Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are blood feeders. They lay eggs in door frames, baseboards and furniture and can move from room to room in search of more food.

Chinch Bugs

  • Inject toxins into grass while extracting the juices from it
  • Brown spots in the lawn with a surrounding light yellowish area are signs of their presence
  • Most commonly found in St. Augustine grass

Pill Bugs

  • Feed on decaying plant matter
  • Found in damp areas
  • Damp mulch are common nesting places

Sow Bugs

  • Feed on decaying matter
  • frequently invade damp basements
  • Can be found under rocks, logs and leaf piles.
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Tips for Spring More Tips

Wood to soil contact. Keep soil from touching wood to reduce pest access. If there must be wood to soil contact (on a porch or deck) use pressure-treated wood or material which is insect resistant. Eliminate hollow porch post and columns.

Ventilation and high moisture conditions. Eliminating damp conditions, increasing ventilation and replacing decayed wood, aids carpenter ant management and helps prevent future infestations by the ants and wood destroying fungi. This may include your cellar, crawl spaces or under dirt filled porches.

Flower and shrubbery beds. Adding crushed rock around the foundation instead of mulch will eliminate a food and harborage source for sow bugs, centipedes, millipedes and many other insects. Crushed rock is also a rodent and snake deterrent.

Leaking gutters and roof lines. Keep gutters and roof lines in good repair and free of debris to reduce wood rot. This reduces breeding areas for wood destroying insects. Satellite carpenter ant colonies are usually in areas of moisture damaged wood.

Openings at plumbing, electrical, and telephone line entrances into your home. Sealing openings around these entries reduces access for carpenter ants, stinging insects, and many occasional invaders.

Excessive plant cover around the foundation. Leaves and other debris under decks, in window wells, and behind bushes should be removed to eliminate decaying organic matter which may provide a food source or harborage for insects such as sow bugs, centipedes and millipedes.