Bug Off Pest strives to provide Port Charlotte Pest Control Services in Charlotte County with the highest level of integrity, customer services, and safety. As a Pest Control Company with ECO-Friendly options and we have pest-related health solutions, we understand the impact we have on the environment and it is a focus of ours to ensure we make it a better place and protect our Earth. We want to ensure that you feel safe and happy in your home. We go well above and beyond what the “Big Names” and franchises offer. Personalized services is the “key” that will open the door to introducing you as a Satisfied Customer.
The first step towards reaching that goal is by getting rid of all the unwanted pests in and around your home. Next, we create a protective layer inside and outside of your home to ensure that no unwanted new visitors want to set up shop in your home. After those two initial steps, we continue to return to your home at a strategically planned maintenance schedule, to keep all the critters out forever.
Beetle control and identification is crucial in subtropical climate. Port Charlotte and Southwest Florida have a lot of soft and hardwoods for these guy to infest and the last thing you need is to have these eating your home or business. Many times they are overlooked or not properly identified. Most people don't think about these pests, it is generally the termite that steals the spotlight. Here at Bug Off Pest we focus our efforts and consider all options when identifying pests in your structure. Beetles not only infest wood, they can also be found in Food/Dry-Goods, in the form of pantry pests.
These termites can be found in the peninsular Florida nesting forgaging inside dry woods but they are uncommon in structures. They are a whitish tan and small in size this termite swarms year around but more specifically in the springtime evenings. Tropical termites have a smooth, brown, rectangular head with black mandibles along with a large cavity in the front of the head.
Drywood termite (Calcaritermes nearctius)
Yet another non structural threatening drywood termite found in central to northern Florida, southeastern Georgia nesting and foraging inside of dry woods they are light brown in color and small in appearance swarming from March to May.
Dark southern drywood termite
This termite can be found in central, western and northern Florida nesting, foraging in drywood but rare in structures they have a light cream to yellowish color and are small in size with a rectangular head and strong black mandibles. these termites swarm from September to November during the daytime
Lyctid Powderpost beetles
They develop and feed on hardwoods. They usually infest furniture, flooring, paneling and moldings. they lay their eggs in the pores of the wood and develop into a u shaped larvae then the adults chew their way out of the wood once mature leaving a 1/32 - 1/16 inch diameter hole. Beetles that bore into dead wood in homes instead of forest trees can case structural damage if activity is left unchecked for long periods of time.
Old house borers
They are about 2/3 to 1 inch long flattened and grayish-brown to black. They have two shiny black spots on the thorax and two white patches on the wing covers. the larvae spend 2-10 years feeding on sapwood of pine, fur, spruce and other softwoods. Adults emerging from the wood creates a 6mm-15mm long hole. They usually attack newly constructed structures.
Living in Southwest Florida provides many challenges for homeowners. Termites can be the the most destructive insect you may be likely to encounter. these guys cause millions of dollars in damage to Florida homes each year by chewing away at your home and most of the time you don't even know it is happening. Bug Off Pest is here to help and educate you on what types of termites you may find in you home. if you are buying a home here in Port Charlotte Florida give us a call for an inspection of the home before you buy it on many occasions when an inspection is not requested pre sale of a home people buy the problem and then it is too late. Homeowners should also protect their investments and have preventive termite treatments applied to their homes on average every 5-7 years it is not only cheaper than repairs from the damage termites can cause, it is a peace of mind. Florida laws dictate the need to have homes pre-treated during the various construction phases. So why not keep the process up and protect it for years to come? Rather you have a new home or an older home you will benefit by having preventive termite treatments applied. you buy insurance to protect the most expensive asset you own this usually being your home but in a majority of the policies you may find they will not cover damages caused by termites. So it is highly recommended you have a regular annual inspection performed to your home and protect your investment.
Now lets talk about what happens when you go to sell your home and the new prospective buyer requests the inspection and termite damages are found. Well I think this is an obvious outcome you will either have to have the damage repaired at your expense or loose the sale. Neither option is a good one.
Termites Necessities for survival
For cockroaches survival is dependent on food water and harborages. For termites it is much of the same but dependent on food water and warmth. Food for subterranean termites consist of anything made of or containing cellulose materials, as well the Sub termite requires moisture unlike the drywood termite the sub needs the mud tubes to protect them from the outside environment. Drywood termites get the small amount of moisture needed from the dry woods they consume therefore not having any need to leave the nesting area until the source of food has depleted and the colony will die but not before the swarmers have broken away and formed new colonies as the nest grows over time preventing over population of the nest and thus creating longevity for the nest as well.
Communication within a colony
Termites have a similar way as many social insects of communicating within their nest termites share a division of labor such as humans do. They communicate this by passing pheromones and each colony has its own distinct pheromone thus allowing them to know if termites from another colony or their enemy the ant may be attempting to mix within their own colony. by banging their heads against he mud-tube or galleries to create an alert the colony dispatches the soldier cast to defend the nest killing the intruder and walling it off within the nest with fecal matter. If a breach is attempted some termites will plug the hole with mud and saliva or even their heads
Colony Formation (Swarming)
Understanding termite activities is an important aspect to identifying what type of termite is present. The sudden, dramatic appearance of alate termites is commonly referred to as swarming. Termites swarm in an attempt to indicate new colonies at new locations. The success rate of colony establishment via swarming is extremely low, because most alates die shortly after swarming due to predators such as birds and other animals eating them along with other environmental factors at the time of the swarm.Swarming generally occurs when outside temperatures are warm and usually only from mature colonies.After the short fluttering flight the termites wings breat off and they mate up with a male and female to begin excavation of the new site to form the new colony.
Fire Ants In Florida
Two Nodes 1/16 to 1/4 inch long.
Color ranges from reddish-brown with a darker abdomen to yellowish-red with a black abdomen to solid black depending on the species.
Many worker sizes. Any ant trail of red & brown ants with various sizes are likely fire ants.
They aggressively sting and some people are allergic to their stings.
Some Key Biology aspects of the Fire Ant
There are three species: The most important of them and are prevalent in Florida are the imported fire ant. This ant is dominant in the south from North Carolina to Texas and has isolated infestations in California. Another notable fire ant is the southern fire ant and it occurs in the same ranges as the imported fire ant but is primary in California and southern Arizona. Last but not least is the tropical fire ant is found in Hawaii.
Fire ants build distinctive dome-shaped mounds ranging 12 to 24 inches above the ground and they can range from a few inches to several feet deep.
During dry periods fire ants retreat underground and are hard to notice.
During heavy rainfall mounds can appear literally overnight.
Mounds can sometimes be hard to see being hidden under leaf litter or sod and thick vegetation.
Imported fire ants have been known to nest on the rooftops of commercial structures and invade the floors below.
An average colony contains 100,000 to 500,000 worker ants, but a single queen is usually the rule, but in recent years there have been nests found with multiple queens and becoming more common.
Fire ants will feed on items such as insects, honeydew, plant nectar, seeds, fruit and animal carcasses.
Fire ants forage in distinct trails through lawns and on pavement and foundations of buildings.
Colonies are mobile, colonies move the nest usually every few months and on occasions will relocate into a structure.
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These beetles are a pantry pest infesting whole grains and even spices.this beetle is about the size of a piece of pepper. Many times these pests are introduced into your home or business by being transported in foods from the grocery stores. Take note when shopping for rice and pasta/grains you will often notice the product has a viewing window in the package/box. This is for the stores and food producers to monitor their stock for beetle and other types of food infestation. Bug Off Pest recommends that any of your grain and spices or any grain based products and spices be placed in airtight containers to isolate outbreaks and prevent emptying your pantries completely and incur costly treatment to get rid of them.