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Frequently Found Florida Pests
FLEAS
External parasites generally found on or in the skin. Bite or annoy both humans and their pets. Small (1/16'), dark, reddish-brown, wingless, blood sucking insects. Some fleas can lay 500 eggs over several months. Gestation in 14 days. Can lay dormant for up to 3 years.
ANTS
Feed on and contaminate human foods, infest structures, and build unsightly mounds. Several species of ants are found in or around houses in Florida. Narrow waists with one or two joints between the thorax and abdomen, elbowed antennae and some ants have wings. Social insects with three castes (workers, queen and males). gestation in 6 weeks to 2 months.
ROACHES
Over 50 species in Florida. Generally live in moist areas, but can survive in dry areas in they have access to water. Prefer warm temperatures. Common in basements or crawlspaces, around pipes, cracks and crevices of porches, foundations, sewers, walkways adjacent to buildings, under decks, under mulching materials and inside hollow block construction. Adults can live up to 1 year producing 150 young.
WASPS
Attach and destroy many harmful insects found around homes and gardens. Hornets, Yellow Jackets, Polistes, Mud Daubers and Cicada Killers are all wasps. When a wasp stings it injects a venomous fluid under the skin which causes painful swelling. In some cases these stings may cause severe illness or even death.
TERMITES
Social insects with a caste system workers, soldiers, winged, queen and kind. Both "dry wood" and "ground" termites eat cellulose for nutrition which is found in wood and wood products. Ground termites do much more damage to structures over a shorter period of time they can consume over 15 pounds of wood in a single week. Dry wood termites infest dry wood, while ground termites must nest in soil.
RODENTS
Spread disease, carry harmful bacteria into your house. Co-exist with humans, gnawing on wood to sharpen their teeth and feeding on fruits, cereals and meats. They have no bonds which enables them to fit through holes as small as 1/2 inch.
FLIES
Very dirty insects generally 1/6 to 1/4 inches long the female is usually larger than the male. The female lays individual eggs that pile up in masses to 75 to 150 eggs. They have egg, larva, pupa and adult stages in their life cycle. Scavengers in nature and capable of transmitting diseases to humans. In warm climates they breed continuously with the gestation period being as little as two weeks.
CARPENTER ANTS
Large black (or red and black) insects. Active indoors during many months of the year. They nest in wood of all kinds, but they prefer deteriorating wood which has been exposed to moisture. They are very long-lived and most damage is seen over periods of time.

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