • Snapdragons

Japanese Beetles

Here’s a familiar face, I’m sure. It’s just about time for these iridescent nuisances to put in an appearance, if you haven’t spotted them already. They’ll do a little munching as they get into their cycle of feeding, mating and laying eggs.

Lately they seem to like to lull us into a false sense of serenity. Just when you think they might not be a problem this year, there they are snacking on your trees. We will never get rid of them entirely, but you can take steps to keep the adult population of Japanese beetles under control.

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