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How to keep FLEAS out of your home and yard

Although you may be treating your pet for fleas you also need to control the fleas in your home and yard at the same time it’s important to treat the grassy area the lawn but, also the areas where the pet likes to rest.

Once inside the house check the same areas which are 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.  Fleas are attracted to white and will appear on the cloth.

Once the home has been treated, people and pets need to stay out until the product is dry. Insect growth regulators can be added to the 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 lifecycle of the fleas.

Yard of the Month

Angie’s Super Service Award

2018 Angie's Super Service Award

Angie’s List®, a leading online review platform, has named this year’s winners of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award. Peninsular Pest Control Service, Inc. is proud to announce that they have yet again won the Super Service Award in two categories: Pest Control/Exterminating and Lawn Fertilization & Treatment. This is the 8th year in a row that The Critter Gitter has received this award! The Super Service Award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2018. This year’s list of winners also contains many multi-year recipients. Thanks to all of our loyal customers who took the time to submit a review of our business and customer service.

WE WON! Again! Thanks to all of our wonderful customers

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.