Sod webworms can occur almost anywhere, but are less likely in central parts of the United States.
What they look like: Sod webworms, are the larvae of a buff-colored, night flying moth. The larvae are about 1/2 to 1 inch long gray or light tan caterpillars with black spots on their back. However, you may notice the adult moth first. They flutter over your lawn at night, flying in a crazy zigzag pattern, dropping eggs as they go. If you see a lot of the moths in late spring, you can figure the sod webworm caterpillars are about 10 days to 2 weeks behind.
Damage they do: Sod webworms feed on grass blades, causing small irregular dead patches that gradually expand into larger dead patches. The damage is often most severe in drier parts of the lawn or areas with heavy thatch. Sod webworms attack any type of grass, but bentgrass and Kentucky Bluegrass lawns are particularly susceptible
How you know you have them: Examine the lawn at night with a flashlight (during the day, worms hide in silky, weblined tunnels in the ground, hence the name). You can see the webworms feeding. Small greenish-tan pelletlike droppings and flocks of feeding birds are other signs. You can also examine the thatch layer with a small shovel. Look for the sod webworms in their silken tunnels where they hide during the day. To confirm their presence, soak a section of lawn (about 2 x 2 feet) with soapy water (2 tablespoons of dish soap per gallon of water). The soap brings the sod webworms to the surface in about 5 to 10 minutes. Treat the lawn if you find more than two or three sod webworms per square foot.
What to do about them: First, aerate the lawn to reduce thatch and improve water penetration. Bacillus thuringiensis is the preferred biological control of sod web worms. Predatory nematodes, insecticidal soaps, and pyrenthrins are also effective. If problems are really severe, consider reseeding the lawn with endophytic-treated lawn seed. Diazinon, chlorpyrifos, and carbaryl are traditional chemical controls for sod web worms.
Noon Turf Care offers a Surface Insect Control application to help alleviate this issue if you are seeing sod webworm or moths on your lawn.
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Noon Turf Careâs founders, Matthew and Christopher Noon attend Harvard Business Schoolâs Owners and Presidents 3 Week Program.
Matt and Chris Noon, founders and owners of Noon Turf Care attended Harvard Business School for a 3 year intensive Presidentâs program from May 12th-June 1st. The OPM Programâs curriculum is geared towards owners and presidents of companies that have revenues of over 10 million dollars. The program covers the fundamentals of running and leading large companies covering topics such as accounting, finance, leadership, strategy, marketing and innovation. This total emersion program runs for 3 week periods over the course of 3 years. There are over 2,000 applicants that apply each year from all over the world and only 160 people are chosen per semester. For 3 weeks executives live on Harvardâs campus and are taught the Case Study method of learning which Harvard created in the early 20th Century. Business leaders are taught over 3 case studies per day and learn on authentic and current business cases on companies such as Amazon and Coca Cola. Matt and Chris will return next year in March to start Module II of the 3 year program.
âWe were honored to be selected by the worldâs best university and we were humbled to study amongst such an elite group of business professionals. Needless to say, we learned a tremendous amount on cutting-edge business concepts and we learned even more from the fellow students that attended from countries such as China, India and Brazil,â Says President of Noon Turf Care Matthew Noon.
The Noon brothers are looking forward to continuing their education at Harvard next year. In the meantime, they have their work cut out for them applying all that they learned. Module II will go deeper into all of the concepts taught in Module I.
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By Beth Daley | GLOBE STAFF JANUARY 16, 2013
Researchers have discovered a new human disease in the Northeast transmitted by the same common deer tick that can infect people with Lyme disease.
The bacterial illness causes flu-like symptoms, researchers from Tufts, Yale, and other instiÂtutions reported Wednesday, but they also described the case of an 80-year-old woman who became confused and withdrawn, lost weight, and Âdeveloped hearing difficulty and a wobbly gait. The woman, from New Jersey, recovered Âafter receiving antibiotics.
Researchers estimate that 1 percent of the population in Âareas where Lyme is widespread, such as western Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the Islands, may be infected by the new bacteria, which can be transmitted by the tick when it is as small as a poppy seed. Lyme disease is thought to be 7 to 10 times more prevalent in these areas.
The discovery, reported in a paper and letter in the New England Journal of Medicine, marks the fifth human illness spread by deer ticks in the Âregion, highlighting growing concern about the threat posed by ticks and the burgeoning population of their hosts, deer. The disease is so new that it is unnamed, and there is no readily available test for doctors to screen for it, although some are being developed.
âIt was right under our nose the whole time,ââ said Sam ÂTelford, a professor at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine who studies tick-borne diseases.
Telford, one author of the paper about the elderly woman, said the bacterium, Borrelia Âmiyamotoi, has been known in deer ticks for about a decade. But it was not believed to cause human illness until last year when researchers linked it to 46 sick people in Russia, some with relapsing Âfevers.
One scientist said the new disease might be the cause of unexplained symptoms, from fatigue to cognitive decline, in some people who believe they have Lyme disease but do not test positive for that bacteria.
âThe good news is it looks like it is a treatable illness based on the small number of patients reported thus far,ââ said Brian Fallon, a professor of psychiatry who runs Columbia Universityâs Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center and is not associated with the studies. âItâs promising to realize that scientists have identified a new organism carried by ticks that might help to explain why some patients who test negative for Lyme nonetheless respond favorÂably to antibiotic treatment.â
In six cases described in the journal, the patients were treated with antibiotics and fully Ârecovered. None of the infected patients, both treated and untreated, described long-lasting, persistent symptoms.
Researchers from the Yale Schools of Public Health and Medicine who coauthored the Russian study with Russian scientists set out to see if there was evidence of the infection in peopleâs blood closer to home.
They tested blood samples obtained since 1990 and found positive results in 1 percent of 584 healthy people from ÂBrimfield in Western Massachusetts and Block Island, R.I. In addition, 3 percent of 273 Southern New England residents with Lyme disease or suspected Lyme disease also had evidence that they had been Âinfected with the new bacteria. The researchers could not deterÂmine whether most of those people had the new illness.
Similarly, 21 percent of 14 southern New York patients with an unexplained virus-like sickness showed evidence of Âinfection. Lead author Peter Krause, senior research scientist at Yale School of Public Health, cautioned that it was difficult to draw many conclusions about prevalence of the disease from these 14 people because the sample size was so small and the group was highly selected.
Still, given that roughly 2,600 people were reported to get Lyme disease in Massachusetts 2011 and that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledge that underreporting could mean that number is tenfold higher, it stands to reason there could be a significant number of people who are infected with the new bacteria, Krause said, Âalthough how many become sick is unknown.
The 80-year-old woman, who previously had been treated for cancer, lives on a farm in New Jersey and suffered four months of mental decline.
At first, doctors thought she might have had a recurrence of cancer, which led them to perform a spinal tap. Cancer was ruled out, but Joseph L. ÂGugliotta, an infectious disease doctor at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, saw corkscrew bacteria known as spirochetes in her spinal fluid. It looked similar to Lyme bacteria, but he knew the woman, with her compromised immune system, probably would be much sicker if it were Lyme.
He contacted Telfordâs group and others, who knew of the Ârecent study in Russia. In the meantime, Gugliotta began treating her with a monthlong course of antibiotics.
âWithin a few days we saw an improvement,ââ said ÂGugliotta. âBy one month, she was back.â
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Dandelions are one of the most common lawn weeds in Massachusetts. As I walk my dog through my Worcester neighborhood or drive to work and really pay attention to what I see, I see lawns littered with dandelions. Odds are if your neighbor has dandelions, your lawn will be susceptible to its spread. Here is a neat little info-graphic (printer friendly!) that gives you some more information about this popular nuisance. Noon Turf Care’s customized 7-step lawn care service program includes carefully blended organic based fertilizers, pre-emergent crabgrass controls, and broadleaf weed controls to help these folks with their lawns. So hey you, reader… yea.. you… getting more information is easy, just submit a quote right there on the right side.
Deer ticks are aptly named, in a sense; a Northeastern deer can carry over 1,000 of these ticks on its body. But as far as humans are concerned, the ticks might be more relevantly called mouse ticks. Thatâs because white-footed mice and other small mammals, not deer, are now known by scientists to be major carriers of Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is spreading in the Northeast and the Midwest, and according to the national Centers for Disease Control, the number of annual cases over the past decade has been increasing. However, no one is quite sure why. In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers tried to figure out what is driving the proliferation of Lyme disease in human populations by studying populations patterns in animals that interact with ticks. Their study suggests that large predators like coyotes and foxes that arenât typically associated with Lyme disease transmission may have a big impact on the spread of the disease.
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Noon has the answer. Our breakthrough Water-Saver Program is a scientific way to beat the heat and drought. Four applications of this university-tested, bio-smart, environmentally-safe formula will turn your sprinkler water into a soil-penetrating miracle. Speeding water and nutrients through the heat-hardened ground directly to the roots.
So you accomplish three things at once: You preserve your lawnâs health. You avoid pollution runoffs. And you save money on water bills!
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Noon Turf Care is proud to announce the opening of their Boston South Service Center which opened March 1st of this year. Due to overwhelming demand in Southern MA Noon Turf Care has opened a local service branch in Easton so that they can better service their customers in this area. Noon Turf Careâs Boston South Service Center Manager Eric Taylor and his team of technicians will be serving thousands of clients locally to deliver speedy and quality lawn care services to their residential and commercial client base in the area.
The new Boston South Service Center location will service clients living in Bristol, Norfolk and Plymouth County. Noon will be opening a Boston North service center early next year. Currently, Noon Turf Careâs flagship service center is in Hudson, MA which services customers located in Boston West and their corporate headquarters and training center is in Marlborough, MA.
About Noon Turf Care: Noon Turf Care was started in 2001 by brothers Christopher Noon, Seton Hall graduate class of 2000, and Matthew Noon, Boston College graduate class of 2002. It started as a small internet based Lawn Care Company that provides Massachusetts residences and businesses with fertilization services for lawns, trees and shrubs. Noon Turf care is a privately owned company that prides themselves on providing exceptional and personal service in an industry dominated by large national chains. Noon Turf Care services over 8,000 customers and has a team of over 50 lawn and horticulture specialists working for the company.
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Noon Turf Careâs founders and principals Christopher and Matthew Noon donate a full year of complimentary lawn care for the silent auction at the âA Concert for Calleâ fundraiser.