Beautiful Bugs: Lacewings

Have you ever spotted a dainty lacewing living in your garden and wondered if this delicate creature is a friend or foe? The insect world is full of beautiful bugs (we’ve covered butterflies, ladybugs, and moths so far), and while they all play a vital role in the natural environment, some can also be harmful. Do lacewings fall […]

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Backyard Buddies: Armadillos

When you see an armadillo in your backyard you might be inclined to screech, or maybe “yech!”, but please don’t hurt them! They may look like armored, out-of-this-world four-legged warriors, but they’re quite harmless as long as you’re not an insect. In fact, they’re incredibly beneficial creatures to have as your Backyard Buddy. Let’s learn […]

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Insect Symbology – What’s the Meaning of That Bug?

Have you ever wondered about insects and their symbolic meanings? You may be familiar with ladybugs and perhaps know that spotting one is associated with good luck or fortune. But what about all those other little creatures you see in your home or outside in the backyard? Do they have any symbolic meaning? Insect symbology […]

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Top 10 Best Bug Movies to Watch This Weekend

While I’m sure you don’t appreciate insects in your home, Floridians can still enjoy bugs on the big screen. Bugs have been the stars of the show in some popular movies you’re sure to remember, and some even have educational components to help you understand these creatures a bit more.  Whether you’re a fan of […]

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Are There Scorpions in Florida?

If you hear the word “scorpion,” it’s normal to have a moment of apprehension! These little creatures have a mean reputation for nasty stings — and they can look rather terrifying, too. Some can be venomous, while others might only cause a minor reaction. Often, scorpions are associated with the wild outdoors (which we have […]

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The Basics of Florida Weed Control

Nothing can be more frustrating than seeing untidy weeds take over your backyard or driveway. If your garden is your pride and joy, the sight of weeds growing amidst the green grass and flower beds can irritate you. Beyond just being a visual eyesore, weeds can compete for water and nutrients and multiply if left […]

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Are Roaches a Health Risk? 

Note: For those more squeamish, please note there are no photos of cockroaches in this post. Instead, we’ve populated it with images of puppies and kittens. You’re welcome! Today, we’re answering a commonly asked question from homeowners: are roaches (so prevalent in Florida thanks to our humidity) dangerous to humans, or do they pose any […]

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Beautiful Bugs: Raising Butterflies at Home

We are back with another installment in our series of Beautiful Bugs! (Check out our features on ladybugs and moths as well.)   The insect world is full of some of the most beautiful and fascinating creatures seen in nature, but when it comes to deciding which one captivates every child and adult’s attention, it’s […]

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Announcing Our New Lawn & Shrub Care Program

Well, it has been a long time in the making, but we have finally arrived! The Universal team has been quietly working to develop a new service that provides the same high-quality results our customers have come to expect from our pest control, termite treatment, and fumigation services. I would like to introduce you to […]

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How to Prepare Your Home for Tent Fumigation

Few things can annoy homeowners quite as much as discovering drywood termites in their homes. Given enough time, these nasty little critters have the potential to cause thousands of dollars of damage. Unlike other unwanted insects, drywood termites don’t bite, spread disease, sting, or contaminate food. Instead, they invade the wooden structure of your house […]

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