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Posted by on in Lawn Care

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Cold weather can leave your lawn and landscape looking pretty sad. Be patient! Do not over water, don't use quick release nitrogen fertilizers and do not cut your lawn too short or scalp it. Using quick release fertilizers will increase the incidences of fungal diseases and make the lawn prone to permanent damage from future frosts, so do not be tempted to do it. Scalping the lawn will damage exposed rhizomes and stolons, thus removing the insulating cover of blades leaving the lawn susceptible to future frost damage. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call Falcon Lawn & Pest at 1-800-532-5266 or you can refer to our lawn page for reference.

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Posted by on in Community

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Another year, another set of resolutions to banish bad habits and improve our lives as we move forward. The beginning of the New Year is the perfect time to adopt positive behaviors. Whether you’re vowing to eat healthier, spend more time with your children or stick to your daily chores, making small changes to your daily life will no doubt improve your lifestyle. The following pest-prevention steps will help ease you toward a healthier home for your family:

  • Wash dishes after meals and run the dishwasher soon after loading. Leaving dirty dishes for prolonged periods of time can attract pests like fruit flies, ants and German roaches.  
  • Vacuum regularly to eliminate any potential feeding opportunities for pests throughout your home.
  • Sweep up crumbs and small particles on counter tops and under large appliances like the refrigerator, dishwasher, washer and dryer. 
  • Clean up spills promptly. Sticky, dried-up spills are favored by ants.
  • Wipe down surfaces regularly, especially if you have seen ants. This will eliminate any pheromone trails so others cannot follow their path. 
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Posted by on in In The News

As we approach the New Year you may find this to be the perfect time to update your home. Out with the old and in with the new; or in with more old. Antiquing and visiting flea markets can be a great way to update your space while bringing some new life into your home. While this may be a more wallet friendly option, it can sometimes be a pest friendly option as well.

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Bed bugs, termites and other pests can often go unnoticed deep in the nooks and crannies of furniture. Eggs can also sneak their way into your home, going unnoticed until it is too late. In fact, the rapid growth of bed bug infestations in North Carolina has prompted some to ban selling furniture and mattresses for the time being.

 

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Posted by on in Community

When baking for your holiday cookie exchange you may find that your flour or baking‬ mixes are crawling with tiny insects. These tiny beetles are known as “flour beetles”. Despite your best attempts to maintain a pest-free home, these little critters are known to sneak their way into mixes and flour long before you bring it home from the store. 

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Although it’s a nasty thought, it is not uncommon for these pests to lay eggs in packaged mixes while still at the manufacturing facility or during its journey to your grocery store, which is why you may notice them months after purchasing. They can also chew holes through paper or find their way in through any tiny opening. While it may be alarming once discovered, it is best to dispose of any ingredients that have become harborage for these insects. 

Storing flour and mixes in the freezer can help keep your baked goods Pest Free! If you need help keeping pests out of your home before the holiday visitors arrive, call 1-800-532-5266 to arrange your free pest analysis and customized plan.

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Posted by on in Bed Bugs

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Christmas is almost here! Our homes are sparkling beautifully with festive décor and the kids are home from school. This special time to be with family can be even more special for those traveling to see loved ones. While the destination is the main thing on your mind, the journey there and back could mean a headache for many reasons. The holiday rush not only promises longer lines and grumpy fellow passengers but potentially bed bugs. These little suckers seem to be popping up everywhere from movie theaters to hotels and now airports!

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Known as nature’s hitchhikers, bed bugs can easily attach themselves to a piece of clothing, luggage or along the seams of upholstered furniture. Just think of all the places you find these items. Never fear, Falcon is here! The following tips can help you ensure you’re not bringing any of these unwanted guests home with you after the excitement of the holidays.

  • Carefully inspect luggage for the presence of bed bugs or blood stains.
  • Using a brush, scrub luggage and personal items focusing on corners and crannies where bugs and eggs may be hiding in the seams and folds.
  • Vacuum along seams on to eliminate any bugs, eggs or residue
  • Wash clothing in hot water and set the dryer on the highest heat.
  • If you see or suspect signs of bed bugs or their tiny eggs in a public place, notify someone who works at the  establishment to prevent the possible spread of these dreaded pests.

 For more information on bed bugs, click here

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