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Pests for Which to be Grateful This Thanksgiving

beetle plAdmittedly, the word "pests" doesn't connote benefits. However, certain insects have merits for us and our environment. In fact, scientists have identified 29 helpful bugs. 1* Here's a look at some critters and their life-giving attributes. Impressive Credentials If a beneficial bug were to write up its resume, here are some abilities it might profess: pollination decomposing matter ingesting bugs that harm food sources creating useful byproducts controlling insect populations increasing crop yields 2* Below are eight hardworking insects, including some that sustain our very lives. Spider This insect consumes several types of pesky bugs, including aphids, caterpillars, mosquitoes, mealybugs, roaches, flies, earwigs, fleas, mites, moths, centipedes, and whiteflies. Spiders spare farm crops from obliteration by other pests. In fact, if spiders became extinct, our lives would be endangered by famine. Ladybug This beetle feeds on aphids, mites, mealybugs, whiteflies, and Colorado potato beetles. Both adults and larvae have voracious appetites....
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Treat Your Winter Home for Pests

Impact pest controlIf you would like to treat your winter home for pests but don’t know how to get started, you are probably searching for answers that will point you down the right path. Insects, rodents and other invaders can get into your home and cause damage if you don’t take steps to stop them. They can contaminate your food and create other health issues that you will need to avoid. If rodents get into your walls without detection, they can chew on your wires and create a fire hazard, and some people won’t know about the problem until it’s too late to prevent it. Luckily, you can do many things when you want to safeguard your home, and the following information will help. Pest Prevention Learning how to prevent pests from taking over your home is the No. 1 way to keep yourself in the clear. When you are ready to begin,...
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Preserve your perfect pumpkin from pests

One of the things that you might enjoy about the fall season is a pumpkin on the front porch and the fond memories of carving your favorite jack o’ lantern. There are other things that like your pumpkins too, such as rats, squirrels and a variety of insects. Now that you have handpicked the perfect pumpkin, how do you protect it?  Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can keep these pests and others away from your pumpkins so that you can enjoy them longer than a few days. One way to keep pests from gnawing on your pumpkins and to keep them from rotting as quickly is to coat the outside with a thin layer of petroleum jelly. Hairspray or acrylic finish spray also works to keep pests from biting the outside of the pumpkin. Keep your pumpkin in a dry shaded area as sun and rain exposure will...
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How to Keep Rodents Out of Your Home This Winter

rodent plLike most creatures, rodents will be seeking refuge from the winter’s cold weather. Your home naturally becomes a major attraction for these annoying pests. The warmer indoor temperatures and abundance of food are simply too irresistible. Here are some tips to help deter rodents from invading your residence. Seal Points of Entry These critters can contort their body to fit into some extremely tiny openings. Even a dime-sized hole enables a mouse to quietly slip into your home. Once a rodent gets inside, it is only a matter of time before an infestation occurs. The best approach is to carefully inspect your home for cracks and gaps. You can use caulk or silicon to fill in the open spaces. Keep Food Covered Rodents are constantly on the prowl to find reliable food sources. Crumbs will certainly lure rodents to your kitchen and bedroom. Develop a habit of keeping your residence as...
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Tips for Your Labor Day BBQs

mosquito plLabor Day is the last big bang for summer celebrations, but the lazy days of summer also bring with them a full range of outdoor pests that you don't necessarily want to hang out with when you're grilling burgers and steaks with your family and friends. While eating outdoors will never be quite as comfortable as your contained kitchen table, you can take steps to keep bugs at bay at your barbecue. Flies One of the biggest nuisances at summer barbecues is flies. Before your outdoor event, look for areas that may already be attracting these pests. Empty garbage, clear debris and clean up after your animals. You will also want to manage both food and garbage carefully during the afternoon. Keep all garbage cans covered to avoid swarming, and keep lids on serving containers when you aren't handing out food. Finally, a slight breeze seems to keep flies at bay,...
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Why People Love Impact Pest Control

impact aboutIf you're battling pests inside or around your home, you don't need another headache brought on by an unreliable exterminator. You need a dependable pest control company that will protect your family while eradicating every type of pest. Since 1985, we've earned loyal customers by offering professional, knowledgeable and thorough services to customers in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, Pasco and surrounding areas. At Impact Pest Elimination, our licensed staff members offer the best solutions to pest infestations. Our services are effective, and they solve the problem quickly so that you can resume your life without worrying about insects and rodents or the effects of harsh treatments. We concentrate on achieving desirable results without negatively impacting your property or Florida's sensitive ecosystem. Our technicians use industry-leading pest control methods to achieve superior outcomes while reducing our environmental impact. Our business philosophy emphasizes the importance of responsible, EPA-compliant use of all products so that...
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Carpenter Ants

If you want to protect yourself and your home from carpenter ants, you are likely searching for answers so that you can reach your desired outcome. You will first need to learn about these insects, the things that attract them and what to do about the problem. Certain conditions increase the risk of carpenter ant activity, and you don't want to ignore the threat. The choices that you make now will play a role in your ability to combat the issue in the future, and you must never take shortcuts. You will soon have the knowledge that you need to choose the right path with confidence, giving you peace of mind. The Danger Even though learning about the dangers that carpenter ants present is a smart move for those who want to avoid unneeded risks, some people opt to ignore the threat. Instead of consuming it, the pests displace the wood...
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Where Did Killer Bees Come From?

If you enjoy hiking, jogging or any outdoor activity, you have likely encountered bees at some point. While most bees will not attack you unless you provoke them, killer bees take things to a new level. Their aggression has earned them the attention of various movies, and you will want to avoid these stinging insects at all costs. Since many myths surround these pests, a lot of people are left searching for answers, and you have come to the right place if you can relate to their quest. You are about to discover where they come from and how they behave. The History of Killer Bees In the 1950s, researchers created a hybrid between African and Western honey bees to increase pollination, but it did not turn out as they had hoped. The bees escaped from captivity and spread faster than anyone thought possible, making their way to the United States...
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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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