Monthly Archives: January 2015

Silverfish – The Unwanted Tampa Houseguests

The warm, humid weather in Tampa is great and enjoyable to us, but unfortunately this type of weather also attracts a wide range of pests. One of the most common pests which pest control companies get calls about is silverfish. Silverfish are small, silver-grayish colored insects which get their name because their movements are similar to those of a fish. Silverfish adore the warm, humid conditions of Florida and can usually be spotted in cupboards, basements, laundry rooms, attics and bathrooms. Silverfish are eerie looking insects which can send a shiver down the spine of even the bravest person and unfortunately, they are difficult to get rid of unless you have a professional pest control service treat for them.

The Lifespan & Diet of Silverfish

One of the reasons it is essential to hire pest control companies to treat for silverfish is because a female silverfish often lays as many as 60 eggs each breeding. The eggs usually hatch in approximately two months and silverfish have a life span of two to eight years. Their diet consists of mostly sugars and starches, but can also include glue, paper and natural fibers. Although silverfish typically do not find their way into your food items, they can wreak havoc on books, photographs and other paper memorabilia.

Do Silverfish Cause Other Pest Infestations?

The short answer is… absolutely. There are many predators of the silverfish, so an infestation of silverfish is an invitation for spiders, earwigs, centipedes and other insects to also invade your home. Without the proper pest control to get rid of silverfish, you will soon have an infestation of a variety of other insects can be even more difficult to get rid of. Although silverfish are not dangerous because they don’t bite or sting, their predators however, such as certain spiders, do bite.

Silverfish can get into the smallest cracks and crevices, lay their eggs and continue to dine on your belongings until they are eliminated. If silverfish find their way into the cupboards, it is possible for them to contaminate the food through their droppings. Tampa homeowners who try to get rid of a silverfish infestation on their own typically find that the do-it-yourself pest control products only provide a temporary fix for the infestation. It is also harmful to use pesticides without knowing the type of chemicals you are using. The best way to get rid of a silverfish infestation is by contacting pest control companies, like Chet’s Termite & Pest Management, who have the experience and the equipment to completely rid our homes of a variety of unwelcome invaders.

The Unwelcome Visitors of Brandon, FL

Brandon, Florida is a beautiful Tampa Bay area community located in Hillsborough County. Not only does Brandon have nearby Walt Disney World and Sea World, which attracts a lot of tourists each year, but homeowners and commercial businesses also have visitors like:

• Ants

• Bed bugs

• Bees and wasps

• Carpenter ants

• Fleas

• Fruit flies

• Rats

• Mosquitoes

• Roaches

• Silverfish

• Spiders

• Termites

• Ticks

If you don’t have regular pest control inspections, these little creatures can make your house, basement, attic and backyard, their home territory. Termites cost the state of Florida around five-hundred million dollars a year in structural damage, which is more than floods, fires, and storms. This is why an inspection by a pest control expert can give you peace of mind and help you to get rid of these pests before costly damage can be done.

Pest Control Plans

The best pest control Brandon has to offer will ensure that you receive pest control solutions which are specifically tailored to your home or business. Licensed exterminators should inspect your dwelling and provide a custom treatment recommendation for all those pesky pests. They should also develop a plan to keep those invasive pests from returning.

Green Pest Control Products

Pest control innovations have introduced effective treatments which are guaranteed to rid your home or office from crawling pests, while also keeping children, pets, and the air environment safe. Environmentally friendly pest control products need to be approved by The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The best pest control specialists use Mother Nature to effectively removing little critters from your property. Many pest control products are being made from biodegradable food ingredients which do not contain artificial fragrances, coloring dyes, or chemical preservatives. Natural and organic pesticides don’t cause any allergic reactions in people or pets, but they are deadly to insects. Do you like cucumbers? They are good for the human body, but ants are repelled by cucumber peels. Modern pest control products contain many of nature’s finest ingredients which are known to send insects scurrying away from your building.

Natural Ingredients in Pest Control

Here is an insight into natural ingredients which we use daily and that pests don’t like:

• Garlic repels mosquitoes, beetles, ticks, cockroaches, fleas, and some mice species.

• Mint, basil, spearmint and peppermint repels flies and roaches.

• Vinegar is a great pesticide.

However, repelling insects with these items alone isn’t a long-term solution as pests can return after the scents have worn off from these natural herbs and fruits. This is why a modern day pest control expert can help you to permanently put an end to them inhabiting your home or business.

A Well-Managed Pest Control Plan

Having a well-executed plan and management program featuring targeted treatments which are designed to prevent or eliminate insect pests from becoming invasive, harmful and damaging, is a successful principle.

For more than 40 years Chet’s Termite and Pest Control has been focusing on termite protection and pest control, both indoors and outdoors. If you want effective pest control delivery by reliable entomologists who prioritize reliability, friendliness, and affordable services, then contact them today for a pest free experience.

5 Things You Can Do to Keep Bugs OUT of Your Home

With our nice Florida weather this time of year, now is a good time to inspect your home and seal it up to help keep creepy crawlies where they belong…outside!

Here are 5 things you can do to help keep the Florida bugs out:

1. Rodents become a real issue this time of year, looking for warmer areas to take up residence…mainly inside your home. So, walk around the exterior of your home and make sure all soffits, eaves, fascia and roof vents are all intact without holes or gaps.

2. Inspect all windows & doors for gaps that might need to be sealed or caulked. These areas are perfect entry points for pesky ants and roaches.

3. If your home has a crawl space, make sure it has proper ventilation and the entry points into the crawl space are covered with screen. Install wire, steel wool or foam around all plumbing and electrical entry points under the crawl space. Rodents, roaches and ants love to follow these easy access points into dishwashers, kitchen sinks, bathrooms, etc.

4. Check other easy access points like phone wires and electric wires, where they enter the house, should be caulked. Also, trim back tree limbs and vines overhanging or touching the roof or sides of the home.

5. Sweep up and remove any dead bugs and spider webs around window & door entries. This will help keep down spider populations.

Your Referrals Are the ♥ Of Our Business

termites1It’s that time of year again. It’s almost like clockwork. The weather gets a little warmer, The Gasparilla Parades, The Strawberry Festival…and another yearly event….Termite Swarms. We’ve seen numerous termite swarms and received calls from clients about black bugs with wings flying all over their houses and yards. They wanted to know how they could tell if it was ants or subterranean termites.

So here’s what to look for:

Signs Your Home May Be Termite Infested

As with many unwanted houseguests, there are signs that they will be arriving soon. There’s a phone call that warns you of their visit, or perhaps a knock on the door. When it comes to termites, you won’t get that phone call or knock on the door. They show up completely unannounced….and they bring 1000’s of their family members.

Eyewitness – Termites or Ants??

Swarming termites or Ants??? That is the question. They look very similar and are often mis- diagnosed by homeowners. If you want definitive signs you have termites…or it’s just ants, let’s look at the distinguishing characteristics of both.
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1. Ants have bent antennae that are often bent to nearly a right angle, while the termite’s antennae are more curved to straight.

2. Ants have a midsection that is narrow, while a termite’s is broad, like the Planter’s Peanut man.

3. Termites have 4 wings that will extend well past the body and will be of equal length. Ants also have 4 wings, but they are not equal in length and will just barely extend past the body.

Often, termites are white when they are larvae and are darker in color when they begin to get older. These organisms are often no bigger than a grain of rice and will move away from light sources such as a flashlight.

When it rains, you might notice a swarm of termites flying around your window sills or doors. If you notice this kind of swarm, you will want to call Chet’s office at 813-935-7554 pronto.

Mud Tubes & Exit Holes For Termites

If you suspect you have termites, do a little investigating to find out if your suspicions are true. Go get in your crawl space to get a look at the foundation… Or you can call us and we’ll send a highly trained termite expert out to do it for you…free of charge. If you notice cracks in the foundation, you might want to start looking for small tubes of mud that are about the size of a pencil in diameter. These tubes can be within the masonry itself or free standing on the foundation. Termites will travel through these little tubes to get to new sources of wood and moisture. These tubes will actually originate in the soil from the outside of your foundation and move all the way into your home as they discover more food sources.

Solution

Realizing that you have termites is only the beginning of the solution. Once you notice these little creatures, you might already have a serious problem. This generally means that termites have infested your home for years.

Termites cause billions of dollars in damage each year. It’s best to have your home inspected for termites and other pest at least once a year.

When was the last time your home was inspected for these wood destroying organisms?

Call my office at 813-935-7554 and we’ll send a highly-trained termite specialist to your home for a FREE inspection.

7 Steps To Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions!

It’s never too late to have a fresh perspective and some new resolutions or goals. According to many sources, the top resolutions people make are: losing weight, eating healthier, getting fit, quitting smoking, spending more time with the family, getting a better job, saving more money and traveling…all great goals!

Now here are 7 tips for keeping your 2015 resolutions…

1. Be realistic.

Maybe you can’t achieve all of your goals at one time. Have you ever heard this? “The easiest way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.” So, whatever you’re tackling this year, take it slow, chunk it down. For example, instead of saying I’m going to lose X amount of weight by such and such date, resolve to eat healthier, have portion control, and move your body for 30 minutes a day.

2. Put it in writing.

Some people say, “a goal not written down is just a wish.” So put it in writing. Hang your words up where you can see them and be moved by them every day. Who cares if there are sticky notes all over the bathroom mirror, you’re keeping yourself motivated here.

3. Make a plan.

Do more than write the end goal, created a tangible map for your journey. How are you going to get from point A to point B?

4. Enroll people.

Get the support of the people in your life who care about you and want to see you reach this goal. Enroll their support by telling them about your plans, you can do this both offline and through social media online.

5. Find Resources to support you.

You’ve got the world at your fingertips and whether you are losing weight, quitting smoking, going to school, or saving money there is probably an App for that.

6. Chart your progress.

There is no growth without measurement, so measure! Create a visual system that will help you to chart your progress and keep you on track towards your goals.

7. Don’t give up.

It’s not over til it’s over. If there are roadblocks, and there will be, you just figure out a way around them. Don’t let anything keep you from your goals this year.

Keeping your resolutions can help you to feel happier and more fulfilled. Be tenacious and stick to your plans. Then next year, you can look back with a sense of accomplishment.