How Chinch Bugs Can Ruin Your Florida Lawn

Chinch bugs can cause a shudder down the spine of any homeowner or lawn care devotee, and rightly so. This minuscule bug causes millions of dollars of damage to property in Florida each year. Here’s what you need to know about cinch bugs, how to identify chinch bugs in your lawn, and what to do […]

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Do Lovebugs Really Damage the Paint on Your Car?

There’s a joke that floats around the internet every now and again that says, “Florida has four seasons just like everywhere else: hurricane season, love bug season, tourist season, and summer.” Lovebug season is up, and only Floridians can relate to the unique frustrations caused by these strange little beasts, who inspire everything but love in us. […]

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The Invisible Florida Brown Recluse Spider

It’s happened again. One of our customers was “bitten by a brown recluse spider.” Unfortunately, this happens several times a year. This is a huge source of frustration for those of us in the pest control industry in east central Florida. We’re not frustrated because so many people are being bitten by the brown recluse […]

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Buying a New Home? Don’t Let Pests Go Unnoticed

Buying a new home is an exciting and often stressful proposition. With offers, counter-offers, inspections, financing, and moving plans all happening at the same time, it’s easy to overlook small details. One of those details is the pests that may already be occupying your new home. Some of these “residents” may be of little concern, […]

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Universal Pest Control is an SBDC Success Story

Over the past two years, I’ve had the privilege of working with the team at SBDC Daytona to help grow our business. In case you aren’t familiar with this fantastic service, please allow me to enlighten you and share my experience. The Florida SBDC at Daytona State College is a federally and state-funded organization that […]

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Backyard Buddies: Opossums in Florida (Please Don’t Hurt Us!)

Just like in the real world, in pest control there are “good guys” and “bad guys.” Also like the real world, it’s not always that cut and dry. Sometimes the “good guys” are widely (but incorrectly) considered to be “bad guys,” and the “bad guys” misinterpreted to be “good guys.” Let’s take a closer look […]

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Mowing Your Lawn is Impacting the Environment

Residents of Florida are acutely aware of the effects of surplus nutrients in our coastal waters. The fish deaths due to algae blooms in Mosquito Lagoon and the red tide episodes in the Gulf of Mexico are constant summer reminders of what happens when high nutrient levels are introduced into our coastal aquatic environment. High […]

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How to Avoid Bugs in Your Christmas Tree

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! In the spirit of the season, my brother recently forwarded to me a Facebook post that addressed how to avoid bugs in your live Christmas tree. My relationship with technology being what it is, the link promptly disappeared, and I can no longer locate it. Instead, I […]

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Reflecting on 2019

As we approach the end of the year, I’ve spent some time reflecting on our business and the changes we’ve seen since 2018. I also find it a valuable opportunity to think about our goals for the future and make plans for 2020. The Support to Succeed For a while now, I’ve been actively engaged […]

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The Next Great Nontoxic Pesticide Could Be In Your Fridge

At Universal, one of our core company values is to effectively eliminate pest problems while making the smallest possible impact on the surrounding natural environment. My team and I believe that all humans are stewards of the environment, charged with protecting and preserving it to the extent that we can. In the field of pest […]

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