Pests To Look Out For As Spring Approaches

As the chill of winter gives way to balmy spring weather, various insects and bugs emerge from leaf litter, woodpiles and other sheltered locations. They leave their nests to mate or molt and to search for food and establish new colonies. Their overwintered eggs and larvae also complete the metamorphosis into mature insects. These opportunistic pests can invade your home in search of food, water and shelter. In addition to causing extensive property damage, numerous bugs and insects can pose a serious health hazard to your family.

There is a variety of ant species living in Florida. Once inside your home, a colony will grow very quickly. In addition to eating and contaminating your food, some species can transmit pathogens like staphylococcus bacteria through their bites. It is important to identify the species infesting your home so that a targeted approach can be developed.

Wood-destroying termites swarm mainly in March and April. During spring, large numbers of these ferocious eaters come out of the ground and search for a new source of food. They are often mistaken for winged carpenter ants, which can also severely damage your home. You should take immediate steps to prevent or contain an infestation.

Along with being a nuisance, bees, wasps and other stinging insects pose a potential health risk. A strong immune system reaction to their venom can cause life-threatening anaphylactic shock. You may also see an increase in the spider population as these arachnids, which feed on insects, take advantage of the abundant food supplies. Several species of spiders, such as the brown recluse and black widow, can deliver a poisonous bite that causes skin irritation and severe nerve damage.

Florida is home to several thousand different fly species, including the common housefly, the diminutive fruit fly and the yellow fly, an aggressive biter. The aromas of an outdoor barbecue will summon a legion of flies to your backyard. These insects can transmit at least 65 diseases, including tuberculosis, salmonella and dysentery.

Inspecting smoke detectors and ensuring that you have effective pest control measures are essential springtime rituals that can protect your family. Contact our office for an on-site inspection of your house and yard. In addition to recommending techniques that prevent bugs and insects from entering your home, our team can determine the best course of action if you already have an infestation. Spring is also a good time to sign up for a regularly scheduled treatment plan to ensure that dangerous pests are kept away from your home and family. For more information, contact Arrow Environmental Services.

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