What’s Bugging You? Common Pests to Prepare for This Summer

common pests

Summertime means that most bugs are coming out to play. What may be normal for them might cause a ton of problems both in and around your house during this hot season. You can prepare for any of these issues by knowing what you are up against and what may be attracting them to your home.

Continue reading to learn about the common pests you should be preparing for this summer.

What Attracts Pests to Your Home?

If you are trying to avoid potential pest infestations in your Florida home, it’s important to know what might be attracting the pests to your home in the first place.

The first, and most obvious thing about the warmer seasons, is the temperature. For example, as the outside world is warming up, any garbage cans with garbage in them or overripened fruit will rot easier and therefore cause these pests to come around and want to hang out for a while.

The rainy season moisture and standing water that collects as a result, can give these pests a cool, moist place to make their home. Clogged gutters can also attract pests to these cool, wet places. Yards that are unkempt or certain bushes can become homes to pests as well.

Getting rid of potential pest attractions will help you to reduce your chance of having to deal with them. It’s still important to know what to look out for. 


Formosan termites migrated to Florida in the late 80s and have been causing a ruckus ever since. In addition to Formosan termites, subterranean termites can damage a wooden structure within three months of infestation. If you don’t take care of the infestation as soon as you spot it, you may be stuck dealing with a bigger issue. When you have an infestation you will notice their mud tubes, nests, and swarming.


Red fire ants tend to sting and leave a pustule on the skin. They are known for stinging repeatedly and show aggressive behaviors when bothered. The Florida carpenter ant can bite, and they like to nest within rotting wood. Both types of ants will be a huge bother if an infestation occurs where they can come into contact with your skin.


While spiders are great at keeping the fly population to a minimum, they may also pose a potential health risk when biting humans, including sickness or death. Black widow spiders have a venomous bite reportedly 15 times more lethal than that of a rattlesnake. They only attack when they feel the need to defend themselves. Don’t hesitate to call us when you are dealing with an infestation.

Bees & Wasps

Though they aren’t as scary as the Black Widow spider, their stings can be very painful and, in some cases, life-threatening (especially if you are allergic and get caught without your EpiPen). They build nests in darker, protected areas like attic eaves, window sills, and hollowed-out logs.


Gulf Coast ticks can be found all over Florida, especially in coastal areas. They pose a threat to humans and animals because they can spread several types of pathogens that can be harmful.

Common Pest Treatment

Getting the right treatment for these common pests is essential to your peace of mind during this summer season. You can count on Chet’s Termite and Pest Management to provide you with Tampa Bay’s most powerful pest control. We even have a 100% money-back guarantee!

Contact us today for more information on these pesky creatures and how we can help you get rid of them.