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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

Controlling Scale Insects

May 20th, 2019

Many people don’t realize the tiny bumps commonly found on the plant leaves and stems around their home are actually living organisms sucking the life out of their hosts. However, those with experience under their belt are quite aware of those organisms and the risks they pose. Scale insects can ruin your garden and landscaping.

Scale insects are a diverse group of sap-feeding pests with over 180 species in Florida. There are several families of scale insects. Generally, they can be divided into two main groups: armored and soft. Distinguishing between the two is important, because it will affect how efficient and effective you are at controlling them.

Armored scale insects feed on the contents of cells just under the surface of leaves and bark, and excrete their waste in the form of a protective waxy cover. This cover can be removed to reveal the soft-bodied insect feeding beneath. Once female armored scales begin to feed on a host plant, they will remain immobile in that location for the remainder of their life. Even after death, the scale insect cover may remain on the plant for several years. Read more

Final Feed Mosquito Bait: Revolutionary Advance in Mosquito Control

May 10th, 2019

The manufacturer Univar is introducing a new revolutionary mosquito control bait that could be a game-changer for households and property managers everywhere. This new mosquito control, called Final Feed mosquito bait, uses natural ingredients backed by science to rid your property of mosquitoes once and for all.

What is Final Feed?

Final Feed is a new mosquito bait that uses natural ingredients backed by science. Garlic has been known to work as a mosquito repellent and killer for centuries, and this has been proven to be effective by recent scientific studies. Final Feed uses garlic to suppress the blood appetites of mosquitoes, killing most of them quickly.

Final Feed is a two-part compound that is used to attract and kill mosquitoes in the area. Natural sweeteners are used to attract the mosquitoes to the bait, causing them to ingest it. Within the bait is microscopic molecules of garlic, which will kill most mosquitoes within one to two days and limits their blood appetite (keeping them from biting) until they finally die. Read more

New Tick Species Capable of Transmitting Deadly Disease Spreading in US

March 20th, 2019

Ticks have always been a problem in the United States, but there is a new tick species that has made it into the country that could potentially be very dangerous. There have not been new tick species introduced to the United States in about 80 years. The ticks that are already in the country are capable of carrying several diseases, some of them fatal. This new tick species could potentially be even more dangerous.

Where It Came From

The new tick species, called Haemaphysalis longicornis or the Asian Longhorned Tick, has been in China and other Asian countries for centuries. It has more recently spread throughout Europe, with cases of the ticks being found in Australia, New Zealand, and Russia. With globalization and more people traveling and bringing animals from foreign countries, this tick has made its way into the United States. Read more

Is It Really Termites? Alates and What They Do

March 10th, 2019

When you see small winged insects in your rafters, deck, or other areas of your building, you may think the worst—termites. Termites can be very dangerous, because they eat away the wood of your structure, making it weak. While termites are a real fear, the winged insects you are seeing may not be termites at all. They may be alates.

What Are Alates?

An alate is a small winged insect. It can refer to any winged insect, but in many cases what you are looking at are winged ants. Winged ants are usually the queens of a colony. While a queen ant can be troublesome in a colony of ants, they are usually not self-reliant. If you are only seeing winged alates and not other ants, you may not have too much of a problem at all.

What Do Alates Do?

Winged ants may venture out from the colony to locate a new location for the colony. If you see alates in your home, you may be quickly looking at an ant infestation. If the queen ant is alone, and no other ants follow her, you will find that she quickly dies out on her own. Alates are not able to survive without the colony to protect and feed them. Read more

Rat and Mice Control: Signs and Dangers of Infestation

February 20th, 2019

Rats and mice can seem like an annoying problem to have, but it can also be dangerous to have these pests in your home. Knowing the signs of an infestation can help you prevent the dangers associated with it by taking swift action to eliminate the problem.

Droppings and Urine

One of the first things that people usually notice is the droppings that rats and mice leave. These droppings are usually found along the routes that the rats or mice take throughout your home. Mice and rats scour your home for food, water, and safety from the elements. If you think you might have rats or mice, look for droppings or urine around areas where food is kept or water is plentiful.

Gnawed Objects and Food

Rats and mice have teeth that constantly continue to grow. They have to gnaw on objects, hard and soft, to keep their teeth at a manageable length. You may find marks of gnawing in your walls or on the edges of doors. You may also find gnawing marks in your food or the areas where food is kept such as cabinets.

Scratching Sounds

If you have a rat or mice infestation, you will probably hear them gnawing and scratching, especially late at night. These rodents are frequently nocturnal and are busiest at night. If you start hearing frequent scratching sounds or the patter of tiny feet, it is a sure sign of an infestation.

Detecting Rodents

If you think you may have rats or mice in your home but have not seen any definitive signs, spread talcum powder along the walls and near areas of food and water. You will quickly see tracks in the powder if you have an infestation.

Staying Safe

It is important that if you have rats or mice to tackle the problem immediately. Rats and mice carry a number of very harmful diseases, including plague, typhus, rabies, and bacterial food poisoning. Rats and mice contaminate much more food than they actually eat, and you could have contaminated food and not be aware of it. Contact us today for more information about how we can rid you of your rat or mice infestation to ensure your family’s safety.

The Newest Mosquito Control Technology

February 10th, 2019

Combating mosquitoes in Florida can seem like a year-round chore that never ends. There are a lot of treatments and pesticides on the market to fight the mosquito population. They all have their advantages and disadvantages, and as mosquito experts, we are familiar with them all. But now, there is a new mosquito control technology that is the most effective treatment yet.

What It Is

The new mosquito control technology is called the In2Care mosquito trap. The trap can be used in water sources and containers, both natural and artificially manufactured. This new technology utilizes a larvicide and a fungus, both of which are environmentally safe to other less harmful insects and humans.

How It Works

In2Care works by planting a fungus and larvicide in water sources where female mosquitoes live and collect water. The fungus kills the adult mosquitoes within a few days. The adult mosquitoes carry the larvicide back to their nest. The larvicide allows eggs to hatch, but they will never make it past the larval stage. The fungus is also carried back to the nest, where it infects other adult mosquitos.

Effectiveness

There have been several inquiries into the effectiveness of this new technology. These studies have found that In2Care is the most effective and efficient mosquito control trap when compared to other popular solutions. The studies were done on the two most prominent types of mosquitoes found in Florida. The new mosquito trap is also preferable to other treatments because both the fungus and the larvicide it uses are completely safe for humans, so you can use it near drinking water without fear.

Control Mosquitos Today

If you have been battling mosquitoes, we can help. We make use of this new technology, as well as other methods. As experts in mosquito control, we can make your outdoor space safe and stress-free for parties or every day use. Contact us today for more information.

Do Insects Really Come Up Through Drains?

January 15th, 2019

Many people have experienced the horror of going into the bathroom and discovering roaches crawling up from the drain. It is easy to think that the roaches are coming into the house through the drain from the sewer. Yet this is actually very rarely the case.

How Roaches Get In

Roaches usually come into the home through the most common expedient—the doorway. The first thing roaches will do when they enter your home is search for a water source. That water source is probably your bathroom sink, toilet, or kitchen faucet.

The roach will go down into the drain to take advantage of the little bit of water that remains there. When the drain is disturbed or lights suddenly come on, it disturbs the roach and it comes out of the drain in a hurry. This is why it appears that they are coming out of the drains.

When Drains Are a Problem

The reason roaches can’t get into your home through the drain is because every drain has a P-trap that keeps water and sewer smells from coming back up into the home. As long as the P-trap is functioning properly, roaches can’t come up through the drain either. While it is technically possible, it is highly unlikely.

If the P-trap is compromised, this could cause a problem. You will notice right away if the P-trap is no longer functional on a drain, because you will start to notice a smell coming from it. When this happens, it is more likely for roaches and other insects to come up through the drain.

An Ounce of Prevention

Making sure your P-traps are in good working order is the best way to protect yourself against insect infestation from that avenue. P-traps can become dry and stop working if a drain is not used frequently. One way to make sure that your P-traps remain moist and functional is to use the drain periodically, such as to dispose of mop water.

How to Identify a Weevil Infestation

December 20th, 2018

There are many different household pests that have the potential to invade your home at any given moment. If you don’t respond quickly to the signs of an infestation, it could become an out-of-control situation. This is especially true with weevils. This small and stubborn pests can take over your home if you ignore them or fail to call a pest control company immediately.

What Are Weevils?
Weevils are types of beetles found in many shapes and colors. However, their most distinctive feature is the shape of their heads. As an adult, every weevil has an elongated head with a snout. The rice weevil is one type of weevil that commonly appears in homes. They are small black bugs that sneak into the home in grains and pasta.

How to Recognize Rice Weevils

At just two to three millimeters long, the rice weevil is very small and stout in appearance. It ranges from reddish-brown to black in color, usually with four light yellow or red spots on the corners of the forewings. Its snout measures an entire millimeter, which accounts for a third of its size.

It’s important to note that the rice weevil is one of the most widespread stored grain pest worldwide. Rice weevils originated in India but spread across the globe through trade. The southern United States, with its warm climate, deals with infestations of rice weevils more than any other area of the country. Mature adult rice weevils feed on whole grains like wheat, oats, corn, barley, rye, and even other items like cashew nuts, cereal, and macaroni. Read more