Category Archives: Integrated Pest Management

Tree Injections Can Save a Tree and Your Property Value

arborist in tall green tree with blue sky backgroundHealthy and lush trees add to the aesthetic look of the exterior of your home. Unfortunately, trees are vulnerable to pests such as insects and disease that can cause them to look thin, sick, and can even lead to death. Dead and damaged trees are prone to falling, which can cause property damage. Tree-destroying pests must be addressed if you want to keep your trees healthy and beautiful.

The average homeowner may notice the signs of a sick tree while there is still time to do something about it. A professional can help diagnose and treat different insects & problems with tree injections using fertilizers, micro-nutrients, insecticides, fungicides or antibiotics that are directly placed inside the cambium layer of trees.

Identification is the First Step

Before a problem can be fixed, it must be diagnosed correctly by identifying the tree species and confirming the presence of issues specific to that tree species. Sometimes a tree may show some signs of sickness, but most people won’t recognize these subtle indicators. Some signs that may suggest a tree is sick include:

  • Uneven growth: The tree leans to one side, or looks asymmetrical.
  • Cracked bark: Deep cracks in the bark of the tree can indicate that the tree is unhealthy.
  • Dead wood: Dead wood is brittle and will break if you try to bend it. Unhealthy trees may have a large amount of dead wood.
  • Decay: it is difficult to see early signs of tree decay, but fungus growth can be a good indicator that decay has set in.
  • Loss of leaves
  • Curled, discolored leaves

(Source: https://home.howstuffworks.com/diseased-or-dead-tree2.htm)

If you notice any of these symptoms in one of your trees, it is a good idea to consult a professional tree care service to diagnose your trees. An experienced and knowledgeable team, like Ace of Blades, can come to your home and provide an assessment and help you develop a plan of action, which may include tree removal or treatment measures such as a year-round 12-month treatment plan typically initiated in early springtime.

Tree Injections

Tree injections deliver needed antibiotics, insecticides, micro-nutrients, fungicides, or fertilizers. The injections Ace of Blades primarily use are the insecticide tree injections because virtually every tree is vulnerable to insect infestations.

How do You Know if Your Tree Needs an Injection?

Tree injections can be beneficial as a preventative measure for every tree. However, there are some signs that a tree is in poor health, and could be treated with an injection. Dying limbs and loss of leaves are a very common sign of a parasitic infestation. If you notice these on any of your trees, a professional consultation may be a good option.

What’s the Real Value of a Tree?

Trees are unique, living structures that are often priceless. When they become sick, your first instinct may be to have it removed to protect the aesthetics of your landscape. Sometimes that is the best option, but can be costly and the tree may be irreplaceable in your lifetime.

Tree injections are an economical way to treat sick trees and nurse them back to health.  A professional tree care service, like Ace of Blades, can help you create and initiate a plan to keep your home landscape lush and beautiful.

Before calling someone to come cut down a valued tree, contact us to see if the tree can be saved with tree injections instead!

Battling Bagworms in Your Landscape – Timing Is Everything!

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If the evergreen trees in your yard are turning brown or losing needles, bagworms might be the culprit. These insects can wreak havoc on your landscape, so it is important to understand bagworms and the critical timing for treatments. If you need lawn insect treatment in your yard, contact Ace of Blades in Northwest Arkansas to learn more about lawn insect treatment options.

What Are Bagworms?

Bagworms are a type of moth best identified by the one to two-inch spindle-shaped bags they create that hang from the branches of a variety of trees or shrubs. Don’t confuse their structures with pine cones! They are much more damaging to your yard.

What Is the Bagworm Lifecycle?

Understanding the lifecycle of the bagworm is essential to treating the infestation. The most important milestones in their lifecycle are included below.

  • Bagworms begin their lives as eggs inside their characteristic spindle-shaped bags.
  • The eggs will hatch in late spring/early summer, and the larvae will venture out to feed on plants and trees, creating new bags. At this stage, the larvae will look like small, black worms.
  • The bagworm will continue to feed through late summer until they are fully mature. Then, they appear as black-brown moths with clear wings.
  • When fully mature in early fall, the male bagworms will mate with female bagworms (who have never left their protective bag). After mating, both moths will die, and the female will become mummified around the 300-1000+ eggs created.

What Do They Eat?

The main source of food for bagworms are juniper, arborvitae, hemlock, fir, pine, and spruce species. If you notice damage to any of these in your yard, bagworms may be the source of the trouble.

How Will I Identify Bagworm Damage and What Are Lawn Insect Treatment Options?

Depending on the extent of the bagworm infestation, damage can range from minor to total destruction of the foliage. Other telltale signs of bagworms are branch tips turning brown on evergreen trees and small holes appearing on the leaves of deciduous trees.

How Can I Get Rid of Bagworms?

Timing is critical in treatment of bagworms. The optimal time for controlling a bagworm infestation is in late spring/early summer when the eggs are freshly hatched. This is a small window of opportunity, so be sure you contact Ace of Blades to help you time landscape treatment appropriately. Ace of Blades can also advise on the best products for killing infestations as well as protecting against other insects.

The most important thing in protecting against bagworms is to be proactive! If you have any trees in your landscape that may be susceptible, start checking them for old bags in the middle of May. If any are located, get rid of them! You can either dispose of them in garbage bags or squish them (with hopes of destroying any eggs inside). Be sure not to simply remove the bag and drop it on the ground. The industrious bagworm could still find its way back up on to your tree. As spring turns to summer, continue to check your trees for any new bags.

Learn More About Your Lawn Insect Treatment Options

If you’ve identified a bagworm problem in your yard, or you have questions about what to look for, contact Ace of Blades to determine the best lawn insect treatment options!

How Mosquito Control Benefits Your Family and Pets

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You might be tempted to dismiss these tiny creatures, but mosquitoes are one of the world’s top killers. Each year, they cause approximately 2.7 million deaths globally due to mosquito-borne illnesses and diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites. Malaria is the most prominent one and is endemic in 91 countries. Yellow fever, West Nile virus, Chikungunya, Dengue fever, and Zika virus have caused worldwide devastation.

Are You Safe at Home?

You should be aware of the fact that ever-increasing instances of mosquito-borne diseases are being reported across the United States, annually. Also, mosquitoes are also known to transmit thread-like parasites known as heartworms to cats and dogs. Scientists have discovered over 3,500 different species of mosquitoes. There are 150 spread across North America. Millions of them have already invaded homes, backyards, and gardens in Northwest Arkansas. Households endure untold suffering while facing a rising potential for contracting life-threatening illnesses; hence, the need for effective mosquito control services.

Know your enemy: basic facts about mosquitoes

  • Mosquitoes prefer damp, dark areas near stagnant water, and are usually active from dusk till dawn. These insects are attracted to body odor, warmth, carbon dioxide, and light. That is why you commonly find them around residential areas. Many people think that mosquitoes are neither male nor female. On the contrary, males and females behave very differently. Males and females mainly feed on plant nectar and fruit. However, female mosquitoes feed on human blood to help their eggs develop.
  • Interestingly, a female mosquito can lay up to 400 eggs at a time in standing water, which hatch into larvae after about three days. Adults then emerge twelve days later and have a fourteen-day lifespan. How do you keep your home mosquito-free? Like all living beings, mosquitoes need water, food, and shelter to survive. You need to eliminate at least one of the factors to get rid of them. You must destroy breeding areas.
  • Think of stagnant water as the playing ground and the perfect place for breeding. In addition to creating environments for completing their life cycles, they are likely to host microscopic animals, plants, and organic debris, which are their sources of food.

How to Defend Against Mosquitoes

  1. Regularly change the water in bird baths, dog dishes, or plant pots. Other breeding sites include poorly draining gutters, non-functioning swimming pools, buckets and containers, ditches, cesspools, sagging tarps, plastic pools or even rain barrels.
  2. Often mow grass, trim shrubs, vines, and also get rid of tall weeds. Don’t allow the waste to heap up in a corner; instead, burn them up or cart them away.
  3. As you would expect, these little pests like dark places. Therefore, discard any junk and tires lying around. You can also spray shaded areas with DIY treatment.

Deal with them proactively

Mosquitoes can easily come over from your neighbor’s home. Mosquito repellant is ideal, especially when you’re relaxing in your garden or backyard. There’s a wide range of backyard foggers you could use to enjoy temporary relief from irritating bites and buzzes.

When taking a rest on the porch, switch on electric fans. These disturb the air and make it difficult for the pests to settle in. Keep doors and windows shut to keep the bugs out. You can even use hands-free screens that automatically block entrances and openings.

Get Professional Mosquito Control Services

A monthly mosquito service from a reputable company will help put you at ease, especially since they’ll deploy broad-spectrum insecticides in harboring areas to control the insect populations. You’ll enjoy the added advantage of being rid of other lawn pests. Get more information here on Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Experts handling your chemical control processes will only eliminate unwanted flora and fauna. They take extra care to preserve ornaments like flower bushes, honey bees, and other welcome attractions.

For assistance with professional lawn care service, please contact us. 

How Ace of Blades’ Integrated Pest Management Services Can Help You

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What is Integrated Pest Management?

Ace of Blades NWA takes pride in being a lawn care company that can be trusted to treat each home with the care and concern we would provide our own friends and family.

This is why we use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system that does not simply rely on the over-application of chemicals that might be harmful to either your family or the environment. Many pest control companies treat each job as if it’s the same and go straight to the application of chemicals.

IPM is a system of pest control that is sensitive to your particular environmental needs. It is a longer-term approach designed to interact delicately with the ecosystem we work within.

How is IPM Different from Other Pest Management Services?

It utilizes multiple methods to eliminate pests in the longer-term. These methods include mechanical, biological, cultural, and chemical. They allow us to deal with existing problems, identify potential future problems and educate the client on the next steps if and when these problems arise.

Though Ace of Blades is a lawn and landscaping company serving the NWA area, pest control is a substantial part of what we do. It is easy to take pride in this because we strive to do it well. This makes us a great option for those seeking pest control options around the Springdale, Arkansas area.

We can help remove a number of pests including bed bugs, termites, moles, brown recluse cleanouts, and mosquitoes.

Here are a few benefits of IPM:

  • Relies on more than just chemical applications
  • Uses cultural, biological, mechanical and chemical methods
  • Uses a hands-on approach to ensure problem areas are not missed
  • Offers education so the homeowner can understand potential problem areas for the future
  • Use of chemicals is a base component of our pest management system

Why Choose Ace of Blades?

Ace of Blades is a convenient choice for Northwest Arkansas and is a convenient choice for the cities of Springdale, Fayetteville, Bentonville, and Rogers. We hope to prove through exceptional service that we are a great option for NWA pest control!

We are humbled by the trust our clients afford us to take care of their homes and strive to prove it is well placed. This is only a small part of why we work so hard to ensure we deserve this trust. We have won a number of awards naming us the best lawn care company in the NWA area since our business began in 2005. This is one testament to how seriously we take our business. These do not outweigh the individual testimonials of the happy clients we serve every day. They are easily as welcome and humbling.

Those interested in how our IPM services can help turn around their pest problems can contact us for a quote today!