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.
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.
When Your House is Attacked by Carpenter Bees
How to Control Carpenter Bees
Carpenter Bees resemble bumblebees in appearance and size. These bees build their nests in trees or frame buildings. If you see a swarm of bees near the eaves of a home or wood drilling, it’s likely carpenter bees. Specifically, carpenter bees do not eat wood. Instead, they excavate the tunnels to rear their young and for shelter.
Typically, carpenter bees attack unpainted items, such as roof eaves, railings, windowsills and doors. These bees drill a small round hole into the wood and then bores tunnels. Over time, there may be considerable structure damage. If your home has been attacked by carpenter bees, it’s time to implement some bee control.
If you want to eliminate carpenter bees without using an insecticide, try plugging the holes with putty or caulk. While you might think that the bees would burrow their way out, but carpenter bees don’t try to get out of trapped areas.
Blocking up those entrances to the carpenter bee galleries usually works. But after you apply the putty or caulk, be sure to paint over it. You can also try to agitate the colony and vacuum them out. Just keep in mind that this strategy is only effective with new colonies.
With a home infestation of carpenter bees, there are bee dustings, sprays and liquids to get rid of these pesky creatures. Apply the dust in as many carpenter bee holes as possible. Although the holes look only an inch deep, it usually is set at a 90 degree angle. You can purchase dusters with a curved tip to reach the bees including the eggs.
Delta dust is a great residual dust that works well on the exterior and heavy moisture areas, it can be found at www.epestsolutions.com.
With residual liquid treatments to spray, spray the areas where the carpenter bees are boring in the wood. Be sure to check the underside of wood surfaces, including window frames, fascia boards, overhangs, soffits, fence posts, decks and siding. It’s best to use these products during the spring season at intervals of three to four weeks. If the structure is log or cedar, more than two treatments may be needed. After applying the spray, use a bee dust at all entry points. After the bees are killed, plug up the entrances with a caulking compound.
Prevention is key to carpenter bee control. Varnish or paint wood surfaces to make them less attractive. Since carpenter bees scout the area for exterior openings, seal and caulk any cracks, crevices or openings. Keep in mind that carpenter bees will reuse holes from the previous season. These holes should be caulked before the fall season. The best time for extermination is spring as nesting and the rearing of young generally occur in late spring or early summer. The female carpenter bee bores a main corridor in the wood and lays eggs in galleries. She brings in pollen for the hatched larvae to feed on and seals each gallery for protection during development. Continue treatment until the fall for the best results.
If you constantly have an invasion every year than think about apply a good insecticide around those wood surfaces being attacked, Tempo SC is a great solutions and doing this is a ounce of prevention and will usually reduce the amount of holes that you have to deal with.
If your home has been attacked by carpenter bees, it’s time for some serious pest management. Find all these products and Carpenter Bee Control Kits available at ePestSolutions.com. Please feel free to email, call or chat with a customer service professional to help you identify the pest problem and locate the right solution.
Super Easy and Effective Housefly Population Control
There’s flies in the kitchen,
I can hear them there buzzin’
Those words sound so lovely when Bonnie Raitt sings the lyrics from John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery.” But seriously — is there anything more annoying, and stomach turning, than the sound and sight of flies crawling across your kitchen counters and all over your food preparations?
Here are some startling facts about the housefly, possibly the most common pest worldwide:
•Flies breed in decomposing material (like rotting food) and manure.
•They spread disease-causing pathogens including anthrax, polio, and Salmonella.
•Flies salivate on food, ingest it, and regurgitate it, pre-digesting the food.
•Houseflies are responsible for millions of infant deaths every year in developing countries due to the diarrheal diseases they cause, such as typhoid, cholera, tuberculosis, and dysentery.
How can you eradicate these filthy little buzzing pests and protect your family? Here are some simple prevention methods from our own short video on this topic:
1) Clean your kitchen thoroughly so it is free of crumbs and spills.
2) Wipe down all surfaces with disinfectant to remove the pheromones that attract flies.
3) Keep lids on all garbage cans so decaying food won’t encourage flies to breed.
4) Remove waste from the kitchen frequently.
5) Use aerosol sprays for killing single flies on contact.
How to Control Flies this Summer
The amazing product that we recommend at the end of our video is the all-new SilenTrapTM ILT (insect light trap) by Catchmaster. This discreet, non-toxic, and economical option is perfect for use in locations with low to moderate fly populations where larger units might not be appropriate.
This freestanding, lightweight, ultra-portable insect light trap has a plug-in feature that uses a 13W UV bulb. The light attracts multiple flying insects, such as black flies, fruit flies, mosquitoes, gnats and no-see-ums. The SilenTrap can easily be moved from one location to another, making it perfect for home use.
The SilenTrap is designed for indoor use, but the unit can accompany you outside during your porch and deck sitting time, to picnics, and BBQs. Just be sure to bring it back inside with you to avoid exposure to the elements.
Simply remove the front grill of the The SilenTrap to replace the bulb, clean the catch tray, and maintain the unit. The glue boards quickly slide right into the unit through the slot on the top. Replacement glue boards can be purchased in packs of two so that you always have spares on hand.
Here’s a fast video that shows you just how easy and portable The SilenTrap is:
Summer will be here before you know it, and that means an influx of flying pests wanting to join in the family fun (and food!) Give yourself the peace of mind that comes with knowing your family is protected from the multitude of germs these pests carry, along with the irritating bites that they inflict upon us during the warmer months of the year. The SilenTrap offers your family a safer, and more comfortable and bug-free, summer time environment.
Flies are very common, disease-spreading pests that can be successfully eradicated and controlled with effective pest solutions.
How to control crazy ants
Don’t let these guys drive you crazy!
Crazy ants, also know as crazy raspberry ants, are an invasive insect that is quickly spreading across the U.S. They have been found mostly on the Gulf Coast, but recent reports show colonies in Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, and Boston. Look out, the crazy ants could be coming to a backyard near you!
Top Tips for Controlling Crazy Ants
If crazy ants are trying to invade your back yard, these tips and ant control products might just save the day.
Tip 1: Eliminate Any Food or Water Sources
To begin controlling the ant population, you will need to eliminate any of their food or water sources. By reducing the ants access to these two life-sustaining elements, you will encourage them to leave your yard and live some place else. Below are a few of the crazy ants’ favorite food sources.
- Honeydew from farmed insects
- Dead Insects
Remove any standing water from your yard. This includes: bird baths, fountains, dog water dishes, and any other item that collects water. You should also plan on turning off your automatic lawn sprinkler for at least a few days. The less access that the ants have to water, the less likely they will continue to breed.
Tip 2: Keep Crazy Ants Out of Your Home
Your home kitchen and pantry are the perfect attractions for crazy ants. Inside these areas, they can find bags of sugar, flour, and other packaged food. To discourage ants from entering your kitchen, keep the latter items in sealed glass or plastic containers. You can further combat the problem by weatherproofing your windows and doors. Seal up any miniscule cracks or openings that the ants will use to their advantages.
Tip 3: Get Rid of the Colony Queen
Generally speaking, it should be pretty easy to find the source of your crazy ant infestation. Once you have found the home, you will need to get rid of the queen. This is sometimes easier said than done. To help you dethrone the queen, here are a few helpful tips.
- Use a shovel to dig up the nest. Be careful that the ants don’t attack you, while they try to defend their home. Where tall rubber boots, and tight fitting clothes; you don’t want ants to have access to any uncovered skin.
- Use a certified ant control product to incapacitate the queen.
- Flood the colony with water.
Tip 4: The Live-And-Let-Live Approach
For any readers that want to let the ants live in peace, but don’t want to be bothered by constant yard or home intrusions, try the following two tips.
- Pour a border of dry molasses along three sides of the colony. This will provide the ants with an immediate food source and keep them out of your kitchen or pantry.
- Grow ant-repellant plants along the exterior of your home and outdoor patio areas. Ant repellent plants include: Pennyroyal, Sage, Mint, Peppermint, and Catnip.
There are many ways that you can work to control crazy ants. Using a professional line of pest control solutions will help you to DIY and efficiently rid your home of crazy ants. No matter which method you choose, make sure that you are diligent in your efforts, otherwise the ants will quickly invade both your yard and your home!
Crazy ants are an invasive insect that can be a bit tricky to control. These top four tips will help you to avoid having your home and yard invaded by crazy ants.
How to Get Rid of Ants
Take them down early
Getting rid of ants in your home is a relatively easy job if you catch the problem early and you know what type of ants that you are having an issue with. So for the most part we would recommend you be somewhat of a detective, observe your ants, just do not spray them with hair spray. See if you can figure out where they care trailing from and what type of food are they attracted to, sugar or protein.
Take Down your Open for Business Sign
If you want to know how to get rid of ants, you should first determine if you are inviting your ant problem. That means you should look for the source the ants are attracted to. This could be some spilled cola under your refrigerator, a piece of candy dropped in a corner or some loose garbage that escaped its container. You need to clean up anything that may be a food source, since the next steps is going to be to offer them something yummy to eat, but deadly.
Put Out the Buffet
Ok so we are ready to take care of our ant problem, there are a variety of ant baits, in gel and stations and you will need to decide what works best for you. Stations are easier to put out, and if you have pets or children that may gain access to the gel then best to use stations on counters, etc, The reason we wanted to figure out what they were eating in your kitchen is because now we can decide what bait to use. They can be sugar attractant or protein attractant, Advance Dual choice will have both varieties included in the stations so you are covered.
Make sure to keep the bait fresh and also not to apply the bait anywhere that you will be using cleaning products, this can cause an aversion to the bait and we have gone through all this work we want them to think we have just laid out the golden corral buffet for our little ant buddies and all their friends.
Let’s say we have seen them coming in through your plumbing under sink or around a window opening you can use a non repelling insecticide that is in a foam. Makes it really easy to just pump a little chemical into the wall voids or entry points and this will take care of the colony no matter where they are located. Even if we do not know where they are located.
Close the Ant Entry Doors
You will next want to “ant proof” your home. There are a variety of ant insecticides available that will help you do the job. Spray any potential entryways where the ants may enter your home a good non-repelling one will take care of the problem Inside of the home, I would recommend sticking to baits and gels as they are much more targeted and effective when it comes to ants and other social insects.
Laying out the Chemical Unwelcome Mat
Spray along the foundation 3 feet out and a also spray up the siding 3 feet inches or so. While you are spraying around your foundation.
Be the Ant Slayer
If you follow all the steps and recommendations you should soon be called the ant slayer and earn the badge of professional ant killer!!! But remember we are here to help talk you off the ledge, point you in the right direction and even be your mentor who gives you courage when you need!
Call or email ePestSolutions.com and let us show you have to be the best Ant Slayer on the Planet or at least in your own home!
The Terrible Termites: How to get rid of termites
If your living space has been infiltrated by termites, you don’t have to sit back and accept it. Be proactive and take steps to eliminate the problem once and for all. There are all sorts of termite solutions that you can pick up at local stores or even have shipped to your home. You can even hire a pest control technician to get the job done. Let’s take a look at some termite control methods that you can do by yourself.
Do it Yourself Termite Control
There are all sorts of termiticides, bait stations, traps, monitors and kits that will attack your home’s termites. Consider using an advanced termite bait control kit. These types of kits have monitors, foams, bottles and baits. Many will work on buildings and homes that are 100 linear feet in size. Kits like these will destroy the termites in your home, office or building and also function as a preventive means to stop termites from re-entering the space in the future.
Try out some Termidor Termiticide. You can mix it to create upwards of 50 gallons worth of termite destroying solution. All it will take is 90 days and all of the termites in your living space will be eliminated. Check out the Online DIY pest Control companies like ePestSolutions.com. You’ll find that there are all sorts of products similar to Termidor’s on the market. While Termidor is known for its effectiveness, the other comparable products will get the job done as well. Many prefer the Termidor brand because it has a special Transfer Effect that requires just a tiny bit of the solution to destroy large amounts of termites. But there are great post patent products available that offer the same chemical at a bigger savings over Termidor SC.
Make sure it is non repelling
You will want to make sure the chemical you pick is a non repelling termiticide, so that the termites cannot sense the chemical is there and they will continue to move in and out of the area and share it with the colony for total elimination.
Termites tend to congregate around wooden areas as they are detritivores. This means that they primarily feed off of dead trees and plants as well as living trees. So, if you take the DIY (do it yourself) route, try and locate the area of the infestation.
There are some all natural means of eliminating termites as well, things that can be used on the wood to make it indigestible to wood destroying insects. These are naturally occurring borates and will work great for your termite problem.
DIY Termite Control
No matter where your termites are located or minor or severe the problem we can help with great DIY options for controlling termites in your home or business. There are a large selection of termite control products, foams, borates and bait stations for any situation all available as a professional product, sold directly to you.
Let ePestSolutions help you learn how to control termites like a professional.
Not for the light of heart, cockroaches
How to Kill Cockroaches
If you’ve spotted a cockroach in your home, don’t shrug it off as an inevitability. If there is one on the premises, there are likely many more. Spending your free time in a house or apartment with cockroaches is a nasty experience. Unfortunately, it is quite difficult to remove cockroaches once they’ve settled into a living space. They’ll eat up your food, damage your possessions made of paper and leave their germs all over your home. Let’s take a look at some tips to eliminate cockroaches. If one doesn’t work, keep trying them and eventually, you’ll get rid of those pesky cockroaches once and for all.
Focus on Location
The first step to figuring out how to kill cockroaches is to locate them. Find out exactly where they are situated. They hide in parts of the home that are difficult to see. When you spot a cockroach, follow it to see exactly where it nestles into. It might be a crack in one of your home’s walls or a drain, vent or hole. When you’ve figured out where they are entering the home, lay down some sticky traps. If you eventually find some cockroaches in those traps, you’ll know that you’ve pinpointed their location.
Eliminate Sources of Food and Water
Every cockroach needs water in order to live. Yet they only require food one time per month. Repair any leaks right away. Never leave food or water standing out in the open of your home. If you remove all the sources of sustenance in your home, the cockroaches will be practically forced to take a bite right out of the gel in the baits that you set.
So the idea is to make it hard for them to survive and make you house an un-ideal area to take if residence.
Remove the Trash
One of the best ways to prevent a cockroach infestation is to be immaculately clean. Do not let trash accumulate anywhere inside of the home. Bring your trash out to the outdoor garbage cans on a regular basis. This way, the smell of discarded food remnants won’t attract cockroaches or other pesky buggers into your living space. Let them attempt to crawl into your tightly sealed outdoor trash cans all they want. Eventually, they’ll give up and move onto another home. If you do decide to temporarily leave discarded food in an indoor trash bin, be sure to keep the lid on at all times and make sure that it is kept as tight as possible.
Use Cockroach Baits
There are all sorts of cockroach baits, like the sticky baits mentioned above, that are sold in stores. While they are a bit of a roll of the dice when pitted against a full scale pest control solution, they still might work. Be sure to give gel based baits a shot. They have cockroach food that is laced with poison so those cockroaches will die quickly after they get a taste. Hopefully, they’ll make it back to their fellow cockroaches and spread the poison to them as well.
Attack of the Good Old Fire Ant: How to eliminate
Lets Get Rid of Fire Ants
If you have noticed a fire ant problem around your residence, you probably know all too well how horrible these pests can really be. If you have been unlucky enough to have been stung by one of these ants, you are certainly motivated to get rid of them once and for all. We understand that, sometimes, homeowners want to handle the issue themselves, not caring to hire out a professional pest control company. Leave it to us to tell you all you need to know about fire ants and how to kill these harmful pests.
What are they?
Before you attempt to eliminate a fire ant colony, it’s important to know all you can about these pests and their living environments.
From the Solenopsis genus, the common fire ant seen around your home or business is one of more than 200 species within the genus. All ants within the genus are stinging ants. They are reddish in color and they like to build mound-like nests made of dirt. These can generally be found in open-grass areas. They are mostly prevalent in the southern parts of the United States because these areas do not usually freeze during winter.
Why are they harmful?
If you haven’t had an unfortunate sting from a fire ant, consider yourself lucky. These pests transfer a venomous substance into the skin of their victims called piperidine. A sting from a fire ant is mostly associated with mild discomfort and pain. A white pustule appears where the ant’s sting was inserted and this pustule may hang around for many days. Although the raised area at the site does not look so good, it is not immediately infected.
However, these fire ants stings can become irritated and infected after several days of scratching and breaking open the site. Still, individuals with preexisting conditions like diabetes can develop more serious secondary problems from these stings. A small percentage of people are allergic to fire ant stings.
In some cases, an individual might sustain hundreds of fire ant stings at once. These instances require medical attention to alleviate pain and swelling.
How to Get Rid of Them
There are a number of effective methods for eliminating a colony of fire ants. There are many natural and household solutions found across the web that promise to help you get rid of fire ants. However, the best option is to always use professional-strength bait to kill these ants, even if you do not call an pest control expert.
By far, the best and most effective method for ridding your property of fire ants is through a broadcast application. Once you have orders bait from epestsolutions.com, you can spread it across your yard and property without looking for the nest. In this way, an ant will find the bait and bring it back to the nest to share with the others.
Order some professional-grade bait to control the fire ants on your property today!
They Are Coming: The Biting, Buzzing Mosquitoes
How to Control Mosquitoes
If you are wondering how you will control mosquitoes this year, then think about this.
As the temperatures warm up, so do the mosquitos and it turns to spring, it is important to recognize the potential challenges and dangers that arise with the changing weather conditions. The spring and summer months, particularly the warmer parts of the season, increase the risk of mosquito bites and the potential dangers associated with the insect. Taking measures to prevent the insects from biting in a personal yard or home is essential for a healthy lifestyle during the warmer months of the year.
Dangers of Mosquitoes
The dangers associated with mosquitoes depend on several factors, including the region and the specific species. Although some of the diseases associated with mosquito bites are rare in the United States, there is a possible risk of contracting certain illnesses when a mosquito bites a human.
Common diseases associated with mosquitoes include:
- West Nile Virus
- Dengue Fever
In the United States, the West Nile Virus is the most common mosquito-borne disease that occurs. The symptoms associated with the disease include:
- Body aches
- General dizziness or feeling light headed
- Other flu-like symptoms
When a mosquito bite occurs, it can take as long as two weeks before an individual will feel the symptoms of a disease. If you or a loved one experiences flu-like symptoms after a mosquito bite, then seek medical attention.
Limiting Risks at Home
In the home, it is possible to limit the risks of mosquito bites by taking precautions that prevent the insects from breeding, growing and living in a home or yard. Although the best course of action depends on the size of the yard, some simple solutions help reduce the risk. The options that can help include:
- Removing any standing water, including rain water that gathers in the yard, pots or other unexpected locations
- Putting screens in the windows
- Keeping the skin covered
- Spraying repellent on any exposed skin, including the face and hands
- Use mosquito repelling candles or systems in the yard
- Putting in a mosquito misting system
A mosquito misting system is a simple way to control the Mosquitoes in a yard so that they do not move into the house and the yard is safe. The system will spray the yard with appropriate repellent and encourage the mosquitoes to leave your home. Use the system throughout the spring and summer months so that the insects will not return and the risk of bites at home are limited.
There are other methods that you may find effective when it comes to solutions for How to Control Mosquitoes and we can show you how, you may also find this mosquito control blog helpful: Backyard Mosquito Control
Avoiding Mosquito Bites in Public
Although a mosquito misting system and other methods of limiting exposure to the insects in a home can help, it is also important to avoid mosquito bites in public locations. In many cases, the same tools that are used at home can work in public spaces.
Cover the skin or most of the skin to limit exposure to mosquitoes and avoid bites. Spray an insect repellent on any exposed skin to further discourage bites from mosquitoes or similar insects. Since it is not possible to control the entire public space, take precautions against bites on the body before taking any other steps.
If it is possible, then close any windows or window screens to limit the number of insects in the room. Do not leave windows opened because the insects can fly in and out of the window.
Although warmer weather offers the opportunity to spend more time outdoors, it is important to limit exposure to mosquitoes or similar insects. By taking precautions at home and limiting exposure in public areas, and controlling the mosquito populations you will limit the risk of uncomfortable bites and mosquito-borne illnesses.
We are here to help with all your Mosquito Control Needs, so let ePestSolutions.com eliminate your mosquito problem with professional products.