The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for Monday evening and Tuesday. Freezing temperatures can kill plants and other vegetation if not adequately protected.
TIPS TO HELP YOUR PLANTS SURVIVE THROUGH A FREEZE
1. Watering your lawn before a frost or freeze will help to insulate and protect the lawn’s root structure. By watering early enough before a freeze, water has time to seep into the soil and evaporate off of the leaf blades. However, do not water your lawn right before a freeze. Doing so will not give the water on the leaf blades enough time to dry and will cause major, irreversible damage to the turf.
2. Avoid mowing or walking on a frozen lawn! Doing so can crush the leaf blades causing permanent damage to your lawn. Keeping the grass tall is also beneficial because maintaining taller turf in the winter promotes a deeper root system and it creates a warmer microenvironment between the grass blades.
3. Protect your plants during a freeze by placing a blanket or burlap cloth over them. However, do not place plastic over plants. As water turns into condensation, ice crystals will form under the plastic which will cause the plant to die.
A good rule of thumb to remember is that any plant with an abundance of water in their cell structures, such as tropical or succulent plants, are at a higher risk for damage during a freeze.
THESE ARE SOME OF THE PLANTS THAT SHOULD BE COVERED OR BROUGHT INSIDE DURING A FREEZE:
|- Crotons||- Any Palm Plant||- Hibiscus
|- Succulents (such as Cacti)||- Citrus Trees (with fruit)||- Mexican Petunias|
|- Lillies (if planted, first cut them and then cover)||- Bougainvilleas||- African Iris|
|- Ixora||- Eugenias (Topiaries)||- Birds of Paradise
|- Schefflera||- Goldmounds||- Plumbagos|
|- Annuals will normally die during the freeze.|
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL US IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS.
The Heron Team
And Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for, Heron Lawn and Pest Control’s #1 Creepiest Crawler in Central Florida…The Black Widow!!!!October 31, 2013
The Black Widow sits lonesome in her extravagent web
Waiting calmly and patiently in hopes to be fed.
Her prey consists of mosquitos and fleas you may find.
Grasshoppers, beetles and caterpillars of the kind.
Her bite is fatal to creatures of the night
Once venom is injected there’s no hope just pure fright.
Their insides will become liquid once the enzymes take hold.
The Black Widow will win, there will only be cold.
For us humans that accidentally come in contact with one
Our outcome will be different, a new story shall be spun.
Her venom is 15 times more strong than a rattlesnakes’ blight
It is powerful, precise and full of pure might.
One bite from this vixen will cause certain distress
There will be nausea and aches and paralysis of the chest.
Sometimes fatal to small children, animals and the old
All symptoms could be avoided if warnings were foretold.
So take heed to this message, keep it fresh in your mind.
Remember to stay away and share it with all of mankind.
The Black widow is vicious, she shows no remorse.
Just ask the male spiders that have come across her course.
So be safe and have fun on this Halloween Night!
But BEWARE of this Femme Fetale….
BECAUSE SHE JUST MIGHT BITE!!!
Commonly called the “Violin” spider because of the distinct patter on its back, the Brown Recluse is definitely a CREEPY CRAWLER to watch out for! Although this recluse likes being alone, if provoked its bite can be one of the nastiest bites known to man! The venom of a Brown Recluse bite can cause the living cells and tissue around the bite to die, resulting in very painful, gruesome, “FLESH ROTTING” open wounds. Removal of the dead flesh and skin grafting are often the only ways to stop the ulcer from spreading. Side effects can also consist of fever, chills, rashes, nausea and vomiting. Look for these crafty critters hiding in your old shoes, clothes, wood piles and behind old boxes. This is certainly not a spider you want to come in contact with!
Often confused with bees because of their black and yellow coloring, Yellow Jackets are far more dangerous! These noisy nuisances are extremely aggressive and often attack without being provoked. How rude!
Do not swat at a yellow jacket! These vicious villains feed off of your aggression and will attack if you do. Unlike bees, yellow jackets do not lose their stingers and can actually sting and bite their victims multiple times!
FREAKY FACT: Smashing a yellow jacket releases a “warning” pheromone to alert other yellow jackets to attack! With nests containing 400-5000 angry yellow jackets, this is not a flying army that you want coming after you!
Coming in at #4 on Heron’s Creepiest Crawlers in Central Florida Countdown are GERMAN ROACHES!!!! YIKES!October 28, 2013
These feisty germ spreaders are the most common roach species found in homes, apartments and even restaurants. (Mmmmm….more roach soup please!) German roaches are the number one cause of upper respiratory diseases among infants. Infestations can even trigger asthma attacks in adults.
Ever wonder what a German roach infestation smells like? In a home where an infestation has occurred, you may smell a musty or sour odor permeating throughout. This is because German Roaches produce odorous secretions, which can even affect the flavor of various foods if strong enough.
Controlling these bothersome buggers can be quite the challenging feat. Female roaches produce one egg capsule every 6 weeks. Each capsule contains up to 48 eggs. Just before these capsules are ready to POP!, they are carefully placed into crevices and other hiding places where they’ll be safe and sound until hatching time.
We are winding down to the Top 5 most terrifying pests in our Creepy Crawlers countdown. Coming in at #5………BED BUGS!!!!!!!October 27, 2013
Don’t confuse these guys with ticks. Although they look similar, at only 3/16th of an inch, bed bugs are difficult to see with the naked eye. Like vampires, a bed bug’s favorite lunch consists of blood from humans and animals. Their bites cause inflammation and extreme itchiness of the skin. As bed bugs bite you, they excrete blood from their previous victims on to your skin. GROSS!!!
These bloodsucking beasts like to hitch rides in luggage, backpacks and shipping crates. Once inside your home, bed bugs will travel through your wall voids from room to room making control extremely difficult.
Termites cause more damage each year than hurricanes, fires and floods combined. These sneaky savages can eat away at the trusses in your attic and the beams in your walls with no visible signs of damage for years, which is why they’ve earned the nickname “silent invaders”. What’s even more terrifying is that termite damage is NOT covered by homeowners insurance!
HEED THE WARNING!!! Termite damage is 100% preventable with the proper treatment.
FREAKY FACT: Termites work 24 hours a day and never sleep.
Bites from these vicious villains can cause itchy, white pustules to form on the skin that can last for several days. Unfortunately for their victims, fire ant stings usually involve more than one ant, possibly dozens or hundreds!!!
Fire ants grasp onto skin with their man strength mandibles, anchoring themselves to better insert their stingers. Look out for fire ants hiding in your lawns, driveways, flower pots and shrub beds. Stay clear of stepping on fire ant mounds which can spread the colony in the lawn and infuriate its members.
The Florida scorpion is one of the most visually alarming arachnids in existence. With 10 legs, 5 sets of eyes and a length of up to 4 inches, its no wonder why they are one of the creepiest crawlers in Central Florida. You may find scorpions in and around your home scavenging through the night. Beware of dark spaces and attics. These are two of the scorpions’ favorite places to hide. Also look out for them in mulch and even in your shoes!! Don’t expect these terrifying creatures to disappear anytime soon. They’re the oldest knows arthropods on Earth and have been around for 430 million years!!!
FREAKY FACTOID: Scorpions GLOW under UV lights! Their exoskeletons contain a protein that glows a blue-green color when exposed to ultraviolet radiation. YIKES!!!
Fleas seek out their prey from below, lurking on floors, in carpets, in your lawn and in shaded mulch. Able to jump 8” off of the ground and 100x their own height, these blood thirsty monsters can drink almost 15x their body weight in blood leaving you and your pets in agony and defeat!
Unlike fleas, ticks drop onto their hosts from above. You may find them crawling on your ceilings or perched on top of leaf blades in your lawn. These sinister suckers slowly sip blood from their prey over several days secreting saliva with anesthetic properties so that you won’t feel their bite.