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Learn to Divide an Area into what is called “Focus Zones” for Roach Control

Learn to divide and area into what is called “focus zones”

When you think about the behavior of cockroaches you should think recluse, they will spend the majority of their time in protected tight confined areas, like cracks and crevices.

I know we all wished we never saw them, but the truth is the most hidden the cockroach is the more likely it is to build up a large population.  They will remain undisturbed so they can continue to do their thing and breed!

This is especially a big deal when we consider the large commercial kitchens and establishments, so it is helpful to break up the zones into specific areas that can be scrutinized and you can concentrate your efforts in the correct area.

It will require you spend some time inspecting and locating these areas, but it will be worth the effort.  Get on your hands and knees and check out areas that maybe you do not look at every day, under equipment, hidden areas that will give them the perfect hiding area with plenty of moisture and food.  Inspecting is really the first and most critical step to cockroach control.

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How to do a Silverfish Inspection and Control Them

What to look for when you are doing a Silverfish Inspection:

 

Identify the active pest conditions:  What is making your home or garage so nice for the Silverfish to invade?  These conditions would include harborage areas that help te silverfish stay alive and hidden close to the structure they are invading.  Excessive mulch, moisture, leaf litter, and other organic matter.  Check your exterior out for these conditions and make any type of alteration that can be done to limit the attractiveness.

 

Now you need to start thinking points of entry, how are they getting inside?  Foundation cracks, weep holes, windows, doors, cracks and crevices, plumbing penetrations.

Consider the most sensible treatment plan for your personal home, is there a concern about pools or ponds, kids and pets.

Silverfish Control

A good solution might be to use MotherEarth Alpine dust around the exterior, this is a great alternative for sensitive areas.  Can also apply Motherearth Scatter Bait around the foundations, patios, decks, entrances to homes and buildings to prevent any other type of crawling insect from entering.

Inside for area of known populations of Silverfish Dekko Silverfish Packs are a great solution, to bait and control them.  Very inexpensive and very successful in controlling your Silverfish problem inside.

A good residual spray, such as Cy-Kick CS is a extremely effective on all types of insects not just the occasional invaders.   Low cost and will control pest for up to 90 days, one 16 ounce bottle can give most homeowners 2 years of pest control.

Dekko Silverfish control

Pest Control expensive and I’m on a fixed income

Problem

In SC we have several varieties of roaches. Currently, I have a pest company that comes quarterly to spray. It’s expensive and I’m on a fixed income. I’m looking for a less costly solution. The chemicals they use are pet friendly, though I don’t have pets (I just don’t want them to be too toxic for me!)Any suggestions? Will I need to mix anything? Buy a sprayer?

 

 

http://www.epestsolutions.com/cy-kick-cs-insecticide.html

http://www.epestsolutions.com/deluxe-1-gallon-sprayer.html

This is what I would recommend and yes it should be mixed with water and we can sell you a sprayer for less than $20.00.  If you have an on going roach problem, then using a roach bait such as maxforce select is a good choice. http://www.epestsolutions.com/maxforce-fc-select-roach-bait.html.  Both very safe the cy-kick you will want to let completely dry before allowing your pets and humans to enter the area again.

For less than $100.00 you can do your own pest control for over 3 years.

Please let me know if I can assist you any further.

Monica

Fuse Termiticide and Insecticide the Newest Fipronil Imidacloprid Product on the Market

Fuse Termiticide and Insecticide the Newest Fipronil Imidacloprid Product on the Market

 

FUSE™ Termiticide/Insecticide

Description: FUSE™ Termiticide/Insecticide is a new product that contains two active ingredients: imidacloprid and fipronil. FUSE is labeled for termite and perimeter pest control applications.

Brand: CSI

 

FUSE Termiticide and Inseticide

Active Ingredient(s): 21.4% imidacloprid, 6.6% fipronil

Package Specs: 27.5 fl. ounces 137.5 fl. ounces

States Registered: AZ, CO, CT, DE, GA, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, MS, MO, MT, NE, NJ, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WI, WV

Fuse is the newest product to be launched by Control Solutions that contains two active ingredients:  Imidacloprid and fipronil.  Fuse is labeled for termite and perimeter pest control, especially great for ant control around a structure.

With 21.4% Imidacloprid and 6.6% fipronil this is the perfect combination of highly effective pest control.

The way it works is that the imidaclporpid acts on post-synaptic nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the nervous system of the insects and the Fipronil blocks GABA-gated chloride channels in the central nervous system of insects.

Controls a long list of pest such as Ants, Boxelder Bugs, European Earwigs, Millipedes, Pill Bugs, Silverfish, Termites and more.

FUSE™ may be used in and along the outside perimeter of structures and building construction to
prevent and control termite infestations.

 

Avoiding Over-reliance, Chemical Resistance and Bait Aversion

Avoiding Over-reliance, Chemical Resistance and Bait Aversion

 

This may all seem like a lot of necessary technical information but it might be something that you here you pest control professional use when he refers to controlling cockroaches.  Cockroach bait is designed to have unique attributes that make it effective.  When you are looking to choice a specific roach gel bait, think about this, they all have strengths and limitations.

Using the same product over and over again and expecting that is works exactly the same year at to year, might leave you a little disappointed.  Some times you need to choose products for spot treatments, void treatments, and or crack and crevice treatments, they are not all created equal.

Because it has been shown that cockroaches can demonstrate bait aversion, and chemical resistance, it is necessary to think about a smart solution for cockroach control.

There are 3 categories to think about Baits, Contact Insecticides, and Residual Insecticides.    All three of these applications can have just an important role as the other, and they all serve a purpose.  I try to help customers understand that it is not one or the other but usually all through is the problem is big enough.

Baits are very popular and are easy to apply to cracks with little or no effort and this is great for the Diy’ er and homeowner.  But there can be an issue with some strains of roaches showing an aversion for some of the bait matrix and so it Is not a bad idea to rotate you baits every 3 to 6 months to keep them coming.

There are 2 excellent cockroach gel bait from BASF, Advance cockroach gel bait and Alpine Cockroach gel bait, all part of the Prescriptive Treatment Brand.  Each of these roach gel baits have their own formulation matrix and they have both been proven to be attractive to even German Cockroach strains that are associated with feeding aversion.

Advance Cockroach gel

The active ingredient is Dinotefuran, and is the same in both the Advance Cockroach gel bait and the Alpine Cockroach gel bait, but the food matrix that carries the active ingredient is different.    Also Dinotefuran has been granted the Reduced Risk status status by the EPA for public health use.  And Alpine cockroach gel bait is also free of any of the Big 8 allergens in its matrix which is extremely important for sensitive areas.

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Avoiding Over-reliance, Chemical Resistance and Bait Aversion

 

This may all seem like a lot of of necessary technical information but it might be something that you here you pest control professional use when he refers to controlling cockroaches.  Cockroach bait is designed to have unique attributes that make it effective.  When you are looking to choice a specific roach gel bait, think about this, they all have strengths and limitations.

Using the same product over and over again and expecting that is works exactly the same year at to year, might leave you a little disappointed.  Some times you need to choose products for spot treatments, void treatments, and or crack and crevice treatments, they are not all created equal.

Because it has been shown that cockroaches can demonstrate bait aversion, and chemical resistance, it is necessary to think about a smart solution for cockroach control.

There are 3 categories to think about Baits, Contact Insecticides, and Residual Insecticides.    All three of these applications can have just an important role as the other, and they all serve a purpose.  I try to help customers understand that it is not one or the other but usually all through is the problem is big enough.

Baits are very popular and are easy to apply to cracks with little or no effort and this is great for the Diy’ er and homeowner.  But there can be an issue with some strains of roaches showing an aversion for some of the bait matrix and so it Is not a bad idea to rotate you baits every 3 to 6 months to keep them coming.

There are 2 excellent cockroach gel bait from BASF, Advance cockroach gel bait and Alpine Cockroach gel bait, all part of the Prescriptive Treatment Brand.  Each of these roach gel baits have their own formulation matrix and they have both been proven to be attractive to even German Cockroach strains that are associated with feeding aversion.

The active ingredient is Dinotefuran, and is the same in both the Advance Cockroach gel bait and the Alpine Cockroach gel bait, but the food matrix that carries the active ingredient is different.    Also Dinotefuran has been granted the Reduced Risk status status by the EPA for public health use.  And Alpine cockroach gel bait is also free of any of the Big 8 allergens in its matrix which is extremely important for sensitive areas.

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The Mighty Mighty Trapper T-Rex Rat Snap Trap

The Mighty Mighty Trapper T-Rex Rat Snap Trap

When you are being tortured by a large furry animal that is not always seen, long tail and sharp front teeth that have the ability to gnaw through about anything, it is time to pull out the big guns, the Trapper T-Rex Snap Traps.

 

Trapper T-rex Snap Trap

These little black devices of death are made to last and do the job in one quick strike.  Easy to set and release, the Trapper T-Rex are the favorites in our warehouse and our homes.

Last year I had a few unwanted guest enjoying some dog food in our garage, new saw them, but our dog was going crazy and things were getting knocked around.  Of all the items that we had available, I went for the T-rex.  Set 3 out, one on the upper 2×4’s, 2 on the ground around the walls.  Set them at night, no baiting no nothing, next morning 2 monsters were on the traps and the reign of rat was over.

I know maybe not everyone agrees with snap traps, but I do not want rats in my garage, contaminating all my areas, with feces and urine.  So like it or not these traps work.

So if you are looking for a Snap Trap that is capable of handling a large roof rat and there is no way they will be able to drag the trap away, then the T-Rex is the way to go.

Does have a small cup that can be used to bait with chocolate, bacon, peanut butter or Provoke if you need a good lure.

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Vendetta Plus Roach Bait By MGK: Offers New Combination Still Great Results:

Vendetta Plus Roach Bait New Combination Still Great Results:

Vendetta® Plus combines two modes-of-action to kill German Cockroaches where they hide, and prevent future re-infestation.

Vendetta Plus Will Kills German Cockroaches where they hide and is Effective on both averse and non-averse German Cockroaches.  Because if includes the IGR Nyguard it will reduce the population by preventing reproduction.  If you have a severe German Cockroach infestation than Vendetta Plus is the product for you.

Vendetta Roach Gel Bait

Ready to use already mixed has a very low odor and is very effective and clean roach gel bait.

Can be used in Apartments, Homes, Hotels, restaurants, Schools and warehouses.

 

Can be stored for up to 3 years at room temperature.

 

You do not need to mix or dilute this product it is ready to be used, you should however avoid applying any other chemicals in the areas that you will apply the Vendetta and it can cause a bait aversion,

 

This includes cleaning products.

 

Good practice for heavy roach baiting is to rotate the bait you use, within a year to avoid any behavioral resistance.

 

We always recommend using an Insect Growth Regulator with your roach control bait, Vendetta Plus has it included in the bait.

 

It can be used as a spot treatment and crack and crevice treatment.

 

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Zoecon Ant Bait Products and Their Differences

Zoecon Ant Bait Products and Their Differences

Zoecon Ant Control Products

Zoecon is the manufacturer of 3 ant bait products, but picking the one that will work the best for you can be complicated, so we have a little bit of information to share with each of the ant baits main characteristics.

Extinguish Professional Fire Ant Bait

Features:

Contains an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) that can be applied to anywhere ants will go.  This will prevent the queen of the ant colony from reproducing.  It is a very attractive bait that is readily picked up Fire Ants.

It will completely eliminate a colony and is approved for residential turf, landscapes and many other areas.  For the full list of application areas it is best to consult the product label that can be found on our website.

Grazing animals do not have to be removed from the area and it has not grazing restrictions.

Extinguish Professional Fire Ant Bait will eliminate and control the entire colony without relocation which can occur with other insecticides.

Main active ingredient is Methoprene 0.5%

Extinguish Plus Fire Ant Bait

Features:

It not only has the IGR but an added adulticide that will kill the adult ants.  This product offers a very long lasting fire ant control program and will eliminate the entire colony without any relocation from the ants.

It will start killing ants immediately after ingestion and can prevent colonies from spreading and the fire ants getting out of hand.  It can be applied in a broadcast application or used to treat individual mounds.

Contains both active ingredients Methoprene 0.5% and Hydramethylnon.

ProBait Ant Bait

Features:

Probait Ant Bait will kill the imported and native fire ants plus harvester, bigheaded and Argentine ants.

Contains a very attractive bait matrix that makes this ant bait irresistible to ants and fire ants.  It only takes 1 – 1.5lbs per acre as a broadcast application.

For Direct mound application you can apply 2 to 5 tablespoons as an individual mound treatment.

Available in a 2.5lb container and also larger 25lb bag.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Kill Bamboo

Email received about killing Bamboo, and we thought this might be worth a repost:

 

Good morning, the best way I know how to kill Bamboo is to use a glyphosate herbicide something like Roundup and add a water soluble fertilizer at the same time, maybe miracle grow.  This is to be sprayed over all the leaves of the bamboo, the fertilizer is really tricking in a way the Bamboo and causing it to absorb the herbicide quickly.  Not the hard part, you need to wait and let the entire plant, it will start turning brown at the leaves, and takes time for the whole plant including the runners to be killed.

You can reapply in about 2 weeks, but do not cut them down until you can just simply pull the out of the ground.

This trick really works, but you need to be patient.

Please let me know if I can assist you any further, Happy Hunting.

 

Overwintering Insects: In -laws are not the most dreaded house guest

Overwintering Insects:  In -laws are not the most dreaded house guest

 

Stinkbugs are small enough to use many different opportunities to enter a structure, so think about more than just the windows or doors as possible entry points.

Overwintering guest usually occur in the fall when the temperatures start to drop.  It is possible for them to be located in your attic for 6 months during the winter, all warm and toasty, and then for you to see a huge population in the spring.

 

When the Stinkbug starts warming up after overwintering you may start seeing them move out of light fixtures, vents, and really any other opening they may have found.

Exclusion is always the best policy with overwintering guest, all though is not 100% even when it comes to In-Laws.  But it is the best place to start, and looking for gaps and then sealing them can be done throughout the year.  It will help keep out more than just your overwintering stinkbugs.

Check out openings from the ground on up, look at the roof, shingles, vents, soffits, and plumbing penetrations.

Spraying the exterior of the home, usually the south side is a good area to start, can help reduce the numbers that make it inside.  It is also recommended that you dust the wall voids inside after the Stinkbug has made it inside.  This is something that would need to be repeated every year.

 

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