Pinellas County

Two Types of Termites Infest Homes in Pinellas County, FL

As owner of Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control, I have experienced two types of termite infestations in Pinellas County. These wood-destroying devils are detrimental to your home and adjacent structures, silently devouring wood and stucco, leaving subtle hints of their presence, while costing you dearly.

Dry Wood Termites feast on dry wood. They can survive and thrive on the minimal amounts of moisture in dry wood for periods of time that can span years.

Signs you may have dry wood termites include tiny wings that have fallen from older termites (five years-old) littering your home; and trails or piles of what appear to be coffee grounds of a lighter color, indicative of termite waste.

Subterranean Termites are ground dwellers, and can be found in mulch, dirt and mud around the home. These termites come from colonies as large as 60,000 to several million. They are usually found in early spring, between mid-January and mid-March, and usually earlier in the day, 10 AM – 2 PM. They love temps that rise to or linger at or above 70 degrees; and they are partial to humid climates and moisture, which is why rain and dewfall can be factors to infestations under a house, in walls and even in stucco.

Subterranean termites resemble small white worms or maggots; they are winged, ant-like insects; and they appear in swarms that can look like a cloud of smoke.

If you’ve got a problem with dry wood or subterranean termites in Pinellas County, 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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Tentless Termite Treatments in Hillsborough

Our primary goal at Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control is to create a safe, pest-free environment, protecting your family, as well as your most important investment: your home. TENTLESS TERMITE treatments in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties in Florida is our specialty, and we have 30 years of experience in the industry to prove it!

Tenting a home for fumigation and/or applications of intense heat to eliminate termites is not cheap or convenient and it is only good for existing termites, not for future infestations. It requires the occupants leave the premises for a minimum of 72 hours, as well as remove all pets, plants, food, medicine, and cosmetics before treatment processes can even begin.

Furthermore, if you have a gas stove or fireplace, the natural gas must be shut-off for the duration of the tenting, and all pilot lights must be extinguished…just another inconvenience.

TENTLESS TERMITE treatments are preferred by homeowners in greater Tampa Bay, because they are much more cost-effective, less toxic to your home environment; and your family, pets and plants can safely remain in your residence while treatments are applied.

A special liquid insecticide is sprayed into walls, behind cabinets, and into cracks and crevices leading to dry wood surfaces throughout the interior and exterior of your home that smokey brown termites devour. The termites carry the insecticide back to their colonies where they all die. Moreover, the insecticide remains and soaks into the wood structures to inhibit the return of these destructive, wood-loving bugs for an extended period of time.

For subterranean (ground-dwelling) termites, an insecticide is sprayed along the ground surrounding your home, which the little critters will carry back to their colonies, rendering certain death to what can be hundreds of thousands of inhabitants.

If you’ve got a problem with 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!

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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

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!

Protect Yourself from the Zika Virus in Pinellas County, FL

It happened. The first reported case of the dreaded Zika virus has hit Pinellas County. CBS News is reporting health officials are going door to door canvassing areas looking for potential “clusters of cases”.

Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control is on the job, doing their professional best, applying the latest mosquito control methods to protect you and your family.

Why is the spread of the Zika virus in Pinellas County so serious? If this horrible virus infects pregnant women, their babies are impacted by Microcephaly which causes severe birth defects, primarily abnormal brain and skull development, which can lead to seizures and physical and mental defects. There are currently 69 pregnant women in Florida infected by the Zika virus.

Furthermore, recent studies of this disease show that the Zika virus may not only affect pregnant women and their babies, but may also affect the brain and memory of adults who become infected.

How has this happened if mosquitoes only travel about 300 yards, and the “Zika Zones” known as Wynwood in North Miami, and Miami Beach are so far away from Tampa Bay?

When a Zika-infected mosquito bites a non-infected person, it transmits the virus into the human’s system. If that person gets bitten by a non-Zika-infected mosquito, that mosquito contracts the Zika virus. Now, this infected mosquito has the potential to bite and spread the Zika virus to entire neighborhoods, creating yet another “Zika Zone”.

It is more important now, more than ever, to protect yourself and your family from the realistic potential of contracting the Zika virus in Pinellas County. That starts with using bug spray that includes DEET. The concentration of DEET in a bottle of bug spray translates to how long it is effective, not how strong the potency. The higher the percentage of DEET, the longer it will work for you.

It may be uncomfortable, but when going outside, wear long sleeves and long pants to deter mosquito bites.

Eliminate every area of standing water around your home. Even a bottle cap full of water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. With several months left in hurricane season, there are concerns that heavy rain and storms can result in heavy pockets of standing water which will attract mosquitoes.

Most importantly, call Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control NOW! Coby knows the risks are just too great not to take action, and he will identify problematic areas in and around your home to protect you and your family from the Zika virus in Pinellas County.

If you’ve got a problem with mosquitoes, or any other pest…or simply 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!

Mosquitoes Don’t Develop Resistance to Top Insecticides in Pinellas County, Florida

Coby McConnell, owner and president of Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control is troubled by recent reports about mosquitoes becoming resistant to common insecticides. “That just doesn’t happen that way,” he says.

Mosquitoes’ resistance to insecticides in Pinellas County might occur when frequent street- spraying of massive quantities of insecticides over a large area affects great numbers of mosquitoes. A few may become resistant and breed, but it takes quite a bit of time for this to happen.

Coby knows that the key to protecting yourself and your family is by treating your entire home and landscape with the best insecticides available for the task. By doing so, you stand a much greater chance at fending off these blood-sucking insects, that have the potential of spreading the Zika virus and other diseases, as well.


Choose to exterminate mosquitoes and their larvae thoroughly, the right way the first time. The professionals at Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control treat all zones in and around your home: the interior and exterior of the residential structure, all shrubs and the entire lawn. Also, by using growth regulators that break the cycle of mosquitoes, there is no threat of mosquitoes developing resistance to insecticides when safely and properly administered.

If you’ve got a problem with mosquitoes, or any other pest…or simply 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!

Florida Could Become the First State with One Million ZIKA Cases

At Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control, we are taking the Zika virus Threat seriously, and you should too. Something like this has never happened in our fair state, or anywhere else in our nation, for that matter.

On August 1st, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised Americans, most especially pregnant women, those trying to become pregnant, and their partners, NOT to travel to an area of South Florida known as the “Zika Zone”, due to the active, rapid spread of the Zika virus.


In Broward County, there were four cases diagnosed. In the popular Wynwood community in North Miami/Dade County, as many as 12 have contracted the Zika virus, which is primarily spread by “the cockroach of mosquitoes”, but can also be transmitted through unprotected sex.

Out of 200 people tested in the “Zika Zone,” ten cases represent 5% of the tested patients. With approximately 20 million residents in the state of Florida, 5% of the population infected with the Zika virus would equal around one million cases. Translate that to potential Pinellas County Zika virus victims, and you’re looking at more than 46,000 that could be infected with a virus about which the World Health Organization claims, “harms health in ways that science has not observed before.”

This is a staggering number, should it come to pass. Scientists are working diligently to develop a vaccine to thwart the spread of the Zika virus, but they have miles to go before an immunization will be available to the general public. One report on a national network news station indicated it could be 2018, before a safe Zika virus vaccine is available. Considering how quickly the Zika virus is spreading, this is a major concern.

Do your due diligence and take measures to protect yourself and your family in Pinellas County by contacting the experts at Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control. Coby’s has both chemical and non-chemical methods to combat mosquitoes, and their professionals know where and what to look for to eliminate breeding grounds and attractants to help keep you and yours safe.

If you’ve got a problem with mosquitoes, or any other pest…or simply 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!

Don’t pregnant women in Pinellas County have enough to worry about, without this!?!

According to CBS News in a release by the Centers for Disease Control [CDC], “Pregnant women are being warned to stay away from a popular Florida neighborhood over the Zika virus, the first time a warning of this kind has been issued in the United States.”

Pregnant Women Zika VirusZika -eeka! What started as an outbreak in South America due to Zika virus-carrying mosquitoes, has now infiltrated South Florida, more specifically, an area of North Miami.

Pregnant women in Pinellas County who have visited the Wynwood community, which is rich with art, shopping and dining, anytime since June 15, 2016, are being encouraged by the CDC to be tested for the Zika virus. 

Moreover, it is crucial that pregnant women in Pinellas County – and those trying to become pregnant – do everything possible to inhibit mosquito bites: wear long sleeves and long pants; safely apply bug spray that contain DEET on skin-exposed areas; avoid danger zones like standing water as much as possible; and most importantly, contact the experts at Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control for the ultimate in mosquito extermination and prevention.

Coby has various methods of mosquito control to safeguard you, your family, your home and your property.

The subtle symptoms of the Zika virus easily go unnoticed. However, the biggest concern is that Zika has been pegged as the root cause of Microcephaly, a condition that inhibits the proper development of the brain and skull in fetuses, resulting in severe birth defects in newborns manifesting in small heads and brains.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a recent statement about the rising number of Zika cases, “We will continue to keep our residents and visitors safe, utilizing constant surveillance and aggressive strategies, such as increased mosquito spraying that have allowed our state to fight similar viruses.”

Pregnant woman in Pinellas County can have peace of mind by safely increasing their protection from the “cockroaches of mosquitoes” and the horrible Zika virus they carry, by contacting Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control today! 727.462.0400

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!