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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.

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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.

Small Ant Treatment in Jacksonville FL

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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.

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®).