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Household Pests
American Cockroach
The American Cockroach was introduced into America from Africa and is commonly known as the Palmetto bug. They are about 1-2 inches long as adults and can infest inside homes but are mainly outside and in attics. There life cycle takes about one year and there are about 16 roaches per egg. The adult detaches her egg.
American_Cockroach
Austrailan Cockroach
The Australian cockroach has become established in many southern states including Florida but a serious pest in greenhouses. It resembles the American Cockroach only it is shorter and its’ mark on the back of its head is black instead of red. It has about the same life cycle and habitat as the American Cockroach.
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Asian Cockroach
The Asian Cockroach is almost the exact replica of the German roach but it flies. It flies toward light and only lives outdoors. There can be as many as 250,000 per acre in Florida.
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Brown Banded Cockroach
The Brown Banded Cockroach is another outside cockroach that is the smaller variety. It feeds on decaying organic matter and is rarely a pest indoors. It is an occasional invader as we call most.
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Cuban cockroach
The Cuban cockroach is a very rare sight. It is not usually found north of Florida. The adults are both pale green in color and are very good fliers.
Cuban Cockroach
Florida Woods Cockroach
Florida Woods Cockroach is the biggest of all the roaches measuring 2 inches long and very fat. These are commonly called the Stinkbug because of their repugnant odor, Birds stay away from eating them. They are outside feeding on decaying organic matter.
Florida Woods Cockroach
German Cockroach
The German cockroach is the worst infesting cockroach known to mankind. It has 30 to 40 eggs per capsule and becomes an adult in three months. It only infests inside houses where people live. They are small and slender and are resistant to chemicals. Their size makes them difficult to control.
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Oriental Cockroach
The Asian Cockroach is almost the exact replica of the German roach but it flies. It flies toward light and only lives outdoors. There can be as many as 250,000 per acre in Florida.
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Surinham Cockroach
The Surinham cockroach is ¾ inch to 1 inch long and Brown and black with gold markings on the side. They infest potted plants and are mostly found outside.
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Carpenter Ants
The Florida carpenter ant complex is comprised of several species, two of which are common around structures: Camponotus floridanus (Buckley) and Camponotus tortuganus (Emery). These bicolored arboreal ants are among the largest ants found in Florida, making them apparent as they forage or fly indoors and out. During the flight season, carpenter ants can often be found in alarming numbers. Sometimes homeowners are concerned about damage to the structural integrity of their homes, which they sometimes incorrectly learn, is caused by Florida carpenter ants. However, unlike the wood-damaging black carpenter ant, Camponotus pennsylvanicus (DeGreer), found in Florida’s panhandle and a few other western U.S. species, Florida carpenter ants seek either existing voids in which to nest or excavate only soft materials such as rotten or pithy wood and Styrofoam. Other concerns are that these ants sting (they do not) and bite (they do).
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Crazy Ants
Crazy ants, Paratrechina longicornis (Latreille), occurs in large numbers in homes or outdoors. They often forage long distances away from their nests, so nests are often difficult to control. The name “crazy ant” arises from its characteristic erratic and rapid movement not following trails as often as other ants. The crazy ant is so morphologically distinctive that it is one of the few Paratrechina that is not consistently misidentified in collections (Trager 1984).
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Ghost Ants
The ghost ant, Tapinoma melanocephalum (Fabricius), was considered a nuisance ant that was occasionally important as a house pest within Florida as late as 1988. Field populations were confined to South Florida although active colonies had been reported as far north as Gainesville, in Alachua County (Bloomcamp and Bieman, personal communication) and Duval County, (Mattis et al. 2004). But by 1995, if not before, the ghost ant was common in central and southern Florida and had been elevated to major pest status (Klotz et al. 1995). In more northerly states, infestations are confined to greenhouses or other buildings that provide conditions necessary for survival, as the ant is a tropical species either of African or Oriental origin (Wheeler 1910). However, this introduced ant species is so widely distributed by commerce that it is impossible to determine its original home (Smith 1965).
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Fire Ants / Native Fire Ants
The RIFA was first introduced from Brazil into either Mobile, AL or Pensacola, FL between 1933 and 1945. The black imported fire ant is confined to northeastern Mississippi and northwestern Alabama. However, the RIFA infests Puerto Rico and all or part of thirteen southern states from North Carolina to southern California (Mobley and Redding 2005). In agriculture, the RIFA frequently invades soybean crops and heavy infestations invariably yield fewer soybeans (Lofgren & Adams 1981). In Georgia and North Carolina, it has been reported that RIFA mounds caused direct interference with combine operation resulting in 16.8 to 49.1 kg/ha of soybeans to not be harvested (Adams et al. 1976, 1977). Banks et al. (1990) reported that the RIFA could cause as much as $156.4 million dollars in losses for soybean crops. Opportunistic feeding on the young tender growth by red imported fire ant occurs throughout the year and can cause significant damage not only to soybean crops, but citrus, corn, okra, bean, cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, potato, sweet potato, peanut, sorghum, and sunflower (Stimac & Alves 1994). Monetary losses occur when RIFA interfere with the root system of the plant, mechanically disable combine operation, or feed on the young growth of plants to reduce stands (Stimac & Alves 1994).The Native Fire Ants are much smaller colonies than the Imported. They have a completely perfect circle in which one entry hole is dead center. They do sting but they are not aggressive in nature.
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Pharoah Ants
The Pharaoh ant colony consists of queens, males, workers, and immature stages (eggs, larvae, pre- pupae, and pupae). Nesting occurs in inaccessible warm (80 to 86°F), humid (80%) areas near sources of food and/or water, such as in wall voids. The size of the colony tends to be large but can vary from a few dozen to several thousand or even several hundred thousand individuals. Approximately 38 days are required for development of workers from egg to adult.
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White Footed Ants
The white-footed ant, Technomyrmex albipes (Fr. Smith) has been making news in Florida over the last few years as a pest ant of major importance. Pest control companies, the media and homeowners continually consult universities and government agencies for information on how to control this nuisance ant. This report provides recent information (August 2002) on the distribution and habits of the white-footed ant (WFA) in Florida and the research being conducted on improved control practices.
White-footed ant
Earwigs
Earwigs Feed on decaying organic matter and live out side in wood piles and mulch. Earwigs are active at night. They usually hide in cracks, crevices, under bark or in similar places during the day. They are usually scavengers in their feeding habits, but occasionally feed on plants.
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Flea
The flea is a serious pest with piecing-sucking mouthparts. They carry the plaque and Murine Typhus to humans. They also cause tapeworms in dogs when the dogs eat the adults. Their life cycle is about 7-14 days and can stay in the pupa stage for one year. Control consists of treating the pet, the inside of the house and the yard.
Flea
Flies / White Flies
The house fly has sponging mouthparts and spits on all of its food. It lives about two days. It can lay about 500 eggs and is mainly beneficial in nature but can be a pest of farms and homes because they transmit disease.
House Fly
Grain Beetles
Grain beetles are considered stored product pests and usually come in with your food and do all the living eating and breeding inside the grain. The trick is to find the source and throw it out or bring it to the grocery store for a refund.
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Honeybees
The honeybee is a beneficial insect because of the honey we harvest and the pollination of flowers. Honeybees have three different castes in the hive and usually live about two weeks because they fly themselves to death. They are a social insect and can only survive with the help of the entire colony.
Honeybee
Mice
The rats and mice of Florida that need control are the Roof rat, Norway rat and house mouse. They contaminate ten times what they eat with urine, feces and hair. They are well known disease carriers. Mechanical is the best means of elimination which is sealing up all the entry points that they have made in the house.
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Millipedes
Millipedes are commonly known as “thousand leggers” and belong to a group of arthropods called Diplopods. Millipedes are worm-like, cylindrical animals with many body segments. Most of the body segments bear two pairs of legs. Millipedes tend to coil up tightly when disturbed and some species can secrete a foul smelling fluid. Millipedes feed on decaying vegetable matter and are often found under stones, flower pots, boards or similar debris where there is abundant moisture. Occasionally after rains or during cold weather, large numbers of millipedes may migrate into buildings. They can climb foundation walls and enter homes through any small opening. These pests are generally more troublesome in wooded or newly developed areas where decaying vegetation provide excellent food and breeding conditions.
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Centipedes
Centipedes are many-legged animals and belong to a group of animals called Chilopods. They are usually brownish, flattened animals with many body segments. Most of the body segments have one pair of legs. Centipedes are fast runners and may vary in length from one to six inches. They have one pair of antennae or “feelers” that are easily seen. Centipedes have poorly developed eyes and are most active at night. They are active predators and feed mainly on insects and spiders. All centipedes have venom glands to immobilize their prey. The jaws of the smaller local species cannot penetrate human skin; however, the larger species may inflict painful bites
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Silverfish
Silverfish may cause damage in the home by eating foods high in starch and the glue off boxes, rayon fabric and starch in clothing. They may be found in bookcases, around closet shelves, behind baseboards, in insulation. They mainly come out at night to feed and get water. They are hardy and can live for months without food. They are slender, wingless and about ½ inch long.
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Spiders
The Black widow spider has always scared people but is rarely encountered because they are mainly outside in wood piles. They are identified by the red hourglass shape on the abdomen.The brown recluse spider is the most dangerous spider in Florida because of its bite and where it is found. The bacteria on the fangs is what causes the necropsy of the skin, not necessarily the venom from the spider. The spider is found on coat sleeves and in dark places and must contact the skin directly for a bite. They are identified by the cello shaped mark on the abdomen. Please go to the doctor immediately.

Black Widow
Black Widow

Brown recluse
Brown Recluse

Snakes

The snakes of Florida that we want to discuss are the most commonly found. Black snakes are most commonly encountered . They are rat snakes and non poisonous but beneficial in nature.  With the exception of coral snakes, all other North American poisonous snakes, copperheads and cottonmouths, rattlesnakes, Eastern diamondback rattlesnake, timber rattlesnake, Pygmy rattlesnake, Copperhead rattlesnake, Water moccasin and the coral snake – are pit vipers. Pit vipers do have vertical pupils, while most other snakes have round pupils. Coral snakes are NOT pit vipers, and have round pupils, and while the snakes are small their venom is very potent.
Most of the time these snakes are found in the woods along rivers and lakes and are not considered pests of Florida. However we do need to recognize the poisonous ones. Obviously if you hear a rattle in the woods along with hissing you need to run. If a snake is swimming towards you it probably is a moccasin given their aggressive nature.  The best thing to remember here is that no simple rules apply to these kind of questions – it is not hard to learn to identify each species and that is the only way to be sure.  (Who is going to get that close?)
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Black Snake
Ticks
The Brown dog tick is the most commonly encountered tick on dogs and rarely infest cats. They are not insects and closely resemble spiders. They feed on the blood of animals and some species can lay about 6000 eggs in a lifetime. They carry rocky mountain spotted fever and tularemia and other diseases to man.
Ticks
Wasp and Hornets
Yellowjackets and hornets can live underground and up in the air in a tree or somewhere high. It all depends on where the queen lands. Colonies are founded in the spring by a single queen that mated the previous fall and overwintered as an adult usually under the bark of a log. Initially the queen makes the paper brood cells, forages for food, lays the eggs and protects the nest until the first eggs hatch. Then the new offspring take over duties and the queen lays the eggs and will never leave the nest again.

Yellow Jacket
Yellow Jacket

Wasp
Wasp

Hornet
Hornet