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Old 02-13-2012, 05:48 PM
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Lawn Care + Pest Control(?)

I was just curious...
How many of you (as maintenance gardeners) perform some sort of pest control for your lawn customers (IE: gopher/mole control, putting out snail bait, treating for aphids in gardens, etc.)? I was just wondering because I don't really see any other lawn guys performing these tasks. At least within my region. The only thing I've seen similar is weed spraying done by other exterminator companies such as Clark, but I can't think of any others doing (at least some) tasks from both fields of work.
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:35 PM
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We will spray shrubs but little else.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:26 PM
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where i live pest control and lawn care are two different businesses. most are on 10-year bonds where the pest control company comes out and sprays once a month.
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:18 AM
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I treat for moles/voles on an "as needed" basis. I keep a box of Talpirid in my service vehicles. When we see a mole run, we simply drop some pieces of the worm in select areas throughout the runs. I'm trying the "Kaput Bait System" this year for better vole control.

I also offer a Perimeter Pest Control Program. It's a VERY easy service to perform and the product (crosscheck LESCO) is cheap. We simply spray a path around the perimeter of the home, 3 feet up the foundation and 6 ft out in the landscape...also spray around entry ways that you can reach (doors, windows, etc.) It creates a barrier to keep insects from entering the home. We offer 4 services per year. Granted it's not as in depth as what Orkin or someone similar would do but it does work well as a preventative measure. Some states require a license to do this service.

I'm all about upselling services if a customer truly needs it. Any extra revenue is ok in my opinion!!
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:04 AM
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I treat for moles/voles on an "as needed" basis. I keep a box of Talpirid in my service vehicles. When we see a mole run, we simply drop some pieces of the worm in select areas throughout the runs. I'm trying the "Kaput Bait System" this year for better vole control.

I also offer a Perimeter Pest Control Program. It's a VERY easy service to perform and the product (crosscheck LESCO) is cheap. We simply spray a path around the perimeter of the home, 3 feet up the foundation and 6 ft out in the landscape...also spray around entry ways that you can reach (doors, windows, etc.) It creates a barrier to keep insects from entering the home. We offer 4 services per year. Granted it's not as in depth as what Orkin or someone similar would do but it does work well as a preventative measure. Some states require a license to do this service.

I'm all about upselling services if a customer truly needs it. Any extra revenue is ok in my opinion!!
Yeah, for sure. We actually started as a pest control company a number of years ago, and it wasn't up until January of 2011 that we started offering lawn maintenance. Since the company's primary focus is pest control, it only made sense that our landscaping team be able to perform both operations (to an extent at very least).

I have a QAC (Qualified Applicator Certificate) for category B (Landscape Maintenance), so by law, I'm allowed to treat for various landscape pests; insects, rodents, diseases, and weed control.
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I treat for moles/voles on an "as needed" basis. I keep a box of Talpirid in my service vehicles. When we see a mole run, we simply drop some pieces of the worm in select areas throughout the runs. I'm trying the "Kaput Bait System" this year for better vole control.

I also offer a Perimeter Pest Control Program. It's a VERY easy service to perform and the product (crosscheck LESCO) is cheap. We simply spray a path around the perimeter of the home, 3 feet up the foundation and 6 ft out in the landscape...also spray around entry ways that you can reach (doors, windows, etc.) It creates a barrier to keep insects from entering the home. We offer 4 services per year. Granted it's not as in depth as what Orkin or someone similar would do but it does work well as a preventative measure. Some states require a license to do this service.

I'm all about upselling services if a customer truly needs it. Any extra revenue is ok in my opinion!!
We do the same thing down here in NWFL.
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:20 AM
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I'm only licensed for invertribrate pest controll. If the pest has a spine, I tell the customer to get Talprid for moles.
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:50 AM
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Are you then able to treat your spineless customers? You know, get rid of 'em??
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:42 PM
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Turf-Magic,

I have talked to my local John Deere (formerly Lesco) and am excited about trying the Crosscheck. Have you ever had an issue with damage or discoloration on platic window sills, siding,etc? What precautions do you take if there are animals or children in the home. My rep said stay away until dry (a couple hours tops) but that the actual toxicity to people or animals was VERY low.

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Old 03-19-2012, 10:34 AM
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Z,

I have never had any adverse effects from this product and we have applies it on many different sidings etc. As you stated, I choose this product because of its low toxicity to humans. This stuff is labeled for use inside the home (which I don't do) so I just tell customers to keep pets and children away from application sites until the product dries. Sounds like you are ready to start spraying!!! It works well and the price is great!! Good luck!
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