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How to Stop Fleas from Infesting Your Home

June 20th, 2018

If you have a pet, you understand how obnoxious and troublesome fleas can be. They come in waves after Florida’s rainy season, which means you are likely to find fleas on your pets and in your home right now. Unfortunately fleas cannot be entirely prevented, but strategic precautionary measures will minimize the potential damage that fleas can cause. Here are the main tips that you should know!

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

3 Reasons Zoysia Sod is the Right Choice for Your Florida Lawn

June 10th, 2018

The quality of the grass in your yard plays a major role in the curb appeal of your property, a fact that might be stressful if your lawn is currently overtaken by weeds or brown spots. Installing the right kind of sod on your lawn can transform the appearance of your property, dramatically improve curb appeal, and give you a sense of pride in your home.

St. Augustine has long reigned as the favorite sod choice for homeowners in the Tampa Bay area, but Zoysia grass is now emerging as another popular favorite. This native Asian grass has been in the United States since the late 19th century. As a warm-season grass, its growth peaks during the hot summer weather that is so common in Florida. There are many reasons to consider installing Zoysia grass in your own yard, especially the three explained below.

Zoysia Is a Durable Sod

Zoysia is an excellent choice if you need a sod that can thrive in high-traffic areas. As Zoysia grows, it develops a dense carpet of grass that spreads above ground in stems called stolons and underground in stems called rhizomes. This thick, dense growth makes it possible to play lawn games and entertain on your Zoysia sod without causing lasting damage.   Read more

Which Mosquitoes are Most Common in Florida?

May 20th, 2018

The word “mosquito” conjures the same reaction as “root canal” or “jury duty.” It’s a virtually unavoidable part of life, but miserable to encounter nonetheless. This is especially true in Florida, where many different mosquito species thrive in the hot and humid climate. Every species can certainly bite and irritate your skin, but only 33 cause pest problems and just 13 have the potential to make you sick. Here is a quick rundown of the mosquitoes you are most likely to encounter in the Sunshine State.

The House Mosquito

House mosquitoes like Culex Pipiens like to breed and gather in polluted standing water like storm drains, pet dishes, and old tires. The female mosquito is capable of laying up to 400 eggs at one time! Once these mosquitoes infest themselves on your property, only professional pest control services can eliminate them.

Southern Mosquito

As the name suggests, southern mosquitoes are very common in tropical and subtropical regions like Florida. They share physical and behavioral aspects of the house mosquito but are especially prevalent in Florida. These nighttime feeders are the primary vector of encephalitis virus and can also transmit West Nile virus. Keeping them under control is essential for your family’s health. Read more

Mosquito Control 101: A Guide to Dealing with Florida's Worst Pest

May 10th, 2018

Mosquitos are the ultimate outdoor nuisance, especially in Florida’s hot and humid weather. You shouldn’t have to rely on candles and bug spray to keep mosquitos away from your deck as you celebrate with friends or relax with your family.

You can give yourself some peace and comfort this summer by hiring a company to perform professional mosquito treatments around your property. When you hire a company that uses the highest quality pest control products to perform a periodic barrier spray, mosquito bites will stop being a required side effect of spending time outdoors.

Periodic Barrier Spray

This is the most popular form of mosquito control because it is applied around the entire perimeter of your property. An efficient and thorough pest control company will utilize a detailed treatment protocol to reduce your mosquito population, which includes treating all vegetation like trees, bushes, and shrubbery from the ground level up to ten feet. The undersides of leaves, foliage, decks, drainage spouts, standing water, and other common mosquito hideouts should also be carefully targeted. Read more

Everything You Should Know about the Gallinipper Mosquito

April 21st, 2018

Most mosquitos are small enough that you hardly notice them as they invade your space and bite your legs and arms. But the American Gallinipper is different. This monster mosquito is about six times larger than the size of a common mosquito, and its bite is that much more painful. Though it’s been a few years since Florida was invaded by the Gallinipper, it’s important to always stay alert for these pests.

How to Recognize a Gallinipper

The Gallinipper can most easily be recognized for its impressive size and aggressive nature. It is about the size of a quarter with feathery dark scales on its hind legs. You are most likely to see Gallinippers after major floods or hurricanes in Florida, since they are known as “flood mosquitos.”

Female Gallinippers lay their eggs in the cracks of dry soil at the edges of ponds, streams, and other bodies of water that are most likely to overflow with heavy rains. The eggs can actually remain dry and dormant for years until high waters help them hatch. Read more

The Secrets to Successful Mosquito Control

April 10th, 2018

Summer in the south means many things: lazy beach days, humid weather, and yes, mosquitos. If you want to have the freedom to enjoy your deck or patio on warm summer evenings without doubling as a mosquito’s chew toy, it is essential that you schedule pest control services to target and eliminate the mosquitos on and around your property. Here are the secrets you will want to know for truly successful mosquito control.

Remember the Dangers of Mosquitos

We are all familiar with mosquitos that cause itchy, red bumps and temporary discomfort. Children, adults, and pets are all equally vulnerable to mosquito bites. But it is important to remember that mosquitos pose a much larger threat due to the diseases and parasites they sometimes carry. Mosquitos have a history of bringing disease from across the globe into Florida and spreading those diseases through bites: West Nile Virus, Dengue, and Encephalitis, just to name a few. Pest control is key to keeping your family and friends safe. Read more

Carpenter Ants

March 20th, 2018

Carpenter ants are widely misunderstood creatures that commonly - and incorrectly - receive the same blame for structural damage as termites. However, the truth is that carpenter ants are only attracted to wood with existing damage. By understanding exactly what draws carpenter ants into your home, you can better understand how to tackle an infestation.

A Quick Introduction to Carpenter Ants

Carpenter ants are one of multiple varieties of ants found in Florida. The specific type of carpenter ant that lives in the Sunshine State is known as either the Buckley or the Emery based upon body structure. As the largest ants found in Florida, carpenter ants are hard to miss as they forage or fly indoors and outdoors. Read more

Lessons Learned from Florida's Frost

March 10th, 2018

Many areas throughout the United States have been gripped by strange and unexpected weather patterns during the first three months of 2018. Florida is no exception; northern Florida even saw snow in January! Much of the Sunshine State experienced freezing temperatures this winter as well, which led to adverse effects on the warm season turf grasses covering the yards of most Florida homeowners.

Now that winter has lifted its shadow and spring has arrived, here are the most important lessons learned from the Florida frost of 2018.

Browning Is Okay, But Remain Cautious

Your warm season turf grass most likely turned brown when frost arrived. This looks alarming, but it simply signals that your turf reverted into a dormant state. Browning is normal for this time of year and to be expected given the low temperatures recently. Read more

Are You Watering Your Lawn the Right Way?

February 20th, 2018

Florida’s climate isn’t exactly known for being gentle to your grass. The proper irrigation of your lawn is essential to protect it from the harsh Tampa sunshine, especially in the spring when the weather is dry. By diligently watering your lawn with the right frequency and water quantity, you will help your lawn remain vibrant and healthy for many, many years to come.

Water With the Early Birds

You cannot simply water your lawn whenever you roll out of bed or get home from work and expect perfect results. Due to the strength of the sun in Florida, watering your grass early in the morning is the very best and most effective time of day. This allows your lawn to absorb all of the water it needs without losing too much to excessive and rapid evaporation. Watering early in the morning also ensures that water doesn’t sit for too long on the grass and accelerate the development of disease from excess moisture. Read more

Florida Whitefly: How to Handle Pest Infestations

February 10th, 2018

Flies are notoriously annoying and bothersome, but the Whitefly brings that reputation to an entirely new level. Officially called the Bemisia tabaci, the Whitefly is considered a major invasive species throughout Florida and even worldwide. Homeowners, landscape professionals, business owners, and the general public all experience the problems that Whiteflies cause across the Florida community. If you are a home or business owner, the best (and only!) way to manage Whiteflies on your property is to hire a pest company to consistently treat your plant materials.

Identifying Whiteflies on Your Property

Whiteflies are most common on houseplants. They suck sap from the underside of leaves and cause plants to become weak and vulnerable to disease. Fortunately, there are many ways to identify the presence of whiteflies and begin a treatment routine. Read more