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Common Indoor Flies

FliesTypes You’ll Find in Florida and More Nothing is more annoying that a fly buzzing around your head, especially if you’re indoors! There are a variety of flies that like to hang around in your home for obvious reasons – it’s warm, there’s food, and they have shelter. But the last thing you want is an infestation of indoor flies at your Florida property. Identifying what pest you’re dealing with and why it’s there are the first steps in making sure your home is fly-free. Here are some common indoor flies that you may find, what they look like, and why they’ve decided to take up residence with you. House Flies House flies might be the most well-known insect. Whenever someone says “fly,” this is the type that likely comes to mind. They’re shades of gray or black in color and have a single pair of wings. Their bodies are a...
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What Are Paper Product Pests?

SilverfishA Look at Booklice and Other Paper Pests When you think about needing to rid your home of pests, creatures that feed on paper may not be at the forefront of your mind. However, these annoying creatures can cause real damage around your home. Paper product pests are insects that feed on paper stored around your home. This could be anything from old bills to rare books and more. It’s likely that you have some valuable paper – whether monetarily or emotionally – sharing space with you. Protecting that is important. Additionally, no one wants to cohabitate with creepy crawly pests! Here are some types of paper product pests and ways that you can suss them out. Booklice Also known as paperlice or psocids, booklice can be found on papers, books, furniture, or walls. Though these creatures are commonly referred to as lice, they aren’t actually a type of lice because...
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The Different Types of Spiders That Can Be Found in Florida

SpidersWhat to Do About An Infestation Perhaps one of the most polarizing creepy crawly creatures in the insect world is the spider. A popular image for Halloween decoration, these are some of the most well-known insects in the world. Some people keep them as pets while others screech at the sight of the smallest arachnid. Whether you love them or hate them, spiders can cause problems around your home if they’re left to thrive. These multi-legged pests can be both a help and hinderance at properties in Florida, but if you have an infestation, they can cause more harm than good. Spiders come in two very important categories: non-venomous and venomous to humans though either can cause issues around your property.  Non-Venomous One of the most common spiders in Florida, the wolf spider, is thankfully non-venomous, though some people mistake it for the venomous recluse. The wolf spider gets its name...
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Earwigs and Other Florida Fall Pests

SpidersKeeping Creepy Crawlers Out of Your Home Unfortunately, pests of all sorts can be a problem year-round, especially in temperate climates like Florida. As fall hits full swing, a myriad of creepy creatures can descend upon your property and cause significant trouble. One of those pesky pests is the earwig. The folklore surrounding these creepy crawlers leads many to believe that they’ll crawl into your ear to feast on your brain. Thankfully, this is just a scary story that’s been handed down from olden times. While earwigs, and other fall pests, won’t take up residence in your head, they can cause quite the headache when it comes to your home. Here’s what you need to know about earwigs and other fall pests in Florida during this time of year. What are earwigs? These pests can be found throughout the country and earned their moniker through false pretenses. Earwigs got their name...
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What are Centipedes and Where Can They be Found?

CentipedesHere’s What You Should Know You may’ve been startled by them. You may have heard that you should never kill them. You might even like them. Centipedes are feared and, sometimes, misunderstood. These creepy crawlers can be a nuisance for Florida homeowners for a variety of reasons aside from their startling appearance. If they infest your home, it’s likely that other pests have set up residence there, too. Additionally, centipedes bite! The toxins they release with the bite are unpleasant, though they won’t kill you. Many people insist that if you see a centipede in your house, you shouldn’t kill it because it eats other more bothersome insects. While that is mostly true, no one really wants these multi-legged creatures crawling around their home or, even worse, biting its inhabitants. Here’s what you need to know about centipedes in Florida and how to handle them. Types of Centipedes While a variety...
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A Look at the Species of Millipedes in Florida

MillipedesWhy They Could Mean Trouble for Your Property No one wants creepy crawly critters milling about their home. Millipedes fall into that category with their segmented bodies and multiple legs and can cause trouble around your home and property, aside from the creep factor. These slow-moving burrows are found throughout the country, and in Florida, there are more than 50 species ready to wreak havoc on your property. Thankfully, only a few of these species are found in high numbers in the Sunshine State, but that doesn’t make them any less of a nuisance. Millipedes tend to migrate in large numbers, so once you’ve got them, you’ve got a lot of them. But what exactly are these creatures and how do you get rid of them? What They Are Often, property owners get centipedes and millipedes confused. While both belong to the Myriapoda group, they have their differences. Millipedes are known...
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Bats in Florida

flying-batWhat to Do If You Find One is home to a variety of creatures. Some that you might be top of mind when you think of the Sunshine State are bats but in fact at least 13 species of bats can be found here. While bats can provide a crucial benefit to the environment by being a natural pest controller, they can still pose some risks. Just a few decades ago, bats were seen as incredibly dangerous, but as of late, people have started to embrace them and their abilities to keep a variety of pests under control. Some people even go as far as building bat houses on their property to encourage bats to thrive. However, whatever your feelings about these flying creatures, you may at some point in your life have to call a pest professional to deal with them. To understand when bats may become a problem instead...
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Best Mowing Practices

Turf CareHow to Keep Lawn Healthy in Florida Living in Florida provides a plethora of benefits – temperate weather, access to a variety natural spaces, and, of course, lots of sunshine. When you live here, you get another benefit – and that’s a beautiful, healthy-looking lawn year-round, that is if you take care of it properly. While some months can be harsher than others, your grass typically looks its best if you follow a simple set of rules that take into consideration the climate of the state. Appropriate mowing procedures are at the heart of any comprehensive lawn care plan, but other things come into play, too. Here are some things you can do to ensure that your lawn will be at its best no matter what the weather or year throws at you. Mow on the Right Schedule Florida summers bring lots of precipitation which, in turn, makes grass grow at...
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Tips for Watering Your Lawn

TurfAre You Doing It Right? Once you become a homeowner, having a nice lawn brings a certain sense of pride. No one wants to be that house on the block with the either overgrown or completely dead-looking grass surrounding their otherwise lovely home. A simple way to keep your lawn looking fresh and well cared for is to ensure you’re watering it properly. With the humidity of the Florida climate, you may think you don’t need to pay much attention to how irrigated your lawn is, however, even Floridians have to focus on proper lawn watering and care to keep their grass looking its best. Enough or Too Much? Watering is crucial to maintaining a healthy lawn, nearly no matter where you live. But figuring out the right amount of water your lawn needs can be tricky. You’d expect with the heat of the summer that your grass can’t get enough...
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A Guide to Fleas

FleasHow to Rid Your Home of this Risky Pest It’s likely that everyone has been bitten by a flea at least once in their lives, but what happens when you have an infestation of them in your home? These pests may not only be a nuisance but a downright danger to you and your family if they take up residence in your home. Flea infestations are most commonly associated with pets in the home, but even if you don’t own any animals, you can be at risk for a problem. These tiny creatures can cause big headaches if you don’t take action to curb the issue as soon as you realize there’s a problem. Learning more about fleas and what invites them into your home can help you determine the best course of action to rid them of your property for good and prevent any sort of return. What are Fleas?...
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Importance of Wood Destroying Organism Inspections When Buying a Home

Don’t Leave Yourself Unprotected Buying a home is one of the most exciting times in life. You’re forging new ground and setting up a space of your own on property that you’ll call yours. However, this dream can be ruined by pests that target the very wood that’s constructing your dream home. Before you sign on the dotted line, be sure to find out exactly what you’re getting into with a qualified home inspection that covers a variety of traditional and even unique pests that can wreak havoc on any property. A comprehensive home inspection can tell you all about the condition of your possible future home and let you know if there are any surprises before you close. What It Covers A home inspection typically covers the major systems of the home as well as the structure. The process can take anywhere from two to five hours, depending on the...
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Mosquito Protection

Learn How to Protect Yourself and Your Property As a pest that synonymous with warm weather, the mosquito is prevalent in the Sunshine State. While other parts of the country may only experience a relatively short mosquito season, Floridians are tasked with protecting themselves from this bothersome and dangerous pest most of the year. Our wet, warm weather is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and understanding the dangers and how to protect yourself from them is key to calling this state your home. It’s been said that mosquitoes are perhaps the most dangerous creature in the world. That’s because of their keen ability to carry disease and pass it on to humans through a bite. At least 50 percent of the world’s population is at risk of a mosquito-born illness at any time. These annoying creatures carry things like the Zika virus, malaria, dengue fever, and Yellow Fever through their contact...
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Everything You Need to Know About Carpenter Ants

What You Must Know No one likes realizing that they may have a pest problem. And some pests can go about thriving right under your nose without causing much ruckus. Such is the motto of carpenter ants. While large, you may not even notice carpenter ants at first. These critters range in size from a third of an inch to an inch long and are common in many parts of the world with forests. Carpenter ants are beneficial in the wild as they help with forest decomposition. These ants don’t eat wood but do carve through it creating galleries that offer access to their nests. They prefer moist wood, so areas like windowsills, decks, and roof eaves are particularly at risk of an infestation. Carpenter ants feed on dead insects and sugary liquids and tend to build their tunnels and nests near sources of food. Signs of Infestation As noted, it...
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Rainy Season Increases Pest Pressure

Don’t End Up With a Problem Most know Florida as the Sunshine State and while the sun certainly does shine here, Floridians know that the rainy season can take a toll on our usually sunny outlook. Florida’s rainy season doesn’t have a specific start and end date but usually picks up around the time the weather becomes more humid (yes, even more humid than normal) which causes an increase in storms and rain. The additional moisture in the atmosphere can produce showers and storms nearly every afternoon during this period. But what does that mean for you as a property owner? More pests! Certain types of pests thrive in warm, wet weather which increases pest pressure and means you have to be vigilant about your treatment plan. Pests Love Wet Weather Not all pests love warm, wet weather, but many of the most bothersome do. One pest that may not particularly...
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What is an Entomologist and Why Are They Important

When it comes to pest control, knowing the “enemy” is the most crucial part of the job. Having entomologists on staff means that your pest control company understands an infestation from the inside out. Impact Pest Elimination is proud to have two entomologists on staff, both of whom graduated from the University of Florida which boasts the number one entomology department in the world. Understanding how pests thrive and operate makes it easier to remedy any infestation issues that your property may be facing in the most effective and efficient manner. Not only can they determine how to resolve a problem, they understand how to do so in a manner that’s beneficial to the environment and your property. What is an Entomologist An entomologist is a scientist who focuses on the study of insects. These scientists are familiar with the classification, life cycle, distribution, physiology, behavior, ecology, and population tendencies of...
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Subterranean Termites

What They Are and Why They’re a Problem Termites: It’s one of the scariest words that most property owners can think of. Just the utterance of it can fill your head with images of crumbling buildings and massive financial losses. This fear isn’t certainly not unfounded. Termites can cause some serious damage to your home or property if the problem of infestation is not handled quickly and efficiently. While any termite infestation can cause havoc, an infestation of subterranean termites may be the worst. Of the three common species – dampwood, drywood, and subterranean – these little pests are the most destructive and the most common. What Are Subterranean Termites? Subterranean termites are about an eighth of an inch long and appear brown/black or creamy white in color, depending on which member of the colony you are identifying. They have six legs and can be found throughout the United States. They...
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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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