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Cooler Weather and Rodent Season

Rodent When we think of fall, we think of going back to school, preparation for family gatherings and anticipation of the holidays. One thing that we may not think of is that rodents will be moving in from the outside, looking for a warm place to raise a family. In Southeast Florida, roof rats are very common. During the summer months roof rats prefer to live in the palm trees. They like to live up high. Female rats do not want to raise their young in the cold so in the fall instinct drives them out of the tree to begin looking for a warm, safe place to spend the winter. They begin searching roofs, soffits and roof stacks for entry points. Rats, mice, and other rodents are part of Florida's natural environment. Rodents have been responsible for, or implicated in, the spread of many diseases to humans and domestic animals....
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They’re Back! Spiraling Whiteflies make a Comeback to Palm Beach and Broward Counties

whitefly weedsSince first reported in Florida from Miami-Dade County in 2009, Rugose Spiraling Whitefly (RSWF) has caused significant damage in the Florida landscape. When it first appeared, this invasive species was a widespread problem for homeowners, landscapers and government officials. These groups joined forces and with a collaborative rigorous effort the Rugose Spiraling Whitefly pretty much disappeared. Up until now, there have been few areas of live activity. Because of this landowners felt like preventative measures were no longer necessary. This has allowed the RSWF to make a comeback, as live infestations have been recently discovered in several areas both Palm Beach and Broward Counties. RSWF is a little white fly that prefers to attack Coconut Palm, Calophyllum and Gumbo Limbo Trees. It has also been found on Adonidia Palms, Black Olive Trees, Avocado Trees, Live Oak, Bird of Paradise and many others. The RSWF makes its home on the leaf of...
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HOMETOWN PEST CONTROL, INC. EARNS THE 2018 HomeADVISOR "BEST OF" AWARD!

Hometown HomeAdvisorDELRAY BEACH, Florida — Hometown Pest Control, Inc. announced it has been named a recipient of the 2018 Best of HomeAdvisor Award. This award honors top-notch professionals who provide extraordinary quality, service and value in the home improvement and maintenance industries. "Hometown Pest Control, Inc. has reached yet another milestone in customer satisfaction! We have earned the 2018 Home Advisor "Best Of" Award. We want to thank all of our loyal customers and dedicated team members for helping us achieve this goal." Hometown Pest Control, Inc. has been part of HomeAdvisor’s network since 2014. This is the second year in a row Hometown has been recognized with this award. "Millions of homeowners across the nation trust HomeAdvisor to help them find a dependable, qualified professional for their home improvement projects," said HomeAdvisor's President Craig Smith. "Between outstanding work practices, excellent customer service and overall value, the service providers, such as Hometown...
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How Spring Cleaning Helps Prevent Pests

Florida homeAlthough spring cleaning is not a favorite task for most homeowners, a thorough cleaning does offer many benefits beyond a cleaner home and tidier yard. For example, a clean space reduces the number of pests that will see your home and yard as a place to live and reproduce. Less Clutter to Hide In If your basement is a full of dark and cluttered corners, pests will have no trouble finding a place to live. Rodents and a variety of bugs will find these areas attractive for nesting. Removing clutter as part of your spring cleaning checklist can eliminate these popular hiding spots. Make use of garbage bags to collect things you want to throw away and items that you can sell or donate to charity. Don't store loose items directly on your basement floor; organizing items into cabinets and shelves helps eliminate homes for pests. Clutter in your yard can...
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Understanding Termite Treatments and Contracts

Hometown Pest Control technicianSo you have a termite problem, or maybe you just want to prevent one. You call two or three local companies to come out and give you a quote. They all give you different prices and different types of treatments to choose from. How do you know which one to choose? Well, first of all, it depends on what type of termites you have. In most cases in Southeast Florida, you will either be dealing with a Drywood Termite or a Subterranean Termite. And to complicate Subterraneans a little further, you may either be dealing with a Native, Eastern or Formosan Subterranean Termite. Drywood Termites Drywood Termites generally fly into the structure or they can be brought into the structure in furniture, flooring and commonly, in new kitchen cabinets. The queen, king and the entire termite family (called a “colony”) spend almost their entire life cycle inside sound, dry wood. Only...
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What to Do If You Notice Swarming Termites

Termite swarmWhether they're crawling over surfaces or clouding the sky, termite swarms are a bad sign. In Delray Beach and Boca Raton, swarms may occur at any time of the year, but they're most common in late spring. Increased humidity, warmer weather and Florida's characteristic rainstorms create ideal conditions for termite swarms. That's why many infestations are discovered between March and May. What Are Termite Swarms? The nasty truth is that swarmers are a special caste of fertile termites called alates. Their job is to mate and establish new colonies. When the time is right, the winged alates emerge from the ground or from cavities in infested wood. They fly briefly to find mates before losing their wings and returning to the ground. If they were successful, the pair will become the king and queen of a new colony. Swarms may congregate indoors or around your yard. Although termite activity is unavoidable...
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Springtime Lawn Prep for Beautiful Summer Landscapes

Green landscapeWhen the trumpet trees start blooming and the Marlins start playing, you know it's springtime on the Florida coast. Take advantage of this sunny stretch, and get your yard ready to handle another hot, humid season. Let us help with six spring tips that prep the lawn for summer. 1. Break Out the Rake We don't do much fall raking in this part of the state, but it's a good place to start with spring lawn upkeep. Dead leaves, tiny twigs and general debris accumulate and form a matt over your turf. Rake it up, add it to your compost pile, and create premium garden mulch. 2. Poke Holes in the Yard Compact soil and thatch prevent moisture and nutrients from reaching your lawn's root system. Raking helps, but aeration opens up the soil so that it can breathe and process fertilizers and other lawn treatments throughout the summer. It's best...
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3 Tips for Bed Bug Prevention

Bed bugBed bugs are one of the hardest pests to get rid of once they have infested your home. These critters feed on human blood at night while you are sleeping. For this reason, you may never actually see them, but you know they are there. Hometown Pest Control can eliminate these pests for you and keep them from returning. Get a jump on these pesky bugs and prevent them from entering your home. Tip #1: Cut the Clutter The more clutter in your home, the more places bed bugs have to hide and infest. If bed bugs do invade your home, the excess clutter will make it harder to get rid of the tiny pests. Decluttering your home can be a chore, but it can be one of the best methods to discourage bed bugs from invading. Even if you only have twenty minutes a day to work on decluttering, it...
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Hometown Pest Control Earns Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award

hometownaward   Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service Delray Beach, Florida January 17, 2018 Hometown Pest Controlis proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017. This is Hometown’s 6thSuper Service Award (previous awards in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016). “The service providers that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award demonstrate the level of excellence that members have come to expect,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros are top-notch and absolutely deserve recognition for the trustworthy and exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year and overall.” Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA...
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Insects that Fly During the Night

swarmersIt is that time of year again and in January and February a certain winged insect makes its appearance here in South Florida.  Here at Hometown Pest Control we start getting the calls, “I woke up this morning and there are flying insects all over my window in the living room,” and “I was up late last night and all of a sudden hundreds of bugs covered my television screen.”  What are they?  Most likely, Native Subterranean Termites or some cases, Drywood Termites. As you may already know, Florida is heavily infested with Termites.  In the United States, the further south you go, the heavier the Termite pressure.  Termites are very sensitive to cold and they prefer warm climates.  The soft, sandy soil, the warm, humid air and the intermittent rain enjoyed in South Florida are a perfect combination to keep a Termite happy.  Termites are beneficial to the environment when...
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What Attracts Rodents?

RodentAlthough there are plenty of problematic pests in the area, rodents are considered to be among the most unsanitary. It only takes a short time for these filthy creatures to wreak havoc. Let’s find out what attracts rodents to your home or business in the first place, and how rodent control is necessary at the first sight of these pests. Food Sources Like so many other pests in the area, rodents are always on the search for new food sources. Your home can easily become a target. Because mice and rats have such a keen sense of smell, it’s especially important to avoid leaving behind crumbs. Even a tiny morsel of food will attract the attention of rodents. Develop a habit of sweeping and cleaning on a regular basis. It’s also a good idea to frequently take out the trash. Open Entryways Some homeowners make it far too easy for rodents...
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Where do Pests go in the Winter?

rodentWe reside in sunny Florida, but the recent cold snap has brought unusual sights of people dressed in coats, hats and gloves.  But what about the pests?  How do they keep warm in the winter? Pests have one thing on their minds:  survival.  A pest’s main goal is to find a warm place to survive and reproduce.  For example, our biggest winter pest is the roof rat.  During the warm months roof rats are happy and content to live outside in the palm trees.  This time of year, however, the male roof rat travels from house to house looking for warm, insulated areas where he can bring his female companions.  Once he finds a place (namely someone’s attic or garage) he brings in his mates.  The females become pregnant and remain there for the winter, each one raising 5 to 8 pups. Roof rats are the biggest pest for several reasons. ...
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Avoiding Bed Bugs this Holiday Season

2017 10 24Ahhh, the holidays. A time for getting together with family and friends, eating way too much, and for most people, traveling. Here are a few simple steps to help you avoid bringing hitchhikers to the festivities. Before you travel, check the Bed Bug Registry - bedbugregistry.com. The Bed Bug Registry is a free, public database of user-submitted bed bug reports from across the United States and Canada. Founded in 2006, the site has collected about 20,000 reports covering 12,000 locations. They also have an app. Read reviews but read them cautiously. There is no accountability for what people post. The posting could be made by a disgruntled employee or a competing hotel. Check the dates of the reviews. In most cases, when a hotel gets a bed bug problem they will have it resolved right way. Always carry a bright flashlight when you travel so that you can do an inspection...
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Cooler Weather Gives Rise to Rodent Infestations

2017 10 24The National Pest Management Association encourages homeowners to rodent-proof their homes Temperatures are dropping here in Southeast Florida and rodents are heading indoors. Each winter, rodents invade approximately 21 million U.S. homes. To help the public understand the health and property risks associated with rodents, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) has designated November 16 – 22 as Rodent Awareness Week. “The speed with which rodents reproduce, coupled with the fact that they can squeeze through spaces as small as a dime should be of major concern for every homeowner during the colder months,” said Missy Henriksen, Vice President of Public Affairs for the NPMA. “Not only are rodents notorious carriers of disease and bacteria, they can gnaw through wiring, putting homes at risk for electrical fires.” A 2013 NPMA survey of consumers found that nearly one-third experienced a rodent infestation, with more than half reporting the infestation occurred in the...
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Caring for Your Palms after the Storm

hometown palm imagesNow that the storm has passed you may have noticed that your palms have suffered some wind damage. Instead of a lush, full canopy, your palms may have been stripped of many of their fronds (leaves). There may be only a few fronds left on the palm, the fronds may be bent down, or in severe cases all of the fronds are gone. If the palm is void of all fronds it can take months for new growth to emerge. In some cases the new leaves may not look normal-they could be shorter, abnormally shaped, or off color but over time normal leaves will appear. It will take a year or longer for the entire canopy to develop. As long as the bud (the area that all new leaves emerge from) is not damaged, a new canopy will be produced, and it will replace the canopy damaged by the hurricane. There...
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Pest Populations are Expected to Increase in Storm-Ravaged Areas

Hurricane Irma 2017Hurricane Irma passed through Palm Beach and Broward Counties causing flooding, high winds and electrical outages. Although these are certainly dangerous situations, one thing most people don’t think about is the danger of the increase in the population of pests that comes along with the storm. During times of electrical outages, pest populations increase inside our homes partially because the air conditioning will not be on. Warm, humid air makes perfect conditions in which insects can breed. At the outset, gnats houseflies and fruit flies will begin to breed. The rising water inside the sewer system will drive cockroaches into our homes. Rodents and other wildlife will also be driven to higher ground. The standing bodies of water left by the hurricane will be prime breeding grounds for mosquitos. Although this is all very scary, there are some things that we can do to help keep the pest populations under control...
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Preparing for Rodent Season

rodentIt is almost fall and while most people think of this time of year as a time to prepare to go back to school, we think about it as a time to prepare for rodents to enter into structures. Rodent control is important in south Florida. Due to the numerous canals in the area, high populations of rats are considered normal. As the temperatures cool down, the rats begin looking for a warm place to go to raise their young. This past summer, we and other pest management companies in the area reported being unusually busy with rodent work. An extremely high summer population means that we can expect a lot more rodents trying to sneak inside this fall. The best method to control rodents is to prevent them from entering into a structure in the first place. Rodents are mammals of the order Rodentia, characterized by a single pair of...
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Did You Know? Hometown Pest Control is a Certified Drug Free Workplace

hometown badgeDELRAY BEACH, Florida —Hometown Pest Control, Inc. has implemented a State of Florida Drug Free Workplace Program. The employees of Hometown Pest Control, Inc. commit to being drug and alcohol free. Drug and alcohol abuse affects everyone, regardless of age, profession, ethnic, and educational background.  The use of illegal drugs and  the abuse of alcohol and prescription medications has entered the workplace at an alarming rate. At Hometown we recognize that substance abuse is a problem in this state and country and that tolerance of such abuse enables it to flourish.  We believe the use of illegal drugs and abuse of prescription drugs and alcohol endangers the health and safety of the abusers, their family, their friends, their co-workers and our customers. Sal Yanello, President Hometown Pest Control said, “Hometown Pest Control has adopted a Standard of Conduct that formally states that alcohol and substance abuse will not be tolerated.  We...
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Termite Swarming Season

swarmersIf you own or manage a structure located in South Florida, it is vulnerable to Termites. These wood eating creatures are responsible for millions of dollars in building repairs across the U.S. every year.  Unfortunately, the insurance on the structure rarely covers the damages. This time of year you may notice insects with wings entering the structure in droves.  Entomologists refer to winged termites as “alates.” The alate is simply the adult, sexually mature stage in the termite life cycle.  Alates develop in the colony from immature stages prior to the flight season.  Termite alates will stay inside the colony waiting a perfect day or night to come out.  Some species of termites prefer a day with bright sunlight, warm temperatures, low winds and typically come out after a good rain storm.  Some species will come out on a warm night. When the time is right, termites from different colonies all...
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How to tell the difference between winged ants and termites

hometown winged ants If you own a structure located in South Florida, it is vulnerable to Termites. These wood eating creatures are responsible for millions of dollars in building repairs across the U.S. every year.  Unfortunately, the insurance on the structure rarely covers the damages. This time of year you may notice insects with wings entering the building in droves.  They may be ants or they may be termites.  Entomologists refer to winged ants and termites as “alates.” The alate is simply the adult, sexually mature stage in the ant or termite life cycle.  Alates develop in the colony from immature stages prior to the flight season.   Termite alates will stay inside the colony waiting a perfect day or night to come out.  Some species of termites prefer a day with bright sunlight, warm temperatures, low winds and typically come out after a good rain storm.  Some species will come out on...
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