ANTS MAKING YOU CRAZY? YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
HERE'S HOW WE DEAL WITH THEM
Nuisance Ant Service – It’s not unusual to assume that a General Pest Control service would eliminate all pests, but not all pests are created equal. One of the most common misconceptions is in the treatment of ants inside the home. One must always consider the basic biology and behaviors of the target pest (and use it against them) in order to achieve the desired results. In this case it’s taking advantage of the social nature of these insects.
When we treat for ants inside the home we utilize a non-repellent product that has a chemical transfer effect. What this means is that the ants will not be able to detect its presence. They will continue their normal feeding behaviors, all the while getting the insecticide on their bodies. When they return to the colony they make contact with each other and most importantly with the queen. That begins the process of killing the colony. It can be equated with infecting the colony with a disease. (It’s not a disease, but you get the idea.) You have to be patient with this process. It doesn’t happen immediately. Our treatment is designed to kill ants over an extended period, allowing the workers to transfer the insecticide to the colony while reducing the foraging of the workers inside your home.
You don’t want to kill the foragers too quickly or they won’t have time to share the insecticide with the colony. Kill them too quickly and the colony may splinter into smaller colonies and rebound by producing more ants. With our Nuisance Treatment you may see results in 2-3 days, but it could take 2 – 3 weeks
Also important to note, the pheromone trail left by the ants to lead the way to the food source can last up to 24 months. We cannot remove the trail. That's one reason we offer 1/2 price retreats for 6 months after the initial treatment.
Ants are social insects and live in colonies which may have as many as 500,000 individuals.
When ants find food, they lay down a chemical trail, called a pheromone, so that other ants can find their way from the nest to the food source.
Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years..
Congratulations to our technician Mike & his wife Jennifer on the birth of their baby boy!
On August 13 they welcomed Lukas Flynn to the family. 7lb 9oz, 20 3/4 inch long. Big brother is very excited.Now if they could just get Lukas to sleep...Good luck!
Copper Wool Exclusion for Insects
Pest exclusion is an essential component of a complete pest management plan. It is your first line of defense against a pest invasion. Although we usually think about exclusion services as they relate to rodents, it can also be an effective defense against insects that enter your home through the weep holes in your exterior brick. You don’t want to completely seal the weep holes, but the last thing you want to do is make it easy for insects to get into your home right? By using a product called Stuff-It Copper Wool along with an insecticidal dust like Delta Dust, we can create an effective deterrent to insects that would otherwise easily stroll into your home.
Just in case you missed this on our Facebook page, this Comprehensive Guide to "Yellow Stripey Things" is pretty funny and fairly accurate.
What is this thing?
These sap-sucking pests attach themselves to the twigs, leaves, branches and fruits of host plants. They are such oddly shaped and immobile pests that they often resemble shell-like bumps rather than insects. In many cases, heavy infestations build up unnoticed before plants begin to show damage. Large populations may result in poor growth, reduced vigor and yellowed leaves. If left unchecked, an infested host may become so weak that it dies. To get rid of scale insects prune and dispose of infested branches, twigs and leaves. When scale numbers are low they may be rubbed or picked off of plants by hand. Treat plant with a systemic insecticide like Bithor SC and a fungicide like Consan.
I recently came back from vacation to find these creatures all over my otherwise beautiful Lantana. I immediately went on the attack trimming off and disposing of as many actively infested branches as possible. The next step is to treat with a product like Bithor SC containing Bifenthrin and Imidachloprid. This is a systemic product that will be ingested by the scale as they feed on the branches. I think I caught it in time.
Homemade flea trap – Every few months we share this do-it-yourself flea trap. Fleas have been pretty bad for some folks this summer so it seemed like a good time to bring it out again.
Place a dish of soapy water near the warm night light. They'll be attracted to the light & their little legs will be trapped by the soap suds. But of course safety first! So make sure it won’t easily tip since it is near an electric power source.
If you prefer to pick up something readymade, we carry the Victor Ultimate Flea Trap in our store. It does a really good job of attracting and trapping fleas on the glue board inside. It’s a great tool for early detection.
The leap of an average flea is equivalent to a 100 pound man leaping 1,000 ft and enduring a g-force of 20,000 pounds with acceleration greater than that of a space shuttle.
Chinch Bugs & Sod Web Worms
As fall approaches keep your eyes on your lawn for signs of spreading brown patches. This time of year there are two main likely culprits. One is chinch bugs, the other is sod web worms. Chinch bugs attach themselves to the blades of grass and suck moisture from them. You can usually see them in the grass.
Sod web worms are best spotted by the small adult moths that flutter around as you walk through your yard. The larval stage is where the damage is done, but they go through multiple life cycles rather quickly. The damage from both is similar as is the treatment. A good systemic product usually does the trick. If you decide to treat the area yourself be sure to treat not just the damaged patch, but also slightly outside. That’s most likely where current activity is going on.
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