IPM Pest Control Blog


Lawn & Ornamental Pest Control, although important, represents only a single component of what is required to have a beautiful yard. Choosing the right plant for the right location and knowing how to fertilize, prune and irrigate such material is also required to produce such a landscape. Many homeowners employ small sized companies to maintain their yards. Although they may do a very good job of mowing and weeding, few are schooled or licensed as arborists, irrigation contractors or turfgrass … READ MORE

Hiring a Pest Control Service

There are numerous companies offering pest control services in our area. So how do customers know how to select the best one for their needs? And as President of one of these companies how do I distinguish us from the rest of the pack? We all drive the same vehicles, use the same equipment, and purchase the same chemicals. The larger firms advertise on TV, while most of us have websites, advertise in the yellow pages and do direct mailings. … READ MORE


Although no longer headline news, Bed Bugs continue to increase worldwide. Infestations have been reported in every major city in the United States and the problem is spreading into our suburbs. They are most frequently found in highly populated areas and are associated with poverty, not because of hygiene, but because this segment of society does not have the funds to address the problem. People who travel internationally and are exposed to public areas such as hotels, and mass transportation … READ MORE

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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

Are bed bugs here to stay?

Ten years ago few homeowners worried about bedbugs believing them to be a pest from the past. The recent resurgence of these biting insects may be attributed to an increase in international travel, the elimination of highly effective pesticides from the market, the insects’ resistance to newer pesticides and the environmentally friendly way pest control companies now apply chemicals. Controlling bedbugs is difficult. They multiple quickly and often go unnoticed until they begin to bite. They hide in items such … READ MORE

Cold Damage Recovery

The recent winter temperatures were low enough to cause cold injury to our annual flowers and coconut and royal palms. The following information will help produce a more favorable environment for these damaged plants and help aid in their rapid recovery. Flowers: Flowers damaged by the cold weather should be sheared to a point below which the damage occurred. After shearing, irrigation is essential to prevent excessive water stress and leaf desiccation. Your irrigation clock should be turned on and … READ MORE

Planting Tip:Plumbagos

Plumbagos are evergreen shrubs known for their prolific light blue flowers. Althouth they are becoming one of the most widely used flowering shrubs in Palm Beach County, they are high maintenance and short lived (3-5 years). Plumbagos do not like our hot, rainy weather and typically have yellowing leaves, loss of flowers and a weedy look toward the end of summer. They also decline from being over watered and are subject to attack by insects and diseases. Their interior canopy … READ MORE

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