winter weeds in turf

Winter Turf Weeds

weed
noun
  1. 1. 

 a wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants.

 
In southeast Texas we have had one of the wildest winters in recent years. Having experienced 60″ of rain since September and off and on warm spells, your lawn has suffered.
The large amount of rain has caused pre-emergent herbicides to fail prematurely and the warm weather will allow summer weeds to start to germinate a month early.
Your turf may look something like this. It may be splotchy or completely covered in winter weeds.
Winter weeds in Bermuda grass

Winter weeds in Bermuda grass

Bob Klepac’s turf solution

Is to remove the winter weeds that are present and get a new pre emergent barrier down. The new pre emergent barrier will help stop the summer weeds that going to start to germinate as the weather warms. We also provide the turf with a light feeding at this time to help it come out of dormancy.

There are many challenges facing our lawns this spring.  We have professional solutions to the majority of them.  Call us so we can help solve your winter weed problems and stop the summer weeds from popping up. 

Bob Klepac takes the less is more approach to a healthy lawn.  We only use professional products applied at the appropriate rate.

Remodeling your home? Protect your investment from Termites

There are several instances when a homeowner calls about a possible termite problem. Most homes are inspected prior to purchase but after that, it may be years before homes are looked at again by a professional. The most common reason we have found is when a homeowner starts a remodeling project.

The contractor removes some sheet rock in a bathroom, it’s at that point they discover what was hidden behind the walls.

So what should you do if you discover this type of termite activity behind the sheet rock? Your contractor can tell you if the integrity of the wood is damaged enough to be cause for replacing. First, you should contact us. With our experience we can easily identify the termites entry point. Then we will develop the appropriate treatment plan, right for you.

termite entry point
termite entry point

The termite damage above, was caused by termites entering around the water pipes for this shower. To eliminate the termites we drilled a hole through the slab and injected Termidor SC under the slab. This will also stop the termites from returning.

Moving Plumbing

Another common remodeling project is relocating plumbing. Plumbing can be moved for any number of reasons to add or remove a toilet, shower, bathtub or a vanity. These areas if left untreated pose a serious problem as possible entry points for termites down the road.

plumbing relocation
plumbing relocation
plumbing moved
plumbing moved

Anytime you relocate plumbing you should have those areas treated with a termiticide. This is the best time to treat these areas before they are covered with concrete. We think it is very important for everyone to know the importance of treating these areas. Contractors, you should let your customer know that you care and make sure they are aware of the risks associated with leaving these areas untreated for termites.

Check out our other stories on termites and how we helped solve a termite problem for a historic Texas church.

What’s eating my live oak tree?

Bob Klepac Exterminating Service does more than just protect your home from ants, roaches, termites and other Texas pests. We also have the knowledge to figure out what’s going on with your trees and lawn. Whether it’s your native or grafted pecan tree or oak tree, we have the solution.

Today we talk fall pests, of live oaks

In recent years we have seen more and more live oak trees devoured by a Lepodopteran pest. This caterpillar is known as the yellow necked caterpillar. Not to be confused with other tree pests such as tussock and tent caterpillars. This pest is far worse when it comes to the health of your tree. We equate this pest to the army worm of live oak trees.

Yellow necked caterpillar

Yellow necked caterpillar

As you can see the later stages of the yellow necked caterpillar are large and they are voracious eaters. They can devour a smaller live oak tree in a couple of days. Leaving the canopy of the tree bare.

Damage caused by caterpillar

Yellow necked caterpillar damage

The top of this young live oak has been eaten in a matter of a day or two.

Control of this caterpillar matters

The concern with allowing the foliage to be eaten off the tree is it can stunt the growth of the tree. This causes unnecessary stress to the tree. We have multiple control options available and are happy to discuss them. For all your pest control needs inside and outside your home, Bob Klepac Exterminating is here. Give us a call or send us a message.

First encounter with invasive roach species

Bob Klepac Exterminating Service is no stranger to dealing with invasive species of insects.  We were the first company in Matagorda County to discover the Rasberry Crazy Ant, later renamed the Tawny Crazy Ant. We have since, lead the way in providing effective management strategies  for our customers. We have discovered another invasive pest, The Asian Cockroach.

Asian Cockroach found in service area

This week we discovered a new pest in one of our service areas.  Blatella asahinai, AKA The Asian Cockroach. This roach was first discovered in Japan in 1981.  It was introduced into the United States around 1990 in Florida and since then has spread to many areas of the Gulf Coast. We now have it in our area of Southeast Texas.

Virtually Identical twin

Asian Cockroach

As you can see in the pictures above, the Asian Cockroach is easily mistaken for the better known German Cockroach.  The German Cockroach primarily infests the interiors of homes or offices.  It also is not adapted to survive very well outside,  Whereas the Asian Cockroach thrives.  Another significant difference between these two species of roaches  is that the Asian Roach is a strong flyer.  At dusk and night large amounts of the roaches will fly to gather at light sources.

Without its natural enemies present here in the US,
The Asian Cockroach will reach populations in the  thousands to tens of thousands. Couple the sheer volume of roaches and the fact that they fly and it can truly become something of a nightmare.

What to Do…

Populations of these Cockroaches will not reach these highest threshold until late summer.  For more information visit the Texas A&M Department of Urban Entomology website.

However, if you have a severe infestation We recommend giving us a call and letting us help. We have expansive knowledge and experience to identify these pests and their entry points. We look forward to talking to you about all of your pest control needs.

Are there unwanted carpenters (ants) in your home

Carpenter ants are a common pest in southeast Texas. There are two different species that we have, the solid black carpenter ant and the red and black one. Both species of ants can build nests inside your home.

In nature, carpenter ants primarily build nests inside trees. They’ll mine out the damage wood of a tree trunk or knot hole and make themselves right at home.

In your home, carpenter ants will build their nest in just about any space they feel is suitable. We have seen nests made in the foam cover of an outdoor spigot cover. Like the red and black carpenter ants did below.

In the next picture they built their home in the door jam of a relatively new storage building.

So how do you know?

There are several signs of carpenter ants. Usually the first sign is wood pieces and fras. What the ants do is mine out the wood and create galleries to build their home. They do not consume the wood, unlike termites. They’re simply mining it to make room for the colony.

Did you know?

Carpenter ants are nocturnal. If you suspect a problem, look for ants trailing at night.

These ants are also neat freaks. They’ll constantly clean their nests. They’ll remove wood pieces and dead ants to keep everything tidy.

For help solving your carpenter ant problem, give us a call. 9792455700