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Active Insects in Jacksonville

Staying on top of the active insects, termites and lawn diseases is The Critter Gitter’s Specialty.

As a family owned and operated business since 1954, Peninsular Pest Control prides itself on the team of bonded service professionals who provide customers with treatment for the thousands of pests who make a home in your home or business. Four Generations of homeowners have trusted Peninsular Pest Control for their solution to their pest problems partly because they work around your schedule, providing regular service on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. Peninsular also offers a one-time service for special problems.

Peninsular Pest Control offers a full range of residential and commercial services including pest control, lawn maintenance (fertilization and weed control) as well as termite treatment (Termidor® and Sentricon®).

Jadera Bugs

Jadera Bug Infestation

This is the season in which you will see Jadera Bugs if you have a Golden Rain Tree in your yard, or your neighbor happens to have one. This is a bug that many Florida residents have probably never seen, or even heard about.

Jadera Bug
Jadera Bugs appear in Spring

In early summer, during the midday hours are peak times for Jadera bug activity. These red and black insects can be found swarming in yards where golden rain trees are present. The insects don’t actually cause any damage to the tree or structures. They don’t bite or sting either. But, they will stain your clothes and carpet if you happen to squash them accidentally.

They can also become a nuisance due to their population. It only takes one large golden rain tree to create a Jadera Bug Infestation.

Jadera bugs will crawl into houses, onto cars, through carports, across shoes, and pretty much every other place in the immediate vicinity of the golden rain tree – even further, if wind scatters the seed pods further.

We have had many calls recently from customers inquiring about this red and black bug because it often occurs in huge numbers in yards a golden rain tree is growing.  This bug is even referred to as “The Golden Raintree” bug because of their association with this particular tree.

The Jadera Bug doesn’t have a scent and there are no particular peak times from month to month but, in our area, they usually appear in spring with the Golden Rain Tree is dropping seeds.

These insects are more of a nuisance than a true pest problem. Controlling them is not always necessary unless the numbers are overwhelming.

As mentioned above, the Jadera bug does not sting or bite people or cause structural damage but it will stain your clothes and carpet. So, if you can…try to ignore them and simply enjoy this natural phenomenon that occurs once a year.

Cicada Bugs

Cicadas

The unique sound of the cicada bug will probably bring back childhood memories of playing outside with your neighborhood friends or a special camping trip as a kid, growing up in Florida. 

Cicada Bug

It’s not just the distinctive buzzing sound of the Cicada that makes them so unusual, it’s their interesting life-cycle that fascinates entomologists and nature loves alike.  The most popular species of the cicada bug is the “periodical cicada” which is found north of us in states like North Carolina or Connecticut.  This is the year that particular species emerges from the ground to find a mate and reproduce.

The Cicada Mating Call

Males make the loud buzzing sound which is what attracts the females to them. The reason for the loud volume is because the males with the strongest sounds attract the females.  Imagine the ruckus when you have that many males competing for the same thing… at the same time!

Cicadas are easily heard but not so easily seen or captured.  The distinctive sound can be deafening at times as thousands of males compete with one other for the attention of the females. 

Florida Cicadas occur annually, just as soon as the temperature is right. In much of the eastern United States, they are also known for their appearance in colossal numbers (as many as 1.5 million per acre).

The Periodical Cicadas only appear every 13-17 years so, our northern residents are preparing to see and hear the show this year!  Some people are so fascinated with Cicadas that they are making special plans to spend time outdoors or camping in those northern states from mid-May through June.

Don’t spend time worrying about your pets or kids because these bugs don’t bite or sting, they simply SING!  Enjoy the sounds this year because it may another decade and a half before you have the chance again.

Peninsular Pest Control is the largest, family owned pest control company in Northeast Florida.

Fleas

Flea Treatment for the Home and Yard

Here are some facts about fleas and flea treatment both inside and outside of your home. Understanding that most pet owners rely on the advice of their veterinarian when it comes to fleas on their pet, treatment of the home is just as critical. Fleas enjoy biting humans and pets equally and if you experience an infestation inside of your home, chances are you or your kids will be the target!

Kid and Cat
Fleas will bite animals and humans

Fleas pass from the Egg to Larvae and then to Pupae before becoming Adults.  We only notice them when they are in the adult stage, when they bite and then the cycle begins again.  Although you may be treating your pet for fleas, you need to control them inside your home and in your yard at the same time. That’s why Home Flea Treatment is so important.

It’s important to treat the grassy area of the lawn for fleas but, it’s also important to treat the areas where the pet likes to rest. 

Inside the home, check those areas 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.  They are attracted to white and will appear on the cloth.

Once the home is treated, pets and people need to stay out until the product is dry.  Insect Growth Regulators can be added to the flea 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 life cycle of these pesky insects.

The professional exterminators at Peninsular Pest Control are well equipped to provide Flea Treatment for your home and your yard. Dealing with all types of pests and insects in the North Florida area is The Critter Gitter’s speciality. Awarded annually for their exceptional customer service by Angi’s List, the Better Business Bureau and the Bold City Best.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

In the north Florida area, we deal with two different types of ants, large ants (or carpenter ants) and small ants. Both ants follow pheromone trails. These trails are where we place the bait so the ants will take the bait back to the colony to destroy the rest of the colony.

We use these trails to place our bait so the ants will eat the bait, return to the colony, feed it to other members of the colony and the colony will be destroyed.

Ant Extermination

Carpenter Ants will excavate soil in flower pots or in flower beds to make their nests.

Here we have carpenter ants that have nested in the base of this flower pot, they have excavated soil around this flower pot to build their nest.

Now I’m going to show you the difference between the larger carpenter ants and the smaller fire ants. The best way to treat carpenter ants is with a liquid insecticide it leaves a residue that continues to kill the ants over time.

Another thing to remember about carpenter ants is they will invade rotten wood, so it’s important to repair any rotten wood that you have around your home.

There are two ways to treat the small ants one is with granular bait that’s disbursed to the ants will take it back to the colony.

The other way is gel bait that we place along the trails where they feed. Another thing to remember about small ants is that they will gain entry to your home through cracks and crevices. But most homeowners have problems with the smaller ants.

In this example, these are called pavement ants. They are treated with a granular product that the ants actually pickup and carry back to the colony. This will eventually kill off the entire colony.

Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2020

Angie’s List Super Service Award
10 Years in A Row


Another year with the Angie’s List Super Service Award! That makes the 10th year in a row for The Critter Gitter’s at Peninsular Pest Control.

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 2020.

For 21 years, the Angie’s List Super Service Award® has honored excellence among top reviewed companies. Pros who have earned the Super Service Award can mark this distinction with a special icon on their profiles and in their advertising.

Both Angie’s List Certified Service Providers and non-participating service providers can win this coveted award. For service providers who win the Super Service Award, a badge displays next to their company name on their profile page. For Angie’s List Certified Providers who win the Super Service Award, the badge will also appear on the search results page.

Angie’s List Super Service Award® Criteria

A service provider must meet the below minimum criteria to be considered for this award. In the past, many eligible service providers exceeded the minimum criteria.

Minimum eligibility requirements for the Award:

    • Maintain an “A” rating in each of the following areas:

         › Overall grade, an average of all reviews.

         › Recent grade, an average of category reviews from last 3 years

         › Review period grade, an average of category reviews from Nov.1st of the previous year – Oct. 31 of the current year

    • Good business standing with Angie’s List

    • Have at least 3 reviews where the member has indicated that services were performed

Award Requirement:

Additionally, to claim the award, eligible service providers must meet the minimum credential requirements.

    • Passing a criminal background check of the owner or relevant manager;

    • Attesting that they have the proper licenses to perform listed work; and

    • Remaining in good business standing with Angie’s List.

Our Service Professionals are bonded professionals trained to provide you with the best Cicada Treatment for your Cicada Infestation Problem. Offering Cicada Inspection and Removal for both inside and outside, we will keep your home or office Cicada free, and your lawn healthy and green. Our Commercial and Residential Services are perfect for anyone searching for: Our lawn service includes, weed control, lawn aeration, lawn and weed treatment, and fertilization.

Bold City Best Award

Bold City Best Award

Two Categories

Bold City Best Award

Thanks again to our wonderful customers for voting us #1 in the BOLD CITY BEST AWARD contest in both BEST PEST CONTROL and BEST LAWN SERVICE in the recent Bold City Best Contest! This makes it 8 consecutive years in a row this local, family owned company has been awarded for outstanding customer service.

Jacksonville.com holds an annual Bold City Best Award competition which gives the community the opportunity to nominate their favorite people, places and businesses in 135 categories, including auto services, cuisine and cocktails, homes and finance, health and well-being, home and professional services, things to do, and shopping. There are two phases: nominations and voting.

Congratulations Bold City Best Award Winners of 2020!

Here they are, the winners of this year’s program! Watch as they’re announced in the virtual awards show below or view the individual categories and winners underneath the video. These organizations represent the finest in our area. Winners and finalists are given a window decal and a plaque or certificate to identify them — look for them when you shop and visit. Thank you to our readers for the overwhelming response and congratulations to these award-winning businesses and organizations!

Peninsular Pest Control, this year’s Bold City Best Award winner, the “Critter Gitter”, has been providing pest control, termite & lawn fertilization services to North Florida homes, businesses and hospitals since 1954.

About the Bold City Best Award winner

Our service technicians are bonded professionals trained to provide you with the specific treatment that you need for your particular pest problems. Offering solutions for both inside and out, we will keep your home or office pest free and your lawn healthy and green.

Our Exterminating Services include: Termite Control, Spider, Roach, Ant & Bee Control and Bedbug Control. Our Lawn Services include: Weed control, Lawn Aeration, Lawn & Turf insect treatment & fertilization. We also offer a mosquito suppression program. Another reason our customers have voted us Bold City Best Award winner for 2020.

We will work around your schedule and treat your home or business on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. We can also schedule one-time services for special needs. Whether you are in Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beaches, Mandarin, Green Cove Springs, St. Augustine or Macclenny, we invite you to call us for a free estimate to discuss your pest control needs, or visit us online at CritterGitter.com.

Thanks to all of our loyal customers for making us the Bold City Best Award Winner again in 2020!