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What is Frass and How Can I Identify It?

TermitesOne reason why drywood termites are so destructive is that they generally leave few signs of their presence. When termites establish themselves in the woodwork of your home, they cover up the entry hole and do not re-emerge until the colony reaches a certain size and there is a swarm of young termites looking for a place to start a new colony. The nest provides the termites with everything that they need to survive except for space for the colony to grow. As the nest starts to fill up with the remnants of digested wood, the termites will clean the nest by pushing out the fecal matter, known as frass, through small holes in the wood. It is these small piles of frass appearing out of nowhere that often provide the first sign of a termite infestation. The Termite Digestive Process: Drywood termites get their nutrition from wood cellulose. The bacteria...
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Signs You Should Hire A Pest Professional

Impact pest controlIf you're constantly seeing a raccoon on your property, you wouldn't be wrong to assume that it's living with you. Some rodents and insects are a big threat because they can infest and damage your lovely property without drawing attention to themselves. Thankfully, in one way or another, all pests leave behind clues that expose their presence. Some clues, however, are rather ambiguous. That's why your limited knowledge won't suffice. To protect your family and your property from the adverse effects of an infestation, it may be in your best interest to hire a professional pest exterminator when you first notice the following signs. Unexplained Property Damage If you know that your well-behaved pet didn't create those gnaw marks on your window sills or furniture, the culprit might be termites. Termites crave cellulose, the substance inside wood and plants. Although these critters are small, there are hundreds of thousands of them...
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Florida Pests to Look Out for This Spring

termite cardThe heat turns up a notch as spring arrives in the Sunshine State, waking up winter pests and getting them ready for the humid seasons ahead. Florida is home to many different pest insects, including several species of rodents. As residences expand into the surrounding environment, people encounter more insects and rodents in their homes. If you want to get a head-start on overcoming infestations, Impact has a few pests for you to keep an eye on this spring. 3 Spring Pests in Florida Termites Termites are some of the most destructive pests in the world. They feed on cellulose within wood fibers, which makes most any wooden structure a food source. They not only consume the wood; they also build their colonies within it. Therefore, as they feed on a wooden structure, they're continuing to build and to expand their colony. Roaches American cockroaches thrive in Florida thanks to the...
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When to call a professional to handle bees & wasps

Bee on flowerEven though bees are crucial for the ecosystem around your home, having a nest or two on your property can be dangerous. Wasps are even more dangerous than that, yet they are also beneficial to the environment. Still, anyone who finds a nest of any kind of stinging insect should consult with a professional to determine what to do. In some cases, nests of stinging insects can be relocated. In others, this is not possible. It is never a good idea either to decide if a nest can be moved or to try to move it yourself without the aid of a professional. These insects can exude a series of odors that are undetectable to human beings. These odors are called pheromones. Think of them as a secret code that transmits messages undetectable to us. One of these pheromones can cause an entire nest to attack what can be perceived as...
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A Few Surprising Facts About Ants

ants pl1In most parts of the world, ants are more of an annoyance than a pest. Across the globe, there are more than 10,000 different ant species. Ants are clever creatures and durable. They are also fascinating. Here are a few surprising facts about ants. Ants are Incredibly Strong Ants are stronger than you might think. The bugs are able to carry much more than their own body weight. In fact, they have the strength to carry from 10 to 50 times their weight. The amount that they can carry is based on the species. For instance, if you run into an Asian weaver ant, it can lift about 100 times its own body mass. The small size of an ant is why the bugs are able to carry so much more than their body weight. They can also generate more force due to their muscles featuring a greater cross-section area compared...
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