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yellow sac spider

Yellow Sac Spiders

During late summer and early fall you’ll probably notice an increased number of spiders in and around your home. This can be concerning especially for those who don’t know what spiders to watch out for and which ones are harmless. Of course, in an ideal world we wouldn’t have any spiders in our home, but…

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Why do Rodents Chew Wires?

When rodents find their way into our homes, they can do more than destroy our food, spread disease, and be a nuisance. They also have a tendency to chew on everything, including electrical wires.  This may seem like an odd habit as they get no nutrition or seemingly any benefit out of this act. So,…

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cold weather

Cold Weather Alert for Lawns

Get ready everyone! The next 6 weeks will be the cold weather with the lowest temperatures we will probably see this year! We have already begun to see evidence of cold stress in some lawns and on a few plants. Crabgrass and Bermuda grass have been affected the most. These 2 types of grass do…

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Brown Patch Fungus

Brown Patch Fungus Has Arrived

     Once again, November has brought out the brown patch fungus.  During this time of year conditions are perfect for the development of one of Florida’s most damaging turf grass disease’s.  Cooling temperatures and a few foggy mornings promote the resurgence of this pathogen that exists in the soil.  The only good news is,…

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Termite Extermination

6 Rules of Termite Extermination No pest causes as much damage to a home as untreated termites. In fact each year billions of dollars of damage is cause to buildings all over the United States. This is one pest you don’t want to tackle on your own. Here are 6 Rules of Termite Extermination you…

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Grub Control Company

You love a beautiful green lawn. You make sure your lawn is cut with sharp blades. You fertilize your yard and water on a regular schedule. Yet if you are not careful, something or rather, some insect might be working against you. It might even bring back thoughts of Caddyshack®. Problem is by the time…

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Are “Murder Hornets” In Charlotte County?

There has been quite a bit of media attention this week on an usual hornet spotted here in the United States. They have been grabbing headlines be being dubbed “Murder Hornets” in a recent New York Times article. What exactly are these insects? Are they here in Charlotte County Florida? How can I protect myself…

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lovebugs in florida

The Lovebugs are Back

If you have spent any extended time in Florida you are familiar with our seasonal lovebugs or Plecia Nearctica Or if you were unfortunate to visit in April/May or August/September. Twice a year we get to clean these bugs off our windshields and grills of our cars, motorcycles and boats. But what are lovebugs and…

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Not Most Dangerous Spider In Florida

Dangerous Spider Found In Florida

Spider-Man® isn’t the most dangerous spider found in Florida. So an article on Florida’s most dangerous spider seemed like a good idea. We are always looking for articles that are interesting and people are curious to read. Month after month we find that one of the most searched topics here in Charlotte County are spiders.…

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bedbug myths

Top 4 Bedbug Myths

Most people don’t like creepy insects crawling around in their home, let alone their beds while they are sleeping! Worse yet is when you do a little searching online and you read stuff that just isn’t true. Do you remember as a kid saying lice could jump 10feet? Maybe someone told you that bedbugs fly,…

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winter-rodents

Winter Rodents Can Be Avoided

Florida has some very mild winters. If you are here from way up north you may even call this weather balmy all winter. Winter rodents love the Florida weather. The longer you live in Florida you start to find these cold winter days are colder than you remember. Same goes for the rodents here. When…

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Worms On My Citrus Tree

Worms On My Citrus Tree!

Florida is an amazing place to live if you love a variety of animals and insects. While many people complain about all the “pests”, many are quite remarkable. If you have citrus trees in your yard sooner or later you are going to notice a few damaged leaves and maybe even some “worms” on your…

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Sand Spur Weed

Sand Spurs Hurt!

We have all been attacked by sand spurs and they are painful weeds. These little land mines seem to get you when you least expect it. They stick to your socks, shorts, shirts and even bare skin. Sand spurs are annoying should be eliminated from your yard. How can you do this? Let’s looks at…

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bed bugs

Bed Bugs – Before & After

Bed Bug Treatments The thought of having bed bugs terrifies most of us! Problem Solved Pest Control has been eradicating them for many years using a few different methods. The pest control industry has many different approaches to deal with these awful insects. Our treatments are extremely thorough, safe for our customers, cost effective and…

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german cockroaches

German Cockroaches

Pests of any kind inside your home is not good. Most people hate cockroaches and realize the dangers they carry. Some people call these cockroaches Palmetto Bugs, but thats just a broad term used for all types of cockroaches. Here in Southwest Florida there are 2 main types of cockroaches most people encounter, American Cockroaches…

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Brown Widow Spiders

Black and Brown Widow Spiders

Venomous spider activity is on the rise…. Most of us are aware of the Black Widow spider. In Charlotte, Lee and Sarasota counties the more common venomous spider are the Brown Widow Spiders. For the last month or two, our technicians have been identifying more of these awful spiders at our customers homes. At Problem Solved…

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How Much Fertilizer

How Much Fertilizer?

You want a healthy green lawn. As you stand in front of all the fertilizer options what do you choose? Whats the numbers mean? How much should I put down? There are so many questions where do you get started. We want take a few minutes to give you some info about fertilizer that may…

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Healthy Green Palm Trees

Help! My Palm Tree is Yellow

Palm Trees, Pink Flamingos and Florida seem to just go together. When you finally make that decision to move to Florida, you can’t wait to have some palm trees in your yard. If your property is already landscaped and you love the look, you’ll want to keep everything healthy, growing and looking great. If you…

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Protecting Your Lawn from Frost Damage

There are several factors that affect your plants during cold weather. Plants have a higher chance of frost survival under the following circumstance. While these are not guarantees, they might help to protect your investment. Plants with good nutrition at the start have higher endurance and are more likely to survive the cold Beds that…

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Local Pest Control Company

Insects, bugs, rodents to name a few can be real pests! Here in Florida with the mild climate all year these pests can be much more of a problem than in other parts of the country. There are many pest control companies that will advertise on TV, send mail to your home and even call…

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Florida Brown Lizards

No doubt when visiting or moving to Florida you quickly notice the small brown lizards which are quite abundant here in south west Florida. So what are these lizards, should you worry about them? Let’s take a few minutes to learn about them. What You Should Know First let’s start off by saying these fascinating…

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Cicadas

Cicadas – The Sounds of Summer

We all recognize that distinct summertime sound. Some of us love it others find it annoying. Anyway you look at them, Cicadas are part of our summers. Now if you grew up in the northeast US especially the cycles of Cicadas were interesting, 3, 7, 10, and even 17 years! Here in South Florida, our…

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Biting Flies in Florida

One of the best things about Florida is enjoying the outdoors – but if biting flies show up, they can quickly ruin an outing with their painful bites. Biting flies will bite humans and animals in order to obtain a blood meal. Not only are their bites irritating, they can sometimes cause injury or transmit…

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Roly Poly – Pill Bugs – What are they?

Many of us played with them as kids, but many don’t actually know their name, or the facts about them, so we’ve assembled some of their basic info below. We called them roly poly or pill bugs. Are they just harmless insects or are they pests that need treated to keep them from our house?…

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Your Own Field Of Dreams

We’ve all admired a professional lawn, a perfectly manicured baseball field with its deep green, perfectly striped grass. How can you get your lawn to look as good as a major league field? You don’t need to be a professional groundskeeper to have a ‘field of dreams’ in your own yard. Here are 5 steps…

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Pest Prevention

Should I Get Pest Control?

Most homes have unwanted pests. Insects and wildlife can do extensive damage your property, create messes and even contribute to allergies. Some pest control tasks are easy to do yourself, but if you have a serious infestation, you might want to get pest control help from the experts at Problem Solved Pest Control. For lasting,…

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spider myths

Spider Myths Uncovered

We have 5 spider myths to share with you. Have you noticed how spiders are everywhere in Halloween festivities, from costumes and decorations, to scary movies? Many people possess a deep-rooted fear of these mostly harmless arachnids, known as Arachnophobia. Let’s examine spiders and take a closer look at our eight-legged friends, and debunking some…

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Planning a Backyard Wedding?

Planning a Backyard Wedding? Having a backyard wedding can be a great choice. Maybe your parents have a beach house with a breathtaking view, or your grandparents have a lake house that would be an ideal location for your big day. Wherever you choose, you won’t regret saying your vows in a place that is special…

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Ants are Marching

March Kicks Off Ants “Insect Reproduction Month”! Ants, roaches, silverfish, earwigs, spiders and many more creepy crawlies are building their nests preparing to begin their warm season foraging. Pest treatments are adjusted during this period in order to get the best results. Insect Growth Regulators, or IGR’s, play a vital role in today’s pest control industry.…

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Yard Watering

Yard Watering, Mowing & Pruning

Yard watering is important in keeping our yards healthy. Our technicians have been noting dry spots at most of their accounts.  Typically, we have the sprinklers reduced to once per week starting in December but for now, we are still recommending yard watering twice per week. Unless you have new landscaping, 1 watering per week…

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Killing Weeds…The How To!

Just a quick update, this week marked the beginning of our full-strength weed control season in Southwest Florida. Now that the temperatures are consistently below 80, we added our weed control into our tanks and can aggressively treat any weeds that may be in your lawn. Definition of a Weed Weeds can be defined as…

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Rats and Mice Love Your Warm Attic

This time of year 80% of our pest requests are problems with rodents. Rats and mice love the comfort and warmth of your attic as the cold approaches. We have a very good preventative program for these little, destructive creatures. Bait boxes are weather proof plastic containers that have an attractive poison for the rats…

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St. Augustine Grass Fungus

St. Augustine Grass Fungus

St. Augustine Grass Fungus or “Brown Patch” fungus is the cool season disease for our St. Augustine grasses. Over the summer months we deal with several different fungal diseases that most of our customers don’t even realize they have. Often the treatments are applied and damage never sets in. With Brown Patch fungus, we have…

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Pest Prevention

Pest Prevention Tips

Pests and rodents aren’t simply a nuisance – they can severely affect your health and the health of your family. This is why bug and insect pest prevention is critical in protecting homes, businesses, schools and any other place where people live, work or play from a pest infestation. Here are some general tips to…

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Watering Tips

Watering Tips for Southwest Florida

We’ve had consistently warm weather for the last few weeks and the heat is taking its toll on lawns. Here are some watering tips to keep your yard looking good all year. It’s very important to check your irrigation system for any shortfalls before dry, damaged areas begin to show. A strong root system helps…

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Royal Palm Bug

Royal Palm Bug Part 2 Palm Tree Health

The royal palm bug feeds only on Royal Palms (Roystonea regia). Females deposit their eggs in the spring along the ribs of emerging leaflets (fronds). The eggs hatch and reach adulthood in about one month’s time. Royal Palm Bug As the royal palm bugs feed on freshly opened leaves, yellow streaks appear. The leaves turn…

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Nutrient Deficiencies

Nutrient Deficiencies: Palm Tree Health Part 4

Nutrient Deficiency in Palms As with you, your lawn and all your shrubs, proper nutrition is essential for palm trees. This post will give you the “bare-bones” information regarding palm tree nutrition. We’ve compiled the most common nutrient deficiencies found in palm trees in our area. I hope placing this knowledge in the hands of…

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Nitrogen Fertilizer

Over use of Nitrogen Fertilizer

In 2007, Sarasota County adopted a new ordinance to restrict the use of Nitrogen fertilizer (an element existing in most fertilizers) during the months of June thru September. In 2008, Charlotte County followed suit and in 2009 Lee County did the same. This new law (Ordinance #2007-062) was designed to reduced the amount of Nitrogen…

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