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Why You Need a Professional for Bed Bug Removal

Bed bugs are some of the most invasive pests and dealing with them is incredibly difficult. When trying to identify them, it can be near impossible to diagnose a bed bug infestation right away due to their elusive nature. Unfortunately, because they are as unwanted as they are problematic to remove from the home, your best option is to hire a professional.

Understanding Bed Bugs

What exactly are bed bugs? While they aren’t limited to your bed, they are commonly found near them. They feed off of your blood, so staying close to where you sleep is in their best interest. They age quickly and live long making them very hard to kill on your own. Here are some facts about bed bugs that should make you consider help from a professional:

  • They Want to Feed on You – Bed Bugs need to feed on blood which is why they bite you in your sleep when it is safest for them. The problem is that escaping them is near impossible. Bed bugs actively seek you out by your body heat and the carbon dioxide that you breathe out in your sleep.
  • Difficult Detection – After a bed bug feeds, it hides back to its hiding spot and can remain there for days or weeks. Because of this infrequent feeding, there is plenty of time for the infestation to grow before identifying the problem.
  • Population Boom – On average, a bedbug can grow to maturity in 35 days, and they live for up to a year. This means that the population can grow substantially in a rather brief time.
  • They Travel – When facing a bed bug infestation, a major concern to have is how easily they can travel with you. From your bed, they can get on your clothing and use you as a free ride to spread anywhere you go. You might inadvertently bring the infestation into other rooms as well as other homes without the help of a professional to remove them.

Professional Pest Control

A bed bug infestation can be detrimental, and it is not to be taken lightly. The longer you wait to tackle a bed bug problem, the harder it becomes to eliminate them. Always hire a professional who is skilled with the proper training and experience to deal with a bed bug problem. At Miller Lawn & Pest Control, we offer a safe, fast, and effective bed bug treatment program along with a one year guarantee with the purchase of an annual pest control program. For more information, call us at 407-359-8888 and ask for an instant quote today.

Irrigation Maintenance Tips

Tips for Keeping your Irrigation in Tip-Top Shape

Nearly every home here in Central Florida has some sort of irrigation system installed, which often leads to the question “don’t these waste water?” An irrigation system in disrepair can certainly waste water, but one that has been properly maintained is actually very efficient.

While modern automatic irrigation systems tend to be very complex and it’s often smart to call a professional for help, there are things you can do to keep your system running as well as it can.

Keep Sprinkler Heads Aligned

Because pop-up sprinkler heads move up and down every time they run, it’s not uncommon for them to become misaligned over time. This can lead to all sorts of issues like poor spraying patterns and spraying in unwanted directions, leading to too much coverage of some areas, and not enough in others. To adjust your sprinkler heads, simply turn them when they are on until they spray in the desired pattern.

Adjust Heads to Prevent Over-spraying

It might seem like a great idea to get as much coverage as possible from each head, but there’s a sweet-spot you need to try and achieve. Heads that spray too far can actually starve the grass surrounding the head of water, leaving brown patches all over your yard. Additionally, if you have neighbors that are close by, you run the risk of spraying their property or home as well.

Replacing Heads and Nozzles

Over time, nozzles and heads are often replaced for a variety of reasons. Anything from being run over by a lawn mower, to old age can claim your sprinkler heads. These heads must be replaced before they lead to further issues.

These are just a few small things to maintain your irrigation system on your own, but if you aren’t comfortable doing the work yourself, or you have a bigger issue, the experts at Miller Lawn & Pest Control are here to help. Call us today at (407) 359-8888 with any questions.

7 Signs You Might Have a Termite Problem

Most homeowners agree, termites are near the top of the “things we’re scared of” lists. Drywood termites can do extensive damage to a home, often getting quite far before they’re even discovered. They munch on all types of Drywood such as door and window frames, wooden fixtures and furniture, even your home’s foundation.
Finding a termite problem before it gets out of hand is one of the best ways to prevent serious damage to your home. We at Miller Lawn and Pest have come up with 7 warning signs of a termite infestation to be on the lookout for.

1. “White Ants”
People see termites and oftentimes think they’re peculiar looking white ants. True, they look very similar in size and shape. But ants are relatively harmless (when outside), termites are a big problem.
If you’re not sure whether it’s an ant or termite, consider these facts:

o Termites are very light in color
o Ants have curved antennae; termites’ are straight
o Both termites and flying ants have two sets of wings but termites’ are the same size, while ants have one larger set and one smaller set

2. Tight-Fitting Doors or Windows
If your doors and windows seem to stick a little bit more than normal, you’re probably apt to think it’s due to the humidity. While it might be, termites could also be the culprit. They produce moisture while munching on your wood, which can cause door and window frames to warp.

3. Clicking Sounds
If soldier termites feel that there’s a threat to the colony they’ll actually shake their bodies or hit their heads against the wood. They also make audible sounds when chewing. If you put your ear up against an infected area of wood, you’ll be able to hear them eating.

4. Tunnels in Wood
It’ll of course be hard or impossible to detect termite tunnels in your wood early on. Take a look around the outside of your home, though. If you see a piece of broken wood near your house with termite damage, know that they could have moved onto your home.

5. Flying Termites
Flying termites are males and females that have left their old colony in search of a new home. If you see them around your house, be wary. They may be scoping out a place to set up camp.

6. Termite Droppings
Termite droppings, or frass, is a key indicator of a termite infestation. Termites will push their droppings out of small holes near the entrance to their nest. This practice leaves little black marks and a dark dusty substance.

Finding a termite infestation in your Orlando home early on is key to avoiding serious damage and costly repairs. If you think you may have termites, give Miller Lawn & Pest Control a call today at 407-917-2106.

Leaf-Footed Bug

Adult leaf-footed bugs are generally chestnut brown. They’re found throughout the southern United States. They feed on several types of crops including ornamentals, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains.

100 Most Common Insects in Florida

Florida is one of the “buggiest” places on planet Earth. With hundreds of species, it can be nearly impossible to be familiar with them all. However, the 4-H bug club has put together a list of 100 of the most common insects in Florida. You’ll be surprised to see how the slightest difference in shape, size and color make a huge difference in the world of bugs. Click here to see the complete list.

If you ever see any of these insects outside in their natural habitat, leave them be. However, if they start invading your home, call Miller Pest Control at 407-359-8888 to schedule a treatment today!

Befriend the Bees

Repeat after me, “Bees are friends, not foes.” Not quite as catchy as the line from Finding Nemo, but true nonetheless. We sometimes accidentally group bees in with unwanted pests like wasps and hornets. That couldn’t be further from the truth, though. It’s important to note right off the bat, that while wasps and the like can sting multiple times throughout their life and can sometimes act aggressively, the honey bee has but one sting per life. Once they sting something, they die.

Why are they so important?

Do you enjoy strawberries? How about blueberries, almonds, onions, and broccoli? What would you do if those were suddenly no longer available? Or if you could find them, what if they cost over 10x as much as they do now?

Bees all over the world are responsible for pollinating these crops, about a third of our foods in total. Without their pollination, these crops simply would not survive. The only option would be for farmers to use some hugely inefficient way to pollinate the crops themselves, but that would either be extremely impractical or nearly impossible.

So what’s wrong with the bees?

We’re not entirely sure. Around 2006, beekeepers in the US as well as parts of Europe and now Asia started losing massive amounts of bees from their hives. They simply flew away and never came back. This spread to epidemic proportions and soon was known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). It doesn’t look now as if one single reason is causing this. Rather, there are several separate things going on that weaken the bee population as a hole and open them up to diseases.

What many consider a large contributing factor is pesticides, specifically neonicotinoids. While supporters of the pesticides claim it doesn’t harm bees, that doesn’t seem to be the whole story. No, they don’t kill the bees. But new evidence suggests that it can makes the bees more susceptible to the parasite Nosema. Further evidence proposes neonicotinoid can make the bees’ brains foggy and confused, leading it to forget which plants have been pollinated.

In addition to pesticides, viruses, fungi, poor nutrition, and loss of habitat are also being attributed to bees’ population decline.

What can I do?

Of course, if you’re not a farmer you’re probably thinking there’s not much you can do to help. That’s not true! If you see a bee, “bee-friend” it. If you’re worried about getting stung, chances are you can relax. As we said before, bees can only sting once in their life so they’ll most likely want to save it for a time when they’re truly in danger. If you’re not threatening, you should be fine.

Below are 4 good ways to do your part in saving the bees.

  1. Don’t swat them away and definitely don’t intentionally harm them.
  2. Keep bee-friendly flowers and plants in your garden.
  3. Put a small bit of water out—they’re thirsty! It’s true; birds aren’t the only ones in your yard asking for water. A bird bath with some rocks for the bees to climb on works well.
  4. Spread the word! Tell your friends and family about the differences between wasps and bees. One’s your friend; the other’s not.

Florida Summer Pests

It’s time to prepare. As we gear up for another exciting summer here in the Sunshine State, it’s a good idea to take a look at the bugs you’ll likely find yourself facing, either around your home or inside it. Some are harmless, some are extremely harmful, and some are just a nuisance. Whatever the case, it helps to know what the little critters are and how you can work to avoid them.

Ants

We know them well. Ants come inside your home looking for food, moisture, and a place to call home. While you may only see a few at a time that you quickly get rid of, ants live in vast colonies so it’s pretty unlikely that there are only the few that you see. As soon as you see ants inside your home, take action.

Fire ants are another common Florida presence, but this time outside your home. They are aggressive and will repeatedly sting humans and animals that they come into contact with. They spread rapidly and typically make their home somewhere sunny like lawns and fields.

House Flies

House flies are looking three things: garbage, food, and a nice place to lay their eggs. They are largely a nuisance, though they can contaminate food and surfaces in your home so it’s best to take care of them as quickly as possible.

Spiders

They like cool, dark spaces where they can hide, spin their webs, and trap food. While most are harmless, there are two notable spiders we see here in Florida that can pose a serious risk to the safety of you and your family.

Widow:

Probably most notable of all venomous spiders, the black widow makes Florida its home. You can identify it by its black body with a red hourglass marking on its abdomen. There are also red and brown widows. The red widow has a black abdomen with a flattened red triangular mark, along with a red-orange head and legs. Brown widows vary greatly in color, though most are a light to medium brown with an orange hourglass mark on the abdomen.

Recluse:

Commonly referred to as just the brown recluse, there are actually three different types of recluses found in Florida. The brown, Chilean, and Mediterranean recluses are all brown in color and typically have a lighter violin shape on their head, though other types of spiders may have this marking as well.

Stinging Insects

In a typical Florida summer you’re bound to encounter bees, hornets, wasps, and yellow jackets. Either you meet by accident or perhaps your open soda (aka something sugary for them to snack on) drew them in. They will usually not sting you unless they feel threatened, which can happen easily if you swat at them. It’s best to try and either remain still or unobtrusively leave their area until they fly away.

A special note for bees: These little creatures are extremely important to the way our global ecosystem works. Without their help pollinating plants and flowers, our world cannot function the way it does now. Their numbers are dwindling, so if you encounter a friendly bumble bee while enjoying the summer sun, do everything you can to not harm it.

Avoiding the Critters

When trying to avoid pests inside your home, there are some very simple steps you can take.
• Keep your garbage covered at all times
• Take your garbage out regularly
• Keep all surfaces free of spills and crumbs
• Don’t leave food uncovered for extended periods of time
• Rinse dishes immediately after use

Even if you do everything right, you still might find yourself with a pest control problem problem. It’s an unfortunate side effect we sometimes feel from living in lovely, hot Florida. Don’t let that deter you from enjoying your summer! As soon as you notice a bug problem either in or around your house, start taking steps to correct the issue.

Miller Lawn & Pest Gives Back

Miller Enviro-Care donates services to keep the Oviedo Little League field beautiful and safe for our children.

We are active in the Winter Springs-Oviedo Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club.

We participate and support community events such as “Taste of Oviedo”.

We believe that giving back to the community and positive interaction with our neighbors is an integral part of a sound business philosophy. Our sales techniques incorporate a refreshing mix of science, passion, and consumer education.

Miller Lawn & Pest Pledge

Miller Lawn & Pest is Central Florida’s leading termite and pest control company. We use top of the line products and guarantees 24-hour rapid response should the need arise. Our ENVIRO-SMART pest control program is scientifically designed for maximum safety and effectiveness. Our landscape products are designed for rapid results without compromising the well being of your family or the environment. Even after more than 30 years of combined experience, we continually strive to satisfy the Pest Prevention, Termite Protection and Lawn Care needs of our customers.

Miller Lawn & Pest is dedicated to providing the means of making an informed decision when choosing a company for your pest control, landscape, and termite protection needs. Straight talk, meaningful warranties, realistic levels of expectations, and RESULTS are critical to developing our ongoing, long-term relationships. We believe everyone deserves to live and work in an atmosphere free from unwanted pests.

Miller Lawn & Pest strives to operate with the utmost degree of ethical standards. Our goal is your 100% satisfaction.

The Miller Lawn & Pest Pledge
We will do everything within reason to assure the quality and success of our endeavors. We will communicate effectively and professionally. We will never outgrow our dedication to personalized business relationships, results driven treatments, and the quest for overall excellence.

How we fulfill our pledge
We offer complimentary inspections and welcome the opportunity to explain our unparalleled, environmentally responsible range of guaranteed services. In a nutshell, we have an “old school” work ethic and cutting edge product line. The combination yields outstanding results. Call today to schedule a fun, informative, no-obligation appointment to discover how we may serve you.
We are in business to protect the health, food, property and quality of our environment for customers throughout the Orlando area. Our job is to meet, and even exceed, your needs, wants and expectations.

We believe everyone has a right to live in a home or work in a business free from unwanted and disease carrying pests.

We invite you to receive a free, no obligation inspection of your home or business. We will explain our unparalleled, environmentally responsible and completely guaranteed range of services.