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Four Frightening Venomous Snakes in Florida

As the owner of a pest control company, I have had plenty of encounters with sneaky snakes, and I have received panicked calls from customers frantic to know whether or not a specific snake found in their landscape is dangerous, or “poisonous.” This is an understandable concern, but as owner and president of Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control, it is my job to, not only exterminate them, but to make sure you know which venomous snakes in Florida constitute a danger and which ones are virtually harmless.

Snakes are not “poisonous,” but venomous. It is the venom injected into bodies through snakebites that can cause physical harm or death. Poison is something ingested, like if you were to lick your hands after handling a bufo toad or something.

Florida has four venomous snakes that can cause significant harm to humans and pets:

The Eastern Coral Snake. This nasty reptile should be avoided at all costs! It carries a neurotoxin that can paralyze the diaphragm. It has red and yellow, horizontal stripes next to each other along its slithering body, so if you see red! Stop!!

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Cottonmouth/Water Moccasin

The Florida Cottonmouth aka Water Moccasin. These snakes are, obviously, water reptiles. You can identify them more from what appears to be black eye liner, found on adults and babies, which runs down, along the side of the head. This snake can be a dull black color, or it may have patterns. No matter what, look for the eye liner to identify as a cottonmouth/water moccasin.

The Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake. This one wins the award for being the one most responsible for snakebites in Florida. Beware of this little devil! This is a small snake, as snakes go, measuring only 15-20 inches long. They have a small rattle that sounds more like a buzz than a rattle. They have black spots along their back, and their bites really hurt! Their venom is not fatal, however children should be warned, as their petite size may tempt small hands!

The Eastern Diamondback Rattle. This guy is a biggie! This type grows to be between five and six feet-long, and can easily strike from a coiled position to a distance half its body length. Beware! Do not get too close for any reason, because that is how people get bitten by this snake. You can recognize this snake from the distinct diamond pattern along the body, and a very distinctive rattle at the tail’s end.

I am proud to provide outstanding pest control for your home or business in Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, St Pete, Tarpon Springs, Tampa and surrounding areas. If you’ve got a problem with snakes…or any other pest…or you simply have a question…call me at Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control today at 727-498-1977.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime!

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.

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Coby is the Tentless Termite Terminator

I have had the opportunity to provide my services to many home and business owners, primarily using tentless termite treatments. Two types of termites plague wooden structures here in Tampa Bay: subterranean and dry wood.

Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control have a variety of treatment solutions to exterminate these pests.

Subterranean – These ground-dwellers face certain death when we dig 4”x6” trenches around homes and structures, and we apply one of three products that the termites carry back to their colonies and spread to their peers. This method is proven effective to transfer the insecticide to the colonies, or render their jaws paralyzed so they are unable to eat and survive.

Monitoring stations are very effective observation tools, which allow us to check for further termite activity or re-infestation. These stations are checked every three months, as a means of keeping your home or office termite-free.

Dry Wood – These are a bit more challenging to control. Often, I see massive swarms of termites, especially in older neighborhoods, where they can appear like a cloud. You can tell a home is infested with dry wood termites when it is wrapped up like a Christmas present, tented for noxious gases to penetrate cracks, crevices and places standard treatments do not cover.

The issue with tented termite treatments is the short-term effectiveness. There is also the need for you to remove yourselves, your family, pets, food, medication and cosmetics for a minimum of 72 hours. When you can safely re-enter your home, so can the termites.

Tentless termite treatments are more effective, because the high pressure foam used penetrates the wood, lasting a much longer term. In most cases, all bare wood can be treated, including attics, cabinets, walls, doors, crawl spaces, and porches.

If you’ve got a problem with subterranean or dry wood termites…or any other pest…or you simply have a question…call me at Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control today at 727-498-1977.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime! I am the tentless termite terminator in Tampa, St Pete, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and beyond!

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, or take advantage of THREE FREE MONTHS of pest control!

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Rats with Fleas Present Double the Trouble

Dogs and cats make terrific pets. Like a great many people, I love‘em! What I don’t love are the fleas that find Fido & Fluffy to be suitable hosts, and who, ultimately, find their way into our homes, driving us all crazy! What’s worse? If your residence is infested by rats with fleas, this presents double the trouble, even though our initial reaction may be to place blame on our pets.

Coby's Tentless Termite & Pest Control Rats with FleasFleas are parasites that feed on blood, and they are seriously troublesome. There are as many as 2500 species of these tiny, tough, super high- and long-jumping pests, making it of vital importance to prevent and eliminate flea infestations, no matter which furry being brings these blood-suckers in the house!

Fleas lay their eggs on their furry hosts, be they dogs, cats, mice or rats, and those larvae get scratched-off onto carpets, upholstery, pet bedding, human bedding, and clothes. It can take two days to two weeks for new fleas to emerge and go in search of a blood meal. Once they get a taste of blood, their reproductive systems and cycles emerge.

When fleas chow down on a rodent, and then take a dinner cruise on Fido, eventually landing in my snuggly blanket, it is likely they have just transported and transmitted some nasty stuff to both Fido and me. You see, with flea bites, the skin becomes itchy and irritated, and can result in allergic reactions and skin eruptions, not to mention disease. I suggest you provide flea treatments for your pets, and you contact me to stop rats with fleas from exacerbating a flea infestation in and around your home.

There are various flea prevention products available at your veterinarian’s office to protect your pets, and the professionals can assist you in selecting suitable applications for Fido & Fluffy. When it comes to rats, I suggest you call me at Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control FIRST! I will ensure rats with fleas are not a danger to you, your family or your home.

I am proud to provide outstanding pest control for your home or business in Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Safety Harbor, St Pete, Tarpon Springs, Tampa and surrounding areas. If you’ve got a problem with rats, fleas…or any other pest…or you simply have a question…call me at Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control today at 727-498-1977.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime!

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, or take advantage of THREE FREE MONTHS of pest control!

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‘Tis the Time of Year that the Rats are Movin’ in!

Rats! As owner and president of Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control, I have seen my fair share of rats in Tampa Bay. These disease-ridden rodents are troublesome, especially when temperatures start cooling, and they seek the warmth of your home and your delicious edibles upon which to survive.

Take a look around the foundation and central air lines leading into your home. Do you notice any holes or potential entry points for rats? Do you see any blackening of the stucco, stone or bricks? If so, this blackening is indicative of rats entering your residence. Their greasy, little bodies rub against the bricks, stucco or stones and leave noticeable black stains.

Rats are larger than mice and more threatening in terms of what they are capable. We, at Coby’s, can identify danger zones for rodent infestation, properly seal any potential entry points, and prepare traps that are extremely effective to rid your home of these nasty rodents. As we slip into the cooler temperatures of autumn and winter, now’s the time to take advantage of THREE FREE MONTHS of PEST CONTROL or our TERMITE offer of 25% or $250 OFF any FULL TERMITE TREATMENT!

If you’ve got a problem with rats or any other pest…or you simply have a question…call me at Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control today at 727-498-1977.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime!

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!

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Palmetto Bugs aka American Roaches in Pinellas County

A friend of Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control, who moved to Pinellas County in 2007, told us she was warned about the cockroaches here prior to her relocation. Her friend in St Petersburg described them with adjectives like scary, flying, fast, and huge, as she simultaneously demonstrated their typical size using her thumb and index finger at a three-inch measurement.

Her friend may have exaggerated a tad about the size of these creepy bugs, but not by much. In all actuality, American Cockroaches in Pinellas County, also known as palmetto bugs, or water bugs, can grow to two inches in length, thanks to their healthy appetites for food, paper, hair, cloth and dead insects.*

What makes American cockroaches most disgusting is their affinity to nest and dwell in sewers, although they also live and breed outdoors. They love our warm, inviting, wet environment, and often enter residences and offices through cracks and crevices as small as the thickness of a quarter. Another popular way for them to invade your home or office is through shower and sink drains. You can certainly expect to find them in basements, especially after heavy rains.

As we welcome cooler temperatures, and leaves begin falling from trees, palmetto bugs will seek out piles of wet, decaying leaves to live and breed. American cockroaches go in search of food and warmth and can quickly contaminate practically anything in your home, including food preparation surfaces and eating utensils. How disgusting is that?

American cockroaches have wings and can fly, and they move quite rapidly on foot when interrupted. These track stars of insects can move 50 times their body length in a single second, which for humans, is approximately 210 mph. Wow!

Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control has been assisting home and business owners for years, by eliminating these gross, sewer-loving palmetto bugs and reducing infestations of American roaches in Pinellas County properties.

If you’ve got a problem with American cockroaches/palmetto bugs, termites, or any other pest…or you simply have a question…call Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control today at 727.498.1977, and ask for Coby.  He’ll be happy to speak with you anytime!

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!

*Source: Combat Bugs

How To Tell If You Have Mice Or Rats In Your Tampa Bay Home

Do you hear the pitter patter of little feet across your ceiling or in your walls? Do you see little, black pellets magically appearing on your kitchen counters? If so, you may have a problem with rats in Tampa Bay, or are they mice?  What are they, and how can you get rid of them!?!

Our professionals at Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control identify the differences and provide resolutions.

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Rats and mice are both nocturnal rodents and they both seek sources of food. They both swim, jump and climb, and they willl scatter when you suddenly turn on the lights!

Rats have a more coarse fur, where mice are smooth. Rats have longer tails, but mice are far more active using their tails to eat, fight and navigate their surroundings.

Mice prefer rice, cereal and plants, but will eat practically anything. We’ve even seen tiny paw prints in softened butter! Rats are more carnivorous and opt for meat, but they, too, will eat grains, proteins, and almost anything…including mice!

Mice are generally smaller and can enter a home through a crevice as small as ¼ inch. Rats

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have larger heads and thicker bodies, so they just need openings of at about a ½ inch. This could be a space found along the Freon lines from your central air conditioner compressor into your home, as well as breaks in eaves or foundations.

All rodents are threatening in that they are capable of carrying disease, especially rabies. Our experts at Coby’s can identify danger zones for rodent infestation, properly seal any potential entry points, and prepare traps that are extremely effective to rid your home of these nasty rodents.

If you’ve got a problem with rats, mice, or any other pest…or you simply have a question…call Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control today at 727.462.0400 and ask for Coby.  He’ll be happy to speak with you anytime!

PS:  And remember… “As long as God keeps 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!

Learn How Bait Stations Show Termite Infestation!

Subterranean termites live underground where there is moisture, and they like to nest in wood that comes in contact with the ground. That’s how termite infestations in Pasco County homes and structures begin.

Termite colonies are often populated by as many as 1,000,000 of these destructive pests, so it makes sense you do whatever you can to eliminate the threat of termite colonies before they destroy your most valuable investment: your home.

A unique method of determining if your home could become a delicious target for subterranean termites is by using termite bait. Our professionals at Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control, strategically place bait stations, or monitoring stations, in areas of your yard. Upon our return to check these stations, it is clearly visible when termites are present and thriving beneath the surface of your yard. This also demonstrates how quickly these termites spread, and could be indicative of future infestations of your home and wooden structures.

With an application of a special bait formulation, subterranean termites consume this lethal concoction and take it back to their colonies, where they die.

Our experts are skillfully trained to carefully examine your home and property to further determine what actions are necessary to prevent subterranean termite infestations in your Pasco County home.

If you’ve got a problem with termites, ants, or any other pest…or you simply have a question…call Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control today at 727.462.0400, and ask for Coby.  He’ll be happy to speak with you anytime!

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!

What You Need To Know About Poisonous Bufo Toads in Hillsborough County

Do you know the difference between frogs and toads? Coby McConnell, owner and president of Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control, knows there is one significant difference about which you should be aware for the health and well-being of yourself, your family and your pets.

Poisonous Cane or Bufo Toad

Frogs and toads are both tailless amphibians, but there are physical traits that sharply contrast one from the other. Frogs have smooth, moist skin, and are semi-aquatic. Their back legs are longer for jumping, and they are basically harmless.

One species, Bufo toads in Hillsborough County, became native to Florida when they were released in the state’s southern regions in 1955, to control white grubs in sugar cane crops. Bufo Marinus, are a different, potentially deadly breed.

Their skin is dry, rough and warty, they have bony, straight protrusions that align parallel on each side of the head, and their back legs are shorter than those of frogs. One significant trait of the dreaded Bufo toad, otherwise known as a Giant toad, or Cane toad, is the noticeable glands which are found as lumps behind their ears, above the shoulders. These glands release a poisonous secretion when the toads are threatened or handled.

These nasty amphibians are highly-skilled at finding their own food, and have even been known to eat pet food. Be aware, Bufo toads in Hillsborough County can be found practically anywhere, but particularly in your yard’s landscaping. If you come in contact with a Bufo toad, the secretion released can cause burning eyes and skin irritation. If your pet finds a Bufo and ingests the secreted toxin, it can be fatal.

According to Florida Wildlife Extension and the University of Florida, signs your pet may have Bufo toad poisoning include “drooling, head-shaking, crying, loss of coordination, and, in more serious cases, convulsions. The dog’s or cat’s gums often turn red, an indicator used by veterinarians to distinguish toad poisoning from epilepsy. For this reason, pet owners should be familiar with their pet’s normal gum color.”*

In cases of toad poisoning, you will want to thoroughly rinse your pet’s mouth, being careful that the rinse water isn’t swallowed. Examine your pet’s gums and mouth, and gently rub to remove the toxin. In any case, you should immediately contact your veterinarian.

To humanely kill Bufo toads in Hillsborough County, first, be certain that is what you have. Cane toads have been mistaken for native frogs, so be mindful of the differences as stated above. Use gloves when handling to minimize exposure to the toad’s toxins, and put in a plastic zipper bag. Place it in the refrigerator until it goes to sleep, then pop it in the freezer. You will want to leave it in the freezer for several days to make sure it is dead. There are cases cited where these toads have “reawakened” after being in the freezer for too short a time.

If you’ve got a problem with Bufo toads, termites, or any other pest…or you simply have a question…call Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control today at 727.462.0400 and ask for Coby.  He’ll be happy to speak with you anytime!

PS:  And remember what Coby says… “As long as God keep’s makin’em, we’ll keep killin’em!”

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

*Source: University of Florida, Florida Wildlife Extension

Eliminate Standing Water in Tampa Bay Right Now!

Coby McConnell, owner and president of Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control, is concerned your child’s sand shovel and pail may have blown around your yard during the torrential wind, rain and storms that accompanied Hurricane Hermine recently, and copious amounts of standing water in Tampa Bay remain within. Even small amounts of standing water are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

With the threat of the Zika virus already in Pinellas County, it is vital that you protect yourself, your family and your neighbors in the Tampa Bay area. Go in search of any and every area of standing water in your yard, and take appropriate measures to eliminate it. Pour it out, brush it away, or shake it off, no matter what you have to do, get rid of the standing water!

The type of mosquito that carries the Zika virus, Aedes aegypti, produces their larvae in containers that hold water. They reproduce quickly when wet, even in spaces as small as a bottle cap. That is why Coby knows how important it is to reduce and eliminate all areas of standing water in Tampa Bay promptly after showers and storms…and even after landscape irrigation systems complete watering cycles.

If you’ve got a problem with mosquitoes, or any other pest…or simply have a question…call Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control today at 727.462.0400 and ask for Coby.  He’ll be happy to speak with you anytime!

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

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

Signs of Termites in Cabinets in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco Counties | Florida

Have you recently purchased a new home with a beautiful kitchen, or remodeled your outdated kitchen or office to include new cabinets? If so, there is something Coby McConnell, owner and president of Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control, thinks you should know.

In this day and age, many cabinets purchased in the United States are actually manufactured overseas and are shipped to America for use in new residential and commercial construction, as well as in remodeling projects. With all of the new homes and offices being built in Pinellas and Pasco counties, it is highly-likely there may be a hidden problem of which you should be aware.

Many new cabinets being built overseas and are constructed using 9-ply wood that is often infested with termites. These termites can lay dormant within the wood of these cabinets for a number of years before emerging to devour their surroundings… your once “perfect” cabinetry.

One sign there may be termites in cabinets in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco Counties in Florida includes the visible appearance of termite “frass”, or excrement, that looks like dirt or sawdust. If there is no reason for there to be dirt or sawdust in or around your cabinets, this should immediately throw-up a red flag. It is probably termite poop.

Another sign: Termites look a lot like ants, but you can distinguish between the two based on their physical appearance. Ants have three sections to their bodies and termites only have two.

Now that you know what to look for, don’t let these destructive pests be the end of your beautiful cabinets!  Coby has the remedies to rid and protect your home, office and cabinets from the dangers of termites.

If you’ve got a problem with termites, ants, or any other pest…or you simply have a question…call Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control today at 727.462.0400 and ask for Coby.  He’ll be happy to speak with you anytime!

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

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