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Archive for 2014

You Dirty Rat! Rodent Control in Fort Myers, FL

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On December 11th

“I just NEED you to get rid of the RATS!”

Imagine it’s December and you’re the Executive Chef at a country club in a beautiful, high-end community in Fort Myers, Florida. Soon club members will be flocking down-south, returning to their winter homes and looking forward to that first special meal with all their friends back in the clubhouse.

This should be an exciting time of year, but a dark cloud looms overhead…

You have a serious rat problem on your hands!

Somehow, as the Executive Chef, you’ve been deemed with the responsibility of eradicating the problem. You’re also the one receiving calls from members complaining about seeing rodents around the building and even scurrying across the parking lot. Guests working out in the gym are finding rat droppings all over the floor and staff aren’t looking forward to opening closets, let alone stepping foot inside them. Management is relying on you to maintain their reputation for quality and save the community from embarrassment.

What do you do now?

Well, in this case, you ask Larue Pest Management to step in and take over, because the current rodent exterminators just aren’t quite up to the task.

After years of protecting homes and businesses from rats and mice, we’ve learned a few things that can make a big difference when it comes to effective rodent control in Fort Myers, FL. Read the rest of this entry »

Professional Exterior Home Painters in Fort Myers and Naples

Are you thinking about painting your SW Florida home?

If you’re like most people, you started your search for professional painting contractors online and quickly found yourself swimming a sea of business listings, websites, and reviews. Some people are lucky and find what they’re looking for right off the bat, however many decide to ask a friend or family member for suggestions. Advice from someone you know can be invaluable when it comes to hiring a contractor that you can trust.

That’s why we’ve decided to add a new “Trusted Companies” category on our blog where we can feature some of our favorite companies to work with in Fort Myers, Naples, and throughout Southwest Florida! Read the rest of this entry »

Why Are My Coconut & Royal Palm Trees Dying?

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On September 24th

What’s killing my Royal Palm?

Why is my Coconut Palm tree dying all of the sudden?

Is it getting the right nutrients or could lightning really be to blame?


Watching one of your precious palms go from green and healthy to brown and barely making it can be devastating!  We receive calls from people in distress over the same thing year after year and many of them assume improper fertilization is to blame.

Even though South Florida is known by many as the lightning capital of the world, it can be difficult for some people to believe that lightning is the culprit, because there are no obvious signs that their palm tree’s been hit. In reality though, the probability of damage from lightning to trees and plants in our area is very high! Coconut and royal palms are especially susceptible due to their height, but other tall palms are equally at risk.

There are certain signs you can look for to diagnose whether lightening is indeed the cause of your palm tree’s demise: Read the rest of this entry »

Landscaping Design Tip #12 – How to Attract Florida Wildlife

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On August 1st

Would you like to know how to attract more Florida wildlife in your own backyard?

Landscaping Tips - How to Attract Florida Wildlife

This is the final tip in our series of 12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida-Friendly Yard, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

A beautiful, well-maintained landscape can be a gift not just to your family, but also to the many creatures that share our South Florida environment. Consider tailoring your yard to attract some of the many butterflies and birds that call this area home and you will have a miraculous site to share with your loved ones.

To attract local wildlife, plant trees, shrubs, and vines that these creatures seek out. Florida is home to more than 100 species of butterflies, and they are often attracted to brightly colored flowers that are large enough to permit easy landings. These universal nectar sources would make beautiful additions to your landscape: Read the rest of this entry »

Landscaping Design Tip #11: Proper Mulching

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On July 8th

Mulching can be an excellent way to improve your Florida-friendly landscape.

Landscaping Design Tips - Proper Mulching by Shaun Sadree 1

This is the eleventh of 12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida-Friendly Yard, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

Landscaping Design Tips - Proper Mulching by Shaun Sadree 2With our alternating wet and dry seasons, one of the biggest challenges to keeping your landscape healthy year-round is moisture retention. By mulching plant beds, you help to retain soil moisture, which can reduce the amount of irrigation you need to provide. Conserving water is beneficial for the environment and your wallet.

Mulching also helps reduce storm water runoff, which keeps water in your landscape and prevents excess fertilizer from entering the water table or running into streams.

In areas of your yard that are too shady for grass or too difficult to reach with a lawn mower, consider mulching instead. This will reduce the amount of fertilizer and water needed for your lawn. Mulching also helps cut down on weeds, so areas under mulch will need less supervision to look their best. Mulch only needs to be applied once or twice a year, and 2 to 3 inches is the optimal level. When you add mulch to the base of plants, be sure to keep a distance of 2 inches between the mulch and the plant to help avoid disease.

Consider using options to traditional wood mulch in order to deter termites. Some options include fallen tree leaves, pine needles, crushed shells, and small rocks.

12 Landscaping Tips 3D iPad-BookAre you looking to make your Fort Myers, Naples or Cape Coral yard the best that it can be? We offer complete Lawn Care, Shrub Care, Tree Care, Pest Control and Irrigation services that can help you achieve the results you’re striving for!

Give us a call at (800) 314-8813 or schedule an appointment online today!

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For 12 other Landscaping Tips for Creating a Florida-Friendly Yard, click on the eBook to the right.



Do you live in Fort Myers or Naples?

Are you concerned about mosquitoes spreading diseases to your family?

Well, you have good reason to be!

Viruses like West Nile and Chikungunya are making there way into the US from places like the Bahamas and Caribbean, where outbreaks are spreading quite rapidly.

At this point most of the cases are imported from people visiting those places and unknowingly bringing them back, but Lee County Mosquito Control is already busy creating a plan of attack should the problem grow in our area the way it has in other parts of the world.

The best line of defense for you and our region?

Mosquito Control

Whether it’s learning the 5 D’s of defense, installing a mosquito misting system, or signing up for a monthly mosquito reduction program, Mosquito Control should be a priority when you live in Southwest Florida.

That’s why we think it’s so important to let everyone know that each year the week of June 26 is declared National Mosquito Control Awareness Week by the American Mosquito Control Association. “Mosquito Week” is a time to educate people about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the important service provided by mosquito control workers throughout the United States and worldwide.

Below we’ve created an infographic about mosquitoes that you can feel free to share with friends and family to help spread awareness about mosquito control and protection.


Click on this image and share this mosquito infographic with your family and friends!

Interested in learning more about our professional mosquito control services in Fort Myers, Naples and throughout Southwest Florida, please contact us online or call us at (800) 314-8813.

Thank you!


One of the foremost benefits of living in Southwest Florida is the ability to have a beautiful landscape all year-round.

Lawn Care Fort Myers

This is the tenth of 12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida-Friendly Yard, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

Your family can enjoy a well-cared for environment even in winter when the rest of the country is shivering under a blanket of snow. We have a unique, wonderful climate in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Naples, one that encourages green growth twelve months a year.

In order to make the ideal use of our year-round sunny weather and warm temperatures, you want to select the optimal plants for your landscape — trees and shrubs that will thrive in our subtropical climate.

Choosing appropriate plants for your yard ensures that you use less water, fertilizer, and pesticides, and that your plants will require less day-to-day care.

Some excellent choices include croton, pitch apple, dwarf red ixora, natal plum, pygmy date palm, and the dwarf bougainvillea “Helen Johnson.”

Shrub and Tree Care Fort Myers

Other desirable plants for our unique environment are Florida natives. These plants thrive in our alternating wet and dry seasons. They’re heat resistant, drought tolerant, and less threatened by many of the pests that live in our area.

Some beautiful options to try include:

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12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida-Friendly Yard - Fire Ant Control 02Feel the BURN!

Fire ants are a painful fact of life in Southwest Florida.

These stinging pests can leave burning red welts, that turn into blisters and become very itchy. Children are especially susceptible to the stings and can experience major swelling if bitten.

Fortunately, you can get fire ant control and stop them from taking over your yard and your life!

Extension agents from Texas A&M University have developed a two-part approach to treating fire ants that they call the Texas Two-Step.

The first step is to use bait that contains a toxin that targets fire ants. You’ll use a method called broadcast baiting—spreading the bait around rather than targeting specific mounds.

Fire Ant ControlMake sure to spread the bait at the ideal time when the ants are most active:

  • temperatures are warm and dry
  • no rain in the forecast
  • ground and grass are not damp

Do not disturb any of the mounds before broadcast application and always use fresh bait, preferably from an unopened container. Ants will collect the granules and carry them back to the colony. Within a few weeks, the colony will die off.

Seven to ten days after the initial broadcast application, you will need to do a mound-specific treatment. You can use the bait again or one of a variety of contact insecticides, such as dusts, liquids, or aerosols, that will need to come into contact with the ant to be effective.

Fire ants are one of the most stubborn pests found in Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral and across Southwest Florida, so to permanently eliminate ants from your yard, you may need to call lawn care professionals who handle fire ant control.

Larue’s Lawn Care Program includes fire ant control with an annual treatment using Top Choice from Bayer.

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Mosquito Control | Fort Myers NaplesIf you live in Southwest Florida, you know that mosquito and noseeum control can be frustrating!

Have your cookouts been filled with that particular chorus of buzzing and slapping we all know?

How many of your evenings outdoors have ended with bites and stings? Sometimes it feels like we’re being eaten alive right here in paradise!

And while noseeums are just plain annoying, mosquitoes can be a serious threat to the health of you and your family by spreading diseases like West Nile Virus and the Chikungunya Virus (which was recently reported right here in Fort Myers).

Thankfully you have options in the battle to protect your family and control mosquitoes and noseeums on your property. Here are some landscaping tips on how you can keep them from ruining your family time outside… Read the rest of this entry »

You want your home and landscape to be a safe place for your family to enjoy, but termites can threaten your tranquility…

Larue Termite Control Fort Myers Naples

This is the seventh of 12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida-Friendly Yard, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

In Fort Myers, Naples and all of Southwest Florida, both subterranean and drywood termites have been known to devastate homes by eating right through wooden beams used in walls and roofs. In order to protect your family and control termites around your property, there are some techniques you can adopt in your landscape.

Termites are always looking for new places to feast. Here are some landscaping tips that will help protect your home: Read the rest of this entry »