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Larue is Our Name and Education is Our Game!

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On October 29th

Have you ever wondered how to keep your grass green
or get rid of a household pest problem?

Where do you start when you want to learn more about any given topic?

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I bet the first thing you do is search the Internet for free, helpful information and photos… am I right?

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15 Household Bugs in Southwest Florida That May Freak You Out

Ever wondered what kinds of creepy crawly pests might be lurking around your southwest Florida home? Would you be able to identify a silverfish, Indian meal moth or plaster bagworm?

If you’ve spotted a scary looking bug scurrying across your floor, but were unsure of what it was called, we’ve probably got the answer in our free eBook: 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out. There are many different kinds of Florida pests, but we’ve narrowed it down to 15 of the most common ones, complete with photos, descriptions and whether or not they pose a threat to you and your family.

This free eBook covers:

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This is the fifteenth installment of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

If you’re at home, thinking “what is this freaky small gray bag hanging from my wall?” then you might have a plaster bagworm. Read the rest of this entry »

Looking for a Cape Coral Pest Control Company to Help Rid You of Your Cricket Problem?

This is the fourteenth installment of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

The most famous cricket of all time has to be Jiminy Cricket. He has one thing in common with his nonfictional cricket friends:

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13: Be Aware of Southwest Florida Scorpions

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On September 25th

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This is the thirteenth of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Outwhich can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

Scorpions are one of the easiest freaky pests to identify because they are very unique- looking. They look like tiny lobsters that have two pincers and eight legs. You’ll notice a big curled up stinger on the back end of a scorpion.

Scorpions can be anywhere from 1-4 inches long. They can live to be five or six years old. In Florida, most scorpions are reddish, brown or black.

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12: Creepy Crawly Millipedes

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On September 12th

Millipede

This is the twelfth of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Outwhich can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

If you don’t like creepy-crawlies, then millipedes are probably not your favorite bug. These freaky critters look like a worm with lots of little legs. In fact, the name millipede roughly translates to “a thousand feet.” They don’t really have that many feet, but they do have a lot!

Millipedes are usually black or brown and an inch or two long (although some very exotic species can get much longer). They move much slower than centipedes. You’ll also notice that a millipede will ball itself up if you poke it. The millipede coils up in that way as a defense mechanism.

One of its other defenses is to emit a stinky liquid when it is scared or disturbed. This liquid can be poisonous to other bugs, but isn’t likely to affect humans (although it’s best to use caution and not handle them directly to avoid irritation).

Where will you find millipedes?

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11: How Can I Get Rid of Fruit Flies?

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On August 29th

How Can I Get Rid of Fruit Flies - Drosophila melanogaster

This is the eleventh of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

Fruit flies are smaller than most flies. They are usually about 1/8 of an inch in length. They can be brownish or brownish-yellow and have red eyes. While fruit flies do not bite, they can be a nuisance and have been known to bother homeowners. Another common name for the fruit fly is vinegar fly.

Fruit flies usually congregate around rotting fruits and vegetables. They also like soda, fruit juices, or anything that leaves a sweet and sticky residue. They are known to infest dumpsters or trash cans in homes and restaurants. You might also find fruit flies in recycling bins, behind refrigerators or freezers, in sinks and drains or near food storage areas.

The best way to get rid of fruit flies…

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10: Get Rid of Drain Flies

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On August 15th

Get Rid of Drain Flies (aka "Moth Flies" or Clogmia albipunctata)

This is the tenth of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

If you have been away on vacation or haven’t used a guest bathroom in many months, you may get freaked out when you see a swarm of tiny flies near your drain. These “drain flies” (also known as moth flies) are very small…about a sixth of an inch. They do have a slightly freaky appearance, and can look fuzzy.

Another clue that the bug you’re looking at is a drain fly is that it’s bad at flying. They won’t go more than a few feet, and it might seem as though they’re hopping rather than flying. They also don’t bite.

Nine times out of ten, a drain fly problem will go away on its own. Once you get rid of the drain flies that you see, start flushing toilets and running the water in your sinks. This eliminates the standing water in which they dwell.

In some cases, drain flies might be flying into your house through an open window or door. Because they are so small, they can slip through screens that other large insects can’t. In those instances, their breeding area may be a clogged gutter or other source of standing water outside. What if you’re still unable to get rid of drain flies?

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Indianmeal moth

This is the ninth installment of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

One of the creepy bugs you may encounter in your home is the Indian Meal Moth. This moth looks like an ugly brown butterfly, but you may notice other colors on its wings if you get a really close look. If the Indian Meal Moth is not fully mature and is still in its larval stage, it will look like a small white worm with a black head, as pictured below.

Indian Meal Moth LarvaeThis moth isn’t very big – not like some of the ones you may see outside around your porch light. They are usually less than a half inch long, although if their wings are spread open, they will look larger (up to 3/4 of an inch).

The Indian Meal moth likes to eat grains and cereals. However, their appetite is diverse, and they have been known to eat flour, dried fruit, corn meal, bread, rice, and any related foodstuffs.

Unfortunately, these moths are good at getting into sealed containers. Most homeowners will unknowingly bring these moths into their home from the grocery store (although, in some rare cases, the moth may fly into the home). Even tightly sealed containers may have been infected with Indian Meal Moths at the factory they were packaged in.

Here are six preventative steps you can take to avoid bringing Indian meal moths into your home:

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8: Looking to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants in Cape Coral?

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On July 18th

Looking to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants in Cape Coral?

This is the eighth installment of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

If you have large, reddish brown ants in your home, you might have carpenter ants. These ants are often half an inch long and have chunky body parts. Their size can be intimidating and even a little freaky. Many carpenter ants are wingless, but large colonies do have ants with wings.

As their name implies, carpenter ants love wood. Unlike termites however, the Florida carpenter ant will not eat the wood in your home. Unfortunately, they love to nest in your attic and in wall voids.

In most cases, carpenter ants have a main nest outside your home in a nearby tree or stump. However, given enough time, they may establish a secondary nest inside your home. Carpenter ants prefer wood that is rotting or wet. If the wood in your house is not water damaged, you are less likely to have a problem with these ants. With proper home maintenance (fixing leaky plumbing and keeping wood painted and sealed), you will reduce your chances of an infestation.

Homeowners have a very difficult time fixing carpenter ant problems on their own because the primary nest can be hard to find. Often, you need a Cape Coral pest control professional that is knowledgeable about carpenter ant habitats and preferences to help to get rid of them permanently.

We do find it helpful when homeowners keep a careful eye on their carpenter ants before calling us. Keep notes on things like: