Top Tweets: Mosquito Control Tips

Check out the most popular @FMCturf tweets from the past two weeks, including mosquito control tips for the upcoming season plus MSMA herbicide replacement options. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for turf care industry news, expert advice and the very latest turf product updates from FMC Professional Solutions. Take the time to learn about clients and customers beyond their business needs. Here’s why: ow.ly/lnGZF — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) May 28, 2013 Yikes! This is some serious #turf damage! Researchers at Purdue think white grubs may be the culprits. ow.ly/ldL9S — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) May 20, 2013 “We found that we weren’t getting call-backs for anything wherever we used Talstar XTRA.” Read the whole review: ow.ly/lkfm8 — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) May 24, 2013 VIDEO: Golfers in Michigan catch a furry golf ball thief on camera! ow.ly/lwpbw — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) May 30, 2013 Still looking for a product to replace your MSMA herbicide? Here are some options: ow.ly/lfTSa — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) May 21, 2013 The truth about #gallinipper mosquitoes plus general #mosquito control tips for this season. ow.ly/lthGF — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) May 28, 2013 New Blog: Downy Mildew Control on Impatiens with Segway® Fungicide ow.ly/lyMaj — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) May 30, 2013 What we’re reading: Golf Course Maintenance from a Member’s Perspective. ow.ly/lfUpA Via @pgturfcare — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) May 22, 2013 New mowing fleet technology is promoting healthier greens and saving superintendents labor and money.ow.ly/lnxFs — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) May 26, 2013 We love to see results! Like this shot @codybeckleygcs took just one day after a kyllinga treatment with Dismiss: ow.ly/ld42I — FMC Turf...

Downy Mildew Control on Impatiens with Segway® Fungicide

I was just in my local garden center this weekend and spotted a couple of impatiens suffering from plasmopara abducens, commonly known as downy mildew. This disease infects bedding impatiens, double impatiens, balsam and New Guinea impatiens. Because of the slow onset of spring this year, the movement of plant material from garden centers to homeowners’ landscapes has been slow. However, as the weather continues to get warmer, it’s very important to make sure homeowners know not to take home infected plants, but equally important is that greenhouse growers prevent and control downy mildew before it becomes a long-term risk for their investment and reputation. The disease has received extra attention recently because in addition to destroying healthy impatiens, it can have long term risks on the soil. If the infected impatiens are not removed promptly from the soil, the soil can become contaminated making it difficult for impatiens to grow in the same area in future seasons. Michigan State University recently published an article on greenhouse growers’ concerns about the appearance of downy mildew on impatiens in several areas of Michigan and the surrounding states. Greenhouse growers in the area are finding downy mildew is widespread on their impatiens, some are even reporting 100% loss due to a downy mildew infection. Thankfully there is a fungicide rotation pattern for downy mildew control. Segway® fungicide has shown effective results in downy mildew control on impatiens. It is also the only product in its FRAC group making it a logical addition to any rotational program. Because Segway’s unique mode of action inhibits all stages of fungal life, downy mildew can...

The Truth About Gallinipper Mosquitoes

The media has made much about “gallinipper” mosquitoes, but according to University of Florida’s Dr. Phil Kaufman, only a small percentage of Floridians will come in contact with them, and even then, the pests will not require any treatment. “The gallinipper is produced in low lying natural areas that flood intermittently, not containers, tires, garbage cans, gutters or even in ponds,” says Dr. Kaufman. “Only people in rural areas will encounter them, and usually just from June to October.” According to Kaufman, turf professionals should instead concentrate on mosquitoes like Aedes albopictus and Culex pipiens quinquefasciatus that have the potential to transmit disease-causing pathogens like the West Nile virus. As a refresher for mosquito season, Dr. Dina Richman of FMC Professional Solutions offers the following mosquito control tips: Time it right. Repeat sprays are necessary because mosquitoes complete their life cycle—eggs, larvae, pupae, and adults—in 10-14 days. Most turf, as well as pest professionals, feel that spraying every three to four weeks will keep populations low, but always follow integrated pest management principles and product label requirements for your state. Think management, not just control. Inspect for current or future breeding sites, including old tires, flower pots, garbage cans, poorly drained gutters, toys, poor grade slope or soil depressions, tree holes/cavities, bird baths, non-functioning fountains, watering cans, sump-pump discharge, and air conditioner and related discharge. Work with customers to drain or remove any breeding sites, fix windows or door screens, and, if necessary, contact a mosquito-abatement agency to address large breeding sites such as ponds. Treat. Create a barrier with adulticide treatments of products like Talstar® Professional insecticide applied...

The Human Being Factor is an Important Part of Any Successful Lawn Care Business

If you’ve ever thought about what it takes to build a successful lawn care business, many factors come into play. A good business model, dependable staff and consistent results are major factors, but another one that sometimes gets overlooked is building personal relationships with your customers. Think about it, when is the last time you headed into a sales call thinking about what kind of day your client has had up to that point? You probably prepared for what your client’s business needs would likely be, what his business goals are and what his objections might be to what your company wants from him. But before you can get to those subjects, it might be smart to “drill down” to what is happening to this particular client as a human being on that particular day. This takes empathy. And empathy in its best form relies on actually caring about that human being. Once you get to that point, the rest is easy. Assuming you’ve prepared for the business details of your call, warm up the call by actually finding out how your client is doing. Often a response from a client on how they are doing brings a business response such as “our sales are off in March because the weather has been so bad” or “we’re having a good year-to-date compared to last year,” and you’re off and running. Many long-term business relationships never progress beyond this point. Many boss-employee relationships never progress beyond this point. Once while calling on a tough customer, I asked this question and he started in on all the standard business responses. Taking...

Guest Post: Maximize earwig control with a granular insecticide.

Here in north Florida, earwig control really started getting heavy a few years ago. In the past, our customers used to see a few dead earwigs at their door step every now and then, but they started seeing them throughout the house – sometimes all the way into the second-floor bathrooms! I even started seeing them in my own home, too. Every morning, the parade of earwigs would begin in my kitchen. In general, this starts happening in late spring when it gets a little dry outside. They follow the pipes and electric lines inside the house looking for moisture. Earwigs are easily recognized by a pair of prominent appendages resembling forceps at the tail end of their bodies. They feed most actively at night and seek out dark, cool, moist places to hide during the day. Common hiding places are under loose clods of soil, in mulched garden areas, in dense growth of vines or weeds and under the loose bark on trees. While their name indicates they seek out human ears, there is little evidence to support these stories! However, they do prefer warm dark areas. Since the products we were using didn’t seem to be working on earwigs, we decided to try a new product, Talstar® XTRA featuring Verge™ granule technology. Our technicians began using it on call-backs for earwigs, applying it around pipes and the perimeters of houses. We discovered that it really rocks on earwigs! Our customers went from seeing numerous earwigs in the house everyday to seeing none – almost overnight. But what we didn’t expect were the super results we got on...