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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!

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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!

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Creepy Spiders in Tampa, FL

Christmas and Halloween have to be the most fun and celebrated holidays for the McConnell family. At Halloween, we put up seasonal decorations and carve our jack-o-lantern, just like many of our neighbors and friends throughout the community.

As the president and owner of Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control, I always notice spider webs, and at Halloween, fake webs with the small plastic spiders strewn across tree branches, porch eaves, and inside homes, remind me of a true Halloween story about spiders in the Tampa Bay area, and one I won’t soon forget!

Web adornments were stretched far and wide throughout our home, complete with the tiny inanimate spiders. However, I happened to notice one wayward white strand that didn’t seem to belong with the decorations, and it was strung across practically every room. After closer inspection, my wife found one of the spiders was not like the others. It was bigger, rounder, and real! It was definitely responsible for the actual spider webbing spun around our home. My wife used a spray powder formula to follow the silky strand, and I’m proud to say, she eliminated the real spider.

Few things are considered creepier than spiders, and Florida is full of them. There are as many as 900 species in the Sunshine State, some that are scary-looking, but not dangerous to you or your family, and a few more even more frightening because they are venomous and can cause serious health emergencies should someone suffer a bite.

Dangerous spiders you don’t want to encounter are brown recluse and false wolf spiders. Their venom is nasty and has the potential to result in serious health issues. Common spiders in Pasco that do not pose health threat – only  scare tactics – include wolf, golden silk, spiny  & long-jawed orb weavers, black and yellow argiope, green lynx, crab, and daddy long-leg spiders.

If you’ve got a problem with interior or exterior spiders in Pasco County, or any other pest…or you simply have a question…call Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control today at 727.462.0400. I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime!

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Get the Best Pest Extermination with Coby’s Tentless Termite & Pest Control

“Coby is the absolute best! He treats my home four (4) times a year, and it is rare -to-never that I have to ask him to come back and treat my home again. Our home backs up to a conservation area. We have spiders and palmetto bugs and ants galore –you name it. It was overwhelming! We called on Coby about three (3) years ago and haven’t had a problem since. The treatments are pet and child friendly. I highly recommend Coby’s Tentless Termite and Pest Control.”  Sherrilyn McCoy Pecorella

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I’m Owner/President, Coby McConnell, and I want to be your BUGMAN, and here is how I intend to earn your pest extermination business for life:

  • Our company is one you can TRUST to do the job right the first time
  • Our team will eliminate your pest problem FAST and FOREVER
  • We offer a FAIR PRICE, and not a penny more
  • Plus, we provide you a GREAT GUARANTEE
  • We are AVAILABLE 7 days/week, 24 hrs/day – even if we are on vacation – for any question, issue or concern you may have

If you are bugged by termites, ants, palmetto bugs, spiders, rodents, or any other type of pest, whether you live in a house, condo or apartment, the best pest extermination option available to you is Coby’s Tentless Termite & Pest Control: 727.462.0400.

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

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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!