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The Difference Between Bees and Wasps

stinging insects cardBoth Sting But They’re Different Many people confuse wasps and bees because they both pack a powerful sting. To a recipient of that sting, it sometimes just doesn’t matter what type of creature it came from. However, wasps and bees are different in the way they live as well as the way they attack. Wasps are close cousins to bees but behave in a much different manner. While both creatures are winged and can be a nuisance at outdoor gatherings or to your property, looking at the differences between the two can save you some hassle and some pain. Wasps While wasps may look similar to the traditional bee, they don’t behave in the same manner. One of the key differences between wasps and bees is that wasps can sting multiple times. They’re also more aggressive than bees and will attack without necessarily being provoked. That means that if you encounter...
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Types of Ants in Florida and Why You Don’t Want Them in Your Home

You May Think They’re Harmless But Think Again Ants are found almost everywhere in the world and there are thousands of different species that thrive in diverse environments. In Florida in particular, there are a few common types that, much to the chagrin of those structures’ human inhabitants, would like nothing better than to turn your home into their homes. This may not seem like a big deal, but ants can contaminate food, build colonies and nests inside structural wood as well as walls, and cause all sorts of damage to your property. Determining the type of ant you’re dealing with, understanding how to prevent an infestation, and knowing when it’s time to call for help can be key in saving yourself a lot of money and stress. Types of Florida Ants There are more than 50 species of ant that can commonly be found crawling all over the Sunshine State....
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Why Training Matters in Pest Control

Impact Offers 26 Times More Training Than Other Companies We all know that training is important. We want to hire professionals that know their stuff, no matter what the industry. But training in pest control is particularly crucial when it comes to ridding your home or property of those pesky pests. A variety of pests can do serious damage to both structures and a property at large. Learning the ins and outs of each species, as well as how to rid your property of them is key for any qualified pest control specialist. Many companies only require about two hours of training per year for their employees. While we agree that learning on the job is important, continuing education is even more crucial to ensuring our technicians are the best in the business. That’s why we require our technicians to participate in a minimum of 52 hours of training annually. Many...
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Not Just a One-Time Visit: Why Regular Pest Control is Important

Staying ahead of the problem can save you serious hassle You may think that regular pest control service seems like an extravagance. However, the harsh reality is that once you’ve spotted a pest in or around your home, you already have a problem that will require professional intervention. Instead of waiting for an issue to crop up, work with a local pest control specialist like Impact to set up regular service which can save you time, money, and a lot of stress. Your first line of defense against pesky pests is prevention. When you have regular pest control service, your professional team will be sure to inspect your home and property for any possible issues and try to prevent an infestation. Some pests are easy to detect through droppings or actually seeing them, but others, like termites, may be doing damage that you have no idea about. Letting the professionals prevent...
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Pests We Love

Not All Crawly Creatures are Bad February is all about love – so the last thing that may come to mind is crawly critters. Not for us! Though we deal in ridding places of pesky pests, Impact Pest Elimination actually loves a variety of bugs. Not all bugs are bad. In fact, several species provide great services to our environment and we’d be worse off without them. You could say we have a specific set of lovebugs that we can’t get enough of! Here are some creatures that can do much more good than harm to your property. Bees We’ve all heard that honeybees are important, and they are! But did you know that other types of wild bees can be just as crucial to our daily lives? Bees, traditionally honeybees, are pollinators of a variety of plants that are critical to our survival. Without bees, we would not be able...
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Your Guide to Rodent Control

When it comes to rodent infestations, taking measures to prevent a home invasion is key. There are some basic things you can do to deter rats and mice from entering your home. Keep garbage contained so rodents cannot easily access trash bins. Rodents will eat just about anything, so they’ll rummage through any garbage that is easy to get to, such as bags sitting outside and not in a bin. Seal all holes around the exterior of your home. Did you know that a mouse can squeeze its body into an opening the size of a dime? If they see any way to get into your warm home, they’ll do it to find a cozy nesting ground. Sanitation and exclusions are the backbone of a successful rodent control program. Clear Signs of a Rodent Problem In Your Home Droppings: Rodent droppings are small, brown and cylindrical and are commonly seen in...
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Where Pests Like to Enter Your Home

While for people living in homes, the doorways are the only entrances, pests are skilled at finding even the tiniest cracks in your house and using them to get inside. As secure as a house may seem, chances are there are more than enough entry points for pests to infiltrate and infest your home. However, there are ways to keep them at bay. The first step is knowing where to look to find the spots where pests can enter your home. Here are a few tips. Rats and Mice Despite their size, rodents can squeeze through any opening larger than their head, so it’s especially important to check around your house for small holes. Inspect the rubber gasket underneath your garage door and see if, when it closes, it is entirely level with the floor. While you’re outside, check out your dryer damper door and verify that it’s secure and that...
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Knowing Your Homeowners Insurance When It Comes to Pest Control

Many homeowners do not know everything in their homeowner’s policy. When something happens to your home, the first thing you do is call your insurance company. That is also the case when it comes to pest related issues. But what you do not know is most homeowners insurance generally does not cover pest infestations or damages. Homeowners Insurance Limitations Many homeowners policies usually include an exclusion clause which cites pest infestations or damages as a non-covered maintenance item. The homeowner has the sole responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of the house. But, there may be certain situations where pest control or pest-related damages would be covered. For example, you may have a situation where there was damage to your roof. That roof damage has brought in some unwanted guests like squirrels. Now there is a need for pest control because of the non-controllable cause, and your claim could be valid....
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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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