June 2017
Hello Summer!

The warm months of summer bring vacations, pool parties, barbeques, and enjoying the great weather with family and friends. Summertime also marks the arrival of unwanted mosquitoes and ticks, along with severe weather patterns that put a lawn's hydration and vitality at risk. Check out the information in this newsletter to learn more about our organic lawn care and mosquito/tick control services, and how to protect your family, your pets, and your lawn from the harsh parts of the season so that you can get back to enjoying the best parts!

Have a safe and healthy summer,
5 Keys to Lawn Care Success
At Velvet Green we provide three of the five keys to a successful lawn; the other two are dependent on the client.

Check out the five keys to lawn care success here.

These keys are interdependent, and if they are all in place, they will provide outstanding results. If any of the keys  are not present, poor results will follow.

V.P. Operations

Buzzin' With Duggan
What to know about Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Your Area
Our resident mosquito expert, Mary Duggan, answers some FAQ regarding disease-carrying mosquitos.

How many mosquitoes carry disease?
This question is similar to asking how many people at school have a cold. It can vary day to day and season to season. The MA Dept. of Public Health publishes updates on human diseases found in the mosquito population.

Can any mosquito carry disease?
Some species carry disease better than others. A few human diseases are associated with very specific mosquito species. That information helps with surveillance and tracking but in general you should avoid all mosquitoes when a disease is detected in your area. The public health office is given a disease update every week from the state laboratory.

What mosquitos do I have in my area?
Mosquito species have their own likes and dislikes. Sunlight, dusk, and night dwellers are common differences in mosquito types. Animal types they like to bit can vary. The environment and time of year are also factors. Most of the common mosquitoes are dusk biters, like to live near birds and people, and fly a limited distance from birth to death.
A Time for Ticks
It's more important than ever to be vigilant in protecting yourself and your family from ticks as we continue into the summer. A rare, but potentially life-threatening tick-borne illness has been found in Massachusetts in the same tick that carries Lyme disease. Powassan, or POW, is a serious and possible deadly virus that attacks a person's central nervous system, leading sometimes to brain inflammation and/or meningitis, and its onset is often asymptomatic. Because there are no vaccines or medications for POW yet, prevention is key to avoiding infection. Contact us today to learn how we can protect your lawn from this dangerous tick epidemic, and check out what this family said about our tick control services.

Having an outdoor party? We'll make sure mosquitos and ticks aren't on the guest list. Call us at 781-983-1200, or contact us here to learn more about our $50 one-time Mosquito & Tick control treatment! This summer, you can have your cake and eat it, too!

Help us help you. We welcome your feedback!