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Cotton Ball Tick removal

Tick Removal
A school nurse discovered a safe, easy way to remove ticks where they automatically withdraw themselves when you follow her simple instructions. Read this one as it could save you from some major problems.

"Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away.

Tracking Emerald Ash Borer

Well, it has been almost 2 years since Emerald Ash Borer was discovered in Parkville, MO.  Where are we at now?  The bad news is that it shows no signs of slowing down.  Since January, I have personally found three confirmed infestations from North Overland Park to the far southern reaches of Johnson County.  Hold on to your hat everyone…it's going to be a long, painful ride!  While there have been many publications and differing opinions about EAB, the basic facts remain the same.

Spider Mite Alert!

We've seen a rash of spider mite infestation on Burning Bushes over the last 7-10 days.  Be on the look out for discoloring of your burning bushes.  If you notice the foliage starting to turn red or an off green color, you may need to take a closer look.  The best way to test for mites is the white paper test.  Hold a white peice of paper under the foliage and give it a shake.  Inspect the paper for small mites that are about the size of ground pepper.  It is recommended to use an miticide that controls both the eggs and adults.

Be on the lookout for Fall Armyworms in turf!

In the last couple weeks, we have seen quite a few outbreaks of Armyworms in Turfgrass.  Usually we see White Grubs this time of year in KC, but this year it is Armyworm.  This pest can do tremendous damage to turf in a very limited amount of time, so if you start seeing brown spots in your lawn, take a closer look!  A large population of Armyworms can turf a green lawn into a brown lawn in very short order, sometimes as little as 24 hours so act fast if you see a problem.  There are multiple insecticides labeled for the control of this pest.

Emerald Ash Borer Treatments

Preventative treatments should be applied now to control Emerald Ash Borer now through Mid June.  Please call us if you have any questions about protecting your Ash Trees.

 

Emerald Ash Borer- KC Star article

Good article in the Kansas City Star about our newest pest!  

https://www.kansascity.com/2013/02/15/4069784/an-all-out-effort-to-slow-a-green.html#storylink=misearch

The Emerald Ash Borer, are your trees safe??

Not sure if you have Ashes on your property?  Give us a call and we'll be pleased to come out to do an evaluation of the trees on your property.  If you have Ash(s) in your lawn, we'll help you formulate a plan based on our recommendations and your opinion to either protect the tree via preventative treatments or consider another species to take its place.  Please feel free to call your Account Manager or the office today to schedule your evaluation.

Treat now to protect against Emerald Ash Borer

Treatments to prevent against the impending Emerald Ash Borer should be performed now.  Preventative treatments should be timed from around Mid May- Mid June.  If you have an Ash tree in your yard that you want to save, please give us a call.

Spider Mites & Bagworms

We've seen our first sightings  this season of Spider Mites and Bagworms!  Spider Mites are wreaking havoc on Burning Bushes and Bagworms are just getting hungrier by the day..Spider Mites typically feed on Burning Bush and Alberta Spruces.  The best way to test for them is the "White paper test".  Hold a sheet of white paper under the bush and give it a shake.  If you see ground pepper sized insects on the paper, you have a problem and need to treat.