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How are you supposed to enjoy your ultimate backyard environment if  your palm trees are turning black like this?

Imagine that you worked your whole life and socked away money in order to purchase your dream home in Southwest Florida.

You spend a lot of time and money designing the perfect home, complete with a gorgeous back yard setting…your own slice of heaven!

Imagine that your backyard is complete with a newly renovated swimming pool that comes with fountains, deck jets, and waterfalls.

You also took the time to carefully map out your landscaping features and had them installed by experts.

After a few weeks of enjoying your new home, you notice that your palm trees are turning white and then black and wilting!

Why are my palm trees dying?

That’s a great question and it’s one that had my team and I baffled. As we were out servicing pools, we kept noticing more and more palm trees that were turning black with a white, sticky substance on them (as pictured above).

As it turns out, this problem is caused by Rugose Spiraling Whiteflies, a new pest that’s come to Southwest Florida and looks like this:

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Hurricane Clean Up Service - Southwest Florida

With hurricane season quickly approaching, it’s time to start devising a game plan in the event of a devastating storm.

The obvious factors that should be considered are your health, food, clean drinking water, shelter, and a generator. Other factors that you’ll want to consider are your clean up efforts.

In this article, we’re going to focus on the clean up of your swimming pool.

If you’ve only been a resident of Southwest Florida for a short period of time, you may not be aware that the Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1st through November 30th.

Those of us that have lived here or owned a home here for a number of years, can attest to the fact that even though we haven’t had any seriously devastating storms make landfall since 2005, Florida is always at risk! The following storms come to mind:

  • Hurricane Donna (Category 4, 1960)
  • Hurricane Andrew (Category 5, 1992)
  • Hurricane Charley (Category 4, 2004)
  • Hurricane Wilma (Category 3, 2005)

According to the National Hurricane Center: Andrew, Charley, and Wilma caused over 62.6 billion dollars in damage and are listed in the top 6 of the 30 costliest mainland United States tropical cyclones, from 1900 to 2010. Hurricane Donna caused 50 deaths!

So if you haven’t had to deal with the effects of a major hurricane (such as the ones listed above), consider yourself fortunate because our peninsula is almost surrounded by warm tropical waters…perfect for sustaining hurricane force winds.

Cleaning up your swimming pool

When it’s time to begin the post-hurricane clean up process, you may want to leave the swimming pool to us and here’s why:

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