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Tampa Bay Termite Control – Coby’s Tentless Termite Control

At Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control, we get lots of calls for termites, both dry wood termites and subterranean termites.

When most people think of termites in Florida, they have visions of their home being covered in one of those large brightly colored tents. They also envision having to spend thousands of dollars to have that type of treatment done.

At Coby’s, we have developed a very successful method of treating homes for subterranean termites WITHOUT having to tent the whole house.  It is much less invasive and much less expensive…and we GUARANTEE THE WORK!

When faced with a termite infestation and having to hire a pest management company to come in and do a treatment, it is wise to get at least two, preferably three estimates and then make your decision as to who you want to hire.

Prices can vary quite a bit from company to company, but price is not the only issue. You want to make sure you hire someone you TRUST to DO THE JOB RIGHT!

  • If you’re like most people, your home is your most prized possession and you want to PROTECT IT FROM DAMAGE from termites.
  • You want to hire someone who is HONEST and will do a GREAT JOB and stand behind it with a GREAT GUARANTEE.
  • You also only want to pay a FAIR PRICE and not a penny more.

That’s why you should make sure you include us in the estimates. We will give you all of the above…plus a lot more!

If you have a problem, or simply a question…about termites or any other pest, call Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control at 727-458-7900 and ask for me, Coby McConnell. I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

I look forward to hearing from you soon,

Coby

PS.  Be sure to visit our website at www.CobysPestControl.com to find out how to protect YOUR home from unwanted pests!

PPS.  And be sure to ask about our FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

Bedbug Control in Clearwater, Fla. – Coby’s Pest Control

Bedbug control in Clearwater and surrounding areas is becoming more and more in demand here at Coby’s Pest Control.

Bedbugs have made a dramatic comeback in major cities all across America in recent years.  Much of this is due to in increase in international travel.  Hence, your best chance of picking up bedbugs and introducing them into your home is by staying in a hotel room that is infested with them.

There are certain precautions you should take before staying in a hotel room. These include…

1.Ask the hotel management if they have regular bedbug inspections and control.

2.  Inspect the beds in your room for signs of bedbugs, including small spots of dried blood and live bedbugs.  These will be hiding in folds and seams along the edge of the mattress.

3. Look for signs of bedbugs behind  pictures over the bed and in desk drawers near the bed.

If you think you have been exposed to bedbugs, it is a good idea to have your home inspected.  If left unchecked, bedbugs can increase in alarming numbers and they become very difficult to control and eradicate.

Bedbugs bite you while you sleep and suck your blood. The bites are not painful and usually go unnoticed until small whelps or bumps appear, usually around the head, neck and shoulders.

If you would like to know more about bedbugs and how to control them, visit our www.CobysPestControl.com or call 727-458-7900 and ask for me, Coby McConnell. I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

And don’t forget to ask about our FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office.

Here’s to helping YOU live PEST FREE!

Coby

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

Cobys’ Tentless Termite and Pest Control.

Termite Control in Clearwater, Fla.

Termite season is here folks.  Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control in Clearwater, Fla. is being inundated with more termite swarm calls than ever before.

If you have termites in your home or office, it’s not a time to consider home do-it-yourself pest control.  You don’t have the equipment or the knowledge to effectively eradicate termites from your home. It’s not like having ants or cockroaches.  Termites will destroy your home if you don’t stop them.  It’s a job for a professional.

Visit our website at  www.CobysPestControl.com and find lots of helpful information there.  Read our articles and get your questions answered.

And feel free to give us a call at 727-459-7900 and ask for me, Coby McConnell.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Also, don’t forget to ask about our FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home.  No strings. No obligation.   Just our way of helping you solve your pest problems in the best way for YOU.

Here’s to helping YOU live PEST FREE!

Coby

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

Tampa Bay Area Termite Control – Coby’s Tentless Termite Treatment!

Here in the Tampa Bay area, termite control is serious business.  It’s a FACT that termites damage more homes in the U.S. each year than fires, floods, tornados and hurricanes combined!

There are essentially two different types of termites we deal with.

  1. Subterranean Termites – These are the ones that live below the soil surface (hence the name subterranean) and, due to their high moisture requirements, only travel above ground to feed.
  2. Drywood Termites – These are the ones that live above the soil surface and can survive and thrive in your walls, roof and ceiling without having to return to the soil for moisture.

Most of the severe damage done to homs each year is done by subterranean termites.  However, drywood termites can do considerable damage as well, especially if left unchecked and allowed to grow and multiply.

Drywood termites are also capable of infesting furniture and other personal items made of wood and/or wood products.

Subterranean termites are generally controlled by using either a liquid soil barrier treatment or a termite baiting system, or in some cases, a combination of both.

Drywood termite treatments often require the house to be “tented” or fumigated.  This involves wrapping the entire house in an airtight tent and injecting a gas that will penetrate all areas and kill the existing termite colony (ies).

Termite treatments can be very expensive, especially the tenting, or fumigation treatments for drywood termites.

At Coby’s Termite and Pest Control, we specialize in a refined treatment for drywood termites that is “tentless” (and much less expensive).  We locate and target the specific termite colonies and inject a borate based product to kill them on contact right where they are located without involving a costly treatment of the rest of the home.

If you’ve got a problem with termites in the Tampa Bay Area…or any other pest…or simply a question…call Coby’s Termite and Pest Control at 727-458-7900 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 don’t forget to ask about our FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office.

PPS.  Also check out our UNMATCHED GUARANTEE which simply states…  “You will be 100% Happy or you won’t pay a penny…period!”

Clearwater Termite and Pest Control – Coby’s Pest Prevention Tips

Clearwater pest control companies stay busy year round eliminating termites, roaches, ants, spiders, scorpions, rats, mice and other pests from people’s homes and offices.

Homeowner’s spend countless millions of dollars each year in an attempt to control unwanted pests. And these same pests do millions of dollars in damages to structures and food sources.  It is a never ending problem…and one that will continue to exist as long as man and pests inhabit the earth.

One big way to eliminate pests INSIDE homes is to make sure they stay on the OUTSIDE. That means securing the structure and making sure it as pest-proof as possible.

There are many things you, the homeowner, can do to help keep unwanted pests out of your home.

These include…

  • Sealing cracks and openings around door thresholds, window sills, pipes, vents, cracks, louvres and eaves.
  • Practicing good sanitation, which includes not leaving food crumbs on the countertops and floors
  • Not leaving pet food out
  • Keeping tight fitting lids on trash and garbage containers
  • Keeping and maintaining a well-manicured outside perimeter
  • Insuring proper drainage around the outside of the house
  • Making sure gutters are unclogged and free-flowing
  • Keeping foods such as cereals, breads, grains, oatmeal, crackers, etc. in tight fitting containers such as Tupperware.

These are just a few things homeowners can do to help control and prevent pest problems inside their homes.

If you have a pest problem…or simply a question…call Coby’s Termite and Pest Control at 727-458-7900 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!

PPS. We also have a GUARANTEE that is UNMATCHED by any of our competitors!

Clearwater Termite Control – How to keep termites away from your home

Termite control here in Florida is a year round problem.  But the biggest surge is in the spring when subterranean termites swarm.

Many people see flying insects in or around their homes and don’t know if it’s termites or ants.  That would be a good time to give your pest management professional a call and get a proper identification.

Subterranean termites live in the ground.  They only come above ground to feed on cellulose products (wood, paper, cardboard, leaf litter, etc.).  They construct tubes, or tunnels, made from the soil in which they inhabit.  They use these tunnels to travel back and forth from the colony to the food source.

As a homeowner, there are several things YOU can do to protect your home from subterranean termites and the damage they can do.

  • Make sure there is no untreated wood in contact with the soil (siding, steps, step stringers, supports, etc.).
  • Make sure there is no cellulose debris on the crawlspace floor.
  • Make sure rainwater drains away from the house properly.
  • Do not store firewood, lumber, hay, straw, mulch or any other cellulose product adjacent to the house.
  • Have the soil around the house properly treated.
  • Make sure you have the house inspected at least once a year by a professional pest management expert.
  • If termites do appear, it is imperative that you take immediate action to avoid any damage. If you ignore them, they will not go away.

Remember: Termites do more damage to homes in the U.S. each year than floods, fires, tornados and hurricanes combined!

Don’t let YOUR home become a statistic.

If you have a problem…or even a question…about termites, roaches, ants, bedbugs, rats, mice or any other pest, call Coby’s Termite and Pest Control at 727-458-7900 and ask for me, Coby McConnell, owner/president.  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!

Clearwater Pest Control – How to control cockroaches in your home!

In and around Clearwater, pest control operators get lots of calls each year from homeowners who are seeing cockroaches in and around their homes.

Actually, there are several species that love to get into homes.  And, the one that causes the most problems for homeowners is the small, brown German Cockroach (Blattella germanica).

German cockroaches can increase in numbers in a very short time.  If you see one in your home, you need to kill it if you can.

Normally, German cockroaches are introduced into homes from other places such as supermarkets, storage boxes, or even in or on clothing after visiting some place that is infested.

If you see cockroaches in your home, you should call your pest management professional and let them come and take a look.  If the cockroaches are allowed to remain and are not treated, they can reproduce over a period of time and become a nightmare to eradicate.  It can take a very long time to get rid of them.

Pest Management Professionals use an assortment of tools to treat for cockroaches, including…

  • Baits
  • Sprays
  • Dusts
  • Sanitation
  • Mechanical barriers

At Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control, we practice Integrated Pest Management, which is the use of both chemical and non-chemical methods to control cockroaches and other pests.

If you have questions about cockroaches…or any other pest…call Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control at 727-352-6762 and ask for me, Coby McConnell. I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Here’s to helping YOU to live BUG FREE!

Coby

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

And don’t forget to visit our website at  www.CobysPestControl.com.

Clearwater Pest Control – Bed Bug Infestations on the Rise!

Clearwater pest control operators are getting more and more calls from frantic homeowners who have discovered bedbugs in their homes!

Have you ever thought that a bed bug infestation can’t happen to you? Well, in January 2013 Orkin put out a 2012 Top 50 list of most infested cities across the United States which shows an increase in infestations across the county. Bed Bug infestations in Tampa and St Petersburg put these cities at #44, even though in 2011 they didn’t even make it on the list. Miami and Ft. Lauderdale rank #25 on the list.

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In late 2011 Pest Control Technology (PCTonline.com) wrote an article including research from the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky showing a dramatic increase of bed bug infestations in places outside of the home. These include:

  • College dorms (54 percent, up from 35 percent a year ago)
  • Hotels/motels (80 percent, up from 67 percent a year ago)
  • Nursing homes (46 percent, up from 25 percent a year ago)
  • Office buildings (38 percent, up from 17 percent a year ago)
  • Schools and day care centers (36 percent, up from 10 percent a year ago)
  • Transportation (train/bus/taxi) (18 percent up from nine percent a year ago)
  • Hospitals (31 percent, up from 12 percent a year ago)
  • Movie theaters (17 percent, up from four percent a year ago)

 

Don’t bring these little bloodsuckers into your home. Protect yourself and your family today!

If you have questions about bedbugs…or any other pest…call Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control at 727-352-6762 and ask for me, Coby McConnell. I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Here’s to helping YOU live BUG FREE!

Coby

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

Clearwater Pest Control – Don’t let the bedbugs bite!

We would like to thank Attorney Walt Blenner for being our guest blogger this week at Coby’s Tentless Termite & Pest Control. To contact Attorney Walt Blenner please visit his website at: http://www.blennerlawgroup.com

Despite their tiny size, bed bugs have become an enormous problem and health risk in both rental units and hotel/motel rooms in recent years.

First, a little bit about bed bugs:

  • They can survive for 1 year without eating. Think about that next time you store your luggage in the closet after the last trip;
  • They’re hitchhikers. Many unsuspecting people import bed bugs on their clothes or luggage to their next destination;
  • They’re nocturnal and they love heat. So, when you crawl into those sheets, all warm and snuggly, your body heat, along with the time of day, are working to wake up these little buggers to get to work – munching on you;
  • A tell-tale sign of a room infested with many bed bugs is, believe it or not, a “sweet aroma”. Some say it smells like raspberries, others say it smells of a “stale granola bar”.

Now, bed bug bites are a real nuisance but nobody’s died from these bites according to my research. The range of symptoms from a bite is from a red slightly swollen welt that itches to intense burning. This can be multiplied by the dozens with many bites and the discomfort increases as well. It largely depends on the sensitivity of the individual.

There are exceptions in the extreme – in 2007 a wealthy couple sued a posh London hotel after suffering hundreds and hundreds of bites. While they physically recovered, they alleged severe psychological trauma claiming they would wake up in the middle of the night feeling like they were crawling with bugs. They also developed a fear of travel and hotel stays. The internet is silent on the outcome of the suit which tells me there was probably a nice settlement with a confidentiality clause to keep them from yapping about their windfall.

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So over the years hotels have been put on notice that failure to inspect and treat for pests such as bed bugs can result in a claim for negligence and expose them to liability and lawsuits. There aren’t a lot of commercial insurance policies that cover hotel/motels for bed bug liability.  Most likely any settlement will be coming from the hotel owner themselves. You’d think this would be enough incentive to protect customers from bed bug bites, but some innkeepers are just willing to roll the dice that the unwary consumer will not pursue a claim further. Don’t make this mistake.

How do you know if those bumps on your body in the morning are from bed bugs? Other than the rancid sweet smell, there are other ways to do your own detective work:

  • First, pull off the top sheet and inspect the bottom sheet. If you see red splotches this is either the unfortunate bug you rolled over onto during the night, or it could represent what they excreted after having a drink at your expense. Gross, I know;
  • Lift the mattress. Look behind the headboard. Look in folds of linens and comforters. Bed bugs have shells called “cuticles”. When they shed their exoskeletons, they eventually find their way into crevices and under mattresses. They may even stick to the headboard after shedding; and,
  • If you went to bed last night with nary a bump and you wake up 8 hours later red and swollen, that’s really the best evidence of an event which took place in your bed that you didn’t initiate.

If your skin is crawling at this point, I get it. These little guys which look like a lady bug’s uglier cousin become absolutely grotesque when magnified. And nobody likes the thought of being a bug’s blood host.

I’ve made it a habit to check the bedding area of my hotel room to determine if there is any evidence of bed bugs before I get tired and ready to turn in. Be proactive. And, as discussed, this doesn’t only happen in The Flop House Inn. It can happen anywhere. Better hotels inspect, hire a pest control company and inspect again. Bed bugs are preventable.

However, if you wake up from a long night’s sleep looking like a gigantic welt, and there is abounding evidence of bed bugs around and you want to preserve your rights to make a claim against the hotel or even file a lawsuit, here are some steps to consider:

  • Contact the local public health department – some cities even have a special department that deals with hospitality bed bug issues;
  • Take many photographs of the room, the bed and the infestation;
  • Notify the front desk of your extreme displeasure, and ask the hotel if they knew of the existence of bed bugs in this room. Many do, and only rent those infected rooms when all others are already occupied;
  • Document your injury by taking photos of your body since the welts will reduce in size and appearance fairly quickly. Save the sensitive photos of body parts unless absolutely needed in court, and provide the hotel photos of your more obvious bites;
  • Get medical attention to further document your injury;
  • The more egregious the evidence of actual knowledge of a bed bug infestation, the stronger the claim will be. So document everything before you checkout of the hotel – it’s called “preserving the evidence” in the law. While you can make your own claim, to maximize settlement potential you may want to consult with an attorney.

The best way to prevent bed bug injuries is to be your own best advocate: Inspect your room, report bug activity to create actual notice to the front desk, and always ask for another room. If they cannot, get your money back and head to a competing hotel, if possible. You’ll thank yourself for it later.

If you have questions about bedbugs…or any other pest…call Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control at 727-352-6762 and ask for me, Coby McConnell. I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Here’s to helping YOU live BUG FREE!

Coby

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

Clearwater Termite Control – Ants or Termites?

Clearwater pest control operators get lots of calls, especially in the early spring and summer, from homeowners who have discovered flying insects in or around their homes and don’t know if it is termites or ants.

Those pesky ants that you see flying around the house might not be ants! Ants and termites both fly when they are reproducing. They look very similar to the untrained eye, but the termites can cause serious damage to your home. If you’re seeing “Flying ants” be sure to call us today for your free termite and pest control inspection. Coby’s can identify and exterminate any “Flying ants” or “Flying termites” before they destroy your home.

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If you have questions about ants, termites…or any other pest…call Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control at 727-352-6762 and ask for me, Coby McConnell. I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Here’s to helping YOU live BUG FREE!

Coby

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