Another Five Common Insect Pests of the Cayman Islands

October 8, 2020
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In the constant battle to keep unwanted bugs out of our Cayman Islands homes, here is a list of another five common pests that you need to guard against. 

Bugs and pests are a fact of life in a tropical environment. Here in the Cayman Islands, there are a large number of unwanted creepy crawlies that commonly get into homes and can cause an infestation, potentially dangerous to your health and your property.

The Cayman Islands pest control companies provide services that protect all types of homes and businesses from pests. We have already talked about mosquitos, ants, cockroaches, termites, and rodents. Here we identify five more common pests to watch out for and the measures to take to avoid infestation.

Fleas: Fleas are common pests in the Cayman Islands, feeding on the blood of our cats and dogs and occasionally us. Large infestations can occur in the home if left untreated. Fleas feed on blood and the bites can leave itchy red bumps. The most common flea in the Cayman Islands is the cat flea and is usually found wherever your pets spend most of their time.

Ticks: Normally its dog owners that suffer tick infestations and they can infest your home in huge numbers if proper and immediate action is not taken. Two species of ticks are known to infest Cayman Island homes — the American dog tick and the brown dog tick usually picked up by dogs walking in tall grass or vegetation and bringing them home. Once on the host, the tick attaches itself and starts to take a blood meal. An adult female tick only lays eggs once but could laying hundreds or even thousands of eggs. The Cayman Islands pest solution for a tick infestation involves treating the pests, treating the outside vegetation areas of the property, and a thorough treatment inside.

Centipedes: These have large claw-like structures around their heads that contain venom. They forage during the night and eat small vertebrates and spiders. They hide in dark, moist places like bathrooms, closets, and basements. When handled centipedes may bite and cause severe pain and numbness. Control involves the use of chemicals and advice on how to reduce moisture problems which will contribute to centipede infestation.

Beetles and Weevils: Weevils, moths, beetles, and mites are among a number of foodstuff insects in the Cayman Islands, infesting tobacco, seeds, cereal, nuts, grain, herbs, etc. Wherever food is stored – whether it’s a warehouse, restaurant, or your home –these pests can be a problem and cause very expensive damage. Adopting the best food storage practices is the best way of preventing infestation.

Scorpions: Very common in certain parts of the Cayman Islands, scorpions like to hide under rocks during the day and in dark places such as attics. They can easily climb walls to gain access to your home and from the attic they will enter the rest of the home via light and a/c fixtures. Scorpions have a very painful sting and large numbers can occur very quickly. Control is difficult – can take several treatments. Normally the attic and outside perimeters also need to be treated.

As nine out of 10 insects found in your home get in from the outside, extra effort should be made to stopping these bugs with an external perimeter spray service before they enter your home, targeting them at their source. External spraying reduces the regular use of chemicals inside your home, is completely safe for plants and pets outside, and is highly effective against insects and arachnids, including ants, roaches, scorpions, millipedes, centipedes, and spiders.