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Tampa's pests come in many forms. Homeowners must contend with a range of insects, arachnids and rodents. A national survey conducted in 2010 found that Tampa was the state with the most insect pests, according to the Orlando Business Journal.

 

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Several species of ants are found in or around houses in Florida. In general these several species can be grouped into three categories: these being; house infesting, house destroying and yard infesting. These pests can contaminate foods, destroy homes, and some species can inflict painful stings, causing severe allergic reactions in some people.

 

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Bed Bugs and their close relatives in the insect order are (true bugs) and they universal pests of man and domestic animals. The sole food of bed bugs is the blood of warm blooded animals.

The adult bed bug is about 1/5 inch long and 1/8 inch wide and flattened. It is reddish brown, flattened and oval shaped. Bed bugs have piercing sucking mouth parts which enable them to pierce the skin and suck the blood from their hosts. Each female bed bug lays about 2 eggs per day laying a total of about 200 eggs. Indoors these eggs will hatch in about 7 to l7 days. These bugs go through five stages of development before becoming an adult. These young must have a blood meal at each stage of development in order to molt and continue to develop. These bed bugs will mate soon after becoming mature so the time from hatching to egg laying is somewhere around four to nine weeks.

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PILL BUGS AND SOWBUGS: The habits of these pests are very similar. Their normal habitat is outdoors, however they sometimes come indoors where they do no damage, but become nuisance pests. They require high moisture areas and are most active at night.

CENTIPEDES: These are usually seen in yards but occasionally enter homes, where they become pests by annoying or frightening individuals Centipedes feed mainly on insects and spiders, they do not damage the home, furniture or food. The larger species can inflict a very painful bite.

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The Brown Recluse is not in its natural habitat in Florida. There have been specimens of the Brown Recluse found in Florida but most entomologists find no indication that is able to live and reproduce in the state’s environment. Because it can live in old boxes, furniture and other containers it is easily transported to all parts of the country by humans.

The Brown Recluse Spider is identified by a dark violin shaped mark located behind the eyes. It has 3 pairs of eyes, most spiders have 4 pair. The Brown Recluse is not a large spider, being only one fourth to one half inch in length.

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There are many species of stored food pests which can be found infesting homes at various times. These pests are usually found in pantries and cabinets but, can sometimes be found in other areas. They are usually introduced in infested foods but, can enter from the outside like any other pest. Almost any food item is subject to infestation by this group of pests. They are likely to infest flour products, meal, grain, cereal, cake mix, spices, hot pepper and others. Susceptible also, is dried flower arrangements, stuffed furniture and toys, though not food, these items offer harborage.

Some common pantry pests are Flour Beetles, Saw tooth Grain Beetles, Cigarette Beetles, Drugstore Beetles, and Larder beetles, Granary weevils, and Rice weevils, Spider Beetles, Grain Moths, Flour Moths, Psocids and Grain Mites. Since there are so many different kinds of insects that attack stored foods we will not identify each of them. Their habits are similar, so regardless of the species, the control measures would be similar.

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We have several species of ticks in Florida that attack dogs and on occasion will bite humans. The two species we are most likely to encounter are the American Dog Tick and the Brown Dog Tick. The American Dog Tick attacks both animals and humans, but rarely comes inside. The Brown Dog Tick seldom attacks humans, but is usually found where dogs are kept in or around the house.

Successful tick treatments should be precise and some degree of patience is necessary. The life cycle of the tick should be known in order to understand the recommended treatment plan.

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