If you are one of the many snow birds who get to enjoy two homes each year, you may notice that upon returning to your Florida home, you are greeted with some less than ideal guests. We are talking about pest infestations! For residents in the Gainesville, Jacksonville, Ocala, Tampa and Tallahassee, read on to discover what pests may be waiting for you upon your arrival in Florida and what you can do to prevent them from breaking and entering while you are away.
Ants are one of the most common household pests found in Florida homes. They may be attracted to any leftover food, crumbs or spills from the kitchen or damp, moldy wood. Ants are very difficult to get rid of simply because of the large number of ants in colonies. The ants you do spot are only a tiny portion of the colony, which means getting rid of ants is definitely a job for the professionals.
Cockroaches are another commonly found pest for snow birds to encounter. Cockroaches seek moist, warm areas, and your tropical Florida home is the perfect target. Cockroaches do pose some health risks as they can cause asthma and allergies. They also carry bacteria and potentially harmful pathogens on their bodies and in their feces. Not what you want crawling around your home, and especially your kitchen.
Termites are the dreaded wood destroying pests and unfortunately these too are common in Tallahassee and the Northern Florida area. Termites, like ants, form colonies, and they can cause major structural damage to your home and even to the wood furniture inside your home. These pests chew through wood, breaking it down and destroying it. Although helpful in forests around the world, termites are a huge problem when they show up in our homes.
Having a home pest control program in place is going to be the best way to avoid infestations while you are in Florida and while you are away. McCall Service, a Florida pest control company, offers a home pest control program that successfully treats for many pests, and provides insect control, rodent control, and prevention from many other common pests in the Northern Florida area. It is also a good idea to follow some preventative measures such as keeping a clean kitchen and removing any food and water sources that pests will be attracted to. If you would like more information on McCall’s residential pest control services, contact us today! Let your season in Florida be full of sunshine and free of any pests.
This blog was originally published on January 20, 2011 and has been updated to reflect the most recent information regarding the most troublesome household pests in Northern Florida.