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Springtime Lawn Care tips

Here are several things you can do to improve your lawn this spring:

1. Use a leaf rake to remove any dead grass or thatch

2. Add a layer of topsoil to help promote new growth

3. If needed transplant healthy grass from other areas of your lawn to the areas that are bare

4. Add fertilizer to the lawn to prepare for the green-up that is about to occur

5.  The fertilizer application should include nitrogen and potassium to stimulate root growth

6. Water it in properly so the roots can absorb the nutrients but don’t overwater.  It causes disease and encourages weeds

7. Check your mower blade to make sure it’s sharp.  Dull blades cause an uneven cut which can lead to disease issues.  An even cut allows the grass to heal more easily

8.  Call us if you need help testing the pH level of your lawn.  This will tell you which nutrients are lacking

As always, we offer free estimates and a $30 discount on new services.

How to Keep Mosquitoes Away

There are a few simple things you can do as a homeowner to reduce the mosquito population in your yard.

Weed Control

Not all weeds can be controlled by herbicides. Of the three types of weeds we are seeing in Northeast Florida, the broadleaf (i.e. dollar weed) and sedge can be controlled with herbicides. Grassy weeds (i.e. crabgrass) simply needs to be removed by hand. There is no selective herbicide on the market today that will kill grassy weeds without killing the grass itself. If you see that weeds have started flowering, pull them up immediately or they will blow seeds across your lawn, creating more of a problem.

Angie’s Super Service Award for 2019

AngiesList SSA 2019 FullColor


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.

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.

Roof rats are invading homes across the First Coast.

Roof rats are invading homes across the First Coast.  George Richardson, Technical Director for Peninsular Pest Control, is called upon by WTLV to give his advice on roof rats.

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.