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General household pests include roaches, ants, fleas, bed bugs, boxelder bugs, fruit flies, house flies and all the other pests that are unwelcome in your home or business.
For complete list of pests and animals, go to our Pest Index on main website.
Ant control products are available in various forms:
Ant Baits - Insecticide Concentrates - Insecticide Dusts - Aerosol Sprays
When ant baits are used, the ants do the work for you -- carrying the baited material back to the colony where it is shared, killing the entire colony. But not all ants will accept baits, either due to their feeding habits or the size of the ant. If ant baits kill the foraging workers before they can share the food with the colony, the entire colony recognizes this and will stop feeding on your bait.
In order to get rid of ants in and around buildings, choose the best product for the job. Knowing which ant species is your pest goes a long way in controlling them. (See Ant Index for list of common ants and their control.)
Pharaoh Ants are best controlled using an ant bait that is labeled for that particular ant. Contact insecticides (sprays and dusts) tend to make Pharaoh ant problems worse. Use a good ant bait for Pharaoh ant control.
Crazy Ants can sometimes be controlled with bait but most infestations are best dealt with by using a combination of sprays and dust. This combination hits the ants where they are hiding.
Carpenter Ants -- Products used to control carpenter ants in and around homes and buildings. Carpenter ants can be controlled with either carpenter ant baits or contact insecticides.
Baits include both granular and gel formulations.
Contact insecticides include dust and spray formulations.
Using contact insecticides gives you the advantage of controlling numerous pests in and around the home.
Baiting for carpenter ants is a more targeted approach that is pest specific. Ant baits work especially well in infestations where the exact location of the colony is not known.
Granular baits and bait gel can be combined. Insecticide sprays and insecticide dusts can be combined.
Do not combine baits with contact insecticide sprays or dusts as this will contaminate your bait, making it unattractive to ants.
BED BUG CONTROL
Simply spraying for bed bugs rarely eliminates the problem. A four-step approach is needed, along with hard work, to bring these pests under control.
1. Residual spray for baseboards and other such areas will help to kill the pests in areas where they travel between hiding places and their food source.
2. Intensive crack and crevice work (with a good dust or aerosol) is needed to kill the majority of the bed bugs where they hide and live.
3. Spraying or treating mattresses and other sensitive areas requires products labeled for such work.
4. Protect beds and mattresses from bed bugs with bed bug mattress encasements.
Flea control products include products to kill adult fleas and pre-adult fleas. Pesticides kill adult fleas as they hatch from their protected pupae; insect growth regulators (IGR) prevent pre-adult fleas (eggs and larvae) from maturing past pupae stage.
INDOOR FLEA CONTROL OUTDOOR FLEA CONTROL FLEA CONTROL KITS
Indoor flea prevention: Either use Flea Stoppers in carpets or spray flooring, baseboards, carpets with an IGR. Indoor flea problems require a combination of pesticide and IGR.
Smart pest control measures first target the immature stages of the insect's development. Using pesticides to kill adult fleas is important in many cases but should not be the main target in a professional IPM approach. Not only are there more immature fleas than adults but the adult flea can be more difficult to control than its immature eggs and larvae.
The first step in eliminating roaches is to determine whether you have a problem with German Roaches or Large Roaches. German Roaches are what many people would identify as "water bugs" (because of their fondness for moist areas) or "kitchen roaches" (because that is where most infestations begin.) They prefer a warm, moist environment (your kitchen and bathrooms) and love to hitch a ride from your grocery store, flea markets, day care center, even your friend's home! Large Roaches, or what some people refer to as Palmetto bugs and "flying roaches", prefer a cool damp area (sewers, septic tanks, cellars and basements, mulch, etc...) and usually wander in from outdoors. Once you identify your problem, we'll show you the solution!
Use a good roach bait for German Cockroach infestation.
German Cockroaches have shown a great resistance to the best of insecticide sprays.
A good bait such as InVict Gold Cockroach Bait or Maxforce Magnum should be used first, to bring these quick breeding roaches under control.
Larger roaches respond very well to good insecticide sprays.
Cyper WP, Onslaught, D-Fense SC are just a few of the products that will easily kill large roaches. Outdoor granular baits will also help with a stubborn infestation.
The best combination to kill spiders: a good residual spray labeled for killing spiders and an insecticide dust that can be applied to spider hiding places where sprays cannot reach.
Drione Dust (or PyGanic Dust) has quick kill and long residual. Delta Dust is best in areas where moisture might be a problem.
Three most popular insecticide sprays for spiders:
- D-Fense SC (same 7.50% Deltamethrin as Suspend SC)
- Cyper WP (or any insecticide with professional strength Cypermethrin)
- Onslaught Fastcap Spider and Scorpion Insecticide (has 3 ingredients)
Products available individually and in Spider Control kit.
Mosquitoes can be found in two areas: breeding grounds and feeding/ harborage areas.
Breeding areas include standing water and piles of wet leaves or other vegetative litter.
Although mosquitoes feed on blood before reproducing, they also feed on juices from plants, shrubs, grass, etc.
Spraying these areas with a good residual insecticide will help control mosquitoes in immediate areas.
Mosquito Control Products Include:
- Outdoor fogger and fogging solution
- Personal Mosquito Repeller for use on skin
- All natural granules for repelling mosquitoes outdoors
- BTi products for killing mosquito larvae in standing water
- IGR for mosquito larvae (Methoprene granules, NyGuard IGR Concentrate)
- Insecticides for spraying surfaces where insects might rest
Spray mosquito harborage with NyGuard IGR Concentrate and Bifen IT or Onslaught for long-term mosquito control.
Harborage areas include trees, shrubs, leaves or vegetation where mosquitos congregate or rest.
Nyguard transfers from vegetation to mosquitoes' legs and from there to standing water as mosquito lays her eggs. The IGR prevents mosquito larvae from developing into adults.
Treat standing water on your property with Mosquito Dunks or Altocid; treat standing water every where els with NyGuard IGR concentrate.
To kill existing mosquitoes, treat harborage sites with an insecticide such as Onslaught or D-Fense SC using a sprayer or fog dense shrubs and tall grass with a thermal fogger.
Flies are best controlled when their food source/ breeding material is removed.
When removal of fly breeding materials is not possible, the use of baits, sprays and traps can be incorporated in a fly management program.
For small flies (drain flies, moth flies, indoor gnats) in the home or kitchen, removal of the thin layes of scum in drains is very important. Use Invade Bio Drain Gel for the job. Commercial kitchens and industrial size problems often need an on-going drain cleaning program. Invade Bio Foam and Invade Bio Drain both do well in commercial settings.
When larger flies rest or land on surfaces such as exterior walls, dumpsters and other objects the use of an insecticide spray if often needed. Wettable powders such as Cyper WP give the best knock-down and longest residual. Onslaught and D-Fense SC also work for these surfaces.
Ultraviolet fly traps are powerful tools that work continuously, luring flies to the trap with the power of special UV rays designed for controlling flies.
Matrix Fly Trap and Visu Fly Traps are very powerful fly traps. For more discreet fly control or for use in small rooms, use the Ultralite Fly Trap.
Ultraviolet fly zappers are also available.
Getting rid of ticks indoors involves spraying areas where ticks can come into contact with the insecticide and dusting cracks and crevices or other voids where ticks often hide. Skipping this step (dusting for ticks in walls) usually results in failure to control these pests.
Professional termite control products for treating soil or wood to get rid of termites and give long-term protection agains wood destroying organisms.
Wasp and Hornet Control Products
Carpenter Bees, Bumble Bees, Wasps, Hornets, Yellowjackets
Pantry pests include:
Includes grain or flour moths such as:
Indian meal moth, Mediterranean flour moth, almond moth and raisin moth
Includes grain infesting beetles such as:
Cigarette Beetle, Khaphra Beetle, Warehouse Beetle
Pheromone traps provide a way of eliminating pantry pests without the use of pesticides.
Powerful pheromones attract targeted pests to disposable sticky trap. These traps can be placed in homes, retail stores, pet stores or warehouses without harming people or pets.
NEVER USE TOO MANY TRAPS
The only time we hear of these traps failing is when too many traps are placed in a building or if a trap is placed inside a small cabinet or closet that is closed. If the air inside a space (cabinet, closet, warehouse or home) is saturated with the pheromone, the targeted pests go a little crazy. The pests are over-loaded with the powerful pheromones and do not know in which direction to fly or crawl.
For a home infested with a type of grain moth (for example,) it is best to place one trap in the home. Set a trap on top of the refrigerator. At bed time, open all cabinet and pantry doors to give the moths easy access to the trap.
The pheromones from a single trap can be detected by a grain moth from any room in the home.
Use just one trap at a time. If it becomes so full of bugs that the entire trap is covered, it is time to replace the old trap with a new one. Dispose of the old trap in an outside garbage receptacle.
CLOTHES MOTH OR GRAIN MOTH?
Adult clothes moths are rarely seen, much less in high numbers. If several moths or a lot of moths are seen at any location, they are grain moths.