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Fall Pest Control Specials for SWFL!

Lenny’s Pest Control is now celebrating 16 years of service to the Southwest Florida Area. We can help you with your residential or commercial Pest Control and get your Lawn everything in needs to be green and beautiful all year round!

When it comes to termites we also have you covered and protected. Please mention any of the coupons below to take advantage of these awesome savings! Also please be sure to let your neighbors and friends know about us and we would love to show our appreciation with your next service on us!

Lenny’s Pest Control has a team of experts that specialize in Southwest Florida Pest Control inside and outside of your home or business. With over 50 years experience we are Southwest Florida’s #1 choice for tackling any kind of bug, pest, rodent or insect in your living or working space. Don’t try to fix it yourself, let the experts handle all of your pest control problems! We proudly service the Lee, Charlotte and Collier Counties.  Call us at  239-945-6543 or contact us to get a quote today!

We would love to come out to your home or business and inspect your property, give you an estimate and get your protected from pest, termites or lawn problems. Please give us a call at 239-945-6543 for all your pest control needs in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral or any Southwest Florida area.

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Are Spiders Really Dangerous or Venomous?

Spider Control Fort Myers

At Lenny’s Pest Control of Southwest Florida we are always on the lookout for news, articles and valuable information to share with you about the Pest Control world. Today we would like to share this very important information on Spiders – how to identify them and understand if they are dangerous or venomous. If you would like a FREE spider Identification Chart along with First Aid spider bit procedures click here.  

Spider identification of venomous and dangerous spiders most commonly found in homes, their habitat areas and venom toxicity.

BROWN RECLUSE SPIDER

BROWN RECLUSE
SPIDER

Brown Recluse Spiders… deadly and aggressive

  • Venom toxicity – the brown recluse venom can cause significant cutaneous injury with tissue loss and necrosis.
  • Habitat – brown recluse is found in the United States from the east to the west coast, with predominance in the south.
  • Spider Identification – an adult spider is 1/4 to 3/4 inch in body – a dark violin shape is located on the top of the leg attachment region with the neck of the violin pointing backward toward the abdomen. Unlike most spiders that have 8 eyes, the brown recluse has 6 eyes arranged in pairs – one pair in front and a pair on either side.
BLACK WIDOW SPIDER

BLACK WIDOW
SPIDER

Black Widow Spiders …highly venomous – can be deadly

  • Venom toxicity – the Black Widow Spider can inflict a painful bite which can be fatal, especially to the young and elderly. An effective anti-venom was developed in 1956. Only a small amount of venom can cause serious illness, as the poison attacks the nervous system. Systemic envenomisation usually results in headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, pyrexia and hypertension. The pain around the bite area can be excruciating or it may go unnoticed. First aid and medical attention should be sought as soon as possible, if bitten. If you have heart condition or other heart problem, you may need hospitalization.
  • Spider Identification – the body of an adult black widow is about 1/2 inch long. The female black widow is normally shiny black, with a red hourglass marking on the underside of the abdomen. The marking may range in color from yellowish orange to red and its shape may range from an hourglass to a dot.
  • Habitat – prefers woodpiles, rubble piles, under stones, in hollow stumps, sheds and garages. Indoors it can be found in undisturbed, cluttered areas in basements and crawl spaces.
BLACK WIDOW SPIDER

BLACK WIDOW
SPIDER

Hobo Spiders : venomous – dangerous?

  • Venom toxicity – although the bite of the hobo spider is initially painless, the bite can be serious. After 24 hours, the bite develops into a blister and after 24-36 hours, the blister breaks open, leaving an open, oozing ulceration. Typically when the venom is injected, the victim will experience an immediate redness, which develops around the bite. The most common reported symptom is severe headache. Other symptoms can include nausea, weakness, fatigue, temporary memory loss and vision impairment. In any case, first aid and medical attention should be sought, if bitten, as and when any adverse health effects are observed.
  • Spider Identification – they are brown in color and the adults measure roughly 1/3 to 2/3 inch in body length and 2/3 to 2 inches in leg span. Their abdomens have several chevron shaped markings. Males are distinctively different from females in that they have two large palpi (mouth parts) that look like boxing gloves. Females tend to have a larger and rounder abdomen when compared to males.
  • Habitat – they can be found anywhere in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. They rarely climb vertical surfaces and are uncommon above basements or ground level.
GRASS SPIDER

GRASS
SPIDER

Funnel Web Grass Spiders: low risk, non-aggressive

  • Venom toxicity – the bite of these spiders is of low risk to humans.
  • Spider Identification – are common outdoors and are occasionally found indoors. They are generally brownish or grayish with light and dark stripes near the head. They have long spinnerets and are moderate-sized (3/4 inch long). Grass spiders construct a large sheet web with a funnel they use as a retreat. These webs are commonly built on the ground, around steps, window wells, foundations, and low shrubs.
  • Habitat – These spiders are often called grass spiders because they construct their webs in tall grass, heavy ground cover and the branches of thick shrubs. Rarely will a funnel web spider be seen indoors, except for an occasional wandering male. They are found mostly in the Pacific Northwest states.
FEMALE MOUSE SPIDER

FEMALE
MOUSE SPIDER

Mouse Spiders …venomous – painful bite

  • Venom toxicity – known to cause severe illness, especially to young children – similar to Red-Back Spider. Although normally not aggressive, the male mouse spider will bite if provoked, and should be considered dangerous to humans. It has large hard fangs which can cause a deep painful bite. First aid and medical attention (ambulance) should be sought as soon as possible.
  • Spider Identification – a medium to large spider of up to 1 and 1/2 inches in body length. The male Mouse Spider often has a bright red head and elongated fangs.
  • MALE MOUSE SPIDER

    MALE
    MOUSE SPIDER

    Habitat – Mouse spiders are ground dwellers with burrows of more than 3 feet deep. The male often wanders about during the day on open ground, especially after rain, in search of females. Notes: the male Mouse Spider is smaller than the female mouse spider and has a red tip but otherwise looks very similar to the female spider. We are showcasing both here for you to be able to better identify if you have had contact with either a male or female Mouse Spider.

BLACK HOUSE SPIDER

BLACK
HOUSE SPIDER

Black House Spiders …venomous – nausea

  • Venom toxicity – the bite of the Black House Spider is poisonous but not lethal. Certain people bitten experience severe pain around the bite site, heavy sweating, muscular pains, vomiting, headaches and giddiness. First aid and medical attention (ambulance) should be sought as soon as possible.
  • Spider Identification – adults are about 1/2 inch in body length and of a dark brown to black velvet textured appearance.
  • Habitat – this spider spins a lacy, messy web and is prefers dry habitats in secluded locations. It is commonly found in window framing, under eaves, gutters, in brickwork, sheds, toilets and among rocks and bark. Electric lights attract their prey – moths, flies, mosquitoes and other insects.
WOLF SPIDER

WOLF
SPIDER

Wolf Spiders …venomous – non-aggressive

  • Venom toxicity – the bite of the Wolf Spider is poisonous but not lethal. Although non-aggressive, they bite freely if provoked and should be considered dangerous to humans. The bite may be very painful. First aid and medical attention should be sought as soon as possible, particularly as to children or the elderly.
  • Spider Identification – an adult is 1/2 inch to more than 1 inch in body length – mottled gray to brown in color, with a distinct Union Jack impression on its back. The female carries it’s young on its back.
  • Habitat – this spider is a ground dweller, with a burrow retreat. It has a roving nocturnal lifestyle to hunt their prey and can move very rapidly when disturbed. Commonly found around the home, in garden areas with a silk lined burrow, sometimes with a lid or covered by leaf litter or grass woven with silk as a little fence around the rim of the burrow.
FEMALE TRAP-DOOR

FEMALE
TRAP-DOOR

Trap-Door Spiders …low risk – non-aggressive

  • Venom toxicity – the bite of the Trap-Door Spider is of low risk (non toxic) to humans. It is a non-aggressive spider – usually timid but may stand up and present it’s fangs if harassed. Rarely bites – but if so it can be painful.
  • Spider Identification – an adult is about 1 and 1/2 inches in body length – brown to dark brown in color – heavily covered with fine hairs. The male has distinct boxing glove-shaped palps, that is, the two “sensory feelers” at front of its head.
  • Habitat – this spider is a ground dweller, with a burrow retreat lined with silk of up to 10 inches in depth and around 1 inch in width – prefers nesting in drier exposed locations – often has a wafer-like lid on the burrow entrance. Trap-Door Spiders are commonly found in the drier open ground areas around the home.
GARDEN ORB-WEAVING

GARDEN
ORB-WEAVING

Orb-Weaving Spiders …low risk – non-aggressive

  • Venom toxicity – the bite of Orb-Weaving Spiders is of low risk (not toxic) to humans. They are a non-aggressive group of spiders. Seldom bite. Be careful not to walk into their webs at night – the fright of this spider crawling over one’s face can be terrifying and may cause a heart attack, particularly to the susceptible over 40 year olds.
  • Spider Identification – an adult is about 2/3 to more than 1 inch in body length – has a bulbous abdomen – often colorful – dark to light brown pattern. The common Golden Orb-Weaver Spider has a purplish bulbous abdomen with fine hairs.
  • Habitat – often found in summer in garden areas around the home – they spin a large circular web of 6 feet or more, often between buildings and shrubs, to snare flying insects, such as, flies and mosquitoes.
SAINT ANDREW'S CROSS

SAINT ANDREW’S CROSS

St Andrews Cross Spiders …low risk – non-aggressive

  • Venom toxicity – the bite of the St Andrews Cross is of low risk (non-toxic) to humans. They are a non-aggressive group of spiders.
  • Spider Identification – adult 1/4″ to 1/2″ in body length – abdomen striped yellow and brown – as illustrated. The St Andrews Cross Spider usually sits, upside down, in the middle of its web forming a cross – as illustrated.
  • Habitat – this spider is a web-weaver usually found in summer in garden areas around the home. It is considered beneficial as it spins a large web to snare flying insects, such as flies and mosquitoes.
HUNTSMAN SPIDER

HUNTSMAN
SPIDER

Huntsman Spiders …low risk – non-aggressive

  • Venom toxicity – the bite of Huntsman Spiders is of low risk (non toxic) to humans. They are a non-aggressive group of spiders. However, a large individual can give a painful bite. Beware in summer when the female Huntsman Spider is guarding her egg sacs or young.
  • Spider Identification – an adult varies greatly around 1/2″ in body length – has long legs – the diameter of an adult including legs may reach 2″ – the first 2 pairs of legs are longer than rear two – it is hairy – buff to beige brown in color, with dark patches on the body.
  • Habitat – a hunter that prefers to live under the flaking bark of trees, under flat rocks and under eaves or within roof spaces of buildings. The Huntsman Spider often wanders into homes and is found perched on a wall. It is a shy, timid spider that can move sideways at lighting-fast speed when disturbed.

Click here to view original article with more details on first aid instructions for each spider as well as a FREE Spider Identification Chart from Termite.com.

2014 Spring Pest Control Special

Lenny’s Pest Control is all about educating you and helping you protect your home or office space from unwanted, bugs and pests. We always take time to answer all your questions and educate you about what needs to be done for your home, office or lawn. We are experienced in tackling ants, roaches, mice, the Whitefly, GRUBS, termites and any other insects in your yard or living space.  We have a team of experts that specialize in Southwest Florida Pest Control inside and outside of your home or place of business and we do the job right the first time. Don’t try to fix it yourself, let the experts handle all of your pest control problems! We proudly service Residential or Commercial clients in the Lee, Charlotte and Collier Counties.  Call us at 239-443-7219 / 239-243-4965  to get a quote today!

We want to take this time to say THANK YOU for reading our blogs, liking us on Facebook. Please subscribe to our newsletter if you haven’t already done so. We also appreciate our many loyal clients for all their years of patronage.

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Green Pest Control Tips for Earth Day!

Earth Day 2014

Pest Control Fort MyersAs you might already know Earth Day is just around the corner – April 22nd. As you also might know we’re all about sharing valuable information and important tips to help you have a bug free living space so this month we thought it a good idea to bring you some Environmentally Friendly and Natural Pest Control Tips. Even though unwanted pest, bugs and rodents are a natural part of our earthly environment we don’t necessarily need to share the same living space with them. The most obvious and simple pest control tip we can offer is to keep your living space clean – bugs love dirty, sticky, icky, grimy and sweet.

Below you will find six helpful tips to help you Go Green and get bug free at the same time. Please remember that we are always here for you if you don’t have time or feel overwhelmed with these options. Sometimes the job is too big to do it yourself so you need to call the experts in – that’s when we can help! Our team of certified and trained exterminators can protect your home, lawn or office from pest, bugs, rodents, bed bugs, grubs, ants, termites, whiteflies and so much more!

6 Tips for Natural Pest Control

Natural pest control is safer, and often more effective, than chemical pesticides at managing the ants, flies, cockroaches and other insects that want to share your home. Most pesticides to control insect pests are poisons that you don’t want around your body, your children or your pets. Worst of all, they tend to linger in the environment long after they’ve been sprayed. Before you reach for the poison, try these tips for safe, natural insect control — most of which are based on the principles of integrated pest management, or IPM.

Pest Control Tips Lee CountyAn Ounce of Prevention

The best way to control pests is to not invite them inside in the first place. Most bugs are attracted to food and water, so keeping your kitchen clean, taking out the garbage regularly, and storing food and drinks in tight containers will deter insects, mice and other pests. Leaky pipes and other sources of water attract cockroaches and other bugs, as does a full bowl of pet food. Finally, repair or replace torn screens, and seal off drafty doorways (which also saves on heating and cooling costs).

Natural Insect Control: Know Your Pests 

The word “bugs” is a general term that could describe any insect or spider — but not all bugs are created equal. Before you take any steps to control pests, you need to know exactly what problem you have. Many non-toxic treatments, like borax or diatomaceous earth, will work on some pests but not others.

Why Use Chemicals?

For some pest infestations, non-chemical natural insect control can be effective — and is often less expensive, too. An ordinary fly swatter is a very green way to eliminate flies and other bugs. Vacuuming is another great strategy for getting rid of pests that may live in your carpet or upholstery (they usually suffocate inside the bags). And traps — like light traps, fly paper, bait traps or pheromone traps — can get rid of bugs and rodents without spreading around any household chemicals.

Insect control Cape CoralGo Non-Toxic First

If the pest prevention and elimination ideas above aren’t enough, first try non-toxic agents for natural insect control. Soap, for example, has been used successfully against dozens of different pests for years — about 2 teaspoons of castile soap in a gallon of water will deter most ant infestations, as will cayenne pepper and oil of eucalyptus. Boric acid (borax) is another great, safe way to get rid of roaches, ants and silverfish. Try mixing sugar with boric acid, and you can get rid of a whole colony of insects. Diatomaceous earth can wipe out fleas. Whichever you choose, use it in targeted areas — not only is this safer, it’s more cost-effective than random distribution.

Choose Safer Pesticides

If you decide it’s time to bring out the big guns and use some commercial pesticides, there are choices that are lower in toxins than others. Plant-based pesticides containing pyrethins, for example, aren’t exactly “safe,” but they are a better choice than organophosphates, which are found in some pet products. Avoid anything listed as containing chlorpyrifos, phosmet, naled, diazinon or malathion. And don’t get fooled by ad slogans like “natural,” “eco-friendly,” or “environmentally safe.” Those phrases aren’t regulated and mean nothing (after all, even natural poison is still poison).

Use Pesticides Smartly 

Whatever product you’re using, use common sense and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Keep your use of any pesticide to a bare minimum, and avoid aerial sprays and foggers except as a last resort. Don’t use outdoor or garden pesticides indoors, and when you store and dispose of pesticides, do so in a safe, smart and legal manner — because they’re hazardous waste, don’t just throw them in the trash.

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Lennys Coupon Winter Special Free Month

Lenny’s Pest Control is all about educating you and helping you protect your home or office space from unwanted, bugs and pests. We always take time to answer all your questions and educate you about what needs to be done for your home, office or lawn. We are experienced in tackling ants, roaches, mice, the Whitefly, GRUBS, termites and any other insects in your yard or living space.  We have a team of experts that specialize in Southwest Florida Pest Control inside and outside of your home or place of business and we do the job right the first time. Don’t try to fix it yourself, let the experts handle all of your pest control problems! We proudly service Residential or Commercial clients in the Lee, Charlotte and Collier Counties.  Call us at 239-945-6543 to get a quote today!

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Leonard Volberg
Lenny’s Pest Control
Lee County: 239-945-6543
Charlotte County: 941-621-2424
Collier County: 239-963-2644

Creepy, Crawly, Yucky Roach Facts!

Roach facts

At Lenny’s Pest Control of Southwest Florida we are always on the lookout for news, articles and valuable information to share with you about the Pest Control world. Today we would like to share this article we found on Roach facts. This winter has been quite a wet one so don’t be surprised if you see them coming in out of the wet cold and into your warm dry space. Remember, we are always here and available to come out to your home or place of business and give you a FREE quote on our services. It’s much better to call the experts and have us give you the peace of mind that your home is truly protected. Call 239-945-6543 today to schedule your appointment and be sure to check our specials so you can save money while you protect your home and family from those yucky unwanted pests!

Amazing Roach Facts

Run for Your Lives! 


The world’s largest roach (which lives in South America) is six inches long with a one-foot wingspan.

Roach extermination Cape Coral FLRoaches By the Numbers

6 — Number of legs on a cockroach

18 — Number of knees on most cockroaches (at least!)

40– Number of minutes cockroaches can hold their breath

75 — Percentage of time that cockroaches spend just resting (how lazy can you get?)

5,000 — Number of species of cockroaches worldwide

280 million+ — Years ago that cockroaches are thought to have originated (during the Carboniferous era)

Bad News

Some female cockroaches mate once and are pregnant for the rest of their lives (bummer).

The Legend of the Headless Cockroach

A cockroach can live a week without its head. The roach only dies because without a mouth, it can’t drink water and dies of thirst.

Wanna Race?

Cockroaches can run up to three miles in an hour. (Hey, it’s no marathon, but it’s not bad.)

Better Check Those Cracks in the Wall 


Young cockroaches need only a crack as thin as a dime (about .5mm wide) to crawl into. Adult males can squeeze into a space of 1.6mm or the thickness of a quarter. Pregnant females need the most space to hide: 4.5mm or a space as tall as two stacked nickels.

Little Hearts

A cockroach heart is nothing but a simple tube with valves. The tube can pump blood backwards and forwards in the insect. The heart can even stop moving without harming the roach.

If these facts aren’t enough to satisfy you (you must really want to impress your friends)

Thirsty Critters 


Roaches can live without food for a month, but will only survive a week without water.

When Cold, Roaches Snuggle

Most species of roaches live in the tropics. But roaches live all over the world, including the North and South Poles. Pest cockroaches can withstand temperatures as cold as 32°F (0°C), but will die if the temperature goes much below that. In extremely cold places, however, they survive by moving in with humans. (Hey, quit hogging the covers!)

Better Than Air Jordans! 


Cockroaches can climb walls because they are equipped with a set of little claws on their feet designed for that very purpose.

Crushed-Roach Bandages? 


Crushed cockroaches can be applied to a stinging wound to help relieve the pain.

Smell You Later

Sniff, sniff…oh, it’s just Uncle Leo. Roaches use their feelers, or antennae, as noses. Their sense of smell is so great, they recognize family and friends by their distinctive odors.

Roach Perfume 


Female roaches attract male roaches by producing pheromones. Pheromones are chemicals that make the female roach smell REALLY good to the male roach.

Alright Kids, Beat It! 


Some female cockroaches incubate their egg cases in their bodies until they are ready to hatch. These babies stay with their mothers a day or two after they are born.

Yuck! 


Male cockroaches transfer sperm to females in a “gift-wrapped” package called a spermatophore. Some males cover the package in a protein-rich wrapping that the female can eat to obtain nutrients to raise her young. Delicious!

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Lennys Coupon Winter Special Free Month

Lenny’s Pest Control is all about educating you and helping you protect your home or office space from unwanted, bugs and pests. We always take time to answer all your questions and educate you about what needs to be done for your home, office or lawn. We are experienced in tackling ants, roaches, mice, the Whitefly, GRUBS, termites and any other insects in your yard or living space.  We have a team of experts that specialize in Southwest Florida Pest Control inside and outside of your home or place of business and we do the job right the first time. Don’t try to fix it yourself, let the experts handle all of your pest control problems! We proudly service Residential or Commercial clients in the Lee, Charlotte and Collier Counties.  Call us at 239-945-6543 to get a quote today!

We want to take this time to say THANK YOU for reading our blogs, liking us on Facebook. Please subscribe to our newsletter if you haven’t already done so. We also appreciate our many loyal clients for all their years of patronage.

 

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Lenny's Pest Control SWFL
Leonard Volberg
Lenny’s Pest Control
Lee County: 239-945-6543
Charlotte County: 941-621-2424
Collier County: 239-963-2644

Whitefly Protection in SWFL

white fly cape coral

The Whitefly

whitefly on hibiscusWhiteflies have become a major issue in Southwest Florida with at least four species of particular concern: Ficus, Rugose Spiraling, Bondar’s Nesting and Silverleaf. Residents have noticed plant leaves yellowing, dropping, covered with white waxy material called flocculent, or covered with whitefly excrement called honeydew and its accompanying sooty mold. Plants, walkways, cars, outdoor furniture and even pools may become covered with the sticky material or flocculent. Whiteflies are among the many pests that are part of living in a subtropical climate.

They can be managed with proper plant cultural practices; use of other beneficial insects, mites and fungi; and judicious application of the appropriate pesticides. A chronic problem in greenhouses, whiteflies can also become serious pests during the sultry days of late summer. These sucking insects often appear suddenly, and quickly weaken plants with their constant feeding. Whiteflies are most serious in warm climates where they can survive winter. 

What Are Whiteflies? 

Small, soft-bodied sucking insects, whiteflies look like tiny white triangles, less than one-tenth inch long, when resting on the undersides of plants. Feeding is concentrated on leaf undersides, where whiteflies remove so much plant sap that the plants are seriously weakened. Many species of whitefly feed on ornamental plants, but only one or two are likely to cause problems in the vegetable garden. Whiteflies are most likely to cause problems on okra, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and sweet potatoes grown in warm climates. In some areas, whiteflies also damage cucumber and cabbage-family crops.

Whitefly damageWhat Whitefly Damage Looks Like 

Pale, wilting leaves are a sign that whiteflies are sucking juices from leaf undersides. As you approach infested plants to inspect the lower sides of wilted leaves, hundreds of tiny white moths take to the air in a cloud. If the whiteflies have been feeding for several days, the leaves may have a sticky substance (whitefly honeydew) and ants may be present as honeydew consumers.

Whitefly Life Cycle 

Whiteflies are greenhouse pests in all climates, but they are serious vegetable garden pests mostly in mild winter climates that permit their winter survival. When adult females find suitable host plants, they feed on leaf undersides and lay eggs there. A female may lay 200 to 400 eggs without moving from a plant. Upon hatching, the nearly invisibly small crawlers find a place to feed and insert their sucking mouthparts. Feeding continues for up to three weeks, when nymphs pupate into adults. Frequently problems are not noticed until a 30-day generation has passed, and a population has successfully flourished in the garden.

Lenny’s Pest Control has a team of experts that specialize in Southwest Florida Pest Control inside and outside of your home or business. With over 50 years experience we are Southwest Florida’s #1 choice for tackling any kind of bug, pest, rodent or insect in your living or working space. Don’t try to fix it yourself, let the experts handle all of your pest control problems! We proudly service the Lee, Charlotte and Collier Counties. Call 239-945-6543 to get a quote today!

Lennys Coupon Whitefly

Lenny’s Pest Control is all about educating you and helping you protect your home or office space from unwanted, bugs and pests. We always take time to answer all your questions and educate you about what needs to be done for your home, office or lawn. We are experienced in tackling ants, roaches, mice, the Whitefly, GRUBS, termites and any other insects in your yard or living space.  We have a team of experts that specialize in Southwest Florida Pest Control inside and outside of your home or place of business and we do the job right the first time. Don’t try to fix it yourself, let the experts handle all of your pest control problems! We proudly service Residential or Commercial clients in the Lee, Charlotte and Collier Counties.  Call us at 239-945-6543 to get a quote today!

We want to take this time to say THANK YOU for reading our blogs, liking us on Facebook. Please subscribe to our newsletter if you haven’t already done so. We also appreciate our many loyal clients for all their years of patronage.

 

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Lenny's Pest Control SWFL
Leonard Volberg
Lenny’s Pest Control
Lee County: 239-945-6543
Charlotte County: 941-621-2424
Collier County: 239-963-2644

Small Whitefly Creates Big Mess in SWFL!

whitefly problem swfl

The Whitefly Epedemic in Southwest Florida

Lenny’s Pest Control of Southwest Florida is always on the lookout for way to keep your family and home safe and protected from unwanted pests, bugs, parasites, rodents, etc… When we heard about the Whitefly we immediately took on the task of getting educated on the subject and finding out what we needed to do to keep our trees protected. We took the necessary steps to become experts on how to exterminate, protect and prevent the whitefly from affecting our environment and we started offering this service to our clients. We’ve had very successful results and today we want to share some of that research with you. Please feel free to check out this FGCU fact sheet for more information.

whitefly infestation swflThe WHITEFLY: Recently, a new pest was reported attacking ficus trees and hedges in Florida. This pest was identified as the fig whitefly, Singhiella simplex, and is a new US continental record. Whiteflies are small, winged insects that belong to the Order Hemiptera which also includes aphids scales, mealybugs, and bugs. These insects typically feed on the underside of leaves with their “needle-like” mouthparts. Whiteflies can seriously injure host plants by sucking juices from them causing wilting, yellowing, stunting, leaf drop, or even death.

Whiteflies have become a major issue in Southwest Florida with at least four species of particular concern: Ficus, Rugose Spiraling, Bondar’s Nesting and Silverleaf. Residents have noticed plant leaves yellowing, dropping, covered with white waxy material called flocculent, or covered with whitefly excrement called honeydew and its accompanying sooty mold. Plants, walkways, cars, outdoor furniture and even pools may become covered with the sticky material or flocculent. Whiteflies are among the many pests that are part of living in a subtropical climate. They can be managed with proper plant cultural practices; use of other beneficial insects, mites and fungi; and judicious application of the appropriate pesticides.

white-fly Lee CountyRecommendations: We recommend that you monitor your ficus plants for early signs of an infestation because it will be easier to manage the pest before it builds to high populations and causes major damage. If the foliage is disturbed the small, white gnat-like adult whiteflies can be seen flying from the foliage.  The adult whitefly resembles a very small moth with a yellow body and white wings with a faint grey band in the middle of the wings.   Immature stages (eggs and nymphs) can be found primarily on the underside of the leaves. Prior to adult emergence, the nymphs are tan to light green discs with red eyes.  The underside of infested leaves look like they are dotted with small, silver or white spots which are actually the empty “skin” of the pupae after the adult emerges.  Also, if infested trees or hedges are trimmed, either leave the clippings on the property or if removing, bag the clippings to reduce the chance of spreading the insects.  If clippings are being transported in a truck, be sure to either bag them or cover these clippings with a tarp.

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Although your ficus tree or hedge may appear to be dying after losing most of it leaves, it may still be alive.  If the twigs are still supple, the plant will produce new leaves in a few weeks.  As soon as new growth is evident, a systemic insecticide applied to the soil may provide protection to the new growth. If you do see signs of the Whitefly in your yard please give us a call at 239-945-6543 to get your trees protected immediately.

The Whitefly Damage:  The leaves of ficus trees infested with whiteflies begin to turn yellow before the leaves are dropped from the plant. Ficus trees without their leaves are one of the most obvious symptoms of a whitefly infestation. This whitefly has been most commonly found infesting weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) but has also been seen on F. altissima, F. bengalensis (also called “banyan tree”), F. microcarpa, and F. maclellandii. Weeping figs are commonly used as hedges but also grow as trees. Other hosts include the strangler fig (F. aurea), Cuban laurel (F. microcarpa), fiddle-leaf fig (F. lyrata) and banana-leaf fig (F. macllandii). This whitefly may eventually be found on other species of ficus. Azalea has also been listed as a host plant.

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For all your Whitefly extermination problems in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs or any of Lee County, Charlotte County, Collier County or Southwest Florida – please give us a call and let us help you out!

Lenny’s Pest Control is all about educating you and helping you protect your home or office space from unwanted, bugs and pests. We always take time to answer all your questions and educate you about what needs to be done for your home, office or lawn. We are experienced in tackling the Whitefly, GRUBS, termites and any other insects in your yard or living space.  We have a team of experts that specialize in Southwest Florida Pest Control inside and outside of your home or place of business and we do the job right the first time. Don’t try to fix it yourself, let the experts handle all of your pest control problems! We proudly service Residential or Commercial clients in the Lee, Charlotte and Collier Counties.  Call us at 239-945-6543 to get a quote today!

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Spring is here – is your lawn invaded?

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Spring has arrived and it’s time to start your outdoor parting planning and relaxation. The question is – IS YOUR LAWN PEST FREE?

Pests are much more than just an inconvenience or annoyance in our daily living. Many present a significant risk of health as well as quality of life. Here at Lenny’s Pest Control we’ve just come to the realization that life is much better with pest control to keep away unwanted critters. The bottom line is you don’t want pests in your home or around your home either. We understand how important it is to keep the constant onslaught of ants, spiders, rodents, bed bugs and other common pests from encroaching into your home or business and we want to help.

pest control swflOur outdoor pest control services can focus on eradicating specific kinds of pests that originate outside of the home, like mosquitoes and fire ants. While these pests might not be inside your home, they can affect your enjoyment of your yard. Now we all know that Southwest Florida offers the perfect weather to enjoy your yard all year-long and we believe you should enjoy it bug free. If mosquitoes or other pests are using your lawn as a place to play, then you should call us right away, especially if you have kids or pets that regularly play outside. Outdoor pest control can also act as a barrier to incoming insects and rodents, reducing the number of uninvited visitors that make it inside your home.

Visually, we can identify many lawn problems including: chinch bugs, fungus, grubs, sod webworms, etc… Our residential pest control technicians can immediately identify your pest problems and eliminate them from your home and surrounding areas. Our specialized Outdoor Perimeter Pest Control Services will treat the foundation and edges of your home to create a barrier of protection. Our outdoor pest control and perimeter pest control is very safe and means no treatment inside the home is necessary, so you don’t even have to be home at the time of service.

Indoor and Outdoor pest control from Lenny’s Pest Control can improve the health conditions of your home and lawn. Many of these pests are not only annoying or scary but can actually affect your health or the health of your family or your pets. For example our pest control services eliminate bugs such as centipedes, field ants and spiders can bite or sting and may cause allergic reactions or carry diseases that can make you ill or even become deadly. Insects can also destroy your property including paper (as in books or documents), furniture, fabrics including drapes, furs and food.

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Outdoor Pest Control Services can help eliminate:

  • Ants
  • Millipedes
  • Centipedes
  • Earwigs
  • Boxelder bugs
  • Crickets
  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Spiders
  • Snowbugs
  • Clover mites
  • Silverfish
  • Non-nesting carpenter ants

lawn care servicesIndoors or Out, Pest Problems Can Be Contained

If you have a serious pest problem inside and want to take action, consider hiring Lenny’s Pest Control to perform an indoor treatment that will greatly reduce and even eliminate your pest problem. If you’re looking at preventative measures, have a less urgent pest situation, or have a pest problem outside of the home, such as mosquitoes, an outdoor service plan is the recommended method of keeping those unwanted bugs and wildlife away from your home and out of your yard.

The unwanted presence of pests in and around your home can bring stress to your home life. Though controlling the problem may seem impossible, you have a wealth of options to get pests out of your house and off your property. Before long, you will be able to enjoy your home the way it was meant to be enjoyed—pest free

Lenny’s Pest Control is here to help you reach your goal of a beautiful, healthy, lush Southwest Florida lawn! Our lawn care specialist will take the time to inspect your lawn and identify the current problems.  We always take time to answer all your questions and educate you about what needs to be done for your lawn. We have a team of experts that specialize in Southwest Florida Pest Control inside and outside of your home. We are experienced in tackling the GRUBS and any other insects in your yard or living space. Don’t try to fix it yourself, let the experts handle all of your pest control problems! We proudly service the Lee, Charlotte and Collier Counties.  Call us at 239-945-6543 to get a quote today!

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Leonard Volberg
Lenny’s Pest Control
Lee County: 239-945-6543
Charlotte County: 941-621-2424
Collier County: 239-963-2644

Tips for a Rodent Free Home

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If you’ve heard gnawing, squeaking, or scampering recently in your home. You probably have a house guest, a common mouse. Other rodents make their way inside, but distinctive characteristics of mice include gnaw marks on wood, plastic, or cardboard; fecal droppings 1/8 to ¼ inch long; musky odor; or body run marks along baseboards or insulation (Run marks are left behind by the dirty, oily body of a mouse repeatedly running back and forth along an established trail).

mouse in breadIt is important to rid your home of these uninvited guests and ensure that your home is not hospitable or easily accessible to them in the future. House mice are not pets. Mice transmit diseases, cause fires by chewing electrical wiring, and mice ruin food, papers, storage boxes, woodwork, and insulation with gnawing, urine, and droppings. Lenny’s Pest Control is an expert in the extermination of these unwanted house guests. We have years of experience and know just what to do to get the job done right the first time around! We’ve put together some important information on mice and rodents for you below.

Identify Your Problem

To begin eliminating your rodent problems, start with a good inspection. Inspecting your home, shed or barn is important for determining which type of rodents are present: rats or mice. A good inspection provides three main valuable pieces of information:

  • Type of Infestation
  • Extent of Infestation
  • Location for Control Effort

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Droppings

Fecal pellets are the most commonly encountered sign in a rodent inspection and serve as primary evidence to confirm an infestation.  Even a small population of mice can produce literally thousands of droppings in a short period of time. Examining the droppings can serve as evidence of an infestation and may help you identify your type of infestation.

rodent droppingsType of Infestation

   House Mice

    • Quantity: 50 to 75 pellets daily
    • Size: ¼ inch long
    • Shape: Small with 1 or both ends pointed

 Norway Rat

    • Quantity: 40 to 50 pellets daily
    • Size: ¾ inch long
    • Shape: Larger, rectangular with blunt ends
    • Found in small groups

      Roof Rats

    • Quantity: 40 to 50 pellets daily
    • Size: ½ inch long
    • Shape: Larger, curved, sausage-shaped with pointed ends
    • Found scattered

rodent problem swflAge of Droppings

Fresh droppings are dark in color and soft in texture, but after three days they harden and lose the dark color. Age of droppings will tell you if your rodent problem is current.

Size of Infestation

This one is pretty simple – the more droppings you have…the larger your infestation, which will help you determine your approach for rat control.

Rodent Prevention Tips – 

As far as your home is concerned, mice and rats look for the basics: food, water and shelter. Below are a few tips to rodent-proof your home and keep these annoying critters from thinking your home is their home.

Mouse Infestations SWFLRemove food & water sources

  • Cover trash cans with snug, metal lids (mice can gnaw through plastic).
  • Store pet & bird food in tightly sealed glass or metal containers.
  • Elevate your compost container at least 1 foot off the ground.
  • Pick up around fruit trees so fallen fruit or nuts don’t remain on the ground.
  • Clean up your garage tightly contain lawn seed, tulip bulbs and bone meal.

Remove opportunities for shelter

  • Inspect your house for broken windows, damaged sills or siding and foundation cracks.
  • Seal or screen over gaps around pipes and stove, dryer and foundation vents.
  • Install flashing to keep pests from climbing up your siding and getting into the attic.
  • Eliminate hiding places by removing ivy, trimming shrubs and bushes off the ground and away from the home foundation and elevating firewood.

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A lot of devices and poisons have been introduced in order to exterminate rodents, but some of these may pose more problems in the future. To ensure complete victory over mice and rodents, you should hire an exterminator, such as Lenny’s Pest Control, to get rid of mice. We know everything about house rodents and the proper and effective ways to get rid of them for good!

Once you have rid your home of rodents, clean up around the house. A clean home is a less hospitable environment. Use plastic storage crates instead of boxes. Take newspapers to the recycling bin on a weekly basis. Keep woodpiles away from the house. Keep brush and debris swept, raked and cleaned. If your home looks like a mouse nest, it may very well be one.

Whether you currently have rodents or you want to protect your home against them, follow the tips included above and you’ll improve your chances of being rodent free this winter. Lenny’s Pest Control is your trusted Commensal Rodent Extermination expert in the Southwest Florida area – call us and we’ll take care of your mice or rats right away!

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Lenny’s Pest Control is all about educating you and helping you protect your home and space from unwanted, bugs and pests. We would love to come out to your home or business and inspect your property, give you an estimate and get your protected. Please give us a call at (239) 945-6543 for all your pest control needs in southwest Florida.

We want to take this time to say THANK YOU for reading our blogs, liking us on Facebook, following us on twitter and connecting with us on LinkedIn. Please subscribe to our newsletter if you haven’t already done so. We also appreciate our many loyal clients for all their years of patronage!

What’s Bugging You This Holiday Season?

Is an army of ants marching toward the cookie jar on your counter top or some sweet prize in your pantry? Are ants threatening to spoil your Holiday Happiness and Merry Joy? If fire ants plague your yard, lanai or patio and you’re tired of getting stung by the tiny attackers maybe it’s time to take greater measures and fight back! Lenny’s Pest Control is all about keeping you informed, educated and prepared to exterminate, eliminate and de-bug your home as effectively and efficiently as possible. Today we bring you some very interesting and hopefully helpful details on those dreaded house ants!

With over 12,000 species of ants in the world, only a small handful of them insist on invading our homes in search of something tasty from either the sweet foods or flesh and greasy foods. Ants commonly found indoors include the Argentine ant, the pharaoh ant, the thief or grease ant, the pavement ant and the odorous house ant. And if you’re really unlucky, you might have the carpenter ant, an ant insistent on destroying the wood that holds up your house, so get professional help fast in that case!

Getting rid of ants is never a simple proposition, despite their simple nature. Luckily for you, you’re trying to get rid of sugar ants, and they are probably the most simple-minded ant species. What do they eat? They eat sugar, sweets, and other scraps of food. This is why we call them sugar ants. Of course, the term sugar ant is actually a misnomer. The real Sugar Ant is a native of the Australian continent, and exclusive to that part of the world; you won’t find them here. The ants you’re probably having trouble with are Pavement Ants and Pharaoh Ants.

Little black ants have also garnered the name “sugar ant,” though their real name is, well, Little Black Ants. Not a lot is known about Little Black Ants, except that they eat just about anything (including other insects) and they really like rotting wood and dark spaces. Getting rid of little black ants, however, despite how little is known about them from a biological perspective, is as easy as getting rid of sugar ants. Sweet baits can be used to control little black ants indoors, and protein baits can be used to control little black ants outdoors. We have some recommendations below to help you in your battle against the ants but please remember that we’re here to help de-bug your home and make your Holidays a lot more joyous. Our experienced and knowledgeable pest control technicians know exactly what to look for and have all the right techniques to protect and exterminate your home from all unwanted bugs – including ants!

Here are just a few tips to help you keep the sugar ants, little black ants and any other kind of ants away from your kitchen this Holiday season.

  • Heed the scouts. The first signs of ants in your kitchen is a warning to you. These are the scout ants checking out your kitchen for signs of suitability to invade and their job will be to return back to the nest to inform the other ants that your kitchen is blooming with potential. Waste no time in getting to work cleaning your kitchen, sealing all food and removing all sources of sticky, sweet, greasy and flesh foods from their access.
  • Don’t have any dirty dishes left out. Wash all dishes as they’re used or place them into the dishwasher and shut the door tight. Wipe down all of your cupboard and bench-top surfaces with vinegar; this cleans, disinfects and leaves a nasty smell as far as ants are concerned. Remove all sources of garbage and keep the kitchen bin shut tightly. Rinse all recyclable containers before putting them into storage.
  • Sweep and vacuum the kitchen area daily.
  • Rinse off any jar, container or bottle that has a sticky or leftover residue. In particular, check jam/jelly jars, sauce bottles, pickle bottles, cordial bottles and honey and syrup containers. Place your honey jar and any other very ant-attractive foods inside a bowl of water (see How to keep ants out of honey and How to remove ants from cat food for more details.
  • Seal every food item in containers. The containers need to be of the sort that ants cannot get into. Be relentless about this for 3-7 days. The ants, having nothing to eat, will go elsewhere. This works because the ants are following the chemical trails left by other ants, who did find food.
  • You may also need to seal fragrant items such as cleaning powders, deodorants, and the like in case these attract the ants’ initial attention. Just be alert to any congregations around non-food sources.

Fire antsFor Fire ants you want to use a professional exterminator, such as Lenny’s Pest Control, specializing in their extermination. Fire ants in Southwest Florida rarely enter the home but if they do, get immediate help as they’re aggressive and their stings are painful and can trigger off an allergic reaction in susceptible people. This isn’t something you typically want to handle on your own.

Dealing with Carpenter ants is no laughing matter either. An invasion of carpenter ants in SWFL is serious as they can damage your house structure. Be alert for their invasion – piles of broken wings can be one sign and it is longer than most ants. You may also see their fecal pellets (these appear like sawdust) and they can sometimes be heard rustling in the walls. A professional pest control specialist will know exactly what and where to spray in order to get rid of every last one of these not so nice bugs!

Whether you currently have kitchen or patio ants or you want to protect your home against them, follow the tips included above and you’ll improve your chances of being ant free this winter. Lenny’s Pest Control is your trusted Ant and Bug Extermination expert in the Southwest Florida area – call us and we’ll take care of your kitchen ant right away!

Lenny’s Pest Control is all about educating you and helping you protect your home and space from unwanted, bugs and pests. We would love to come out to your home or business and inspect your property, give you an estimate and get your protected. Please give us a call at (239) 945-6543 for all your pest control needs in southwest Florida.

We want to take this time to say THANK YOU for reading our blogs, liking us on Facebook, following us on twitter and connecting with us on LinkedIn. Please subscribe to our newsletter if you haven’t already done so. We also appreciate our many loyal clients for all their years of patronage!

SWFL PEST CONTROL TIPS

If you’re concerned about pests in your home or business, you are not alone. In the United States there are more than 18,000 pest management companies waiting to help you. Whether you employ one or prefer to do it yourself, your first step should be to get information. Our bug blog is full of pest control articles, news and valuable information that we’ve been sharing regularly. We also share tips and details on our facebook fanpage – be sure to like it if you haven’t already.

Before treating a pest infestation, identify the pest involved, and inspect to determine the nature and extent of the problem. Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or a pest management professional, this information is necessary to determine the best methods to use to control the pest. Without knowledge of a pest’s identity, characteristics and level of activity, you’ll be applying control measures blindly instead of finding the right one for the job. At Lenny’s Pest Control, we’re happy to offer you a FREE In-Home Inspection to go over any details, information and let you know what we find in your home.

WHAT YOU CAN DO – WITHOUT PESTICIDES 

There are many, many things you can do to help prevent and eliminate pests in and around the home without using pesticides. Here are a few:

MOISTURE CONTROL – Removing moisture that attracts pests…

  • Repair leaky roofs, faucets, pipes and appliances.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts.
  • Direct water away from the house.
  • Eliminate standing water and water in outdoor containers.
  • Ensure that crawlspaces have vents and a vapor barrier.

EXCLUSION – Sealing keeps pests out…

  • Seal foundation cracks, and gaps where utility lines enter.
  • Keep doors, windows and vents screened and well sealed.
  • Keep exterior wood painted, stained or sealed.
  • Seal items in storage. Store items in plastic, not cardboard.
  • Before bringing in new items, inspect them for pests.

SANITATION – Cleaning removes food and hiding places…

  • Keep trash containers clean and tightly sealed.
  • Keep foods in sealed containers.
  • Don’t leave dog/cat food or birdseed out for long periods.
  • Remove clutter and junk, indoors and out.
  • Vacuum regularly.

PREVENTION – Making your home unattractive to pests…

  • Eliminate wood-to-ground contact.
  • Use gravel or rock instead of wood mulch.
  • Use concrete or plastic instead of wood landscape timbers.
  • Keep plants trimmed and woodpiles away from house.
  • Use yellow “bug lights” in exterior light fixtures.

MECHANICAL CONTROL – Removing pests, without pesticides…

  • Use snap traps for mice and rats.
  • Use sticky traps to locate and control insect/spider infestations.
  • Use pheromone traps for clothes moths, meal moths, etc.
  • Use light traps indoors for flies, etc., flypaper and swatters too.
  • Use a vacuum to remove ladybird beetles, fleas, spiders, etc.

Some of the methods above take more effort than others, some cost more, but all are important parts of your pest management plan. In many cases, one or more of these is enough to eliminate pests but we are always available to help you if these aren’t enough. Household pests for which non-chemical methods are best include most “pantry pests” (flour and grain beetles, meal moths, etc.) most types of flies, and fabric pests (clothes moths, carpet beetles).

At Lenny’s Pest Control We Offer:

  • Complete Pest Control Services
  • Complete Termite Control & Prevention
  • Competitive pricing
  • Free In-Home Inspection
  • Excellent Service
  • Monthly Programs
  • Easy Payment Plans
  • Family, Pet and Plant Friendly Treatments
  • Over 10 Years in Business!
  • We are Licensed and insured

Lenny’s Pest Control is all about educating you and helping you protect your home and space from unwanted, bugs and pests. We would love to come out to your home or business and inspect your property, give you an estimate and get your protected. Please give us a call at (239) 945-6543 for all your pest control needs in southwest Florida.

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