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Can Pruners Spread Disease?

It is possible that your garden pruners or loppers could be spreading diseases from plant to plant in between pruning.  However, with pruning at this time in the season when plants and most virus and bacteria are dormant, the risk is minimal.  If you are cutting within the warmer seasons, when both plants and diseases are actively growing, the percentage increases in the spreading of harmful pests.  Sometimes it is hard to tell if a plant is infected, so if you want to be on the safe side, dip your shears in a 10% bleach solution before going to the next plant.

Bagworm Prevention

Best way to control an infestation of bagworms is to spray tree in the early spring when baby caterpillars are just emerging and relatively weak.  Timing is crucial, if sprayed even a week late they will be big enough to resist the pesticides.  Arborviates and ornamental conifers are bagworms favorites but they also feed on broad leaved shrubs and trees like maples and sycamores.

Bug free summer after COLD winter?

Will the frigid winter we’re having reduce bug populations this season??  You would think this would be the case, but actually the snow cover we’ve had most of the winter should cause the opposite to occur. 

Bugs don’t stand a chance!

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You trust us to keep your lawn insect free!  Why not trust us with keeping your home insect free?  Call us today to find out how we can give you and your family peace of mind from troublesome bugs inside your home.  

All you need to know about ticks

10. Ticks crawl up Ticks don't jump, fly, or drop from trees onto your head and back. If you find one attached there, it most likely latched onto your foot or leg and crawled up over your entire body.

9. All ticks (including deer ticks) come in small, medium and large sizes

8. Ticks can be active even in the winter That's right! Deer Ticks in particular are not killed by freezing temperatures, and will be active any winter day that the ground is not snow-covered or frozen.

Got Termites?

Did you know Aspen performs professional Termite treatments?  Whether you have termites or want to protect against them, we can help.  Please call us today for a full house inspection.  

Ash Trees – Emerald Ash aren’t their only predators

Brownheaded ash sawflies are another threat to ash trees this year. They haven't been active for a few years but they seem to be back in some trees that are prone to sawflies. Give us a call if you see a bunch of holes in your leaves. They are the larvae eating off the foliage of the ash trees. We are able to spray an insecticide to safely remove the sawflies and discontinue the damage they bring on. 

Creepy Crawlers!

Have you seen a rise in the amount of crawling critters in your home? Unreasonably wet weather is mostly to blame. With more rain than usual this year we have seen a rise of insects seeking dry shelter inside homes.

If you're in need of a pest control treatment plan, give us a call at 913-829-6135 and we can have our Pest Manager, Jim, come out and take care of those creepy crawlers.

Spray Pines to prevent tip blight now

Candles are elongating on Pines and that means it is time to apply preventative fungicides to protect against tip/needle blight diseases.  It has been a moderately wet spring so the disease pressure is pretty high this spring.  Call us if you have Pines you're concerned about.