(Length: 1/8″ – 1/4″) Usually a reddish brown color, fire ants live in colonies of up to 200,000 individuals. Their mounds can be two feet high and three feet across with as many as 50 colonies per acre.
(Length: 1/10″ – 1/8″) Introduced from Asia, this medium black to brownish-black ant species is quickly becoming one of the most persistent and invasive ant species in Florida. Its name comes from the fact that its feet are a yellowish-white color.
(Length: 1/20″ – 1/14″) These tiny two-toned ants are most common in southern Florida. Their head and thorax are black and the rest of their body is a pale grey color. They have a tendency of suddenly appearing and disappearing.
(Length: 1/12″ – 1/8″) Ranging from red-brown to grayish to black, this small ant gets its name from its characteristic erratic and rapid movement in search for food. They will feed on any household foods.
(Length: 1/8″ to 3/4″) Mosquitoes are insects that are found throughout the world. They are most commonly known for carrying diseases such as West Nile Virus (which can lead to Encephalitis), Malaria and Yellow Fever. Adult mosquitoes frequently rest in grass, shrubbery and other foliage, but they never develop there.
(Length: 3/4″ to 1 1/2″) Earwigs were named by a superstition that the insect would crawl purposely into the ears of sleeping people. More easily recognized by its forceps-like tail appendage, the earwig is a major garden pest, as well as an annoying household pest.
(Length: 1/3″ – 1/2″) These slender, wingless insects are common in homes. The are shiny and silver or pearl-gray in color with three long tail-like appendages and two long antennae. They may cause damage by eating foods, cloth or other items high in protein, sugar or starch.
(Length: 1/32″ – 1/16″) Fleas are small, hard-bodied, wingless insects with a flattened body and legs adapted for jumping onto a host. The cat flea, most commonly encountered in Florida, seeks mammals for the blood meal needed to sustain them.
(Length: 1/16″ – 1/2″) The tick is an eight-legged relative of the spider. It must feed three times before hiding and producing up to 3000 eggs in a crack or crevice.
Easily recognized by its three heart shaped leaves joined at the base to look like a clover leaf, and by its buttery yellow flowers, each has five petals.
This summer annual is usually found in thin, weak areas of a lawn. Its leaves have a distinct reddish spot, are arranged opposite of one another on the stem and are not symmetrical.