Lee County Pest Control

Pest Protection that Matters!

At Lenny’s Pest Control, we’re all about offering you the home protection that matters! We have years of experience and we understand what’s going on in and around your home. We have tackled just about every pest, bug and rodent there is out there and we’ve explored the options and have discovered what works and what doesn’t! This time of year we want to stress the importance of Termite Protection and Prevention. The amount of damage that termites can do to a home is devastating but it doesn’t have to happen – we can prevent it. Below is some information we found that we believe you will find useful in knowing what to look out for.

More on Termites:

A termite feeds mostly on wood, but can also get into paper, books, insulation, and other areas of the home. Termites can harm living trees, but they more commonly attack woody plants that are already in decline. Besides the obvious economic damage it causes, an infestation can also be a significant emotional strain. For this reason, termite control is essential. And since it is so complex and difficult a task, getting to these pests and eradicating them from a home is normally a task best left to trained experts in the field.

Did you know that termites start colonies in the Spring?

While a termite infestation can happen at any time during the year, colonies often gather in the spring, when the weather is getting warmer and there is plenty of rain. It is during this season that the largest numbers of these winged swarmers get into homes. If you find a winged termite inside your home, it’s usually a sign of an infestation and time to call Lenny for termite control services. Those you might find that have emerged indoors are best dealt with by simply vacuuming them up. However, it is the ones feeding on the structure of your home that you really have to worry about.

Between the months of March and May especially, these swarmers tend to drop to the ground, pair off with a mate, and attempt to start a new colony in the soil. Relatively few of them emerging outdoors end up surviving. Swarmers that emerge indoors are equally unlikely to survive; even so, their presence points to trouble elsewhere in and around the home. To get the situation under control, you first need to know where they are getting in. And then you have to figure out how to control them or get rid of the colony. The complexity of the job calls for a termite control professional.

How will I know if my home is infested? One of the most visible indicators of a termite problem is pencil-wide mud foraging tubes extending over foundation walls, support piers, sill plates, floor joists, headers and subfloors. Termites construct these “shelter tubes” from particles of soil as they travel between their underground colonies and the structure. Termite-damaged wood is usually hollowed out along the grain, with bits of dried mud or soil lining the feeding galleries. Wood damaged by moisture or other types of insects (e.g. carpenter ants) will not have this appearance.

There will often be no sign of the termites themselves-small, creamy-white insects with an “ant-like” appearance. An infestation can go undetected for years, hidden behind drywall, paneling, floor coverings, insulation or other obstructions. Termite feeding can even progress undetected in wood that is exposed, because the outer surface is usually left intact. Detecting an infestation often requires the trained eye of a professional inspector. However, even the most experienced inspector can overlook damage that is hidden.

Another visible sign of infestation is the presence of winged termites emerging indoors or from the building exterior. Termite swarmers have a dark body and are attracted to light and may be seen around windows, doors and light fixtures. They can be differentiated from winged ants by their straight antennae, uniform waist and wings of equal size. Ants have elbowed antennae, constricted waists and forewings that are longer that the hind wings.

Will the swarmers emerging indoors damage my house? No. In nature, termites swarm to disperse and start new colonies. At certain times of the year, especially on warm days after a rain, winged “reproductives” emerge from the colony and fly into the air. The swarmers then drop to the ground, pair off with a mate and attempt to begin a new colony in the soil. Very few swarmers emerging outdoors survive to initiate new colonies. Termite swarmers emerging inside a structure almost never survive, but indicate that an infestation is present. The swarmer termites and their shed wings can be removed with a vacuum cleaner. Swarmers emerging from tree stumps, wood piles and other outdoor locations away from the house are not necessarily cause for concern, and do not mean that the building is infested.

Can I treat the house myself? Ridding a home of termites requires extensive knowledge of building construction and understanding of where termites are likely to enter. Many of these potential entry points are hidden and difficult to access. Termite control also requires specialized training in the installation of an interception and/or baiting systems as well as the proper use of supplemental treatments that may be employed, such as liquid chemical barriers, foams and wood protectants. Given the substantial financial investment of one’s home, termite treatment is a job for professionals. We’re here to help you make sure you home is safe from termites so feel free to give us a call and schedule an inspection.

What about Termite Bait Systems? There are several ways to approach Termite control and prevention. We can use liquids, termite bait systems, or both of these. Liquid Termite spray products are primarily fast acting and can be applied closer to the infestation area and they also require less maintenance. On the other hand the Termite Bait Systems are considered to be less intrusive because no drilling or trenching are needed for these. Also it doesn’t require expensive equipment to complete the job. It’s important to note that bait systems can also help you identify a problem before the termites reach your home and with termites – prevention is always key.

The best way to prevent and control termites is to pick up the phone and give us a call. Let the experts at Lenny’s Pest Control handle all your termite protection needs!

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!

Spring is in the Air!

We love spring! This is a beautiful and wonderful time of year with great weather and an open invitation to enjoy the outdoors! Who doesn’t love to take a walk around the block or pull out a chair in the backyard to just enjoy the nice cool evening breeze and count the stars. I have a neighbor that loves to air dry her laundry in the spring because the weather is perfect and she loves spending time outside for a change. We happen to live in paradise so why not enjoy it’s many gifts of nature? Oh but not all of natures gifts are enjoyable or even wanted! This is the time of year to look out for termites, rodents and fire ants among other unwanted pests. If you haven’t already protected your home now is a good time to consider giving us a call and getting some peace of mind! Below are a few of natures lovely gifts you might want to look out for this time of year. Click on the links or images to read more.

TERMITES – Do you know what swarming season is? Termites begin swarming in mid to late February through late March and have been feeding all winter, summer, spring and fall. This is the first visible evidence of termites and their swarm is commonly mistaken as “flying ants”. Turning on your heat on a cold day can cause these termites to immediately start flying out of your walls. Scary thought huh? Termite damage can get quite expensive in a home, is yours protected? Click here to read more…

RODENTS – Springtime means peak breeding season for commensal pests and rodents! Who knew? Roof rats breed throughout the year, with two peaks of production: In February and March and again in May and June. The period of least activity is in July and August. The gestation period is approximately 21 days, and the number of young per litter averages almost seven. Is your home protected? Click here to read more…

FIRE ANTS – It’s true, ants are super busy this time of year and fire ants are especially dangerous pest to have anywhere near your living quarters. Red Imported Fire Ant mounds are not hard to come by in Cape Coral, Fort Myers and the surrounding Southwest Florida areas. Mounds may be found almost anywhere in Southwest Florida: grass, sidewalk cracks, under objects like rocks, on beaches or near water. Fire ants are vigorous and aggressive creatures here in Southwest Florida. They will instantaneously swarm over anyone or anything that disturbs their mound such as: animals, birds, livestock, pets, or people. This is the time of year when kids love to go out to play in the yard, is your family, yard and home protected against fire ants?  Click here to read more…

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!

Red Hot Fire Ants!

Although we haven’t had much in the form of a winter it is that time of year when we need to start thinking about spring and some of the concerns warm weather can bring.  One of these pesky issues is the fire ant. At Lenny’s Pest Control we feel it’s very important to educate our customers on how to avoid  unwanted bugs and pests. Our blog is dedicated to informing and educating you on what you need to know about bugs and how we can help protect your home – today we’d like to educate you on Fire Ants!

Fire ants don’t bite; they will sting; similar to a wasp. They hold on with their mouth parts and inject venom into skin through a stinger on their abdomen. It is possible to be stung hundreds of times if you unknowingly disturb a mound.

When stung by Red Imported Fire Ants a strong stinging and burning sensation will immediately erupt near the spot you were stung. After the Fire Ants stings, the area will swell to a red bump and become itchy. Some people may have an allergic reaction to the stings and might require medical attention. The venom is called solenopsin composed of alkaloids.

These insects are also known as the “red imported fire ants”. This is considered to be a more appropriate name because they were introduced originally in Alabama by a South American cargo ship in the 1930s. A few other names known worldwide for the Fire Ant is ginger ants and tropical fire ants. There are over 280 known stinging species of ants. Fire Ants are classified in this group.

Red Imported Fire Ant mounds are not hard to come by in Cape Coral, Fort Myers and the surrounding Southwest Florida areas. Mounds may be found almost anywhere in Southwest Florida: grass, sidewalk cracks, under objects like rocks, on beaches or near water. Fire ant colonies have been found inside cars or trucks. Fire ants are known to be attracted to electrical currents. The best description of a mound is that it looks like a sand pile. Beware if you see a mound with no movement, they sometimes tend to be buried under the sand. Once you cause activity in their mound they will swarm out by the hundreds. Fire ants are vigorous and aggressive creatures here in Southwest Florida. They will instantaneously swarm over anyone or anything that disturbs their mound such as: animals, birds, livestock, pets, or people.  They have been found to cause considerable damage to air conditioners, telephone junction boxes, transformers, traffic lights, and even gasoline pumps.

Fire Ants can be controlled by a two different methods.  Lenny’s Pest Control is an expert in preventing, controlling and exterminating fire ants from your personal living space and surrounding areas. We have specific treatments that we apply to problem areas that work every time! If you have a fire ant or other pest control problem please call us at 239-945-6543 or click here to visit our site.

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Moving in for the Winter

So it’s mid-January and the cold front’s finally coming our way here in sunny Southwest Florida! If you’re like me, you love the beautiful warm Florida weather but you also welcome the cool breeze of our winter climate! I love this time of year because I can give my A/C a break and just open the windows and patio doors and let the cool breeze come in. We can air out our homes and get some fresh air flowing through the house. Unfortunately the cool breeze isn’t the only thing willing and ready to come home! This is the time of the year when birds fly south, people migrate to Florida and bugs come inside your house looking for warmth!

It’s winter in Southwest Florida and everyone knows it. Does this mean the pests are at rest? Of course not. You’ve worked hard to create a Home Sweet Home retreat away from the world and perfect for all your specific needs. Our home is usually our biggest financial investment and we spend a large amount of time there. So shouldn’t your home be protected from unwanted bugs and creatures looking to protect themselves from nippy cold winter days? Here’s where we can help! Lenny’s Pest Control is here to keep your home safe and bug free all winter long!

Because the current rash of cold weather the termites are hard at work. Probably eating at the walls that are keeping you warm now. I bet you didn’t know that termites and their swarm are commonly mistaken as “flying ants”. Turning on your heat on a cold day can cause these termites to immediately start flying out of your walls. We have a blog post coming soon with all the details on Subterranean Termites in Southwest Florida so stay tuned and subscribe to our blog if you haven’t already! Fire ants, Argentine ants and other ant species, as well as American cockroaches, try to move indoors during this time as well, seeking warmth from the colder temperatures.

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 and we hope you have a wonderful 2012!

Lenny’s Pest Control has a team of experts that specialize in Southwest Florida Pest Control inside and outside of your home. We are experienced in tackling Termites and any other insects in your 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 or visit our website at http://www.lennyspestcontrol.com/to get a quote today!

Are bed bugs keeping you up at night?

Do you remember the bedtime nursery rhyme: “Good Night, Sleep Tight, Don’t let the bed bugs bite!”? Do you ever wonder where that came from? Well, we’re the curious kind so we did a little digging and found some interesting stuff to share with you today. First, this is just one variation of that nursery rhyme: 

Good night, sleep tight,
Don’t let the bedbugs bite.
And if they do
Then take your shoe
And knock ‘em ‘til
They’re black and blue!

Well we certainly know what bed bugs are, but do you? If you’re not familiar and don’t have all the details, you’re definitely in the right place today! Every now and then we’ll get a call about a bed bug infestation and it’s never pretty! I believe that if more people had the knowledge and information about bed bugs, how they pick ’em up, what the signs are and how to treat them… maybe they wouldn’t wait so long to call. Bed bugs are like any other pest you can come across – the longer you have them, the more time they have to reproduce and that only increases the treatments level of difficulty.

Bed bugs bite and suck blood from humans. Bed bugs are most active at night and bite any exposed areas of skin while an individual is sleeping. The face, neck, hands, and arms are common sites for bed bug bites. The bite itself is painless and is not noticed. Small, flat, or raised bumps on the skin are the most common sign; redness, swelling, and itching commonly occur. If scratched, the bite areas can become infected. A peculiarity of bed bug bites is the tendency to find several bites lined up in a row. Infectious-disease specialists refer to this as the “breakfast, lunch, and dinner” sign, signifying the sequential feeding that occurs from site to site.

Basically if you or your family: babies, children, elderly have bites or what looks like a rash on your skin – you need to check for bed bugs! Infestations of Bed Bugs are up 5000 percent as are the number of reported attacks! The nightmare begins when a Bed Bug finds its way into your clothing; it usually happens at a hotel but can start anywhere.

Hospitals, businesses, homes, buses, apartments and hotels are just a few places where bed bugs are being reported. It is said that bed bugs don’t transmit disease from feeding on your blood; however, an engorged bedbug can burst at the slightest bit of pressure exposing you to human blood. If that blood is infected, then you run a risk of infection as well.

Finding bed bugs in your home has nothing to do with poor hygiene! It takes only one bed bug to hitch a ride on your clothing (furniture, suitcase, etc) and infest your residence. What’s worse is that they can live up to one year without drinking a drop of your blood. Feeding takes about 10 to 15 minutes for adults and less for the nymphs; they feed about every three days. Depending on the conditions, bed bug nymphs can survive for months without feeding.

The eggs are white and about 1mm long. The nymphs look like adults but are smaller. Complete development from egg to adult takes from four weeks to several months depending on the temperature and amount of feed available. Bedbugs have been known by a variety of names including wall louse, mahogany flat, crimson rambler, heavy dragoon, chinche, and redcoat.

Bed Bugs Quick Facts:

  • Bed Bugs are flat, brown, wingless and about 1/4 of an inch
  • They have 6 legs, shiny reddish-brown but after a good serving of your blood, they appear dark brown and swollen as in the picture below.
  • They can be seen with the human eye, but do a great job at hiding
  • Bed bugs are not known to carry diseases as of yet
  • They feed on human blood preferring to do it in the dark when you’re sleeping
  • Simply using chemical treatments will not remove the infestation
  • These bugs love to hide in the seams of your mattress including:
  • Sofa seams
  • Cracks in the bad frame and or head-board
  • Under chairs, couched, beds and dust covers
  • Under rugs, edges of carpets, drawers, baseboards and window casings
  • Behind light switches, electrical outlet plates, cracks in plaster
  • Televisions, radio clocks and phones
  • Backpacks, Sleeping bags, Cloths
  • Behind wallpaper, picture frames and other dark areas

If you suspect you have an infestation, you should contact us or a licensed exterminator. You can try to do it yourself , but your odds are a lot better letting a licensed professional handle it. We’ve been exterminating bed bugs for years and we know exactly what works and what doesn’t. We tested, tried and researched it all and our methods are the safest, quickest and best way to get your home bed bug free at a price you can actually afford!

A few ways to prevent bed bugs from getting into your home include:

  • Hang clothing in the closet farthest from the bed
  • Place luggage on the folding rack found in most hotels
  • Place luggage in the dry cleaning bag found in the hotel.
  • Most important, don’t bring home a mattress that has been used by unknown sources.

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 and we wish you and everyone a Very Happy Holiday season!

Got Pests in your Pantry?

So have you ever gone into your pantry and reached for a box of pasta to pour into the hot boiling water – ready for a delicious home cooked meal with the family only to find a bunch of black bugs floating at the top of the water right after pouring in the pasta? What a way to turn a home cooked meal into pizza delivery night huh? I hate it when that happens!

How about reaching for the flour for that amazing banana nut bread recipe that grandma left you on her last visit… you got the eggs out, bananas mushed – all the ingredients ready to go and as soon as you open up the flour bag you see tons of black tiny bugs having a wild party in your flour bag! Woah! Where did these critters come from and why are they everywhere? Yup, go check – if you have one you probably have a whole lot more because apperently they like to reproduce more than rabbits do and they’re quicker about it too! Check the pasta, cereal, crackers, spices, etc… anything you have in there sitting too long should be checked and immediately thrown out. Don’t try to salvage any of it and don’t just leave it in the kitchen garbage – get those suckers outside of your house immediately and then call me! 239-945-6543

What you have is a common case of Pantry Pests and they are about as “pesty” as bugs can  possibly get… unless you have termites but that’s a totally different blog post! Collectively as a group they’re called pantry pests but they really do have individual names and they look different too. We get calls from homeowners all the time, mostly women, after they called the take out guy they usually call us and we come right over to clean it up and get things back in order! Fortunately for you we have years of experience and we know just what to do to make your home a bug free one and we do it all with a smile! 🙂

So we did some digging on the internet to get you the scoop on these lovely critters and here’s what we found… please keep in mind that the best prevention to any pests is to have your home or office sprayed on a regular basis. (at least once a year)

PANTRY PESTS QUICK FACTS

Discovering “bugs” in your breakfast cereal may be disgusting, but it isn’t unusual, because many insects like to eat what we do. Stored foods commonly infested include flour, cereals, cracked grains, baking mixes and processed foods, crackers, macaroni, cured meats, powdered milk, dried fruits, nuts, popcorn and spices. Insects that feed on these products may also infest other grain-based items such as pet foods, birdseed and ornamental corn. Dried flower arrangements may also be attacked.

Insect pests most often encountered in stored food products are:

  • Indian meal moths
  • dermestid beetles
  • sawtoothed grain beetles
  • cigarette and drugstore beetles
  • flour beetles
  • granary, rice and maize weevils
  • bean weevils
  • spider beetles

Several stages (egg, larva, pupa and adult) of these insects may be present at the same time in infested products. Because we keep our houses warm, these insects may continually reproduce and many stored product infestations can be found nearly any time of the year.

The first indication of an infestation is often presence of small brown beetles, moths or worms in cupboards or on counters. Upon closer inspection, insects may also be found in opened packages or containers of food and in the cracks and crevices of cupboards. Unopened packages may also become infested because some of these insects can readily chew into cardboard and foil packaging. Insects can be brought into the home along with infested food products. They can multiply and spread to other stored foods.

Once an infestation is suspected, identify the pest and try to locate the source. Occasionally, the source of an infestation can be very hard to find. It may be in an unopened package from the store. Consider the possibility food may have been spilled next to or behind hard-to-move appliances. Mice will sometimes collect seeds or dry pet food and hoard them in walls, under cupboards or dishwashers where the infestations are nearly impossible to find.

Pantry Pest Prevention: (after calling us of course!)

The following tips may be useful:

**Purchase food in package sizes that can be used up in a short time. Do not store food products more than two to four months, if possible. Use older packages before newer ones and opened packages before unopened ones.

**When purchasing packaged foods, be certain containers are not damaged and seals are intact.

**Store dried foods in insect-proof containers such as screw-top glass, heavy plastic or metal containers. This will prevent entry or escape of insects. Cardboard, paper or plastic wrapping will not prevent insect infestations.

**Keep food storage areas clean and do not allow crumbs or food particles to accumulate, as exposed food will attract insects. Cleanliness is especially important in areas where pet foods and birdseed are stored.

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 and we wish you and everyone a Very Happy Thanksgiving Holiday season!

We proudly service the Lee, Charlotte and Collier Counties.  Call us at 239-945-6543 or visit our website at http://www.lennyspestcontrol.com/ to get a quote today!

Is Your Lawn Protected?

Are you in LOVE with your Lawn? Well you should be!

At Lenny’s Pest Control we believe you should have the best looking lawn on the block! If you’re living in Southwest FL then you’re already in paradise, shouldn’t your home and it’s surroundings look the part? This is the time of year when we reach out to our customers and remind them that it’s GRUB season and their lawn needs to be protected if they want to have and keep a beautiful green, lush, healthy lawn. Most people don’t realize that beautiful lawns don’t happen on their own. Aside from needing water on a regular basis, lawns need to be fertilized in the fall and protected against insects and bugs like GRUBS and NOW is the perfect time to do so. You also need to make sure that you keep those weeds in check because they can really do some damage to your lawn as well as shrubs and plants.

Today we want to educate you on those pesky and problematic GRUBS!

Grubs are the larval stage of beetles. There are many types of grubs but the ones which live in the dirt under grass are most likely Japanese Beetle, June Beetle, May Beetle, Black Turfgrass, Asiatic Garden or some other regional beetle which lays eggs whose larva feed on plants. Most people know what grubs look like. They usually have an off white, tan or even brown head, tend to be curled in a “C” position all the time, have lots of legs and a segmented body which is quite white. Grubs can vary greatly in size which is not only dependent on species. Clearly the food supply has a lot to do with just how big or small any one grub might grow. Other variables like temperature, humidity, water, local nutrients and soil type will influence their size and development. Grubs live just under grass, usually 6 inches to a few feet down, all of which depends on their species, food supplies and the time of year. Since so many insects generate a grub like young which can live in turf.

Grubs usually go unnoticed until the results of their feeding is observed. Such results will include dead grass, plants and flowers. It is quite common to find them still feeding even as you are removing the dead plant, turf or flower!!  Such “pockets” of grubs should be more then just an alarm alerting you to what is happening. Don’t ignore it. Grub damage is by far the most common type of damage sustained in turf grass throughout the United States. In addition to grubs killing off plants, shrubs and grass, their presence tends to attract all kinds of  animals. Moles, armadillo, badgers, birds, mice, rats,  voles, shrews, gophers, groundhogs, muskrat, opossum,  raccoon, prairie dogs, and skunk are just some of the animals which will readily tear up and pull apart lawns in an effort to find grubs. They love grubs
and lawns which have active grub populations will undoubtedly start to experience animal digging and damage. If you already have this activity, you need to put an
end to it as soon as possible. Turf which is in a weakened state already will quickly die off from all the digging. Grub infestations can also lead to other insect problems. There are many types of wasps which actually feed on grubs. These parasitic wasps thrive in yards where grubs are present and will come to feed and nest when large grub populations
are active.

Fall is the best time to inspect for grubs, although early spring can also bring on early infestations. At these times the grubs are near the soil surface feeding at the root zone. Use a spade to cut three sides of a strip one foot square and three inches deep. Force the spade under the sod and lay it back, using the uncut side as a hinge. Use a trowel to dislodge soil from the exposed roots. After inspection, replace the strip of sod to insure roots can re-establish contact with the soil. Repeat this procedure in several other areas of the lawn to locate possible white grub infestations.

Lenny’s Pest Control has 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 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 or visit our website at http://www.lennyspestcontrol.com/ to get a quote today!

Do you Have Uninvited House Guests?

Help! I have a Mouse in my House!

Now that’s a line I hear more often than I’d like to! The other day I got a call from a client (let’s just call her Suzy) that told me I needed to make a house call to her neighbor right away and check out her attic. She said she was really worried about her neighbor and it was an urgent matter. So I finished up my coffee and headed out to Suzy’s part of town in Fort Myers.

As it turns out Suzy’s neighbor was just about to lose her mind and didn’t know if she should call a doctor or a priest! She hadn’t slept in days and she sure she had a ghost in the house because she heard noises deep into the night, just above her bedroom and the poor lady had convinced herself it was her late husband trying to contact her from the afterlife. Now I’m no ghost hunter, buster or anything like that so I can’t say Yay or Nay about their existence but I can smell a rat in a house if you got one or two… or ten! I’ve been doing this pest control stuff for a long time so I’ve come to see the signs and understand the situation, if you know what I mean!

Well I tell you what, Suzy’s neighbor was lucky she’d gone over crying to Suzy about the nighttime noises because just a few months back I’d gotten a call from Susy’s husband with a similar problem and found a nice size family of rats in their attic and I took care of that problem right away. So Suzy had a pretty good idea of what was really going on at her neighbors house but was having a hard time getting her to understand it was rodents and not her late husband trying to give her some important message from the far and beyond.

Sure enough I climbed up into that attic and found a fine mess up there and now I wished I would have taken a picture so you could see it for yourself! I tell you them creatures were having a happy party up there for a while because it took me and my crew some work to get it all cleaned up and back in order. I’m happy to report that Suzy’s neighbor is sleeping just fine these days and we’re not only checking regularly for rodents but we’re taking care of her termite protection, her lawn and we’re making sure her entire house is totally bug free!

Now here is what you need to know about these unwanted house guests: Commensal Rodents or Pest are a serious problem in the southwest Florida area and most people don’t realize it. They love to live in doors where it’s dry, comfortable and they have lots of food – yours! Rats in the attic are also called roof rats but there are several kinds to look out for. You have Deer Mouse, House Mouse, Norway Rat and the Meadow Vole. Commensal pests have been perhaps feared beyond all others down through the ages, as they hit us where it hurts most — in the food supply.

These rats and mice just love to make their home in our homes, farm buildings and warehouses in search of food and shelter. Especially in these rainy months where it’s flooding outside so they have to find a dry place to live. Oh, did I mention they love to climb and they really love food that you leave lying out around your home? The most common rodent pests in Florida are rats and mice because they have adapted well to living with humans. Unknowingly man has carried these pests to every corner of the earth and they have become a common headache for many. These animals consume large quantities of food, they damage structures, clothing and documents that you have stored away for safe keeping. They carry a number of diseases, leave behind their droppings and reproduce at a rate we can’t even begin to want to tell you about.

The good news is that we’re very familiar with these unlikable pests and we know just the right trick to get them out of your living space and far away from your home. Lenny’s Pest Control is licensed and insured and our team of experts has years of experience in exterminating these rodents quickly and safely. We accept all major credit cards and we proudly service the Lee Charlotte and Collier Counties for Pest Control, Termite Control, Lawn Care and yes Commensal Rodents!

Call us at 239-945-6543 or visit our website at http://www.lennyspestcontrol.com/ to get a quote today!

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