Jul 262018
Summer Lawn Prep: 4 Ways To Protect Your Family

Thank you TruGreen for sponsoring this post.


Summer is a great time to plan fun in the sun activities with family and friends. It also means you drench yourself in bug repellent to protect yourself and your family and try to avoid mosquitoes.

If you know someone who is allergic to mosquitoes, then you know how important it is to double up on those repellents. My husband is one of them and spends a lot of time outdoors with our pups and kids. To help make his outdoor experience a pleasant one, we’ve invested in a number of things to keep those unwanted bugs away. Unfortunately, burning candles and using bug sprays isn’t always enough.

Did you know that 85% of Americans say that mosquitoes limit their outdoor activities during the months they’re most active? 

It’s true, and nearly two-thirds of Americans are concerned about protecting themselves and their family from Zika or other mosquito-borne illnesses. In addition, 65% of Americans use bug spray to combat mosquitoes and only 51% think it works.

How To Prep Your Lawn This Summer 
It’s no secret that mosquitoes can be a nuisance. They also can carry diseases, making them a health concern as well.

So, how can you avoid these pests in your living area?
TruGreen suggests doing the following:

1. Remove or regularly replace standing water that accumulates in things like buckets and birdbaths where mosquitoes lay their eggs;

2. Make sure your yard is free from piles of twigs, branches, and leaves which provide harborage for mosquitoes;

3. Keep your lawn well mowed and other vegetation trimmed to eliminate cool spots where mosquitoes prefer to hang out; and

4. Take the necessary precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and consider hiring a professional lawn care company to kill mosquitoes where they rest – in trees, shrubs, mulched areas and all types of ground cover.

Why Choose TruGreen
Letting dogs out during the day means they often come back with a mosquito or two. The kids love tracking the mosquitoes down with the bug zapper.

It might sound like a great time chasing bugs, but having mosquitoes around a newborn can be concerning. After all, our little one is still getting vaccines to fight viruses off.

Aside from having two dogs, we also have fruit trees throughout our yard. We’ve always thought it would be harmful for our pets and vegetation to conduct treatments on our lawn to help with unwanted bugs.

After chatting with John Crossmock, the division agronomic/technical expert at TruGreen, I knew there was nothing to worry about. In fact, Crossmock let me know that the products utilized by TruGreen are generally available to homeowners at retail and garden center outlets.

“TruGreen allows the homeowner to avoid the chores of selecting the right products, handling/applying them and storing any remaining product after application,” he added. “We also provide professional consultation and diagnosis on the lawn so that the correct products are selected based on the current condition of the lawn.”

Fortunately, we haven’t added our new family garden to our yard. If we had done so, Crossmock assured me that the company’s lawn specialists are trained in TruGreen Application Best Practices to apply the product on the lawn for its intended purpose and not on the surrounding areas, ” He explained during an interview for Motherhood Through My Eyes. “So the fruit trees are no problem. We can avoid the proposed garden area during the application as an added safeguard.”

Our lawn care specialist Raul Rodriguez reiterated Crossmock’s statement when I asked about our fruit trees before he conducted the mosquito treatment to our yard. “We don’t spray anything above 10 feet, and as long as the fruits aren’t present, they won’t be affected,” he said.

Thankfully, our mature mango trees are well above 10 feet and weren’t affected by treatment.

TruGreen’s Mosquito Defense service is a three-step process that includes the following:

  • Inspect: Check your property for areas where mosquitoes are, or could be, living.
  • Treat: Use an innovative formula and targeted applications technique that works within 24 hours.
  • Maintain: Receive a monthly treatment to help protect against biting mosquitoes throughout the season.

Although the outdoors are where we find unwanted predators, it’s a great place to have some family fun. Throwing some burgers on the grill, playing in the pool or simply running around on the lawn are great ways to enjoy your summer outdoors.

“Folks generally don’t understand the many benefits lawns provide for our environment,” according to Crossmock. “Lawns provide cushioned play space for outdoor activities and hold the soil in place around your home,” Crossmock mentioned. “They cool the environment and provide the oxygen we breathe. In addition, your homeowner property value increases by the presence of a healthy, green lawn.”

For those of you interested in having a lawn/mosquito treatment conducted in your outdoor area, please contact your local TruGreen specialist.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Fatima Torres

What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.


Reader Comments

  1. I shared this earlier and forgot to leave a comment. We’ve been fortunate to not have many mosquitoes this year..not sure how we managed that. A friend of mine used a Praying Mantis cacoon this year to keep the mosquitoes out of the yard. I am going to try this next year.

  2. It’s easy to just slap on bug spray and forget all the other yard maintenance that can be effective for preventing mosquitoes from gathering and laying eggs — Very helpful information!

  3. This is a great recommendation for a great lawn! We live in a very rocky area so we will have to work on getting grass first. Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Being able to be outside is one of the freest joys that I possess but just do not get enough of. Why you ask? Darn mosquitos. They truly such, but actually we use Trugreen as well and it has not been as bad so I guess the treatment is working.

  5. I had no idea mosquito allergies were a thing! That sounds awful for your husband! I’ve never treated my yard for bugs or weeds; many of the “weeds” in my yard are actually Florida natives, and 6 of those are edible so I harvest them for use in salads and soups. I have, however, heard good things about TruGreen from people who have used them.

  6. I have been surprised this year. With Harvey last year and a wet June, I thought we were going to be swarmed with mosquitoes. It hasn’t been as bad as i thought it would be. I didn’t do all of this for my yard this year but I will next year.

  7. TruGreen sound like a fantastic company. It is so important to prep your lawn and keep everyone protected from mosquitoes, especially when you want to be out enjoying it in the summer.

  8. I hadn’t thought about treating our yard to reduce mosquitoes. I am rarely outside, but lately I have hardly noticed any mosquitoes outside when I am out and about. It is more in the forested or lakeside settings.

  9. These are pretty basic stuff to prepare your lawn in case kids or any family member will be in there. Or nevertheless, call a specialist perhaps to have it done.

  10. Being in India (especially in the wet and humid northeast India), we’ve learnt to live with them and also avoid them. This post will surely help a lot to control the irritating bug if not eliminate them.

  11. We currently don’t have much of a yard, but when we move we’ll be in need of a lawn care company and I will look into TruGreen first. Thanks for your informative post.

  12. We don’t have much of a lawn but the mosquitos are still terrible. I will have to check out TruGreen and see what they can do to help us out!

  13. These are some great tips and yes mosquitoes should be removed as early as possible because they create breeding grounds for most of the diseases

  14. I think it is a good idea to hire professionals like TruGreen to ensure that the lawn is safe enough for the family to spend time out there .After all summer times are fun times to be outdoors !

  15. Oh my god with my lawn lol! We don’t have to worry too much about the mosquito, but my yard is just a mess haha. My husband keeps it mowed and maintained but its just about all weeds at this point, so we have a few quotes for some landscapers to come out and just do a huge overhaul. I have this page bookmarked though because once it’s done, we are going to want to keep it clean and mosquito free lol!

  16. I love all the great info here. It’s just too bad I couldn’t put it to good use. I have a massive allergy to grass pollen. And working with grass just doesnt’ work for me. But I certainly could use others to help out.

  17. You’re amazing for sharing stuff that would benefit a lot of family. Kudos to you! I should share this to my friends who live abroad who have a lawn.

  18. This is so helpful blog post. I am gonna share it with someone who has a lawn. I’m currently renting where I live. Not sure if the landlord knows about TruGreen.

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