Spring, summer, and fall are great for outdoor activities. Unfortunately, they’re also prime time for ticks, mosquitos, and fleas. If you run a landscaping business, you have an opportunity to expand your services by including flea, tick, and mosquito control through integrated pest management.
Arborgold is a leading field business software provider, specializing in unique companies like landscaping, lawn care, snow removal, and pest control. We develop software which streamlines your operations, communications, and productions departments, allowing you to manage everything through your mobile device at the touch of a button.
Landscaping and Pests
As a landscaping business, pests of the tick and flea variety may not be your first concern. However, they are a concern of your clients. People pay for beautiful lawns and gardens because they want to get outside and enjoy them, but this becomes problematic when insects invade. Spring and summer are the main timeframes most biting insects act. Here are some things to know about the most annoying of these creatures.
Fleas have more than 2,500 different species and survive on various animals, including birds and mammals. Fleas consume blood to stay alive and these bites can cause irritation and infection in victims. Fast breeding, fleas spread quickly and easily, making them a hassle to remove from your home once they have settled.
A tiny parasite ranging in length from 3-5mm, ticks also feed on human blood, but are more difficult to spot, and may cause ongoing health problems.
A tick bite may become itchy and swollen, and if untreated could lead to Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme disease. They often live in tall grass and other untreated portions of lawns and wooden areas.
Mosquitos are standard pests in North America, with more than 3,500 species to worry about worldwide. Like other blood-sucking pests, mosquito bites may spread disease and cause itching and swelling.
As a landscaping company owner, deciding to offer flea, tick, and mosquito control for your clients is a huge incentive for them to choose you over competitors. No longer must they search for additional services and products to manage these pests.
Flea, Tick, and Mosquito as an Add-On
At Arborgold, we specialize in software for field-based businesses, and one of the things we focus on is automation and upsells. It’s important to us that you are able to connect with your customers easily and on time.
Upselling is a great way to encourage customers to continue their services with your company and arrange for new ones. Flea, tick, and mosquito control is the perfect upsell for any client with current spring and summer landscaping services.
Using your Arborgold field service software, you can access customer profiles through your CRM. Quickly and efficiently, your software can tell you which customers are currently using your landscaping services, and which have yet to be asked about pest control.
Deterring Pests in the Garden
As professional landscapers, one of the biggest advantages you carry while treating pest control issues is your knowledge of nature and plants. There are many natural ways to prevent fleas, mosquitos, and ticks, and your experience puts you in a great position to provide these options to your customer.
Plants for Mosquitoes
For mosquito control, for example, a great natural solution is citronella grass or lemon balm. Plant these around the perimeter of any seating areas, pathways, or communal areas to reduce the mosquito population. Alternate suggestions for mosquito deterrents include:
Flea Control Ideas
Keeping fleas out of the garden is also simplified with the right plants at your disposal. Consider fleawort or chamomile to drive the little biters away from client pets. You can also plant:
- Fleabane daisy
Ticks may seem like a harder insect to crack, but they have deterrents like every other species. As you begin planting client gardens consider where you are placing tick deterrents. Remember that ticks stick to longer, untamed sections of the yard and landscaping. In these areas, it helps to plant things like sage and onions. Some other natural remedies include:
Along with these natural remedies, your landscaping company may wish to invest in physical tools to ward off unwanted insects. Citronella candle holders, outdoor fireplaces, screen enclosures on garden structures, and more.
Why Customers Will Want Your New Service
Local clients are looking to spend time in their well-manicured lawns, and if you don’t help them get there, somebody else will. The modern consumer is looking for convenience in every business transaction they perform. If you are offering pest control services now, they’re likely to stick with you and reap the benefits of continuous services on a dedicated schedule.
Unlike non-landscaping pest control, your customers will experience the professionalism of a brand that understands plants and nature. Offering full-service flea, tick, and mosquito control across the entirety of the property is a major incentive.
Pets are Family Too
Many pest control businesses focus on ticks and mosquitos, but there’s a huge market in pet care. North Americans love their pets like family and providing a service that removes pests from these creatures is the perfect way to cement your brand as the go-to landscaper in town.
Dogs are a prime example of why these services are so popular. Dogs go outside multiple times a day, and if a garden or yard is attracting ticks and fleas, these pests could not only harm the pet but wind up inside the house infecting humans.
Help your clients treat all the members of their family with care, including pets, when they choose your business. Consider what pest control for fleas, ticks, and mosquitos could do for your brand.
Take a Tour Today
Interested in learning more about the prospects of adding flea, tick, and mosquito control to your landscaping business, but not sure how to manage everything with your current business software? We can help. We invite you to visit Arborgold online and take a tour.