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There are countless pest control companies out there, especially in Central Florida. How can one possibly decide who is reputable and who is out to make a quick buck? Over the years, we have heard countless stories from our customers about pest control companies they allowed into their homes that proved untrustworthy or unqualified. To ensure you are making the right decision when hiring any service professional, there are some things to look for:

 

A good standing with the Better Business Bureau is a great sign. This is voluntary, self-regulation that provides an honest outlet for customers to share their experiences, both good and bad, with the company. The business can use this feedback to highlight strengths, fix problems in their practices and resolve any issues that are brought to its attention.

 

When you allow a company access to your home, it is necessary that the service member has a clean record and has been heavily screened before they make it to your doorstep. For example, all employees at Falcon Lawn & Pest must undergo a through background check and drug free screening. The safety of our employees and our customers is our top priority so mandating these checks is necessary for any company you are considering.

 

Another thing to look for are any licenses, certifications and industry associations that the company may hold. Maintaining licenses and certifications not only show that the company is observing safe practices but that employees are thoroughly trained and educated on the most up to date technology, products and techniques. Also, are they members of any industry specific groups? It’s easy to overlook this but it is important for businesses to be involved with organizations in their industry because many have strict standards that members must abide by.

 

 

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Super-Termite!

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Florida Scientists have discovered that the world's two most destructive termite species, Asian and Formosan termites, are mating and producing offspring resulting in a super-termite. These hybrids are expected to be significantly more destructive than other termite species. “The two termite species had never been known to swarm at the same time before. The researchers believe it's very likely happening now because of climate change.”

Researchers have also observed that the varying parent species find that male Asian termites are more attracted to Formosan females than females within their own species. More alarming is that these hybrids are larger, faster growing colonies than their parent species.

Listen to the full story from All Things Considered.

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Have you been noticing more mosquitoes than usual? You may have wondered if these annoying pests are really out already.  Well, it’s not just your imagination. Due to the mild winter we have experienced here in Central Florida, experts are anticipating for 2015 to be a problematic time for mosquitoes. The climate has allowed mosquitoes to emerge much earlier than usual.

 

Mosquitoes not only leave us with itchy reminders of their presence but they are also known to spread a multitude of viruses and diseases. Protect yourself and your family by wearing bug repellant containing DEET, eliminating stagnant water sources in your yard and ensuring screen enclosures do not have damage or holes that can invite these pests to feast.

Learn more about mosquitoes from our friends at PPMA.

 

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As Central Florida heats up, termites will continue to surface, threatening vulnerable homes. This spring, Falcon Lawn & Pest is working to promote termite awareness to educate homeowners about the threat of termites and the possible signs of an infestation.

Termites are known as “silent destroyers” because their constant gnawing can go unnoticed until significant structural damage to the home occurs. Termites can feed 24-hours a day, seven days a week on the cellulose found in wood and paper products. These pests are to blame for over $5 billion in annual property damage.

Winged swarmers are often the first sign to homeowners that termites may be invading. These critters typically emerge in spring to search for suitable spots to create a new colony, often settling down in homes that have sustained moisture damage over the winter from rain or wind.  It is crucial for homeowners to remain vigilant for signs of these wood-destroying pests in and around their property.

The following signs may indicate termite presence in a home:

1.    Mud tubes (used by termites to reach a food source) on the exterior of the home.
2.    Soft wood in the home that sounds hollow when tapped.
3.    Darkening or blistering of wood structures.
4.    Cracked or bubbling paint.
5.    Small piles of feces that resemble sawdust near a termite nest.
6.    Discarded wings near doors or on windowsills, indicating swarmers have entered the home or swarmers themselves, which are often mistaken for flying ants.

If you notice any of these signs, contact a Falcon representative for an inspection and a customized treatment plan.

For more information on termites, please visit our termite page.

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Take a look at this video from CBS New York:

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