Florida Bugs: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

There are tons of Florida bugs that you may come across at some point in your life—some of them may even wander into your home, at which point you may do everything in your power to eliminate them. However, keep in mind that there are many different kinds of Florida bugs, from the good to the bad to the downright ugly. The following are some examples of Florida bugs that are good, bad, and ugly:

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Good Florida Bugs

You may want to think twice about calling pest control if you spot any of the following Florida bugs around your home. They can actually be beneficial to the comfort and safety of your home!

  • The Carolina Wolf Spider (Hogna carolina) – These spiders can look quite monstrous—they reach almost 0.98 inches in size. However, they are basically harmless. In fact, they tend to shy away from humans and are even beneficial to have in your home. This is because Carolina wolf spiders eat insect pests, thereby acting as pest control for your home.
  • The Spined Soldier Bug (Podisus masculiventris) – Spined soldier bugs may look intimidating, but you should be happy to see them around your property. Although they are a predatory insect, they don’t bother humans and aren’t bothered by them. Instead, they hunt more than 90 different types of insect species, including common garden pests.

Bad Florida Bugs

If you spot any of the following bugs, you’ll want to be careful in removing them from your home. If you think you have an infestation, schedule pest control right away.

  • The Red Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta) – Ants typically are seen as harmless pests that are more a nuisance than anything else. But the red fire ant is more than just a nuisance—red fire ants will sting you, and it will not only hurt, but also leave behind a swollen pustule on your skin. Red fire ants are common in Florida and can be found in mounds throughout backyards all over the state.
  • The Formosan Termite (Coptotermes formosanus) – A termite infestation is never a good thing, but these termites are particularly destructive. Formosan termites hail from Asia and were introduced to Florida in the early 1980s. They can do serious damage to the wood structure of your home—often within as little as three months. Due to their destructive efficiency, they are often known as “super termites.”

Ugly Florida Bugs

Some bugs aren’t necessarily harmful, but they aren’t necessarily beneficial, either. But boy, are they ugly! The following are some of the ugliest bugs you may come across in the state of Florida:

  • The Palmetto Bug (Eurycotis floridana) – Cockroaches are some of the ugliest insects alive, and the palmetto bug is no exception. They’re not particularly harmful to humans, although they certainly are unsanitary. What makes this species of cockroach so particularly reprehensible is that not only are they quite large (they grow upwards of 1.2 to 1.6 inches in length), but they can also fly!
  • Love Bugs (Plecia nearctica) – By themselves, love bugs aren’t too horrible to look at. However, love bugs swarm together during the mating season, which begins in the late spring and lasts throughout summer. During this period, these pests can be a real nuisance, and you won’t want them anywhere near your home.

Familiarize yourself with these good, bad, and ugly insects and schedule a pest control service with Guarantee Pest if you identify any bad insects in your Florida-area home.

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