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South Florida Pest Control

Lifecycle Pest Control has been performing South Florida Pest Control Services for Broward and Palm Beach counties since 1990. We are an active member of the Certified Pest Control Operators Association. This association with over one thousand members is acknowledged by the state and serves as a continuing source of education in our industry. Our Comprehensive Pest Control Program consists of an initial intensive interior treatment and a full exterior perimeter service. Thereafter, regularly scheduled visits will be on an 8 week cycle working from the outside only. Should problems occur within your home, it will be treated accordingly at no extra charge.

Our South Florida pest control services include:

  • Interior and Exterior Pest Control
  • Mosquito Control
  • Maintenance / Baiting Systems
  • Fertilizing and Insect Treatments for Turf, Palms and Ornamental Plants & Shrubs
  • Fleas and Ticks
  • Ficus Whitefly
  • Spiraling Whitefly
  • Attic & Crawl Space Inspections & Dusting
  • Bed Bugs
  • Bee & Wasp Removal

 

South Florida Whitefly & Spiraling Whitefly Treatment

Spiraling Whitefly DamageWhat are Whiteflies?

They are small, winged insects similar to aphids, scales, and mealybugs. These insects typically feed on the underside of leaves with their “needle-like” mouthparts. Whiteflies can seriously injure host plants by sucking nutrients from the plant causing wilting, yellowing, stunting, leaf drop, or even death. There are more than three different species of whiteflies reported in South Florida.

Plant Damage

The Whitefly appears to have a very broad host range from palms to woody ornamentals and fruits. Thus far, it has been seen on gumbo limbo, black olive, copperleaf, broadleaf arrowhead, cocoplum, Brazilian pepper, live oak and mango. It has been reported on several palms which include areca palm and coconut. Additional hosts are likely to be added to this current list. The female whitefly lays her eggs in a spiral pattern on the leaves and also deposits a white, waxy substance on the eggs. The most noticeable symptoms of an infestation of this whitefly is the abundance of the white, waxy material covering the leaves and excessive sooty mold. Like other similar insects, these whiteflies will produce “honeydew,” a sugary substance which causes the growth of sooty mold.

South Florida Whitefly Treatment

A systemic whitefly insecticide can be applied by drenching the root system; however, it can take 4-6 weeks before results are visible. A second method of treatment involves injecting the chemical directly into the tree itself. This treatment is more direct and results will be visible within 7-10 days. Monitor your trees and hedges for early signs of an infestation because it will be easier to manage the pest problem before it builds to high populations and causes major damage.

South Florida Rodent Proofing

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To prevent rodent entry, their capabilities must be understood. For example, rats and mice can:

  • Run along or climb electrical wires, ropes, cables, vines, shrubs, and trees to gain entry to a building
  • Climb almost any rough vertical surface such as wood, brick, concrete, and weathered sheet metal.
  • Crawl horizontally along pipes, augers, conveyers, and conduit.
  • Gnaw through a wide variety of materials, including aluminum sheeting, wood, rubber, vinyl, plastic, and concrete block

Specifically Rats Can:

  • Climb the outside of vertical pipes and conduit up to 3 inches in diameter, climb the outside of larger pipes attached to buildings by bracing themselves against the wall, and climb the inside of 1 ½ to 4 inch vertical pipes.
  • Jump up 36 inches vertically and 48 inches horizontally
  • Drop 50 Ft. without serious injury
  • Burrow straight down into the ground at least 36 inches
  • Swim ½ mile in open water, dive through water traps in plumbing, and travel in sewer lines against a substantial current.

Specifically Mice Can:

  • Jump up 18 inches from a floor onto an elevated surface
  • Travel considerable distances hanging upside-down from screen wire
  • Survive and reproduce at temperatures down to 24 degrees F if adequate food and nesting materials are available.
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