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Westfall's Pest Control and Lawn Solutions never loses sight of the fact that taking good care of our neighbors is the only sure road to success.  We offer a wide choice of Pest Control, Mosquito, Termite and Lawn Solutions programs in the Bradenton, Parrish and Sarasota areas. All programs are designed to work in conjunction with our local soils and hectic weather.  Westfall's Pest Control and Lawn Solutions offers a fast response to phone questions, lawn, and pest problems. We are confident that you will love our great service and results.

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GENERAL HOUSEHOLD PEST CONTROL PROGRAM: We will contact you every treatment and we will address any pest issues that you may be having in your home or business.  We will remove spider webs, mud daubers, wasp nests from around the house and in unlocked screened areas up to 15 feet.  All eaves, windows doorways, decks, lanais, and pool areas will be treated and liquid and granular bait will be applied around the foundation.  This will be done quarterly and you’ll get our BUG FREE GUARANTEE!

HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – July 10th was supposed to be just another day of weed service from TruGreen pest control, but boy did it end badly when Weeki Wachee homeowner Rich Kleber later checked his home surveillance video.

“He didn’t have a backpack on, he didn’t have any chemicals in his hands, at no time did a hose come out of that truck, “said Kleber. Kleber wasn’t trying to catch TruGreen worker Dean Schryer doing anything improper, he was just checking whether Schryer sprayed a trouble spot on his lawn.

But Kleber’s high definition video revealed so much more, enough to cost Schryer his job and his company a lot of money.

Rich Kleber and his yard in Weeki WacheeRich Kleber’s yard in Weeki Wachee

“The guy walked one lap around my yard and then sat in his air conditioned truck for the remainder of the time that he claimed to be here servicing my lawn,” said Kleber.

Kleber complained to TruGreen managers back at the company’s regional office in Hudson but they were skeptical until he showed them the video. Even then, they weren’t very sympathetic, according to Kleber.

“They wanted to argue and make excuses and eventually when it did come out they want to say he was a rogue employee.” “I got fired after 16 years for a job I made a mistake on,” said Schryer.

“I hit the wrong button on the handheld computer.” So, why did he plant a sign in Kleber’s yard saying he’d just sprayed pesticide? “I put down the wrong sign,” said Schryer. “I’m not arguing the point.” Kleber was so infuriated by TruGreen’s initial response to his complaint that he posted an edited version of the incident on his Facebook page.

Rich Kleber and his yard in Weeki WacheeRich Kleber and his yard in Weeki Wachee

So did some of his friends. Eventually, Kleber says the video had 20,000 views and TruGreen Corporate executives began responding.

The company’s refund offers began at $85 and eventually reached $935 to compensate Kleber for money he’d already forked over under a long term contract with the company.

“As soon as I posted on social media they wanted to give me back every dime I’ve ever paid and stop.”

TruGreen Corporate spokeswoman Amy Simpson tells Eight on Your Side “We want to thank Mr. Kleber for bringing this to our attention. We would never defraud our customers.”

Kleber is still waiting for his TruGreen corporate refund but has decided to switch to another lawn spraying company to protect his yard. “I take pride on my lawn,” said Kleber. “I work hard and I put my trust in TruGreen in being able to take care of my lawn and they violated that trust.”

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Beware of Lawn "Ghosts"



If you’ve got a lawn and hate to mow, beware the lawn service “ghosts.”

“Ghosting” is an insiders’ term used by lawn care professionals to describe workers who promise to come out and treat a homeowner’s lawn but who don’t actually do any work.

Homeowners who’ve been ghosted will find service flags stuck in their lawn and a receipt in their mailbox, but not much else. Complaints about ghosting and the “splash and dash” -- which is like ghosting, except a little bit of fertilizer or herbicide is thrown around -- abound on online lawn care forums.

Some consumers are catching on. More than 3,500 complaints were filed last year in the Better Business Bureau network against various lawn care services, including gripes about shoddy workmanship, contract issues or problems with billing and collections.

“Either the grass [problem] is not ‘cured’ or the lawn is not any better than before they came … or the contract is never-ending, so they get stuck in that long-term contract,” said Steve Bernas, CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois, citing some common complaints.

David Feeney of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., caught a lawn ghoster shortly after installing a home security camera in 2010. On the video he posted to YouTube, which stops and starts when motion is detected, an employee from a lawn service can be seen driving up to Feeney’s house, placing a flag in the yard, knocking on the front door and leaving without doing any work, as he looks over his shoulder.

“The lawn really looked great, and I think that was probably why the guy decided not to do anything,” Feeney told the ABC News Fixer. “It was a Friday afternoon. Maybe he wanted to get done early and go have a beer.

“I was pretty shocked,” Feeney added.

After Feeney examined the video – and the $42 bill for the nonexistent service – he complained to the lawn service, which apologized, withdrew the bill and let him cancel his account.

Bernas of the BBB said it’s tough to prove “ghosting” without crouching behind the curtains or installing a security camera. “It’s a spray,” Bernas said. “How can you tell?”

Consumers need to check out the company and know exactly what they’re signing up for – and not agree to a plan over the phone without first seeing a contract, Bernas said.

- The ABC News Fixer

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What Happens to Mosquitoes in Winter?

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) explains the mosquito’s overwintering cycle

 FAIRFAX, VA (December 8, 2016) – Concerns over Zika virus in the U.S. were at the forefront of public health conversations this year. But what happens when the temperature drops? Do mosquitoes and the diseases they carry such as Zika virus just simply go away? Well, not exactly, says the National Pest Management…

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Researchers have developed a new mouse model that could be used in Zika research to better understand the virus and find new treatments, according to a study published in PLOS Pathogens.

A person infected with Zika virus usually has no symptoms or only has mild ones. However, in recent outbreaks, the virus has been linked to increased rates of neurological disorders and birth defects. There is an urgent need for better animal models for laboratory research to study the Zika…

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Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

You may have seen the recent news headlines about Zika virus, a rare mosquito-borne disease that has made its way to the United States. While there are no documented cases to date associated with local transmission in the continental United States, Zika virus has been reported in travelers returning from other…

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