Termites Eating Away at Your Investment

You searched for the perfect home in the perfect neighborhood, making one of the largest financial investments you’ll ever make in your lifetime. Unfortunately, termites have also been searching for the perfect home and they can destroy that investment by causing major damage before you even know they’re there.
According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), it is estimated that termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year. Massey Services, the nation’s fifth largest pest prevention company wants to help you protect your investment by sharing some facts about termites.
Mid-February to early May marks the height of Subterranean termite swarm season, but they can swarm anytime during the year if they’re looking for a new source of food, water and shelter, or the colony is disturbed. Throughout the year they may be hidden in the woodwork, destroying your home. They feed on cellulose, including structural timbers, flooring, doors and doorframes, window trim, and even pieces of furniture. termite-protectionPreventive treatment with a damage repair guarantee is critical and is recommended because every home is at risk.
A pest prevention professional is trained to know the signs of termite infestation. Massey Services, a leader in pest prevention offers these tips to help homeowners spot signs of termite activity:

  • Check around windowsills and door thresholds. If you find an accumulation of insects with wings or only the discarded wings from termites in your home, it’s a likely sign you have an infestation.
  • Look for mud tubes along the foundation of your home. Termites prefer dark, moist conditions, so they construct mud tubes from the earth as they make their way into the interior of your home. Once they gain access, they eat away at the structural composition and contents of your home.
  • Look for small exit holes in drywall. When reproductive termites swarm, they often create small holes to fly out of. As they emerge from the walls in the home, they fly toward light sources such as windows, doors or skylights.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to protect your home from termites.  Massey Services will provide a free, thorough inspection of your home and termite protection that is backed by one of the best guarantees in the industry.  Contact us for a free inspection today.

Massey Services Acquires Wolf Pest Control of South Carolina

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Harvey L. Massey, Chairman and CEO of Massey Services, proudly announces the purchase of Wolf Pest Control of South Carolina located in Greenville, Charleston and Columbia.

“We are pleased to welcome the Wolf Pest Control team members and customers to the Massey Services organization,” said Mr. Massey. “We look for companies who have a reputation for exceptional customer service and Wolf Pest Control has done an outstanding job in their commitment to total customer satisfaction.”

The joining of the two companies expands Massey Services presence into the South Carolina market. Massey Services is headquartered in Orlando, Florida and currently provides service to over 450,000 customers throughout Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.

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 30th 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.

Prepare Your Lawn & Landscape for Freezing Temperatures

This week the forecast is calling for freezing temperatures which can result in severe and sometimes permanent damage to lawns, trees and shrubs.Freeze Picture

Here are a few tips on how to prepare for the freeze:

  • Irrigate before the frost or freeze to ensure there is proper moisture in the soil root zone, however make sure irrigation is stopped early enough to allow time for leaves to dry in order to avoid ice forming on them.
    • Please Note: Do not irrigate during a freeze. This practice is beneficial in nurseries and citrus groves only because they are equipped to water non-stop until the ice is melted. If not done properly, this practice can prolong the amount of time that plants are subjected to the harsh, cold temperatures.
  • Cover cold-sensitive plants with blankets or boxes but NOT plastic. Be sure to remove the covering as soon as the temperatures begin to warm up.
  • Do not mow turf that is frozen and keep the lawn mowed high. This can reduce cold injury in a number of ways. First, it will promote a deeper root system, which will provide greater stress tolerance. In addition, higher mowing heights can create a warmer micro-environment due to the extra canopy cover provided by the longer leaf tissue.
  • Avoid foot traffic or vehicular traffic on frozen turf as this can increase damage.

For more tips and information, contact Massey Services at 1-888-2MASSEY (262-7739).

Harvey L. Massey: No plans to slow down as company hits 30th anniversary

In an article printed today in the Orlando Sentinel, Harvey L. Massey shared that he has no plans of slowing down as Massey Services reaches the 30th Anniversary of the company on February, 20, 2015.

The CEO recalls that back then, Orlando had a much more small-town feel.

“It’s still a great place to live and raise a family, but it has a big-city atmosphere now. To me, it CWP_6658seems like Atlanta did 10 or 20 years ago, poised for big growth,” said Massey, chief executive to 1,600 team members.

Massey, a longtime philanthropist, is happily running the company at the age of 73, showing no signs of slowing down.

“I have never taken 10 seconds to think about retirement,” Massey told the Sentinel. “People say, ‘don’t you want more time to do whatever you want to do,’ and I tell them, ‘I already do that.’”

Massey Services and its CEO have been fixtures of the Orlando and Winter Park business landscape for decades. The company ranks as the fifth-largest pest management company in the United States.

“The future looks bright for us this year,” Massey said. “We have about 120 service centers now, and we plan to add three more in Greater Atlanta this spring.”

Like Orlando and Florida in general, Massey Services has grown every year since he bought it –including 1.5 percent annual growth during the depths of the Great Recession. In addition to Florida and Georgia, the company also operates in Texas and Louisiana.

The recession, Massey says, was just another opportunity to find growth in different ways. At the beginning of the downturn, Massey had contracts with major homebuilders. During the depths of the downturn, it had ties with property management firms. Individual home accounts still make up the majority of the business.

Over the years, a close friend was also a big competitor – Chuck Steinmetz, who ran Middleton Pest Control. Massey and Middleton ranked No. 12 and No. 13 among the nation’s largest pest control companies. Middleton was bought by Sunair Services in 2005, and then Massey acquired it in 2009.

Steinmetz has only good things to say about Massey.

“We were friends first, and then we become competitors,” Steinmetz said. “But our friendship actually got stronger then. We traveled all over the world together. He’s a brilliant businessman, and a very genuine person.”

Steinmetz also praised Massey for sharing his success with the community by donating time and money to many causes. Massey currently serves as chairman of the board at Rollins College Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship Program and on the board of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation.

And Massey’s stint on the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority from 2006 to 2008 earned him a reputation as a reformer, because he was appointed after scandal had rocked the agency. “You’ve made us think and look at things differently,” then-authority director Mike Snyder was quoted as saying about Massey when Massey left the authority.

Massey is selective about the people he hires and emphasizes company culture. “Our team members enter thousands of homes each day, so it’s important that they have the right image and attitude,” he said.

When he does decide to retire, he has a succession plan: His son Tony Massey, who has been president and chief operating officer for years, will become CEO. The company has plenty of long-term memory in place. Gwyn Elias, CIO, started in 1987, and Ed Dougherty, executive vice president of operations, started in 1992.

With the company’s 30th anniversary on Feb. 20, Massey is thinking more than usual about the company’s origins: He left his Memphis job at Terminix and took on bank loans to buy Orlando-based Walker Chemical in 1985 for $3.9 million, and changed the name to Massey. At 12.5 percent financing, he considered the interest rate ideal at the time.

Harvey and his wife, Carol, have been married for 50 years. They have three children, 10 grandchildren and live in Winter Park. He also spends a lot of time on his sprawling ranch properties in Lake County and in Montana.

“Things always seem to happen for me in February. I met my wife in February. I bought Walker Chemical in February. I’m expecting this year will be no different,” Massey said.

Massey Services Promotes Maurice “Moe” Jenkins to Florida Southeast Regional Manager

Tony Massey, president and COO of Massey Services, is pleased to announce that Maurice “Moe” Jenkins has been promoted to the position of Regional Manager of the FL Southeast Region, effective December 12, 2014. Moe Jenkins Web

Jenkins joined Massey Services in June 2009 as a Manager Trainee and over the past six years has managed different service centers in Central Florida that experienced significant growth under his leadership.

“Moe has proven to be an effective manager and an invaluable part of the Massey organization,” said Tony Massey. “We know that the teams in the entire southeast region will benefit from his leadership.”

Jenkins will be responsible for managing service centers from Cocoa and throughout the east coast of Florida to Boca Raton.

Massey Services Acquires MayDay Pest Solutions in Austin, TX

Harvey L. Massey, Chairman and CEO of Massey Services, proudly announces the purchase of MayDay Pest Solutions, a pest management company headquartered in Georgetown, TX.

“We are pleased to welcome the MayDay Pest Solutions team members and customers to the Massey Services organization,” said Mr. Massey. “We look for companies who have a reputation for exceptional customer service and MayDay has done an outstanding job in their commitment to total customer satisfaction.”

The joining of the two companies further expands Massey Services in the Austin, TX market.

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 30th 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.

Massey Services’ Jay Hunt Honored by CFHLA

Harvey L. Massey, Chairman and CEO of Massey Services, is pleased to announce that Jay Hunt, Commercial Account Manager, was named 2014 “Allied Member of the Year” by the Central Florida Hospitality and Lodging Association (CFHLA). This award is presented to an individual who has a strong commitment to the organization and community. Jay Hunt with Award

Hunt demonstrates his dedication to the community through CFHLA’s Adopt-a-School program, working with Killarney Elementary. Through this program Hunt and other Massey Services team members encourage students to improve their math grades by participating in the Massey Math Miles contest. Hunt also takes part in the school’s initiative to make better readers. In addition to his work at Killarney, Hunt also partners with Dollar Tree to collect personal hygiene items that are donated to homeless students in Orange and Osceola counties.

“In the years Jay has been with the Massey organization, he has exhibited an incredible drive to support others who are less fortunate,” said Harvey L. Massey. “His willingness to lend a helping hand and assist others exemplifies one of the key tenets of our company’s Guiding Philosophy, volunteerism. We are extremely proud that Jay is a part of our team.”

Massey Services Making a Difference

A Casselberry, FL boy who wished for a “bug-free home for Christmas” has received his wish. Massey Services played Santa’s elves and donated pest prevention services to Wyatt Guiliano and his family.

Wyatt’s mother, Melissa Guiliano, is terminally ill and raising two sons. The family reached out for help, but not CAM00738for toys, or food, or trips, they wanted to rid their home of pests.  Three of Massey Services’ technicians, Henry Lara, Wayne Duvall, Rick Virtue and one service manager, Anthony Kaushhagen, stepped up to donate pest prevention services so that the family could have the holiday they wanted. We made the connection with the Guiliano family through Casselberry police officer Jerry Jordan.

This is not the first time our company has helped others in Central Florida. We have given back to the community by collecting personal hygiene items for homeless students in Osceola and Orange Counties, participating in food drives for local pantries and forming teams & walking to raise money in the fight against breast cancer, heart disease and autism. It’s part of our mission to give back to the communities where we serve.

Jonathan Goetz Promoted to Atlanta Regional Manager

Tony Massey, president and COO of Massey Services is pleased to announce that Jonathon Goetz has been promoted to the position of Regional Manager of the Atlanta Region, effective December 1, 2014.Jonathan Goetz

Goetz joined Massey Services in March 2003, and over the past 12 years, has successfully performed in numerous management assignments throughout the company.  Jonathan’s most recent assignment was Regional Manager of the Florida Southeast Region.

“This region, under Jonathan’s leadership, has been one of the top performing regions in the entire organization,” said Tony Massey, “thus making this promotion to the Atlanta Region most deserving.”

Our Favorite 2014 Holiday Treat

Happy Holidays from Massey Services! May your holiday season be full of love, joy and peace that continues well into the New Year!

Thank you to all of our customers for your continued confidence in the services we provide.

From our family to yours, we wish you Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
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Classic Hot Cocoa

INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
pinch salt
1/3 cup hot water
4 cups whole milk
1 tsp. vanilla
mini marshmallows

DIRECTIONS
In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa and salt and mix well. Stir in water and beat with wire whisk, until mixture boils. Boil for 2 minutes. Add milk and stir until blended. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until hot (not boiling). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, then beat until foamy. Top with marshmallows.

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