American cockroaches thrive in Florida thanks to the heat and the humid conditions. These large roaches come out by the dozens as Spring arrives, infiltrating your home and sending everyone running for cover. German cockroaches also start coming out of their hiding spots and contaminate living areas with diseases such as salmonella.
As the weather warms up, spiders start looking for ant trails to set up housekeeping. The first step to long term spider management is to eliminate ants. The primary food source for the early stages of development for most spiders is the ever-present ant and the occasional tasty gnat or drain fly! Our experts know how to eliminate the ants to stop the spiders.
Florida is home to many species of stinging insects, ranging from the beneficial honey bee to the troublesome wasp. No matter which you find at your home, they can be a problem. They’re capable of building aggressive nests and hives, most frequently during the Springtime.
Fire ants are not just a nuisance, they can be very dangerous to your family. When someone gets bit by a fire ant, the chances are they will get bit by multiple fire ants. These are extremely aggressive pests. It’s not easy to get rid of a fire ant mound – they are very tough bugs and may return to areas that have previously been treated. It often takes multiple treatments with several different approaches in order to get rid of a fire ant colony once and for all.
We are well educated on the most common insects found around your home in the Summer months, including:
After a winter hibernating, you’re more likely to see an army of ants marching through your home during the hot summer months. Ants have to constantly forage for food to feed a growing colony and save up reserves for the Fall. If you see them in your home, they’re on the hunt for food and water, which can be scarce during dry Summers. The best prevention method is to keep things clean. Hungry ants in search of food can detect even the tiniest crumb. One thing pet owners have to be careful of is putting food and water bowls outdoors. It’s inviting ants to move closer to your home!
Measuring about 1/8th of an inch in length, fleas are tiny parasites; however, their presence can cause big problems! These pests require warm and humid conditions to develop through their life cycle, making flea activity prevalent in the Summer. Pet owners must take great care to prevent fleas from infesting their homes.
Ticks are always an issue during the summer months, but with their populations expected to be unusually high this season, they will be a major concern for those spending time outdoors. It is important to wear a bug spray containing at least 20% DEET when outdoors, keep your own yard tick-free by cutting grass low and removing weeds, woodpiles and debris. Be sure to inspect yourself and your family members carefully for ticks after being outdoors.
Termites thrive in the Spring and Summer months. The warm, humid weather provides the perfect conditions for termites to breed and chip away at the wooden structures of homes. In Florida, you need to watch out for drywood termites, subterranean termites, dampwood termites and Formosan termites.
North America is home to more than 18,000 species of flies, and an infestation feels like every one of them moved to your property. Aside from their buzzing and erratic flight, many types carry diseases like typhoid fever and dysentery. Make sure your doors and windows are tightly sealed. Repair torn screens. Keep an eye on your garbage; if you notice little white worms crawling on it, those are fly larvae.
These buzzing, flying insects can usually be found around flowers or sugary drinks, like sodas. While they aren’t dangerous unless they sting someone with an allergy, being stung still hurts. However, stinging insects typically don’t lash out unless they feel threatened. Swatting or chasing these insects will only make them aggressive and this is the worst way to try and get rid of them.
If there’s standing water around your property, there’s a good chance mosquitoes have already used it to lay eggs. Mosquito control in Florida is an absolute must since the hot, humid climate is perfect for feeding and breeding. The key is to get rid of standing water.
As the leaves change color and the weather starts to cool slightly, the insect activity drops slightly, however there are common Fall pests that must be targeted and treated.
Crickets get in your home and hide in corners. It can be very difficult to find them, because their chirps don’t seem to come from where they are nesting. Many people do not appreciate the chirping while they are resting at night.
Bed bugs can live in your home pretty much any time of the year. These insects get into your mattress and bite you while you sleep. It is hard to know you have an infestation until they bite. That is why prevention is your best bet.
It can be frustrating to deal with a lice breakout. Even after you wash everyone’s hair, the lice can live in the house. In order to get rid of an infestation, it may require you to spray bedding, furniture, carpets and pillows.
The cooler weather means the rodents are looking for somewhere warm to breed, eat and make their home. It is important to seal up all openings and trim trees away from your home so you are not the next rodent hotel!
Even though Florida is typically warm, it is important to know which pests try to find comfort within warm homes when the temperatures drop outside (even slightly). These pests are known to invade homes when the temperatures drop.
Cockroaches are common in the southern regions due to the warm temperatures. However, when the colder months come around, many of them are looking to enter homes to multiply. Roaches can also be extremely hard to get rid of once you have them, so you want to make sure to hire a professional for the job.
Rodents, such as mice and rats, are commonly found inside homes when the temperatures become chillier. They are also known to spread diseases through their droppings. They can burrow in items throughout the home, cause damage and even make people sick.
These teardrop shaped silver bugs can be found in damp, dark places. These insects like to be warm, so they will go indoors when it’s cold outside. They will eat through almost anything that they come across, making them very destructive. Since they only come out at night time, it can be hard to spot an infestation early.