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Peninsular Pest Control Service, Inc. Earns Coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award

Angies List Super Service AwardPeninsular Pest Control Service, Inc. has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service and health providers.

“Only a fraction of the businesses rated on Angie’s List can claim the sterling service record of being a Super Service Award winner because we set a high bar,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “The fact that Peninsular Pest Control Service, Inc. can claim Super Service Award status speaks volumes about its dedication to consumers.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements including earning a minimum number of reports, an exemplary rating from their clients and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List, but members can find the 2011 Super Service Award logo next to business names in search results on

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Roaches Found at Jacksonville Theatre, Restaurants

According to our news partner The Florida Times-Union inspectors noted more than 130 dead and live roaches at Mimi’s Sports Bar in Atlantic Beach. East Buffet on Jacksonville’s Westside was also cited for improper food storage and numerous dead and live roaches.

Nearly 60 roaches, dead and alive, were found after an inspection of the San Marco Theatre’s concession stand. They closed on a Friday afternoon and were able to reopen on Saturday afternoon.

Owners of Mimi’s told First Coast News they fired their pest control company and spent $1200 to fix their problems. They reopened after two days. 

Debbie Chen said she also fired her pest control company. “I called them and said , you know what, it is taking too much time for you to kill all of them, it is not good for me either. I am sorry but I have to reach another company. So we got them pretty good, we fixed it.”

Chen said her problem was made more difficult by the fact they occupy an older building. She and her staff sealed holes where roaches might enter and plumbing repairs were also made where needed.

State inspectors shut all three businesses down because the conditions posed “an elevated risk to the health, safety or welfare of the public.”

George Richardson of Peninsular Pest Control said roaches can increase during hot weather, but it is a year round problem. He is not surprised at the closings.

“Restaurants can have lots of roaches. They have to have water, food and tight hiding places and restaurants have all three. Roaches can come in on cardboard boxes.  They can be controlled by using a sound pest control program and making sure it is clean inside the restaurant. You have to keep at it and you have to have a partnership between the restaurant personnel and the pest control proffessional. It is not a one-way street. And it all starts with a proper inspection”

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Introducing Operation: Plush Over the Pacific

I think it would be very scary for a kid in Japan to have so many bad things happening around them at the same time. One news story said that 100,000 kids can’t go back to their homes because their homes were destroyed, or because it’s not safe for them to live there anymore. I wish I could give every kid over there a stuffed animal, so they could have something they could hug every night, and maybe they could go to sleep easier.

I can get a few stuffed animals, but I think if I ask for help, then we can do a whole lot more. So I decided to ask my Mom and Dad to help me with a stuffed animal drive, so everyone could pitch in and help.

I think we can start with a goal of 1,000 new stuffed animals. What do you think? I sent an email to my principal, Mrs. Walker, at school, and she let me announce it on the morning news! My Mom and Dad are going to talk to their friends, and we’ve made some flyers to pass out at Cub Scouts and at my church. Do you think you can talk to the people in your office about my stuffed animal drive? If they would help me, I could bring a box where they could put their donated stuffed animals. And I’ll give you some of my flyers if they want to help me spread the word.

I’m really excited about this, and my Mom and Dad are helping, too. I think lots of my friends would want to help too. It makes me feel really good to know that I might be able to make a difference in people’s lives, even though I’m still a kid.

If you’re willing to help, I’d really appreciate it!

Andrew Russell
Jacksonville 4th Grader

“Super termite” in North Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—North Florida is seeing what pest control companies are calling the “Super Termite.”

It’s basically just like the regular Subterrianean Termite however, it’s much more agressive.

The Vice President of Peninsular Pest Control Service Inc., Terry Shepherd, tells Action News it can be a serious problem, “The reason it’s gotten the name ‘Super Termite’, is because the colony is generally eight to ten times larger than our native Subterranean Termites.“Super Termites, is another word for what the actual name is, “Formosan” termite. The insect originally is from China, and came to the United States during World War II through shipping methods.

The bottom line, the insect is treated in the same way regular termites are, and to avoid the problem, make sure you have your home inspected by a licensed pest control company.

Termite Trouble

Cold weather invites rodents into homes.

“They’re just like us, they need shelter,” said George Richardson of Peninsular Pest Control.

He told Action News there is an increase in people calling about rodents. Rats and roaches are the biggest problem. They usually find spaces as small as a quarter to sneak inside homes. Rodents can also hide in in plants, which many people bring inside during freezes.

To look for rodents in your home, Richardson says to look out for small, rat droppings. Then, he says, you should set traps.

“You do want to control the rodents because as they continue to gnaw, they can gnaw into wiring and cause fires in homes.”

Peninsular’s George Richardson on Preventing Bed Bugs

ORANGE PARK, Fla.—Virginia Calkins expects one thing when she goes to the hospital: “good care.” She was very surprised to find out Orange Park Medical Center had a problem with bed bugs recently.

The hospital says they’ve gotten rid of the bugs and have a plan in place to regularly screen for them. But this pest problem is something that’s become an issue across the country in the last year.

“We’re seeing and hearing more about bed bugs,” says George Richardson, from Peninsular Pest Control.

He says the tiny bugs have been spreading to the south from northern states, including Detroit and New York City.

“Bed bugs hitch hike into the house,” says Richardson.

The bugs are often transferred from your luggage to your home. Bed bugs are easy to spot. They leave light, brownish colored marks on the sheets and are usually around the mattress. The bugs are often flat and brown, unless they’ve feasted on blood.

To prevent spreading bed bugs, Richardson suggests buying a mattress cover. He says you should also launder all items from any trips. If the bugs don’t go away, you’ll have to call a pest control company.

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