Common Florida Household Pests
In Florida, bugs are a part of life. Thanks to the humid weather, residents often share their living space with many household pests. Ants, termites, roaches, spiders, silverfish, rats, mice, rodents, and many other Florida insects invade homes in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Riviera Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, Stuart, Vero Beach, and other South Florida communities. If you spot a few bugs, you may not think anything of it, but the presence of these social creatures can indicate an infestation. The handful of pests you spotted may indicate a nearby colony of hundreds or thousands — and with the potential to grow rapidly. What’s more, some insects may carry and spread disease, like mosquitoes.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common Florida bugs that frequently make themselves at home in your space and around your property. With the right information about insects, you can more effectively eliminate these pests.
Choosing a Professional Pest Company
Florida’s warm climate means dealing with pests is a constant issue for residents. Hulett’s Healthy Home Service is the right choice for treating your South Florida home. Every day, more and more South Florida homeowners have discovered that having Hulett’s Healthy Home Service is the best way to protect their homes from the common types of pests found here in Florida. We utilize environmentally responsible materials and methods to ensure our customers’ living space remains comfortable both inside and out. Our money back guarantee ensures your satisfaction. See why South Florida families have Just called Hulett for over 50 years!
Tips for Control and Prevention
Weather and Pest Activity
Florida Bug Facts
Our beautiful state is home to 32 different species of ants, making them the most common household pest among Florida bugs. One ant species that we frequently see in homes is the ghost ant. These tiny creatures are often called a “sugar ant.” That’s because they feed on anything sweet, such as honeydew secreted by insects, but also any sweet residues they can find in your kitchen, too. You’ll find them scurrying around in the moist areas of your home, such as the kitchen and bathroom or under potted plants. They prefer to nest between cabinets and baseboards and in wall voids, but come out to feed on food and drink spillage, crumbs, and stains.
Termites do best in tropical climates, and they thrive in the weather we enjoy in our communities. Termites cause billions of dollars in damage to structures every year, and homeowners’ insurance policies won’t cover it. Once termites invade your home, they can often go undetected and do considerable damage. For this reason, it is critical to get your home inspected for termite activity annually. If activity is found, a treatment should be done as soon as possible. This treatment should be left to the professionals, because it is very technical. A DIY method is not recommended for termite control. In South Florida with such an abundance of termites, many homeowners are resorting to Preventative Treatments to try and avoid infestation in the first place.
Cockroaches are hardy pests that come to our homes searching for food, water, and shelter. You may catch these creatures when you flick on the lights in your kitchen to make a late-night snack. These scavengers love to chow down on small, unseen food crumbs and spills in the kitchen or living room area or the moisture found under bathroom or kitchen sinks. Cockroach allergies are common, and allergens from these pests can trigger asthma and allergies. For this reason, it is important to maintain a cockroach-free and pest-free home. Pests, especially cockroaches, can cause severe allergies and health issues. More than 75% of urban homes have cockroaches, and more than half of people who suffer from asthma have a cockroach allergy. South Floridians’ homes are especially vulnerable to cockroach allergies because of the warm weather. Cockroaches love the heat and thrive in our moist tropical climate. South Florida cockroaches are active year-round.
From the common house spider to the black widow spider, many species of these creepy crawlies can enter your home. Most spiders are simply a nuisance, but some spiders have a venomous bite that may require medical attention. Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to these venomous bites. Between the hazard they can pose and the intense fear they may inspire, these pests are detested by many homeowners.
These common Fire Ants are well-known to many Floridians. When their mound is disturbed, the ants will aggressively and repeatedly bite and sting. If they have ever bitten you, you know how painful it can be. Those who’ve endured their stinging and bites know to avoid their nests whenever they spot one. When a fire ant mound is disturbed, the insects inside will aggressively and repeatedly sting. It’s a concern for any homeowner when they spot these mounds in their yard, but it’s especially important to get rid of them near homes with small children and pets who are more vulnerable to these bites. If they invade your property, yard, or landscape, it’s important to treat them right away.
Fleas and ticks often hitch a ride on the family cat or dog in spring or summer, only to infest your home, lay eggs and inflict painful bites. Once an infestation is established, professional pest control is almost always needed to get rid of these pests.
Chinch bugs, grubs, caterpillar, scale, thrips, fig whitely, spiraling whitefly, and other lawn and landscape pests can damage your lawn or make it unpleasant to be outdoors. To maintain a healthy and beautiful landscape, it is critical to treat for lawn and ornamental pests, as well. Not to mention mosquitos, which can absolutely ruin a family BBQ with their painful and itchy bites.
Watch Out for Seasonal Pests
Pest activity varies by season, and it’s helpful to know information about the time of year when Florida bugs are most active. Various types of ants, including Fire ants, Ghost ants, and White footed ants, come out during the spring. If you’ve got flowers in your yard, chances are that wasps or bees (active year-round) will be drawn to them as temperatures spike in the summer. Termites and chinch bugs are often most active in the spring. Several different kinds of worms, such as webworms or armyworms, are the most destructive during the spring months. Fleas are more active in the summer, so keep a careful watch on your four-legged family members from June to August, although we do see flea activity all year long. Ants of all kinds make a showing in the summer, along with many other critters. Certain types of ants and rodents tend to be active in the fall and winter. Termites, cockroaches, and many other pests are active all year round.
Whether we’re providing you with friendly and reliable pest control service in your home or educating people about bug facts online, we value educating people about Florida bugs. Our technicians are educated through Bugs University on the latest products and methods for eliminating the pests that thrive in our warm climate. They’re always happy to take the time to answer your questions and listen to your concerns as they walk you through the best pest control solution for your home. We’re happy to offer you a free, no-obligation pest control inspection, and discuss with you a treatment program that fits your needs. When Florida insects infest your home, trust the name with over 50 years of experience