How to Perform a Thorough Bed Bug Inspection

With the holidays upon us, many of us are planning to head out of town to visit with loved ones or have family coming to stay in our homes.
If you’re planning to stay in a hotel, there are a few easy ways to do a quick bed bug inspection to ensure your bedbugsroom is bed bug-free.
Here are a few facts about bed bugs and what to do when you enter your hotel room.

What do bed bugs look like?
Bed bugs are tiny, oval, brown and wingless insects approximately 1/4″ to 3/8″ long (5-9mm).

What can I do to protect myself?
When checking into a hotel room or after visiting guests have left your home, you can perform a simple bed bug inspection of the room.

  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 Guest Services 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 when I return home?

  1. Isolate the items in your travel bags from other items in your home – the garage is a great place.
  2. Put clothing and other heat tolerant items into your dryer for a minimum of 20 minutes – the heat will eliminate bed bugs.
  3. After thoroughly heating the items, wash as normal.
  4. Check all luggage before storing it away.  Vacuum out luggage and clean the exterior surface.

What if I have guests staying in my home?

When welcoming family and friends into your home who have been staying in hotels or on a cruise ship, be aware that bed bugs may have hitched a ride with them.  After your guests leave, carefully inspect guest rooms for any signs of bed bugs.  Wash all bed linens as soon as possible.

If you suspect you may have bed bugs in your home, contact Massey Services for a free inspection today.

 

How To Protect Your Home from Termites

If you live in the southeast, it’s almost certain termites will one day invade your home, if they have not already done so. It doesn’t matter if the home is built of bricks, stucco or even built on a concrete slab, somewhere in the structure there is wood and termites will find it.

Professional termite protection against termites starts with a thorough inspection, inside the home and outside, from attic to crawl space and around your home’s exterior. Massey Services recommends that an inspection should be conducted annually; if you’re in an area where your neighbors have termites an inspection every six months may be in order. Trained termite protection technicians will spend almost an hour or more termite-protectionthoroughly inspecting your home, depending on its size.

Termites eat non-stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may not see them, but chances are termites could be hard at work eating your biggest investment…your home. It is estimated that termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year. If an inspection detects and confirms termite damage, it is critical to have a guarantee to ensure that the damage is repaired and that re-treatment is part of the plan at no additional cost to the homeowner. Plus, Massey Services’ guarantee not only covers the structure but also the contents of the home should termites ever cause damage.
Many termite protection guarantees run annually, so it’s important to review your agreements to ensure you have the right coverage. It’s a wise investment to work with a professional pest prevention company to identify signs of termites, treat the problem and prevent further occurrences.
For a free, no obligation termite inspection, contact Massey Services today.

Our Favorite 2014 Thanksgiving Recipe

Every year at Massey Services we like to share a special Thanksgiving Day recipe with our customers. This year the recipe is Pumpkin Pie – a staple at every Thanksgiving Day dinner table. iStock_000000307232small

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pastry shell
  • 1 (16 oz) can pumpkin
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Whipped Topping

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 425°F.  Combine ingredients in a large bowl, pour into shell and bake 15 minutes.  Reduce oven temperature to 350°F and continue to bake 35-40 minutes until a knife inserted into center of pie comes out clean.  Cool slightly before serving.  Top with your favorite whipped topping.

From our family to yours – have a Happy Thanksgiving!

There’s a Mouse in the House

While many of us will open the doors to family and friends this holiday season, we might not realize we may also be welcoming rodents into our homes.

As the temperatures begin to cool off, rats and mice seek shelter in warm and comfortable places, such as your home. These furry creatures can squeeze their way into your home through dime-sized openings in attics, crawl spaces and dryer vents.rodent_02housemouse_enl

What’s worse is that rodents can be hazardous to your health. Rats and mice are capable of carrying a variety of disease-causing bacteria. They spread germs through urine, droppings, and hair particles left throughout homes.

Massey Services, the nation’s fifth largest pest prevention company, offers pest prevention to help eliminate and prevent these pests from making your home theirs. Here are a few tips:

  • Seal off openings around pipes with sheet metal or concrete.
  • Block all possible rodent entry points such as the bottom of doors, pipe entry holes, ventilation pipes, roof vents and eave vents.
  • Pick up any trash or debris around the outside of your home that could provide a shelter for rodents.
  • Rodents are always on the lookout for food. Keep garbage cans sealed and eliminate any areas of standing water. Do not leave open food items out including pet food.

Don’t let uninvited pests into your home this holiday season.  Contact the experts at Massey Services for a free pest inspection.

Common Winter Weeds Invading Our Lawns

As 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 weedscontrol your landscape weeds and prescribe proper irrigation.  The professionals at Massey Services will ensure your lawn is receiving the correct amount of water and know how 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.

Pre-emergence herbicide applied before the winter annual weeds sprout and 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 customized landscape program specific for your lawn and help prevent winter weeds.

It’s Time to Fall Back – Don’t Forget Your Irrigation System!

Daylight Saving Time ended yesterday, which gave us all an extra hour of sleep and a longer Sunday!  As many of us ran around changing all of our clocks, watches, coffee makers, etc. – there is one clock that can be easy to forget 458816733but one of the most critical and that’s our irrigation timer.

Proper water management is crucial to the vitality of a healthy lawn, but too much water can be bad for your grass – and your wallet.  Now is a great opportunity to re-evaluate the frequency of your irrigation system and take a closer look to be sure 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 Saving Time.

At Massey Services, we provide a free Water Management Audit, as well as an Irrigation Program that can save you up to 30% of your water usage.  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!

Weird Bug Facts

In honor of Halloween, we thought we’d share some crazy and weird and bug facts, thanks to the Science Channel.Halloween

  1. Midge Larvae:  Larvae of one type of midge can survive for three days in liquid nitrogen. The temperature of liquid nitrogen is -321 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Termite Queens:  Termite queens will lay up to 30,000 eggs a day, and live for many years.
  3. Indian Moon Moths:  Indian moon moths are able to smell the pheromones of a potential mate over 6 miles away.
  4. Termite Mounds:  African termite mounds can be 40 feet high and use an intricate system of ventilation shafts to control the temperature inside.
  5. Sleeping Wasps:  Some wasps sleep (and even hibernate for months) while hanging by their teeth.
  6. Fly Taste Buds:  Houseflies can taste with their feet — they have taste buds on them.
  7. Mosquitoes:  Mosquitoes have killed more humans than all the wars in history.
  8. Wasp Hunters:  There are wasp species that specialize in hunting other dangerous predators, like praying mantids and tarantulas.
  9. Ants Marching:  Only three kinds of animals fight battles in formations: humans, crows and ants.
  10. Grasshopper Ears:  Certain types of grasshoppers and crickets have their ears on their front legs.

So there you have it!  If any of these crazy pest facts creep you out, contact us and we’ll provide a free pest prevention or termite inspection to keep pests and termites away from you and your family. Happy Halloween!

Tips to Avoid Roaches

Here’s a riddle. What is brown, has six legs, and loves to sneak into your home? The answer is no laughing matter – it’s a cockroach.

There are more than 69 different types of roaches throughout the U.S. These bothersome bugs find shelter in dark places in and around homes, typically around kitchen sinks, cabinets, pipes, windows and doorframes, and outdoors, where they can be found 13smokey_enlhiding under mulch, in trees, or other plants.

Aside from causing a fright when spotted, roaches can also harbor Salmonella and cause asthma. so it’s important to vacuum and sanitize an area where there are roaches to prevent any health problems.

Massey Services, a leader in pest prevention, offers these tips to combat roaches:

  • Roaches need water to survive. Eliminate any leaky pipes, and do not allow water to build up inside or outside of the home.
  • Most roaches are cannibalistic and will eat dead roaches if they are not cleaned up. That’s why it’s important to clean up all dead roaches in and around your home rather than attract and feed live roaches.
  • Larger roaches leave droppings that look like coffee grounds. Make sure there are no “coffee grounds” in any of your drawers or cabinets.
  • Roaches are most frequently spotted near garbage cans and refrigerators. Be sure to seal garbage cans, dispose of trash properly, and clean up any crumbs or food that is left out.
  • These tiny, flat creatures have the ability to sneak in through the tiniest cracks and crevices in the home. Make sure to seal off any openings, keep shrubbery and fire wood away from the home, as well as newspapers, bags and clothing.

The best way to prevent roaches from getting in your home is with an effective pest prevention program.  To schedule a free inspection or to learn more on preventing roaches and other pests from gaining access inside your home, contact Massey Services today.

The Massey Services Promise

As many of us know, not all Pest Prevention companies are the same. This includes treatment types, image and size of the company, just to name a few. There are many different types of treatments available to eliminate pests and termites but it’s critical to hire a company you can not only trust to eliminate your problem but also to allow inside your home. Massey Services, the nation’s fifth largest pest prevention company, offers these tips to homeowners and business owners to help choose the right pest prevention company:our people make the difference

  1. Did the company provide a thorough inspection and a detailed estimate? The inspection should be both inside and outside your home and a written estimate should be provided to you.
  2. Did they provide a comprehensive explanation on the service they provide? Make sure you understand exactly what was identified during the inspection and how the company is going to solve the problem.
  3. Is the team member’s identification clearly visible? Make sure the company you hire has honest and professional team members.  Company name badges should be clearly visible as part of the uniform.
  4. How often do they provide training for their team members? Team members should receive basic training when they are first hired, as well as continued training throughout their employment with the company.
  5. Do they have a money back guarantee and if they do, what does it include? Make sure the company always puts the customer first – including visits in between service if the problem persists as well as a money back guarantee commitment if you’re not completely satisfied with the service.

At Massey Services, we adhere to these practices and standards to ensure our customers have the best service to protect their homes and businesses.  If you’d like to schedule a free, detailed inspection for your home or business, contact us today!

Tony Massey Appointed Chair of the Heart of Florida United Way

Tony Massey, president and COO of Massey Services, has been appointed Chair of the Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) 2014-2015 fundraising campaign. As Chairman, Massey was provided the symbolic red jacket on Tuesday September 9th as he heads the campaign cabinet for the organization’s 75th Heart of Florida United Way Campaign.

Massey will work with community partners and donors to reach the campaign’s goal of $18.8 million. HFUW is the largest funder of health and human services in Central Florida, providing millions of dollars to fund 60 programs CWP_6679addressing education, income, health and basic needs. The organization relies heavily on giving through local workplace campaigns. Massey Services has been a proud supporter of HFUW for more than two decades; its team members actively engage in raising funds and volunteering for the organization.

“I’m proud to be leading this year’s United Way campaign to reach the goal of $18.8 million”, said Massey. “The agency’s values and philosophy closely align with the core values of Massey Services, which include volunteerism and teamwork to serve the community, therefore this partnership with United Way is a natural fit.”

Last year’s campaign, which concluded in April, contributed $18.3 million to the total $26.6 million raised, managed and distributed in 2013-2014 by Heart of Florida United Way. Funds from workplace giving and other avenues are strategically allocated to results-driven partner agencies to support programs impacting one or more of United Way’s focus areas.

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