Spring is a spectacular time of year here in Indiana. Trees are budding, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the sun is beaming. But even though gorgeous weather is finally back, spring often brings something that isn’t so lovely to your landscape: invasive pests.
This can be especially frustrating as a business owner, because you probably have a lot more on your mind than just your landscape. But by paying close attention to your property now—and making sure your turf, and flowers, trees, and shrubs are healthy and free of pests—you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches in the months to come.
Why should I care about a few bugs on my property?
Unfortunately, pests can cause big problems for your landscape if you’re a business owner. Since your property is the first thing your customers see when they visit your business, it’s crucial it always looks great. And when you have a pest infestation, that probably won’t be the case.
If a pest problem really gets out of hand, controlling it can become quite expensive—it may even lead to entire sections of your landscape needing to be removed and replaced. Pests tend to multiply very quickly: Female aphids, for example, can produce up to 100 offspring, and newborn females can start reproducing in just one week. With pest populations able to multiply exponentially, it’s easy to see why you should take care of the problem before it gets ugly.
What are the signs of an infestation?
Indiana is home to plenty of pests that can wreak havoc on your landscape, but the most common tend to be beetles, aphids, ants, caterpillars, and grubs. Since there are plenty of different pests, the indicators of infestation vary, but here are a few of the most prominent signs:
- Weakened grass that can easily be pulled up by the root.
- Small holes in the bark of trees, often accompanied by wood dust caused by insects like the emerald ash borer. (This is becoming a major issue in Indiana.)
- Brown or yellow spots on your turf. While these can also be caused by hydration issues, a pest infestation typically has more erratic spotting.
- Leaves that are chewed up or have holes in them.
- Leaves that look wilted, discolored, or that fall off the plant out of season.
- Loose soil that can be caused by a large population of underground grubs.
- Ant hills, especially big groups of them clumped together.
Can I just handle pest control myself?
We don’t recommend taking care of pest control yourself, especially if you’re a business owner with a large property. Pesticides should be handled by a professional who knows exactly how much to use and where to apply them.
However, one great thing you can do is take a few steps to prevent future pest infestations. You can start by:
- Making sure there’s no standing water on your property. If there is, you may have an irrigation issue.
- Not leaving out any piles of clutter or trash (especially around a dumpster), as these can be breeding grounds for pests.
- Using plants that don’t attract pests. Some of the most beautiful plants like rose bushes and fruit trees attract Japanese beetles and other invasive species, so they need to be balanced with grasses and non-flowering shrubs that are more resistant.
- Walking around your property at least a couple times per month to look for signs of infestation.
How can Engledow help?
Our team has provided pest control services for local businesses for decades, and we’re licensed to use effective pesticides only available to certain contractors. We’re also skilled at precision application, making sure we’re never overusing pesticides on your landscape. And all of our work is backed by the Engledow Guarantee, which means we always stand behind everything we do—and we aren’t satisfied until your pest problem is completely solved.
Just about all of our work at Engledow revolves around helping plants thrive, and if that means getting rid of pests, we’re happy to help. We can also provide lots of other services for your business, including landscape design, event planning, and so much more. Contact us today for more information.