Living in Valrico, Florida is like living in paradise on Earth. The only thing is, paradise wouldn’t have so many pests. Here in Florida our amazing weather that attracts people from all over the world also attracts pests. At Service First Termite and Pest Prevention, we know what pests problems face residents in our community and we know how to fix them. Take a look at the most common pests we encounter in Valrico.

Bed Bug Control for Valrico Properties

Bed bugs are small insects that feed on blood. Unlike fleas or ticks, bed bugs prefer human blood. When they get inside the home they can be primarily found in the bedroom. That’s because they feed on us while we sleep so we don’t notice them. Contrary to popular myth, anyone can get bed bugs if they are not careful. Bed bugs usually enter you home through:


  • Second-hand furniture
  • Second-hand clothes
  • Luggage
  • Sharing walls with infested apartments


A bed bug infestation can be extremely difficult to control and can take weeks to months to eliminate. It is for this reason that bed bug treatment should be left to the professionals.. You might not even know you have a problem until you look for the signs. At Service First we offer bed bug control to eliminate bed bug infestations 

Signs Of Bedbugs


  • Tiny red blood stains on your sheets or pillowcases
  • Small red bumps on the body
  • Bedbug feces on sheets and mattresses or on walls
  • Shed exoskeletons and discarded egg shells


Rodent Control for Valrico

Rodents can enter our homes in a number of ways. It is around this time of year that rodents such as mice, rats, and squirrels seek out warmer places to spend the winter. Once inside your home, rodents can make quite a mess and cause a lot of damage. Their droppings can also contaminate food, cause allergies, and spread diseases. Rodents make their nests by chewing up soft materials but they can also gnaw on anything they can sink their teeth into including:


  • Drywall
  • Clothes
  • Insulation
  • Electrical wires
  • Cardboard


Getting rid of rodents is difficult, especially when you never see the culprits. Setting rat traps and mouse traps can help eliminate the problem over time but can take a while depending on the size of the infestation. If you are dealing with a rodent problem it’s best to hire a professional rodent removal company such as Service First.


Termite Control in Valrico

Termites are considered as one of the most destructive pests for homeowners. Termite infestations cost homeowners 5 billion dollars in property damage every year, affecting over half a million homes. Unfortunately, these are pests that you will typically find in homes because of our climate, termites thrive throughout Florida. 


There are three different types of termites that can cause problems for homeowners in Florida. 

Subterranean Termites

The most common type of termite in Florida is the subterranean termite. Sadly, they also cause the greatest destruction to homes. A subterranean termite is one that lives underground or within dead trees that remain moist. In order to retain moisture and be protected from predators, they build mud tubes when they emerge to hunt for food. A mud tube can be built up the side of your exterior wall if the nest is close to your home. In the event that they discover a crack or gap in your house, they can gain entry. Formosan termites are the most destructive subterranean termites in Florida. Termites of this type form large colonies and are extremely aggressive and can destroy wood at a very rapid rate.

Dampwood Termites

Another type of termite you’ll find in Valrico is the damp wood termite. Dampwood termites like high humidity, making Florida a paradise for them. They’re especially common in southern Florida, particularly the Keys. Dampwood termites are easy to spot because they are bigger than both drywood termites and subterranean termites.


Drywood Termites

Another type of termite found in Florida is the drywood termite. As opposed to their subterranean counterparts, drywood termites live in colonies and live above ground in wooden structures. The most common species of drywood termite is the West Indian drywood termite

Signs of a Termite Infestation

  • Mud tubes on the outside of buildings
  • Accumulation of frass (feces) at base of walls
  • Hollow sound on wood
  • Darkening or blistering of wood. structures
  • Discarded wings from swarmers


Waiting to control a termite infestation could cost you a lot of money in repairs. When you call Service First our trained termite inspector will thoroughly inspect your property and identify the type of termite and where they are located. We will then treat the home with our  termite control treatment to ensure they are eliminated.


Get The Best Pest Control In Valrico

If you are dealing with a pest infestation, call the pest control experts at Service First Termite and Pest Prevention. All of our products are environmentally friendly and our certified technicians are up to date with the latest methods. As a family owned and operated company, we tend to the needs of our customers by putting them first. Call today at 813-833-5322 or request a quote on our site.