IPM Pest Control Blog

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

How to Identify the 3 Most Common Household Rodents in South Florida

There are a number of household rodent control methods that people use to repel unwanted critters from their homes. Peppermint oil, mothballs, and loud noises are some of the most common remedies, but in reality, the only way to deal with these pests are by calling a general household pest control service. In South Florida, there are three common species that invade homes. While they can be hard to distinguish from a quick glance, identifying them beforehand can help your … READ MORE

Keep your Adonidia Palms Safe from Roof Rats.

One of the most popular palms we have in our landscapes is the Adonidia.  Also called the Christmas Palm due to its showing display of red fruit during the holiday season, it is a small palm with a neat and formal appearance.  Although a single stemmed palm, many nurseries grow three in a single container and sell them as multiple stem species. During the spring of the year many of us have awakened to find a previous healthy palm with … READ MORE

Top Pest Control Safety Tips For Your Home

No matter how tidy your home is, chances are that you will have to deal with household pests at some point. Although most are isolated incidents, rodents and insect infestations can potentially cause serious damage to your home. And if you believe that’s a concern only for those who own older homes, think again. An estimated 15% of all new homes have serious structural damages and defects, which may include damage from termites and other pests. Not only can these … READ MORE

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