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.

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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?

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?
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JOHNNY BUGS Finds Dog Food was Source of German Cockroach Infestation in Sarasota FL House

German Cockroaches can be introduced to your Sarasota Area home with Just a Bag of Pet Food

It’s like a nightmare scenario, you’ve always kept your house clean and now for the last few nights you’ve turned on the lights and seen little lightly colored German Cockroaches run to hide under something nearby. Then in a matter of days, you are seeing them in the bathrooms too. They’re even coming out during the day. Now what?

Seeing Small and Medium Sized Cockroaches is Usually a Bad Sign

Now you begin trying to solve the problem yourself. You sprinkle boric acid dust everywhere and even put out some little hockey puck sized bait stations under the sink. They seem to be laughing at your futile attempts and thumbing their nose at you while they do the cockroach dance across your counters. They are multiplying faster than Jesus made loaves and fish on that hill a long time ago and all you can do is pray for another miracle.

I’ve Given Up and Can’t Stand to See those Little Bugs Any More. Get Them Out!

Ok, now it’s time to call Johnny Bugs. We specialize in clearing serious infestations out of homes, cars, boats, and almost anything else you can pack them into. Our treatments don;t usually require you to leave your home and are odor-free and pet-friendly. Call us now for a free estimate (941) 405-3080 or keep sprinkling your magic fairy dust and maybe they’ll get excited enough to move out. Yep.

RED ANT INVASION That Looks like Fire Ants and Stream in All Over the House

Here in parts of Sarasota and Charlotte County Big-Headed Ants have been able to thrive and grow to epic proportions in and under resident’s homes. They are commonly mistaken for Fire Ants because of their mounding / excavating tendencies outside along drive and walkways. These polymorphic ants have funny looking soldiers that have large heads, thus the name. Make no mistake, that large head packs a huge set of mandibles that can bite and hold on to anyone threatening their colony. Finding their way into homes via cracks in caulk or grout, they can appear in one room and then disappear quickly and resurface in other rooms. This is the result of a large ant infestation that stretches underneath the entire concrete slab.

Big-Headed Ants can nest virtually anywhere as seen below in my back yard video, but prefer to be located underground. With a variety of seasonal tastes, they can find happiness in sweets and proteins depending on what time of year it is:

What to do if your Sarasota, North Port, or Port Charlotte home is infested with Big-Headed Red Ants? Call Johnny Bugs! There is little a homeowner can do about this type of ant problem. Special products must be used in sufficient quantities to exterminate the entire lot of them. Over the counter Do it Yourself Pest Control Products seldom have the technology to boot these gals for good. I was always warned by my buddies to stay away from those feisty red heads…
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Sarasota Cockroach Pest Control by your Bug Buddy Johnny Bugs

American CockroachSarasota Cockroach Pest Control

Are you having issues with large or small Cockroaches in Sarasota and in need of Pest Control? Are you afraid to leave the lights off while sleeping? There are a few different species of roaches we see commonly in the southwestern part of Florida from Sarasota Bradenton south to North Port and Charlotte. Those are both the American Cockroach and German Roach as discussed below.
American Cockroach
The most common nuisance cockroach is the large American Cockroach also known as Water Bugs and Palmetto Bugs. On the fear factor scale, this pest ranks number one. These roaches can grow up to a few inches in length and frequently sneak into your home in one of three ways, either through plumbing penetrations, around the sides of your garage door, or down from your attic. Since most laundry rooms and kitchens in Florida sit adjacent to the garage, this Sarasota Cockroach Pest is usually seen close to these rooms because of a moisture related needs. Sometimes these roaches will wander into other parts of the house, but most often, they will be living in or around plumbing fixtures.

German Roaches are another common Cockroach pest

German Cockroaches get the most media attention due to their ability to reproduce so quickly and live indoors alongside their human host family in relative harmony. The German Cockroach is a Sarasota Cockroach Pest of epic proportions. We have seen Southwest Florida homes so utterly infested that the roaches will rain down from the light fixtures when a treatment is being conducted. Tell-tale signs of this type of infestation include fecal stains which look like pepper around door hinges and baseboards, and little yellowish colored babies running around your kitchen counter and floors. These pests are only introduced by human transportation. If you visited an infested restaurant or your children stayed with friends who may have an issue, it’s very likely they may have hitch-hiked back to your house as well. Check out this video of a kitchen stove brimming with German Roaches:

(941) 405-3080Johnny Bugs, Inc. is a local family owned and operated Pest Control Company who are experts in dealing with Bradenton and Sarasota Cockroach Pests. We provide quick knockdown of severe infestations using no-odor and pet friendly products. Our pest control treatment pricing can be found here:
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Pest Control

Australian Cockroach
Photo Courtesy of David Mario Bazan Photography

What is pest control? How do I know if I have a mouse in my home? Does Sarasota Pest Control include both the inside and outside of my home and what types of bugs will I see?

These are just a few of the common questions that customers all over the area are asking. Pest control is a treatment that either eliminates or prevents crawling insect infestations. Examples of pests controlled include large roaches, silverfish, earwigs, and ants. Additional treatments and methods may be needed to eliminate other types of infestations like spiders and German roaches. Most pest control companies treat your home at least four times per year to ensure you don’t have any unwanted guests.

Speaking of unwanted guests, how about when you hear noises in the walls or attic? How do you know if you have a mouse squiggling around? What was that creature running across the ductwork?

Well first of all, mice are very rare in southern Florida. Most times we deal with fruit rats and sometimes raccoons and squirrels. Solving a rodent problem can be a difficult task as doing it properly involves preventing entry and using mouse or rat traps to rid the structure of the vermin over a two week period. I highly recommend leaving pest control to professionals like us and especially not handling pesticides without training and protective gear.

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Sarasota Swarms with Ants Again

Photo Courtesy of David Mario Bazan Photography

It’s that time of season! With the relentless humidity and heavy rains bearing down on us, huge swarms of winged ants have been observed all throughout the counties of Manatee, Sarasota, and Port Charlotte. Phones have been ringing off the hook this week with people concerned that they may be witnessing massive termite swarms. Most cases are actually just carpenter ants, harmless in many ways, but a major nuisance when swarming in mass numbers. Especially if they are found inside. These swarms are just part of the normal cycle of life where ants go searching for greener pastures to set up nests and invade new structures. Although most are coming from nearby trees, a pest control treatment can aid in eliminating them from crawling into your home and setting up shop.

Despite their name, Carpenter Ants rarely do any damage other than just excavating previously damaged wood. Many times the infestation can be found in exterior door frames damaged by water being wicked-up the outer frame. Also, homeowners will see these ants in a bathroom or kitchen because they are nesting in the attic above and making their way down into your living space around high-hat light fixtures, bathroom fan vents, and plumbing protrusions. What should you do?

Ant Logo mediumBefore you reach for that can of smelly bug spray, call a professional company like Johnny Bugs, Inc. to check out your home to ensure a larger problem doesn’t exist. Contact sprays will kill a few workers, but leave the nest unaffected. Professional products placed in areas of foraging will be the best remedy. Call today to schedule your treatment or learn more at!

Flies and Flying Insect Control

Fly Sideways
Photos Courtesy of David Mario Bazan Photography

It’s barbeque time again and guess who is coming to dinner? Those pesky flies! There are about 160,000 species already identified throughout the world and I think flies are disgusting. They land on your food and can transmit disease and bacteria very effectively. I divide flies into two categories: small and large. Small flies (including fungus gnats, fruit flies, and drain flies) can be found indoors and can reproduce fast. Other flies common to Bradenton and Sarasota are House Flies, Flesh Flies, and Bottle Flies (green and blue). Other biting flies include deer flies and no see-um flies, whose bite can be quite painful and relentless. Did you know Mosquitoes are also flies? Ouch!

Keeping flies away can be a difficult task and success mostly depends on proper identification and knowledge of biology and habits. Flesh flies inside can be indicative of a dead animal such as mice and rats in the attic or crawlspace. Green and Blue Bottle Flies are usually found outdoors and breed in horse manure and dog droppings. A neighbor that does not clean up after their dog can create a superb breeding ground for these types of flies. Horse barns usually need serious fly control measures to ensure that the animals are not being constantly bothered or fed upon. Getting bitten by mosquitoes or Deer Flies can be quite a nuisance. But can anything be done?

Fly HeadJohnny Bugs, Inc. are experts at Fly Control and can quickly ascertain the problem and apply treatment strategies to minimize or eliminate fly populations near to your home and property. Call today to learn more: (941) 405-3080 or visit Johnny Hey, check those burgers, I think they’re done!