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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

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.

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.

Warning issued over mosquito-borne illness in Nassau County Officials warn viral infection spotted in horses, chicken could affect humans

Great advice from NEWS4JAX as we always try to protect ourselves from mosquito bites:

Officials warn viral infection spotted in horses, chicken could affect humans

George Richardson, Technical Director for Peninsular Pest Control, give you more facts in this short video:

Beware Bed Bugs When You Pack, Travel

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Just looking at bed bugs is enough to get your skin crawling, but the creepy critters could easily become your reality as you get ready to pick up and pack up for the holidays.

Connie Wolfe, of the Clay County Health Department, said health officials have received twice as many calls on bed bugs this year.

“We’re seeing an increase in car travel due to the price of air travel, so people are traveling more up and down the streets and into hotels,” Wolfe said. “They may not know it, but they may have one of these bed bugs hitchhiking a ride to their next destination.” Those destinations include private homes, which is why Wolfe said it’s important to be proactive.

George Richardson, of Peninsular Pest Control, suggests that travelers keep all of their items in their luggage.

He said to check sheets and mattresses for small brown spots because that’s the trail bed bugs tend to leave.

“Any crack that the bed bugs can, they can get in and they can get in your home,” Richardson said. “One female can lay up to 12 eggs a day.” Richardson said bed bugs aren’t just attracted to furniture or other belongings, they’re also attracted to people. In fact, bed bugs like to be within eight feet of people, he said.

So if you come across bed bugs, Richardson suggests putting all of your items in a clear plastic bag like so you can see the bugs.

He said to wash clothes in hot water—over 110 degrees—to get rid of the bed bugs. And if you’re bitten, use an anti-itch cream If you have any questions about bed bugs and how to dispose of them, contact a professional.

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Jacksonville’s Task Force Created to Battle Formosan Termites

Termites Are Here—Call The Professionals

Protect your home from this year's early termite season. The Critter Gitter is offering $100 off your first termite treatment. Contact us to schedule your service.

Warm winter increasing bug activity in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It's one of the consequences of an unseasonably warm winter this year. Experts say the warm weather is bringing more and more bugs into the area.

“We've already seen an increase in pest activity,” said George Richardson with Peninsular Pest Control. “We actually had termites swarming last Friday in great numbers.”

Richardson said the calls to his company have increased this year; he's already seen swarms of termites during a month when there should be very little activity. He said bugs like mole crickets and ants are also showing up more in the Jacksonville area.

“Many people think it kills the insects,” said Richardson. “[Cold weather] doesn't kill, it just slows down reproductive cycle. Causes slower activity as we see temps increase we see pest activity increase.”

Richardson recommends pest control for lawns and homes. If people already have problems, Richardson said they will probably get worse by spring.

“Anytime that you have pests, obviously you want to address the situation,” said Richardson. “It can be a danger to kids in the yard, our recommendation is to have a professional inspect them and treat them as needed.”

The Critter Gitter’s New TV Commercial

Check out our 2012 TV commercial—meet the characters of the Critter Gitter!