Archive for March, 2010

How do mosquitoes effect us?

March 31, 2010

So do we really need mosquitoes?! I say we have plenty…what do you think?


Bees swarm on car

March 30, 2010

Check out this video of a bee colony swarming on a car. After making a routine pit stop this lady gets much more than she bargained for! Also check out our bee management tips below to help your family stay safe from bees this spring.

  • The best advice we give is to avoid bees at all costs, especially in large numbers.
  • You should inspect your property and surrounding environment regularly for colonies and signs of bees. Also be extra attentive for activity when using weed eaters, hedge clippers, tractor power mowers, chain saws, etc.
  • If you do get chased by bees, you want to get inside an enclosed structure, such as a house or car immediately. If you cannot reach shelter, run. Most likely you will be able to outrun bees and will lose them within a quarter-mile.
  • If you are stung, remove the stingers as quickly as possible. Try to scrape the skin with a driver’s license or other smooth object. The stingers contain protein-based venom that can cause an devastating immune system response in the human body.
  • If you are allergic to bee stings or sustain a large number of stings, call 911 immediately.
  • Swelling in the area of a sting is perfectly normal. Swelling in other areas or feeling faint from stings could mean you are having a reaction and should seek medical attention. Put ice on sting sites to help the swelling of the stings.
  • Please remember to leave the bee control to the experts. When people try to remove bees without training or experience the results can be deadly. It happens all the time, and is a mistake waiting to happen.

South Florida Bee Control & Removal Experts

Mary Louise Parker talks bedbugs

March 29, 2010

Remember when Mary Louise Parker talked bed bugs on Letterman? With the upcoming bedbug symposiums why not check it out, it’s a great video. Enjoy!

Industry links and information

March 26, 2010

Check out these great industry links and information!

Check out the termite blogspot for some interesting ideas on how to find a termite control company.

Brasure’s pest blog recently had a great post on pantry pest elimination.

Pest cemetery is always posting new and relevant industry information on the pest cemetery blog check it out!

ProBest Pest had an awesome post recently when they discuss the effects of high amounts of rainfall in the Arizona region.

Even the NPMA has gotten their blog back up and operating so check out this post on pest 411.

Also be sure to check out the Truly Nolen pest control blog.

Tips for selecting a pest control company in South Florida

March 25, 2010

Al Hoffer's Pest Termite & Lawn Care - South Florida

Tips for Finding A Pro

1. Always deal with a qualified and licensed pest management company. Consider asking to see the license or other credentials of the pest control professional that comes to solve your pest problem.

2. Evaluate pest control companies that are members of national, state or local pest management associations.

3. Ask friends and neighbors to recommend pest control companies they have used successfully and how satisfied they were with the service.

4. Be wary of the exterminator who comes to your home uninvited and offers to give your house a free inspection for pests. He or she may try to scare you into authorizing immediate and costly treatments.

5. If a sizable amount of money is involved, get bids from several pest management companies.

6. Don’t rush a decision. Since you are paying for professional knowledge as well as skillful application of pesticides, look for someone whose judgment you can trust.

7. Before signing a contract, be sure to fully understand the nature of the household pest to be exterminated, the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to solve the problem.

8. Find out if the pest control company has liability insurance to cover any damages to your house or furnishings during treatment.

9. If a guarantee is given, know what it covers, how long it lasts, what you must do to keep it in force, and what kind of continuing control, prevention and management are necessary.

10. Buy value, not price. Beware of exterminators that offer bargains that sound too good to be true.

11. Homeowners can call state pest control regulatory agencies for information regarding the status of pest management companies. In most states the regulatory agency is the State Department of Agriculture.

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PPMA contest winner

March 24, 2010

PPMA held its inaugural Pest PSA Contest through the Web site and received more than 50 entries nationwide. Students from Red Bank Middle School in New Jersey won the grand prize of $3,000 for their school’s science curriculum by demonstrating in a creative manner how important the messages of pest prevention and proper management are for consumers. Check out the winning video below!

South Florida Cockroach Exterminators

Need a roommate?

March 23, 2010

Bed bugs are back and on the rise across the United States! They’ve been reported across the country and can be found in homes and hotels to movie theaters and public transit. Don’t be “picked up” by these blood-sucking pests!

Keep Spiders Out!

March 22, 2010
To prevent spiders from entering your house, take these steps:
  • Seal home foundation cracks and other access holes
  • Inspect window and door screens for good. seals that keep out spiders and the insects they prey on.
  • Keep areas around home foundations free of clutter.
Manage spiders using these tips:
  • Indoors, regular housecleaning provides adequate spider control.
  • Vacuum up the spider and its web.
  • Prevent clutter buildup that can provide hiding places.
  • Remove spider webs from the exterior of the house with a broom or high pressure hose.
  • Indoors, squash spiders or capture them in a jar and release them outdoors.

Bed Bug symposiums are scheduled for May 18 in Orlando and May 20 in Ft. Lauderdale

March 19, 2010

FAIRFAX, Va. — Bed bug infestations are on the rise and increasingly showing up in hotels, apartments, dormitories, shelters, homes, public transportation – and virtually any concentrated public area. In response, the National Pest Management Association, Florida Pest Management Association, and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, are presenting two Bed Bug Symposiums in Florida — May 18 in Orlando and May 20 in Ft. Lauderdale.

“Bed bugs are an elusive, transient pest,” said FPMA President Jim Williamson. “Because of the serious nature of the issue, we are delighted to have prominent representatives from the pest management and hotel and lodging industries presenting workshops designed to offer attendees solutions to effectively eradicate the problem in their facilities.”

“In addition,” continued Williamson, “regulatory officials will offer the most current information on the status of bed bug regulation and what steps must be taken in order to ensure regulatory compliance. It is our intent to provide preventative and corrective tips to help attendees make informed decisions and stay out of the newspaper and the courtroom.”

For more information about these events, visit or e-mail

Scientists utilize “Cyborg” Beetles

March 18, 2010

Check out this very interesting video below! The video highlights “Cyborg” Beetles!