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.

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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Is it just me, or is there something about Spring that makes you really want to get out and enjoy your yard?

But it can be hard to relax and enjoy when your trees look like this…

12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida-Friendly Yard-Rugose Spiraling Whitefly Palm

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

Recently, we’ve discovered a new threat to the beauty of our tropical landscapes: the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly. This particular whitefly first appeared in Florida in 2009 and is believed to have arrived from Central America. The Rugose Spiraling Whitefly can attack a wide range of host plants — from gumbo limbos and cocoplums to live oaks, mangoes, and a variety of palms.

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The sub-tropical climate of Fort Myers and Naples offer unique challenges in maintaining your landscape.

You really need to consider a lawn care program that’s specifically designed for South West Florida’s soil and weather conditions.

Larue Lawn Care Naples Fort Myers

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

To keep an eye-catching lawn looking fresh all year round, you will need to consider optimal nutrients for your landscape.

Fertilizing your lawn will: Read the rest of this entry »

12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida-Friendly Yard

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On December 11th

12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida-Friendly Yard

Southwest Florida is a subtropical paradise with blue skies in winter and lush greenery all year round.

You want your landscape to be healthy and beautiful so your family can enjoy this stunning location, but knowing just what to do to keep your yard looking its best can be a challenge.

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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:

11 Ways to Ensure You Have the Greenest Healthiest Lawn in Your Neighborhood

Is your lawn suffering from:

  • Pests (Termites, Chinch Bugs, etc…)
  • Diseases
  • Brown patches or gray spots
  • Weeds
  • Wild looking trees & bushes

Fort Myers lawn care is going to be in your future!

Download your free copy of the “11 Ways to Ensure You Have the Greenest, Healthiest Lawn in Your Neighborhood” eBook today to learn about:

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#11: Get Proper Tree & Shrub Care

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On January 11th

Tree & Shrub Care

This is the 11th installment in “11 Ways to Ensure You Have the Greenest, Healthiest Lawn in Your Neighborhood which can be downloaded for FREE from our library of eBooks.

Palm trees can be a great addition to a yard. They can frame a space or be ornamental when standing alone. Many varieties are ideal for planting in southwest Florida:

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#10: My Grass is Greener. Now I Need Shrub Care!

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On December 28th

Shrub Care

This is the 10th installment in “11 Ways to Ensure You Have the Greenest, Healthiest Lawn in Your Neighborhood which can be downloaded for FREE from our library of eBooks.

There are a wide variety of shrubs that can grow successfully in southwest Florida. For a beautiful accent to you lawn, remember these three fundamentals to shrub care:

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#9: Proper Lawn Care for Southwest Florida

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On December 14th

Lawn Care

This is the 9th installment in “11 Ways to Ensure You Have the Greenest, Healthiest Lawn in Your Neighborhood which can be downloaded for FREE from our library of eBooks.

With the right attention, any lawn can be beautiful. By learning how to properly plan for and care for your yard, you can keep it thick and healthy for years to come.

Selecting the Right Grass

If you are just starting out, it’s imperative to choose…

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Termite Control

This is the 8th installment in “11 Ways to Ensure You Have the Greenest, Healthiest Lawn in Your Neighborhood which can be downloaded for FREE from our library of eBooks.

Cape Coral Pest control for your lawn is important, but we understand that you want to keep your costs as low as possible. If you suffer from…
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