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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.

Using Appropriate Products to Eliminate Fleas

Fleas are a problem that impacts the lives of families and individuals throughout the country. The insects are often spread from pets or are dragged into the house from an outdoor setting. Once the pests get into the house, it can be an annoying problem. That is why it’s important to select the most appropriate products from ePestSolutions to eliminate the insects before they can spread and cause more problems.

Flea Powder

Flea power is a DIY flea control measure that is appropriate when the insects are already in the house and have infested the carpet, furniture, or other items. Since the insects can spread quickly and jump from different locations, using a powder is a fast and effective way to eliminate the insects.

The downside of a powder is that it can seem messy and it may not be necessary in every situation. It is also a chemical solution, which is not always preferred in a house that has small children or several pets.

Traps and Bait

Although powder is a good choice when the infestation has spread, a trap or flea bait can be a good solution when the problem is still contained within a small area. For example, putting out flea bait near an infestation and allowing the insects to get trapped will ensure that the problem does not spread further and it will avoid any problems that may be associated with chemical treatments.

Small children and pets should be kept away from the bait and trap to ensure that the fleas do not spread and that there are not health concerns associated with the chemicals that attract the insects.

Selecting the Right Products

Since the best flea control measures and products can depend on the level of infestation and the situation, it’s important to consider each product carefully and evaluate the uses before buying a product. Evaluate any potential problems that may arise, such as children who may be curious about the traps, and pick out a product that will address any personal concerns. At ePestSolutions, all of the products are effective and can help eliminate the insects before an infestation can spread further.

When insects are causing problems, it is important to find the right solution. By using DIY flea control measures, it’s possible to stop the problem before it can get out of control. Comparing the products and the ways that they are used can simplify the process of purchasing an appropriate product.

Picking Termite Control Products

When a house is infested with termites, it can be a big problem for homeowners. Although there are a variety of do it yourself pest control solutions that can help, it’s important to select appropriate products based on personal concerns and the current level of infestation. In the case of termites, early treatment solutions and eliminating the pests as soon as they are discovered can prevent severe damage to personal property.

Use Bait

Termite bait is a good choice when the problem is still small and the damage is limited. By using bait kits from ePestSolutions, it’s easy to limit the damages by eliminating the pests.

Bait should be placed in locations that are near the infestation if it is possible. The insects will bring the poison from the bait back to the colony and die over time. The downside of bait is that it can take some time before the infestation is eliminated. Avoid using bait if the pests have spread throughout the building. There are faster options when the problem has already spread.

Consider Wood Treatments

Although extermination is a good choice, ePestSolutions provides wood treatment options that can help prevent the insects from spreading throughout a home or property. The treatments are used directly on the wood so that it repels the insects or kills them when they start to damage the wood.

The downside of the treatment is that it cannot be used on every item that may be eaten by termites. Paper, books, and insulation may still be damaged by termites.

Use Organic Products

The products that are most appropriate can be difficult to identify when the problem is growing, but there is always a solution to alleviate concerns related to human and pet health. Organic products are an appropriate solution when there are small children, pets, or individuals who are sensitive to chemical treatments in the house.

Since organic products are made with environmentally friendly and natural materials, it will not harm the family. The products will still prevent the spread of termites or kill the pests before severe damage to the property occurs, but the organic materials are safer than other products that are available.

There are a variety of products that can help with termite control, especially when the problem is still small and the damages are easily fixed. The key is selecting a product that addresses the current extent of the problem and does not cause concerns regarding the health of family members.

How to Use Your Indoor Ant Control Kit #1

Kit contains:

  • Advance Dual Choice Ant Bait Stations
  • Advance 388B
  • Tip and Plunger
  • Advance 388B Ant Gel:

    Advance 388 B Ant Gel Bait Controls Ants (Including, Acrobat, Allegheny, Argentine, Bigheaded, Cornfield, Crazy, Ghost, Harvester, Little Black, Odorous House, Pavement, Pharaoh, Pyramid, White footed, Thief and Honey).

  • INDOOR: Apply gel indoors in areas where ants are seen, including areas behind the refrigerator, stove, around water pipes, in cracks and crevices on window and door sills.
  • Renew bait as needed.
  • Apply only in areas inaccessible to children and pets.
  • OUTDOOR: Apply small, pea-sized bait placements where ants congregate or are seen entering the building.
  • Bait near or in cracks, crevices or void spaces around windows, door jams and sills, eaves, patios, garages, under stairwells, and crawl spaces.
  • Other areas where ants travel, hide or nest may also be baited (i.e. fences, trees, tree holes and around concrete slabs and asphalt covered areas).
  • Renew bait as needed, keeping in mind that outdoor gel placements may dry more quickly than indoor placements and may have to be replaced more frequently.
  • Advance Dual Choice:

    How to use guide

    Advance Dual Choice Ant Bait Stations

    EFFECTIVE AGAINST:

    Pharaoh Ants, Cornfield Ants, Argentine Ants and a Variety of Household Ants.

    Contains Abamectin B1

    ADVANCE 360A Dual Choice Ant Bait Stations contain a slow acting insect bait. For best results placement of the bait should be into or near insect harborage sites. So put the stations out where you are seeing the activity of the ants.
    Do not apply chemicals or cleaning solutions in the areas of the bait or stations as it will create an aversion to the bait. Ants are very sensitive to chemicals and will avoid them at all cost.
    ANTS: Concentrate treatment at insect activity sites. Ants are attracted to the bait and it is carried back to the nest to kill the queen and destroy the colony.

    ADVANCE 360A Dual Choice baits are packaged in a child-resistant container.

    1. Break bait stations apart from the plastic frame. To stick on vertical surfaces, remove peel and stick backing on reverse side of bait station.
    2. For thorough ant control, use as many bait stations as necessary (normally 3-4 stations for an average size room or 6-8 stations for a heavy infestation).
    3. For best results, also place bait stations along walls, baseboards, in corners, under sinks, in cabinets, pantries, near plumbing, electrical lines, potted plants, waste receptacles, sensitive electronic equipment, inside drop ceilings, wall voids, under and around equipment and appliances.
    4. Replace bait stations when necessary, approximately every 3 months.

    You will usually notice fewer ants in days or pest population reduction will be apparent within a week.

    These are recommendations, you should always read and follow manufacturer labels and instruction and remember we are here to help.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us at www.epestsolutions.com or call us toll free 1-888-523-7378.

    How to Use Your Advion Ant Bait Stations / Arenas

    Advion Ant Bait Stations contain indoxocarb and a patented formulation that kills Pharaoh ants and other common household ants:

    Including Carpenter Ants, Argentine Ants, Crazy Ants, Pavement Ants, Cornfield ants, Odorous house ants, acrobat ants and thief ants.

    Placement of ADVION® Ant Bait Arenas

    Ant Bait Arenas in and around structures will kill foraging ants, including fire ants and harvester ants, but for complete control of outdoor nests of fire ants or harvester ants, use a broadcast or direct mound treatment product.
    Space sprays or other residual materials should not be applied directly to or near the bait arenas. Application of these materials can cause ants to behave abnormally and therefore reduce the potential of feeding on the bait material inside the station. Foraging ants must be able to feed on the bait and return to the colony

    How to use:

  • Simply place the bait stations indoors or outdoor immediately in the ants trails or close to areas where ants are numerous. Nests are usually located in dark, humid and warm areas close to a water source and also food source.
  • For the best effect but you bait stations out adjacent to the structure, near electrical outlets, wall voids, waste baskets, garbage cans and sinks.
  • Advion Ant Bait Arena can also be placed in cabinets, next to dishes, near sensitive equipment or anywhere you ant problem is occurring.
  • Indoor use: For normal infestations, you should use 3 Advion Ant Bait Arena in a average size room. If you have a very heavy infestation then best to use additional stations in the areas where you are seeing the infestations.

    If after 2 weeks the problem is still persisting then, place new bait stations out. Inspect the ADVION® ant bait arenas periodically and replace as needed or every 2 to 3 months.

    Outdoor use: Bait stations should be placed adjacent to the structure near ant activity or anywhere ants may gain access to the structure. Application sites include the air conditioner units, electrical conduits, pipe chases, concrete slabs, ant mounds and anywhere you are seeing ant activity.

    The ant stations can be stuck on a vertical surface by peeling off the protective strip to expose the adhesive.

  • Do not spray the bait stations, do not clean the area surrounding the stations, which can cause an aversion to the bait and prevent any ants from coming to the stations.
  • You can see, sometimes increased ant activity near the bait stations immediately after placement for short periods but usually you will see less activity within three to four days.
  • Do not interfere with ants for best results, you need the ants to ingest the bait and then take back to the colony to share with the queen.
  • These are recommendations, you should always read and follow manufacturer labels and instruction and remember we are here to help.
  • Please do not hesitate to contact us at www.epestsolutions.com or call us toll free 1-888-523-7378.