Ixodes scapularis or the Black legged tick
Tick borne diseases present a real danger to your families’ health. The Black legged tick, also known as the Deer Tick, is the transmitter of such diseases as Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis. Though the latter two diseases are relatively uncommon, they can negatively affect your health and well being. Lyme disease is the most common tick borne disease.
Southern NH is the epicenter a drastic increase in new cases of Lyme disease. The population of Black Legged ticks is increasing at an exponential rate. We have more ticks around us than 10 years ago and therefore more disease vectors.
The majority of ticks are found on mice, squirrels, raccoons, possum, and birds. The mice and other rodents get them close to the house, and even into the house. The deer are like the bus system carrying and spreading them over large areas.
Pets are at risk for getting lyme disease as well as humans. The spriochette bacteria responsible for lyme disease can also infect dogs, cats, goats, and horses.
Our control programs will reduce the population of ticks in your yard and reduce your exposure to this debilitating disease.
Protect your family today and have your property treated for ticks.
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Your trees and shrubs represent a very large part of your investment in your landscape. They are a source of pride for homeowners and commercial property owners. They are also some of the more neglected items in your landscape. When we are at your property caring for your lawn, we also inspect your trees and shrubs. We will always point out problems that we see but the proper way to care for your trees and shrubs is with a pre-emptive approach. I can outline a very basic program that will address a majority of the issues your trees and shrubs will see and append the program for any specific issues we see.
A basic program would include:
- · Spring fertilizer (soil drench or injected)
- · 3-4 applications of Insect and disease control
- · Fall dormant oil (spring if it’s a fruit tree)
- · Anti-dessicant application to evergreens in the late fall
Today is February 4th (Happy Birthday Dad). You may think your yard is devoid of any activity but you would be wrong. Today is going to be above freezing for part of the day. Some of the evergreens will move water in and out of their cells. They will make some sugar and release some oxygen. Some of the hardy winter weeds such as chickweed, plaintain, and asters will be growing getting ready to set their flowers in the early spring.
Fleas and ticks (for those not on the Green Grass Tick control program) will be feeding on their host animals, deer, mice, and other rodents. Those same rodents may look for a warmer climate in your house thus bringing the ticks inside as well. This is also a good time for you to go into the basement, shut your lights off, and look for daylight streaming in as well. Where there is light there is an opening for a mouse to get in.
Below the frost layer, the grubs will be moving about slightly looking for some food to eat. Roots will also be growing below the frost layer.
Above the frost layer, landscapers are going about their winter chores of fixing equipment, attending seminars, and getting ready for a spring that can't come soon enough....
No there were no ticks in the deli but as I was waiting for my order to be processed the owner was telling another customer how sick his new puppy was. Poor thing could barely move and was sick as...well...a dog. The veterinarian diagnosed Lyme disease. So not only can you catch this debilitating disease, your pets can too.
I asked what he was going to do about it and he said after the dog received treatment he was going to start the Advantix treatment for the dog. I then asked "what are you going to do to protect yourself?" "I have no idea" was the reply. I then handed him my business card.
A Tick Control treatment program for your yard can reduce the risk of exposure to this tick and the diseases they carry. We have monthly treatment programs for high risk properties and also 4 step programs for less risk properties. Constant vigilance against this pest is important. Northeastern Mass and southern New Hampshire are in the bulls eye for the spread of lime disease.
Help protect your family and call us today.
!!!!!!HAPPY 20th BIRTHDAY!!!!!!
Green Grass is 20 years old this month. It has been quite a ride. We have seen the company grow, improved our product lines and offerings, seen good employees come and go and expand their horizons, created many fine lawns and landscapes, and we had a good time along the way.
What’s next? We will continue to grow our core Healthy Lawn product, expand our tick control product, and move into structural pest control. We can use your help in growing these products through your feedback and your recommendations.
As I reflect on the past 20 years, I come to the realization that my passion for growing beautiful lawns and improving the health of the landscape has not waned one bit. I think my passion for my profession has actually increased in the past few years. I love what I do and how I make your lawn look. I wish more people would recognize my passion for the industry and realize that when they sign up for my Healthy Lawn Program, they get someone who will do everything in his ability to provide them with a nice lawn and landscape.
I am also constantly improving myself. I attend several trade shows every winter and a few throughout the year to stay on the cutting edge of turf fertility research and pest control. My colleagues call me “Yoda” (hey, its not do my height!) it’s because I am all things knowing when it comes to lawn care. I have been diagnosing, fertilizing, treating, and studying lawns for over 26 years.
The family is doing quite well. Yes, that’s Ceara driving around the seacoast. Eilise is happy cheerleading. Both are looking forward to going to the beach this summer. We are now visiting colleges around New England. Aaack, they grew up too fast! When I am not at work I am either in my own yard or at the racquetball club. I had a setback this winter when I tore my bicep during a game but it was all for the better. I no longer have any shoulder pain! Lots of working out to get strength back into the arm but it will turn out fine.
That’s all for now. I’ll see you in the front yard.
Water...water...water.....20 minutes every other day is not sufficient on most residential systems. When it is hot like this week boost you per zone time to 40-50 minutes per day. You should be delivering 3" of water per week to maintain a lush green lawn. If you don't have an irrigation system, call us or request information about lawn irrigation systems
Understanding the disease and how it is transmitted from the tick to you is paramount to the program. An infected deer is bitten by a tick which then bites a mouse, chipmunk, of other rodent, which becomes infected. That tick and disease carrying rodent then gets into your yard or even house and the ticks fall off the rodent and find you for a blood meal.
Treating the perimeter of the yard will control the ticks themselves as they look for a mouse to feed upon. We can’t treat the deer so our other option is to treat the mice. We do this by providing them building materials for their home. Tick tubes provide the mouse with cotton they line their lairs with. The cotton is impregnated with a permethrin based insecticide that controls the ticks. We place the tick tubes in areas frequented by the mice. They are a very effective method to eradicate the ticks and do no harm to the mice.
Call for an estimate for a tick control program today. You’ll be happy you did.
They are on the march. The asian longhorn beetle has recently been found in Worcester; the beetle is native to Asia. In this area it is an invasive species as there are no natural predators.
The beetle feeds primarily on Maple trees but it has also been found in Poplar, Willows, chestnut trees, and black locust trees. There are no chemical controls available for this pest so they only remedy is to cut down the tree and destroy the wood.
The beetle is large and would make me scream like a toddler. Their bodies can grow to 1 1/2” and with the antennae can approach 4” in length. If you see one, or suspect one, trap it and give me a call.
A fine spring day finds me writing this years newsletter…. sunny yet only 27 degrees. Inside you will find information on the Asian longhorn beetle, 1-2-3 compost tea, a to do list for spring gardening, 3-D landscape rendering, and an article about peonies.
This year we don’t have massive snow banks at the beginning of April so I fully expect to be on the lawns in the southern region the first week of April. Last year the programs started a full 3-4 weeks later and affected the timing the whole year. The landscape crews will be busy as well picking up debris from the ice storm and other spring cleanup activities. If you have limbs down and need them removed please feel free to call us.
As part of the Green Grass Stimulus Package, we will not be raising prices this year in any of our programs. I am getting a lot of requests for patios, walkways, and other landscape activities and would encourage you to take a look at your landscape and consider upgrading or adding a landscape feature to it. Many people have realized that since they are not selling the house any time soon they might as well build that patio or water feature to get more enjoyment out of their current house.
Speaking of landscape design, we have added 3-D landscape renderings to our portfolio. It give the homeowner a good idea of what they will see when the project is finished.
On the personal side, the girls are getting older and more beautiful every day. Ceara is going to the National Irish Dance Championships in Tennessee this July. Eilise is looking forward to another year of softball. I have reached the Open division in racquetball again and have played fairly well. Green Grass is a proud sponsor of the NH Open Series and I look forward to playing in and hopefully becoming a bronze sponsor for the IRT Pro Racquetball event coming to NH in August.
I hope all is well with you, I look forward to seeing you this spring.