Mouse in the House? Call the Orlando Rodent Control Experts!

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Rodents live everywhere that humans live, from cities to rural areas, but when rats or mice move into your home, it gets personal. Although they’ve adapted to almost every type of habitat, rodents often prefer warmer climates, so Orlando homeowners are likely to encounter these pests in and around their homes. If you’ve seen even one, there are probably many more in hiding, so it’s important to call in rodent control professionals as soon as possible.

Rodent facts.

Most of us have a natural aversion to rats and mice, but they’re more than an unpleasant nuisance. They can, in fact, be a serious threat to our health, safety and property. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Rodents need to gnaw. Their teeth grow very quickly and gnawing is how they keep them from growing too long.
  • When rodents gnaw on electrical wiring, they can start a fire. They also chew on telephone and cable wires, and the wiring in cars.
  • Rats and mice come into our homes for food, shelter and water. They will gnaw and burrow their way through various structures, damaging them along the way.
  • Rodents will eat anything that humans and pets eat, so your first sighting may have been in or near the kitchen.
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control, rodents have been linked to the direct and indirect spread of many diseases and conditions, including typhus, salmonellosis, pulmonary fever, hantavirus, trichinosis, bubonic plague, and much more. Disease is often spread by the ticks, mites, lice, and fleas that rodents carry.

Watch for an increase in rodent activity in cooler weather.

Although Orlando doesn’t get the type of hard winters that cities in northern climates do, our temperatures still get cool enough to send rats and mice indoors looking for warmth and shelter. Fall is the perfect time to inspect your home and property for signs of rodent activity, such as droppings and gnawed materials, and ensure you put up a good defense:

  • Rodents need only a tiny space to enter your home, so check openings around pipes, cables, doors, windows, and wiring.
  • Keep vegetation trimmed away from your foundation and outside walls to eliminate shelter.
  • Store lumber and firewood on racks above the ground.
  • If your garage door doesn’t tightly close (and most don’t), don’t store garbage and recycling bins in the garage, or at least make sure they have tight-fitting lids.
  • Repair leaks and keep gutters clean so that you don’t offer rodents a source of water.

Rodent control measures.

While there are several options for homeowners who try to take care of a rodent infestation on their own, the most effective approach is professional rodent control from pest control experts. The friendly, experienced technicians at Turner Pest Control will provide a free estimate for creating a treatment plan customized to your Orlando home. Call us today at 407-675-5000.

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Save Your Orlando Lawn from Chinch Bugs

chinch bugs OrlandoSooner or later, Orlando homeowners with St. Augustine lawns are likely to have to battle chinch bugs. Without chinch bug pest control measures, an infestation can cause a rapid decline in St. Augustine grass, destroying large patches in a short amount of time. If it’s caught in time, however, you can prevent chinch bugs from ruining your entire yard. Here’s what you need to know.

How chinch bugs damage your Orlando lawn

The southern chinch bug is tiny, usually 6 mm or less in length, but it has a big appetite. Large numbers of adults and nymphs gather to feed on one plant, draining the sap from the grass until it withers and then dies. The group moves together to an adjacent section where the destruction continues.

The signs of chinch bug infestations

Discolored, often circular patches of grass typically appear first in dry, water-stressed areas along the lawn’s edges, such as next to pavement. Here in Orlando, signs of the insect’s damage begin to appear in May and continue through the warm months of summer and early fall. Chinch bugs are, however, present year-round in our area.

If you suspect you have chinch bugs, closely inspect your lawn by separating the blades of grass so you can see around and beneath the roots. On a sunny day, you’ll see the chinch bugs running to get out of the sunlight. If the infestation is severe, you can see the bugs crawling on the blades of grass.

Chinch bug treatment reduces the chances of infestation

According to the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences website, chinch bug control methods involve proper fertilization, mowing, watering, and pest control.

Chinch bugs can be eliminated by soaking affected areas with liquid insecticide. Granular forms are effective as well, but must be completely watered in as soon as they’re applied. Even when treating your entire lawn, chinch bugs can still reappear. The best method of control is frequent, close inspection of your lawn. Keep in mind that there are other factors that can cause damage that looks similar to chinch bug infestations, such as disease, nutritional imbalances, and insufficient watering.

We take the worry out of caring for your Orlando lawn

Our Orlando lawn and outdoor pest control pros can keep your yard healthy and beautiful throughout the year. In addition to pest control, we offer fertilizer treatments, turf optimization services, and much more. Contact us for a free, no-obligation estimate that’s customized to the size of your lawn and your specific needs.

What to Know About Swarming Drywood Termites in Orlando

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As an Orlando homeowner, you probably think you have all your bases covered when it comes to termites. After all, termites come from the ground and you’ve taken all the necessary precautions against them, right? Contrary to popular belief, not all termites enter your home from the ground. Some, such as drywood termites, can literally fall from the sky—or enter through your attic, anyway. Here are a few things you need to know in order to protect your home from a drywood termite swarm!

It’s time for drywood termite swarms in Orlando

The climate in Florida is what attracts many residents, including termites. They love the humid, warm climate of the state and have adapted to it well. So well, in fact, that drywood termites can and do swarm any time of the year. Drywood termites require little water to survive, so any time of year will do, but they especially love to swarm in the heat of summer. That’s why you have to be diligent and look for signs that you may have an infestation.

Signs of termite infestation

As their name suggests, drywood termites live in dry wood. That means you can find them anyplace in your home that has dry wood, such as:

  • Foundations
  • Door frames
  • Windows
  • Wood furniture, especially antiques

You should perform regular inspections of your property in order to make sure there are no signs of these pesky insects and take preventative measures. Look for:

  • Clicking noises: Termites are loud! Soldier termites bang their heads against wood when alerting the colony of danger. The worker termites actively eating your wood are definitely loud eaters, too. You’ll hear them munching if you listen closely.
  • You see flying termites or wings: One of the telltale signs of infestations is the presence of flying. They fly from the colony to mate and establish more colonies, swarming any time of the day, although they seem to prefer after a big rain. If you don’t see actual termites but just wings, that should alarm you, too. Their wings fall off after they find a mate.
  • You see “white ants”: People often mistake white termites for ants. It’s a termite if it’s cream-colored or transparent, it has straight antennae instead of bent, and both sets of their wings are the same size.
  • Hollow wood: Drywood termites love to eat wood, so finding wood that has been eaten from the inside out is a good indication you may have an infestation.
  • Surface blisters: When termites tunnel near the surface of wood, it takes on a blistered appearance, which can be a sign of extensive infestation.

For more in-depth information, check out the State of Florida Department of Agriculture’s guide to drywood termites for residential homeowners.

Call the Orlando termite pros

Turner Pest Control has safe and effective options available for Orlando homeowners to help you terminate a termite problem! Call us at 407-675-5000 to find out more about our comprehensive termite treatment programs, or complete the form at right.

Bed Bugs in Your Orlando Home? Call the Experts!

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Bed bugs aren’t choosy — they’ll make themselves at home anywhere. Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs are just as likely to be found in a neat, well-kept home as they are in one in need of a good cleaning. It’s not dirt they’re after; they’re just looking for a meal from the people and pets in your home. If bed bugs have moved into your Orlando home or business, don’t panic! Turner Pest Control technicians are bed bug experts, and we’re ready to help.

How we exterminate bed bugs

Some pest control companies only treat your home one time, but that’s not enough to completely get rid of bed bugs. We provide comprehensive bed bug treatment that includes re-inspections to make sure they’re gone for good.

Our treatment program is actually three separate treatments provided over three weeks. Our arsenal of insecticide dust, residual contact treatments, and steam give you effective, thorough bed bug control for your peace of mind.

Bed bug facts

There are plenty of warnings about picking up bed bugs in hotels and bringing them home, and that is certainly one way the problem can begin. But there’s more to know about bed bugs to keep them out of your Orlando home or business:

Bed bugs like to travel: Just about everyone loves to visit Orlando. Unfortunately, that includes bed bugs who hitch a ride with tourists to our city. They may arrive in luggage, then move to carpeting, bedding, clothing, and even vacuum cleaners.

Bed bugs are night owls. Although they’re not exclusively nocturnal, their greatest activity is during nighttime hours.

Bed bugs are tough. This is one of the main reasons that getting rid of bed bugs isn’t a do-it-yourself job. Bed bugs can survive extreme temperatures, from subzero to more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. They can even live for many months without a meal! That means that even furniture, bedding, or suitcases that you haven’t used in a long a time can still have bed bugs lying in wait.

Bed bugs can and do live anywhere. If a place is suitable for humans, it’s fine for bed bugs, too. That includes not only hotels and homes, but also schools, offices, healthcare facilities, apartments and dormitories, stores, movie theaters, and public transportation, such as trains, buses, and airplanes.

What you can do to prevent bed bugs

It may not be possible to prevent every bed bug from making its way into your home, but there are steps you can take to minimize the chance:

  • When staying in hotels, keep your suitcase wrapped in a large plastic bag or place in the bathtub or shower.
  • Thoroughly clean luggage by vacuuming, then put the vacuum bag in a plastic garbage bag.
  • Wash clothing in hot water after a trip. If the clothing is already clean, put it in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes.
  • Don’t move used furniture into your house without doing a close inspection with a flashlight.
  • Do frequent inspections of your bedding and wherever your pets sleep in your home.

Don’t wait — contact us today!

Bed bugs are tiny, sometimes no larger than a quarter of an inch, so they can hide in very small spaces and be easily be missed, even with the closest inspection.

For the best results, call on professional pest control experts to exterminate bed bugs. Our skilled technicians know where to look and how to rid your home of these unpleasant pests. Call us in Orlando at 407-675-5000 or make an appointment now.

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Get Your Orlando Yard Ready For Spring!

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Nurseries and home improvement stores across Orlando are stocking up on plants and gardening supplies as homeowners’ thoughts turn to spring. If you’re planning to freshen up your landscape, make sure you can relax and enjoy the results of your hard work by letting Turner Pest Control keep your yard looking good and pest-free.

We provide expert lawn fertilization and pest control services, plus customized mosquito control programs to make your outdoor spaces usable year-round.

Let us take care of your lawn problems.

We have a full range of lawn and outdoor pest control services for our Orlando customers, including:

  • Management of broad-leaf and grassy weeds
  • Fertilizer treatments, including granular applications
  • Additional “Green Up” micronutrient applications
  • Turf optimization product application
  • Fungus management
  • An optional disease control program and shrub fertilization
  • Optional once-a-year treatment for fire ant management

Expert outdoor protection from the pros.

We’ve been serving Florida homeowners for more than 40 years and know the pest problems you face in Orlando’s temperate climate. Our outdoor pest control services include:

  • Clearing spider webs and wasps’ nest away from structures
  • Applying our safe, effective pesticides around window casings, beneath eaves, and on door thresholds
  • Free additional service calls at no charge

Take your yard back from dangerous mosquitoes.

Warming temperatures mean an increase in mosquitoes is just around the corner. With the possibility that mosquitoes can carry diseases, such as the West Nile and Zika viruses, it’s never been more important for Florida homeowners to keep the mosquito population under control around their properties. Our affordable mosquito extermination services — which are based on the square footage of your yard — include carefully applying the most effective treatments available, including long-lasting barrier sprays.

In addition to our monthly mosquito control service, we offer a one-time treatment that can help make your outdoor party or gathering mosquito-free.

Get in touch for a free estimate.

If you’d like to learn more about our lawn, outdoor, and mosquito services or would like a free estimate that’s customized to your needs, call us in Orlando at 407-675-5000 or make an appointment.