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Coronavirus response actions

April 8th, 2020 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In response to the coronavirus, Tuff Turf Molebusters has implemented new safety protocols:

  • The Tuff Turf Molebusters office is currently closed to visitors, clients, and technicians.
  • Tuff Turf has suspended all in-person meetings and training and is using Zoom instead.
  • Tuff Turf has suspended our usual attendance policy.
  • Employees with a fever, flu like symptoms, or who are feeling sick need to stay home.
  • If an employee or an employee’s family member living at home has been exposed to Covid-19, the employee needs to notify the office immediately. At that time, the employee will start a 14-day quarantine.
  • Employees are to take their own temperature at home each morning and fill out the survey at https://covid19symptomchecker.spectrumhealth.org, take a screen shot of the results, and email them to info@TuffTurfMolebusters.com prior to starting work.
  • Employee’s clothing, including shirts, pants, sweatshirts should be washed every day.  Covid-19 clings to clothing and can live on them for days at a time.
  • Employees should wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap or hand sanitizer.
  • Practice social distancing by remaining at least 6’ away.
  • Employees start times have been staggered to limit exposure to others.
  • Employees will wipe down all the commonly touched surfaces of their work vehicles, including keys, steering wheels, door handles, door frame, dashboard, controls, etc., with disinfectant in the morning and afternoon. All trash must be removed from vehicles each day. This includes bottles or cans.
  • When using a gas station bathroom, employees should sanitize and wash hands for 20 seconds prior to using the bathroom, and after leaving the bathroom.  Employees are encouraged to wear a mask and gloves.
  • Hand sanitizer must be used after using the keypads for the gate or gas tanks.
  • Limit face to face client interaction and conduct any necessary at a safe distance. Any recommendations technicians have for the lawn should be sent to the office and the office will notify the customer.
  • Only one person per work vehicle.
  • Employees will suspend the usual practice of knocking on clients’ doors.
  • Employees will suspend the usual practice of leaving invoices and flyers at a customer’s home.
  • It is highly recommended to employees that any drinks and food should be brought from their own home each day to limit exposure to restaurants and gas stations.
  • Technicians will not use the time clock and instead use a Google sheet to log hours worked.
  • Technicians will leave any paperwork in their vehicles.
  • Office staff will use disposable gloves and/or hand sanitizer before they take paper off the printer that has to go to a technician.  Office staff will put anything printed in the tech’s vehicle.
  • Anyone helping an employee that needs assistance, like to lift a heavy object, will wear masks, and immediately wash hands when done.

Mosquito-Borne Diseases are Moving North

September 3rd, 2019 by ifiadmin

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment StationThe oldest known mosquito with an anatomy similar to modern species was found in 79-million-year-old Canadian amber. Ever since, they’ve been a pain in the the… well, arm, neck, hands, feet, legs, pretty much any exposed skin of human and animal alike. By the way, Tuff Turf’s mosquito program runs through October.

The female mosquito’s saliva is transferred to the host during the bite, and can cause an itchy rash. Additionally, many of the species can ingest pathogens while biting, and transmit them to future hosts. Mosquitoes are important factors in the spread of diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, West Nile, dengue fever, filariasis, Zika and other arboviruses – many of which we’ve mentioned before in other posts. By transmitting diseases, mosquitoes cause the deaths of more people than any other animal group: over 700,000 each year.
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September Facebook Winner

September 24th, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Congratulations to Michael Tappy!  Michael is this month’s winner in a random drawing for a free service.  He have won a FREE mosquito misting which will allow his family to enjoy mosquito free evenings in their backyard.

Want a chance to win a free service?  Just LIKE our Facebook page.  No purchase is necessary, no strings attached, no fine print except that the winner must live in our service area of West Michigan and the Detroit suburbs.  http://www.tuffturfmolebusters.com/pest-solutions/mosquito-control/


Save $20 on Mosquito Control in Grand Rapids

September 19th, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Click here to receive a coupon for $20.00 off mosquito control.


August Facebook Winner

August 29th, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Congratulations to Melissa Endline!  Melissa is this month’s winner in a random Facebook drawing for a free service.  She won a FREE mosquito misting which will allow her family to enjoy mosquito free evenings in their backyard.

Want a chance to win a free service?  Just LIKE our Facebook page.  No purchase is necessary, no strings attached, no fine print except that the winner must live in our service area of West Michigan and the Detroit suburbs.  http://www.tuffturfmolebusters.com/pest-solutions/mosquito-control/

 


July Facebook Winner

July 31st, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Congratulations to Jim Avink for winning July’s Facebook random drawing.  Jim won a FREE mosquito misting which will allow his family to enjoy mosquito free evenings in their backyard.

Want a chance to win a free service? Just LIKE our Facebook page. No purchase necessary, no strings attached, no fine print except that the winner must live in our service area of West Michigan and the Detroit suburbs.  http://www.tuffturfmolebusters.com/pest-solutions/mosquito-control/  


Lab-Raised Mosquitoes

November 12th, 2017 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

West Nile Virus in West Michigan

November 1st, 2017 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

West Nile Virus found in a human in Kent County

September 25th, 2017 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

School is open, fall is officially here, and many people think that mosquitoes automatically go away since summer is gone.  We continue to spray these disease-carrying pests through October.  It is not too late to sign up for service.


Pinata

August 25th, 2017 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

What a strange place for a pinata.  I can’t wait to hit it with a stick to see what kind of candy comes out.