Pest Control | Lawn Care | Termite Treatment

Nelson’s Pest Control is your premier family owned and operated lawn care and pest control company in the greater Tampa, Fl area. We provide lawn and pest control services as well as shrub spraying and termite control throughout Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and surrounding Tampa counties.

For 21+ years, we have been providing lawn care spraying and pest control services with a commitment to servicing our customers with professional, dependable, affordable and quality programs. Thus the reason why of all the Tampa, Florida area pest control companies, Nelson’s Pest Control, Inc. has been nominated and awarded the Small Business of the Year by the St. Petersburg Times and our local Chamber of Commerce.

Amazing Pest Control in the Tampa Area

Call for information, immediate pricing and scheduling for our pest control programs. We happily service both commercial and residential properties.

If you are looking in the pest control in Tampa FL, Clearwater, Palm Harbor, St Petersburg, Land O’Lakes, Wesley Chapel, or Orlando, look to Nelson’s Pest Control for your Pest control and termite needs.

All of our perimeter pest control programs target pests where they hide and breed on the outside of your home or business, minimizing the use of products within your home, commercial buildings, manufacturing plants or any other similar business facility.

Specialty Pest Control Services

Nelson’s specialty florida pest control services include control and prevention for a wide variety of unwanted visitors that enter the typical home or commercial business including Tampa bee removal, Tampa German Roach removal and Tampa Tick Control. We begin with a free, no obligation analysis of your problem and offer you a customized solution that can ensure customer satisfaction.

Nelson’s Pest Control, Inc. offers many specialty Florida pest control services including the following: africanized honey bee removal, bedbug removal, carpenter ant extermination, yellow jacket removal, rodent control, rat removal, tick treatment, flea control & German roach eradication.

Outstanding Tampa Lawn Care Services

Our Tampa Lawn Care programs include lawn, shrub and tree spraying services that are designed to have your landscape reach and maintain its highest potential. We begin with a lawn care analysis of your landscaping to identify its strengths as well as any issues it may be experiencing. We’ll then provide you with a customized solution and communicate our plan to you that will begin to put you on the path to a lusher and thriving landscape. Contact Nelson’s Pest Control for all of your lawn care and lawn service needs.

Distinctive Tampa Lawn Service

Nelson’s Pest Control has distinctive Tampa lawn service that includes control and prevention for a wide variety of grass and shrub damaging insects including chinch bug control, grub control, flea control, tick control and bee removal.

Termite Control

Nelson’s Pest Control, Inc. offers termite control services in the entire Tampa Bay and Orlando FL communities. Nelson’s Pest Control, Inc. offers you a complete termite control program to protect your home using only the newest products and the nation’s #1 formulated termiticide, Termidor for the extermination and control of termites. Nelson’s Pest Control, Inc. also offers chemical pre-treatments for the soil at your construction site through our termite pre-treatment service.

Termite Treatment Specialties

Nelson’s Pest Control, Inc. offers termite treatment specialties including the following:

    • Free Termite Inspection for Current Customers
    • Termite Repair Warranty
    • Drywood Termite Treatment
    • Subterranean Termite Treatment
    • Termite Pre-Treatment
    • Carpenter Bee Treatment
    • Transferring your termite warranty to Nelson’s Pest Control, Inc.


Ghost Ants aren’t so scary!

Contrary to their name, there really isn’t anything scary about the ghost ant.  This type of ant is a common household pest in Florida, and other semi-tropical areas.  It can also be referred to as a black headed ant due to the color characteristics.

The Ghost Ant is extremely small, only about 1/20 of an inch.  The head is usually darker than the rest of the body with their appendages being pale and milky white in color, almost see through.  They have rapid and erratic movement.  Their distinctive color, small size and movement make these ants easy to identify and treat.

The Ghost Ant colonies are usually between 100-1000 ants, but have numerous queens.  New colonies are established by budding, which means that a small group of workers and a single queen migrate from their colony to start a new colony.   This is how a small infestation can quickly get out of hand and spread throughout your house.  These nests or colonies are usually found in soil, under bark, or plant cavities.  This provides them with food source such as the honey dew found on plants.  As food sources change with the seasons, the ants often go searching in your house.  Due to their small size they can enter through cracks around the windows, door and soffits and infest your home.   Within the home, they often nest in potted plants, behind baseboards and between cabinets.

Most homeowners are usually bothered by these ants in the kitchen as this species prefer to feast on sweets or grease.  Nelson’s Pest Control Inc’s quarterly pest control, namely the Four Season Program provides protection from these tiny pests.  Call us today!


Mud Dauber Wasp


A common sight on a Florida home is a mud dauber nest.  Unfortunately, these nests are unsightly and unwelcome by the homeowner.  However they are beneficial to have around the house as they help control spiders, including black widow spiders!

These wasps are usually solitary, and are not aggressive like bees or yellowjackets.  They range in length from ½ inch to over 1 ¼ inches.  The female mud dauber wasps make nests (commonly called cells) from mud, and fill it with spiders or other insects as food for their offspring.  Once the cell is full of food, a single egg is deposited and the cell is sealed.  A cell or nest that has a hole in it indicates that it is empty, as the offspring has hatched and flown off.

These nests are usually placed in protected areas such as under eaves or playsets, or among trees.  Often the mud dauber wasps link many cells together to make one large nest.  The best way to manage these type of wasps is to dislodge and remove the mud nests by sweeping them down.  Once the mud is removed, it may be necessary to clean the area with a high-pressure stream of water.

Nelson’s Pest Control Inc’s quarterly pest control, namely the Four Seasons Program provides assistance in keeping these mud dauber wasps away.  Our technicians sweep areas up to 18 feet high which will remove the nests from the home and eaves.  This is beneficial as the nest often contains food that may attract other insects as well.  Our product that is sprayed in the locations will help prevent wasps from rebuilding in the location.  Call us today for help with these nuisance wasps!

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Florida Native Fire Ant is your friend!!

The Florida Native Fire Ant (solenopsis Geminata) is often referred to as a pyramid ant.  They are a native species of ant throughout the South, however are diminishing in population.  This is often due to homeowners incorrectly identifying and thus eliminating them.  Unfortunately when this ant is taken out of your turf, the aggressive Imported Fire Ants will move in.  And you don’t want that!

The Native Fire Ants are harmless and do not act aggressively.  They can be be identified by their large head, and their cone shaped nests.  These nests are usually found in sandy soil.  Typically the nest has a single entrance in the crater like mound, and usually only has one queen.

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The advantage of allowing this ant on your property is that it is a predator of all other ants.   The nests are usually found in areas where the lawn is thinned out due to stress or insect damage.  These ants are an outdoor species and so chemical control is unnecessary.   Therefore it is not recommended to be eliminated for no reason.

Consider these crater shaped mounds as friends to help fight the battle against the aggressive bad ants!

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The season is here when we are outside and enjoying the Florida weather out in the yard. Unfortunately, we sometimes step in unsuspecting mounds of soil/sand and feel the sting of imported fire ants. The ant mounds are usually large 12-18” in diameter, and are in cracks & crevices of the sidewalk or driveway, or along the edge of the grass. Once the mounds are disturbed, the ants will aggressively bite and sting.

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The Imported Fire Ants (Solenopsis Invicta) are found throughout our region. Their body color is reddish brown to black in color. They have 4 distinct teeth to bite, plus a sting of venom from their gaster (tailend!). The painful sting results in swelling bites which may take up to 10 days to heal. Some people can have allergic reactions to these type of stings, which in rare cases may cause seizures or heart attacks.

These imported fire ants live in colonies that can have more than 200,000 insects. The colonies consist of the queen ant, winged males and females, workers and eggs/larvae. The winged reproductive ants leave the colony for mating flights in late spring and summer. These usually occur midday in warmer weather, 74° F and above. The winged ants often are attracted to swimming pools, so homeowners often find thousands floating on the water surface. The males die immediately after mating. The females then begin a new colony, often within a mile from the original nest. In a heavily infested area, there can be as many as 50 mature colonies per acre!

It is important to be educated about identifying the imported fire ant so that your lawn can be treated before any bites & stinging occurs. Please note that so called “home remedies” such as boiling water or gas are not recommended as they are dangerous to you and the environment, and not effective in controlling the colony. These types of ants are extremely resilient however area-wide broadcast granular applications usually manage them within your yard. The ants forage and take the bait back to the colony. Although this is slower acting, this is the most effective. Feel free to call us at Nelson’s Pest Control, Inc. to help you with the fire ant treatments, so you can enjoy your property!

2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award
2011 Gold Winner, Best of Suncoast by Suncoast News
Small Business of the Year, St. Petersburg Times
Small Business of the Year, Pasco Chamber of Commerce


Be Wary Of Grandma’s Mothballs

Mothballs have been used around the house for many years. The intended use was to place them in with your clothes during storage to kill clothes moths, which feed on the natural fibers of many types of clothing (especially wool). The fumes would kill the moths and their eggs/larvae. Hence why we all remember Grandma’s house having a chest or closet that “smelled funny”.

Unfortunately recently mothballs are being used for assorted uses, often a far cry from the originally designed use. There is some misguided information suggesting the use of mothballs around your home to deter nuisance pests such as rats, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, snakes and even unwanted dogs and cats. This is a myth! A very dangerous and harmful one at that!!

Mothballs are nearly 100% active ingredient, and the active ingredient may be either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene (an insecticide). Each active ingredient can cause different health effects to humans if the exposure is high enough. Exposure can cause headaches, dizziness, respiratory irritation, nausea and vomiting. Mothballs slowly dissolve turning from a solid to toxic vapor. When used (incorrectly) outdoors the active ingredients can contaminate water and soil. Coming in contact with moth balls can cause an irritation, like a burning feeling to your eyes and skin.

Mothballs are readily available in various types: balls, flakes, cakes, crystals or blocks. They are considered a pesticide and regulated by the EPA and in Florida, by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). That means their use must be according to the label. And no box label I have ever seen says to use outside around the house or in your attic!! Remember to read the label to know how to properly use these products and for the necessary safety information. Violations are subject to fines up to $10,000 per violation according to the Florida Pesticide Law. More importantly, misuse of these items can be fatal, especially children. Be safe!

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Look in the sky – it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s …. a cockroach??!!


A recently (1980s) discovered insect to the southeastern US in the Asian Cockroach (blattella asahinai).  It is similar to many other roaches, especially the German Cockroach, however the Asian cockroach can fly!  For all practical puposes, the Asian cockroach is identical in appearance to the German cockroach…unless you get out a microscope!

Unlike the German Roach, the primary habitat of the Asian cockroach is outdoors.  They can be found in shaded mulched or composted areas, such as landscaping and gardens.  They feed on plant matter, seeds and flowers.  They are abundant outdoors, where populations of 30,000 to 250,000 per acre have been reported per University of Florida data.  The adult population is most plentiful during our spring months, February through May.

An average female can live up to 103 days, producing about 80 offspring in her lifetime.  Wow – That’s a lot of bugs!  Needless to say, when you see one of these type of roaches you can usually find more, not that you want to look for them!
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The Asian cockroach species are strong fliers, and can travel good distances.  They are most active around dusk, usually when we are out enjoying our Florida spring weather!  They are attracted to light-colored and/or brightly lit surfaces, where they often settle.  They can invade your home by flying through doors & windows.  Once inside they are known to crawl on illuminated television screens, lamp shades and walls in the evening when lights are on.  Due to their attraction to light, they are more evident than some other cockroaches which live in cracks & crevices.  In the event that the Asian cockroach gains access into your home, the eradication protocol must be aggressive (same as the German roach) due to their fast reproduction.

There are products that help eliminate the Asian Cockroach from your home, however due to their flying ability application of products may need to repeated, as well as using granular baits scattered on the outdoor areas of your property.  In some cases, certain properties will need larger amounts of product at more frequent intervals depending on the surroundings. In order to reduce their access into your home, University of Florida suggests using yellow incandescent bulbs for porch lighting as it is less attractive to adults and would thereby reduce these insects flying near your house.  Having screens on your doors & windows are also a big help to discourage them from moving in with you!

In the event you have heard or seen these roaches flying by you, feel free to call Nelson’s Pest Control, Inc. for help.  Our technicians will identify their habitat and give you a recommended treatment plan.

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Water Issues for Tampa Lawns

This is the time of year where we really notice the beautiful turf and landscapes in our Tampa Bay Area. Unfortunately due to the prolonged drought conditions that plaque us, we are not always pleased with what we see! As the Office Manager, I get feedback from the lawn supervisor and find that about 90% of our service calls for our customer’s lawns are a result of lack of water. This opens the door to countless other stressful conditions that develop in one’s lawn. Although we water our lawns as regularly as we can, often times the sprinkler system may not be giving adequate coverage, the wind may carry the water away from areas needed, or the system just has a “hot spot”, or the times per zone are not enough, along with those developing areas needing better water coverage. Being in the office it is very difficult to make this determination, however we try to suggest that if it hasn’t rained for long periods of time it is best to hand water the problem areas for 20 – 30 minutes to see if it helps, doing this during the hottest part of the day for quickest results. Usually that solves the problem as the grass is instantly cooled down & rehydrates itself, and our customer then understands how to spot the heat stress of their lawn in the future. However if it doesn’t help the problem, our lawn division supervisor will be out to access the situation and give additional recommendations and/or treatments. Our company has over 100 years of combined experience and uses their expertise to give you the best mixtures of fertilizer, insecticides and herbicides. These seasonal mixes give optimum chinch bug and mole cricket and grub control and helps keep your lawn going forward. In addition to the regular services, there are specialty services such as fire ant control, and shrub & palm & tree fertilization. Our owner or lawn division supervisor can give you a quote for any of these specialty services offered. When all recommendations are followed correctly, our products will keep your lawn lush and green providing that you are doing the main part by providing adequate water… because there are too often long periods of time that Mother Nature isn’t giving us much help!


Addressing winter lawn problems in Tampa, FL

A Common Question and Answer from a REAL Customer

Tom & Jeri,

I wanted to touch base with you regarding your concerns of your turf in addition to the notes left you by our lawn supervisor.  Jerry was out yesterday to review your lawn which he has shared pictures & discussed with me.

As you know, it is winter season and the grass is dormant which also slows the growth.  The color of the blades is minimal due to the slow growth at this time of year.  Every time the turf is cut at this time of year, the color is eliminated which makes it also look dull and even further adds to the “winter-like” look (that doesn’t grow out quickly).  Please understand that all the color of the grass is in the leaf tissue and therefore having it cut on a regimented schedule (ie: bi-weekly) during this season while it keeps it nice & tight looking, the grass isn’t growing much which also adds to the matted down and duller look.

Reviewing your lawn’s recent history and understanding that it has had some minor stress going in to this dormant season,  I see  we quickly addressed it by applying a free dry fertilizer and a blanket fungicide treatment to your lawn to aid in re-directing the continued forward progress of your turf grass.

Currently, I recommend that you do not cut the lawn for about 4 – 5 weeks, so that we can try to get the look you desire.  The lawn maintenance company should be able to trim and edge only, which will keep the property looking neat while allowing the grass to grow and color.  This extra growth will also help it against frost damage.  Next October 28th to February 28th season, please consider only having the mower on your turf only 3 – 5 times during that period.   We have many customers utilizing this approach and find it very successful in delivering them a better looking lawn and feel you would also begin to see the benefits of this method.

In the months of March & April which is when we apply heavy fertilization treatments, I also recommend that you continue to only mow every two weeks.  The trim (around house & sprinkler heads) & edge (sidewalks & driveways) can be done weekly if desired.  This approach will also allow the grass to become thicker and lusher, which we both desire!  Please know from my prior 25 plus years of experience, this may cause the mower company to complain and slow down their cutting process due to the thickness of the grass, so advise them to have freshly sharpened blades!  Please be assured that in March when the weather is more “spring-like” with proper watering, your lawn will begin to thrive!



From: Tom & Jeri
Sent: Tuesday, February 04, 2014 7:22 PM
Subject:  lawn concerns in Trinity, FL

 Dear David,

I am upset on how my lawn looks it the worst i have ever seen . I tried to get to you, but your office called not you . I  am not the only one with problems with their lawn . When I saw your sign ” you deserve a better lawn” . And I knew I would have the best person for the job .and that I would have best lawn on the block . This will be my third time trying to get my lawn lookin good . If you have no time to deal with this then please end your  service with me.  I am not one to complain, or have time to I work three jobs my only time I can talk to anyone about my issues is after 6:30 pm. I do feel my lawn grass is dying and has fungus in it. Please let me know what you are going to do.

Thank you
Tom & Jeri


Winter time lawn fungus problems in Tampa, FL

It’s the winter season!

The office receives many calls at this time of year, with people asking why their lawn isn’t looking as good as usual.  We then have to remind them that Florida gets a winter season also!  Many of our grasses and plants actually go into a dormant mode during these winter months.  So although visiting northern folks are still sunbathing on the beach, the growing season is slowing.

The most common turf used locally is St. Augustine (Stenotaphrum secundatum) grass.  It is a coarse textured grass that spreads by stolons or shoots, which can grow to be several feet long with roots along the way.

This grass goes dormant when the soil temperatures fall below 55 degrees.  Soil temperatures typically mirror the Gulf water temperatures.  As the soil drops in temperature, the growth will slow considerably.  Cold weather and a light frost will show visible signs of damage on the grass.  During these temperature conditions brown patch fungus can quickly develop in any St. Augustine or Zoysia grass lawn.  St. Augustine grass develops a brown, yellow or even purple hue in the damaged area.  These areas will usually recover once the weather is more consistent of the Florida warmth.  However during this time of year with the cooler temperatures, it is important to note that the grass cannot naturally repair itself from moderate foot traffic or children playing on the turf.

It is noted by professionals in the industry that although the cool weather slows the growth, it is still important to perform turf fertility and pest management throughout the winter season.  Keeping the scheduled programs will aid in quicker recovery of your turf in the spring time,  and help with needed nutrients to keep the grass healthy.

Once the fear of frost is over and our sunny warm temperatures return to the Tampa Bay Area, the Nelson’s Pest Control, Inc. lawns will once again quickly take on that look  of green and lush!

For more information about our company, please visit our website: or simply contact our office at: 813-994-1166  or  727-372-1175.  We offer free lawn analysis and service quotes!

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Small Business of the Year, St. Petersburg Times

Small Business of the Year, Pasco Chamber of Commerce



Uninvited guests!

Our usual warm, sunny Florida is getting its small dose of winter, which means we may get some uninvited guests moving into our homes!  There is nothing worse than trying to sleep and hearing something scurrying about in the attic.  By morning the noises are often forgotten, but a call to our office is in your best interest.

Impending Damages! 

The furry little friends that move into your attic can often do a lot of damage throughout your home.  Mice and rats are well adapted to living with people and get comfortable quickly.   They often structural damage including chewing through air conditioning duct work, pvc water pipes, and electrical wires.  The attic insulation is often used as nesting material for their families.  These damages can become very costly if left unattended.  It can also pose serious health issues if rodents begin entering and nesting in your air conditioning duct work, resulting in urine & feces constantly being blown into the fresh air ducts.

Easy Access!

Rodents have poor vision but have great sense of smell, taste and hearing.  They use these senses to locate food.  They are agile and able to squeeze through places as small as half inch in diameter.  They often access homes through or around dryer vents, water or gas pipes, and sewers.  Rodents often chew holes through wooden or vinyl soffits, windows or doors.  They run quickly, climb easily, and swim well.  Unfortunately, they leave droppings, urine and hairs behind wherever they wander.

It is not recommended that you try to do rodent exclusion on your own, as there are usually some unfavorable results.  Our office sometimes receives calls stating that a homeowner had put poison out to rid their home of the rats.  Often that rat eats the poison and then crawls into a wall void to die.  Even on our colder days, the odor of a decaying rodent is not a nice thing to smell.  If you are experiencing this type of odor in your home, feel free to contact us for a dead animal removal service.

Inspection needed!

In the event you think someone has moved into your home without an invitation, please call Nelson’s Pest Control, Inc. to schedule an inspection.  Our owner, David Nelson will come and do a thorough inspection of your property to locate all the rodent access points, and then give a recommendation of exclusion and trapping.   Our pricing includes return visits to remove anything caught in our traps and re-baiting, until we are certain that the unwanted guests are gone from your home!


For more information about our company, please visit our website: or simply contact our office at: 813-994-1166  or  727-372-1175

2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

2011 Gold Winner, Best of Suncoast by Suncoast News

Small Business of the Year, St. Petersburg Times

Small Business of the Year, Pasco Chamber of Commerce