cockroachPest can bring along a host of problems. Some damage furniture and transmit diseases while others deliver a nasty bite. There is no place in the United States that is absolutely pest free. However, out all the places in this country, South Florida seems to be one of the most affected by household pests.

But before you take up arms and start fighting one pest at a time, it’s best to know a little bit about these unwelcome neighbors and how they can affect your health.

Cockroaches: There are around 70 species of cockroaches found in the United States. Among them, the American cockroach is the most commonly found in South Florida. Other species include Florida wood cockroaches, Brown banded cockroaches, German cockroaches, Asian cockroaches, and Australian cockroaches. Cockroaches are relentless scavengers with an insatiable appetite for just about anything.

Health Concern: Cockroach feces and saliva contains allergens that can cause asthma attacks. They also carry harmful bacteria and can cause stomach problems, diarrhea, and food poisoning.

Ants: The hot and humid climate of Coral Springs and all of South Florida is perfect for ants. Making it a home for several different species of these tiny pests. From relatively harmless sugar ants to fire ants that are aptly named for their painful bite, ants can literally take over your home. They reproduce in break neck speed growing the size of their colony with every passing day.

Health Concern: Ants can contaminate food sources and spread diseases but nothing comes close to the nuisance they cause. Ant colonies can contain over a million ants, all looking for food to make the colony larger.

Fleas: These wingless insects are infamous for their vampire-like nature. These parasites find a host and survive by feeding on its blood. Even though animals like dogs, cats, and cattle are their typical targets, they can also sometimes target humans. The cat flea and the stick tight flea are two of the most common species of fleas found in South Florida.

Health Concern: Fleas can spread bubonic plague, which can even lead to death.

Ticks: Another creature that likes to feed on blood of its victims is the tick. Clinging on to the body of its host, tick usually infests household pets such as dogs and cats. Two types of tick are usually found in the South Florida. The hard tick has a typical reddish brown hard shield on its back, while the soft tick has no such shield and has a softer body.

Health Concern: From Lyme disease and tularemia to Colorado tick fever and Rocky Mountain fever, ticks are responsible for spreading numerous dangerous diseases.

Spiders: Apart from covering your house with dirty looking cobwebs, some spiders can also deliver a painful bite. South Florida is home to the infamous Black widow spider that doesn’t hesitate to deliver a nasty bite when it feels threatened. The bite causes intense pain, nausea, hypertension, and severe muscle cramps.

Health Concern: Although spiders control other insect populations and are not responsible for spreading any diseases, they due however deliver painful bites and are one of the most feared household pests.

Whiteflies: Gardens and yards in Coral Springs are often plagued with a small white insect commonly called the whitefly. These tiny insects typically are found on the underside of leaves. Preferring warm climatic regions, Florida is the perfect breeding ground for these tiny invaders. Although they might look harmless, they can weaken plants by feeding on their juices and can easily take over a garden if not dealt with.

Health Concern: Apart from damaging plants by constantly feeding on them, whiteflies are also responsible for spreading more than 60 known plant viral diseases.