How to Get Rid of Ants Infesting Your Bathroom

All kinds of ant species run rampant in Florida. Our hot and humid climate allows for many varieties of ants to proliferate and thrive, building colonies in our yards and sneaking into our homes for food and water. Additionally, our climate allows ants to survive and thrive all year long. This makes it crucial to know how to get rid of ants when they get inside.

One of the most commonly-infested rooms in the home is the bathroom—you’re probably here because you have ants in your bathroom right now. If this is the case, read on for ant removal advice from our expert exterminators at Florida Pest Control!

Why Ants Infest Bathrooms

Ants commonly infest bathrooms because of the consistent water and moisture sources that they can find there. Small puddles of water pool in your sink, in your shower, and on your floor, inviting ants to gather for a drink and push onward to look for food. Carpenter ants commonly infest bathrooms for the damp wood they find to tunnel through, but you’re likely to find any of several species of common Florida ants in your bathroom. These are the ways they usually make it inside:

  • Ventilation systems
  • Holes around plumbing fixtures
  • Open windows and doors
  • Cracks in the foundation and walls

It is also possible that the ants in your bathroom have traveled there from another room in your home, so make sure you try to find the source of their trail before determining that your bathroom is the main issue at hand.

How to Get Rid of Ants in Your Bathroom

Finding the source of the ant trail is the most important part of ant control because the only way to ensure that ants don’t come back is to take out their colony. Unfortunately, this can be a difficult task when ants find their way into your home through walls, pipes, and vents. This makes ant prevention a helpful measure to take because it’s easier to keep ants out in the first place than to get rid of them. Here are some ant prevention strategies we recommend:

  • Check that your windows and doors can shut completely
  • Seal any cracks leading inside your home with a silicone-based caulk
  • Move mulch away from your siding and trim plants so they don’t touch your home
  • Make sure that your bathroom is well-ventilated
  • Look for and replace water-damaged wood

Best Way to Get Rid of Ants in Florida

Ants in Florida can attack your home from every angle and build inconspicuous colonies that take far too long to find. That’s where the help of a trained ant exterminator is necessary. At Florida Pest Control, our ant control team is trained to tackle any kind of ant infestation you might be dealing with. Using top-of-the-line products backed by tested strategies, we will have your home ant-free in no time. Contact us today for a free quote!

10 Tips to Help You Pest-Proof Your Backyard

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Spring and summer are cherished seasons for the sunshine and warmth that they bring, but there’s no harder time to avoid pest problems than during post-rainfall warmth. Here in Florida, our climate accounts for pest infestations all through the year, making it hard to enjoy a nice day relaxing in your backyard. You have to take constant measures to ensure that pests don’t take over your property, and we’re here to help you direct your efforts. Read on for advice on pest-proofing your backyard with the exterminators at Florida Pest Control!

Top 10 Tips for Backyard Pest Prevention

Florida is home to so many different types of pests that it is crucial to have a wide-reaching pest prevention plan for your backyard. Here are our top 10 backyard pest control tips:

  1. Trim trees and bushes: Overgrowth of plants and trees can create shaded hiding places for many kinds of pests. Trim your trees, bushes, and shrubs often to prevent this.
  2. Mow your lawn often: Overgrowth can lead to bountiful opportunities for pest shelter and trap in excess moisture for bugs to hydrate with. Mowing once a week can prevent this.
  3. Prevent stagnant water: Mosquitoes breed in still water pools. Check for pooling rainwater in gutters, planters, tarps, and more, and get rid of it with a cover or by pouring it out.
  4. Get rid of yard waste: Piles of yard waste can serve as temporary shelters for pests of all sizes. Get rid of yard waste as often as you can.
  5. Dethatch your lawn: Thatch is helpful for lawn temperature regulation, but too much can create many kinds of common lawn pest problems. Dethatch to prevent pests and keep your lawn healthy.
  6. Use garden nets: Garden netting can prevent wild animals and insects from venturing into your yard to eat your plants.
  7. Store firewood carefully: Firewood can lead to termite problems that eventually seriously affect your home. Keep your firewood elevated and distanced from your home.
  8. Water your lawn properly: Using an irrigation or sprinkler system can help prevent the pest problems that come with both overwatering and underwatering.
  9. Seal and distance waste bins: Pests as small as wasps and large as raccoons will forage for food in your trash cans. Seal them if possible, but be sure to keep them far away from your yard.
  10. Hire an exterminator: An exterminator can figure out the reason for your backyard pest problems and put a stop to them.

Pest Control for Your Backyard in Florida

To ensure that your backyard stays pest-free all through the spring and summer, it’s important to work with a professional exterminator with experience in our region. Our team of technicians at Florida Pest Control is well-versed in the many strategies it takes to prevent and get rid of all kinds of common Florida pests. Get in touch today for a free quote!

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Me So Much?

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Are you one of those people who can never catch a break from mosquito bites? Although many of us know a “mosquito magnet” or are one ourselves, it’s hard to say why one person would be more attractive to mosquitoes than another. While experts still haven’t worked out the specifics on which bodily qualities mosquitoes prefer, we do know a lot about the signals that mosquitoes look for and the activity that amplifies these signals. If you’re looking to be strategic about avoiding mosquito bites in Florida this year, read on for advice from the mosquito exterminators at Florida Pest Control!

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Certain People Over Others?

Although we still don’t know exactly how to predict who mosquitoes will prefer, we do know a lot about the signals that they use to find hosts to feed on and what we do to make ourselves more apparent as eligible. The more physically active we are around mosquito breeding grounds, the more likely we are to be discovered. Here’s why:

  1. Our breath: Carbon dioxide is the main indicator of potential hosts in the area that mosquitoes use. When we exhale, we release CO2 into the air, tipping off mosquitoes to our presence. Exercise or prolonged physical activity outdoors will cause you to breathe heavier, letting out more CO2.
  2. Our body odor: The more you perspire, the greater chance your scent will attract nearby mosquitoes. Strong perfumes and some dietary choices will also catch mosquitoes’ attention.
  3. Our temperature: Wearing dark clothing and getting exercise can both increase your internal body temperature and make you more likely to be detected by mosquitoes.

Wondering How to Avoid Mosquito Bites?

The best way to avoid mosquito bites is to stay inside with the windows and doors shut. But who wants to do that? Our beautiful Florida springs and summers are meant to be enjoyed out in the sunshine. Here are some ways you can protect yourself from mosquito bites outside:

  • Avoid stagnant water: Mosquitoes lay eggs in pools of standing water. They will make use of larger bodies of water like ponds and tiny pools of it that collect in your gutters. Inspect your yard to cover or pour out any standing water that you find.
  • Wear clothing accordingly: Wearing dark colors in the sun will trap heat around you and raise your body temperature, making you more likely to be found by mosquitoes. White and light-colored clothing (or, better yet, long sleeved shirts and pants) will decrease your chances of bites.
  • Use bug spray: EPA-approved bug sprays that use DEET or picaridin are your safest and most effective options for insect repellent. All-natural alternatives like citronella candles and lemon eucalyptus oil can also work well, albeit with less longevity.

How Can Mosquito Control Help?

If mosquitoes seem to be an inevitable problem for you every year, reach out to your local exterminators. At Florida Pest Control, we train our mosquito control team to conduct thorough barrier treatments that can protect the perimeter of your property for months at a time. To learn more about our mosquito abatement services and get a free quote, contact us today!

What to Know About Flying Termites

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With spring fast approaching, swarms of insects are likely to appear. There are many pests we have to deal with here in Florida, but termites are one of the most problematic. Despite being active throughout the year, spring is when they are known to swarm and infest new areas. This is why it’s crucial to be on the lookout for flying termites this time of year and to know what to do to prevent them from infesting.

We at Florida Pest Control know how distressing it can be to think about a termite infestation. From identifying flying termites to getting rid of them for good, our experts are here to help you.

How to Identify Termite Swarmers

The presence of flying termites in or near your house is an indication that you may have an infestation. Keeping a watchful eye on them is therefore essential. Flying termites, also called “swarmers” or “alates”, are black to brown in color and reach a length of 3/8 inches, including the wings. The wings are translucent in color or slightly milky or smoky. Their wings may overlap and are typically as long as or slightly longer than their bodies.

Swarmers typically fly in the spring and find their way into structures around basement windows, doorways, near porches, or any other area where wood comes into contact with soil. When you have an infestation, the termites can eat away at the very structure of your home before you ever even notice. For this reason, it’s important to have preventative measures in place to keep them away in the first place.

5 Tips to Prevent Flying Termites

Always look for signs of flying termites, especially in the spring. If you want your property to be less susceptible to wood-destroying insects, you can do several things. Try the following tips to prevent termites from invading your Florida home.

  1. Store all firewood away from the perimeter of your home.
  2. Repair issues with your plumbing to avoid any leaks or moisture that could attract termites.
  3. Clear your yard of any rotting wood, trees, etc. Ensure your porch or deck is maintained.
  4. Keep all mulch away from the foundation of your home.
  5. Work with a professional termite control expert to implement treatments that repel termites.

We Protect Your Property From Termites Year-Round

Whether you have a termite infestation or see flying termites near your home, you’ll need professional help! Getting annual pest control inspections from a company like Florida Pest Control is the best way to protect against wood-destroying insects. Learn more about preventing flying termites near your home year-round by contacting us today. 

When Do Termites Swarm in Florida?

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Certain pests specialize themselves to thrive in particular environments—most often we see insects gravitate to areas that provide a warm and humid climate for as much of the year as possible. Unfortunately for us Floridians, this means that all sorts of pests thrive around our homes, one of which being termites. Although termites are active year-round in Florida, it’s important to take action before they swarm to protect your home from the destruction that they can cause. Read on to learn all about termite habits from the termite exterminators at Florida Pest Control!

When Do Termites Swarm?

Termites swarm to seek out a new source of food and a new place to live when their colony becomes too expansive for their current situation. All over the country, termites swarm when the weather becomes hospitable enough for them to go out in the open for a temporary period of time. Here in Florida, this usually falls in early March or even late February.

If you haven’t seen a termite swarm, watch out for small winged termites in your yard. If you find them inside your house, it could mean that a newly-visiting termite colony is looking to make your house their home, or worse. It could also mean that your home has already hosted a termite colony that grew so large undetected that they’re ready to swarm again.

How to Termite-Proof Your Home in Florida

There are a few ways to make your home less accessible to a termite infestation before the swarming season starts. Here are four steps we recommend you take to termite-proof your home:

  1. Keep moisture levels low: Termites are attracted to moisture and water-damaged wood, so make sure that your gutters are intact, your siding is in good condition, and your sprinklers aren’t spraying the walls of your home.
  2. Keep firewood at a distance: Storing your woodpile against your home might be convenient, but it will greatly increase your chances of a termite infestation in your home. Store it at least 20 feet away and off of the ground if possible.
  3. Consider an alternative mulch: As helpful as it might be for your plants, mulch attracts termites. If you decide to use mulch, keep it at a distance from your home’s siding and foundation.
  4. Fill cracks and holes: Termites will scope out any possible entry points to your home’s internal structures. Seal up cracks in plumbing, roofing, siding, foundation, and more with caulk.

Have Termite Exterminators Protect Your Home

If you want to ensure that your home is safe from termites before spring rolls around, reach out to your local pest control company. At Florida Pest Control, we understand how important it is to protect our customers’ homes from the most destructive pests in the state. We know termites to their core and conduct exhaustive WDI inspections to find any evidence of activity or vulnerabilities that could lead to an infestation. For a free quote, contact us today!

Fabric Damaging Pests

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It’s never fun to bring out your old winter sweaters from storage to find out that they’ve been torn through by bugs. We get the most calls about fabric-eating pests in the winter, but here in Florida where the insects run wild, we are liable to experience an infestation of these critters at any point during the year. If you’re noticing unprecedented holes in your clothing or seeing tiny bugs eating away at your carpet, read on. Our exterminators at Florida Pest Control can teach out all about fabric-consuming pests in Florida!

What Bugs Eat Clothing and Carpeting?

You might have noticed little beetles or tiny, caterpillar-like insects living in your closet or carpeting. What could they be? These are the two main culprits:

  1. Carpet beetles: Carpet beetles are small, winged beetles that have spotted backs featuring shades of brown, white, and black. They are similar in size to bed bugs, and given that they occasionally infest the same types of material, they are sometimes confused for each other. However, carpet beetles do not bite humans. They feed off of organic animal material like furs, feathers, skins, wool, hair, and the remains of other insects.
  2. Clothes moths: What you’re actually looking out for in this case is clothes moth larvae! At smaller than 1 cm in length and preferring to live in darkness, clothes moth larvae can be very difficult to find. They feed on the same things as carpet beetles, but as you can tell by their name, are more likely to be found in your closet where it’s dark.

Both of these insects leave jagged holes or scraped areas in fabrics or other items composed of natural fibers. Look around the area for skin casts, cocoons, or webbing—these tiny insects don’t travel far from their food source.

How to Get Rid of Carpet Beetles and Clothes Moths

The best way to avoid a problem with carpet beetles and clothes moths is to be careful with your fabrics before they arrive. Before you store your sweaters away, launder them and seal them in plastic bags or tubs with lids. You should also vacuum regularly to reduce the amount of dust and hair that could attract them. Vacuuming could also help to get rid of infestations in their earlier stages! While you can apply common store-bought pest control products to get rid of clothes moths and carpet beetles, without finding the source of the infestation, you’ll never be able to get rid of them all. 

Pest Control for Fabric-Damaging Pests

If you can’t get rid of carpet beetles or clothes moth larvae on your own, reach out to your local pest control company. At Florida Pest Control, we train our technicians to find infestation sources in hard-to-reach areas and places that you wouldn’t think to look. With safe and environmentally-friendly solutions, we work hard to keep our customers happy and healthy in pest-free homes. Call today for a free quote!

4 Most Common Florida Ants

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If you live in Florida, you know ants are common visitors inside our homes. Even in the cleanest house, it’s not unusual to find a trail of these little six-legged creatures making their way along the floor, across a countertop, or up a wall. Outside, ants are even more prevalent. You can’t take more than a couple of steps in most yards without stepping over an ant pile.

Our state is home to nearly 20 different kinds of ants. At Florida Pest Control, we are dedicated to keeping you safe from each and every one! Our experts are here to share the most common ants you might see in or near your home year-round.

1. Florida Carpenter Ants

Florida carpenter ants are fairly large by ant standards, up to 11mm (about .5”) long. Their orange and black bodies make them pretty easy to identify. Florida carpenter ants are just as comfortable building nests outdoors in decayed wood, trees, and shrubs as they are indoors in attics, ceilings, floors, and other secluded areas. They primarily forage for food at night and eat insect honeydew, plant juices, insects, or any kind of sweets they can find. They are known to bite when threatened.

2. Red Imported Fire Ants

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Red imported fire ants are more aggressive than most ant species and will gladly sting you if you mistakenly walk too near their mounds. They grab ahold of their prey (or sometimes your ankles) by biting and then sting using their abdomens to inject toxins. The location of the bite may be sore and/or itch for several days. For people who are hypersensitive, there can be even greater risks. While red imported fire ants feed mostly on young plants, they can attack and kill small animals. These ants have blackish to reddish bodies with copper-colored heads. Red imported fire ants prefer to nest under logs or rocks but often make dome-shaped mounds in fields or yards.

3. Bigheaded Ants

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Mounds of sand collecting along the edges of your driveway or between cracks in the sidewalk? It could be bigheaded ants. These ants love to cover their foraging trails with dirt and debris, so sometimes they are confused with subterranean termites which also create mud tubes as they forage. Inside the home, the dirt piles made by the bigheaded ant can be a nuisance. As their name implies, some of these ants have big heads compared to other members of their colony. They are referred to as major workers or soldiers, whereas the members with smaller heads are called minor workers. Bigheaded ants are omnivorous and will feed on sweets, other insects, and soil invertebrates.

4. Rover Ants

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Rover ants are one of the smallest pest ants you may encounter. They only grow up to 1.5-2 mm (1/16-1/12”) long and are dark brown or black in color. They usually nest in mulch or under debris lying on the ground and, like many ant species, feed on the honeydew produced by sap-sucking insects. In the home, these ants are attracted to areas with moisture such as bathrooms or kitchens. They can also become a nuisance outside when large numbers of the winged swarmers end up accidentally in swimming pools.

Need Help Identifying Ants Near Your Home?

Ants are a fact of life in Florida, but you don’t have to let them take over your home or yard. The ant control experts at Florida Pest Control can help not just identify what type of ant you have but also apply treatment to get rid of them for good. Contact us today to get started!

Guide to Florida Hotel Bed Bug Inspections

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Aside from residential properties, hotel rooms are the most common bed bug breeding grounds throughout the country. Though you may think bed bug infestations are confined to roadside motels or hotels, they are more widespread and commonly found than you think. Hotels as prestigious as the Ritz Carlton can suffer from bed bug infestations. Infestations have been on the rise for the past decade, and another surge is currently underway as people begin to travel again after the pandemic. Whether you work in a hotel or are planning to visit one soon, you need to remain vigilant.

Our team at Florida Pest Control understands how distressing it is to deal with bed bugs. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about inspecting hotel rooms for bed bugs.

Bed Bugs in Florida Hotels

According to PestWorld, hotels are amongst the three most common spots for bed bug infestations. But why are hotels vulnerable to these pests to begin with? Known as a “hitchhiking” pest, bed bugs can hide in mattresses, bed frames, and other parts of a room while waiting for a new host. With the level of tourism we have in Florida, pests like bed bugs are especially common in hotels. Bed bugs are rarely lacking access to a blood meal in a hotel room. Bottom line: it’s imperative to always be on the lookout for bed bugs when traveling.

5 Areas to Inspect For Bed Bugs

No matter whether you’re checking into a hotel as a guest or if you’re in charge of cleaning the rooms, everyone should take the same precautions to look for bed bugs. The following areas should be thoroughly checked for signs of bed bug activity:

  • Mattress, box spring & bed frame
  • Sofas, chairs, pillows, & other seating
  • Wardrobes, dressers, & baseboards
  • Nightstands and wall fixtures
  • Closet items

In-depth guide to hotel bed bug inspections >>

What to Do if You Discover Bed Bugs in Your Hotel

You should contact the hotel’s manager as soon as you suspect your room has bed bugs. By doing so, you can prevent bed bugs from spreading throughout the hotel. When you turn to a bed bug control professional like Florida Pest Control, you can be sure the most effective treatment will be used to eliminate these pests. To learn more, contact us now.

How to Avoid Bringing Bed Bugs Home From Vacation

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If you’re planning a vacation, you’ve probably considered what you’re going to pack or what your itinerary might look like, but have you thought about bed bugs? Many people we’ve serviced for bed bug infestations in Florida have told us that their troubles started soon after they returned home from a vacation. Bed bugs have the ability to sneak into the luggage and belongings that we bring to new locations, aiming to spread however they can to find shelter and food. To learn how to avoid bed bugs during your next vacation, read on for expert advice from the Florida Pest Control technicians.

How Do Bed Bug Infestations Start?

Bed bug infestations start when we leave our belongings accessible to them in a foreign location. Specialized to move discreetly, bed bugs wait until the nighttime to move in search of food or better places to take shelter. They are also able to change their schedules to be active whenever people are at rest—their whole existence depends on being able to feed off of us without us noticing.

So, this means that we aren’t often going to catch bed bugs in the act of infesting our belongings. Instead, we have to learn how to take proper preventative measures against a potential infestation, especially when going on vacation or staying in a new location temporarily.

How to Avoid Bed Bugs on Vacation

Avoiding bed bugs on your getaway starts before your vacation and ends after you get home. Although it might seem like a lot of work, you will thank yourself later for being able to return to a clean home! Here are the three phases of vacation bed bug prevention:

  • Before you leave: Check the reviews of your hotel to see if they have had a recent bed bug infestation. You can also call your chosen destination to ask if they use mattress covers and box spring encasements.
  • During your stay: Look for evidence of bed bug activity, like dried blood spots on mattresses and furniture, shed bed bug skin, and, of course, live bed bugs. Inspect your room’s furniture, drawers, baseboards, closets, and any other places that could offer them shelter. Additionally, store your luggage above the ground or on a tile floor and keep your clothing inside your bags instead of unpacking.
  • When you return: Turn out your luggage to make sure there are no signs of bed bugs anywhere, especially around folds and zippers. You can wash all of your clothes in a hot water cycle to ensure that any bed bugs don’t make it out.

Professional Bed Bug Control in Florida

If you’re one of the unfortunate ones that couldn’t avoid a bed bug infestation, let your local pest control company know. At Florida Pest Control, our bed bug specialists are trained in multiple methods of bed bug control and have the experience to assess your property to determine the proper strategy to go forward with. For a free quote or to learn more about our bed bug control services, give us a call or fill out our contact form today!

How Quickly Can Mice Breed In Your Home?

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Even here in Florida, winter does eventually roll around. With the drop in temperatures comes an increase in rodent activity in residential areas and around businesses. Like us, mice are just trying to stay warm, and the colder weather outside does not permit them to breed as they wish. Mice look to our homes for shelter, warmth, and breeding sites to continue their rapid proliferation through the winter. If you’re looking to learn more about mouse breeding habits and what you can do to prevent them from taking over your home, read on for advice from the Florida Pest Control technicians!

How Quickly Can Mice Reproduce?

Rodents can turn around new generations much faster than many kinds of animals in Florida, and mice are perhaps the best example of this. We’ve laid out some information about mice breeding habits that should tell you something about how serious an infestation can become:

  • Female mice can produce up to 10 litters per year and up to 14 pups per litter. With these being extreme examples, the average amount of pups produced by one mother mouse in a year usually sits between 35 and 55.
  • Mother mice have a 25 day gestation period and can mate again right after delivering a litter.
  • Newborn mice are able to breed after just 4-6 weeks of life.

With a little math, you can see these numbers mean that a small mouse infestation can very quickly become an outbreak of hundreds.

How to Stop Mice from Breeding Indoors

It should come as no surprise that the best way to prevent mice from breeding inside your home is to keep them out in the first place. We know that this can be quite difficult, especially in the winter, so we asked our technicians for advice to give to people both who are looking to get preventative and who are already struggling with mouse problems. Here’s what they said:

  • Keeping mice outside: The best way to keep mice out is to look all around your home for entry points and close them off with a silicone-based caulk or steel wool. These could be gaps in walls, cracks in foundation, broken roof tiling, and more. You can also perform regular yard maintenance and seal your garbage bins to avoid attracting mice with hiding places and food.
  • Getting mice out: Spraying diluted apple cider vinegar or peppermint oil around infested areas has proven successful for some Florida residents. Kitty litter and fabric softener sheets have also worked for some, but we recommend that you consider these as supplemental treatments for use in specific hotspots. If you plan on using mousetraps, make sure you consult a local rodent exterminator for advice on the best trap for your home.

Expert Mice Extermination in Florida

If your DIY mouse control plans aren’t coming to fruition, ask your local pest control company for help. Our Florida Pest Control technicians are trained to look in the places you wouldn’t think to to locate mouse-attracting vulnerabilities, pest access points, droppings and nests, and more, using industry-leading technology and strategies to remove every last mouse from your home. For a free quote or to learn more, contact us today!