Category Archives: Tips from the Field

Winter Lawn Care

Lawn Care and Landscape Services during the cooler months.

Fall and Winter Care is Critical for the Health of Your Lawn

Fall Lawn Care
Pre-emergent weed application

During the cooler months, the growth of your lawn slows and aggressive weeds, fungus and other diseases can damage your lawn. Peninsular Pest Control knows what it takes to combat these issues to ensure your lawn’s roots are strong and healthy for spring growth.

Right now, we’re applying the proper balance of nutrients to keep roots strong, and pre-emergent weed applications to keep cool-weather weeds under control and protect your lawn throughout the cooler months.

Our comprehensive Lawn and Landscape Program includes:
  • Targeted control and prevention of weeds, insects and diseases
  • Lawn fertilization services using custom-blended fertilizer, applied according to all county and state ordinances, and application of micronutrients
  • pH soil testing to determine the precise chemistry of the soil in your lawn and landscape
  • Annual lawn aeration, which enhances the delivery of oxygen, water and nutrients to the lawn’s roots

Flying Ants vs. Termite Swarmers

Are these ants or termites?

Here is a VIDEO below that will show you the distinct difference between the flying ant and a swarming termite.

Termite swarmers

If there is any way to capture one of the insects and preserve them for Peninsular, that would be the best approach. Flying Ants are often confused with Termite Swarmers. Although both can be annoying, it’s most important to monitor and treat your home for termites if the winged insect is a swarmer.

Flying ants

There are several distinct differences between the Ants and Termites. Flying Ants Flying Ants have a pinched waist and Termite Swarmers have a straight waist. Flying Ants have bent antenna and Termite Swarmers have straight antenna. Ants have larger front wings while Termites have wings of the same size. A diagram of the difference between the two insects is visible on the YouTube video below.


If you cannot tell the difference between the flying ant and termite, Peninsular will gladly come out to your home and inspect for you and give you a free estimate on treatment. There are two types of termite treatments to choose from: Termidor® and Sentricon®.

The DIFFERENCE between the two will be explained by the service technician. It’s important to know if you are seeing a flying ant or termite. Immediately protect your home if what you are seeing are Termite Swarmers. Swarmers in the air usually indicate that a Termite Colony is nearby. The Swarmers don’t do the actual damage, that is the job of the subterranean termites. The other member of the termite colony is the soldier who is defending the colony and the Queen.


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Ask the Critter Gitter

David S.

Jacksonville Beach, FL

I have noticed areas of my lawn are turning brown and appear to be dying? What do you think the problem is?

Customers often call the office for help with their dying lawn. They complain that areas of the yard are brown and look dried out.

George Richardson, Technical Director for Peninsular Pest Control, will show you how to simply check your lawn for drought damage.

The City of Jacksonville Environmental Quality Division reminds Duval County residents that as they set their clocks forward one hour on Sunday, March 13th for Daylight Savings Time, they may once again set lawn and landscape irrigation to no more than two days per week. Designed to conserve Jacksonville’s water supply and reduce the amount of nutrients flowing into the St. Johns River, Chapter 366 of the City’s Ordinance Code limits watering to two days a week during Daylight Savings Time

Residential properties with an address that ends in an odd number or places without an address may water on Wednesday and Saturday and those addresses which end in an even number may water on Thursday and Sunday.  Non-residential irrigation is only permitted on Tuesday and Friday.

Visit for more information including exceptions to the schedule, penalties and enforcement.

*An odd number address is a street address whereby the numeric part of the address is an odd number (103 John Doe Street) or the alpha-numeric part of the address ends with any of the letters N-Z (104-N John Doe Street).   

**An even number address is a street address whereby the numeric part of the address is an even number (108 John Doe Street) or the alpha-numeric part of the street address ends with any of the letters A-M (109A John Doe Street).

New Florida Homeowner?

Know this before buying a home in Florida

What’s eating my lawn?

Rich Jones, Host of WOKV’s Morning Show, asks the question and George Richardson responds. George Richardson, Technical Director for Peninsular Pest Control, shows you how to determine if you have chinch bugs or mole crickets in your lawn.