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How to Keep Bugs Out of Your Home

The Not-So-Fun Facts about Bugs and Rodents in Tampa, Florida

Coby McConnell

Coby McConnell, owner Coby’s Tentless Termite & Pest Control

At Coby’s Pest Control, we know there are only a few things in life more disgusting than cockroaches. You can have the most immaculate home in the neighborhood, yet these nasty creatures can still infest your home and disrupt your lives, spreading diseases like salmonella, and dysentery, as well as roach dander that can lead to allergies and asthma in your family.

I want to share with you some serious facts about bugs and rodents in Tampa that you may never have heard before.

For example:

  • Were you aware there are a variety of cockroaches that are prominent in the South?
  • Beware of Smokey Brown Cockroaches, and other large species of roaches, because they are attracted to the lights in your house at night, and they fly to doors and windows searching for cracks and crevices by which to infiltrate your home.
  • Inspect your grill carefully. Some cockroaches, especially the large Smokey Browns, live inside gas grills where they crawl all over the cooking surface when it cools in order to feed on the grease. Ewwww!
  • There are also several species of ants with which to be concerned. Imported Fire Ants are everywhere down here. They infest homes and yards, stinging adults and children, causing painful injuries and, in some cases, death.
  • Ants set-up camp in the walls of your house and, in the case of Argentine ants, number in the millions.
  • NEVER SPRAY PHAROAH ANTS WITH BUG SPRAY! This causes the colonies to multiply, resulting in
    more than one troublesome group to eliminate.

You probably already know that rodents like mice and rats are notorious carriers of rabies and fleas. However, did you know they also transmit diseases like salmonella, hantavirus and lymphocytic choriomeningitis, when humans are exposed to their droppings? They are also known to munch on wiring, which can cause electrical short circuits, which may result in serious fires.

Bedbugs have emerged more prevalently in the last few years, and could very well show up in your home, especially if you travel frequently and stay in hotels.

Here’s a not-so-fun fact: Termites damage more homes in the United States each year than hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods combined!

Did you know that bees, yellow jackets and wasps kill more people in the United States each year than snakebites?

Silverfish and crickets chew holes and damage books, papers, clothing, upholstery, and other household items. Crickets also leave behind unsanitary droppings wherever they go.

Indian Meal Moths have made me crazy in recent years. They and Saw-tooth Grain Beetles are relentless, infesting bread, cereal, cornmeal, crackers, oatmeal and other grain products in your pantry.

You and your family do not have to fall victim to any of these creepy crawlies or airborne annoyances. If you’ve got a pest problem, or if you have any questions pertaining to bugs and rodents in the Tampa Bay area, call me, Coby McConnell, owner and president of Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control. It will be my pleasure to serve you! 727.462.0400.

PS:  And remember…As long as God keep’s makin’em, we’ll keep killin’em!

PSS:  Don’t forget to ask about our FREE 58-Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

When is termite damage NOT termite damage?- Coby’s Pest Control Clearwater

At Coby’s we see damaged wood all the time. Sometimes it’s termite damage and sometimes it water damage.

 

Watch this short video below to see the difference.

 

 

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The most horrible, sickening sound a homeowner can hear! – Tampa Bay Termite Damage

At Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control we get calls daily from homeowners who have discovered termites and termite damage in their homes. And believe me…they are NOT HAPPY.

FACT: No home is immune from termite attack.  If a home has had a proper termite treatment installed, it is much less likely to encounter a termite infestation.  But the fact remains, it is not a perfect system and there can still be problems.  That is why it is so important to keep and maintain your annual termite contract and maintenance inspection.

If you have a problem with termites…or any other pest…or simply a questions, call Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control at 727-462-0400 and ask for me, Coby McConnell.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Coby

PS. Don’t forget to ask about our FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Hidden Termite Damage in Tampa – Coby’s Tentless Termite Control

Hidden termite damage is something all homeowners worry about from time to time. So do pest management professionals.

Here at Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control, we understand that hidden termite damage exists in some homes.  That’s why we recommend keeping a close eye on termites and making every effort to stop them BEFORE they have the opportunity to do damage.

Our system of treating for termites is PROVEN to be effective and long-lasting. As a matter of fact, our tentless treatment for drywood termites may protect you home for 100 years or more!

Remember: Just because you don’t see termite doesn’t mean they aren’t there!

If you’ve got a problem with termites or any other pest…or simply a question…call Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control at 727-462-0400 and ask for me, Coby McConnell. I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime!

PS. Don’t forget to ask about our FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of YOUR home or office!

ZIKA Virus in Florida – Coby’s Pest Control

If you’re like all of us here at Coby’s Pest Control, you hate mosquito’s. They’re irritating, they drive you crazy, they make you itch…and they make you say things you wouldn’t want your grandmother to hear.  And now we have one more big reason to hate them.  It’s called the Zika Virus!AP432922569679-940x580

 
Unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere, you’ve already heard about The Zika virus and it’s link to Microcephaly in babies.CX1oRvQWEAAHfCW
 
And, if your also are like me, you had no idea what “Microcephaly in babies” is.
 
Microcephaly is a condition in which a new born baby’s head is smaller than normal.  Microcephaly usually is the result of the brain developing abnormally in the womb or not growing as it should after birth.  In fact, there have been 3,893 cases of microcephaly reported in Brazil since October, 2015, compared to only 147 cases in 2014. That’s over a 2600%…or 26 times…the number reported  last year. (At the time of this writing, researchers are looking at strong evidence that a pesticide introduced into the local water system may actually be the cause of microcephaly).

So, Zika fever is an illness carried by mosquitoes…and it has been identified in Florida,

In fact not only is it in Florida but it’s in the Tampa Bay area.

 Governor Rick Scott took the unprecedented action of declaring a Public health emergency in Florida.

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 Only 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus shows symptoms. That means 80% have no clue they’re infected.10-1939-F

 
Signs and symptoms of Zika include:
  •  low-grade fever
  • rash
  • joint pain
  • pink eye
  • body aches
  • headaches
  • back pain 
  • vomiting

 How you get itYou get Zike by being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Treatments:  There is no vaccine or treatment available at this time.

 Prevention: The best way to prevent the Zika virus infection is to avoid mosquito bites! Stay indoors with air-conditioning and/or screens on the windows and doors wear long pants and long sleeved shirts when outdoors.

 The best way to avoid mosquito bites is to make sure to take steps to eliminate mosquitos from your property.  You might want to contact your pest management professional and consult with them about mosquito control and prevention.
 

For more information about mosquito control and the Zika Virus, feel free to call Coby’s Pest Control at 727-462-0400 and ask for me, Coby McConnell.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

 

Here’s to helping YOU live PEST FREE,

 

Coby

 

PS.  And remember…as long as God keeps makin’em…we’ll keep killin’em!

Tentless Termite Treatments – Coby’s termite & pest control

Don’t even think of hiring a tentless termite company until you read this!

The other day saw a truck drive by and, on the side of it,  it read “Beware of tentless termite companies!”.

At first, I took offense to it, because Coby’s tentless termite & Pest Control is the most comprehensive tentless company in the Tampa Bay area…and beyond. I know the type of treatment that we do.  And it works very well.

WE GUARANTEE OUT WORK!

We come out to inspect your home 4 times a year…not once a year like some companies.  That way,  if there ever is a problem, we find it sooner and we take care of it as FAST.

So, as I started giving proposals for tentless termite treatments, I started asking…

  • “Have you had any other companies come out and give you a bid?”
  • “What type of treatment did they say they were going to provide?”

What I found shocked me!

Very few Tentless termite companies treated the whole house.  They only treat the spot where the termites are located. They DO NOT treat the whole house.

I must say that, if you get a bid from a company that does less than a whole house treatment… run Forrest run!

Now, I understand why the other company said “Beware of tentless termite companies”.

Because, under those circumstances, doing a spot treatment or partial treatments on a home it’s simply not going to protect the home.

As a tentless termite company, my job is to get to as much bare wood that is in your home as is possible and treat it with products that will penetrate deep into the wood.

My treatment will last for over 30 years.

We also treat with products that will transfer throughout the entire termite colony.

The most common places Coby’s treats are…

  • the attic
  • the crawlspace
  • around the doors and windows
  • and inside the wall voids
  • and in some cases we treat the floors
  • the furniture and cabinetry

The FACT is…every home is different and we customize each service to deal with the particular circumstances we find. No one-size-fits-all treatment works for all homes.

Bottom line: For almost 30 years, I have been PROVING that termite infestations can successfully be eliminated using tentless methods!

So, if you have a problem with termites…or simply a question…call Coby’s Tentless Termite & Pest Control at 727-462-0400 and ask for me, Coby McConnell, President. I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Here’s to helping YOU live PEST FREE!

Coby

PS. And remember…As long as God keep’s makin’em, we’ll keep killin’em!

PPS. Don’t forget to ask about our FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

Best treatment for drywood termites in Tampa – Coby’s Tentless Termite & Pest Control

The best treatment for Drywood termites in Tampa – Coby’s Tentless Termite & Pest Control

 Tent fumigations for Drywood termites works, no question about it. It is been around for almost 100 years. At Coby’s Tentless Termite & Pest Control, we’ve probably recommended a total of about 30 fumigations over the past 12 or 13 years.

Now…out of those 30, only about half took my suggestion. The other half still wanted us to use a tentless treatment.

So which treatment is better?

At Coby’s Tentless Termite & Pest Control, we recommend a tentless treatment 97% of the time!

Both treatments are a process. But, with a fumigation treatment, because there’s no residual to the product, when it’s safe for YOU to go back in, so can the termites!

And, when the Drywood termites do come back (and they always will with a fumigation), the company that treated your home will come back and spot treat the area of infestation (provided you keep up your warranty). But, they will NOT re-fumigate the entire home again.

Companies only re-fumigate after a swarm has occurred, which takes at least 5yrs and many fumigation company’s contracts are ONLY GOOD FOR 4 YEARS!

Preparation for a fumigation is time consuming and costly. You and your pets leaving your house for 3 days. 2 poisonous gasses are injected into your home. But these are supposed to be safe, but it is a FACT that people have died after re-entering their homes following a termite fumigation treatment!

A Tentless termite service will protect your home for over 30 years depending on the products that we use.

But, depending on the number of colonies that you have, it may take several visits to find all the colonies and eliminate them. This is mainly because the treatment is a liquid not a gas and it won’t penetrate in every nook and cranny the first treatment.

That’s why Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control comes back every 3 months to inspect and offer our life time warranty!

 Questions I ask when recommending a treatment method for termite control for YOUR home:

If it was MY home, how would I treat it?

  • How was the home constructed?
  • What type of roof?
  • Is it a freestanding building?
  • How many colonies of termites are there?
  • Where are the termites located?
  • What’s your budget?
  • How long will you be living in the home?
  • What type of preparation will it take?
  • Which Method is SAFER?

Bottom line: For almost 30 years, I have been PROVING that termite infestations can successfully be eliminated using tentless methods!

So, if you have a problem with termites…or simply a question…call Coby’s Tentless Termite & Pest Control at 727-462-0400 and ask for me, Coby McConnell, President. I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Here’s to helping YOU live PEST FREE!

Coby

PS. And remember…As long as God keep’s makin’em, we’ll keep killin’em!

PPS. Don’t forget to ask about our FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

Ant treatment that works fast

Ants in Pinellas County

If you live in Pinellas County you ether have ants or are going to get them.

each year more ant species are brought in to the county and it’s only going to get worse.

When looking for a solution for an ant problem, you need an ant treatment that works fast.

At Coby’s Tentless Termite & Pest Control your Bugs will start to die in lass than 1 minute after your 1st treatment. NOW THAT’S FAST!

This video will show you in real time how fast our treatments start to work.

 

PS.  Call Coby’s Pest Control today at 727-462-0400 for a FREE Pest Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

PPS. Also don’t forget to ask about how YOU can receive 3 Months FREE Pest Control!

www.CobysPestControl.com

Bug man gets bit by spider

This is something that I thought would never have  happen to me. But more importantly, don’t let this happen to you!

Inspect for spiders around your home. Look in the shrubs, eves, around trees, in the garage, and oh ya don’t forget your shoes.

If you like to bring something to drink when you go to bed, It’s a good idea to cover it up. People have been known to drink spiders.

 

 

 

PS.  Call Coby’s Pest Control today at 727-462-0400 for a FREE Pest Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

PPS. Also don’t forget to ask about how YOU can receive 3 Months FREE Pest Control!

www.CobysPestControl.com

Rats inside house Tampa Bay, Largo Fl Coby’s Pest Control

The last thing anyone wants is to have a rat come into your home.

Worse yet having them climb all over your kitchen cabinets,leaving behind urine and feces everywhere.

The clean up is bad enough,but catching them before they do any damage to the electrical wires, plumbing pipes or air conditioning duct work is crucial.

Click on the arrow below to see a house in Largo Fl, that had a rat infestation. and how on the first trip we went 3 for 4 catching 3 rat in 4 traps.

More to come on this home.

 

PS.  Call Coby’s Pest Control today at 727-462-0400 for a FREE Pest Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

PPS. Also don’t forget to ask about how YOU can receive 3 Months FREE Pest Control!

www.CobysPestControl.com