A variety of Florida insects wake up in spring and early summer months, ready to wreak havoc on your home or business. Whether they bite, sting, chew, infest your home or consume your home’s structure, these bugs are bad news! Here are some of the most common culprits and what to expect from them.
Northwest Florida is particularly at risk for termite issues, especially when the weather turns warmer and termites begin to seek expansion of their colonies. If your home or business has any exposed wood, keep an eye out for signs of termite damage and, “swarmers” with wings, which are seeking to create a new colony. Swarming termites are often misidentified as “flying ants” by homeowners in most cases. This is why regular termite inspections are so important to help locate and stop termite nests before too much damage is done.
Mosquitoes are always a problem in spring and summer, and few Florida bugs are as annoying as they are. While they generally wait until mid- or late-spring to show up, it’s important to try and control mosquitoes even before you notice them showing up. Be sure not to leave areas of standing water around your home and encourage your neighbors to do the same. Adequate coverage around your home is essential to controlling these populations.
Palmetto bug is a generic term many Southern residents use to describe a large roach, usually the American cockroach, but it actually refers to the even bigger Florida woods cockroach, which enjoys the cover of palmetto trees. Both varieties invade properties and look for moist conditions and food, but the Florida woods cockroach doesn’t thrive in human environments as its relatives do, so infestations are more rare. This roach has a secret weapon in its arsenal: adults can spray a noxious chemical up 10 feet. Younger woods cockroaches carry a liquid version with a nasty smell; hence the nickname Florida stink roach if you threaten or step on one.
Fleas and Ticks
Flea and Tick populations begin to explode as temperatures in Florida start to rise in spring and summer months. The rapid reproduction of Fleas and Ticks can get out of control quickly at this time of year. These insects thrive in many climates but prefer areas of your yard that remain moist, humid and shady. Fleas and Ticks feed off of wildlife, humans, and family pets so it’s extremely important to control populations in and around your property during this time.
Chinch bugs don’t trouble your house, but they are bad news for lawns, where they can create patches of dead and dying grass with their feeding habits (especially in St. Augustine grasses). Lawn care and inspections can help prevent chinch bug infestations, so keep an eye on your lawn and act quickly if your spring growth starts dying unexpectedly.
Spring is also the time of year for wasps, yellow jackets and bees to stop hibernating and start becoming active again. This can be very troublesome for homeowners who are surprised by nests that they didn’t even know existed around their home. While small nests may be tackled with care, equipment and store-bought pesticides, larger nests and ground nests require a professional touch to be safely dealt with.
Florida Carpenter Ant
The Florida carpenter ant, which unlike most carpenter ants is mostly red in color, tends to hang out in more residential areas. They also don’t actively eat healthy wood, but they do feast on softer materials and are often attracted to junk, trash and wood damaged by termites. They can bite, and are often found indoors, leading to frequent complaints. The key is tracking these Florida bugs down to their nest so it can be dealt with.
As Florida spring starts to bloom, keep an eye out for these Florida pests! If you notice an infestation or are concerned about a particular pest or area of your home or business, call our team of expert technicians at Brock Lawn and Pest Control! Whether you currently have a pest infestation or want to prevent one from occurring, we can help! With our specialized treatment techniques, you’ll be provided with both preventative and corrective treatments that will help keep your property protected.
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