Avoiding + Removing Ticks from Pets + People

In Volusia County, summer brings with it sunny days, cool(ish) breezes, salty hair, and sticky skin. Unfortunately, sometimes a few not-so-fun things like ticks come hand-in-hand with the warmer months—which in Florida means most of the year! Ticks are so common around here that it can be easy to stop taking them seriously, but this […]

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Preventing Ants and Roaches on Your Boat

Scenario: for months you’ve been planning to take your boat out for a spin on a boating adventure. The day finally arrives, and you hop on board only to discover you have company—and no, we’re not talking about a pleasant surprise from your fishing buddy. We’re talking about uninvited guests that have no intention of letting you […]

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Do Wasps Have Any Redeeming Value, or Do They Just Suck?

Most of us grew up fearing the sting of the mighty wasp. As a child, how many times were you warned by your parents to stay away from the hedge (or a corner of the yard) because of a wasp nest? Maybe you’ve even been stung once or twice—it’s hard to forget, after all. It’s […]

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Backyard Buddies: Rocky Raccoon and The Gang

The perks of owning a backyard are pretty plentiful. There’s plenty of room for kids (or future kids) to run around, you can finally adopt that dog you’ve always wanted, and you have more private space for gardening and entertaining. Sounds nice, right? BUT amidst all this domestic bliss, while you were creating the perfect […]

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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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