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By Elizabeth Burton 02 Aug, 2017
Millions of homeowners suffer through the annoyance of dealing with pests inside their homes. If you have noticed an increase of pests in your home, or are just looking for prevention measures, IPM can help. Let IPM Pest & Termite of Lexington, Kentucky, show you a few ways to help make your home inhospitable to pests.

Maintain Plants and Mulch

Make sure your shrubs, tree branches, and other plants are trimmed so that they do not make contact with your home. Plants that touch your home create a bridge for small pests to use that give them easy access to your home. The type of mulch that you use will also have an effect on the level of pest control in your home. Mulch, pine straw, and wood chips that are right against your home could leave to greater pest issues than with other materials.

Seal Openings

Ensure that your home is pest free by making sure that the possible openings into your home are secure. Doors, windows, sidings, roofing, and utility lines are all areas that will need to be checked. Even the tiniest opening can lead to a major pest problem. If you discover any openings make sure these spots are sealed correctly. If pest prevention is your goal, expanding caulk will not be your best choice for repair. Choose fillers like steel wool, mortar, or copper mesh to make it more difficult for pests to chew through.

Lighting Choices

Flying insects are attracted to light. If you have noticed a recent increase in the number of insects surrounding your outdoor lights, changing your lightbulbs is a great decision and bug deterrent. Most outdoor lightbulbs are mercury vapor lights. These lights let off white light that bugs are attracted to. Switch out these lightbulbs with sodium vapor or halogen options, which cast a pink or yellow tint and don’t attract as many insects. If you are installing new lighting in the front of your home, consider keeping light fixtures way from your doors and windows. Install lighting farther away from the house and have it pointing towards the doors and windows to avoid bugs.

Debris Upkeep

The cleaner the inside and outside of your home is, the less chance for bugs to find things to hide and live in. Keep your yard, patio, stoop, and garage free of standing water, garbage, and stored foods. These items will attract bugs and lead to pest problems for your home.

Pest Control

If these tips don’t help with your pest problem in your home, calling in a professional will completely get rid of the problem. Regular bug inspection and preventative treatments will decrease the risk of pests entering your home or get rid of the problem quicker. At IPM Pest & Termite, serving Lexington, Kentucky and the surrounding areas, we specialize in ridding your home of a wide range of pest problems. As a member of Angie’s List with an A+ BBB rating, we can guarantee that our services will meet all of your standards. If you are ready to tackle your home’s pest problem, contact IPM Pest & Termite today!
By Elizabeth Burton 02 Aug, 2017
Kentucky is known for many great things: horse racing, basketball, and bourbon to name a few. Unfortunately, along with the great things that the state holds, homeowners should also be aware of the pests that may cause issues while living in this area. At IPM Pest & Termite of Lexington, Kentucky, we want to help you be prepared for pests by letting you know exactly what you need to know about pests that are native to Kentucky.

Flying Insects

Kentucky is full of flying insects that can cause major pest problems in and around your home. Because of Kentucky’s humid weather and plentiful rainfall, many types of mosquitos are common in the state. These conditions are also ideal for many other types of insects. Many different varieties of bees, wasps, flies, and moths are also common throughout the fall, spring, and summer months.

Roaches and Beetles

Roaches and beetles are common throughout the state. With a wide variety of different non-flying pests in the area, it can sometimes be hard to determine which specific type you may see. The American cockroach, carpet beetle, termites, fleas, and ants are the most concerning for homeowners.

Spiders

There are a surprisingly large number of spider varieties in Kentucky. While the most dangerous spiders, the black widow and brown recluse, are less common to see in your home than a wolf spider or brown house spider, precaution is still necessary. There are also a number of different outdoor spiders that may make your home and garden appear unsightly.

Bed Bugs

Unfortunately, Kentucky has one of the worst bed bug issues in the country. Bed bugs are small insects that infest homes quickly and discreetly. By the time bed bugs are noticed the infestation is usually out of hand and unable to be taken care of on your own. These tiny, brown, seed-shaped bugs like to hide in tight crevices, like mattresses and furniture, and feed on blood during the night. Keep an eye out for these annoying pests whenever you travel, by checking mattresses and furniture in hotel rooms, because they are hard to get rid of if they are carried back into your home.

Rodents

Common rodents in Kentucky include rats, mice, moles, squirrels, and raccoons. All of these rodents can cause real problems in a house or yard if there is ever an infestation. Rats and mice can sneak through even the smallest holes in your foundation, live in your walls, or take over a garage or basement. Moles will cause unsightly and damaging tracks in your yard. While squirrels and raccoons, if you are not taking precautions and ensuring that your house is secure, can take up residence in your attic or walls.

Because there is such a wide array of pests native to Kentucky, it is important to have all of your bases covered. At IPM Pest & Termite, serving Lexington, Kentucky and all of the surrounding areas, we can help you with any current home pest problems or help you ensure that pest problems won’t occur. As a member of Angie’s List with an A+ BBB rating, we can guarantee that our services will meet all of your standards. If you are ready to tackle your home’s pest problem, contact IPM Pest & Termite today!
By Elizabeth Burton 30 Jun, 2017
When it comes to pest control, I’m sure you are looking for the company that will solve your problem the fastest. However, there are many important facts to consider when choosing a pest control service that you might not know about. Some of these factors include environmental impact, price, location, and the quality of the service. When looking for the best and most reliable pest control service, look for a company that is QualityPro certified like IPM Pest & Termite Control.

What does it mean to be QualityPro certified you may ask? Great question! QualityPro is a third party certification managed by the Foundation for Professional Pest Management. The Foundation for Professional Pest Management is an organization with the goal of creating high and professional business standards and practices, and has done so since 2004. The certification itself is awarded by the National Pest Management Association to those companies which have been deemed as going above their call of duty in terms of state licensing. Only 500 pest control companies in the United States are able to claim this honor, which is less than 3% of all businesses in the field. It is considered the highest recognition of service and excellence in the pest control industry.

Now that you know what the award is, you are probably wondering what the qualifications are to be awarded this certification. The two most important standards maintained by companies who are granted this honor are their commitment to environmental services and professional industry practices. The four specific categories of testing include business operations, environmental stewardship, consumer relations, and sales. A company must apply to become QualityPro certified and they will be examined based upon their implementation of these four criteria.

Now you may be wondering what any of this means for you specifically as a potential client. The mark of a company being QualityPro certified is one that you should consistently look for when choosing a pest control company. It ensures that the service will go above and beyond typical expectations of professionalism in the industry. This award is intended to differentiate the higher quality companies from the others, making it easier for customers to choose the company that is right for them.

At IPM Pest & Termite, we have become a QualityPro certified pest control company to contribute to the high standards of excellence in our field. Based upon the criteria, we guarantee a service that is smart both economically and environmentally, along with being effective as well. We offer a multitude of services that will fit the needs of a wide variety of customers. If you are looking for the best pest control company in you, look no further than here at IPM Pest & Termite. We are located in Lexington, KY and serve the surrounding area, so give us a call today!
By Elizabeth Burton 29 Jun, 2017
With the official start of summer comes endless days spent frolicking in the grass and bathing in the sun. There is a certain carelessness that comes with roaming around outdoors during the summer months, but it is important to stay aware of your surroundings. Most people fear those pesky bites from mosquitos, but what about the others in the phylum arthropoda? It is almost inevitable to encounter some sort of bug during outdoor adventures, so you need to educate yourself on whether that bug is a friend or foe.

The brown recluse is the most feared insect when it comes to spending your summer outdoors. However, this specific spider has a twin that is frequently mistaken as its poisonous counterpart. Therefore, it is crucial that you are familiar with both insects in order to determine how cautious you should be.

The brown recluse is a recluse spider that is one of only two spiders in North America with medically significant venom, meaning that if you get bitten then you should immediately seek medical attention. They are usually colored a dull tan but can vary to a deep brown, with the younger spiders being lighter in color. A brown recluse is roughly the size of a quarter.

The most prominent identifier of a brown recluse is the distinct mark on the back of their thorax. It is a deeper mark, usually black, and is shaped like a violin with the handle pointing towards their abdomen. However, there are other spiders who may have similar markings. Therefore, you need to examine the eyes of the specimen to determine if it is a brown recluse. A brown recluse is one of the few spiders that will have three pairs of eyes and the only spider that has 6 eyes and the distinct violin-shaped mark.

Their brownish hue and outdoor habitat are what cause many people to misidentify a grass spider for a brown recluse. Agelenopsis , or a grass spider, is significantly larger than a brown recluse but has a similar coloring. However, this spider has a set of eight eyes and is a funnel web spinner. Although their bite may cause damage to possible prey, they are not a concern for humans. Based upon their name, they are most often found amongst the side of buildings spinning webs in corners and hiding amongst the grasses. A brown recluse will nestle into a similar habitat and try to find areas with less activity.

It is of course possible that either of these spiders can find their way into your home, garage, or other closed locations, as they will be more drawn to dark corners and more hidden areas. There are two measures that you can take to ensure that you have a fun, spider free summer. The first is to educate yourself on the difference between these two specimens to prevent any bites. The second is to call us as IPM Pest & Termite Control for the most environmentally sound and effective treatment to remove such pests. We are located in Lexington, KY and serve the surrounding area.


By Matt Schaffer 07 Apr, 2017

Ants are the most common pest problem in American households. With over 20,000 species of ants all over the world, it is not surprising that this is the case. If you suspect an ant problem in your home, IPM Pest & Termite of Lexington, Kentucky, is here to give you the information you need to help you understand these pests and learn how to properly eradicate the problem.

By Matt Schaffer 07 Apr, 2017

Debatably one of the biggest nuisances of the summer months, a mosquito’s buzzing and biting is known by everyone. While these pests may seem harmless, aside from the itching, many people are unaware of the potential for spreading disease that mosquitos have. Let IPM Pest & Termite of Lexington, Kentucky, teach you about the mosquito’s habits and life, and to help you better avoid and treat an infestation.

By Matt Schaffer 06 Mar, 2017

Moles vs. voles: which do you have? These two rodent-like, four-legged vermin are often confused for each other. Although their names sound similar, and both make a mess of your yard and garden, that is where their similarities end. Knowing which pest you have is key to eradicating them from your yard because mole control and vole control are different processes. Whichever you have, IPM Pest and Termite are your pest experts in Lexington, Kentucky, and are here to help!

By Matt Schaffer 06 Mar, 2017

If you hear scurrying in the night, have seen rodent droppings in your home, or suspect an infestation of any kind, it is time to act. At IPM Pest and Termite, your best choice for mouse and rat control in Lexington, Kentucky, we want you to know the differences between these two pests so you can better decide how to handle your infestation problem.

By Matt Schaffer 06 Feb, 2017

IPM Pest and Termite  in Lexington, KY is a family owned firm with over 20 years of pest control experience. They truly value you as a customer and ensure that their treatment programs are entomology sound and conscientious of the needs of people, pets, property and the environment.   Call today for a no-cost estimate and let IPM Pest and Termite uninvite your “houseguests”.

By Matt Schaffer 06 Feb, 2017

At  IPM Pest and Termite  in Lexington, KY we offer professional and certified pest control with 20 years of experience. We are experienced in entomology and are committed to innovative pest control.  We will always be conscientious of the safety of your family, pets, home or business as well as the environment while taking care of pest management for you. Our specialties include treating for stink bugs, bed bugs, termites, ants, centipedes, spiders, and many more. Call today and IPM Pest and Termite will inspect the area in need of pest control and make recommendations and offer specifically adapted treatments for your needs.

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By Elizabeth Burton 02 Aug, 2017
Millions of homeowners suffer through the annoyance of dealing with pests inside their homes. If you have noticed an increase of pests in your home, or are just looking for prevention measures, IPM can help. Let IPM Pest & Termite of Lexington, Kentucky, show you a few ways to help make your home inhospitable to pests.

Maintain Plants and Mulch

Make sure your shrubs, tree branches, and other plants are trimmed so that they do not make contact with your home. Plants that touch your home create a bridge for small pests to use that give them easy access to your home. The type of mulch that you use will also have an effect on the level of pest control in your home. Mulch, pine straw, and wood chips that are right against your home could leave to greater pest issues than with other materials.

Seal Openings

Ensure that your home is pest free by making sure that the possible openings into your home are secure. Doors, windows, sidings, roofing, and utility lines are all areas that will need to be checked. Even the tiniest opening can lead to a major pest problem. If you discover any openings make sure these spots are sealed correctly. If pest prevention is your goal, expanding caulk will not be your best choice for repair. Choose fillers like steel wool, mortar, or copper mesh to make it more difficult for pests to chew through.

Lighting Choices

Flying insects are attracted to light. If you have noticed a recent increase in the number of insects surrounding your outdoor lights, changing your lightbulbs is a great decision and bug deterrent. Most outdoor lightbulbs are mercury vapor lights. These lights let off white light that bugs are attracted to. Switch out these lightbulbs with sodium vapor or halogen options, which cast a pink or yellow tint and don’t attract as many insects. If you are installing new lighting in the front of your home, consider keeping light fixtures way from your doors and windows. Install lighting farther away from the house and have it pointing towards the doors and windows to avoid bugs.

Debris Upkeep

The cleaner the inside and outside of your home is, the less chance for bugs to find things to hide and live in. Keep your yard, patio, stoop, and garage free of standing water, garbage, and stored foods. These items will attract bugs and lead to pest problems for your home.

Pest Control

If these tips don’t help with your pest problem in your home, calling in a professional will completely get rid of the problem. Regular bug inspection and preventative treatments will decrease the risk of pests entering your home or get rid of the problem quicker. At IPM Pest & Termite, serving Lexington, Kentucky and the surrounding areas, we specialize in ridding your home of a wide range of pest problems. As a member of Angie’s List with an A+ BBB rating, we can guarantee that our services will meet all of your standards. If you are ready to tackle your home’s pest problem, contact IPM Pest & Termite today!
By Elizabeth Burton 02 Aug, 2017
Kentucky is known for many great things: horse racing, basketball, and bourbon to name a few. Unfortunately, along with the great things that the state holds, homeowners should also be aware of the pests that may cause issues while living in this area. At IPM Pest & Termite of Lexington, Kentucky, we want to help you be prepared for pests by letting you know exactly what you need to know about pests that are native to Kentucky.

Flying Insects

Kentucky is full of flying insects that can cause major pest problems in and around your home. Because of Kentucky’s humid weather and plentiful rainfall, many types of mosquitos are common in the state. These conditions are also ideal for many other types of insects. Many different varieties of bees, wasps, flies, and moths are also common throughout the fall, spring, and summer months.

Roaches and Beetles

Roaches and beetles are common throughout the state. With a wide variety of different non-flying pests in the area, it can sometimes be hard to determine which specific type you may see. The American cockroach, carpet beetle, termites, fleas, and ants are the most concerning for homeowners.

Spiders

There are a surprisingly large number of spider varieties in Kentucky. While the most dangerous spiders, the black widow and brown recluse, are less common to see in your home than a wolf spider or brown house spider, precaution is still necessary. There are also a number of different outdoor spiders that may make your home and garden appear unsightly.

Bed Bugs

Unfortunately, Kentucky has one of the worst bed bug issues in the country. Bed bugs are small insects that infest homes quickly and discreetly. By the time bed bugs are noticed the infestation is usually out of hand and unable to be taken care of on your own. These tiny, brown, seed-shaped bugs like to hide in tight crevices, like mattresses and furniture, and feed on blood during the night. Keep an eye out for these annoying pests whenever you travel, by checking mattresses and furniture in hotel rooms, because they are hard to get rid of if they are carried back into your home.

Rodents

Common rodents in Kentucky include rats, mice, moles, squirrels, and raccoons. All of these rodents can cause real problems in a house or yard if there is ever an infestation. Rats and mice can sneak through even the smallest holes in your foundation, live in your walls, or take over a garage or basement. Moles will cause unsightly and damaging tracks in your yard. While squirrels and raccoons, if you are not taking precautions and ensuring that your house is secure, can take up residence in your attic or walls.

Because there is such a wide array of pests native to Kentucky, it is important to have all of your bases covered. At IPM Pest & Termite, serving Lexington, Kentucky and all of the surrounding areas, we can help you with any current home pest problems or help you ensure that pest problems won’t occur. As a member of Angie’s List with an A+ BBB rating, we can guarantee that our services will meet all of your standards. If you are ready to tackle your home’s pest problem, contact IPM Pest & Termite today!
By Elizabeth Burton 30 Jun, 2017
When it comes to pest control, I’m sure you are looking for the company that will solve your problem the fastest. However, there are many important facts to consider when choosing a pest control service that you might not know about. Some of these factors include environmental impact, price, location, and the quality of the service. When looking for the best and most reliable pest control service, look for a company that is QualityPro certified like IPM Pest & Termite Control.

What does it mean to be QualityPro certified you may ask? Great question! QualityPro is a third party certification managed by the Foundation for Professional Pest Management. The Foundation for Professional Pest Management is an organization with the goal of creating high and professional business standards and practices, and has done so since 2004. The certification itself is awarded by the National Pest Management Association to those companies which have been deemed as going above their call of duty in terms of state licensing. Only 500 pest control companies in the United States are able to claim this honor, which is less than 3% of all businesses in the field. It is considered the highest recognition of service and excellence in the pest control industry.

Now that you know what the award is, you are probably wondering what the qualifications are to be awarded this certification. The two most important standards maintained by companies who are granted this honor are their commitment to environmental services and professional industry practices. The four specific categories of testing include business operations, environmental stewardship, consumer relations, and sales. A company must apply to become QualityPro certified and they will be examined based upon their implementation of these four criteria.

Now you may be wondering what any of this means for you specifically as a potential client. The mark of a company being QualityPro certified is one that you should consistently look for when choosing a pest control company. It ensures that the service will go above and beyond typical expectations of professionalism in the industry. This award is intended to differentiate the higher quality companies from the others, making it easier for customers to choose the company that is right for them.

At IPM Pest & Termite, we have become a QualityPro certified pest control company to contribute to the high standards of excellence in our field. Based upon the criteria, we guarantee a service that is smart both economically and environmentally, along with being effective as well. We offer a multitude of services that will fit the needs of a wide variety of customers. If you are looking for the best pest control company in you, look no further than here at IPM Pest & Termite. We are located in Lexington, KY and serve the surrounding area, so give us a call today!
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