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.
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.
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, many types carry diseases like typhoid fever and dysentery.
Make sure that your doors and windows are tightly sealed. Repair torn screens. Keep an eye on your garbage; if you notice little white worms crawling on it, those are fly larvae. Since some flies are attracted to light, you may see small black droppings on light bulbs.
It’s unfortunate that these pests sting for their own protection, because they’re valuable contributors to the ecosystem. Some species are protected and require relocation.
If you hear them buzzing, search your property for nests. They vary in appearance according to species. Some are hanging structures, but others are made of mud or drilled into rotten wood. If you see sawdust and brown streaking on your house, you’ve got carpenter bees--these can do significant damage.
There’s almost nothing nice to say about mosquitoes. It’s estimated that 80 different species call Florida home, and 13 of those transmit diseases to humans and pets.
Only females are after blood, and they don’t ingest it for food. Blood makes it possible for them to develop eggs and breed. If you continually get bit even when you’re indoors, you most likely have a problem. Mosquitoes are so tiny that they can easily get into your home. They may even hitch a ride on your dog. Standing water, potted plants and other sources of moisture are ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Ants find strength in numbers and travel in distinct patterns. You may see them trailing along your kitchen countertop or a baseboard in the bathroom. They’re looking for water. Fire ants build mounds outdoors and have a vicious sting. Carpenter ants gnaw at your wood to make way for their nests. Ants usually come in through cracks in the foundation.
We at Arrow Environmental Services have decades of experience in eliminating pests and preventing their return. We continually train our team members in the latest technology and safety standards. For prompt, courteous service and effective treatment for any pest problem, call Arrow Environmental today.