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Should You Have a Termite Inspection Done Before Buying a House?

Termites can ruin any new homeowner’s day. Buying a house here in Northeastern Florida is an expensive and important decision. So why wouldn’t you want to get it inspected for termites before buying? It's important to be sure that the home you purchase is healthy and in good shape before you hand over any cash. Termite infestations can cost you both mentally and financially if you are not careful.  A common question we get here at Orange Environmental Services is, “Should You Have a Termite Inspection Done Before Buying a House?” Our answer is always the same: YES! Let’s take a look at some reasons why your potential new home needs a termite inspection. Why Get a Termite Inspection Done Before Buying a House? To identify that a termite problem exists in the first place The homeowners of Florida usually consider termite inspections to be an afterthought in the buying process....
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DIY Pest Control vs. Professional Pest Control: Which is More Effective?

When you have a pest problem, you likely want to take care of it right away. Like a lot of people, you head down to your local store and purchase whatever you see on the shelf. Here at Orange Environmental Solutions , we get asked about pest control methods everyday. This article will explain which pest control methods work best for certain situations and which benefits you best. DIY Pest Control  DIY methods are effective in certain situations. But, using the wrong method will make the situation worse. Unfortunately, this happens more than we care to admit. For example, products that kill ants might not be effective against termites or wasps.  Professional Pest Control Credible pest control companies know which type of pest control measure to take for any situation they are presented with. They will have a plan to not only get rid of the current problem, but one to...
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Easy Ways to Get Rid of Silverfish

If you’re a resident of Florida, silverfish are probably a familiar sight. If you’re not familiar with silverfish, consider yourself lucky. Contrary to what you might think, silverfish aren’t actually fish. They’re an insect and one of the most common household pests here in Florida. Silverfish feed on a variety of home items from sugars and grains to fabric and fibers. They often inhabit your closet, drawers and kitchen.  Named after its silvery and light gray exterior, the silverfish is a small anthropoid that enters your home in search of food. They can be anywhere from half an inch to a full inch long. Silverfish are relatively harmless, but they can be annoying once they enter your home . Silverfish are also an indicator of how many small-sized entry points exist in your home. Set Traps  Placing silverfish traps around your home is one of the easiest ways to stem an...
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What is Included in Orange Environmental Lawn Care Service?

First impressions begin before guests and prospective clients even meet you. The front of your business or home and your front lawn are what prospective eyes see and judge first. A well-maintained, manicured lawn speaks volumes about your pride in your home or business.  Orange Environmental Sevices offers a wide range of services to meet your needs—big and small. Even better, we follow the State of Florida Best Management Practices to help protect our precious water supply. Our list of services is highly customizable to suit whatever your needs may be. Aeration We offer lawn aeration to keep your soil loose so that your lawn grows thick and healthy. Our rainstorms here in Jacksonville can nourish lawns only if they have a pathway to the roots. Our lawn experts are versed in all types of grass grown in our area. They will find that Goldilocks amount of thatch that isn’t too...
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Common Pests of Northern Florida that Thrive in the Summer

We live in a virtual paradise that brings the world to our doorsteps. Our area not only attracts vacationers but also, unfortunately, bothersome pests during the hot, humid summer months . Today, we’ll take a closer look at the pests that are most common in our area in the summertime.  Chinch Bugs Though they are almost invisible, chinch bugs are a considerable irritant. They feed on wheat and cornfields that grow during the summer months as well as backyards. They have small black bodies and silver wings that measure about four millimeters. Chinch bugs often cause damage along driveways and sidewalks and to crops as well. A chinch bug invasion is likely to present if and when you see yellow or brown patches in fields or landscapes. Cockroaches Cockroaches are an enemy to any home due to their association with waste and many diseases. Roaches love heat and thrive in tropical,...
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What Do Termites Look Like & Where To Find Them

If you’re a property owner, there’s a good chance that the thought of termites fills you with dread. It’s difficult to say how quickly termites cause damage, but scientists estimate a mature colony can consume over ten pounds of wood in a month. Because many people don’t realize they have termites until the structural damage is apparent, that adds up quickly. To help identify termites before it’s too late, you need to know what they look like and where they live. Appearance There are 21 species of termites found in Florida , six of which are invasive. Some of the termite species found here aren’t pests, but others have the potential to cause a great deal of damage.  Luckily, most termite species look similar, so you don’t need to worry about the details when identifying them. Most termites are relatively small, between a quarter and a half of an inch long....
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Preparing Your Lawn for Spring

With spring quickly approaching, it is time to start thinking about getting your lawn prepped for the season. Without proper maintenance, your lawn will suffer. Our experts here at Orange Environmental Services field a lot of calls about how to best take care of their lawns as warmer weather approaches. Read on to find out how to prepare your lawn for spring. Get Your Lawn Cleaned Up Making sure your lawn is clear of last year’s debris is essential. Clearing up any leaves, sticks and other materials ensures your lawn has a chance to breathe. Your grass will be able to absorb more sunlight and grow faster.  Mulch serves a dual purpose if you add it back to your lawn, as your grass can absorb additional nutrients from it. Add mulch around any plants or bushes that border your yard or home. Maintaining proper yard maintenance will keep your yard looking...
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What’s the Difference Between Mice and Rats?

While domestic mice and rats may make excellent pets for some, the damage a rodent infestation can cause to a property is utterly jaw-dropping. So what is the difference between rats and mice? Are they the same? Rats are not giant mice, just as gorillas are not simply large chimpanzees. Quite a lot sets mice apart from rats. Droppings When trying to determine which of the two are giving you problems, one quick way to spot the difference is in their droppings. Mouse droppings are smaller with pointed ends, and mice leave their poop everywhere they visit. Rat droppings, on the other hand, are more banana-shaped, larger and found in a waste area designated by the animal(s). Both rodents’ droppings can contaminate the area and, when dried, may cause allergic reactions and irritation in asthma sufferers. Size Adult mice have bodies about three to four inches long (tail not included) and...
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Four Florida Winter Lawn Care Tips

Due to Florida’s warm climate, many residents think that they do not have to winterize their lawns. This is false, as there is still lawn care that should be done to maintain a healthy yard. Temperatures still drop during the winter in Florida, which can be damaging to grass. Here are four Florida winter lawn care tips so you can maintain a healthy lawn .  1. Keep Grass Tall People in colder climates often mow their grass to an extremely short height to prepare for winter. In Florida’s warm climate, you should avoid this practice. Leaving your grass a little bit taller during the winter will protect the roots from the cold weather, in which case less grass will die during the season. If roots are protected, you will have more green grass in the spring when the cold months are over.  2. Do not Fertilize Lawn experts recommend that you...
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Most Common Pests Found In Florida

The warm temperatures of Florida create the perfect climate for pests. Unlike places with a cooler climate, Florida is a place where pests can live year-round. You may have already seen the most common pests in Florida right in your own backyard. Here are a few of Florida’s pests that our experts at Orange Environmental commonly service.  Fire Ants  Fire ants are, as their name suggests, red, and quite aggressive once they infest an area. In Florida, these ants are usually found in open fields and lawns since they like to nest in dry, sunny locations. They create round nests that look like mounds in the ground, which can grow as tall as three feet high. Fire ant colonies can have up to 250,000 workers! These ants are known for stinging intruders that come to their nests. If you see fire ants anywhere near your home, call an exterminator right away. ...
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Where to Check if You Have Termites

In most cases, termites are the type of pest to show themselves at many different points in time before you have major damage issues. The key is knowing the signs of termites, where to look and what to look for based on how the pests behave and what their infestations look like or leave behind. A pest control professional is a great investment in your home, because services like those from  Orange Environmental Services  are able to perform regular pest checks and prevention services, including a termite inspection. These are some of the areas of your home or building to search for signs of termites based on where  termites  are known to infest. Cracks and Crevices  The most common way for a termite to enter your home is through cracks in the foundation or parts of your structure that is rotting. A termite infestation can be detrimental to your home structure...
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Mosquito Bite Guide: Identifying, Treating and Preventing

The comfort of warm weather and the enjoyment of the great outdoors is almost always tempered by the annoying persistence of mosquitoes. Fortunately, the everyday pain of mosquito bites can be reduced with the right course of action and prevention. Prevention that we at Orange Environmental Services specialize in. Here are the common signs of mosquito bites and how you can effectively treat and prevent them. What Does a Mosquito Bite Look Like? Mosquito bite symptoms generally lessen in severity as you age and your body becomes accustomed to them. The most common sign is white or reddish bubbled skin around the affected area occurring immediately after a bite. Bumps tend to harden and darken if they appear a day or so after you have been bitten. Children and people with compromised immune systems may show more serious symptoms because their bodies lack the tolerance to easily handle mosquito bites. Swelling...
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What's Biting Me? Pests that Bite

Indoor and outdoor pest bites can range from completely harmless to annoying to life-threatening. Learning about the world and the environment around you can help you to understand the risks they pose. Most insects won’t bother you if you don’t go near them, but sometimes they are the ones that are invading your space. Read on to learn more about what kinds of pests bite and what the risks are.  Mosquitoes  Mosquito bites are probably the most common pest bites, especially in hotter, more humid environments where they thrive. The bites are small, sometimes sharp, and can leave an itchy red bump on your skin. Most mosquito bites are ultimately harmless, but in rare cases, they can harbor diseases like West Nile Virus.  Fire Ants or Red Ants  These ants aren’t just the type to bother you at a picnic. These ants are an aggressive breed that has a painful bite....
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Different Types of Bees in Northeast Florida

The state of Florida is home to 315 species of bees. About 29 of those species are only found in Florida. Unlike honeybees, the bees discussed in this article are native to Florida while honeybees were brought over from a different country. Keep reading to discover just a few of the bees that you may find in northeast Florida. Sweat Bees Over 60 species of sweat bees live in Florida. These bees mostly nest in the ground and are active all year round. On a hot day, they will seek out humans that are hot and overheated to lap up their sweat. They use the sweat for its salt and protein sources and feed it to their young. If you would like to attract this sort of bee to your garden, plant wildflowers and leave some of your soil untilled so that they can nest there. Mining Bees This species also...
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Top 2 Must-Have Lawn Care Services

Lawn care in Jacksonville, Florida is an important thing to keep in mind as a homeowner. If you notice the heat, humidity, and heavy rain in particular, you already have a good idea of how hard it can be to keep up with your lawn. There’s no one right way to take care of your lawn. You have many options at your fingertips when it comes to deciding how your lawn should bloom. If you’re having trouble deciding on what to do or if you don’t know what to do at all, read on to see our top two lawn services you can utilize with us.   Edging, Blowing and Mowing Grass grows quickly in Florida. That’s thanks to heavy rainfall that feeds the grass. If you want to keep up appearances, you should have your lawn edged, mowed, and blown on a regular basis. Much like a haircut, lawns can...
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Pest Control for Rats and Mice

Keeping rodents out of your home is important for many reasons. In addition to raiding your pantry and leaving droppings behind, rats and mice can also spread various diseases to you or your pets. Luckily, there are many ways to protect yourself from a rodent infestation. Keep Your Home Sealed It’s very easy for rodents to sneak into your home through small holes in walls, doors, crawl spaces, fireplaces, and vents. Properly sealing your home will reduce your risk of rodents getting in. Smaller holes can be filled with caulk and/or steel wool. Larger holes and cracks can be filled with cement, gardening cloth, metal sheets, and plastic weather strips. Rats and mice can also burrow in through your roof or foundation, so check for holes and leaks regularly and hire a professional to patch holes if needed. Proper Home Sanitation Rats and mice will sneak into your home in search...
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Are Your House Plants Attracting Pests?

While pests are not typically synonymous with indoor gardens, there are some threats that you should be aware of when it comes to indoor plants. Obviously, no one plans on attracting pests into their house, but by not being fully aware, you could be harboring a perfect environment for them, thus ruining your plants and creating a mess in your own home. Read on to learn more about what attracts pests to your house plants . High Humidity High humidity attracts pests because the humidity in the air helps keep their bodies moist, warm and vibrant. Without humidity, pests would normally dry out and die off. Insects have a strong sense of where to find humidity. If your home is humid or even damp, consider investing in a dehumidifier to remove the moisture. You can also move your plants farther away from each other so that you give them more breathing room. Having...
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Top Ways To Keep Bees Away From Your Fruit Trees

Bee’s, although terrifying to some, actually have an important role to play in the ecosystem, specifically around plant and tree pollination and populations. Bees are believed to have been around for nearly 120 million years, but the first bee fossil was found about 65 million years ago. But, that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, especially if you are allergic to them. Here are some of the top ways to keep bees away from your fruit trees throughout the year. Benefits To Keeping Bees Away If you or someone you love is allergic to bees, having these flying friends can be a safety concern for all. While some experienced less severe allergic reactions to stings over time, others develop a more severe reaction that can actually lead to anaphylactic shock and/or death. While bees tend to stick to themselves and their colonies, they can get protective or get sick, causing them...
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Top 5 Lawn Care Services You Should Have

Lawn care in Jacksonville is incredibly important. The humid climate and regular rain throughout the year can make it a hassle to keep up with your lawn care. If you don’t have the time to take care of your lawn on your own, here are our top 5 lawn care services that you should have.   1) Lawn Mowing, Edging, and Blowing Your lawn is often one of the first impressions you make with your home. With all of the rain that we get in this Floridian climate, grass can grow quickly. Don’t let your lawn get out of control and convey to your neighbors and visitors that you just don’t care what your lawn looks like. We offer a variety of lawn mowing services so that you can have the attractive lawn of your dreams. Whether you prefer to schedule one-time mowings when you need them or join our program...
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Protecting Your Plants From Earwigs

Earwigs are a pest that can cause serious damage to the plants in your garden and home. They are quick, nocturnal insects that can be difficult to spot. The following are some ways to protect your plants from earwigs . Identifying an Earwig Infestation Earwigs are small, reddish-brown insects that have appendages at their tail-end. Their primary diet consists of dead plant material and decaying wood, but they will also eat live fruit, vegetables and plants. They lay eggs in underground tunnels, and can often be found hiding under pots. They may look intimidating due to their pincers, but they’re completely harmless to humans. If you notice holes in the leaves of your plants, this is a major sign of an earwig infestation. If left unchecked, they will cause significant damage to your garden. Protecting Your Plants There are several effective methods of protecting your plants from an earwig infestation. Avoid...
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