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German cockroach

Most common indoor cockroach in the United States. ½ to 5/8 long and has two dark stripes behind head. German roach prefers indoor especially in kitchen and bathrooms. Prefers warm temperature. Females can lay eggs carrying 30-40 babies. They are known to carry diseases and be responsible for asthma and allergies.

 

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American Roach (palmetto bug)

Adults are 1 ½ to 2 inches and they are active all year in warm temperatures but most active in summer time. This roach is one of the largest to invade buildings in Florida. Prefer ground floors of buildings. They can cause such diseases as salmonella.

 

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Fleas

The cat flea is the most important flea found in South Florida. This flea attacks both cats and dogs. Adults are 1/16 long and are usually found on host. Females can produce 24 eggs a day and it takes 3 stages and 10-14 days for these flea larvae to become adults. They feed on animal by piercing the skin injecting saliva and sucking the blood meal.

 

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Ticks

Most prevalent ticks in South Florida are the brown dog tick and the American dog tick. The brown dog tick is the most prevalent tick for dogs. This tick adult is 3/16 long and feeds by piercing its mouthparts into the animal for blood meal.

 

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Norway Rat

This blunt nose rat is mainly found nesting in lower ground areas such as crawl spaces or under slabs or decks. The tail is as long as head and body. They can feed anywhere garbage is not stored properly and prefer meat fish and grain. They will travel 100-150 feet for food or harborage. They can live up to one year and females can have up to 12 liters.

 

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Roof Rat

This rat thrives in attics, roof spaces or palm trees. They are climbers and prefer to nest in high grounds. They are very destructive to fruit trees and can be just as destructive to wires or ac ducts in home. They must have water to survive and will range out 100-150 feet from nest for food or water. The tail is longer the combined head and body. Live about one year and female can have up to 6 liters per year.

 

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Mice

House mice usually live outdoors but occasionally find their way into structures. They will feed on a variety of foods. They will forage 10-30 feet from the nest. They live about one year and females have 8 liters per year.

 

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Drywood Termite

Colonies are found entirely in wood. Swarmers are light-brown and usually swarm at night. This termite is the most common found in the South Florida home. Usually detected in the home by finding their droppings which are six sided concave pellets.

 

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Subterranean termite

This termite colony lives in the soil. They construct mud tubes from their nest to the wood to give them protection and keep them moist. They can damage the wood at a faster pace than drywood termites. Formosan termites are the type of subterranean termite that does the most damage due to their large colonies.

 

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White Grub

There are several species of grubs. White grubs are the larvae of scarab beetles. They are shaped like the letter c and are creamed color.  White grubs feed on the roots and will cause the grass to thin, wilt and die. Once an infestation is present you will be able to roll up grass like carpet from the damage done to the roots.

 

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Chinch bug

The southern chinch bug is the most important in South Florida. This pest feeds on turfgrass but prefers St. Augustine grass. They suck the sap from the crowns, stems and stolons which cause the grass to turn yellow and die. Chinch bug feeds in groups so damage front them will show up fast. They live in the thatch of grass.

 

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Silverfish

Gray and their bodies are covered with scales. They are about ¾ inch long and feed primarily on book bindings and paper products or anything with starch. Occasionally they will feed on certain fabrics.

 

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Earwig

Are ¼ to1 inch long. Bodies are flat and have forceps like cerci to defend themselves from prey. They live outdoors but occasionally crawl in to the house through doors. They are most active at night and are somewhat beneficial because they feed on other insects.

 

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Crazy Ant

This ant gets it’s name from its erratic movement. They are highly adaptable and can live in moist or dry habitats. They have extremely long legs and antennae.

 

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Ghost Ant(sugar ant)

This ant is one the most predominant ant found inside the south Florida home. It has a cream colored body and will be found primarily in kitchens and bathrooms.  This ant is extremely small and is cream colored.

 

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Carpenter Ant

This ant is among our largest ant in south florida. They are reddish brown to black and our about ¼ to ½ inch long. They will nest in wood that is damaged or had termites. Contrary to belief they do not eat wood but they will excavate galleries in to for nests. They will forage up to 100 yards for food.

 

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Big Headed Ant

These ants get their name from their large head. They are light to dark brown. They are predominantly found on the exterior of the home. They will find their way in if you have any cracks in the foundation or wall. These ants have vast colonies and will forage far for food or shelter. Most people discover evidence of this ant by finding sand piles in baseboards or small sand piles in driveway.

 

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Fire Ant

There are two main types of this species relevant to South Florida. The native fire ant and the imported fire ant.  Fire ants nest outdoors on the ground. They are well known for their sting and their mounds.

 

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Millipede

Also known as thousand leggers. They feed on decaying vegetation and are nocturnal. They are known to have mass migration in South Florida.

 

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Centipede

Also called hundred leggers. They can grow up to six inches long . Some species can bite. Centipedes are beneficial on the outside feeding on other insects.

 

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Weevils

Are distinguished from other beetle by their long snouts. The two most common are granary and rice weevils. Ric e weevils can fly. Granary weevils will spend their whole life cycle in stored grains.

 

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Indian Meal Moths

Most common pest found in flour and cornmeal. Widespread in grocery stores, warehouses and kitchens. The can feed on a variety of items. They are reddish brown with copper luster. Adults have a wingspan of ¾ inch.

 

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Wasp

Hornets, yellow jackets and mud daubers are all types of wasps. Though wasps are beneficial they are known to sting humans. Mud daubers don’t sting. Wasps are identified by their nests. A wasp sting can be very painful and swelling last for days

 

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Bee

Bees feed on pollen. They are beneficial insects that pollinate fruit vegetables and other plants. They can become a nuisance when the start their hive in and around your property. They can sting you when they are angry or feel disturbed. If stung the best way to remove stinger is to scrap it out so you don’t squeeze venom into your body. Africanized honey bees are the most aggressive found in South Florida.

 

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Whitefly

Are a common pest to ornamentals. They suck the sap from the leaves. Look like tiny white moths.  Adults are 1/16 to 1/8 inch long. The whitefly is one of the most damaging insects in South Florida.

 

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Bed Bugs

The adult bed bug is brown and has no wings and is about ¼ inch long. They feed mainly on blood of humans but can also suck blood from animals. Bedbugs hide during the day and feed at night. They omit a bad smell caused by the oily substance they omit. Extensive inspections and treatments are needed to properly treat this pest. Bedbugs can survive up to 6 months without a blood meal.

 

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Mosquitoes

They are long slender insects with narrow wings. Females can suck blood males cannot. These insects can be an annoying serious problem in human domains throughout south florida. They interfere with the workplace and can spoil outside leisure time. They can transmit disease such as malaria, yellow fever encephalitis and heartworm to dogs.

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