Every season brings about different, unique pest problems that you should watch out for. So, if you live in the Orlando area, what pests should you watch out for throughout the year?
To help you out, we’ve listed some of the worst pests by season in Orlando.
- Ants: Ants are persistent pests that are known for invading Florida residences. Orlando is home to many types of ants, including fire ants, big-headed ants, carpenter ants, and rover ants. Fire ants are especially dangerous to humans as their bites are incredibly painful and can require medical attention. On the other hand, carpenter ants are similar to termites and will destroy extensive amounts of wood on your property. To prevent ants, make sure that you clean up any food debris and spills that may attract ants and seal off any entry points or cracks with caulking material.
- Cockroaches: Cockroaches are disgusting pests that nobody wants within their home. Even the cleanest of houses can still have cockroaches because cockroaches can adapt to nearly any environment. They tend to prefer warmer, humid climates, which is why you may see an increase in cockroach activity in the springtime.
- Fleas: Fleas are parasitic insects that can suck human and animal blood, so neither you nor your pets are safe from these pests. Unfortunately, fleas rapidly reproduce and travel on their hosts, allowing them to spread their eggs throughout your home. If you notice fleas, we recommend reaching out to a professional pest control company so that they can eradicate them from your property.
- Bees: Dangerous species of bees, such as Africanized bees, otherwise known as killer bees, live in the Orlando area. Africanized bees are typically not aggressive, but they will furiously attack you in swarms if you threaten them or their nest. Getting away quickly is your best option in this case because there have been cases where swarms of these scary bees have killed non-allergic individuals. Africanized bees typically make their hives inside of empty containers, water meters, and crawl spaces under houses, so approach these areas carefully during the summer.
- Mosquitoes: Florida is famous for its irritating mosquito population. Mosquitoes are attracted to Florida because of its hot, humid climate. They can be dangerous to our health because female mosquito bites can transmit dangerous diseases to humans. Wearing long sleeves and mosquito repellent can help to prevent mosquito bites. Still, the most effective way to protect yourself and your family will be mosquito treatments that keep mosquitoes off your property. Mosquitoes are especially attracted to standing water, which can be treated to repel mosquitoes from your property.
- Ticks: Ticks are irritating bugs that can bite us and our pets. Unfortunately, ticks are very tiny, so they are difficult to spot. Tick repellent can help to protect you against tick bites and is available for pets too. Yard maintenance will also play a prominent role in protecting yourself from ticks, as many are attracted to overgrown grass, plants, and weeds.
- Wolf Spiders: Wolf spiders seek out shelter during the cold winters. They typically enter our homes through windows, the garage, or doorways, seeking warmth and food. If you have other pests in your home, spiders are likely to follow because they feed on other insects in your home. Wolf spiders are incredibly fast spiders and will typically hide in dark places high up in your walls.
- Rodents: Like spiders, rodents seek out shelter during the harsher winter months. Orlando is home to various rodents, including mice, roof rats, Norway rats, and squirrels. Rodents are experts at surviving on human waste and trash, so they are quite comfortable making our home their home. Unfortunately, rodents breed quickly and can rapidly expand the infestation. Look for common signs of rodents, including feces droppings, bite marks on food packaging, hearing thumping or squeaking noises coming from the walls or attic, and holes in the wall.
- Raccoons: Raccoons are nocturnal mammals that may seek shelter in your home during the winter months. They are dangerous and should never be approached. Professional help is always recommended when dealing with wildlife, as many do carry dangerous diseases.