6/20/19 – pest control – gtg

It may become necessary to remove bees because they may relocate to different areas in search of nutrients needed for survival and become pests. This is a common problem in a variety of areas nationwide. In San Antonio
Texas, for example, bee removal is a flourishing business. The reason that bee removal is risky and dangerous is that you could be dealing with Africanized or hybrid type bees which have a nasty sting that also attracts other bees once
one is stung.

Bees prefer dark and closed in areas such as hollowed trees, empty car trunks, walls that don’t have any insulation, as well as water meters. Many beekeepers breed bees in hives, structures they use to keep the bees contained. Bees in the wild create colonies in various natural structures where they thrive, like the places mentioned before.

Removing the bees from their location is not an easy job. One must kill them in order to remove the nest from its present location. Because some consider bees helpful to their farming activities, bee removal in San Antonio, Texas is
limited, but others see them as pests, and they should be treated as such. Several methods are available to remove these pests. While removing bees in San Antonio Texas, finding the nest where the adult bees are located is vital.
There are many products that are available for use. Aerosol spray can be used effectively to get rid of insects. To rid dwellings of hornets, bees, and wasps, aerosol sprays are recommended.

The bees may also be eliminated through the use of dusts or spray concentrates, also known as insecticides. Spray the entryway and the escape route of the nest as well as the inner parts of the nest. The combs should be
removed after this or other insects will be attracted by the fermented honey.

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Pigeons would rather nest in the interior of a building, as long as there is access. Openings in and around your home such as, but not limited to, eaves, vents and lofts need to be closed off using a variety of metal, sheet, wood and wire mesh; this will prevent pests from gaining access to your home. The most effective pigeon removal methods in San Antonio, Texas involve changes to the structure to keep birds from being comfortable enough to rest, nest, or even enter.

A physical barrier is made by putting sheet metal, wire screens, and weather proof nets that block the pathway to favorite roosting areas. Placing a monofilament line of heavy gauge spaced at six inch intervals, creates a fence that interferes with pigeon flight patterns around their roosting areas.

A commercially available system of bird barriers often used in San Antonio TX consists of porcupine wires or metal prongs attached to a base that is placed on a level roosting surface. This is an effective anti-roosting technique. Pigeons prefer to roost on level surfaces that can be changed by creating slopes with materials such as wire mesh. Substances that are sticky also aid in pigeon removal. Birds tend to avoid areas treated with tactile repellent. Pigeon populations are reduced by thorough nest removal that is followed by pigeon proofing the building.

Live traps placed in areas where pigeons are normally found is yet another method used for removal in the San Antonio TX area. The best type of baits to use in traps are peanuts, bread, peas, sunflower seeds, popcorn millet and cracked corn. Baiting methods are the most humane, but entail time and labor.

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Spiders can be repelled using natural products such as lemon, pine, and eucalyptus scents. Spiders don’t care for these fragrances and they will not come back, to avoid them. When these extermination fragrances are put in places that spiders usually hang out, like doors and windowsills, they are very efficient in repelling them. To eliminate the spiders’ entry into your home to begin with, clean these areas thoroughly with the scents. To keep spiders from entering the home, the outside perimeter is treated with a good spraying of these scents.

Some insect repellents are available in powder form. The powder is dispersed around the outside of the home and exterminates spiders before they gain entry. Insecticide powder should not be used inside the home as some people may be allergic to the ingredients.

It is important to eliminate old nests and webs to avoid propagating more spiders. A complete sweeping and dusting of corners, beneath the furniture and in between spaces, removes these pests and their eggs from your house. The use of a lemon or pine fragrance oil or cleaning solution is strongly recommended. Keep your windows and door sills
tight to get rid of spiders; this will not leave them any space to come into your home. For effective spider extermination, any cracks in the house’s walls should be sealed.

Keep your outdoor lights off unless needed, because insects such as spiders are drawn to light sources at night. Also, to reject spiders, all exterior lights by garage or porch should be turned off. Using methods open and known to them, a pest control expert can cure your home of serious spider infestations. These methods consist of fumigating, as well
other ways to exterminate.

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Stinging insects of the order Hymenoptera are urban pests. For example, the common names of some stinging insects are hornets, yellow jackets, and wasps. Insects can be both beneficial and problematic, and too much of a good thing can be just as bad, thus the need for pest control. The best, most effect way of removing honey bees on a permanent basis is the removal of the nest and its queen, intact, and offering them to a local beekeeper. Since the other bees will follow their queen, this permits an effective method of controlling honey bees without causing harm to the colony.

There is no definitive method of total stinging insect removal. One can counter problem situation by the removal of nests built near or in one’s own home. Stinging insects should be controlled directly from the source rather than trying to remove individual insects. Approved pesticides should be used to spray the nests, but only in small amounts — just enough to get rid of the insects.

Tree limbs, shrubs and unused cars make a great home for insects like hornets and wasps. A direct treatment to the nest is the most effective treatment because the nest occupants will be exterminated. To kill the insects that were not in the nest, insecticide is applied to the area around the nest as well. Insects like cicada killers, miming bees, bumble bees and yellow jackets make their nests underground.

It is possible to eliminate stinging insects when the inside of a home is infested with them. These insects fix their nests inside the walls of the buildings or construct them within the walls. The first step prior to effective eradication is locating the entrance hole on the outside.

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Termites are a cause of ruination specifically to wooden elements; their spit contains a chemical that dissolves the cellulose that is in wood. When the wood has been digested, it weakens and results in the destruction of furniture and buildings. One needs to learn about various ways of dealing with a termite problem to prevent loss. Many species of pests require different methods to be effectively exterminated. Before buying a drug, a person should ask if it really works on the pest that it is supposed to get rid of. One should consider purchasing the drug that eradicates most termite species, in case one is not knowledgeable in the different termite species. Advancements in research have led to new, more effective and safer ways for termite extermination in San Antonio. These chemicals come in several forms, such as gasses, liquids or solid forms.

When buying these drugs, people should be concerned about being safe because some of these drugs are dangerous for people. One should use easy, friendly to use models when they apply drugs within the household. The first, best step in the extermination of termites in San Antonio is finding and identifying of any and all breeding areas. The place where termites breed should be eliminated to control the spread of termites. One should eliminate the conditions that favor termites upon destruction. Humidity and dirt is included in this.

Baits are often successful remedies in San Antonio for exterminating termites. These chemical baits are made to attract the termites. This attractant is called a pheromone. When the termites touch the bait, they smother and are killed. Some other commonly used ways to rid your home of termites are insecticides called termiticides. This is an insecticide made specifically for getting rid of all kinds of termites. Liquid and solid forms of these insecticides are available.

Borate is another remedy used to rid your home of termites. It is primarily applied on timber before building. It works very well since it remains on the wood a long time and shields against attacks and ruination.

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If you want to prevent a pest infestation or if you’re attempting to overcome a pest infestation you already have, the most important thing you can do it keep your home clean and tidy.

Pests enter your home looking for food and shelter. A messy home encourages pests in several ways. Leftover food, dirty dishes, crumbs, and unfinished drinks in your home looks like a buffet meal to pests. They don’t need nearly as much food as you do, and just a little left over on a plate is enough to encourage pests that found your home to stay and to breed.

A Pest Buffet

Messy homes also provide shelter for pests. Papers or clothes lying about look an awful lot like fallen leaves or other natural shelters that pests would seek out outside. Most bugs, particularly cockroaches, do not want to be seen by you. Clutter gives them plenty of hiding spaces to feel safe and comfortable in your home.

Cleanliness matters for other reasons, too. Vacuum regularly and wipe down your counters and cabinets with soapy water. Pests leave scents in the paths they walk and in their feces that attract others of their species. Yes, if pests are in your house, they’re pooping in your house. Vacuum your carpets to eliminate the feces that attract still more pests. Wipe down your counters and cabinets to eliminate the trails that attract more pests.

The most important habit you can adopt to manage pest problems is to always have the dishes cleaned and the kitchen garbage out before bed each night.

If you need to develop some new habits to get a clean house, consider the following video to help you start:

Simply keeping a tidy home will go a long way to discourage an infestation. If you’re already struggling with an infestation, get your home clean first, then move on to the next step.

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Stink bugs are also known as shield bugs as their back look like a shield, they are brown in color and are most commonly seen around gardens or farms, they lay their eggs under the flower beds, fields, shrubs etc . They are a nuisance around agriculture as they are agricultural pests and eat up leaves and crops. The stink bugs belong to a bug family called Pentatomoidea, Hempitera. Let us look at some stink bug facts:

The stink bugs are about the size of pumpkin seeds, they have wings, antenna and six legs. The insects may be of different colors but most commonly they are mottled brown in color. And the back looks just like a shield and hence they are also known as shield bugs.

Scientifically they are classified under the Insecta family, in the order of Hempitera, family Pentatomidea and the Phylum Anthropoda.

They feed on crops, fruits, soybeans, tomatoes and other vegetables; they also eat up leaves and are also known as agricultural pests. They however don’t harm human beings directly but are indeed harmful to crops. The stink bugs get their name from the stink they give off if crushed or killed. The stink is also a defense mechanism; they give of stench if threatened too.

The stink bugs also feed on other insects and larvae of caterpillars and beetles. The adult stink bugs goes into hibernation in the winter but come out of hibernation at springtime. The bugs hibernate in order to survive the harsh winter conditions and in warm climate, they live up to more than a year.

To get rid of stink bugs it is better to bring in the professionals. Certified pest control will know how to control and eradicate the pest infestation not only of stink bugs but also of other pests. Some measures one can follow to curb stink bug infestation, is by removing plants or weeds around the house, because stink bugs like to lay their eggs under the leaves or in flower beds. Scattering kaolin clay around the house or kaolin clay solution prevents the stink bugs to reproduce or destroy crops or plants. Stink bugs love light, so they find their way into houses at night, so caulk seal can be used to seal off any cracks or crevices around the house that might act as a potential entry point for the stink bugs. If one happens to crush the bugs it will release foul smell so it is better to use vacuum cleaner to suck up the bugs in the vacuum bag and dispose them off far away in garbage bins. Try using some chemical repellents such as permethrin, tralomethrin, cypermethrin, cyfluthrin, horticultural oil etc around entry ways, cracks, crevices etc but be sure to use protective gloves and breathing masks before using these chemical repellents to avoid inhaling or getting in contact with them.
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Q1. What is the best way to deal with mosquito’s?
Answer:
If you are having problems with mosquito’s there are many very repellant sprays and creams available which will deal with them. One of the best and long term less expensive solutions is to use a thin netting to prevent the mosquito’s getting through. Netting is very useful solution around your bed to help to protect you when you are trying to sleep and is very common in many places like Africa.

Q2. Most years I have a big problem with crickets, can you suggest anything?
Answer:
I would suggest from very early when planting your lawn seed to do regular chemical treatments of your lawn (at least once a month) using some commonly available outdoor insecticides such as cyfluthrin (tempo), cypermethrin (demon, cynoff, cyper-active), ficam w or plus, propetamphos (safrotin) lambdacyhalothrin (commadore), or permethrin (dragnet, flee).

Q3. Can you give me any tips on preventing my dog and cat getting fleas?
Answer:
In short the answer is you must keep your home and pets clean. Regularly vacuum and clean the hose (daily if possible) and regularly wash your pet using shampoo. A flea collar may be expensive but they are a very worthwhile investment and work very well.

Q4. Can I deal with my rat problem myself or do I need to call an expert?
Answer:
You have 3 main options. The first is traps and there are various. There are the sort which many say are inhumane, these ones are designed to kill them, usually by having a metal bar come down and break their neck. The other kinds of traps are traps that close themselves when the rodent is inside and traps them inside. However these can have 1 major flaw, firstly they don’t always work, the cage fails to close and the rodent escapes. The other 2 options are poison (the most commonly used is anticoagulant containing warfarin), the other option is Predator repellant’s, this is the most environmentally friendly option and doesn’t involve the animal dying. By using a predator repellant you are marking your land like a fox or something would and this scares of the rodents.

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