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10 Pest Control Tips to Keep Pests Away

Nothing ruins a picnic like a line of ants. Nothing ruins a barbecue like a swarm of mosquitoes. And nothing ruins a morning like spotting a spider, cockroach, or mouse somewhere in your house.

Keep bugs and critters away from your home and yard with these 10 best pest control practices.

1. Block Their Entry to Your Home
Your first line of defense is to make it difficult for pests to even find an entry to your home. Check all your screens for holes, and repair if you find any. Check around your doors and windows for gaps, and replace window stripping when needed.

2. Clean Your Kitchen
A pile of crumbs on your counter or floor is like a treasure chest to ants and other insects. Let them find treasure elsewhere – outside and far away from your home – by making sure you offer no treasure to be found in your own kitchen. Wipe your counters, sweep your floors, put food away immediately, and take out the trash regularly.

3. Get Rid of Standing Water
Getting rid of standing water is the first step to control mosquitoes. Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and a big, fat invitation for mosquitoes to start a family. It’s easy to miss standing water sometimes, so regularly walk your property to check for it. Look in rain spouts, check for leaks near your air conditioning unit, and pick up toys left scattered throughout the yard.

4. Maintain Your Yard
Keep your landscaping maintained to avoid overgrowth that is perfect for pests and their nests. Trim bushes and trees that are near the house, rake up debris, and yes – you’re also going to have to weed.

5. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies

Don’t let fruits and veggies get overly ripe on your counter. If you do, the fruit flies will invite themselves in for a spell and eliminating fruit flies is a headache you don’t want.

6. Store Your Firewood Properly
Don’t give termites free access to your home. If you store firewood, keep it away from your house or shed. As far away as possible, actually. Five feet should be the minimum distance, but if you can store it even farther away, you’ll be in better shape. Also, store it in racks above the ground.

7. Don’t Throw Meat Outside Too Soon

Try not to throw meat scraps in your outside garbage unless the garbage will be picked up in the next 48 hours or so. The combination of rotting meat and summer sun could bring unwanted pests to your yard alarmingly fast.

8. Inspect Swings and Outdoor Furniture
Regularly check the chains and corners of your swing sets and outdoor furniture for spider webs and egg sacks. Remove them when you see them.

9. Don’t Bring the Outside In
Keep outside toys outside and inside toys inside. If you have to bring in a toy, chair, or table, thoroughly wipe it down first.

10. Use a Pest Control Service
Hire a local pest control service to come to your home and regularly spray for bugs and rodents common to your area. A professional pest control company can provide more protection than you can on your own, and the peace of mind you’ll receive knowing you have an expert protecting your home is immeasurable.

While there are a lot of things you can do to try and prevent pests around your home, sometimes you just need to bring in the pros. Whether you choose to do it all on your own or hire a professional pest control service, though, keep these tips in mind to take control of your yard again and have a more pest-free summer!

Click here for original article from Huffington Post.

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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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. We especially like sharing Pest Control Tips and Pest Control Do’s and Don’ts and Do It Yourself Pest Control because we know that sometimes there are steps you can take to help eliminate those inconveniences or help keep bugs, pests and rodents out of your personal living space. But don’t worry, if you don’t have any peppermint or can’t borrow a cat and don’t want to fuss with cat hair, cayenne pepper or cornmeal 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.

Termites, however can do a lot of damage so we don’t suggest you try tackling them on your own. It’s much better to call the experts and have us give you the peace of mind that your home is truly protected. We can also help protect your beautiful trees against the wrath of the whitefly that has already done so much damage in our area. 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 unwanted pests!

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We’re always on the lookout for DID YOU KNOW? Nature’s Houdini: A house mouse can squeeze through a hole the diameter of a dime. Did you know that mice turn up their noses at peppermint? Or that ants and roaches hate Tex-Mex? Some easy tricks and common household ingredients can help keep nature’s nuisances at bay, without harming kids, pets or other wildlife.

Be a Menace to Mice 

  • Peppermint has been an anti-mouse strategy for centuries. Some swear the strong smell keeps mice from being able to find food. Soak cotton balls in pure peppermint oil (found in health-food stores) and place in small cups near their entry points. Planting peppermint in your yard may help too.
  • No cat? Borrow some cat hair from a friend or a groomer, and place it around holes.
  • Better yet, block those holes altogether. Stuff them with copper mesh, which won’t rust like steel wool. Cover larger openings and the space behind air vents with hardware cloth that has a mesh size less than a quarter-inch.

Ant problem SWFLKeep Ants Far Away

  • Ants depend on their scent trail: Wipe it out with undiluted white vinegar.
  • They also avoid cayenne pepper. Other pests, including cockroaches and squirrels, avoid it too.
  • Ants can’t digest cornmeal, but they don’t know that. Put piles of it near a problem anthill, and ants will eat it and slowly starve. This solution takes some time, but it’s safe for kids and pets.

Banish Biting Bugs

  • Mosquitoes track you by the carbon dioxide you exhale. Mask it with citronella. Lemongrass (not the citronella plant) is the source of this oil. Plant this lovely ornamental around your patio or in portable pots.
  • Bedbugs don’t like extremes. Chill a room at 32°F or below for several days to stop these pests cold. And wash and dry bedding at the hottest settings for at least 15 minutes. You can also set the legs of your bed in plastic cups filled with a little mineral oil, to keep bugs from climbing up.
  • Many insects go toward the light. But bugs avoid yellow bug lights—use them near doorways, driveways and sidewalks. Place mercury vapor or incandescent lights around the perimeter of the property to lure insects away.

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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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Happy Holidays are BUG FREE Holidays!

This is the time of the year when we get together with friends, family and loved one to celebrate the blessings of the year and share in the Holiday joy. Unfortunately all the cooking, cakes, candy, extra guests and comings and goings can also bring about some unwanted guests of the creepy crawly kind. The last thing you need this Holiday season is to worry about embarrassing bugs showing up and frightening the real guests. Lenny’s Pest Control is all about creating a beautiful bug free Holiday season for you and your family. Just give us a call at  239-945-6543 for a FREE no-obligation consultation and we’ll take it from there.

Home Pest Control Cape CoralOur Southwest Florida expert Pest Control and Extermination team is trained, experienced, knowledgeable and friendly! We offer monthly, quarterly and yearly pest control services to help exterminate any ants, roaches, bed bugs, fleas, ticks, mice, termites or any other pests inside or outside your home. We can tackle whiteflies and grubs for a beautiful yard and lawn all year-long!

I’m sure you would agree that it’s much easier to prevent pests from coming into your home so we’ve put together a list of things you can do to help keep bugs away during the holiday season and always.

We Reduce You Food the Supply with the following:

  • Remove any pet food dishes at night, especially on a porch or lanai.
  • Always store pet food and bird seed in a tightly sealed container.
  • Clean all  surfaces in the kitchen to eliminate any spills or grease, especially on oven hood and any walls near the stove.
  • Always clean up any floor spills immediately, and sweep and mop regularly.
  • Do not leave any dirty dishes on the counters or in the sink.

At Lenny’s Pest Control we want to make sure that this Christmas that saying of “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse” is true in your home! Here’s a coupon to help you save money and get your home bug free in time for the Holidays!

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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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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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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.

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