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The dry weather we’ve been experiencing here in Central Florida is reeking havoc on lawns. To keep your yard lush and green in this dry weather, check your irrigation system to ensure that your entire lawn is getting enough water. An easy way to test this is by using a water gage. Simply insert the gages throughout your lawn and run your sprinkler system. This quick test will tell you which areas of the lawn are getting more water than others.


A good rule of thumb: Your lawn should be getting at least ¾” - 1”of water at least twice a week. It is best to water or run your irrigation system between the hours of 3 am and 10 am. Watering in the evenings can promote disease and fungus while watering in the day can cause most of the water to evaporate.


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We’ve all had them, those stinging, burning bites after sitting in the grass, unknowingly on top of a fire ant mound. Now these tiny bothersome pests are thriving thanks to their impressive building skills that are comparable to building blocks we all played with as youngsters.


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Physics professor at Georgia Tech, Daniel Goldman, has recently led a study on fire ants to gain a better understanding of their rapid growth across the southern United States thanks to their intricately constructed colonies of tunnels. The results were ant-stounding.


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Falcon's CEO Louis Witherington featured in new Sentricon Web Video! Check out the thoughts of Louis and other pest control operators speaking on the Sentrcion Termite Colony Elimination Baiting System below. 

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Last weekend Falcon Lawn & Pest participated in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s second annual “Time to Give Back” Golf tournament in The Villages. This wonderful event included two days of golf at the Mallory Hill Country Club with more than 350 golfers participating and concluded with the Celebration Dinner and silent auction at the Savannah Center with 500 guests.  Overall, the weekend event was a huge success and raised more than $135,000 for the children of St. Jude. We can’t wait to take part again next year!


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A well-maintained yard is not just visually appealing but cost effective as well. Whether you are aspiring to be the yard of the year or just trying to keep the HOA off your back, it will benefit you to keep your yard trim and tidy to save you lots of money down the road. For example, trees and shrubs shouldn't be touching your house. Keeping shrubs at least 12 inches away will promote air circulation around the house and prevent mold from growing inside your walls and pests from entering.

Trees subject your home to excess rain water and wind, potentially damaging your shingles and creating leaks. Trees can also create an entryway for small rodents, squirrels, raccoons and possums to climb on your roof or into your attic. "Squirrels particularly do a lot of damage, but we have found many raccoons and possums inside attics, and people have absolutely no idea that they've gotten inside their home… they can chew a small, little hole and go into your attic without your knowing. Many times, they'll have a litter of babies in your attic, and then you're looking at a real calamity."

Taking care of your trees and shrubs now will not only help your home’s curb appeal, but can potentially save you thousands in the long haul. For more money saving tips click here.

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