David Davis doesn’t look at most vendors at the Wiregrass Home and Garden Expo as competitors.
In many ways, his business complements the others.
“You’ve got all these great, wonderful things for home and garden, but what’s the point of having a beautiful outdoor setting if you can’t get out there and use it because of mosquitoes,” Davis said.
The owner of Mosquito Squad of the Wiregrass wants homeowners to learn what they can do to reduce the mosquito population in their yard.
His business helps identify problem areas, such as the places where water can collect and breed mosquitoes. “Once you’ve done everything you can and you’ve still got a problem, you treat,” he said.
Storm systems which dumped more than 23 inches of rain on the area in February mean the mosquito problem this year may be worse than usual.
“Depending on the species of mosquito, the mosquito eggs lay dormant for up to seven years,” he said. “Ten to 14 days is all it takes in the right conditions for eggs to go from eggs, larva to adult.”
Only the female mosquito bites. “They need the blood to fertilize the eggs, to lay more eggs and reproduce,” he said.
Some of the species common to this area are carriers of the West Nile virus, so it’s important to keep the population under control. If your neighbors aren’t taking steps, you can still create a barrier against mosquitoes on your own property.
The 2013 expo, organized by the Dothan Eagle, began Friday at the Dothan Civic Center will continue today, opening at 9 a.m. and closing at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 and tickets are on sale at the box office.
Services and products offered by around 50 vendors range from construction and remodeling to improvements and upgrades such as roofing, doors, flooring, windows, plants and outdoor living spaces.
Scott Caldwell with Bath Fitter said his company helps people remodel their bathrooms to make them better and more accessible.
“Some people have ideas, but they’re not crystal clear,” Caldwell said. “But when we tell them that you build it exactly how you want it – you tell us what accessories, everything – it makes it easier for them.”
The company gives free estimates and helps customers choose faucets, accessories and the kind of walls they want. “It is all a non-porous acrylic, so it does not mildew, mold or rust,” he said.
They also help people preparing to put a house on the market. “We always tell people, if you’re getting ready to sell, make sure you at least have a (new) bathtub in there, because that’s one of the biggest draws for more families.”
Tami Smith, who does outside sales with Ansley’s Building Materials, said most of the people who came by Friday were asking about building new homes or remodeling, including doors and windows.
She said some people who watch home and garden shows have ideas about what they want. Customers can look at brochures and examples in the showroom to help guide them in the right direction.
She said her company is the only one in Dothan that has a door shop. “We can custom build and fit whatever hole size you’ve got,” she said, from cutting down doors and restyling to custom preparation.
Max Davis, regional sales manager with Carswell Distributing Company, had Bob-Cat outdoor power equipment on display. Most of his customers are lawn care professionals, but Bob-Cat also sells equipment to businesses and homeowners.
Wiregrass International on U.S. 431 in Headland is the local dealer.
Depending on the kind of grass and the amount of acreage to be cut, the Bob-Cat line may be what a customer needs.
“More and more people, they know a lot more about the machines than they used to,” Davis said. “When they come in, they’ve already done their homework.”
And the equipment is designed to handle many hours on the job.
“If it’s maintained and kept under a shelter, cleaned, greased and everything like it’s supposed to be, it’ll last you a long, long time,” he said.