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

Wiping Away Cobwebs First Helps with Venomous Sarasota Spider Control

Spider Control can be effective if done properly

One of the tenements of controlling and keep venomous spiders out of your home is to too remove their webs and treat the area thoroughly using products that target the spiders biological habits. In the video above, I am attending to spiders found outside the house. This Banana Spider is a rare find on houses here in Sarasota Florida, but the house was in a wooded area with no neighbors for quite a distance. These spiders typically don’t usually hunt on the side of people’s houses. As most spiders ambush their prey by ensnaring them in fine strands of sticky threads we call cobwebs, our first task while doing pest control treatments outside is to remove them and their webs from around the house, in the garage, and in an enclosed patio or screened lanai. Once the webs are brushed away and the accompanying spiders evicted, a spray treatment is done to ensure they don’t return for up to three months.

Crab Spiders Like to Infest Sarasota Pool Cages

If you have a screened in porch (which we call pool cages here) then you have most likely ran into one of these guys webs. They attach the web framework from great distances and create very pretty orb patterns that hang above and in the corners of your lanai. The Spiny Orb Weaver is a classic Sarasota Pest. They reproduce quickly and can fill an enclosed are with impenetrable wire-like strands that are quite resilient to attempts to disrupt them.

Sarasota Pest Control by Johnny Bugs

Johnny Bugs, Inc. is a local exterminator who specializes in pet-friendly treatments. We solve difficult pest problems quickly and offer evening and Saturday appointments if needed. Call the local pest control expert (941) 405-3080 for free quote or visit www.JohnnyBugs.com to learn more today!

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!

Air Conditioner Drip Lines are an Oasis for Sarasota Bugs

Are your bugs sipping daiquiris on the deck by the Siesta Key pool? And by pool, I mean the puddle that is dripping back in under the slab on the side of your Sarasota home. People are always asking what they should do to take preventative pest control measures against crawling insect infestations. One of the most common and easily remedied problems can be solved with just a piece of extension hose. Extend the outlet your HVAC system uses to vent condensation and moisture it has removed from the air of your home. This constant drip creates the sweet sounds of Florida paradise for many pest species.


American Cockroaches need high levels of moisture to survive the hot Sarasota sun. Typically an outside pest labeled an occasional invader, the largest roach in our area loves the outside oasis your drip creates. They are able to reproduce in large numbers under the wet concrete slab and then find their way into you house by running along plumbing pipes and emerging in the kitchen and bathroom. Drying out the slab is an absolute necessity in most large cockroach infestations we find.

Carpenter Ants also love to mingle with the nearby robust bodied females. Also know as the bull ant to many locals, these big ol ants are found running up the side of the house or popping up from time to time in your bathrooms. Unlike their friends above, the Carpenter Ant will go high and move into your attic or live in the nearby trees. Using a little known law in Florida to take possession of an unoccupied place, they freeload, reproduce, and live off the welfare you provide.

Do you need to kill bugs? Do you want them really dead? So dead they flip over on their back and lay there praying for reprisal? You found the right Sarasota Exterminator. We can quickly solve those frisky little pest control issues. Don’t wait another day, call now!

How Your Bug Buddy Johnny Bugs Deals with Sarasota Problem Ants

Crazy Ants

Sarasota Problem Ants Nearby

Photos Courtesy of David Mario Bazan

There are several species of ants that we frequently encounter while doing pest control service in Sarasota. We call them the “big three”: Fire Ants, Carpenter Ants, and Sugar Ants (AKA: Ghost Ants). In the next few years, I’m sure we will be adding the Caribbean Raspberry Crazy Ants to that list. Let’s discuss each of these Sarasota Problem Ants quickly.

Fire Ants Prevalent in Sarasota

All three counties from Manatee to Charlotte have high levels of Fire Ant activity. Most homes we treat have at least a few fire ant mounds somewhere nearby. In South Florida, we have two types we encounter, both the native fire ants and the imported fire ants. Native fire ants are far less aggressive whereas imported fire ants will react with an all-out assault in just a few moments. See Sarasota Ant Video below:

Carpenter Ants in Sarasota County

These like to live in damaged wood or nest in trees. Although technically they are not listed as “wood-destroying” insects for the sake of a Real Estate Pest Inspection, they can make a mess in areas where water or termite intrusion has occurred. These Sarasota Problem AntsCarpenter Ant also like to live in people’s attics and climb down through bathroom and kitchen vent fans, while subsequently being found most often in these areas of the home.

Sugar (Ghost) Ants Also Common in Sarasota

Here they come! Trailing clear across the house and emerging somewhere to find food and water. These Sarasota Problem Ants tend to generate the most calls to our business because the infestation puts them right in front of you on the kitchen sink and in your stored food pantry. Below is a video of some Sarasota Problem Ants emerging from a crack in the baseboard of an interior room feeding on bait:

(941) 405-3080Johnny Bugs, Inc. is a family business of skilled local exterminators who know how to correctly identify and eradicate an ant infestation using no-odor and pet-friendly products. With many different products available from baits to liquid sprays, knowing which to use for the situation at hand is a result of thorough training and experience. We take the hassle out of Bug Company shopping! Johnny Bugs excels at preventing and eliminating Sarasota Problem Ants. Call today for a free quote: (941) 405-3080.