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Signs of Fall: Pumpkins and Stinkbugs

Pumpkins are a useful type of winter squash. They can be used for everything from Jack-O’-Lanterns to pies to stock feed. Unfortunately, bugs love pumpkins, too. Squash bugs, also called stink bugs, can feed on your prized pumpkins and damage them. The experts at Apex are well-acquainted with these pests.

Identification

Adult squash bugs are just over half an inch long. These winged insects have gray-brown backs and orange undersides. Immature squash bugs are only about one-tenth of an inch long when they hatch, and their bodies are green. As they grown, they become larger and darker.

When squash bugs are crushed, they release an unpleasant odor. This is why many people refer to squash bugs as stinkbugs. Technically, squash bugs and stinkbugs are different types of pests. To tell them apart, look at what they’re feeding on. Squash bugs like eating squash and pumpkins, while stink bugs are fans of tomatoes and legumes. Stinkbugs will also release a foul odor when they’re disturbed, while squash bugs only smell when they’re crushed.

Damage to Pumpkins

Squash bugs can cause a lot of damage to your pumpkins. They primarily feed on the pumpkins’ foliage. Their saliva is highly toxic, and this causes the foliage to wilt, blacken, and die. Squash bugs can also feed on the fruits.

These bugs can also spread a bacterium to your pumpkins. This bacterium, called Serratia marcescens causes cucurbit yellow vine disease. Plants can wilt and turn yellow quickly. This disease is especially frustrating since it usually strikes when the pumpkins are nearly mature.

How to Control Pumpkin Pests

To protect your pumpkins, inspect them on a weekly basis for signs of squash bugs. If you find squash bugs, you can pick them off your plants and drop them into a container of soapy water. Check the lower surface of leaves for eggs. Squash bug eggs are bronze and flattened, and may be deposited in clusters. If you find eggs, destroy them to keep them from hatching.

To kill immature squash bugs, you can spray your pumpkins with an insecticidal soap. You can make a homemade insecticidal soap or purchase a pre-made product from a garden center. These soaps can cause eye and skin irritation, so remember to protect yourself with goggles, gloves, and other personal protective equipment.  

You don’t need to let squash bugs ruin your pumpkins. If you’re having trouble controlling these pumpkin pests, call the experts at Apex.

Apex Pest Control is one of the most trusted Tampa pest control companies in the state. We’re proud of the work we do to help keep the homes, landscape, and businesses in our community free from harmful plants, insects, and animals, while also striving to maintain a balance with the ecosystem as a whole. Check out our blog or contact us today to learn more!

7 Pests that Affect Central Florida in the Fall

Fall is here, and that means some pests will start becoming a nuisance in Central Florida homes. Bugs can slip through cracks, crevices, doors, or windows in their search for warm shelter. Most of these fall pests can simply be swept back outside with a broom, but if that doesn’t work, it’s time to call the professionals!

Here are seven of the pests you could see around your house this fall.

  1. Flies

In the fall, cluster flies may come into your home. These flies normally live outdoors, but they come indoors when the weather cools down. These large flies are sluggish, so it’s not too hard to just swat them.

  1. Boxelder Bugs

Female boxelder bugs can overwinter inside walls, so you may see them moving indoors in the fall. If you crush these bugs, they produce a staining dye. To avoid making a mess, you can remove them with a paper towel.

  1. Western Conifer Seed Bugs

Western conifer seed bugs are another pest that can overwinter indoors. Fortunately, they don’t feed or reproduce indoors, so they’re not a serious pest.

  1. Minute Pirate Bugs

Outdoors, minute pirate bugs may cause problems for Floridians. These insects usually feed on the aphids and mites in crop fields, but as fall arrives, they leave the fields and look for other food sources. In their travels, they could bite people.

  1. Ladybugs

When fall arrives, ladybugs form swarms and look for warm places to spend the winter. They tend to land on the sunny sides of buildings, and from there, look for a way inside. Sealing cracks and crevices can help keep them outdoors.

  1. Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes stay active until temperatures are consistently below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Central Florida’s warm climate allows mosquitoes to remain a problem in the fall. Continue taking precautions like using bug repellant when you go outdoors.

  1. Spiders

Sometimes, outdoor spiders can wander indoors in their search for food or shelter. More often, the spiders you see indoors in the fall are house spiders. They’re in your house all year, but in the fall, they come out of their hiding places to look for mates.  

This fall, you could see any of these seven types of bugs in and around your home. If you need help controlling them, the experts at Apex are just a phone call away.

 

Apex Pest Control is one of the most trusted Orlando pest control companies in the state. We’re proud of the work we do to help keep the homes, landscape, and businesses in our community free from harmful plants, insects, and animals, while also striving to maintain a balance with the ecosystem as a whole. Check out our blog or contact us today to learn more about Orlando pest control!

 

How to Rid Your Outdoor Party of Pests

When you’re having an outdoor party, the last thing you want is for bugs to show up and ruin everyone’s fun. Bugs get into your food and annoy your guests, so how can you keep them away?

Choose Your Location Carefully
If you’re planning an outdoor party, consider your surroundings. Some areas are easier to control than others. Places like campsites, parks, and tailgating locations are harder to manage. If you have the party in your own backyard or on your deck, you have a lot more freedom to manage pests.

Puddles, standing water, and tall grass can attract pests. Before a backyard party, get rid of standing water on your property and mow your grass. For even more protection, you could choose to spray in advance for mosquitoes. If the party will be in a public area, try to choose an area that’s well-maintained.

Keep Lighting Away from Guests

Some types of bugs are attracted to lights. At your party, you could see flies, moths, or other annoying flying insects buzzing around your lighting. To make this less of a problem, set up your lighting away from your guests. For example, instead of placing lanterns on the table, you could use hanging party lights.

Keep Your Party Food Covered

Your guests come to your parties for the great food, and so do the bugs. To avoid attracting unwanted guests like flies and bees, keep your party food covered as much as possible. For casual get-togethers, you could use plastic bins with lids to protect the food. For more elegant affairs, try mesh food covers.

Use Insect Repellent

During your parties, you should be socializing with your guests, not swatting at flies and mosquitoes. To repel bugs, consider applying an insect repellent beforehand. Repellents that contain DEET are effective against mosquitoes, biting flies, ticks, and other bugs. Encourage your guests to use repellents, too.

You don’t need to let bugs take over your outdoor parties. By taking some simple precautions, you can get rid of bugs and have a great time with your guests. If you need help keeping your next party pest-free, don’t hesitate to call the experts!

 

Apex Pest Control is one of the most trusted Orlando pest control companies in the state. We’re proud of the work we do to help keep the homes, landscape, and businesses in our community free from harmful plants, insects, and animals, while also striving to maintain a balance with the ecosystem as a whole. Check out our blog or contact us today to learn more about Orlando pest control!

 

Eco-Friendly Tips for Pest Control

Sometimes, you may want to turn to eco-friendly, do-it-yourself treatments for insect problems. These treatments can be a good option if you’re about to leave for a quick business trip or holiday and don’t have time to call Apex. There are some eco-friendly DIY steps you can take if you run into pest problems.

Take Bed Bug Precautions

If you’re leaving for a quick business trip or holiday, you may be worried about bringing home bed bugs. There are some easy, eco-friendly tips you can use to avoid bringing home bed bugs.

Start with your luggage. Instead of using fabric luggage, opt for plastic. Plastic luggage provides fewer hiding places for bed bugs since there are no seams. During your trip, leave your clothes in your luggage instead of storing them in the hotel’s dresser drawers.

When you get home, put your clothes directly into the washing machine. The washing process will naturally kill some of the bed bugs. The heat of the dryer will help you take care of the rest. If your clothes are delicate, you could leave them in a black bag in the sun to kill any bed bugs. Bed bugs die when their body temperature reaches 113°F, so this method is weather-dependent.

Try Natural Repellants
Some natural substances can repel unwanted insects. If you need a quick, eco-friendly fix for a pest problem, you can try using these natural repellents. Indoors, peppermint oil can be used to discourage pests like spiders and cockroaches. Of course, you need to like the smell of peppermint to use this method.

Outdoors, hot sauce can be used to repel garden bugs. Capsaicin, the compound in peppers that makes them hot, is the reason this works. The compound can repel bugs like whiteflies and mites.

Know When to Call the Pros

Sometimes, eco-friendly quick fixes are all you need. However, they’re not always enough. If your pest problems continue, don’t hesitate to get help. In the long run, it’s often best to go with the professionals.

Some pests should never be treated with DIY methods, no matter how much of a hurry you’re in. Termites are an example. These pests are hard to access and treat, so a licensed professional should always be in charge of treating them.

If you need a quick fix for a pest problem and don’t want to use pesticides, you could try these eco-friendly methods. However, remember that DIY methods aren’t always enough. If you need help with pest problems, don’t be afraid to call the pest professionals!


Apex Pest Control is one of the most trusted Tampa pest control companies in the state. We’re proud of the work we do to help keep the homes, landscape, and businesses in our community free from harmful plants, insects, and animals, while also striving to maintain a balance with the ecosystem as a whole. Check out our blog or contact us today to learn more about Tampa pest control!

 

How to Enhance the Curb Appeal of Your Property

When potential buyers arrive at your home, its curb appeal is the first thing they’ll notice. If your home looks attractive from the street, buyers will want to come inside and see more. Here are some tips to help you get started:

Upgrade Your Home’s Exterior

Head outside and look at your home from the street. Do you see any areas that look rundown, damaged, or outdated? If so, it’s time to perform some exterior improvements.

These improvements could include painting the exterior or doing some touch-ups. You may decide to paint your front door or window trim. You might want to paint or even replace your garage door to make it look more attractive from the street. For a shiny new look, you could even replace your door handle and door knocker.

Take Care of Your Lawn

The lawn is a big part of your home’s curb appeal. If your house looks great, but your lawn is brown, buyers may not be impressed. For a good first impression, ensure your lawn looks green and healthy for potential buyers.

To look their best, lawns need to be regularly maintained. This maintenance includes tasks like mowing, watering, fertilizing, and pest control. If you’re not sure how to maintain your lawn, or if you just don’t have the time, you can get help from the professionals.

Add Some Color to Your Garden

To add appeal to your gardens, plant flowers to add some pops of color. This doesn’t have to be an expensive or time-consuming venture. You can plant a few hardy types of flowers or shrubs. Pentas are one of the easiest flowers to grow in Florida, and their red, pink, lavender or white flowers will draw buyers’ eyes to your garden. If you like golden-yellow flowers, you could plant Coreopsis, Florida’s official state flower.

Add Exterior Lighting

To make sure your house looks good at night, too, add some exterior lighting. Place lights on either side of your front door, and consider adding low-voltage lighting along your driveway. Be careful not to add so much exterior lighting that it shines into interior rooms.

To increase buyers’ interest in your home, work to boost its curb appeal. If you need help improving the look of your lawn, call the professionals at Apex.

 

Perhaps one of the most prized possessions for homeowners is their lawn. Nothing could be worse than weeds sprouting up, or brown patches staining the beautiful green grass. If you are in need of Tampa lawn care services, it’s best to seek professional help. Fortunately, Apex Pest Control is here to provide Florida with outstanding professional Tampa lawn care and pest control services.

 

Allergies and Household Pests

Allergies are often associated with the outdoors, but allergens can be a problem indoors, too. Indoors, pests like cockroaches, rodents, and dust mites can lead to allergic reactions. The symptoms of pest allergies—including itchy eyes, runny nose, and coughing—are similar to the symptoms of seasonal allergies. The Orlando pest control professionals at Apex have some tips for allergy-proofing your home.

Keep Pests Outdoors

To control indoor allergens, keep pests outdoors. Pests, like cockroaches, can enter your home through cracks or gaps. Gaps can be found around doors, windows, plumbing, and electrical. These gaps can be sealed with caulk.

Pests can also slip underneath your doors. Use weather stripping to leave less room for pests beneath doors. Torn window screens can also let bugs come inside, so make sure your screens are in good working order.

Maintain Proper Humidity Indoors

Some pests are drawn to moist, humid environments. To keep pests away, it’s important to control the humidity level inside your house. Indoor humidity should be about 50 percent. To lower your home’s humidity level, you can properly ventilate basements, crawlspaces, bathrooms, and other humid areas. You could also use dehumidifiers.

Vacuum Regularly

Small crumbs of food may not be very noticeable to you, but to pests, they’re a tasty snack. To avoid attracting pests, vacuum your carpets regularly to get rid of crumbs. Try to vacuum at least once a week. After you vacuum, dust hard surfaces with a damp cloth or a dust rag.

Wipe Surfaces Regularly

Food spills are attractive to pests of all kinds. To help keep pests away, wipe your food-preparing surfaces at least once a day. If possible, wipe these surfaces after every meal you prepare. Dispose of garbage regularly, and store it in a sealed trash bin.

Use Allergen-Proof Covers

Dust mites can live in your mattress and pillows, even if you clean regularly. To reduce their effects, encase these objects in allergen-proof covers. These covers are made of plastic, vinyl, or fabric. The covers have small pores, so dust mites and their waste products can’t pass through. This helps protect you.

Pests can be to blame for indoor allergies. Try these tips to control pest allergens indoors. For more help controlling pests, don’t hesitate to contact the Orlando pest control professionals at Apex. Looking for more tips to help keep the pests out of your home? Check out our blog for more!

3 Ways to Kick Ants Out of Your House

Are you worried about ants in your home or on your property? Ants are widespread in Florida, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to keep them away. The Orlando pest control experts at Apex have three tips for kicking ants out of your home.

Pay Attention to Prevention

To keep ants out of your home, focus on prevention. Ants may enter your home for food, so sanitation is very important. Food debris and spills should be cleaned up as quickly as possible to avoid attracting ants.

Sealing ant-entry points can also help prevent an infestation. Entry points can be found around baseboards, sinks, outlets, and other areas with small cracks. Use caulk to fill these cracks to keep ants outdoors.

Preventative pest treatments can also help keep ants at bay. Indoors, residual pesticide sprays can be used for this. It’s important not to use bait stations when you don’t have an ant problem. That’s because the bait stations can attract ants into your house. Outdoors, you can pre-treat your property with a broad pesticide with a slower release. This helps keeps ants away.

Make Sure to Target the Queen

If ants move into your house despite your prevention efforts, it’s not enough to just squish or spray the ones you see crawling around. Other ants, including the egg-laying queen, are safely hidden away in a nearby colony. They could be hiding inside your walls, behind your appliances, or in other hard-to-reach areas. If you don’t target these hidden ants, the infestation will continue.

Bait stations can help you kill ants that you can’t reach otherwise. The foraging ants bring the bait back to the colony and feed it to the others, including the queen. Once the queen dies, the colony can be eliminated.

Be Persistent

Ants are hard to get rid of, so to kick them out for good, you need to be persistent. Bait stations are often effective, but for optimum results, a sustained period of feeding is usually needed. Wherever ants are seen, continue placing additional bait stations. Ants can be picky eaters, so you may need to try more than one bait before you get results.

Fire ants are the most difficult to control. Areas can be re-infested when nearby ant colonies expand or when newly mated queens arrive. Within 12 to 18 months of treatment, fire ant populations can fully recover. Ongoing control is necessary for these pests.

With these three tips, you can control the ants in and around your home. If you need assistance, contact the Orlando pest control professionals today or check out our blog today! We would be happy to help.

Late Summer Gardening Tips for North and Central Florida

One of the great things about living in North and Central Florida is being able to garden almost all year round. While people in northern states are already worrying about frost as fall approaches, Florida gardeners still have plenty of growing season left. To help you make the most of late summer in the garden, follow these tips from the Orlando lawn care experts at Apex.

Add Color to Your Garden

Late summer is a great time to add some new colors to your garden. For a pop of lavender, you can plant ageratum. For a splash of pink, plant zinnia or begonia. If yellow is more your style, plant some goldenrod.

Attract Hummingbirds

In late summer, hummingbirds are on the move. You can attract these fascinating birds by planting the right flowers in your garden. Hummingbirds are most attracted to red, orange, or pink flowers. Try planting trumpet vine, cardinal flower, or scarlet morning glory.

Plant Fruits and Vegetables

Now that fall is approaching, you can start your fall veggie garden. You can plant cool-season vegetables like broccoli, Chinese cabbage, parsley, or potatoes. Other good options include beets, English peas, and lettuce. It’s also a great time to plant strawberries.

Divide Perennials

The cooler weather gives you the opportunity to divide your perennials. Dividing perennials can be stressful for the plants, and they recover better in cooler weather. Dig up each clump of perennials, and gently remove them from your garden. Carefully cut apart the individual crowns. Then, you can either replant the divided perennials in your own garden or give them to friends. You can also add shade-loving perennials to your garden at this time.

Remove Weeds

When you’re working in your late summer garden, keep an eye out for weeds. Pluck weeds as soon as you find them when they still have weak root systems. As weeds grow larger, they get harder to remove. Plucking weeds quickly means that you can minimize your weeding chores.

Continue Monitoring Your Lawn

Plenty of pests are still active at this time of year, so continue monitoring your lawn for signs of trouble. Bugs like fall armyworms, sod webworms, and mole crickets are active in the late summer. If you see signs of insect damage, get your lawn treated before it gets worse. This is also a good time to have pre-emergence herbicides applied to your lawn to fend off winter weeds.

By following these tips, you can make the most out of your late summer garden. If you notice any unwanted pests in your garden or lawn, don’t hesitate to contact Apex, the Orlando lawn care experts. if you need more tips and tricks, check out our blog!

What Surprising Pests Hideout in Your Walls?

Many people think bed bugs are only found in beds, but sadly, that’s not the case. These sneaky pests can squeeze into tiny cracks and crevices, which makes getting rid of them difficult. The Tampa pest removal experts at Apex are well-acquainted with these bugs and their hiding places.

Where Bed Bugs Hide

Bed bugs can hide just about anywhere in your house. Their bodies are as thin as a piece of paper, so they can squeeze into impossibly small spaces. They can get inside cracks and crevices in your walls, electric outlets, and wiring. They can also hide inside electric appliances, behind pictures, and in books.

Bed Bug Control Mistakes

Sometimes, people with bed bug infestations will throw out their mattresses in the hopes that the infestation will be gone. Since bed bugs don’t just live in beds, that doesn’t work. If you throw out your mattress, the bugs will still be hiding in cracks and crevices.

Others will spray for bed bugs, but end up driving the bugs deeper into the home. Bed bugs can flee deep into the walls through small cracks. This can spread the bugs from one room to the next, or even from one apartment to the next. If your neighbor has bed bugs, the bugs could make their way to your apartment.

How to Seal Crevices

Since bed bugs can hide in crevices, it’s important to seal any cracks you can find. This can be done with caulk. Since you need to find and seal every tiny crevice, this is a very time-consuming project. However, it’s well worth it.

Check both the interior and the exterior of your home for cracks, and fill any that you find. Larger gaps can be filled with expanding spray foam. Caulk can shrink or crack over time, so inspect and touch up your handiwork every couple of months.

Get Professional Help

If you find bed bugs in your home, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Since these pests are so great at hiding, it’s hard for people to get rid of them alone. Professional pest control companies have a lot of experience finding bed bugs in their hiding places.

Bed bugs don’t just hide in beds. They can be found nearly anywhere inside homes thanks to their flat bodies excellent hiding skills. Still seeking more information? Check out our blog! If you’re concerned about bed bugs, don’t hesitate to contact the Tampa pest removal professionals at Apex.

What Infestation Signs to Look for When House Hunting

There are many things to consider when you’re house hunting, including pests. If you buy a home that’s infested with pests, you could get an unpleasant surprise down the line. When you’re house hunting, Orlando pest removal experts recommend watching out for these infestation signs.

Pest Droppings

Droppings are a clear sign of pest activity. Rodent droppings are 1/8-1/4” long and can be found in areas near food, like kitchen cupboards and pantries. Smaller droppings that look like coffee grains or black pepper could be left by cockroaches.

Holes and Gnaw Marks

Rodents need to gnaw constantly to wear down their constantly growing teeth. They also chew through materials to get to food or water. If you see any holes or gnaw marks around the house, rodents could be living inside.

Dead Bugs Indoors

As you look through your potential home, keep an eye out for dead bugs. If you see a lot of the same type of bug, you can assume more are living on the property. Window ledges and basements are key places to find dead bugs.

Nesting Materials

Rodents like to make warm, cozy nests in hard-to-find places. They use materials like shredded paper or fabric to build these nests. As you tour potential homes, peek in hidden nooks and crannies with a flashlight.

Signs of Termites

As you tour the home, watch for signs of termites. Blistering wood, uneven or bubbling paint, and discarded wings are some clues the home has a termite problem. Mud tubes are another warning sign; these are usually found around homes’ foundations.

Unusual Holes or Sawdust Piles

Wood-destroying pests can leave unusual holes around homes. Check around the woodwork, like window sills and molding. Also, watch for piles of sawdust that these pests leave behind.

Grease Marks or Tracks

Look out for dark smears on walls, floors, or around corners. Dark smears in these areas could be caused by rats. Rats have oily fur, and when their bodies brush against surfaces, they leave grease behind. You could also see their tracks around the home.

Odd Smells and Sounds

Unpleasant smells can be a sign that pests are lurking out of sight. A musty, urine smell can be a sign of a rodent problem, while an oily smell can mean cockroaches are nearby. Pest infestations can also have noticeable sounds, like squeaking or scratching noises.

Nearby Breeding Grounds

Don’t forget to check outside the house, too. Outdoor infestations can easily move inside and become a big problem.

If you’ve found your dream home, don’t make an offer until you’re sure it’s pest-free. Contact the Orlando pest removal experts at Apex to have the home professionally inspected. We’re here to be your number one resource for all things pests, check out our blog to learn more!


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