West Michigan Pest Control: The Most Effective Mole Control Method

July 19th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: July 15, 2024 – July 19, 2024 

Traps are THE MOST effective mole control method because they provide immediate and direct removal, ensuring quick and visual results. Strategically placed in active tunnels, traps target moles precisely, minimizing risks to non-target animals and avoiding harmful chemicals. By understanding the predictable behavior of moles, traps offer a reliable and long-term solution, making them a preferred choice for homeowners and gardeners. Traps are a key component of our mole control service, distinguishing us from many other companies that rely solely on bait. We use bait as a supplementary method to our traps. Additionally, we apply repellent around the property to minimize new mole activity while we focus on eliminating the current moles that have taken ownership of your yard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Grand Rapids Michigan Lawn Care company based in Byron Center, Michigan. Tuff Turf offers a variety of services (ranging from Lawn Care, Pest Control and Bug Control) to the following cities in Michigan:

Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Michigan Bug Control: The Bugs Are Everywhere!

July 12th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: July 8, 2024 – July 12, 2024 

We’re back to tackling bugs in West Michigan this week after an exciting 4th of July weekend. This time of year sees a rise in bug control efforts, as it’s the peak season for insect activity.

Consistency is key, and that’s exactly what we deliver. Our Insect Busters and Bug Barrier services can effectively control mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, spiders, ants, and more. Many customers are unaware of these services, so let’s explore what we offer.

Each service includes 8 visits per season, scheduled every 23-28 days apart.

Insect Busters: We spray a fine mist to your grass, bushes, and trees to control outdoor bugs.

Bug Barrier: We spray a fine mist around the foundation of your home to deter outdoor bugs from wanting to enter.

Our services are highly effective and can significantly reduce those pesky bugs, allowing you to enjoy your yard bug-free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Michigan Lawn Care: Celebrating The 4th of July

July 4th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Happy 4th of July 2024!

It’s time to celebrate Independence Day with some fireworks and fun! 🥳

Our awesome team will be taking a well-deserved break on Friday, July 5th, but don’t worry – we’ll be back in action on Monday, July 8th, at 9 a.m., ready to serve you with even more energy and dedication! 🚀

Thanks for understanding, and we can’t wait to continue providing you with top-notch service when we return.

Now, if you’re out enjoying the great outdoors this weekend and happen to spot any moles or mosquitoes crashing your party, don’t fret! Our team is super excited to help you tackle any pesky intruders. Let’s team up to make your outdoor time even more awesome and pest-free! 🌞🐜

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Michigan Lawn Care: Lush Green Lake Michigan Shoreline Grass

June 28th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: June 24, 2024 – June 28, 2024 

The Lake Michigan shoreline is renowned for its vast fresh water and stunning views. We are privileged to provide fertilization and weed control services to some of the properties along this beautiful coast. We take our job seriously, working to create thick, lush, weed-free lawns that complement the scenic waters. We are proud to enhance the shoreline areas of Holland, Grand Haven, and Muskegon, making them even more picturesque.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Nile Virus Confirmed In Kent County!

June 27th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

 

 

 

 

The diligent team at the Kent County Health Department (KCHD) has successfully identified the presence of West Nile virus (WNV) in mosquitoes within Kent County. This important discovery results from their continuous monitoring efforts carried out every Summer. Following the testing of mosquito pools captured in the 49525 ZIP code, encompassing Grand Rapids, Plainfield Township, and Grand Rapids Charter Township, KCHD remains vigilant in safeguarding the community against potential health threats. With their proactive approach and dedication, KCHD ensures timely interventions to protect public health and well-being, providing a sense of security to the residents of Kent County.

The Mosquito Surveillance Team is crucial in our efforts to combat West Nile Virus. Their work, tirelessly trapping numerous mosquitoes across different sites in Kent County, is of utmost importance. Once the team has collected these mosquito pools, they conduct tests to identify the presence of WNV. The valuable data they gather is then shared with relevant municipalities where the virus is detected. This information empowers these agencies to tailor effective mosquito control measures based on the insights provided by the team’s surveillance efforts, a work that we all should appreciate.

This discovery is earlier than in previous years, indicating a need for heightened vigilance and preventive measures,” said Brendan Earl, Supervising Sanitarian at KCHD. “It lets us know that this season’s mosquitoes are now carrying the virus, which could spread to humans. It is crucial for people to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites to reduce the risk of infection.

In 2023, the emergence of West Nile virus in Kent County was not reported until early August. This delay allowed public health officials to implement proactive measures to prevent the spread of the virus and protect the community. By swiftly addressing this issue, authorities were able to raise awareness, conduct thorough surveillance, and engage in practical mosquito control efforts to safeguard the well-being of residents and mitigate the impact of the virus.

West Nile virus is a severe health concern, with around 80% of those infected remaining asymptomatic, experiencing symptoms like body aches, joint pain, and fatigue. It’s important to understand that although most individuals fully recover, approximately 1 in 150 cases progress to severe illness affecting the central nervous system. Recovery from this can be prolonged, and in some unfortunate instances, the consequences can be permanent or fatal. This highlights the critical need for preventive actions to safeguard against such risks and protect public health.

Without a vaccine or cure for West Nile virus, the KCHD’s emphasis on preventative measures is a proactive approach to safeguarding public health. By promoting awareness and education on effective preventive strategies, such as eliminating standing water and using insect repellent, individuals can take charge of their well-being and contribute to the collective effort to minimize the risk of infection. This focus on prevention empowers communities to make informed choices and underscores the importance of individual responsibility in maintaining a healthy and resilient society.


West Michigan Lawn Care: Happy Summer, Why Bugs?!

June 20th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: June 17, 2024 – June, 21, 2024 

Summer brings more bugs due to warmer temperatures, higher humidity, increased food availability, synchronized reproductive cycles, and longer daylight hours. The warm weather accelerates insects’ metabolism, development, and reproductive rates, while high humidity provides ideal conditions for their survival. The abundance of food from blooming plants and human activities attracts more insects, and many species have life cycles that peak in summer. Extended daylight hours also give insects more time to feed, mate, and lay eggs, contributing to their population surge. Our Insect Busters and Bug Barrier service will help control those unwanted bugs to provide you with an outdoor space you can enjoy by relaxing without the annoyance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Michigan Lawn Care: How To Control Moles and Chipmunks

June 14th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: June 10, 2024 – June, 14, 2024 

Moles live mostly underground, building complex tunnels to find food, for living, and nesting. They create surface tunnels to find food like earthworms and insects, and deeper tunnels for habitation. Although their tunneling can disrupt yards, it benefits the soil by aerating and mixing it. Moles are territorial, using their sense of touch and smell to navigate and find food. Their activity increases in spring and fall, with deeper digging in winter and summer to avoid extreme temperatures. Understanding their behavior reveals the challenges of managing them in yards. Ironically, we found a mole out in the middle of the road this week! How it got there…who knows?!

 

Chipmunks on the other hand dig extensive burrows with multiple entrances for food storage, nesting, and to simply escape. Active during the day, they forage for seeds, nuts, fruits, and insects, storing food in their cheek pouches. They help the ecosystem by dispersing seeds and aerating soil, but their burrowing can damage gardens, lawns, and foundations. To manage chipmunks, use barriers, traps, or repellents, and minimize food sources to discourage them. We found a chipmunk hole in the middle of the yard which isn’t as common as finding their holes near cement pathways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Michigan Lawn Care: How To Prevent Lawn Diseases

June 7th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
An overly watered lawn can lead to various diseases.

 

Use this guide to prevent and treat lawn diseases caused by excessive moisture.

 

  1. Water Deeply and Infrequently: The infrequency helps encourage deep root growth.
  2. Water Early in the Morning: This helps grass blades dry out during the day, reducing fungal risk.
  3. Check Soil Moisture: Ensure soil needs water by probing it before watering. The screwdriver trick works great.
  4. Mow Properly: If a diseases shows up, raise your mower deck and let the grass grow a little longer than normal.
  5. Avoid Night Watering: Cool sunless nights create an environment in the yard for fungus and diseases to flourish.
  6. Aerate Regularly: Improve soil drainage and reduce compaction by performing a core aeration every other season.
  7. Spot Water: Focus on dry spots to prevent overwatering other areas.
  8. Tuff Turf Service Calls: Take advantage of our on site quality checks to help further diagnose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Michigan Lawn Care: Celebrating Our 30th Successful Season Kickoff!

May 31st, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
This week was a bit different as we got to celebrate the success of our 30th season kickoff!

We would like to extend our deepest and most sincere gratitude to all of our customers and employees for making the 2024 season kick-off a tremendous success! Your support and dedication are what helps give us the ability to provide lawn care services to West Michigan.

An extra special thanks to Pizza Parliament for joining us in our celebration for the second consecutive year. Their concept on pizza is one of a kind and it added a wonderful touch to our event, and we are grateful for their partnership and support during this time of year.

Thank you once again to everyone who contributed to making this season’s launch happen. We look forward to continuing this journey with all of you by updating you along the way with in the field photos, stories and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Michigan Lawn Care: Chipmunks are smarter than we think

May 24th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: May 20, 2024 – May 24, 2024

Beautiful water views captivate and soothe the soul. At Michigan’s crystal-clear Gun Lake, we soaked in the tranquil scenery that makes us love this state. Ducks strolled by as we performed our lawn care service, adding to the peaceful ambiance of being by the water.

On the other hand, not everything is so serene—like chipmunks! We arrived at a property just in time to snap a picture of one scampering away. It’s as if they know who we are and why we’re there. If only there was a service to keep watch 24/7… Fortunately, our chipmunk trapping program does just that. We visit once per week for 6 weeks to remove any chipmunks caught in our box traps and reset them for the next week. This method is extremely effective, especially when homeowners clean up brush piles to eliminate hiding spots for the chipmunks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo