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Don't Bring Bed Bugs Back from Your Summer Vacation

With summer on the horizon, it's time to start planning your vacation. Whether you're thinking about a week-long stay nearby on the coast or an out-of-state adventure, nothing beats taking some time off work and enjoying rest and relaxation with your family. Getting away from it all and spending a few nights in a hotel may seem like a dream, but it can turn into a nightmare when bed bugs strike. These blood-sucking pests have made a comeback and want to ruin your vacation. Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite The bed bug situation has gotten worse lately, prompting new laws for landlords in New York City. Travelers across the globe have encountered these pests in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other lodgings. However, the problems don't stop once you leave an infested hotel room. Because bed bugs climb into luggage and cling to clothing, they hitchhike back home with...
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How to Avoid Mosquitos During Your 4th of July BBQ

At your Fourth of July barbecue, the last thing you and your guests want to deal with is pesky mosquitos. These stubborn pests view you as a delicious treat and will hound you throughout the evening unless you prepare ahead of time. Take a little time to learn about mosquito behavior and how to implement a plan to clear your yard of these pests. What are Mosquitos? Mosquitos are small insects with a single pair of wings and long legs. Female mosquitos dine on blood to help their eggs develop, which are usually spawned in stagnant water. Mosquitoes are often most active during dusk, making your Fourth of July dinner a prime event for these pests. Understanding the behavior of mosquitos and preparing a defense in your backyard can help you enjoy your dinner. Drain Stagnant Water Stagnant water is an ideal place for mosquitos to gather and lay their eggs....
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How to Keep Your Lawn in Shape This Summer

In Tampa and cities along Florida's Gulf Coast, lawn maintenance is an endurance sport. The mowers are in high gear long before summer, and the race to maintain a healthy lawn lasts for months. With an effective lawn maintenance schedule, you can work smarter, not harder. Healthy lawns fend off pests, resist droughts, block weeds and look lush when neighboring yards are crunchy and brown. Turf grasses need the right amount of water and fertilizer as well as a flexible mowing schedule. Follow these tips to enjoy a verdant yard this summer while spending less time watering and weeding. Lawn Irrigation Schedules in Tampa Extra water during dry weather will keep your lawn green, but too much water supports fungal diseases. Most lawn fungi are beneficial because they break down dead plant material. If you're watering too often, you might wake up a small number of organisms that cause brown spots....
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Signs of Subterranean Termites in Your Tampa Bay Home

At Impact Pest Elimination, we mostly treat our area for subterranean termites, but we see our fair share of drywood termites as well. Let us tell you about the signs of a subterranean and drywood termite invasion, as this can help you decide whether or not you should call us for treatment. Subterranean Termites These termites annually cost homeowners in America more than $5 billion in structural damage. They nest underground where it's moist and can forage for hundreds of feet in search of cellulose to eat; that includes wood, paper, and cardboard. They prefer their food to be moist as well. Since they tend to be secretive, you might not be able to spot these termites, but you can be alerted to their presence in three ways. Since they can't live without moisture, subterranean termites build what are called mud tubes in order to reach above-ground structures. These brown tubes...
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Preventing Ants from Ruining Your Memorial Day BBQ

Like many Florida residents, you are probably already eagerly anticipating the summer and all of the fun outdoor events that it brings. While summer is certainly a great time to hold barbecues and other outdoor gatherings, it's also a very busy season for ants. Unfortunately, outdoor get togethers feature a lot of food and drinks, which attract ants like moths to a flame. Happily, you don't have to take this problem sitting down. Impact Pest Elimination is here to help you to achieve optimal ant control. In the meantime, read on to find out how to keep ants from ruining your Memorial Day barbecue. Ants Love Barbecues The reason that ants are such an issue during barbecues and other outdoor get togethers is because people prepare and eat all kinds of foods and drinks that they absolutely love. Different types of ants are drawn to different types of food, but the...
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Tips and Tricks to Make Your Lawn Look Great For Earth Day

With Earth Day around the corner, you can do your part in stewarding the earth by improving the health and look of your lawn. Fortunately, you've chosen the ideal time for lawn care; assuming that your lawn has a cool-season grass like ryegrass or Kentucky bluegrass, services like lawn aeration and seeding should be done in early spring or late autumn. With warm-season grass like Bermuda grass, late spring to early summer is the best time. Lawn Aeration When your lawn looks unhealthy, you have to treat the problem at its root: literally. Soil can become hard and compact, preventing moisture and nutrients from seeping down to the roots. Have a professional pull out plugs of soil from your lawn, and the result will be increased water and oxygen circulation and nutrient-rich grass. New roots will soon fill up the aerated holes. Afterward, though, it's important to keep up the usual...
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Care For Your Turf This Spring

As their name implies, warm-season grasses thrive in the warm climate we have here in Florida. Warm-season grasses include zoysia, St. Augustine, and bahiagrass. Below are just a few ways to keep your lawn good-looking and healthy throughout the spring and even into the summer. Keep Your Lawn Good-Looking Before doing anything drastic, you'll want to fine-tune your basic mowing and watering tasks. Since mowing does, after all, damage grass and give fungi in the soil a chance to infect it, make sure not to cut your lawn too short. Keep the grass about 3.5 to 4 inches tall, and never cut more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at any given time (mowing once a week is sufficient). If your mower blade is dull, sharpen it. Grass recovers more quickly when it's sharply cut than when it's dully chopped at. Water your lawn once every three days so that it...
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Learn More About Our Specialized Services

At Impact Pest Elimination, we know that customers have to fight more than just ants, termites, and cockroaches, which is why we offer specialized services for those less common, but still threatening, pests. The following are those pests. Bedbugs Having bedbugs doesn't mean that you have a dirty home. These critters can latch onto clothes, shoes, or luggage, so you may have brought them back after staying at a hotel. Regardless of how they got there, we'll get them out. You can ask about heat treatments, which raise the temperature of individual rooms to a point that's lethal for bedbugs, or you might want to think about freezing options. Ticks and Fleas Fleas can be found flying around your pet or living in your carpet, upholstery, and curtains. Before they start nipping at your ankles, hire us. We can safely administer chemical agents that kill fleas, and we'll find ways to...
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The Dangers of Spiders

If you live in Tampa, Florida, or the surrounding area, you might be wondering about the types of spiders that you can expect to find and what steps you can take to protect yourself. Although many people overlook the threat, you will want to remain vigilant so that you can reduce your odds of getting bit. The good news is that you can decrease the number of spiders near your home by keeping the right plan in mind. You will then be able to relax and put your worries to rest, and the following information will point you in the right direction so that you can move forward without stress. Common Spiders Those who live in Tampa will find a variety of spiders in their gardens, offices and homes. Not all spiders, though, are created equal, and some are more dangerous than others. The brown recluse is one of the most...
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Top 5 Signs of Termites in Your Home

The humid and warm climate of Florida provides the perfect habitat for wood-eating termites. The sunshine state is home to several types of these insects, including two of the world's most destructive species that began swarming together in 2015. Watch for these five signs of termites in and around your home to catch infestations early and prevent serious damage. Grooves or Holes in Walls, Trim and Furniture Small holes, grooves and tunnels are usually present on the surface of termite-damaged wood. Tapping the wood with a solid object like a hammer will produce a dull, hollow sound if the wood has been heavily damaged by termites. You may also hear rattling or rustling noises inside the wood if the infestation is active. Mud Tunnels Termites leave tunnels through the ground outdoors when traveling from their nest to your home. They also create tubes of mud along structures they can't burrow through,...
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Why We Use Sentricon For Termite Treatments

Termites remain a major problem in the Tampa area. They have the capability to heavily damage or even destroy entire homes and businesses. That's why Impact Pest Elimination uses the most effective termite treatments available. Sentricon products rapidly banish these stubborn pests while ensuring maximum safety. Dependable Results Our treatment system uses lethal baits to eradicate entire termite colonies. When the insects find Sentricon bait, they don't just consume it and die. They also give it to other termites. Eventually, the colony's queen expires after eating this substance. It becomes impossible for the bugs to reproduce. University and government research efforts verify the effectiveness of these treatments. Researchers at 30 different colleges have released papers that highlight Sentricon's ability to successfully defeat this pest. In addition to quickly stopping infestations, it can prevent them from developing in the future. An insect expert at the University of Kentucky wrote about these popular...
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Say “Bah Humbug” to Christmas Tree Pests

It’s that time of year when many of us bring a bit of the outdoors into our homes—we’re talking about Christmas trees. While the traditional practice simply seems like part of our holiday festivities, it can have some unfortunate side effects in terms of pests in our home. Sometimes our Christmas trees come with some unwelcome guests—the kind you don’t want to share a cup of eggnog with. Learn more about what to watch out for this holiday season, and how to prevent having your time with family and friends marred by creepy crawlers. Picking a tree—real or fake? Many people will opt for a fake Christmas tree during the holidays to avoid the hassle of maintaining a live tree or possibly even due to allergies. But with as many as 33 million real trees still sold in the United States every year, many people can’t imagine Christmas without the...
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Get to Know Impact Pest Elimination – Paul Ferguson

Who: Paul Ferguson Where: Impact of Tampa How It Began: For 11 years, Paul Ferguson has enjoyed meeting new people in his role as a service specialist with Impact Pest Elimination in Tampa. He values the integrity that Impact represents to its customers. During his time with the company, he has learned the value of regular pest inspections for homeowners. “Regular pest inspections are important because a second set of eyes never hurts as we tend to overlook things in our own homes,” he explains. Best Part of the Job: Interacting with customers on a daily basis fits well with Paul’s personality. “I enjoy assisting people in solving their pest problems,” he says of his job. Most Interesting Experience on the Job: When asked about his strangest or most interesting experience on the job, Paul recalls the first time he did a big yellow jacket or bee job. He explains,...
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Bye-Bye Bed Bugs

According to historical evidence, bed bugs have been a problem in our homes since the Ancient Egyptians, some 3,500 years ago. These parasitic bloodsuckers don’t just pester humans, they have also been known to feed on chicken, bats, dogs, cats and even guinea pigs. And while blood is their food source, they have been known to live up to one year without a “meal.” Identifying bed bugs Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed. They are flat and reddish-brown if they haven’t eaten recently; if they have had a meal, they will appear swollen and reddish. They prefer cooler temperatures. The bothersome bugs live on average four to six months. During a female’s lifespan, she will lay one to five eggs a day, for a maximum of 200 to 500 eggs during her adult period. Signs of an infestation Not sure if what you have is a...
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Get to Know Impact Pest Elimination – Patty King

Who: Patty King Where: Main Office Best Part of the Job: For more than eight years, Patty King has delighted in the comradely with her coworkers she has experienced while working at Impact Pest Elimination. As a member of the administrative team located in the main office, Patty’sposition allows her to assist all of the company’s locations and employees, solving any problems that may arise. She strives to represent the values that mean the most to her—respect, dependability and honesty—at work each and every day. Patty also encourages customers to schedule regular pest inspections “to prevent future problems with termites and other pests.” Off the Job: Patty keeps busy even when she isn’t at work. She and her husband are legal guardians to two small boys. When she finds some free time at some point in the future, she would love to learn how to roller blade.
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Carpenter Ants vs. Subterranean Termites—Wood’s Worst Enemies

When you are in the thick of a subterranean termite or carpenter ant invasion, worrying about which has infested your home may feel a bit like worrying about seeing the forest for the trees. But neither bug is a welcome visitor to your home. Learn more about what an infestation looks like. How they’re different The main difference between carpenter ants and subterranean termites is that the termites (along with some other beetle larvae) actually eat wood for food—it gives them the nutrients they need. Carpenter ants only damage wood in the process of building their nests. A pest expert, such as your technician from Impact Pest Elimination, can tell the difference by looking at the damage to the wood in your home. The other thing that somewhat separates the two insects is the amount of damage they cause. Carpenter ants may do less harm to the wood of your...
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Get to Know Impact Pest Elimination: Kelly Maldonado

Who: Kelly Maldonado Where: Main Office Best Part of the Job: Kelly is excited to soon be celebrating her 10th anniversary with Impact, as part of the administrative team located in the main office. Her position gives her the opportunity to interact with all of Impact Pest Elimination’s locations and employees. She particularly enjoys the people she meets through her job, as well as the fact that she is continuously learning new things. Her enthusiasm for both is just one of the many reasons she has had such a long and successful career with Impact. Kelly agrees with the technicians that regular inspections are important to keep up with different pest situations that can arise. “It’s important to be aware of different types of bugs for the health and protection of your family as well as your home, which is probably your biggest investment,” she explains. Off the Job: Kelly enjoys...
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Who: Bryan Penley Where: Tarpon Springs How It Began: Bryan Penley has been with Impact Pest Elimination in Tarpons Springs for five years. During that time he has come to appreciate the close-knit nature of the company. “I like that Impact is a family business,” he said. Bryan added, “I like it’s not a corporate company. They let me do things myway.” Best Part of the Job: It isn’t just his co-workers at Impact Pest Elimination that make Bryan’s job enjoyable. He also feels a close, family-like bond with his customers as well. “I like the customers,” he said. “Being able to take care of their problems makes me feel good. I have a great relationship with all my customers. They are like family to me.” Because of this close connection, Bryan wants his customer’s to have bug-free homes. He recommends preventative measures when it comes to pest control. “If...
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Creepy, Crawly Chiggers

Chiggers are actually a type of mite and are related to spiders and ticks. They need a high level of humidity to live and are found in moist areas as a result. Forests, grassy areas, parks and gardens around the world can serve as homes to these arachnids. Unless they are grouped together, you probably won’t be able to see these tiny red bugs. Chiggers measure less than 1/150th of an inch. Where do they bite? A chigger’s feeding structure is actually rather delicate. For that reason, they prefer areas on the body where the skin is fairly thin, such as the ankles, the crotch and groin areas, behind the knees and in the armpits. Typically the chiggers first come in contact with humans at spots where people may touch plant life, for instance pants cuffs or shirt sleeves. The insects then will move around until they find a spot where...
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Impact Lawn Invaders

Lawn Invaders When you think of pests, your thoughts probably first run to those bugs that irritate you by biting and stinging or the ones that try to overrun your home. But beyond bees or cockroaches, there are a host of bugs whose sole goal is to invade your lawn and turn that peaceful green oasis into a dry, brown battlefield. You can fight back if you know what you are up against. Read on to learn which insects are after your yard. Chinch Bugs Chinch bugs are very common in Florida. A telltale sign is areas of dry, brown grass near concrete that receive full sun and don’t get much in the way of water. Chinch bugs cause the grass to dry out because they literally suck the moisture out of the grass. To be certain that chinch bugs are your problem, look for small, black, winged insects amongst...
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