IPM Pest Control Blog

Are Termites Active in the Winter?

In Florida’s warm climate, termites can appear year round. While termites typically burrow underground during the colder months of the year, Florida is warm enough to keep termites happy in residential homes. And since a queen termite can lay up to 40,000 eggs in a single day, termite infestation control is extremely important — especially in warm climates where they are most active. Even so, spring and summer are when most insects, including termites, are most active. But if you … READ MORE

Prevent Pest Infestation In Your Home With These 3 Tips

When it comes to pests, humans are extremely outnumbered. Scientists estimate that for every one human being, there are at least 1.5 million ants on the planet — and that’s only for ants. When ants, termites, bed bugs, or any other kind of pest get inside of your home and start spreading, any homeowner will start panicking. Not to worry, though. There are a number of ways to oust your unwanted guests, including hiring a house call pest control company. … READ MORE

Mosquito Control for Associations

Florida is home to the mosquitoes that transmit yellow fever, malaria, chikungunya, dengue and various encephalitis viruses. Over the years, the state has made great progress in reducing the population of these mosquitoes thereby preventing epidemics of these diseases from occurring. In the early 1900’s hundreds of miles of ditches were dug to drain swamps and pesticide spray programs were initiated. Today, both a research facility and sixty one (61) Mosquito Control Districts exist that utilize water management, surveillance, collection … READ MORE

When Trees Get Trumped

Many Associations choose Canary Island Date Palms to line their entranceways as no other palm provides a more majestic, formal, tropical appearance to a landscape. Although subject to all the major diseases and insect problems in our area, they are generally considered a low maintenance palm. Recent failures however have led to the discussion as to whether or not the costs of these palms are worth the investment. The following items concerning the care of these palms should be adhered … READ MORE

IPM Exterminators

Southern Florida is basically heaven on earth to a wide variety of pests. Our climate is hot, humid, and wet, we have many bodies of standing water, and the winters here are extremely mild. If you own property anywhere in Boca Raton, then it’s inevitable that nuisance pests like fire ants, bees, termites, flies, rodents, and bed bugs will try to invade your property. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Florida is also home to a growing number of invasive … READ MORE

Canary Island Date Palms

Many Associations choose Canary Island Date Palms to line their entranceways as no other palm provides a more majestic, formal, tropical appearance to a landscape. Although subject to all the major diseases and insect problems in our area, they are generally considered a low maintenance palm. Recent failures however have led to the discussion as to whether or not the costs of these palms are worth the investment. The following items concerning the care of these palms should be adhered … READ MORE

Rodent Problems

Just about anyone can find themselves with a rodent problem in their home.  Infestations frequently occur by way of the vent pipes which connect the sewer to the roof.  Rats can travel through these pipes and emerge onto the roof top.   Once there they explore the surroundings area for food and ways to access your home.  They can enter through openings as small as one half inch.  It is much easier to control rodents on the outside of your … READ MORE

Conehead Termites Reinvade South Florida

Up until now, the main termites eating the wood in our homes were subterranean and drywood species.  Subterranean, the more destructive of the two, live in the soil.  Daily, they travel back and forth from their nest to the wood in homes. Drywoods do not live in the soil.  They nest within the wood they eat which is usually doors, frames and furniture.  Both types are rarely seen until they leave their nests to swarm. Another group, the arboreal termites, … READ MORE

Our Changing Landscape

Ben Franklin wrote “In this world nothing is said to be certain except death & taxes”.  In regards to plant life, although the proverb applies only to the former, it appears to do so in South Florida with extreme prejudice. In the 1970’s “Jamaica Tall” coconuts lined many of our streets and schefflera trees could be found in just about everyone’s yard.  By the 1980’s most of the Jamaica Talls were gone having succumbed to lethal yellowing disease and the … READ MORE

7 Easy Tricks to Rid Your Home of Termites

Termites are some of the most common home pests nationwide. There are some species — like subterranean termites — that affect just about every area of the continent United States. But drywood termites are much more active in southern states, like Florida. Approximately 20% of homeowners find termites to be their main concern, and for good reason. Termites can be extremely destructive. If you have noticed hollow-sounding wood in your home, cracked or distorted paint, mud-like smears or tubes on … READ MORE

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