black-spiderHow and why to get rid of Spiders

Spiders are unquestionably one of the most feared creatures on the planet. Arachnophobia affects approximately 55 percent of women and 18 percent of men in the Western World, which is a significant impact for such a small creature. It comes as no surprise that many people want to have them removed from their property.  Yet, as frustrating as spiders are, they do play an important role in our world and by ridding ourselves of them, we actually invite larger populations of other insects into our lives.

Spiders weave their sticky webs around rid us of many pests we’d prefer to live without. This is why treating for spiders alone can be a bad idea. The best solution is to find a comprehensive pest treatment plan that will take care of the entire insect food chain—including spiders, flies, snakes and any other unwanted guests that interfere with our quality of life.

Along came a spider

Most people follow a simple rule when determining how dangerous a spider is: The bigger it is, the scarier it is. In terms of poisonous spiders however, this approach is not always accurate. Around the world there are more than 40,000 types of spiders.  In the United States, there have been more than 3,000 types of spiders identified. There are some large spiders that prefer to stay far away from humans and linger in trees waiting for their unsuspecting prey. Then there are other spiders that while small, contain enough toxicity to cause even a grown man serious pain.

In Florida, there are two primary types of dangerous spiders:

  • The Widow Spider: These spiders are native to Florida. The females are larger than the males and are generally the dangerous ones. These spiders are black and often have a larger middle section that is shiny with red dots.
  • The Brown Recluse: Another small spider, the recluse is poisonous enough to cause pain to just about anyone, and can even be fatal in certain circumstances. These spiders are light-brown in color and generally have long legs.

Turner Pest Control offers comprehensive treatment services to rid your lawn of all pests, including spiders. Don’t settle on an insect treatment that will leave your home exposed to more unwanted visitors. If you’re going to have your home treated for spiders, make sure your pest provider is also treating for the pests that the spiders are likely to keep at bay. If you want to learn more about spiders indigenous to Florida, click here. Or take a picture and email it to us. Turner Pest Control has been protecting homes in our community for over forty years.



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –Turner Pest Control is proud to partner with the Jacksonville Jaguars to bring fans the NFL Draft and Pro Day Tracker. Fans and the community can keep up with the latest news and information about the Jaguars on throughout the 2014 NFL Draft on May 8-10. The Pro Day Tracker follows the top 20 potential draft picks as projected by NFL experts. The Jaguars are scheduled to select when the draft starts on May 8.

“With the Jaguars owning the third overall draft pick, the 2014 NFL Draft is especially exciting for the Jaguars and our fans,” said Scott Massey, Jaguars SVP of Corporate Partnerships. “The Jaguars are focused on building a winning franchise on and off the field, and we are pleased to have Turner Pest Control as a partner to help us provide the latest news, videos and expert analysis on the NFL Draft and Pro Day Tracker to Jags fans everywhere.”

Turner Pest Control has been serving Jacksonville for over 40 years with premier lawn care, pest control and termite services in the industry. From a healthy lawn to protecting your home, Turner Pest Control provides unparalleled service and value to every customer. Recognized with the 2014 Companies with Heart, Turner Pest Control is committed to the community where we live and work.

“We believe in the importance of being a positive part of this community and supporting local businesses,” said Mark Slater, CEO of Turner Pest Control. “We are proud to work with groups such as Beaches Habitat for Humanity, HabiJax and now the Jacksonville Jaguars.”

About Turner Pest Control
Since 1971, Turner Pest Control has been keeping homes and businesses pest free. Ranked in the top 100 pest control companies in the country, Turner Pest Control serves Florida and South Georgia through its six geographically located service centers. Turner is a member of the National Pest Management Association and is Quality Pro Certified, which is the highest mark of Excellence recognized in the industry. Using an integrated pest management approach, Turner provides the highest quality pest control, termite prevention, lawn services, and bed bug elimination services for their customers. Turner also offers “TurnerGuard”, which is the industry’s only comprehensive all-in-one pest and termite prevention solution with no excluded pests and no termite retreatment fees. For more information, visit


grass-fungus-brown-spotYou’ve done everything you can think of. You water daily—sometimes twice daily. You use yard feed, special seeds and nutrient baths. Your sprinkler is working overtime and sometimes you feel like you’ve spent more time thinking about the health of your yard than you have for yourself, and you are starting to really feel the stress. Yet, there are oversized brown spots that are taking away from the plush green of the rest of your yard. Despite your best efforts, the brown spots do not dissipate.

There are a few reasons why your lawn may be developing brown spots. Before you move forward and start treating your lawn for any one of these specific reasons, it is best to contact a professional to make sure you 100% understand the cause of the damage. The reason for this is that there are many different reasons why brown spots can develop, from drought to disease to devastating pests. Treating the wrong issue can actually cause further damage to your lawn.

A professional lawn expert can tell you the difference between a pest issue and a watering or feeding issue. They can also judge how severe your issue is and help you find a treatment that works best for your property.

Here are a few of the most common reasons why brown spots may develop on your yard:

  • Chinch bugs: These are small little pests that eat the grass, taking the nutrients out of your lawn and causing it to die under your feet. As the grass dies, it will cause large brown spots to develop on your yard.
  • Urine: Does the neighbor’s dog keep relieving himself at the fire hydrant in front of your home? That could be why there is a brown spot there. Repeated contact with urine may cause grass to die, and will cause brown spots to develop.
  • Fungus: In some situations, brown spots can develop as a result of diseases like fungi. There is one form of fungi that causes brown patch disease, so called thanks to the over-sized brown spots that develop on the lawn.

Each of these issues can be treated a variety of different ways. Remember, never start throwing poison down without knowing what you are treating, and don’t assume that a brown spot means you have to re-sod. Contact a professional for a more clear understanding of what your best course of action may be.

To avoid lawn brown spots, contact Turner Pest Control and have their lawn professionals maintain your lawn’s health year ‘round.  Turner Pest Control’s lawn experts analyze and treat every lawn individually.  We can also take care of all your outdoor needs including lawn aeration, shrub treatments, fire ant elimination and mosquito control.


chinch-bugsA lawn is something to be proud of. It is one of the first things that people will notice about your home, and it is a great place to spend your days with friends and family. Of course, when your lawn is turning brown and shriveling beneath your feet, it isn’t exactly something to be proud of. There are a lot of reasons why a lawn may not thrive. It could be as a result of too little water, too much sun, not enough nutrients, or bugs.

Ants, roaches, mosquitoes and slugs can all live in your grass. Sometimes, these pests will cause harm to you and your pets by biting you at every chance they get, causing burning and rash. However, not all of these pests are going to damage your lawn. Unfortunately, there are others out there who can cause a world of damage to even the absolute most well taken care of lawns.

Chinch bugs are one of the more common pests that may cause severe damage to your lawn. These are a plant eating ground bug that commonly live in grass. They look similar to roaches, but smaller and with a longer “tail.” As they travel through your yard, they will cause grass to die in large patches. Often, cinch bugs will start in a specific location and as they eat and grow in number, the brown patches will start to grow across your lawn. It is not rare to have several colonies of cinch bugs in one lawn, meaning that your grass will have several patches of brown, dying blades that are devoid of all moisture and nutrients. This will look especially worrisome in contrast to the plush green of the surrounding yard, which has not yet been inflicted by the appetite of the cinch bug.

Cinch bugs are difficult to get rid of, and often it is necessary to treat the entire yard to prevent the bug from continuing to cause damage. If they reach your garden, they can cause devastation to your crops and flowers. The best way to deal with cinch bugs is to contact a professional pest control expert.

No-one likes to see large brown spots covering their yard. This is why it is best to treat cinch bugs early on, before they grow in number. The longer you wait to treat cinch bugs, the more difficult they become to treat.

To avoid this common threat to your lawn, contact Turner Pest Control and have their lawn professionals maintain your lawn’s health year ‘round.  Turner Pest Control’s lawn experts analyze and treat every lawn individually.  We can also take care of all your outdoor needs including lawn aerations, shrub treatments, fire ant elimination and mosquito control.


fireantsYour home is your castle, and your yard is part of that kingdom. But when your lawn is covered with pests, it sure doesn’t feel that way. Instead of enjoying a blissful stroll through your front and back lawn, instead you may feel like you are walking through a minefield. Fire ants will attack your feet, ankles and legs in no time at all. Their bites sting, and can often cause severe reactions—especially for those who are allergic.

There are a few reasons why ants can be such a nuisance to the lawn. For one, they aren’t always easy to notice. One minute you are pulling the hose across the lawn to water the flowers, and the next minute you are desperately trying to hose the bugs off of you as they pierce your flesh with their tiny bodies. When they attack, they attack in large numbers—and once they settle in they multiply quickly.

Of course, there is another thing you need to consider when ants take over your lawn. Once they breech your property line, they are likely to get inside your home. This means that your pantry and cabinets won’t be safe from the intrusion if you don’t ask fast.

There are several ways that you can rid your lawn of all types of ants. The best way is to contact a professional. It is never safe to bring poisons onto your property when you aren’t sure what you are dealing with. A professional pest control expert can ensure that you are using the right toxins to treat the pests that are present, in a way that won’t harm your grass, your pets or your children.

How to treat fire ants in your lawn?

Your first indication that you have fire ants in your lawn is usually the telltale mound nest structure. If you see an ant nest that looks like it could be fire ants, be sure to carefully avoid it call a professional pest control provider.

Controlling fire ants in your lawn can be very difficult and may only last for a short time as the ants tend to reinvade the next season. If you suspect you have a fire ant infestation or if you think you have a nest on your property, contact a licensed pest professional right away. Do not attempt to move the nest on your own. The sooner the infestation is treated, the less risk there is of someone disturbing the nest and being stung.

Turner Pest Control provides full service lawn and outdoor pest control including Fire Ant elimination.  Fire Ants are a common problem in Florida lawns. If you have ant mounds in your lawn, contact Turner Pest Control.  Ask about our Lawn care with fire ant elimination bundle.


Shawn Svehla is Termite Technician of the Year

Shawn Svehla is Termite Technician of the Year

Turner Pest Control Technician, Shawn Svehla named the 2013 Termite Technician of the Year by PCT Magazine. Svehla was selected from a pool of nominations from pest control companies across the U.S.  The selection criteria included: commitment to the industry; excellence in safety, customer relations and leadership skills; and community service.  Svehla will be honored at special ceremony in Washington D.C. on March 10, 2014.

Svehla has more than 13 years of industry experience with Turner Pest Control. He is proud to be a Certified Pest Control Operator (CPO) and Registered WDO Inspector in Florida. Prior to Turner Pest Control, Svehla spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a member of the U.S. Air Force Security Police. Both in his military career and his career with Turner Pest Control, Svehla is dedicated, highly focused and professional (not to mention humble).

“We are very proud of Shawn’s accomplishments,” said Mark Slater, CEO of Turner Pest Control. “Shawn has single handedly pretreated millions of square feet of new construction in Jacksonville, Fla. for Turner Pest Control. He is an integral part of the Turner Team and the type of an employee that you would like to clone.”

Svehla lives in Hilliard, Fla. and serves his community while working and on his own time.  In his role as Termite Technician, he recently helped HabiJax build 25 houses in only six days for deserving families in the community. Svehla enjoys running in charity races with his son. At this year’s Gate River Run, Svehla finished in top 3 percent out of more than 17,000 runners. He teaches religious education, coaches youth flag football and is a volunteer basketball coach through Upward Sports, a Christian sports league for youth.

Svehla has been honored with many company awards over the years. He has been named MVP by his peers and he has earned Technician of the Month for superior performance numerous times.


The weather in Florida is getting cooler.  Turner Pest Control wants to remind you that while this cooler weather may be a welcomed change for many homeowners, your routine pest control should not change.

Turner Pest Control Winter Pest ControlA common mistake homeowner’s will make is to assume that there is no need for pest control in the winter because the cooler weather eliminates pests.  While colder temperatures may reduce some insect populations such as mosquitos, it is the time of year when homeowners will experience increased trouble with ants, cockroaches, mice, rats and other rodents that find a way inside of homes.

Turner Pest Control has been serving Jacksonville, FL for more than 40 years and our professional pest control technicians see the same thing each year.  Many pests, just like humans, will move to warmer locations as the temperatures drop.  Often this means they will move into your home.  Rodents are not the only unwelcome houseguests you may have during the winter, cockroaches, ants and termites may already be living inside your home safe from the cold temperatures.

Not only is it unpleasant to think you are sharing your home with mice, rodents, roaches, ants and termites, these pests can live undetected in your home. They carry diseases that put your family and pets at risk and they can cause costly damages to your home.  They can create exterior holes which expose your home to water damage and will increase your utility bills. One pest infestation in your home can lead to costly repairs for you, but this problem is preventable.

The accumulation of feces from mice and rats can spread bacteria, contaminate food sources and trigger allergic reactions in humans. Once the fecal matter becomes dry, it can be hazardous to those who breathe it in. Moreover, rodent droppings can spread diseases and viruses, including those listed below.

Hantavirus– Hantavirus is a potentially life-threatening disease transmitted to humans by rodents—primarily, the white-footed deer mouse. People become infected through exposure or inhalation of infected rodent urine, droppings or saliva, and the chances increase when people are near spaces where rodents are actively living.  Last year, ten people fell ill and three died from exposure to deer mice infected with Hantavirus after staying in tent cabins at Yosemite National Park. Early symptoms of the disease include fatigue, fever and muscle aches, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People may also experience headaches, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems.

Bubonic Plague– Also known as the “Black Death”, the Plague is a highly contagious and often deadly disease notorious for killing one-third of the European population during the Middle Ages. Plague is usually spread by the bite of an infected rodent flea and can cause fever, headache and painfully swollen lymph nodes. A Colorado girl was infected with the Plague in 2012 after falling ill during a camping trip.

Salmonellosis– Salmonellosis is a type of food poisoning spread by rodent feces, especially through the consumption of contaminated food. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain. Each year, approximately 40,000 cases of Salmonella are reported in the U.S., according to WebMD.

Rat-Bite Fever– Rat-bite fever (RBF) is a potentially fatal infectious disease spread by infected rodents or the consumption of food contaminated by rodents. The CDC says that symptoms usually occur 3-10 days after exposure to an infected source and include fever, vomiting, headaches, rash and muscle pain.

In addition to health risks, rodents can pose a significant property risk as they have a tendency to destroy insulation in attics and can chew through wallboards, cardboard, wood and even electrical wiring. In fact, rodents cause up to 25 percent of house fires in the U.S. every year.

With rapid reproduction rates, rodents can quickly go from being unnoticeable to causing a full-blown infestation. Homeowners should look at prevention as the first line of defense again these pests and take steps to keep them out of the home. Even if you don’t think you have a pest problem, call Turner Pest Control for a free inspection. Turner Pest Control’s trained technicians can identify the early signs of pest control problems or locate potential pest entry points to prevent pests from entering your home.


Turner Pest Control Tips to Keeps Pests out of your Kitchen  Prevent‘Tis the season to prevent pantry pests from ruining holiday recipes


Throughout the holidays, families spend more time in the kitchen cooking for dinners and baking for parties. Turner Pest Control and The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds people to be wary of the uninvited guests that could be hiding in the cupboards, especially in those baking ingredients that haven’t been touched in awhile. Ants, earwigs cockroaches, and mice can be occasional pantry invaders, but the most common are Indian meal moths and merchant grain beetles. Once inside, these pests can quickly find homes in close proximity to human food.

“Pantry pests tend to gather around food such as flour, cereals, spices and chocolate stored in cabinets,” says Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “They can easily contaminate stored food and become a serious problem if left unchecked. Following a few easy tips can help you protect and enjoy pest-free ingredients all season long.”

Turner Pest Control and The NPMA recommends the following steps to keep stored food free from pantry pests:

  • Purchase proper storage: Heavy plastic or glass containers with airtight, secure lids keep pantries looking nice and will help protect food.
  • Use a bay leaf: Add one leaf to canisters and packages of dry goods – the herb’s pungent scent repels many pests.
  • Inspect groceries at the store: Most pantry pests are brought into homes from items that are already infested. Check packages for any holes or broken seals before placing them in the cart.
  • Check the date: Remember to check expiration dates on baking ingredients before use. Visually inspect items that have been left untouched in the pantry for signs of pests.
  • Practice good sanitation: Wipe up crumbs and spills as soon as possible.  Also, periodically clean cupboards with soap and water to remove any food residue that may accumulate over time.
  • Seal cracks: Look for any cracks or holes where pests might be coming into your home and seal them shut.

If you suspect an infestation, contact Turner Pest Control to inspect, identify and treat the problem. For more pest-proofing tips and information about common household pests, visit Visit to learn more about Turner Pest Control.

The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 7,000 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property.




Florida vs Georgia Block Party Sign up for the Turner Pest Cornhole Tournament 

Join us Friday, Nov. 1 for the 3rd Annual Turner Pest Cornhole Fest! This is part of the Florida vs Georgia Block Party being held outside of the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.  The event ends with a concert in the Shipyards at 8 p.m.

Play cornhole for fun from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Cornhole Tournament starts at 2 p.m. (Teams must Check-in by 1:30 p.m.)  This will be a double elimination, team tournament. There is a $10 per team registration fee due during check-in at the event.Winners will be announced on stage at 6 p.m.  Winners get braggin’ rights and 4 suite tickets to see John Mayer in concert on Dec. 10 or tickets to another future event at the Arena.

Spaces are limited.  Sign your team up today

Robbie Rose and WQIK will be on site with prizes. Enjoy all the festivities including:Food Truck Friday (with some of Jacksonville’s best food trucks), Live Music all day, a Flag Football tournament, Face Painting, games and great family fun.  For more details about the day’s events visit

Event proceeds benefit Daniel Kids. 
If you have questions about the cornhole tournament, email 



Country legends, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban promote awareness of distracted driving with "Highway Don't Care" video.

Country legends, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban promote awareness of distracted driving with “Highway Don’t Care”

Florida is joining 40 other states in the U.S. where it is illegal to text and drive.

The ban is one of more than two dozen laws passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature scheduled to kick in on 10/1/2013. Other new laws include one that gives citizens the right to speak at government meetings.

The prohibition on texting while driving comes after several years of trying by legislators. Previous attempts stalled in the face of House Republican opposition, with conservative members worried about government intrusion into people’s lives.

Some have called the law “watered down” since it is only a secondary offense to read or send a text, email or instant message on a smartphone while driving. That means police have to first stop drivers for another offense like an illegal turn.

Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice and the sponsor of the legislation, says it will still act a deterrent — especially among teenagers just starting to drive.

“My whole purpose in the law is just to be able to tell teenagers that texting while driving is against the law,” said Detert, who plans to visit a Sarasota County high school on 10/1/2013 to point out the new ban. “I’m not sure how many of them are going to pull down a copy of the Florida statutes.”

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles also plans to target teenage drivers to remind them about the ban. The agency is running a public service announcement in 69 high schools across the state on Tuesday and again on Oct. 15.

The Department of Transportation plans to remind drivers about the ban through its digital billboards along state highways.

Drivers who text take their eyes off the road for almost five seconds, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which regulates the trucking industry. At 55 mph, a driver can cross the equivalent of a football field while not looking.

There were 256,443 reported crashes in Florida in 2012. In 4,841 of those crashes, a driver had been texting or otherwise using an “electronic communication device” while driving, according to a preliminary report from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

The ban covers tablet computers as well as mobile phones, but excludes using a talk-to-text feature. It also allows texting while stopped at a red light. A first violation is a $30 fine plus court costs. A second or subsequent violation within five years adds three points to the driver’s license and carries a $60 fine.

Safety is of the upmost importance to all of us. Please understand the danger in texting, and other Distracted Driving while driving a motor vehicle..

Right at 200 People died in Florida in 2012 due to texting while driving.

Country Music legends, Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban help raise awareness of distracted driving.