A Troubling Trend That Brand New Home Buyers Should Know

Today I’d like to talk about subterranean termite bonds. While not a very “exciting” subject, perhaps, it’s an important one to be aware of as a homeowner—especially if you are purchasing a brand new home or building yourself. Depending on the practices of the builder, you may suffer some serious consequences down the line. To […]

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Universal in the Community

As some of our long time customers will know, Universal Pest Control has been in business in the Daytona/Ormond area for over 25 years. As a result, we take great pride in our community, and consider it an important company value to stay involved and help how we can. You can be part of our […]

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Year in Review: 2020

With the holidays upon us and 2021 right around the corner, it is difficult not to reflect on 2020 and what it has meant for the Universal Pest Control family. As it did for everyone, 2020 began like any other year–but as Covid-19 spread, it forced the first of many changes to our day-to-day operations. […]

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The Miracle of the Christmas…Spider?

In October, we explored spider myths and legends from around the world, and there was one I think is worth retelling for Christmas: the legend of the Christmas spider. This legend is most often cited from Germany or Ukraine, and could even be an origin tale for tinsel! In becoming more familiar with this story […]

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Bon Appetit: Edible Insects on the Rise

It’s up to you, dear reader, to decide if this piece is appropriate or inappropriate in light of Thanksgiving this week—but either way, I hope you find it interesting and informative! While the trend hasn’t necessarily hit mainstream news, insect farming for human consumption is on the rise. The practice of eating insects, entomophagy, has been […]

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Spider Myths and Legends From Around the World

Halloween is in just a few days, so it’s time to get scary! If you suffer from arachnophobia, then proceed with caution because today’s blog is all about our creepy eight-legged friends.  Spiders are a popular theme during Halloween because they lurk in dark corners, have a connection to witches, and sometimes are just plain […]

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Backyard Buddies: All About Bats

It’s finally Spooktober, and many people will be decorating their yards for the month of Halloween. When you think of Halloween, you might imagine creeping spiders, jack-o-lanterns, and of course, flying bats. While bats might have a reputation as being spooky, or perhaps even dangerous, they’re really just suffering from some bad PR. Bats are […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Houseplants, Pests, and Pets

Adding plants to your interior decor is an excellent way to rid your home of unpleasant odors and create a natural environment. On the other hand, indoor greenery can also bring in unwanted pests, and some leafy species can even be harmful to your pets.  So how do you pick household plants that won’t cause havoc in […]

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Beautiful Bugs: Moths

This month we’re coming to you with another installation in our “Beautiful Bugs” series—about moths! The world of moths is a fascinating one to explore. These little winged creatures are far from boring, and play a vital role in our natural environment. Moths come in all shapes and sizes, and can spend hours circling your […]

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Antlions: The Real Life Sarlacc

Unless you’re a real seasoned gardener or an entomologist, you may never have heard of the “antlion,” but this sometimes-big sometimes-small garden warrior is worth knowing. By the end, you’ll be thankful that they call your garden “home.” Let’s dig right in.  What Are Antlions? Is it a dragonfly?  Is it a lacewing? No, it’s […]

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