Structural damage isn’t the only problem that floods leave behind. The following pests may also become a significant problem:
- Ants: When flooding occurs water wipes out ant nests that are underground. Ants are known to cluster on top of flood waters until they find a dry structure. This could mean an onslaught of ants in your home or on your property.
- Rodents: Rats and mice will be seeking refuge from the water and may start to invade your home. They carry many diseases and other insects such as lice and fleas. An invasion of these rodents shouldn’t be taken lightly. Once they are removed from the home, entry points must be eliminated to keep them from returning.
- Mosquitoes: Unfortunately, with all the standing water that is left behind after a flood, it is an ideal environment for mosquitoes to lay their eggs so you can expect the mosquito population to grow. Make sure you are taking proper precautions to guard yourself and your family against mosquitoes.
- Cockroaches: Cockroaches are often seeking water sources, but after a flood they will be looking for a place to stay dry. They will multiply quickly and carry diseases so it is important to eliminate conditions, avenues and sources immediately.
- Termites: Termites are attracted to moisture, and structures that have been flooded are more prone to an infestation. A thorough inspection of your home is critical to ensure termites have not gained access into your home from underground or through your attic.
If your drywall has been removed, Massey Services strongly recommends that these areas be treated with Bora-Care before the drywall is replaced. The Bora-Care treatment penetrates the wood in the structure and remains there for the life of the wood, providing residual protection. This treatment will be provided at no additional cost to you. Please call us to schedule your Bora-Care treatment.
If you need any help with your pest needs, please don’t hesitate to contact Massey Services at 225-752-7378 or 1-888-2MASSEY.
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Harvey L. Massey, Chairman and CEO of Massey Services, is proud to announce that the company has been recognized by the Orlando Business Journal (OBJ) as one of Central Florida’s “Best Places to Work.” This marks the third consecutive year and the sixth time in the last decade that the company has received this honor.
“It is truly an honor for Massey Services to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Central Florida,” said Massey Services Chairman and CEO Harvey L. Massey. “I’m very proud of all our team members and thank them for their dedication and commitment to providing quality service.”
Placement on the OBJ’s Best Places to Work list is the result of an anonymous online survey that is completed by Massey Services team members. The survey includes questions about teamwork, job satisfaction, benefits and other company characteristics or benefits.
Those who filled out the survey had the opportunity to highlight some of their favorite company benefits, like the Annual Eagle Circle Awards Banquet, the MAD (Making a Difference) Team Member Recognition Program and the Harvey L. Massey Scholarship program – where deserving children of Massey Services team members receive funds for college.
Back to school! It’s that time of year when college campuses are filled with the hustle and bustle of new students moving into their dorm rooms, houses or apartments. In the excitement of moving into a new space, students and parents should take the time to examine their rooms for pests such as bed bugs.
College dorm room mattresses are reused each year, and students often furnish their new apartments with used mattresses and other furnishings. Massey Services offers some general information about these pests and tips on what to do if you do find bed bugs in your dorm room or apartment:
What are bed bugs and what do they look like?
Bed bugs, a classic travel pest, are small parasitic insects that feed on human blood. Bed bugs are tiny, oval, brown and wingless insects approximately 1/4” to 3/8” long (5-9 mm). As their name implies, these bloodsuckers make their homes in beds, but also in couches, clothing and seats of airplanes and trains. They crawl out of crevices to feed on blood and these painless attacks generally go undetected until a reaction to the bites appears or evidence of bed bugs is found in the bedding.
What can I do to protect myself?
When checking into your dorm room, apartment or house, you can perform a simple bed bug inspection of the space.
1. Pull pillows and sheets down about 1/3 of the way from the top of the bed and look for reddish-brown or black spots on the sheets near the bed’s headboard. You may not see the actual bugs themselves but they do leave a trail of spots.
2. Look for spots on mattresses, pillows, headboards and walls behind headboards.
3. Check the inside of dresser drawers for insects and black spots.
4. Contact a pest services company immediately if you’ve found any signs of bed bugs during your inspection.
If I suspect I was in a room with bed bugs, what should I do?
1. Isolate the items that have been infested from other items in your living space.
2. Put clothing and other heat tolerant items in a clothes dryer for a minimum of 40 minutes – the heat will eliminate bed bugs.
3. After thoroughly heating the items, wash as normal.
By following these easy steps, you should be able to prevent bed bugs ruining your first weeks in your new college home.
Massey Services was recently recognized as a Champion for Children by Killarney Elementary School in appreciation of our Team Members’ dedication to Killarney students during the 2015-2016 school year.
“Massey has been an amazing partner,” Additions/P.I.E. Coordinator Jennifer Earnest said. “We look forward to working with you this upcoming school year.”
Massey has been working with the students at Killarney for many years through the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association’s (CFHLA) Adopt-a-School program. Through this program, team members volunteer their time to mentor students and help them with their reading. In addition, Massey sponsors reading and math contests for third, fourth and fifth grade students and partners with Dollar Tree to collect personal hygiene items that are donated to disadvantaged students. Massey also sponsors a Teacher of the Month recognition program at Killarney through a partnership with the Talk of the Town Restaurants. During the past year, Massey sponsored Killarney’s participation in the Annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade.
Senior Account Manager Jay Hunt has been a major force in Massey’s involvement with this initiative and was recognized for his work on behalf of Killarney when he was named “Allied Member of the Year” by the Central Florida Hospitality and Lodging Association (CFHLA) in 2014.
Thank you to Jay and to all our Team Members who support this worthwhile endeavor.
At Massey, our people make the difference.
With the Back to School season in full force, summer is quickly fading from our minds. But the heat and pests of summer will be around for weeks to come. Wasps are summer pests that are actually at their peak during July, August and September.
Here are few signs that may indicate you have a wasp nest near your home:
- Wasps flying near sheltered areas such as gutters or roof spaces.
- Flight paths from wall cavities, eaves, sheds and garages.
It is not always necessary to remove wasp nests around your home. As summer runs its course, nests will eventually be abandoned. But if the nest appears in an area you frequent, it is best to have a professional remove the nest. Do not attempt to remove it yourself.
The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) offers the following tips when dealing with stinging insects:
- If one lands on your skin, resist the urge to swat and instead gently blow on it.
- If stung, remove the stinger, clean the area with soap and cold water and apply ice. Benedryl and hydrocortisone ointment may also help calm the reaction.
- Should you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as tongue and throat swelling, wheezing, dizziness, shortness of breath or drop in blood pressure, call 911.
- If allergic to stinging insects, learn how to use an epinephrine kit and carry it with you at all times.
- If you suspect an infestation or notice a hive or nest on your property, contact a licensed pest professional to safely remove the threat.
Wasps and other stinging insects are beneficial because they pollinate plants and flowers and eat other harmful pests, but they can cause painful stings and cause anxiety about being stung.
If you need professional assistance with wasps around your home, contact Massey Services for a free inspection.
Mosquitoes give a whole new meaning to the word “Pest.” At best, mosquito bites can cause itchiness and unsightly bumps. At their worst, they can create allergic reactions and even lead to potentially dangerous diseases such as the Zika Virus, West Nile Virus and Malaria. So it’s critical to reduce the mosquito population around your home.
Massey Services recommends the following tips to help you protect your family and pets from these annoying and potentially dangerous pests:
- Focus mosquito control efforts outside the home. Keep mosquitoes out of your home by having tightly closed doors as well as windows and screens that are properly fitted.
- Drain standing water from the places it collects around your home (bird baths, unfiltered pools) to eliminate breeding habitats. (Drain often; mosquito larvae can develop and become adults in a matter of days.)
- 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.
- Use insect repellent with DEET, applying it not only to skin but to clothing, as well. (Mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing.)
- If there is an excessive amount of water outside your home, request professional help to apply a larvicide to reduce the mosquito population.
The CDC provides additional advice on protecting yourself and your family from mosquitoes and the diseases they spread.
Mosquitoes have been around for millions of years and are one of the most irritating pests.
A professional pest prevention company can provide proper control and elimination services through a customized mosquito abatement program.
Contact Massey Services for a free inspection and learn about our mosquito abatement treatment options.
Although they’re found in Florida from June to October, sod webworms usually cause the most damage during the month of August.
Sod webworms start life as an egg laid by an adult moth. The eggs hatch into caterpillars that are about an inch in length. These brown and green caterpillars are attracted to beautiful looking lawns that are healthy and lush. The caterpillars eventually become adult moths and the cycle starts all over again.
Sod webworms attack a variety of grasses, but their grass of choice is St. Augustine.
Here are some signs of an infestation:
- Small, brownish-gray moths flying in a jerky, zigzag pattern over the lawn in the late afternoon
- Large brown areas of grass that look like a badly cut lawn. Jagged or uneven patches in the lawn.
- White spots on grass blades indicating that young sod webworm caterpillars are present
What can you do?
- Follow proper mowing and watering techniques.
- Monitor your lawn for signs of an infestation.
- Seek treatment quickly before there is extensive damage.
If you suspect you have sod webworms in your landscape, contact Massey Services for a free, detailed inspection. We’ll identify these pests and put together a plan to eliminate them.
With July quickly coming to a close, we still have at least another month of summer irrigation challenges. In the Southeast, the mix of extremely hot weather and rain can make irrigating your landscape very tricky!
Just a few days without rain and our lawns can become parched. While frequent summer rain can bring wet conditions that impact our lawns as well. Determining the proper amount of irrigation can be challenge. Here are a few tips to help:
- Be sure to have a rain sensor installed and make sure that it’s working properly
- Check your coverage to ensure all your sprinklers are covering each zone evenly with 3/4 to 1″ of water
- Check your landscape frequently for browning, dry areas and hand water if necessary
- Look out for areas that are saturated and overwatered, and reduce your watering time in those zones
Water conservation is critical to ensure we protect one of our most precious resources. That’s why a properly functioning irrigation system is so crucial. Over time, landscapes change (as does the weather!) and may require different watering practices. We’ll provide a free, written irrigation inspection along with a recommended Irrigation Maintenance Program that can take the guesswork out of maintaining your irrigation system! Contact Massey Services for a free irrigation inspection today!
The hot summer weather has arrived and so have the bugs! This includes cockroaches, and according to the Smithsonian, there are 4,500 different species of cockroaches in the world! Fortunately, we don’t find all of them in the United States! Where we live, there are seven species that are most common.
- American Cockroach: This group is commonly referred to as “Palmetto Bugs” and is the largest of the roaches infesting homes. They have reddish-brown wings and are good flyers. They often invade from sewer systems and heavily mulched areas. They can be found nearly anywhere in a home and can contaminate food, carry disease, damage book bindings, fabrics and wallpaper.
- German Cockroach: This roach has two dark stripes running from front to back on its body. They can be found throughout the world, thriving wherever man lives, eating the same foods and sharing the same habitats. Populations build rapidly from egg capsules being produced about every 20-25 days. Each capsule contains about 35 eggs, with the young maturing in about 100 days. German roaches contaminate food, leave stains, create foul odors and carry diseased organisms.
- Asian Cockroach: These roaches are nearly identical in appearance to German roaches. Adults are light brown to tan in color and possess two dark stripes on the top rear portion of the head. They are strong flyers and prefer to live outdoors. They can be found in places such as horse trailers containing hay, strawberry flats, mulch and ornamental plants.
- Brown Banded Cockroach: Easily recognized by alternating light and dark bands across its back and about the same size as the German roach, these roaches can be found in any structure. They can be harder to control because they tend to be scattered all over the structure. They are often found high on walls, in picture frames, behind molding, near appliance motors, in light switches, closets and furniture.
- Florida Woods Cockroach: This roach is often called the “stinking cockroach” because of the foul smelling fluid it produces to protect itself from predators. They are mainly found in North and Central Florida and are commonly found in leaf mulch, wood piles and under rotting logs.
- Australian Cockroach: These roaches are large and reddish to dark brown with yellow bars on the front edge of their forewing. They are good flyers and enter homes through windows, doors, soffits and gables, especially where moisture problems exist. They breed and live in moist, decaying vegetation outdoors.
- Smoky Brown Cockroach: This roach is uniform in color, typically brownish-black and very shiny. They are good flyers and are attracted to lights at night. They can be found in warm, dark, moist areas such as tree holes, ivy, mulch, woodpiles and soffits/eaves of attics with moisture problems. These pests have the reputation as being the most difficult to control because they are so active and have many habitat preferences.
If the rain and hot weather has driven these pests into your home, contact Massey Services for a free pest inspection today!
Fireworks, flags, food and fun. Explosions of red, white and blue. The Fourth of July is one of our most celebratory holidays.
As we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, we thank the men and women who serve our country and protect our freedom. In keeping with our Massey Services’ holiday recipe tradition, we’re happy to share a fun treat for your Fourth of July celebration.
CRISPY STAR POPS
8 cups miniature marshmallows
6 tablespoons butter, cubed
12 cups Rice Krispies
12 Popsicle sticks
1 cup white baking chips
1/2 teaspoon shortening
Red, white and blue sprinkles
In a Dutch oven, heat marshmallows and butter until melted. Remove from the heat; stir in cereal and mix well. Press into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Cut with a 3-in. star-shaped cookie cutter. Insert a wooden popsicle stick into the side of each star; place on waxed paper. In a microwave, melt white chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Spread over stars. Decorate with sprinkles.
Yield: 15 pops.
Thank you for choosing Massey Services and best wishes for a safe and Happy Fourth of July!