PEST-X-OUT is Brevard County’s #1 Pest Control Service. Here at PEST-X-OUT Pest and Wildlife Control, we understand the nuisance of Ants, Spiders, Cockroaches, or any other insect that may be invading your home or place of business! Being that we are a Local, Family Owned, and Operated Company, when you call us, you’re speaking to someone who lives, works, and is involved in the same community you live in. We take pride in protecting kids, people, pets, and natural wildlife in the most environmentally responsible way possible. We care about your pest issues. We understand your home or place of business is one of your biggest investments and the last thing you want is to be invaded by pests that may damage your property or put you at risk. We treat every customer as if they were a member of our own family and their home as if it were our own! Our services are designed to fit any budget!
Fire Ants, Black Ants, Pharaoh Ants, Ghost Ants, Argentine Ants, Carpenter Ants, and All Others
MOST COMMON ANTS IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
COLOR: Head and thorax dark brown to black, abdomen and legs very light in color.
WORKERS: All one size
NESTING: Ghost Ants usually nest outdoors under stones, logs, firewood, or in potted plants, but they build colonies behind baseboards, in wall voids, and in cabinets of buildings where they find food.
LOCATION: Significant Pest in Florida. One of the most common in Central Florida.
FOOD FACTS: Feeds on dead insects, sweets, grease, protein sources, and many other foods.
RED IMPORTED FIRE ANTS
WORKERS: Many sizes.
NESTING: Usually build mounds outdoors in sunny areas and are very aggressive with painful stings. Colonies can grow to hundreds of thousands.
LOCATION: Throughout southern states.
FOOD FACTS: Fire ants eat almost any plant or animal matter. Prefers high-protein foo
BIG HEADED ANTS
COLOR: Several dozen species ranging from light brown to dark reddish brown.
WORKERS: Two Sizes
NESTING: It is rare that Big-Headed Ants live indoors; preferring protected outdoor areas under logs, mulch, firewood, or patio blocks. Active foragers, ant trails are common along sidewalks, foundations, and inside along baseboards and under carpets.
FOOD FACTS: Feeds on insects, protein, grease, sweets, seeds
COLOR: Many varieties of colors – tan, red, and black.
WORKERS: Many sizes
NESTING: Carpenters hollow out dead, moist wood in trees, firewood and fence posts to build nests, but they don’t eat wood. Inside, they build colonies in wall voids, foam insulation, eaves, and crawlspaces. Carpenter Ants forage at night during the summer months.
FOOD FACTS: Feeds on insects, insect secretions during the summer. Often invade structures in the spring and fall looking for other food sources, like sweets.
COLOR: Brown to black in color.
WORKERS: One size
NESTING: Highly adaptable, living in both very dry and rather moist areas. It often nests some distance away from its foraging area in such places as trash, cavities in plants, trees, rotten wood and in soil under objects.
FOOD FACTS: Prefers high-protein in summer months and are attracted to honeydew producing homopterans in spring and fall.
COLOR: Yellow with a reddish abdomen.
WORKERS: One Size
NESTING: Typically builds nest in wood, wall voids, baseboards, etc. Colonies are quite large, with many Queens. They prefer warm humid areas near food and water.
FOOD FACTS: Likes fats and oils
COLOR: Dark Body; the key distinguishing feature is the pale light color of the tarsi on all six legs.
WORKERS: One size.
NESTING: Literally any object on the ground. Heavy vegetation or trees can be used as a nesting site. It has also been observed nesting in dead wood cavities of trees. Foraging trails are pronounced and easy to find outdoors. Indoors they will nest in wall voids and plants.
FOOD FACTS: Likes Sweets
COLOR: Small Shiny Brown
WORKERS: One size
NESTING: They nest outdoors under logs, concrete slabs, debris, and mulch. They build large colonies and can move rapidly. In the winter they move indoors.
FOOD FACTS: Prefers sweets, fats, and oils.
COLOR: Dark Brown
WORKERS: One size, small, with small stingers.
NESTING: Nesting along sidewalks and foundations of buildings, near firewood, stones, brick, mulch, etc. They forage in trails from outside colonies to indoor food sources, far from nests. May throw soil out on top of concrete slabs when inside buildings. Often access structures via plumbing pipes and move to upper building floors.
FOOD FACTS: Eats dead insects, greasy foods, sweets, and pet food.
COLOR: Dark Brown to pale blond.
WORKERS: One size, commonly mistaken for the Little Black Ant or Pharaoh Ant.
NESTING: Common in woods and other natural settings, as well as around buildings. In natural settings they nest in soil or decaying wood. In buildings they prefer areas with high moisture and are often associated with bathrooms, plumbing , or structural leaks.
FOOD FACTS: Likes sweets.
HOW TO GET RID OF ANTS
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Ants are a social insect that live in colonies. You should aim to kill the entire colony on any treatment plan you choose to go with. The first thing you need to know is what type of Ant are you dealing with. Then understanding the behavior of the Ant is critical on the control method. Ants will enter through the smallest openings foraging for water, food, or shelter. They are in search of either sweet based foods or protein/grease based foods. Once ants have found a good food source they will leave a Pheromone trail for other Ants to follow. Again, understanding the Ants behavior pattern is crucial.
Inspection is the first step in Ant Control. You want to locate the trails and follow them back to the colony / nesting site. Interior you want to inspect along the baseboards, carpet edges, doors, windows, and all areas of the kitchen and bathrooms. Exterior you want to inspect around foundation walls, areas of vegetation, mulch, wood piles, clutter, tree stumps, etc. Check under any items on the ground for nesting sites.
EXTERIOR ANT CONTROL STRATEGIES
- Caulk and Seal any cracks and crevices to eliminate entry to the Home or Business.
- Clean around the entry points to eliminate the Pheromone trail left behind before spraying a non-repellant residual insecticide around the perimeter of the structure. We recommend you go 2’ up and 6’ out for the perimeter treatment.
- Outside of the 6’ we recommend you spread some Ant Bait to eliminate any foragers.
INTERIOR ANT CONTROL METHODS
- Inspect to see if the ants are foraging in from the Exterior or have established a colony Inside.
- Ant Baits are a very successful method for inside ant control. They are safe to use around pets and children if you follow the label. There are 2 main types of Ant Baits, sugar-based or protein/grease-based to lure a variety number of ant species and target their dietary needs.
- ALWAYS FOLLOW THE LABEL!
- ALWAYS REMOVE ALL OTHER FOOD COMPETITION WHEN BAITING AND LEAVE THE BAIT ALONE ONCE THE ANTS START FEEDING ON IT!
- REMEMBER YOU MAY USE EITHER BAITS OR SPRAYS, BUT NOT BOTH. SPRAYING A RESIDUAL AROUND BAITS WILL CONTAMINATE THEM AND REPEL THE ANTS FROM TAKING THE BAIT!
Palmetto Bugs, German Roaches, American Roaches, Brown Banded, and All Others
MOST COMMON COCKROACHES IN CENTRAL FLORIDA
Also known as Palmetto Bugs or Water Bugs. The American Cockroach is the largest of the common species. Size 1.1 to 2.1 inches. It is reddish brown with a yellow border. American Cockroaches prefer moist dark areas but can survive in dry areas as long as they have water. They are common in basements, crawl spaces, foundations, behind sink cabinets, sewers, etc. American Cockroaches eat a variety of materials such as cheese, beer, tea, leather, bakery products, starch in book bindings, manuscripts, glue, hair, flakes of dried skin, dead animals, plant materials, soiled clothing, glossy paper with starch sizing, etc.
An adult German Roach is pale to medium brown and about ½ to 5/8 of an inch long and have two dark stripes on their anterior, dorsal portion of their thorax. Both male and Female have well developed wings but neither can fly. Females carry an egg capsule in the rear of her abdomen until they are ready to hatch. German Cockroaches can be a big problem for restaurants, food processing facilities, hotels, nursing homes, single family homes, etc. if not treated right away. They reproduce faster then any other residential cockroach, growing from egg to reproductive adult in approximately 50 – 60 days. German Cockroaches are omnivorous scavengers. They are attracted to meats, starches, sugars, and fatty foods. In famine conditions, they turn cannibalistic, chewing at each other’s wings and legs.
SMOKEY BROWN COCKROACH
Closely related to the American Cockroach but slightly smaller in size, at just over an inch long. They are Dark Brown-Mahogany in color. The smoky brown cockroach is a detritivore and can feed off a wide array of organic matter. Like most cockroaches they are scavengers. It prefers warm moist conditions.
These are also similar in appearance to the American Cockroach. They are reddish brown and can be identified by the prominent yellow stripes along the otter front edge of their wings. They also have a dark spot in the center of their pronotum. Both male and female have wings that extend to the tip of their abdomen. It prefers warmer climates and is not cold tolerant but may survive indoors in colder climates. It prefers to eat plants more than its relatives do but can feed on a wide array of organic matter.
The Asian Cockroach is nearly identical to the German Cockroach except for a few minor morphological differences. Their wings are longer than the German Cockroaches. The quickest way to tell them apart is the Asian Cockroach is a strong Flyer and is attracted to light, unlike the German Cockroach. This species tends to prefer the outdoors whereas the German Cockroach prefers the indoors.
BROWN BANDED COCKROACH
Smaller than most other cockroaches, usually not growing more than ½ of a inch in length. They are light brown in color. Although both males and females are active, only the male can fly. The Brown Banded Cockroach eats a wide variety of items. They tend not to be found during the daytime, since they avoid light.
HOW TO GET RID OF COCKROACHES
CLEAN, CLEAN, AND CLEAN AGAIN! As with most household pests, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! What I’m talking about is keep all food crumbs picked up. Wipe down all counters before bed time each night. Take out the trash before its overflowing. Clean all the dishes, stove tops, and floors everyday. Bottom line is the cleaner you are the less pest issues you will have!
SEAL UP CRACKS AND HOLES. Inside your pantry, between the countertop and the walls, along the baseboards, etc. Especially if you live in an apartment and have neighbors who are not clean!
FIX ANY WATER LEAKS. Roaches are attracted to moisture. Cut off their water supply!
START BAITING. After all the above is complete, start placing small BB sized baits (of your choice) out in numerous areas. Baiting will take some time but over time it is the best method to get rid of your roach problem.
BRING IN THE PROFESSIONAL! If for some reason its just not working for you bring in PEST-X-OUT to come in and take care of the situation for you! Call 321-405-7771 today.
REMOVE ALL OTHER FOOD COMPETITION WHEN BAITING AND ALWAYS PLACE SMALL BB SIZED DROPS IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS RATHER THAN MORE BAIT AND LESS LOCATIONS!
REMEMBER YOU MAY USE EITHER BAITS OR SPRAYS, BUT NOT BOTH! SPRAYING A RESIDUAL AROUND BAITS WILL CONTAMINATE THEM AND REPEL THE ROACHES FROM TAKING THE BAIT!
ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW THE LABEL!
SPINY ORB WEAVER SPIDER, WOLF SPIDER, DADDY LONGLEGS, BROWN RECLUSE, SOUTHERN BLACK WIDOW, BANANA SPIDER, AND CELLER SPIDERS are some of the most common spiders we deal with here in Central Florida. Spiders are considered to be beneficial because they eat other insects. Spiders are air breathing arthropods that have eight legs and chelicerae with fangs that inject venom. Most spiders are not Social. The Southern Black Widow and Brown Recluse are very dangerous to people. They inject a venom that can be life threatening to any Human. Seek Medical Advice on all and any Spider bites!
HOW TO CONTROL AND GET RID OF SPIDERS:
- GET RID OF WHAT SPIDERS NEED TO SURVIVE. Get rid of there food source by having a regular Pest Control Service done in and around your home or business on a schedule. This will also help reduce the Spiders that come in contact with the Insecticide by killing them.
- KNOCK DOWN ANY SPIDER WEBS AS SOON AS YOU SEE THEM. Knocking down the webs as soon as you see them will detour the spider from the home. Invest in a good extendable Webster to reach hard to reach places. Always keep a knockdown Aerosol handy to use when you come in contact with a live spider. Spray the spider directly to kill on contact.
- KEEP THE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME CLUTTER FREE! Any type of sanitation reduces favorable spider conditions. Removing all clutter also reduces the favorable spider living conditions.
KEEP IN MIND SPIDER CONTROL IS AN ON GOING BATTLE! SPIDERS TAKE TIME TO GET UNDER CONTROL AND REQUIRE ON GOING SERVICES AND EFFORTS TO STAY SPIDER FREE!
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Adult Silverfish are grayish hue and have a metallic shine. Silverfish are nocturnal insects typically 0.5 – 1.0 inches long. Their abdomens taper at the end giving them a fish like appearance. Silverfish are completely wingless with a long antenna and move in a wiggling motion that resembles a fish. They typically live 2 to 8 years. Silverfish consume carpet, clothing, coffee, dandruff, glue, hair, some paints, paper, photos, plaster, and sugar. Silverfish are generally found in closets near a water source.
FLEAS / TICKS
FLEAS are small flightless insects that live by consuming the blood from their hosts. Adult fleas are .12 of an inch in size and are usually brown. Fleas can jump vertically up to 7 inches and horizontally up to 13 inches. Once a flea reaches adulthood its primary goal is to find blood and then start to reproduce. Female fleas can lay 5000 or more eggs over their life. Generally the adult flea only lives 2 or 3 months.
TICKS feed on the diet of blood. Ticks find their host by detecting animals breath and body odors, or by sensing body heat, moisture, and vibrations. They hold their first pair of legs out waiting for a host to come by. Certain infectious diseases of Humans and other animals can be transmitted by ticks. A female tick will lay up to 3,000 eggs in a year.
LOOK UP DISEASES TRANSMITTED BY FLEAS AND TICKS FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DANGER!
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BED BUGS are parasitic insects that feed exclusively on Blood. The Common Bed Bug is the best known as it prefers to feed on Human blood. The name Bed Bug derives from the preferred habitat in houses and especially in or near beds, bedding, or any other sleeping or relaxing areas. Bed Bugs are mainly active at night. Bed Bugs usually feed on their hosts without being noticed. Health effects caused by Bed Bugs may include skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms. Bed Bugs are not known to transmit any pathogens as disease vectors. Adult Bed Bugs are light brown to reddish brown, flat, oval, and have no hind wings. They emit a characteristic disagreeable odor when crushed. Bed Bugs are attracted to their hosts carbon dioxide, warmth, and certain chemicals. Bed Bugs can live over a year without feeding under certain cool conditions. Bed Bugs typically feed every five to ten days. Female Bed Bugs will cement the egg sack behind baseboards, headboards, dressers, and night stands witch makes it hard to vacuum up.
SIGNS OF A BED BUGS:
- BITE MARKS ON THE BODY
- BED BUG EXOSKELETONS AFTER MOLTING
- BED BUGS IN THE FOLDS OF FURNITURE, FABRICS, OR CRACKS AND CREVICES IN A BED ROOM
- RUST COLORED OR BLOOD SPOTS OR FECAL MATTER IN THE AREAS OF BED BUG HIDING PLACES
- PRESENCE OF A SWEET MUSTY ODOR
BED BUGS ARE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO GET RID OF! YOUR BETTER OFF HIRING PEST-X-OUT TO COME ELIMINATE THE INFESTATION!
BEES / WASP
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HONEY BEES ARE BENEFICIAL! Always call a Bee Keeper first to see if the Honey Bees can be relocated. If the Bees are nesting in an area causing a threat and a Bee Keeper can not remove the hive call PEST-X-OUT to come out and eliminate the swarm. Honey Bee stings can cause deadly allergic reactions to some individuals.
AFRICANIZED BEES ARE MORE AGGRESSIVE! IF YOU COME IN CONTACT WITH AGGRESSIVE BEES CONTACT A PROFESSIONAL.
HONEY BEE, AFRICANIZED BEE, COMMON EASTERN BUMBLE BEE, AMERICAN BUMBLE BEE, AND CARPENTER BEE.
BALD-FACED HORNET, BLACK AND YELLOW MUD DAUBER, CICADA KILLER, YELLOW JACKET, PAPER WASP, AND RED PAPER WASP.
Mosquito’s can ruin any event! Mosquito’s pierce the hosts skin to consume blood leaving saliva behind causing an irritating rash that is a serious nuisance. Mosquito’s can also transmit extremely harmful infections such as Malaria, Yellow Fever, Chikungunya, West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, Filariasis, Zika Virus, and other arboviruses, rendering it the deadliest animal family in the world. Carbon Dioxide attracts the Mosquito. The feeding preferences of Mosquitos include those with Type O blood, Heavy Breathers, those with a lot of skin bacteria, people with a lot of body heat, and the pregnant. Mosquitos usually feed during the cooler parts of the day. Dawn and Dusk.
FLOUR BEETLE, SAWTOOTHED GRAIN BEETLE, CIGARETTE BEETLE, DRUGSTORE BEETLE, MEALWORM, GRANARY WEEVIL, INDIAN MEAL MOTH, LESSER GRAIN BORER, AND WAREHOUSE BEETLE.
Pantry Pest can be found in the cleanest kitchens! This is because they can be brought in from the grocery store or anywhere you receive food.
Most pantry pest like to eat on grains like flours, cereals, processed foods, dried fruits, beans, nuts, and spices but they are not picky.
If you locate a bug in any package throw it away and inspect any packages surrounding it. If you suddenly get an infestation empty the pantry completely and vacuum the shelves, floor, and corners. Then wash the places down with soapy water. Don’t worry if you accidentally ingested a bug or two it won’t hurt you!
AVOID TREATING THE PANTRY WITH ANY INSECTICIDES! VERY DANGEROUS IF IT COMES IN ANY CONTACT WITH FOOD!
THE LONGER A PRODUCT SITS IN YOUR PANTRY, THE MORE LIKELY IT IS TO BECOME INFESTED. SO BUY SMALL PACKAGES YOU CAN USE UP IN TWO TO FOUR MONTHS. TRANSFER ALL GRAINS, CEREALS, NUTS, DRIED FRUIT, ETC. IN A STURDY PLASTIC CONTAINER!
OTHER OCCASIONAL INVADERS:
CRICKETS, GROUND BEETLES, BOXELDER BUGS, EARWIGS, MILLIPEDES, HOUSE CENTIPEDES, SPRINGTAILS, FLYS, LOVE BUGS, SPINED SOLDIER BUG, FLORIDA PREDATORY STINK BUG, ETC.
Please Contact Brevard Animal Services for any and all Domestic Animal Control Issues at (321) 633-2024.
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