Happy Earth Day!

In honor of today being the 45th Earth Day, we dug up some interesting facts about this special day and how it originated.enviromental-benefits

  • According to SoftSchools.com, the first Earth Day in the U.S. was celebrated on April 22, 1970.
  • Every year on April 22, men, women and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean up coral reefs, show movies, sign petitions and plan for a better future for our planet, based on DoSomething.org.
  • TimeforKids.com reports that the recycling rate has increased from less than 10% in 1980 to more than 34% in 2011.
  • Earth Day was created by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin.  He created it after learning about the devastating effects of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, according to Earth Day Network.
  • Earth Day Network also estimates that 500 million people from 4,500 organizations in 180 countries will participate in Earth Day events during the month of April.
  • Massey Services was the first company in our industry to be asked to sponsor Earth Day in Central Florida

We’re proud to provide environmentally beneficial services to our customers.  Learn more about our services and their environmental benefits today!

Healthy Turf is Nature’s Gift to the Urban Environment

Did you know in addition to being aesthetically pleasing and a great asset to your property value, a healthy, actively growing turf has great environmental rewards? Here are just a few of the benefits you can enjoy from a healthy landscape:

  1. Trees, bushes, hedges, shrubs and flowers reduce air pollution by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.  In fact, one tree can reduce 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year…the equivalent of 11,000 miles of car emissions.
  2. In the heat of summer, your bushes and hedges can absorb heat from the sun, reducing your utility bills and conserving energy. Grassy lawns are 14 degrees cooler than bare soil in the summer heat.
  3. A landscaped garden can also reduce noise pollution in your home by blocking out surrounding noises.

Massey Services is committed to Best Management Practices (BMPs) to manage water, nutrients and landscape care applications. When we design a program, we take into account all factors – sun, shade, temperature, soil type and geography – to perform the correct treatment and only apply the necessary applications for the type of plants present in the landscape. Plus we use non-chemical means of creating healthy landscapes like core aeration, which creates healthy roots by ensuring landscape applications make their way into the soil and prevents water runoff to protect our waterways.

To schedule your free inspection and start enjoying the benefits of a healthy, beautiful landscape, contact us today.

Andrea Massey-Farrell Appointed to Nemours Foundation

Harvey L. Massey, chairman and CEO of Massey Services, is proud to announce that Andrea Massey-Farrell, president and CEO of the Harvey and Carol Massey Foundation, Inc., has been appointed to the Florida Board of Managers of the Nemours Foundation.

The Nemours Foundation is a non-profit organization created by Alfred I. DuPont nearly 80 years ago. andrea-massey-farrellIts mission is to restore and improve the health of children through programs not readily available. The Foundation owns and operates the Nemours Children’s Hospital in Lake Nona’s Medical City, Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and the Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware. Overall, the medical facilities treat more than 300,000 children annually.

“As a mother of two young boys and an aunt to eight nieces and nephews, Andrea is intimately aware of how childhood illnesses can impact a family,” said Harvey Massey. “Her involvement with the Nemours Foundation and its mission to provide high-level medical care for so many young lives is an expression of her commitment to the health of future generations.”

Andrea is a fervent advocate for educational advancement, improved health and the arts. She serves on several boards including Orange County CRC Governing Board, the Rollins College Hamilton Holt School Advisory Board, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater Board of Trustees, the Winter Park YMCA Family Center Board and the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Board. She is a 2011 winner of the Woman of Distinction award presented by Girl Scouts of Citrus Council, and was also a 2012 nominee for the Orlando Business Journal’s Women to Watch award.

The Health Risk of Rodents

They surprise us by suddenly appearing, tiny eyes and long tails, squeaking as we scream. Just the appearance of rats and mice can scare us. The diseases they carry on their bodies and produce from their urine and droppings are just as frightening.rodent_02housemouse_enl

Rodents are known to carry at least 10 different kinds of diseases, including murine typhus, salmonella, rat-bite fever, bubonic plague and bacterial food poisoning, all of which can cause severe illness. Hantavirus, another disease carried by rodents can progress to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS), which can be fatal. Cases of HPS occur sporadically, usually in rural areas where forests, fields, and farms offer habitats for rodents. Hunters and campers have been known to contract HPS when they make camp in areas that have been infested with mice. Deer mice, cotton rats and rice rats in the southeastern states carry the virus.

Keeping rodents at bay helps reduce the threat of illnesses they may spread. Here are some important things you need to know about rodents:

  • Block access points like holes around plumbing pipes, spaces in eaves and around doors and windows to keep rodents out of homes and sheds. Rats can enter a building through holes half an inch wide; mice can enter through holes one quarter of an inch wide.
  • Rats and mice tend to enter homes in search of food and shelter and will eat any kind of food that people eat. Store food in airtight containers. Rodents can gnaw through cardboard boxes and plastic packages.
  • Rodents can contaminate 10 times as much food as they eat, with urine, droppings and hair. Discard any food that may have come in contact with rodents.

Keeping rodents out of your home is one of the best ways to avoid the illness and disease that they spread.  Massey Services’ Pest Prevention program will prevent these pests from gaining access by identifying and eliminating areas they may be using to get inside your home.  Contact Massey for a free inspection today and avoid these frightening encounters!

Ronnie Rachels Top Volunteer at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Tony Massey, president and COO of Massey Services, Inc., is pleased to announce that North Florida Regional Manager Ronnie Rachels was named PGA TOUR® Volunteer Challenge winner at the 2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard. This honor gave Rachels the opportunity to present a $10,000 check to the Arnold Palmer Medical Foundation at the end of API Volunteer Challenge Winnertournament week.

The PGA TOUR® Volunteer Challenge provides an opportunity for local volunteers to help raise funds for charity by participating in a fun and friendly competition to gain the most supporters. Volunteers encourage their friends, co-workers and family members to visit PGATOUR.com/Volunteers and vote for them as their favorite tournament volunteer.

In addition to his support for the golf tournament and its charities, Rachels also volunteers his time on weekends at the Orlando Rescue Mission where he is involved in several sports activities as a coach and leader for children who are supported by this organization.

April Showers Bring Pests, Termites, Weeds and Mosquitoes!

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Get ready – we are gearing up for our biggest sales event of the spring this week! Take advantage of our great savings now so you’re ready for the hot summer months and all the challenges they bring with pests, termites and weeds.

Our sale is two days only – Wednesday, April 1st and Thursday, April 2nd. You’ll get exclusive savings on:

  • Pest Prevention – Prevent pests from getting in your home this summer!
  • Termite Protection – There’s no such thing as a termite-proof home – don’t wait until it’s too late!
  • Landscape Services – Summer can bring all sorts of challenges to your lawn, including pests, weeds and disease.  Let the experts at Massey identify and eliminate the problems for a beautiful, healthy lawn.
  • Irrigation Maintenance – A properly functioning irrigation system is critical to a healthy landscape.  Plus, you can reduce water usage by up to 30%!
  • Mosquito Abatement – Don’t let mosquitoes ruin your outdoor fun this summer!  Our mosquito abatement program reduces the population of mosquitoes around your home and property.

Hurry now for the best savings:

  • $25 Off your Purchase of One Annual Service
  • $75 Off your Purchase of Two Annual Services
  • $150 Off your Purchase of Three or More Annual Services

Contact us today to schedule your free inspection!

Harvey L. Massey Honored with Mennello Distinguished Service Award

Massey Services is proud to announce that Harvey L. Massey, chairman and CEO of Massey Services, is the recipient of The Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello 2015 Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented at “An Evening With Fabulous Friends” black-tie gala, which was recently held at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, and is the signature fundraising event for the Mennello Museum. CWP_6658

“I am honored to be the recipient of this award, which is given in memory of a great person who supported arts and culture in Central Florida,” said Mr. Massey. “As a benefactor of the arts in our community, we are so pleased to continue Marilyn’s mission to make the arts accessible to all through exhibitions and educational programs.”

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Massey recognized Marilyn’s husband, Michael, for his tireless and continued support of the arts. “It would not be an understatement to say that Michael Mennello has poured every fiber of his being into enhancing and improving the quality of art in our community,” Massey shared.

Mr. Massey is highly active in the community, and has received many honors for his contributions, and those from Massey Services and the Harvey & Carol Massey Foundation. The Massey Family were one of the first main supporters of the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, instrumental in the completion of the Central Florida Veterans Memorial, and sponsored “The Union Sculpture” as part of See Art Orlando’s Downtown Project, as well as being a major contributor to United Arts each year.

Homeowner Tips to Fight Fleas

Spring has officially arrived and as the weather begins to warm up, pests that we usually encounter outside may soon be attempting to make their way indoors.  For the most part, these pests are mainly bothersome to us humans but some can also make our pets crazy!  With more than 450,000 loyal customers in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and South Carolina, Massey Services reminds homeowners that fleas are common outdoor pests that can make your home their own by traveling on our pets.cat_and_dog06

Here are a few tips to rid your home of fleas as a result of pets or a close encounter with a friend or neighbor’s dog or cat that has an infestation:

  • Remove and wash pet bedding in hot soapy water or replace.
  • Thoroughly vacuum all rugs, carpeted areas, baseboard areas and closet floors. Also vacuum under beds, furniture, as well as between and under furniture cushions. Special attention should be given to common pet resting and sleeping areas. Vacuuming removes flea eggs, feces (food for the larvae) and some adult fleas/ticks.
  • Vacuum and then mop all vinyl, wood and concrete floors. Special attention should be given to cracks along the edge of walls.
  • Be sure to discard the vacuum bag or empty the canister into a plastic bag that can be tightly closed and place in a trash receptacle outside of the home.

It’s important to keep fleas out of your home, not only because their bites cause severe itching, but they can cause diseases in humans and animals. Fleas can transmit cat-scratch fever, typhus and plague. If you suspect you have a flea infestation in your home or want to protect yourself from potential attacks, call a professional service for proper control methods. The experts at Massey Services can conduct a thorough inspection at no charge and provide you with a detailed report of their findings. They will also recommend a customized abatement program that’s right for your home.

Warning Signs of Termites

There’s no such thing as a termite-proof home. It doesn’t matter if your home is made of brick, block, stucco or even built on a concrete slab. The truth is, termites can get into any home through tiny cracks and crevices less than 1/16 inches wide. To make matters worse, your home may be sitting on up to six subterranean termite colonies in a single acre plot, with each colony housing millions of termites.landscape slider
Termites eat non-stop, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And most homeowners don’t realize they have a problem until the damage is already done.
There are some warning signs you can be on the lookout for if you suspect there may be a problem.

  • Termite Wings:  Often present after a swarm, they are typically found in small piles near window ledges or other light sources.
  • Powder:  Powder post beetles leave evidence of their presence with piles of a fine, talc-like powder around furniture, flooring and any housing structure made of wood.
  • Mud Tubes:  Made of particles of soil, wood and debris, these allow subterranean termites to reach food sources above ground level.
  • Damaged Wood:  This can include wood that sounds “hollow” when it is tapped with the handle of a screwdriver or wood that is soft when probed with a sharp object.
  • Small Holes or Ripples in Drywall:  When termites damage wood within your home, they often create tiny holes in the drywall.  Extensive damage to the wood can make the drywall look rippled.
  • Pellets:  Drywood termites excrete pellets that are kicked out of holes.  These pellets often accumulate in piles on window sills, baseboards and under wooden objects.

If you see any of these signs, contact a professional termite protection company immediately to prevent further damage.  It is also critical for your home to have an annual termite inspection to thoroughly inspect for any new activity and conducive conditions around your home.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here at Massey Services we pulled together some interesting facts from a variety of sources about this popular green holiday!st-patricks-day-clip-art_1424950261

Did you know…

  1. St. Patrick’s color is actually a very light shade of blue.  The color green only became associated with the big day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century, according to Mental Floss.
  2. St. Patrick’s was a dry holiday in Ireland until 1970, according to Catholic Online.  Aside from the color green, the activity most associated with St. Patrick’s Day is drinking. However, Irish law, from 1903 to 1970, declared St. Patrick’s Day a religious observance for the entire country meaning that all pubs were shut down for the day. That meant no beer, not even the green kind, for public celebrants. The law was overturned in 1970, when St. Patrick’s was reclassified as a national holiday – allowing the taps to flow freely once again.
  3. Each year, thousands of Irish Americans gather with their loved ones on St. Patrick’s Day to share a “traditional” meal of corned beef and cabbage. Though cabbage has long been an Irish food, corned beef only began to be associated with St. Patrick’s Day at the turn of the century. Irish immigrants living on New York City’s Lower East Side substituted corned beef for their traditional dish of Irish bacon to save money. They learned about the cheaper alternative from their Jewish neighbors, according to History.com.
  4. The St. Patrick’s Day parade was invented in the United States, according to Care2.  On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the English army marched through New York City. The parade and accompanying music helped the soldiers celebrate with their Irish roots, as well as reconnect with fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.
  5. The original Irish name for the leprechaun is “lobaricin,” meaning “small-bodied fellow.”  According to History.com, belief in leprechauns probably stems from Celtic believe in fairies, tiny men and women who could use their magical powers to serve good or evil.  In Celtic folktales, leprechauns were cranky souls, responsible for mending the shoes of the other fairies.  Though only minor figures in Celtic folklore, leprechauns were known for their trickery, which they often used to protect their much-fabled treasure.
  6. According to Scientific American, the odds of finding a four leaf clover on your first try is 1 in 10,000.  Good luck!

And if you’re looking for some green, specifically a green and healthy landscape, call us today for a free landscape inspection!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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