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Fall and Wintertime Pests in Florida

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As the seasons change, so does the behavior of insects and animals. During the fall and winter, your Florida home is vulnerable to different pests than you may see in the spring and summer. While some pests, such as termites, are active in Florida all year long, fall and winter months may bring some new critters around your property.

Fall Pests in Florida

In autumn, rodents may have a harder time finding food and staying warm. As a result, rats, mice, and other rodents can become more aggressive in trying to get indoors.

Insects, too, may be seeking the shelter of your home. Ants, for example, will often look for a safe and warm spot for the winter, which can mean your house is susceptible.

Winter Pests in Florida

Winter pests in Florida often come from travel. Many Floridians travel throughout the year, especially around the holidays — and sunny Florida is also a popular vacation destination during the colder months. Bed bugs and other insects can easily hop onto luggage or clothing on a plane, in an airport, or in a hotel, and then come home with you. Any time you travel for the holidays, you may be bringing home unwanted houseguests.

Since cockroaches like dark and damp spots, they can move into basements in the winter months, too. Silverfish thrive in similar conditions and can become an issue in the winter.

Seasonal Pest Control for Winter and Fall

Seasonal pest control for fall and winter begins with prevention. Here are a few steps you can take:

  • Check your home. Look for any signs of pests. You should also take care to seal up any small cracks, gaps, and holes from the outside with steel wool. Repair torn screens on windows and doors.
  • Make your home less hospitable. Clean up crumbs quickly and do not leave food out. In your basement, you might want to run a dehumidifier to ensure bugs aren’t attracted to your home. Paper and cardboard boxes can provide areas for silverfish to hide, so be sure to toss out extra litter.
  • Travel safely. If you’re traveling for the holidays, promptly wash everything you bring back with you when you return, including your luggage.
  • Call in the experts at the first sign of trouble.  If you notice rodent droppings, chewed wires, individual ants or cockroaches or any signs of pests, contact the pest control professionals at Apex Pest Control immediately — before the infestation gets worse and there is serious damage to your home.

Safe Trusted Pest Solutions in Florida

Apex Pest Control is a family-owned business. Since 1985, we have been helping homeowners in Florida with sustainable and effective pest control solutions. If you see any signs of pests in your home this fall or winter, get a quote for our services today.

Nuisance Pests vs. Destructive Pests

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Any pest in your home is a nuisance, but some animal or insect intruders can be dangerous for your home or even your health. While both nuisance and destructive pests warrant a call to pest control services, you’ll want to be especially vigilant about destructive pests.

Nuisance Pests in Florida

Nuisance pests in Florida include annoying but generally harmless pests such as:

  • Argentine ants: These ants are attracted to water and sweets, which is why they enter your home. While it can be upsetting to find them in a sugar bowl, they do not cause serious damage or injury.
  • Bed bugs: Bed bugs bite you, often while you’re asleep, but these bites do not transmit disease.

While nuisance pests like these are not overtly dangerous, they can affect the quality of your life. Bed bugs, for example, can lead to increased stress and loss of sleep, which can impact your health. Having ants in your home can be deeply upsetting, even if they don’t cause damage.

Destructive Pests in Florida

Destructive pests, on the other hand, cause direct harm. In Florida, common destructive pests include:

  • Termites: Active all year long in Florida, termites eat wood and can cause enough damage to impact your home’s structural integrity.
  • Deer ticks: These ticks tend to be found in wooded areas, and they can easily hitch a ride home with you. They burrow under the skin and can cause Lyme disease, a chronic condition that can lead to serious fatigue and other life-changing symptoms.
  • Mosquitoes: Female mosquitoes are notorious for biting. When they do, they can transmit serious and potentially fatal illnesses, including the West Nile virus and malaria.

Pest Removal

When you want professional pest removal, turn to Apex Pest Control. We’re a family-owned business serving locations throughout Florida, and we have a range of pest prevention programs to help protect your home inside and out. We carefully inspect your property to find ways to discourage nuisance pests. Then, we create a solution catering to your specific situation.

If you’re looking for a destructive pest control service, we have specific termite control and mosquito control services to help you address the two most common destructive pests in Florida. Our destructive pest control service can target the specific harmful pests on your property to help keep you safe.

Safe Trusted Pest Solutions in Florida

At Apex Pest Control, we have offered our destructive and nuisance pest control service since 1985. We use safe solutions, working to protect the larger ecosystem as we remove unwanted guests from your property. Call us at 1-866-675-4070 or get a quote online today.

Pest Control Advice for New Home Buyers

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Whether you’re buying or building a new home or moving into an existing property, you’ll want to make sure there aren’t any unexpected house guests along for the ride. This starts by looking for signs of infestation. If you need pest control services or pre-treatment, contact Apex Pest Control for experienced, honest help. We offer safe, trusted pest solutions for homeowners.

Do I Need a Pest Control Inspection in Florida?

In Florida, you are not required by law to get termite inspections for new homes. That said, lenders will require such inspections.

Pest Control When Buying a New Home

One of the best things you can do is to make sure the previous owners or the builders took care to prevent infestations before they happen. To do this, you should:

  • Check for cracks and holes. Look for any holes or gaps in storage spaces and floorboards, where small intruders can enter.
  • Look for pooling water. Splash blocks and down-spout extenders are great signs someone has taken care to get rid of still water near your home. The area around your home should also be slightly angled to cause water to flow away from walls. This feature prevents water damage, and it also ensures pests aren’t attracted to the water source near your home — and, by extent, the shelter of your property.
  • Make sure all exterior doors and windows close. They should seal completely when they are closed since even tiny gaps are small enough for insects and even mice to get through.
  • Check all screens. Any screened windows and doors should be free of holes or tears, and the screen should completely cover the open surface, leaving no gaps.

New Construction Pest Control

Don’t assume a new home or even a home you build yourself will automatically be free of pests. During construction, pests have access to the ground under your home as well as the building materials. New home pest control offers excellent protection.

During construction, soil pre-treatment, and a wood pre-treatment can help prevent termites. You can also choose to install Apex’s PIPELINE™ brand pesticide distribution system into your exterior walls during construction. This system allows you to inject safe treatment into the walls of your home.

Safe Trusted Pest Solutions for Homeowners

As a family-owned business since 1985, Apex Pest Control helps homeowners across Florida protect their homes from intrusive animals and insects. We believe in exceptional customer service and in preserving the local ecosystem, so we provide reliable, effective, sustainable, and safe solutions. Get a quote from us today or contact us if you have any questions.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions And Our Service

Updated July 20, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Our company is committed to safeguarding the health and safety of our customers and team. As we monitor the situation of COVID-19 in Florida, we want to keep you informed about what Apex Pest Control is doing to prevent the spread of the virus in our communities and how we can help.

First and foremost, the pest control industry is classified in the lowest risk of businesses per OSHA, as we do not encounter groups of people in our workplace. We stringently follow the OSHA and CDC COVID-19 guidelines to keep our customers and team safe.

Secondly, as an essential service, our industry is responsible for the protection of public health, food and property. The EPA, Dept of Health and Human Services and Dept of Agriculture have prepared a list of significant pests, https://www.epa.gov/insect-repellents/list-pests-significant-public-health-importance most of which are controlled by the professional pest control industry.  We play a vital role in protecting our nation’s public health and food supply, as well as protecting structures from demise due to wood destroying organisms.

Additionally, and by Florida rule, all of our field representatives are trained, tested and certified in the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). Technicians routinely employ the use of respirators, eye protection, gloves, shoe coverings and clothing that conform with safety requirements established by the EPA and OSHA.

We have implemented the following additional safeguards to further protect our customers:

  • Our office workspaces, field equipment and vehicles are being sanitized throughout each day.
  • All technicians are wearing disposable gloves at each service call.
  • All field staff are washing their hands after each appointment.
  • All staff have been instructed to keep a social distance between customers and between each other.
  • We have moved all clerical desks a minimum of ten feet apart.
  • Any team member who is sick, even with a minor illness must stay home.
  • Provide exterior pest service if residents do not want inside services.

Apex Pest Control is currently acquiring liquid products that are labeled to kill human coronavirus, as well as many other viruses and pathogens. These disinfectants are in high demand. We are now offering to all current residential customers, as an addition to the regular scheduled service, a FREE application of a Virucide/Disinfectant to the high-touch areas of the exterior of your home. Virologists believe that COVID-19 can live on plastic surfaces for one day and metal surfaces for three days. Until our supplies increase, we will apply NISUS DSV https://nisuscorp.com/product/dsv or similar product to the outdoor front door handles, door bells, railings, auto door handles, fixed garage door operator or garage door handle, mailbox and any other high-touch surfaces we encounter at the entrance to your home, as part of your recurring pest control service.  Again, we will render this service for FREE if requested, as part of your regular scheduled service until this pandemic is reduced. As more product comes available, we will offer interior disinfectant services and commercial disinfectant services.  Please contact our office at 1-800-929-2847 if you would like to add the disinfectant application to your current service at your property at no charge.

*Apex Pest Control is performing this complementary service as an assistive public health measure at its own cost. We make no representations verbal or written, that our application will prevent anyone from contracting sickness or disease.

Unexpected Places Bed Bugs Could Be Hiding


While a licensed pest control company knows all about bed bugs and how they travel, there is a misconception about where you can find them. Bed bugs are not just found on bed sheets and mattresses within your home or a hotel.

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They can be found just about anywhere because of their great traveling techniques.

Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?

Bed bugs typically look for places that are dark and relatively close to humans — or at least close to areas that humans frequent. Here are some of the places bed bugs might hide:

  • Stuffed animals: The soft, plushy surfaces of stuffed animals make it easy for bed bugs to hide undetected.
  • Outlets and lights: Bed bugs can fit underneath the plastic and metal outlet covers to hide in the dark.
  • Furniture: Once bed bugs have come into your home, they will find any place humans most often occupy, such as beds, couches, chairs and more.
  • Picture frames: These provide a dark place for bed bugs to hide whether they are on a table or hanging on the wall.
  • Dressers/closets: Bed bugs can stay on the clothing you wear.
  • Books: Bed bugs can squeeze into the pages of a book and use this to travel between rooms.
  • Carpet edges/baseboards: Bed bugs are able to get into the smallest cracks of your home, including underneath baseboards and the edges of the carpet.

How Do Bed Bugs Travel?

The most common means of travel for bed bugs are by clothing, which is how bed bugs can travel from a hotel to your home. Here are some other items bed bugs will use for transportation:

  • Purses: Bed bugs can crawl into purses to conceal themselves, while also maintaining close proximity to a human being.
  • Airplanes, trains, and buses: As people travel, bed bugs can be found in luggage and any piece of clothing a person is wearing.
  • Rental vehicles/campers: Bed bugs can crawl off of clothing and get into any crevice they can fit themselves.
  • Wheelchairs: If a person uses a wheelchair at a hospital or another facility, it’s possible for bed bugs to then get on that person’s clothes or other belongings.
  • Movie theaters: Movie theaters provide a dark place to hide and plenty of people.
  • School: Children and teachers can unknowingly be carrying bed bugs and transferring them to others.

Rid Your Home of Bed Bugs With Apex Pest Control

Bed bugs can turn into infestations very quickly because their typical hiding places are likely not often checked, but if they’ve made their way into your space, they don’t have to rule your life. Contact Apex Pest Control today to have your home professionally treated against these parasites.

How to Keep Rodents out of Your House


Rodents, such as mice and rats will look for any and every opportunity to invade your home. These pests are looking for a convenient shelter along with water and food supply, and a house provides an ideal spot.

However, it is possible to turn your home into an uninviting place for these creatures. Here is a look at how you can protect your home from rodents.

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Rats and mice are destructive by nature, but following these tips for rodent prevention in your home can help to keep them away.

1. Seal Any Cracks in Your Home’s Foundation

One of the first things you can do for rodent prevention is to seal any cracks within your home’s foundation. They are one of the first places mice and rats tend to find. Patch up your foundation regardless of the size of the hole or gap.

2. Eliminate Points of Entry

Visually inspect all windows and doors, including the garage door, and eliminate any gaps that exist in the seals. Make sure all entry points close properly as well.

3. Inspect Your Roof

Some rodents will go to the top of a home to look for entry. Check your home’s roofing, vents and chimney for breakages and leaks. Fill in any gaps and ensure your chimney is capped to prevent any rodent from entering your home.

4. Eliminate Food Sources

Never leave any food out for extended periods of time and always clean dirty dishes. Rodents have a keen sense of smell and can go after leftover food on plates or in pots. Mice and rats can get into cabinets, too, so it is vital to keep foods such as boxed cereals and bagged sugar in sealed, airtight containers.

5. Regularly Take the Trash Out

Be sure to empty the trash inside your home regularly. If your trash cans are kept outside or in the garage, ensure the lids are tightly closed.

6. Tidy-Up Your Home’s Perimeter

Monitor the area surrounding your home. Regularly remove any garden debris and ensure you do not have any woodpiles against your home.

7. Clean Inside Your Home

Regularly clean inside your home to avoid attracting rodents. Any clutter or piles of objects provide hiding spots as well as potential nesting sites.

8. Check Wires and Pipes

Wires and pipes can be a point of entry to rodents from the outside. Inspect the openings that your pipes or wires enter into your home. Properly seal off any gaps if there is space between your home and wire or pipe.

9. Fix Any Leaks Inside

Carefully inspect your bathrooms, attic, basement and other areas for any leaks. Immediately fix any big or small leak because the moisture can attract rodents and other pests, such as ants, spiders, cockroaches, and termites.

Need Pest Help?

Don’t let pests ruin your home. If you are experiencing any pest issues, our expert team at Apex Pest Control provides one-time to monthly services that cover multiple types of pests. Contact Apex Pest Control today to receive help with your pest issue.

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