2021: A Year in Review

As 2021 comes to an end, it is difficult not to glance in the rearview mirror to see where we’ve been. The spring and summer seasons are so hectic it’s challenging to look past the day-to-day stress to see the big picture. So, here we are once again, with an opportunity to highlight a few […]

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The Survival Strategies of Bugs

If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that human beings are survivors. In many ways we’re just like bugs — we endure even in the face of danger and uncertainty, and find a way to carry on living.  Though humans do relatively well in the modern age, there is no shortage of survival […]

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How to Prepare Your Florida Lawn for Winter

The approaching cooler weather has those of us in pest control shifting gears from termites and ants to interior pests like grain beetles and spiders. The UPC lawn program is also going through a seasonal change. In addition to changing our “recipe” to meet the needs of the lawns and shrubs we service, there are […]

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DIY Solutions for Ants and Roaches

In my line of work I run into a great many do-it-yourself-ers, and I do everything I can to help them. If they succeed in solving their bug problem with my help, hopefully I’ve gained their trust. If they don’t, maybe they’ll come out of it with a greater appreciation for the work pest professionals […]

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Company News: Mike Arends

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and long-time employee, Mike Arends, who passed away peacefully in his home this week. Mike joined Universal Pest Control in the early 1980s after working for Terminix. His customers, many of whom knew Mike for thirty years or more, will remember his […]

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What You Need to Know About Centipedes and Millipedes (Legs and All!)

NOTE: We haven’t included images of individual species in this article (and only one image of a centipede) because some people can react negatively to the sight of these creatures. However, we have included source links where you can view species-specific reference images. Whenever someone mentions they’ve seen a centipede or millipede, do you ever […]

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The Most Beautiful Bugs in North America

What makes insects or bugs fascinating, even if some of them make you want to cringe? These tiny (or not so tiny!) creatures come in all shapes and sizes, some bearing all colors of the rainbow while others are drab and insignificant. Then there are the patterns! Some of the most beautiful bugs in North […]

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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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