Autumn started in late September and not long after we are feeling our first cold front across central Florida. Our first cold front means changes in the world of pest control. The cold front see a decrease in mosquito activity. That’s a welcomed relief since 2015 has been one of the worst years for the bloodsucking pest. With above average temperatures and abundant rainfall it’s no wonder. Fleas, ticks and drain flies activity should also start to wind as the cold front bringers cooler weather; although, fleas can be active in certain conditions the whole year ’round. While some pest should experience a decrease in activity in the state of Florida, others will now see an increase thanks to our latest cold front. That’s simply life in a subtropical state like ours.
On the rise for the autumn and coming winter season are rodents and small animals. That’s something you can always be sure of as they never take a year off. Most of our rodent and small animal control calls target mice, rats and squirrels. That’s not to say we don’t get any calls for racoon’, opossum‘ or skunks. The others are simply more likely to break into a home or commercial structure to escape cooler temperatures. I guess rodents also get spoiled with our warm climate. It is important to keep in mind the dangers that rodents and other small animals can bring into a home or other structure that is wired with electricity. Mice, rats, racoon’ and squirrels tend to gnaw on live wires. It goes without saying that they’re a major fire hazard when taking up residence in an attic or other wall voids. Another pest that will soon be making their grand appearance are ghost ants. Ghost ants are active all year long but we notice the height of their activity anywhere between November and January. Ghost ants are an invasive species and prefer warm, moist and humid climates. Winter time is not conducive to their habits so they readily move indoors rather than hibernating.
Meryl’s Termite and Pest Control is ready for the cooler winter months that our first cold front has started. Be sure to keep ahead of the pests this season.
The first cold front of autumn arrives in central Florida