5 Common Florida Pests That Will Infest Your Lawn and House
There a few feelings better than being able to enjoy the peace and comfort of your own home. Unfortunately, there are critters out there that also want a place to hang out.
The problem is that they can bite, sting, carry diseases, and they certainly don’t pay rent. We love our state but you can’t let your guard down with those Florida pests.
Do you think you might have Florida pests infesting your lawn or home? Read ahead as we describe five common pests you need to know.
Ants have a reputation for being a well organized and hardworking insect. Like bees, they belong to the Hymenoptera order.
The downside is that their industriousness can lead them to look for resources in your house. Most ants are relatively harmless to people. However, having ants everywhere is unsightly and unsanitary.
Carpenter ants can cause serious structural damage if not taken care of. Also, there are two species of fire ants that can be found in Florida and both can cause severe pain with their sting.
Sure, some people keep them as pets. That certainly doesn’t mean that you want wild animals anywhere near your property.
Rats carry diseases, filth, and bite when threatened. Also, they can cause property damage by chewing walls, wires, etc. The sight of them is repulsive to many people.
You might notice their dropping before you see the animal, itself. Many rodents can squeeze through a hole that’s only the size of a quarter, which is hard to spot. A full home inspection is likely the first step to pest removal.
Rats and mice are both relatively small rodents with tails. Either can be white, grey, or brown. You don’t want either to make a home in your house (unless they are pets or pet food).
It can be hard to distinguish one from the other but there are a few signs to look out for.
Mice are smaller but have relatively bigger and floppier ears. Rats have longer tails but with less hair on them. Finally, a mouse’s nose is more triangular in contrast to the blunted nose of the rat.
Florida has a lot of reasons to live here and visit. The large mosquito population is not one of them.
Pest control companies have their hands full year-round, especially in South Florida. They can transmit serious diseases such as West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
Pest repellent is helpful. But it might not be enough if there is a nearby breeding ground. You’ll likely need a multifaceted approach for a lasting solution.
We saved the worst for last. There are at least seven types of cockroaches found in Florida.
It’s safe to say you don’t want them in your home. Aside from being repulsive, they can trigger asthma and allergies in susceptible people. Their saliva, feces, and sheddings are responsible for this.
Pest control begins with cleanliness but the culprit might not be easy to spot.
Dealing with Florida Pests
Florida is famous for its diverse wildlife. You can find both crocodiles, alligators, bobcats, deers, and even manatees.
Unfortunately, Florida pests are plentiful. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a solution.
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