With plenty of sunshine and year-round warm temperatures, Florida is the ideal place to live for many Americans. But the exceptional weather doest just attract snow birds from up north, it’s also the perfect environment for Florida pests and plenty of other annoying insects that can make their way into your home.
Ants are one of the most common insects on Earth and there are plenty of them right here in Florida. Ants come in all shapes and sizes from tiny sugar ants to large carpenter ants. Of all the pests that can enter our homes, ants are the most common pest problem we hear about.
Fire ants are not native to Florida or the United States for that matter. They were imported to the US on fruit trucks and ships coming from South America. Fire ants are known for their painful stings and aggressive nature. When they build their nests in your yard they can pose a real danger to young children and pets. A fire ant colony can number in the hundreds of thousands and create large unsightly mounds in your yard that can damage your lawn mower blades.
Carpenter ants are large black ants that can be very destructive. They seek out moist and damp wood between your floors and walls. Once a colony is established it is very hard to get rid of unless you kill the queen. Carpenter ants are known to cause extensive damage to wooden structures.
We can all agree that roaches are the worst Florida pest to find inside your home. Cockroaches have adapted exception
ally well to their environment over the millenia which makes them very hard to get rid of. They can go months without food and can even survive without a head for a few weeks. Roach feces can cause asthma, allergies, and even transmit diseases.
Fear of spiders is a common and acceptable phobia in our society. Spiders aren’t as bad as we make them out to be. Spiders are natural fly and insect catchers and they are very good at it. They feed on mosquitoes, flies, moths and other annoying bugs that sneak into your home when your door is open. However, here in Florida, there are some pretty dangerous spiders you would not want in your house.
Earwigs are annoying and scary-looking pests that have large intimidating pincers on their behinds. Earwigs are usually seen in the fall months as the weather cools and they seek out warmer habitats. Earwigs are attracted to moisture and you will tend to find them in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.
How to get rid of bugs in Florida
The best way to get rid of Florida pests is by being proactive and preventing them from getting into your home in the first place. You can make it harder for Florida pests to get into your home by thoroughly inspecting your home. Areas to check include:
- Foundation cracks
- Ripped screens
- Weather stripping around windows and doors
- Chimney cracks
- Attic vents
You can also make your home less attractive by storing food in plastic sealed containers and keeping dirty dishes out of the sink.
Florida pest control
Having an infestation in your home is no fun. Whether it’s ants or cockroaches, it’s very difficult to remove them if you don’t know what you are doing. That’s why it is always best to let a professional pest control expert handle the situation.
Get professional pest control
Stop worrying about Florida pests and get your yard and home protected this year with pest control solutions from Flowers Turf & Pest Control. Our trained professionals have years of experience battling fire ants, roaches and other pests. We have a variety of pest control services including perimeter pest control to keep bugs out of your yard. We also offer comprehensive lawn care packages designed specifically for your yard.