It’s great to have a good neighbor…someone who lends a helping hand, watches out for your home when you’re away, or meets you with a friendly greeting when you’re walking your dog, mowing your lawn or washing your car. National Good Neighbor Day celebrates the importance of good neighbors.
Good Neighbor Day was created in the early 1970s by Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation that called upon people to observe National Good Neighbor Day, noting that “the noblest of human concern is concern for others” and that a sense of community “is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family.”
Often neighbors rely on neighbors for recommendations regarding services for their home.
Massey Services customers already know how great Massey’s Guaranteed Pest, Termite, Landscape and Irrigation services are. By recommending our services to their friends, family and neighbors, they not only show that they are good neighbors, they also have opportunities to earn gift cards for themselves and their neighbors through Massey’s Pass It On program.
Massey’s customer referral program, Pass It On, allows current Massey customers to earn a $25 Publix gift card* for everyone they refer to Massey who signs up for service! And the new customer receives a $10 Publix gift card*.
In order to participate, have your neighbors, friends or family call 1-866-302-7950 to schedule a free, no obligation inspection. There’s no limit to the number of people you can refer!
So Pass It On and Earn with Massey Services!
*Louisiana customers earn Cabela’s gift cards. Texas (excluding Austin) customers earn Kroger gift cards. Austin customers earn HEB gift cards, and Oklahoma customers earn Crest gift cards.
It’s the first day of fall. Along with the many reasons that we welcome fall — cooler temperatures, football, fall festivals, harvest colors and pumpkin spice lattes — are the benefits our lawns can experience from the change in seasons.
Fall is a great time of year for lawns. You don’t have to mow them as often, and turf and shrubbery thrive without the stress of the summer heat.
Here are a few of the climatic changes that benefit turf and shrubs in the fall.
- Cooler Temperatures. Plants, like people, prefer our fall temperatures over the sweltering heat of summer. Turf and ornamentals just naturally look better and have more energy for good root development when they are not wilted and stressed by the heat.
- Shorter Days. The number of daylight hours changes the growth habits of plants (especially turf). Leaf growth is excessive in the summer. As a result, plants expend a tremendous amount of energy in order to keep up with the leaf growth that is stimulated by the extra hours of light. Turf in the shade is especially affected as it grows excessive leaves reaching for light. All of this energy for leaf production is taken from energy that would otherwise be used for root production. In the fall, the available energy is redirected to enhance root growth, which creates a stronger turf that can withstand pests, weeds and disease.
Fall is a great time for our landscape to recover from the damage done by summer’s stress. You will start to see the brown areas that were caused by disease, drought and heat stress begin to fill in much quicker now. Turf begins to lie down and use the extra energy to crawl and spread.
Take advantage of the fall conditions with seasonally focused nutrition and fertilization and pre-emergent weed treatments. To schedule your free landscape inspection, contact Massey Services today.
Proper landscape care and healthy landscapes help our environment. Fertile green spaces reduce pollutants and dust in the air, minimize heat buildup, convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and minimize water pollution.
Massey Services promotes sustainable lawn and landscape practices in our communities and offers the following water and lake friendly tips for homeowners:
- Homeowners are encouraged to follow guidelines from the University of Florida’s Florida Yards and Neighborhood program for strategies on proper design, installation and maintenance for healthy landscapes that use minimal water, fertilizer and pesticides.
- Massey Services has been using phosphorus-free fertilizers for nearly 20 years. Phosphorus-free lawn fertilizers have now become common in lawn and garden centers and are readily available for homeowner use. We recommend phosphorus-free fertilizers with a minimum of 50 percent slow-release nitrogen for a healthier more sustained feeding for your lawn.
- Homeowners should always read and follow label directions for proper fertilizer usage. Applying fertilizer at rates greater than what the plant can utilize serves no beneficial purpose.
- Hard surfaces such as concrete driveways, sidewalks and roadways act as funnels into the storm sewers that lead to waterways. Fertilizer and organic debris from these hard surfaces should be removed and deposited into turf areas where the turf can utilize the nutrients. If not removed, this debris can reach waterways, which feeds algae and can create algae blooms.
- Turfgrass areas have the ability to capture tons of organic debris such as leaf litter. Mow the debris into the turf with a mulching mower and the leaf litter virtually disappears. Leaf litter can provide valuable nutrients to the turf.
- Utilize a water smart irrigation program – smart technologies like advanced sensors which measure factors such as temperature, humidity, wind and rainfall accurately monitor the amount of moisture in the soil which help prevents wasted water.
- Homeowners, at a minimum, should maintain an irrigation system equipped with a rain shutoff device. Irrigating at a time when rainfall has been sufficient is a waste of precious natural resources.
- Use targeted and timely weed control applications. Many weed control materials used after weeds have emerged will kill weeds through contact. Be targeted in your use of weed control applications as no benefit is gained by applying these types of materials to areas that do not have weeds.
If you would like to learn more about our lake friendly landscape care, contact the experts at Massey Services today and schedule a free landscape analysis.
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 current customers. 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.
We’re here to help!
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.