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Read through our learning center and pest control facts to learn more about ants, roaches, rodents termites, and more. Please call us at 727-524-6333 if you have an infestation that you can't identify!

Ants

Crazy Ants

Crazy Ants can be found in ALL 50 States . Crazy ants received their name from their habit of quick zigzag movements that seem to have no real direction. Crazy ants may develop huge colonies containing thousands of workers and numerous queens.

Argentine Ants

Their colonies can grow to monumental size. Their colony borders sometimes cover entire habitats. Argentine ant queens also assist with foraging for food. The ant gives off a musty odor when crushed.

Ghost Ants

They may develop huge colonies containing thousands of workers and numerous queens outside structures, and inside structures. Regular inspections and service are necessary to find and treat new colonies as they move from neighboring properties.

Pavement Ants

They get their name because they make their nests in or under cracks in pavement. They can infest residential and commercial structures. Pavement ants will eat almost anything, including insects, seeds, honeydew, honey, bread, meats, nuts and cheese.

Carpenter Ants

Carpenter Ants can be found in the Contiguous United States Carpenter ants get their name because they excavate wood in order to build their nests. Their excavation results in smooth tunnels inside the wood. Carpenter ants range in size from one-quarter inch for a worker ant to up to three-quarters inch for a queen.

Odorous House Ants

They get their name from the strong, rotten coconut-like smell it gives off when crushed. These tiny insects range in size from one-sixteenth of an inch to one-eighth of an inch long. Odorous house ants like to eat sweets, especially melon.

Cockroaches

Oriental Cockroaches

Oriental Cockroaches can be found in FL. They are large, very dark (almost black, but some times dark reddish-brown), shiny cockroaches which live in sewers and similar wet, decaying organic matter. They are sometimes called “water bugs” because they come out of drains, and “black beetle cockroaches” because of their smooth, dark bodies

German Cockroaches

They can be recognized by the two dark, longitudinal stripes on the shield at the front of the body under which the head is located. The German cockroach is the most prolific breeder among all cockroaches.

Brownbanded Cockroaches

They get their name from the two lighter bands they have across their dark brownish bodies. In addition to the distinctive banding, males have full wings, which reach beyond the tip of their rather pointed abdomens, but females have underdeveloped wings, much shorter than their broad, rounded abdomens.

Smokybrown Cockroaches

The smoky brown is a common pest of homes along the Gulf Coast from central Florida to eastern Texas. It is also found in a few areas of Southern California, especially in the Los Angeles area. This cockroach is a ready flier and easily travels from trees onto houses. It is commonly attracted to homes to feed on improperly maintained trash containers and pet food on patios and decks.

Asian Cockroaches

About Asian Cockroaches

Asian Cockroaches can be found in FL Large populations can develop near buildings, so regular invasions are common where this cockroach occurs. Asian cockroaches look identical to the German cockroaches, and can only be distinguished if seen in flight because the German cockroach cannot fly.

Australian Cockroaches

Australian Cockroaches can be found in FL This large cockroach closely resembles the American cockroach. The key characteristics are the yellow stripes on the outer edge of the front wings just behind the shield. The Australian cockroach is a pest of homes along the Gulf Coast from central Florida to eastern Texas, but especially in parts of Florida.

Termites

Dampwood Termites

Dampwood Termites can be found in WA, OR, CA, NV, ID, MT, FL. As the name suggests, dampwood termites infest wood with high moisture content. Dampwood termites are normally larger in size than other termite species.

Drywood Termites

They are social insects that infest dry wood and do not require contact with the soil. Drywood Termites form colonies of up to 2,500 members. Unlike subterranean termite species, drywood termite colonies do not have a worker caste. The work is done by immature termites before they reach adulthood.

Formosan Termites

Originally from China , Formosan termites are the most voracious, aggressive and devious of over 2,000 termite species known to science. Formosan termites are a subterranean species of termite. Swarmer formosan termite are about 1/2 inch in overall length, including their wings.

Subterranean Termites

hey live in underground colonies or in moist secluded areas aboveground that can contain up to 2 million members.  Subterranean termites swarm in the spring, when groups of reproductive termites go off to start new colonies. Termite colonies are organized into castes depending on tasks -- workers, soldiers and reproductives.

Rodents

Deer Mice

Deer Mice can be found in All 50 States.  They rarely invade homes, and are found in rural areas. The deer mouse prefers the outdoors.

Roof Rats

They get their name from their tendency to be found in the upper parts of buildings. Ranging in size from 6 to 8 inches in length, not including their tails, they have very poor vision and are colorblind.

House Mice

House Mice can be found in All 50 States. They are the most common rodent pest in most parts of the world. House mice can breed rapidly and adapt quickly to changing conditions. They are known for the damage they cause by chewing on materials and eating stored foods.

Norway Rats

Norway rats can be found in All 50 States. They have smaller eyes and ears and shorter tails. Norway Rats are excellent climbers and often enter a home in the fall when outside food sources become scarce.