IPM Pest Control Blog

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

4 Common Pest Control Scams and How to Avoid Falling for Them

It’s almost guaranteed that at some point in your life, you’ll need to hire a pest control service to help you exterminate your unwanted home guests. In Florida, this is especially common. the Sunshine State is home to lots of critters and creepy crawlers that want to bunk with you whether you want them to or not. While you’re probably desperate to get the vermin out of your home or off of your property, some exterminators will give you the … READ MORE

Avoid Nutritional Deficiencies in your Palms

As the summer of 2016 comes to its end, it is surprising to see so many palms in our area showing symptoms of nutritional deficiencies.  Numerous Coconut, Canary Island Date and Roebelenniis are exhibiting potassium, magnesium and manganese deficiencies respectively.  Deficiencies such as these are usually caused by insufficient nutrients in the soil due to the leaching of the fertilizer by rainfall.  However, they can also be caused by applying the wrong type of fertilizer to the palm.  The use … READ MORE

6 Common Pests in Florida

In Florida, we’re used to seeing all sorts of creatures. Whether or not we consider them to be pests depends on how impactful they are on our daily lives. Many of the following animals and insects help our environment, but in many cases, they can be nuisances. If you have any of these pests in your home, you’re certainly not the only one in the state. Here are some of the most common pests in Florida: Fire Ants An invasive … READ MORE

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