Action Pest Control's Answer: Timing of the application for controlling Japanese Beetle larvae (grubs) is dependent on the chemical you will be using. Applying the more common insecticides such as carbaryl (Sevin) and products containing pyrethoids such as cyfluthrin, bifenthrin, deltamethrin, permethrin and lamda-cyhalothrin should be timed when the grubs are small and feeding near the soil surface; generally in late July to mid August. The same timing is applicable if you are using entomopathogenic nematodes such as Heterohabditis spp. However, if you are using a product containing imidocloprid such as Bayer Advanced Tree and Shrub Treatment, you will want to time the application about 20 days before you expect adults to appear (i.e. late June to early July). The key to eliminating Japanese Beetle larvae is to make an even application and water it in thoroughly.
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Action Pest Control's Answer: The only bait I know that works effectively on moles is Talpirid mole bait. You can purchase at our office located at 2301 S. Green River Road; Evansville, IN 47715
Action Pest Control's Answer: The cockroach in question is probably male Pennsylvania woods cockroaches and more than likely they are being attracted to light emitted from your home. These cockroaches typically live in wooded areas and emerge in the early summer months. Conduct an inspection at night focusing on large trees surrounding the property and look in the upper reaches of the larger limbs. Pennsylvania woods cockroaches live beneath the bark, in hollow limbs and in dense undergrowth. Woods cockroaches also will live beneath loose mulch and within wood piles adjacent to the home. For the most part, the best way to manage these cockroaches is by reducing the light emitted from the home and reducing conditions conducive to their development. For example, replace white incandescent light bulbs with yellow bulbs as these are much less attractive to the male cockroaches. And, remove any loose mulch or wood piles adjacent to the home. Finally, you could treat the exterior of the home with a liquid residual insecticide to eliminate any cockroaches making their homes next to the foundation. One thing to keep in mind is that these cockroaches DO NOT infest homes!!
Question: We had box elder trees and have cut them down, but our neighbor has one and the box elder beetles are in our yard more so than his. He is deceased and the heirs refuse to remove the tree. What if anything can be done to rid our yard of these insects?
Action Pest Control's Answer: Boxelder bugs can typically be controlled by treating the areas of infestation with a residual insecticide. Focus on the south side of the home as it is more exposed to sunlight (warmth). In addition, several materials are labeled for broadcast treatment of the yard which should help reduce the boxelder bug populations. Hope this helps.
Action Pest Control's Answer: The wasps you are seeing are over-wintering queens. Many times in the winter months when the ambient air temperatures begin to rise, these queen wasps become active and seek warm areas (unfortunately the interior of the home). You may be able to seal the areas they are emerging from to keep them from entering the home. More than likely these queen wasps are in the attic, in abandoned fireplaces and so forth. They should be exiting the home anytime now and will probably be gone within the next few weeks to start new wasp colonies. You may consider treating the eave areas of the home in the late summer/early fall months with a residual insecticide to kill as many wasps entering the home as possible. In addition, if you have any large gaps along the eaves or along the fireplace, you may want to consider sealing with a good silicone sealant.
Question: Do you all know how to get rid of ants? I have them hanging in my bathrooms and kitchen .
Action Pest Control's Answer: The ant you are probably experiencing is the odorous house ant, and they are very difficult to control. It sounds as if you have worker ants foraging for food and water in and around the kitchen and bathrooms. Keeping everything as clean as possible should help keep these foraging ants to a minimum. In addition, there are several ant baits available (e.g., Terro, Drax, etc.) that will help eliminate these foraging workers. If you have a basement or crawl space, you will definitely want to inspect these areas particularly beneath the bathrooms and kitchen. Pay close attention to where floor joists meet and along sill plate areas of the home. If you find a large colony or multiple colonies in these areas, drench them with an approved insecticide. The same can be done on the exterior of the home. Look beneath paving stones, mulch beds and so forth. Try finding as many colonies as possible and eliminate them there with an approved insecticide. Hope this helps and good luck. If you can't find the ants or just get frustrated with them, you may want to seek professional advice.
Question: Late last night I heard a noise coming from my upstairs bedrooms. This morning I looked through both rooms.I found what looked like bird droppings unded one dresser. Other than that,there was nothing unusual.There were five droppings,mostly black with one end white. Do I have bats upstairs? I never heard any noise up there before. Mice do get in every year in the fall, but I keep a box of decon in each room for them. The rooms are heated. Do you think a snake might have gotten in last fall? What do snake droppings look like? The droppings I found were 3/4 to 1 in. long.
Action Pest Control's Answer: Without seeing the droppings it is hard to say exactly what you are experiencing. If you could bring the droppings in for identification we could probably help you out. Our address is 2301 South Green River Road, Evansville, IN.
Question: White clover has taken over my strawberry bed. Is there any herbicide to use to kill it and not strawberries? How about fescue (not the lawn type) in wildflowers?
Action Pest Control's Answer: If the berries are dormant, you can spray over them with 2-4,D. If they are not dormant, hand-weeding is the only remedy. There is a product called Ornamec that, with a heavy dose, will stunt or slow down the fescue in the wildflowers. With repeated treatments, control can be achieved.
Question: I have killed several wasps this week inside my home. I cannot locate a nest.Is there anything I can do?
Action Pest Control's Answer: The wasps that you are seeing are overwintering queens. Their is no actual nest but rather a group of wasps that have chosen your hope to spend the winter. They are found in atticks, fire place chimneys and window frames. I would try to locate the enry points and seal those areas. They will also emerge on warm days during the winter months. Trying to locate the enry point and seal them out is the best method of control
Question: We have lots of "little flies" outside all of our windows. Some have managed to find their way inside and like to walk around the ceiling. Any idea what these are and how to get rid of them? I tried an aerosol fly spray and a regular bug spray outside all of the windows and they still won't go away. The bugs I directly spray die, but not any others! Thanks for your help!
Action Pest Control's Answer: The insects that you are referring to are either midges or fungus gnats. They are very common this time a year. A treatment around the exterior perimetera and of grass areas, trees and shrubs will help control these insects. They are attracted to light at night and this is why you are seeing them in the windows. I hope this helps.
Question: We are having a problem with spiders on the outside of our house and garage. We live in the city and keep the outside of the house clean and it's washed down at least every couple months. These spiders come out at night and they have webs that range from ground level to the top of our bi-level house and don't necessarily stay near the lighting fixtures. We knock down the webs but the nextnight they are back out at it again. What can we put down or spray for them?
Action Pest Control's Answer: The spiders that you are having a problem with are called orb weaver spiders. These spider are nocturnal and build webs on eaves of homes and garages to take advantage of natural flight patterns of insects. They build these webs where they are likely to capture insect prey. Often you will see these around exterior lights. The lights attract the insects and the spiders capture them going to the lights. Treatment of these types of spiders is often difficult. The spiders hide during the day and that is often when treatments are performed. If you choose to treat these yourself any over that counter pesticide that is labeled for exterior use will control these spiders if you get the product directly on the spiders. If the spiders are very high it may be best to call Action Pest Control to treat the spiders for you. We have equipment that is designed to treat high eaves where the spiders often hide.
Question: How can we get rid of the crickets that have invaded our basement?
Action Pest Control's Answer: Field crickets are very active during the fall. The migrate indoors and are often found surviving in basements and crawlspaces. There are several products that are labeled for interior use that can be used in the basement. The basement should be treated to eliminate any crickets that may be surviving indoors. An exterior treatment should be performed to control the crickets that are living close to the structure and could possibly find there way indoors. I would also look at setting insect monitors throughout the basement. Insect monitors are sticky traps that capture the crickets without the use of pesticides. This will give you an idea of how many you have and if the treatments are effective. I would also seal any cracks in the foundation that may allow crickets to enter the structure. Any gaps around windows and doors should also be sealed.
Question: How do you get rid of "drain flies"? We have poured bleach down the drain repeatedly-to no avail.
Action Pest Control's Answer: Drain flies are often difficult to get rid because breeding sites are often difficult to find. Drains are the primary breeding site but drip pans from A/C lines and refridgerators can also be breeding sites. Leaking water lines and garbage disposals are also prime areas. Cleaning these sites is the key. Bleach alone will not kill the pupal stage of the drain fly. Removing the debris that has collected at the site and then cleaning it thoroughly with some type of cleaning solution will help control the drain fly population.
Question: In the past few weeks all members of my family have had some sort of insect bite that is unusual. Initially we thought it was mosquitoes but now we're hearing more and more people describing the same problem and they think it's fleas. We took our puppy to the Vet. and he said he could not find one flee on our animal and due to constant preventative measures (and 2 previous dogs without flees)he seriously doubts that we're experiencing flee bites. Another individual said she believes there is some "new" sort of bug around that resembles a flee. Are you seeing/hearing anything like what I'm describing? I had a neighbor and a friend that appeared to have come in contact with a "nest" and had MULTIPLE bites. The bites itch yet are red/raised bumps that also sting. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
Question: I live in New Harmony, we are having a problem with field mice. I've put traps out, but it doesn't seem to help. They are even in the walls. What can I do to get rid of them.
Action Pest Control's Answer: Mice can become very difficult this time of year because the crop fields are being cut. This eliminates their food source and causes them to search indoors for an different food source. I prefer trapping in a residential setting for a couple of reasons. One, with traps you can control were the mice die and you can remove and discard them before they create an odor. The other reason is that the traps are safer than the use of baits. If you have small children or pets the traps would be safer to be placed out. Although if you have severe problem sometimes baiting is necessary to slow down the process before you get success trapping them. When using traps you need to place out several and you need to place them very close to the areas where you are seeing mouse activity. Twenty plus traps is not to many if you are having a sever problem. If you do use baits I would place the bait in inaccessible bait stations. I would though only use baits as a last resort.
Question: We have spotted several cricket spiders in our home.What do you suggest we use to get rid of them? We have a dog and baby in our home. They used to just be in our basement, but now they are upstairs too. Thanks for your help.
Action Pest Control's Answer: The crickets that you have are called camelback crickets or camel crickets. They harbor in areas that are high in moisture such as basements or crawlspaces. They are often found around washers and dryers, sump pumps, water heaters and sink and bath tubs. If there is a moisture problems such as a leaky pipe these are also areas that will allow camelback crickets to develop. Most home pest control products are effective against camelback crickets. You can find these products inmost home improvement centers. You can also give us a call at 1-800-467-5530 and we can give you a free inspection and free estimate.
Question: We have alot of holes in our yard--about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter. We were told they were crawdad holes. How do we get rid of these pests?
Action Pest Control's Answer: Crawdads are often difficult to control. Typically crawdads live in moist marshlike conditions but will often migrate to lawns. If the area is still wet allowing it to dry out or putting in drainage will be the first step. If the area is already dry you can try trapping them. Traps can be bought on the internet from various companies. Treating the lawn and the holes with an approved pesticide for lawns will also help control the crawdads. These products must be applied throughout the lawn and directly in and around the burrows. Re-application may be necessary. Filling in the holes with dirt will allow you to see which ones need to be re-treated.
Question: You confirmed the pest in question the other day for me. It is a cicada killer wasp! I was wondering just how bad these are as in stinging. Compared to the comon wasp. They look bad.
Action Pest Control's Answer: I am glad I could ID the insect for you! The cicada killer wasp sounds and looks very dangerous but it is harmless. The cicada killer wasp is a solitary wasp that lays it's eggs on cicadas. The egg develops on the cicada and emerges the following year. Again, although they look dangerous they do not harm humans.
Question: How do you get rid of ground hornet's? They are black & yellow stripped and just plain black. They are very tuff to smash. They dig up large hills of dirt just like ants do. What is the best treatment? Thanks!!!!
Action Pest Control's Answer: The "ground hornets" that you are referring to are actually cicada killer wasps. They can be difficult to control because of the burrows that they create in the soil. The best product to use on cicada killers is a dust formulation. A pesticide that is applied as a dust. The dust must be applied into the burrow so that the wasp can come in contact with the product. One product that works very well against cicada killers is called Apicide. You can purchase Apicide at any of Action Pest Control offices. You can call 1-800-467-5530.
Question: We have fruit flies really bad in our new house. We have moved all of our fruit into the fridge and I have cleaned our sinks really good plus I pour a little cleaner into the drains and run the disposal. The fruit flies are still there and I seem to be getting more. Is there anything else that can be done or a product to use to help get rid of these annoying things?
Action Pest Control's Answer: It sounds like you are doing some of the right things for the problem you are having. I would suggest looking at your potatoes and onions too. Vegetalbles often get the dark eyed fruit flies which are larger than common fruit flies. It is possible too that you may be dealing with fungus gnats or phorid flies rather than fruit flies. These other small flies are similar in appearance but are often associated with decaying material other than common fruits. Phorid flies can be found in bathrooms around tubs and toilets as well as A/C condensation lines. Any type of moisture conditions can have phorid fly development. Fungus gnats are commonly found breeding in the root structure of house plants. A fungus starts to develop in the roots of the plant and the fungus gnats larvae feed on the fungus. I would look at these possible solutions to your problem but I would first take some samples to be ID'd. Hope this helps!
Question: Is the "grandaddy long legs" spider the most poisonous spider in the USA but causes no problem because its mouth is too small to bite? I say no...my friend says yes...which is it...or does more resarch need to be done? I still say no, but would like your opinion.
Action Pest Control's Answer: Contrary to popular myth the daddy long leg spider is not the most venomous spider in the United States. The spider that you are referring to is also called the cellar spider. All spiders are venomous; however the cellar spider/daddy long leg spider is not toxic to humans. They do have extremely small mouthparts that can rarely penetrate human skin. The venom itself causes no reaction in humans. The toxicity level is considered extremely low in comparison to other spiders. Hope this answers your question.
Action Pest Control's Answer: First off I would be curious to know if you are currently having a problem with dust mites or if you are trying to prevent dust mites. Dust mites are microscopic insects that live in the dust that accumulates in the home. The primary sites for development are bedrooms where they are common in bedding and pillows. They can also be found in air conditioning vents that have accumulated dust. The first step in reducing dust mites is doing a thorough dusting with a HEPA-filter attached to the vacuum. Replacing dust collectors and filters on a regular basis with new HEPA-filters is also recommended. Once you have removed the dust from the obvious areas I would move to washing bed linens and curtains with warm water to destroy the dust mites where they are breeding. Wash pillows in warm water also. Once you have washed all the areas you can apply a product called Steri-fab on a regular basis to prevent further dust mites populations. Steri-fab is approved for bedding treatments and is labeled specifically for dust mites.
Question: Can you please tell me how or what is the most effective way to get rid of japense beetles?? My husband did the beetle traps, & they came from everywhere, they killed all my rose bushes & are eating my trees,HELP?????
Action Pest Control's Answer: There are some products made by Bayer that are labeled for Home Defense that work quite well. You can find most of these in home improvement centers in the pest control supplies section. You need to look for a label that has trees and shrubs listed as a target site on the label. Apply the product directly to the areas being damaged. You will see control in less than 24 hours.
Question: I have a hummingbird feeding and it's fairly cose to my back door and I have lots of bird coming to eat from it. My question is how do I keep the bees and walsp away from it? Also I do have some snakes I'd like to get rid of if the fella who called wanting them on the channel 14 today would call me he can have them
Action Pest Control's Answer: This time of year bees and wasps are looking for fruits and vegetables to get the complex sugars that they produce. The nectar in hummingbird feeders is simply a high concentration of these sugars. It is difficult to prevent the bees and wasps from foraging from hummingbird feeders. There are stinging insect traps that can be placed around the hummingbird feeders that will allow the stinging insects to enter and become trapped and eventually die inside the trap. These can be filled with a sweet liquid such as a citrus based soda product to attract the stinging insects. You will still get some feeding out of the hummingbird feeders but it will reduce the amount stinging insects from the area.
Question: The holes are increasing so much. What can I do? I tried laying sticky paper near the holes, with no success.
Action Pest Control's Answer: There are two types of rodents that create the holes in landscaping that you described one is the vole and the other is the shrew. Both are very similar and the tunnels and holes that they make are identical. Instead of using glue boards I would use wooden snap traps simply placed in front of the holes. I would not bait the snap traps at first. Shrews do not need any bait in order to be caught. If you do not capture anything in a few days I would bait the snap traps with peanut butter. If you capture some with the peanut butter you are most likely dealing with voles. I hope this helps!
Question: How do you get rid of baby skunks that run around in your yard daily?
Action Pest Control's Answer: Live trapping is a good way to remove the skunks from the unwanted area. You can try this yourself using a live-humane trap or you can contact ADC Wildlife Control at (812) 431-4389 and the Owner Dwayne Springston can provide the trapping service for you.
Question: We have little hard shell light gray bugs that appear every year for a short while. They are worse this summer. They are not the rolling polly type. Someone thought they may be called "pill box". Any ideas of what they might be and how to get rid of them. They aren't coming out as they were but they are bothersome
Action Pest Control's Answer: It sounds to me like you have sow bugs. The "rolly polly" bugs that you are referring to are actually the ones known as pill bugs. They are not true bugs at all but are in fact a land dwelling crustaceans and are more closely related to crabs, lobsters and shrimp. Pill bugs roll up into a little ball when disturbed. The sow bugs do not roll up in a ball. They look very similar but the sow bugs have a flatter appearance. Sow bugs and pill bugs can be found in the same areas often even found together. They are found in homes with basements or crawlspaces because they seek out the cooler wet environments. They will also be found in mulch beds or under landscape rocks or timbers. Treating the exterior perimeter of the home with an approved pesticide will help control the populations. Sealing cracks or gaps in the structure and preventing them from getting in is also important. This may mean looking at doors and window to make sure that they are properly sealed. Moisture control is also important for preventing development. Over-watering mulch beds contributes to the populations of pill bugs and sow bugs as well as centipedes and millipedes. Controlling the moisture as well as treating the areas where they are developing and preventing them from getting in will control them
Question: Recently, we found and had identified brown recluse spiders. We have put out glue traps and sprayed w/Cyper. We are still finding them and are asking what else we can do to make sure we possibly can eliminate them from both lower level or our home and upstairs.
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question. Brown recluse are difficult to eliminate. It will take time before you see many results. This is breeding season for spiders so they are moving from recluse areas to mate. The traps that you are using are the best tool in controlling brown recluse. The treatments that you are doing will aid in the control. Place as many traps in the home as you possibly. Keep storage areas neat and organized to reduce breeding habitat. Place the traps in garages, attics and crawlspaces if possible. Be patient. It will take time.
Question: Is Dursban still available for sale? Is it effective in treating for brown recluse spiders? Thank you.
Action Pest Control's Answer: Dursban is no longer available for use or retail. I would use a product that was not oil based. Dursban was an oil based product and it absorbs into surfaces readily. The formulation I would use for spiders is known as a wettable powder or a concentrated suspension. These have molecules that will stick to the surface so that insects and spiders can pick them up.
Question: What else can we use besides the traps to catch moles?They are real bad right now and they dont always get caught in the traps.
Action Pest Control's Answer: Traps can be very effective when placed properly and moved around to locate the moles active trails. I recommend using ADC Wildlife Control for mole control. The owner Dwayne Springston is as good as they get against moles and he is very reasonable on pricing.
Question: We have a problem every year with ants in the kitchen. This year seems to be worse. My wife has cleaned and sprayed, and sprayed and cleaned. I have sprayed outside around the foundation as well. This year seems we are fighting a loosing battle. What can we do?
Action Pest Control's Answer: I recommend calling a professional. In the last year there has been a treatment available by professionals using a combination of Termidor and Phantom to control ants. The Phantom is used on the inside and the Termidor is used on the outside. These two products combined will provide effective control of the ants that you are dealing with.
Question: How can I get rid of ants in the house. We have sprayed, put out terro poison, sprinkled dyozian. What next?
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question. Action Pest Control uses a combination of two products. Termidor which can be used on the exterior perimeter of a structure and Phantom which can be used on the interior of a structure. We have found in the last two years that this combination is very effective against ants. Give Action Pest Control a call and we can send someone out to give you a free inspection and free estimate.
Question: I have small pin holes in my swim pool liner what would cause this and is there anything I can spray around pool to prevent this?
Action Pest Control's Answer: I often see holes in pool liners that are caused by the larva stage of various types of beetles. Japanese beetles larva known grub worms often chew through pool liners. It sounds to me though you may be dealing with Pavement ants. They would create the pin size holes you described. They too will next under pool liners because of the sand used at the bottom of the pool. The adults can chew plastic and rubber. The exterior perimeter around the pool needs to be treated with an approved pesticide. The treatment should be repeated monthly. I would make this a routine treatment for the pool area to prevent future colonies of insects from damaging the liner.
Question: What is the best insecticide to use to control black ants?
Action Pest Control's Answer: The product formulation I like to use against Carpenter Ants is a dust formulation. Dust products last longer in the galleries that the ants are building. Liquid products are easily absorbed by wood and less active ingredient is picked up by the ants. Dust formulations will sit in the galleries allowing the ants to pick it up and transfer it. I use a product called Drione. It is a silica gell based dust that is very effective against ants. You can buy products similar to these at your local pest control company.
Question: Since fall, we've been finding at least a dozen small (about 3/8" long) moths in our house a day. Starting around the same time last fall, we also had a problem with 1/2 inch long worms on our kitchen ceiling. We assumed they were somehow related, but the worms haven't been around the last couple months. The moths are just as bad as they were, though. What are they, and what can we do to get rid of them. They are mostly in the kitchen.
Action Pest Control's Answer: The moths that you are dealing with are called Indianmeal Moths. They are often found in grain or grain products. Typically it is in aged material such as cereals or grains but is can be found in pastas, dog food, cat food, dry mixes, nuts, bird seed, breads and anything else made from these products. The worms that you were seeing is the larva stage of the Indianmeal moth. They typically find their way to the wall/ceiling juncture and pupate. They will also pupate in the infested material and in cabinets. The best way to eliminate them is to find what they are infesting and remove it. This may mean going through all of your cabinets and opening each box. Some boxes may have pin sized holes in them. These are made by the larva. You will know when you see the infested material.
Question: I have a cabin on Rough River and I'm having problems with gray squerrels and chipmunks getting inside. How can I keep them out so they don't tear my cabin up?
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question. I would start by trimming back the branches that may be overhanging the roof and allowing access onto the home. I would also by a product called Ro-pel to apply to the surface of the wood areas where the squirrels are damaging. You will have to re-apply this product often for it to be effective. You can buy Ro-pel at pet centers and home improvement centers.
Question: Please Help! Every summer I get ants in my kitchen. I think they are called sweet ants. I have had them for 3 summers now. They even get in my bathroom. They are very annoying. I have fumigated and used Terro. Nothing seems to help. Can you help me? Thanks Elaine
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question. The ants that you have been dealing with are called odorous house ants. They are a very persistent ant. They can be and often are very difficult to get rid of. There are two products available now for the treatment of ants that has proven to be effective. It is a combination of two products called Termidor and Phantom. These should only be applied by trained licensed professionals. You can contact our office for a free inspection and estimate. 1-800-467-5530.
Question: We have a large amount of Locust. Can they kill trees? And how can we get rid of them?
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question. There are 3 common species of cicadas that we typically found in this area. Two are periodicle cicadas and one is an annual cicada. All three species spend almost there entire life cycle underground. The nymphs or young cicadas feed on roots of trees and bushes but are not known to cause damage. The adults do not cause damage to the tree either. They merely drive us crazy when he males are "singing" to attract a female. As far as a treatment to get rid of them, there isn't a good way of elimnating them. We simply must deal with them. Enjoy the song!
Question: What is the best way to get rid of crickets in the house? How are they getting inside? Many thanks!
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question. The first thing you need to find out is what type of cricket it is. If they are humpbacked they are camelback crickets. If they are black they are field crickets and if they are light brown without a humpback they are house crickets. Camelback crickets are found commonly in basements and crawlspaces. They commonly enter through pipe openings. Field crickets and house crickets usually enter homes through exterior foundation cracks, cable lines, pipe penetrations garage doors and crawlspaces. They can enter through bad seals on doors also. The treatment for camelback crickets is generally concentrated on basements and crawlspaces. Field cricket and house cricket treatments are generally concentrated on the exterior perimeter of the structure. Most products that are labeled for interior and exterior treatments will kill crickets. It is simply a matter of getting the product where the crickets are and where they may be entering.
Question: Is there some way to get rid of groundhogs? They seem to be taking over the neighborhood! Thank you.
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question. Groundhogs can cause a lot of damage. The best control method is trapping. Live traps work well. I use apples as bait and that seems to work. You can also call ADC Wildlife Control. They are professional trappers and are very reasonable on pricing.
Question: I have purchased a product with the active ingredient of boron to kill dustmites in my carpet and upholstery. It's residual affect is 4-6-mos. We are wondering if you can typically purchase a cheaper version (ex: just boron) that will do the same thing and would be safe to use around dogs, children and asthma sufferers. Thank you in advance for your help.
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question. Dust mites are a common household nuisance because they can cause allergic reactions in certain people. Boron treatments is probably the most common product to use against dust mites. Boron is usually a reasonably cheap product. I would suggest looking up the dust mite website. Just type in dust mite control in your search engine. There will be several web sites to choose from. You should be able to find a product in your price range. As for safety, boron is a safe product to use. It is often applied to carpet for mites, fleas and other pests. They are safe to use when applied by the label. Always read the label ahead of time and adhere to the guidelines on the label. The last thing I would suggest is vacuuming and dusting your home as often as possible. This will reduce the amount of material the dust mites are scavenging on. Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control
Question: Where can I get slug bait? I need something that will attract them to a trap.
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question. Slug baits can be found at some of the local lawn and garden centers. You may want to call ahead to see if they carry it. Action Pest Control can order that product for you also. Give us a call. Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control
Question: I live in a trailer and have tried bug spray including ortho home defence to get rid of roaches ikeep my house clean and sinks dry but they keep coming also how long does it take for a baby roach to become a big brown bug and reproduce?
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question. The cockroaches you are encountering are called German Cockroaches (in Germany they call them the French cockroach). They are sometimes difficult to get rid of if your not getting the product to where the cockroaches are living. I would use baits rather than sprays. Baits work faster, better and last longer than liquid sprays. The bait I would recommend using is called Combat. You can find it at most home improvement centers and grocery stores. I would apply small spots of the product in cabinets and other areas where you are seeing the cockroaches. It takes from about 30 days for a cockroach to become a reproductive machine. If you can't control them by using the Combat you may want to call a professional. Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control
Question: We live in the country and are plagued with dirt dobbers. What can we use to be rid of them?
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question. Dirt Daubers or mud daubers can be an annoying pest. They are relatively harmless to human beings and are beneficial in the fact that they are predators of spiders. Residual pesticide treatments to eaves and walls where the wasps are building their nests will help. Removing the nests on a regular basis will stress the wasps and cause them to die or relocate. Most products available on the market will kill mud daubers if you get the product where they are nesting. You can do just as much damage with a broom and just remove any nests they build.
Question: We have a 2story home plus walk out basement. There is a mass of Bees between the brick of the first floor and the siding of the second floor. What is the best way to solve this problem?
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question. Bees nesting inside a wall void are difficult to deal with. I usually only treat bee hives when absolutely necessary. Bees are such beneficial insects that all options should be exhausted before eliminating them. Unfortunately this may be the case in your situation. Bee keepers often can not remove the nests once inside a wall. Treatment may be your best option. Dust formulations are the best choice for treating bee hives. This is something I highly recommend calling a professional on. Honey bees produce large hives with tens of thousands of bees and large amounts of honey. I would have the hive treated and then I would recommend having the colony removed to prevent infestation form dermestid beetles and other insects. I would also have it removed due to odor. Honey has an odor to it after a colony has been eliminated. This may require having the siding removed
Question: We recently moved into a house here in evansville and after 1 week we have started seeing these lizard things on our house they are about 6-7 inches long,very fast and ugly how do we get rid of them can you exterminate them?
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question. The lizard that you are seeing is called a five-lined skink. The are very common in residential areas and homes with extensive landscaping, mulch and rocks. The first thing you need to do is find out how they are getting in. Usually around pipes or electrical lines that are not sealed up. These areas need to be sealed properly. They often enter around garage doors so check to see that they seal properly. Once you have sealed all the areas glue board trapping is your next step. I would place them out in garages, basements and other areas where you may be seeing them. Check them daily. Once they get on them they have a tendency to have an odor. You can purchase glue boards from Action Pest Control. Use the flat style glue board so the skinks just simply walk straight on to them. I would also keep some out in the garage at all times to prevent others from entering.
Question: I have three questions for you. I have been told that termites will not eat poplar or walnut. Is this true? Second, how effective are these electronic pest control devices? Will they work against termites? Last, I have a large second story roofed over deck that is infested by paper wasps and mud dobbers. They are going up under the soffit material so I cannot see their nests. What is the best way to combat these wasps? Will an electronic pest repeller work against them? Thanks in advance for your response.
Action Pest Control's Answer: The answer to your first question is yes they will eat poplar and walnut. Some woods are not as susceptible to termites at first but aged moist wood is ideal for termites. The type of wood isn't as important as the condition of the wood. Termites can construct mud tubes to compensate for a lack of moisture on the surface of the wood to get from one point to another. I would check the condition of the wood periodically and have the home inspect on an annual basis. Termite inspections from most companies are free. As for the electronic devices, unfortunately they do not work like they say they do. The concept is good but the results poor. I have seen many different styles of these in homes that our company services. I always ask them if they have seen a difference in the amount of pest activity since they bought it. The general response is that they wouldn't have called us if they worked as well as they say they do. I would save your money! As for the wasps. The best method of eliminating them is to seal the areas where they are entering the eaves. Exterior Perimeter Treatments of the home will help reduce the amount of activity on the home. Treating the paper wasps nests directly with a contact product is the best choice because they can strike very quickly. A product that kills on contact is the best choice. The mud daubers are beneficial insects in that they eat spiders. They are not a common stinging insect and are not aggressive like the paper wasp. knocking down the tubes will help eliminate them. It stresses them to the point they will build elsewhere
Question: I recently wrote to you about finding a nest of bumblebees and how I could get rid of them. You told me to get some dust spray insecticide with silica gel, but I haven't been able to find this product. Is there anything else I could use? I bought some Sev'n dust and applied that this morning.. I did check with a professional, but they want $160 to come out to spray! HELP!!
Action Pest Cont, rol's Answer: Sevin dust will work. But if you want to kill them a little quicker stop by Action Pest Control in Evansville, Owensboro or Vincennes and get a product called Apicide. It does not contain silica gel but it is labeled specifically for stinging insects such as bees, wasps and hornets. You may want to call ahead to see if they currently have the product in stock. If not they can get in a few days. It comes in a bottle that you can apply directly in the holes. With sevin you can put it in an empty mustard bottle and treat the holes. If the holes are high I would call a professional to come out and treat for them I use a dust stick that will reach the high eaves. I hope this helps!
Question: I have a tiny little grayish bug around the kitchen sink area. It seems to come around this same time each year. They are in the sink under the mats and also on the counter top near the sink. What are they and how can I get rid of them forever?
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question! The tiny little gray insect is a springtail. They are common this time of year in areas of moisture. They originate on the exterior of the home and find their way in through windows and doorways. The are often found around flowerpots or planters around windows. They are often found on the outside perimeter of homes where it holds a lot of moisture. They are commonly found in the expansion joint that is formed between different slabs of concrete. They can be treated easily with most household sprays you can find at most , home improvement centers.
Question: Where can you buy the Talstar granules for killing ants?
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank yu for your question. You can buy Talstar from Action Pest Control. Give us a call in advance so that we can order the product if it is not in stock. We can also give you a price. You can call our Evansville office-1-800-467-5530, our Owensboro Office-1-800-880-1931 or our Vincennes office at-1-800-301-3075. Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control
Question: When is the best times to spray for spiders,& what is the best chemical to use?
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question. The spring is the time you need to start treating for spiders. A regular service interval is needed to control spiders in great numbers. I would recommend at least every couple of months retreating for spiders. Spiders do not pick up pesticides like other insects so regular applications are needed. Most "over the counter" products will kill spiders but you want to look for a liquid or one that mixes with water that says "time relaeased". These products molecular structure are designed to release slowly over a period of time. Which is what you need with spiders. You can buy these products at most home improvement stores or ask your local pest control company. Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control
Question: What is the best way to get rid of the moles in my yard. I have tried Juicy Fruit gum, poison peanuts, Gas, and even tried to shoot them when I catch them working, but I missed. Nothing seems to be working. The gas only made them leave the area for about a week but then they came back. What else can I do.
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question. Sounds like you have tried several different methods with no success. The best method is trapping! I would try to call ADC Wildlife Control, owner Dwayne Springston. They can be reached at 1-812-431-4389. He is very reasonable on price and does terrific work. Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control
Question: What can be used on outsid eflower beds to keep cats out of them?
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question. There is a product available that can be sprayed in flower beds to prevent animals from damaging the beds. This includes cat. The product is called Ro-pel. It called be purchased at some pet food centers, home improvement centers or call your local pest control company they should have it! Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control
Question: I have noticed some silverfish lately in my home. I have noticed one by my kitchen door to the back patio and then one the other day around a window in a back bedroom. I have heard that they like a more humid environment. I do have a humidifier that I use in conjunction with my furnace. What settings do you recommend that might help keep them away and is there anything else I might do to deter them. I would rather not use heavy chemicals or sprays because I also have a cat who is in the house most of the time. Any help you could offer would be appreciated.
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question. There are several species of silverfish each one of them has its own characteristics. Silverfish do prefer high humidity levels 70%-100%. Some species prefer high moisture contents as well. They prefer temperatures around 70-85 degrees. This is mostly for egg development. They can live anywhere in the home. Basements, crawlspaces, attics and even throughout the living space. Treating wall voids and behind baseboards with a dust insecticide is an effective treatment method. Treatments in attics and basements are also effective. Placing sticky traps throughout the home may give you and indication where they may be coming from. Inspect the home for water leaks and correct any that may be found. Remove any paper that you may be storing. Check cardboard boxes and remove any that are not needed. This will help reduce some of the conditions that are conducive to silverfish development.
Question: How do I get rid of wood bees? I have tried sprays, but they come back.
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question. Carpenter bees can be very damaging to wood. Log homes and wood sided homes especially. You said you have tried sprays on them but they did not work. The reason they did not work is because liquid sprays absorb into the wood and do not get to the bees. The best product to use on bees is a dust. The dust needs to be applied directly into the holes. Any bees that come in contact with the dust today or three months from now will die. The dust should contain silica gel. This works on bees like glass would for humans. It cuts the cuticle of the insect. Allowing moisture to escape and the insect dries out and dies. You may want to call your local pest control company to perform this service. Most over the counter dusts do not contain silica gel. When asking them how they treat for carpenter bees make sure they tell you that they are using a dust that contains silica gel. Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control
Question: We moved into a new home in December of 2001. Every fall/winter we bring in our plants from our patio and screened in back porch for care during the cold wea, ther. We move these same plan, ts back to the porch/patio every late spring when the danger of cool nights is passed. This year (fall 2002) we moved these plants in and have noticed, that we have a "constant" stream of lady bugs in our master bathroom. I think it is relevant to note that we had a massive colony of these bugs on our front porch last fall when we were cleaning up our annual flowers in their clay pots. The plant that is in our master bedroom came from that same porch. Is it possible that they have made a home in that pot and that they are going to the warm moist bathroom? I have never seen any in my master bedroom - always in the master bathroom. Any thoughts?
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank you for your question. Lady bugs or Lady bird beetles in nature live overwinter in trees a, n, d behind bark. They will also fill any void or cavity that they can find. In homes they live in walls, attics, fire places and behind siding. The enter homes in fall and then re-emerge in spring when it warms up. They typically overwinter on the southeast o, r southwest part , of the home. They are the first areas of your home to warm in direct sunlight. Lady bugs will emerge even in winter on warm sunny days because they think it is spring. There is no magic bullet or treatment to eliminate them. The best method of reducing their numbers is to seal them out. This can be very difficult and time consuming. On warm days go outside and look to see if you can see them crawling on the walls and enter in or behind siding or going to holes or eaves. Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control
Question: Where can you buy the Talstar granules for killin, g ants?
Action Pest Control's Answer: Thank yu for your question. You can buy Talstar from Action Pest Control. Give , us a call in advance so that we can order the product if it is not in stock. We can also give you a price. You can call our Evansville office-1-800-467-5530, our Owensboro Office-1-800-880-1931 or our Vincennes o, ffice at-1-800-301-3075. Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control
Question: When is the best times to spray for spiders,& what is the best chemical to, u, se?
Thank you for your question. The spring is the time you need to start treating for spiders. A regular service interval is needed to control spiders in great numbers. I would recommend at least every couple of months retreating for spiders. Spiders do not pick up pesticides like other insects so regular applicat, ions are needed. Most "over the counter" products will kill spiders but you want to look for a liquid or one that mixes with water, that says "time, relaeased". These products molecular structure are designed to release slowly over a period of time. Which is what you need with spiders. You can buy these products at most home improvement stores or ask your local pest control company. Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control