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Happy New Year from Lenny’s Pest Control!

May Prosperity, Abundance & Joy be yours this New Year 2012! 
As we say goodbye to 2011 and receive 2012 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 2012 from our family to yours!
 

 

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Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Holiday Season!
‘Tis the season to be Jolly and that we definitely are! 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 send you blessings, love, joy, peace and prosperity during this holiday season and beyond. May you always be surrounded with good friends, loving family and happy times!
Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
 

 

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Lenny's Pest ControlLeonard Volberg
Lenny’s Pest Control, IncLee County: 239-945-6543

Charlotte County: 941-621-2424

Collier County: 239-963-2644

lennysr@lennyspestcontrol.com

www.lennyspestcontrol.com

 

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!

Holiday Bugs are Happy Bugs!

So are YOU ready for Thanksgiving this year? Where did the days go? I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again! This Holiday is a favorite in our home! We love the family, fun, friends and the freedom to eat a little more of the good stuff without any of the guilt. I read a post recently on facebook that said “Holiday Calories Don’t Count!” I chuckled a little before I responded “Yeah, wouldn’t that be the perfect Holiday gift?!”

So, are you planning a fabulous family get together with all the relatives over for turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and all the fixings? Is everyone invited? Even the bugs? Did you do know that Holiday Bugs are the happiest bugs in the world? Do you know why? Guess! Maybe it’s because they get lots of yummy sticky, gooey, ooey, sweet stuff everywhere! This is the time of year when the leftovers can’t fit in the fridge so they get left over on the counter over night! It’s when your lovely nieces and nephews leave sticky handprints all over places you didn’t even know they could reach! And it’s when your neighbor drops by to say hi and her not so cute kids leave cookie crumbs all over the floor, the couch, the counter and who knows where else! Oh them kitchen critters just love this time of year!

We just came out of a pretty wet rainy season and if you haven’t called me to come visit you yet you just might have a nice collection of bugs hidden in those secret hiding places in your kitchen, pantry, laundry, bathroom and anywhere else they find comfy enough. Those pantry bugs just love to get into your flour, pasta, cereal and spices. Those suckers reproduce faster than you can blink and if you have one you better bet you have a good fifty or more! The last thing you need is crazy aunt Rita screaming and carrying on like it’s the end o the world in front of all the family while nearly giving grandma a heart attack all because she found bugs in the flour when she went to make the biscuits!

You have Thanksgiving next week and Christmas shortly after that with New Years on their trail and each event is more food and happier bugs. Now we’re all for happy and have nothing against bugs but we really like making our clients happy and keeping the bugs out of their living space so holiday life can be a little more enjoyable. So right about now is the PERFECT time to call Lenny’s Pest Control so we can come by and spray your place just to make sure all your guests are the ones you really invited this year!

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!

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