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If You See One, It's Too Late - Why You Should Call Pest Control at the First Sign

You’ve only seen a few cockroaches in your home during the day, so you probably think you don’t have a cockroach problem. Think again! Cockroaches are nocturnal, and if you’ve seen one during the day, it very likely means that these roaches were forced out by overcrowding, and that could be a sign that you have a serious infestation. Early Warning Signs Cockroaches can live anywhere in your home, which unfortunately provides an ideal environment and breeding ground because the home offers nesting sites, water and warmth. This means that cockroaches can stay active all year round and this cozy environment means they reproduce quickly. Roaches prefer to live in the dark and are a common home infestation problem, but also one of the most stubborn to get rid of for all of these reasons. Don't ignore the signs that you have a cockroach problem 4 Signs You Have a Cockroach...
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3 Ways Ants Enter Your Home

Few things are as maddening as noticing an ant scurrying across the floor somewhere inside your home. If you live in Florida, you already know how wily these pests can be. With so much year-round moisture, heat and humidity, many species of ants thrive in this part of the country--and they love nothing better than seeking refuge and food inside people's homes. Like many people who discover ants in their home, you may be scratching your head about how they got in. Keep reading to learn more. Did you know ants were incredibly strong? Learn more facts about ants below. A Few Surprising Facts About Ants The Three Most Common Ways that Ants Enter Your Home A common misconception is that ants only bother with messy or dirty homes. In reality, however, ants are looking for more than food when they infest a house. They want shelter and protection too. If...
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4 Signs You Have a Cockroach Infestation

There’s a lot to love about living in Florida. However, the very conditions that make it so attractive to humans are also ideal for a wide array of pests. In particular, cockroaches frequently find their way into local homes, causing full-fledged infestations. It pays to take action at the first sign of trouble, but do you know how to tell if your home has been invaded by these wily pests? Read on to learn about four telltale signs that cockroaches have taken up residence in your home, so that you can call our roach control professionals before it's too late. Four Signs of a Cockroach Infestation If cockroaches have infiltrated your home, you may start to notice one or more of the following signs: Sightings – This one may seem obvious, but it deserves a mention. If you see one cockroach in your home, odds are that there are more where...
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Fall Wildlife in Florida

During the fall, some animals tend to become especially active. In preparation for the colder weather ahead, they will be on the search for reliable sources of food and shelter. Your home could definitely become a target, and need some wildlife control. Here’s an overview of the fall wildlife in Florida. Raccoons Raccoons are considered to be some of the biggest nuisances in the state. These masked animals easily adapt to new environments, which makes them even more of a problem. They will eat virtually anything. Although raccoons tend to sleep a lot during the winter, they will be trying to store up body fat during the fall. If a raccoon happens to take refuge on your property, be very cautious. Raccoons have a tendency to become aggressive when approached. Possums Possums are just as problematic as raccoons. They have a knack for raiding dumpsters and trash cans. You definitely don’t...
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Fall Turf Care Tips

Maintaining a clean, nicely landscaped yard is an excellent way to ward off some of the most common pests. Like many people, however, you may think that turf care can safely fall by the wayside when fall arrives. In reality, though, it is crucial to take steps to prepare turf for the colder months ahead. Keep reading to find out how. Tips for Caring for Turf in the Fall Get your lawn ready for the winter with these fall care tips: Clear Leaves - Stay on top of the leaf situation. If allowed to go for too long, leaves can pile up and damage your turf. Piles of leaves trap moisture and block sunlight, which leads to a decaying mess. Blow or rake leaves often to keep this issue at bay. Keep Mowing - Continue to cut your lawn throughout the fall, maintaining a height of around 2.5 to 3 inches....
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Did You Know Impact is QualityPro Certified?

With so many pest control companies competing for your business, how are you supposed to identify the right one? One thing that separates so-so companies from stellar ones is a QualityPro certification. To qualify for this certification, a pest control company must demonstrate proficiency across 16 standards. Impact Pest Elimination is proud to possess this certification; read on to learn more about it. What is the QualityPro Certification? QualityPro certification is a program that is available to U.S. and Canadian pest control companies that are members of the National Pest Management Association, or NPMA. In exchange for meeting a variety of standards, certified companies gain access to a wealth of useful resources. More importantly, they demonstrate their ongoing commitment to quality. Unsure when you should contact a pest control company? Learn when it's time to call. Signs You Should Hire A Pest Professional Benefits of Hiring a QualityPro Certified Pest Control...
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Bed Bugs Don't Just Infest Beds?

While their name may suggest that they like nothing better than snuggling under the covers, bed bugs don't just infest beds. In fact, these hardy pests are quite happy to branch out and infest other spaces. What Do Bed Bugs Want? When trying to judge where bed bugs are likely to venture, it helps to understand what motivates them. Bed bugs do not care about hygiene or sanitation. They are looking for a ready source of convenient meals. These obligatory hematophagous ectoparasites only feed on the blood of vertebrates. Sleeping humans are an ideal food source, so they are only too happy to follow them home from a hotel, retail space, cruise ship, school, cab, nursing home, or virtually any other public space. Need to get rid of bed bugs? Here's how. Bye-Bye Bed Bugs Where Do Bed Bugs Hide? In the early stages of an infestation, beds are the most...
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Tips on How to Prevent Pests From Entering Your Pantry

Pest infestations can enter your pantry area and destroy your food supply if you are not careful. These tiny insects may appear undetected, and they can remain in your pantry without you noticing them for a significant amount of time. When they die, their corpses can attract other insects to the area as well, and this can grow into a full pest infestation. Preventing the first stage from happening is critical to successfully protecting your food supply against pests like ants, roaches and mice. Preventing Infestations, Pantry Protection Protecting your food supply is critical to maintaining a healthy home environment. Basic precautions are often enough to prevent an infestation of pests. Many types of foods give off faint aromas and odors that will stay in the air as you go about daily life. If you are unaware of the need to package these foods in airtight containers, you may unintentionally attract...
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How to Have a Pest Free Summer Picnic

A picnic is supposed to be an enjoyable experience, not a time for battling pests at every turn. When you venture outdoors in the summertime, you're bound to meet face-to-face with insects of every type, from sugar-loving ants to bread-hungry flies. If you want to avoid these nuisance pests altogether, it takes some careful pre-planning and good picnic habits while you eat. 3 Tips for Preventing Picnic Pests Keep the Food Covered Uncovered food attracts pests from all over the place. Ants will form lines toward breads and sweets, and flies will buzz around before landing on the first available item. Protect your food in plastic containers, and keep the lids on them whenever you're not serving the meal. Don't forget to cover everything up before you step away from the eating area for some games with your family. Clean Up as You Go Cleaning up as you serve the meal...
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Understanding Yellow Jackets and How to Prevent Getting Stung

Yellow jackets kill approximately 50 to 100 Americans each year who experience allergic reactions to their stings. Their attractive yellow and black bodies resemble fashionable dinner jackets. Appearances are misleading because they do not belong to polite society. Yellow jackets are not rugged individualists. Instead, the purpose of a yellow jacket's life is to serve its colony. Yellow Jackets Love to Socialize with Their Fellow Yellow Jackets In the United States, yellow jackets are more visible during hot summer weather and cooler fall temperatures. Yellow jackets represent several species. Their sociable characteristics make them perfect candidates for joining social networks. Unfortunately, they do not live long enough to develop any passions in life. The queen yellow jacket represents a sole exception. Living throughout the cold winter months, the queen creates a brand new colony of devoted yellow jackets every year. Yellow Jackets Build Nests and Consume Sweet Treats Yellow jackets enjoy...
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Top 5 Tips for Bug-Proofing Your Home

Insects play an important role in the ecosystem. They aerate soil, eat harmful insects, serve as a source of food for birds and other wildlife, pollinate flowers and make honey. However, when they invade our living spaces, they turn from friend to foe. Here are five tips for ways to bug-proof your home. Eliminate Food Supply Insects need food and water to survive. By eliminating sources of food, they will go elsewhere to nest and feed. Most importantly, if they can't get in, they won't nest in your space. Start by looking for cracks and holes in the building shell. Check for gaps around windows and doors, places where utilities enter the home and cracks in foundations and flooring. Repair any holes or cracks. Install and repair screens on doors and windows. In the kitchen, keep food in well-sealed containers. Wipe countertops after food preparation, and cover pet food bowls. Make...
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Fighting Fleas

FleaDuring the spring and summer, insects are always lurking somewhere nearby. This year in Florida, fleas are expected to be out in full force. Pets must remain protected at all times. Like ticks, fleas can spread Lyme disease and other ailments. Here are some tips to help you fight these bloodsucking parasites. Keep Pets Out of the Neighbor’s Yard Even if you have taken the necessary steps to keep ticks off your property, these insects may still be in your neighbor’s yard. Make sure your pet doesn’t go over there. They will definitely bring fleas back home. Although training your pet will help, it’s also advisable to install a fence around the property lines. Check Your Pets Frequently To ensure that fleas don’t get inside your home, it’s a good idea to check your pets on a regular basis. Because fleas are so tiny, you won’t be able to spot them...
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Places in Your Yard Where Mosquitoes Can Breed

Mosquito on leafYou may have heard that mosquitoes breed in standing water. But there are some pretty surprising water sources you might not have thought about that attract these pests to your lawn. Keep your yard mosquito-free by banishing their favorite meeting spots from your property. Keep it Clean Keeping your lawn clutter-free goes a long way toward preventing mosquitoes. While you may always strive to maintain a neat yard, even the smallest items can allow water to gather and attract these pesky, biting invaders. From a stray bottle cap to your child's plastic toy shovel, water can accumulate in any concave surface and draw mosquitoes. Do a quick check at the end of the day to ensure no stragglers are hiding in the grass. Your gutters are another popular mosquito breeding ground, so clear out debris regularly to prevent standing water. Even Out Your Lawn Water can collect in larger outdoor items...
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What is Frass and How Can I Identify It?

TermitesOne reason why drywood termites are so destructive is that they generally leave few signs of their presence. When termites establish themselves in the woodwork of your home, they cover up the entry hole and do not re-emerge until the colony reaches a certain size and there is a swarm of young termites looking for a place to start a new colony. The nest provides the termites with everything that they need to survive except for space for the colony to grow. As the nest starts to fill up with the remnants of digested wood, the termites will clean the nest by pushing out the fecal matter, known as frass, through small holes in the wood. It is these small piles of frass appearing out of nowhere that often provide the first sign of a termite infestation. The Termite Digestive Process: Drywood termites get their nutrition from wood cellulose. The bacteria...
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Signs You Should Hire A Pest Professional

Impact pest controlIf you're constantly seeing a raccoon on your property, you wouldn't be wrong to assume that it's living with you. Some rodents and insects are a big threat because they can infest and damage your lovely property without drawing attention to themselves. Thankfully, in one way or another, all pests leave behind clues that expose their presence. Some clues, however, are rather ambiguous. That's why your limited knowledge won't suffice. To protect your family and your property from the adverse effects of an infestation, it may be in your best interest to hire a professional pest exterminator when you first notice the following signs. Unexplained Property Damage If you know that your well-behaved pet didn't create those gnaw marks on your window sills or furniture, the culprit might be termites. Termites crave cellulose, the substance inside wood and plants. Although these critters are small, there are hundreds of thousands of them...
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Florida Pests to Look Out for This Spring

termite cardThe heat turns up a notch as spring arrives in the Sunshine State, waking up winter pests and getting them ready for the humid seasons ahead. Florida is home to many different pest insects, including several species of rodents. As residences expand into the surrounding environment, people encounter more insects and rodents in their homes. If you want to get a head-start on overcoming infestations, Impact has a few pests for you to keep an eye on this spring. 3 Spring Pests in Florida Termites Termites are some of the most destructive pests in the world. They feed on cellulose within wood fibers, which makes most any wooden structure a food source. They not only consume the wood; they also build their colonies within it. Therefore, as they feed on a wooden structure, they're continuing to build and to expand their colony. Roaches American cockroaches thrive in Florida thanks to the...
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When to call a professional to handle bees & wasps

Bee on flowerEven though bees are crucial for the ecosystem around your home, having a nest or two on your property can be dangerous. Wasps are even more dangerous than that, yet they are also beneficial to the environment. Still, anyone who finds a nest of any kind of stinging insect should consult with a professional to determine what to do. In some cases, nests of stinging insects can be relocated. In others, this is not possible. It is never a good idea either to decide if a nest can be moved or to try to move it yourself without the aid of a professional. These insects can exude a series of odors that are undetectable to human beings. These odors are called pheromones. Think of them as a secret code that transmits messages undetectable to us. One of these pheromones can cause an entire nest to attack what can be perceived as...
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A Few Surprising Facts About Ants

ants pl1In most parts of the world, ants are more of an annoyance than a pest. Across the globe, there are more than 10,000 different ant species. Ants are clever creatures and durable. They are also fascinating. Here are a few surprising facts about ants. Ants are Incredibly Strong Ants are stronger than you might think. The bugs are able to carry much more than their own body weight. In fact, they have the strength to carry from 10 to 50 times their weight. The amount that they can carry is based on the species. For instance, if you run into an Asian weaver ant, it can lift about 100 times its own body mass. The small size of an ant is why the bugs are able to carry so much more than their body weight. They can also generate more force due to their muscles featuring a greater cross-section area compared...
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3 Things to Know About Controlling Turf Pests

Your lawn says a lot about your home. A clean, well-maintained lawn is the envy of the neighborhood and an inviting visual from the curbside. When brown patches and bald spots show up, your grass turns from inviting to drab and unappealing. It's important to treat the problem right away to prevent the damage from spreading throughout your property. 3 Things to Do When Treating Turf Pests Inspect the damage. Do you have patches of dead, brown grass? Is the grass completely gone in some spots, leaving only dirt behind? Are the grass blades yellowing or spotted? You'll have to inspect the damage thoroughly to understand what you're up against. Certain pests cause specific damage. If you're unsure how to identify the problem, it's a good idea to talk with a professional pest control technician for some advice. Identify the pests. Some pests attack your lawn from below the ground while...
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Common Places to Find Rodents in Your Home

rodent pl1Rodents are sneaky by nature, coming out mostly at night to scrounge for food in the kitchen when you're fast asleep. These pests can hide in the most obvious and not so obvious places in your home. No matter where they're hiding, they should be found right away to prevent spreading diseases and fleas throughout your living areas. 4 Common Rodent Hiding Places Crawlspaces The area beneath your home serves as a shelter for many different pests, from insects to rodents. Mice and rats will build their nests in crawlspaces and use open spaces as small as 1.75 mm to enter your home in search of food. Once they get inside, they may relocate their nests to a warmer or cooler part of the indoors depending on the season. Attics An attic is a long way above the ground, but the distance doesn't stop opportunistic rodents from seeking these out-of-the-way spaces....
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