brown ratMany pests invade homes in Florida. Some of these pests spread diseases, while others contaminate food. Other types of pests are just creepy. No matter what type of pest problem is present, the team at Apex can help. Here are the pests that won the award for “Most Common Pests” in 2017.

  1. Rodents

Rats and mice are major pests in Florida. They’ll eat any of the food in your kitchen, and worse, they contaminate 10 times as much food as they actually eat.

  1. Ants

Ants infest homes and yards, and they eat—and contaminate—people’s food. Some types of ants, like fire ants, can even inflict painful stings.

  1. Bed Bugs

These pests feed on blood and leave their human hosts with itchy bites. Bed bugs are great hitchhikers and can enter your home on furniture, luggage, or clothing.

  1. Cockroaches

Whether you call them cockroaches or palmetto bugs, one thing’s for sure: they’re disgusting. They’re reported to spread 33 different kinds of bacteria.

  1. Beetles

Many beetles are found in Florida. Some species are destructive pests in gardens. Others, like flour beetles, are pantry pests.  

  1. Centipedes

Centipedes lurk in high-moisture areas, and indoors, can be found in crawlspaces and bathrooms. Some larger species can give you a painful bite if they’re disturbed.

  1. Earwigs

While earwigs don’t actually live in people’s ears, they’re still unwelcome visitors to homes. Like centipedes, they’re drawn to high moisture areas.

  1. Crickets

House crickets are known for their loud chirping. They can eat fabric and are especially attracted to dirty, sweaty clothes.

  1. Flies

House flies and fruit flies are both major nuisances indoors. Not only is their presence annoying, but they can contaminate food.

  1. Moths

The larvae of some moths feed on natural fibers like wool and silk. If they get into your closet, they can cause significant damage to clothing.

  1. Lice

Booklice are tiny bugs that can damage food or fabric. They can also attack wallpaper or books.

  1. Spiders

Spiders eat other types of pests, and most aren’t dangerous to people. Widow spiders and recluse spiders are the exceptions.

  1. Silverfish

These silvery bugs live in moist areas, like attics or bathrooms. They’re mostly nuisance pests, but they can damage books or other paper goods.

  1. Termites

Termites feed on wood and cause billions of dollars of damage every year. Since these bugs are secretive, infestations can remain undetected for years.

  1. Weevils

As pantry pests, weevils feed on stored products like rice and wheat. They contaminate any products they infest.

Apex Pest Control is one of the most trusted Orlando pest control companies in the state. We’re proud of the work we do to help keep the homes, landscape, and businesses in our community free from harmful plants, insects, and animals, while also striving to maintain a balance with the ecosystem as a whole. Check out our blog or contact us today to learn more!