Category Archives: Pest Control in Tampa

Tampa ranks #4 for termites in U.S.

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) —It’s spring time and the termites are ready for a feast. And if you live in Tampa, there’s a good chance your home is on the menu.

The city ranks #4 on Terminix’s list of the 15 most termite-infested cities in the U.S., beating out #5 Miami. As expected, the list mainly includes cities from southern climates like Florida and Texas.

1. Mobile, Ala.
2. San Antonio, Texas
3. Memphis, Tenn.
4. Tampa, Fla.
5. Miami, Fla.
6. Los Angeles, Calif.
7. Orlando, Fla.
8. Jacksonville, Fla.
9. Dallas, Texas
10. Baton Rouge, La.
11. Houston, Texas
12. Oklahoma City, Okla.
13. San Diego, Calif.
14. Philadelphia, Pa.
15. Little Rock, Ark.

Pesky termites can cause irreversible destruction, costing homeowners across the U.S. an estimated $5 billion in property damages, according to the pest control company.

To protect your home from termites, the company suggests sealing cracks and holes in your home’s foundation, taking better care of your lawn and having moisture levels at your home under control.


No, That’s Not a Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Paper co-authored by University of California, Riverside spider expert outlines expressions of skin conditions often misdiagnosed as brown recluse bites

By Sean Nealon on February 15, 2017

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Many skin conditions are misdiagnosed by doctors as brown recluse spider bites. This can lead to tragedy because about 40 medical conditions, including several deadly bacterial infections, can be confused with brown recluse bites.

Rick Vetter, a retired University of California, Riverside entomologist, along with lead author Dr. W. Van Stoecker and Dr. Jonathan Dyer, both dermatologists in Missouri who specialize in treating brown recluse bites, have co-authored a just-published paper in JAMA Dermatology that describes expressions of skin conditions that are often misdiagnosed as bites from this spider.

“People always tell you what a brown recluse bite looks like, so what I started emphasizing is, ‘This is what a brown recluse bite doesn’t look like,’” Vetter said. “That message really has the potential to save lives.”

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We’re Thankful

After a very stressful month at Chet’s Termite & Pest Management. we’re challenging ourselves to find ways to be thankful for the obstacles we have encountered in hopes they become our blessings in the future.

We’re thankful to those long-time customers we lost after their courageous battles with life ending illnesses. We’re thankful we had the opportunity to know and serve those fine ladies and gentlemen throughout the years. They helped us become a better company and better people. To those families, we wish you our sincerest condolences.

We’re thankful we still have Andrew, an 18-year veteran technician and friend, after a very serious health issue. It’s a miracle he’s alive and without any major limitations. He is extremely grateful to be back to work serving the customers he has known for nearly 2 decades.

We’re thankful Kevin’s foot surgery went well and he is recovering at home with the support of his family and friends. Even though Kevin has only been a pest control technician with the company 2 years, he is still part of our Chet’s family. We are anxiously awaiting his return in early April.

We’re thankful to our families for their continued support while we’re away from home a little longer than usual to fill in for our missing teammates.

We’re thankful we’re tired and weary, because it means we made a difference to our customers who expected us to show up and perform.

We’re thankful we don’t have everything we want. It makes us work harder for our clients, our families and the company everyday.

We’re thankful we ran across situations we have not dealt with in the past. It gave us the opportunity to grow and learn from these new experiences.

We’re thankful for our own personal limitations because it allowed us to grow and find hidden talents amongst our crew and clients.

We’re thankful for the mistakes we made. We learned some very valuable lessons…and will continue to learn from our mistakes in the future.

We’re thankful for these difficult times because it gave us an opportunity to grow tighter as a team and rally together to serve our amazing customers and complete all the work scheduled.

It’s much easier to be thankful for the good things in life, but a life of fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for setbacks.

Thank you to the customers we serve, because without you, we know we don’t have a work place to call home. More than 1/2 of our crew has been with Chet’s 18 years or more and we do call the office our 2nd home.

Thank you to the entire staff that works endlessly…without complaint, to get the work done.

Thank you to Chet for allowing us to come to work everyday and do what he has taught us, not only about business, but about life in general. He truly is one of the greatest people anyone could ever have the good fortune to know. We’re all thankful we get the represent him and his company everyday.

To our outstanding staff and amazing customers, we’re grateful and thankful for your continued support!!


Chet Conquers Bugs – A Customer Poem

Below is a poem written and sent in by one of our happy customers!

Chet sends out green trucks,
That put fear into bugs,
On floors and on ceilings,
On walls and on rugs.

When the varmints move in
And think they might stay,
Chet calls for brave David
To come send them away.

David comes to my house,
He unpacks his gear,
He works his good magic,
The bugs disappear.

The crawling bugs crawl,
The flying bugs fly,
Spiders roll up their webs
As they bid me goodbye.

No bugs in the kitchen
Or under the bed,
They’re gone from the house
And the yard and the shed.

So if you have varmints
That won’t pay rent,
Whole in on your bounty?
Without your consent,

Simply call Chet
And he’ll find a way
To pack up the vermin
And send they away.

© Copyright 2011 by Judy Karen Barrett, all rights reserved

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.

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.

The Best Pest Control Company Tampa Has to Date

Have you made your way through every pest control company Tampa has today? Are you tired of unpredictable technician arrival, not knowing whom to expect or paying for a service you don’t actually receive? At Chet’s Termite & Pest Management, you’ll never have to worry about any of that. Since 1980, we’ve been providing area home and business owners with a level of service you can’t get anywhere else.
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At the top of the list is assurance that you’ll get exactly what you pay for, and the work we promise to perform. We feature guarantees that you’re not going to find with other exterminators. If you don’t see the results we said you would, get in touch. We’ll return, do the job right, and cut you a check for your original investment. This is just one of the reasons that we’re so popular with our clients, and the reason that they refer to us when their family, friends, neighbors and other acquaintances are in need of the best pest control company Tampa has seen to date.

Let’s not assume that you’ve always had horrible experiences in the past, but we know what we’ve heard from new clients over the years. Too often, home and business owners are given broad windows of time, in which a technician may or may not show up. When you don’t even know what your technician is supposed to look like, how can you fully trust the person you let in your door. With Chet’s, you’ll have a picture of your professional, who will likely be the same one who came last year and the year before. This is one of the benefits of having staff members who have been around, on average, for over a decade. The excellent work environment and rewards of working here mean that the turnover is at an unheard of minimum.

We want you to feel at ease when you allow someone the privilege of working in your home. You can feel confident in not only the high level of skill and service with Chet’s, but the unwavering reliability and honesty. You shouldn’t have to deal with an exterminator who becomes a bigger problem than the bugs it’s supposed to eradicate.

For the finest pest control company Tampa can offer, call Chet’s Termite & Pest Management. Feel free to call or use the online contact form, and we’ll be in touch!

Choose the Right Pest Control Company in Tampa

Household pests can be downright annoying, but they can also hold disease. Pests such as roaches, ants, rodents and spiders can make living in your home a nightmare, but it doesn’t have to. If you choose a good pest control company in Tampa, you won’t have to worry about pests anymore. To find the best company, there are some things you should look for in the professional business of pest control.

Pest Control Company in TampaGuarantee

The one thing you don’t want to do is pay a lot of money to receive pest control services that don’t work. Even a small amount paid every month can add up quickly and does no good if the services don’t remove the pests.

Instead, find a company that offers some sort of guarantee. Most professionals will provide more treatments up to 60 days after their initial visit if they haven’t removed all your pests. Some will offer a money-back guarantee. This means that if you hire them and they don’t remove the pests, you get the money back that you paid them.

This guarantee doesn’t mean the company doesn’t do its best, it means that they stand by their work so well that they are willing to promise you they will do the job requested of them.


Choosing a company that offers a very low price in Tampa doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a great deal. Most people are so money-conscious right now that they focus on nothing else. However, this could mean you have someone who isn’t professional or doesn’t have the experience necessary to rid your home of pests.


Pest control takes experience. If it didn’t, you would be able to fully get rid of pests in your home yourself and if you have pest problems already, you know you can’t do it alone. Therefore, look for professionals that have many years of experience. They understand bugs and know how to get rid of them permanently and safely.


Ask about the different treatment options available. Most companies have their own tried-and-true method but ask them specific questions. Find out how long the treatment process takes, when it will take effect and what they do for treatment. Some companies only treat the “seen” areas of your home. Make sure they are willing to remove electrical outlets and plates to ensure the find all bugs, and go around the plumbing and under appliances.