Questions to ask before hiring a pest professional

When you have had enough of ants, roaches, spiders and the fear of the unseen, it’s time for you to ask these questions. Hiring a pest professional doesn’t have to be a hard thing, you just need to ask a few questions before choosing a company.

One: Free quotes?

When hiring a pest professional, you should expect to find a pro who will come to your home or business and give you a free quote. No pressure, no obligations, just an up front and honest quote which details the service you need.

Two: Knowledgable representative?

The sales representative who visits your home should be knowledgable about the service you are requiring. They should be able to answer most all of the questions you have about everything from pricing to safety and procedures. If they don’t know the answers, they should offer to find out and get back to you with accurate information. Being friendly and honest is certainly a bonus when dealing with any sales representatives. 

Three: Service?

When the pest technician comes to your home or business, they should first do a thorough inspection of your structure, inside and out. Make sure that your technician checks under sinks, in closets, window sills, outdoor problem areas. A quality technician will even make small adjustments if possible to help with your problem. If your tech comes in and starts spraying with no inspection, you need a new company! After the service is complete, you should get a consultation with the tech where you get the best advice on how to keep your home pest free. 

Four: Professionalism?

When you decide to hire a pest professional, you are hiring a person who will be coming into your home. Any pest company representative who comes to your door or inside your home should be dressed professionally, in uniform and driving a clean and well marked vehicle.

Five: Price?

The lowest price in pest prevention does not mean you are going to get results. Quality pest prevention may appear to cost more, but in the end you are satisfied. We have all had experiences with “cheap” services that ended up in us having to start all over again with more costly, yet more effective results. When you are trying to rid your home of roaches, do you really want the “cheapest” service?

Six: Referrals?

What is everyone else saying about the pest professional that you want to hire? Take time to read reviews, Google the company, see what people think about the services they have already received. Ask friends and neighbors, do a little research and choose wisely.

Questions to ask before hiring a pest professional can help you find the right fit for your needs. Unfortunately, there are pest companies who don’t do what they say they are going to do. At Lawn and Pest Solutions, we live up to our reputation. We love for potential customers to read our Google reviews. Our representatives are knowledgable, friendly, courteous and professional in every way. They are dressed in uniform and drive clean vehicles and use the most up to date equipment and technology. We work the hardest to make sure you are satisfied with your pest service. Contact our office at Lawn and Pest Solutions in New Albany, MS. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis areas.

Choosing a termite professional

When it comes to choosing a termite professional, you should first consider this…Termites cause $5 billion in damage annually to homes in the U.S., but homeowners insurance rarely covers termite damage. Termite damage is considered preventable through home maintenance. In the simplest of terms, if you could have prevented it, you should have.

Careful selection = good results

Before choosing a termite professional you should do a little research. While the state regulates and requires that termite technicians be licensed, some companies do the minimum required to satisfy those regulations.

At Lawn and Pest Solutions, we constantly train our techs. Weekly meetings and occasional class settings provide our techs with the most up to date information and training available. This additional training is something we choose to do in order to provide the safest and most effective termite protection to our customers.

In addition to training our technicians, our licensing requires ongoing training for management. Being a select provider of the Sentricon System requires even more training and in-depth knowledge of termites. 

Get references. 

It’s not that hard these days to find a Google review on just about any service imaginable. You are just a few clicks away from being able to know what the general consensus is on any service provider. Read those reviews! People are more than open and honest about how they REALLY feel when writing online reviews. Just type in “choosing a termite professional” and see what you find!

Read the fine print.

Before you sign a contract, make sure you fully understand the details and pricing. Don’t be afraid to ask your technician lots of questions. Remember that your home is at stake here and you want the best protection. 

At Lawn and Pest Solutions, a termite contract includes:

  • An interior and exterior inspection of your home.
  • A full treatment as defined by state regulations.  This can be a liquid application that is trenched and injected into the soil around your foundation, or a bait station application around the perimeter of your home.
  • Issuance of a termite contract that states what type of application is performed, the products used, a diagram of the structure treated and the cost for the initial treatment and ongoing annual inspections.
  • Annual inspections must include both an interior and exterior inspection of your home.  If your current provider comes by and hangs an invoice once a year, you have not received a proper inspection. 

Prevention is the best medicine. 

When choosing a termite professional, we make it pretty easy. Avoid the costs and headaches of repairing your home with a Termite 360 program from Lawn & Pest Solutions. Contact our office any time of day or night and let us schedule a visit to your home or business. Lawn and Pest Solutions serves the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas. 

Should I invest in plant health care?

Living in North Mississippi and the Memphis area, it’s not unusual to wake up on April 21 and find that your landscape has suffered yet another freeze. For those who remembered the night before, maybe some shrubs and plants were covered in burlap or with garbage bags or tablecloths or just anything that could be grabbed before bedtime. For most, we all woke up with our fingers crossed that whatever happened last night wouldn’t kill our plants!

We have all filled our carts at the home improvement stores with spring plants and had sticker shock when the total is announced. Some of us have invested much, much more in professional landscaping services that rival the cost of a new car. Why do we spend so much money on shrubs, flowering trees, plants for our yard and then drop the ball? It’s like building a pool and then never putting in chemicals or cleaning it out! Or buying a car but never changing the oil or tires. 

Protecting your landscape is protecting your investment. 

When you invest in a plant health care program, you are allowing a professional to examine your plants, determine what is best for them, and then treating and nurturing them to get the most out of your investment.

What do I get with a plant health care program?

At Lawn and Pest Solutions, a plant health care program includes the following:

  • 6 visits per year from a licensed lawn technician with advanced knowledge of plant health care. 
  • At each visit your plants will be fertilized.
  • At each visit your plants will be monitored for insects, diseases and will be treated for what is found.
  • At each visit you will receive a written report from the technician which tells you what he observed, what he did and what you need to know to keep up the treatment process.

Why replace plants from year to year because they are unhealthy?

The money you spend on a plant health care program will eventually save you from replacing diseased or dying/dead plants. Nurturing your plants and making them the healthiest they can be will help them to become stable and mature in your lawn. An expert eye can detect a problem in your plants before it spreads to others. A healthy lawn and plant landscape will be strong enough to endure April 21 freezes and August 21 droughts. Let Lawn and Pest Solutions take care of your plants and lawn. Contact our office to learn more about our plant health care program. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas. 

Are Termites a danger to my home?

Termites ARE a danger to all homes. Termites can be thriving inside your home, feasting upon it without you seeing a single sign. If you are of a certain age, you are familiar with high blood pressure. They call high blood pressure “the silent killer” because some times, once the signs are evident, it is too late. The same can be said of termites. If you wait too long, it might be too late. 

Are termites a risk for this area?

Sentricon, the number one brand in termite protection says this, “Unless you call Alaska home, your house is not safe from termite damage.” That should sum it up for most of us. Yes, termites ARE a risk for this area. Termites are found in over five million homes per year and cause homeowners over five BILLION dollars per year. That’s a lot of termite damage…

How can one little pest cause so much damage?

This very easy to follow  is the fastest and best lesson in termites. Yes, it was created to promote the brand Sentricon, but it makes termites easy to understand. The way that termites work is very organized, very efficient and very harmful to your home. If you are waiting to see signs of termites, you could be in a situation like this couple. It is 100% worst case scenario, but even just a fraction of the damage would be very costly to repair. Not only would repair costs be costly, but you are also putting yourself, your family or your employees at risk. Damaged wood is weakened by termites and will eventually rot and fall away. 

What are the signs of termites in my home?

Whether you can identify a termite by looking at it or you just have a bad feeling about this, there are indicators of termites. Other than the obvious discovery of living termites, these signs may suggest you have a termite presence in your home or business.

  • Swarming: sometimes you find evidence of swarming by finding lots to discarded and broken wings. Windows, doors, vents, bathtubs and sinks are common places you might find termite wings.
  • Mud tubes: these are usually found on foundation walls, inside walls, and plumbing pipes. Mud tubes are also called termite highways because they are a way for termites to stay in moist places and stay safe from ants. Mud tubes are made of moist soil and excrement and start around the diameter of a pencil.
  • Damaged wood: if the wood sounds hollow and gives away easily, you can see how the termites are eating from the inside out and following along the grain of the wood. Many times there will be more mud tubes inside the wood along with live termites.

What do I do now?

Termites ARE a risk and a danger to your home. Whether you suspect you have termites or want to prevent termites from ever entering your home or business, Sentricon is the system to choose. Our Sentricon Specialist pest technicians at Lawn and Pest Solutions have been highly trained by Sentricon. Not every pest company qualifies to be able to provide Sentricon service. There is a reason that Sentricon is the number one brand in termite protection. There is a reason that Lawn and Pest Solutions is qualified to be a provider. Contact our office to have your home or business inspected by our specialists. This is a service you want to consider before it is too late. Our licensed technicians serve the North Mississippi and Memphis areas. 

How to prepare your lawn mower for spring

It is time to get the mower ready! We have had plenty of rain and now plenty of sun is on the way. The mower may be looking a little rusty and dusty, who knows what has been thrown on top? Looks like a good weekend project has suddenly developed….

First things first.

This is an easy list to follow for preparing your mower.

Are the blades sharp? This is important. Dull blades make your grass weak. Weak grass is not good at fighting disease or pests.

Is the oil fresh? If you oil is from last season, drain it and replace with new.

Did you check the air filter? Experts say we should do this every season. If you have a washable filter, soak it in warm, soapy water. If it’s made of cardboard or paper, just pop in a new one. 

Lubricate all moving parts!

Do you need a new fuel filter? Fuel filters can’t be cleaned because they can easily be damaged, so just buy a new one.

Get a new spark plug! These are inexpensive, no need to clean or reuse old ones.

Replace the belt or battery if needed.

Check your fuel! If you have left fuel in your mower for more than 30 days, go ahead and drain it and fill with fresh fuel. 

Here is a link to a YouTube video to help you get that mower started if you are having trouble. 

And for those of us need a little more help….

While Lawn and Pest Solutions is not in the business of mowing lawns, we want to help you have the healthiest lawn you can and having the proper equipment is very important to achieving a beautiful lawn. Getting your lawn mower ready for spring is one step you can take at home. If you need more help on getting a beautiful lawn, we have a staff of professional lawn technicians. Lawn and Pest Solutions can help you, just contact us today.

Lawn and Pest Solutions serves Memphis and North Mississippi region with knowledgeable and licensed lawn and pest technicians. Our techs are friendly, dependable and trustworthy employees who will go to great lengths to provide you with the best service.

Is it time to reseed your Bermuda grass?

In our Southern region, Bermuda grass is a popular choice for lawns. Bermuda grass loves full sun, it thrives in our heat and it is very tolerant to drought and traffic. However, Bermuda grass does have nutritional requirements and is what we might call “high maintenance”. If your Bermuda grass looking a little thin, you may think it is time to reseed.

Why is my bermudagrass thin?

Bermudagrass goes dormant over the winter and honestly can look a little rough this time of year. But, as the temperature warms, the grass breaks dormancy and its rhizomes and stolons start producing a lot of new growth. It is important to have a fertility plan in place so your bermudagrass receives the proper nutrients at the correct time. Our Lawn 360 program for lawns answers this problem!

 Is it time to reseed?

The best time to reseed Bermuda grass is in the spring, but established bermudagrass lawn rarely need to be reseeded. As I already said, warm temperatures and a good fertility program make all the difference for this type of grass. Aeration early in the growing season is another tool to help bermudagrass thrive. Soil can become compacted over time, and aeration relieves this stress.

How can I keep my Bermuda grass strong?

There are several things you can do as a homeowner to help your Bermuda grass stay healthy. Remember that a healthy lawn can fight off weeds, drought and disease better than a weak lawn. 

  • Mow it at a lower height 
  • Water it after you mow
  • Make sure it gets fertilized 
  • See that your lawn is aerated
  • Get rid of weeds

Healthy bodies and healthy lawns. What?

If you think about lawns the way you think about your own body, this all makes a lot of sense. A healthy lawn is strong, free of weeds, and gets plenty of air and water and nutrients. When that healthy lawn is attacked by disease, weeds, drought or insects it has a much better chance of surviving and thriving. When we were all preparing for COVID, remember the people with healthy bodies who took the right vitamins? Those people had a better chance of recovering. 

It is time.

Give our office a call and let one of our professionals come by and evaluate your lawn. We can help you determine whether or not you need to reseed or overseed, and we also have the services to fertilize, aerate, and apply the right sprays to keep weeds from emerging or from coming back. Let us help you get your lawn into the best shape ever! Our Lawn and Pest Solutions Lawn Technicians serve the Memphis, Tennessee and Mississippi areas. You can message our office 24 hours a day just by visiting our website. Our techs are friendly, trustworthy and dependable. Read our Google reviews to see how pleased our customers are with our services.

Memphis pest control

Three tips to keeping your Memphis home pest free

Hello, Memphis! Lawn and Pest Solutions is here to help you prevent pests from ever entering your home. We are specialists in pest control and are here for you if it’s “too late” and they have already invaded. Maybe you have tried DIY pest control and are ready for the pros.

Whether you are in Memphis, Germantown or Collierville, keeping your home free of pests is what we like to think of as a team effort. While we can, will and DO go into homes every day to rid them of pests, half of the battle is in prevention. Here are four things YOU can do to help fight the fight.

Clean up debris outside your home.

Piles of twigs and leaves make wonderful homes for pests. Get those piles bagged up and remove them from your property. While you are at it, any fallen branches or limbs that are leaning against your home need to go. Think of branches that touch your home as “ladders” that squirrels, mice, etc. can use to access your roof, attic, cracks in the home. Don’t make it any easier for them to get in!

2. Seal up your home.

Walk around outside and look closely for cracks and crevices where tiny mice and more could squeeze in. You aren’t looking for open doors and windows (though that does invite pests…) , look for the smallest openings around windows, under doors, gaps between the roof and home. Remember the pests we are looking for are usually small and can wiggle into the tiniest spaces. Now, seal it up! If pests can’t get in, most of your problem is solved!

3. Clean up your home (especially your kitchen).

This seems so obvious and so easy. But keeping the inside of your home free of food and water to tempt pests is a never ending “tidying up” process. Things that are a “must do” include: 

  • Don’t leave dirty dishes in your sink overnight.
  • Don’t leave pet food out overnight. (Be sure stored pet food is kept in an airtight container)
  • Check your pantry to be sure that all food is sealed. Look at boxes of cereal and crackers, are those bags opened inside? Easy to access cookies and dry pastas and such are easy feeding sources for pests.

These three “small” tasks are things that you can do regularly in and outside of your home to help fight the war against pests. Our licensed pest technicians will spray outside and inside your home on their initial visit. This visit includes a thorough inspection inside and out, and if they can help close up those entry points for pests, they will. Our techs will also advise you on anything else you can do to help prevent pests. After the initial spraying, all follow up visits are done outside of your home (this means you don’t have to be there after the first visit).  

Whether you are fighting roaches, ants, millipedes, or any other pests in your home, we are here for you. You can contact our office any day or time by leaving a message on our website. At Lawn and Pest Solutions, we call it #thelpsdifference. You can read our reviews on Google to see just how happy our customers are with our fantastic customer service and results. Follow us on Facebook and on Instagram to learn more about our company and our professional and friendly technicians.

Plant Health Care, what does that mean?

Have you ever just wanted someone to tell you “what to do” ? Like country music star Pam Tillis, I am a person who doesn’t like for people to “tell her what to do”…there are some instances when that IS what I want. Lawn care is a prime example. I want a beautiful lawn, I worked hard to pay for landscaping to have a beautiful lawn. Now, I don’t know “what to do” with my beautiful landscaping. 

Do you want to take pictures of the spots on your plants and then search Google to find out what they are? Do you then want to research what to do about this new disease that is living on the leaves of your favorite shrub? What are those bugs crawling all over your azaleas? Are they killing it? What do you spray on that? When do you spray it?

This is what plant health care is all about.

You have spent a lot of money on your landscaping. Why not maintain the health of your beautiful shrubs and trees and flowers? Why not get advice from an educated professional who can tell you what to do? Our plant health care pro CAN do this for you.

Lawn and Pest Solutions Plant Pro 

If you join our Plant Health Care program, an expert will visit your lawn six times per year. The pro will examine all of your plants, make notes and a written report at each visit. The pro will put the notes in your file and will also leave a copy of the notes for you. The pro will then treat your plants specifically based on what is happening with your plants and what they need. 

How is this different from other lawn services?

Based on your report, your plants will get a fertilizer with micro nutrients and soil beneficials, insect and disease control targeted specifically to your plants and their health at that specific time. Most programs include a pre-mixed spray that is applied to all of the plants, no matter what they need at that time. 

Why do I need a Pro for my plants?

Why do you need a pro for anything? Why not just let anyone do anything to your car, your toilet, your hair or your dog? A pro means you are letting someone who knows what they are doing use all of their knowledge AND experience handle the investment you have made in your landscaping. 

Our pros don’t prune trees or pull weeds. Our pros are carefully examining what is happening to the plants in your yard. They are taking notes and reviewing the progress of the treatment plan. They are leaving you with careful instructions on what to do next and how to do it. 

Don’t wait until some disease or critter has taken over your plants. Be preventative and keep those bugs from taking over the plants you so lovingly selected, planted and nurtured. Let our pro be on the lookout for invasive pests like crape myrtle bark scale and advise you on treatments. Contact our office today to learn more about our plant health care program. Get a Lawn and Pest Solutions plant health pro in your lawn ASAP!