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How Rodent Activity is Affected by Sarasota Drought

How Rodent Activity is Affected by Drought

Local rodent activity has spiked due to the drought conditions as confirmed by several local Sarasota pest exterminators. As pest rats and mice run out of drinking water in swampy areas and ponds, they have moved closer to people’s homes. Water features like bird feeders and koy ponds provide ample moisture for them. Many people who call think they have mice, but the truth is very few mice live in Sarasota. Most calls for rodent control are roof rats (aka: fruit rats). Adept little climbers, rats can easily climb your house and sneak through holes the size of a quarter or less. Your air conditioning lines can provide just enough droplets of water to survive.

When Do We Usually See Rodent Activity?

Rats will begin to move into local homes in the winter months to nest in warm attics. 2017 has been different. While attending a local training event with more than a hundred local companies in attendance, it was clear that rodent pressure has spiked significantly due to the current South Florida Drought. Pest control for rats is no easy task and requires a keen eye and a variety of control options. Rats are very intelligent and many times homeowners that try to solve the problem themselves find they have only made things worse! Subsequently, they have to rely on us professional exterminators to rid their house of rats and mice.

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Control Rats and Mice

The right way to control rats and mice is to seal the house so they can’t get in. This includes carefully inspecting the entire structure for the small penetration points and closing them off. Once the house is sealed, any rodents left inside must then be trapped and removed. Another part of our rodent control strategy is to knock down the outside rat pressure by placing bait stations around the home in conducive areas. Rats love to feed on the tasty bait we provide in secure tamper resistant bait boxes.

Johnny Bugs Pest Control can get rats and mice out fast! We have a lot of experience dealing with local rodent control and provide reasonable rates for rat elimination. Call today to schedule a free inspection and quote (941) 405-3080

 

Rodent Infestation in Your Attic? Johnny Bugs will Kick Them Out!

Rodent Infestation

Rodent infestation keeping you awake at night? Let Johnny Bugs kick those freeloaders to the curb!

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Johnny Bugs will get to them!

Rats & Mice come in to your home for a variety of reasons. During the winter, they are seeking shelter and the warmth of your attic insulation. During drought conditions, rats and mice are looking for water and your air conditioning system has what they need. Unfortunately while building their homes, they can destroy yours. This is why you need rodent control.
Sealing up the house is the best way to permanently the rodents out and keep them out.

By the time most people realize they have rodent activity, the damage has already been done. Rats have used your insulation to build nests and as a bathroom. With a quick gestational period of 21 days, two become many in a short period of time. When a trained professional comes in they will survey the area to see what needs to be done. They will also examine the exterior your home to find where the rodents are entering and exiting. Once the home is sealed, traps will be placed to rid your home of the rodents still living in your attic. Will the rats just leave eventually? No, some Florida home owners think if they just wait the problem will resolve itself. After all, who or what could live in a Florida attic during summer? Rats and mice have no problem cohabiting with you and don’t mind the hot attic.

Best practice to control a rodent infestation

Living in a home with rodents can lead to health issues and contamination. Subsequently, using tamper-resistant bait stations is one way we can get a rat infestation under control fast. These rodent control devices are sealed boxes placed around the exterior of your home to control the nearby population. They are the best way to protect your property. Some people scatter mouse bait to kill rodents but that can also kill other animals in your yard or hurt children. It is very dangerous if you have children who can also ingest the rat poison so leave it to the professionals.

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Rat Trapping ends a rodent infestation quickly and trapping can take a couple weeks depending on the amount of rodents in your home. Rat traps must be checked every week to prevent dead rodents from decaying in you attic.

Don’t let a rodent infestation ruin your paradise. Rodent control by Johnny Bugs Pest Control solves the problem fast and humanely, call or text now to schedule a free evaluation for rodent control (941) 405-3080

Venomous Spiders in Sarasota Florida

Venomous Spiders in Sarasota Florida

Every day we field calls from Sarasota residents who are scared of venomous spiders. Have no fear, Johnny Bugs is here! Research shows that only a couple species of Florida Spiders have fangs long enough to give spider bites. Spiders are important and beneficial insects that suppress flying insects. True spider bites do not get inflamed or red. The bite will be flat, cool to the touch, and blueish in color.

Brown Recluse Spiders

The brown recluse is a spider with toxic venom that causes severe necrosis (skin melting). This spider is not an established pest in the Sarasota pest control treatment zone. Most brown recluse spider bites that do occur are from people transporting them in their things. The brown recluse spider should be feared and respected. When it bites, you are going to have a bad day (or several).

Brown Widow Spiders

Brown Widow Spiders are found around doors and windows. They can be found quickly because of their odd looking spider egg cocoons which look like spiked balls. The Brown Widow Spider has the same amount of toxic spider venom as the Black Widow, but is mostly docile.

Black Widow Spiders

Black Widow Spider activity is common in garages and storage sheds of South Florida. This spider is found hiding behind boxes and stored items. It can be very aggressive if agitated or threatened, so be care if you find one. The Black Widow Spider gets it’s name from its viscous habit of preying upon any male with whom she has mated. This highly venomous spider is easily recognized by its red hourglass shaped marking on its abdomen. Watch out for the Black Widow Spider!

False Widow Spiders will also have a red marking on their abdomen but are found in the outside landscape. Preferably, it will make its webs in the plants that surround your home. Long attaching strings make strong webs.

Wolf Spiders known as the Sarasota Housekeeper

The Wolf Spider is an awesome hunter / killer species of Florida spiders. The Florida Wolf Spider can grow to the size of your hand and is known locally as the “housekeeper” because of its propensity to feed on both live and dead bugs found inside. Wolf spiders can be very aggressive so approach them with great caution or they will leap right at you.

Sarasota Spider Control by Johnny Bugs for Venomous Spiders. Our treatment always includes removal of cob webs and a thorough spider control treatment. Call or Text (941) 405-3080 for a free quote over the phone for Spider Control.

Ant Infestation Found Because of Dirt Around the Baseboards

Ant Infestation Found Because of Dirt Around the Baseboards

Ant infestation due to Big-headed ants are a common Florida problem. The ants live in super colonies comprised of multiple queens and can reproduce and create huge infestations that sometime span entire neighborhood blocks. Big-Headed ant soldiers have much larger heads. Treating an infestation of big-headed ants can be a challenge. First, we advise our clients to leave the evidence for us to see the entry points inside the home. Then, a crack and crevice treatment can be done both inside and out to destroy the lot of them. Subsequently, most of these ants live under sidewalks and patios so these areas require additional treatment to control this ant infestation.

Sarasota Carpenter Ant control infestationsCarpenter Ants also can Create Piles of Dirt & Bug Parts

Carpenter ants of Florida infest seasoned wood (previously damaged) and will feed on other insects in the wood (like termites). Florida Carpenter Ants do not eat wood like their northern relatives. Carpenter ants can also push dirt out of their nest and create bone piles of bug parts they have eaten. Stubby Florida Carpenter Ants are reddish brown in color and are the largest ant found in Sarasota Florida. These ants will travel long distances and can live in several places at one time like trees or door frames on the side of your garage.

Need Help with an Ant Infestation?

Ant infestation control for fast results just call or text Johnny Bugs Pest Control today at (941) 405-3080 to get a free pest control treatment quote. We are the local pet-friendly pest control company.

North Port and Sarasota Rodent Control

Rodents and Mice

Why they are coming in?
Just like in the summer when all the rain hits and the insects invade, the rodents are coming into your property because it’s cold outside. They search for the warmth your home provides and snuggle in for the winter. Unfortunately while building their homes, they can destroy yours. This is why you need rodent control.

Why get an exclusion and what is it?
Exclusions are a way to get the rodents out and keep them out. By the time most people realize they have rodent activity, some damage has already been done. The rodents have used your insulation to build nests and as a bathroom. Also keep in mind rodents multiply quickly with a gestational period of 21 days. You can go from a few to many in a short period of time. When a trained professional comes in they will survey the area to see what needs to be done. They will also examine the exterior your home to find where the rodents are entering and exiting. Once the home is sealed, traps will be placed to rid your home of the rodents still living in your attic.

Why not just wait till they leave?
Some home owners think if they just wait till the weather resumes to normal Florida temperatures, the problem will resolve itself. After all, who or what could live in a Florida attic? This is a fair assumption and the rodents may not leave when it becomes too hot and they will leave a mess likely return. Living in a home with rodents can lead to health issues and contamination.

Rodent bait stations
Rodent boxes are sealed boxes placed near your home to deter rodents from entering your home. These boxes are one of the best ways to protect your property. Some people scatter bait to kill the rodents but can also kill other animals in your yard. It is very dangerous if you have children who can also ingest the rat poison so leave it to the professionals.

Rat Trapping
Trapping can take a couple weeks depending on the amount of rodents in your home. Your traps should be checked every week to prevent dead rodents from decaying in you attic.

North Port and Sarasota Rodent Control done by Johnny Bugs pest control, call now to schedule a free evaluation for rodent control

Johnny Bugs Shares Year End Highlights and Service Improvements for 2016 Pest Control in Sarasota and North Port Florida


It was a wonderful 2015 and my wife Ashlee and I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for being our customer and personally wish you an awesome 2016!

This past year, Johnny Bugs has grown exponentially thanks to customers like you recommending us to friends and family. Many of you took the time to write a review on Facebook and other social media sites which has helped us distinguish the service from our competitors and significantly boost our online search rankings. If you haven’t yet liked us on Facebook, make sure to find us and say hello! This upcoming year, we want to recognize and reward you for telling others about Johnny Bugs. Have your friends tell us you sent them and we’ll discount your next service by ten dollars ($10.00) for each new customer referred as a small token of our appreciation.

In other exciting news, we also have recently developed a smartphone app which is now available on the App Store and Google Play Store. Once downloaded, we’re now just a quick click away with bug identification resources, online scheduling, and information about caring for your pets while protecting them from common pests like fleas and ticks. Find us by searching: Johnny Bugs

Also, three times this past year we were featured in two of the pest industry’s premier national magazines for industry leading expertise. Most of this year’s success would not be possible without the help of two very special ladies. I want to take a moment to thank both Lynn and Jessica for their efforts. Many of you have come to know Lynn over the past two years as she helps me to keep your routine treatments on schedule. Recently, we also welcomed Jessica to aid with bookkeeping, outreach, scheduling, and general business organization. In addition to Lynn’s extensive professional calling experience, Jessica adds several years of both sales and administrative experience in the pest control industry and we are truly blessed to have such high caliber helpers!

We look forward to seeing you soon and hope 2016 brings you immeasurable joy!

Warm regards,

John & Ashlee Komor

Rat a Tat Tat, There Goes The Pop of My Sarasota Rat Trap


It’s that time again Sarasota! Do you hear mice in the attic? The little critters come inside to share your Festivus Holiday treats and Grandma’s Fruit Cake (which sat under the tree for three months last year, remember?) Fruit Rats invading homes is pretty normal here in South Florida because there’s a lot more of them then there are of us, for sure. Rodents and Mice come inside during cooler months to rear their young and keep them safe from the birds of prey. Rats follow scent trails left by they’re momma when its time to go share the holiday cheer with another neighborhood family.

Come hither little dude I have a tasty treat for you in this little black box. Have a taste little friend, I know your dying to try some. Gross but very needed to keep the nearby rodent populations to a minimum. Growth charts show that under ideal Sarasota conditions, one frisky male and one frisky female can produce up to three thousand (3,000) offspring in as little as eleven months. That’s just in time for next Christmas!

Better call (941) 405-3080 to get Johnny Bugs to check your house and get you some rodent prevention and rat or mice control

Rodent Prevention and Remediation

Rodent Prevention

Did you know that one male and one female rat can produce up to 3,000 offspring in eleven months? If you interested in protecting your home from rodent intrusion, than there are two options. The first is to professional seal all openings or gaps that a rat can get through. This method is called “Rodent Exclusion” and is price estimated on time, materials, and follow-up trips to monitor snap traps.

As a strong measure of prevention, we recommend placing Tamper Resistant Rodent Bait Stations around the perimeter. Ask your technician how many would be recommended based on the size of your house.

These boxes include a patio stone to keep them in place, special mounting rods to hold bait firmly, and interior baffles that prevent non-target species like raccoons or other animals from getting to the bait. These high quality stations require a special key to open for additional safety. They are low profile, and black in color so as to provide a hidden appearance when placed around the outside perimeter of your home.


Sarasota Bradenton Rodent Control Specialist Johnny Bugs

Johnny Bugs can solve your rodent issues or provide you the peace of mind that nothing will be scurrying overhead during the night. Call today for a free in home quote that will identify potential issues and provide a strategy to defeat one of Sarasota Bradenton’s biggest nuiseance pests, rodents! FREE ESTIMATES (941) 405-3080

Perimeter Pest Treatments Are The Backbone of Local Exterminator Pest Prevention

Local Exterminator Johnny Bugs Describes Why Perimeter Pest Control Treatments are the Backbone of Pest Elimination Services

Once the bugs inside are dead, the only thing keeping more from coming back in is the outside perimeter pest treatment. Many times a pest control company will offer both inside and/or outside only treatments. If you are not experiencing an inside bug issue, you may be able to have just a perimeter pest treatment. One of the things that Johnny Bugs does, that our competitors don’t, is start by wiping away all cobwebs from the outside. This presents clean and fresh curb appeal and minimizes the reinfestaion of spiders and their messy webs. Next, a spray treatment should be done around all the doors and windows where bugs are likely to crawl in. Ants love window ledges and many times small holes from settlement cracks of dried window seal caulking will allow a point of entry.

Effective Ant Control Begins with Perimeter Pest Treatments

Ants are common in the lush Florida landscapes. Many will nest in and around bushes to harvest sweet honeydew from aphids that are feeding on the plant juices. Tree branches can provide bridges from the landscape to the roof and even onto neighboring houses depending on how close the neighbors may be. Sometimes the infestation you are experiencing may be caused by your neighbors overgrown trees. Small sugar ants like ghost ants live certain kinds of bushes and especially potted plants or raised planting beds. They can trail from one side of the house to another and emerge clear on the other side of the house, or as in this video below, right in the middle of a dry office room.

Cockroach Control Begins in the Garden Outside

Cockroaches like the menacing Palmetto Bugs of Southern Florida shown below are landscape pests that are only occasional inside invaders. They need a lot of moisture to survive and the frsh mulch you applied is prime location for them. Because plant and mulch beds tend to hold water well into the off season, these areas are places that large cockroaches call home. Many species of palm plants also provide the habitat they crave. Nestled deep between the fronds of the palm bushes a small ecosystem full of roaches is waiting just outside your door to run in around you the next time you come walking by. Maybe you have even experienced the Australian Cockroach who is an avid flyer and will cruise to an altitude about shoulder height to fly inside.

Local Exterminator Johnny Bugs Knows How to Handle Pest Control with Effective Perimeter Treatments

When it’s hot and muggy Johnny Bugs can be found creeping around the outside looking for pest entry points. Spraying the soffits will eliminate large spiders that tend to hide there and hunt for carpenter ants. Spraying around the doors and windows provides a barrier to crawling pests like ants and cockroaches. A thorough application to the base of the foundation and nearby will keep many species of nuisance pests away like earwigs and landscape spiders. A skilled technician will be able to identify the harborage areas these perimeter pests use to shelter. Johnny Bugs is the trusted local Sarasota Exterminator. Free Quotes (941) 405-3080 – What’s Bugging you?

Tiny Houses and Living Off The Grid Will Require Specialized Pest Control

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Let’s face it, today’s hipster trend of super-down-sized houses will present it’s share of pest problems for skilled exterminators to tackle. First, if living a transient lifestyle where you frequently move around to different places, you will exposing your tiny house to a variety of American pests. Without taking preventative pest control measures, many tiny house people will find their new tiny home becomes quite the welcome wagon. I wonder if millennials will circle them around like the old stage coaches when a pack of dangerous rats approaches? I digress; we always want to minimize indoor exposure to pesticides. That leaves few options in a place that has minimal breathing room, times of potentially poor or little ventilation, and a few water filled appliances nestled in under your utensils.

Rodent control will be the most important factor to address if traveling and staying near wooded areas. You will need to ensure your tiny home is not just-the-right-sized for Goldilocks to take her daily snooze. Rats and mice will find their way in through the base or come over onto the roof if nearby trees allow. Take the time to assess every place on the house that they can squeeze through. The smallest of holes or gaps can lead to additional guests rummaging through you pantry, which by the way, happens to be just a few feet from you right now.

Areas we typically treat in a regular home, are condensed into a tiny space that shares your immediate breathing room so specialized minimal risk products should be the only choice inside. Take the hot water heater for example, which is usually a hotbed for cockroach activity. These appliances normally reside in the corner of the garage or in a basement, where you don’t spend a lot of time. In a tiny house however, the water heater is hidden somewhere inside. Tiny home hot water heaters will create an oasis of Siesta Key like conditions. Heat and humidity will draw those large roaches or Palmetto Bugs directly into the party. This will undoubtedly create a conundrum for pest control service technicians who must choose products carefully that are labeled to be used indoors and adjacent to people all the time.

Outside treatments of tiny homes will also present a challenge. Many are quite all and have metal structures underneath which are not suitable for liquid sprays. Realistically, most pests will only be able to crawl up via supports in direct contact with the ground. Flying insects will continue to pose the normal threats. Right now I’m glad the mosquitoes can get lost on the other side of my house. In the tiny home, it will be easy to zero in on me. A thorough treatment around doors, windows, and plumbing/electrical penetrations will be needed. Additionally, insect bait placements into wall voids would be recommended.

Of course living in my large home has become passe. Maybe living small will make us feel like we are making a worthwhile contribution to society or saving the planet from ourselves. But I have to be honest that Living in a tiny house is a neat idea to me from the cost perspective. Being locked into a mortgage is not that appealing. For that reason, I would consider living small. Would you?