As Sunstate Pest has grown over the past four decades so has our territory. We are able to serve new clients in farther away places in an ever increasing capacity.
When we started back in 1980, our service area was a large section of Brevard County. The majority of our clients were in Rockledge, where our headquarters is located. Since that time, we have expanded throughout the entire county of Brevard even all the way down to Vero Beach.
Our service area stretched up to Mims. And as of about five years now, stretches all the way west to St. Cloud and Kissimmee. This last city mentioned is the topic of our article today. We want to give our readers some information about Kissimmee, Florida.
Many people who visit Florida from other states know the name Kissimmee. Its immediately south of Orlando and is actually home to parks and much of the park lodging. The name is what people remember most. Probably because it resembles the phrase “Kiss Me” in English. But the word actually means “long water” in the language of the Jororo people, who inhabited the area before the Spanish showed up in 1513.
Kissimmee was originally named Allendale after Confederate General J.H. Allen who operated a cargo business in the area after the war. But not long after was renamed Kissimmee. The river that runs through the area was already called the Kissimmee River by locals at that time.
Kissimmee had a life of its own before the theme parks existed. It was the halfway point for many traveling from coast to coast Florida. Railroad tracks came through the area. Cattle ranching was big business before Disney opened its doors in 1971. The population in 1950 was just at about 4500.
The city has a permanent population of about 77,000 people. Many of the populace works with or for the theme parks in the area. It is largely made up of residences and shopping mall areas. There is no skyscraping skyline in what is called downtown Kissimmee. Buildings max out at 2 or 3 stories tall. Three main streets comprise downtown Kissimmee: Main Street, Broadway Street, and Emmett Street.
Kissimmee faces all the same pest challenges that the rest of the state faces. Roaches, snakes, termites, mosquitos rodents… you name it, they got it. Sunstate Pest serves Kissimmee and we are accepting new clients in the area. If you are looking for professional and effective pest control in Kissimmee, please give us a call at 800-781-PEST