Massey Services’ Adam Jones Honored With 2016 Pest Control Technology Crown Leadership Award

_dsc5777Tony Massey, President of Massey Services, is pleased to announce that Adam Jones, Vice President of Quality Assurance for Massey Services, has been awarded the 2016 PCT Crown Leadership Award presented by Pest Control Technology (PCT) and Syngenta. Jones is the fifth Massey Services team member to receive this prestigious award.

Now in its 28th year, the Crown Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have contributed to the development of the pest management industry and have established strong relationships with fellow business leaders, civic groups and customers in their local communities.

“This award speaks volumes about Adam’s accomplishments at Massey Services and his leadership role in the industry,” said Massey. “He is a natural teacher, coach and trainer who works tirelessly to not only innovate and improve our programs but also to advance the pest industry as a whole.”

Jones, a 34-year veteran of the business, joined Massey Services in 1991 and played a crucial role in the company’s transition from pest control to pest prevention in the early ’90s and in researching, developing and launching the irrigation services program that has made Massey Services the largest irrigation services provider in Florida. Jones has also served for four years on the Florida Pest Management Association’s (FPMA) Executive Committee and was inducted as President in January 2016.

Other Massey team members who have received this award are:
• Tony Massey – 2012
• Phil “Doc” Nichols – 2011
• Ed Blumenthal – 2008
Harvey L. Massey – 1992

Jones has been featured in a variety of media outlets as a pest management, landscape services and irrigation expert while also serving as a speaker at many industry events. He has completed the OPM Key Executives Program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Business Administration and currently serves on the board of directors of the Florida Irrigation Society and the Environmental Research and Education Foundation.

It’s Cyber Monday. Check Out Our Winter Savings Event!

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In some states, Cyber Monday has overtaken Black Friday as the busiest shopping day of the year, according to a new AAA Consumer Pulse Survey.

Unlike Black Friday, Cyber Monday didn’t evolve organically over time. In 2005, the National Retail Federation’s online arm, Shop.org, coined the name “Cyber Monday” in a press release to encourage people to shop online. The theory was that after a weekend of brick-and-mortar shopping, people would return to work — where internet connections were faster — and shop online. The release reported that online retailers were responding to this trend with online discounts and promotions on “Cyber Monday.”

In 2014, Cyber Monday shoppers set a single-day spending record of nearly $2.04 billion even though many retailers had extended their deals over the entire week.

At Massey Services, you don’t have to wait until Cyber Monday for great sales. Our annual winter savings event started earlier this month. For a limited time, we are extending a special discount offer to new and existing customers. It’s our gift to you!

Save on any of our services* to protect your home and family:

  • Pest Prevention
  • Termite Protection
  • GreenUP Landscape Services
  • Irrigation Maintenance
  • Mosquito Abatement
  • Rodent Exclusion

Offer ends December 31, 2016.

Contact Massey Services to schedule a free inspection today!

* Please call for service availability

Tips to Avoid Holiday Pests

christmas-trees-for-sale-1303828861qovIt’s that time of year again! Many of us will spend the next few days pulling out our cherished holiday decorations from the attic or garage and visiting our favorite tree lots to look for the perfect fresh-cut fir, spruce or pine to fill our homes with the fragrance of the holidays and serve as the focal point for parties and family gatherings. Few of us think about the “holiday pests” that we may be bringing in to our homes.

Since live Christmas trees are grown in a natural setting, we may end up bringing in a little more nature than we anticipated. There are several kinds of insects that spend the winter in these types of trees. Once you bring the tree into your nice warm home, the insects behave as though spring has arrived and they may become active again.

The two pests most commonly found on fresh-cut trees are Cinara aphids and spiders. Often, eggs that would have remained dormant through the winter hatch when the tree is brought into your home. These newly hatched insects and spiderlings are very small (approximately 1/16th inch) and can go unnoticed. Although they can be a nuisance, they are generally harmless and usually wander a very short distance before drying out and dying.

Here are a few tips to avoiding “holiday hitchhikers” on your Christmas tree:

  • Inspect the tree for signs of pests, looking along the tips of branches and deep within the tree.
  • Shake your tree before bringing it into your home. Many tree lots have mechanical shakers.
  • Vacuum up pests using an attachment without a beater bar. (Crushing the bugs can create a stain.)
  • Trees can be sprayed off with water and allowed to dry outdoors.
  • If the tree is badly infested, return the tree for another one.
  • Don’t use insecticide on your tree. The low humidity in most homes will usually kill these invaders in a short time.

Another source of holiday pests are the decorations that have been stored in attics, basements, garages and closets. Here are a few tips to follow as you pull out your decorations:

  • Open your boxes outside before bringing anything indoors.
  • Remove all the contents outside and inspect them for pests before placing them around your home.
  • If you find boxes with chewed openings, open them with caution – this could be a sign of rodent activity.
  • When putting your decorations away, use tight sealing containers rather than cardboard boxes. They are more difficult for pests to gain access inside.

If you do discover a pest problem, contact Massey Services for a free pest inspection so you don’t have any unwanted guests this holiday season!

Our Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe for 2016

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Photo: Eliza Adam

Happy Thanksgiving from Massey Services. As we pause to give thanks for our many blessings, we express gratitude to our Massey Services Team Members and our many loyal customers.

In keeping with tradition, we’re pleased to share our favorite Thanksgiving recipe for 2016:

Leftover Turkey Pot Pie

INGREDIENTS
1 tbsp. olive oil
4 tbsp. butter
1 small onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, sliced
2-3 tsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
4 tbsp. flour
Approximately 3 cups turkey, diced or shredded
2 cups mixed frozen peas and carrots
4 cups milk, slightly warmed
1 can of Pillsbury Grands Biscuits

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350° F.

In a large saute pan, over medium low heat, add the olive oil, butter, onion, garlic and rosemary. Cook until the onions and garlic are softened and the rosemary is fragrant.

Stir in the flour to coat and cook for a minute or two. Add the milk and whisk until smooth. Allow to simmer for about 8-10 minutes until slightly thickened.

Once the sauce has thickened, add in the turkey, peas and carrots. Simmer for another 5 minutes.

Pour the pot pie filling into a pan. Place the biscuits over top. If you are looking for a thinner crust, cut each biscuit in half to make two thinner rounds.

Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until the filling is bubbly and the biscuits are golden.

Recipe: Leah Rodrigues, Foodista.com

Harvey L. Massey Honored As Orlando Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropist Of The Year

hlm-webMassey Services Chairman & CEO, Harvey L. Massey, was named Corporate Philanthropist of the Year by the Orlando Business Journal (OBJ) and was honored at the OBJ Corporate Philanthropy Awards luncheon on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

Massey and his wife, Carol, are longtime supporters of the Central Florida community, especially in the areas of the arts, healthcare and education. They have made major contributions to the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, Nemours Children’s Hospital for early childhood autism research, the Veterans Memorial Park of Central Florida, the Burnham Institute, Rollins College and to fund a public sculpture for the “See Art Orlando” community project – just to name a few.

“I am honored to receive the Corporate Philanthropist of the Year award and accept it on behalf of our team members at Massey Services who do so much for our company and community,” said Massey. “I’m personally convinced that when you take a lot out, it’s important to put something back. In other words, you can’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands – sooner or later, you have to throw something back.”

In March of 2016, Massey was inducted into the prestigious Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. This national award honors outstanding business, civic and cultural leaders who are committed to philanthropy and education.

Harvey L. Massey also has contributed to the Central Florida community through his involvement with various community organizations, including serving as Chair of the Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Task Force, Vice Chairman of the Central Florida Expressway Authority, Chairman of United Arts, Vice Chair of United Way and as a member of the Dr. Phillips Foundation Board of Directors and Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Board.

Eric A. Brown, Ph.D. Promoted to Director of Agronomy

Eric A. BrownTony Massey, President of Massey Services, is pleased to announce the promotion of Eric A. Brown, Ph.D., to Director of Agronomy. In his new position, Dr. Brown is responsible for managing agronomic programs for Massey Services’ GreenUP Landscape division.

Brown joined Massey Services in 2009 as a Service Manager and most recently held the role of Field Training Manager, where he trained GreenUP Landscape specialists in the principles of agronomy and assisted in the development of Massey’s agronomic programs. As Director of Agronomy, Brown will play a critical role in optimizing Massey’s environmentally responsible agronomic programs through field research and testing of products and treatment procedures that promote healthy landscapes.

“Dr. Brown’s knowledge as a soil scientist and a certified arborist makes him a tremendous asset to Massey Services,” said Massey. “His expertise in the horticultural industry will be instrumental in the research and development of future landscape programs with a continued strong focus on our environment. We congratulate him on this well-deserved promotion.”

Before his career at Massey Services, Brown was the owner and president of Turfgrass Doctors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Turfgrass Association, where he has been a member of the Scholarship and Research Committee. In addition, he has taught horticulture-related classes as an adjunct professor at various higher education institutions, including Rollins College, Valencia College, Seminole State College and Santa Fe College. Brown has also authored several articles in a variety of turfgrass trade publications.

Brown earned his doctoral and master’s degrees in soil and water science from the University of Florida.

Don’t Miss Our Annual Winter Savings Event!

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We know you have a lot to do this season. Let Massey Services make the holidays easier. Massey Services’ annual winter savings event runs through December 31st.

We’ll help you check a few things off your list and give you our best savings of the year.

Here’s how we can help:

  • Pest Prevention: Pests are always active and always seeking food and shelter.  Keep them out of your home with Massey’s Pest Prevention.
  • Termite Protection: Even though you can’t see them, termites are a constant threat and can cause significant damage without you knowing it.  Protect your home today.
  • GreenUP Landscape Services: During the cooler months, we’ll provide nutrition and treatments to prevent weeds and promote healthy strong roots for a beautiful landscape year-round.
  • Irrigation Maintenance: Proper watering helps avoid costly landscape damage – that’s why it’s best to have your irrigation system checked and properly maintained throughout the year.
  • Mosquito Abatement: Mosquitos are more than a nuisance – they carry harmful diseases. We target mosquitos where they live and breed to reduce populations around your home.
  • Commercial Pest Prevention: Massey Services is also extending a special discount offer to new business customers! Save on Commercial Pest Prevention, Commercial Termite Protection, Bed Bug Elimination, Bird Control, Mosquito Abatement, Drain Line Service and Bat Control.

Call us or visit us online to schedule a free inspection today!

On Veterans Day, Massey Services Says “Thank You”

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Lakeland Service Center General Manager Willi Davi helps local elementary school children honor our veterans.

As our nation recognizes Veterans Day, Massey Services expresses its appreciation to those who have served and sacrificed for our country.

Team Members from our Lakeland (Florida) Service Center have been busy this week honoring those who have served. On Wednesday, they visited a local elementary school, where students invited relatives who had served in the military to come to the school for a special program honoring them for their service. More than 70 veterans were honored during the event, and the students had the opportunity to learn about Veterans Day.

On Thursday, Lakeland General Manager Willi Davi organized a Salute to Veterans at a local Cancer Treatment facility, and on Veterans Day, he will spend the morning visiting veterans in nursing homes and the afternoon helping with a large veteran celebration at a local church. A veteran himself, Willi served in the United States Marine Corp from 1983-1987

Massey Services has a history of honoring our veterans. In 2012, Massey Services pledged $250,000 to build the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park in Lake Nona, FL.

At a press conference announcing the founding gift, Chairman and CEO Harvey L. Massey said, “We are fortunate to live in the greatest nation the world has ever known and the Central Florida Veterans Memorial Park allows us to remember those who have fallen while fighting for our freedom, liberty and the opportunities that are afforded to us each day.”

On behalf of Massey Services, we salute the men and women who have served or are serving our country.

It’s Time to Reset Your Clocks and Adjust Your Irrigation Timer

fall-backDaylight Savings Time ends on November 6, which will give us all an extra hour of sleep on Sunday!  As you change your clocks, watches, coffee makers, etc., don’t forget to adjust your irrigation timer.

Proper water management is crucial to the vitality of a healthy lawn. While too much water can be bad for your grass – and your wallet, it is important to continue to water your lawn throughout the winter season.

Now is a great opportunity to re-evaluate the frequency of your irrigation system and ensure your system is functioning properly.  Doing this can save money on your monthly water bill by reducing unnecessary consumption.

In many states, it is also a requirement to change the frequency of your watering schedule to comply with regulatory statutes.  Check your local water management district’s website to understand what requirements to follow in your area at the end of Daylight Savings Time.

At Massey Services, we provide a free Water Management Audit, as well as an Irrigation Program that can save you up to 30% in wasted water.  Our program includes the following:

  • Customized plan for any needed irrigation repair
  • Ongoing inspections of your system for leaks or failures on a zone-by-zone basis
  • Adjustments and cleaning of sprinkler heads
  • Setting the control box to water properly based on your landscape’s needs, seasonal weather patterns and local watering restrictions
  • Written recommendations on techniques and hardware

To schedule your free Water Management Audit, contact Massey Services today!

Happy Halloween! Do You Have a Fear of Spiders?

19recluse_enlAre you afraid of spiders? If so, you’re not alone. According to an article on PsychologyToday.com, arachnophobia is one of the most common of the specific phobias. It’s estimated that 1 in 3 people have a fear of spiders. For some people, looking at a photograph or hearing the word “spider”causes fear.

So, why are people so afraid of spiders? There are more than 43,000 different species of spiders in the world, and only a small number of those species are considered dangerous. Less than 30 (less than one-tenth of one percent) have been responsible for human deaths (Encyclopaedia Britannica).

What is it that people fear about spiders? The list includes their hairiness, their legs, the fact that they move quickly and their “staring” eyes.

People who fear spiders are also more likely to fear a whole group of other animals that psychologists call “fear relevant.” Other animals in this group include rats and mice, amphibians, snakes, lizards and insects and invertebrates such as slugs, snails, cockroaches and other “creepy-crawlies.”

Psychologists link the fear of spiders to what they call “disgust emotion,” a response they say evolved to prevent the spread of disease and illness. Many things that we find gross or disgusting also spread disease. We react by avoiding touching them, feeling nauseous, not eating them and making certain facial expressions. People who fear “fear-relevant animals, react more strongly to disgusting things.

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.

This time of year, we’re more likely to see extremely large “spiders” and their “webs” along with the skeletons, monsters and graveyards decorating the yards of our friends and neighbors. If the eight-legged creatures that you see cause you to fear, remember, it’s more likely the result of disgust rather than danger.

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

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