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What Business Owners Need to Know About Pest Control

If you own or run a business and want to maintain your success and profitability, you must learn about common problems and how to overcome them. At some point, you will likely encounter rodents, insects or other pests that want to invade and cause trouble. When you want to reduce the damage, respond at the first sign of an infestation, but you will first need to learn about the red flags. Keeping pests under control and preventing potential outbreaks from occurring will work wonders to safeguard your business. Your staff and customers will know that they are in good hands, and you will be pleased with the outcome. Pests Create Safety Issues Learning about the safety issues that pests can cause is a good place to start when your goal is to keep your business out of harm's way. When mice, rats or other rodents get into your building, they...
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What's the Difference Between Termites and Carpenter Ants?

Termites and carpenter ants are the most common wood-destroying insects in Spring Hill and neighboring cities along Florida's Gulf Coast. Both of these pests have eusocial colonies where work is delegated to different castes. Carpenter ant colonies include 15,000 members, but termite colonies are several million strong. These pests have a few similarities, but there are some critical differences. Differences between Termites and Carpenter Ants The primary difference between these wood-destroying pests is that termites consume the wood that they mine. Carpenter ants bore out nests that are called galleries, but they don't eat the wood. Ants are related to bees and wasps. The Florida carpenter ant is the only wood-boring ant species found in Spring Hill and Brooksville. This species displays several shades of black, brown and red, so they are easy to recognize. Workers measure between one-quarter and one-half of an inch. Termites evolved from an order of...
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How to Tell the Difference Between a Rat and a Mouse

Mice and rats look similar when they’re on the run, but both have distinctive characteristics. Correct identification is important because pest control methods that work for mice don’t necessarily work for rats. Infestations are best treated by experts who can easily tell them apart, but here are the biggest differences between the two. Size Fully grown mice weigh a few ounces at most. Their length ranges from 4 to 8 inches including their tails. Rats weigh up to a pound, and their bodies alone measure close to 8 inches. Rats’ tails are longer than their bodies. Appearance Mice have tiny heads and feet. Their heads are sharply triangular, and their ears are more rounded and proportionately larger than those of rats. Mice are white, brown or pale gray in color. The fur on their bellies is slightly lighter than the rest. Rats are white, brown, gray or black. Roof rats...
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Common Tree Diseases To Look Out For

An important economic and environmental resource, trees provide shade and improve the aesthetic appeal of your landscaping. Each year, destructive insects and diseases kill and damage a large number of trees in the Sunshine State. Whether a native or exotic species, trees are susceptible to beetles, spiders, and weevils as well as damage from fungus and improper pruning techniques. Other threats include severe storms. The accompanying high winds can uproot trees, and lighting strikes can cause severe harm. Few trees struck by lightning survive. Without suitable care, trees develop problems that affect their ability to grow properly. Hatracking is a misguided pruning technique that removes 50 percent or more of a tree’s canopy. This practice exposes the previously shaded interior to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The loss of the energy-producing leaves of the canopy also deprives the tree of vital nutrients. The shock may cause the tree to die. Leaving...
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Don't Bring Bedbugs Home This Summer

Have you noticed some itchy red bumps in a straight row across your skin? Is there an odd dirt-like substance on your bed or tiny blood smears on your sheets? If you notice any of these signs or a musky odor near a bed or sofa, you may have bedbugs. Many people pick these tiny blood-drinking pests up inadvertently during a summer vacation. How To Find A Bedbug Infestation Look under sofa cushions and sheets for bedbugs. They are fast and elusive. You must move covers or cushions quickly. Bedbugs are flat, brown and round. They may be as tiny as a grain of sand if they are young or as big as a lentil if they are adults. If a bedbug has not eaten in a while, it may be slightly elongated in shape. Look for bits of reddish-brown dirt, shed exoskeletons, live bedbugs or dead carcasses. You definitely...
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How To Keep Your Lawn In Shape This Summer

When spring arrives, most people aerate their lawns. They fix any bare patches from winter damage, and they start fertilizing the soil for a vibrant green lawn. With rain, clouds and shorter days, spring is an easier month for lawns as long as there are no freezing temperatures. Summer means longer days, more sun and higher temperatures. It is important to know how to maintain a lawn during these harsher months. Watering Avoid watering your lawn during the hottest part of the day. If you have an underground sprinkler system with a timer, set it to water your lawn at dusk and at dawn. The water will have more time to properly saturate the ground instead of drying up faster from the sun and heat. When there is a heat wave, water the lawn for an extra 10 or 15 minutes per day unless there are watering restrictions set by...
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How Not To Do Pest Control

A man in Maine recently burned down the home of his parents when he was trying to get rid of ants. According to news reports, the 21-year-old man was using wooden matches to burn the invading pests. One of the matches came into contact with combustible material, which sparked a fast-spreading blaze. Although the young man and his parents were not harmed, three pets died in the fire. This unfortunate incident is a good reminder that pest control problems are best left to professionals. Pest Control Methods To Avoid Many people try to torch ants, wasp nests, and even spiders. In addition to risking losing your home in a fire, torching a wasp nest can also lead to you being stung multiple times. People often try to remove wasp nests this way only to find that the wasps come out and attack them. A wasp nest that appears empty may...
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Prepare Your Yard For Your July 4th BBQ

Having a July 4 cookout is a great way to have fun with your friends and will create lasting memories, but getting the most from your event requires you to take proactive steps to prevent pests from ruining the day. Even though you will encounter a range of pests, fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are some of the most common and won't waste much time launching an invasion. If you want to keep yourself and your guests from getting bit, you will need to learn about these pests and how they behave, and you will then have the knowledge that you need to move forward without stress. Fleas When your mission includes getting the most from your July 4 celebration, taking a look at fleas and the damage that they can cause is a wise move that will get you started in the right direction. When your pets go outside, fleas...
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The Most Common Summer Pests in Our Area

Our area provides the ideal habitat for a legion of insects and other pests. As summer nudges spring aside, these opportunistic feeders descend on the community to establish new colonies and search for food and mates. Many of these pests pose a significant risk to your home, family and pets. Termites Causing billions of dollars in damage each year, termites swarm in the spring as they search for new locations to build their colonies. Drywood and subterranean termite species are common in the area. It is important to take proactive pest control measures and correct issues that reduce the risk for future property damage. Ants Bigheaded ants, white-footed ants and Pharaoh ants are just a few of the ant species residing in Spring Hill. They enter through tiny cracks and holes in search of food and moisture. While fire ants are known for their painful bites, carpenter ants chew through...
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Lawn Spraying - How to Keep Your Lawn Pest Free for Memorial Day

As Memorial Day approaches, many people will be celebrating outdoors. Unfortunately, Florida is filled with pests that love hanging out in the grass. These bugs may cause great destruction to your perfectly manicured yard. One of the most effective ways to keep these creatures away is with lawn spraying. At EcoFloridian, we proudly provide pest control services to Homosassa, Spring Hill, and the surrounding Florida areas. Various Lawn Pests in Florida There are many pests that can harm your home's lawn and put your outdoor picnics and festivities on hold. For example, sod web worms can cause extreme problems. As caterpillars, they enjoy laying low in grassy areas. These creatures will chew on your lawn, and devastation can occur quickly. Before you know it, your yard will develop dead spots. Mole crickets are other common Florida pests. Nymphs and adults cause damage from the roots of the turf. Also, they...
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How Do Rodents Get Into Your Home?

Your house is your home, a place where you can relax, enjoy your family and feel at ease and safe from the outside world. When rodents invade your house, they contaminate your living space and threaten your family. Rats and field mice harbor fleas, lice and diseases. If rodents have broken into your happy home, the professionals at EcoFloridian are here to help. How and Why Rodents Sneak Into Homes Rodents have a unique ability to flatten their bodies and to squeeze through small cracks around your home. They can fit under doors, wiggle around loose window frames and crawl through vents, plumbing and other entryways. If there's a gap in the foundation or an opening along the roof, a rodent will find it and use it as an entrance. You might not see any broken seals or cracks around your home, but rodents can easily spot these entry points...
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How to Determine if You Have a Termite Problem

At EcoFloridian Lawn & Pest Control, we know that termites can be a major problem in our area of the Sunshine State. That's why we want to tell potential customers how to determine if this pest is on their property. Armed with the information given below, you may be able to catch an infestation before it gets serious, and if it turns out there's no infestation, you'll at least be saving yourself the expense of a professional inspection. Subterranean Termites There are mainly two kinds of termites, subterranean and drywood. Since the latter are rarely found in this area, we'll focus on subterranean termites. It's important to be able to distinguish between workers, soldiers, and swarmers: the first two share a light, creamy color and don't have wings, while the third is brown or black and has two sets of wings. Swarmers are also slightly larger than the first two,...
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