Tick Spraying Control

The Long Island and Eastern End of Long Island tick control problem is thriving and skyrocketing every day. The incidents of tick related diseases on the East End and the Hamptons and Montauk has become more and more rampant over the last few years. The reason for this spike is long hard winters causing insulation blankets of snow that keep the ticks from dying and the explosion of more ticks each season as the lack of reduced die off of ticks on your property.

We love where we live and work, but we don’t love all the insects here! Insects like ticks are not only annoying, but can be harmful to you and your family. They are able to spread diseases such as West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease, Babesisos and Powassan Virus. These viruses are all associated with horrible long lasting symptoms that will cause long term, drastic and severe health problems. Any and all precautions should be taken to protect our families and our pets in anyways we can. Do you have Tick Problems? Call Alternative Earthcare, (631) 940-9050 we can help. Prevention is the key !!!

Mosquito Spraying Control

We here at Alternative Earthcare are a Long Island based company specializing in Mosquito Control. We have been in business for 20 years. We love where we live and work, but we don’t love all the insects here! Insects like Mosquitos are not only annoying, but can be harmful to you and your family. They are able to spread diseases many diseases. The Mosquito populations on Long Island are thriving, and sadly these diseases are becoming more and more prevalent, especially across the East End, the Hamptons, and Montauk.

Mosquitoes are terribly annoying pests. These little irritants buzz overhead annoyingly and deliver itchy and painful bites, often ruining outdoor activities and backyard get togethers. What’s more, mosquitoes are dangerous carriers of diseases like West Nile virus, encephalitis and dengue fever.

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Suffolk Office: (631) 862-5281
Nassau Office: (516) 252-3588

Insect Control Services

Ant Removal & Control

Alternative Earthcare is Long Island’s premier ant control and removal specialists. Our ant exterminator services can help rid your home of common house ants, including carpenter ants.

The best way to eliminate any ant invasion is with the aid of an ant control and removal specialist. The constant flow of house ants produced by colonies can make it extremely hard to wipe out an ant infestation in your home.

Effective nest removal calls for ant extermination of the whole nest, and also the queen hidden deep inside the ants’ home. Upsetting the source of an ant invasion makes it extremely hard to completely get rid of an entire colony.

Be sure to check your home often and have a professional come to look for any signs of ant problems. Try to stop an ant invasion quickly before they spread to a larger area.

Spotted Lantern Fly Control

Stop the spread – If you live in or visit areas of the U.S. where SLF has been found, check any outdoor items for egg masses before moving them. This includes vehicles, firewood, outdoor furniture, picnic tables, boats, and children’s toys.

Remove the eggs – From late September through May, be on the lookout for egg masses. The egg masses can be scraped off surfaces using a knife or a thin plastic card. The egg masses should be sealed in a plastic bag or placed directly into hand sanitizer or alcohol to kill them before they are disposed of.

Control the nymphs – From late April through early November, tree banding using a product like Tree Tanglefoot® Insect Barrier, can be done to high risk host trees to capture the nymphs as the climb the trunk to feed. The tree bands should be routinely removed and replaced every 1 to 2 weeks through July. Nymphs can also be controlled by spraying them with.

Remove tree of heaven – From mid-summer through early-fall, cut down high-risk host plants for the adult SLF, like tree of heaven. To prevent the SLF from damaging other plants on your property, only remove about 90% of the host trees and use the remaining 10% as “trap trees” so you can control the adult SLFs.

Spraying Control of the Spotted Lanternfly – When the adults emerge from June-November control them with an insecticide application. Permethrin based spraying control is a very effective way to kill and destroy the adult Spotted Laternfly and their Eggs Masses.

Gypsy Moth Caterpillar Control

After several decades of relatively little Gypsy Moth Caterpillar activity, these destructive insects are back. Many areas of Long Island have experienced extensive defoilation from the caterpillars during the summer of 2015. Gypsy Moth Caterpillars are voracious eaters and can make quick of all the leaves or needles on your trees in a matter of days. YOU MUST ACT QUICKLY!!! Depending on your type of trees and their overall health these insects can potentially kill your trees in 1 to 2 years.

At the very least they can cause a fairly healthy landscape to go into severe stress and decline, with only moderate activity. A weakened tree is very vulnerable to disease and fungus. The leaves and/or needles on a tree are very important part to their existence. The leaves provide the tree food through photosynthesis as well as many other functions that is important to their health and survival.

Disease Response for Fruit Trees

Often with certain trees, such as fruit bearing trees like apple trees, disease can cripple the tree’s natural fruit yield. You may find yourself disappointed that when once you could go in your backyard and pick and apple, now your favorite tree is bare. This of course can be caused by a multitude of things but common problems for fruit trees are fungus and disease.

Apple Tree Scab is a common problem caused by the fungus Venturia Inaequalis. A mild case of the disease causes small dark green spots on the leaves. A severe case causes the entire leaf to brown and fall from the tree. Luckily there are organic and synthetic sprays available to combat this disease. Dormant oils are usually effective on this disease.

Fireblight is another common bacterial disease affecting the apple tree and its relatives common throughout New York. Infected twigs will appear wet and then turn dark brown or black. The blight then spreads from twigs to branches to the entire bark of the tree. It is named “fireblight” as it leaves the tree with a charred appearance. To fight this bacterial disease the infected parts of the tree must be cut off and a solution such as one that is one part bleach and nine parts water can help avoid contamination from tools to other trees.

For all of your disease-fighting needs trust Alternative EarthCare’s expertise to bring your trees back to life and protect your other plants from cross contamination. We offer free estimates and examinations to begin the process and will work with you 100% of the way to ensure you receive the best service for your beautiful Long Island landscape.

Protection All Year Long

Protect your beautiful landscape and ensure your trees and ornamentals are protected all year long with our seasonal treatments designed specifically for Long Island’s climate and insects. Whether you are seeking tree spraying for disease and insect control on the East end of Long Island or Nassau County, across the north and south shores, we can help you all year long:

Spring & Fall are a time of preventative insect control and require the application of dormant oils. This application kills insect eggs and prevents infestations from occurring. These oils are applied to the bark and leaf surface of your plants and suffocate any existing insect eggs, stopping them before they damage and destroy your plants. Dormant oils can also help with certain diseases trees may become infected with.

Summer oil is a treatment applied to the bark and foliage of trees, shrubs and ornamentals. This treatment is essential for the health of all types of shrubs and ornamentals. At this time of year, Long Island is at its most beautiful, so make sure your trees are too so you can best enjoy the view from your own home.

Winter protection of trees and all of your plants calls for a waxy coating applied to all evergreens and flowering plants that maintain their leaves. Winter protection of shrubs or trees are typically done late fall through winter months. Our product forms a protective coating on the foliage of shrubs, to ensure they do not become dry and brittle and possibly crack, causing damage.

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Suffolk Office: (631) 862-5281
Nassau Office: (516) 252-3588

Lawn Care Services

Why We Are The Best Choice for Lawn Care on Long Island

You can be sure our knowledgeable technicians will recommend the best treatment plan for you. Our deep understanding of Long Island’s natural soil conditions, as well as horticulture in general is the key to our success. That is why we obtain far superior results than those of our competitors.

Our Lawn Care Services offer solutions for a vast array of different soil conditions, which means not every lawn should be, or ever is, cared for the same way. We customize our services to meet the needs our your specific landscape, this includes the type of grass you have, the location of your home on the Island (ie. is your home near water, on a hill, etc. all of which determines the type of soil you have and how far down ground water is from the surface).

At Alternative EarthCare we care about our Customers’ Needs and Want Them to Enjoy Their Properties. But it is hard to do that if there is an insect problem, such as an infestation of grubs, mites or fleas, or even more common as ticks and mosquitos. We offer a multitude of services, such as organic and non-organic spraying programs to ensure the safety of all your plants, trees, shrubs, lawns, and most importantly your families.

Why Soil Types of Long Island Matter For You

Do you know what kind of soil you have in your yard? Is it the same throughout? For example, the most common soil type of the Hempstead plain of Long Island is Hempstead loam. The surface soil of Hempstead loam soil is a brown/black loam containing a small amount of sandy debris and white quartz gravel. The subsoil is a heavy yellow to reddish-yellow silt that is somewhat gravely. Because of its sandy and gravely subsoil it is well draining. However it’s main deficiency is lack of depth, which prevents the development of downward root systems. So what does this mean for your lawn? When we come and do an evaluation we determine the soil type, type of grass, and note any particular problems you have experienced with particular bugs or issues of growth, disease, etc. With all of this knowledge we then develop a customized plan to service your lawn, creating and maintaining a beautiful landscape to surround your home.

What Products Do We Use On Your Lawn?

We provide our customer’s with superior products geared for Long Island soils that are applied at proper rates throughout the year. Whether it is an Organic program or Synthetic, our products are always of the highest quality and will yield the best results for your property’s specific needs!

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Suffolk Office: (631) 862-5281
Nassau Office: (516) 252-3588