Discover Central Florida

Welcome to Central Florida, where the sun shines, the landscapes flourish, and the pests sometimes get a bit too comfortable. At Gato Guard, we’re more than just your average pest control company – we’re your partners in preserving the beauty and tranquility of the Sunshine State. Join us on a journey as we delve into the vibrant communities and rich histories of the counties we proudly serve. From the citrus groves of Orange County to the serene lakes of Lake County, each region holds its own charm and unique challenges when it comes to pest control and lawn care. Let’s explore together and discover some interesting facts about the diverse areas of central Florida that Gato Guard offers pest control services.

sunset in central Florida where Gato Guard provides top tier pest and lawn care services

So, let’s break it down for each county.

Orange County: Orange County was one of Florida’s first counties, however, this county was actually called Mosquito County when it was first established. The massive county of Mosquito County originally took up much of central Florida. The county was renamed Orange County when Florida became an official state in 1845, and was named after the fruit that constituted the county’s main product, Oranges. Orange County as we know it today is only a fraction of what was Mosquito County. That’s because the area was carved into Orange, Seminole, Lake, and Volusia County over time during the development of the state of Florida.
Orange County includes Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Eatonville, Edgewood, Lake Buena Vista, Maitland, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Windermere, Winter Garden, and Winter Park.

Seminole County: Seminole County was carved out of Orange County in 1913. The county was named after the Seminole people who historically occupied the area. The name “Seminole” is generally thought to be an adaptation from what the Spanish explorers called these natives, which was cimarron, meaning “wild” or “runaway.” Seminole County’s location between Volusia County and Orange County has also made it one of Florida’s fastest-growing counties!
Seminole County includes Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, and Winter Springs.

Osceola County: Osceola County formed in 1887 from portions of Orange County and Brevard County. The county was named after one of the most famous Seminole leaders, Osceola, who was feared and respected throughout the region in the early 1800s. This area was also a booming transportation hub in the late nineteenth century for riverboats and railroad travel.
Osceola County includes Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Buenaventura Lakes, Campbell, Celebration, Deer Park, Poinciana, and Yeehaw Junction.

Lake County: Lake County was created in 1887 from portions of Sumter and Orange counties. It was named for the many lakes contained within its borders (250 named lakes and 1,735 other bodies of water). Lake County also holds one of the Top 5 highest points in the state of Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain at 312 feet above sea level.
Lake County includes Astatula, Clermont, Eustis, Fruitland Park, Groveland, Howey-in-the-Hills, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mascotte, Minneola, Montverde, Mount Dora, Tavares, and Umatilla.

Polk County: Polk County, named after the 11th president of the United States, James K. Polk, is actually one of Florida’s largest counties! Polk County is a whole 1,200 square miles larger than the state of Rhode Island.
Polk County includes Auburndale, Bartow, Davenport, Dundee, Eagle Lake, Fort Meade, Frostproof, Haines City, Highland Park, Hillcrest Heights, Lake Alfred, Lake Hamilton, Lake Wales, Lakeland, Mulberry, Polk City, and Winter Haven.

At Gato Guard, we understand the unique pest control needs of central Florida residents. Whether you’re dealing with ants, mosquitoes, or lawn pests, our team is dedicated to providing effective solutions tailored to your specific location. Trust Gato Guard to protect your home, preserve your landscape, and ensure peace of mind throughout central Florida.