The Most Venomous Spiders Lurking in the Sunshine State: Part I

As a family-owned business, we at Johnny Bugs, Inc. do what we do because we care about the safety of our homes, families, and pets. When our flea exterminators go to work in the Charlotte County area, we insist on using pet-friendly, odorless treatments, keeping toxins to an absolute minimum. Our philosophy is always to minimize danger for everyone; which is why we hunt down pests as aggressively as we do. Among the pests that we exterminate, the spiders of Florida may, in fact, be the most dangerous, and the most deserving of study.

Native Dangers

When our spider exterminators go to inspect homes in Sarasota County or the surrounding areas, we keep our eyes out for two types of spiders in particular: the infamous widow and the recluse. Though the recluse spider isn’t native to the sunshine state, it’s spread itself all over, establishing sizable populations. Whether you’re looking for the widow or the recluse, both of these species tend to be found in the least obvious of locations—and usually by the most unsuspecting of individuals.

Though we hunt and exterminate these spiders with a vengeance, we never underestimate the dangers involved. Wherever our hands go, lifting boxes, storage containers or firewood, we always wear our gloves and full protective suits. Clothing that hasn’t been worn in some time is often the ideal lair for one of these guys.

The Black Widow

A real femme fatale if there ever was one, the black widow can grow anywhere from 8 to 15 mm in length (about 5-6 times bigger than the males—hence the name). You almost always know these deadly beauties by their distinctive black, shiny bodies, marked with red stripes and symbols. The black widow is nocturnal by nature, preferring to move and build webs in the darkest hours of the night.

Most bites by the black widow occur when the spider finds herself trapped against the skin of a human or pet. You may not feel her bite immediately—as it usually takes one to three hours—but when you do, you’ll need to be administered an anti-venom to counteract all of the nausea and intense pain.

5 Tips to Help Prevent Mice and Rodents from Getting Into Your Home

Mice and other rodents might be unwelcome visitors in your home. Part of the problem is that they are capable of slipping through holes that are much smaller than then they appear. They get in through holes and cracks that you might not even know exist in your home. Mice can even sneak in under the floor and the foundation, making it hard to see them until the infestation has gotten out of control. At Johnny Bugs, Inc., we strive to help homeowners free themselves of these irksome visitors, and we’ve got five tips to help prevent them from getting into your home.

Seal gaps in windows or ceilings.

One of the best ways to prevent mice from getting inside your home is by sealing any points of entry. This includes gaps in your windows or gaps in your ceilings. You can use caulk or steel wool to seal any openings. Check your drainage pipe seals, as well. You should also replace loose mortar and weather stripping that is often found around the windows and the foundation basements.

Store your food properly.

Mice like to make their grand appearances when the weather drops, so make sure—especially during the fall months, that your food is properly sealed in glass or metal containers with tight lids. If you do find yourself faced with an unfortunate infestation and you need a rodent exterminator service in Sarasota County, call Johnny Bugs, Inc. We can get your problem under control in no time.

Eradicate all moisture sites.

Another way that you can prevent mice from entering your home is by keeping your space as moisture-free as possible. Check for any leaking pipes or clogged drains that might serve as attraction points for unwanted critters.

Store firewood properly.

Who doesn’t love a cozy fire in the cooler months? By all means, fire away, but make sure that you store any firewood at least 20 feet away from your home. While you’re at it, keep any shrubbery that might be on your property trimmed back and dispose of clippings quickly and properly.

Keep your attic ventilated.

Another prevention tip includes making sure that you keep your attic ventilated and dry. Mice love to shack up in damp spaces, so don’t give them any reason to cozy up and choose yours. If you do require a rodent exterminator service in Charlotte County, call Johnny Bugs, Inc. We can get your problem fixed quickly and affordably!

Got Bed Bugs? Here’s How Johnny Bugs, Inc. Can Help Get Rid of Them!

Just the thought of a bed bug can make your skin crawl. If you’ve ever found a bed bug on your skin or seen them crawling around on your bed, it’s important to take action as soon as possible. Bed bugs have become an increasingly common problem nowadays, but getting rid of them doesn’t have to be stressful or complicated. At Johnny Bugs, Inc., we help homeowners in various locations eliminate bed bugs as quickly as possible. You’ll be relieved to find out that you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars replacing your mattresses, either!

Bed bugs are small, flat, oval-shaped insects. They don’t have wings, so they rely on humans to transport them from area to another. They are usually a reddish-brown color, and range from about one to seven millimeters. Bed bugs typically feed on human or animal blood at night. At Johnny Bugs, Inc., we know that bed bugs can be a nuisance, but we also know that we can help you get rid of them. A bed bug infestation can be easy to detect, so luckily, you can eradicate them as soon as you confirm their presence.

If you see exoskeletons or shells, then chances are you have bed bugs. Exoskeletons are clear, and might be left around your bed or on your pillow. You might see fecal stains on your mattresses and bedding. There might even be blood stains from the bed bugs on your sleepwear. These are somewhat obvious signs that can help you get on the path to elimination quickly. At Johnny Bugs, Inc., we do whatever we can to ensure that our customers return to a comfortable sleep as soon as possible.

We suggest stripping all of your pillowcases and bedding. Seal them in plastic bags and then take the bags straight to the washing machine. Set the wash on hot, then wash all of the bag contents. Dry everything on a high setting since this will usually kill any bed bugs or eggs that are there. At Johnny Bugs, Inc., we can help you with the bed bug treatment process and get you back to a restful night’s sleep in no time. We suggest running a vacuum in your bedding to remove any bed bug exoskeletons and eggs that might be hiding. Be sure to get the mattress seams, bed frame crevices and both headboard and footboard, too. Follow up with a high-pressure steamer.

To learn more about bed bugs or how we can help eliminate them, please feel free to browse our site!

Ants, Ants, Everywhere! How to Get Rid of Them and Keep Them Out for Good

Who wants ants crawling all over their counter tops or sneaking into their food? We all know that ants can be a nuisance, but we don’t always know how to prevent their invasion in our homes. Ants are more likely to make their appearance during the hot summer months, and at Johnny Bugs, Inc., we try to keep our customers informed with some of the best tips for keeping them away from your space. Ants don’t have to be a nuisance if you take the right measures to help prevent them in the first place. If they still get into your home, we can help you show them to the door with our proven pest control services.

If you’re trying to keep ants out of your kitchen and away from your food, one of the simplest yet overlooked measures is to keep your space clean. This is often easier said than done. Maybe you forget to wipe the counter after eating, or maybe it’s a busy week at work, so dishes go unwashed and piled in the sink. These little slip-ups can invite ants into your home, and what often starts as just a few of the pests soon result in an entire colony making their home on your tables and in your food. Luckily, Johnny Bugs, Inc. can remedy this problem, with as little disruption to your daily life as possible.

Johnny Bugs, Inc. is a full service pest exterminator company in Florida that relies on odorless treatments. Our treatments are also pet-friendly because we always take into consideration the other creatures, like cats and dogs, that might be living in your home. We understand that an ant invasion can be frustrating, so we offer quick and reliable services for all of your ant extermination needs. When the summer months roll in and your space becomes a haven for ants and other pests, Johnny Bugs, Inc. can help you get to the root of the problem. Remember to keep counters wiped, remove food and dishes from the sink, and keep an eye out for any small crevices or holes in the wall or the floorboards. This will give you a chance at keeping ants away from your home this summer.

If you find yourself already overrun with these tiny pests, don’t fret — give us a call today and let us take care of the problem.

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?