Jacksonville FL Pest Control

Peninsular Services
Jacksonville’s Largest Locally and Family Owned Pest Control Company

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Peninsular provides pest control services to Amelia Island, Atlantic Beach, Baldwin, Fernandina Beach, Fleming Island, Jacksonville Beach, Mandarin, Neptune Beach, Orange Park, Ponte Vedra, and the surrounding areas. See our LOCATION tab to discover all of the locations we service.


When is Termite Season?

While termites in Florida are often noticed during swarming activity it’s important to know that termite season and termite colonies are always active.  Proactive year-round treatment will reduce the potential for damage to your home and trees.  Prevention vs. Damage Repair will save money in the long run.

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What do termites look like?

Homeowners often think that because they don’t see termites swarming in the air, that it’s not termite season. This is a HUGE mistake.  Termite colonies are active year-round and can enter a home from their subterranean colony at any time and do some serious damage.  This invasion often occurs without the awareness of the homeowner.

“The termite problem is changing in Florida. With some invasive species spreading, we are entering a new norm in terms of potential termite damage” said Thomas Chouvenc, an assistant professor of urban entomology at the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Davie. Chouvenc specializes in termite biology and pest control. “Florida’s year-round, warm climate has allowed three invasive termite species to thrive, cause structural damage to our homes and property, while some species are now having a concerning impact on our urban tree canopy.”

It’s important to know that treatment for termites depends on which termite species is present.  Knowing which type of termite is invading your property determines the type of treatment that will be most effective.

“Monitoring for termite activity and damage is a critical first step to early detection and preventing damage to trees and houses.”, Chouvenc said. “There are currently two primary ways to protect a structure against subterranean termites: baits or liquid termiticides.”

Liquid termiticides like Termidor® is one alternative for treating termites.  A crucial advantage Termidor® has over many other products is that it doesn’t repel termites.

Termites are able to detect the older chemicals in the soil and stay away from them. That means the termites remain active and unaffected, still exploring the area and potentially looking for ways into your home.

Termites can’t detect Termidor® so, as they continue to forage through the soil, they unknowingly come into contact with Termidor®.  Termidor® kills termites through contact and ingestion.

Formosan Termites in Trees
Formosan Termites in old oak trees, Jacksonville FL

Another option for termite treatment is Bait.  Bait, if used properly, eliminates colonies which are able to feed on trees and property.  The Sentricon® Always Active Termite Elimination System uses bait stations installed around the parameter of the home

Sentricon® takes advantage of natural termite behavior. Worker termites constantly forage far and wide, looking for wood to feed their colony. When they find food, like the monitoring device in a Sentricon® bait station, they leave special scent trails to summon their nestmates to the food source.

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Installation of the Sentricon® Always Active bait station.

This process is designed to kill the members of the colony, including the queen who is capable of laying millions of eggs in her lifetime.

In conclusion, whether you chose Termidor® or Sentricon®, year round termite monitoring and treatment is essential in the Northeast Florida area. The professionals at Peninsular Pest Control will inspect your home and make a recommendation as to the type of treatment that will be best suited to your particular situation.

Roach Treatment in Jacksonville FL

Roach Treatment

Questions about Roach Treatment will be asked by most Florida homeowners at some point in their life. The weather stays relatively warm all year long, with the exception of one or two months, and the insect population really never does die off.

Roach Treatment
American cockroach

Cockroaches are a health hazard if they come in contact with humans or their food after they have been scouring unsanitary areas like sewage or septic systems. Even old trash or areas where garbage is stored can be a source of disease. They can carry salmonella into your kitchen, which can cause food poisoning and gastroenteritis. Cockroaches can also induce asthma attacks and cause pneumonia.

In our area there are four different species of cockroaches: American cockroach, German cockroach, Asian cockroach, Australian cockroach.

The University of Florida IFAS extension describes the cockroach life cycle as follows:

Life Cycle of the American Cockroach

The American cockroach has three life stages: the egg, a variable number of nymphal instars, and the adult. The life cycle from egg to adult averages about 600 days, and the adult life span may be another 400 days. The nymphs emerge from the egg case after about six to eight weeks and mature in about six to twelve months. Adults can live up to one year and an adult female will produce an average of 150 young in her lifetime. Environmental factors such as temperature and humidity affect the developmental time of the American cockroach. Outdoors, the female shows a preference for moist, concealed oviposition sites (Bell and Adiyodi 1981).

Pest Control Services

Our highly trained pest control technicians carefully treat both the structure’s interior and exterior to control pests through various methods of spraying, baiting and extermination.

Peninsular pest control programs work with you to rid your home or office of roaches, silverfish, spiders, ants (including carpenter ants), earwigs, centipedes, scorpions and rodents, to name a few.  We gladly work with your schedule to provide interior and exterior treatments on a quarterly or annual basis.

Small Ant Treatment in Jacksonville FL

Get the Best Exterminator in Jacksonville & St. Augustine

When it comes to Small Ant Treatment and Pest Control, we deal with two different types of ants, large ants and small ants. Both ants follow pheromone trails. These trails are where bait is placed so the ants take that bait back to their colony, destroying the rest of the colony.

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Locating the nest of the ghost ant is important.

Small ant treatment in the lawn is usually done with a granular treatment product. This is the best Ant Pest Control for small ants because they will carry the product back to their colony to share with other ants which will eventually destroy the entire colony. Homeowners in St. Augustine, FL often see small, translucent ants in their kitchens. These are called ghost ants.

Ghost Ants

Ghost Ants got their name from the fact that they are often hard to see. Ghost Ant are transluscent and extremely small and can appear anywhere in the home but, generally in the kitchen. Treatment utilizes bait stations but, it’s very important to find the source of the infestation. The Peninsular Pest Control technician will follow the trail of the small ant until eventually discovering the nest. They could be coming in through a crack in a windows sill or even in a plant that is located inside and sometimes outside of the home.

Small ant treatment in Jacksonville FL

The ghost ant is very adaptable in its nesting habits. They can easily nest outdoors or indoors. Colonies can be moderate to large in size and contain numerous breeding females.

Sites include clumps of dead, but temporarily wet, grass, plant stems, and cavities under debris in rapidly changing open habitats. Inside, the ant colonize in the void of a wall or the spaces between cabinets and baseboards. Therefore, the colonies divide into subunits that occupy different nesting sites and swap individuals back and forth along the olfactory trails. Ghost ants opportunistically nest in places that sometimes remain habitable for only a few days or weeks.

If you are in need of small ant treatment, call for a free estimate today and enjoy the rest of your summer!

Flea Treatment in Jacksonville FL

Flea Treatment Video for the Home and Lawn

When your pet goes out to play in the yard, when they play with other animals or we just simply take them for a walk …they can pick up fleas and bring them inside the home. For this reason, flea treatment is critical.

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Fleas Treatment in Jacksonville FL

Also, if you have squirrels or rodents in the attic or if stray animals have access to your yard or under you house and they can actually come in on you clothing, like the cuff of your pants.

How does a flea infestation happen so quickly?

The infestation doesn’t actually happened that quickly, it takes about two weeks for the life cycle of a flea to be completed. A flea has to pass from the EGG stage, to the LARVAE and then to the PUPAE before it becomes an ADULT. We really never notice the fleas until they’re in the adult stage. This is when they bite and the cycle begins again because the female flea needs to take a blood meal like the mosquito before she lays her eggs. Here’s something most people don’t realize is the adult flea represents only 5% of the life cycle of a flea, so 90% of their cycle will probably go unnoticed to you or the pet. The eggs are 50% of the cycle so you really want to try to prevent the eggs from hatching.

How do I keep the eggs from hatching?

The best treatment is prevention. Flea treatments in Jacksonville FL will break the life cycle of the flea so they never mature into adults and this is actually the best way to treat fleas if you do have a pet in your home.

Test your home for Fleas

Although PREVENTION is the best way to control fleas, there are people who already have an infestation… what do they do? First do a simple test to see if you have fleas inside your home. Take a white cloth lay it down in the area of the rug that your pet normally frequents and since fleas are attracted to white they will instantly appear on the white cloth within 30 seconds. If fleas appear you have now gone from preventative stage to curative stage.

How does Peninsular treat fleas?

At this point it becomes a curative issue that we have to treat the inside of your home, the lawn and we make sure to focus on the areas of the lawn where the pet likes to reside and then the pet owner will need to make sure the pet is treated for the adult fleas and then put their pet on a subsequent prevention program. Peninsular will come by and make sure that that’s the problem you’re having is a flea issue.

You can find more information on our YouTube channel which if full of informative videos about fleas and other pest problems you might be having in your home. Remember there is absolutely no charge for us to come out and give you an estimate.

Brown Spots in the Lawn

As we all know, we’re currently experiencing drought conditions and many lawns are suffering from the effects of little to no rain. This can appear as brown spots in the lawn. It is very important to check your irrigation system to ensure proper volume and coverage.

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Check your lawn for drought

Sprinkler gears and gaskets do wear out. Often we find brown spots in the lawns where the sprinkler heads start to miss and the lawn turns brown. We also have “hot spots” in our lawns which may require us to add a little extra water. This can be done by hand watering those areas.

A common issue we find is when the power goes out, the timer will sometime reset to the factory setting so be sure to double check it. This can definitely contribute to the lack of water and to the brown spots in your lawn.

Here’s George Richardson, Technical Director, to tell you a little more about drought and these brown spots, and what to do if you think your lawn is suffering from it.

If you problem is NOT drought, let us help you keep your lawn pest free, healthy & green! Our Winter Lawn Program suppresses weeds even when your lawn is dormant in the winter. Spring calls for a pH check of your soil and then adding lime, if needed. Lime application will assist in the uptake of the fertilizer that is applied as your lawn begins to Green Up. Peninsular’s Turf Quality Management Program is individualized, giving your lawn the proper combination of fertilization, insect and weed control at just the right time. We also provide treatment for shrubs! Our prompt courteous service is always guaranteed.

We proudly service clients in Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Ponte Vedra, Fleming Island, Orange Park, Green Cove Springs, Middleburg, World Golf Village, St. Johns, St. Augustine, Mandarin, Baldwin, Fernandina Beach, Fernandina, Amelia Island, Yulee, Callahan, Macclenny, Florida

Fleas and more FLEAS?

With mosquitoes, gnats and other biting insects also active, you may need to do a simple test to see if you have fleas inside of your home.

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Test your home for fleas!

This video will show you how to test for fleas AND how to treat them. It’s a process and it’s not something that can be accomplished without several treatments.

Flea Treatment

While it’s important to treat the grassy areas of the lawn, Peninsular also focuses on any shady areas where the pets rest during the day. In the house, it’s the same principle… concentrate on the areas that are most used by the pet.  One way to determine if fleas are active in a particular area is to place a white cloth on the floor in that area.  Fleas are attracted to white, and they will appear on the cloth.  This would obviously be an area we would treat.

We treat the areas of the lawn where the pet rests during the day.

Once the home is treated, you need to treat your yard as well. Immediately after treatment, pets and people need to stay out of the area until the product is dry.  Insect growth regulators can be added to the treatment, eliminating the need for any follow up applications. The yard will need a second treatment though, two weeks after the initial one.  This will help break the life cycle of the fleas.

So enjoy your summer on Jacksonville’s First Coast!  No matter how hot our weather is, your pet will still want to go outside. Following these few simple suggestions should control any flea problems that might occur. 

About Peninsular

Peninsular Pest Control is a Jacksonville Pest Control Company that offers a full range of residential and commercial services including pest control, lawn maintenance (fertilization and weed control) as well as termite treatment (Termidor® and Sentricon®).

How to treat Formosan Termites

Formosan Termites are active in Jacksonville, FL

Formosan Termites in Trees

Subterranean Formosan Termite treatment
Formosan Termite Treatment using Sentricon

Damage

The Formosan subterranean termite generally invades structures from the ground. They commonly enter through expansion joints, cracks, and utility conduits in slabs. Any wood-to-ground contact is an inviting entrance for Formosan subterranean termite infestations. On some occasions, however, Formosan subterranean termite can form colonies that are not connected to ground, called aerial colonies. If a pair of alates successfully finds suitable conditions, i.e., adequate food and moisture sources in a building, they can initiate a colony with no ground connection. The flat roofs of high-rise buildings, because they always pool rainwater, are ideal places for the subterranean termite to initiate aerial infestations if portals of entry are found.

Studies also found that Formosan subterranean termites attack many species of living plants. The subterranean termite attacks structural lumbers and living plants because they are sources of cellulose. However, this termite is also known to attack non-cellulose materials such as plaster, plastic, asphalt, and thin sheets of soft metal (lead or copper) in search of food and moisture. Their highly publicized ability to penetrate solid concrete is a fallacy. However, the termite is persistent in finding small cracks in concrete, which they enlarge and use as foraging routes.

Rich Jones from WOKV talks about Treating Formosan Subterranean Termites

Treatment

One way to treat Formosan Termites is with The Sentricon® Always Acitve baiting system. The Sentricon® Termite System takes advantage of natural termite behavior. Worker termites constantly forage far and wide, looking for wood to feed their colony. When they find food, like the monitoring device in a Sentricon® station, they leave special scent trails to summon their nestmates to the food source.

Why is my grass dying?

Grass dying this time of year needs immediate attention.

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Is your Grass Dying?

Dying Grass could be caused by a few different reasons. Rich Jones, News Director for WOKV radio in Jacksonville, FL reaches out to George Richardson, Technical Director at Peninsular Pest Control, for answers

Mole Cricket can cause Dying Grass

Mole Crickets do the most damage from late August to early October. There is one generation of crickets per year, with eggs typically being laid in April and May. These creatures are nocturnal, which means they do their dirty work at night. If you have a street light anywhere near your front yard, mole crickets fly at night and they’re attracted to that light.

Soap Flush Test Instructions

An easy way to determine whether there are mole crickets in your yard is to mix 1.5 ounces of liquid dishwashing soap. like Dawn, into 2 gallons of water and sprinkle the mixture over 4 square feet of turf. If two to four crickets appear within three minutes of application, corrective action is justified.

Chinch Bugs can cause Dying Grass

According to the University of Florida IFAS/Extension:

Early damage appears as patchy areas of yellowing grass that rapidly browns and dies if the pest is left uncontrolled. The turf may initially appear to be drought stressed, which is a common misdiagnosis and allows damage to progress, often beyond repair. These patchily damaged areas are generally circular in shape and expand outward as the insects move from dying grass into healthier grass.

Turf in open sunny areas or under drought stress is often the first attacked and most severely damaged by southern chinch bug. This pest also prefers areas that have thick thatch layers because the thatch provides the insect with a place to feed and seek refuge from natural enemies and environmental conditions.

Peninsular Pest Control has been treating Jacksonville area lawns since 1954.

Black Grasshopper Video

What are these tiny black insects?

It’s the season for infant Lubber Grasshoppers that appear as tiny black grasshoppers. You may be seeing them infesting your yard. This is the time to get rid of these black grasshoppers before they grown into adults. The adult Lubber Grasshoppers will destroy your plants in no time!

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The infant stage of the Lubber Black Grasshopper

Learn more about these invasive insects in this YouTube Video:

The Lubber Grasshopper Treatment is important. These colorful locust can grow from a tiny black grasshopper to an insect that is relatively large in size but, they are of no real harm to humans. Most of the damage they do is to the plants and landscape. If you find them in your lawn, you can either pick them out by hand. Another options is to mow the lawn while they are present. In more serious cases, a professional exterminator, like Peninsular Pest Control, will need to be called.

Removal of Lubber Grasshoppers

“If you opt not to call a professional for lubber grasshopper treatment you can 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.  But, remember, getting rid of these tiny black grasshoppers in their infant stage is much easier.

Peninsular Pest Control is the largest, family owned pest control and lawn service company in the Jacksonville Florida and surrounding area. Treating homes and lawns for insects like: Chinch Bugs, Sod Webworms, Mole Crickets and any type of inside pest you encounter. Serving four generations of families since 1954, the Critter Gitters of Peninsular are bonded professionals eager to provide a free estimate on any type of pest control issue you may face.

Angi Super Service Award

Peninsular Pest Control Earns 2021 Angi Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistent level of customer service

Angi Super Service Award 2021

Peninsular Pest Control is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angi Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained high service ratings and reviews on Angi in 2021.

“These outstanding businesses have helped homeowners not only maintain their homes, but also evolve them into spaces that can handle life, work, school and entertainment under one roof,” said Bryan Ellis, senior executive at Angi. “Our homeowners’ consistent positive reviews make it clear: these are the top pros in our network. Congratulations to this year’s Super Service Award winners.”

Angi Super Service Award 2021 winners have met eligibility requirements. Pros on Angi qualify for the award by obtaining 3 or more services-performed reviews in the previous year, maintaining a current and lifetime GPA of at least 4+ stars. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angi and have undergone our verification/screening.

“My parents, Earl and Louise Dixon, started the company in 1954 and our foundation was built on providing excellent customer service.”  said, Carolyn Richardson, President of Peninsular Pest Control.  “It’s nice to be recognized by Angi each year and we appreciate the loyalty of our customers who take time to submit the reviews.”

Peninsular Pest Control has been on Angi since 2010. This is the 11th   year that Peninsular Pest Control has received this honor.

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