The growing urban area of Doral, FL, is inviting to residents and, consequently, to pests. Of the six types of venomous snakes in the state, pygmy rattlesnakes and cottonmouths are the most common in cities. However, both of these pests prefer to stay within range of wetlands, ponds, or other bodies of water. Snakes are known to bite when alarmed, so residents should carefully avoid them. Drawn in by food scraps and garbage, opossums and rats also raise concerns when they infest Doral homes and yards. In addition to their frightening appearances, these pests cause issues by spreading ticks, fleas, and other harmful parasites.