Winter Pests in Florida: What to Look Out for in the Cooler Months

When the temperature cools down around the country we ready ourselves for winter. Many northern states battle freezing temperatures and snow, however, Florida's more mild winter comes with its own pest related issues.

Here are 5 of the most common pests you may encounter on your property during Florida’s winter months:

As the temperature starts to decline rodents begin to look for a warm place to stay. It is common for rodents to use our homes as their warm place. Rodents carry diseases and can cause damage to our properties. Some strategies you can implement to stay one step ahead of rodents are to seal entry points, setting traps, and making sure food is closed and stored properly.

No matter how hard we try to contain ants, they will always be an issue year-round in Florida. Like other pests in the winter, ants can become more aggressive in the colder months and start really invading your home in search of food, water, and warmth. A couple of preventative measures to keep your home ant-free are staying on top of any moisture issues in and around your home, wiping down countertops and keeping them clean, and making sure food is sealed and properly stored.

Cockroaches thrive in warm, humid environments making Florida an obvious place for cockroaches to live. When winter hits us and the temperatures outside cool off, that makes our homes the warm, humid environment for the roaches. Palmetto bugs are a large type of cockroach and one of the main culprits of pest home invasions in the winter. The best ways to maintain a home without these friends intruding are to seal cracks and crevices and keep food sealed and stored properly.

Termites are active year-round and do not slow down in the winter. Property owners need to really stay on top of termites because unlike other pests they can really leave lasting damage to structures leading to costly repairs. Termites often go unnoticed, especially in the winter because people tend to think the colder weather will slow them down. Regular termite inspections are your best bet to safeguard your property from these silent invaders.

Winter typically results in a brief respite from mosquitoes; however, they are still prevalent in Florida during the winter. Winter is a drier period regarding precipitation here in Florida. This leaves many bodies of water stagnant which supports mosquito breeding, in turn leading to an increased mosquito population. The number one way to keep mosquitoes at bay is to make sure there is no standing water around your property.

If you have an issue with any pests or rodents disturbing your property or posing a threat, please call us for a free evaluation. Click here or call us at 352-223-3618 to schedule your appointment.

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