Norris Environmental Solutions
Phone: (775) 331-5545
9am-5pm PST Mon-Fri.
Mailing Address: P.O.Box 17093
Reno, NV 89511
Our approach to pest control has always been one of Integrated Pest Management: education primarily - arming the customer with information on tolerance of beneficial insects, or how to take care of the problem themselves. Recommending the use of other methods such as mechanical or exclusionary to reduce pest populations. We believe that informing our customers is the best way to reduce chemicals and pests in their environment. However if the problem is too big for them or they choose us to take care of the pests we have many options. When we apply chemicals we use a range of chemistry from essential oils and pyrethrins to synthetics, depending on the customers concerns and needs.
We hope that you contact us with any questions you have, and if we don't know the answer- we know where you can find the information you need!
Thank-You for your consideration!
Norris Environmental Solutions
CAUGHLIN CREEK FIRE NOVEMBER 2011
For those who lost homes or property we are truly sorry for your loss and hope that 2012 brings better times.
As far as landscaping that has been damaged by the fire we are recommending to continue watering through the winter- then we can better evaluate what may have survived in the Spring when things start to leaf out.
Don't turn on irrgation if you can't monitor it closely as we are still getting freezing temperatures at night. Just try to hand water as regularly as possible, especially since we are having such a dry winter.
Please call us this Spring and we will give a free consultation to evaluate any properties damaged by the fire.
Trees and shrubs-
Here in Northern Nevada we can experience very dry winters with very mild temperatures. This means it is esential to maintain watering on your trees and shrubs on a regular basis. We get freezing temperatures and very cold dry winds so the moisture is getting wicked away from the planting. Frost and Wind damage is very likely to show up in Spring when the planting starts to leaf out. Maintaining a regular water schedule through the winter will help reduce this damage- especially water the Evergreens, Pines, Junipers, etc.Most people believe they can handle this dry climate but most Evergreens are not native to this area and need water through the winter.
With mild temperatures we see some insects come out of their over wintering shelters and start to forage early. It is still very cold over night and it is not likely most species can get re-established to large numbers yet. If we continue with the mild weather pattern it could mean the next growing season will likely be a very buggy year. Take the early warm up in January- February to check screens on your house, prune trees and shrubs away from the home so there are no "bridges" for insects to gain access to the home. If you are familiar with Dormant Oils- appyling them now is a good time to treat. Treating now with a horticultural oil, neem oil or essential oil will help reduce the insect populations that have the potential of exploding in the spring.
OR in Northern Nevada we can get heavy snow fall. The snow and freezing temperatures keep insect populations down.Heavy snow winters can mean less insects of certain varieties. But heavy snow can break branches or bend evergreens like Arborvitae or Junipers. One way to remove snow from bent trees or shrubs is with a broom with an upward motion. Brushing down in anyway can break branches.
Spring can be a very dry season, the occasional storms that we have are not enough for most landscaping. If you can get out and hand water on the warm days it will help the trees and shrubs with their initial Spring growth. Remember we still freeze at night, so don't turn on irregation systems yet! In milder Springs we can usually count on seeing Elm Leaf Beetles, Box Elder Bugs, Ants and Spiders very early on. If you can spot treat with Oils or Soaps it can vastly reduce the amount you may have to deal with later.
With the cool moist Springs (from heavy winters) we can see Powdery Mildew early on select shrubs and Crab Apples. Powdery Mildew is a white powdery substance on the new tissue coming out, it can also twist the tissue if the plant is heavily infected. Using a soap can control Powdery Mildew, but you may have to do it several times over the growing season. Specific fungicides get better control, but remember to rotate which ones you use- it can build resistance over time. With more moisture we can see Ants come out early as well. Baits work best for Ants as they take it back to the nest and it can destroy the whole colony. Make sure to try different baits to see what the Ants are feeding on, and once started keep a steady supply for them to feed on to ensure the whole colony will get some. Spiders can be vaccumed up, but they are beneficial predators and if you can tolerate them- they will help reduce the pest insects in the buggy year.
It is very hot and dry in the summer, remember to water regularly including your Pines and Evergreens. Most are not native to this area and still need the extra water!
The end of summer and beginning of fall is a great time to assess the trees and shrubs in your yard- they either made it (or didnt) through the extreme heat of summer. This is the best time to tell what plants are stressed or not getting enough water- all else will still be green but these plants willl stick out in the landscape . Before everything starts putting on fall colors evaluate the health of your landscape and determine if any actions may be needed to save them or decided that it's not worth it to spend the money on a tree that is too far gone, it may be more cost effective to start over.
WASHOE FIRE JANUARY 2012
Unfortunately we are talking about another wild fire that has affected our community. Our thoughts and prayers go to those who lost their homes. This is another reminder that fire can happen any time of year and we need to be "Ember Prepared". Please visit the website: www.livingwithfire.info for more information on how to reduce the fire hazard around your property. Our offer to evaluate any fire damaged property at no charge is extended to anyone affected by fire past, present or future.
BED BUG INFORMATION CENTER
We have been asked if we do any services for Bed Bugs- no we do not provide bed bug services. We do treat for other interior pests such as Cockroaches, Ants, Spiders but if asked we will only do inspections to identify a bed bug problem. We can provide recommendations for other companies that provide that service but our company is too small to handle such labor intensive services such as bed bugs. Most home owners need many services to deal with bed bugs and we do not have enough technicians to deal with that work load.
Please understand that once you have them usually it can take alot of time and effort to control their population. It is a calaborative job between the home owner and Pest Control Operator to really be able to deal with Bed Bugs properly.
Here are some websites, books, etc. that have information on Bed Bugs both preventative and curative.
Book: The Bed Bug Combat Manual by Paul J. Bello
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Wow! This year has had some crazy weather! With cooler temperatures, wind and rain through June, then triple digit heat waves in July- then back to wind and rain- it has made it hard for most trees and shrubs in our area and you can see the results of that. There are a lot of environmental damages showing up now after the heat such as leaf scorch, leaf spots and torn leaves from the winds. The weather has allowed some insect populations to spike that haven't been a concern before such as the White Satin Moth (please see : NV Div of Forestry or contact the state entomologist at the NV Dept of Ag for more info) while other species that usually are a persistant problem like Elm Leaf Beetles have much smaller populations this year. We appreciate the patience that everyone is having with us as we just try to keep up this year!
Winter 2013 - Spring 2014
We are having a very dry winter, even though we have gotten some rain in February- it is not enough to take us out of drought conditions. When the weather is clear and warm, try to get outside and water your trees and shrubs. Do not turn on irrigation systems yet, we are still getting freezing temperatures over night. And don't worry about the lawn yet, focus on the planting. Every tree and shrub needs different water requirements, but a safe "average" for watering is: shrubs under 6' tall for about 30minutes, trees under 25' tall for about an hour and trees over 25' tall 2-3 hours. Try to water 2-3 times a week as long as it is clear and there is not snow on the ground.
If the cool moist spring continues, the likely insect to be a problem this Spring would be Aphids. Also keep an eye out for Powdery Mildew. As long as the plant is not blooming this is the time to apply the Dormant Oil for suppression of over wintering insects. You do not need to treat the entire plant- most insects and eggs will be on the sunny or warmer side of the plant and mainly on the trunk and larger branches.
We look forward to seeing everyone this Spring!
February 21, 2014
Our business email was hacked!
As diligent as we are with information, hackers make life difficult. If you received any spam emails from the @aol.com address, PLEASE DO NOT open any attachments, it could be a virus.
Our new email address is: NorrisEnvSol@1791.com
Again we apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your continued patronage!
March 21st, 2014
As our previous post talked about, this has been a warm, dry winter and now Spring is here a few weeks early! As we are working around the valley we are noticing some Evergreens have been hit hard by "winter burn". This is when a plant does not have enough moisture through the winter, then with freezing temperatures and drying winds the little water it did have is wicked away. The trees that seem to be the worst are: Sequoia Gigantium, Junipers, Arborvitae, Photinia and Oregon Grape. These evergreens look brown to bronze on primarily the southwest side of the plant, but we have seen it on the entire plant as well. If you can get water to these plants if you have them. They are starting off what will likely be a dry year in a water deficit and could crash if not attended to. Please call us with any questions.