Stay Safe from Fleas and Ticks This Summer

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Fleas and ticks can create a nuisance in our summer fun and contribute to minor yet annoying health problems. Spring-Green, your neighborhood lawn care specialists since 1977, has compiled a guide to get you schooled up on the threats fleas and ticks pose and, most importantly, how to control these pesky intruders.

Answers To Your Frequently Asked Flea and Tick Control Questions

What exactly is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease can have a combination of symptoms that can all be present or only a few. They are easily mistaken for other conditions making diagnosis challenging if a tick bite is not noticed. These symptoms include fatigue, fever, joint pain and more.

How is Lyme disease contracted, spread?

Lyme disease is contracted when a deer tick is infected by Lyme disease and bites a human. Lyme disease can also impact household pets.

Where do fleas come from?

In most cases, fleas come from household pets. By keeping up with your veterinarian’s recommendations for flea prevention and treatment, you’ll be more successful in keeping fleas out of your home.

Fleas may begin to thrive in heavily shaded areas of your property, crawl spaces where wildlife and feral strays might sleep or sheltered enclosures such as dog houses. Fleas tend to avoid outdoor areas with foot traffic or lots of sunlight. By clearing away debris, following vet recommendations and applying a flea treatment with the help of your lawn care professional, you can prevent fleas from disrupting your life.

How can I prevent or control ticks at my home?

  • Remove yard debris. Ticks look for dark, moist places to thrive. If your yard has debris laying around, you’ll increase your risk of ticks.
  • Get out and rake the leaves. Leaves are moist places that hold water and can develop into a tick haven. Ticks also like trees, shrubs and leaves.
  • Don’t encourage visits from deer. Where deer are, there is an increased presence of ticks. For good reason, ticks use deer as a source of transportation. If you live in an area where deer are present, avoid planting trees and foliage that attract them (and their passengers) like phlox and marigolds.
  • Check out their favorite hiding spots. Ticks are often looking for places to hide and thrive like along retaining walls, below fences and at the foundation of your home’s structures.
  • Hire a professional to handle the job. Spring-Green, your neighborhood lawn care specialist, can do the heavy lifting for you when it comes to flea and tick control*.

Whenever you spend time outdoors this summer, it is a good idea to do a tick check on your body, your family members’ bodies as well as your pets. Ticks like to hide in hard to spot places like the scalp, behind the knee and in the ear. Fleas are much harder to spot, but the annoying itching typically gives their presence away.

By practicing a few do-it-yourself measures and enlisting the help of the pros at Spring-Green, you can keep your summer healthy by keeping these pests away. The Spring-Green professional flea and tick treatment* can help rid your property of infestations as well as create a barrier that keeps fleas and ticks from thriving.

Contact us for a consultation today. *Not available in all locations.

How To Mosquito-Proof Your Yard For Summer Fun

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Summer is finally here. Time to celebrate the sun, the great outdoors and the season for fun! Get ready for 4th of July festivities and lots of impromptu summer BBQ’s without the uninvited guests – mosquitoes. Mosquito control is the goal of many a homeowner. Mosquitoes are not only an itchy nuisance, but they can also carry serious diseases. The good news for this summer is we’ve got some pro tips to help you keep your yard mosquito free for ultimate outdoor enjoyment.

Summer’s Here! Grab These Tips To Ward Off Mosquitoes!

It’s just a little itchy, who cares? Mosquitoes, unfortunately, cause more than an itchy (and annoying) red bump that goes away in a few days. These summer friends carry a multitude of potentially life threatening health problems, like the West Nile Virus and the Zika Virus, that make mosquito control an essential goal for homeowners in areas prone to heavy mosquito activity.

You guys aren’t welcome at my house! There are many small and easy to implement steps homeowners can take to prevent mosquitoes* from overtaking their home bound summer festivities.

  • Don’t let standing water stand. Preventative steps like routinely checking your outdoor area for standing water is often overlooked but extremely helpful as mosquitoes thrive (and breed) in standing water. Standing water can pool up in potted plants, equipment that’s stored outside and storm drains – or any place that water can collect after summer rain showers.
  • Torches set the mosquito-free mood. Citronella torches and candles strategically placed where you spend most of your outdoor time can help reduce the appearance of mosquitoes during use.
  • When in doubt, set a mosquito trap. One mosquito magnet or trap has been estimated to control mosquitoes for up to an acre of property. The machine can be costly as it burns propane used to emit a stream of carbon dioxide which attracts mosquitoes, but can definitely provide another option for mosquito control.

My lawn can keep them away, wait what, how? If you’ve been wishing, hoping and searching for tips on how to get rid of mosquitoes, you might not have to look further than your very own garden. You can keep your yard mosquito free with some simple and beautifying tips from the pros at Spring-Green.

  • Plant mosquito-repelling plants. Many beautiful and functional plant, herb and flower choices abound that can offer the dual function of beauty as well as a repellent. Some popular choices include Marigold, Horsemint, Ageratum and Catnip. You can plant these types of plants in the ground to repel mosquitoes or grow them in planters that become mobile, allowing you to bring them to wherever you are spending time in your yard.
  • Keep your grass short. Every species of grass has a specified length that is best during different times of the year. Of course, you should always stay within those guidelines, but by keeping your grass short, you’ll also be ridding your yard of mosquitoes (at least some of them). The shorter grass offers less places for mosquitoes to breed, but keep in mind proper mowing guidelines.
  • Hire a professional. If you follow all the tips but still have a mosquito problem facing you every summer, you don’t have to retreat indoors. A simple phone call to your local lawn care professional at Spring-Green can get you loving the summer again. Have more fun outdoors without being bothered by these pesky insects. Our mosquito protection service* creates a barrier around your home to control the mosquito population and allow you to enjoy summer outdoors without worry or discomfort.

It’s summer which also means it’s mosquito breeding season, but that doesn’t mean we have to retreat indoors at the first sign of these pesky menaces. By following a few easy “best practices,” you can master mosquito control this summer to increase your fun and protect your family.

Spring-Green has been your neighborhood lawn care professional since 1977, and this summer is no exception. Count on us for all your lawn care and landscaping needs. Our professional mosquito control services create a barrier around your home that keeps pests away and keeps your family safe.

Schedule your mosquito control service today!

*Not available in all locations

Pollinators: Tips For Attracting More Bees + Butterflies

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As summer kicks into full gear, it’s the best time to step outside and take in the glories of nature. Spending time engulfed in your home’s outdoor oasis is even better when the garden is full of beautiful flowers and foliage to enhance our enjoyment. If your garden is full of plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, you already know who magical that can be.

But, did you know how important it is to attract more pollinators to your garden? In fact, strategically planting flowers and plants that attract pollinators offers countless and far-reaching benefits to, not only, your garden, but the entire ecosystem you inhabit.

Pesticides and crowded cities, along with many other reasons, have contributed to a decline in pollinators, especially bees. The ecosystem supported by bees and other pollinators is increasingly in jeopardy, but small steps can help improve this precious resource.

Everything You Need To Know About Pollinators & How To Attract Them

What are pollinators and why do they matter. Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles and other small mammals are all considered pollinators because they travel from plant to plant carrying pollen. They interact with the plants providing genetic material that is critical to our environment. Essentially, these pollinators, most importantly bees, drink nectar from the flowers or travel with and transport needed pollen as they go from spot to spot.

A majority (in the ballpark of 75-95%) of the flowering plants in our world environment need pollinators to help them with pollination. Pollinators impact over 180,000 different plant species and more than 1200 crops. It is commonly agreed that one out of every three bites of food we eat is there because of pollinators In terms of dollars and cents, pollinators and the results of their efforts generate 217 billion dollars globally.

Bees alone contribute to 1.2 and 5.4 billion dollars in the United States. And, as if that were not enough, pollinators support a healthy environment contributing to clean the air, stabilize soils, protect from severe weather and keep wildlife habitats safe.

Now that we’ve painted the picture of just how important these pollinators are to our ecosystems, let’s drill down on our gardening strategy to support and encourage more pollination activity.

Plants that attract pollinators. One of the most impactful action steps you can take is planting plants that attract pollinators. By choosing nectar and pollen-rich plants, you will increase the occurrence of pollination in your ecosystem. Choose wildflowers, old-fashioned varieties of flowers and local varietals of blooming annuals, perennials and shrubs so nectar and pollen will be on hand throughout the growing season.

Flowers that attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

• Plants that attract butterflies include Alyssum, Aster, Bee balm, Butterfly bush, Calendula, Dianthus, Lavender, Marigold, Purple coneflower, Stonecrop, Zinnia among others.

• Plants that attract hummingbirds include Ajuga, Butterfly weed, Cardinal flower, Delphinium, Geranium, Iris, Lily, Paintbrush, Scarlet sage, Zinnia and many others.

Plants that attract bees include Perennials and Annuals, Bee balm, Bee plant, Borage, Gaillardia, Goldenrod, Marjoram, Rosemary, Wallflower, Wild rose and much more.

Keep things organic. Many commonly-used pesticides contain toxins that are detrimental to the bee population. Taking an organic and bee-friendly approach to weed prevention and pest control is safer for the environment, encourages crucial pollination from the endangered honey bee and is safer for your family.

Few things are more beautiful during summer than to relax in your backyard (or front yard) with a tall glass of iced tea and watch butterflies and hummingbirds flitting from colorful flower to colorful flower. Making this happen does so much more than just add to your own personal connection to nature; it has a serious impact on the entire environment. You can feel good knowing that you are helping to make a difference while enhancing the beauty of your home or business’s exterior.

The good news is you don’t have to take a DIY approach to creating a garden that attracts pollinators. Your local Spring-Green lawn care team is well-versed on native plants that can support pollination activity with low maintenance and a positive impact on the environment around you. Get started now and start enjoying the splendors of nature – all from the comfort of your own home!

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Seedheads Developing on Cool Season Grasses

Some customers get worried when they see little seedheads covering their lawns, usually starting around the middle of May when sunlight reaches 12 hours a day. It is a natural process of the grass to produce seed, and fertilizing and proper mowing practices will help keep the lawn healthy.

The seedheads are forming on tiny stalks that the grass plant sends up. Depending on its abundance, the seedheads can make the lawn look pale. Once the stalks are mowed, which don’t cut as easily as grass blades, they may shred and give the lawn an almost white appearance.

Seedhead development usually occurs on cool season grasses such as Perennial Ryegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass and Tall Fescue during this time of year. Annual bluegrass (Poa Annua) produce seedheads earlier in the spring and sometimes in the fall.


Tips For Lawns Forming Seedheads

Continue mowing at 2½ to 3 inches, but you may have to mow more often. Be sure to keep a sharp mower blade and mow high. It is not recommended to mow short or lower the mower blade to remove or reduce seedheads. It takes extra energy to produce them so your lawn may look a little pale for a couple of weeks, but it will recover. The old seed stalks will break off and will decompose into the lawn.

Unless the seedheads can ripen for about 4 months, the seed will not germinate in the lawn or, if you compost your clippings, in your compost pile. Be sure to continue your fertilization program and provide an inch of water per week as we move into the warm summer months.

Keep in mind that seedhead development is a natural process, but with proper lawn care practices you can minimize their impact. If you have any questions, contact your local neighborhood lawn care professional at Spring-Green.

Large Patch and Spring Dead Spot Symptoms Showing Now

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We are getting reports of Large Patch and Spring Dead Spot showing in lawns throughout the South and Southeast regions. These diseases were formerly called Brown Patch, a disease that affects cool-season grasses in the middle of the summer.

These diseases begin to infect turf in the fall and the symptoms show in the late spring to early summer as the lawns come out of winter dormancy. Brown Patch on cool-season grasses begins to infect the turf during periods of high heat and humidity and the symptoms immediately show on the lawn.

Large Patch Symptoms and Grasses Commonly Affected

Large Patch is mainly a disease of Centipede, Zoysia and St, Augustine lawns. Spring Dead Spot affects Bermuda grass. The infection begins to develop when soil temperatures drop to about 70 degrees in the fall. The symptoms may show in the fall, but more likely they will show during the spring of the following year, especially during cool, wet periods. The symptoms are very noticeable as these grasses start greening up.

Large patch is more likely to show up on lawns that receive excessive nitrogen fertilization in the fall and spring, have excessive thatch layers, have been overwatered or been mowed too low. Centipede grass is most susceptible to the disease, followed by Zoysia, St Augustine and Bermuda grass. Bermuda grass is rarely affected by the disease and will quickly recover if it does get the disease.

Spring Dead Spot can take 3 to 5 years to become established in a new Bermuda grass lawn. If left untreated, the disease will become more severe each year. The disease attacks all parts of the plant, but does not kill it directly, but allows the plant to become more susceptible to freeze injury during the winter.

Prevention and Treatment

Following good cultural practices of proper mowing, deep and infrequent watering, proper lawn fertilization and annual core aeration will help prevent the disease from occurring. Avoid fertilizing the lawn after the middle of September and don’t fertilize until the grasses begin greening up in the spring.

There are fungicides that work very well on these diseases, but require two applications in the fall, 30 days apart, when soil temperatures drop to below 70 degrees. If you think that your lawn may have Large Patch or Spring Dead Spot, contact your local Spring-Green office to have your lawn checked. They can help develop a program that will benefit your lawn and help to prevent the re-occurrence of Large Patch.

If you have any questions, contact your local neighborhood lawn care professional at Spring-Green.

Tree Care: Benefits Of Trees In Our Environment

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Trees are a quintessential part of our global ecosystem and our own community environments for so many reasons! On Arbor Day each year, we celebrate and promote the importance of trees in our lives, but here at Spring-Green, we think about and celebrate trees all year round. In fact, we’ve made it our business, literally, to help home and business owners create the perfect landscapes full of trees to enhance all of our lives. And, we don’t stop there, tree care is important to protect that environment and your investment in it. We’re here with all the tree and shrub services and tree care tips you need to support your trees’ health and beauty. Let’s have some fun today learning more about Arbor Day and all things tree-related.

The History + Significance of Arbor Day – Arbor Day was the brainchild of Great Plains resident, J. Sterling Morton back in the late 1800s.

He and his wife moved from Michigan to the Nebraska Territory, a land absent of trees. His goal was to encourage tree-planting to beautify the environment and attract new residents to the area. 1872 marked the first Arbor Day, and it was said that one million trees were planted in Nebraska that year. Later in life, J. Sterling Morton took on the role of U. S. Secretary of Agriculture and brought Arbor Day to the federal level. Today, every state and many countries, recognize Arbor Day as a day of dedicated to encouraging tree planting.

Why Trees Are Important To Our Environment

Arbor Day has been celebrated for over 100 years, but its importance is even more poignant than when it was first introduced by J. Sterling Morton way back when. Deforestation has an enormously detrimental impact on our global environment, and the effects are widespread.

Here are some of the benefits trees offer to the world around us:

Trees fight climate change. Trees battle climate change by helping to remove carbon dioxide from the air as well as releasing more oxygen into the atmosphere. For this reason, deforestation has contributed to climate change in recent years.

Trees tame stormwater. Rain is needed in our environment, but without trees, stormwater runoff can wreak havoc. Trees provide a needed benefit to our community infrastructure by shielding us from water generated during rainy periods.

Trees help with conservation. In the agricultural industry, trees can have many benefits such as improving crop yields and preserving topsoil. In addition, trees planted strategically in wetland areas can prevent erosion and even contribute to cleaner water and flood control.

Trees save on energy consumption (and costs). Summer shade, winter warmth, wind shield are all ways that can help reduce our energy consumption. Your local landscape professional can help create a strategic tree planting plan to place the right trees in the right places to save on energy costs and benefit the overall climate around you.

Like all living organisms, trees and shrubs need proper nutrients to live long, healthy lives. The proper maintenance methods can prevent against tree diseases and insect invasion, and with these tree maintenance tips you can help improve the health and beauty of your trees.

Spring-Green Tree Care Services

Arbor Day is the perfect time of the year to give some attention to trees – or, really, any day of the year is perfect for arbor care! Trees do so much to enhance our lives and protect our environment, they deserve year round attention, don’t you agree?

From cooling shade to winter wind shield to attracting birds and wildlife, they bring so much to us in the way of individual comfort. Add in how tree contribute to the holistic environment around us by purifying the air, reducing the occurrence of soil erosion, helping to clean the water and giving kids a fun place to play, and surely you understand why trees matter so much.

The Spring-Green team is working on tree care services all year long. We work with our customers to help them create beauty, improve their own personal enjoyment of their landscapes and gardens and, whenever possible save money on energy costs – all while contributing positively to the environment around them.

Contact your Spring-Green lawn professional today!

Are Spring-Green Lawn Care Services Safe for Pets?

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A general concern that comes up every year is if the pesticides we use are safe for pets and children. The majority of the pesticide products Spring-Green uses are considered “General Use” and can be purchased and used by homeowners.

Spring-Green will post every treated lawn and leave instructions to stay off the lawn until the application has dried. While the drying time is influenced by weather, in most cases, keeping pets and children off the treated area for 2 hours after the application is a good practice and recommended. After the drying time, your pets and kids can enjoy the yard!

Always check the invoice left at the time of the application for any other specific information.

Protecting Pollinators

We appreciate your concern for bees and that dandelions are a food source of bees. For the majority of lawns that we service, dandelions or other flowering weeds that may be food for bees, are usually not found in large numbers. For those that are present, we will apply a weed control application on a spot treatment basis.

A great way to support pollinators is by adding diverse flowering plants in your yard that bloom from early spring to late fall. You can also make your own hummingbird nectar by mixing 1 part sugar with 4 parts water, and bring to a boil to kill any bacteria or mold present.

There are a certain number of lawns that do have an extensive weed problem when they begin our service and this situation requires that the entire lawn to be treated. There are an abundance of flowering weeds in parks, vacant lots, commercial sites and residential lawns that provide food for bees and other pollinators.

The weed control products that we use are labelled for residential use by the US EPA and we adhere to those label directions. When properly applied by licensed and trained applicators, they pose no unreasonable risk to the environment.

Spring-Green Lawn Care Has Over 40 Years of Experience

Spring-Green has over 40 years of experience in applying pesticides. We require appropriate protective equipment when making applications to lawns and/or landscapes and all our Field Service Professionals are trained and appropriately licensed to apply these pesticides.

Each pesticide we use is registered for use on residential properties by the Environmental Protection Agency. The registration process can take up to 10 years to complete and may cost $100 million or more before it is available for residential use. Additionally, each pesticide must be reviewed once every 15 years. The EPA considers the effects these products have on pets, humans and the environment during the initial registration process and during each review process.

In summary, the products that Spring-Green uses are registered for use on residential properties as determined by the US EPA and when applied based on label requirements by a licensed and trained applicator, pose no unreasonable risk to humans, pets or to the environment. Spring-Green offers the highest quality service in an environmentally responsible manner. Spring-Green also offers an Organic-Based Fertilizer program that introduces organic materials into your soil.

If you have any additional questions, contact your local neighborhood lawn care professional at Spring-Green or submit your question to our lawn care expert on the left side bar.

Spring-Green Lawn Care Plants 100,000 Trees With Arbor Day Foundation

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Over the past ten years, Spring-Green has worked with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant over 100,000 trees across the country. This year, the donation of trees will go to Georgia’s upper Altamaha watershed.

Spring-Green Lawn Care has been donating to Arbor Day Foundation for the planting of trees, totaling over 100,000 trees to date being planted. Since 2010, the donations were allocated by Arbor Day Foundation towards the planting of trees in forests across the country such as Florence County State Forest, Pere Marquette State Forest, Shawnee National Forest, Michigan State Forest, and Douglas County Forest. This year, the donation to plant trees will be allotted to Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery Program.

The Community Tree Recovery Program plants trees in areas that have been affected by natural disasters in areas all over the country. Currently, there are several campaigns in the works and each tree is planted with the goal of bringing beauty, healing, and hope to communities that have been affected by natural disasters. Trees are planted along streets, parks, and yards.

Spring-Green Lawn Care chose to begin working with Arbor Day Foundation in 2010 because of their love for the outdoors and for greener, healthier lawns – which cannot be accomplished without trees. This year, Spring-Green Lawn Care wanted their donation to be applied specifically for communities in need and Arbor Day Foundation was happy to help. Spring-Green Lawn Care’s donation will go to Georgia’s upper Altamaha watershed.

The Altamaha River watershed supports the largest concentration of rare species of any river in the state. Over 10 rare endangered plant and animal species are found in or along the river. This project will help restore habitats for these species, including the gopher tortoise, a keystone species for many other animals in the watershed. Additionally, long leaf pine will be replanted in the uplands of the watershed to restore native habitat and to provide clean water for the smaller streams and rivers in the area.

“With the support of Spring-Green Lawn Care, Arbor Day Foundation is helping communities affected by a natural disaster to replant trees and in turn bring hope and healing back to the people of these communities” said Dan Lambe, President of Arbor Day Foundation.

Happy National Lawn Care Month – We’ve Got All The Tips!

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It’s April. It’s spring. The temps are rising, the birds are chirping and it’s National Lawn Care Month! At Spring-Green, we love April for all these reasons, and we want to spread our love of the lawn with you with some fun facts and interesting tips to celebrate.

In Honor of National Lawn Care Month: 3 Ways Our Lawns Make Our Lives Better

1. They protect us from ticks, mosquitoes, fleas and fire ants. A lawn treated with safe and environmentally-friendly pest control products will protect your family’s health. If left untreated, we could be exposed to the diseases and discomfort that these pests can cause, such as:

  • Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and other diseases can be transmitted via tick bites.
  • West Nile Virus, Encephalitis, Chikungunya and the Zika virus are all linked to mosquito bites from infected mosquitoes.
  • Anemia-causing tapeworms, as well as murine typhus, have been traced to flea bites.
  • Life-threatening allergic reactions, more than just a painful nuisance, are linked to fire ant bites.

2. They make us happier. Our lives are enriched by having green spaces around us, and the science backs up this assertion. In fact, a study put out by Housley and Wolf showed that just by looking (even through a window) out at plants, trees and green lawn, we can reduce our stress levels and lower our blood pressure – not to mention the endless hours of fun the kids have playing tag on hot summer evenings! A green environment has also been shown to improve focus and memory. Greener neighborhoods also tend to have lower crime rates. Coincidence, we think not.

3. They make us healthier. Keeping your lawn properly mowed can keep us healthier by reducing the effects of seasonal allergies. The pollen in grasses is produced at the tips of the top of the blades. By keeping your lawn maintained at a height of about two inches, you’ll help the allergy sufferers in your family avoid the pollen that makes them miserable. Just a few of many reasons, we celebrate National Lawn Care Month.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Lawn Care This National Lawn Care Month (And All Year Long):

Do mow often, but don’t mow too short.
Do use fertilizer to control weeds, but don’t use harsh chemicals.
Do stick to a watering schedule. Don’t overwater.
Do cut your lawn at the right time of day, but don’t cut it if it’s wet.
Do adjust your lawn care plans based on the season. Don’t forget about clearing away debris, leaves and branches regularly.
Do learn what things make sense for you to do yourself. Don’t hesitate to bring in an experienced lawn care professional to help you with your lawn care.

While National Lawn Care Month is top of mind in April of every year, it’s top of our minds here at Spring-Green all year long. We understand just how important, and sometimes challenging, it can be to have and maintain a lawn care regimen. That’s why we’re here.

In fact, for over 20 years, we’ve been perfecting ways to help home and business owners enjoy beautiful lawns with no stress and no worry about what to do and what not to do. Our experienced professionals are up-to-date on the latest lawn care techniques, dedicated to providing the very best in customer service and standing by to meet your needs.

Contact your Spring-Green lawn professional today!

Put Out The Fire: The Secret To Controlling Fire Ants

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The fire ant is the name lovingly given to several species of ants in the genus Solenopsis. These Solenopsis a.k.a. fire ants are stinging (thus burdensome) ants that are most commonly found in the Southeast and Southcentral regions of the United States. The painful stings caused by red ants are more than an annoyance.

For those suffering with an allergy to red ants or young children who are more susceptible to stumbling into a nest of red ants, the minor annoyance. In addition, fire ants have a negative impact on livestock and wildlife as well as plant, sod and landscaping. So, it’s agreed upon that fire ants need to be controlled, but however, do we accomplish this mission?

Good question…of course, Spring-Green, your neighborhood lawn professionals with over 20 years of experience, has the answers you need to rid your lawn and your life of these pesky, fiery ants!

Fire Ants Be Gone! Tips To Control Fire Ants Once And For All

Would you know a fire ant mound if you saw one? The fire ant will build its mound nearly anywhere in any type of soil. Most typically, you’ll find the red ant mound in open, sunny areas or even under buildings or rotting logs and tree stumps. Unlike other types of ant mounds, the fire ant mound has no opening in the center as the fire ant enters and exits its mound via underground tunnels.

Oftentimes, red ant mounds are mistaken for innocent mounds of dirt, until they agitated ants come out stinging because they’ve been disturbed. A single fire ant mound can contain upwards of 500,000 fire ants. Even worse, by the time you see (hopefully not stumble upon) a fire ant mount above ground, its population has been slowly growing for a matter of months.

How to prevent fire ants from coming to your lawn. Because fire ants are extremely common in the Southern areas of the United States, a preventative measure is a good idea. The “broadcasting method” of fire ant control is a good preventative step.

Broadcasting put simply is treating an area with fire ant bait a couple times a year during the warm months to keep these insects from finding a home in your lawn. Broadcasting can prevent in the ballpark of 80% of fire ant infestation.

How to get rid of fire ants once they’ve arrived. If you have a fire ant infestation, your burning question is most likely, “Help, how do I get rid of fire ants?” Like most things in life timing matters and fire ant control is no exception. Full-yard and fire ant mound treatments are best applied during early morning and early evening. These times of day are optimal because fire ants are searching for food and traveling back feed their colony’s queens.

When are fire ants most common? Understanding the patterns of these pesky insects activity helps in the preventative measures which are always the best way to control fire ants. During spring and fall, when the soil and weather is warm, these insects are most active and closest to the surface of your lawn.

The best way to control fire ants is through understanding of where to find them, when to find them and how to prevent them. If you are one of the unlucky who gets an infestation of fire ants, you’ll also want to be in-the-know on how to get rid of them! No worries, however, your Spring-Green Lawn Pro is only a phone call away.

Controlling fire ants is often a larger task than a home or business owner can successfully tackle on his or her own. Spring-Green has the experience, expertise and dedication to customer service needed to keep these pesky ants at bay all year round.

Our team will work hard to:

• Manage activity and reduces foraging
• Reduce risk of painful stings when mound is disrupted
• Remove unsightly mound construction in lawn

Contact your Spring-Green lawn professional today!