Spray foam insulation

Spray foam insulation is a cost effective way to insulate your home. The foam is sprayed on as a liquid that hardens. This hardened foam fills in the spaces between the wood framing of your home. 

This form of insulation gives your walls and ceilings a hard, waterproof barrier that effectively keeps heat AND cold in OR out. Many builders prefer spray foam insulation for all of these reasons.

Termites are tiny little pests that eat just a little bit of wood at a time, but they never stop eating. They can destroy your home or business if left untreated. 

Termites thrive in high humidity environments where they travel in mudtubes or stay underground. These pests are a fact of life for us in the South.

Before choosing spray foam as your insulation

Consider these facts:

  1. Termites can travel quickly through spray foam insulation without having to go to the trouble of building mudtubes. 
  2. Spray foam insulation provides what some call a “superhighway” of travel for termites in your home.

How can something be too good?

Hardened spray foam can trap moisture between the wood in the walls and frames of any structure. 

Moist wood is the preferred meal of all termites. 

In the high humidity of the South, moist wood (which can’t breathe due to the highly effective waterproof barrier of spray foam insulation) becomes an easy target for termites.

Spray foam insulation can hide water leaks for years because it can hold a tremendous amount of water.

Hidden leaks and water damage (plus the presence of moisture) create a perfect environment for termites to thrive.

Facts

When conventional insulation is in place, water leaks are more easily detected. These types of insulations can be easily removed and replaced. This is not the case with spray foam.

Termites are not drawn to, nor do they eat spray foam insulation. 

More facts:

Termites like to eat wood. 

Termites are drawn to moist wood. 

Termites are not attracted to spray foam and they don’t like to eat it. 

Termites use the foam as a way to move faster than ever between the wood framing of a home. 

Spray foam makes termites much harder to detect. 

Even the most trained and experienced technicians have a very hard time finding termites in a home insulated with spray foam. 

Homeowners insurance does not cover termite damage.

Sometimes by the time that termites are discovered, it is too late.Termite damage is considered to be preventable. Read that again. 

If you aren’t protecting your home or business from termites, they are eventually going to get you. All structures including metal buildings are at risk for termites. Every structure has cabinets, sheetrock, flooring, papers, trim and wood to protect.

If you have a home that is NOT insulated with spray foam, Lawn and Pest Solutions can help you to stop current termite troubles, or to prevent inevitable termite troubles. 

We are located in New Albany, MS, and cover Memphis, TN, and the entire North Mississippi area. Our licensed technicians can come and inspect your home for Termite360, our termite program and advise you on a plan of treatment. Contact us here to get a very fast and efficient response to your needs.

Lady bugs, lady beetles and stink bugs

Lady bugs (lady beetles) and stink bugs fall into the category of “occasional invaders” meaning they aren’t really bothersome until they infest your home. Seeing a few of these around your home isn’t a big deal until it becomes an infestation. But first…

What’s the difference between a lady bug and a lady beetle?

Lady Beetles

Around North Mississippi and Tennessee, we are likely seeing Asian Lady Beetles. These Lady beetles are slightly different from what most of us refer to as “ladybugs”. 

Asian Lady Beetles often appear when the weather cools. They congregate on the side of a house by the hundreds or thousands. If Lady beetles can find an entry point into your home, they will make their way inside. 

Lady Bugs

Lady bugs are generally considered to be helpful insects. When ladybugs or lady beetles are found on a crape myrtle, they typically have laid hundreds of eggs right in middle of the aphids. As soon as the eggs hatch, they begin feasting on the aphids. Ladybugs can rescue a crape myrtle and even a crop from aphids when the timing is right! However…

In order to protect themselves from predators, ladybugs secrete a fluid from the joints in their legs. This secretion is unappealing to predators and smells really bad to humans. 

In an infestation of lady bugs, many homeowners experience staining on walls from the secreted fluid. Some people are even allergic to the dust from their crumbling shells.

Stink Bugs

While stink bugs have never depicted as “cute” like lady bugs, they are also not much of a problem until an infestation occurs. Much like the lady beetles, they produce a foul odor and are best swept up and safely thrown away.

What defines a pest infestation?

 A sudden increase in destructiveness or population numbers of a pest species in a given area.

When their numbers and impact are currently or potentially at intolerable levels.

Avoiding infestation:

Now is the time to check out what is happening outside your home.

Repair cracks around windows and doors

Repair torn window or door screens

Remove piles of branches and leaves in your lawn

Eliminate areas where water collects

Inside your home:

Check under sinks for leaking pipes and repair

If you discover a building infestation, vacuum up lady bugs, lady beetles and stink bugs and throw them away. If you are beyond that solution,  Lawn and Pest can help.

In addition to “occasional invaders” we are also here to protect your home from termites, roaches, ants and more. Our licensed pest technicians will thoroughly spray inside and outside of your home on a regular schedule to ensure this problem is taken care of now and later. 

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Fire ants

Fire ants are hard working, organized and dangerous to some, so fighting them is not easy. Sometimes their mounds are mistaken for dirt which makes them even trickier to tackle. It is important to know what to look for and how to treat a fire ant problem.

Identifying a fire ant mound

A raised mound looks like a pile of aerated dirt. This is the displaced soil from the ants digging tunnels underground. Fire ants create amazing and expansive tunnels underground for escaping should anyone or anything dare to disturb the mound. This contains the eggs and larvae of the colony, along with countless worker ants. 

Disturbing the mound

When you disturb a fire ant mound, you might be shocked by the hundreds or thousands of ants that come rushing out. The agitated ants will then bite and sting anyone nearby. Fire ant stings hurt a little when you just have one, though it is more common to be stung multiple times by multiple fire ants.

The danger of fire ants

Blisters that develop afterwards are allergic reactions, though some people develop more severe reactions. The areas immediately surrounding the sting may swell, burn, or itch. These stings and/or allergic reactions to the stings can be very dangerous to our children and our pets, especially if they are allergic. 

Do not disturb

While there are plenty of DIY fire ant “solutions” you can try, most people are just chasing them around underneath your lawn. The best way to fight fire ants is with a bait system. A bait system does not disturb the mounds. When the mound is disturbed, fire ants get angry.

Bait systems for fire ants

With a fire ant bait system, the fire ants get the bait and return to their underground system of tunnels. They then “share” the bait with the army below your lawn. Lawn & Pest Solutions has the technology and expertise to provide season-long fire ant control treatment for houses

Our plan

Our treatments target the queen, not just the mound. Our plan is efficient and effective. In just two strategically timed bait applications, we typically wipe out 95% of your fire ants. We will visit two more times per year just to assess the effectiveness or apply more bait (if needed) at no extra charge. 

Give us a call or click here and we will send out a licensed technician to address your issues! We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas with lawn and pest services. 

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale 

Along with the term “Crape Murder” we refer to Crape Myrtle Bark Scale quite often at Lawn and Pest Solutions. While advising our customers on how to trim their trees without killing them, we also try to prevent disease. 

When looking at photos of Crape Myrtle Bark Scale, it is hard to tell exactly what you are seeing. 

Is it a plant, a growth, or a bug? 

What is Crape Myrtle Bark Scale? It is actually a type of insect/pest that attaches itself to the trunk of a Crape Myrtle tree. Before you spot this pest, it is highly likely that the first thing you notice will be black areas forming on the trunk or branches of your tree. This pest covers parts (or eventually ALL) of the Crape Myrtle tree with a black, sticky soot-like substance. 

The actual pest (the Bark Scale) is flat, light gray or white and it feels like felt. If you press on Bark Scale and it oozes a pink substance, it is active.

Where did it come from?

According to Clemson University, Crape Myrtle Bark Scale was first found in Texas in 2004. By 2022, it has spread across the South as far as North Carolina. Most attribute the spread to the movement of plant material across the region.

How to look for signs of Crape Myrtle Bark Scale 

You will first notice that sidewalks, driveways, shrubs and flowers, garbage cans, swimming pools, even toys under your trees are turning black. Everything under an infected tree will get a black, moldy, sooty stain. 

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale:

Typically gathers in the branch crotches or at pruning areas

Sometimes found under loose bark

 As it takes over, it begins to literally suck the life (sap) from your tree

Thick, black moldy soot will cover the tree and rain down onto everything underneath it

Is this a battle worth fighting?

For some, it’s about aesthetics. The black sooty mold coveringyour trees and everything underneath is more cause for concern than the health of the tree. This may come down to deciding to protect the investment you have made in your trees, your landscape, and your property.

It is commonly accepted that CMBS won’t kill your trees. However, the black mold does prevent sunlight from reaching the tree. This will obviously have some affect on the health of the tree.

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale will most likely affect the number of flowers on an infected tree. The size of flower clusters and overall vigor in the plant health of your Crape Myrtle trees may also suffer. It may even cause your trees to flower later than healthy trees. 

Treatment of Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

1. We start by systemically injecting treatment at the roots of the trees. This slowly and methodically begins treating the entire tree and ridding it of the pest. 

2. Additionally, we spray the entire tree with a growth regulator. Contrary to the name, this doesn’t improve the growth of the tree, it speeds up the process of getting rid of the Bark Scale. 

3. In the fall, our techs apply dormant oil to the affected tree. This oil smothers and eliminates any remaining insects on the tree except those which are beneficial to the tree (like ladybugs). 

4. Each year afterwards, we do an annual systemic treatment as a preventative to keep the CMBS from returning. This treatment also has lawn fertilization  which will help your Crape Myrtle thrive in the future. 

Even if you don’t have Bark Scale now you might consider this preventative treatment. 

Crape Myrtles are some of the most beautiful flowering trees we have in the South. These majestic trees enhance our properties, parks, cities, and lawns. Contact us today to check on your investment! Lawn and Pest Solutions has a great system to treat your Crape Myrtles before this Crape Myrtle Bark Scale has a chance to infect your trees. Our licensed technicians are trained in recognizing and guiding you in the right direction for treatment and/or prevention. We treat Crape Myrtles at homes, schools and businesses in the Memphis, Tennessee area and all over North Mississippi.

Lawn care after Labor Day

After a long, hot summer in the South, most of the “lawn tenders” are asking, “are we there yet?” Can we pack away lawn care after Labor Day like we are supposed to pack away our white shoes and pants?

Our work is never done.

Much like laundry and housework, lawn care is never really done. Owning a home is a great thing, but keeping it up is a never-ending job. Landscaping and lawns fall under this category of never-ending work.

It was fun at first!

When you first buy or build a home, it is really exciting. Picking out paint, windows, and doors that show off your style are part of your exterior look. Landscaping is a major investment that not only adds value but also accentuates your style. These are exciting times for a new homeowner!

Fast forward ten years: the roof is leaking, the paint is peeling and the driveway is stained. The lawn is looking thin and patches have appeared.

Don’t wait for the ten year mark.

Seasonal home maintenance is important. It keeps us from being ten years down the road with thousands in repairs and sprucing up to do. 

Maintaining the lawn, landscaping, turf, and plantings are all things we need to do year-round. Continuous upkeep and management of our home and lawn make this job manageable, financially and in terms of hard work.

To do list for the fall:

Do a little lawn care every day (or week) even after Labor Day. This will make lawn care easy and affordable. Small jobs done year-round will give your lawn the best chance at being beautiful and healthy.

  • Keep mowing as long as the grass is growing.
  • Take care of your lawnmower.
  • Water your lawn, even when the weather is cool.
  •   Rake piles of leaves up before the job is too much to handle. Wet piles of leaves left on your lawn rot and suffocate the turf.
  • Aeration and lawn fertilization WILL pay off when spring arrives.
  • Never stop fighting the war against pests in your lawn.  Armywormsmolesweeds…must be controlled.

Don’t give up now.

Whether you decide to pack up those white pants for the winter or not, lawn care after Labor Day is definitely a “thing”. Lawn work and home maintenance require year-round attention. A little work every day makes this manageable. But you don’t have to do this by yourself. 

Our licensed technicians at Lawn and Pest Solutions are just a phone call, text, or email away. We can help you with not only lawn, plant, and tree issues but also their future health. Our lawn care weed control services will get your lawn looking beautiful. We serve the Memphis, Tennessee and North Mississippi areas.

Local pest control

Shopping local doesn’t just mean buying from boutiques downtown, you can also choose “local pest control” when facing pest issues. If searching online, you one “Google local pest control” away from many options. 

Thanks to big budgets, targeted marketing and branding,  national pest companies have successfully made their names a fixture. 

Google Us

When deciding between a local or a national pest company, try reading the Google reviews. You can’t help but notice that our customers frequently refer to our employees by name in the reviews. 

National pest control companies aren’t bad. They are large and successful pest control companies. We easily recognize their names and logos and feel like we “know” them. But do they know us?

Does local matter when it comes to pests?

Yes, and here’s why:

  • A local pest control company may be able to charge you less for the same services.
  • We live here, too. A local company will be well aware of all the seasonal pest infestations that are happening where YOU are, not where THEY are.
  • A local pest control company can work with your schedules and needs, not what “corporate” tells them to do.

We are a locally owned pest control business.

Working with Lawn and Pest Solutions means that you are getting very personal service. We work hard to retain our employees for years so that customer relationships are solid and built on trust. 

Our pest technicians are trustworthy, honest, hardworking and loyal. We don’t send in “fly by night” employees to spray inside your home. You will recognize our uniformed guys (driving well marked trucks) as they spray your lawn or patio. 

Just #askpaul

In addition to providing reliable technicians, our owner Paul Welborn feels personally responsible for each customer. It is not uncommon for him to show up at a home to help solve an unusual pest issue. He is committed to making sure the customer gets the best possible service.

We at Lawn and Pest Solutions company see ourselves as a team. With this line of thinking,  everyone benefits, including the customers. This is why it is important to choose a local pest control company over a national one. 

We provide outstanding customer service and stand behind our programs. We serve the North Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee areas with outstanding pest control. Contact our office 24/7 to “shop local” today.

Grubs, moles and armadillos

Why put grubs, moles and armadillos all into one blog? What do they have to do with one another? As with most pests, it’s about food. 

Armadillos and moles like to eat…you guessed it. Grubs. If you are having a problem with moles or armadillos destroying your lawn, it’s because they have found their  food source in your yard.

With their favorite food found in your yard, moles and armadillos will dig in and set up a home underneath your lawn.

Grubs

Grubs hatch in your when a beetles lay their eggs there. They are white, soft and have legs up near their heads. Grubs eat on the roots of your lawn causing patches to turn brown and die. 

Untreated grubs grow up to become beetles. The cycle continues as they lay more eggs in your lawn. The best time to treat for grubs is mid to late summer and early fall. 

Signs of grubs

Look for spongy grass and brown patches. 

Pull up a piece of the brown turf. 

If the turf comes up easily like a piece of carpet with no roots attached, grubs have been feeding there. 

Moles

Moles live underground and create tunnels in your yard. They are small and have paddle-like feet that help them dig under your lawn. 

Moles usually leave a small mound of soil as their “entrance” to the underground. The tunneling of moles under your lawn is destructive to the roots of your turf.

Armadillos

First things first. Remove the grubs.

Armadillo facts:

  • Armadillos will destroy your lawn looking for grubs, earthworms, food. 
  • Armadillos thrive in warm, moist climates
  • Armadillos prefer loose and porous soil
  • Armadillos live underground, specifically under your lawn
  • Armadillos are nocturnal and forage for food at night
  • Armadillo quadruplets become independent at around 6 months, so they multiply quickly 

If you are suspicious that you may have moles or armadillos, look for grubs. If you find them, you need help. 

Our licensed lawn technicians can evaluate your situation. We answer your calls promptly. In fact, our website has an instant chat that can get you the quickest service possible. Look for it in the bottom right corner. Lawn and Pest Solutions serves the Memphis, Tennessee area and all of North Mississippi. Let us help you in the battle against whatever may be digging a tunnel under your yard! 

Bug proofing your home

The best way to bug proof your home is by keeping bugs from ever entering your home. A tidy home and yard also help keep bugs away. A consistent program like our Lawn and Pest Solutions Pest360 can “seal the deal” as they say.

From the outside in

A bug proof home happens as the result of a team effort. The best professional treatment won’t work if we aren’t “all in this together”. Let’s start in the yard.

  • If you have firewood stacked next to your home, get it off the ground and move it a few feet away from the house. 
  • Clean up debris from your yard. Piles of sticks, limbs and leaves are gathering places for bugs and other pests. 
  • If there are any limbs, vines or branches touching your home, remove them. These create a corridor for bugs and other undesirable critters to get into your roof or home.
  • Repair any small holes, cracks or tears in window screens, under doors or windows. Bugs are tiny and can get in the smallest access points.

Inside the house

  • This may seem super obvious, but shut your windows and doors, all the way. Gaping doors and unscreened windows left open will allow ANYTHING to get in your home. 
  • Check the space behind your washing machine and refrigerator where water lines come in. This is not as obvious or easy to check, but a very easy point for bugs to get in your home.
  • Vacuum away cobwebs. 
  • Run your garbage disposal frequently.

What are bugs looking for inside my home?

Water is their number one priority.

Leaky faucets or sources of water are popular gathering spots for bugs. Look under your sink, washing machine, and refrigerator. Any place where water runs from outside to inside is a hot spot.

Food is their second priority. 

  • Rinse and put away dirty dishes in the sink.
  • Sweep up pet food that scatters on the floor.
  • Keep pet food in sealed containers.
  • Contact Lawn and Pest Solutions in New Albany, MS and as a team, we will work to bug-proof your home. Hire our local bed bug exterminators to protect your home from unwanted guests. Our licensed pest technicians will show up promptly and treat your house the same they would their own. We serve neighborhoods and businesses from Memphis, Tennessee and all over North Mississippi.