5 Warm Weather Pests and Bugs
There is no denying that bugs have an important role to play in our ecosystems. Although bugs help to balance the our world, that doesn’t mean you have to like dealing with them—or want them inside your home. Most bugs prefer warm, damp climates, like the ones you find in Florida cities such as Lakeland, Orlando, Pensacola and Milton. In fact, the average daily temperature rarely dips below 70 degrees in Florida. For that reason, your pest control professionals at Superior Spray Service want you to be aware of 5 warm weather pests that can really make your skin crawl.
The American Cockroach is known by many names: palmetto bug, the Bombay canary, and water bug, among others. Whatever the name, these warm weather pests are a creepy nuisance for Floridians. They leave stains surfaces and infest items made of fabric. Once a cockroach nest takes up residence in your fabric, you can pretty much bid it good riddance. These bugs are also capable transmitting diseases such as salmonella, coliform, staphylococcus, streptococcus, and hepatitis. Additionally, cockroaches are a known trigger for those with allergies. Because cockroaches are good at staying hidden, they can inconspicuously endanger your family’s health.
Ranging in size from 1.25 to 2.5 inches, these cockroaches have reddish brown bodies and often yellow markings. They’re extremely resilient against over-the-counter insect repellents or bug sprays. Even if you do manage to treat one infestation on your own, cockroaches have an uncanny resurgence rate. Your best defense against is to contact a professional pest control company like Superior Spray to treat and prevent cockroaches in your home or business.
You might have seen these warm weather pests depicted in cartoons as small clouds that fly in and reduce a house to sawdust in seconds! While that is a melodramatic depiction, it’s a fact that termites do billions of dollars of property damage every year due to their wood and cellulose consumption.
Termites live in colonies and reproduce rapidly. It’s true that a termite queen can lay thousands of eggs a day. If the wood in your home begins to blister, warp, sag, or you notice strange piles of sawdust in your home, these can be signs of a termite infestation. You should also be on the lookout for swarms of small, winged insects especially in the spring or fall. Termites are also known to travel via tunnels that look like thin tubes of dirt connected to your home or business. Your best course of action to treat and prevent termites is to receive professional termite control services from a qualified, licensed, and insured pest control operator like those at Superior Spray Service.
You can never get just one ant, these social warm weather pests travel and live in groups. Ants are not shy either. What seems like a single stray, quickly becomes a marching line to the nearest food source. They come in a variety of shades of brown, black, and red and can be quite tiny or impressively large. No matter the variety of ant, they want one thing. To come into your home and snack on your food.
Even with preventive indoor pest control, you may need to treat your outdoor areas for ants as well. Additional protection from ants can be gained by caulking any holes, sealing gaps under doors, and making sure food is kept in airtight containers. If ants persist even after those steps, contact a pest control expert like the team at Superior Spray Service.
These thin-wasted, aggressive flying insects can turn any day into a nightmare. They swarm outdoor gatherings. They nest on windows, swing-sets, playhouses, gutters, pool frames and anywhere they think you might not notice. Once they’ve set up shop, they become territorial over their nest and will give you a painful sting to defend it.
Temporary protection can be provided with home remedies or store-bought items: candles, bug sprays, and wasp-repelling plants like eucalyptus, lemongrass, and mint. However, none of those will prevent wasps from trying to infest your home or yard 100% of the time. Wasps are significantly less active in the morning and at night, but you shouldn’t schedule your days around a wasp’s lifestyle. Instead, contact a professional.
Mosquitos typically stay outdoors but will wander indoors in search of food (people & pets) or if there are open sources of water near your home. These warm weather pests leave itchy bumps that form after being bitten. However, mosquitoes also spread diseases such as Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue, yellow fever and malaria.
Getting mosquitoes away from your home is just as important as keeping them off of you. Superior Spray offers mosquito barrier spray treatments to kill and repel mosquitoes for up to 21 days at time.
Pest Control in Florida
If you need to stop any of the above mentioned warm weather pests in their tracks, contact your professional pest control experts at Superior Spray Service today. While bugs may keep our world in balance, they can make our homes, businesses and offices rather uncomfortable once they find their way in. They’re called pests for a reason; notoriously causing property damage and posing health threats. Bugs are always looking for a way inside, be proactive with extermination and preventative treatments from Superior Spray Service.
If you’re located in Lakeland, Tampa, Orlando, Pensacola, Milton, Pace, Navarre or the surrounding areas, contact Superior Spray Service today at (833) 682-0700 for your pest control needs throughout the lengthy warm-weather season here in Central and Northwest Florida.