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Flea Control and Biology

10/29/2012 15:56

Fleas in Our House

flea control and biologyFlea control in Florida homes can be one of the most frustrating undertakings for Apollo Beach homeowners. Fleas are very small pest that feed on blood. These pests have four stages of their lives. Often it helps to get professional help to get rid of fleas such as Buggin Out Termite and Pest Control located in Largo, Florida.


Fleas on Our Pets

Fleas are attracted to your pets like cats and dogs. The flea likes the warmth of the pet’s body. The flea also likes the exhaling of your pet’s carbon dioxide. Often the flea eggs are laid on the pet but falls off when the pet moves. Therefore where the pet spend most of their time is a place where the flea eggs are largely located.


Life Cycle of the Flea

The first of four stages of a flea’s life cycle are eggs. The two following stages are larvae and pupae. The last stage of flea life is adult. When you have infestation of fleas the eggs are probably around 50 percent of the entire flea population in your infested area. The adult fleas you may spot only represent five percent. Larvae are around 35 percent of the population and the 10 percent left are pupae.

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The complete cycle of stages in a flea family can take one to two months to complete. The eggs are gradually released from the female flea until she has produced 200 to 400 flea eggs. She only lays a few each day explaining why fleas are in all four stages when infesting an area instead of being all in the same age and stage of development.


Flea Control Solution

Professional pest control assistance like Buggin Out Termite and Pest Control in Largo, Florida has the best types of chemicals to treat the four stages of flea life. Most over the counter sprays are not going to help with all four life stages. Therefore the store bought sprays will only eliminate some of the fleas but not all of them. Vacuuming is helpful but fleas can hold on to the fibers of the carpet and are not always removed by the power of the vacuum cleaner.

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Florida Carpenter Ant

10/27/2012 20:44


Carpenter Ants Common in Florida

Carpenter ants live all over the United States. The species that live in Florida goes by several florida carpenter antnames – Florida carpenter ant, Tortugas carpenter ant and the bull ant. The Buckley and Emery carpenter ants are two of the most common in the state however, the black carpenter species does the most damage to wood-based structures. As one of the largest ant species in Florida, carpenter ants may present a problem to homes, businesses and other places. When people do call for help, they call upon professionals such as the Buggin Out Termite and Pest Control, Florida. The Largo-based company uses effective pest control methods to service all areas of Tampa Bay.

Carpenter Ant Biology


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The Florida carpenter ant live with one queen and can adapt to a number of habitats, including rotten wood and attics. Professionals distinguish the ants by its 12-segmented antennae and body. The thorax is curved and bi-colored, which may be brown or orange with a black abdomen. Two types of workers forage for food major and minor.&nbspMajors grow up 11 mm in length minors grow to around 5 millimeters. Another group within the nest is the reproductives. This group consists of males and females with wings folded on their backs. Reproductives usually leave the nest within 2 to 3 years to migrate to other locations. Enormous swarms of reproductives may be seen during the spring and fall months.

Florida Carpenter Ant Diet

The Florida carpenter ant hunt at night for other living or dead insects. They may also enter a home to find sweets or some other type of foods. Homeowners should be aware that these ants do bite if handled.

Carpenter Ant Control

Nest sites can be exterminated with the right pest control. If these ants present a problem, contact Buggin Out Termite and Pest Control, inc today to eliminate your Florida carpenter ant problem.

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