Pest Control SWFL

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!

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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!

The American Cockroach – Nothing to be proud of!

So they say April showers bring May flowers but that’s not all they bring and their friendly gifts aren’t limited to only the month of May either! Rainy season in Southwest FL brings us unwanted house guests of a creepy crawly kind of nature. Yes, I’m talking about the American Cockroach or water bug as some people call ’em.

Since we’ve had quite a bit of rain this season you might see a roach or two, or three or four… crawling around your kitchen or bathroom at night. Some of them are even bold enough to come out in the day light and prance around your kitchen counter in search for their next delicious meal! It’s very important to keep a clean home if you want bugs to stay away because they love leftovers, crumbs, trash, debris and just sweet, icky, sticky stuff that they call food. I recommend you put all your food away before going to bed at night, wipe down your counters with some fantastic and take the trash out often. I’m not trying to tell you how to do your housekeeping now, just giving you some friendly bug advice to try and keep these big roaches away! They’re ugly buggers too and they can be quite unnerving to some people.

I got a frantic call from a client this week asking us to come out and get a handle on the bug problem in his house and it wasn’t necesarily the bugs that were bothering him so much but his wife’s horrific screams every time she was startled by one in her daily comings and goings. You’d think the world was coming to an end by the way she yelled and screamed and started throwing things. He said the last thing he needs is another reason for her to interupt his football season – again! So I felt sorry for the guy so I had to come right over!

I had to reassure him and her that these aren’t permanent house guests and even though a interior spray is needed and this was no laughing matter but it wasn’t the worst of bug problems either. You see they’re just coming in from the rain in search for some dry space. They don’t like all the water in their home so they decide to come camp out in yours.  No, I know that’s not very comforting but it is important to understand that these bugs will appear more during the rainy season and they aren’t the worst kind of roaches to have.

The small roaches are the ones that you really want to worry about because they love to live and breed and stay inside your home. If you see the small ones, call me right away and I’ll be RIGHT over to take care of it for you. 239-945-6543  Here some details and information that you might appreciate below.

Cockroaches are easy to recognize. Reddish-brown in color they have antennae longer than their body, and the shield behind the head has a yellowish margin. Adults have wings but immature cockroaches are wingless. One-and-a-half to two-inch long cockroaches are common in Florida.

Cockroaches are found in warm moist areas, and you will see them in cracks and crevices of foundations, in garages, or under mulch in the yard. In Florida, it is not uncommon to find them in houses or on porches. They feed on a variety of plant and animal material.

Appearance:

American roaches are reddish-brown in color with a pale-brown or yellow band
behind the head.

Size:

1-1 ½- inches in length. They are the largest of the house-infesting
cockroaches.

Behavior:

These cockroaches dwell outside but often enter houses after heavy rainfall or other extreme weather. They may enter via sewer connections, under doors, around utilitypipes, air ducts, or other openings in the foundation. When disturbed they may run rapidly and adults may fly.

American cockroaches prefer warm temperatures and do not tolerate cold climates. Because of their fondness of sewers, large populations of American cockroaches will be seen in many cities after heavy rains or flooding. Females produce egg cases that hatch in 6-8 weeks. The nymphs require 6 to 12 months to mature. Adult cockroaches can live up to one year, during which females produce an average of 150 young.

They are omnivorous and opportunistic feeders that will consume decaying organic matter, but being a scavenger, they will eat almost anything. They prefer sweets but has been known to eat paper, book bindings, the soft part on the inside of animal hides, cloth and dead insects.

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