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The best partners for Weed Man professionals are knowledgeable customers. For this reason, we provide more than just top quality lawn care services - we give you the information you need to keep your lawn healthy in between our scheduled visits. The true value of Weed Man’s service is often realized only when both the company and the customer are doing their part. Weed Man makes it a priority to provide each and every customer with post-treatment instructions as well as valuable information about proper mowing and watering practices. Many of our customers who continue to use our services year after year have discovered that their lush, green lawn is achieved as a result of their continuous partnership with Weed Man.

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Although water is a common breeding ground for mosquitoes, it would be environmentally irresponsible to treat these areas. For this reason, we maintain a safe distance from any water sources when applying our mosquito control treatment. 

Mosquitoes are not particularly mobile and often stay within a few hundred feet of where they originally hatched. After the application, adult mosquitoes carry the chemicals back to their breeding grounds until breeding sites are completely eliminated.  

No. After the product is applied it is broken down quickly by soil microbes and other means into harmless substances - water, carbon dioxide and humus. This occurs within a short period of time, generally less than thirty days.

Yes, Weed Man professionals follow the preventive IPM approach. It is contemporary, responsible and ensures a healthy lawn and environment. Weed Man professionals have been using this approach for many years.

The EPA regulates the use of pesticides under the authority of two federal statutes: The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). EPA scientists and analysts carefully review test data to determine whether to register (license) a pesticide product or a use and whether specific restrictions are necessary.

Weed Man’s weed control products are tested, approved for use and applied by licensed, trained professionals.

You need to respect anything applied to your lawn. Obviously, you want to be aware of when an application is made to your lawn, and that's one reason why we post signs in your yard when we apply. You should then wait at least until the application dries before going on the grass or letting the pets out, and that can be 15 minutes or 24 hours. Be sure to ask your local Weed Man for the drying times of specific products. It's important that you know that these products have all been carefully screened and are regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. On top of that, we as lawn care professionals have a broad range of products to choose from, and at Weed Man we focus on selecting the ones that are most friendly to our applicators.

One application will be effective for approximately 30 days.

When applying, we always recommend that a customer waits approximately 30 minutes until the treated areas have dried. As soon as the product has dried, you can go back to enjoying your outdoor space.

Many people fear things that they know very little about. In fact, people naturally have a tendency to fear anything that is man-made, especially chemicals. However, many people do not recognize that there are things that occur in nature, including natural chemicals, that can be just as toxic as or even more harmful than man-made substances. It is important to recognize that it is the dose that makes the poison. All substances can be toxic (including water) depending on the dose.

Mosquito treatments whether they are natural based treatments or synthetic-based treatments are evaluated for safety from the US Environmental Protection Agency. These registered compounds are safe and effective when they are prepared and applied according to their labeled use. Prior to their approval for use, scientific risk-assessments are performed by the EPA, using all available data. From such assessments, acceptable safe residue levels are established which is often six orders of magnitude—one-millionth—of levels that could be harmful. However, we do recommend that children and pets be kept inside during spraying, and for a minimum of 30 minutes after the application has been completed. 

Remove mosquito habitats. Two stages of the mosquito lifecycle require water. Eliminating sources that collect standing water such as old tires, clogged gutters, bird baths or areas where puddles are formed effectively reduces mosquito breeding grounds. 

The experts at the Environmental Protection Agency extensively evaluate all pest control products. 2,4-D, the product that is commonly used for weed control is among the most highly tested products in the world. The product has been used on lawns, golf courses, parks and other turf areas for thirty years. When applied by trained technicians and according to label directions, it provides effective control of broadleaf weeds without posing an unreasonable risk to humans, pets or the environment. At least twelve independent scientific panels have reviewed both the toxicology and epidemiology data packages of 2,4-D in the last ten years. All have concluded that no cause and effect relationship has been established between 2,4-D and cancer and/or that the continued use of 2,4-D poses no unreasonable risk to man or the environment. Copies of the reports can be seen on the internet www.24d.org. Consequently, 2,4-D has been the most researched herbicide on earth with thousands of studies having been performed on it in the last 50 years. Before a pest control product is applied to a turf area it is diluted according to product label directions. For example, commonly used weed control products are most often highly diluted with water before being applied by a professional applicator.

Please follow your Weed Man professional's written instructions and remain off a treated lawn until it has dried – or, as an extra precaution, for 24 hours. This will reduce the potential for contact with the material to practically nothing. When the material is applied to a lawn, it dries very quickly to the target area. Once the product has dried on the surface of plants, it becomes practically impossible to remove any residues from the surfaces.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs [Division Mail Code] Ariel Rios Building 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20460 Website http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/ 2,4-D Task Force Information Hotline 1(800) 345-5109 Contact - Don Page Website www.24d.org Professional Lawn Care Association of America 1(800) 458-3466 Contact - Tom Delaney Website www.plcaa.org National Pesticide Telecommunications Network Oregon State University, 333 Weniger Hall, Corvallis, Oregon 97331-6502 Phone: 1-800-858-7378 Fax: 1-541-737-0761 email: nptn@ace.orst.edu NPTN at http://nptn.orst.edu/ Weed Man professionals are available to answer any questions that you may have about the products or services that are used to help promote and protect a healthy lawn. Please contact your local Weed Man using the Dealer Locator function of this web site.

Mosquitoes tend to rest on the underside of leaf surfaces, in dense plant material such as trees, shrubs, hedges, grasses & under structures like decks, porches, and stairways. 

EPA and state departments (usually the State Department of Agriculture) register or license pesticides for use in the United States. EPA receives its authority to register pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). States are authorized to regulate pesticides under FIFRA and under state pesticide laws. States may place more restrictive requirements on pesticides than EPA. Pesticides must be registered both by EPA and the state before distribution. The United States has one of the most stringent pesticide regulatory systems in the world. The safety and effectiveness of each product is thoroughly evaluated by agency toxicologists to ensure products meet strict safety standards. In most cases, pesticides are subject to more testing than pharmaceutical drugs. Professional applicators are highly trained and adhere to all state regulations concerning pesticide use. The pest management products that are available to the homeowner (at any hardware, department or grocery store) for use on lawns are virtually the same products that commercial lawn care companies use. Like other products used in and around the home such as paints, cleaners, medicines and fuels, pesticides should always be used responsibly, and only when needed. When used and stored according to their directions, they present a low risk to the safety of people, pets and the environment.

While a one-time treatment is effective in temporarily reducing mosquito populations, monthly treatments are required to continue the extermination cycle. 

Mowing properly is essential for maintaining a quality turf throughout the long haul. This includes not only the optimum height but also regular frequency with a sharp blade to ensure both a clean cut and minimizing the chance to shock the grass by taking off too much at a time. Removal of no more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at one time ensures this. To get back to the question, a lawn that is mowed below optimal heights will see reduced vigor as a result of its decreased ability to manufacture food. Lower mowing heights also diminish the root system, thus reducing its ability to take up water and nutrients. Proper height and mowing frequency will result in a denser and healthier turf that is more likely to withstand stresses coming from disease, heat, traffic, and weed infestation.

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