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Today while on our normal exercise session with my dog “Doug” down at the Auditorium Shores section of Lady Bird Lake, i noticed several people still refusing to pick up after their dog.  One lady in particular with a small black lab puppy sees her dog starting to take the obvious relentless sniffing that a dog does before he is about to poop.  Right as our furry friend gets down in the pose she acts as if she is distracted by something, thinking that in the mess of dogs and owners running around no one will connect her with the dog.  I sat and watched for another 10 mins or so in the area and then as she leashes up the dog to go home a bike cop rides up and ask her why she didn’t pick up after the dog.  “Wow” are the only words i can.  The officer was watching the entire time.  She played dumb and said she didn’t see it, but that wasn’t flying with the officer.  She was actually issued a ticket, as she left, ticket in hand she of course acted like she was wrongly convicted and was the victim.

I spoke to the officer i did explain that i own a dog waste service in the Austin area (Poop 911 – Austin)  He said that the problem isn’t getting better it’s getting worse.  Based on what he and city is seeing.  The amount of dog waste left each day seems to just get worse.  He said there are less police officers at the parks cause of the need for them on the streets or other areas of the lake.

So in essence more and more dog waste is piling up over time even with increasing legislation and fines up to $500.  Something isn’t working… the amount of dog waste running into Lady Bird Lake with rain and natural erosion is amazing.  I remember taking part in the Austin Triathlon 2 years ago, in which the swim portion takes place in the lake.  It was nearly canceled due to the LCRAs  testing of the water that morning and having such a high “fecal bacteria count”  apparently they do regular testing to determine if it is safe for humans to be especially before races.

Here is the exact legal run down on the poop scoop law…

§ 3-4-6 DEFECATION BY A DOG OR CAT.

“An owner or handler shall promptly remove and sanitarily dispose of feces left on public or private property by a dog or cat being handled by the person, other than property owned by the owner or handler of the dog or cat.”

However disappointing it was to hear the officer’s side of the story… I was happy to see that someone ACTUALLY can get a ticket for this. Obviously for me it is an important topic, many people may read this and feel the same way. One thing they might not think about is that all of our yards where are dogs poop are connected to same environmental concerns. Dog waste left in your yard eventually seeps down to the watershed and into waterways. Ideally everyone would pick it up themselves but that isn’t the most fun chore so my company will be happy to come out and do it for you. We are inexpensive and reliable.

Lets “Scoop the Poop” Austin!  Our backyard’s rain runoffs all eventually end up in our lakes and rivers, so make sure you either pick in your yards or hire a service to do it for you.

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In our northern  snow covered states we all tend to get a little reclusive in the winter months. Choosing to enjoy the picturesque snow from our warm indoors with a cup of something hot. We spend little time in our yards due to cold temperatures, snow, and ice. However our dogs natural process of excreting dog waste never stops and keeps going 365 days a year snow or sun.

The bad news is that dog waste is accumulating all winter long in your yard. When the snow melts and just about the time you are on the edge of your toes wanting to get outside and thaw out…..WHAM! The snow is gone but the dog waste isn’t. The good news is that in a frozen state the dog waste can do little damage do the environment, humans, and our landscaping. The bad news.. is that when the dog waste thaws it is all at once.  All of the issues with dog waste are set into motion.  So you have a bombardment of dog waste all doing its worst all at once.  Most all bacteria and parasites that live in pet waste can survive very extreme temperatures and are simple dormant in winter months.  Take a nap more or less tell the weather is nice enough for them to get to work and of course this is the same time you and your family are heading out to the yard.

Remember if you live in one of our northern snow states to take care of your dogs business at first thawing of the snow.  Pooper Scooper Companies like POOP 911 offer service that you can keep up regular service during the summer months. If we don’t service your area check for a poop scoop service in your area.

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Yep its that time of year again

Spring is upon us and many people are ready to emerge and enjoy the outdoors with our pets.  Spending time outside this time of year can be great while temperatures are mild for humans and pets.  After a long day of enjoying the outside the last thing you want to see is that old familiar itching that some invading flea has found his way on to your pooch.

When you get your yard ready for spring and summer obviously priority #1 should be hiring a top notch pooper scooper and pet waste clean up company like Poop 911… but one other thing to keep in mind is that it is FLEA SEASON.

For the yard, if you want to treat the yard with a long-term flea control, you might want to look into something such as nematodes. Wet the yard first. Apply the first treatment to kill eggs and larvae, and then in 5-7 days apply a second treatment to kill adults. The nematodes keep on working for up to 2 years depending of how much you water the yard and how hot summertime gets. The nematodes also knock out fire ants. I can’t think of a better one-two punch!!! Fleas and fire ants…. seriously doesn’t anyone like either one of those guys?

Flea control in the house can be managed by mixing Borax with a small amount of rosemary and shake over your carpet.  It isn’t pleasant so just let it sit as long as you can handle it.  Vacuum up the powder and toss the vacuum bag. To get rid of the unhatched eggs repeat vacuuming for one week.

Please follow the directions, even with natural flea prevention products.

Dog poop piles up in your yard when you don’t scoop it.  Fleas, various beatles and other pests swarm to large area of dog waste.  Removing the pet waste is a good start and then a follow up with some of these remedies can ensure your dog a safe and happy summer inside and out of the house.

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