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5 Common South Florida pests


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There are so many benefits to living in South Florida. The weather in South Florida is world-famous and people from all over the country and the world come down there to enjoy the warm ocean breezes, sandy beaches and the warmth of this tropical environment.

The problem arises when it comes to pests in South Florida. Given the humid, tropical air, there are unique insects and pests that plague the businesses and homes in South Florida. There are numerous unique pests that are common here that you may not find anywhere else in America. We will discuss some of the most common South Florida pests in this article.

Fortunately, Ehrlich Pest Control in South Florida is ready to help with local tropical insects and pests. Contact your local South Florida Ehrlich office for help.


Tiger mosquito

The warm tropical areas across South Florida are the right breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes have to lay their eggs in water and the swampy, watery areas of South Florida are perfect for them to lay their eggs. Common in the area are the Aedes aegypt mosquito which is an import from Africa. Aedes aegypt finds the climate perfect to breed in. The problem is that the Aedes aegypt mosquito is also a known vector for diseases such as yellow fever, dengue fever, and Zika.

Keep vegetation away from your home and get rid of any standing water around your property to prevent mosquitoes around your home or property in South Florida. Just a small amount of standing water is enough for mosquitoes to breed. Using fans around outdoor sitting areas is also enough to keep mosquitoes away as they are poor fliers.

Formosan subterranean termites

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The Formosan Subterranean Termites are a very destructive pest and they just love the warm, moist weather right here in Florida. They are an invasive species to South Florida and originate in Asia. Now that they have come to the Sunshine State, formosan subterranean termites have spread rapidly and quickly ousted other pests to become one of the dominant pests in the state. These wood-destroying insects cause thousands of dollars of damage to homes and property all over South Florida.

Formosan termites are often referred to as super-termites because they breed so fast, create such huge colonies and can cause such tremendous damage so quickly. They can even infest highrise buildings and condos.

These termites mostly live underground and create mud tubes to get around and up walls. You may notice wood floors feeling spongy, find mud tubes and other signs of these termites around your home. Call a professional fast to limit the damage done.

Mole crickets

mole cricket

Mole crickets look frightening with their large heads and visible mandibles. They are large for insects usually somewhere between 1.3 – 1.3 inches. Mole crickets also have large legs with spines or spikes on the end that they actually use for digging. Often confused with cockroaches, mole crickets are a bit different from what people normally think crickets look like.

Mole crickets do not bite but are an invasive species in South Florida. These pests came from South America, most likely and found the humid warm tropical temps to their liking. Often found in homes, mole crickets are not directly dangerous to humans. What they do is devour plants and a large enough infestation can cause tremendous damage to crops and gardens. Mole crickets will also use those spines on their forelegs for burrowing and digging which can damage the soil and also cause plant destruction.

Palmetto bugs

Palmetto Bug Roach

These are also known as the Florida woods cockroach. They are very large cockroaches who have made South Florida their home. If you live in Miami or other nearby locations, you have probably run across Palmetto Bugs (also referred to as the Florida woods cockroach).

The Palmetto bug can grow in size up to 1.2 – 1.6 inches and they are known to emit a foul smell. These stinky pests can actually spray that scent when threatened up to one meter in length. Palmetto bugs look a lot like Oriental cockroaches, but move a bit slower than their cousins and prefer to live outdoors in damp locations.

Palmetto bugs are dark brownish or even black in color. They have short forewings and no hindwings like some other species. Their scent glands are used for defensive purposes to ward off potential threats and predators. Palmetto bugs prefer to live in dead leaves, old logs, and abandoned trees or stumps, but can sometimes wander into buildings and homes through tiny openings. Often they are found in attics and are found because of the large droppings they leave behind.

Biting Midges or “No-See-Ums”

Sand Fly Gnat

One of the unfortunate consequences of living near water and the warm tropical air in South Florida is that these become the favorite spot of some nuisance pests. One of those common pests are biting midges (also called sand flies or No-See-Ums) that infest areas of South Florida. Biting midges are aquatic or semi-aquatic flies that are very tiny and almost impossible to see. As their name suggests, biting midges do bite and feed on blood. Most of the time you only realize you’ve been attacked by biting midges after you see the bite marks on your legs and body.

Biting midges are very tiny, usually less than 1/8th of an inch long. Part of the order known as Diptera, there are 47 different species of biting midges documented so far across Florida. If you do get to see a biting midge up close they will be gray in coloration and have distinct patterns on their wings.

Biting midges are a nuisance because they bite and will make your ventures outside difficult to deal with, especially if you are near water, but there is also concern they could be vectors for disease. Including viruses and various parasites. Plus, some people can have an allergic reaction to midge bites.

Ehrlich can get rid of South Florida pests

Those are five very common pests in homes and on properties all across South Florida. Fortunately, you do not have to try and get rid of these pests on your own. There is an Ehrlich Pest Control office close to you and ready to help get rid of pest insects in South Florida. Contact us today!

Ashley Smith

Ashley is a Digital Content Manager with Rentokil. She loves drinking coffee and spending time with her dogs.

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