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

 

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?

Before We Begin Your Sarasota Pest Control Treatment, We Need to Know a Few Things

Are There Any Pets in Your Home?

Having pets should be the first thing you tell your Sarasota Exterminator when they arrive. Pets and small children are typically more sensitive to pesticides and knowing where they are and getting them out of the treatment areas while working is paramount to keeping them safe. Although most products nowadays are pet friendly, some pest control companies are still using old technologies and calling them “organic”. These smelly products may pose a risk to sensitive animals.

Johnny Bugs Pest Control is known for being pet-friendly. We take the time to assess your infestation and choose the least toxic means to eradicate them. If you have pets in the home when we arrive, we will provide instructions as to what to do and how long to keep them out of the treatment zones.

Organic Pest Control Treatments Use Old Technologies that Smell Bad

Do you think you have a pesticide sensitivity? Have you been lured in to the Organic Pest Control false narrative? Did you know that most of these products use very smelly repellent technologies that may not even stop an infestation? I prefer not to go back to the seventies when choosing products. Most people who claim pesticide sensitivities are actually just very sensitive to strong odors. I highly recommend not allowing a company to use a product that will smell like patchouli all day after they leave. Besides, most of today’s professional products carry the same level of risk as window cleaner or other household cleaning agents. Diatomaceous Earth will kill bugs but is also a sever respiratory irritant. I wouldn’t use it in my own house because it makes an awful mess and will expose you to dust particles that will be inhaled and potentially damage your lungs. Don’t believe the media hype about professional pesticides. Most stories refer to products we haven’t used in residential houses for many years (Like Organophosphates)

Do You Have Small Children in the House and if so, Where?

A household exterminator will work their way around the entire inside of the house looking for areas that potentially house or harbor known Florida pests. These places include door thresholds, around plumbing penetrations, and under appliances that use water. Bedrooms seldom need any treatments, especially children’s rooms. Keeping indoor exposure levels to a minimum is paramount to conducting safe pest control applications. Unless there is a serious infestation present, pest control exterminators should steer clear of children’s rooms.

Johnny Bugs Pest Control takes your family’s safety very seriously. We have many years of experience handling and applying pest treatment products in the Sarasota area of the west coast of Florida. We will ask pertinent questions upon arrival to determine what needs to be done and where. Don’t believe that you can;t have a pest treatment done because you are sensitive to smells. We only use odorless pet-friendly Sarasota Pest Control products and will solve your pest problem quickly using the least toxic means (which will not be old-school smelly stuff). Call (941) 405-3080 or visit www.JohnnyBugs.com to learn more about our local family business.

Johnny Bugs Pest Control Offers Treatments During Evenings and Weekends in Sarasota


It’s time to schedule that pest treatment now that you have seen ants every day for a week in your kitchen and bathrooms. When can you find the time to have someone come over? You have soccer practice every day after school, and work all day. You can’t miss any more work or you may lose your job. Does having a professional extermination service have to be so inconvenient? What if I have to be out during the treatment? When will I ever get to relax and watch Jeopardy?

Problem Solved! Call Johnny Bugs Pest Control and make an appointment for your pest control at a time that fits into your busy schedule. Evening and Saturday appointments are available and the odorless pet-friendly treatments will keep you home and evict those pesky ants once and for all. With reasonable prices and only thirty-minute arrival windows, it sure is convenient to use Johnny Bugs Pest Control.

Treatments begin with a quick inspection to see what types of species we are dealing with. Then, we work our way around the entire inside looking for places where bugs can get in or take up residence. Johnny Bugs knows what to look during Sarasota Pest Control treatments and uses the least toxic means available to solve your bug infestation. Next he moves outside to wipe away any cob webs or knock down any wasp nests around the outside, in the garage, and screened patio if you have one. One thing is for sure, it looks pretty good once those webs are gone! The next step in treating involves applying products around the perimeter foundation, around doors and windows, soffits and eaves, and any adjacent plant beds that may be harboring bugs like ants, cockroaches, and spiders. He will also treat your lawn for fire ants at a nominal additional charge. Wow, that was easy!

Johnny Bugs Pest Control works in Sarasota and North Port and surrounding areas. They can solve any pest problem you may have quickly. Call them today at (941) 405-3080 to learn more or get a free Pest Control quote. Shop local and support small business!

Sarasota Exterminator uses Apple Watch to Improve Pest Control Services

Stepping up to the front door I can hear the dog barking at my arrival. What was the dogs name? I know i wrote it down last time for the office to add to upcoming appointments. Wait a minute, with he flick of the wrist I can see the full appointment details which now includes “bruiser” as the friendly gigantic Mastiff.

As I walk into the home and make friendly conversation with Mrs. Customer, I get a gentle tap on the wrist and notice that my next appointment has sent me a message that they need to leave early. With another quick glance I can see how long it will take me to drive to their house so I pick up the treatment pace and keep the small talk to a minimum. While in the back of the house, I get yet another message from my wife that I need to pick up the kids from daycare later. The quick glance down provided me the important information without rudely checking my phone while I am supposed to be working. With haste, we move outside to begin cleaning cob-webs off the house. Cool, I just got a notification on my wrist that I have nearly met my calorie burn goal for the day and it’s still early. As I briskly walk around the house, I find numerous fire ant mounds in the yard that will need attention. Brushing out the garage and screened lanai (pool enclosure) has just tallied up another fifteen minutes of exercise. After filling my outside compressed air sprayer, I begin to treat for crawling pests like ants along the foundation, soffits / eaves, and around the doors and windows. Suddenly the phone starts ringing. I don’t want to pull it from my pocket while gloved but I may need to take the call. What do I do? I glance at my watch again and realize it’s a new client who has been playing phone tag with me for days. I hit the button on the watch and answer the call. What’s great is I don’t miss a step and get to hear their Sarasota Pest Control needs and ask them to call back to confirm the appointment time when I finish what I’m doing. With another quick glance, I can pin-point an arrival time on my calendar and the customer is thrilled I will be exterminating their ants in a few hours.

People ask me all the time “do you really need an Apple Watch?” My answer is no, not really, but it sure makes my life as the owner of a Sarasota Extermination Business much easier. Plus I find that I don’t feel the pressing need to keep pulling out my phone to check if people need me. I can alerts from all my incoming messages like Facebook, Twitter, Email, Text Messages, and more. I answer bug questions, look at pictures to provide insect identification for customers, and can set alarms for when I need to start wrapping things up when I am at Chatty Kathy’s house. It sure is nice to not have to be glued to the smartphone all day.

One of the early complaints I heard was battery life. I was skeptical it would last all day while using constantly at work, but to my surprise, it holds a charge all day. Most days I still have 25% battery left when I go to bed. It certainly meets my daily usage needs. In Florida, it also gets exposed to humidity and rain sometimes while outside for extended periods like spraying a yard for fire ants and takes a licking and keeps on ticking…

One area of the watch that I must brag on is the fitness tracking features. I find myself working hard to meet my daily fitness goals and have even started a running regimen. Would I have done this without and Apple Watch? Probabbly not, but it sure makes it easy to stay on track and focus on my personal goals. Juggling the duties of raising four children and running a full time business makes time precious. I have always needed to wear a watch to be able to use every minute of the day effectively. This time piece has taken this to an all new level of detail and may even help me find a few minutes for myself. Well, I can dream, can’t I?
For an awesome Sarasota Pest Control Treatment experience, call Johnny Bugs Pest Control. We are thorough and trustworthy and provide quick results to pest infestations. Take the time to get a free quote today. I’ll be watching for your call! (941) 405-3080