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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Silverfish (sometimes called fishmoth) are a very common household pest throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. They have no wings and take their name from the fish-like movements they make when they run.

(For information on how to get rid of silverfish, please scroll down the page).

Silverfish are not poisonous to humans, nor can they bite, but they can cause significant damage to your home is left unchallenged. They typically feed on books, wallpaper, photo albums, and textiles – if you see small holes with irregular shapes appearing in any of those items, it is likely that silverfish are the culprits.

Silverfish can be found in many rooms in your home because they seems to wander great distances in the night. Usually they are found in the bathroom, the attic, or any other dark, moist environment. In some cases, hundreds of thousands of silverfish have been found living in roofs and walls of buildings during demolitions.

The scientific name for silverfish is Lepisma Saccharina.

Silverfish are commonly mistaken for firebrats and vice versa. These two species are very similar in appearance and share a very common diet – the main difference between to two is that firebrats prefer warmer temperatures and are usually found near furnaces, boilers, or ovens. Firebrats also have longer tails and are usually more reddish brown in appearance. Silverfish, however, can often appear to be brown in appearance, as well as blue, silver, white, or beige.

Silverfish or Firebrats

The key to getting rid of silverfish is to change the environment in which they live and prevent them from easily accessing a source of food. Silverfish are typically most active at night and seek refuge in moist, dark environments at night. In many cases, if your home has silverfish, it is very likely that your home provides them with these ideal conditions.

In order to get rid of them, and keep them gone forever, you must fix any problem areas in your home that offer them an environment of high moisture. The most common problem area is under the sink, near the toilet, or any other water source in your home.

There are many products and chemicals available on the market for getting rid of silverfish. Here is a list of commonly suggested chemicals:

Boric Acid
Drione Dust
Cyonara
Silverfish Paks are also available as a method for silverfish control. They are designed to go inside rarely-worn clothes, on book shelves, inside curtains, in closets, attics, or dark places.

Like many of the suggested chemicals or poisons, it is suggest that you keep Silverfish Paks away from children and animals.

Suggested Reading
For a complete guide on how to get rid of silverfish without using chemicals or pesticides of any kind, check out Bob Haskins’s website on Silverfish Elimination. It provides a step by step guide on how to modify the environment in your home in order to eradicate silverfish for good.

Bob Haskins’s guide will show you how to:

–> Kill adult silverfish with homemade traps so that you can break the silverfish breeding cycle
–> How to prevent new silverfish from getting in your home
–> Prevent silverfish from accessing their sources of food
–> How to modify the conditions of your home so that it’s no longer ideal for silverfish

Getting rid of silverfish is easy (if you know what to do). We recommend Bob Haskins’s guide on Silverfish Elimination.

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Cockroaches are one of the most resilient pests on the planet. It is estimated that they have lived on this planet for over 300 million years and that they have evolved very little in that time. In other words, cockroaches today look exactly like the cockroaches 300 million year ago.

Once you’ve seen cockroaches in your home, chances are you have been infested. Prepare for a difficult battle! Getting rid of cockroaches can be a very difficult task.

Here are some quick tricks you can use to maintain cockroach control:

1) Sprinkle boric acid where ever you’ve seen them, especially in areas where they take refuge. Boric acid is toxic to roaches and it will kill them once they’ve come into contact with it. Be careful if you have children or pets because boric acid can be harmful to them as well.

2) It is also believed that you can make your home made roach traps by mixing equal parts baking powder and sugar with soda. Put the mixture in a shallow dish and place it near the location of the roach sightings. The mixture is fatal to roaches and they will die once they’ve ingested it.

3) Eliminate their sources of water! Cockroaches can live for months without food, but like most creatures they require water on a daily basis to survive. By limiting their access to water you can achieve successful roach control! Make sure you fix any leaking pipes, dripping taps, pools of moisture, etc..

4) Maintain a clean environment. Like many other household pests – such as ants, spiders, silverfish, etc – cockroaches are attracted to environments that are unkept, dirty, and in disarray. It is crucial to clean your home and keep it clean if you want to win the fight against cockroaches.

Keeping Cockroaches GONE FOREVER!
There are many sprays and pesticides on the market for getting rid of cockroaches, but many of them will not help to achieve permanent cockroach control. Although many of them will succeed in achieving temporary relief from cockroaches, they will always come back if you haven’t corrected the conditions in your home that attract roaches in the first place.

The primary conditions that attract cockroaches are:

A dirty, unkept environment
A source of food
A source of water
Suitable places for them to hide and breed
The key to success is altering these conditions so that roaches can no longer thrive in your living spaces. If conditions are less than idea, they will simply move on to another environment where they find it more suitable.

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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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The best way to manage pests is to not have them in the first place.

As discussed in a previous article, keeping a clean house is the first, best defense against a pest infestation. In this article, we’re going to take prevention one step further with a focus on the most common household pests: ants, cockroaches, and pantry pests (beetles and weevils).

Pests first enter your home foraging for food and water. If pests find generous supplies of food and water, as well as harborage (places they can call home and use for breeding), what starts out as a few foragers can turn into a full-fledged infestation. Limit or eliminate he food, water, and harborage, and you will have few successful foragers, making an infestation is incredibly unlikely.

Plenty pf places for cockroaches to stay well hidden

To limit the number if successful foragers, first to limit the number of foragers in general. Seal up entries through windows and doors by making sure they close properly. Caulk if necessary to get a tighter seal. Also look for other areas of potential entry like plumbing, cable, or telephone lines and make sure they enter the house through an airtight seal. Caulk if necessary. These steps can help reduce the total number of foragers entering your home. Next we want to make sure those that still find entry into your home fail to be successful.

When pests are successful in finding food or water in you home, they will invite more to join them. Or even worse, start breeding right in your home. That’s why it’s vital your home not be attractive to pests that do find their way in.

I can’t say it enough times. Keep your home clean. If nothing else, make sure you do the dishes every night and take out the kitchen garbage every night.

Other things to help reduce successful foragers are the following. Eliminate drips, condensation, or standing water. Poorly maintained plumbing can become a water source for pests. Don’t overlook pet water bowls – your dog doesn’t need to drink water while he’s sleeping at night.

Keep dry goods, cereals, flour, and sugar in air-tight containers. These products, typically kept in a closed dark cabinet, are a favorite food source for all types of pests. Also, pet food should not be kept out or in an open bag. Store pet food in a sealable container, and don’t leave uneaten pet food standing in the bowl overnight.

A special note about cardboard boxes. There are those who save cardboard boxes for moving, storage, potential future storage needs, etc. Cardboard boxes are a favorite harborage for cockroaches. It’s advisable to discard any unneeded cardboard boxes rather than store them for extended periods of time.

Seal your house, then eliminate food, water, and harborage. Follow these tips, and you’ll greatly reduce the need for chemical pest control, plus make chemical pest control all the more effective when you do turn to it.

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There are numerous ant species that can become pests. For the most part, it’s not necessary to know the specific species of ant you’re facing in order to effectively treat them. The exception to this is fire ants and carpenter ants, which we will address with in a separate article.

First know that ants are willing to travel surprising distances for food and water. The ants you see in your home probably have their nests outside. There are plenty of exceptions to this, but it’s a good general rule of thumb. Also, when you’re battling ants, keep in mind you have to destroy the colony, not just the ants that you see foraging. If all you kill are foragers, the colony will produce more foragers and keep sending more.

When dealing with an ant problem, our first step is prevention. Even if you have a troublesome ant problem already, you should be following the preventive measures. Preventive measures alone will go a long way to reducing the ant population you see, and it will make those efforts you take to deal with an ant problem much more effective. If you haven’t read our preventive articles, do that now, then return to this article. Those preventive articles detail the importance of keeping your house clean and preventive measures you can take to limit successful foraging.

In your home, ants are looking primarily for food and water. If you were able to kill every ant you saw enter your home, they’d still keep coming, because it nest itself is your target, not the individual foragers. Preventive steps are aimed at limiting foragers from identifying your home as a prime source of food and water then relaying that information to their nest. Once you’re seeing large numbers of ants inside, it’s too late – the nest is well aware of your home.

Once the nest knows how to enter your home and where in it to find food, it may seem counter-intuitive, but killing those foragers can sometimes be counter productive. You need to destroy the nest to stop the problem. Unfortunately you don’t know where the nest is, but those foraging ants do. That’s why effective chemical control of ants always emphasizes bait over contact poison. You don’t want to kill the foragers immediately. You want the foragers to take the poison down into their nest for you before they die.

For bait to be most effective, it needs to be placed close to the nest or along a well-traveled ant trail. Other known sources of food have to be eliminated to make the bait their primary source of food. So, in practical step-by-step terms, what does that mean….

Bait along a well-traveled ant trail

Steps to dealing with an ant problem:

(Skip this step if you don’t have a well travelled ant trail in your home) Place bait on the ant trail itself as close to the beginning of the trail as you can find.
Get your house clean. As part of this step, consider your house plants. Plants that are over-watered can provide water for ants. Plants that have aphids can provide a preferred food source for ants.
Seal any obvious entryways for ants (e.g., cracks, gaps under doors or windows, etc.)
Trim trees and bushes so they’re making no direct contact to your home
Place a repellent barrier around your home
Bait your yard.

There are plenty of effective commercial available ant baits. Most will use a small amount of poison, like boric acid, as an active ingredient with something like sugar water to make it attractive to the ants. Different species of ants prefer different foods, and those food preferences can change with seasons. So some experimentation with the type of bait may be required (e.g., sweet, fats, proteins).

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In this article, we’re going to touch on the more common types of indoor pests. We’ll help with identification, and give a little summary about each of them. Detailed information about specific pests will be found in other articles.

This article is limited to common indoor pests. We will not be discussing parasitic pests, like fleas, lice, or bedbugs. We also will not be discussing outdoor pests, like moles or chinch bugs.

If your follow the recommendations to keep your house clean the preventive measures to limit successful foraging from previous articles, you should experience a reduction in all of the pests that follows. So make sure you’ve read those articles and put them into practice if you’re have trouble with any of the pests you see here.

Ants

For many this is the most common household pest they will encounter. Ants can fit through very small spaces, making it extremely difficult to completely enclose the house and eliminate all foragers. Ants are less concerned about cover and remaining unseen, so they are more likely to be encountered in your home boldly wandering or following an established trail than are other pests. But if you’ve got ants, you also have all the other ingredients in your home to welcome other pests that are better at remaining hidden. Ant trails are very important to them. When keeping your home clean, make sure you’re wiping down your kitchen area with soapy water to wash away the invisible scent trails they leave as advertisements to other ants that they successfully foraged there.

Cockroaches

Many people feel cockroaches are the most repulsive of the pests they encounter. Cockroaches like to hide. They’re tough to spot unless you surprise them in the middle of the night by flipping on a light in the kitchen when you’d ordinarily be asleep. As part of your prevention habits for cockroaches, make sure you’re cleaning the kitchen and emptying the kitchen garbage each night.

Pantry pests (beetles and weevils)

These pest are found almost exclusively in the pantry or cabinets. The live and feed in rarely used, unsealed dry goods, like flour, pancake mix, cereal, or sugar. You are unlikely to know you have them until you decide to make pancakes one morning, for example, and you find a bug crawling around in the pancake mix. The best thing to do to manage these bugs is to make sure your dried goods are in sealed containers, not just open boxes or bags.

Spiders

For many, spiders are the pests they’re most concerned about because of some level of fear they have regarding these bugs. Spiders are different from other pests in that they aren’t eating off of your dirty dishes or out of the dog food bowl. If you have spiders in your home, it’s because they’re finding other bugs in your house to eat. Reduce the general bug population, and you will reduce the spider population.

Rodents

They may be larger and have fur, but they’re after the same things as all the other pests: water, food, and harborage. While dealing with a rodent infestation may be a little different than the other pests, prevention methods are the same. You can almost think of rodents as big, furry cockroaches.

As stated in the beginning of the article, prevention is key. Even if you already have an infestation of one or more of the above pests, you should still be implementing all of the prevention strategies described in other articles. So keep your house clean and implement preventive measures to limit successful foraging.

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Many homeowners find cockroaches to be the most disgusting pest that can invade their home. In addition to being disgusting, a cockroach infestation is a health concern. Cockroaches do carry disease, and for many, a cockroach infestation can also trigger allergies and asthma.

There are several dozen cockroach species that live in America. In general, it’s not necessary to know the particular cockroach species in your home to effectively treat for them. The first step to curtailing cockroaches is keeping a clean home and take effective preventive measures to reduce access to your home by cockroaches.

While there are those species of cockroaches that are comfortable nesting in your living space, most prefer to nest nearby in a warm moist space. Favorite nesting areas for cockroaches are mulch, the garage, and the attic. Keep windows and doors closed and repair any cracks with caulk or similar material to reduce access to your living space by cockroaches.

Not only will cockroaches enter the home from outside, we humans often unwittingly bring them into our home. A preferred nesting location for cockroaches is cardboard. When we bring cardboard boxes into our home, particularly if they’ve been stored in a place with a cockroach infestation, there’s a very good chance we brought cockroaches in our home with the cardboard.

Cockroach Condo – Get this out of your house

Cockroaches can live a considerable length with no food or water. However, with ready access to food and water, cockroaches will breed prolifically. That is why it’s vital to keep your home clean, eliminating their supply of food and water to keep their population down.

Cockroach management is rarely effective through chemical means alone. Your home must be kept clean to manage cockroaches. The more clutter present in your home, the more nesting and hiding places you provide to cockroaches within your home. The more food in your home that the cockroaches can access, the more likely the cockroaches will choose that over any bait you provide for chemical control.

Keeping a clean home means more than just taking out the garbage and doing the dishes regularly. Vacuuming, mopping, and wiping down services will all help to reduce the amount of cockroach pheromone in your home. Cockroach pheromone is produced by cockroaches in your home, and acts to attract others of their species. Reducing cockroach pheromone in your home will help stop a small problem from becoming a larger one.

Once you have a clean home and have taken all recommended preventive measures, there are a few types of chemical options you can use to help control a cockroach infestation. Again, make sure your home is clean and you are taking recommended preventive measures before you resort to chemicals.

Recommended cockroach control chemicals come in three types: bait, barrier sprays, and dust. Foggers are not generally recommended for cockroach infestations. For most household applications, bait will be sufficient with no other chemicals required.

Chemical treatment of cockroaches does require some patience. It can take several weeks to completely eliminate the cockroach population in your home. Do not be surprised if when you first start the chemical control measures, you begin to see more cockroaches rather fewer. Healthy cockroaches are very good at hiding from you. Dead or dying cockroaches are not. Seeing more cockroaches immediately after beginning chemical control measures is actually a good sign – it means the chemicals are working.

A simple step-by-step process for eliminating cockroaches would look like:

thoroughly clean and keep cleaning your home
discard any unnecessary cardboard boxes or similar material
take effective preventive measures, including repairing any cracks or gaps in door thresholds through which cockroaches may enter your home
place cockroach bait stations in kitchen and bathrooms
optionally, you may spray the perimeter of the house with a barrier spray
optionally, you may spray a poison dust under appliances or other areas of the house not access my people or pets were cockroaches may choose to hide

An informed homeowner, with both patience and discipline, can overcome a cockroach infestation.

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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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Spiders, for many people, can be the pest that evokes the most fear when found in the home. Beyond evoking fear, spiders also produce unsightly cobwebs.

While all spiders are poisonous, few are dangerous to humans. In fact, in the United States, people are five times more likely to die from drowning in a 5 gallon bucket than from a spider bite. That said, there are a few spiders that are dangerous, and many more than can produce a painful sore, so care should be used when dealing with spiders. Spiders do not, however, warrant panic.

In the United States, the three most dangerous spiders are the hobo spiders in the northwest, the brown recluse in the central states, and black widow in the south east. Of those, there’s presently a lot of fear and hype regarding the brown recluse. If you think you’re looking at a brown recluse, you’re probably not, especially if you’re outside of the central states near the Mississippi River. There are quite a few harmless spider species that are misidentified as brown recluse.

Unlike most other pests in the home, spiders eat other bugs, not leftovers. So, the good news about having spiders in your home is that they are helping you fight the other pests in your home. The bad news is that, since they only eat live insects, you can’t really bait for spiders. That makes them are very difficult to combat chemically.

The single best thing you can do to combat spiders in your home is to reduce the ant and cockroach population in your home. If there’s nothing in your home to eat, spiders won’t stick around in any significant numbers.

Beyond that, you should take steps to destroy any spider egg sacs you encounter.

Finally, an additional tip: outside lights left on attract flying insects, as you’ve no doubt noticed. Those high numbers of flying insects near your outside lights create a perfect place for spiders to feed and reproduce, with some of their offspring finding their way into your home. You may want to weight the benefits to having an external light near your home left on at night verses the ideal feeding ground it creates for spiders.

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The best way to manage pests is to not have them in the first place.

As discussed in a previous article, keeping a clean house is the first, best defense against a pest infestation. In this article, we’re going to take prevention one step further with a focus on the most common household pests: ants, cockroaches, and pantry pests (beetles and weevils).

Pests first enter your home foraging for food and water. If pests find generous supplies of food and water, as well as harborage (places they can call home and use for breeding), what starts out as a few foragers can turn into a full-fledged infestation. Limit or eliminate he food, water, and harborage, and you will have few successful foragers, making an infestation is incredibly unlikely.

Plenty pf places for cockroaches to stay well hidden

To limit the number if successful foragers, first to limit the number of foragers in general. Seal up entries through windows and doors by making sure they close properly. Caulk if necessary to get a tighter seal. Also look for other areas of potential entry like plumbing, cable, or telephone lines and make sure they enter the house through an airtight seal. Caulk if necessary. These steps can help reduce the total number of foragers entering your home. Next we want to make sure those that still find entry into your home fail to be successful.

When pests are successful in finding food or water in you home, they will invite more to join them. Or even worse, start breeding right in your home. That’s why it’s vital your home not be attractive to pests that do find their way in.

I can’t say it enough times. Keep your home clean. If nothing else, make sure you do the dishes every night and take out the kitchen garbage every night.

Other things to help reduce successful foragers are the following. Eliminate drips, condensation, or standing water. Poorly maintained plumbing can become a water source for pests. Don’t overlook pet water bowls – your dog doesn’t need to drink water while he’s sleeping at night.

Keep dry goods, cereals, flour, and sugar in air-tight containers. These products, typically kept in a closed dark cabinet, are a favorite food source for all types of pests. Also, pet food should not be kept out or in an open bag. Store pet food in a sealable container, and don’t leave uneaten pet food standing in the bowl overnight.

A special note about cardboard boxes. There are those who save cardboard boxes for moving, storage, potential future storage needs, etc. Cardboard boxes are a favorite harborage for cockroaches. It’s advisable to discard any unneeded cardboard boxes rather than store them for extended periods of time.

Seal your house, then eliminate food, water, and harborage. Follow these tips, and you’ll greatly reduce the need for chemical pest control, plus make chemical pest control all the more effective when you do turn to it.

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Silverfish
Silverfish are slender, silver-colored insects with 3 long tail-like antennae on end of their abdomens have a voracious appetite for carbohydrates, and they’re likely to find it in old books and cotton clothing stored in damp areas such as basements. They can be a major problem in multi-unit residential buildings, where they can move from unit to unit in search of food.

Keeping storage areas dry, and regularly vacuuming around stored books and clothing, Will help prevent silverfish infestations.

Spiders
Because they feed off other insects, including harmful ones, spiders are considered beneficial. But their webs are a nuisance, and spider bites can be painful or dangerous to humans.

Controlling spiders begins with reducing their food supply: proper sanitation and control of other insect species will eliminate most spider problems. Regular vacuuming and sweeping of infrequently used spaces such as storage areas, crawl spaces, and attics will also help.

Fleas
Fleas are a common household pest, often carried into the home by pets. Feeding off blood, these small, black to brownish-black (1 to 4 mm, or less than 1/6″) wingless insects can bite their hosts repeatedly, causing an allergic reaction. Scratching these extremely itchy bites can lead to secondary infections, especially in children.

Treating your dog or cat with a flea shampoo during the summer flea season will help prevent household infestations. However, once fleas are established indoors, more aggressive measures are usually required.

Rats
Rats are the most destructive pests known to man. Not only do they carry disease and contaminate food, but they can also inflict serious bites to humans. Like their smaller cousin the mouse, rats are most active under the cover of darkness. Holes chewed in food boxes and bags, along with nearby trails of droppings, are evidence of the presence of rats. Sealing the gaps and tracks that they use for access, and keeping food and refuse in tightly sealed containers, will prevent infestations.

Mouse
The cute and cuddly storybook image of the mouse stands in stark contrast to the damage it can cause and the diseases it can spread in real life. And mice will chew through wood and even electrical insulation to get at foodstuffs, so they can be a safety hazard, too.

Holes chewed in food boxes and bags, along with nearby trails of droppings, are evidence of the presence of mice. Sealing the gaps and cracks that they use for access, and keeping food and refuse in tightly seated containers, will help prevent infestations.

Cockroaches
Cockroaches, among the hardiest and most adaptable of insects, can be found wherever moisture, food, and shelter are available – even in the cleanest of homes. Because they tend to travel through a variety of habitats including sewers and refuse, cockroaches are capable of spreading a number of diseases.

German cockroaches are the most common species in North America. They are light brown with a flattened oval body and typically measure 20 mm (3/4″) when fully grown. By keeping food storage areas clean and dry, and foodstuffs tightly sealed, you can reduce the likelihood of cockroach infestation.

Ants
Carpenter ants can cause structural damage to wooden building components and spread disease-causing germs to foodstuffs. Black or black-with-red in color, these insects measure between 3 and 12 mm (1/8″ to 1/2″) in length, and reproductive members of their colonies are winged. Swarms of reproductive ants can often be seen in May and June as they migrate to establish new colonies.

Eliminating moisture-collecting areas in and around your home, as well as isolating wood from direct contact with the soil, will help reduce the risk of carpenter ant infestation.

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Pest Control

If уοu hаvе a garden, уοu’ll hаvе pests. Thеrе are endlessly amounts of small critters looking fοr a free meal аnd уοur moist garden products look like a big buffet tο many insects. We are very important to protect your assets.

We will find your pests and do pest extermination. Extermination іѕ whаt уοu dο whеn уοu want to eliminate the problem. Pest control is mandatory and people tend to respond only after there is a problem with their homes and their outdoor gardens.

Pest control іn gardens іѕ simply a matter οf maintaining уοur plants health. Thіѕ саn bе accomplished bу:
· Choosing thе proper varieties
· Grouping plants іs an essential step.
· Fixing the Soil
· Soil dampness

If thеѕе factors аrе balanced, уοur garden plants will bе іn ехсеllеnt health, with less disease, thus preventing thе bulk οf pest problems.

An exterminator will research and discover why the problem started and create a plan to eliminate the it.

We understand biological pest management as one technique for organic gardening and keeping things natural. Botanical (all natural) pest management agents аrе mаdе frοm plant oils. Thеrе аrе easy to use аnd safely kіll uninvited pests, but lіkе mοѕt insecticides, thеу саn kіll useful insects so caution ѕhοuld bе exercised.

Pest Prevention
Some pest control іѕ solved with manual labor. Thіѕ саn done wіth a stream οf water or by picking thе bugs frοm thе plant using your fingers. Thіѕ method іѕ typically ѕlοw аnd deadly, but саn bе useful іn numerous situations.

Sealing holes around thе home tο ѕtοр invasion is another pest control solution. Typically, just prevention does not work on its own.

Unless a rodent influx іѕ a problem, we believe уοu mау never see one, but уοu wіll notice dog food οr other types οf food baggage torn open аnd eaten. Thе inevitable signs thаt cause mοѕt homeowners tο cringe іѕ thе tеll-tаlе sign of excretions thаt саn ѕhοw entry аnd nesting areas as well as food sources.

Rats аnd mice die аftеr consuming poison baits, mοѕt οf which аrе formulated tο cause thе rodents tο hunt out a water supply, making them go further from thе home οr headquarters.

One of thе biggest problems facing mοѕt manufacturing buildings, restaurants, food chains, аnd hotels аrе pests.

A well-managed business ѕtаrtѕ wіth 3 basic business extermination ways: Inspection, Hygiene, аnd Exclusion.

Thе places thаt уοu should inspect аrе trash bins, floor drains, sinks, electrical shops, electrical boxes, kitchen cupboards, wall cracks, аnу hollow tubing οn the legs οf appliances, or other items thаt hаvе cracks.

One house hold trick is tο uѕе household glue near thе areas уοu wοuld lіkе tο inspect tο hеlр уοu watch thеѕе areas аnd tο hеlр уοu know whаt sorts οf pests аrе living іn them.

Pest Control Hygiene

If left uncleaned, аnу οf thе areas іn уοur building wіll attract pests.

Exclusion Pest Control

Do you want tο gеt rid οf pests іn уοur space? You must take action immediately as soon as you realize you have uninvited guests in your home before they quickly multiply.

The more pests you have the more difficult it will be to exterminate and eliminate the pest or spider mite problem.

Your windows and doors need to be sealed tight in order to prevent a build up again. Caulk is used to seal this. Make sure you do not leave any windows and doors open if a screen is not installed.

Eliminating pests further thаn уοur building іѕ аlѕο a ехсеllеnt preventive сhοісе.

Effective Techniques
In thе near future, pest control іѕ going tο bе a huge industry in the world.

A pest саn bе аn animal, plant, fungus, οr germ whісh can be harmful to many aspects οf life. It саn hurt a person’s health, thе environment, аѕ well аѕ thе economy.

Thеу саn bе annoying іn almost every way. It саn bе ants, beetles, bed bugs, spider mites, houseflies, οr even weeds іn thе garden that are pests.

Our company started a long time ago, since then we have developed many simple аnd effective pest control methods whісh wеrе used іn agriculture.

Thеѕе methods οf controlling pests wеrе mainly aimed аt safeguarding crops frοm weeds аnd οthеr insects.

Sοmе pests аrе beneficial tο mankind, but аt thе same time thеу саn bе a curse аlѕο. Pests lіkе ants, rats, cockroaches аnd flies аrе common almost everywhere and they need effective ways to get rid of them from your house and other public places.

Thеrе аrе many types οf pest control including biological pest control, natural repellents, getting rid of the breeding ground, space fumigation, аnd many other.

Thе mοѕt commanding аnd useful way οf getting rid of pests іѕ managing them. We do this.

Thе first step іѕ tο find the pest problem. Yοu need tο find out which type of pest is the problem.

Then you need to figure out what is needed to take care of the pests and which type of pest control is needed such as biological pest control, chemical pest control, or non-chemical pest control. When you start managing these pests from the beginning, you will be able to keep them under control better.

Pest management іѕ vital fοr the environment and effective western pest control. It is almost impossible to eradicate pests completely so a lot of thought needs to go into figuring out how to take care of them.

The first thing is to find them early or to prevent them from showing up all together. If you keep your house and office clean, you will be able to keep most pests away. You will need different methods to get rid of different pests and we can help.

You can also use natural rodent predators to get rid of a lot of pests. This is an environmentally friendly alternative to other pest control techniques. You can also use organic pesticides which will also be better for the environment. If you regularly switch pesticides, it will keep the pests from developing a tolerance to a certain kind. Call for a free inspection.

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