Got a question? Call us or send us an email or if you’re in the area, stop in the store. We’re always happy to give professional advice on pest problems and concerns.**

**Always read and follow manufacturer’s labels and directions.

Here are some questions that are asked often.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell what kind of bug I have a problem with?

If you are unsure what kind of roach, spider, termite or other kind of bug you have, the best way to find out is to have it identified by a professional at Pest Control General Store. See the comments in the next section on instructions for bringing in samples…

What is the best way to catch a specimen for identification?

For Roaches or larger insects, just catch a couple and bring them in a disposable bowl or jar.

For Ants, catch several on CLEAR scotch tape and then affix the tape to white paper without folding the tape together. Seal the edges so they don’t escape in transport.

If it’s a spider, we recommend that you spray it with hairspray and then place it in a ziploc bag to give to one of our Pest Management Consultants for identification. Without knowing if it is venomous, this is the safest way to handle them.

Will the products I treat my home with be environmentally safe to both humans and our pets?

The various pesticides, baits, traps, and pest management strategies used by Pest Control General Store are the very latest in technology that the industry has to offer. Environmentally friendly products along with Integrated Pest Management strategies are used to give our customers they very best in low impact and effective results.

What is the number one residential insect problem we face in the Tampa Bay Area?

There is no longer a single “number one” insect problem here in Florida!  The current ranking goes like this: Fleas, Ants, German Roaches and BED BUGS.  Each one of these insects have a very specific form of treatment; for example, Ants are always treated FIRST with a bait and then an insecticide. Fleas, German Roaches and Bed Bugs have to have an “Insect Growth Regulator” (Birth Control) product added for the first treatment.  And all of the above, require treating particular areas of outside as well.  We will go through all the details, when you come into the store or when your product is shipped.

How prevalent are termite problems in Central Florida?

Our area has a very active termite population. There are several different treatment techniques available depending on the species of Termite.  Most are able to be treated by Homeowners and Business Owners, but in the case of the Drywood Termite, the only products we can sell to the general public are for spot treating.  That particular type of Termite requires a Tent Fumigation and the chemicals and equipment are not available to the general public for safety purposes.

If you suspect that you have any type of Termite activity. Bring us a sample of the bugs, wings or droppings for proper identification and we’ll let you know if it is SAFE and/or feasible for you to do it yourself.

Why do insects return to my trees even after they have been sprayed?

The number one reason is that just spraying your trees when you get insects is not enough. With carriers such as the wind and birds, insects can re-infest your trees or shrubs. As a general rule of thumb, there will always be about three treatments necessary to stop the problem and then regular inspections and follow-ups to maintain control.

Find the Source

With the warm and humid climate found throughout much of Florida, a wide range of insects can become pests to residents. The following list of web links are presented to assist Florida residents in identifying and understanding pest insects they may encounter.

Florida Entomology Society