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Termites: How to Reduce Your Home’s Risk of Infestation

termite swflTermites are the most economically important wood-destroying organism in the United States, with approximately $2 billion per year being spent for their prevention and treatment. This high-dollar amount could be reduced if homeowners implemented a number of relatively simple, inexpensive, practical measures around their home and outlying structures that reduce the risk of subterranean termite infestations. Such preventive measures are very cost-effective given that a home typically represents one’s largest monetary investment.

Many construction and landscaping features literally can invite termites into one’s home. An awareness of basic termite biology and habits can help you understand the necessity of certain prevention measures. The goal is to recognize and alter conditions around one’s home so as to reduce the termites’ environmental requirements for moisture, food (wood), and shelter.

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Termite Biology and Habits

subterranean termite Bonita SpringsIn many parts of the United States, subterranean termites are the most common type of termites that infest homes. These termites need moisture to survive. They are closely associated with the soil, where they typically construct an underground nest or a series of interconnected nests, hence the name “subterranean termites.” The termites excavate narrow tunnels through the soil, creating a network through which they can travel very long distances (hundreds of feet or more) to reach food. They also transport soil above ground to construct mud tubes (shelter tubes) and to line their feeding galleries in wood. Soil serves as a source of moisture that helps protect termites from the drying effects of air. It also shields termites from predators (ants, birds, lizards, etc.) that feed on them.

Cellulose (especially wood) is the main food source for subterranean termites. In nature, termites feed on dead wood, including roots and stumps. Around homes, termites readily feed on wood mulch used in landscaping. However, any type of mulch provides termites with needed moisture and protection from the elements. In homes, termites often first attack wood that is located close to the soil (i.e., lower parts of the house). They then can follow the framework of the house to gain access to upper levels and floors. As they feed, they excavate galleries in the wood. Termites also can tunnel through inedible materials such as foam insulation, plaster board, etc. as they search for food.

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Do not unknowingly invite termites into your home! 

Employ any of the following measures to help disrupt the termites’ ability to locate moisture, food (wood), and shelter.

Solutions to Termite-Conducive Situations

Problem: Cellulose (wood, dead plant material, paper, etc.) in contact with soil provides termites with ready and unobservable access to food.

Solutions:

  • Keep all wooden parts of the house foundation at least 6 inches above the soil.
  • Keep mulch levels several inches below the siding and wooden parts of the structure.
  • Avoid or minimize use of wood mulch next to the foundation.
  • Remove dead trees, stumps, and roots near the structure.
  • Never store firewood, lumber, or paper against the foundation or in the crawl space.
  • Remove wood debris and form boards.

Problem: Moisture accumulation near the foundation provides water needed for termite survival.

Solutions: 

  • Grade or slope soil away from the foundation.
  • Divert rain water away from the foundation.
  • Maintain clean gutters and down-spouts.
  • Install down-spout extenders and splash blocks.
  • Use drain tiles if site is flat.
  • Divert lawn sprinklers and irrigation water away from the foundation.
  • Promptly repair leaking faucets, water pipes, and air conditioning units.
  • Use mulch sparingly (no more than 2 inches depth is recommended).
  • Keep plants and ground covers 3-4 feet away from the house foundation.

Problem: Poor ventilation in crawl space provides water needed for termite survival.

Solutions:

  • Cover approximately 75 percent of the soil surface in the crawl space with a vapor barrier (4-6 ml polyethylene sheeting).
  • Install 1 square foot of vent opening per 300 to 500 square feet of crawl space area (when using a vapor barrier).
  • Install 1 square foot of vent opening per 150 square feet of crawl space area (without a vapor barrier).
  • Enhance cross ventilation.
  • Remove any vegetation covering vents.

Problem: Hidden termite access.

Solutions:

  • Install trellises and trim plants so that they do not contact the house.
  • Do not build flower planters against the house.
  • Regularly inspect cracks or joints in concrete slabs for evidence of termites.
  • Install metal flashing when attaching porches or decks (even when using “treated” lumber) to an existing house.
  • Remove mulch that contacts siding or obscures a clear view of the foundation.
  • Never install foam board insulation (polystyrene) below grade.

Annual Inspection Checklist

  • Water is directed away from the foundation.
  • Wood and other cellulose materials (including mulch) are away from the foundation.
  • The foundation is exposed around the entire house.
  • The basement (or crawl space) is relatively dry.

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Whether you currently have termites or you want to protect your home against them, follow the tips included above and you’ll improve your chances of being termite free this spring. Lenny’s Pest Control is your trusted Licensed and Insured Pest Control Bonita Springs FLTermite Control and Prevention expert in Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Fort Myers and the Southwest Florida area – call us and we’ll take care of your termite problems 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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It’s been a long time coming and we’re excited to announce it’s finally here! We have a new look for the New Year but always bring you the same great services you have come to trust and rely on over the years! Lenny’s Pest Control is a family owned and managed pest extermination company based out of Southwest Florida. We proudly service the Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral and surrounding areas. We have over 50 years of experience that we bring to your home or business every time you need help with a pest control problem! Our team of expert and professional exterminators are always ready to tackle any pest problem no matter how small or large in Lee County, Charlotte County or even Collier County!

 

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Free QuoteWe recently celebrated our ten-year anniversary in business and we’re shooting for another ten wonderful years of service to our community. We’re all about educating you and helping you protect your home and family from unwanted pests, rodents, termites, insects or bugs in your home, lawn or place of business. We invite you to subscribe to our blog and our newsletter so you never miss our informational posts, specials and news of what’s happening with us and our industry. Every month we’re putting something new together for you and we’re sharing it online so connect to us, if you haven’t’ already, on facebook, twitter and linkedin.

Lenny’s Pest Control specializes in Pest Control Services for both residential and commercial clients as well as Termite Control and Prevention along with helping you keep your lawn beautiful and healthy with our Lawn Care program. We are licensed and insured and we take the time to train our team on the safest and most effective treatments and process of eliminating all pest so you can rest easy knowing you’re in good hands when you call us.

We would love to give you a FREE consultation where we 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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Sending Prosperity, Abundance & Joy your way this New Year 2013! 

We have a really good feeling about 2013 and we hope you do to! As we say goodbye to 2012 and receive 2013 with open arms we take a moment to reflect on our many blessings. We have a lot to be grateful for this year and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your preference and friendship over the years. Thank you for sharing these special moments with us and for allowing us to serve you!

We wish you lots of prosperity, good health and abundance during this New Year and for all the years to come. May you always be surrounded with good friends, a loving family and happy times in a bug free home!

Happy New Year 2013 from our family to yours!

 

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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!

Brown Recluse Spiders in the News!

So we’ve been blogging about spiders recently and how they like to come into the dry area after all the rain and guess what? Turns out they can’t stand the dry heat either! We recently found this story on CNN’s blog and decided to share it with you – scroll down to read article. We’re always keeping a look out for latest news, updates and information that we can share with you.

Don’t be afraid – we’re here to help you get informed and keep you safe! Be on the lookout for our upcoming blog – we’re going to bring you even more details on Brown Recluse Spiders and what happens if you should get bit – how to avoid them and what to do to protect your home and family from them! Remember if you’re seeing a spider or two – there might be a lot more you’re not seeing. If you’re not sure and it looks like a brown recluse don’t try to catch it or play hero. Don’t yell and scream and throw shoes and them either – just give us a call and we’ll come right out and take care of it for you! Give us a call at  (239) 945-6543  for all your Spider or pest control needs in Southwest Florida.

Drought, heat bring spiders out

Heat driving brown recluses to seek refuge inside homes
By Danielle Dellorto CNN

Record high temperatures and rapid expanding drought across the country is resulting in an increase in spiders.

“All insects are cold-blooded, so in extreme heat they develop quicker, which results in more generations popping up now compared to previous summers,” said Jim Fredericks, an entomologist and wildlife ecology expert with the National Pest Management Association.

One spider to watch out for is arguably one of Mother Nature’s most dangerous, the brown recluse. The extreme heat is driving brown recluses to seek refuge inside homes.

Easily disguised as a common house spider, the venom from a brown recluse can cause irritation to the skin, lesions, and in rare cases, death.

“All spiders have a venomous bite, but only a few can be medically dangerous to humans, and the brown recluse is a top concern,” said Fredericks.

The brown recluse spider is smaller than you might imagine — about the size of a quarter. It’s tan in color and has a dark spot in the shape of a violin on its body.

You aren’t likely to see them roaming around during the day — like their name suggests, they are reclusive. They typically hide in dark corners of your home, or in stored items like boxes and in closets.

“A common misconception is that spiders like to bite people,” said Fredericks. “But they actually don’t recognize people as a food source, and will typically only bite as a defense mechanism.”

A bite from a brown recluse will be painless at first. Within three to eight hours, the bite site will become swollen, red, and tender to the touch. In 95% of cases, the irritation ends there and the bite will heal on its own without developing into a more serious irritation.

In some cases, however, the venom begins to break down the cells in the skin and progress into a necrotic lesion needing immediate medical attention. This process takes about two to three weeks.

“It is rare for a brown recluse to result in death, but it can occur in children or adults who are allergic to the spider’s venom,” said Fredericks. “It best to get medical attention right away if bitten, to make sure you aren’t allergic.”

Brown recluse spiders are generally concentrated in the midwestern and south-central regions of the United States.

Reduce your risk of being bitten by wearing long gloves if sorting through dark spaces in your home or moving boxes and furniture. Experts also recommend setting out glue boards (which can be purchased at your local home improvement store) to catch the spiders before they have an opportunity to bite.

Click here to see original CNN Story.

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 onFacebook, 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.

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!

Avoid Summer Pests

As temperatures start to warm up, bugs and other pests will attempt to seek shelter in homes and office buildings. There is always an increase in inquiries for pest control services during the months of May, June and July. So when the pest control job gets too big for a fly swatter, mousetrap or do-it-yourself spray, it could be time to call in a professional. Lenny’s Pest Control is just that professional you need in the Southwest Florida area!

To help prevent pests from entering your home, make sure there are not any outside openings such as torn screens, cracks under the door or foundation issues. We also recommend you check and reapply any worn out weather stripping around outside doors and windows.

Pest control is like visiting the doctor: To prescribe effective treatment, your physician must correctly diagnose the problem, and determine the extent of the injury as well as the potential for further injury. The doctor must then use this information, along with knowledge of applicable treatments available for that particular condition. He/she must then consider which treatment(s) is best. In pest control, we call this process Integrated Pest Management (IPM), the foundation of successful pest control. Using IPM, we first identify the pest and gather information about the infestation. Then we choose the best method(s) of control for the situation, after considering the safety, effectiveness, environmental effects and cost of each method.

In many situations, pesticide application may be the best method. In other situations, non-toxic methods such as trapping, sealing food and reducing moisture can be used more effectively than pesticides. More often, several types of chemical, mechanical, and environmental methods are used in combination, i.e., integrated, to produce the best results.

At Lenny’s Pest Control We Offer:

  • Complete Pest Control Services
  • 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

We carefully discuss all pest problems and solution opportunities with you before taking any action. We take into consideration all of your needs and concerns and make sure to answer all your questions so you always feel comfortable with the pest control plan we create for you.

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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Healthy Lawn Care Tips

Since it’s Spring time – we’ve been talking about lawns lately. Now we all know “A beautiful lawn doesn’t happen by itself.” This is definitely something we have to work toward. Just like anything else, your lawn needs some regular attention and TLC (tender loving care). Having a beautiful lawn in Southwest Florida isn’t as difficult or complicated as some people think. This is where Lenny’s Pest Control comes in – we’re here to help you reach your goal of a beautiful, healthy, lush Southwest Florida lawn! Keep reading for some great Lawn Care Tips we’ve put together just for you!

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. Our lawn care program includes Weed Control, Fertilization and Turf Insect Control. We have a special going on right now – Spring Lawn Special – our initial lawn care service is only $29.95 and it covers up to 6000 sq. ft. with annual agreement – for new customers only.

Here are a few simple tips for Floridians who want to make sure that the grass is always greener in their lawn. Remember, your lawn is the first thing people see when they visit your home. Having a beautiful house is pointless without a lawn that matches. In Florida, the most common type of grass is St. Augustine Grass because it flourishes in hot and humid climates.

AERATING – Aerating your yard once or twice per year is an easy way to ensure that your lawn stays healthy. Aerating is simply poking small holes all across your lawn so water has a place to drain and so that the small life forms within the grass get some fresh air. Aerating tools can be purchased at most hardware stores but a sharp point on any garden tool will work fine.

WATER – We all know watering your lawn is important and essential. Without water your lawn will surely wither up and die. Watering in the early morning or late evening when temperatures and wind speeds are the lowest will reduce water loss through evaporation. Check with your local water management to find out about water restrictions but normally in the Southwest Florida areas you can water twice a week and the recommended irrigation times average about 30 to 45 minutes. You might want to lower this during high rainfall seasons.

MOWING – The higher the grass, the more extensive the root system becomes. Grass with deeper roots is more drought-resistant. If the grass is mowed very short, it will put most of its energy into growing new leaf blades, and less energy into growing a root system (root system will be shallow). So don’t mow your lawn too short.

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!

Southwest Florida Lawn Care

 “A beautiful lawn doesn’t happen by itself.” I know you’ve heard it before but it’s definitely worth repeating. One of the benefits of living in this paradise we call Southwest Florida is having a beautiful lawn outside your home all year-long! Now what most people don’t realize is what it takes to create and keep a beautiful lawn and it’s not as complicated or difficult as some may say it is.

Lenny’s Pest Control has been helping homeowners enjoy a year-long beautiful lawn for years and we know exactly how to get the job done right the first time. 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. Our lawn care program includes Weed Control, Fertilization and Turf Insect Control. We have a special going on this Spring – our initial lawn care service is only $29.95 and it covers up to 6000 sq. ft. with annual agreement – for new customers only.

INSECT CONTROL – If your turf looks damaged, wilted, and water-starved, than in insect may be involved. Some insect species feed on the roots  and actually detach the blades from the roots and some suck the grass blades. This can cause great damage that turns your turf brown.  Here’s a list of insect you might have living in your lawn now: ants, chinch bugs, fire ants, grubs, chiggers, ticks, cutworms, sod webworms, greenbug and billbugs are just a few. Our Turf Insect Control treatment can help you have a healthier, greener lawn quicker than you think!

FERTILIZATION – Providing sufficient nutrients, or fertilizer, is a key component of any beautiful and healthy lawn in southwest Florida.  Aside from enjoying the nice view outside your window, a healthy lawn helps cool the environment and improve air quality! With an extensive knowledge of fertilizing methods and an experienced and expert landscaping team dedicated to you lawn’s health, Lenny’s Pest Control has the tools to rejuvenate even the most dilapidated and dry lawns.

WEED CONTROL – The last thing your lawn needs is a bunch of weeds crowding out your grass. Weeds detract from the beauty of lawns due to the contrast in color and texture between the desired grass plants and the weeds. In addition, weeds compete with the desired grass plants for available water and nutrients, usually resulting in thinning of desirable plant cover. Don’t let weeds keep you from enjoying your lawn, call the experts at Lenny’s Pest Control for quick, quality lawn care.

LAWN TIPS – To decrease bug and disease pressures, mow at the proper height and don’t overwater your lawn. Taller grass has deeper, stronger roots. A short mowing height stresses out grass, and over-fertilization causes it to grow faster than grass clippings can break down.

This results in a layer of thatch and creates hiding places for detrimental insects. Thatch blocks water traveling to the roots, requiring increased irrigation. In turn, damp conditions create disease or fungus pressure, which requires spraying with a fungicide that eliminates all fungus, including the beneficial fungi that protect grass. The cycle continues if unchecked. The best way to have a beautiful lawn is to call an expert and them get you on a plan to a healthier, greener lawn!

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!

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