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Brrrr! Winter Weather’s Effects on BUGS and other PESTS…

So, you thought that this cold weather would knock out all the Florida critters we deal with? Well think again! In Florida, WE BREED BUGS! And just because we are having a spot of “frigidness” (is that a word?) here and there, for the most part it’s never long enough to really knock out any of the bugs like it may up north. Just think about it…last night we were supposed to reach freezing temperatures and in the next two days we’ll be back in the 80’s!! The bugs and critters (as well as the lawn, plants & flowers) are CONFUSED–and I hope this information helps you NOT BE.

When winter weather arrives, some pests go into hibernation while others enter homes seeking warmth and food sources. We want to encourages homeowners to take several precautions against common winter pests like mice, rats, raccoons, cockroaches and spiders. Here are some “Prevent-a-Tips” to prevent an infestation now, and over the next few months.

the bug stops here logoIf you have already been invaded by any of these OR others, you can count on us at PEST CONTROL GENERAL STORE to help you eliminate the problems SAFELY and effectively. Ask us how, then Do-It-Youself!! We are Professional Pest Management Specialists…not sales clerks! The products we sell and the advice that we offer far surpasses discount chain stores. There is no comparison. You’ll find us in Holiday, Florida at:  2636 US Highway 19, or online at www.pestcontrolgeneral.com as well as on Facebook! Oh…and be on the lookout for our NEW e-Commerce Website coming soon!! We will now be able to ship our products and provide our expert advice all across the nation!

House Mice
The house mouse is the most commonly encountered rodent in the United States. House mice usually nest in dark, secluded areas like attics and storage buildings and garages. This rodent can cause serious property damage by chewing through drywall and also wires that can then spark an electrical fire. House mice are also known to contaminate food and spread diseases, including Salmonella and tapeworms.

Prevent-a-Tips:

Mice can fit through an opening as small as a dime. Seal cracks and holes on the outside of the home with caulk and steel wool.

Keep areas clear and store boxes off of the floor because mice like to hide in clutter.

Regularly inspect the home for signs of mice, such as droppings, gnaw marks and damaged food.

Norway RatsNorway Rats
Norway rats often nest in piles of debris and other undisturbed materials. They are known to gnaw through almost anything – including plastic or lead pipes – to obtain food or water. They can cause extensive damage to your property. Norway rats are also a vector of many diseases like jaundice, rat-bite fever and cowpox virus.

Prevent-a-Tips:

Norway rats can fit through an opening as small as ½ inch (or the size of a quarter).

Inspect the outside of the home for any gaps or crack and fill them with silicone caulk.

Eliminate sources of moisture in crawl spaces and basements.

Regularly inspect inside the home for signs of an infestation, including greasy rub marks caused by the rat’s oily fur.

German Roach InfestationGerman Cockroaches
The German cockroach is the most common species of cockroach found throughout the world! German cockroaches prefer to live in small areas close to food and moisture, so human homes make the perfect habitat. This type of cockroach often hitchhikes indoors via grocery bags, boxes and secondhand appliances, and is commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms. German cockroaches can contaminate food sources and spread bacteria and human pathogens. Moreover, cockroach allergens are know to trigger allergies and exacerbate asthma symptoms, especially in children.

Prevent-A-Tips:

Keep counters and floors clean and free of crumbs.

Vacuum frequently and dispose of garbage regularly.

Pay attention to kitchens and bathrooms, especially under appliances and sinks.

Be aware of bringing in second-hand items! Thoroughly inspect furniture, appliances, even clothes, books and nick-nacks for they can introduce an infestation to your home!!!

Brown Recluse SpiderBlack Widow and Brown Recluse Spiders
Brown recluse spiders prefer to spin webs in undisturbed places, such as closets, attics, crawl spaces and garages. Like other types of spiders, the brown recluse is frequently found inside cardboard boxes, along window moldings and in seldom-used clothing and shoes. These spiders can bite and inject venom if disturbed, making them dangerous to humans.

Prevent-A-Tips:

Keep trees and shrubs trimmed away from the home and cut back limbs overhanging the roof. This will help reduce the chance of spiders finding a way inside.

Store clothing and shoes inside plastic containers. Pay special attention to shoes, baseball mitts and gloves that aren’t used as frequently as other items, as spiders like to hide inside them.

If you suspect you have a spider bite, seek prompt medical attention.

mean racoon imageRaccoons
Raccoons are commonly found all throughout Florida (and the country.) This type of wild animal occasionally enters homes through attics or chimneys in search of a denning site. Raccoons are a major host of rabies in the United States.

Prevent-a-Tips:

Store trashcans and recycling bins in sealed areas such as a locked shed or outhouse. If trashcans are kept outdoors, use animal-proof lids.

Inspect the outside of your home for access points, such as broken vent covers.

Repair any loose siding or shingles.

Install a mesh cover or cap over chimneys and other exposed openings to prevent entry.

Keep tree branches trimmed back from the house.

I hope you find these Prevent-a-Tips helpful. If we can be of any service to you in helping eliminate these or any other pests, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (727) 942-3551. Or, better yet, visit us in our store, or online!

Have a SAFE Spray,

The Florida Bug Expert Mona Giordano, CPO

The Florida Bug Expert
Mona Giordano, CPO

Mona Giordano, Certified Pest Control Operator

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TOTALLY OFF TOPIC, BUT…

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So…I’ve been struggling with trying to learn how to BLOG, Tweet, Pin, Post, Link, etc., etc., and I have been completely OVERWHELMED by it ALL!  It seems like I’ve had an identity crisis going on within.  I am an entrepreneur to the max and I wear so many hats that I could never decide which business (or ministry) that I wanted to do all of the Social Media on? Truth is, I wanted to do it on ALL of them and I’ve learned that it just isn’t possible with my crazy-busy schedule.

So here’s what I do–who I am; I am a State Certified Pest Control Operator, and Retail Store Owner/Operator. This business is called Pest Control General Store and we (my husband, Peter and myself) have been “doin bugs” for the past 26 years, at this location and about 30+ years total. (okay, now you know I’m no spring chicken.)  We are experts in our field and what we do is teach homeowners and businesses how to DO THEIR OWN PEST CONTROL IN HOMES, BUSINESSES, LAWNS AND PETS using the professional strength products and tools or our trade so the results are not only effective, but, more importantly, SAFE for the applicator, children and pets (as well as the environment). Please visit our FB page Pest Control General Store and visit our (going to be totally re-done) website at www.pestcontrolgeneral.com.

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Another one of the hats I wear is that of a Thirty-One Gifts Consultant. I am a “Bag Lady!”of sorts. This is one of my more entertaining jobs as every time I go to work, I end up at a party! LOL This is a direct sales position selling purses and totes, accessories, home organizational items, etc. and I just love it!! If you’re wondering what it is, go to: www.mythirtyone.com/monalisa and check out the fun and functional products!!

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 When I’m not busy doing one of those, you can find me Doing a vendor event or expo with my sideline business “Inspirational BLING!” This one kind of came about as an extension of a Coffee Church I used to have called The Coffee Spot House of Praise (a non-denominational church, cleverly disguised as a coffee shop) anyway, I sold costume jewelry that was affordable and really cute, while being a positive witness by the wearer. It is  Crosses and Bible Verses on necklaces, bracelets, phone charms, etc. It just caught on and women LOVE IT, so I kept doing it even when the Coffee Spot closed. (The reason it closed is because I nearly died and had to have a liver transplant back in October of 2010. That’s another BLOG in itself!)

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If you haven’t noticed by now, I am a Christian and I love my Savior, Jesus Christ!! This is my very favorite thing that I do out of all of them! I am a singer/songwriter, the women’s ministry director at my church and sold-out believer. In that role, I lead Women’s Bible Studies, Sing on the Praise Team and hopefully lead people into the arms of Jesus by the way I live my life. It IS, afterall, about the walk and not the talk!

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I’m also a wife, mother of 3 (Mike, Lauren and Chris) and grandmother of 2 wonderful boys (Trevin and Travis ages 6 and 2, respectively. Yes, life is busy, but it is GOOD! 

Well, there you go. This is just my way of letting you know just a little about me. Who I am, what I do, What I’m passionate about in my life each and every day. If you would like to know more, I am more than happy to share. Just contact me and we’ll chat (or text or tweet, or….) If you are curious about the Liver transplant, go to You Tube and check out Mona Giordano: Miracles Still Happen. That pretty much shows it all in about a 3-minute song! 

I love Jesus, I love my life, I love my family and the many hats I wear! FYI, I’ve decided that I need to direct my attention to the Pest Control General Store (floridabugexpert.com) as far as the BLOGS and Tweets and Posts go. I’m going to see if I can make myself “relevant” organically (is that the right term? I’ve so much to learn!) and if I fare well–who knows, maybe I’ll start another business teaching Social Media to people like myself that have had their heads buried in the sand only to wake up and find that it’s a must do or you’ll surely not survice kinda-thing!

Until next time, when I get back on topic–Have a Safe Spray and Be Blessed!

Mona Giordano

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A photo shoot of my youngest son and I when we recorded our CD “DEVOTION” by The Giordano’s

 

PEST CONTROL: To Do (It Myself) or not to do (it Myself) that is the question?

The Florida Bug ExpertMona Giordano, CPO

The Florida Bug Expert
Mona Giordano, CPO

So many people are trying to do their own pest control these days. Most of them (sadly) have had to resort to that because of the economy. However, I am here to tell you that Doing Your Own Pest Control is an amazingly smart idea! Not only can you save a ton of money, you will actually get better results, in most cases, because it’s your home and you will take more care and can monitor more closely (you also don’t have to be at the Jones’s in 15 minutes for your next appointment and scrimp on the chemical because you spilled it at the last job!).  Now I’m-a not-a talkin bout attempting to do the job with over-the-counter products applied haphazardly in places they have no business being. I’m talking about using Professional Pesticides under the direct instruction of a Certified Pest Control Operator (and their staff of trained professionals).  You see, that’s what I do. I instruct homeowners and businesses how to do the job SAFELY and EFFECTIVELY.

My name is Mona Giordano, and I am a State Certified Pest Control Operator AND the co-owner (with my husband, Peter) of the Pest Control General Store located in Holiday, Florida.

In Florida, we have bugs, we breed bugs!! Partially due to the fact that we have a sub-tropical climate and partially because we are such a transient state. We have cargo ships coming into port from all over the world–and many of them are bringing along some unwelcome guests. You know the ones I mean…BED BUGS, Ants, and a wide range of other insect pests that we once had under control in this country, but because we are “global” they are back–and back with a vengeance!

Okay, perhaps you don’t have a local Certified Pest Control Operator or a Do-Your-Own Pest Control store down the block. What are you to do? Easy. Send us a bug (on clear scotch tape, and mark the outside of the envelope “HAND CANCEL” so the critter does not get squashed!) And WE will identify the insect AND recommend exactly the right products and the Professional Instructions on how you can get the job done! We’ll wrap it up and ship it out, complete with in detail instructions and our contact info in case you need to talk to us personally.

If you suspect you are having a BED BUG problem–NO PROBLEM! We can help!! Our primary concern will always be on the safety of you, your family, children, pets and of course, the environment.

In most cases (not in the case of Drywood Termites that require a “tent fumigation” performed with lethal gases) and most states (except California, New York and a few others) you are legally allowed to purchase our products and apply them yourself and I promise you, you WILL GET THE RESULTS YOU ARE DESPERATELY NEEDING!

Just ask us how, then do the job yourself.

You can contact me, Mona Giordano, at (727) 942-7412 / mgiordano07@gmail.com. I will be happy to help!