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Should You Be More Worried About Rats or Cockroaches?

Some pests invade our homes and make their presence known to an aggravating level, such as houseflies and gnats. Other pests prefer to stay hidden during the daytime and to come out at night in search of food and water, such as cockroaches and rats. When it comes to roach and rodent infestations, a question always seems to pop up: Which pest causes the most problems and should concern homeowners the most? Venice Pest Control has some useful information to help you make an informed decision and to take the appropriate measures. Roaches 101: The Ugly Truth Cockroaches have survived for millions of years and resist many over-the-counter pest control products. They breed by the hundreds in a short time and live in the recesses behind walls, under cabinets and inside boxes and personal belongings. Though many roach species exist in the world, the two most common species in the States...
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Why Customers Love Venice

Venice pest control is committed to providing our customers with the quality services they deserve and expect. Our team of experts are experienced and qualified to conduct a variety of examinations and procedures that will eliminate pest infestations from your property. We also offer a suite of peripheral services that can assist individuals who are dealing with outdoor infestations of pests, insects and other critters. Our customers have a lot to say about our services because we work closely with them to ensure complete satisfaction with the outcome. About Venice Pest Control Our company started operating in 1974 as a family business. The current owners of the company are all second and third generation members of the Lacher family, who began the company with a vision of bringing quality service to all of our customers. Our ability to receive customer input and feedback drives our self-improvement methods. We always seek to...
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How to Tell if You've Been Bitten by a Tick

Ticks are a common blood-sucking pest. They're often found in grassy areas, but they can be carried into your home by family pets. Aside from being disgusting, these arthropods pose several health risks due to carrying a variety of diseases. Whether you've been out hiking or suspect a tick may have ridden indoors on your dog or cat, it's important to know how to recognize the signs of a tick bite. Symptoms of a Tick Bite Ticks secrete a substance that acts as a natural analgesic, allowing them to latch onto a host and feed on its blood for days. This means that you may not feel a tick bite or even know that you have a tick on you. This is why it's important to physically check yourself, your pets and your family members for ticks any time you suspect that you might have come into contact with one. Some...
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Show Off Your Lawn This Summer

Have you always wanted a lush, verdant lawn that is the envy of the whole neighborhood? You can't simply conjure up a beautiful lawn out of thin air, but with a bit of work and preparation, your yard can become the talk of the town. With spring now upon us and summer lurking just around the corner, there's no better time to get started. So, why wait? Roll up your sleeves and tackle these essential lawn care tips. Prepare for Growing Season As winter thaws into spring and eventually summer, your yard slowly shifts into high gear and enters its prime growing season. In order to take advantage of this transition, it's important to make a few key preparations. First, mow your lawn as short as possible and follow up with a thorough raking. This removes dead and aging grass as well as leaves, thatch and other debris, allowing maximum room...
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General Tips to Prevent Pests from Crashing Your July 4th BBQ

When you picture the perfect July 4 barbecue, it will probably include many of your closest friends and family and, of course, fantastic food. Perhaps a sports event will be on a television there. Patriotic pride will likely be on display. However, in none of those images will there be insects or other pests settling down for their own serving, and we are here to help ensure that this will not be the case for you. Tips One thing that will help protect you and your guests is an insect repellent with DEET. Of course, make sure that it is applied far from any food sources. Note that this should be one of the few things you apply to your body as insects tend to be attracted to fragrances from perfume and shampoo. For the most part, candles should be avoided too if you are planning to have a barbecue at...
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Hot Weather and Heavy Rains = Mosquitoes

Thousands of people around the world come to Florida every year to bask in the sun and to enjoy the state's many venues like Walt Disney World. Unfortunately, the Sunshine State attracts many unwanted pests because of its tropical, humid climate. With Florida's high humidity, mosquitoes call this southernmost state home and create a nuisance for those who live and visit here. What Attracts Mosquitoes to Florida? It's not the heat that attracts mosquitoes but the high humidity. Florida has extreme humidity every day due to its subtropical climate. Thunderstorms build up during the extreme heat of the day and produce heavy rainfall, albeit for a short time. This rainfall leaves behind tiny puddles and fills up empty flowerpots and other containers in residential yards. Mosquitoes require water for breeding, and the afternoon storms offer ample places for the females to lay their eggs. You would think that the Florida sun...
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Take Care of Your Trees for Earth Day

Earth Day is the perfect occasion to give some extra care and attention to the trees throughout your property. If a tree has been planted within the last three years, it requires some extra care to make sure that it grows healthy and strong. The bald cyprus, black mangrove and longleaf pine are some of the most common types of trees that you will find in most yards in Charlotte and Sarasota Counties. One of the most effective and easiest things you can do to care for a younger tree is to make sure that it receives about 25 gallons of water per week. This is especially crucial during periods of less rainfall. If you do not have a professionally installed irrigation system for your trees and shrubs, you can also try using a large bucket with holes in it. Fill the bucket full of water, and then place it near...
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Three Ways to Prepare for Termite Swarms

In terms of termites, spring is the most dangerous time of the year. As the warm weather makes its comeback, thousands of termites leave their nests in search of new resource-rich settlements. If you aren’t prepared for a potential invasion, your home could be their next target. Why Termite Swarms Are Bad News It’s important to take spring’s termite swarms seriously because they signal the beginning of new infestations. While termites are active all year long, this is the peak time when reproductive colony members look for new nests of their own. Catching an infestation in its infancy can go a long way toward preventing significant structural damage down the road. Plus, more than just minimizing damages, staying on guard during the swarming season can mean avoiding a problem altogether. The easy three-step prep plan below is a great place to start. 1. Remove Wood DebrisTermites thrive on cellulose, a fibrous...
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What is the KM Sentinel Ant Pro & Ant Control System?

At Venice Pest Control, we often recommend KM Sentinel Ant Pro to our customers. This low-toxicity bait system was developed by a pest control expert from Sarasota County. Our team depends on Ant Pro to work effectively while posing the least risk to the environment. How the Ant Pro System Works KM Sentinel Ant Pro protects your property 24 hours a day. Unlike many insecticides, Ant Pro doesn't just kill the foraging ants that wander around your house and your yard. Because the bait contains such a small amount of borate salts, the material is transported back to the colony where it can reach the queen and the next generation of workers. The ants that you see above the ground represent a very small part of the colony. Unless the bait reaches the queen and the majority of the population, your problem will return. Ant Pro Advantages Efficacy and low toxicity...
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Don't Mouse Around With A Rodent Problem

When it comes to mice and other rodents, you simply cannot afford to mess around. These clever pests are persistent, destructive and downright dangerous. What Attracts Rodents to Your Home? Your home is a ready source of shelter, warmth, food and water, and rodents crave those things just as much as people do. They will enter your home through any gap that they can fit through, and if they find a gap that they cannot quite fit in, then they'll use their sharp teeth to enlarge it and gain entrance. Where Are Rodents Likely to Hide? Rodents seem to know that humans won't put out the welcome mat for them, so they do their best to not announce their presence. They spend the majority of their time in hidden places where people rarely go. These can include basements, crawlspaces, attics and the spaces behind walls. However, mice and other rodents often...
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Have Have a Pest Free Holiday

As the holiday season approaches, local residents are preparing for the festivities and making their shopping lists. When planning for the holidays, it is important to think about pests. Ants, cockroaches, mice and even bed bugs can become more problematic around the holidays. Here is some important information for keeping them away. What Attracts Holiday Pests? As temperatures cool, pests look for warmer places to spend the night. Spiders, ants, cockroaches and other pests that commonly live outdoors will try to get into your home. They often hit the jackpot during the holiday season because of the extra food. Most people buy or make more treats to keep or give to guests. These food remnants give the pests a good reason to stay and multiply. If you leave windows open or have cracks under exterior doors, pests can also enter your home this way. Even mice can enter through small cracks....
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Make Sure Your Yard is in Top Shape For Thanksgiving Guests

Five Tips: Keep Your Yard in Shape for Thanksgiving Venice Pest Control provides a variety of resources to residents in the areas of Charlotte and Sarasota, Florida. Five of the best methods for keeping your yard in top shape are basic and easy to remember. However, they can be difficult to implement when you get busy. For example, everyone knows that keeping clutter and trash from the lawn is important; however, this is something that can be overlooked during the Thanksgiving season.  Other busy times of the year can also make it easy to ignore the length of the grass. Make sure that your trash cans are always covered because any smell coming from the cans can attract small critters, which also invite ticks. Finally, you can make an appointment with a pest-control company for a lawn treatment that will prevent ticks from building their nests in your yard. In all...
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5 Fall Tips For Tick Prevention

5 Fall Tips For Tick Prevention Ticks are plentiful during the fall, and they can be one of the biggest health hazards for people who hike, spend time in parks or even do yard work. These are some important tips to follow as the invigorating fall weather arrives and the outdoors beckon. 5 Ways To Prevent Ticks This Fall 1. Whenever possible, walk on trails or paths. When you walk through tall grass or brush, you increase the risk of picking up ticks considerably regardless of preventative measures. Follow this advice even on your own property. Ticks can live on bushes and landscaping plants as well. Discourage kids from playing in piles of leaves. 2. Treat your clothing with permethrin. This substance is essential if you plan to hike or camp. Be sure that the solution has a minimum of 0.5 percent permethrin. Put it on boots, socks, pants, shirts and...
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Mosquito Control Tips

When you spend a lot of time making your yard look beautiful, you want to be able to enjoy picnics, barbecues, and other fun times outdoors without being attacked by mosquitoes. Since these pests are known to transmit serious diseases, it is vital to learn how to prevent these creatures from taking over your home. Besides spreading disease, individuals may have adverse reactions to mosquito bites. It is common for affected sites to suffer from mild irritation and inflammation. However, if a person is allergic, intense swelling may occur. If a person scratches a bite and causes an open wound, an infection may begin as well. Ways to Prevent Mosquitoes Stop Mosquitoes from Breeding. Mosquitoes breed in stagnate water. To avoid eggs from becoming a problem, it is best to eliminate all standing water from your home and yard. This includes unused pools, clogged gutters, ornamental ponds and bird baths, and...
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How to Check for Fleas & Ticks

If you are concerned that your pets might have fleas or ticks, then you might be wondering what steps you can take to confirm your suspicion and to keep your animals safe. The good news is that checking for these tiny parasites is not difficult once you know the proper steps. When your pet has fleas or ticks, it's important you address the problem right away so that you can prevent it from progressing.  If you don't take action, then you could be putting the health of your pets at risk, and your well-being could also be in danger, but the following tips will help you determine whether fleas or ticks have invaded your home. Checking for Fleas and Ticks When you want to keep fleas and ticks away, checking your pets for possible red flags is a great place to start. Inspect your pet's fur by dividing it; fleas will...
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What to Know About Zika

The Zika virus has recently arrived in the United States. Spread by the Aedes species of mosquitoes, this virus can cause birth defects in pregnant women. The mosquito that spreads the virus bites aggressively in the daytime, so individuals are at risk at any time of the day. Once infected, individuals may develop flu-like symptoms and can pass the virus on to someone else.  How Does Zika Spread?  While it can be spread sexually, Zika is spread primarily through mosquitoes. Once a mosquito bites someone with the virus, they carry it to any other person that they bite. The only way to prevent the virus is by keeping yourself from being bitten by the mosquito. Long-sleeved shirts, pants and closed-toe shoes reduce the amount of skin that can be bitten. In addition, using window and door screens can prevent mosquitoes from coming inside. Some American cities are now spraying for mosquitoes...
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Common Florida Lawn Pests: The Chinch Bug

Florida is one of the most beautiful and relaxing states in the country. However, its warm nature means its lawns are constantly under invasion by a wide variety of lawn pests. One of the most common and destructive of these is the chinch bug. What exactly is a chinch bug? It is a small beetle-like creature with a black upper body and long yellow wings. The wings commonly have black markings on them that resemble crossed swords. They are particularly common throughout Florida, being a big fan of St. Augustine Grass. This grass is one of the most popular of all turf in Florida, meaning millions of homes are at risk of chinch bug invasion. As a result, Florida pest control agents have declared war on these dangerous insects. How do chinch bugs damage grass? They attach themselves to a blade, insert their feeding tube, and drain it dry. Grass is...
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Chart For Identifying Common Florida Ants

Florida is home to a wide variety of ant species. Identifying the proper one can help your pest control specialist find a control solution appropriate for your infestation. Argentine Ant This little bugger originated in Argentina as an invasive pest that quickly builds large colonies. They love living indoors and are fairly small and black, with long antennas. Look for them under moist areas in your home or yard. Big-Headed Ant It's hard to miss this one: its head is unusually large and its color light brown to dark brown. Thankfully, they don't usually live indoors, but they will make their home near sidewalks and other areas. Due to their size, their pincers hurt more than most ant bites. Caribbean Crazy Ant This invasive ant is named because of its odd and erratic foraging behavior, as they seem almost aimless or lost when seen in the wild. They are a usually...
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Get those pesky bedbugs under control!

Of all the uninvited pests to have in your home, nothing is worse than a bedbug infestation. Not only do they feast on your blood, but they are nearly invisible to the human eye. To check for a possible infestation, look underneath your mattress corners. If you have bedbugs, you will see their feces, which form clusters of small dark specks. Bedbug feces contain digested blood, which came from your body. Bedbug bites can leave welts on your body. But not everyone has the same reaction to a bedbug bite. While some people may experience skin irritation, others may not feel anything. It is also possible for bedbugs to live undetected in your home or business for years.  They resemble something from an old horror flick. Like vampires, bedbugs sleep in the daytime and then drink your blood at night while you sleep. Unlike other insects, filth doesn't attract bedbugs. They appear wherever a blood meal is available....
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Termites Could Hit South Florida Like A Hurricane

New termite population estimates are likely to set the hair of most Florida residents on end: it is estimated that by 2040, half the structures in South Florida will be infested by termites. This is the highest concentrated growth of termites in the nation. Why is the termite population predicted to grow so quickly in Florida? The intermingling of the two most prominent termite species (Asian and Formosan) in one state is to blame. Florida is the only state in the country that is infected by these two damaging pests, which doubles the potential impact and spread of termites and damage in your home. Where do these termite species interlace? Mostly in the south, near Palm Beach County and Key West. However, the Formosan also spreads as far north as South Carolina, making them the more dangerous of the two termite breeds. What kind of damage could the surge in termite...
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