Summer Heat Brings the American Cockroach & Fire Ants

Now that summer is well under way, West Florida residents are enjoying all the outdoor activities that warmer weather has to offer. And of course, that means that all the common seasonal pests are enjoying it too! The Florida climate is an insect paradise, and that’s never truer than in peak summer conditions.

There are two seasonal pests that are specific to West Florida, and those are the American cockroach and fire ants. Both are unwelcome house guests, and you’ll want to address them as soon as you see them, otherwise you could end up with a nasty infestation on your hands. Bug Out Service provides West Florida with premium pest control services to make sure that those creepy crawlers stop dead in their tracks – literally.

American Cockroach

When the heat becomes too much to bear, cockroaches will head indoors in search of food, water, and a dark, cool place to hide. With over 300 species of cockroach, it can be difficult to tell them apart. Many unsuspecting homeowners assume that the large species they find in their homes are “palmetto bugs,” but that’s a misnomer. For this area of Florida, typically those large, flying pests are American cockroaches.

This species is reddish-brown in color and can grow as large as 2” in length. As one of the most resilient insects in the world (they’ve been known to survive nuclear explosions), they have developed a specific set of survival tactics – such as the ability to live without their head for up to a week. Even despite your cleanliest efforts, eradicating these pests can be a nightmare. As soon as you notice the signs of a potential infestation­ – such as seeing droppings, egg capsules, or noticing a “musty” smell coming from areas like your kitchen, basement, or laundry room – it’s time to call pest control.

Fire Ants

Fire ants are one of West Florida’s most notorious offenders. They love flat, outdoor, sunny areas, which is why Florida’s climate is their ideal home. However, because they tend to nest near structural foundations or in landscaping, they can easily gain access to your home through HVAC systems and AC units. Once inside, red ant stings can become a serious issue, especially if you have children or pets.

Unlike your normal black ants, these tiny, aggressive creatures can cause very painful, raised welts, and can wreak havoc if you accidentally disturb their home. It’s vital to address the problem as soon as you find them, whether they’re nesting indoors or out. The largest of fire ant colonies can grow to as many as 250,000 workers and will sting unwanted intruders repeatedly. If you find yourself staring down an infestation, it’s time to call the professionals.

Bug Out Service has provided West Florida with quality insect and pest control services for more than 20 years. Our technicians are trained and experienced in eradicating all types of pests, but especially those that are native to Florida. If you’re in need of pest control services, call Bug Out today for a free consultation!

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Pensacola, FL

My forty plus years in the pest control industry has given me the opportunity to meet many great people including Lee Tate and his family. For 25 years, I have observed firsthand the dedication demonstrated by Bug Out Service of West Florida to their employees and customers. I am convinced Bug Out Service is your best choice for all your pest control needs.

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I’m proud to know Lee Tate and have him as a colleague in the pest control industry. Lee is an extremely hard working, conscientious, and organized business owner that cares about his staff and his clients. Lee is also a Godly man who loves his wife Crystal and daughter Aubrey. The world needs more Lee Tate’s! If I lived in Lee’s area his company, Bug Out Service, would be my pest control company of choice!

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Residential Pest Control

At Bug Out Service, we start protecting your home by conducting a thorough inspection with a focus on areas that attract pests or allow them access to your house. We’ll offer you advice about how you can control pests through preventative steps, and our technicians will perform an initial treatment to rid your home of any existing pests. We will suggest an ongoing, integrated pest management program for your home.

Commercial Pest Control

From office buildings and schools, to restaurants and homeowners associations, we take care of all of your pest control needs. We offer commercial property inspection, environmentally-friendly and effective pest control treatment, and ongoing pest management to ensure control.

Termite Protection

If you've never experienced a termite infestation, it can be hard to understand how much devastation these small pests can cause. Formosan termites in the greater Pensacola area can attack any kind of non-treated wood, or even structures that were treated at one time, but haven't been treated in some time. Bug Out will customize an effective termite protection plan to suit the needs of your home or business. This starts with a complete inspection and evaluation.

Mosquito Control

We offer a monthly service to help you take back your yard. It's this easy: you pick the number of months you want service, and we will help you enjoy your yard again.

Integrated Pest Management

If you prefer a more eco-friendly solution to pest management, we can help! After a thorough inspection of your property, we will identify the pests present and will help you decide whether or not the pest population in and around your home is tolerable. Often what many consider to be "pests" are actually non-harmful insects that control other unwanted bugs and can be beneficial to the ecosystem around your house.