Trad’s Pest Control
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904-733-7488
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904-737-1038
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5131 Bowden Road Jacksonville, FL 32216

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About Us

Trad’s does full, nationwide background checks on all employees and Trad’s is drug free.

“For our customer’s safety and our reputation, we must hire service people of the highest Integrity.”
Louis Trad

“I only hire the type of person I would allow in my own home and with my own children. We cannot ask our customers to accept anything less.”
Betty Trad, Founder/Vice president

What does it take to be a Trad’s professional?

  • Drug Free
  • Nationwide Background Check (7 years)
  • Motor Vehicle Report (7 years)
  • Verification of Eligibility to work in the United States
  • Verification of Identity

Our Family

Trad’s was founded in 1971 when Betty and Lou Trad opened Trad’s Garden Center on San Jose Boulevard. The Garden Center business was a natural fit for Lou Trad, a graduate of the University of Florida’s Agriculture School and also for Betty Trad, a lifelong resident of Jacksonville. Trad’s Garden Center quickly gained a solid reputation among the San Jose community for providing superior knowledge, winning service and healthy, beautiful plants. Responding to the needs of the growing community, Trad’s Pest Control was started in 1979 and gained the same solid reputation. Trad’s is a full service pest control offering Lawn & Shrub Spraying, Pest Control Service, Termite Control and Protection, and Fumigation. Trad’s is Certified by Florida Green Industries. Trad’s is certified in Integrated Pest Management for schools and facilities.

Today, Trad’s of Jacksonville, Inc. Includes the Garden Center, still at its original location on San Jose Boulevard, a Lawn and Ornamental Pest Control company, the Indoor Pest and Rodent Management Company, and a Landscape Design and Installation Service. The original founders are still a vital and integral part of the business, and the second generation of Trad children are also fixtures there. The old fashioned principles the business was originally founded on are still practiced by the company today: hard work, honesty, exceptional knowledge and a commitment to service.

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History

Trad’s was founded in 1971 when Betty and Lou Trad opened Trad’s Garden Center on San Jose Boulevard.

The Garden Center business was a natural fit for Lou Trad, a graduate of the University of Florida’s Agriculture School and also for Betty Trad, a lifelong resident of Jacksonville. Trad’s Garden Center quickly gained a solid reputation among the San Jose community for providing superior knowledge, winning service and healthy, beautiful plants. Responding to the needs of the growing community, Trad’s Pest Control was started in 1979 and gained the same solid reputation. Trad’s is a full service pest control offering Lawn & Shrub Spraying, Pest Control Service, Termite Control and Protection, and Fumigation. Trad’s is Certified by Florida Green Industries. Trad’s is certified in Integrated Pest Management for schools and facilities.

Today, Trad’s of Jacksonville, Inc. Includes the Garden Center, still at its original location on San Jose Boulevard, a Lawn and Ornamental Pest Control company, the Indoor Pest and Rodent Management Company, and a Landscape Design and Installation Service. The original founders are still a vital and intregal part of the business, and the second generation of Trad children are also fixtures there. The old fashioned principles the business was originally founded on are still practiced by the company today: hard work, honesty, exceptional knowledge and a commitment to service.

Proper Mowing

Proper mowing does not simply mean cutting the yard each week or every ten days. It means mowing with a sharp blade every time. A dull blade leaves the ends of the grass torn, which leaves an entry for fungus disease.

When you mow, only remove the top third of the grass blade. Mowing a lawn lower than this is commonly referred to as scalping. Scalping the lawn removes the protective leaf blade of the grass. The grass blade offers cover for the roots and runners, which are damaged from exposure to traffic, sun, insects and drought. Scalping the lawn also encourages shallow root growth. Turf grass with shallow roots cannot easily withstand drought conditions. Mowing a lawn too low will also result in weed infestations because you will be left with a weaker turf stand and there is nothing to inhibit the germination of weed seeds in a weak stand.

It is important to bag the clippings every time you mow, if weeds or disease are present. Returning the grass cuttings to the lawn when disease is present only spreads the fungus over the lawn. Likewise, if weeds are present, the weed seeds will be spread over the extent of the lawn every time you mow. Do not be fooled by mulching mowers. No mulcher, no matter how small, will destroy weed seeds in the mulching process. The elimination of weeds will never be realized if clippings are not bagged and removed every time.

Alter your mowing pattern from time to time to avoid creating ruts.

Irrigation

Proper irrigation means watering to avoid drought conditions and disease in your lawn. Homeowners should only water in the early morning hours. This is important to avoid both evaporation and fungus. When a lawn is irrigated at 5:00am, for example, the water has a chance to absorb into the soil because of the lower morning temperatures. At the same time, once the sun begins generating heat, the lawn will have an opportunity to dry and disease prevention is achieved.

Irrigate your lawn for longer periods of time to promote deep root growth. It is better to irrigate three times per week for 45 minutes per zone than to water every day for ten minutes per zone. A lawn with deeper root growth is a healthy lawn that is able to withstand drought and can better out compete weeds.

Lawns irrigated lightly thorough out the dormant months have a greater chance of surviving winter without cold damage.

A dry lawn is a haven to chinch bugs and weeds.

Turf areas in direct sunlight, or on slopes will need more water while areas in shade will need less. If you notice gray or hazy spots in your lawn, that is a sign of drought. Other signs of drought include grass blades that are folded up, crunchy sounds when grass is walked on, and foot imprints that remain after the grass is walked on.

Proper irrigation extends to the landscape beds as well, and the same rules apply. Water deeply and in the morning hours only. Make sure your shrubs have not overgrown the reach of your irrigation system. Often times an insect infestation will occur on drought stressed shrubs; and the cause can be traced to overgrown shrubs blocking sprinkler heads.

Inspect your overall irrigation system frequently to check for blocked, clogged or broken sprinkler heads. Check to make sure you are getting the coverage and pressure you should be getting. Call in an irrigation specialist to properly maintain your system.

Integrated Pest Management for Shrubs

Trad’s is one of the few companies that offer a shrub fertilization and spray program. We will fertilize your covered landscaped areas once per year with a high grade, complete, time released fertilizer. This fertilizer will provide all the nutrients and elements your shrubs need for the growing season. We will also spray your shrubs twice per year with light horticultural oil as a preventative measure against insects. If a customer notices any problems, placing a service call will result in a visit by one of our specialized Tree and Shrub Technicians. The T & S Technicians are trained to recognize scales, insects, and disease problems and treat them accordingly. Trad’s does not treat fruit trees, naturalized trees, annual flower/vegetable/herb beds, inside pool cages, on decks, potted plants. The Ornamental Program also does not cover any root fungus disease, as there is no cure for these disease occurrences. The Ornamental Program does not offer any guarantees against loss of landscape plants.

Give your landscape shrubs a good trim, from the inside, once to twice per year. Frequent trimming to maintain shapes and sizes results in shrubs that are hollow on the inside and unhealthy.

Keep your beds clean and free of weeds. Pull weeds as they emerge and mulch your beds to help prevent the germination of new weeds and maintain moisture.

Watch for sudden de-foliation, brown spots on leaves, wilting, etc. These can all be signs of disease or insect activity.

Maintain proper irrigation on your shrub beds. Too little water can be as harmful as too much water. Insects, disease, and dead plants are the result.

Plant shrubs and ornamentals in the places where they will thrive and install the appropriate number of plants per bed. Crowded beds and plants growing in the wrong location.

Services

Lawn & Shrub

Trad’s provides a very user-friendly program for its customers. The Lawn Care Program covers the four major turf destroying insects: chinch bugs, mole crickets, sod web worms, and fall army worms; in addition to weed control, disease control, and fertilization.

Indoor Pests & Rodents

Trad’s takes an integrated approach to controlling pests inside a person’s home. Trad’s does not believe that “more is better” when it comes to applying products inside a customer’s home. Instead we choose Green products when they are the best choice and work with the customer to eliminate the pest problem. We will go over the interior and exterior of a customer’s home to evaluate conditions that may contribute to pests in and around the home.

Termites

Termites cause billions of dollars worth of damage each year and are considered the most damaging urban pest in the US. Termites can remain undetected, causing substantial damage to homes and structures. The environment of Florida is naturally attractive to termites and Florida is therefore host to heavy termite populations. An individual termite colony can contain millions of members and protection is therefore long term commitment.

Fumigation

Trad’s offers specialized Fumigation Service at the customer’s site or in Trad’s fumigation Vault. Trad’s fumigation service is for commodities, furniture, and other items that are sealed in a container prior to Fumigation.

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