Billbugs Are Coming For Your Lawn!

One of the biggest lawn issues homeowners in the Treasure Valley face is BILLBUG DAMAGE.

Billbugs are insects that damage the lawn by feeding on the roots. Infestations of Billbugs may completely kill the lawn if left untreated.  Healthy, well fertilized and watered lawns tolerate injury from billbugs better than stressed lawns which lack proper nutrients. We battle two types of Billbugs here in the Treasure Valley, first the Bluegrass Billbug, then later on in the summer the Denver Billbug.

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A preventative lawn treatment is needed before the damage occurs and the lawn becomes brown. Don’t let these grubs take away your beautiful lawn. No lawn is safe when it comes to these damage causing insects. If you miss the preventative treatment, do not worry we can get your lawn back with a specialized lawn care program.

Please request a free analysis and quote through our website or give us a call at #208-939-8469.

Hey Mosquito, Bug Off!


Mosquitoes feed on the blood of humans and animals as they need the iron and protein to produce their eggs. When a mosquito pierces your skin to feed on your blood, their saliva contains enzymes and proteins that reduces our blood clotting ability.  Most people are allergic to these enzymes and they are what causes an irritating and itchy rash.

Aside from being a serious nuisance, mosquito bites can be much more serious, as mosquitoes carry viruses and pathogens in their salivary glands.  These viruses and pathogens end up being injected into the next host when they pierce your skin.  It is estimated that the West Nile Virus is found in over 60 species of mosquitoes, and is considered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be a serious neurological disease.

The CDC has reported that since 1999 there have been over 40,000 cases diagnosed, that have resulted in over 1,700 deaths in the United States.


During the day, adult mosquitoes will find resting spots in lawns, landscape shrubbery, and other heavy vegetated areas.  A mosquito Adulticide treatment is most effective during normal daytime hours, when mosquitoes are resting.

A properly timed treatment will reduce and in most cases completely eliminate adult mosquitoes on your property for 3 – 4 weeks when standing water and breeding areas are minimized.


Our local Mosquito Abatement Districts regularly check current mosquito larvae populations, and apply Larvicides directly to water sources that hold mosquito eggs, larvae, and pupae.  Larvicides can help reduce the overall mosquito population by helping limit the number of new mosquitoes that hatch.  The CDC recommends an integrated program for mosquito control including:

  • Surveillance & Monitoring of Mosquito Activity Levels
  • Reduction of Breeding Sites
  • Use of Larvicides & Adulticides

Don’t hesitate to give us a call at our office at 208-939-8469, or request a free quote on our website.  We’ve already started our Mosquito Reduction Program this season.  Let us help you take the bite out of Mosquitoes this Summer!

The Trifecta of Tree & Shrub Damage

Lately, Summer Lawns has been asked by clients for our exclusive ISA Certified Arborist Consultations.  We’re being asked on a daily basis to determine what is wrong with plant material all over the Treasure Valley and prescribe a treatment to attempt to return it to full health.

Why are there so many damaged plants in the Treasure Valley this Spring?  This past winter, we had the Trifecta of Tree & Shrub Damage.

  1. Early November Freeze — Trees and shrubs must transition into the winter gradually through a process called winter acclimation or commonly referred to as “hardening off”.  If this winter acclimation process does not gradually happen, it will most likely result in dead plant tissue. Sometimes this only kills a branch or two, sometimes it can kill the entire plant.
  2. Dehydration — The dryness of this past winter caused dehydration and winter browning to most plant material. If you have noticed a tree or shrub that was Western or Southern facing in your landscape and it didn’t make it through the harsh winter, dehydration can be the main reason.
  3. Early February Warm Up — Due to the warmer weather we experienced in February, most trees and shrubs started to transition out of dormancy.  We had a cold snap again in March, which didn’t allow enough time for the trees and shrubs to go dormant again.

Check out some of the damaged plant material we’ve found lately.

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All of the damaged trees and shrubs you see throughout the Treasure Valley, are extremely susceptible to disease and insects. However, we can help and it’s not too late! Our ISA Certified Arborists can diagnose and prescribe the proper nutrient based program to put your trees and shrubs on the road to recovery.

Please let us help you with our exclusive FREE ISA Certified Arborist Consultation.  It’s easy, all you have to do is a free analysis and quote through our website!

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The 2015 Clean Up Eagle Project

Recently we had the pleasure of volunteering several hours of our management staff on a Saturday, towards the 2015 Clean Up Eagle Project.

We were happy to help clean up a debris pile that had become a fire hazard.

Thank you City of Eagle, Idaho​ for presenting us with the Service Appreciation Award.  We’re happy to call Eagle home to one of our two locations!coecleanup1