Japanese Beetles: Off Season

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Stop Japanese Beetles and Grubs from tearing up your lawn and plants.

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Japanese Beetle destroying a plant leaf

In winter time most homeowners are not thinking about their lawn, but maybe we should.  Staying on top of pest and disease will be important when our grass starts to come out of hibernation.  Most lawn pest are better to be treated as preventative and not after you realize you have a huge problem, and half your lawn is gone.  They are beautiful in color an dabout ⅜ to a ¼ inch wide.  Usually metallic in color.

 

With Japanese Beetles the larva are best treated before the beetles start laying eggs in the grass.  If you live in a warmer climates such as the south then this is usually middle of May and the cooler climates it would be June to July.  

 

Products that contain Imidacloprid are really good choices for japanese beetle control.  Adonis is a good generic product.  How it works: Equil Adonis contains imidacloprid, the same active ingredient in Merit® Insecticide. When above or below ground chewing and sucking insects come in contact with Equil Adonis, they stop feeding and die. Imidacloprid is the most widely used insecticide in the world for turf and ornamental insect control.

Turf Protection: Equil Adonis moves laterally in the soil and provides excellent control of white grubs in turf with very low use rates.

Ornamental Tree and Shrub Protection: Equil Adonis can be applied to the soil and is taken up by the root system, then readily translocates throughout the entire tree or shrub to the areas where insects feed. Foliar applications of Equil Adonis can also be made to reduce insect populations. When the target pest insect begins to feed on a tree or shrub treated with Equil Adonis, it will stop feeding, and die.

Here is the list of Turf Pests (larvae) that it will control: Annual bluegrass weevil, Asiatic garden beetle, billbug, black turfgrass ataenius, European chafer, European crane fly, green June beetle, Japanese beetle, oriental beetle, Southern masked chafer, chinchbug (suppression), and mole crickets.

Ornamental Tree and Shrub Insects Controlled: Adelgids, aphids, armored scales (suppression), black vine weevil larvae, eucalyptus longhorned borer, flatheaded borer, Japanese beetles, lace bugs, leaf beetles, leafhoppers, leafminers, mealybugs, pecan leaf phylloxera, pecan spittlebug, pecan stem phylloxera, pine tip moth larvae, psyllids, royal palm bugs, San Jose scale, sawfy larvae, soft scales, thrips (suppression), white grub larvae and whiteflies.

Japanese beetles will lay their eggs and then turn into grubs in your lawn, but the adult can cause issues, on your trees and roses.  

You may also find yourself in a bigger pickle because the grubs tend to attract other furry animals as their food source, such as skunks, armadillos and crows.  Recently laid 4 pallets of sod out and had a horrible time keeping armadillo’s from tearing up the grass, because of the grubs that were transported with the soil and grass.

You can also spray your plants with a good permethrin based product to kill the adults and you can also if there are limited amounts pick them off and toss them in your neighbor’s yard (just joking), kill them.

There are Neem Oil products that work well, and can be applied during their feeding period.  Neem oil does work for other pest also, such as sawflies, aphids and scale.

 

This is a good illustration on the stages of the Japanese Beetle.

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Stop Mouse Insanity: Mouse Control for the Winter

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Stop Mouse Insanity

We all know that as the temperatures start to drop, things start thinking living inside with us looks like a great adventure. That of course include the house mouse.
Being lucky enough to have a mouse adventure does not mean you are dirty or a hoarder, just means you have a means for them to enter and a reason to stay.

I can tell you my own personal mouse adventure:

We office out of a large warehouse that is surrounded by woods, I often am the first person to arrive and after a long drive and unlocking of gates and doors, I usually make an insane women dash to the restroom. What I found as I was about to sit down on the toilet sit was the stressed out mouse swimming frantically in the toilet. This definitely caused some anxiety in this ritual for me.
Now rest assured I know that they would not in any way harm me, not likely to do anything but run across my shoes in the dark. But that does not mean I want to share my space with them.
Needless to say, the mouse in the bathroom was allowed to be set free back into the woods. The next mouse I made it my person mission to set a hell storm of traps and glue traps. In some way it may have teetered on insanity the amount of boobie traps I laid out for the mouse. But I meant business, as I should since I am in the business.

Couple of facts about the house mouse:
• Mice are small, then can easily squeeze their bodies into a very tiny opening the size of a dime.
• Mice tend to be nocturnal
• Often hide in inaccessible areas,
• Can spread and grow very quickly in homes and commercial facilities
• They are very effective reproduces and if one mouse is left out, then the population can easily rebound.

The cool air of fall and approaching winter can bring in unwanted pests, like mice, who are searching for a warm haven from the harsh weather. Before mice can make their way into your home, mouse proof your residence so that the only guests you have for the holidays are the two legged kind. In this article we review prevention techniques and treatment options if mice have already invaded.

The Good thing about the house mouse they are smaller than a rat, but not necessarily any less stressful. Still takes the same appropriate steps to locate, traps and remove from your home or commercial buildings.
You should be paying attention to where you are hearing the activity, noise and or seeing gnawing and droppings.

 

 

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Exclusion products for Mice and Rats

 

Exclusion Products: Making your house rodent proof is the process of denying mice entry into a building or home by improving the building integrity. This can be difficult with mice since they can enter in a space small as a pinky finger. Mouse exclusion is the best long term and cost effective method of rodent control, taking the time to do it right and thoroughly can save you lots of frustration down the line. One of the best mouse exclusion products is copper mesh. Copper mesh should be used when trying to prevent entry into a hole and opening. Rodents do not have the ability to chew or gnaw through the copper mesh fibers.

Check for the openings on the perimeter that may have been allowing them to enter, the home, we need to block those up and make sure that as many openings are taken care of before the weather starts to cool down.
Some may call them cute and maybe they are in they live in a cage or in a cartoon, but when they are chewing through all your pantry items or eat your wires, feces and urine. YIKES!
Mice are smarter than most people think, but they have a flaw, they are curious and when it comes to curiosity, the saying is “Curiosity killed the cat”, but it really will be in our case “Curiosity killed the Mouse”.
One of the best way to get control the mice is to use mouse bait stations and mouse bait.

Lastly, mice like to eat often, but just a little. They like dark and protected areas, and may prefer these sites within their feeding territory. If you have located one of their favored feeding areas, utilize this area for a concentration of baiting. But also, use your baiting and traps and numerous areas throughout their territory. This will help you bait as many mice as possible, in a shorter amount of time.

We refer to mouse bait as something that lures them into the station to ingest the rodenticide or poison. You can purchase 2 different types of rodenticide, anti-coagulant and non-anticoagulant. Anticoagulants take longer to kill rodents.EZ-Klean_rodent_bait_station
The bait stations are used along with the mouse bait to keep you pets and children safe, also will help keep it out of the weather. The bait stations also do not allow the mouse bait to be taken, and wasted by the little mouse.

“Did you know that mice are very territorial and do not like to stray over than 30 feet from their nesting site?”
They prefer to utilize dark, protected areas, and have preference for corners.

You can use this mouse fact to help you in your DIY Pest Control regime by looking for rub marks along base boards. It is possible to leave a trail of talc along the suspected runway and check back in the morning for signs of foot prints. If you locate the rodent runway, place baits, glue traps and snap traps along these paths. The suggested distance for the traps is ten feet, or closer for heavier infestations.

Read more winter control on pestworld columnists.

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Keep Calm and Carry On with Spider Control

Keep Calm and Carry On with Spider Control

 

Almost everyone, even if they don’t fear spiders, fear getting a spider bite and then it turning into something you see in a horrible medical documentary.

We’ve probably all seen the gross and dangerous effects of a spider bite when left untreated, these can span from just a large whelp to even going as far as rotting flesh due to the toxins inside the spiders fangs.

Most people will freak out when they see small sores on their legs, arms etc.

The best thing to do is calm down and do some investigating before you say it’s a spider or any other insect bite.   If you suspect an insect bite then we need to try and locate the insect or spider and then act accordingly.

Start by looking over the bite and possibly marking it to make sure it does not get any larger. A spider bite will be warm, almost hot, to the touch and will grow as the infection spreads.

Also, search the rooms you spend your time in. Look for cob webs, insect carcasses and any other evidence that may show an insect is living with you.

If you find no traces of these and the area gets smaller you may just have had a normal reaction to something not a spider bite. If you find these traces and maybe the spider itself then take it to the doctor so they can get you on antibiotics right away.

Worry about your health before anything.

Glue boards work great for monitoring if you have large amounts of insects that may be an issue in your home or sometime a weekend home.

Spraying the perimeter with a insecticide on the exterior to keep the insects from surviving if they decide to make their way inside and this will work for all insects, and spiders.  Keeping the spider’s food source down, “insects” will help keep the 8 legged ones away.

Remember we are here to help and answer any questions you may have give us a call or shoot us an email.  1-888-523-7378 info@epestsolutions.com

Mosquito Control in Your Backyard

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Mosquito Control in Backyard

 

Backyard mosquito sources should be taken seriously. They hugely contribute to the amount of mosquitoes flying around in your yard, and all it takes is a little bit of water to create a mosquito breeding ground. Common backyard mosquito breeding sources include plugged roof gutter, unmaintained pools and spas, uncovered boats, flooded basements, ornamental ponds, bird baths, plant pots and kiddy pools. Adult female mosquitoes will find these water sources and lay hundreds to thousands of eggs. From eggs to mosquito larvae to biting adult mosquitoes, it just takes a few days to have a lot of mosquitoes in your backyard. Along with removing sources of standing water, turn to ePestSolutions for additional products and tools to get rid of those annoying backyard mosquitoes.

If you’re having trouble with areas with standing water in your backyard, try our Bactimos Briquets. These are floating sustained-release larvicide for long-term control of mosquitoes. Break them into portions and place in roof gutters, rain barrels, bird baths, flower pots or any other location near the home where water collects and remains for a period of time.

From mosquito misting systems and foggers to insecticides and additional accessories like risers and nozzles, ePestSolutions has everything you need to conquer and eliminate mosquitoes. Customers can feel confident knowing that ePestSolutions only provides pest control products from companies with excellent reputations for high quality, advanced technology, effectiveness, safety and reliability. Top brands include Du Pont, Bell, Kaput, MGK and FMC. At ePestSolutions, our customers come first. When there is a concern or question, customers can get fast support from our trained staff via live chat, email or phone. We’re available before you purchase and after you purchase. No question is too small, and no question is too big. Even purchase pest control products that professionals in the field use – and at a savings.

When you’re entertaining in the backyard, enjoying a dip in the pool or grilling up some culinary goodies, mosquitoes can take the fun out of your outdoor activity. Turn to the experts at ePestSolutions for exceptional pest control products that work. Take control and regain your outdoor enjoyment and freedom.

Strategies for Backyard Control of Mosquitoes

If you’re interested in obtaining long-term, consistent control of mosquitoes and enhancing the value of your home, investing in an outdoor residential misting system is a smart choice. Many companies offer an integrated pest management approach to mosquito control with the installation of a mosquito misting system, using a mosquito fogger and placing larvicides in areas where there is standing water. Larvicides are insecticides that are used to control immature mosquitoes before they develop into biting adults. This type of integrated pest management approach gives you triple protection.

There are also strategies to minimize mosquito breeding on your property by eliminating standing bodies of water, as female mosquitoes lay their eggs in water. Empty accumulated water from flower pot bottoms, trash cans, pet dishes and any other outdoor structures. Ornamental pools can be aerated and stocked with mosquito-eating fish. Unclog obstructed rain gutters and fix leaking air conditioners that produce puddles. Irrigate gardens and lawns carefully to avoid standing water.

Topically applied mosquito repellents help prevent bites when you’re outdoors. The most effective ones contain diethyltoluamide (DEET). With a higher percentage of DEET in the repellent, you get longer-lasting protection. And for young children, there are low percentage formulations. You can even apply mosquito repellents to your outer clothing as well as to your skin. Other options for reducing mosquitoes in the backyard include, mosquito zappers, traps and coils.

Getting rid of mosquitoes in the backyard isn’t rocket science, but you’ve got to refine your approach and use integrated strategies for the best results. Like anything else, there’s not a one-fix solution. Using misting systems, foggers, insecticides, larvicides, repellents, bug zappers and bug traps are all factors that play a role in eliminating mosquitoes. And if you don’t want to do it on your own, there are pest control services who will be more than happy to do it for you. With an integrated approach, you can say good-bye to those annoying mosquitos and comfortably enjoy those spring and summertime backyard activities like grilling, lounging, swimming and partying. Here’s an outline of some effective strategies that should be in your pest control plan to get rid of those backyard mosquitoes.

How to Keep the Flies Out of Your Barn

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How to Keep the Flies Out of Your Barn

Stable flies and house flies are common, pesky pests that hang out in horse barns, corrals and stables. These flies give painful bites and can make the animals nervous and difficult to manage. Plus, both stable flies and house flies are potential carriers of animal and human pathogens. Once these flies lay eggs, it takes about 21 days for more flies to emerge. Keep in mind that females lay batches of 40 to 80 eggs. That’s a lot of new flies! So, how do you get rid of those barn flies? Turn to the experts at ePestSolutions. ePestSolutions offers a variety of fly pest products from trusted brand names that are used by professional pest control technicians – and at a fraction of the cost. ePestSolutions also offers unlimited support from their staffed professional entomologists. Contact them through email, live chat or their toll-free phone service. A+ products and A+ customer service.

Choose from a wide choice of insecticides that can be sprayed to kill adult flies. Plus, there are residual insecticides that can be applied to ceilings, walls, sheds and rafters of barns where house flies and stable flies rest. And with its Quickbay Fly Bait kit, you can control nuisance flies in poultry houses, horse barns around livestock production facilities. This product kill flies in as little as 60 seconds and lasts up to four weeks. Use it both inside and outside barns. Its pellets contain fly attractants to lure and kill flies.

With ePestSolutions, you get pest control products that work and work fast.

Lets talk about strategies for controlling your barn flies:

Effective Strategies for Getting Rid of Stable and House Flies in Barns

Stable flies and house flies need moisture, warmth and breeding material to develop. An effective fly control program does rely on the timely elimination of moisture and breeding sites. You can use professional insecticides to reduce fly populations, but there are other steps that need to be implemented for effective fly control. Barns, corrals and other animal enclosures need to be cleaned once a week in order to break fly life cycles. Remove manure and just spread it thinly in an area outside of the barn where is can be composted.

Good drainage must be maintained to eliminate hay, wet manure and spilled feed.  Be sure to fix wet areas around animal water containers. Accumulated organic matter and dry manure are not optimal breeding sites for stable and house flies.

Utilize mechanical control methods to get rid of these flies. Screening is a way to keep flies out of the barn’s box stalls and feed rooms. And by setting up fans, you can direct a downward and outward air flow that will prevent house and stable flies from entering the barn.

Putting up sticky paper and fly traps will capture flies. And if you see an increase in captured flies from one week to the next, it’s a sign that it’s time to step it up on your sanitation frequency or methods. You can even use a commercial fly parasite release program to supplement fly control. It a natural, biological method of controlling flies.

Mists, fogs and space spray can provide an effective knockdown for house and stable flies. These methods are especially effective in enclosed areas. Systems vary from foggers to time-released aerosols.

To supplement your fly control program, use feed through insecticides. With these apparatuses, specific levels are put in the animal feed and pass out in the feces while making the manure toxic for creating maggots. Just keep in mind that this can help reduce fly production, but you’ll still have to fix issues with wet manure, feed and straw.

When it comes to keeping house and stable flies out of the barn, there’s no one quick fix. You’ve got to have a plan and strategy in place that addresses both the cause and the cure.

 

 

But we can help, we are the experts

In order to implement a successful fly control problem for barn flies, the cause of the flies must be identified and then a practical solution should be put in place. Good drainage, daily removal of animal manure, mechanical controls and professional level insecticides should be used. It’s a multi-faceted approach that delivers the best results. Set the stage with the right ingredients, and both you and your animals can avoid those annoying, nasty bites. It takes planning, but the results are well worth it.

Call or email us at 1-888-523-7378 or info@epestsolutions.com

 

 

How To Control Flies in Your Commercial Facility

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Don’t Let Flies Keep Your Customers Away

Are you a business owner with a commercial facility and the flies are driving you and your employees crazy? The little buggers can be a nuisance – landing on body parts and buzzing around heads as people are trying to work. Swatting flies or shooing them away definitely doesn’t help increase productivity. But even worse than being little pests, flies can be harmful.

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Little Pests, Big Problems            

Though these pests are tiny in size, they are prone to causing big problems, including sickness and disease. Flies are common around trash cans, decaying flesh, rotten food, feces and other places swarming with harmful bacteria. When these flies go from landing on food in the trash to the food on your plate, you become susceptible to getting sick from that bacteria. It’s a known fact that flies spread nearly 200 kinds of pathogens and parasites. Diseases spread by flies include:

  • Typhoid
  • Cholera
  • Dysentry
  • Salmonella
  • Anthrax
  • Tuberculosis

The last thing you need is for the employees working in your building to get sick because of flies. So what’s a boss to do? Keep reading for do-it-yourself ways to take care of business and keep pesky flies at bay.

Implement Proper Sanitation Methods

One of the easiest ways to control flies in your commercial facility is to implement proper sanitation methods. By not giving flies a place to land in the first place, they won’t hang around for long. Here are some things that can be done when it comes to sanitation to keep flies at bay.

Take care of the trash: Make sure there is no trash lying around, this includes both inside the building and outside. You’ll also want to ensure that trash cans and recycling bins are covered with tightly sealed lids. Use plastic liners and empty all trash cans on a regular basis. If you have a large garbage dumpster onsite, make sure trash bags are actually put inside the dumpster and aren’t just thrown near it. Also, always be sure to keep the lids closed on the dumpster. Get the dumpsters emptied on a regular basis, preferably at least once a week. Since odor attracts flies, it may be necessary to install an odor control system.

Tidy up and make things spic ‘n span: Having a good cleaning service is crucial for keeping flies away. Food residue and leftover crumbs on tables, countertops and desks can attract flies so make sure these areas are cleaned and sanitized at least once a day. Drain flies can become a problem so it is a good idea to keep sinks and garbage disposals free from food crumbs, grease, and grime. There are natural products on the market made out of scum-eating microbes that can help.

Keep up with bathroom maintenanceIt’s important for many reasons to ensure all the plumbing in the building is in proper working order, especially the toilet. There’s almost nothing worse than a backed-up toilet in the workplace. Keeping up with bathroom maintenance means ensuring toilets are all in proper working order. When things don’t get flushed properly, the odor and whatever is left sitting in the toilet bowl can attract flies.

Pay Attention to Doorways and Windows

It’s always nice to get some fresh air, especially on those cooler summer days where a slight breeze is blowing and you don’t want to run the air conditioning. One way to get all that fresh air is by opening the windows. Before opening the windows, though, make sure they all have screens installed that are in good condition. Even the smallest hole or tear in the screen can let in flies.

When it comes to doors, flies have a tendency to sneak inside just by opening them. Having double doors creates an extra barrier so flies can’t get inside as easily. If a door has to remain open for long periods of time, air curtains can help to prevent fly entry. These air curtains provide a constant flow of air near doors and windows and can be used instead of plastic strips. Also, it is a good idea to have fans near doorways that will help blow the flies back outside. Having ceiling fans or small fans near workstations are also a good way to keep flies away.

Be Mindful of Your Outdoor Surroundings

One of the reasons flies get inside in the first place is they are attracted to what is on the outside of your building. It’s important to dispose of any dead animals as quickly as possible. Carcasses from birds, squirrels, mice, and other outdoor animals not only attract flies but they often lay their eggs on decomposing birds and rodents. Another thing you want to be mindful of on the outside of your building is if you have trees, shrubs, or flowers, don’t over water them. Be sure to keep your grounds free of debris and garbage and mow the grass on a regular basis.

There are also many other remedies and devices to keep flies away. Some of these include:

  • UV Traps
  • Traditional or electric fly swatters
  • Fly paper
  • Apple cider vinegar mixed with liquid detergent
  • Spraying inside with cayenne pepper/water mixture

Using any of these do-it-yourself methods will help you kill your fly problem. If you still need help, however, be sure to call or email ePestSolutions.

Mosquito Control Options

The best option for mosquito control is the MistAway Misting System.
http://www.epestsolutions.com/mistaway-gen-1_3-drum-mosquito-mist-syst-30-nozzle.html  this is an automated system that mist a pyrethrin at sets time, controlling all of the mosquito population.
The next option is to purchase a fogger:
http://www.epestsolutions.com/curtis-dyna-mosquito-fogger-hurricane.html  somewhat like the misting system except you are the one moving the mist around, get great control with this unit also, would need to fog about every week to 2 weeks, depends on weather and also population of mosquitos. Use a chemical called Talstar or Cyzmic in the fogger.
The mosquito dunks, will only stop the larvae in that pond from turning into adults, so if the water is not actively moving then you should keep the dunks in the container.
A permethrin is a much faster kill and has a good residual, pyrethrins come from a plant.
Malation is a good product just very strong smell and does not hang around as long.
Please let me know how I can assist you any further.

Get Mad, Get Even: With Those Mosquitos

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Get Mad, Get Even: With Those Mosquitos

 

How to kill and eliminate mosquitos

Without a doubt, mosquitos are some of the most annoying insects when you’re trying to enjoy an outdoor barbeque or just bask in the sun on a cozy lounge. Constant buzzing and those leftover red, itchy bumps just make you want to slap them. While you can slap them to decrease the numbers, there is a more effective strategy for your pest management system – a misting mosquito system. Say good-bye to those pesky creature with mosquito misters.

Many homeowners have turned to time-released outdoor mosquito systems to control mosquitoes. These outdoor application systems are designed to spray a fine mist of pesticides to kill mosquitoes along with other annoying insects. These systems have spray nozzles that are mounted on the house, fence or perimeter of the lawn. Tubes are connects to supply the mist of insecticide. Preset a timer for spray intervals, use a switch or a techy remote controller. It’s easy to exact revenge with time-released outdoor mosquito systems.

How to control Mosquitos

Stop the biting!

Most outdoor misting systems contain insecticides like piperonyl butoxide, pyrethrins and permethrin. It’s important to check with your state about what insecticides are prohibited, as some are not regulated by the EPA. The pesticide label will provide instructions about the application rates, use and proper handling.  There are also completely natural, organic options for mosquito misting systems.

You may be wondering whether or not residential mosquito misting systems are safe, since people or pets may be exposed by direct contact with sprays, touching plants in the treated area or by inhaling small amounts of the pesticide leftover in the air. According to the EPA, most pesticides only last for a short time. Their assessment is that outdoor residential misting systems have no long-term toxicity. As long as the system is used according to the label instructions, there is no risk.  Once the chemical mist is over, so is the chemical.  Misting occurs during early morning and early evening when most people and pets are not outside.

In addition, there are steps that you can take to minimize potential impact on people, pets and the environment when installing an outdoor mosquito misting system.

  • Hire service technicians and installers with a state license, registration and certification, but you can easily DIY the systems also.
  • The system should be calibrated to apply no more than the recommended application rate on the pesticide label.  MistAway Brand units are programed for the perfect application
  • Nozzles should be directed away from fish ponds, swimming pools, eating areas and cooking areas.
  • Mist should be directed away from outdoor air conditioners
  • The reservoir should be locked securely to avoid potential poisoning incidents
  • Install motion, rain and wind sensors to reduce pesticide usage

Other tips for usage include using the systems when pets and people aren’t around, and use the system when mosquitoes are most active. It also wise to implement regular maintenance to avoid damage and leaks.

Do misting mosquito systems really work? Academic studies have proven that residential misting systems are extremely effective in the control of mosquitos. However, the real proof is in the explosive growth in the market. Even though this technology was introduced in the 1990s, there are about 60,000 misting systems in the United States. If it didn’t work, this innovative technology wouldn’t have taken off.