How to Control and Kill Chinch Bugs on Your Commercial Property

Posted by Kim Riebel on Jun 4, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Warm weather triggers all sorts of activity in the landscape.

While grubs are a key concern on Illinois commercial properties, chinch bugs can also become a problem.

Chinch bugs mate in late May, hatch in June and really become a problem in mid- to late-summer. Chinch bugs are tricky because their damage is often confused for drought stress or lack of fertilization.

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Topics: Pest, Disease & Weed Control

Control Geese On Your Chicago Commercial Property

Posted by Kim Riebel on Apr 9, 2015 5:00:00 AM

If geese have decided to make your Chicago commercial property home, you’ve got problems. For one, goose droppings can damage grass and create a landmine of “yuck” for anyone who crosses the lawn on foot. (Not-so-fun fact: An adult Canada Goose may defecate every 20 minutes.) The feces are unsanitary and challenging to control when a flock has taken hold of your property. These droppings also affect water quality.

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Topics: Pest, Disease & Weed Control

IPM Vs. Traditional Pest Management: Is Sustainable A Safe Bet?

Posted by Kim Riebel on Feb 19, 2015 3:06:29 PM

When it comes to pests, you want effective control that will protect insects from invading and destroying your landscape while protecting your Chicago property from future infestations. Preserving the health of your green space is a top priority, and doing so secures your investment in the land.

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Topics: Sustainability, Pest, Disease & Weed Control

Beyond Aesthetics: Why Weed Control is Crucial on Your Illinois Commercial Property

Posted by Kim Riebel on Aug 19, 2014 8:50:00 AM

You hate finding weeds on your Illinois commercial landscape. Weeds are a thorn in your side, and eliminating them is a frustrating, ongoing struggle because they are proficient spreaders if you don’t catch them early enough.

In addition crashing a landscape party they weren’t invited to and then never leaving, most weeds are ugly, too: pointy, shabby shapes, unusual leaves, unsightly blooms and overall messy appearances. Put simply, they’re blemishes on the otherwise perfect landscape picture. They ruin a smooth, soft, lush, emerald carpet of turf with an unsightly and usually contagious mess. They invade landscape beds full of color and steal attention away from the more beautiful blooms.

But there are other reasons beyond aesthetics that weed control is crucial to your commercial property’s landscape. Here are a few of the reasons weed control is vital on any landscape.

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Topics: Pest, Disease & Weed Control

Grubs: Chicagoland’s Biggest Summer Pest Threat

Posted by Kim Riebel on Jul 2, 2014 3:30:00 PM

Grubs. We don't know a single Illinois commercial property manager who likes them.

These white, fat worms live in the soil eating away at our grass roots, leaving brown, unattractive patches in their midst that in some cases can pull right up like a carpet. Not only can these nasty Chicagoland pests damage commercial lawns, but their presence also invites other unwelcome wildlife that come in to cause additional destruction digging up the lawn in their search of grubs as treats, such as raccoons.

While white grubs come in a variety of forms, such as May or June beetles, most know them as the larvae of Japanese beetles, which lay their eggs in midsummer in sunny areas of turfgrass.

Fortunately, with a little know-how and planning from your trusty lawn care professional, white grubs can be less of a problem in your commercial landscape.

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Topics: Pest, Disease & Weed Control