Lawn Fertiliztion and Pest Control, Inside & Outside Your Home
3185 New York Ave, Melbourne, FL
321.749.6220
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27 Oct 2016

Is Your Lawn Lagoon Friendly? Ask Us How.

Wondering if you lawn is Lagoon Friendly for the Indian River Lagoon? Ask us at Green Earth Pest Control on ways to make sure that you are!

Learn to grow an environmentally responsible, low maintenance, yet beautifully landscaped lawn by following the Nine Principles of Florida-friendly Landscaping. The Principles are designed to reduce the demand on Florida’s aquifer by minimizing the need for irrigation and to decrease the amount of fertilizers, pesticides, and other pollutants used on lawns which enter our lakes, ponds, and the Indian River Lagoon.

Here are Nine Principles of Florida-friendly Landscaping:

1) Right Plant, Right Place: Plants selected to suit a specific site will require minimal amounts of water, fertilizers and pesticides.

2) Water Efficiently: Irrigate only when your lawn needs water. Efficient watering is the key to a healthy yard and conservation of limited resources.

3) Fertilize Appropriately: Less is often best. Over-use of fertilizers can be hazardous to your yard and the environment.

4) Mulch: Maintain two to three inches of mulch to help retain soil moisture, prevent erosion and suppress weeds.

5) Attract Wildlife: Plants in your yard that provide food, water and shelter can conserve Florida’s diverse wildlife.

6) Manage Yard Pests Responsibly: Unwise use of pesticides can harm people, pets, beneficial organisms and the environment.

7) Recycle: Grass clippings, leaves and yard trimmings composted and recycled on site provide nutrients to the soil and reduce waste disposal.

8) Reduce Stormwater Runoff: Water running off your yard can carry pollutants, such as fertilizer, pesticides, soil and debris that can harm water quality. Reduction of this runoff will help prevent pollution.

9) Protect the Waterfront: Waterfront property, whether on a river, stream, pond, bay or beach, is very fragile and should be carefully protected to maintain freshwater and marine ecosystems

Take advantage of the learning opportunities provided by UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County: The My Brevard Yard program offers workshops and personalized site visits which teach you how to create and maintain a beautiful lawn while minimizing pollutants that enter our waterways.

And you can read more on the City of Titusville website:   http://www.titusville.com/Page.asp?NavID=2014

11 Oct 2016

Top 10 Pest Control Tips For Fall

A recent article from the National Pest Management Association reminds us that although the weather turns cooler in Fall, it brings a new list of home pest control problems, because cold weather brings everyone indoors. 

Pests such as cockroaches, ants and some species of spiders have life cycles longer than a year, meaning they need to find shelter during the winter to survive. These pests can pose serious risks to both people and homes. Cockroaches can contaminate stored food, leave droppings around the home and trigger allergic asthma, especially in children. On top of all that, some spiders commonly found around homes are poisonous.

Below are ten pest-proofing tips from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) that every homeowner can follow to keep pests outside during the fall and winter:

  1. Screen attic vents and openings to chimneys, and any other areas where homes may be open to the outdoors, like mail slots and animal doors.
  2. Keep basements, attics and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry. Pests are attracted to areas of moisture, something they need to survive. 
  3. Seal cracks and crevices on the outside of the home using caulk and steel wool. 
  4. Keep kitchen counters clean, store food in airtight containers and dispose of garbage regularly in sealed receptacles. 
  5. Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows. 
  6. Store any outside items at least 20 feet away from the house and keep shrubbery well trimmed. Removing areas where pests can hide near your home can reduce the chance of them finding a way inside.
  7. Install door sweeps and repair damaged screens. Torn window screens and cracks under doors are an ideal entry point for household pests. 
  8. Inspect items such as boxes of decorations, package deliveries, and grocery bags before bringing them indoors. Pests can find creative ways to get inside a home. 
  9. Avoid leaving pets’ food dishes out for long periods of time. Pests don’t discriminate between people food and cat food. 
  10. Have a proper outdoor drainage system. Installing gutters or repairing an existing system will help draw water and moisture away from your home, preventing any leaks or build up that might attract pests.

The best way to protect your home and prevent any type of pest infestation during the winter is to follow these pest-proofing tips in the fall when the temperature begins to drop. 

Call us at Green Earth Pest Control to help you prepare for Fall home pest control.

Find the full article here: http://www.pestworld.org/news-hub/pest-articles/top-10-pest-proofing-tips-for-fall/

Copyright ©2016 National Pest Management Association     

07 Jul 2016
Flea Treatment Organic Pest Control Melbourne Florida

Flea Treatment: Fleas Biting You this Summer?

Flea Treatment:
Fleas are persistent pests and a pain in the rear for our pets and their humans. 

Several species of fleas may be pests in Florida. Fleas are small (1/16 inch), red-brown, wingless, blood-sucking insects. Their bodies are laterally compressed (flattened side to side), permitting easy movement through the hairs on the host’s body. Their legs are long and well adapted for jumping. The mouthparts of an adult flea are adapted for sucking blood from a host. Flea treatment is a necessity if you own pets in Florida and most of the United States.

The cat flea is the most common. Cat fleas may attack a wide variety of warm-blooded animals including dogs, humans, chickens, rabbits, squirrels, rats and mice. Although the dog, human, and stick-tight fleas are also found in Florida, multiple species of fleas may be found on a single animal.

Fleas breed in large numbers where pets and other animals live. Pets infested with fleas bite and scratch themselves. Their coats become roughened, and the skin can become infected. Cat fleas and dog fleas may also be hosts for tapeworms.

A flea bite leaves a small red spot where it has inserted its mouthparts. Many people do not react to flea bites at all, while others are sensitive and suffer severe allergic reactions. Fleas may also carry human diseases such as the plague, typhus and tularemia.

Flea Treatment:
In order to successfully combat a flea problem, you have to attack it on two fronts: 1) treat the pet; and 2) treat the premises.

Although on-animal flea control is the most popular and effective method of controlling fleas, all areas of the home and yard should also be treated. When the animal is treated with an internally taken product or certain topical flea treatments, the fleas jump onto the treated animal as it moves through infested areas and when it bites, it receives the fatal dose of pesticide so that it won’t reproduce or move in to your pets fur. Other flea treatment options are liquid wash products in which fleas are either killed by contact.

Flea treatment on pets alone isn’t usually sufficient. Fleas may continue to infest your yard and home and get right back on your newly cleaned and treated pet. Treating the home and yard with liquid flea treatment is usually a needed step in order to stop the infestation or t make the infestation stop faster. This is extremely important for those who have animals or family members with flea allergies. It’s also makes a huge difference for those who have carpets and large lawns where fleas can infest and continue to re-infest pets.

Oral flea medication prescribed by veterinarians can provide the control of fleas when pets are not allowed outdoors. Many of these products can kill fleas before they have a chance to bite flea-allergic animals. With this method of treatment, much less product is used than for insecticide treatment of premises, which mainly kills the immature stages of fleas. Topical or spot treatment provides effective residual control. To be certain pets remain free of fleas, it is necessary to make routine use of flea control products, especially if pets are allowed contact with infested animals or premises.

Flea-free pets can become re-infested with fleas from their environment. For the most effective control, sleeping areas, bedding, kennels, and other areas frequented by the animal should be treated at the time the pet treatment is made. All rugs should be thoroughly cleaned with a vacuum cleaner or a steam cleaner. Infested furniture, pet baskets, and cracks should be thoroughly cleaned to prevent the larvae from finding food. Dirt that is collected should be disposed of immediately to destroy fleas and flea larvae. Insecticides should be applied inside the house carefully as light spot treatments to areas where fleas are known to be hiding. These can be applied indoors as crack-and-crevice or surface treatments.

For heavy infestations with egg masses, contact a professional immediately. Infested areas should be treated by applying a broadcast treatment of insecticide to the landscape. Special effort should be given in treating areas frequented by pets. Applications at two-to-four-week intervals may be necessary to eliminate the fleas.

We offer both traditional pest control options and organic pest control options. Our staff at Green Earth Pest Control is experienced in eradicating flea infestations. Give us a call if you are having problems and we can help you determine how bad the problem is and in what ways you may want to start treating. You, your pet(s), and your family will be happier and healthier!

Find out even more info on fleas and flea treatment from the University of Florida IFAS Extension office:  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ig087

12 Jun 2016
Melbourne-FL-Green-Earth-Pest-Control-Indoor-Insects household pests

Dealing with Common Household Pests

Summer is the time to relax and enjoy the warm weather. Unfortunately common household pests may be trying to vacation in and around your house, too.

Some of these annoying pests may end up in your house as unwanted guests, but there are things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your pets from unwanted household pests.

You have probably heard that prevention is the key to most pest problems. It is much easier to keep pests away than to get rid of them once they’ve settled inside your homeThe best thing to do is to make your home unattractive to these pests with a clean and uncluttered space. You need to assure that all food is probably sealed and kept on high shelves. Be diligent about sweeping up crumbs and frequently take out smelly garbage. Seal up holes in walls, cupboards, doors, and windows so bugs don’t have a way in, and consider putting screens in your windows. Clean up standing water around the house and puddles outside. 

Call us at Green Earth Pest Control if you are experiencing difficulty with the annoying top ten:

1.  Ants:  They are truly everywhere. You’ll find Ant nests in soil next to or under buildings, along sidewalks, or near trees or plants. Ants will can bite or sting which can cause skin irritations.

2.  Bed Bugs:  A nightmare in the making, bed bugs live in seams of mattresses, bedroom furniture or other household clutter. Bed bug bites cause itching and skin irritation.

3.  Bees and Wasps:  You’ve heard the buzz about these stingers and for those with allergies, it’s serious business. Bees and wasps builds nests underground, in trees, household eaves and in other structures. Bee and wasp stings cause pain, itching, and swelling. And for those with severe allergies, a single sting can be deadly.

4.  Fleas:  It’s not always Fido’s fault but fleas do often lives in hair or fur of animals. Flea bites cause itching and are notoriously hard to eradicate. Fleas can transmit serious diseases such as typhus and tapeworms.

5.  Flies:  Flies maybe the most annoying insects in our daily lives. Garbage bins, dumpsters and general home refuse is the breeding ground for maggots and flies. It’s important to eliminate houseflies as much as possible as they spread bacteria and diseases like food poisoning and dysentery.

6.  Mosquitoes:  You’ll often find mosquitoes near standing water such as puddles, retaining ponds, rivers and tidal areas. While these insects leave a wickedly itchy bite, more seriously they are known to transmit Malaria, Encephalitis, Dengue, West Nile Virus, Zika Virus, Yellow Fever and Heartworm.

7.  Meal Moths:  Meal moths will actually invade your home, living in cupboards and pantries, especially in and around packages of grains, pet food and other perishables. Meal Moths’ waste and secretions contaminate food which can cause allergic reactions.

8.  Cockroaches:  Cockroaches make their homes in warm, humid areas like bathrooms, kitchens and basements. While being downright creepy, its the the cockroach’s saliva, feces and body parts that can cause allergic reactions, especially in children. They have also been known to spread bacteria such as E.coli, Salmonella and parasitic worms.

9.  Spiders:  These creepy crawlers hide out in nooks and crannies, cupboards, closets, chests and woodpiles. Although many people are afraid of spiders, they’re usually largely beneficial because they eat other insects, including other spiders, roaches, earwigs, flies, moths, and mosquitoes. The only poisonous spider in the US is the Black widow spiders and brown recluse spiders.

10.  Ticks:  Ticks live in wooded areas with plenty of grass and natural debris on the ground. Ticks are infamous carriers of numerous serious diseases, from Lyme disease to various fevers and even encephalitis. Be sure to watch for ticks on your skin as well as on your pets and remove immediately.

If you are concerned about pests inside or outside your home, contact our specialists at Green Earth Pest Control to identify any problems and suggest preventive remedies before small problems become big problems. We offer traditional pest control and organic pest control. We can help you determine which is best for you and your situation. Give us a call!

25 Apr 2016
Satellite Beach Organic Fertilizer

Experts Recommend Our Organic Fertilizer

Looking for healthier, organic alternatives to fertilize your lawn? Our organic fertilizer is a safer alternative.

Experts recommend phosphorus-free, slow releasing fertilizers. Green Earth Pest Control offers the MOST TESTED organic fertilizer on the market. Our products are safe and effective to use, USDA Bio-based Certified (low carbon footprint) and listed for use in the production of Certified Organic Farming by the Organic Material Review Institute (OMRI).

We choose to use the highest quality organics on the market known for their LOW ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, PROFESSIONAL GRADE ORGANIC INGREDIENTS and LOW CARBON FOOTPRINT.

What are the differences in our organic fertilizer?

  • Contains the highest concentration of primary, secondary and minor plant nutrients known to exist from any organic source
  • Contains slow release nutrients that are made available as the plant requires them
  • Allows plants to more effectively utilize nutrients, while reducing nutrient loss by leaching
  • Enables soils to retain nutrients longer
  • Rich in humus, which makes nutrients more available for plant uptake
  • A fertilizer so efficient that it can provide equivalent growth to some other fertilizers with 1/3 to 1/2 of the amount of NPK supplied

Our organic products have been commissioned in over 500 independent research studies over the past 25 years to create the best possible products for the horticulture, agriculture, greenhouse, nursery, landscaping, and lawn and garden industries. All of our products are of the highest quality and demonstrate unmatched performance in growing hardy, healthy and abundant lawns and plants. These products are manufactured in the USA and are also approved for organic fruit and vegetable growing.

In addition to organic fertilizer, we follow the following healthy lawn practices:

  • No fertilizing during the rainy weather or during the warning period of a significant storm.
  • No fertilizing within a 10-foot buffer zone abutting a canal or river.
  • Keep grass clippings (and other organic and road debris) out of stormwater drains and water bodies; blow clippings back into the yard from streets and sidewalks.

Click to read the recommendation regarding organic fertilizer in the Satellite Beach Beachcaster Newsletter

Call Green Earth Pest Control today at 321-749-6220 to switch over to organic fertilizers and pest control you can trust.