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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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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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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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