It’s not a very pleasant surprise to walk into your kitchen to prepare your meal only to find that small pests have contaminated your groceries. Meal moths in particular have a sneaky way of entering your home in the rice, grains, and cereals that you buy at the store. This common household pest feeds on stored food products, so it’s important to recognize them and understand the treatment methods available before they further infest your kitchen and home.
An Introduction to Meal Moths
The Plodia interpunctella, or Indianmeal moth, is a low-maintenance insect that has the ability to survive in a range of climates around the world. Specifically, the meal moth thrives in stored products and food storage facilities, but it can easily survive outdoors in Florida as well thanks to the state’s warm climate. Meal moth larvae are general feeders, so they happily feed on everything from grain products and seeds to dried fruit, spices, and dog food. Read more
It’s no secret that your grass needs water to remain vibrant and healthy, but that isn’t as easy as it sounds in Florida. Due to a combination of Florida’s year-round heat and tendency to endure droughts, water is a vital yet very limited resource that must be used strategically to keep your lawn in optimal condition. Use the following tips to develop and maintain a purposeful and realistic lawn watering schedule for your own yard.
Watering Frequency: It’s All Relative
There is no magic irrigation frequency that can be used on all lawns with equal success. The irrigation frequency of your own yard can only be determined by your grass species, the average rainfall in your area, your geographical location, and other subtle details like soil type and shade presence. Once all variables are taken into consideration, a watering frequency schedule can be developed. For example, St. Augustine grass with six-inch roots can go 8 to 28 days between watering in the winter in Pensacola, but the same grass can only last 3 to 10 days between watering in the winter in Miami. Read more
There are many pests that work their way into our homes and food supplies, but the weevil is one of the most difficult to eradicate. To prevent a nightmare pest infestation, arm yourself with information about weevils so you know how to recognize them and immediately respond to their presence in your home.
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At any point throughout the year, you may notice insects near your lights, doors, window sills, and along the baseboards in your home. These insects are winged ants, but many homeowners mistake them for termites. By recognizing each insect and distinguishing between ants and termites, you can better understand any potential pest threat on your property. Read more
Just the word “cockroach” is enough to make most people squeal. If you live in Florida, then you are especially familiar with the American cockroach, also known as the Palmetto Bug. The American cockroach is the largest of all common cockroaches, which might explain why it inspires such fear and disgust.
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Finding bugs in your house is never a pleasant discovery. This is especially true when you can’t determine exactly where the bugs came from, and they just won’t go away! There is one specific place in your home that might have become a breeding ground for bugs without your knowledge at all: seldom used drains. If you have any tubs, showers, or sinks in your home that aren’t used on a daily basis, they could be the culprit. Read more
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