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A Source for Information on many Florida Bugs
Welcome to RileyPestManagement.com insect and pest library! Many things you
wanted to know about pest management and native Florida bugs (also maybe a few things you didn’t) is right here! We
provide detailed information on how to identify ants, bees, fleas, flies, mice, mites, rats, roaches, spiders,
termites, and other general Florida bugs. You can learn about their habitats, behavior, and signs of possible
We also address sanitation and health concerns posed by certain Florida bugs, and offer tips and suggestions on how
to control them in order to lessen the chance of them invading your space, and in turn, your life. We stress with
every client that sanitation is 70% of the pest issue. In the end though, RileyPestManagement.com always recommends
you contact a trained professional for specifics about your issue.
The State of Florida, with its sub-tropical climate and natural surroundings, is a veritable bug paradise. As
construction increases and we continue to encroach on their natural habitat, the chances of coming into contact
with insects only increases. However, insects are also tremendously important in the breakdown of plant and animal
matter. Without them, we would have a world covered in dead plants and animals! In addition to all of this, bugs
are a major food source for a wide range of animal species.
Our Florida bugs and rodent directory also gives detailed information on two ubiquitous and problematic Florida
insects: the infamous ant and termites, namely the dry wood, Formosan, and subterranean termite species. Ants are
real pests, but termites are responsible for more than $700,000,000 in costs to consumers in Florida each year for
damage and control. On a country wide level, they cause more damage than hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires
combined! They are often known to cause extensive damage to structures long before they are discovered. That’s why
it is so important to have your structure or building inspected on a routine basis.
another nasty pest, have become a serious menace in the southern United States. These ants are particularly
aggressive and are literally a force to be reckoned with: Fire ant mounds can contain multiple queens, have
upwards of 500,000 or more individuals, and can reach densities of 200 to 800 mounds per acre! Scientists
estimate that 10% of the animal biomass of the world is composed of ants, and another 10% of termites. This
means that “social insects” could possibly make up an incredible 20% of the total animal biomass on this
Besides providing detailed information on local ants and termites, RileyPestManagement.com also includes tips on how to tell the difference between an ant and
termite alates (since they are commonly confused by everyone), also known as “swarmer’s.” Alates are what these
insects are referred to when in the winged reproductive stage. They are often confused for one another as they are
similar in appearance, so knowing what you are dealing with will help you determine which steps to take to avoid
problems down the road.
RileyPestManagement.com offers you a click-by-click directory of the nuisance
pests you are likely to encounter in the Sunshine State. For instance, read how the Acrobat ant (not to mention the
Confused Flour Beetle) got its name. Learn which fly helps in solving crimes. Read about caring for a bee or wasp
sting. Find out the difference between the American, Asian, Australian, Cuban, and German roaches, and most
importantly, how to keep them out of our homes. All this and much, much more! There’s lots of interesting and
helpful information on RileyPestManagement.com, and getting yourself acquainted is just a click
Knowledge is usually the first best
step to solving a problem or issue. We hope our customers and visitors are able to obtain some basic knowledge
and understanding with the information we supply to you here. This tool and service is intended to be a basic
starting point and a beginning step. We have put together information related to the most common pests and
issues a customer may run into, but by no means should this be considered an exhaustive one-stop knowledge shop.
Feel free to use this information as it suits your needs, but please contact us with any specific questions or
Images and information derived in part or in
whole from Trueman's Scientific Guide to PMO 6th ED