Cockroaches are a huge issue in Florida. You may experience German, Oriental, American, or palmetto bugs. Whatever kind of cockroaches decide to move in with you, you’ll want to kick them out as soon as possible. These pests can get into your food, spread bacteria all over your counters, and generally gross your guests and you out.
In order to avoid a roach infestation, consider the tips below:
- Place weather-stripping around your doors and windows.
- Clean and vacuum your home regularly.
- Inspect packages before bringing them into your house.
- Check the exterior of your home for roaches.
These bloodsuckers are well-known to residents of Florida. The entire state has a mosquito problem. With that said, you don’t need mosquitos buzzing around your head and silently landing on you to suck your blood while you are at home. The occasional mosquito here and there is unavoidable in Florida. A full infestation, though, is a serious problem. Mosquitos are known to carry viruses and diseases. Because of this, you don’t want them infesting your property.
Below are some tips for avoiding a mosquito infestation:
- Fill holes in your yard that collect standing water.
- Turn any buckets or containers outside upside down.
- Get rid of any standing water around your home.
- Cut your grass often.
- Remove overgrown vegetation, debris, and stumps from your property.
Ants can become a huge problem quickly. While they are small and sometimes harmless, they grow quickly in numbers. A few ants can become hundreds in no time. This is especially problematic when they are fire ants, which are known to bite.
If you’d prefer to avoid ants in your home, take these tips into consideration:
- Close off openings to the exterior of your home.
- Rinse out containers and cans before throwing them away.
- Use weather-stripping for your windows and doors.
- Remove debris, branches, and overgrown vegetation from your yard.
A lot of people are afraid of spiders, and there is a reason for that. While some spiders are relatively harmless, other types of spiders have dangerous bites that can send you to the hospital. There are a variety of different types of spiders, which include black widows, long-bodied cellar spiders, house spiders, brown recluses, and more. What they all have in common is you don’t want them in your home.
In order to avoid a spider infestation, consider the tips below:
- Replace or repair torn window and door screens.
- Keep your doors and windows closed.
- Close any gaps that may lead to the outside and allow spiders in.
- Remove debris, branches, rock piles, and other areas that spiders can hide from your yard.
- Remove spiderwebs when you see them.
“Don’t let the bed bugs bite,” is actually really good advice. Bed bugs are extremely annoying, and they cause itching and discomfort. These bugs feed on human blood, and they can be tricky to get rid of. They also can spread around your house over time—leading to a bigger infestation.
If you want to avoid bugs in your bed, consider these tips:
- Wash your sheets and clothing regularly.
- Wash any clothing you bring home from the store.
- Avoid purchasing a used bed, frame and furniture.
- Keep your home clean and vacuumed.
Rodents come in many forms. There are mice, roof rats, Norway rats, and more. No matter what type of rodent, you don’t want them living in your home. Rodents can spread bacteria around your home and are known to spread disease. They can also eat your food, destroy your property, and chew through your wires. Because of this, they can cause thousands of dollars in damage over time.
If you don’t want a rodent infestation in your home, consider the following:
- Clean your home and regularly vacuum your floors.
- Don’t leave doors and windows open.
- Take out your garbage often.
- Don’t leave out food and don’t leave containers open.
Wasps and hornets are known for how aggressive they are. They will build a nest on your property and attack anyone that gets close enough. Their stings are painful and can even lead to an allergic reaction. For your own safety, contact a pest control specialist to remove a wasp or hornet nest from your property.
Ticks are bloodsucking insects that can cause quite a bit of trouble. Not only can they feed off of your dog or cat, but they can also bite you as well. Having a tick or ticks attached to you is gross, but it can also be dangerous. Ticks carry disease and can make you very ill. You’ll want to get rid of these parasites as soon as you see them.
Here are some tips for avoiding ticks:
- Check your pets when they spend time outdoors.
- Cut your grass and other vegetation in your yard.
- Vacuum and clean your home regularly.
- Use tick control programs for your pets.
Termites and Carpenter ants
Termites and carpenter ants are destructive forces that can quickly do hundreds and even thousands of dollars in damage. They get into your walls and are very hard to get out. As soon as you notice termites or carpenter ants, contact Nationwide Pest Control. Don’t try to get rid of them on your own! Instead, seek the help of a professional pest control company.