Why Does Spraying Ghost Ants Not Work?

January 20th, 2020

There are several different kinds of ants; and for many of them, spraying indoors will control or eliminate the infestation. Yet ghost ants are different. These ants will actually get worse when you try to spray for them. Here is what you need to know about ghost ants and how to get rid of them effectively.

What Are Ghost Ants?

Ghost ants got their name because they look like regular house ants except that they are very pale and hard to see. These ants find their way into homes the same way that regular ants do—through cracks in the foundation, through drains, and through cracks in windows and doors. Because these ants are difficult to see, many people do not realize that they have a problem until it becomes a very bad infestation. Read more

What You Need to Know About Scale Insects

January 10th, 2020

Scale insects are tiny bugs that live on the leaves of plants. Most people notice that they have tiny bumps on the leaves of their plants, but do not realize that these are actually insects. Here’s what you need to know about scale insects and how to get rid of them.

Types of Scale Insects

There are actually two different types of scale insects. The first type is armored. These scale insects have a hard outer shell that protects them. These insects will attach to the leaves when they are ready to lay eggs and remain there for the remainder of their lives. The second type is soft-bodied. These scale insects do not have the outer shell; however, they do create a sort of shell after they attach to the leaves. Read more

Why Do Fire Ants Nest Next To Trees? Do They Cause Harm?

November 20th, 2019

Fire ants can be a big nuisance, but are they really a danger to your plants and trees? Fire ants frequently nest next to trees and use them as a food and water source. It is important to understand when this is a problem that should be immediately addressed.

Why They Nest Near Trees

Fire ants like to nest near trees because the soil is not disturbed by foot traffic or mowing. Ants need soil that is likely to be undisturbed in order for the colony to thrive. The tree also gives them a source of food and water because they will prey on other insects that could harm your trees. Read more

Cockroaches and Asthma: How Do Cockroaches Cause Asthma?

November 10th, 2019

If you or your child has asthma, you know that there are a number of things that can bring on an attack or make asthma worse. Allergens like dust mites can inflame allergies and asthma alike. One of the things that many people don’t realize triggers asthma is cockroaches. Learn more about how they affect asthma.

Traces of Cockroaches

Cockroaches by themselves do not pose much of a threat to allergies or asthma, but what accompanies them can definitely trigger allergies and asthma attacks. Cockroaches leave behind saliva, feces, and shedding body parts that can be kicked up into the air during routine cleaning or moving about the house. When these allergens are kicked into the air, they can be breathed in and trigger an allergy or asthma attack. Read more

What Is the Boxelder Bug, and How Can You Control It?

October 20th, 2019

The boxelder bug is an insect that is native to the female boxelder tree. While it is completely harmless, it can be quite an annoyance in the fall when they seek shelter from the cold and in the spring when hibernation ends. Here is what you need to know about the boxelder bug and how to control the problem.

How They Get In

Boxelder bugs typically get into homes through gaps around windows, doors, vents, and rooflines. These bugs can travel up to two or three blocks from their host boxelder tree. They will often travel to the nearest home; and if they can’t get in, they will move to the next. Once they have gotten inside, it can be very difficult to remove them. Read more

Benefits and Advantages of In2Care Mosquito Traps

October 10th, 2019

Mosquitos are a huge problem for many homeowners in Florida. While mosquito treatments for your home and lawn are available, many of these treatments have some disadvantages such as wearing off every two weeks or being washed away by rain. Now there is a new mosquito control treatment in In2Care mosquito traps. Here are their advantages and benefits.

What Are In2Care Mosquito Traps?

In2Care mosquito traps are a treatment that prevents mosquitoes from populating the area for a longer period of time than traditional spray treatments. The way that the mosquito traps work is that they have larvicide inside them. The mosquitoes go into the trap, get the larvicide on their legs, and transfer it around the property to kill larvae in prime breeding grounds. The traps do not lose their effectiveness regardless of the weather. Read more

Helpful Tips to Reduce Mosquitoes Around Your Home

September 20th, 2019

Mosquitos are a real problem in the summer and early fall in Florida. It is important that you do what you can to keep the mosquito population down. Not only are mosquito bites an irritation for you and your family, but they also carry diseases that can affect the rest of your life. Here are some tips to reduce mosquitoes around your home.

Clean Gutters

Mosquitoes like areas that are moist or have standing water. If you don’t clean your gutters on a regular basis, they can hold moisture and water and attract mosquitoes. Cleaning your gutters is something you should be doing anyway that can make a big impact on the local mosquito population. Read more

Hillsborough County Offered Free Mosquito Fish to Reduce Mosquito Population

September 10th, 2019

The Hillsborough County Mosquito Management Division works with the Tampa Bay region and the rest of the county to reduce the mosquito population and make the area safer from mosquito-borne illnesses. To that end, they have several different programs throughout the year that are designed to help resolve this problem.

This summer, this division of the county offered residents in six different areas the ability to get free mosquito fish to reduce the mosquito population in the area. The mosquito fish were distributed in July, August, and September. The initiative seems to be working, with fewer mosquitos in the area. Read more

Eastern Equine Encepahalitis Detected in Florida

August 20th, 2019

Mosquitoes can carry a number of diseases, some more serious than others. One of the rarer diseases that mosquitoes carry is eastern equine encephalitis. This disease has recently been discovered in chickens in the state of Florida. This means that mosquitoes in the state of Florida may carry this disease.

What Is Eastern Equine Encephalitis?

This disease is one that doesn’t often affect humans. Typically, animals such as horses and chickens can get the disease from mosquitoes. However, a small percentage of humans can and do get the disease. This disease is very deadly, causing an infection in the brain. It is very important that you protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes in Florida while this disease is possible. Read more

The Stubborn and Slow-Moving Lovebug

August 10th, 2019

The lovebug is an annoyance, but little more. Originally, the lovebug was found in Central America, but it found its way to the southern states. Anyone living in the southern states has seen hordes of lovebugs, particularly around highways. These insects are not venomous, they do not sting, and they do not typically destroy crops. Most of the time, lovebugs are simply a nuisance, but one that can be highly annoying and is worth trying to fight against.

Where Lovebugs Go

Lovebugs are primarily attracted to decaying plant debris. If you have a compost pile or if you have decaying crop debris after harvesting, you may very well see a swarm of these lovebugs. However, lovebugs also seem to confuse the chemicals in exhaust fumes for plant debris. This combined with the fact that they are attracted to heat are why they are most prevalent on the highways. Read more