The Peskiest Lawn Pests of South Florida

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At One Two Tree, we hate pests of all shapes and sizes bothering our family of customers at home, or around their property. We have a term for these types of critters:

They are the “Peskiest Pests.”

Peskiest Pest is a broad term for some of the worst culprits for general annoyance, lawn and ornamental damage in South Florida.
Some culprits on our list include some of the more notorious vermin around our neighborhood lawns:

  • Grasshoppers
  • Ants
  • Mosquitoes

Grasshoppers:

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper (Romalea guttata)

Grasshopper in lawn

  • Multiply quickly
  • Eat grass/ flowering plants
  • Target citrus plants

In Florida, these grass eating fiends breed like mad in the earlier spring months. By the time summer rolls around, there are usually enough of them to amass a large army hell-bent on terrorizing your lawns and ornamentals.

Outside of bugging your home, they are well known for their ability to hurt citrus production, as this variety of grasshopper eats the leaves off of citrus plants from both native to ornamental decorative foliage.

Ants:

Crazy Ant (Paratrechina longicornis)ants making their way in home

  • Invade homes
  • Swarm electronics
  • Can endanger property based on species

A summertime menace of the highest caliber, crazy ants are a non-native species of ant that can cause damage to your property on several levels.

They invade lawns like any normal species of ant, but can also invade any underground or nearby electronics. Due to their odd preference for electronics, your lawn’s underground power lines may be at risk for infestation, and sadly even destruction by this invasive species.

Mosquitoes:

Southern House Mosquito (Culex quinquefasciatus)

Western Encephalitis Mosquito (Culex tarsalis)
Mosquito sucking on blood

 

Main Issue:

  • Biting
  • Buzzing
  • Spread diseases

 

It would not be a fair list if we couldn’t describe the buzzing terror of mosquitoes and their potential to drive away any semblance of a fun summer season.

Known as the number one pest of South Florida. Mosquitoes make front lawns and backyards near uninhabitable because of their habit of biting the living daylights out anything with a pulse.

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