Located on Florida’s First Coast, Jacksonville boasts a unique quality of life that draws young families, urban professionals and retirees. The largest city in the Sunshine State, the community has sandy beaches, excellent cultural attractions and a vibrant arts scene. While Jacksonville residents enjoy mild winters and sun-drenched summers, a variety of pests also thrive in the humid, subtropical climate.
Common Pests in Jacksonville
With colonies numbering in the thousands, ants can be difficult to remove once they have infested your home or business. While fire ants live outside, carpenter ants build their nests in soft, moist wood. Black and rover ants also prefer to build their nests indoors. In addition to damaging your property, ants can contaminate food. In order to end the infestation, it is essential that the ant species invading your home be identified so that their colony can be located and targeted.
Roaches are known to carry and spread diseases that can be harmful to humans and pets. In addition to emitting a disgusting odor, roaches can aggravate asthma and allergies. They invade your home in search of food and water through tiny cracks and gaps in doors and windows as well as locations where utility lines pass through walls. Cockroaches are nocturnal creatures. If you see these insects during the day, your home is infested. Other common signs of an infestation include cockroach egg casings and feces.
Hiding out of sight, termites destroy the structural integrity of your property as they silently eat wood inside your floors, walls, the attic and crawl spaces. Termites cause several billion dollars in property damage each year. The most common species in Florida is the Eastern subterranean termite. Traveling through mud tubes, the colony has a seemingly unlimited supply of workers. If you see a termite swarm, mud tubs or hollowed-out wood and suspect a termite infestation, you should take corrective steps immediately to minimize the damage to your property.
Mosquitoes can ruin your outdoor fun when they invade your deck, patio and pool areas. In addition to their itchy and annoying bites, mosquitoes can transmit a variety of diseases, including the Zika and West Nile viruses. Instead of dousing yourself with bug spray every time you go outdoors, you can treat your property. Our team can provide tips like removing standing water as well as implement an effective mosquito control program that enables you to reclaim your outdoor living spaces and enjoy Jacksonville’s wonderful weather.
Why Hire a Professional
Many available do-it-yourself pest control products are ineffective because they do not sufficiently target the pest with the correct active ingredients. Our trained pest control technicians have the experience and equipment to identify the cause of your problem and develop a plan that effectively addresses your unique situation. Hiring a professional also eliminates the need to store hazardous chemicals, especially if you have inquisitive young children and pets. We have several offices serving the Jacksonville area. If you need assistance, contact Bug Out today to schedule a free, no-obligation home inspection.