Common Winter Weeds

weedsAs the cooler temperatures roll in, you’re most likely hoping you’ve seen the last of the weeds in your yard. The summer annual weeds will die, but unfortunately the perennial weeds, like dollarweed, will stay.

With the rainy season behind us, you may think you need to make up for the absence of showers, but dollarweed thrives in wet conditions that may be caused by overwatering. It’s important to have a professional that can help control your landscape weeds and prescribe proper irrigation. The professionals at Massey Services will ensure your lawn is receiving the correct amount of water and can help to control any winter weeds that may begin to invade your lawn and landscape, like winter annual broadleaf weeds.

Winter annual broadleaf weeds thrive in the cool temperatures. While these weeds die naturally when it warms up, they are problematic during the winter creating competition for the turf you want on your lawn.

This is the last month to apply a pre-emergence herbicide in order for it to be effective before the winter annual weeds sprout. A thick healthy lawn maintained through proper nutrition and proper watering and mowing is important. Please contact the experts at Massey Services for a free landscape inspection. They’ll build a a customized plan to keep your lawn and landscape looking its very best year-round and to help prevent winter weeds.

Massey Services Wins Two Categories in 2015 Orlando Sentinel’s Best Bets

Massey Services received top honors in two categories, Best Lawn Maintenance and Best Pest Management Company, in the 2015 Orlando Sentinel’s Best Bets listing. This marks the third consecutive year that Massey Services has won the Best Pest Management category and the first year to win the Best Lawn Maintenance group.

“To be recognized as the Best Pest Management and Lawn Maintenance Company is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our entire Massey Services team here in Central Florida,” said Harvey L. Massey, Chairman and CEO of Massey Services. “We are extremely thankful to receive these honors and appreciate everyone who voted for our company.”

This is the ninth anniversary of the Orlando Sentinel’s Best Bets listing and all winners were selected by Orlando Sentinel readers as well as via online submissions.

Tips to Avoid a Termite Infestation

The dreaded “T” word – termites. No homeowner ever wants to hear that their home has been infested with termites. These pests can cause a lot of damage to homes built with various materials – concrete, stucco, wood, and brick – and create havoc within the structure of your home. It’s estimated that termites cause more than $5 billion in damage each year, sneaking in through cracks and crevices in homes. Termites are destroying your home from behind the walls and under the foundation, so it is imperative to have your home inspected regularly for early signs and proactively treated to keep them at bay.Total Coverage Termite Protection

Massey Services can offer these tips to discourage subterranean termite infestations:

  • Repair water leaks and moisture problems. Moisture is critical for termite survival and they flourish in moist areas.
  • Keep a close eye on irrigation systems to ensure sprinklers are adjusted properly to spray away from the foundation, walls, etc.
  • Trim back bushes and plants to prevent moisture from being trapped against the walls
  • Keep gutters free of build-up so that water can flow freely and away from the foundation
  • Avoid any wooden items that touch your home from having contact with the soil. Elevate decks on concrete
  • Position stucco, wood, or siding six inches above the finished soil level to prevent termites from gaining access into your home.

The best prevention against the risk of expensive termite damage repairs is to have guaranteed termite protection for your home before a problem occurs. Massey Services recommends termite inspections should be done at least once a year, and include a thorough inspection of the inside and outside of your home.
For a free termite inspection of your home, contact us today and we’ll schedule an inspection at a time that’s convenient for you.

Massey Services Promotes Rick Block to North Florida Regional Manager

Tony Massey, president and COO of Massey Services, is pleased to announce that Rick Block has been promoted to the position of North Florida Regional Manager, effective immediately, covering the Rick Block_WebJacksonville and South Carolina markets.

Block has over 26 years of industry experience and joined Massey Services in 2011. He began his career as a Manager Trainee and quickly rose through the ranks having most recently served as the General Manager of the Windermere Service Center. In 2012, Block earned second place honors as top General Manager at Massey Services’ annual awards banquet.

“Rick’s strong people skills have allowed him to build successful teams in each of the three service centers he managed before becoming a Regional Manager,” said Tony Massey. “The Massey Services team is extremely excited about Rick’s well-deserved promotion and the great things he will bring to the North Florida and South Carolina Regions.”

Block, a Cincinnati, Ohio native, will be based out of Massey Services’ Orlando corporate headquarters.

Massey Named 2015 Best Pest Company by Daytona Beach News Journal

Massey Services was named the Best Pest Control company in the 2015 Daytona Beach News-Journal Readers Choice contest. This highly coveted award is voted on by the newspaper’s subscribers as well as via online submissions. Logo

“We are extremely honored to receive this award,” said Harvey L. Massey, Chairman and CEO of Massey Services. “This distinction is especially meaningful since the recognition comes directly from the readers and the Daytona Beach community we serve.”

Massey Services currently has ten service centers, 100 team members and provides more than 30,000 customers pest prevention, termite protection, landscape and irrigation services in the Volusia County area.

The Importance of Lawn Aeration

Roots need more than just water and fertilizer to survive. They also need oxygen! Roots absorb neither water nor fertilizer unless oxygen is also present in the soil. Aeration dramatically reduces soil compaction by removing plugs of soil from the lawn and leaving holes which allow oxygen to reach the roots, creating growth pockets for new roots. This practice intensifies rapid and healthy root growth.

A healthier root structure improves the lawn’s ability to reach water and other nutrients deep in the soil. This makes your lawn more PME_2802resistant to heat and drought.

There are many benefits to core aeration, including:

  1. Helps conserve water
  2. Enhances heat and drought stress tolerance
  3. Enhances soil water uptake and use
  4. Reduces water runoff and puddling
  5. Reduces soil compaction
  6. Improves air exchange between the soil and atmosphere
  7. Improves fertilizer uptake and use
  8. Improves turfgrass rooting
  9. Improves resiliency and cushioning
  10. Enhances thatch breakdown


Taking the Bite Out of Mosquitoes

You may hear the hum, but you will definitely feel the bite when the mosquitoes around your home decide its feeding time. Massey Services, the nation’s fifth largest pest prevention company, offers these tips to lessen the bites and keep you protected from Gallinippermosquito-borne illnesses.

  • Focus mosquito abatement efforts outside the home; prevent mosquitoes from entering by having tightly closed doors as well as windows and screens that are properly fitted
  • Mosquito larvae can develop and become adults in a matter of days; drain standing water often from the places it collects around your home to eliminate breeding habitats
  • If there are excessive amounts of water outside your home, request professional help to apply a larvicide to reduce the mosquito population
  • 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.
  • Mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing; use insect repellent with DEET, applying it not only to skin but clothing, as well.

There are 13 species of mosquitoes which are capable of transmitting diseases. Professional pest prevention 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.

Be on the Lookout for Sod Webworms in your Landscape

You’ve worked hard to grow the kind of turf that makes your neighbors turn green with envy – and then “they” show up. They are Florida sod webworms, and they love to eat away at lush, green grass, turning a manicured lawn into a brown patchy mess. Massey Services can help keep them at sod webworm larvae 2bay.
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 not discriminating in which lawn they eat, chewing away at grassy golf courses, athletic fields, parks, and residential yards. The caterpillars eventually become adult moths and the cycle starts all over again. While sod webworms are most prominent during the hot summer months and typically peak in August, the insects can still be found year-round in South Florida, and may appear as early as April in North Florida.

Here are some tips on how to spot an infestation of these pesky, grass-eating bugs:
• Small, brownish-gray moths flying around in the late afternoon
• Jagged or uneven patches in the lawn
• White or brown spots on grass blades

Ongoing lawn treatment is the best way to help target sod webworms. If you suspect you may 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.

Massey Services Named Orlando Sentinel Top 100 Company for Working Families

Harvey L. Massey, Chairman and CEO of Massey Services is proud to announce that the company has been recognized by the Orlando Sentinel as one of Central Florida’s “Top 100 Companies for Working Families.”

“We are extremely pleased to receive this honor and recognition in our community,” said Massey. “We strive to provide excellent benefits OSTop100_2015Logofor our team members and their families. I congratulate our Management Staff as our results over the years are best reflected in our Company’s very low turnover and 30 consecutive years of profitable growth.”

Companies who make the list are evaluated on criteria such as optimal work/life balance and comprehensive benefits packages, including benefits such as health insurance, 401(k) programs, vacation, holiday and sick pay benefits, financial planning, etc.

Flea Control is not Just for the Dogs and Cats

The same fleas that bite your pets will also bite you, leaving a red, itchy spot and you seeking relief. Controlling and eliminating fleas from your home is the best way to avoid these bites. Here are a few tips to cat_and_dog06rid your home of a flea infestation:

  • If you see fleas where pets sleep, remove and wash pet bedding in hot soapy water or replace the bedding.
  • 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 pet resting and sleeping areas. Vacuuming removes flea eggs, feces (food for the larvae) and some adult fleas.
  • 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.

Flea bites can be very itchy, and scratching can break the skin and lead to infection. Fleas can also transmit cat-scratch fever, typhus and plague. If you have pets that may harbor fleas, protect your pet with a veterinarian approved flea protection; this will reduce the risk to your pet and family.  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 and abatement programs.

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