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Bed Bug Control, Florida


Do Pest Control Contractors need to be licensed and insured in Florida?

Florida pest control contractors must be licensed by Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Verify license by calling FDACS at (850) 617-7997, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except for holidays). Talk to your Insurance Agent about what you need to require from your Florida exterminators. You can find Workers Comp data at Department of Financial Services.

FDACS also requires that exterminator's insurance needs to cover injury and property damage. Supervisors and operators need to be certified by Florida. Pest Control employees that are not operators must have ID cards. Special ID cards are required for specific treatments like fumigation.

DACS's Bureau of Entomology and Pest Control licenses Florida pest control companies.

Background on Bedbugs

Bedbugs most often feed on humans mostly at night. The bedbug problem has reached epidemic proportion in some states and is spreading throughout other part of the USA.

Cimex lectularius feeds feeds on humans, various animals and birds. Bedbug infestations are found in all types of housing, from low-income housing to the finest hotels. As bedbugs hitchhike in suitcases and vehicles, increased travel and tourism may be the cause of the rapid growth of this problem.

Adult bedbugs are brownish, wingless and very small - about 1/5 of an inch long, and rusty red or mahogany. Immature bedbugs are even smaller and they are lighter color.

Bed bugs typically hide during the day and seek out food at night. They hide in walls, baseboards, between boxsprings and matresses, behind wallpaper, inside cabinets and furniture.

Bedbugs can survive without food for 2 to 4 month sometimes as long as over a year.

Bedbug Bites

Bedbugs bite and suck blood at night. It can feel like a pinprick but you probably wont notice anything until you wake in the morning when you may see swelling and feel irritation.

People often confuse bedbug and mosquito bites. You wont know that it is bedbugs until you find them.

Bedbug Control

Bedbug control usually requires a combination of chemical and nonchemical treatments. Putting sheets and blankets through high temperature washing, special cleaning of carpets, professional heat treatments of rooms, etc. are usually necessary. Chemical insecticides are sometimes used but bedbug populations have developed immunities to many of these treatments. Check with a professional.

Commercial heating devices are used by some professionals. These devices can heat rooms to 130 to 140 degrees, thus killing most or hopefully all the pests.

Do-it-yourself is not a good idea against bedbugs. Homeowners do not have the expertise, equipment or products. Property Managers and landlords run greater risk of litigation from tenants and residents if they don't act to eliminate the problem, using a licensed and insured exterminator.

After the treatment, check to make sure the bedbugs are not present. Regularly check against the problem reoccurring.

What Insecticides Work on Bedbugs?

  • Variations of pyrethroid products
  • Pyrrole insecticide chlorfenapyr (Phantom) and the Gentrol cause sterility in adult bedbugs.
  • Pyrethrin which most professionals do not use, seems to be somewhat ineffective
It takes several days to see results.

Do Carpenter Ants eat wood and damage building structures?

Carpenter ants nest in water damaged or rotted wood but do not eat wood. When you see them in your house or building, its usually because they are seeking fats and sugars. Large numbers can create a damage issue but usually they are just a nuisance pest.

Six Outdoor Things to Help Prevent Insects, Rodents and Snakes from Taking Up Residence

1. Keep gutters clean insects, snakes and frogs love filthy gutters.

2. Make sure that joints and cracks are sealed inside and outside of the structure. Use gasket thresholds for doorways and make inspect widows to make sure they are sealed.

3. Store garbage at least 15 feet from the building. Keep firewood a distance from the house.

4. Stagnant water outside the property breeds all kinds of insects. Repair leaky hoses and faucets.

5. Open garbage pails and buckets are a no-no.

6. Trim tree branches and shrubs.

Four Indoor Things To Keep Insects Out

1. Keep crawlspace openings screened and dry.

2. Clean the kitchen and bathrooms regularly.

3. Dont allow sinks or pipes to leak. Moisture will breed pests, mildew and mold sometimes dangerous mold.

4. Garbage needs to be sealed up and disposed often.

Can I control termites myself?

For the untrained, termites are extremely difficult to kill. In Florida's hot, humid climate, wood structures are vulnerable. A professional must choose between various treatments and know how to use appropriate processes and chemicals.

What are Floridas most common kinds of wood eating organisms?

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean Termites are the most destructive termite. These insects eat through flooring and walls quickly. You may see the mud tunnels from which they migrate from the soil into the building. A licensed and insured pest control company will usually need to apply either liquid treatment or a bait system.

Drywood Termites

Drywood Termites typically leave pellets, wings and dead termite bodies on window sills and doorways. That is because they tend to swarm toward light. A licensed and insured termite control professional will probably treat your drywood termite infestation with Tent Fumigation. Vikane Gas kills drywood termites and leaves no residue.

Wood-Decaying Fungi

Wood-Decaying Fungi typically feast of water damaged, wet wood. The best course of action is usually to stop the source of moisture, i.e. fix leaks and repair water damage and remediate the affected area.

Six Things to Ask Your Termite Control Company

1. Check license and insurance.

2. Check references.

3. What type of treatment do you suggest?

4. What are you willing to warranty?

5. How long will the treatment take?

6. Cost, time of treatment and warranty need to be in a written contract.

How do you treat for Cockroaches?

Cockroaches travel in very small areas. Spray pesticide in small cracks and where pipes meet walls the most common areas for cockroaches to travel from apartment to apartment. Infestations are better treated by professionals.
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