The Zika Virus & Controlling Mosquitoes

It’s no secret that mosquitoes are associated with many life-threatening diseases – West Nile, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, malaria – and the latest dreadful surge of the Zika virus. By now you’ve probably heard of this pandemic making its way through South and Central America, and even some reported cases here in the midwest US. (If you've been living under a rock, you can look into the virus itself here.) Currently there is no vaccine to treat or prevent Zika, so curbing the mosquito population is the prevailing alternative. It would be wise to prepare for a worst-case scenario before the heavy mosquito season hits, should the pests carrying this virus reach an area near you.
In Insect Prevention, Extermination, Lawn, Home Maintenance, Health, Mosquitoes

Are You Ready for the 2015 Invasion?

If you planted a young fruit tree or small shrubs this Spring,
you may have unwanted visitors clinging to them this Summer. Many areas across the United States will be infested with billions of periodical cicadas waking from 13 and 17 year slumbers. That’s right, not one, but TWO broods of periodical cicadas will emerge from underground in 2015; filling the air with their incessant mating cries and inflicting irreversible damage upon young trees. Here we’ll take a look at how this natural phenomenon occurs, and offer a few tips to help you, and your trees, survive the month-long period of infestation.
In Gardening, Landscaping, Insect Prevention, Lawn

How To Get Rid of Poison Ivy

This past Spring was more than just warm weather, singing birds and blooming flowers...there was also a Spring cleaning with a consequence!

In Landscaping, Lawn, Yard, Home Maintenance