Pest Control Services for Life - Family-Friendly Pest Prevention – Larue Pest Management, Inc.

Pest Control Services for Life

Family-Friendly Pest Prevention – Larue Pest Management, Inc.

Southwest Florida Mosquitoes – 7 Things You Need to Know!

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On April 9th

Southwest-Florida-Mosquitoes-Pest-ControlDo you have a major mosquito problem on your hands?

Do you live in the Fort Myers or Naples area and you’re considering a mosquito control system for your home?

Southwest Florida is a beautiful place to live! We get to enjoy so much sunshine and lush greenery year-round, but for some people, living here can be a challenge when it comes to bugs and insects. Mosquitoes are the most common pest to plague area residents, especially during the summer.

While you may feel helpless, your not powerless! There are some smart precautions you can take to minimize the threat of mosquitoes ruining your outdoor fun.

Over the next few months, our series of blog posts will be aim to teach you the ins and outs of mosquito control in Fort Myers, Naples and their surrounding areas, including:

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Could your home have termites?

You may not be aware of subterranean termites in your home until they’ve caused severe damage, reducing floor joists and load-bearing beams to the equivalent of cardboard.

That’s why it’s extremely rewarding when we’re able to protect against a termite infestation with early detection during a routine inspection!

Recently our service tech, Chip Beatty, was inspecting for ants in the shrubs outside a home in Fort Myers, when he stumbled across live termites feeding on an ixoria plant. Once identified, he notified the homeowners and explained the threat subterranean termites pose to their home. Read the rest of this entry »


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 »

Florida’s Natural Pest Control: Dragonflies

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On November 20th

 

Band-winged dragonlet female

Female band-winged dragonlet (Erythrodiplax umbrata)

From the tiny Eastern Amberwing, to the flamboyant Halloween Pennant, dragonflies are some of the most important and charismatic beneficial bugs. They’re indiscriminate predators of many pest insects, including mosquitoes, flies, ants and wasps.

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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

Scorpion with young

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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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:

1: Need to Get Rid of Silverfish in Cape Coral?

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On March 28th

Silverfish (Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Contributor Alvesgaspar)

This is the first 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 a freaky looking bug in your house that bears a slight resemblance to the
aliens in the movie Men In Black, then you might have silverfish. They’re quite common in Cape Coral and all of Southwest Florida for that matter. This bug has also been described as looking fish-like (obviously!) or like a very small, skinny, gray cockroach with a tapered end. Their coloration changes as they age; they start out white, but look silvery as they age because of the scales on their bodies. They are less than an inch long.

You also might realize that nasty bug is a silverfish based on where you find it in your house. Silverfish can digest cellulose, meaning that a cardboard box full of old books in the attic is a prime spot to find them. They also like flour, dry pasta and boxes of cereal.

Florida homes – as well as those in other parts of the southern U.S. – are especially vulnerable to these pests, because they like the warm weather and high humidity.

To prevent silverfish from getting a foothold in your house, use the following tips:

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Assorted Pests

Since 1978, our Fort Myers pest control company has received numerous calls over the years from homeowners just like you, freaked out because of some creepy crawly that ventured into their home, garage, or lanai…and that’s perfectly fine with us. That’s what we’re here for! From ants and mosquitoes to roaches and crickets…we continue to receive plenty of calls asking us to “Please get rid of these bugs…whatever they are!”

So if you happen to see a bug in or near your home (or business) and you’re not sure what it is, you’ll be happy to know that we’ll be sharing 15 Household bugs in SW Florida that may Freak You Out over the next few months! You’ll learn about common (and not so common) pests around our area such as:

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Commercial Pest Management – How well are you REALLY Protected?

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On February 29th

Commercial pest management provided by Larue for Goodwill.

When was the last time your business benefited from commercial pest management? Do you feel prepared?

It only takes one roach, mosquito, bed bug or termite to breach your business and lay an egg that can lead to catastrophe. While customers & clients come in and out of your doors everyday, there’s bound to be some unwanted hitch hikers.

So ask yourself….. How well is your business REALLY protected?

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