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Don’t Let Moths Eat Your Favorite Shirt

dresses-53319_1920Imagine your disappointment when you pull your favorite shirt out of your closet, only to discover that it’s covered in holes. If you have clothes moths, this situation is sadly common. Moth larvae love to nibble on our favorite clothes and ruin our wardrobes. Orlando pest removal experts are well acquainted with these wardrobe nuisances.

Signs of Moth Issues

How do you know if you have clothes moths? An obvious sign is holes in your clothes. When moth larvae feed on fabric, they leave behind irregularly shaped holes. Damaged fabrics can also have silken cases, silken threads, or even fecal pellets on them. Gross! Another clue that you have a moth problem is a musty smell in your closet. You could also notice webbing in your closet. You could even see adult moths running over the surface of your clothes.

Tips for Prevention

This National Moth Week, July 20-30, we want to help you keep your clothes safe from destructive moths. There are a number of ways to keep your closet moth-free.

  1. Usually, moth eggs enter homes from outdoors. If you’ve worn a wool, fur, or feather garment outdoors, brush it off before you enter your house. This helps keep moth eggs outdoors where they belong.
  2. Moths are attracted to the smell of sweat, so make sure to wash your clothes before you store them. Delicate clothes can be dry cleaned, instead. When your clothes and closet are clean, moths have less reason to move in.
  3. Proper storage of your clothes is also essential. Keep your closet well ventilated and eliminate humidity. Since Florida is the most humid state in the country, you may need to get a dehumidifier.
  4. Hang your clothes on cedar hangers, since moths are repelled by cedar. If you have any clothing you don’t wear often, store it in airtight packages for even more protection.

Dealing with Moth Infestations

By following the simple steps above, you can keep your clothes safe from moths. However, once moths move in, mitigating them can be more difficult. Some people try to handle moths on their own with mothballs, but these aren’t a great idea. Aside from the terrible smell, mothballs are toxic. Even one mothball can seriously harm a small child or a pet, so it’s best to keep them out of your house. A moth infestation is a great reason to bring in pest control experts.

Have moths taken over your closet? It’s time to get rid of them before they have a chance to ruin all your clothes. The Orlando pest removal experts at Apex can help you evict the moths and take back your closet. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote.

Summertime Means More Stingers in Florida

animal-22872_1920Summer is the time of year we spend long afternoons outdoors and in our beautiful Florida environment. From barbeques to fireworks, trips to the beach and golf outings, Central Florida has an abundance of outdoor options. Of course, we have a temperate year-round climate as well, but it’s still one that tempers the amount of pests and bugs during the winter. During the summer, the gloves come off; pests of all varieties blossom annually and range from mosquitoes to wasps. Combine that with the sheer number of people enjoying the summer months outside, and you have an uptick in the amount of pest stings and bites. This is something that the experts in Orlando pest control are very familiar with.

As mentioned, the range of stinging pests in Central Florida is wide. Wasps, hornets, bees, fire ants, mosquitoes and many more can be a problem this time of year. Mosquitoes and wasps, in particular, are active in much greater numbers over the summer. So what can you and your family do to be better protected?

  • Avoid Aggressive Situations

Wasps sting in defense of their nest or for self-protection, and they can do so multiple times with precision. It’s important to also keep in mind that they give off a scent that essentially calls for reinforcements if injured. So, in short, stay calm and avoid any escalating an aggressive wasp situation.

  • Watch Out for Nests

Obviously, this is key and something children need to be made particularly aware of. Aggravating a pest nest, either on purpose or by accident, is the easiest route to a painful sting. Be aware that they can be in many places ranging from the ground to the high corners of a structure.

  • Keep Scents in Mind

Wasps use scents as a means of communication for defense. It is often advised to limit wearing scents that are similar to flowers or plants in smell. These can be confused for actual flowers and cause issues.

  • Stay in Screened Areas

This tip is simple, but useful. The easiest way to stay away from the many stinging insects of Florida is to stay in screened areas as much as possible in the summer months.

  • Avoid Wearing Yellow and White

Two colors that attract wasps, in particular, are yellow and white. They are similar to the colors of flowers they frequently feed on. If venturing into a high-pest area, it’s wise to consider some other clothing colors.

With a few simple precautions, such as the above, you and your family can enjoy a summer without painful stings. And with quality professional Orlando pest control from the specialists at Apex, you can go even a step further towards securing your home or business from insect nests. For a free, no-obligation inspection, as well as a quote, call anytime at   (866) 675-4070.

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Tent Fumigation 101: What You Need to Know

real-estate-1686347_1280Central Florida can have some serious pest problems. A year-round temperate climate combined with plenty of water sources makes those problems varied and constant. One of the most serious responses to a pest issue in your home is the use of tent fumigation. It’s a type of Tampa termite control that is only to be done by absolute professionals.

Tent fumigations can be an important tool, particularly if a pest such as a termite is deeply ingrained into every portion of a structure. As a home or business owner that gets put in the position of needing tent fumigation, there are some critical things for you to know going in. Preparation is vital, and a sense of commitment to the treatment technique is a must. At Apex, pest control leaders in the Tampa area with decades of experience, we would offer these tips.

Prepare

It looks like simply a big circus tent thrown over a home, but the amount of prep work that goes into getting a house ready is high. There are a myriad of little things that you may not even think of:

  • Every houseplant needs to be removed.
  • Open every door in the home. This helps create an even flow of air.
  • Remove every piece of food that you are looking to keep.
  • Take out bed linens and curtains.
  • Turn off any gas sources such as stoves.

Ask Questions

Most people will have their home tented perhaps once in the life of the structure, at most. So this will be a new and odd process. Know everything you need to about the procedure, and don’t be afraid to ask about what steps are being taken and why they are being taken.

Take the Proper Time

Fumigation times vary greatly for a lot of different reasons. Size and design of the structure, type of pest being targeted, and the need for additional treatments all may factor in. But you should be able to get a pretty good estimate from your fumigation provider. This can range from a few hours to a week, but with tent fumigation, playing it safe is always best. Never rush back into a home, and always make sure the job has been done thoroughly.

Trust Professionals

Tent fumigations are calculated and complex, so they are truly one of the pest management techniques that absolutely cannot be performed on a DIY basis. Go with those who have experience.

Few Tampa termite control companies have quite the experience as Apex. We recommend tent fumigations as a last resort and will always look into management and preventative measures well before this step, but we are ready when necessary. For more information on our tools and methods, contact us anytime at (866) 675-4070.

4 Types of Cockroaches You May See in Central Florida

cockroaches-215544_1920Like peanut butter and jelly, Florida and cockroaches go hand-in-hand. It’s an inescapable fact of living in this naturally beautiful state; at some point, you’ll have to deal with them. But taking care of cockroaches is not a quest you have to tackle alone. Using the best in Orlando pest control by contacting Apex is key to having thought-out cockroach solutions and peace of mind.

It might surprise you to know that not all cockroaches found locally are the same. Although there are some very notable similarities, those with a mind for details will notice there are some equally notable differences between the types of cockroaches you see in your home over the years. That’s because we have, in fact, four different species of cockroaches that are common to the Central Florida area. Each presents its own unique issues and abilities:

German Cockroach

  • Very common and will look for the warmest area of your house.
  • These can be easily identified by two stripes directly behind their head.
  • Most are 13-16mm, have straight antennae, and look very typical of what a common cockroach of the imagination would appear.
  • Hardy and adaptive.

Asian Cockroach

  • A cockroach that seeks light; this is the common “turn on the kitchen light at night” bug.
  • Nearly identical in look as the German cockroach.
  • Standout characteristics of the Asian cockroach are its ability to fly (not all can), and it’s preference for the outdoors. This species of cockroach will not stay in your house as easily as others.
  • Attracted to screens of all types; again, they will be drawn to any bright light.

Palmetto Bug or American Cockroach

  • They can fly, and they are large.
  • These cockroaches have wings longer than their bodies, which often gives an appearance that they are even bigger than they actually are.
  • Found in warm and humid portions of your home: kitchen, bathroom, attic (if it is not secured properly), etc.

Smokybrown Cockroach

  • Notable for its namesake color and also quite common.
  • The smokybrown variety is renowned for their flying ability, which can get them confused with the Asian cockroach.
  • Shiny head, about 38-42 mm in length.
  • Voracious eaters: most cockroaches are certainly not picky, but the smokybrown stands out still; they will eat anything from decaying plants to animal feces and human food.

It gets all the more confusing when you consider that we Floridians have nicknames for roaches (like palmetto bug). Keeping your cockroach knowledge properly up to date shouldn’t be your responsibility. Trust the experts in Orlando pest control at Apex. Our decades of experience, especially with cockroaches, puts us in a rare position to treat any and all problems. For a free and no-obligation inspection and quote, contact us anytime at (866) 675-4070 or online.

 

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Mole Crickets: Destroyer of Lawns

mole-cricket-1260755_1920The work of keeping your Florida lawn in pristine shape is never ending. We live in the subtropics, and because of that fact, our nicely manicured green spaces are under constant attack. The most common type of Central Florida turf, St. Augustine grass, is very tough and durable. Between extreme heat and rabid pests, a lesser type of grass would not last long on Tampa lawns. One creature that consistently comes to the attention of the Tampa lawn care experts at Apex is the relentless mole cricket.

What They Are & How They Operate

These powerfully built insects are generally about two inches long, and they can eat grass at a voracious rate. Mole crickets lay eggs in May, hatch by June ,and are full-grown, lawn-destroying adults by the fall. So, in Florida, the time to get them under control is clearly now. Even if you’ve never seen a mole cricket (and you may have, but simply not identified it), the damage to your lawn can make their presence well known.

Here is how they operate:

  • Mole crickets dig underground tunnels, making them difficult to spot and equally difficult to get rid of.
  • The tunnels they live in destroy roots, killing grass from the ground up. These tunnels can also create knots of soil in your backyard.
  • They are well named; mole crickets have a behavior very similar to moles, but can operate in giant numbers.

A Deeper Problem

If mole crickets take residence on your Central Florida lawn, that becomes only part of the problem. Mole crickets are delicious for a myriad of other animals. The list of Florida wildlife that finds them as a main course is long and potentially dire for the well-being of your front yard.

Raccoons and armadillos both love the taste of mole crickets, and they are willing to go to some lengths to get hold of them. That includes digging up your yard to gain access to those troublesome tunnels the mole crickets run through, causing obvious damage of its own. Once exposed from their tunnels via a larger animal like an armadillo, the mole crickets attract all manner of creatures to your front lawn for a buffet: from birds to bats and even other pests.

Prevention is Key

From the brown patches they create from simply burrowing their tunnels and killing grass at the root, to the damage that can be inflicted if they are discovered by an ingenious omnivore, the threat to your Florida lawn is clear. Once you see dead grass or dug up holes, the problem has probably already begun. At Apex, the leaders in Tampa lawn care, we preach prevention when dealing with the relatively common mole cricket. Call us today for a simple, no-obligation lawn inspection and quote.

Silverfish: A Common Indoor Pest

silverfish-61638_1920(1)Silverfish are as common as they are misunderstood. This strange creature is a Central Florida mainstay, and summer is their peak season. When it comes to preventing and extracting silverfish from your home, experience goes a long way. Few have the experience in Orlando pest control quite on the level of Apex. Our decades in the local area give us a knowledge base on the particular habits of bugs like the eerie silverfish, and we can share that understanding with you.

Here are some basics on the critter you’ve no doubt seen, but probably haven’t studied:

  • We should note right off the bat that although they appear kind of creepy to most people, silverfish are harmless. That’s not to say you want them running around your home, but there’s no reason to book that hotel room quite yet.
  • They aren’t silver, and they aren’t fish.
  • They prefer damp spaces and low lighting; odds are you will spot the whiskered creature at night and around your bathroom or kitchen.
  • They are attracted to many types of starchy food, but can eat anything from books to carpet to paint.

Silverfish have a preference for humidity and high temperatures, so you can see why this is a pest well-suited for Central Florida. What can you really do to keep them out of your home?

  • Limit Easy Food: Like every pest that can cause trouble in your home, silverfish are there for three reasons: food, water, and shelter. By sealing up everything in your kitchen and keeping countertops constantly clean, you are taking a big step.
  • Traps: Traps (like sticky fly paper) work with silverfish on a very limited basis. Silverfish are hearty and rarely attracted to one particular substance.
  • Professionals: DIY approaches can take out one silverfish at a time, but there is an underlying reason why they are coming into your home and staying there. That reason is something that only a pest care professional can properly diagnose and address. Why settle for frustration when the answer to silverfish is but a phone call away?

And when it comes to Orlando pest control, the answer and the experience is at Apex. We offer not just techniques for ridding your home or business of these odd creatures, but we can help prevent them in the first place. Contact us anytime for a free, no-obligation inspection and quote; we will always respond to any call within 24 hours. Silverfish, in addition to potentially eating clothing and other fabrics, are also harbingers of some potentially larger pest problems on your property. Don’t take the chance; contact the experienced professionals at Apex.

Pests Could Infiltrate the Party This Independence Day

sparklers-828570_1280Memorial Day weekend may be the kickoff to summer, but the Fourth of July is another reason to celebrate! It’s a great holiday for outdoor barbeques, trips to the beach, and, hopefully, a nice fireworks display. But all that outdoor action in the Florida summer has a consequence: pests. As the leaders in Orlando pest control, we thought we’d provide some tips for having a pest-free 4th of July celebration.

Although not all Fourth of Julys are celebrated the same way across Central Florida, there are some baseline ideas that can be incorporated into all types of parties:

  • Food inside: Even if you are having an outdoor party, trying to keep the majority of the food inside is a good idea. Pests of all types are primarily attracted to food sources, so keeping the attractant indoor is a great step.
  • Clear cups: In Florida, particularly, you never quite know what may have buzzed into your drink while you weren’t paying attention (or while you were preoccupied with the grill). And you may not know until it’s too late with cans and plastic solo cups. Drinking out of a clear cup might be a wise choice this Independence Day.
  • Seal garbage: Food becomes garbage, and both attract pests in droves. Sealing up your garbage as quickly as possible, and moving it far away from where you may have a party going, helps to keep pests to a minimum.
  • Clean up: It also helps with the ease of cleanup at the end of the party if you have some things taken care of during it. A thorough cleanup of a house or backyard party will prevent future pest problems in the weeks afterward. Try to think of everything: trash, counter surfaces, and debris left in the backyard.
  • Citronella: One thing you’re almost certain to encounter in a Fourth of July party in Florida is mosquitoes. Sprays help, and long clothing is recommended… but neither may be the best choice for a pool party. Try natural citronella, either the candles or the plants themselves, for an added layer of protection.

A pest-free Fourth of July party is the best kind, and following a few simple steps can get you there. But, for a more complete evaluation, always keep in mind that the Orlando pest control experts at Apex are just a phone call away. We offer a free, no-obligation inspection, and we will always get back to you within 24 hours.

6 Reasons to Invest in Year-Round Pest Maintenance

special3When it comes to pest control, particularly in the subtropical confines of Florida, all-encompassing Tampa pest control is always best. There are many ways that residents attempt to do the bare minimum regarding pest control, a serious health and wellness component, but solid, consistent professional attention stands the test of time. We live in a state with a unique and always-changing variety of creatures, both harmful and not, and taking the time to protect your house and family should not fall on your shoulders alone.

Apex provides programs both thorough and flexible; we look for solutions based on your personal pest needs and tailor treatments on a home-by-home basis. The Apex Pest Prevention program takes the best of our work into a comprehensive and far-reaching program that builds pest protection in your house from the inside out.

Our technicians are knowledgeable, friendly, and, above all, relentless in their task. We are sometimes asked if year-round pest maintenance is really worth it. Can’t the Florida homeowner cut some corners over the course of the year? The answer is always no, and here are six blunt reasons to back that up.

  • Peace of Mind

You live in a state truly engulfed by the natural world, and it’s one of the reasons we Floridians love the place. But that natural beauty does come at a price for your home; pests are a constant and never-ending threat. By treating them yourself, the threat becomes an ongoing job; by leaving it to professionals, you can relax and enjoy the scenic Florida environment in peace.

  • Individual Treatments

As mentioned, our treatments are highly individualized. Few homes or businesses are managed the same way. By getting on a consistent year-round plan, we can focus on the specifics of your plan even more directly.

  • Safe Products

DIY pest control is often based on old legends, strange treatments, and products that may not be 100% safe. With our decades of experience, the safety of the products and sprays we use (when needed) is never in doubt.

  • Expertise 24/7

Pest issues can crop up at random times in the Florida sun. By having a trusted group of professionals on your side, help is always a mere phone call away. With a plan already in place, our technicians can arrive ready.

  • Cost

Simply put, the damage and destruction pests cause is always cheaper to prevent than it is to fix.

  • Time Savings for You

Why spend your weekends with pest control as your second job? Spend time with your family and relax knowing that Apex has you covered.

These are just six of the many ways year-round pest control is to your benefit. For more information, and a no-obligation inspection and quote, call us anytime at (866) 675-4070. Apex offers the best in Tampa pest control through our highly-trained technicians and effective services.

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Bug Barometer Forecast: Mosquitoes & Termites Early This Year

dance-schools-1837658_1920Pests are a year-round Central Florida issue, one that any local homeowner will become well aware of. But even in Florida, we have seasons and certain times of the year when pest concentrations are highest. Some years have a higher or lower count of overall pests, particularly with mosquitoes and termites. In any season, and in any year, having world-class professional Orlando pest control is vital to keeping your home and family safe.

But it is also a good idea to keep an eye on the indications for the coming year. The National Pest Management Association produces a yearly forecast of its expectations in regards to both pest levels and the schedule they are expected to run on. This type of “bug barometer” is especially critical when thinking about termites and mosquitoes: two pests which you can certainly prepare for in advance.

For 2017, there were some interesting notes from the NPMA survey. Included below are some of the main points you may want to keep in mind as we transition from spring to summer.

  • Early Pest Season: With an extremely mild winter that barely saw temperatures dip near freezing more than once or twice, expect an early start to the summer pest season. Cold winters act as checkpoints for mosquito populations, and with the lack of one, the NPMA anticipates a quick start to the season. This is mainly true of all east coast states in 2017.
  • Increased Mosquito Populations: Although we’ve had a dry beginning to 2017, the warm nature of the 2016-2017 winter means the pump is primed for a high-level mosquito summer. As soon as meaningful rainfall begins of any type, we should expect an immediate mosquito response.
    • 2016 brought the first wave of the Zika virus, and there are indications that we may see this again. It is important to protect yourself in the usual fashion: sprays, long-sleeved clothing, and a restriction on being outdoors during dusk and dawn in the peak summer months
  • High Termite counts: Termites are active year round in Florida, so there is less of a spring swarm that other areas of the country concentrate on; instead, there is steady pressure. The termite population of 2017 will be entirely undeterred by a warm winter and are expected to continue flourishing.

The National Pest Management Association’s bug barometer made the evidence for a strong mosquito season rather clear. At this time in the season, you should already be seeing more frequent activity than usual (if you haven’t yet, odds are you will). For these reasons and more, having the best in Orlando pest control with Apex will be important all year long. Contact us anytime for more information and a free, no-risk inspection.

 

Oothecae: Cockroach Egg Cases

the-cockroaches-834021_1920Cockroaches are, without a doubt, one of the biggest pest concerns for any Central Florida resident. Tough, resilient, and very well-adapted to our local climate, they can be a difficult foe to extricate from your business or home. Making certain you are cockroach free is important; for businesses there can be a direct economic effect to being a locally-known roach hut, and for homeowners, this common pest can bring disease and a general lack of well-being. The presence of cockroaches may also indicate a larger pest management issue lurking under the surface. To properly vet your properties for roach infestations, contacting Orlando pest control experts, such as those at Apex, can be your best bet. With experience, they can spot one of the least talked about signals of roaches: oothecae.

Although professionals can be vital when it comes to oothecae, you can become more informed and better prepared. In short, an ootheca is the egg casing that roaches spread around, and they can hatch new pests by the hundreds. Spotting many of these cylinders in the same place often indicates a big problem with roaches. Keep in mind that the eggs are carried in a variety of ways; some species drop unhatched eggs while others continue carrying them until their brood is free to roam. The finding of an ootheca in your home is not an exact count of the roach problem you may have; it’s likely many more are hidden (or still being carried).

Here are some common ootheca identification tips based on species:

  • American Cockroach: Dark brown in color and approximately eight millimeters in length, these pods will contain on average 15 embryonic roaches.
  • Brown-Banded Cockroach: A common type of Florida roach, the brown-banded  carries very small oothecae (about five millimeters in length) that have a reddish-brown tint.
  • Oriental Cockroach: Rarer to the area, and unable to fly, this roach species can produce up to eight oothecae cases in just a half year. Each of these cases will hold up to 16 embryos.
  • German Cockroach: One of our most common types of roaches, the ootheca of the German cockroach is brown and can hold an astonishing 50 embryos per egg casing.

There’s no need to be more involved with the details of cockroaches and the ootheca they carry than you need to be. Adding to the intricacies of roach management, common techniques for dealing with adult roaches will have little impact on oothecae. So, instead of frustration, contact the experts in roach management and Orlando pest control at Apex any time. We offer a free inspection and quote with absolutely no obligations and will always get back to you within 24 hours. Feel secure and remain roach free with Apex.


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