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Most Common Summer Pests

Bugs like Sarasota’s tropical climate just as much as residents and tourists do. Here’s a guide to the five peskiest pests that are headed our way this summer. Palmetto Bugs That’s just a fancy name for American cockroaches. They tend to hide in unsanitary areas, so they contaminate dishes, kitchen surfaces and food with disease-causing pathogens. Palmetto bugs usually migrate indoors during heavy rains. They fly in through open doors or windows and follow trails of moisture. You might carry stowaways in with potted plants or wet beach towels. Since they find glue and starch tasty, chew marks on envelopes or book bindings are often signs of infestation. Tiny black droppings and a musty odor are also telltale signs. Flies North America is home to more than 18,000 species of flies, and an infestation feels like every one of them moved to your property. Aside from their buzzing and erratic flight,...
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Identifying Fire Ants

Even the name—fire ant—sounds scary, and it should. Their sting burns like fire, and you rarely get away with just one. They’re a feature of the south that every native warns Northern transplants about—right along with gators and snakes. If you live in the South, you live with fire ants. Fire Ant Characteristics Encounter a mound, and you’ll only ask whether they’re fire ants once. The ants are usually copper-colored, but workers can range from red to nearly black. They have three parts—head, thorax and abdomen—with the telltale waist pinched just above a slightly darker abdomen. As with all ants, the antennae are elbowed. In a mature mound, ants will be of assorted sizes, from less than ⅛ inch to ¼ inch or more. Tiny or tinier, they’re all fire ants. Habitat for Fire Ants Fire ants live in tunnels beneath mounds. You can find them in open fields, by the...
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Mosquito Control

It's a well-known fact that Florida harbors some mighty big mosquito infestations. In fact, the Orlando Sentinel wrote a report within the past two years about how Miami and Fort Lauderdale rank as two of the worst mosquito cities in the U.S. Although Sarasota didn't make the list, it still has its share of mosquito problems. These biting pests thrive in Florida's hot, humid climate and live for only two things: breeding and feeding. Why Mosquitoes Infest Florida Mosquitoes require water for breeding, so what better place than Florida where it rains in the afternoon almost daily. The added humidity keeps the moisture in the air, making it feel wet and sticky when you step outside. Standing water turns stagnant after some time and makes the perfect breeding spot for mosquitoes. The females lay their eggs in the water, and within a day or two, the larvae emerge and quickly grow...
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Preventing Ants From Joining Your Summertime BBQ

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer season, so it's no surprise that lots of people delight in celebrating with a backyard bash. Unfortunately, if you haven't taken steps to protect your outdoor living space, you may find that your barbecue draws more than just your invited guests. Pests like ants can present a real problem. When the Ants Come Marching In There are more than 10,000 species of ants in the world. While there is some variation from species to species, most ants are between 2 millimeters and 25 millimeters in length and brown, black, yellow or reddish in color. They are social insects that live in colonies that often have thousands of members. Incredibly strong for their size, these powerful insects have big heads, strong jaws and two elbowed antennae. Their bodies have a narrow waist, and their six legs allow them to travel quickly across a...
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General Pest Prevention: Ants, Roaches

Ants and roaches have been a concern for Florida residents for all of recorded history. If you are like other people, you are probably wondering what steps you can implement so that you can avoid an infestation. You will want to learn as much as you can about these insects in your quest to keep them away from you and your home. Ants and roaches can cause problems that you won't want to ignore, and you must remember that preventing them from getting into your home is easier than getting rid of them. You are going to learn the top things that you need to know as far as safeguarding your property is concerned. Ants Before we move forward, let’s take some time to learn about the ants that you can expect to invade your Florida home. The odorous ant is the most common, and it will search for sugar or...
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