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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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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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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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HOMETOWN PEST CONTROL, INC. EARNS THE 2017 HomeADVISOR “BEST OF” AWARD!!!

HomeAdvisor Best of 2017Delray Beach, Florida — Hometown Pest Control, Inc. announced it has been named a recipient of the 2017 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 2017 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 first year 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 Pest Control, Inc.,...
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Mosquito Season is Here!

hometown image2Has your backyard has become overrun with pesky, biting mosquitos?   Call us today! 866-278-8250   Effective & Affordable Mosquito Reduction Service News about Zika virus in Florida and around the world is spreading rapidly along with a concern for safety.  It is more important than ever to understand the facts and preventative steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.  Hometown Pest Control’s Mosquito Abatement service provides effective options for every budget that lets you take back your yard from pesky mosquitos. We are HOA and Commercial Property Specialists! Whether your commercial property is a business or a resort, we understand your unique needs and how to prescribe the solution that solves the problem without wrecking your budget. Hometown Pest Control’s mosquito control services are perfect solutions to help maintain a comfortable, aesthetically appealing property.   Our program is designed to greatly reduce the mosquito population by applying control products...
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ANNOUNCING HOMETOWN PEST CONTROL’S 20th ANNIVERSARY!

20th Year Anniversary GraphicDue to 20 Years of hard work, sincere referrals, and repeat customers - we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary. We want to take this opportunity to say thank you to our customers, clients, suppliers, and employees for your part in our successful business operation. Originally founded in 1997 by Salvatore Yanello, a Certified Pest Control Operator, and Adeline Yanello, our company was initially established to service the Boca Raton and Boynton Beach areas. We have grown over the years and expanded our service areas, as well as increasing the kinds of services we provide. We proudly serve all of Broward and Palm Beach Counties. We will continue to be committed to providing our customers with the highest quality of service and to treat every customer with professionalism, courtesy and respect. We pledge to be a company you can depend on to deliver what we promised. Sal N. Yanello, PresidentHometown Pest Control, Inc....
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Taking Care of Your South Florida Lawn

st augustine grassLawn care can be daunting. There are so many variables to take into consideration including determining what type of grass you have, the soil conditions, environmental stress factors, and how much maintenance is required. It’s worth the effort, however, because when your lawn looks good, it enhances your entire home. First you must determine the type of grass you have because different types of grasses require different types of care. There are several types of grasses used in South Florida, but St. Augustinegrass, specifically “Floratam,” is the most widely produced and used lawn grass in Florida. Most likely, that is the type of grass you have. St. Augustinegrass grows vigorously in warm weather and requires at least 6 hours of sunshine per day. It has a high tolerance to salt and establishment of a lawn through sodding is quick and easy. The first thing you should do before you begin caring...
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Why Customers love Hometown Pest Control

Why Customers love Hometown Pest Control No matter who you are, pests can show up and cause damage when you least expect it, and you might be wondering what steps you should take so that you can safeguard yourself, your family and your home. Although many pest control companies service Broward and Palm Beach County, most people love Hometown Pest Control. So if you would like to experience the best possible results, then you might want to take the time to see what we can do for you. You are going to learn why our past and current clients always turn to us for answers, and you will then be able to make the choice that is right for you.  Our Experience Getting rid of some pests can seem all but impossible, and if you don't get the job done right the first time, the problem will get even worse. Our...
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Hometown Pest Control Earns Angie's List Super Service Award

hometown angieslistHOMETOWN PEST CONTROL  Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award   Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service   Hometown Pest Control has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016. This is Hometown’s 5th Super Service Award (previous awards in 2011, 2013 and 2014, 2015). “We are very happy to see that our customers approve of our service. We strive to be the best Pest Control Company in South Florida. We recognize that our success depends on satisfied customers who continue to use our service year after year and recommend us to their family and friends”. This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified...
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Termites in South Florida

hometownflowersIf you live in south Florida, chances are you will get termites. This part of the state is heavily infested with several types of them. There is a common saying here, “The question is not whether or not my property will get termites; the question is when.” How Do I Make my Property Less Desirable for Termites? Subterranean Termites need moisture to survive. Make sure gutters, downspouts and air conditioning drip lines discharge water 16 to 18 inches away from the foundation of the structure. Sprinklers should not be directed towards the side of the structure. Repair any leaky faucets, especially those located on the outside. If you have foam insulation siding, make sure the siding does not go down below the soil. If it does, trim it so you can see the foundation wall. It is best to trim it 6 to 8 inches above the soil. Do not pile...
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Have a Pest Free Holiday

Have a Pest Free Holiday A pest invasion is the last thing you need when you’re entertaining holiday guests. Our technicians at Hometown Pest Control do much more than simply eliminate existing pests. Since they have extensive training in pest biology, they know how to limit reproduction and pinpoint conditions that invite trouble.  Below is a list of common pests around the counties of Broward and Palm Beach. It will give you a better idea of why pests are attracted to your home, how they get in and what they’re after. 1.) Ants get in through tiny cracks throughout your home. They’re attracted to moisture and food sources.  Some species are mere nuisances, but carpenter ants can make a mess of solid wood when they’re clearing space for a nest. Fire ants create huge mounds wherever they please and sting like mad. 2.) There’s been a widespread bed bug epidemic in...
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