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!

Cockroaches and Disease

Cockroaches. They are one of last things anyone wants to see in their home. But unfortunately, your home has very attractive qualities to it that make cockroaches want to take up residence. Where there’s food and water and a place to find shelter, roaches will find a home. While the size of the American cockroach at just over two inches is a scary sight, the illnesses and disease that they can spread are even scarier. Cockroaches have been known to carry Salmonella, which can result in food poisoning. Their droppings, when airborne, may also increase symptoms among asthma sufferers.11american_enl

The most common roach species in the southeast is the American cockroach. It can be found in even the cleanest homes, as it can travel from neighbors’ homes, be transported home in grocery bags, or use foliage that touches your home as an avenue to get inside. Massey Services wants homeowners to know a few tips about roaches that could help you keep them out of your home:

  • Roaches are attracted to food; keep counters, sinks, tables and floors clean and free of clutter and crumbs.
  • Store food in airtight containers. Roaches can get into cardboard packaging such as cereal and cookie boxes.
  • Vacuum or sweep every 2-3 days in areas that might attract cockroaches. These include kitchen and dining room floors.
  • Seal gaps around doors and windows to prevent roaches from entering your home.

Keeping roaches out of your home is one of the best ways to avoid the illness and disease that they spread.  Contact the experts at Massey Services for more information or schedule a free pest inspection to ensure roaches or any other pest is not finding a way into your home.

Ants are Back

When visitors from out of town escape to their winter home and the warmth of Florida, they often expect to have a few guests. They prefer the human kind, but often pests may also arrive in the form of ants. Homes in Florida tend to see an influx of ghost ants and white-footed ants at this time of year. Both of these pests come indoors in search of food and common-pestswater, which are plentiful when people return to their winter homes. Massey Services wants homeowners to know the facts about these small, but annoying pests.

Ghost ant colonies can run into the thousands, and while they nest mainly outside in plant materials near a home’s foundation, they can form colonies indoors in wall voids, behind cabinetry and in any dark places. You may find them in your kitchen or bathroom. White-footed ants nest in decaying plant materials, such as palms, leaf litter and hollow plant stems, but they may also set up colonies in wall voids and under attic insulation.

Ants like sheltered spaces that allow them easy access to food and water. Here are some tips to keep them out of your home.

  • Keep plant material away from your home.
  • Trim back shrubs and make sure mulch and ground cover are at a distance from the homes foundation
  • Check under attic insulation for the ant colonies.

If you do find ants have taken up residence, work with a trained pest prevention expert to remove them from your home. Hardware store and DIY remedies are only temporary. If a large colony of ants has taken up residence in your home you’ll need professional help to remove them and put a plan in place to keep them from coming back.  Contact Massey Services for a free pest inspection of your home, whether it’s your winter home or you live in Florida year-round.

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).

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