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What are Ghost Ants?

What are the moths in my yard?

How to keep FLEAS out of your home and yard

Although you may be treating your pet for fleas you also need to control the fleas in your home and yard at the same time it’s important to treat the grassy area the lawn but, also the areas where the pet likes to rest.

Once inside the house check the same areas which are most used by the pets.

One way to determine if fleas are active is to place a white cloth on the floor in this area.  Fleas are attracted to white and will appear on the cloth.

Once the home has been treated, people and pets need to stay out until the product is dry. Insect growth regulators can be added to the treatment eliminating the need for any indoor follow-up applications.

But, the yard will need a second treatment two weeks after the initial one.  This will break the lifecycle of the fleas.

How to Keep Mosquitoes Away

There are a few simple things you can do as a homeowner to reduce the mosquito population in your yard.

Weed Control

Not all weeds can be controlled by herbicides. Of the three types of weeds we are seeing in Northeast Florida, the broadleaf (i.e. dollar weed) and sedge can be controlled with herbicides. Grassy weeds (i.e. crabgrass) simply needs to be removed by hand. There is no selective herbicide on the market today that will kill grassy weeds without killing the grass itself. If you see that weeds have started flowering, pull them up immediately or they will blow seeds across your lawn, creating more of a problem.

Angie’s Super Service Award for 2019

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We are proud to announce that Peninsular Pest Control has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA)! This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2019.

Bold City Best Winner

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Thanks again to our wonderful customers for voting us #1 in both BEST PEST CONTROL and BEST LAWN SERVICE in the recent Bold City Best Contest! This makes it 5 consecutive years in a row.

Roof rats are invading homes across the First Coast.

Roof rats are invading homes across the First Coast.  George Richardson, Technical Director for Peninsular Pest Control, is called upon by WTLV to give his advice on roof rats.

Lubber grasshoppers

Lubber Grasshoppers wreaking havoc in local yards!

The recent heavy rain is drawing out large grasshoppers in the Jacksonville area.

George Richardson of Peninsular Pest Control said the insects, known as lubber grasshoppers, can be a real nuisance.

“They can be kind of menacing because they can be up to three inches long they’re quite ugly and look like little monsters,” Richardson said.

  • Richardson said they’ve been busy lately because of the bugs.

    “We’re receiving three to five phone calls a day about them,” Richardson said

    We found a cluster of them feasting on a large plant’s leaves near Commonwealth and McDuff.

    “They like the succulent type of lilies,” Richardson said.

    The best way to get rid of them is to treat them soon as they hatch, which is usually in March and April; otherwise they have to be grabbed one by one.

    “Take them off the leaf put them in a bucket and in the bucket we recommend to either have rubbing alcohol or soapy water,” Richardson said.

    The liquid will asphyxiate the bugs.

    The University of Florida’s commercial horticulture agent Erin Harlow has found another use for the critters.

    “We do use these grasshoppers for our bug camp every summer,” Harlow said.

    Kids will be dissecting the grasshoppers for a hands-on science lesson.

    “I thought maybe they’d be a little squeamish last year, but they did really really well I mean they’re just really cool bugs,” Harlow said.

    Camp “Incredibugs” runs July 16-20 for ages 11 to 18.

    It’s $100 or FREE if the camper submits an essay (preferably handwritten, around 500 words) about an insect or group of insects and what makes them incredible.

2018 Bold City Best voting has begun!

Nominations for the Bold City Best!

Nominations for the Bold City Best!

Please take time to nominate Peninsular Pest Control in two different categories:

BEST PEST CONTROL COMPANY and BEST LAWN CARE COMPANY