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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.

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.

Why DIY Pest Control Is a Bad Idea

When you’re experiencing a pest issue at your home, we understand it’s tempting to search for a do-it-yourself (DIY) solution. There are certain problems with DIY pest control that makes it a bad idea. What you really need is an expert on your premises to evaluate the situation, make recommendations for treatment options and professionally monitor and apply the treatment.

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Here’s a look at some reasons why you should avoid DIY pest control at all costs:

  • Surface applications are ineffective: Most DIY treatments require you to apply a pest control product to floors or countertops. In most cases, bugs and rodents either fail to pick up an effective does of the product as they walk across it or the product becomes ineffective before the encounter. In either case, the over-the-counter solution proves wholly ineffective.
  • Killing on contact is a short-term solution: If and when a DIY product does work, it typically kills on contact. This is a short-term fix, but it does nothing to help your situation over time. When you kill on contact, the pests remaining have a chance to regroup and relocate. You need a pest control solution that kills at the source rather than just some on contact.
  • Bugs are becoming more resistant: Over time, bugs and other pests are becoming more resistant to over-the-counter solutions. When you choose professional pest control, you’re choosing an expert who uses effective products known to zap pests and provide long-term solutions.
  • Choosing and applying the right product is an art form: Different pest issues require different types of pest control products. On top of that, applying the right amount of product to the right space in your home can be tricky. In many cases, homeowners trying DIY solutions either choose the wrong product or apply it incorrectly — which does nothing to fix the root problem.
  • Bug bombs are more popular than effective: One of the most common and popular DIY solutions is the bug bomb. Unfortunately, bug bombs are not effective at killing pests at the source. In fact, you’re more likely to spread bugs around your home after setting off a bomb than you are to kill them.
  • Pest control chemicals need expert handling: Many over-the-counter pest control solutions contain chemicals that can contaminate your water supply, plants and even the air inside your home. When you opt for professional pest control vs. DIY, you get experts who know how to handle these chemicals in a non-threatening way.

Given the climate, bugs and pests never take a break in Florida. If you’re a Florida homeowner wondering why not to DIY pest control, consider the points made above — and then call the leading provider of pest control services in the Sunshine State. At Apex Pest Control, we offer a friendly, knowledgeable team that knows how to get results.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free quote and avoid the problems with DIY pest control.

Why Ongoing Pest Control Is Necessary

A home should be a place of peace and calm and a refuge for homeowners and their families. But it’s hard to enjoy your home if you regularly see roaches, mosquitoes or other pests. While many homeowners might take a reactive approach to pest control, calling for service only when they see bugs, it’s far better to schedule ongoing pest control treatment.

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This especially holds true in Florida, where it’s highly necessary to use ongoing pest control. Why do you need regular pest control from a local expert? Here’s a look at four primary reasons:

  1. Disrupt breeding cycles: One of the best ways to keep unwanted bugs from invading your home is to disrupt their breeding cycles. And disruption of breeding cycles is one of the main benefits of ongoing pest control. If you choose the reactive approach, calling for treatment only when you see pests, you’re allowing bugs to lay eggs and other pests to breed. This allows your pest problem to worsen over time.
  2. Establish and maintain a protective barrier: With a single pest control treatment, a protective barrier is established around your home using proven pest control products. But this barrier breaks down over time, allowing pests to start wandering inside your home, where they start laying eggs and spreading. If you choose ongoing pest control treatment, each visit strengthens the protective barrier, ensuring that bugs are never able to find their way into your home.
  3. Customize treatment to the season: Given the climate in Florida, bugs never take a season off. But it’s still important to customize pest control treatments according to a given season and the bugs and conditions that season might bring. When you choose the benefits of ongoing pest control, customized treatment will meet the unique conditions of the season and the bugs and activity prevalent during that season.
  4. Peace of mind: You should never have to worry about bugs or other pests inside your home. When you select monthly, quarterly or bi-monthly best control service, you get peace of mind. You also get results. It’s necessary to use ongoing pest control because there’s nothing better than a professional regularly and proactively looking for signs of new pests — and taking care of pest issues before they become crises.

Don’t let bugs and other pests get a foothold in your home. At Apex Pest Control, we offer a series of proactive pest control plans that allow you to seize the benefits of ongoing pest control and achieve the peace of mind that you want and need. We proudly serve homeowners throughout Florida with fast, effective service that keeps your home free from pests.

Choose from our ongoing pest control plans today.

Allergies and Household Pests

vacuum cleanerAllergies 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

antsAre 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.

What Surprising Pests Hideout in Your Walls?

bedroomMany 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

open house signThere 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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