Pest Control Library of Common Florida Insects

Common Cockroaches in Florida
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The sight of a cockroach crawling over your wall is guaranteed to give you the creeps. It's no surprise that cockroaches, with their long antennae and spiky legs, are among the most detested insects found in homes and businesses. Roaches aren't just found in filthy environments, contrary to widespread assumption. They are drawn to dirty dishes, leftover food, and crumbs, but they can also enter houses through gaps and fissures, drains and sewer pipes, or hitch a ride on other people's bags and baggage.

If you notice any signs of cockroaches in your home, act promptly to identify them and contact Imperial Pest Prevention to get rid of them immediately! We provide comprehensive cockroach control services to protect your home or business.

Common Ant Species in Florida

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Ants are close relatives of bees and wasps and are can be identified by their three distinct body regions: head, thorax, and abdomen, as well as antennae. Ants are social insects that typically live in large groups or colonies. Depending on the species, ant colonies can consist of millions of ants. Their structured nest communities may be located underground, on ground-level mounds, or in trees. There are three kinds of ants in a colony: The queen (or queens), the female workers, and the males. Ant communities are headed by a queen whose function in life is to lay thousands of eggs that will ensure the colony's survival. Depending on the species, a colony may have one queen or many queens. Workers (humans typically see the ants) are wingless females who never reproduce. Instead, they forage for food, care for the queen's offspring, work on the nest, protect the community, and perform many other duties. Male ants often have only one role—mating with the queen soon after they may die.

Florida Carpenter Ant

Big Headed Ants

Pharaoh Ants

Ghost Ants

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Imported Fire Ant

Acrobat Ant

Argentine Ants

White Footed Ants

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SPIDERS
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Wolf Spider

Black Widow

Brown Recluse

Golden Silk Spiders

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Spiders and their relatives are called arachnids. Arachnids have the head and thorax combined (cephalothorax) with simple eyes, jaws adapted for tearing or piercing prey, a pair of pedipalps, and eight walking legs. Arachnids include spiders, scorpions, pseudoscorpions, amblypygids( tailless-whip scorpions), schizomids (micro-whip scorpions), palpigrades, harvestmen, ticks, and mitesSpiders are the only arachnids with special glands in their abdomen that produce silk.

OCCASIONAL INVADERS
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Occasional invaders are insects that you don’t create as much of a buzz as the other more common Florida Insects. They usually wander into your home searching for shelter, warmth, water, or food. Some may or may not be aggressive and may or may not spread diseases. Typically occasional invaders are more of a nuisance pest than anything. Occasional bugs don’t produce indoor colonies the size of other well-known bugs, like Florida’s more commonly known pests which have a reputation for causing structural damage, sanitation, or health concerns. However, they can infest and grow in numbers that may cause aggravation or discomfort in your own home. Regardless of how harmless these occasional invaders may or not be compared to other insects, not many of us are willing to share our own home with any little creature that is not of the family, a pet, or paying rent! When it comes to occasional invaders, here are some you could be dealing with:

Silverfish
Guiana Scorpions
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Fleas
Ticks
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