Begin your fitness regimen with a consultation with a certified nutritionist to determine your body fat percentage, as well as health concerns, current lifestyle, and fitness goals. The five private training sessions ($50 apiece) can be set up with any of the seven certified personal trainers to fit around your schedule. Each session is individualized to your fitness goals, challenging you with different exercises to tone muscle, burn blubber, and waste away waistlines. This deal also includes a one-month membership to Weight Control by Shaun Eckhardt's private training facilities ($150), located in the River Oaks Shopping Center. The facility is open from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with reduced hours on Saturdays and Sundays. Call ahead to schedule training sessions.
The team of technicians from Nature's Pest Solutions descends upon infested homes armed with earth-safe products and a thirst for uprooting freeloading guests ranging from termites to mosquitoes. Upon entering a household, the technician evaluates the home for possible entry points, such as cracked baseboards and miniature revolving bookcases, before developing an action plan and treating the problem areas with pesticides that are entirely safe for pets and humans. For yards infested with mosquitoes, techs employ the company's signature misting system, which manually fogs the yard with a special machine and keeps the lawn free of the winged pests for about a month.
Terminix lives out its motto, “power over pests,” by providing extermination services for termites and other common household insects, backed by a comprehensive money-back guarantee. In an initial inspection appointment, certified inspectors scan quarters for warning signs, such as termite-style wood damage and empty black-widow terrariums. Terminix’s primary strategy, viable for most pests, pivots on a liquid defense system applied to the soil that surrounds homes. The liquid coats passing arthropods in pesticide, which they then transmit to their peers. Baited traps or the liquid system lure in bugs from strategic positions near food-filled locales, such as refrigerators and beanbag chairs stuffed with baked beans. Bug banishers can also spray bedbug-infested rooms with a variety of treatments, such as Rapid Freeze carbon dioxide, which ices both the bugs and their eggs.
The dedicated grass whisperers at Scapes Environmental Design spruce up front-yard foliage with a retinue of mulch-cutting mowers. Green carpets of up to 4,500 square feet are scythed once a week, kept short enough so as to not sprout unsightly dandelion colonies or swallow up immobile sunbathers. Each mowing is accompanied by an edging of grassy cuticles from sidewalks, driveways, and front curbs, the viridian debris eventually whisked away by a blower. Whether for a month or a one-time service, Scapes Environmental Design relieves homeowners from the onerous task of intimidating grass back into the netherworld, freeing up time for weekend getaways or getting to the bottom of their pet parakeet's recent sullen comments.