6 Common Pests in Florida

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The moist, warm, tropical-to-subtropical climate of Florida allows many forms of life to flourish. Unfortunately, however, many species make a nuisance of themselves by entering your home, eating your food, and potentially exposing your family to disease. Some of these pests are native to Florida while others originally came from elsewhere. Some are common in places besides Florida, while others are more localized, but all may require pest control services Cape Coral FL to deal with them effectively.

1. Lizards

Lizards can get into your home through small openings that you might not notice or think about, such as cracks or vents. Once inside, they could expose you to salmonella, either through direct contact or indirectly through their feces, which are black with white tips.

2. Lovebugs

Lovebugs are so called because they make a nuisance of themselves by flying around in joined pairs during mating season. They leave a foul smell when they gather in the corner of homes and obscure the visibility when they splatter on a car windshield.

3. Palmetto Bugs

A palmetto bug is a type of cockroach. Its excretions give off a recognizable musty odor and can cause allergic reactions in humans. They sometimes scurry across walls, which can be very startling to anyone who happens to see it. There are reports of flying palmetto bugs “attacking” humans, although the accusations are somewhat vague.

4. Mosquitoes

Every state in the country has mosquitoes, but no state has more different types of mosquitoes than Florida, which is home to 80 different species. Mosquito bites can become inflamed, swollen, and itchy as well as possibly spreading dangerous diseases, most recently Zika virus. In colder climates, mosquitoes are inactive during the winter, but in Florida, where the climate is warm and mild, mosquitoes can be active at all times of the year.

5. Termites

Florida is home to several species of termites, including some found nowhere else. Termites do not harm humans directly, but because they eat wood, they can cause extensive structural damage to homes. Signs of termite infestation include:

  • Doors that jam
  • Floors that buckle
  • Sheetrock that sags
  • Paint that peels
  • Wood that crumbles

Termites also leave tell-tale holes behind in the wood.

6. Millipedes

Millipedes don’t provide many signs of their presence other than the foul-smelling liquid they secrete. This can provoke allergic reactions in humans and may harm pets. While millipedes are usually happy to remain outside, they may start coming into the house when conditions outside are unusually dry or wet. You are then most likely to find them in dark, moist areas.