UpRooted Pest Library: Unwanted Pests & Insects in Central Florida

An insect infestation can be troublesome, and once found, removing them can be a daunting task. From bees, wasps, and hornets to ants, mosquitoes, fleas, and many more, the pests that call our beautiful Florida home can cause damage, spread disease, and cause annoyance in our lives. If you have an infestation, your local experts at UpRooted Weed & Pest Control provide pest control services in Dunedin, Clearwater, Largo, Palm Harbor, Tarpon, North Tampa, St Petersburg, Kenneth City and Oldsmar




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Ant Control Services

Aside from biting people and potentially causing allergic reactions, ants can damage your property or ruin your lawn. When dealing with ants, our expert ant exterminators employ specialized methods to deal with various types of ants more effectively.

Carpenter Ant Extermination

Active year-round, these large ants can be found inside or outside your home. Generally, carpenter ants will make their nests outdoors, making their homes in dead trees, telephone poles, porches, pillars, and roofs. However, they will come inside when searching for food and water.

Putting Out Fire Ants

Fire ants are small reddish-brown insects that become very aggressive when disturbed and can even damage electrical equipment. They generally prefer sunny areas preferring to make their mounds in these locations. The network of tunnels underneath allows them to forage unseen.

Expert Ant Solutions From UpRooted Weed & Pest Control

UpRooted Weed & Pest Control combines chemical and non-chemical solutions for exterminating workers, eggs, larvae, and queen of the colony to handle carpenter ant remediation.


Due to their aggressive nature, the best way to handle ant colonies on your property is to contact our expert UpRooted Weed & Pest Control exterminators to devise an effective treatment plan.


Mosquito Control Services

While mosquitoes might be among the most annoying pests to encounter and may not seem to be the most severe pest to deal with, they are among the most dangerous. This is due to the number of diseases that mosquitoes can carry malaria, encephalitis, yellow and dengue fevers.

Mosquito Extermination

The best approach to mitigating the mosquito population around your home is by draining any standing water. This provides them with the right environmental conditions to thrive. Examples of areas with standing water mosquitoes can use rain gutters, buckets, birdbaths, and swimming pools, to name a few. Taking proper care of your yard by mowing your lawn and pulling weeds along the fence line also helps. When using mosquito repellent, ensure that what you’re using is EPA approved.

Using these methods can help control the situation for more permanent mosquito service needs contact UpRooted Weed & Pest Control to have our exterminators administer treatment.


Flea Problems in Central Florida

Creating a lot of havoc for such a small insect, fleas are a nuisance for both humans and pets. They are able to jump high to gain access to food sources. These pests feed on the blood of humans, household pets, and various other animals.  Along with itching, swollen red bumps, skin irritation, and flea allergy dermatitis, fleas can transmit diseases with their piercing bites. Pets, like dogs and cats, can experience hair loss, skin irritation, and contract tapeworms from fleas.

Flea Prevention and Treatment

Prevention is always the first line of defense when dealing with fleas. However, if there is an infestation, there are remedies to get of these insects. First, you'll need to remove adult fleas from any infected people or animals using shampoos and treatments. Second, you'll need to thoroughly deep clean your home, including all bedding and linens, to rid your home of flea eggs and larva. A flea infestation can be challenging to tackle. UpRooted Weed & Pest Control’s team can effectively treat and eliminate the issue with our expert flea control methods.


Cockroaches Infestations

Like most bugs, roaches infest a home looking for food, water, and shelter. They will use pipes, drains, and exterior cracks and gaps to gain entry to their new home. Once inside, cockroaches grow their nests until overcrowding forces them out of hiding, and the homeowner realizes the problem.

Roach Prevention and Treatment

Keeping food in sealed containers and eliminating clutter helps prevent and control possible roach infestations. To treat a cockroach problem, our technicians administer rapid and effective treatment methods.


Rodent Infestation, Prevention, and Treatment in Florida

As one of the southern most destructive pests, rodents damage and destroy property by gnawing through wires, doors, floors, furniture, and much more. These creatures can cause flooding, fires, and other severe damages if they chew through your home's wires and pipes. Additionally, they consume and contaminate food in your home and carry hazardous diseases like Typhus Fever, Trichinosis, Salmonella, and more.

What Are Signs of a Rodent Problem?

Fecal Droppings
Gnawing Evidence
Running and/or Squaking Sounds

What Is the Treatment For a Rodent Infestation?

You'll need to mitigate further infestations by sealing off entry points to your home, sanitation, and preventative repellants. However, UpRooted Weed & Pest Control’s experts are the quickest and most effective solution for rodent control and removal.


Crawling Creatures: Spiders

Weather, ease of access, and other insects can lead to a spider infestation of your home. Like the American house spider and wolf spider, most spiders are harmless; however, venomous spiders can be dangerous. The brown recluse spider's bite causes small blisters and swelling around the bite, and may result in restlessness, fever, difficulty sleeping, and infection. Another venomous spider in and around Florida is the black widow. If bitten, their venom is strong enough to compromise a person's nervous system. Symptoms from a bite include stomach cramps, vomiting, difficulty breathing, and fever.

Prevention and Treatment

Medical attention is strongly recommended if either of these spiders bites you. Cutting shrubs and bushes away from your home's exterior, sealing gaps and cracks, and removing excess debris piles from your home are ways to easily prevent a spider infestation. If your spider problem needs professional help, UpRooted Weed & Pest Control can provide reliable and comprehensive pest control services to eliminate spiders.


Chinch Bugs

Chinch bugs may be small in size, but they can do massive damage to your lawn. These minuscule bugs—adults are only about 1/6 of an inch long—feed on the stems of turf grass. Not only do they suck the blades dry, but then they inject them with toxins.

Chinch bugs thrive on dryness. They live and breed in arid, hot, and sunny environments; and they cause the most damage during the hottest and driest months of the year.

Prevention and Treatment

Guarding against chinch bugs is a cinch when you maintain a healthy lawn:

  • Mow at the maximum recommended height.
  • Fertilize the appropriate amount. Overfertilization with nitrogen can lead to more chinch bugs, so use small amounts during the summer or use a slow-release formula.
  • Aerate the soil.
  • Water regularly, especially during very hot and dry weather.
  • Remove excess thatch from your lawn with a special dethatching rake or by hiring a professional lawn care service.


Termites live in the walls of your home or underground, so they can be difficult to see. Knowing whether you have termites can be tough to determine by yourself. A Habitat Specialist can inspect your home and show you how to look for these signs:

  • Check small entry points to your home for insect wings of the same size
  • Check for mud tubes on the exterior walls of your home
  • Watch for droppings

One of our specially trained Habitat Specialists will inspect your home top to bottom. Inspecting your attic, crawlspaces, and foundation for areas of risk and telltale signs of termite activity.

Prevention and Treatment

Treatment options for termites vary based on the type of activity we see in your home. Our treatment options can include spot treatment, fumigation or perimeter protection.

If you are not currently being treated for termites, but you are concerned that your home is at risk, call us today for a free in home pest inspection today.


Protect Your West Florida Home From Pests With The Help Of UpRooted Weed & Pest Control

As a family-owned and operated business with more than 25 years experience, UpRooted Weed & Pest Control understands how important keeping your home and family safe is to you. And we can help you accomplish that goal by providing you with the services needed to keep your home pest-free all year round! To get started with our residential pest control services, reach out to us today!

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