Learn from Lettie the Bug Lady: Common Florida Pests

Hey there, it’s Lettie the Bug Lady from Great Southern Environmental!

Living in Florida is amazing – we have gorgeous beaches, sunny weather, and beautiful nature. But, as any Floridian knows, it’s also home to a variety of pests that can make life a bit tricky.

Today, I’m here to give you a rundown of some of the most common pests we deal with in the Sunshine State and share some tips on how to keep them at bay.

Palmetto Bugs

First up — the infamous palmetto bug. (Brace yourself for the following image… it’s a majestic palmetto bug mid-metamorphosis.)

These oversized roaches are a common sight in Florida. They love the warm, humid climate and can often be found in moist, dark places like basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. To keep them out, make sure to seal any cracks or gaps around doors and windows. Keeping your home clean and dry, especially in these areas, will also help deter them.

Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are another big issue here, especially during the rainy season. And I get it — few people are going to willingly put their hands in a mosquito cage…

These pesky insects are not only annoying but can also carry diseases like Zika and West Nile virus. IT doesn’t take much water for them to start breeding. Mosquitoes breed in water as small as what would be in a bottle cap — and eggs can last as long as 6 months without water. The best way to combat mosquitoes is to eliminate standing water around your home since that’s where they breed. Use insect repellents and consider installing screens on your windows and doors to keep them outside.

Termites

Termites are a homeowner’s nightmare. These little critters can cause significant damage to your home’s structure if left unchecked. In Florida, we primarily deal with subterranean and drywood termites. Regular inspections are key to catching an infestation early. Look for signs like frass — stuff that looks like coffee grounds — as the biggest sign. You can also spot discarded wings, mud tubes, or hollow-sounding wood (although the wood knocking might be one of the least common ways to find them). If you suspect termites, it’s crucial to call a professional like yours truly immediately.

Ants

Florida is home to several types of ants, including fire ants, carpenter ants, and the pesky little sugar ants that invade your kitchen. Fire ants are particularly troublesome because their stings can be quite painful. To keep ants at bay, make sure to keep food sealed and clean up spills right away. Regularly check for ant trails and seal any entry points around your home.

Spiders

If you know me, you know I’ve got a passion for spiders. (I know, I’m a brave woman!)

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While most spiders in Florida are harmless, we do have a few dangerous ones like the black widow and brown recluse. These spiders tend to hide in dark, undisturbed areas such as garages, sheds, and basements. To minimize the risk of spider encounters, keep these areas clean and clutter-free. Wear gloves when moving boxes or cleaning out storage spaces.

Rodents

Rats and mice are common pests in Florida, particularly in urban areas. They can cause damage by gnawing on wires and spreading diseases. To prevent a rodent infestation, make sure to seal any openings larger than a quarter inch, store food in airtight containers, and keep your home clean.

Preventative Measures from Pest Control 

At Great Southern Environmental, we always recommend a proactive approach to pest control. Regular inspections and maintenance can go a long way in preventing infestations! If you ever find yourself dealing with these common Florida pests, give us a call. We’re here to help you keep your home safe and pest-free.

There you have it – a quick guide to some of Florida’s most common pests and how to deal with them from the Bug Lady. Remember, a little prevention goes a long way in keeping these unwanted visitors out of your home. Stay vigilant, stay clean, and if all else fails, you’ve got the experts at Great Southern Environmental ready to lend a hand!