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Port St. Lucie Pest Control Guide: What You Need to Know

April 26, 2022   |   Pest Control

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Port St. Lucie’s pleasant climate makes it a wonderful place to live and visit. Pests, unfortunately, also appreciate this temperate environment. Fortunately, Turner Pest Control provides highly effective Port St. Lucie pest control and, in this comprehensive guide, we’ll provide you with information about pests commonly found in Florida, how they can affect your home and family, and how you can best respond.

Use this guide in ways that fit your needs. This can include jumping ahead to the sub-header that addresses your pest problem. If you need help right away, please contact us online or call (772) 223-9891.

Bed Bugs

“A few decades ago, bedbugs were somewhat of a novelty in developed countries. But since the early 2000s, infestations have become more common in places like the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe.” (LiveScience.com)

Bed bugs likely arrived in the United States in the 17th century while it was still a British colony. Then, when railroad transportation became popular, these blood-sucking critters hitched a ride, further spreading their presence around the country—including to more people’s homes.

For a while during the 20th century, it seemed like we’d gotten the bed bug problem under control, but one pesticide used was banned and the insects developed resistance to other treatments (Don’t worry. Home pest control experts at Turner know how to exterminate them using modern approaches.)

Bed bugs aren’t always easy to spot. These reddish-brown bugs aren’t much bigger than an apple seed unless they’re bloated after feasting on blood with eggs being downright tiny. Plus, they can resemble other pests so it may not be immediately clear what’s in your home. Signs of a bed bug presence can include:

  • Tiny bites, often where skin comes in contact with mattresses and bed linens; bites on a person’s back, legs, and arms can be in lines, zig-zag patterns, or clusters
  • Dried blood on bed sheets, usually reddish or brown spots
  • Musty smell on the bedding or mattress

Bed bugs can enter Port St. Lucie homes on a person’s clothing, shoes, luggage, and more. When coming home from a trip, inspect suitcases carefully and wash linens and towels in hot water. Also examine second-hand purchases before bringing them inside, particularly clothing, furniture, linens, and mattresses.

Once these insects get into a home, they settle in nicely and reproduce consistently, given a source of blood supply. Plus, they can survive for months without fresh blood. They slither their thin and flat bodies into cracks: in furniture joints, baseboards, behind loose wallpaper, and more. They survive in a range of temperatures and, unfortunately, DIY treatments seldom work.

If you suspect a bed bug infestation, here is more information about our bed bug pest removal services in Port St. Lucie. We use the latest technology, a safe and effective alternative to chemical fumigation called Thermal Remediation®.

Mosquitoes

In an article in The New Yorker titled “How Mosquitoes Changed Everything,” the tagline reads “They slaughtered our ancestors and derailed our history. And they’re not finished with us yet.”

Mosquitoes can carry numerous dangerous diseases from West Nile fever to the Zika virus, malaria, dengue fever, and much more. Medical advances have been made to treat them, but prevention is still the best cure.

More than eighty species of mosquitoes buzz around Florida, so it makes sense to proactively reduce or eliminate places on your property where they can breed and otherwise discourage their presence. Tips include:

  • Get rid of or appropriately manage standing water in places ranging from watering cans to old kiddie pools.
  • Fix faucets and leaky pipes.
  • Flush toilets that aren’t used regularly because mosquitoes can breed in them.
  • Check your home for potential entry points; caulk around windows and doors, repair or replace torn screens; and so forth.

When possible, stay inside during dawn and dusk during the mosquito season. (Because of Port St. Lucie weather, this season can extend throughout much of the year.) If you need to go out during those times of day, wear pants and long-sleeved shirts and appropriately use mosquito repellant. If you have babies or young children and mosquitoes get inside, cover their cribs and beds with net canopies.

If you have swarms of mosquitoes on your property and you’re ready to take back your yard and enjoy being outdoors again, contact us for our comprehensive mosquito control treatments. Our pest control services in Port St. Lucie include ones that tackle these flying pests throughout their entire lifecycle from egg to adulthood. They include fast-active treatments, long lasting and ultra-low in volume. Protect yourself, your family, and your visitors with our mosquito control services.

Rodents

In “Diseases Transmitted by Man’s Worst Friend: the Rat,” the National Library of Medicine refers to the rat as a creature historically “a scourge to mankind” and quoted from Rats, Lice, and History by Hans Zinsser: “Man and rat will always be pitted against each other as implacable enemies.”

Seventy-plus species of rats and mice reside in North America, spreading more than 35 diseases directly or indirectly. They include the plague, hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, rat-bite fever, lyme disease, encephalitis, Colorado tick fever, typhus and more. Rodents gnaw on structural elements of Port St. Lucie homes, damaging their integrity, and chew through wires, which can trigger house fires. Plus, once indoors, they can reproduce quickly and regularly.

In short, you don’t want them in your home. Signs of infestation can include:

  • Droppings: You may find these in pantries, cabinets, and other places where food is stored or prepared as well as in other places in your home.
  • Dry food packaging with holes gnawed into them
  • Scurrying sounds especially after dark
  • Oily smears on baseboards and bottoms of walls

To proactively keep rodents out of your home:

  • Find potential entry points and seal them off; rodents can enter in ones as small as a quarter of an inch.
  • Trim back tree branches and shrubs near the house.
  • Seal up around utility entry points along with vents in your attic, chimney, and roof.
  • Inside, clean up crumbs and spills on countertops, appliances, floors, and more.
  • Store dry foods in airtight, chew-proof containers.
  • Empty pet bowls after meal time and clean up spillage.

Contact us for safe, highly effective, professional pest removal when you suspect a rodent presence.

Termites

Mississippi State University gets right to the point: “Buildings that are not properly protected from termites will become infested by termites.” Although it’s not true that termites can chew through concrete, they can slither inside if your foundation has a crack as tiny as 1/32 of an inch. Plus, they use soil as an on-ramp into room additions and above-slab patios, slipping into homes in plumbing entry points, and more.

Florida is home to more than 20 termite species with these three the most common:

  • Formosan termites: This species is especially aggressive, not one you want around.
  • Eastern subterranean termites: This species is so prevalent that they actually cause more damage than the Formosan.
  • Drywood termites: Because they don’t need soil or much moisture, they settle into hardwood floors and other places in homes.

Once inside a home, termites eat around the clock with one single colony of size able to threaten a home’s integrity. This explains how they create billions of dollars in damage every single year in the United States.

If you suspect that termites are in your home, this isn’t a problem you can easily DIY. Professional help is best and so we offer three different levels of termite pest control in Port St. Lucie:

  • Premise: our most economical option
  • Termidor: longer, more extended protection
  • Altrist: our greenest termite treatment

We’d be happy to discuss which option would be best for your home. No matter which route you choose from Turner Pest Control, we take a preventative approach with our Port St. Lucie termite control treatments. Rather than a bait system, we use a soil treatment that can exterminate these destructive pets before they get into your home, a method working ten times faster than one using bait.

Lawn Pests

Living in Port St. Lucie means that you can enjoy time outdoors with a lush beautiful lawn. To help, we offer a wide range of outdoor and lawn services that consist of comprehensive bi-monthy visits where we fertilize your lawn, optimize turf, and manage weeds and fungi.

Our outdoor services also include pest management for critters such as fire ants, armadillos, and moles.

Fire Ants

Imported fire ants, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes, “bite and sting.” They arrived in the United States in 1930 and thrive in the “southern landscape” of the United States because of their lack of natural enemies in our country.

These pests can clamp their jaws on people and inject them with venom. This can be especially dangerous for people who have serious allergic reactions—and one single colony in Florida can have half a million members, each able to sting someone multiple times. To protect your family, ask for our highly effective annual treatment. If you bundle this with lawn care services, you’ll benefit from extra savings.

Armadillos

These creatures dig up soil and can carry Hansen’s disease, better known as leprosy, even able to transmit it to people. So, the CDC recommends that you stay away from armadillos whenever possible. If you’ve been in contact with one, you can consider talking to your healthcare provider. To get them to leave your property and stay away, request our armadillo control services, bundling them with lawn care services to save money.

Moles

These pests can do serious damage to your lawn, digging deeply to look for food. If you see a volcano-shaped soil mound, you may have moles hunting for earthworms and insects. Moles also dig tunnels closer to the surface, which creates ridges. Contact us and we can apply bait to their tracks to address the problem. Bundle with lawn care services for more savings.

Comprehensive Pest Control Services in Port St. Lucie

SMART TurnerGuard Termite and Pest Control is an all-in-one program to protect your home, the best and most complete plan offered by pest control companies in Port St. Lucie, FL.You can count on total protection, satisfaction guaranteed, with no excluded pests. You’ll never need to pay for another termite treatment while also receiving protection from ants, bed bugs,roaches, snakes, and more.

Plus, you’ll never pay more than what’s necessary with your affordable monthly fee based on the size of your Port St. Lucie home. With this comprehensive home pest control plan, there are no hidden costs or fine-print exclusions and it provide the ultimate in peace of mind.

TurnerClean Disinfection Misting Services

We use Nisus DSV in this misting service, a broad spectrum disinfectant that the EPA has determined is effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

With TurnerClean disinfection misting services, we’ll provide powerful virus protection, treating bathrooms, home offices, kitchens, living areas, and places where surfaces are frequently touched. After the treatment, you’ll just need to stay out of your Port St. Lucie home for two hours for complete drying and maximum impact.

This is just one of the services we provide that allow us to stand out among pest control companies in Port St. Lucie, FL. Next up, we’ll describe another one of our second-to-none residential pest control services.

Whole Structure Fumigation Service

With our whole house fumigation, we provide pest control in Port St. Lucie for the most severe infestations of pests like beetles, bed bugs, or drywood termites. No obligation estimates and initial inspections are free and, if you decide to go ahead with this service, our experts will guide you from start to finish.

Choose Turner Pest Control in Port St. Lucie Today

To get started with pest control in Port St. Lucie, just contact us online or call (772) 223-9891. We’ll send the best professional train technicians to use the latest, safest, and most environmentally friendly products available today.

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