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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) Variant Transmission Precautions And Our Service

Updated July 28, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Our company is committed to safeguarding the health and safety of our customers and team. As we continue monitoring the situation of COVID-19 and Variant spread 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 employees and customers:

  • Our office workspaces, field equipment and vehicles are being sanitized as often as possible.
  • All technicians are asked to wear disposable gloves at each appointment and dispose of them after each appointment, as well as other PPE equipment. Masks will be used inside customer homes regardless of vaccination status.
  • All field and office staff are urged to continue washing their hands after each appointment.
  • All staff has been instructed to stop shaking hands or making contact and to keep a safe distance from customers and each other when humanly possible.
  • We have positioned all occupied clerical desks safe distances apart. Offices will not allow non-employees into their buildings. Limit the entry of field staff as well.
  • Any team member who is sick, and/or tests positive — stay home and contact your manager.
  • Provide exterior service if the customers do not want inside services at this time.
  • CDC recommends everyone is vaccinated to prevent further outbreaks and mutations. Please take their recommendations seriously.

Apex Pest Control has liquid products that are labeled* to kill human coronavirus, as well as many other viruses. We will continue offering to all current customers as an addition to your regular scheduled service a FREE service, to apply this 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 to your outdoor front door handles, doorbells, railings, auto door handles, fixed garage door operator, mailbox, and any other high touch surfaces we encounter 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 the pandemic and recent variant outbreak is reduced. Please contact our office at 1-800-929-2847 if you would like to add the DSV application to your current service for your property at no charge.

*Apex Pest Control is performing this complimentary 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.

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