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After Irma: Stay safe from fire ants + an update on our services

Flooding and Fire Ants: Protecting Yourself and Your Family (Texas A&M)Did you come here to download Texas A&M’s guide? Click here for Flooding and Fire Ants: Protecting Yourself and Your Family

Dear Good News family and friends—

We are extremely thankful that God spared most of us from the worst of Irma’s fury. Most of our 36 member team are safe and without major damage to our property. We certainly hope our customers and Realtor® community are safe as well.

Unfortunately, our main office in North Venice was without power until late yesterday afternoon. We also had some water intrusion, but our preparation prevented any equipment damage. Though we planned to be open yesterday, without power, it was simply impossible. Most of us appreciated the extra day to clean debris from our yards and get re-settled. Our new Lakewood Ranch location is still without power today.

We regret we have not been able to respond to your calls since Friday. All of our office staff and most of our technicians and inspectors are fully operational today and will try to get to you as soon as possible. We will also be open for business this Saturday in order to catch up from missed services this week. Please be patient with us as we recover. We will do our best to serve you with excellence.

Please be safe during the cleanup

If you have standing water on your property, please be sure to watch out for floating mats of fire ants. They can look like ribbons, streamers, mats, or even a “ball” of ants floating on the water.

When handling debris—especially after it has been sitting for a few days—be extra careful, since fire ants love to try to re-establish their colonies under wood, furniture, or even carpet strips.

For more tips about keeping your family and yourself safe after flood events, download this handy guide prepared by Texas A&M University.

With thankfulness and appreciation,

Dean BurnsideDean



P.S. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all those to our south who took the brunt of Hurricane Irma… as well as all of our neighbors who are still without power. Our prayer is that the God of all comfort will do His work as only He can do!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. — 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NKJV)

Spooky Bat Cookies

Spooky Bat CookiesAdmit it, you sometimes come to this site just to find something scary, especially this time of year. Well, you’re in luck! Our post this week is super scary… Scary goodness, that is!

Everybody loves a tasty cookie and these fun cookies will surely hit the spot. Give your little princesses and superheroes a real treat, or save these for the adults’ party! Either way these Spooky Bat Cookies are sure to please!

Spooky Bat Cookies


  • 24 round chewy caramels in milk chocolate (from 12-oz bag), unwrapped
  • (or substitute fun size candy bars for chocolatey-er bats)
  • 1 package (16 oz) Pillsbury™ Ready To Bake!™ refrigerated chocolate chip cookies (24 cookies)
  • 24 chocolate wafer cookies, broken in half
  • 12 black gumdrops, cut in half lengthwise
  • 48 red mini candy-coated chocolate candies
  • Optional – for Vampire bats, you’ll also need 48 candy corns


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  2. Press 1 caramel (or chocolate) into center of each cookie dough round, and shape into a ball to cover caramel completely.
  3. Place balls approximately 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned on edges and set.
  5. Immediately insert chocolate wafer halves into cookie at an angle for bat wings.
  6. Press gumdrops and red candies on cookie for eyes as shown.
  7. If making Vampire bats, press the candy corns in now, too.
  8. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.

This recipe makes 24 fun little bat cookies for the whole family to enjoy! And Happy Halloween!

Recipe courtesy of!

Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe Ever!

Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe EverSo, fall has “officially” arrived according to our calendar. The first day of the autumnal equinox was September 22, 2013. It doesn’t really feel like fall  here in Florida. It’s still muggy, humid, and warm.

So, in the “spirit” of fall and fun, we thought we would share with you something that signifies autumn like no other: PUMPKIN PIE!

We searched high and low and believe we have found the best pumpkin pie recipe ever. Big thanks to Paula Deen and the Food Network for this outstanding recipe. Here it is!

Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe 

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups canned pumpkin, mashed
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg plus 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 cup half-and-half
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, optional
1 piece pre-made pie dough
Whipped cream, for topping


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place 1 piece of pre-made pie dough down into a (9-inch) pie pan and press down along the bottom and all sides. Pinch and crimp the edges together to make a pretty pattern. Put the pie shell back into the freezer for 1 hour to firm up. Fit a piece of aluminum foil to cover the inside of the shell completely. Fill the shell up to the edges with pie weights or dried beans (about 2 pounds) and place it in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes, remove the foil and pie weights and bake for another 10 minutes or until the crust is dried out and beginning to color.

For the filling, in a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer. Add the pumpkin and beat until combined. Add the sugar and salt, and beat until combined. Add the eggs mixed with the yolks, half-and-half, and melted butter, and beat until combined. Finally, add the vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger, if using, and beat until incorporated.

Pour the filling into the warm prepared pie crust and bake for 50 minutes, or until the center is set. Place the pie on a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Cut into slices and top each piece with a generous amount of whipped cream.

Wow…sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Be sure to store the left-overs (if you have any!) safely in the refrigerator to keep the pie fresh and safe from any critters that might try to sneak a bite!

And  if you notice any bugs on your counter, contact us immediately! We’d be glad to come and help you get rid of those bugs… and your pumpkin pie! 😉



Top 10 Reasons to Use Macy’s Termite & Pest Control

Top 10 Reasons to Use Macy’s Termite & Pest Control

Top 10 reasons to use Macy's

We are pet friendly AND we've won awards! 🙂

  1.  We use Eco-Superior Reduced-Risk Green Products!
  2.  Our staff is amazing and here to serve you!
  3. We have great cars!
  4.  We strive to conduct our business according to Biblical principles.
  5.  We kill bugs!
  6.  Did we mention we use green products?
  7.  We are pet friendly!
  8.  We’ve won some awards!
  9. We have an amazing Facebook page! Like us and find out.
  10. Oh yeah, we use organic stuff—we won’t “bug” you with dangerous chemicals!

O.K. so we had a little fun today with our blog! But truly—why use us? Because we are committed to providing you with the best service and results in green pest control! Our mission states:

Our purpose: to represent Jesus Christ to the Gulf Coast by providing peace of mind at a fair price, protecting our environment as the leader in green pest management, and serving others with excellence in all we do.

You are important to us, as well as our environment. So, if you are looking  for amazing pest control services, contact us today!


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