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How to Get Rid Of Ants
How To Get Rid of Ants

 

Indoor Ants:

Picture this, you wake up to retrieve your morning cup of Joe only to find your home has been invaded like the beaches at Normandy. Your first thought is to counter act this ant invasion with an assault of your own but taking on this enemy without the proper plan could leave you waving the white flag.

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Step #1 – Assess Your Enemy

General Sun Tzu said; “Know thy enemy and know yourself, in a hundred battles, you will never be defeated.”

Identification is key to a successful ant control program. Is it the Pharoah ant, Carpenter ant, Odorous ant or Argentine ant that is invading? Remember these words: ant bait is your best friend. Weapons like Advion Ant Gel BaitMaxforce Ant Bait Stations or Advance 375A Granular Ant Bait can be invaluable in your war. Side note, for Carpenter ants, Delta Dust is also a great option.

 
Step #2 – Choose Your Weapon Wisely

You now have your enemy insight; it is time to act but remember that even the best weapon used incorrectly will be ineffective. Pesticide baits are essentially food, so imagine that someone sprayed window cleaner on your delicious plate of spaghetti, you would definitely not eat it. Well, if you apply an ant bait then spray another pesticide over the bait, the ants will look at it like it’s a plate of brussel sprouts with black licorice sauce!

Step #3 – Acquire Target

Proper bait placement will save you time and money in the long run! You shouldn’t just place bait anywhere. Here are a couple quick tips for placement:

  • Place bait within the ant trail or where you are seeing ants

  • A little goes a long way, only apply a tiny dot of bait. (Sample size)

Another important note to mention is that baits in general are not a quick fix. You may not win the immediate battle, but you will win the war! The foraging ants will pick up the bait and then bring it back to the nest where the ants will all share, thus destroying the colony.

 
Repellant Pesticides versus Non-Repellant Pesticides

What’s the difference? Repellant pesticides like Talstar P and Suspend SC are pesticides that can be detected by the target pest. Repellant pesticides are great for outdoor perimeter treatments, they repel the pest away from your home. Most of your drug stores or home stores carry nonprofessional grade repellant pesticides. Non-repellant pesticides like Alpine WSG or Temprid FX are not detectable by the target pest. These pesticides can be applied before using baits for the quick knockdown that you desire. Always make sure that the non-repellant pesticide has been given adequate time to dry before placing your ant bait.

*Never mix a non-repellant pesticide in a pesticide sprayer that has had repellant pesticide in it unless it has been properly rinsed.

Final Briefing
  • Ant identification is key

  • Proper bait placement will save you time and money

  • Non-repellants can be used in conjunction with pesticide baits as long as the non-repellant has been applied prior to baiting and allowed to dry.

  • Be patient and you will win the war against those pesky ants

 
Outdoor Ants:

Proper prevention and treatment of outdoor ants can ensure that you are not fighting an ant battle indoors. You can make your life a whole lot easier by preventing an ant infestation before it starts by following some simple steps:

  • Remove any lawn debris (wood piles, leaf piles)

  • Keep trash in covered trash containers

  • Cut back any overgrown bushes or tree limbs that touch the house

  • Seal up any cracks and crevices that can lead into the house

If after all that you still come across some ant invaders, you know HowToPest.com has got your back!

Step #1 – Assess Your Enemy

Again, identification is key to a successful outdoor ant control program. Do you have Pharoah ants, Ghost ants, Cornfield ants or maybe Fire ants? With outdoor ants in sight, most of the time you can follow the trails, which can possibly take you right to the nest. It is always a good idea inspect tree trunks and bushes and water lines for ant trails. Locating ground zero can make your job a whole lot easier.

Step #2 – Choose Your Weapon Wisely

Insecticide concentrates like Bifen XTSCyzmic CS or Essentria IC3 (all natural) are a great way to treat larger outdoor areas. Insecticide concentrates are designed to be added to water and sprayed through a pesticide grade sprayer. Always follow the dilution rate instructions and safety instructions on the label. Remember, always keep people and pets away for the treated area until the pesticide has had a chance to dry.

If you are looking to treat your entire lawn for ants, applying a granular bait such as Bifen L/PDeltagard G or Talstar PL would be a great option for you. Granular baits are easy to apply with a hand or rotary spreader. Granular baits are also a great option for fire ant treatments.

Again, always follow the instructions on the label for application rates and placement.

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How to Get Rid Of Bedbugs
How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs

 

In our opinion, one of the most difficult bugs to get rid of is bed bugs. Complete bed bug removal will require much effort and diligence, but when done right will give you the peaceful nights rest that you are looking for.

Have no fear, you have HowToPest.com on your side. Let’s get started!

 
Step #1 – Identify

Bed Bug Up Close

Identification is key to any successful pest control program. When dealing with bed bugs, think of yourself as Inspector Gadget (for all you 80’s kids out there). Your eyes being your #1 gadget. Bed bug bites may not be your only sign of a bed bug infestation. Here are some other signs of a bed bug infestation:

  • Blood Spatter or Smears – Bed bugs are feasting on their host through-out the night which can leave blood markings on your sheets and mattress.

  • Bed Bug Feces – Bed bug feces can be found by looking at the creases along the mattresses and box springs, headboards and footboards. In some more extreme cases can be found in drawers, outlets, baseboards and picture frames.

  • Bed Bug Casings – Bed bug casings are the shells of the bed bugs that have been left behind after they have molted. Like bed bug feces, casings can be found by looking at the creases along the mattresses and box springs, headboards and footboards. In some more extreme cases can be found in drawers, outlets, baseboards and picture frames.

*Remember, bed bugs can easily hitch a ride and travel from room to room on you. So, you will definitely want to inspect all rooms to make sure you do a thorough treatment.

Step #2 – Bed Bug Treatment

Remember these words, thorough, thorough, thorough! You can purchase the best bed bug chemical out there, but if you do not do a thorough treatment you will not solve your bed bug infestation, you will still have bed bugs. See how to do a bed bug inspection on our video tutorials page.

Bed Bug Aerosol or Bed Bug Concentrate?

Identifying the severity of your bed bug infestation will determine whether you want to purchase a bed bug aerosol or concentrate. If you are looking to treat a smaller area, you might want to consider a bed bug aerosol like Crossfire Aerosol but if you are looking to treat larger areas then it may be more cost effective to use a concentrate like Crossfire Concentrate, that can be diluted in water and applied with a pesticide grade sprayer.

Areas To Treat:

  • Mattress/Box Spring Seams

  • Headboards/Footboards

  • Screw Holes

  • Furniture Joints

  • Bed Posts

  • Picture Frames

  • Baseboards

  • Drawers

  • Outlets (Dust Only! Never Spray Aerosols or Concentrates In Outlets)

  • Cushions

By now you are probably “picking up what we are putting down”. Bed bug treatment needs to be thorough! Bed bugs can be anywhere!

Insecticide Dusts:

Using an insecticide dust can be a vital weapon in treating for bed bugs. Chemical dusts like Cimexa Dust or Delta Dust can be used where aerosols and concentrates can’t. For example, chemical dusts can be used in electrical outlets or applied to paintings. When using chemical dusts it is always a good idea to apply the dust with a duster that way you won’t over apply the dust and none will be wasted. A little goes a long way.

*Pro Tip – Place a penny in the duster. This will agitate the dust, helping the dust to float. Apply the dust in small, light puffs.

Once you have completed your first treatment, will need to repeat this same procedure in 7 days to allow for any newly hatched eggs. Again, if you have a higher severity of bed bugs, you may want to do a 3rd treatment 7 days from the previous treatment.

 
Final Thoughts:

Bed bug treatments take time and effort but you can do it! Being proactive to avoid getting bed bugs is a lot easier.

  • If you like to go to yard or garage sales, make sure you do a thorough inspection before bringing unknown items into your home.

  • Treat your luggage with Crossfire or Bedlam to avoid unwanted passengers.

  • Never put your luggage on the hotel bed, use the luggage rack.

  • Use a protective mattress and box spring cover.

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How to Get Rid Of Cockroaches
How To Get Rid of Cockroaches

 

Getting rid of cockroaches like most other bugs can be made a lot simpler by identification. There are many species of cockroaches, 4,500 to be exact but we are just going to deal with the top 3 (German, Oriental, American). The most common cockroach is the German Cockroach. While cockroach identification will be helpful in determining which roach control pesticide to use, the application of the pesticide will be quite similar no matter which roach you are dealing with.

 
Bait or Spray?

We love cockroach baits, why you ask? Well although cockroach baits are not a quick knockdown per se, they can be a lasting solution to a roach infestation. A great cockroach plan of action would consist of a three-pronged attack including cockroach bait, a non-repellant spray insecticide and an insect growth regulator (IGR). IGR’s are a valuable tool in roach control because they mimic hormones in young insects. They disrupt how cockroaches and other insects grow and reproduce.

 
Step #1 – Cockroach Treatment

Ok so let’s get down to the nitty gritty! If you want to know how to get rid of cockroaches in your home, apartment or office here are the deets:

  1. As always, do a thorough inspection of your home or office, try to find any possible entry points that the cockroaches could be entering from. Popular entry points are from the pipes that lead into your home such as the drain pipes under the sink in the kitchen or bathrooms. You will definitely want to use caulk or foam to seal those areas, closing them off.

  2. Spray treat the interior and exterior perimeter of your home with a mixture of a non-repellant pesticide such as Alpine WSG or Temprid FX and an insect growth regulator (IGR) such as Gentrol.

  3. Once your spray is DRY, (wet spray can contaminate your bait making it undesirable to the roaches) you can then use cockroach bait to deliver the final blow to the roaches. Remember, when baiting a little goes a long way! You will only want to use a tiny dot of roach bait (the size of this letter O).

 
Here are some common areas to bait:

 
Chemical Dust

Finally, using a chemical dust can be used where sprays can’t such as electrical outlets. When using chemical dusts such as Delta Dust or Cimexa Insecticide Dust, it is always a good idea to apply the dust with a duster that way you won’t over apply the dust and none will be wasted. Again, a little goes a long way.

 
*Pro Tip – Place a penny in the duster. This will agitate the dust, helping the dust to float. Apply the dust in small, light puffs.

HowToPest.com wants to help you! We have pest control professionals on staff to help you with all your DIY pest control questions. Doing your own pest control does not have to be hard. Chat with us Monday – Friday 8am-6pm PST. If there is a product that you would like that you don’t see on HowToPest.com, please call us at 877-708-1974 and we will do our best to get it for you.

How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies
How To Get Rid of Fruit Flies

 

Fruit flies, aka those pesky little flying gnat looking things you keep trying to kill in your kitchen (to no avail).   Yes, those! So, you are wondering how to get rid of them? Well, you have come to the right place! As we always say at HowToPest.com, the first step is identification!

Let’s make sure you are actually dealing with fruit flies and not drain flies. Fruit flies and drain flies are very small so getting a good look at them can be quite difficult but as you can see there are clear differences.

Fruit Fly VS. Drain Fly

Adult fruit flies are about 1/8th of an inch long are a yellowy tan color and have red eyes.

 

How Did I Get Fruit Flies?

Fruit flies are a year-round pest but seem to be worse in the summer and fall because of the all the ripened or fermented fruits and vegetables.  The fruit flies are attracted the sugars in the fruit, it is also an ideal place to lay eggs.  The longer the fruits and vegetables sit, the sugar levels increase! This is why it is super important to toss over-ripened fruits/vegetables in the outside trash to avoid a potential fruit fly infestation.

Do you own a bar or restaurant? If you do, I can almost guarantee that you have had a fruit fly issue at some point.  Syrups, sugary liquids and spilled spirits are a huge attractant to fruit flies.  A restaurant/bar is constantly bringing in large amounts of food which exposes them to higher instances of infestations.

 

How Long Do Fruit Flies Live?

The short answer is a fruit fly can live upwards of 30 days, maybe more! A female fruit fly will lay approximately 2,000 eggs in any moist or rotted organic matter.  Within about 30 hours the eggs will begin to hatch into little maggots.  A fruit fly will be ready to mate at the ripe old age of 2 DAYS! It’s a vicious cycle!

 
How To Get Rid of Fruit Flies?

Follow these steps and you will soon be FFF (Fruit Fly Free)!  Remember, cleanliness is key!

  • Discard any over ripened/rotted fruit and vegetables (preferably in the outside trash)
  • Clean any spilled soda, juice, liquor or syrups
  • Cover clean soda dispensers and bar taps when not in use
  • Clean kitchen, floor and bathroom drains*
  • Clean under kitchen mats

*When cleaning drains you will want to remove any drain covers if possible and scrub the inside of the drain with a brush and cleaner.  This will be something you want to do regularly or even daily if you own a restaurant or bar.

If the fruit fly infestation is out of control, you may need to think about trying additional methods such as using a pesticide labeled for fruit flies, CB-80 is an aerosol insecticide that will provide a quick knockdown of the fruit flies.  InVade Hotspot Plus is an all- natural enzyme foam that can be applied directly to drains to dissolve any built- up organic matter that the fruit flies may be feeding on. And, last but not least fruit fly traps such as the Natural Catch Plus Fruit Fly Trap and the Trapple Fruit Fly Trap can be placed in areas that you are having issues with fruit flies. 

 
Fruit Fly Pro Tip

The bottom line is, fruit flies are mainly preventable with regular and proper sanitation.  While it is impossible to prevent a fruit fly infestation, staying on top of cleanliness will significantly knock down your chances of having those pesky flies in your wine!

How To Get Rid of Spiders
How To Get Rid of Spiders

 

Spiders are everywhere and most spider species are quite beneficial, but that being said, when spiders are in your house all bets are off! 

 

Why Do I Have Spiders?

There is no “one-size fits all” answer of why you are getting spiders.  There are over 30,000 different species of spiders so you are bound to get spiders at one time or another.  Did you know that female spiders can lay up to 3,000 eggs at one time?  Most spiders are harmless and when left alone are good to have around because they will eat 10% of their body weight in insects EVERY DAY!  That is equivalent to a 200-pound person consuming 20 pounds of food each day!

 

How To Get Rid of Spiders?

Keeping spiders (or most pests for that matter) comes down to these steps:

  • Keep Your House Clean. And I’m talking P-R-I-S-T-I-N-E. Get rid of all dust, debris and clutter that you have in your house. If they don’t have a place to hang their hat, they won’t hang their hat in your place.
  • Make Your Home an Insect-Free Zone. Spiders feast on bugs and insects like mosquitoes and ants. If there is no food source, there’s no way to fill their spider bellies.
  • Clear Out the Cobwebs. Unless it is Halloween, this is a no brainer. I mean, we’ve all seen or read Charlotte’s Web, for heaven’s sake. Get rid of the webs before the spiders start leaving you messages in them.
  • Seal Up Gaps. Close all gaps and possible entry points that lead into your home, for example gaps around water pipes or outlets.
  • Remove any wood piles, cut back overgrown bushes and trees.

 

Now let’s talk about the actual process of getting rid of spiders, starting with the outside of your home.  Once you have done a thorough cleaning you will now want to apply a pesticide that is labeled for spiders.  Take a look at all our spider control products here.

 

How To Spray For Spiders – Outside

After mixing your insecticide concentrate in your hand-held sprayer, you will then want to spray the perimeter foundation of the structure approximately 2’ up and up to 10’ wide with a rate of about 2 feet per second, do not apply so much pesticide that it begins to drip or run-off.  ALWAYS FOLLOW THE LABEL FOR SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS OF THE PESTICIDE THAT YOU ARE USING!

 

The following is a list of areas to treat for a thorough spider application:

  • Perimeter of your home or structure
  • Roof eaves
  • Any cracks or openings into your home
  • Under and around patio furniture and bar-b-que
  • Bushes and shrubs
  • Under and around decks

 

Here is a list of insecticide concentrates that work great and are labeled for spiders

 

How To Spray For Spiders – Inside

Spraying for spiders inside you will want to focus on spraying:

  • Baseboards
  • Around doors and windows
  • Under sinks where the pipes enter the house
  • In cupboards and cabinets

 

Aerosols are great for the interior! They are fast acting and ready to use with out any mixing.  Here is a list of aerosol insecticides that work great and are labeled for spiders:

 

Now let’s talk about behind the scenes! A lot of people will neglect inside the walls.  Using and insecticide dust in the walls and outlets is always a good practice. 

 

How To Dust For Spiders Inside The Walls

 

Here is what you will need to dust inside the walls:

 

First, you will want to remove the cover plates of the outlets that you will be treating.  Fill your Puffer Duster with any insecticide dust (such as Cimexa Dust, Delta Dust or Drione Dust) about ¼ to ½ full.  Pro Tip: Place a penny in the Puffer Duster to agitate dust.  Shake well and apply small light bursts (you want to let the dust float not clump) into the wall void areas then replace the cover plates.  Small holes can be drilled into the drywall to insert the puffer duster and apply dust as well.  The Wall Injector with Caps can be used and will allow you to reuse the previously drilled holes for future treatments and plug them when not in use.

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