Building Barriers: Clark’s Quarterly Pest Control Service

Savannah Anderson - June 24, 2019

If you find yourself with some unwanted house guests this summer, we offer one-time or quarterly pest control treatments that can leave you with peace of mind that your home is protected against pests. If you already have pest control services and are interested in what makes them effective, look below for a brief description of our pest control services:

 

The interior and exterior of the home are treated to build up a barrier against pests during the initial service.  Once the barrier is established, the exterior treatment will cover 98% of covered pests from entering the home and is maintained quarterly. Your pest control is guaranteed between services and we will come back out if you experience any issues following the treatment.

 

For the interior treatment, the cracks and crevices along the baseboards are treated throughout the entire home. We place an insecticidal dust around appliances, in plumbing voids and around large pieces of furniture. If you have a garage, the corners and along the ceiling are spider brushed. A liquid treatment is applied to the cracks and crevices along the baseboards. Two monitors will be placed on either side of the garage door.

 

On the exterior, treatment includes spider brushing under the eaves and around the windows and doors. A liquid treatment is applied under the eaves and around the windows and doors as well. The perimeter of the home is treated 2 feet up and 3-5 feet out. An insecticidal bait will be placed in a around the exterior of the liquid treatment.

 

Did you know? If you already have termite protection with Clark’s, you can receive pest control at a discounted rate! Call us to start pest control service today at 866-781-4991 or email us at ClarksCSR@ClarksPest.com.

6 Ways to Say Goodbye to Mosquitoes

Savannah Anderson - June 21, 2019

Not many things are more enjoyable than a southern summer evening outdoors. If your outdoor parties leave you with some unwanted mosquito bite favors, take a look at these 6 ways you can help prevent mosquitoes:

  1. Keep mosquitoes outside
    • To keep mosquitoes outdoors, use air conditioning or screens for windows and doors.
  2. Use insect repellent
    • The CDC recommends the following here:
      • DEET
      • Picaridin
      • IR3535
      • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
      • Para-menthane-diol (PMD)
      • 2-undecanone
  1. Eliminate standing water from the immediate area of your home
    • Certain species of mosquitoes breed in standing water which can be collected in receptacles such as unused plant pots, tires, children’s toys, buckets and trash cans. Ensure stagnant water is removed to reduce mosquitoes.
  2. Wear light-colored clothing
    • Did you know that mosquitoes can be more attracted to dark colors? They use visual cues to locate humans.
  3. Plant a garden
    • These plants naturally repel mosquitoes:
      • Citronella
      • Lemon Balm
      • Basil
      • Lavender
  1. Cover up
    • If mosquitoes are particularly bad, wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts can reduce the likelihood of getting mosquito bites.

These tips in combination with our people and pet friendly treatments can keep the mosquitoes in your yard at bay.

How can we help?

For effective and safe mosquito control, we offer one-time or monthly mosquito treatments. We treat standing water that cannot easily be cleared such as bird baths, tree holes and flower pot saucers. In addition to treating small areas of standing water, we treat the bushes and foliage around the home to the perimeter of the yard on the front, sides and backyards where mosquitoes are found. Following our treatment, people and pests are to remain outside of the treated area for 30-60 minutes.

To learn more about our mosquito treatment options and pricing, give us a call toll-free today at 866-781-4991 or email us at ClarksCSR@ClarksPest.com. Contact Clark’s to help take back your outdoor living space!

Gettin’ Grassy: 3 Tips for Summer Weed Control

Savannah Anderson - June 20, 2019

How do I control weeds throughout the summer?

Summer is the perfect season for a great vacation, but it is also peak season for weeds.

Weeds do not easily invade a healthy stand of turf that is properly fertilized, watered and mowed at the correct frequency and height.  Weeds like bare and thin areas which can be caused by:

  1. Improper fertilization
    • Too much or too little of the correct nutrients and/or improper timing of application
  2. Too much or too little watering
    • Overly moist soils are subject to various sedge weeds that can be really tough to eliminate once they take hold
  3. Failure to control diseases and insects
    • For example: fungus, grub worms, mole crickets and moles

There are 3 main ways to control your lawn’s weed population:

1. Mowing

The best cultural practice for weed control in your lawn is frequent mowing (weekly if possible). This breaks the weed’s life cycle by cutting the seed heads before they mature, thereby preventing them from spreading. Many weed species do not tolerate frequent mowing.

Mowing at the correct height for the turf type is equally as important as frequent mowing. Mowing too low can cause injury to the turf, and mowing too tall will result in excessive thatch buildup.

2. Fertilization

Many professional lawn care companies apply pre-emergent herbicides in late winter to early spring, then again in late April to early June.

Pre-emergent is a type of herbicide that prevents the germination of seeds. It typically lasts 4 to 6 weeks depending on environmental factors like rainfall and temperature. Late June, July and early August can be prime time for weeds to flourish based on the last application time of the pre-emergent. When the effects lessen over time, weeds are able to germinate and start to appear in your lawn.

Did you know? If you have a newly sodded home, you cannot use pre-emergent for 6 months as it is a root inhibitor.

3. Post-Emergent Herbicides

Post-emergent is a type of herbicide that kills weeds after they have germinated.

After weeds appear, many lawn care companies will not apply post-emergent weed control when daytime temperatures are over 93 degrees for fear of killing the turf.

Did you know? For new sod, you have to be careful with using post-emergence herbicides until after the turf is well-established.

 

There are many beautifully maintained DIY lawns out there. If you would like some DIY tips, give us a call. But for many of us, the service and expertise that professional lawn fertilization companies provide is well worth the investment. The burden of results is placed on the professionals, which allows you to utilize your free time for more enjoyable activities.

If you are in the Midlands of South Carolina, contact us today for a quote on professional lawn care toll-free at 866-781-4991 or email us at LawnHelp@ClarksTurfPro.com. Thank you for your business!

Fire Ants – Ouches & Facts

Savannah Anderson - June 18, 2019

Why are they called Fire Ants?

Red imported fire ants get their common name from 2 factors:

  1. They have a reddish appearance (the color of fire);
  2. Their ability to inflict painful bites and stings. Some say the pain caused by the sting is same as the pain caused by a fire burn.

“Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet and reaching for the light switch.”

This is how Dr. Justin Schmidt (“The King of Sting”) describes the sting of the Red Imported Fire Ant (aka RIFA). He rates the pain level of the Fire Ant as a 1.5 on a scale from 1 to 4 on THE SCHMIDT INSECT STING PAIN INDEX (See below).

Ouch! What do I do if there are fire ants on me?

If you somehow get fire ants on you, it may be your first instinct to try and shake them off in a state of panic. Though it is important to remove the ants quickly, shaking will not work. They’ll likely latch on, and shaking will only make them hold tighter. The most effective way to remove them is to quickly and repeatedly brush them off of the skin. If they are stinging through clothes or shoes, promptly remove the clothing and ensure they are gone before re-dressing.

 

What should I do if I get stung by fire ants?

There isn’t much you can do, except watch the affected area for excessive swelling, itching or redness, or other symptoms like shortness of breath, thickening of the tongue, sweating, etc. that could indicate a severe systemic allergic reaction. If this occurs, seek medical attention immediately.

 

Is my pet at risk of fire ant stings?

Due to the amount of time dogs spend outdoors, the possibility of them being stung by fire ants is high. Dogs can easily disturb a fire ant mound just by playing or digging nearby. The areas most vulnerable to stings are those with little or no hair, such as ears, nose, or abdomen. Additionally, dog food attracts fire ants. Fire ants often swarm a food bowl, making it not only difficult but also dangerous for your pet to eat. If fire ants sting your dog, move him or her from the source of the fire ants immediately and remove all ants by brushing them off.

 

Did you know?

Fire ants are attracted to the electric fields created by the high voltage devices. They tend to build nests close to the high voltage switch boxes, invade the electrical equipment, short out electronic gadgets, and cut through the metal wires.

 

 

Fire ants can form waterproof clusters up to thousands of ants. They keep the queen and larvae in the mound’s center for protection while the outside ants take turns cycling from the top of the mound to the bottom. The ants can do this for several days while they search for dry land.