The Spiders are Back!

Summer in Southwest Florida is hot and wet this time of year with lots of wonderful rain. On the upside the rain brings us a few cool moments and we enjoy a much-needed break from the hot sun. On the downside all the spiders are trying to find a dry space to call home and a good supply of fresh bugs to eat! If you research Spiders you will quickly find that most informational sites state that spiders  are generally good to have around because they help to minimize the population of harmful insects. Well that may be true but I haven’t met one woman that’s happy to have a spider or two around her house to keep the bugs away!

A creepy crawly spider can be a real scary thing for some people and I’ve known a woman or two to run for her life, screaming bloody murder just because one walked by. You’d think a brain eating Zombie was after her only to find it’s just a little tiny thing with lots of legs. Truth is spiders like to eat bugs and bugs love leftovers lying around on your kitchen counter. Spiders also love to hide in nice dark corners where clutter and messy spaces make for a cozy home. So once again, I’m not trying to tell you how to run your home or anything but cleaning up the mess, taking out the trash and putting away leftovers is a good idea to keep the bugs and the spiders away. Aside from that, even though some spiders don’t have Zombie like powers, they can bite humans, and they are poisonous, so it is a good idea to have Lenny’s Pest Control  treat your home for spiders.

Several spiders pose a serious threat to humans. The two spiders that are the deadliest to humans in the United States are the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. Since a few people die each year from the bite of either of these two spiders, it’s extremely important for any person that is bitten by one of these spiders to seek treatment immediately. In some cases, hospitalization may be necessary.

The Black Widow spider can be easily recognized because she is black with a red hourglass on the underside of her abdomen. The male is considerably smaller than the female, and he has a body up to half an inch long. The Black Widow typically remains outdoors.

The Brown Recluse spider has a darker brown hourglass on its back. The Brown Recluse loves to be indoors and generally stays out of sight. It may never be seen until you reach into a dark spot where it is hiding. Then it will bite.

There are plenty of other spiders in the United States, such as the Grass Spider, Wolf Spider, Hobo Spider, and the Saint Andrew’s Cross Spider, just to name a few. These spiders do not have the same strong venom in their bite, but it is very painful and treatment may be required.

If you have noticed spiders in your home, call us at (239) 945-6543. Our team of Pest Control experts is happy to present your with the best and safest way to eliminate your spider problem, and make recommendations about how to keep them away in the future. In the mean time here’s more on spiders below!

About Spiders

Spiders are arachnids, they are not insects. Insects have six legs, antennae and some have wings. Spiders have eight legs and do not have antennae or wings. Arachnids and insects do have something in common: they both have a hard outer skeleton and legs with jointed sections.

The word arachnid comes from arachne, which is the Greek word for spider. According to Greek mythology, a young weaver named Arachne believed that her weaving skills were better than that of the goddess Athena. Athena challenged Arachne to a contest and Arachne proved that her weaving was just as good as Athena’s. However, Arachne insulted Athena in the way in which she portrayed the gods in her weaving. As punishment, Athena changed Arachne into a spider.

Potential Threat?
Most spiders are not poisonous to human beings. There are about 3,000 different spiders in North America, but only a few of them cause problems for people.

If you are bitten, try to capture the spider that bit you if you can catch it quickly and safely. Later, if needed, you can get an accurate identification of the spider.

Preventing Spider Problems
There are many ways to make your home less appealing to spiders.

  • If there are cracks in your foundation or around windows and doors, seal them up.
  • Check places where water pipes and electrical lines enter your house, and caulk any openings.
  • Keep woodpiles and debris away from your house.
  • In storage areas, put boxes up off the floor and away from walls. Seal boxes with tape to keep spiders from living inside them.
  • In general, cleaning up clutter will mean you have fewer spiders.
  • Pruning vegetation away from your house and keeping the area next to the foundation clear will also make your house less attractive to spiders.
  • Outdoor lighting sometimes attracts insects, which in turn attracts spiders. You can move outdoor lighting away from windows and doors if this is a problem around your home.

Removing Spiders

  • You can remove a spider from inside your house by putting a jar over it. Then slip a piece of paper under the jar so that the opening is sealed, pick up the jar, and take the spider outside.
  • A good vacuum cleaner easily removes spiders and their webs from your house. Since spiders have soft bodies, they usually don’t survive vacuuming. A broom is also a useful tool for moving a spider outside.
  • Crushing spiders with a fly swatter, rolled up newspaper, or your shoe are other simple ways to deal with unwanted spiders.

Spider Facts

  • Not all spiders spin webs.
  • Female spiders are usually larger than male spiders.
  • Crab spiders can change their color to match their surroundings.
  • The Daddy Long-Legs is not a spider.

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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Bugs in the Rainy Season

Rainy Season Brings Ants, Mosquitoes and Other Bugs!

Summer has arrived and there is no doubt we are definitely in the middle of rainy season here in Southwest Florida. Along with the rain come ants and other unwanted pests that are trying to find dry space to make a home in. Their job is to find whatever crawl space they can fit into and make their way into your home to escape the wet rain. Most people don’t realize that leaving out food, open trash can, crumbs, leftovers are open invitation meals to these bugs whose home just got flooded outside.

Many Fort Myers, FL homeowners try to treat ants on their own and instead of eliminating these pests, their treatments make them worse. Certain types of ants are treated with protein baits, while others are best treated with sugar baits. But the average person has no way of knowing who needs what so it becomes a guessing game that doesn’t always end well for the homeowner.

Pests in your home can be very annoying, quite embarrassing and can in some situations create an unsafe environment for young children and pets. Just knowing they are there may be enough to keep you awake at night. You can rest assured with peace of mind  knowing that Lenny’s Pest Control in Cape Coral will happily take care of your home and get you bug free in no time. We recommend you take a few steps to prevent bugs from easily entering your home and making it theirs!

Pest Prevention Tips from the National Pest Management Association:

  • Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home including entry points for utilities and pipes.
  • Keep tree branches and shrubbery well-trimmed and away from the house.
  • Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.
  • Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.
  • Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles; some insects are drawn to deteriorating wood.
  • Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around basement foundation and windows.
  • Store fire wood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground.
  • Call a qualified pest professional for additional advice and treatment if necessary.

If you see one bug, that means hundreds may be lurking just around the corner! This creates a number of health hazards, not to mention the potential for damage to your home or business structure and personal belongings. Whether you have a small home or large commercial complex, Lenny’s Pest Control is very well equipped to handle your rodent and pest control problems quickly. Some present health hazards by spreading bacteria or allergens into your home, office building or just from bites or stings. Others can destroy your property or are nothing more than a nuisance. This is when a trusted, reliable pest control service becomes necessary.

Our Services:

  • Year Round Pest Management – Residential & Commercial
  • Specialized Insect Management
  • Specialized Lawn Care Services
  • Rodent Proofing and Management
  • Flea and Tick Management
  • Management of Exterior Seasonal Pests
  • Subterranean Termite Management
  • Management of other Wood-Destroying Organisms
  • Commercial Fumigation

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!

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Happy 4th of July

Here’s to a Bug Free – Happy 4th of July! 

Wishing you and yours a safe and fun 4th of July! May your day be filled with laughter, love, family, good food, good friends and happy times! Stay cool and enjoy the fireworks! We love being of service and we appreciate the opportunity to service you!

Happy Independence Day from our family to yours! 

 

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Is Your Lawn Safe from Grubs?

Summer is here and this means we get to enjoy the outdoors more! The sun calls our name and out we go to enjoy natures beauty all around us with picnics, barque’s, evening walks, sitting on the lanai, kids games and just plain old-fashioned family outdoor fun. Something we don’t really think about when it comes to summer is insects and the damage they can do during the summer time. The warm, tropical climate across Florida and especially in Southwest Florida makes the presence of lawn pests highly problematic. Common pests in Southwest Florida lawns include grubs. If not controlled in time, grubs can cause serious damage to lawns.

GRUBSWhite grubs are immature scarab beetles. They hatch from eggs laid in the soil, have three larval instars, and also pupate in the soil. The third instar is often the most damaging and may be present in the soil the longest. The adults are rarely turf pests, but some may feed on tree leaves or make mounds in the soil. White grubs may have one or more generations each year in Southwest Florida.

LIFE CYCLES – The most abundant species of masked chafers in Southwest Florida are Cyclocephala lurida and C. parallela. They have 2 generations each year throughout Florida, and the first generation is the most damaging. Adults are tan, about 5/8 inch long, and slightly smaller than May/June beetles. Adults fly from April to June and again in August and September. They are attracted to lights at night, but do not feed. Adults lay their eggs in the top inch or two of soil, often in small clusters. Small grubs hatch from the eggs and feed on grass-roots. Most damage occurs from the first generation by July or August. The raster pattern is indistinct and does not have any rows of short, thick hairs. They pupate in earthen cells.

IDENTIFICATION –

Grubs are the larval stage of May or June beetles and masked chafers. The white, c-shaped insects have brown heads, three pairs of legs and range in size from ¼ to 2 inches. The insects have hair on their abdomen.

SIGNS OF INFESTATION –

When white grubs feed on grass-roots, the grass gradually thins, yellows, and dies. This makes the grass feel soft and spongy. Scattered, irregular, brown patches of grass appear, which increase in size over time. The root injury reduces the turf’s ability to take up water and nutrients and withstand drought stress. Heavily infested grass pulls up easily.

In addition, white grubs attract moles, raccoons, armadillos, and birds, which can make an already damaged area look worse. However, these animals may be interested in earthworms or other insects besides grubs. Large numbers of dark-colored, parasitic wasps with yellowish to white stripes on their abdomens that hover over the lawn on sunny days in the summer or fall may also be a sign of infestation. Sample the area to confirm that a white grub problem really exists.

DAMAGE –

Grubs feed on grass-roots and cause grass to slowly thin, yellow and die. Infested lawn areas feel spongy and soft. Damage appears in the form of scattered brown patches that gradually increase in size. The pests also invite secondary predators like birds, armadillos and moles that dig and damage the lawns searching for the grubs.

MANAGEMENT –

You can control grubs in lawns with the introduction of insect parasitic nematodes from the Steinernema or Heterorhabditis species. Insecticidal control options include the use of trichlorfon, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and halofenozide. 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! 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. Take advantage of our summer special and save today!

St. Augustine Grass & Insects –  Several insect pests cause serious damage to St. Augustine grass lawns. The Southern lawn chinch bug is the most serious pest on St. Augustine grass in Florida where the insect if active most of the year. In other states it ranks among the most serious pests along with SAD, brownpatch and white grub.

The chinch bug damages St. Augustine grass by feeding on the stems at the base of the leaf sheath. Populations of chinch bugs may reach several hundred per square foot with damage usually apparent at 20 to 30 chinch bugs per square foot. Initial injury symptoms from chinch bugs resembles drought stress — stunted, chlorotic spots in open (full sun) areas of the lawn. As feeding continues, irregular areas of dead grass develop in the lawn.

Timely applications of insecticides will control chinch bugs. Two or more treatments are required during the growing season in most areas, and as many as 5 or 6 may be required in some areas of Florida. Floratam St. Augustine grass is resistant to the Southern lawn chinch bug and is widely used in South Texas where the grass is adapted. In Florida severe damage to Floratam has been observed in lawns infested with chinch bugs.

White grub are also a serious pest on St. Augustine grass lawns. The grubs are the larvae of the May beetle or June bug that develop in the summer and fall just below the soil surface. The grubs feed on roots of St. Augustine grass and cause significant losses of turf during some years. Damage usually appears the following year as dead areas of grass that can be easily lifted from the lawn.

Grub control is difficult since the larvae are often quite large when detected and feed below the soil surface. Also, for them to be effective, insecticides must be drenched into the soil where the insects feed. Since some insecticides are tightly bound to the thatch layer of St. Augustine grass, drenching the material into the soil is difficult.

Timely and proper application of insecticides is the only method of controlling white grubs. Since they are only an occasional problem, inspection of the turf in midsummer is required for effective control. Biological control with milky spore disease has not been effective against this species of white grub.

Sod webworms, armyworms and cutworms can also feed on St. Augustine grass leaves and can cause damage when infestations are heavy. Evidence of heavy feeding by these insects includes a skeletonized appearance of leaf blade, silk-like webs visible in early morning (webs cover earthen tunnel in the thatch layer of turf) or defoliation of lawn in irregular patches. All of the leaf-feeding insects can be easily controlled by insecticides or biological worm control. (Bacillus sp.)

Ground pearls, subterranean scale insects that feed on roots of grasses, can also cause damage to St. Augustine grass lawns. The scale insects attach themselves to grass roots and secrete a waxlike shell around their bodies that resembles a pearl. At the immature scale inside the pearl grows larger, the pearl also increases in size. The pearl may reach 1/8 inch in diameter, and can be found attached to grass roots in the top several inches of soil.

Ground pearl damage becomes evident in spring and summer, particularly during dry periods, as small irregular areas of unthrifty or dead grass. Insecticide treatment should be made in May or early June when the insect is in the crawler stage. Consecutive treatments for 2 or more years may be required for effective control.

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!

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Lenny’s Pest Control is all about educating you and helping you protect your home and space from wanted bugs and pests. We would love to come out to your home or business and inspect your property, give you and estimate and get you protected!
 
Call 239-945-6543 to get started today!  

 

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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!

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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.

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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