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Rafael Rico

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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Rafael Rico

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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Rafael Rico

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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Rafael Rico

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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Rafael Rico

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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