In the summer months, the sun shines, the wind blows, and everyone is thankful that it’s the most exciting time of the year. However, something else also is glad that the higher temperatures, humidity, and wonderful weather abound: pests. During the warm summer months, dangerous insects and bugs emerge from their larval stage to inflict damage on people, destroy lawns, cause nuisances, and run amok throughout your Clearwater, Florida, home. The first step to eradicating this problem is knowing exactly what to look for. Here are some of the menacing pests to watch out for this summer.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are tiny parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of their victims. The hardest part about identifying these critters is that they’re hard to see, and usually the only way you know they’re in your home is when you start getting bitten. Once you have them, they’re exceptionally difficult to eliminate. Found most often in beds, behind baseboards, and in any other cozy nook or crevice — bed bugs can lurk just about anywhere.

Contrary to popular belief, proper hygiene and a strong cleaning regimen don’t always work, as bed bugs are easily contracted in public places and pets routinely bring them inside. Because of their stubbornness to leave the premises, a professional bed bug cleaning is often the best way to go.

Fire Ants

Red imported fire ants (known colloquially as “fire ants”) are an invasive species of ants that originated from South America. Since their introduction to the Southeast, their effects have been devastating. In agricultural settings, the fire ant can destroy the roots of plants with their tunnels, destroy seeds, and even kill livestock. On a residential level, fire ants devastate lawns and provide a dangerous and potentially lethal hazard to adults and especially young children. To control fire ants, there are tons of remedies including lawn sprayings, pesticidal fertilizer, and granular bug killers. However, several treatments are necessary to successfully wipe out colonies.

Mosquitoes

Perhaps the biggest annoyance you’ll face all summer comes in the form of mosquitoes. These uninvited guests show up everywhere — from picnics to baseball games, and even the pool. The hardest part about killing mosquitoes is that they breed in stagnant water. Because Florida has high humidity and temperatures, it’s the perfect breeding ground for these blood-sucking creatures. The problem is further exacerbated by the fact that mosquitoes can carry harmful diseases such as West Nile virus and the newly problematic Zika virus.

Eradication is a difficult process, mainly because over-the-counter chemicals for mosquitoes are highly toxic if applied improperly, and they aren’t nearly as effective as our mosquito control process. You may want to consider setting up an appointment with us today, especially if you see a sudden spike in mosquitoes.

Termites

If you’ve never had to deal with termites, consider yourself in the lucky minority. Although many species are native to the Southeast, the West Indian drywood termite is an invasive species that’s even more devastating than others. These obnoxious, damaging pests aren’t known to bite humans, but they can create thousands of dollars worth of damage in your home. Worse yet, termites are hard to locate, creating a problematic situation and posing a major threat to wood floors and framing.

Africanized Honey Bees

Another dangerous species not native to North America is the Africanized honey bee. Hailing from Africa, this bee spread to the United States in the mid-1990s and continues to destroy native bees, as well as present a lethal danger to humans. Like many other insects, they’re hard to identify and seemingly masquerade as native bees. However, they’re far more aggressive, and when disturbed, Africanized honey bees swarm in great numbers. Nests are found in brush, trees, and under decks, and once they’ve developed a colony, they’re hard to remove.

While most insects in Florida are harmless, there are a number of pests you need to keep an eye out for. If you don’t have the time or the keen sense to spy these pests, leave it up to us at J.D. Smith Termite & Pest Control. With more than 45 years in the pest control business, we’ll take the hassle out of insect control. Call us today at 727-483-5797.

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