Picture this: you’re having a lovely dinner with your family when something moves in the corner of your eye. You turn to look and to your horror, you spot it! A tiny home invader. An ant!
And it brought friends.
Home pests are more common than you think. The trick is catching them before they go from annoyance to infestation. We’ve outlined five common home pests and what to do if you spot them in your home.
If you need help with a home pest, contact A Good Neighbor Property Solutions LLC to find out how we can help.
Ants are the most common Florida pest; every home in Florida has had to deal with ants at one point or another. Luckily, most ant species are harmless in small amounts. In larger amounts though, they can cause problems in your kitchen, bathroom, garage, basement, and the rest of your house.
Here are a few ways that ants can hurt your home:
- Invading and infesting buildings by constructing nests in walls or beneath structures.
- Building nests in structural wood.
- Consuming and contaminating human food.
- Building unsightly ant colonies and mounds in lawns and garden areas.
- Inflicting painful bites and stings.
Fire ants are the only ant that may pose a serious problem for your family, as well as your home. They make their nests in backyards, around driveways, under windows, and almost anywhere that gets a good amount of light. These little pests will eat through paper and sting badly. People can suffer from allergic reactions, such as itching or swelling.
If you spot fire ants, the best thing you can do is contact a pest control and management company.
Finding a cockroach in your home is likely your worst nightmare. Unfortunately, up to 90 percent Floridian homes have or have had cockroaches. Cockroaches hid in dark, cool places and tend to invade homes in search for food and water. That’s why you’ll find them in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. Adult cockroaches can live up to a full year, and they are notoriously difficult to kill.
These creepy crawlers carry dangerous bacteria Salmonella or E. Coli. They can trigger asthmatic reactions in people, especially young children. They’ve also been linked to dysentery, tapeworms, roundworm, fungus, viruses, and allergies.
Calling an exterminator is the only way to deal with cockroaches. Once they’ve infested your home, there isn’t much you can do on your own, so an expert is the best option.
If you’ve ever wondered which pests were the most destructive, look no further than the termite. The National Pest Management Association estimates they cause American homeowners five billion dollars worth of damage each year. This is because they feed on wood, like the kind used in your home’s construction; they also feed on paper, insulation, swimming pool liners, and filtration systems.
Unlike ants or other pests, you may never know you have termites until it’s much too late. They build their colonies out of sight and compromise housing structures. Some signs you have an infestation are:
- A hollow sound in some parts of your drywall
- Peeling paint with no obvious reason for peeling
- Unexplained holes or deterioration of wood items outside your home
The best – and often only – way to know whether you have termites is to have your home inspected by an expert. You should try to have your home inspected once every two to three years.
Like cockroaches, hiring a professional pest control company is the only way to get rid of a termite infestation.
Flies come in all shapes and sizes. They’re often associated with summertime – when we’re outside enjoying the beautiful weather, maybe having a BBQ. Thing is that flies can be pests all year round. They love being in our homes and will do everything they can to make it their homes as well. Flies come in through open windows and doors, so keeping those closed is a great way to keep them out of your home.
If you do find your home is being overtaken by flies, the entire house and nearby areas will need to be swept out before they lay eggs. Even a small fly problem can turn into a big one quickly if they’re not managed. That’s because some species of flies go from eggs to an adult in just seven days.
These common bugs come with their own dangers. Because they live in waste and feces, they can potentially carry cholera and salmonella and can infect your food and groceries.
Florida is home to a wide variety of spiders. It’s important to note that not all spiders are bad! Most spiders do a great job keeping down the insect population. For your average house spider, you might just kill it or relocate it to the outdoors rather than worry about a possible infestation. However, a spider’s nest is nothing to laugh about. It can have hundreds of spider eggs. Cleaning these out will keep the spider population down in your home.
That being said, there are two spiders that can cause physical harm to you and your family if you find them in your home.
- Wolf Spiders
These large but timid spiders will only bite if they feel trapped. Their venom, while strong enough to paralyze an insect, it’s weak when used on a human. It feels a bit like a bee sting.
There are four types of widows in Florida: southern black, northern black, red, and brown. If you touch a female widow, you may get bitten, and their venom is very toxic. Widow bites cause intense pain, nausea, muscle cramps, and sweating. You should get medical attention right away.
Have a pest problem?
Having an infestation of any kind is a hassle. It’s an added stress that no one should have to deal with on their own. Hiring a professional to take care of it will ensure the pest problem is, well, taken care of, and you can get back to enjoying your home.
If you’ve never hired a pest control company before, read “What to look for when hiring a Florida pest control company.” Then contact us for a free quote.
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- Brooksville, FL
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- Odessa FL
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