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.

Don’t Let Bed Bugs Become Summer Traveling Companions

Summer is in full swing and as July flies by we are all getting ready to take our summer vacations before school is back in session. One thing we don’t want to have worry about is bed bugs, which can easily become nasty traveling companions if we’re not careful.

Staying in a four-star resort with the finest amenities and the highest standards doesn’t mean these invasive critters won’t be present. Fortunately, we do have a few tips to help you prevent bed bugs from becoming your vacation companions and even worse, your house guests if they hitchhike home with you.Univar Image 8

  • Place your luggage in the bathtub or shower and inspect the hotel room for bed bugs, checking cracks and crevices like the seams of the mattress and around the headboard.
  • If you have checked the bed area and did not see bed bugs still be cautious; bed bugs may have been introduced to the closet and dresser drawers. Be sure to check inside dresser drawers and nightstands for insects and reddish-brown or black spots.
  • Bed bugs have difficulty climbing on smooth surfaces such as glass, polished metals. Keep your suitcases elevated on a luggage rack (be sure to check the cloth webbing before placing the suitcases on the rack), a dresser or on closet shelves. This may prevent bed bugs from getting into your bags.
  • Check upholstered chairs, recliners and sofas – these are the next most likely areas for bed bugs.  Make sure to examine along seams, skirts and folds of fabric.
  • When you return home, be certain to inspect luggage and clothing that you brought on vacation with you. Bed bugs are excellent travelers.

By following these easy steps, you should be able to avoid bed bugs from ruining your summer vacation.  if you do think you may have brought them home, contact Massey Services for a free bed bug inspection and treatment solutions.  Happy Traveling!

Massey Services’ CFO, Jean Grono-Nowry, Recognized by Orlando Business Journal

Harvey L. Massey, Chairman and CEO of Massey Services is pleased to announce that, for the second year in a row, Jean Grono-Nowry has been honored by the Orlando Business Journal (OBJ) as one of Central Florida’s outstanding C-level executives in the category of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Jean is one of 25 C-level executives who was recognized at a luncheon at the Hilton Orlando on July 9, 2015.IMG_3376

Jean manages all financial matters relating to Massey Services, including corporate strategy, budgeting and planning, business integration, as well as all corporate administrative operations, such as accounting and human resources. In addition, she is extremely active in the Central Florida community, and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Central Florida, as well as Treasurer and Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors for United Arts of Central Florida.

“For more than 16 years, Jean has provided outstanding service to our company,” said Mr. Massey. “Her background in finance, accounting, auditing and management is of tremendous value to our organization. We are proud to see her publicly recognized for the valuable work she does with our Company and in our Community.”

Happy 4th of July from Massey Services!

As you know, we love celebrating holidays and that includes the celebration of our great country’s independence! As we celebrate our freedom, Massey Services proudly honors and thanks the men and women who serve our country. We are also thankful for the opportunity to be a part of our community and provide services to families such as yours. In honor of the 4th of July and the picnics and barbecues we enjoy as we celebrate, here is a patriotic burger to make at your cookout!

Star Spangled Burgers

INGREDIENTS:
2 pounds ground beef or turkeyMassey_2015_4thJuly_Hamburger_wFlag
1 large red bell pepper, diced
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 (4 ounce) packages crumbled blue cheese

DIRECTIONS
Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Mix ground beef or turkey, red pepper, garlic, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl; divide and form into 16 patties. Place 1 ounce blue cheese in the center atop each of 8 of the patties. Top each cheese-topped patty with an unadorned patty, pressing the sides together so the cheese doesn’t fall out. Cook on the preheated grill until the burgers are cooked to your desired degree of doneness, 7 to 10 minutes per side for well done. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the meat should read 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).

Massey Services Named Best Place to Work by Orlando Business Journal

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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 Orlando’s “Best Places to Work.” This is the second consecutive year and fifth year in the last nine that the company has been named to the list.

“It is an honor for Massey Services to be recognized by our team members as a “Best Place to Work” in Central Florida,” said Massey. “Our dedicated and knowledgeable team members make our company what it is today. At Massey Services we value our team members and we thank them for helping us to achieve this recognition.”

Placement on the OBJ’s Best Places to Work list is determined by an anonymous online survey in which Massey Services team members participated. Questions included inquiries about teamwork, job satisfaction and benefits. Massey Services team members were given the opportunity in the survey to share some of their favorite unique company benefits, which include recognition of their hard work at the Annual Eagle Circle Awards Banquet, the MAD (Making a Difference) Team Member Recognition Program, and the many opportunities to show support through community involvement, just a few of the many team member perks.

Massey Services Acquires EcoShield Pest Control of Atlanta, GA & EcoShield Pest Control of Austin, TX

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Harvey L. Massey, Chairman and CEO of Massey Services, proudly announces the purchase of ECOSHIELD Pest Control of Atlanta, Georgia and ECOSHIELD Pest Control of Austin, Texas.

“We are pleased to welcome the Atlanta and Austin ECOSHIELD 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 ECOSHIELD Pest Control has done an outstanding job in their commitment to total customer satisfaction.”

The acquisition of the Atlanta, Georgia and Austin, Texas divisions expands Massey Services presence in the Atlanta and Austin markets. Massey Services is headquartered in Orlando, Florida and currently provides service to over 450,000 customers throughout Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and South Carolina.

Massey Services was founded in 1985 by Harvey L. Massey, who is a leading industry voice and a 52-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.

The Potomac Company represented and acted as the exclusive financial advisor to ECOSHIELD in the sale.

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