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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Fort Lauderdale, FL Pest Statistics
Around 283 pest control companies service Fort Lauderdale residents with an average customer service rating of 4.3 out of 5.
Aedes mosquitoes are common in the Fort Lauderdale area with mosquito season lasting from February to November.
Broward County has a high concentration of Drywood and Formosan termites.
Roach density in Fort Lauderdale is very heavy with American cockroaches, German cockroaches, Pennsylvania wood cockroaches, and Florida woods cockroaches being present.
Deer mice, Cotton mice, Roof rats, and Rice rats can be found in Fort Lauderdale.
The Brown dog tick, American dog tick, Deer tick, Lone star tick, and common flea are active year round.
Fort Lauderdale is home to many stinging insects including European hornets, Southern yellowjackets, European paper wasps, Eastern yellowjackets, and Red wasps.
Roughly 190 ant species have been found in Florida with the Hypoponera opacior specie being the most popular.
Bed bug density is very heavy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Frequently Asked Questions for Fort Lauderdale
Based on market research, an average of $30 to $40 a month for basic pest control services can help protect your Fort Lauderdale, FL home from the most common household pests. Longer billing cycles could be available to help discount the rate. A startup fee and contract agreement may be required for pest control plans. Pests that are more difficult to exterminate, such as bed bugs, are usually not included in basic pest plans.
Some Broward County residents prefer pest control only when a pest has been spotted. Determined by the severity of the infestation and the pest, one time visits average $200 to $500. Although a one time visit could be necessary, monthly pest control services tend to be cheaper and continue to keep household pests under control.
The extermination of a bed bug or termite infestation in Fort Lauderdale, FL is the most expensive. The cost will vary depending on the size of your home with an average of $1 to $3 per square foot.
Common Pests In Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Aedes mosquitoes are black in color with white accents predominantly on the legs. Commonly known as “ankle biters”, the females will bite human ankles in order to get the blood needed for reproduction. Aedes mosquitoes also consume plant nectar and do not fly long distances. Living in or around homes can provide the mosquitoes with food, shelter, and the ability to lay eggs. Even the slightest amount of water can be used to lay mosquito eggs. The lifespan of an Aedes mosquito can be around two weeks, with the female laying eggs around three times.
Formosan termites are a type of insect that are known for causing damage to buildings and other structures. They are originally from Southeast Asia, but have been introduced to other parts of the world, including Florida. Formosan termites are small and flat, and they like to eat wood and other materials that contain cellulose at a rapid pace. They live in large groups called colonies, and some colonies can have millions of termites. Formosan termites are most commonly found in warm and humid places, especially near the coast.
Florida Woods Cockroaches
Florida woods cockroaches are dark reddish brown in color, can reach up to 2 inches in size, and have short wings. They reside primarily outdoors and feed on decaying plant matter. While they do not desire to come indoors, they are sometimes accidentally brought in with firewood. Removing fallen leaves, dying plants, scrap wood, and regularly cleaning up debris from your yard can deter the Florida woods.
Hypoponera opacior vary greatly in appearance from either pale or dark brown and slightly translucent. The overall shape of their body also varies drastically. They typically reside in rotted out stumps or beneath grass sod.
Rice rats in Fort Lauderdale, FL are smaller in stature only reaching about 5.5 inches in length. Their fur can be primarily brown or gray. The sides of their body are light gray and their bellies are a pure gray color. Rice rats can also be distinguished by their tails, which are brown on top and white on the bottom. They live outdoors and thrive in wet environments with dense vegetation. They’re omnivores and eat insects, fish, and grasses.
Arabesque Orb Weavers
Arabesque Orb Weaver range drastically in their coloring from simple brown and black to ornate patterns with orange, yellow, and brown hues. They have large round abdomens and can reach up to 7 millimeters in size. These spiders craft circular webs which they sit in at night while waiting for prey. During the day, they hide in leaf piles or leaf tubes constructed by themselves.
European Paper Wasps
European Paper Wasps, also known as Polistes dominula, share a striking similarity with Yellowjackets in their slim, black and yellow bodies that can reach up to 1 inch in length. These wasps build paper-like nests in cavities like attics, vents, eaves, and satellite dishes. They primarily feed on hornworms, caterpillars, nectar, and other sugary substances.
Ixodes scapularis, commonly known as Deer Ticks, are a species of tick that exhibit a reddish-brown coloration with a hard, black exoskeleton, and can grow up to 3 millimeters in length. These ticks are notorious for their ability to transmit Lyme disease, a debilitating bacterial infection. Deer Ticks are known to lurk in tall grass and brushy areas of Fort Lauderdale, FL, waiting for a suitable host to walk by, at which point they attach themselves and begin feeding until fully engorged.
Bed bugs are small, brown insects, about the size of an apple seed, that feed on blood by biting their host, causing itchy and irritating skin lesions. They are known to inhabit furniture, mattresses, headboards, and other small, tight spaces, making them difficult to detect and eliminate. To prevent infestations in your Fort Lauderdale home, maintaining a regular cleaning schedule, minimizing clutter in the home, and exercising caution while traveling are recommended.
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