Monday, December 1, 2008

Ant Control Following up

Organic Gerry said, "Sorry, but I just don't understand why you would want to spray a repellant spray at the point of ant entry and then a non-repellant in other areas. Ants that are already in the house are going to be pushed back in by the repellant. You should stick with just non-repellants, both at point of entry and other trailing or source sites. Don't mix up repellants and not repellants. "

In response, I say that our customers and most people would like less ants inside their home as soon as possible. The repellent at the point of entry stops more ants from coming in immediately. The non-repellent inside will kill all the ants inside as they come in contact with it. I recommend strongly that non-repellents be used almost exclusively for ants. I say almost because all people want the ants to stop A.S.A.P. So after these first two steps are done, you should go outside and hunt for any additional ant trails, hills, and colonies. Treat these at the source with, yes you guessed it, a non-repellent. The repellent at the point of entry simple gives time for the ants to stay outside until their colony is eliminated. These different types of treatments repellents and non-repellents can be used together in this way to get the best results for the customer or homeowner.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Ant Control

Ant Control

Today's home is better insulated and more energy efficient than ever. You would think that means better sealed to keep pests out. I googled where Ants rank on the pest problem chart. Ants are the number one inquiry at Ohio State's entomology department. According to the NPMA (National Pest Management Association), Ants are the number one concern for pest control companies in the Southern half of the United States.

I once had a customer tell me, "The center of the Earth is made of Ants". This can seem to be true if you are experiencing troubles in your yard with Ants. Ants make up about 15% of the Earth's biomass. That is a lot of Ants. There is a lesser known rumor that I have heard. I couldn't find anything on the Internet to back it up. Rumor: if you counted all the Ants there would be more Ants than all other insects combined. This may or may not be true, but what is true is that Ants are organized and they can be a difficult problem if they have invaded your home.

How To Stop Ants From Coming Inside

So what can you do to stop the Ant invasion? First and foremost, you must locate the colony. 95% of the time this will be outside. There are so many kinds of Ants that we will not go into those right now. There are a few different control methods that are specific to certain species of Ants, but in this post I am going to focus on what can be done generally to stop the Ants from coming inside.

I always look around the base of the home first. You will usually find a trail or several trails coming into the house at some point on the base of the home. This is where a good treatment is needed. A very good repellent spray will work at stopping the Ants from entering there. Be careful not to kill all the Ants. Just spray the repellent there at the entry point. You will use a bait or non-repellent spray to treat the rest of the colony. One important note about repellent sprays: If you spray a repellent, or traditional bug spray on an ant colony it will only move and reappear in a week or two. You are only killing a few of the ants in the colony. On top of that fact, some ant species do a nasty little thing called Budding. This is a defense mechanism, where the colony feels under attack so it divides itself into two or four colonies to survive the attack. Now your problem just got a lot worse.

you should kill all the Ants inside with any good old fashioned bug spray. After a few days go back outside to the spots where the ants where coming in and seal the holes or cracks into the home with caulking.

Baits and Non-repellent Sprays

Non-repellent sprays are not available to the average home owner. These sprays are for licensed pest control companies. They are fairly new on the market and do work exceptionally well. If you are interested in this treatment. I recommend you hire a professional company. Our website is linked on this blog. I will also put a link at the bottom of this post to our site.

Baits are a great ways to control Ants. Ants live and work together in communities, or colonies. The worker Ants collect the food and bring it back to the colony. The problem is, that Ants can't eat the food they collect. They feed it to their larvae, who can eat the food they collect. The larvae turn the food into a sort of juice that can be digested by all. This is then distributed to the entire colony by a process known as trophallaxis. This is the process of regurgitating food back and forth between each other in the colony. Termites and Ants do this. Baits simulate the food needed to feed the colony. They have very slow poisons that allow time for the poison to be distributed between all the Ants. Once this happens the entire colony will be destroyed.

One more thing about baits. They don't always work, they work most of the time. This is why we recommend the non-repellent sprays. These special sprays use the same method. Ants don't know the spray is there Hence the words, "non-repellent". The Ants go through the spray and spread it through the whole entire colony. The poison works very slowly, and then boom all the Ants die after the whole colony is infected.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

What are suggestions to solving the flys and noseems which plague every eating establishment. I would love to hang a fly catcher over every table but that would only last for one night before I close my doors for good!Some spray at night. How best to do that? Solutions?Thanks,Bill Higgins

Small flys are definitely a problem for a lot of restaurants. Like Byron suggested you can use special wall sconce lighting to control regular house flys. These are also called uplights. They will run you anywhere from $50 to $200 a light depending on how nice you want to go. They have a special pheremone scented glue board next to the uv light inside the uplight. Your pest control company should be able to get these lights for you and service them monthly. If you have already complained and they haven't suggested these, they probably don't know that much about commercial pest control in the restaurant business. These lights are standard in almost all major restaurants. Next time you go to any national chain just look on the wall, they will be all over the place. They look nice, but they are really fly traps.Secondly, small flys like drain flys and fungus gnats are coming from areas like your drains in the floor, and greasy spots under your cooking equipment. These areas need to be cleaned with special cleaner that I call bio-cleaner. There are several of these on the market. These special bio-cleaners actually have a bacteria in them which will eat all the grease and gunk right out of your drains and right off your floors. Drain flys breed in the gunk down your drains, and yes they don't wash away when water goes down the drain. You can mop daily with a bio-cleaner and this will eat all the grease right off of your floors. I am talking about new revolutionary products for the restaurant business. Your drains can be treated with a bio-gel that is water proof. The bacteria will continue to clean the drains, even as you use them everyday. This will kill the larvae and eggs down your drains. This means no more of those little nasty flyers over your patrons. One more thing, check your shipments of food thoroughly before you let them in the door. They may be coming to you with little fruit flys and other flying pests right from the farm, factory, or wharehouse. Hope this helps. You can ask me a question anytime on my blog. Also, you can contact my company if you live in the Phoenix area for any pest control services.



Here is a good article on Scorpions

New How To Control Scorpions Report

Here in Arizona, a lot of people suffer from a certain disease known as Scorpionitus. In order to have this disease first you must have a home or business and share it with Scorpions. Thousands, if not millions of people here in the Phoenix Metro area, suffer from Scorpionitus. The second symptom is a slight to extreme fear of the small but dangerous critters. I have created a report to help property owners who deal with this everyday to gain a measure of control on their property. This is a never-ending battle between Good(us) and Evil(them-Scorpions). If you would like my free report. Call my office -Ideal Pest Control 1-888-866-2847(toll free) or local 480-357-7775, or go to our website and send us an email, we will send it to you. and up and coming is our new site, created for sole purpose of downloading this free report. . This site won't be up for a couple of weeks, but you can get the report now. It is an 8 page report detailing exactly what you can do as a homeowner, or business owner to control Scorpions in an effective manner.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Welcome to my pest consulting blog

Not trying to toot my own horn here. I am just explaining my reasons for starting this blog. Since April of 1997 I have been involved in the pest control industry. First as a technician for Truly Nolen, and then in 1999 as a small business owner and pest control operator, or PCO. I have done over 25,000 pest control services in my pest control career and have been to countless training seminars and read numerous books and magazines on pest control.

In short I am excited to share what I know firstly, with my customers and secondly with anyone who may need a little expert advice.

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Please feel free to post your questions and comments and I will try to get to them as often as I can.