September 3rd, 2019 by ifiadmin
The 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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August 2nd, 2019 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
For season grass, summer in Michigan is the worst time of the year. Remember the heat wave 2 weeks ago with the 90 degree temperatures, high humidity, and even nights that were still 80 degrees at 10:00 PM? Not only were we uncomfortable, but our lawns were too! Diseases that attack grass love the heat, humidity, and grass that is under heat stress. While we cannot control the temperature, there are a few things that you can control, like:
If you have an underground system, avoid sprinkling in the middle of the night. You should water in the morning for about 15 minutes per zone with rotor heads and 2 minutes per zone with misters. Water after 6:00 AM so that your lawn is not wet while it is dark. When temperatures are above 80 degrees, sprinkle again in the afternoon to cool the lawn. If you are watering in the heat of the day, make sure to water long enough to compensate for evaporation from the sun and wind. For zones with rotor heads, water for 5 – 10 minutes and 2 minutes for the misters. This will vary depending on soil profile, type of grass, amount of sun, and the amount of wind you receive.
I realize that underground sprinkling is a nice luxury and not everybody can afford it. However, in today’s technological world, the lack of an underground sprinkler system is not really an excuse to avoid sprinkling when you are not home. Amazon has everything you need to make your own “above ground sprinkling system”. For less than $60 you can buy a digital timer that attaches to your spigot and has up to 4 connections for garden hoses that can be programmed to run at different times. All you have to do is set out 4 sprinklers in your lawn. You can even buy timers that have WiFi so you can control the timer with an app. You would want to move the hoses every couple of days to avoid killing the grass under it. I have seen many homes with nice systems using garden hoses, and you don’t have to blow them out in the fall!
May 23rd, 2019 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
After 15 minutes of stalking, the cat pounced on the unsuspecting mole. The mole held its ground until the cat gave up.
April 8th, 2019 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
Jim was interviewed on Wood Radio’s Talk of the Town on 4/7/19. Click on the link below to hear the interview.
January 28th, 2019 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
Happy 25th Birthday to Tuff Turf Molebusters! January 24, 1994 was the day Jim Zylstra incorporated Tuff Turf. In 2000, Tuff Turf puchased a mole trapping company named Molebusters and officially became Tuff Turf Molebusters. Jim had the unique idea to put a mole on the top of his truck in 2005. By the end of 2006, most of trucks were topped with moles. The bright green and orange color scheme came about in 2009 along with an updated logo featuring Digger the mole. Tuff Turf has continued to grow and in 2018 moved to the heart of Byron Center. Tuff Turf is proud to be celebrating 25 years in business!
December 31st, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
A BIG thank you to all who contributed to our first ever toy drive. Tuff Turf Molebusters collected new toys for a wonderful local organization named Christmas4Fosters who distributes them to children awaiting placement in a foster home so they can receive a gift at Christmas. Merry Christmas!
November 30th, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
Congratulations to Tracy Honderd for winning this month’s Facebook drawing for a free service. Tracy has won a Deer Repellent Application. Each month we give away a free service to one of our Facebook likes. 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. Congrats Tracy! http://www.tuffturfmolebusters.com/animal-control/deer/
October 29th, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters
Congratulations to Susan Harkema for winning this month’s Facebook drawing for a free service. Susan has won a Vole Repellent treatment in the foundational landscape beds around her house. Each month we give away a free service to one of our Facebook likes. 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. Congrats Susan! http://www.tuffturfmolebusters.com/animal-control/voles/