Have You Seen The Chinch Bugs?

chinch bugs

 

During summer Chinch bugs can be prevalent in Central Florida. Driving through Davenport, Clermont, Kissimmee and Orlando, you can find patches of yellow and brown grass everywhere.

 

If left unchecked, they can easily destroy a whole yard of St. Augustine grass in a frighteningly short space of time. Perhaps you have seen this in your neighborhood?

Early signs of problems are yellow patches in the lawn, where the chinch bugs are sucking out the nutrients.

 

If these areas are not treated quickly, the grass will die, leaving brown patches all over the lawn. This usually causes the Home Owner’s Association to contact you about correcting the issue and making your lawn green again.

 

Even yards which have been treated for chinch bugs have had problems this year, so extra attention may be required if problems are observed. Contact Us For Help.


Fire Ants In Central Florida

fire ants

Fire ants are known for their lively and aggressive behavior, swarming over anyone or anything that disturbs their nest, often attacking wild animals, baby animals, pets or people, in rare instances, even killing them. Their painful stings affect about 40% of people in infested areas each year.Twenty million people a year are stung by fire ants in the United States!

 

When these pesky critters invade an area, they do it with a vengeance. There will be enormous numbers of them which can dramatically reduce populations of native ants, other insects, and even ground-nesting wildlife.

 

Fire Ants:

  • Vary in size within one nest, from 1/16 to 1/5 inch long.
  • Dark reddish brown in color on the head and body, with a darker abdomen.
  • Mounds can be more than 15 inches high, 15 inches in diameter and up to 5 feet deep.
  • When disturbed they are aggressive, especially near the nest.
  • Cause painful stings that raise a small welt.
lawn pest control

 

If you are not sure if what you have is fire ants, try this. Find a long branch. Disturb the dirt in the mound and stick the branch into the top of it. (Be sure to stay as far away as possible.) Fire ants will climb right up what they perceive as an invader (the stick). Other ants will run around in a fit trying to protect the queen.

 

If you just don’t want to deal with the pesky critters, call Ludlow's Services to come in and take care of them for you! We have fully licensed and insured sub-contractors that provide professional and effective pest control services.