Sarasota: America’s Second Home

From our earliest recorded history in the 1500’s to today, Sarasota has been a popular place to come and start a new stage of life.

In 1539, Hernando de Soto, armed with the King of Spain’s contract to conquer the Florida’s landed on the shores of the Manatee River. The area just south of the River, he named Zara Zota, because of the radiant effect of the water reflecting on the pristine white sandy beaches.

When de Soto returned to Spain, some of the volunteers who accompanied him, including many of African descent, chose to remain in their new found paradise, despite its lack of gold.  Happy with the abundant fish and wildlife, they settled near and intermingled with the remaining native Americans, themselves a mismatched group of defectors from other tribes the Spanish named “Seminoles,” or runaways.

European settlers, fishermen, cattle ranchers, Yankees, escaped slaves and newly freed black men all found their way to Sarasota, many attracted by advertisements from the Florida Mortgage and Investment Company.

But our area’s biggest boom came in 1902 when the train arrived, bringing with it the city’s most famous re-locators – a family of circus performers and promoters by the name of Ringling. The seven Ringling brothers originally came to Sarasota to invest in land, but fell in love with the area and eventually made it the winter home for their traveling circuses.

Although the circus has since moved further north, the Ringling name lives on in street names, the Ringling Museum of Art and the prestigious Ringling School of Art & Design.

Today, Sarasota is considered one of the primary cultural meccas in Florida, boasting the Sarasota Ballet, the Sarasota Opera, the Florida Studio Theater, Florida State University’s Actor Conservancy, several repertory theaters, an annual street painting festival and one of the largest film festivals in the state.

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In addition, Sarasota is home to the Mote Marine Laboratory, the Sarasota Jungle Gardens and the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

And people are still relocating to our tropical paradise. According to Census estimates, Sarasota is the 11th fastest growing community in the United States. And that’s not counting the hundreds of thousands of tourists and winter residents that flood into our little metropolitan area each year.

Unfortunately, all that growth often means that some of the ‘original’ residents of our new housing developments have to find new places to call home.

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Good News leads the industry in providing 100% all natural, safer and more effective botanically-based  Eco Superior products for pest control. Products that are guaranteed safe for you, your children and your pets. That, coupled with other products that utilize naturally occurring elements found in nature, allows Good News to provide the same pest-free living guarantee, with no risk to your health.

A recent EPA study suggests that 80% of pesticide exposure occurs indoors and that measurable levels of up to a dozen pesticides have been found in the air inside homes!

GO GREEN plus 3 – All Natural Protection

Go Green Plus 3Our Go Green plus 3 pest control service is designed to eliminate and prevent most of the creepy-crawly insect varieties we see in Florida, including ants, roaches, silverfish and, of course, spiders. We schedule 3 visits per year to provide exterior service after the initial set-up.

Your Good News technician will inspect the entire exterior of your property while sweeping cobwebs from the eaves and windows. Once the source of insects is determined, a proper treatment of the perimeter foundation, entry points, eaves, plant beds and trees will be applied where needed using reduced–risk, green products.

If you are having any pest issues inside, your trained tech will also treat any entry points, kitchen, baths, laundry room, or problem areas using reduced–risk or even pesticide exempt products. We guarantee your satisfaction and will return (at no charge) in between scheduled visits if you encounter any pests. Please call as soon as you see a problem. The sooner we inspect and treat, the better.

T·A·P™: Thermal Acoustical Pest Control

With T·A·P™, you not only keep out the bugs, but you can save money on your cooling (and heating) bills! Like all our products, TAP is all natural and safe for your family and pets, but is 32% more energy efficient than fiberglass insulation, while adding a sound barrier and even reducing fire hazard.

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Termites – the Dinner Guest You Don’t Want

Our tropical Florida environment means that the state also has the highest risk for termite problems. Termites do more damage than floods, fires and storms combined, and like those natural disasters, the more you prepare the less you feel the impact. Good News is the leader in using natural, organic, and essential oil alternatives to control both Drywood and Subterranean termite pests. We even offer a 1-Million Dollar Damage Repair Warranty for homes that qualify.

We also offer Bora-Care®, an organic pre-construction treatment and real estate WDO inspections prior to buying a home, to insure it is free of wood destroying organisms.

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Keeping the Rodents in the Fields

One issue we see with rapidly growing and developing areas, is that rats, mice and other rodents find themselves ‘homeless,’ and decide to move in to your home—even in the most exclusive homes and neighborhoods.

The Good News Premiere Rodent program is the most comprehensive service available. We start by excluding all known entry points and sealing roof vents with proprietary covers. Then, we set several traps in the attic(s) to kill any rodents sealed in. Next, we install 4-6 of the best bait stations available in hidden locations around the exterior perimeter. These help to keep the outside population of rodents to a minimum. We check the traps twice per week until we are sure there are no more live rodents inside.

Next, we vacuum droppings and apply a deodorizer, sanitizer, viruscide to the entire attic space. Many of our customers are finalizing the process by capping their insulation with T·A·P™. Once T·A·P™ is installed, the attic looks brand new and acts as a deterrent to re-infestation.

Quick Facts About Sarasota:

  • Sarasota Bay is a 150-square mile freshwater lagoon that has provided fish and wildlife for centuries, leading scientists to surmise the area is one of the oldest settled areas in the United States
  • Seven premiere islands make up part of Sarasota – Lido, Siesta, Bird, Otter, Coon, Longboat & St. Armand’s Keys
  • There are 35 square miles of beaches in Sarasota
  • Siesta Key Beach has been rated one of the top beaches not only in the United States, but among the top 15 beaches in the world
  • The Baltimore Orioles host their Spring Training in Sarasota
  • Sarasota is home of the Whiskey Obsession Festival, the largest whiskey festival in Florida
  • Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda & his famous family have lived in Sarasota for generations
  • Many circus and carnival folk retire in Sarasota
  • Sarasota has the largest population of German immigrants in Florida
  • The average temperature is 72-degrees

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