Adding Pest Control Services To Lawn and Landscaping Business
Working in landscaping there are many obstacles to overcome. A major issue in the North American gardening and lawn care sector is insects.
Insects eat plants you’re trying to cultivate, attack client gardens, and make it difficult to sell customers on beautiful outdoor living spaces.
At Arborgold, we may not sell products for mosquito and tick control, but we can help you determine how big a threat they are to your business and monitor inventory as you cultivate deterrents.
Why Branch Out to Pest Control?
For landscaping companies, there’s always room for growth. Landscaping and lawn care encompass so much within the gardening world that pest control seems like a natural avenue to expand into.
There are many pest problems in North America, but for landscapers, some of the most common issues are mosquitos, fleas, and ticks. These insects can take a beautiful outdoor space and turn it into an annoyance.
Insects impact outdoor activities such as:
- Garden parties
- Family barbeques
- Bonfire nights
- Playing with pets or kids
- Enjoying coffee on the back porch
As a landscaper, trying to market outdoor living is difficult when clients are worried about being bitten. It can also be problematic for pet owners who are afraid to have you create extensive gardens because they might attract ticks and fleas which will harm their pets.
Creating your own natural insect repellant services, ensures your clients are still looking to you for landscaping and lawn care advice.
Arborgold’s pest control software can help!
Grow Natural Pest Deterrents
Whether you have a customer complaining about mosquito and tick control on their property, or you’re looking for ways to improve your own plant nursery and the insects it attracts, there’s a lot to be said for the natural route.
Many plants have natural insect-repelling qualities. Usually, these are strong smelling plants, such as:
For flea and tick control, try:
- Fleabane daisies
By implementing these natural resources to ward off unwanted pests, you can create an aesthetically curated garden for your landscaping clients with a double purpose. Separate your plants by type and build your client a lovely flower garden and vegetable patch.
Be especially careful as you curate your selection of plants for your customer’s garden and lawn. If your customer has pets, there are some plants to avoid. You may also want to ask your clients about any allergies they have as some plants, like marigolds, are a prime culprit for hay fever.
Arborgold software can help you monitor your plant inventory as you process orders for natural pest repellant products. As supplies dwindle, our dedicated landscaping support can be programmed to send reminders for new orders or send orders directly when inventory reaches a certain level.
Recommend Outdoor Landscaping Features That Deter Insects
It’s not just plant life that can impact the levels of mosquitos, fleas, and ticks in your client’s yards. You can also recommend structural deterrents, such as:
- Outdoor fireplace – Brick pizza ovens, wood stoves, fire tables, and similar fire elements are making their way into landscaping designs across North America. Fire is an insect repellant. Wood fire, which creates smoke is a more effective means of mosquito repellant than gas fire, but even a beautiful gas-fueled fire table will minimize insect encounters.
- Enclosed deck – Another major project to undertake as landscapers is an enclosed deck with an overhang to attach mesh protectors. If your landscaping business also specializes in contracting and construction, you could create a glass enclosed outdoor seating area to protect clients who want to get outside without the resulting bug bites.
- Backyard fire pit – Fire pits come in all shapes and sizes, and like the fireplace or fire table idea above, they repel insects. A fire pit can be placed in a seating area away from the house, as they tend to be less controlled than enclosed fireplaces.
You can also situate certain lawn features away from seating and gathering areas to draw insects to other areas of the property. For example, mosquitos are known to be drawn to bodies of water, swarming around lakes and ponds. If your client wants an outdoor water feature, especially one which remains stagnant, like a koi pond, consider placing it away from any outdoor seating structures.
Market Your Own Repellant Products
As a landscaper, you can take advantage of your authority in gardens and lawncare by marketing natural pest repellant to your clients in the form of spray, candles and lawn treatments.
Essential oils drawn from plants with natural insect repellent can be used in a variety of safe products simply by mixing with another natural carrier oil, water, or wax.
Upselling your natural products is a great way to add to your current services and offerings without moving too far outside your comfort zone. Because so many natural repellent products come from plants, you’re well within your expertise.
Arborgold software can help you market your new product, with an easy-to-use CRM dashboard, you can easily manage:
- Email marketing campaigns
- Content management
- Customer engagement
- Analytics reports
Our unique software also lets you follow your landscaping team in the field, wherever they go. Using GPS and internal employee chat functions, you’ll always know where your team and equipment are located.
Contact Arborgold for More
Arborgold designs business software specifically for field-based businesses. Working with CRM, marketing and productivity management, we saw a gap in the business software sector that we wanted to fill. For landscaping, lawn care, tree care, pest control and snow removal, the business software available doesn’t always account for our teams in the field. Our software lets you follow your staff wherever they go.
Working closely with businesses across North America, Arborgold carefully updates services and support tools as field-based businesses evolve.
Interested in learning more about how Arborgold can help your business as you add a new service to your business? We invite you to take our tour and learn what Arborgold is all about.