Bomgaars BLOG: Pest Control
Posted on 06/07/2019 at 08:12 AM by Kris Kegerize
Pest Control can be accomplished by treating all areas which include:
Indoor pest problems often begin outside. Ants, Roaches and other pests wander indoors looking for food, water or a better environment. Here are tips to keep them out.
- Seal cracks around molding surrounding exteriors doors, windows and openings in areas where utilities enter the house or basement.
- Spray around baseboards, exit door thresholds, cracks and crevices.
- Stack firewood away from the house, off the ground on an elevated base made from pressure-treated lumber, brick, metal or stone.
- Do not pile mulch next to your house foundation.
- Do not allow standing water to collect in bird baths, children’s toys, pots, gutters, old tires, etc.
- Do no place pet bowls with food or water near the house, or remove them at night.
Create a protective barrier
- Many insects that enter your house live just outside your door. You can treat areas adjacent to the house with BioAdvanced™ Science-Based Solutions products to help prevent pests from entering. Always read and follow label instructions.
- Treat exterior surfaces where pest might hide, such as:
- Cracks and joints along siding and foundations
- Walls covered with vines
- Behind gutters
- Openings where utilities enter the house
- Under porches and decks
- Make sure to spray around door and window frames.
- Outdoors, granules offer longer residual protection than sprays. Use granules around your home, garage and outbuildings.
- Treat around woodpiles, storage sheds and outdoor trash bins.
- Apply to Anthills and along any Ant trails leading to the house.
- Check for Carpenter Bee entrance holes or Termite damage in wood. Apply Carpenter Bee & Termite Killer Plus Foam to fill tunnels and kill unseen insects.
Then take preventative steps indoors
Indoors, limiting insects’ water and food can help keep them away.
- Do a moisture check. Wet and damp areas or items are certain to attract pests. Be sure to look for:
- Leaks in basement floors and walls, under sinks, around faucets, showers or bathtubs
- Exposed wood, especially boards in basements or close to the ground
- Wet mops, rags or buckets in utility areas or laundry rooms
- Clean kitchen and bathrooms daily. Wipe counters, wash dishes and sweep floors.
- In the kitchen:
- Keep cupboards, storage areas, and areas around trash containers clean
- Store trash in a sealed container
- Seal food tightly, and make sure insects can't get into packages of cereal, sugar, cookies, etc.
- Keep bread, crackers and other items in sealed containers when possible
- Inspect your pantry and spice cabinet regularly for Meal Moths and Flour Beetles that can enter the house in boxed grain products from the store
- Store pet food in sealed containers and clean up after pets have eaten.
- Regularly discard old newspapers and other items saved for recycling.
- Vacuum carpets and furniture regularly, especially if you have pets that can pick up Fleas outdoors.
- Spray basements, crawl spaces, around window and door frames, and in areas where utilities enter the home to prevent insects from entering and gaining a foothold indoors.
Don’t forget to spray inside, too
BioAdvanced products provide long-lasting protection from Spiders, Ants, Roaches, Fleas and many other annoying insects. Be sure to always read and follow label instructions for the product you are using.
- In the kitchen, spray under sinks, cabinets and large appliances.
- In the bathroom, spray under sink cabinets and around baseboards.
- Spray cracks and crevices in basements, crawl spaces, and around baseboards, doors and windows.
- Leave the spray undisturbed for long-lasting effects that provide continuous control against pests for up to 12 months indoors.
How To Prevent Insects With a Perimeter Treatment
An insecticide perimeter treatment serves as a first line of defense around your home, stopping pests before they enter. This type of treatment offers one of the best insecticide defenses against outdoor pests that migrate inside for winter, including Boxelder Bugs, Stink Bugs, and Asian Lady Beetles.
Perimeter treatments form a barrier on exterior surfaces –house, exposed foundation, soil and nearby plant material. Typically a perimeter treatment blankets a 3-foot-wide zone in two directions: from the ground up the house wall and from the house wall outward.
Timing Is Key
For fall treatments, timing is critical. Get the perimeter treatment in place before insects start gathering in large numbers. Insects migrate toward winter shelter based on changes in temperature and day length. Contact your local extension office to learn approximate times you can expect insect invasions.
Choose Your Favorite Type of Insecticide
Insecticides used for perimeter treatments come in two forms: liquid or granule. Which one you use depends on your own preference, although liquid forms offer the flexibility to treat vertical and hard surfaces.
Ready-to-use sprays attach to your hose and mix to proper concentrations as you spray. These sprays offer easy storage for leftover chemical. Alternately, you can dilute insecticide concentrate and apply with a pressurized hand-held sprayer. Be sure to choose a sprayer you can physically carry.
Hint for Success:To avoid mixing more insecticide than you need, mix and spray a small amount at first to see how far it will go. Treat turf with a coarse spray to penetrate between grass blades. Use a liquid insecticide to spray the house and other structural surfaces.
Apply using a drop spreader or a hand-held spreader. If your spreader isn't listed on the insecticide label, call the customer service 1-800 number on the label.
Hint for Success:Water in granules after application, unless rain is predicted.
- Create a continuous band without skips to form an effective perimeter barrier.
- Treat soil, turf, mulch or walkways adjoining foundation or porches.
- When spraying liquid, spray with the wind to avoid getting drenched.
- Spray where dissimilar building materials meet –where siding joins window frames or where brick meets wood trim. Spray areas where utilities enter the structure and around doors and windows.
- Apply to other areas where you spot insect activity: sheds, woodpiles, garages, carports, etc.
- Remove vegetation from within 12–24 inches of your house so insects cannot cross the barrier via leaves.
- If insect pressure is intense, widen the treatment band up to 10 feet.
When To Call a Professional
How do you know when you can't treat the problem effectively?When you're outnumbered. Large infestations of invasive pests –like when thousands of Stink Bugs or Lady Beetles swarm your home and enter by the hundreds –are too much for the average homeowner to handle. In these cases, the entire home needs to be treated, including roof eaves and soffits. A professional has the equipment to treat on a large scale.
When you're battling wood-destroying insects
Once Termites or Carpenter Ants actively infest your home's wooden structure, you need help. This insect group includes Drywood Termites, Powderpost Beetles, Carpenter Ants and Old House Borers.
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