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“I Need a Better Backyard”… and other things I learned during Quarantine

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly been an eye-opening experience. Last spring, we were all thrust into a world of panic and isolation, and we had to make adjustments to our daily lives. I’ve learned a lot of lessons these past 9 months. While some were difficult to absorb, others have surprisingly changed how I manage…

January 8, 2021
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What Destroys Spotted Lanternfly Eggs Besides Hand Sanitizer?

Now during winter is a great time to scrape and destroy Spotted Lanternfly Egg Masses. It’s best to destroy the eggs in hand sanitizer, but that stuff is a precious commodity during the COVID-19 Pandemic! Here are some other ways to destroy egg masses effectively.

December 18, 2020
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Tick Season Isn’t Over –Caution Still Needed

You might think it’s safe to stop worrying about ticks in winter. Not true!  You still need to be vigilant to protect your family and pets from illnesses spread by ticks.  

December 11, 2020
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Fire Prevention-Trim Trees Away from Chimneys

It’s time to get the home fires burning. Before you light your fireplace, step outside and check your trees. Trimming back branches from your chimney is an important step in fire prevention!

November 24, 2020
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Employee Appreciation Day at Giroud!
Yesterday, we celebrated Employee Appreciation Day at Giroud! We love our staff and crew, so this is just one way to say "Thanks" for all the hard work and dedication throughout the year! We typically celebrate at a local restaurant, but in order to keep everyone safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we...
October 16, 2020
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How to Protect Pets from Ticks in Fall and Winter

As we move into the fall, many homeowners think they can ease up on Tick treatments. But, if you have a pet that goes outside all year long, controlling these disease-carrying insects is still very important! Read on to learn how to protect your dog and other outdoor pets through winter.

October 9, 2020
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How Birdwatching Can Combat Spotted Lanternfly

Pennsylvania is now officially under siege from Spotted Lanternfly! This insect is highly destructive, and one of the biggest problems in controlling them is that they have no known predators here in the United State. Penn State is taking measures to change that by studying the habits of local birds, and they need help from…

October 2, 2020
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How to Deter Mosquitoes in Fall

As the seasons change from the long, lazy days of summer to the hustle and bustle of busy autumn activities, we tend to stop thinking about biting insects. However, diseases from mosquitoes and other blood-sucking bugs are still rampant! Read on to learn what you can do to keep mosquitoes away from your property this…

September 11, 2020
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Can You Catch COVID-19 from Mosquitoes and Ticks?

Experts are still learning about Covid-19, and it seems like new information and guidelines are shared daily! Many are worried about what can spread the illness. There’s been a lot of talk about water droplets, coughing, shared spaces, social distancing, and more; but what about biting insects, like mosquitoes and ticks? Can they spread the…

August 27, 2020
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What Leaf Color Tells Us About Tree Problems

August is a time to enjoy the final lazy days of summer before the busy days of fall are here. While you’re relaxing in the yard, this is a great time to take inventory of your trees and look for any possible health issues. One common concern we often hear from homeowners is unusual tree…

August 21, 2020
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