Learning CenterThis page provides information regarding the different pests homeowners will encounter in the state of Florida. Learn more about the common Florida pests below.
Florida Termites cause more damage annually than storms, fires and floods combined. Needing and opening of just 1/64th of an inch to begin their colonization of your home. Some species of Florida termites can cause significant damage to your home in as little as six months.
Florida Bed Bugs are the predators and unsuspecting humans are the prey. At one point it was thought that Florida had done away with this parasite, now experts are learning that these invasive pests are beginning to take over once again.
Florida Rats are the cause of over 40% of structural fires in Florida. They host various parasites and are a carrier of up to ten diseases. Florida rats are not just disgusting pests, they pose a high health risk for your family.
Florida Ants are by far the most commonly encountered nuisance in the state of Florida. Once a scout ant finds a source of food in your home, the rest of the colony follows. Once ants infest your home, it can take a lot of time and effort to stop them from showing up all over your home.
Florida Ticks carry both lyme disease and canine piroplasmosis. These parasites are attracted and feed off of warm-blooded hosts and soon after being to lay up to 6500 eggs anywhere they can. In between feedings they will hide in baseboards, furniture upholstery, in and under rugs, curtains and window casings.
Florida Spiders can deliver a bite that can feel as innocuous as a pin prick. A brush with a venomous Florida spider can lead to serious injury or even death. With the amount of insects readily available for them, arachnids are reproducing year-round. They spin their webs in dark and lightly traveled places.
Florida mosquitoes are carriers of West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis Malaria and Dog-Heartworm. There are 80 different species of mosquitoes in Florida, many of them barely visible. Canals, retention ponds, lakes, and mangroves are the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Florida Roaches are incredibly resilient. Their earliest ancestors date back 300 million years. They carry up to 40 different pathogens and have the ability to eat anything, making them tough to get rid of. They show up in cabinets, around stoves, in garages, under furniture, in bathrooms, or anywhere else in your home.
Florida Scorpions have four pairs of legs and a curled, flesh-colored nerve-poison filled tail. They typically hide in between bed sheets, under clothes, in cabinets and under sinks. They are just as common in newer development housing as older homes. Their sting is painful and can prove especially dangerous in younger children or pets.
Certain pests can be hazardous to our health; from inflicting painful bites and stings that cause severe allergic reactions to transmitting life-threatening diseases.
To ensure safety, we recommend knowing how to identify the most dangerous pests and how to protect yourself from them.
If you are concerned, or if any of these Florida pests have already invaded your home call Suncoast Pest Control right away at 1-800-270-3086 (786-5847)