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Check Out ABC’s Ultimate Houston Lawn Care Guide [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Houston Lawn Care Guide

Keeping your grass, plants and trees healthy and well-maintained can be a challenge. First, you have to have the time to dedicate to your lawn. You also need to make sure you have the right equipment and that it is all in working order. Finally, you need the expertise to know which types of plants work best in which environments, how often to water and how to spot signs of lawn pests and diseases. For homeowners in southern states, the warm climate, lack of rainfall and intense sun make it even more difficult to care for your outdoor spaces.

ABC’s Ultimate Houston Lawn Care Guide

ABC Home & Commercial Services is dedicated to making homeowners’ lives easier. Our team of lawn care technicians, landscaping experts, pest control pros and sprinkler system specialists have compiled their best advice and tips into the Ultimate Houston Lawn Care Guide. This 8-page downloadable PDF resource includes sections on:

The Ultimate Lawn Care Tips Guide From The Experts at ABC [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Lawn care tips

Keeping your grass, plants and trees healthy and well-maintained can be a challenge. First, you have to have the time to dedicate to your lawn. You also need to make sure you have the right equipment and that it is all in working order. Finally, you need the expertise to know which types of plants work best in which environments, how often to water and how to spot signs of lawn pests and diseases. For homeowners in southern states, the warm climate, lack of rainfall and intense sun make it even more difficult to care for your outdoor spaces.

ABC’s Ultimate Lawn Care Guide

ABC Home & Commercial Services is dedicated to making homeowners’ lives easier. Our team of lawn care technicians, landscaping experts, pest control pros and sprinkler system specialists have compiled their best advice and tips into the Ultimate Lawn Care Guide. This 8-page downloadable PDF resource includes sections on:

How to Keep Snakes Out of Your Pool

How to Keep Snakes Out of Your Pool

There’s nothing like having a pool in your backyard, especially during the dog days of summer. On a hot day, it’s so nice to get into your swimsuit and take a refreshing dip. But wait – there’s a snake in the pool. How did that get there? How do you get rid of it? How can you keep snakes out of your pool?

How to Keep Snakes Out of Your Pool

When it comes to snakes, there are only two camps – you either tolerate them or you hate them and want them to just go away. But unfortunately for members of the latter camp, snakes are a fact of life in the Southwest. There are actually 76 species of snakes in Texas alone. Most are not poisonous, but you definitely don’t want to find one floating in your pool or jumping out at you or your family from around the edge … Read Full Post »

The Wolf Spider: What You Need To Know If You See One

Wolf Spider Texas

According to Texas Parks & Wildlife, there are almost 900 species of spiders found in Texas. Only two, however, are considered poisonous to humans: the black widow and the brown recluse spider. While there’s lots to learn about the danger associated with the two aforementioned spiders, there is another, more commonly seen spider in Texas you also may not know much about: the wolf spider.

The Wolf Spider: What You Need To Know if You See One

How likely are you to come across a wolf spider in Texas? An old saying is “you’re never more than five feet from a spider”. Although this has been disproved, the truth is that there are spiders all around us, and there are 238 species of wolf spiders in Texas alone.

The most notable characteristic about a wolf spider’s appearance is its unique eye arrangement. The front (or anterior) row is comprised of four small eyes … Read Full Post »

Swimming Pool Mosquito Control Tips

Swimming Pool Mosquito Control

Having a pool means that you have a built-in destination for relaxation, fun and entertaining. Unfortunately, having a pool also means that you may attract some uninvited guests to your backyard oasis: mosquitoes.

Swimming Pool Mosquito Control Tips

The months of the year that are ideal for swimming are also prime time for mosquitoes. If you’re anywhere near a pool or body of water during the warmer months, you will likely encounter these bloodsucking creatures. You may ask yourself: Do swimming pools attract mosquitoes? Since both water and humans attract mosquitoes, unfortunately, the answer is yes. There are some steps you can take to keep mosquitoes out so that you can enjoy your pool and backyard during the warmer months of the year.

What You Need to Know About Mosquitoes

Before you begin mosquito-proofing your backyard, it’s important to know a little bit about these pesky pests. For starters, mosquitoes have four stages … Read Full Post »

ABC Owners Bike Across Country For Charity

Brothers Bike

Three brothers. Two charities. Four thousand miles.

Bobby, Dennis and Raleigh Jenkins, the owners of ABC Home & Commercial Services, will be cycling across the country this summer to raise money for A Child’s Hope and the Moss Pieratt Foundation.

ABC Owners Bike Across Country for Charity

The ride will start in Seattle on May 23, 2017 and end in New York City. The Jenkins brothers are biking to support two organizations that are near and dear to their hearts. You can learn more about the ride, donate and subscribe to email updates on the Brothers Bike website.

This is not the first time the ABC owners have cycled for charity. In 2008, the Jenkins brothers biked from Austin to Canada to fundraise for Caritas of Austin. Afer that trip, they set their sights on a cross-country charity ride. “My brothers and I are willing to put in the sweat equity … Read Full Post »

Types of Rodents and Wildlife in Houston

Types of Rodents

Whether their presence pops into your mind when thinking about the Lone Star state or not, the reality is, Texas is home to an abundance of rodents and wildlife. Houston is no different. In fact, our city is one of the most populated and diverse wild animal ecosystems in the state. The greater Houston area offers a combination of lush outdoors, bayous and urban dwellings which serve as the habitat for a wide array of rodents and wildlife.

Types of Rodents and Wildlife in Houston

Seeing rodents or other types of wildlife when you are out and about is one thing. Spotting one of these animals in your yard is likely to produce an entirely different reaction. Learn more about the types of rodents and wildlife that might make it into your outdoor spaces and the steps you can take to make sure they get out—and stay out.

Roof Rats

Rats are much larger than … Read Full Post »

2017 Houston Bucket List, Summer Edition

2017 houston bucket list summer

Temperatures are on the rise in Houston and so is the humidity. That means it’s time to start planning your 2017 Summer Bucket List! Looking for a handy list of the top things to do this summer in Houston, Texas? If so, read on for all sorts of summer fun activities, tips and ideas.

Top Things To Do This Summer In Houston

Whether you’re an indoor or outdoor person, new to Houston or a longtime resident, on a budget or feeling flush, single, partnered or parenting…there’s something for everyone!

Museums and Galleries Galore

Houston is home to a thriving art gallery and museum scene, including Moody Gallery and Anya Tish Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Natural Science, and many more. The Museum District alone boasts 19 museums and many of them are free to enter. Enjoy the air conditioning and the educational exhibits and marvel at the beautiful winged … Read Full Post »

How to Get Rid of Mayflies

How to Get Rid of Mayflies

If you’ve ever seen a gathering of flies around your home’s doorways or entryway, you’ve probably encountered a gathering of mayflies. But whether you correctly identified them, well, that’s another story. That’s because mayflies are often misidentified as dragonflies and damselflies. Although these creatures are relatively harmless, chances are you don’t want mayflies inside of your home.

How To Get Rid of Mayflies

Warmer months often mean more flies and insects flying around in and outside of your home. When you start noticing flying insects, the next step is usually taking steps to keep these insects from getting inside of your home. Let’s discuss how to properly identify mayflies, what to do if you have an infestation and ways to prevent them from infesting your home again in the future.

Identification

Despite their name, the mayfly is not related to a housefly or other true flies. And though at first glance they might look the … Read Full Post »

What Attracts Mosquitoes to Humans?

What attracts mosquitoes to humans

For a small insect, mosquitoes can be quite aggravating. A common topic of conversation when mosquitoes are out and biting is why certain people seem to be the target of mosquitoes and not others.

What Attracts Mosquitoes to Humans?

Let’s take a look at why mosquitoes like to bite us, what makes them choose some people over others and what we can all do to protect ourselves from these pesky pests.

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite?

Did you know all of the mosquitoes who bite you are females? They seek out warm-blooded creatures for a meal. The mosquito’s proboscis, a part of its mouth, works like a hypodermic needle. She injects a little of her own saliva into our skin, which thins the blood and allows her to draw it out of the capillaries in your skin.

The mosquito doesn’t drink your blood for herself but uses the proteins and other substances in the blood to … Read Full Post »