As many of us know, not all Pest Prevention companies are the same. This includes treatment types, image and size of the company, just to name a few. There are many different types of treatments available to eliminate pests and termites but it’s critical to hire a company you can not only trust to eliminate your problem but also to allow inside your home. Massey Services, the nation’s fifth largest pest prevention company, offers these tips to homeowners and business owners to help choose the right pest prevention company:
- Did the company provide a thorough inspection and a detailed estimate? The inspection should be both inside and outside your home and a written estimate should be provided to you.
- Did they provide a comprehensive explanation on the service they provide? Make sure you understand exactly what was identified during the inspection and how the company is going to solve the problem.
- Is the team member’s identification clearly visible? Make sure the company you hire has honest and professional team members. Company name badges should be clearly visible as part of the uniform.
- How often do they provide training for their team members? Team members should receive basic training when they are first hired, as well as continued training throughout their employment with the company.
- Do they have a money back guarantee and if they do, what does it include? Make sure the company always puts the customer first – including visits in between service if the problem persists as well as a money back guarantee commitment if you’re not completely satisfied with the service.
At Massey Services, we adhere to these practices and standards to ensure our customers have the best service to protect their homes and businesses. If you’d like to schedule a free, detailed inspection for your home or business, contact us today!
Tony Massey, president and COO of Massey Services, has been appointed Chair of the Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) 2014-2015 fundraising campaign. As Chairman, Massey was provided the symbolic red jacket on Tuesday September 9th as he heads the campaign cabinet for the organization’s 75th Heart of Florida United Way Campaign.
Massey will work with community partners and donors to reach the campaign’s goal of $18.8 million. HFUW is the largest funder of health and human services in Central Florida, providing millions of dollars to fund 60 programs addressing education, income, health and basic needs. The organization relies heavily on giving through local workplace campaigns. Massey Services has been a proud supporter of HFUW for more than two decades; its team members actively engage in raising funds and volunteering for the organization.
“I’m proud to be leading this year’s United Way campaign to reach the goal of $18.8 million”, said Massey. “The agency’s values and philosophy closely align with the core values of Massey Services, which include volunteerism and teamwork to serve the community, therefore this partnership with United Way is a natural fit.”
Last year’s campaign, which concluded in April, contributed $18.3 million to the total $26.6 million raised, managed and distributed in 2013-2014 by Heart of Florida United Way. Funds from workplace giving and other avenues are strategically allocated to results-driven partner agencies to support programs impacting one or more of United Way’s focus areas.
Harvey L. Massey, Chairman and CEO of Massey Services, proudly announces the purchase of BACO Exterminating Services, a pest management company headquartered in Norcross, GA.
BACO was established in 1995 and provides residential pest control, termite protection and lawn services to approximately 30,000 customers in the greater Atlanta area. The company has more than 60 team members operating out of offices in Norcross, Winder and Dallas, GA.
“We are pleased to welcome the BACO Exterminating Services team members and customers to the Massey Services family,” said Mr. Massey. “We look for companies who have a reputation for exceptional customer service and BACO has done an outstanding job in their commitment to total customer satisfaction.”
The joining of the two companies further expands Massey Services in the Georgia market. Massey Services also has service centers in the cities of Alpharetta, Marietta, McDonough, Fayetteville and Gwinnett County.
Massey Services was founded in 1985 by Harvey L. Massey, who is a leading industry voice and a 51-year veteran of the pest management and landscape services industries. Currently celebrating its 29th consecutive year of profitable growth, Massey Services is the fifth largest pest management company in the industry. In addition, Massey Services is the largest, privately-owned family company in the industry.
More than 110 team members from Massey Services participated in the American Heart Association’s 2014 Greater Orlando Heart Walk on Saturday, September 6, 2014. The 5K walk was held on the University of Central Florida (UCF) campus. The Massey Services team, a proud sponsor of the walk for more than a decade, joined an estimated 18,000 Central Floridians to support the fight against heart disease.
Leading up to the walk, our team collectively raised over $6,800 to be matched by the company to help in the fight against cardiovascular disease. In addition to raising money through contributions, team members’ fundraising efforts also included several raffles and “Wear Your Jeans to Work” days.
“I’m proud of our team members who helped raise money and provide support to bring attention to heart health,” said Ed Dougherty, Executive Vice President of Operations and a member of the Heart Walk leadership team for the past four years. “One of our company’s core values is to give back to the community, and the Massey team participation in this event shows we are living that core value and are committed to helping in the fight against heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.”
Heart disease claims over 600,000 American lives each year, which equates to one in four deaths. The American Heart Association’s donation count immediately following the walk was $1.05 million.
They have eight legs. Their lifespan ranges from one to 25 years, and it’s been estimated that you’re never more than 10 feet away from one.
We are talking about spiders. These creatures can elicit a real case of arachnophobia and be an annoyance in homes, businesses, garages and attic spaces when they come indoors.
There are more than 40,000 types of spiders living around the world, and 1,200 can be found right here in the U.S.
It’s estimated that spiders eat more insects than birds and bats combined, helping to control the pest population. So although there may be benefits to these eight-legged creatures, for most of us they are just another pest.
Here are some tips to spot a spider infestation and prevent them from making your space their home:
- Webs located in corners of rooms, windows, vents, and other areas in the home that reappear within hours of removal indicate active spiders
- Small, pod-like structures in webs; these are spider eggs – a sign spiders are breeding
- Small insects are attractive to spiders for food so it’s important to eliminate this food source with a pest prevention service to keep spiders away
- Spiders like places where they can hide so be sure to remove clutter like stacks of newspapers or wood piles
While most household spiders are typically harmless, certain spiders can pose a danger to humans such as the Brown Recluse Spider and the Widow Spider, due to their poisonous bites. For a free Pest Prevention inspection, contact us today and we’ll eliminate all pests around your home.
Proper irrigation is critical to the health of your lawn and landscape. Under-watering can impact the roots of your grass and shrubs, leading to an increase in chinch bug activity. Over-watering encourages fungus and disease such as brown patch and root rot, as well as uncontrollable weeds such as crabgrass and sedge.
More importantly, proper irrigation helps our environment through water conservation and can help save you money. Misdirected sprinklers can waste our precious water supply and add unnecessary cost to your water bill.
Here are few signs your irrigation system may not be functioning properly:
- A dull, bluish-gray coloring to your grass
- Foot tracks that appear embedded in the grass
- Leaf blades that are wilted and folded in half
- Dry, crumbly soil around the roots of your grass
- Brown areas within the lawn
Massey’s Irrigation Maintenance Program, along with our Free Water Management Audit, takes the guesswork out of maintaining your irrigation system. We make all the necessary adjustments, changes, and enhancements to ensure your landscape receives the right amount of water at the right time. In fact, our Irrigation Maintenance program can save you a minimum of 30% in water usage.
While vacuuming around the house, you may bump into baseboards, trying to suck up every last piece of dirt from the floor. But what if the vacuum breaks through the baseboard? It’s a likely sign that subterranean termites have taken over.
Termites are small in size. But they can cause a lot of damage to homes built with various materials – concrete, stucco, wood, and brick – you name it and termites can get inside and cause serious destruction. It’s estimated that termites cause more than $5 billion in damage each year, sneaking in through cracks and crevices in homes. Even worse, termites are rarely visible as they destroy your home from behind the walls and under the foundation, so it is imperative to have your home inspected regularly for early signs and proactively treated to keep them at bay.
Massey Services offers these tips to discourage subterranean termite infestations:
- Repair water leaks and moisture problems. Moisture is critical for termite survival and they flourish in moist areas.
- Keep a close eye on irrigation systems to ensure sprinklers are adjusted properly to spray away from the foundation, walls, etc.
- Trim back bushes and plants to prevent moisture from being trapped against the walls
- Keep gutters free of build-up so that water can flow freely and away from the foundation
- Avoid any wooden items that touch your home from having contact with the soil. Elevate decks on concrete
- Position stucco, wood, or siding six inches above the finished soil level to prevent termites from gaining access into your home.
The best prevention against the risk of expensive termite damage repairs is to have guaranteed termite protection for your home before a problem occurs. At Massey Services, we’ll provide the protection your home needs and complete a termite inspection once a year to ensure no new problems have developed. Contact us today for a free termite inspection of your home.
Are your trees and shrubs starting to look unhealthy? Whiteflies could be the culprit. The pin-head sized insect from South America tends to favor the underside of leaves and can cause major damage to trees, bushes, and other leafy plants, particularly in the South Florida region. The invasive whitefly, typically whitish-yellow in color, lays eggs on the belly of leaves. Once the eggs hatch, the bugs latch onto the leaf, eating away at up to 500 different plant species until the leaves fall off. If the flies go undetected, they can devastate a lush landscape. When whiteflies reach the adult stage, they no longer feed on the plant, but continue to breed.
The three types of whiteflies that target the South Florida area are the Ficus whitefly, Rugose spiraling whitefly, and the Bondar’s nesting whitefly. Massey Services offers these tips for accurately spotting a whitefly infestation:
- Clouds of tiny white swarms around trees and shrubs
- A waxy, spiral-patterned substance on the underside of leaves
- Honeydew residue on leaves, which is used to breakdown plant nutrients
All of these can be indicators of a whitefly infestation. Massey Services can help eliminate and prevent whiteflies from causing harm to trees and shrubs.
If you suspect you may have a whitefly problem or believe your landscape is suffering from another pest, weed or disease, contact us today for a free landscape inspection!
Two weeks ago the Orlando Sentinel reported three chickens had tested positive with West Nile Virus. This disease is known to be passed along by mosquitoes and can also affect humans. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of humans (70-80%) will show no signs of being infected and will have no symptoms. The most common symptoms for those that do show signs of the virus are headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. The majority of these people will have a complete recovery but symptoms can last for several weeks.
How can I protect myself from mosquitoes?
Here are a few tips of what you can do to avoid mosquitoes and their bites:
- Mosquito larvae can develop and become adults in a matter of days; drain standing water from bird baths, kiddie pools and plant pots often to eliminate breeding habitats.
- Clear leaves and debris from gutters and drains to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water.
- Avoid working or playing outdoors at dawn or dusk when mosquitoes are most active. If you must be outside at these times, wear long sleeves and long pants.
- Mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing; use insect repellent with DEET, applying it not only to skin but clothing, as well.
- If you prefer an organic alternative to DEET use orange spray, eucalyptus, or citronella.
- Make sure all windows and doors in your home are closed tightly and that screens are well-sealed to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside.
There are 13 species of mosquitoes which are capable of transmitting diseases in humans and animals. If you suspect you have a mosquito infestation at your home or want to protect yourself from potential attacks, call Massey Services today for a free inspection and to learn more about our Mosquito Abatement program.
Harvey L. Massey, Chairman and CEO of Massey Services, proudly announces the purchase of Green Pest Services, a pest management company in Austin, Texas.
“We are pleased to welcome the Green Pest team members and customers to the Massey Services family,” said Mr. Massey. “We look for companies built on the values we share and have a similar culture as our own. Green Pest was a perfect fit for our organization as they share our same commitment to total customer satisfaction and to providing environmentally responsible services.”
The joining of the two companies further expands Massey Services’ residential pest prevention services footprint throughout Texas. Massey Services currently provides residential and commercial services in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston and San Antonio markets.
Green Pest Services was recognized with the 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award, provided for outstanding service based on member feedback. This prestigious honor is provided to less than 5% of the companies on Angie’s List.
Massey Services was founded in 1985 by Harvey L. Massey, who is a leading industry voice and a 51-year veteran of the pest management and landscape services industry. Currently celebrating its 29th consecutive year of profitable growth, Massey Services is the fifth largest pest management company and is the largest privately owned, family company in the industry.