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Angie’s Super Service Award for 2019

AngiesList SSA 2019 FullColor

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

BCB Winners Logo 2019

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:


The NEW2013 Home and Garden Calendar

Did you see the NEW Home and Garden Calendar that was just released by The Florida Times Union?  GREAT Gardening tips and Home Events!


Peninsular Pest Control wins two Bold City Best Awards for 2017

A heartfelt appreciation goes out to our loyal customers who have honored our company and our employees by voting us the BOLD CITY BEST in two categories again this year!  Many of our customers have trusted Peninsular for over 50 years and we sincerely thank our 15-35+ year employees for their commitment to superior service.  The consistent care and dedication of our employees over the years have built these lifelong relationships with our customers and we are proud to credit them for our success. Thanks to all of you!

The battle continues in Riverside!

2016 Bold City Best Winner Announcement

Peninsular Pest Control was voted Bold City Best 2016 Award Winner presented by in both the Pest Control and Lawn Service categories.

It is Peninsular Pest Control’s goal to keep your lawn looking its best with a balanced fertilization and insect control program. Peninsular’s trained professionals use state-of-the-art materials that are in compliance with the Florida Green Industries “Best Management Practices for the Protection of Water Resources in Florida.”

Peninsular Pest Control, the “Critter Gitter,” has been providing pest control services to North Florida homes, businesses and health care facilities since 1954. Peninsular’s service technicians are bonded professionals, trained to provide you with the specific treatment that you need for your particular pest problems, both inside and outside.

Zika Virus concerns in Jacksonville, FL

In a matter of days the number of locally transmitted Zika cases jumped from four to 15, prompting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to do something it’s never done before — issue a travel warning to an area inside the continental U.S.

Pregnant women are being urged to avoid nonessential travel to one downtown Miami neighborhood where health officials say there is active Zika transmission.

Peninsular Pest Control’s technical director, George Richardson, said they’ve seen an increase in calls because of the Zika concern.

“People don't realize that 10 to 14 days … Boom! One mosquito can turn into hundreds,” said Richardson.

Richardson said stagnant water around your home is a breeding ground, especially in birdbaths and fountains.

“We've got mosquito larvae that, we can see, we've got standing water. This water has only been here about two weeks,” said Richardson.

According to Richardson, the species known to carry the Zika virus tends to live and breed near humans.

“We create environments for the mosquitoes to reproduce. That's why it's so important to just survey your landscape,” said Richardson.

Richardson said mosquitos don’t need very much water to reproduce. Even water inside a bottle cap can be enough for breeding.

He also suggest you keep the pump running in a birdbath or fountain at your home, because mosquitoes don’t like to breed in water that is constantly moving.


Pest control experts encourage disposal of stagnant water amid Zika concerns
by: Lorena Inclan, Action News Jax Updated: Aug 2, 2016 – 10:29 PM