Bugs in Your Car? Here’s What to Do About Those Freeloaders!

Cockroaches, Ants, Bed Bugs and more Can Infest Your Car

Have you found that you have little friends now traveling with you to and from work without paying their fair share? Time to stop the bus and tell them to get out! Here in Sarasota Florida we obviously have a great deal of pest pressure. From ants to roaches, many crawling insects are active all year with only slight pauses in activity during the coldest weeks in February. If you have a car parked for a long time, it is very common to find it has been infested with ants. All types of ants will take up residence in your car, truck, or boat. Argentine Tree Ants are one of the most common species that will invade due to close proximity of trees or wooded areas. Carpenter Ants also find high value real estate under your dashboard and inside your doors and trunk. Sometimes, Ghost Ants (also known as sugar ants) can set up shop inside a car or boat as well. Did little Johnny leave some cookie crumbs while riding in the car seat? I’m willing to bet he did!

German Cockroaches can find a happy harborage inside a frequently used vehicle here on the suncoast. Many times you may have picked up a transient hitchhiker by going to an infested restaurant where they will shimmy into your purse sitting on the floor or bench next to you. Usually I will always check a restaurant’s bathroom upon arrival because many times it can be indicative of the overall cleanliness of the establishment. If it’s foul, then get out of there ASAP!

Bed Bugs are also common riders in cars but don’t qualify you to use the HOA lanes, sorry. Female BedBugs will always try to escape an active infestation because of their biology. Bed Bug males attack the females using a method called “violent insemination” to impregnate them. It’s pretty gross but if you want to learn more about their sick and twisted reproduction habits, Bed Bug Reproduction

How to Get Bugs Out of a Vehicle

Most people will go to the hardware store and purchase a can of total-release fogger insecticide and use two or three cans (Way too much!). Usually this kills some of the bugs on contact, but never all of them. Foggers can also have the unintended consequence of driving them into other places thus spreading around the infestation and making it much worse. Bugs exposed but not killed will be able to reproduce and create offspring immune to the products used in many cases. Many strains of Bed Bugs are already resistant to most over the counter products so using them is really wasting your time when your going to need help from a professional anyway. This will especially be true with German Cockroaches and Bed Bugs. Even professional exterminators struggle with controlling bedbugs. If you do decide to go it alone, then choose the right product and follow the label directions explicitly. More is not better. Many times products are made to only work in specific dosages with little margin for error.

Hire a Professional Exterminator to Control Pests in Cars

Johnny Bugs is the local pet-friendly pest control company that serves Bradenton, Sarasota, Venice, North Port, and Port Charlotte Florida. We use odorless products and minimize your exposure to pesticides. Call (941) 405-3080 for a free quote or visit www.JohnnyBugs.com to learn more, see our pest control pricing, or schedule online today!