Bed Bugs

Yes, you can see adult bed bugs, if you know what to look for but they are small. All five life stages of bed bugs can be found where bed bug activity exists. Bed bug eggs are tiny, white, and appear in clusters that are difficult to see. Bed bug nymphs need a blood meal in order to reach maturity,...Continue Reading »

A common misconception about bed bugs is that they are caused by unsanitary living conditions because bed bug infestations were once prevalent in lower-income housing, where people lived in cramped, over-crowded spaces. Eradicated in the mid-1900s, by the widespread use of DDT, bed bugs have made a...Continue Reading »

While many DIY treatments claim to get rid of bed bugs, hiring a professional pest control company, such as Crush Bugs is essential to actually eliminating bed bugs from your home. It is important to understand that killing bed bugs can often take several weeks or months and is a...Continue Reading »

Bed bugs are hard to get rid of for several reasons. Bed bugs are nocturnal making them difficult to detect. Hiding in the daytime in folds, creases, and tufts in mattresses, these blood-sucking pests come out at night to feast on sleeping humans’ blood, because they require blood...Continue Reading »

Bee Removal

Generally speaking, honey bees are not dangerous unless they feel their hives are threatened by an intruder. Pollinators, unlike predators such as yellowjackets who can sting a victim multiple times, honey bees sting as a last-ditch effort to stop an intruder. When honey bees sting, they are...Continue Reading »

Beehives last a lot longer than the individual bees in the hive. In beehives, each bee is assigned a specific role. Beehives consist of a majority of worker bees. In a large colony, around 50,000 to 60,000 members are worker bees, the rest are drones, except for the queen. Several conditions...Continue Reading »

When beehives are removed, not all of the bees are present, as some may be flying around in the air outside the hive. Some worker bees might be a short distance away from the hive, pollinating plants. These leftover bees are called straggler bees. When these straggler bees return to the nest, they...Continue Reading »

Avoiding bee stings should be relatively easy to do, as long as you avoid bees. Honey bees shouldn’t pose any health threats as long as you steer clear of their nests. Some people are allergic to bee venom and these victims may experience a reaction that requires medical attention immediately...Continue Reading »

Flea Control

While some household products, such as boric acid and diatomaceous earth, can be used to deter fleas, along with vacuuming and shampooing flea-infested areas, often Insect Growth Regulators (IGR) provide the most effective chemicals to eliminate fleas. Usually, in the form of indoor, space, and...Continue Reading »

Depending on how severe your flea infestation is, you may be able to eliminate fleas yourself. However, if you take your pets to your veterinarian and treat them with the recommended oral or spot treatments, remove and replace or thoroughly launder all pet bedding, vacuum all fabric surfaces, clean...Continue Reading »

When you decide to professionally treat your home and lawn for fleas, there are several preparations you should take to get ready for your flea treatment. Most reliable pest control companies, such as Crush Bugs, will tell you that treating fleas is a three-part process: home, pet,...Continue Reading »

If you are treating your flea infestation yourself, your flea problem may persist for months and even worsen due to ineffective materials available to consumers. When you decide to seek professional help for your persistent flea infestation, you will need to vacuum carpets every ten days after your...Continue Reading »

General Questions

This of course varies depending on such factors such as the size of the home, business or lawn we are treating, what program or service schedule the customer wants, and what is the extent of the infestation we are asked to treat. For example, a large home having an infestation of White-Footed ants...Continue Reading »

There are many advantages to having a professional company, such as Crush Bugs, handle your pest problems. Firstly, we are trained in identifying the insects you are encountering and determining the proper strategy for treatment. The biology and habits of each insect differ and therefore many are...Continue Reading »

Bugs are so creepy to some people partly due to the Hollywood horror machine scaring movie fans with giant spiders, killer bees, swarms of locusts, and so on. On a basic level, humans are creeped out by bugs because of the way they look with their unwieldy, exaggerated antennae, multiple legs, and...Continue Reading »

Scientists are still trying to determine if bugs sense fear, pain, and other emotions. For most bugs, threats from overhead predators signal a negative response to hide or flee to another location. A 2015 California Institute of Technology study published in Science Daily found that fruit flies...Continue Reading »

Bugs can seem gross to some people because of the way they look and their behavior. The creepy crawly factor that people associate with encountering a massive number of bugs has provided the gross element that horror films promote to make people squirm, sending insects skittering through our...Continue Reading »

The simple answer is – it depends on the bug. Bugs slow down as temperatures drop and are unable to actively function below 40 degrees. Some bugs die off in the winter, such as male mosquitoes and all but the fertilized queens in predator bee colonies, such as wasps, hornets, and...Continue Reading »

Cold weather does kill some bugs, such as male mosquitoes as well as all of the members of wasp, hornet, and yellowjacket colonies, except fertilized queens. These queens hibernate during cold weather, emerging at the first sign of warm weather to form new colonies. You may not see as many insects...Continue Reading »

Bugs seem to disappear in the winter because when temperatures drop below 44 degrees Fahrenheit, most bugs become inactive. A rare few, such as Monarch butterflies do disappear, migrating to warmer climates but most bugs either hibernate or go into various dormant states, or diapause. Ants go into...Continue Reading »

Absolutely not! Bugs do not go away in the winter in Florida. Florida can be a winter paradise for many northerners and many bugs. Although in other states, bugs often hibernate during winter, with typically warm winters in Florida, bugs often remain active (although maybe not as active as they...Continue Reading »

Although many bugs come out in the winter in Florida, they are not as active as they might be in the warmer months. Because Florida’s winters are mild, most bugs don’t die off or go into hibernation but rather, they go dormant at temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This means they...Continue Reading »

Lawn Care

While healthy Florida lawns are some of the most beautiful anywhere, they are also extremely prone to attack by lawn pests. The most common lawn pests include: Chinch BugsTiny, at about ⅛ to ¼ inches in length and difficult to see, chinch bugs have distinct black, white and red spotted...Continue Reading »

A common ornamental plant pest, whiteflies puncture the underside of leaves and suck fluids from plants, via piercing-sucking mouthparts. Whitefly infestations can be hard to spot until leaves turn yellow and spotted leaves begin dropping off your ornamental plants unexpectedly. If shaking an...Continue Reading »

Florida’s options for beautiful, healthy shrubs to ingratiate your landscape are vast and diverse. Many native and non-native flowering shrubs and evergreen shrubs flourish in different parts of Florida. Native shrubs are less problematic than non-native plants. Some of these flowering shrubs...Continue Reading »

Maintaining your Florida lawn requires precise watering, mowing, and fertilizing practices. Watering a Florida lawn In South Florida, over-watering a lawn is the most common way to cause a lawn to develop stress conditions – these will weaken your lawn, allowing lawn insects, disease,...Continue Reading »

According to the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS), “Over-watering of lawns causes more damage than any other cultural practice.” When you water your Florida lawn too frequently, your grass will develop a shallow root system that makes it...Continue Reading »

Understanding when to fertilize a lawn is critical to the proper growth of any lawn. In South Florida, you can fertilize your lawn throughout the year, as moderate temperatures allow your grass to continue to grow all year. In North and Central Florida, during growing seasons is the best time to...Continue Reading »

Mosquito Control

Not all mosquitoes are attracted to the same things but generally, human skin contains over 400 chemical compounds that could play a role in attracting mosquitoes. Some compounds may also repel mosquitoes. It really depends on the person and their particular combination of skin bacteria, the food...Continue Reading »

In areas of the country that experience an actual winter season with temperatures below 50° F, mosquitoes will slow down when the temperature drops as they are cold-blooded and don’t possess the ability to regulate their internal temperatures. In regions that experience below freezing...Continue Reading »

To get rid of mosquitoes in your yard, as a homeowner, you can eliminate areas of stagnant water around your property because mosquitoes tend to use these areas of collected water to lay eggs. This includes storing extra gardening containers in a shed or storage area where they won’t collect...Continue Reading »

Conventional pesticides used to control mosquitoes include: Malathion – Often used to treat crops against a wide array of insects, Malathion is sprayed directly onto vegetation, particularly bushes where mosquitoes like to rest. It has also been used in a 5% solution to fog yards. Small...Continue Reading »

Florida’s tropical climate with year-round moderate to warm temperatures and plenty of humidity, mosquitoes can be active in Florida every month of the year. However, like in other regions of the US, mosquitoes are most active in the summer months from June through August. With temperatures...Continue Reading »

Pest Control

The trend in residential pest control has moved away from monthly service and toward service on a less frequent basis. The reasons for this include refined, longer lasting products and a more integrated approach to pest management. Pest control professionals, such as Crush Bugs, have implemented a...Continue Reading »

This can vary from company to company. Crush Bugs signature service, Protect-A-Guard, controls all the most commonly encountered crawling pests including: the wide variety of ants found in South Florida, cockroaches, spiders, and occasional invaders like silverfish and pill bugs. Because certain pests,...Continue Reading »

Most people notice very little to no odor at all with the vast majority of our products. This has been the case for quite a few years as chemicals have been refined and improved. Crush Bugs Protect-A-Guard service for the home also greatly reduces the amount of products used inside the home since it...Continue Reading »

Pests of any kind are concerning but we know that roaches, in particular, are especially distressing. Many companies advertise roach sprays, baits, and traps that can work for a while but, they don’t address keeping roaches out, which can be tricky when you consider that roaches often hitchhike...Continue Reading »

Pests like kitchens for some of the very same reasons humans do. Food, for starters, can feed hungry pests when the weather turns cool and natural food sources dry up. Water-prone areas provide a tiny amount of water essential for pests to keep living in your home. Make your kitchen uninteresting...Continue Reading »

Tiny black bugs in your kitchen could be any number of pests that frequent South Florida homes. Ants Ants, especially in warmer months, can be seen trailing in lines, while foraging for food. Sporting six legs and elbow-shaped segmented antennae, ants appear: Typically black, brown, or...Continue Reading »

Pests enter homes in various ways but the most common way pests enter your home is through small cracks, holes, or crevices in your foundation, as well as around doorways and windows. Window and door screens with holes or tears in them can also allow insects to enter your home. Rats can squeeze...Continue Reading »

In the big picture, several factors can cause pest infestations, including: Weather events and changing weather conditions Seasonal changes Loss of habitat Food and water shortages in the wild Tropical storms and hurricanes can dislodge pests from their habitats. Some pests, such as...Continue Reading »

The humid and warm tropical climate in Florida makes for ideal conditions for many species of insects and bugs to reproduce and thrive. Florida’s year-round warm temperatures allow some bugs to remain active all year. The most common bugs in Florida include: Mosquitoes With about 3,500...Continue Reading »

Lawn pests are a tremendous concern when dealing with grass in Florida. Beautiful, healthy, green lawns result from proper watering, mowing, and fertilizing. Often, homeowners don’t know the best ways to care for lawns and cause stress conditions that invite pests and fungus conditions to...Continue Reading »

Most bugs are more active in the warmer months of the year. When the temperatures are below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, insects really are not able to move. At 45 degrees, they start to move slowly. Insects don’t become fully functional until temperatures reach 70 degrees. This means in most of...Continue Reading »

Fruit flies can be very annoying and they seem to come out of nowhere to infest your kitchen and other areas in your South Florida home or business. Attracted to the smell of fermenting fruit and vegetables, fruit flies are drawn to high-fructose substances. Overripe and rotting fruits and...Continue Reading »

You can stop bugs from coming into your home by making your home unattractive to pests. To make your home less accessible to pests, from the outside, check your foundation for small holes, cracks, and crevices that pests can enter through. To stop bugs from coming into your home: · ...Continue Reading »

Preventing pests in your home is a lot easier than trying to control pest infestations. If you are currently experiencing pests in your home, you should contact a professional pest control company to eliminate your infestation as you will likely spend more money and better results from using pest...Continue Reading »

No longer than a nickel, with a hard steel-like outer shell, silverfish appear to move like a fish swims. These destructive pests do not hibernate but may go into a dormant state in the winter because they can convert the water in their bodies into glycerol, an antifreeze type of chemical that...Continue Reading »

Rodent Control

Professional exterminators will inspect your property for entryways, such as holes and cracks in your foundation, in windows and doors, screened vents, and pipes going into buildings. Sealing these openings is essential to prevent rodents from entering your home or business. There are many ways to...Continue Reading »

If you suspect you have a rodent infestation at your home or business, you can, as the first line of defense, place a few snap traps around the areas where you suspect rodents are frequenting. If this is successful, you will find rodents caught in these traps. This can be unpleasant and may not...Continue Reading »

In order to keep mice and rats away from your home or business, you need to make your property unattractive to rodents indoors and outdoors. Outdoors Make sure all entry points that mice and rats can squeeze through are sealed Declutter your property – eliminate leftover construction...Continue Reading »

Roof rats are the most common type of rodent in South Florida and although they are smaller than Norway rats, they still cause health threats to you and your loved ones, as well as destruction to your property. Roof rats get their name from the fact that they climb and can gain access to homes and...Continue Reading »

Rats are mostly nocturnal but will come out during the day for various reasons. Night clubs and other places that are very busy at night, for instance, see more rat problems in the daytime than at night. With so many humans and noise going on at night in clubs, rats don’t feel comfortable...Continue Reading »

Even though they creep most people out, rats are rather interesting creatures that have been around since the beginning of time (more or less). See what you can learn about rats from these facts that we have gathered. 1. Rats are very social animals with brains that are shockingly similar to...Continue Reading »

Well, we know humans are often afraid of rats but the reverse is also true. Rats are afraid of human activity, mostly because humans are so much larger than they are. Rats also fear predators such as hawks, eagles, and other birds of prey. Other animals that rats are afraid of include your cat as...Continue Reading »

Spider Control

Because spiders are associated with Halloween and witches, they are perceived as evil and dangerous. Hollywood horror films also use spider webs to make tombs, caves, catacombs, cemeteries, haunted houses and other dark places look as sinister, menacing, and as scary as possible. However, as it...Continue Reading »

There are several approaches that homeowners can try for getting rid of spiders in your home. Some of these approaches involve essential oils and other organic materials to deter spiders from coming into your home. · Oil of peppermint can be mixed with...Continue Reading »

Killing spiders on a large scale isn't advisable as spiders prey on common household pests such as flies, cockroaches, earwigs, mosquitoes, fleas, moths, and ants. If you kill the spiders around your home, you risk increasing the numbers of other harmful pests and an infestation of these dangerous...Continue Reading »

Subterranean Termite Treatment

Subterranean termites are the most common and destructive termites in South Florida – they are a serious problem for homeowners. Three types of subterranean termites commonly invade structures in South Florida: Native, Formosan, and Asian. Of these, invasive and aggressive, Asian subterranean...Continue Reading »

The best way to get rid of subterranean termites is to prevent these voracious, aggressive termites from entering your home in the first place with an annual termite inspection followed by a termite prevention program, warranty, or guarantee offered by professional pest control companies, such as...Continue Reading »

Drywood termites live in the wood they infest and are usually found in out of the way places, such as walls, attics, or furniture. Smaller than subterranean termites, with smaller colonies, drywood termites, hollow out the wood from door frames, floors, fascia, attics, and furniture –...Continue Reading »

Subterranean termite infestations have several tell-tale signs that you should keep an eye out for in your South Florida home or business. On spring and summer mornings or evenings, usually after a shower, subterranean termites swarm, as part of their mating ritual. Female and male alates or...Continue Reading »

Termite Control FAQS

Termites can cause damage that’s expensive to repair and in severe infestations, threaten the structural integrity of your home or business. Contacting a professional pest control company is crucial. In South Florida, invasive and aggressive Formosan and Asian subterranean termites are on the...Continue Reading »

The truth is many times you can’t know for certain. A large percentage of the average home can’t be seen. In between walls, behind baseboards, and in areas of an attic or crawl space are all hidden areas that termites can be harboring. Many times, extensive damage can be occurring for years in...Continue Reading »

While Florida is home to many termite species, due to its favorable humid climate, two termite types cause most of the damage and destruction to wooden structures and structures with wood framing in Florida. The most destructive termites in Florida include drywood termites and several species of...Continue Reading »

Termites can be difficult to identify because these pests usually aren’t seen out in the open. Only when winged-reproductives, known as “alates,” swarm to choose their mates are these termites highly visible. Often mistaken for carpenter ants, termites have several characteristics that...Continue Reading »

In South Florida, the question is not if you should get a termite inspection but rather when? Knowing that termites pose threats to your home and/or business that can prove expensive and destructive, you should get a termite inspection once a year and before your purchase a property as well....Continue Reading »

When renting, buying, or selling a home or business, banks and other financial institutions may require a wood-destroying organism (WDO) state report when considering a loan for a home or business. In these situations, reliable pest control companies charge a flat fee to conduct and process termite...Continue Reading »

In South Florida, termites, especially invasive subterranean termites are on the rise and can cause more damage in less time than native termites. Termites can cause cosmetic and structural damage that may compromise the value of your home or business. Termite damage can be expensive to repair so...Continue Reading »

In general, tent fumigation kills everything. But, more specifically, tent fumigation is used to eliminate multiple drywood termite infestations in homes and businesses. Drywood termite infestations can be difficult to detect as they may infest places that certified technicians can’t access...Continue Reading »

A thorough inspection of termite infested areas in your home or business is required so our knowledgeable technicians can determine the best way to approach your drywood termite infestation. Each case needs to be evaluated independently as there are many factors to consider. Professional pest...Continue Reading »

Because drywood termites live in the wood they infest, drywood termite activity may go unnoticed for a long time. Drywood termites have adapted to living indoors without needing to be near a water source. One tell-tale sign of drywood termite activity can show up as piles of saw-dust looking...Continue Reading »

As drywood termites live in the wood they infest and can go unnoticed for a long time, pest professionals cannot usually determine when drywood termite infestations actually started. With smaller colonies, rather than the invasive and more aggressive Formosan and Asian subterranean termites,...Continue Reading »

Tent fumigation for termites poses major health risks and can even lead to death in humans and animals if people or pets are exposed to the fumigant pesticides before, during, or after the tenting process begins. Due to these risks and risks to the environment, professional pest control companies...Continue Reading »

The reason tent fumigation takes several days to perform lies in the fact that the preparation and tenting process take skill and precise attention to detail to meet the safety standards professional pest control companies such as Crush Bugs require to perform tent fumigations...Continue Reading »

Yes! If you are a property owner in South Florida, you should worry about termites. These destructive wood-eating pests can cause major damage to the wood in your home. This damage may even affect the structural integrity of your home. Termite damage can be expensive to repair and although it is...Continue Reading »

Termites are helpful in the natural world, as they break down dead trees, supplying nutrients that replenish the soil. Without termites breaking down fallen trees, forests would be impossible to navigate due to the amount of decaying wood littering forest floors. In addition to obstructing woodland...Continue Reading »

Termites are difficult to control for several reasons. First, termites can enter your home during mating season when reproductive termites swarm to find mates. Drywood termites can squeeze into a very small crack in your home’s wood and nest, growing their new colonies in hard-to-access areas...Continue Reading »

Tick Control

Unlike mosquitoes, bedbugs, and other blood-sucking pests who leave the bite site after attacking humans and animals, ticks bite their hosts and bury their mouthparts in the skin of their subjects for the long haul. If you find a tick shortly after it bites, you will probably only see a small red...Continue Reading »

It's way easier to prevent a tick infestation than to control one, keep the following in mind: Make sure your pets are protected from fleas and ticks with topical or oral medications as recommended by your veterinarian Wear insect repellant with Deet when walking in potentially tick-infested...Continue Reading »

The short answer is yes, ticks do bite humans, as well as dogs, rodents, and amphibians. A 2016 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report in Vital Signs revealed that over the past thirteen years, tick-borne diseases doubled and represented 77% of all vector-borne disease reports....Continue Reading »

Ticks are small members of the Arachnid family, ranging in size from the size of a pinhead to a pencil eraser, ranging in color from brown to reddish-brown and black. Relatives to spiders, scorpions and mites, ticks sport eight legs, and according to fossil records, originated some 90 million years...Continue Reading »

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