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Westfall's Pest Control and Lawn Solutions never loses sight of the fact that taking good care of our neighbors is the only sure road to success.  We offer a wide choice of Pest Control, Mosquito, Termite and Lawn Solutions programs in the Bradenton, Parrish and Sarasota areas. All programs are designed to work in conjunction with our local soils and hectic weather.  Westfall's Pest Control and Lawn Solutions offers a fast response to phone questions, lawn, and pest problems. We are confident that you will love our great service and results.

LAWN FERTILIZING: We offer three lawn fertilizing programs in the Bradenton, Parrish and Sarasota Areas.  Whether you choose the Gold, Platinum or Ornamental Program we will use quality products and keep our eyes open to current or potential problems.

LAWN PEST CONTROL: We offer one time, monthly and quarterly lawn pest control treatments.  Paying close attention to the native pests: Chinch Bugs, Sod Web Worms, Mole Crickets and Grubs. 

GENERAL HOUSEHOLD PEST CONTROL PROGRAM: We will contact you every treatment and we will address any pest issues that you may be having in your home or business.  We will remove spider webs, mud daubers, wasp nests from around the house and in unlocked screened areas up to 15 feet.  All eaves, windows doorways, decks, lanais, and pool areas will be treated and liquid and granular bait will be applied around the foundation.  This will be done quarterly and you’ll get our BUG FREE GUARANTEE!

Termite swarming season will be ramping up soon as the weather starts to get warmer and the spring season approaches — with many termite species being particularly prevalent in the Southeast. In case you’ve never heard, termites are nicknamed “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and wallpaper without any immediate signs of damage. In fact, termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year— costs that are typically note covered by homeowners’ insurance policies. That is why it’s extremely important to know what types of termite species are active in your area and to understand ways to prevent them from causing damage to your home.

Here are five types of termite species to be aware of at the turn of the season if you reside in the southeastern United States:

  1. Subterranean Termites


    This termite species is extremely common in southern states and hotter climates. Subterranean termites live in underground colonies with as many as two million members and are also found in moist, secluded areas above ground. They build distinctive tunnels, often referred to as "mud tubes," to reach food sources and protect themselves from open air. Subterranean termites are by far the most destructive termite species — their hard, saw-toothed jaws work like shears and are able to bite off extremely small fragments of wood, one piece at a time. Over time, they can collapse a building entirely, meaning possible financial ruin for a homeowner.

  2. Drywood Termites


    Largely found coastally from South Carolina westward to Texas, these types of termites form colonies of up to 2,500 members and primarily attack wood structures, frames, furniture and flooring, as they receive all of their nutrition from wood. Unlike other termites, drywood termites do not require moisture from soil. They typically swarm on sunny, warm days after a sudden rise in temperature and can be difficult to treat because they have the ability to create multiple colonies within a home.

  3. Dampwood Termite


    Occasionally found in Southwest and Southern Florida, dampwood termites are attracted to wood with high moisture content and have a preference for decaying wood, areas with leaks and woodpiles. These termites create a series of chambers in wood, which are connected by tunnels with smooth walls, as if sandpapered, and are usually found in logs, stumps, dead trees, fence posts and utility poles. Dampwood termites do not usually infest structures because of their need for excessive moisture.

  4. Formosan Termite


    This species lives in huge underground colonies with an average of 350,000 workers and can be found in several Southeastern states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee.

    In addition to structures, they also infest trees, shrubs, utility poles, timber, railroad trusses and even boats. Formosans build intricate mud nests in the ground and can chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper. The average formosan termite colony can consume one foot of 2X4 wood in less than a month.

  5. Conehead Termites

    Originally called "tree termites," this species was renamed conehead termites to alleviate the misconception that this pest is only found in trees. These termites— most prevalent in the Broward County, Fla. region — build dark brown "mud" tubes and freestanding nests on the ground, in trees or in wooden structures. The nests can be up to 3 feet in diameter and have a hard surface of chewed wood. Unlike most termites, the conehead termite does not rely on underground tunneling to travel. Instead, they forage on the ground like ants, allowing them to spread quickly.

Termites are not a pest that can be effectively controlled with do it yourself measures. If you live in an area prone to termites, it’s important to have regular, annual termite inspections. Contact Westfall's Pest Control for a termite inspection and evaluation.

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HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – July 10th was supposed to be just another day of weed service from TruGreen pest control, but boy did it end badly when Weeki Wachee homeowner Rich Kleber later checked his home surveillance video.

“He didn’t have a backpack on, he didn’t have any chemicals in his hands, at no time did a hose come out of that truck, “said Kleber. Kleber wasn’t trying to catch TruGreen worker Dean Schryer doing anything improper, he was just checking whether Schryer sprayed a trouble spot on his lawn.

But Kleber’s high definition video revealed so much more, enough to cost Schryer his job and his company a lot of money.

Rich Kleber and his yard in Weeki WacheeRich Kleber’s yard in Weeki Wachee

“The guy walked one lap around my yard and then sat in his air conditioned truck for the remainder of the time that he claimed to be here servicing my lawn,” said Kleber.

Kleber complained to TruGreen managers back at the company’s regional office in Hudson but they were skeptical until he showed them the video. Even then, they weren’t very sympathetic, according to Kleber.

“They wanted to argue and make excuses and eventually when it did come out they want to say he was a rogue employee.” “I got fired after 16 years for a job I made a mistake on,” said Schryer.

“I hit the wrong button on the handheld computer.” So, why did he plant a sign in Kleber’s yard saying he’d just sprayed pesticide? “I put down the wrong sign,” said Schryer. “I’m not arguing the point.” Kleber was so infuriated by TruGreen’s initial response to his complaint that he posted an edited version of the incident on his Facebook page.

Rich Kleber and his yard in Weeki WacheeRich Kleber and his yard in Weeki Wachee

So did some of his friends. Eventually, Kleber says the video had 20,000 views and TruGreen Corporate executives began responding.

The company’s refund offers began at $85 and eventually reached $935 to compensate Kleber for money he’d already forked over under a long term contract with the company.

“As soon as I posted on social media they wanted to give me back every dime I’ve ever paid and stop.”

TruGreen Corporate spokeswoman Amy Simpson tells Eight on Your Side “We want to thank Mr. Kleber for bringing this to our attention. We would never defraud our customers.”

Kleber is still waiting for his TruGreen corporate refund but has decided to switch to another lawn spraying company to protect his yard. “I take pride on my lawn,” said Kleber. “I work hard and I put my trust in TruGreen in being able to take care of my lawn and they violated that trust.”

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What Happens to Mosquitoes in Winter?

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) explains the mosquito’s overwintering cycle

 FAIRFAX, VA (December 8, 2016) – Concerns over Zika virus in the U.S. were at the forefront of public health conversations this year. But what happens when the temperature drops? Do mosquitoes and the diseases they carry such as Zika virus just simply go away? Well, not exactly, says the National Pest Management…

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Researchers have developed a new mouse model that could be used in Zika research to better understand the virus and find new treatments, according to a study published in PLOS Pathogens.

A person infected with Zika virus usually has no symptoms or only has mild ones. However, in recent outbreaks, the virus has been linked to increased rates of neurological disorders and birth defects. There is an urgent need for better animal models for laboratory research to study the Zika…

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Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

You may have seen the recent news headlines about Zika virus, a rare mosquito-borne disease that has made its way to the United States. While there are no documented cases to date associated with local transmission in the continental United States, Zika virus has been reported in travelers returning from other infected countries – and cases continue to pop up on a near daily…

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