Seasonal Home Pest InvasionReading Time: 4 minutes
Picture this scene, after your long trip, fever pitch excitement, and exhaustion setting in, you finally arrive at your seasonal home for your well-deserved break. Walking towards your front door, you step on a colony of fire ants that climb up your leg and bite hard. At the front door, you walk into a huge spider’s web that covers your face. Swatting the ants off your legs and the web off your face, you manage to unlock the front door only to be greeted by the most dreadful smell and a rat scurrying past. The nightmare continues, because as you step on your wooden floor you realize that it is busy falling apart. Does this sound like a good start to your vacation? Welcome to your squatters, the pest infestation of seasonal homes.
The good news is, this does not have to happen to you. Let’s examine what seasonal home pest infestation is, but most importantly, how it can be prevented.
Common Pests Found In Seasonal Homes In Florida
Florida, with its warm tropical climate all year around, is the ideal habitat for numerous pests. Some are just a nuisance, but others can cause real structural damage to your home or result in allergies and serious health issues.
MosquitoesFlorida has over 80 different types of mosquitoes, more than any other state. They breed in stagnant water causing diseases like Yellow fever, Malaria, and Zikavirus.
Palmetto BugsA roach specific to Florida. They scurry very quickly and their shed skin and droppings can cause allergic reactions in humans.
AntsAnts live in giant colonies and can even make nests in your walls. Some ant species like red ants and fire ants, have a very painful bite and sting especially if their nest is disturbed.
TermitesThese critters can destroy your home in a matter of weeks. They feed on wood causing structural damage. Bucking or sagging floors, holes in crossbeams and wood paneling, discolored ceilings and walls, bubbling or peeling paint, crumbling wood and wooden furniture, jammed doors and windows, and any hollow sounding wood, are a few signs that you have a termite infestation.
RoachesThey gravitate to damp areas like under your kitchen and bathroom sink. They are known to be dirty and to carry diseases like Dysentery and Typhoid. Their body parts and feces, found in dust, can cause allergic reactions and asthma especially in children.
Possums / OpossumsThey migrate to your attic and invade the whole area, not just a corner. They grow quite large and use whatever they can shred, to line their nests. They can be infested with ticks and fleas and they carry diseases like Tuberculosis, Spotted Fever, and Toxoplasmosis. A dead opossum not only stains your ceiling but emits the most dreadful smell.
RatsKnown as Palm Rats, Black Rats, Ship Rats, or House Rats, these are the most common rats found in Florida. They can be the cause of diseases like Hantavirus, Leptospirosis, Plague, Rat Bite Fever, Salmonella, and Typhus. You can get contaminated by direct contact with their urine, feces, or saliva, being bitten by the rat itself or by a flea or tick that was on the sick rat. Along with the harm they can cause to humans, they do huge damage to your property. They gnaw and chew through anything from furniture, roof tile sealant and even electrical wires.
SnakesSnake bite season is April – October. There are over 50 snake species in Florida with the most dangerous being Eastern Diamondback, Rattlesnake, Timber Rattlesnake, Dusky Pigmy Rattlesnake, Eastern Coral Snake, Florida Cottonmouth / Water Moccasin, and the Southern Copperhead. They are found in long grass especially near canals or lakes.
GatorsThey are a threat to people and pets. They can climb or burrow under a fence or fixture to get access to places, like a canal or lake, where they think they can get a meal. Gators have been found in swimming pools too.
How You Can Prevent Pest Infestation
There are various ways you can prevent pest invasion and get rid of pests that have already gained access to your property. First prize is preventing invasion in the first place, but that means you have to do regular checks in and around your property and put appropriate measures in place. Grass needs to be kept short, and make sure there is a buffer zone between the water and your yard. Insect repellent needs to be sprayed in the home and around the perimeter during every season. You need to do a thorough check of the outside of your property and repair any broken fences, cracks in walls, windows or foundations, ensure there are no areas with stagnant water. The inside of your house, particularly the attic, needs to be checked for any critters that could be nesting there, and the wood needs regular checks for any signs of termite infestation. How do you do all that when you do not live there permanently? With the help of a property management company like Nest Home Management.
What Does A Property Management Company Do?
The title “Property Management Company” speaks for itself – we manage your property. This can happen while you are in residence, but more importantly, we are your eyes and ears when you are not living in it. We at Nest Home Management, are a licensed and insured company that specializes in taking care of your home away from home when you are not there. We do weekly or bi weekly inspections of the home interior and exterior and send you an update email. If we pick up any issues, we contact you immediately and resolve to sort out the problem. We have vetted companies, like termite exterminating companies, or wildlife removal specialists, at our disposal who we have built a relationship with over many years, and who can assist us with the removal of wildlife or termination of insects immediately.
Pests need food, water, and shelter from predators and the elements. Nest Home Management will make sure that pests don’t become squatters in your seasonal home.