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Are They Poppyseeds or Cockroach Dung?

I once opened a high-end kitchen cabinet and innocently remarked, “Looks like the previous owner spilled some poppyseeds.” My partner and the realtor exchanged horrified looks and informed me that cockroach dung is often mistaken for poppyseeds. This interaction revealed several key points. First, growing up in the Midwest didn't prepare me for the ease with which pest infestations occur in Florida. Second, even homes in beautiful, high-priced communities aren't immune. And third, despite its outward appearance, this home required significant maintenance to meet Fi Home Services’ "green measurement" standard.


a Florida cockroach surrounded by dung resembling poppyseed

The Reality of Pest Infestations in Florida

Pest infestations are common in Florida, whether it’s cockroaches (aka palmetto bugs), ants, termites, or even rats. Florida's warm, humid climate is a haven for these pests. In fact, a recent national survey ranked Florida number one for bug problems. With 32 documented species of ants, including the notorious ghost ant, the state’s bug problem is significant.


Why Are Bugs So Bad in Florida?

Florida's high humidity and temperatures create the perfect environment for pests. Here are some tips to keep your home pest-free:

  1. Maintain Low Humidity: Keep your A/C running year-round and maintain indoor humidity below 65%.

  2. Seal Cracks and Openings: Inspect and seal cracks in stucco, grout, block, and other structural elements.

  3. Regular Kitchen Cleaning: Use cleaning vinegar and a degreaser to clean your kitchen regularly.

  4. Proper Food Storage: Store food in sealed containers.

  5. Dry Damp Areas: Use exhaust fans in bathrooms to reduce humidity.

  6. Regular Sweeping: Sweep both inside and outside your home regularly.

  7. Remove Outdoor Debris: Keep the exterior of your home free of debris.

  8. Eliminate Bugs on Sight: Kill any bugs you see immediately.

  9. Create Barriers: Establish barriers to prevent pests from entering your home.


Pest Infestations: An Equal Opportunity Issue

Pests don't discriminate; they can infest any home in Florida. The combination of Florida's climate and a lack of time, knowledge, or ability to maintain a pest-free home can lead to infestations.

Who has time for all these chores? Who wants to do them all? Don’t let pests turn your dream home into a nightmare. With Fi Home Services, you can rest easy knowing your home is in expert hands. Contact us today to schedule your maintenance and keep those pesky pests at bay!




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