Contrasting seasons bring out several types of pests within the Jacksonville area. That’s why it’s good to plan for them ahead of time.
Here, we’ll tell you:
- The various pest types according to each season
- How to identify various pests
- How the weather affects certain species
- What to look for when trying to spot problems ahead of time
What Summer Pests Are the Worst in Jacksonville?
Warm summer rains wash over vegetation and wake up dormant mosquito eggs laid during the previous season. One mating pair can create thousands of offspring. So, it’s no wonder why there are so many swarming mosquitoes in late August.
These familiar biting insects are sometimes called midges by scientists. They get their nickname from being so small — most adults are only about two millimeters long.
No-see-ums are a huge problem during the humid summer months, from July until the middle part of September. Since Jacksonville has the perfect environment for them, they are exceedingly difficult to eradicate.
What Fall Pests Are the Worst in Jacksonville?
Bed bugs are making a comeback in the U.S., and according to scientists, that’s due to an increase in international travel.
However, you don’t have to go far to pick up a few. Just head to your nearest hotel to have at least a 10 percent chance.
However, it’s not as grim as it may seem. Pest control companies everywhere are leading the fight against this nasty little creature. And fortunately, they appear to be winning.
Wasps and hornets are surprisingly active in the fall throughout the Northeastern region of Florida. The warm weather tends to extend their lifespan. Also, they’ve had all summer to plan, construct, and settle into their nests.
Paper wasps are not so bad. They’re pretty docile, even during most weather disturbances.
However, it’s the invasive species like the German yellowjacket that you have to watch closely. They build huge nests within attic spaces, and they will aggressively defend their territory, stinging intruders multiple times.
What Winter Pests Are the Worst in Jacksonville?
Mice are about four to five inches in length. They have brown hair and large ears, and you can distinguish them from juvenile roof rats by their long tails.
Mice multiply quickly. One litter can return between six to 12 pups. So, for that reason, mice are challenging to eliminate from a home or business.
Mice typically invade structures during the winter months. However, they’re mostly a year-round pest.
Plentiful food sources make it a challenge to get rid of mice. Water is also a requirement for their survival, and Jacksonville certainly has plenty of that.
Norway rats are an invasive species to Florida. They thrive along coastal areas, especially where humans live. Restaurants, grocery stores, and open-air food vendors have to be especially watchful toward these large rodents.
Norway rats dig burrows into the ground to make their nests. They are also just as happy with rearing their young in open trash containers and eroding piles of leaves.
Roof rats, on the other hand, build their nests in attic spaces. They invade homes through openings in eaves, vents, and overhangs. Unlike their Norway rat cousin, the roof rat prefers a fresh mix of fruits and vegetables.
Both species of rats are highly destructive. They contaminate food storage areas and are content to spread their fecal material just about anywhere. Not only that, they chew through electrical wiring and leave urine trails that can be potentially harmful to humans.
What Spring Pests Are the Worst in Jacksonville?
House flies are generally a year-round pest in Jacksonville. However, you’ll start to notice them more during the spring months. That’s probably due to an increase in human activity.
Also, birds and animals come out during the springtime, and that means an increased abundance of wildlife excrement for flies to lay their eggs.
Opossums are the only marsupial in North America. That means they carry their young in a pouch, similar to kangaroos in Australia.
These highly adaptable, nocturnal creatures live almost anywhere, and they eat just about anything, including:
- Human garbage
Since they are not picky eaters, it’s essential to secure garbage cans. Also, it’s a good idea to watch out for them while driving at night.
- Flying insects are probably the worst type of pest
- Roof rats are easily confused with mice
- Check for wasps in the early spring
- Look for rodents to come inside during the winter months