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Impact Pest Elimination, a Florida corporation, was established to provide a valuable service protecting the health and property of Florida residents.

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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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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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