As a homeowner in Florida, there are many bugs and pests that you hope never to see inside your home. From cockroaches and termites to fleas and ticks, you have plenty to worry about and prevent. Millipedes are yet another pest that, while not harmful, can become a huge nuisance in and around your home. By better understanding basic facts about millipedes and how they function, you can be sure to take adequate measures to keep your home millipede-free. Read more
If you have a pet, you understand how obnoxious and troublesome fleas can be. Now that the rainy season in Florida has ended, the second peak of flea season has arrived. Though fleas aren’t entirely preventable, it is important to take precautionary measures to minimize the potential damage that fleas can have on your home and pet.
What Are Fleas?
Fleas are dark, tiny pests that jump from one place to another and feast on the blood of cats, dogs, and even humans. Though they are capable of spreading the Bubonic Plague, the most common effect of fleas is allergic reactions in pets and humans. Since flea saliva is an allergen, fleas cause painful, itchy red bumps. Unfortunately, fleas are difficult to eliminate once they have infiltrated their home. These tips will help you keep fleas out of your home as much as possible. Read more
Unless you’re living in a Disney movie like Cinderella or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, rodents are never welcome guests in your home. However, that doesn’t stop them from infiltrating your space and causing you significant problems. Worst of all, rodents don’t just cause you an inconvenience; they can also put your health at risk.
Rats and Mice
Rats and mice are two of the most prevalent springtime home invaders. Unfortunately, these rodents are very nimble and have the ability to squeeze into impossibly small spaces. Mice, for instance, can walk on thin wire and enter your home through an opening no bigger than a ballpoint pen. Once inside your home, mice and rats like to nest in dark, warm spaces like kitchens, garages, and attics. Both mice and rats experience reproductive peaks during the spring, which means that any rodent infestation during this time will multiply quickly and become a significant problem in your home. Read more
Everything in life is always evolving, including the patterns and behaviors of the insects around your home. Rainy weather can affect the insect problems in your home differently than dry weather or hot weather, so it is important to understand the differences and be prepared.
Unlike warm-blooded humans, insects are actually cold-blooded. This prevents them from regulating their body temperatures internally, so their internal heat is essentially dictated by the outside temperature. This is why flies move so slowly during the winter season, yet seem to zip around at the speed of light during comfortable spring weather. You can expect to see insects most active during the spring and autumn months. Read more
Cockroaches are some of the most hated pests by homeowners, and just the word “cockroaches” inspires most people to squirm. Unfortunately, cockroaches aren’t just unappealing, but they actually pose major allergy and asthma risks due to their saliva, droppings, and skin shedding. Unfortunately, the National Pest Management Association estimates that about 63 percent of U.S homes contain cockroach allergens, and that number soars to as high as 98 percent in urban areas. This means that nearly all Americans need to better understand cockroaches and their relation to allergies and asthma. Read more
Just the word “termites” causes most people to shudder, and it’s no wonder, considering that termites cause billions of dollars in structural damage to properties around America every year. Regardless of where you live, it’s important to know the key facts about termites and understand how to keep them from damaging your home. Read more
Mosquitos are one of the most obnoxious pests in the south, especially Florida, where the warm, humid weather provides perfect breeding grounds for mosquitos. All of the bug spray and special candles in the world won’t keep mosquitos away permanently, so it is a much wiser investment to professionally treat your property with the products that are proven to control and eliminate mosquito populations. With the right pest control services, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful outdoors without being eaten alive by pesky, disease carrying mosquitos. Read more
Though regular black ants are pesky, unwanted house guests, they don’t inspire fear or anxiety in homeowners. Fire ants, on the other hand, have an entirely different connotation. If you live in an area where fire ants are common, it is critical that you utilize regular pest maintenance to protect your home and your family from these angry pests with painful stings. Read more
With all of the time and energy that you devote to your garden, you take great pride in watching it flourish. Of course, this means you aren’t about to allow pesky insects to gnaw away at your hard work. Rather than relying on pesticides laced with toxins and chemicals, you will thank yourself for utilizing these natural pest control methods that will actively support your garden’s health.
Bee stings aren’t exactly fun, but it’s important to remember that bees play an absolutely vital role in our ecosystem. The EPA recently released a policy outlining a plan to protect bees from dangerous pesticides while still keeping humans safe from enduring bees as dangerous pests.
Why Do Bees Matter?
One simple statistic efficiently sums up the reason we owe bees some appreciation: bees pollinate one sixth of the flowering plant species in the world and about 400 agricultural plants. Consider the implications of that fact. Honeybees and other pollinating bees are responsible for helping to produce almost $20 billion worth of crops annually, and they uphold this duty month after month, year after year. Without the pollination that bees achieve, common foods like cantaloupes, pumpkins, blueberries, apples, watermelons, and many more would no longer be able to grow. Of course, we also rely on bees to produce honey and wax. Read more