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Say Goodbye to the Mouse in Your House

 

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Cute, fuzzy, three to four inches in length and weighing roughly an ounce, mice don’t necessarily look threatening. Nevertheless, don’t underestimate the negative impact these unwanted critters can have on you and your family.

California’s dry, warm conditions are forcing pests, including rodents, to do more “window shopping” as we approach the fall season, seeking alternate water and food sources inside structures. While mice do not require as much water as their rat cousins, they still have the need to feed, and your home is a prime target.

Mice that seek food aggressively not only can spoil it with their droppings and urine, but can transmit dangerous bacteria, including salmonella, by crawling on countertops and food preparation areas, and can contaminate food by chewing through packaging.

In addition to spoiling food, mice also pose a significant threat to the structural integrity of your home. They can destroy insulation in attics and can chew through wallboards, cardboard, wood, and electrical or computer wiring. In fact, rodents cause up to 25 percent of house fires in the U.S. every year.

Good sanitation practices are one key to keeping mice out of your home successfully. Keep counters clean, eliminate clutter, and make sure to collect and empty garbage, trash, and garden debris frequently. Also, be sure that all garbage receptacles have tight-fitting covers – indoors and out.

But the first and most important step to make sure your home remains rodent-free is by preventing them from gaining access in the first place. Mice (and most pests for that matter) are opportunists that spend most of their life looking for a way inside a structure in search of food, water, and shelter.

The Clark Man bases his rodent management programs on excluding mice (and rats) from homes and other structures. Here are the Clark Man’s Six Mice Prevention Tips for homeowners:

  1. Seal cracks and holes on the outside of your home – pay special attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter the home, even those up high. Mice are willing climbers, and can jump up to 12 inches and squeeze through an opening the size of a dime.
  2. Replace loose mortar around the basement foundation and windows.
  3. Store firewood away from your home and above the ground so that you can see under it (to keep rodents from nesting there).
  4. Trim shrubs and trees close to your home, cut the grass regularly, rake up leaves, and pick up debris piles in the yard where mice like to hide.
  5. Check the weatherstripping on garage and entry doors and make sure it has no gaps.
  6. Make sure the screens on dryer and utility vents do not have tears or openings.

If you are having a problem with mice in your home, call (800) 936-3339 or drop me an email at clarkcares@clarkpest.com.

Until next time I’m the Clark Man, and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.

 

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Summer Heat Driving Up Flea Activity

 

national dog dayThe severe drought California has endured the last three or four years has impacted homeowners on everything from food prices to when they can or can’t water their lawns. To top it off the extreme dry conditions and searing heat are now impacting pest activity and not for the better.

In previous posts the Clark Man shared how rodents, ants and other pests are more aggressively seeking food and water inside homes since the naturally produced sources they rely on are no longer available due to the drought. Another pest that is benefiting from the drought is the pesky flea that seeks to irritate both pets and homeowners.

The most commonly encountered flea specie threatening household pets in California is the cat flea.

Research veterinarians at the University of California Davis said this past winter’s mild temperatures and dry weather allowed the fleas to not just survive, but thrive because there were no cold temperatures or wet weather to eliminate fleas naturally.

Fleas can be a problem for homeowners even if they do not own a pet. Urban wildlife including feral cats, opossums, raccoons or rodents are well-known flea transporters and with wildlife populations on the rise the flea threat is greater.

These annoying, tiny insects – cat fleas only measure 1/8 inch in length – prefer living in areas frequented by pets and other animals while they are on the prowl for their next meal. Fleas are typically brownish-black in color but red when full of blood after feeding.

Fleas are also quite the little athlete possessing the ability to jump 6 inches straight up thus giving them the ability to leap from the ground on to an animal or even the pant leg or shoe of an unsuspecting human.

What can homeowners do to help prevent fleas from becoming an unwanted problem for their pets and family? The Clark Man offers the following suggestions: 

  • Regularly clean all surfaces that your pet frequents and vacuum carpets (especially under furniture), upholstered furniture, under cushions and in crevices.
  • Seal vacuum bags in a plastic bag and discard it immediately after use.
  • Wash pet bedding and throw rugs regularly in warm water.
  • On the exterior of your home focus your efforts on areas when your pets spend time including lawns and shaded areas under landscape bushes. Keep your grass cut, and trim weeds and overgrown shrubbery that give fleas shelter.
  • Talk with your veterinarian or animal groomer for recommendations on on-animal prevention and treatment options. 

If you have questions on how to protect your pet and family from fleas, call 800/WE-NEED-YOU or drop me an e-mail at clarkcares@clarkpest.com.

 

Until next time, I’m the Clark Man and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.

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How Dry Is It? Dry Enough for Rodents to Target Your House

 

norway ratThe severe drought in California is making an impact on how homeowners maintain their lawns, plants, and gardens; how farmers tend to their crops; and now, rodent behavior. The dry, warm conditions are forcing rodents, especially Norway and roof rats, to seek water sources aggressively inside structures where water from a leaky faucet looks to them like an oasis in the desert.

Norway and roof rats both consume one to two ounces of water daily, which they find at dripping faucets, broken irrigation systems, bird baths, and water features (i.e., ponds). Pet water bowls, clogged gutters, and over-watered gardens are also prime sources of liquid sustenance for these most unwelcome visitors. The house mouse, however, requires less water and can go longer periods between filling up.

Rodents present multiple threats to homes and their occupants: they spoil food, transmit dangerous bacteria, and chew on electrical and computer wires that can start a fire – all good reasons why rodents must be denied access to your home.

Good sanitation practices are one key to keeping rodents out of your home successfully. Keep counters clean, eliminate clutter, and make sure to collect and empty garbage, trash, and garden debris frequently, and make sure all garbage receptacles have tight-fitting covers – indoors and out.

But the first and most important step to ensure that your home remains rodent-free is by preventing them from gaining access in the first place. Rodents (and most pests, for that matter) are opportunists that spend most of their lives looking for a way inside a structure in search of food, water, and shelter.

The Clark Man bases his rodent management programs on excluding them from homes and other structures. Here are the Clark Man’s Seven Helpful Rodent Exclusion Tips for homeowners:

  1. Seal cracks and holes on the exterior of your home – pay special attention to areas where utilities and pipes enter the structure, even those up high – roof rats and mice are willing climbers, and can jump up to 12 inches and squeeze through an opening the size of a dime.
  2. Since roof rats are adept climbers, trim shrubs and tree limbs close to your home to deny them access to your roof.
  3. Cut the grass regularly, rake up leaves, and pick up debris piles in the yard where rodents like to hide.
  4. Replace loose mortar around the basement foundation and windows.
  5. Store firewood at least 20 feet from your home and five feet off the ground.
  6. Check the weatherstripping on garage and entry doors and make sure it has no gaps.
  7. Make sure the screens on screen doors and windows, along with dryer and utility vents, do not have holes in them.

 

Remember, if your home as a problem with rodents in your home, call 800-936-3339 or drop me an email at clarkcares@clarkpest.com

Until next time I’m the Clark Man, and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.

 

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Drop Bed Bugs From Your Summer Vacation Itinerary

 
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According to travel industry research, July is the most popular month for vacations in the United States, with nearly 46 percent of Americans indicating they will be scheduling time off to get away. August and June finished second and third, respectively.

Unfortunately, summer travel also means unwanted and uninvited guests looking to join in on the fun. Who are these interlopers? Bed bugs.

Bed bugs are highly mobile pests that can be found in a variety of vacation locations, including hotel rooms, buses, and airplanes, and they can be easily (and unknowingly) transported back home in backpacks and luggage.

A recent survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky asked pest management professionals where they find bed bugs most often. Topping the list is apartments/condominiums (95 percent), single-family homes (93 percent) and hotels/motels (75 percent).

 

The Clark Man wants to make sure you and your family enjoy your summer vacation and that no unwanted travelers join you along the way. To help prevent bed bugs from spoiling your vacation, the Clark Man offers the following tips:

Before You Leave Home

Check travel websites to see if your hotel has been reported as having bed bugs. You’ll have to filter and read through the lines on some reviews, but many websites (e.g., bedbugregistry.com, tripadvisor.com) can give you a heads up that maybe you want to make a reservation at a less “buggy” establishment.

Once you confirm your destination is not on anyone’s bed bug most-wanted list, pack your belongings inside sealable plastic bags and bring some extra-large plastic trash bags.

 

When You Arrive at Your Hotel

Upon arrival, inspect your room for dark fecal or dried blood spots on bedding, and closely examine the folds or creases of the mattress and box springs, upholstered chairs, drawers, and headboards.

If you discover signs of bed bugs, contact the management right away and insist that they move you to another room, one that is not next to or immediately adjacent to the infested room (including directly upstairs and downstairs). 

Once you’ve determined that your room appears to bed bug-free, go ahead and settle in. But don’t unpack your suitcase. Only take the clothes out that you will be wearing, and don't leave your shoes on the floor - keep everything inside your sealable plastic bags. 

Put the large plastic trash bags you brought from home around your luggage, and store the luggage in the bathtub or on a tile floor. These areas are the least likely places bed bugs will be residing. 

If you find bed bugs in your suitcase or on your clothes before you depart for home, you might want to leave them there. That may sound odd, but trust me when I say you don’t want to take bed bugs home. It’s far cheaper to buy yourself a new suitcase and outfit than it is to pay for a bed bug treatment.

 

When You Return Home

Carefully inspect your possessions for any hitchhiking bed bugs, and make sure to check the clothing you are wearing thoroughly. You should unpack your bags outdoors or in the garage, and put everything that can be laundered into the washer. For items that can’t be washed, it is recommended you place them in the dryer at the highest temperature setting for at least 10 minutes.

 

If you think you might have bed bugs in your home, call 800-936-3339 or drop me an e-mail at clarkcares@clarkpest.com.

 

Until next time, I’m the Clark Man, and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.

 

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Tips for Keeping Your Fourth of July Pest Free

 

Happy 4th of July

Research has shown that 85 percent of consumers profess a fondness for picnics and cookouts during the summer, and the Fourth of July holiday is the apex of the summer season. The holiday lineup features a slew of outdoor activities that includes picnics, swimming, baseball games, fireworks, and good times with family and friends. Unfortunately, it also can include visits from unwanted ants, flies and stinging insects that show up to spoil your good times.

Ants, yellowjackets and flies are attracted to typical cookout and picnic fare. Not only can these pests become a nuisance for homeowners, but they also can pose significant health risks to you and your guests.

These pests are drawn to sweet and sugary foods, like the desserts, fruit and soft drinks that are a staple of holiday functions. They also like the greasy leftovers that can be found on grills and serving trays, and in garbage cans filled with post-party trash.

Ants can contaminate food, and house flies have been known to carry more than 100 different kinds of germs that cause disease. Stinging insects send more than a half-million people to the emergency room each year, and yellowjackets, in particular, pose a significant health threat, as they may sting repeatedly and can cause allergic reactions.

The Clark Man wants you, your family and friends to have a safe, and enjoyable Fourth of July, and offers the following Six Tips to Keep Your Fourth of July Pest Free to keep annoying pests from spoiling your holiday fun, and keeping them in mind can help avert food-borne illnesses, too.

  1. Yellowjackets and other stinging insects are attracted to food and drink; provide clear plastic cups for your guests, as aluminum cans and plastic bottles make good hiding spots for stinging insects.
  2. Keep all food and beverages in sealed coolers and containers.
  3. Keep garbage containers sealed and away from guests.
  4. Clean trash, spills and crumbs immediately from tables and other surfaces; bring utensils and dishware indoors shortly after the meal.
  5. Rinse all beverage bottles and cans, and dispose of them in tightly closed garbage containers.
  6. Plan to serve food and beverages indoors, and reserve outdoor spaces for eating and entertaining.

If you have questions on how to protect your outdoor activities from pests this summer, call 800-WE-NEED-YOU (800-736-3339) or drop me an email at clarkcares@clarkpest.com

Until next time I’m the Clark Man, and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.

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Making an Effort to Protect Beneficial Pollinators

 

Honey Bee

There have been many articles and stories in the media – along with talk from government officials and agencies, including the White House –about the health of honey bees and other pollinators. Some of those words have been accurate; others, less so.

Researchers have determined that numerous factors threaten honey bees and other pollinators, but one primary threat is the lack of available sources for nectar and pollen. Years of urban sprawl have eliminated many natural habitats of foraging pollinators, as well as their nutrition sources.

Why are honey bees and pollinators – including butterflies, birds, bats, and beetles – so important to our environment? Consider these facts:

  • Approximately 1,000 plants grown for food, beverages, fibers, spices, and medicines need to be pollinated in order to produce those finished products
  • Foods produced with the help of pollinators are found on our dining table daily, including apples, strawberries, blueberries, chocolate, melons, peaches, figs, tomatoes, pumpkins, and almonds (notice that many of those crops are grown in abundance here in California)
  • Pollination by honey bees and other insects produces nearly $20 billion of products annually in the United States

The Clark Man, the National Pest Management Association, and the NPMA’s member companies across the United States have joined together to recognize National Pollinator Week to help focus attention on the health of pollinating organisms.

What can you do to promote pollinator health in your neighborhood or community? You can buy local honey and support community beekeepers, and you can plant flowers that are attractive to pollinators

By planting flowers, you’re playing a role in protecting the pollinators, and you’re also helping to support our nation’s food supply. Not only will bees and other pollinators benefit from this simple act of good will, but the colorful vegetation will make your home, yard, or patio more attractive and enjoyable.

Community and private gardens that contain flowers and plants attractive to pollinators can be extremely beneficial in providing new food sources. The Clark Man recommends planting flowering plants, herbs, and vegetables, including wildflowers, lavender, sunflowers, goldenrod, honeysuckle, chives, oregano, and thyme.

The Clark Man does want to issue a word of caution before you start planting your garden, though: Your garden should be a welcome oasis for bees raised by professional or hobby beekeepers, as these folks understand how to work safely with bees. Also, it’s a good idea to plant your gardens away from your house and outdoor seating areas.

If you do find a nest or hive in or around your home, call a licensed Clark pest management professional to identify the type of insect present – do not attempt to remove the colony yourself. Once proper identification is made, your Clark technician can remove the nest safely and address any threat, if needed.

If you have questions on pollinator health or stinging insects, call or text 800-936-3339, or drop me an email at clarkcares@clarkpest.com

Until next time I’m the Clark Man, and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.

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Enjoying a Pest-free Memorial Day

 


Memorial Day

Next Monday is Memorial Day, the official start of summer. While you enjoy the day off and take in a ballgame, parade, or partake in a backyard barbeque, the Clark Man wants to remind you that unwanted pests are more than eager to crash the proceedings. 

How do you keep flies, cockroaches, stinging insects, and ants from becoming a nuisance and a potential health threat to your picnic basket? By following good food safety practices and a healthy dose of common sense before, during, and after an outdoor meal, you can help to protect yourself, your family, and your guests.

Pests – especially stinging insects and ants – are attracted to foods that contain sugar, including soft drinks, cake frosting, barbeque sauces, and marinades. Flies and cockroaches have less-discriminating palates and will feast on crumbs, oils, grease, garbage, and waste. For flies, the smellier the food is, the better, as they are attracted to foul odors.

Aside from spoiling a perfectly good burger or bowl of fruit, these pests can spread harmful bacteria, including salmonella or E. coli, by coming in contact with your food after they have visited other less-appetizing items such as rotting garbage, feces, or animal carcasses.

When planning your Memorial Day picnic, or any outdoor event that involves food, make sure to follow good sanitation and food preparation practices. Some of the things you can do include:

  • Pick up leftover bottles and wrappers and clean up crumbs and spills.
  • Empty garbage or recycle bins frequently to make your picnic or cookout less attractive to these hungry pests.
  • Keep food tightly covered in plastic containers or covered with foil or plastic wrap, before and after cooking.
  • Do not leave soda cans uncovered, as the sugary ingredients can attract ants or stinging insects.

Pest Activity on the Rise

As we move toward the holiday weekend, California residents are seeing increased insect pest activity in and around their homes. This is due, in part, to the severe drought the state is experiencing, which is forcing pests to seek alternate sources of food and water, and seek access inside homes more aggressively.

Clark Pest Control’s Technical Director Darren Van Steenwyk was interviewed recently by CBS13, the CBS network television affiliate in Sacramento. Van Steenwyk discussed the drought’s impact on pest behavior and how Clark Pest Control is dedicating more personnel to help homeowners maintain pest-free living areas.

To view the complete interview, visit http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2015/05/13/california-drought-has-more-insects-swarming-toward-homes/ 

In closing, as we prepare for the long holiday weekend, Clark Pest Control would like to take a moment and salute all of those who have served our great nation, especially those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. May we never take them for granted. If you see a veteran this weekend, please thank them for their service to our country.

If you’re experiencing a pest problem in your home, call 800-936-3339, or drop me an email at clarkcares@clarkpest.com

Until next time, I’m the Clark Man, and thank you for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.

 

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Three Tips to Keep Your Trees and Plants Healthy and Looking Good

 

landscapingOne of the greatest sources of pride for a homeowner is the landscape that surrounds his or her home. In addition to providing aesthetic qualities, a well-maintained landscape raises property values, and if the homeowner were to sell, it can help the home sell faster.

Whether its landscape beds full of blooming flowers or an outdoor patio surrounded by carefully trimmed ornamental plants, homeowners invest heavily in the exterior appearance of their homes.

Protecting that investment, especially when California is in the midst of severe drought conditions and watering restrictions, can be challenging – but not impossible.

The Clark Man, in addition to preventing and eliminating pests from gaining entry to your home, also can help protect your lawn, ornamental plants and trees from destructive insects and diseases.

The three items homeowners should be most aware of when protecting their ornamental plants and trees from harmful pests and disease are:

  1. Proper fertilization
  2. Insect control
  3. Irrigation

Fertilize: It’s not just your lawn that needs regular fertilization; the shrubs and trees in your yard need to be fertilized to keep them healthy and make them less susceptible to disease and pests. There are two types of fertilization – deep root using a liquid, or surface using a granular – that will help promote a healthy shrub or tree.

Control insects: Aphids are a threat to ornamental plants and trees because they siphon off saprose care and deny proper nutrients. Plants will not bloom as strongly and their energy dissipates, making them more susceptible to disease and insects. The Clark Man recommends soil injections to treat for aphids in combination with regular fertilization.

Irrigate:  Many homeowners shut off their irrigation systems over the winter and forget that plants and trees need to be irrigated. Tree and plant roots are buried beneath the surface and need to receive regular deep-watering sessions to maintain their health. With watering restrictions in place across California, the Clark Man recommends homeowners start conditioning their plants and trees to twice-a-week deep-watering sessions. This will help plants and trees acclimate to receiving less water, and help them better endure the blistering summer heat.

Signs of trouble: When a plant turns yellow from its normal green, it can be a sign it isn’t receiving proper nutrients. As mentioned earlier, aphids are a problem in California, and if you notice a sticky sap (called honeydew) coming from a tree, it indicates that aphids are present. The sweet and sticky honeydew is also a favorite food of ants, and homeowners can get hit with a double whammy – ants and aphids – when this happens.

The Clark Man can make recommendations on proper irrigation practices for your lawn, plants, and trees, and also can recommend a fertilization program that will meet your yard’s specific needs. If pests and disease are present, the Clark Man can offer you options to eliminate the threat for good.

Should you have questions on how to keep your lawn, shrubs, and trees looking good all year long, call (800) 936-3339 or drop me an email at clarkcares@clarkpest.com.

Until next time, I’m the Clark Man – and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.

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National Pest Control Month

 

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We Aren’t Fooling:  April Is National Pest Management Month

Yes, today is April Fools’ Day, but make no mistake – pests are nothing to fool with. Such pests as termites and rodents can cause structural damage to your home, and stinging insects, cockroaches and rodents are known transmitters of bacteria, including E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria.

What kind of damage and what threats do pests pose? Consider these eye-opening facts:

  • Termites cause an estimated $5 billion in property damage annually in the United States
  • Rodents gnawing on electrical wiring are one of the leading causes of house fires in the U.S.
  • Cockroach allergens are known triggers for allergic reactions and asthma attacks in children
  • Insect stings and bites send nearly 500,000 people to hospital emergency rooms or urgent care clinics with allergic reactions

This is why the Clark Man and his pest management peers across the country are observing National Pest Management Month in April. However, this time isn’t just an occasion for pest professionals to pat themselves on the back and say, “Aren’t we good!” It’s an opportunity to raise critical awareness of the threats that pests pose, and a reaffirming of the professional pest management industry’s commitment to protect the public from harmful pests that threaten food, homes, and families.

The Clark Man and his fellow pest experts at Clark Pest Control want share their knowledge on how people can protect their homes and families from unwanted and unhealthy pests.

The busiest portion of the pest season is right around the corner, and so to celebrate National Pest Management Month, the Clark Man would like to share some valuable tips on how to protect living spaces from an array of spring and summer pests – including ants, flies, stinging insects, fleas, termites, rodents, and mosquitoes.

The Clark Man’s Top 10 Pest Prevention List

  1. Seal cracks and openings on the outside of the home with a silicone-based caulk, including entry points for utilities and pipes

  2. Repair torn screens in windows and vents where insects can gain access

  3. Replace weatherstripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows

  4. Keep tree branches and landscape plants well trimmed and away from the house

  5. Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles

  6. Don’t overdo it on the mulch; maintain a 15-inch barrier away from the foundation

  7. Eliminate sources of standing water in your yard, including birdbaths, clogged drains, and gutters, to keep mosquitoes away; check irrigation systems and exterior faucets for leaking parts

  8. Keep attics, crawl spaces, sheds, and other storage areas well ventilated and dry; remove clutter that attracts pests

  9. Do a good spring cleaning and maintain good sanitation practices; store garbage and recycled materials in sealed containers and dispose of them regularly; wash out the recycling bin occasionally to get rid of excess sugars and oils that attract pests

  10. Don’t leave pet food dishes out when they are not in use; pests, especially mice, love pet food

Remember: If you have questions on how to make your indoor and outdoor living spaces unattractive to pests, call (800) 936-3339 or drop me an email at clarkcares@clarkpest.com.

Until next time I’m the Clark Man, and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.

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Spring Lawn Care Tips

 

Four Easy Tips for Spring Lawn Care

lawn gardenSpring is in the air in California and northern Nevada, and that means warmer temperatures are here to stay. The official arrival of spring also means it’s time to get outdoors and pay attention to your lawn and yard.

From designing new patios to planting early season flowers, homeowners are starting to get their green thumb on. Spring is also a good time to look down and start taking care of the grass between your toes.

You may not know this, but the Clark Man not only protects your home from unwanted pests  indoors, but he also can care for – and protect – your lawn, shrubs, and trees from destructive pests, weeds, and disease.

Mike Andrew, Director of Agriculture Services for Clark Pest Control, says there are four key spring lawn care tips that homeowners can follow to establish healthy, drought-resistant turf.

  1. Cut your grass higher: Raise the cutting height of your mower to 2 ½-3 inches.

  2. Mow your lawn on a regular basis: Cutting your lawn weekly is recommended.

  3. Water on a consistent cycle: Preferably, you should water early in the morning. When you water midday or afternoon, it will evaporate, and evening watering can promote disease.

  4. Check your irrigation system: Make sure your irrigation system and sprinkler heads are in good working order.

Andrew says that raising the cutting height gives turf the opportunity to grow longer and thicker, thus allowing moisture to be retained longer. This also will prevent invasive weeds and insects from taking root and ruining your lawn.

Mowing your lawn on a consistent basis, and at the appropriate height, prevents overgrowth that can prevent moisture and sunlight from gaining access to the roots.

With watering restrictions in place year-round for many California communities, it’s important to take advantage of the days you are allowed to water to satisfy your lawn’s thirst. Andrew recommends multiple-cycle watering to promote the growth of a deep, healthy root system that is better able to survive drought and heat stress.

The cycle should include several early morning watering periods on the days that you’re permitted to water. You shouldn’t water during the middle of the day or afternoon, because water will evaporate, and evening watering can promote disease.

A spring checkup of your yard’s irrigation system is also highly recommended by Andrew. Make sure sprinkler heads are working properly, that there are no leaks, there are no broken pipes or sprinkler heads, and that timers are set accordingly. A leaky sprinkler head can waste water, and too much moisture in the turf can lead to disease.

If you have questions on how to get your lawn in shape this spring and protect it from destructive pests, weeds, and disease, call (800) 936-3339 or drop me an email at clarkcares@clarkpest.com

Until next time I’m the Clark Man, and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home and yard.

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