DIY Pest Control Gift Ideas from ePestSolutions

DIY Pest Control Gift IdeasChristmas has a way of sneaking up on the ill prepared. One minute you are enjoying the fall colors and the next you are getting an invitation to your friends Christmas party. So start thinking about the gifts you are going to get your friends now. To really impress your friends, make sure you find something that they can actually use and will improve their quality of life. ePestSolutions has many products to rid your home or business of nearly any pests including ants, bed bugs, pesky birds, crickets, earwigs, fleas, flies, fungus and mold, gophers, mosquitoes, pantry pests, rats, mice, rodents, roaches, scorpions, silverfish, spiders, stinging insects, termites, ticks, and many others!. If a pest is a problem for you, it’s something your loved ones may experience as well. This holiday season, ease your loved ones burdens by giving the gift of a pest free New Year! (more…)

Pest Control is something you can wait until summer to deal with, right? Wrong! Here’s why winter is high time to get to work.

Pest Control in Winter

Here at ePestSolutions, we know a thing or two about infestations. You’re probably well aware that the summer months with their beautiful, warm weather days that allow you to fling open you windows come at the cost of unwanted houseguests. Anything from creepy crawlers to fuzzy creatures, who might be cute if you came across them outside or securely in a cage, have a knack for worming their way in through open windows and small cracks and holes in the exterior of your house. However, the cold months come with their fair share of unwelcome invaders. These warm blooded critters would like nothing more than to snuggle up in the warm, sheltered nooks of your house. (more…)

Pest Proof Your Home This Winter

Wintertime Pest Control - Mouse in Snow

Wasn’t summer great? Beautiful long sunny days followed by clear cool nights. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last forever. It’s fall and time to pack up the swimming suits and bring out the sweaters and snow gear. Pests are also packing it up but they are moving it into your house. Here’s a list of pests you might be dealing with. The most common four legged pest are mice. Less common but still destructive are rats, bats, deer, gophers, ground hogs, raccoons, rabbits, skunks, voles, chipmunks and squirrels. Smaller still are the ants, bees, wasps, roaches, house fly, fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks plague more than just pet owners. If any of the rodents mentioned here enter your house, there is a good chance that they are transporting one or both of these parasites. Spiders are another common pest. Although most common house spiders are harmless, black widow and brown recluse are very dangerous. (more…)

Pests: Snakes 101

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Snakes in your home

Depending on where you live, there might be a chance that a snake can get into your home and become quite the unwelcome guest. An even worse scenario is that a snake has found its way inside your home because your house may be infested with another pest: mice. Snakes can’t resist a good mouse to eat!

A brief history of snakes

The fossil record of snakes is actually very poor because snakes have such a fragile skeleton that it makes fossilization fairly difficult.

But based on comparative anatomy, there is agreement that snakes descended from lizards.

Front limbs are nonexistent in all known snakes. However, Pythons and boas have vestigial hind limbs – tiny, clawed digits known as anal spurs, which are used to grasp during mating.

Today there are almost 3,000 species of snakes, and they can be found on every continent except Antarctica.

A snake’s awareness

Snakes use smell to track their prey. They smell by using their forked tongues to collect airborne particles, then passing them to the Jacobson’s organ in the mouth for examination. The fork in the tongue gives snakes a sort of directional sense of smell and taste simultaneously. They keep their tongues constantly in motion, grabbing particles from the air, ground, and water, analyzing the chemicals found, and determining the presence of prey or predators in the local environment.

The part of the body in direct contact with the ground is very sensitive to vibration; thus, a snake can sense other animals approaching by detecting faint vibrations in the air and on the ground.

Possible signs that there is a snake in your home

Do you have a feeling that there is a snake in your home, but you’re not sure of what to look for? Here are some signs that there might be a slithering fellow in your home.

Snake molting

A snake molts to replace old and worn skin, plus it also helps them get rid of parasite and ticks. Molting occurs periodically throughout the snake’s life. An older snake may shed its skin only once or twice a year. But a younger snake, still growing, may shed up to four times a year.

So, if you find snake skin, it is a serious indicator that there a snake in your home.

Rodent problem

As mentioned in the beginning, if you see that you have a mice or rat problem, there could be a chance that there might also be a snake in your home.

Winter

During the winter snakes like to find somewhere safe to hibernate. Sometimes, they like to choose a nice, warm home. They prefer warm, dark places. Make sure all your gaps and holes are sealed in your home, so a wandering snake can’t make its way inside.

What to do if you encounter a snake

Leave the snake alone, try to identify it by species, but continue to leave it alone so long as it is not venomous and not inside a house or building.

All outdoor encounters with nonvenomous snakes should be resolved by letting the animal go its own way.

Venomous snakes are another matter. If you encounter a venomous snake in your yard, take it seriously. The snake should be removed to ensure that no one, including pets, gets hurt.

Snake pest control

If you want some extra protection against snakes, ePestSolutions has a variety of products that can help repel snakes from your property.

Drain Flies

If you’ve ever seen those pesky, dark winged gnats that fly around drains, then you know what a nuisance they can be – especially when they are in your home or office. These gnats, also called drain flies or moth flies, don’t bite, and tend to congregate around standing water such as drains or toilets that are not used often.

For the most part, drain flies are fairly easy to get rid of; pests invade a home looking for either food, harborage or a place to breed. In this case, the larval drain flies cannot survive without moisture and standing water provides that. In fact, they can live just about anywhere that has standing water for as little as a week. They will seek out the water, breed and then more drain flies will emerge until you have an infestation.

In a minor infestation such as returning from vacation to find drain flies breeding in the standing water in your toilet, killing the adults with a commercial insect spray or using a fly swatter is sufficient. However, if the flies keep returning then it is necessary to determine their breeding area and correct it. Often it is a drainage problem in a pipe or the floor or the drain pan under the refrigerator.

The larvae are very small and difficult to see so correctly identifying the breeding site can be a challenge. To find the point of entry that the flies use, use petroleum jelly or vegetable oil to lightly coat the inside of several plastic cups. Place the cups, inverted, over the drains and leave them for several days. This will capture any adults as they emerge and allow you to zero in on the breeding sites.

Figuring out how to get rid of drain flies isn’t that difficult. Once you have identified the breeding site you can begin eradication of the population. First, remove the water and clean the area thoroughly so the site is no longer functional for their purpose. Then apply a product to kill that adults and larvae. There are several products on the market for DIY fly control.

Drain flies don’t have to be a problem. As long as you avoid having standing water around and keep your drains clean you should be able to easily keep them at bay.

Pests: Termites 101

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Termite Control

You find out that you definitely have a termite problem, now what? It’s always a good idea to learn a bit more about the pest inside your home, so you can act accordingly. So, here’s some info about termites that you maybe don’t know about.

The Silent Destroyer

Termites are often called the “Silent Destroyer” because there’s a chance they’re secretly hiding and flourishing in your home or yard without any immediate signs of damage. All termites eat cellulose-based plant materials, but unfortunately, all homes, regardless of their construction type, can offer cellulose food for a termite’s belly.

What they eat in your home

Termites are detritivores, or debris feeders. They love to munch on dead plants and trees as well as dead parts of living trees, including wood and wood in the soil. A termite’s mouth is capable of chewing through pieces of woody material.

Their ability to chew on wood is what causes concern in human homes. While termites only measure approximately 1 cm to a few millimeters in length, their feeding habits are capable of causing costly damage to property. House foundations, furniture, shelves and even books are all possible feeding sites for termites.

 

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites live in colonies underground, from which they build tunnels in search of food. They are able to reach food above the ground level by building mud tube, and are dependent on moisture for survival.

Subterranean termite colonies are usually active for three to five years before winged reproductives appear. A subterranean termite infestation begins when warm temperatures and heavy rainfall trigger a colony to send out a swarm of winged termites that are ready to mate and reproduce.

After mating, swarmer termites land and shed their wings, leaving them in piles that resemble fish scales. If there are piles of wings on windowsills of your home, check to see if they are all the same size, if they are the same size, they could be termite wings.

Drywood Termites

Although drywood termites are far less common than subterranean termites and are found primarily in coastal, southern states and the Southwestern states, drywood termite damage is still substantial.

Drywood termite soldiers have large mouthparts with teeth. Also, most drywood termite soldiers and workers are larger than the soldiers and workers in subterranean termite colonies.

Drywood termites create colonies in wood, with no connection to the ground necessary. They are often found in attic wood and need very little moisture.

Just like subterranean termites, when a drywood termite colony is mature, swarms of winged termites are produced. These reproductive termites fly out of their colony to create new colonies after mating.

Drywood termites have very distinct fecal pellets called frass. They are a hexagonal and all are a similar size of 1 mm long. The termites kick them out of their tunnel, and if you start noticing mounds of these pellets it indicates activity.

ePest Solutions

If this information about termites has convinced you that you definitely need to do something about the termites in your home, go to ePest Solutions to effectively get rid of those termites!

How to Get Rid of Flies: Best Products

House flies are more than just pesky and annoying, they also carry many diseases that can make you and your family sick. They carry these diseases on their bodies and legs and easily transfer them to your food or other surfaces in your home when they land. Some of the diseases they have been known to carry and transfer include dysentery, cholera, typhoid, salmonella, tuberculosis and anthrax. Therefore, getting flies out of your home is imperative. Read below to learn how to get rid of flies though DIY Fly Control methods:

Fly traps:

Fly traps are the perfect defense against flies when you want a natural, nontoxic solution for your fly problem. There are many variations of the fly trap offered by companies such as ePestSolutions. There are decorative traps available, such as the Trapple Natural Fruit Fly Trap, which is ideal for indoor use. This trap looks like an apple and uses glue cards to capture flies and other insects.

There are also fly traps that hang outside your home that trap flies thus keeping them from entering your home. These traps are nontoxic, making them ideal for farms or other locations with animals or children. Each trap can catch an amazing 20,000 flies, within a 100 yard range, thus putting a significant dent in your fly problem.

Fly light:

Fly lights, like the Genus Fly Lights, are a highly effective way to eliminate your problem with flies. Place this light in a location frequented often by flies, and plug it in. The light is more cost-effective than other fly catching options because you do not have to reload it or replace it after a certain amount of time.

Fly bait and stations:

Another method you can try to get rid of flies is the bait system. You place bait in stations, which lure flies using muscalure and red sugar. Once in, imidacloprid is utilized, which is effective at killing flies but safe around animals. Once placed in or outside of your home, the bait stations begin killing flies, in as little as 60 seconds. You can also use the bait without the stations, but the stations are ideal if you are worried about children or animals who may decide to try out the fly bait for themselves.

These are some of the most commonly used and effective methods of getting rid of flies in your home for good, all of which are available through ePestSolutions.

How to Get Rid of Carpenter Ants

You’ve seen some ants in or around your house and they’re huge. At first you weren’t worried but they’re growing in numbers and you did some investigation and discovered that they’re carpenter ants, a homeowner’s worst nightmare. They’re an invasive species, expanding to multiple nests while destroying property so you should act quickly. Time for action. Time for DIY pest control. You have many options to remove the ants from your structure and ePestSolutions can provide a number of products to do the trick.

First, of course, find their nests. Stalk the scouts, follow the ant trails and discover their secret lair. There really may be a few and they might be within walls or under the floor, not easy to get to. That’s ok – they can take the poison in for you!

While doing your lair search, you probably have found compromised wood on your property. It’s a good idea to have the means and supplies to repair the problem area very soon after the ants are removed so no additional colonies or even new insects such as termites move in. Gather your supplies before setting the poison baits.

There are numerous borax or boric acid based recipes that can be readily found online to kill ants. Many homeowners have had positive results with such mixtures but it can be tricky to get the right ratios to kill all the ants and for ants at the right time – you want to be sure they don’t die on the way to their colony but to bring the poisoned food back to their buddies. These recipes can also easily wash away after a rainfall if used out of doors.

ePestSolutions sells tested and trusted products that use Fipronil, a slow acting poison that affects the insect’s central nervous system, and Abamectin, a widely used insecticide. Choose from gel, liquid spray or granules. Arm yourself with the Maxforce Ant Bait in gel form. Use Termidor sprays for affected structures and Advance Carpenter Ant bait granules to broadcast around the perimeter of your home. Depending on the severity of your infestation, a combination of the three may be the best bet. Start with Maxforce Carpenter Ant Bait as it is waterproof and does not interest kids or pets.

Carpenter ants can be a nasty problem, causing not only structure damage but stress on you and your family. Call on ePestSolutions for products, answers and advice to get rid of the ants fast!

How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs

According to a survey conducted by the University of Kentucky and the National Pest Management Association, 99.6 percent of all professional pest management companies, based in America, have encountered a bed bug infestation within the past year. This statistic means that although bed bugs were absent from American businesses and homes for close to 60 years, they are now back with vengeance. Thankfully, if you and your family are experiencing a bed bug infestation, there is help available. You can now obtain professional strength products through companies like ePestSolutions to treat your home, thus eliminating your bed bug problem. Read below to learn about a few of the products offered:

Bed Bug Kit with DeltaDust:

This treatment kit can be used to remove a current infestation or as preventative maintenance. The DeltaDust insecticide is a water-proof dust that is ideal for cracks and crevices around the home. The residual effect of the treatment lasts an astounding eight months, thanks to the fact that its effectiveness is not diminished with moisture.

Climbup Insect Bed Bug Interceptor:

This product offers an eco-friendly way to treat bed bugs. You place them under the feet of the bed at the floor. When bed bugs try to approach the bed, they will climb up and become trapped in the outer pitfall ring, and when bed bugs in the bed climb down, they will get stuck in the center well.

Bed Bug Detector:

Although not a treatment for bed bugs, this product will let you know if you have a bed bug problem, or confirm that you have taken care of your problem, after treatment has taken place. Place the detector on the side of the leg of your bed. The detector will provide ongoing bed bug detection for up to 90 days. The device works by mimicking a living, breathing host, thus attracting host-seeking bed bugs. It also lures bugs by using kairomone, which attracts bed bugs wanting a meal.

There are other products available to treat bed bugs such as sprays and different kind of control kits. The ones listed above are just a sampling of the products on the market. Although its problematic that bed bugs are coming back, and look to be here to stay, at least companies like ePestSolutions are offering a means of treatment in the form of high-quality DIY pest control products, so we can keep our homes and businesses bed bug free.

Selecting Appropriate Mosquito Products

Mosquitoes are problematic, especially in summer. The insects can get into houses or bite ankles and exposed skin after stepping outside to enjoy the fresh air. The problems associated with mosquitoes are not only limited to the bites, but also the potential diseases that the insects may carry. That is why it’s important to select appropriate DIY mosquito control measures.

Sprays for the Skin

Spraying a product on the skin can be a solution, but only when it relates to areas that are not part of a personal home. For example, spraying an insect repellent on the skin before going out for the day.

Since the insects do not necessarily bite individuals in their homes, it’s important to take measures to protect against the bites when traveling away from the house. Even a short trip to the store can result in bites.

The potential downside of the topical spray is the possibility that the skin will react poorly to the product. Individuals who have sensitive skin should test the spray on a small area to ensure that it will not cause any negative reactions.

Portable Traps

There are a variety of traps and repellents that can be used in various areas of the house or the yard. Since the traps are portable, such as lanterns or candles, they can be used in any location and can be taken away from the house when it’s necessary.

Keep in mind that some portable traps and repellents are designed for outdoor locations. It’s important to follow the directions of any trap before using it to encourage mosquitoes to avoid the particular space.

Sprays for the Yard

Along with the traps and the solutions that are sprayed on the skin, spraying the yard with appropriate repellents can be a good solution. The best sprays for the yard can vary, but there are options available at ePestSolutions that can encourage mosquitoes to avoid the yard or kill the insects before they get to the house.

Follow the directions carefully. Mosquito sprays that are used for the yard can be made with chemicals. Avoid direct contact with the skin or follow any safety instructions when the chemicals get onto the skin.

There are a variety of reasons that mosquitoes are dangerous for health, including the risk that the insects will spread diseases. Fortunately, there are also products that can help repel or eliminate the insects when they are in a house or yard.