Action Pest Control Q&A

Question:    For the last few weeks I have been seeing drill holes in the yard with red and black looking wasp or bee coming out of them. What exactly are these? Do they sting, is it something I should be worried about? They are all over the yard.

Action Pest Control's Answer:   If they are large wasps (approximately 1 1/2 - 2 inches in length), they are probably cicada killers. Cicada killers are solitary wasps, not part of a colony like yellowjackets or hornets. This means they are generally not aggressive in defending their nest. The female wasps can sting (a wasp's stinger is a modified ovipositor) but they usually only do so if mishandled.  Don't pick one up in your hand and you will usually be O.K.

Control of these wasps is best accomplished by applying a residual dust to their nest entrances. Multiple applications after each annual emergence may be required for control.  Cicada killers emerge each July when a new generation hatches and digs their way out to breed. They hunt down and paralyze cicadas with their sting, drag the paralyzed cicada into their burrow and lay an egg on the cicada. The egg hatches and the larva devours the live cicada and then overwinters underground in the pupal stage.

Question:    Termites!!!  Once a house has been infested what is chance they will return to house? They are in storage sheds now.

Action Pest Control's Answer:  There are too many variables for me to give you an accurate response to your question. Has the house ever been treated for subterranean termites? If so, when and with what chemical? Did the pest control company perform a proper treatment with that chemical? Has any soil outside the home been disturbed or have you built on any additions since the treatment which may break the chemical barrier? Do the same physical conditions still exist which led to the first infestation (i.e. moisture in a crawl space, etc..).  Your best bet would be to have the house treated if these questions bring any doubts about a previous treatment. At least have the house inspected annually by a competent professional to monitor for termite activity. Please keep in mind that an inspector only has access to about 50% of your home at best.

Question:   I have a question as to what type of product would be safe to put around a house to keep bugs out but would be safe around pets?

Action Pest Control's Answer:   Product selection can be very dependent on what type of pests you are dealing with but I will assume that you are referring to occasional invader insects such as crickets, pillbugs, centipedes, ground beetles, etc..

To control these pests, I would recommend a water-based concentrate or ready-to-use solution with an active ingredient of cyfluthrin, deltamethrin, lamda-cyhalothrin or bifenthrin. Apply liberally in a band around your home going 1 foot up your foundation and 2 feet out. If you have a crawl space underneath, apply to the inside of the foundation as well. Do not let any children or pets enter the treated area until the spray has completely dried. I do not recommend using granular insecticides around pets as some granulars contain attractants for pests such as crickets and ants and, if accidentally over-applied, a small pet might ingest a potentially lethal dose.

There are other non-chemical methods which will help to control occasional invaders. Remove weeds and leaf debris which provides harborage around your foundation. Be sure any foundation vents are properly screened and any utility penetrations through the foundation are sealed. Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed away from your home. Make sure your doors and windows seal tightly. Use yellow dichrom 'bug light' bulbs in all exterior lighting attached to your home.

Question:   We have a brick home over a crawl space. We have had problems with centipedes. At least I think they are centipedes. They have longer legs than the centipedes that I am most familiar with. We previously had ivy growing around much of the house. We elimnted the ivy in an attempt to rid our home of these pests. Thta seemed to work for a while, but they have recently been sighted again. What else can be done?

Action Pest Control's Answer:   These are most likely House Centipedes. House Centipedes are generally found around moisture in the home. They may proliferate in bath traps, sump pumps, clogged gutters, around air conditioning condensate drip lines, under leaky sinks, etc... Make sure you have adequate ventilation in your crawl space to reduce moisture problems there. Check your soil grade around your foundation and eliminate problems under gutter downspouts by installing splash pans, etc...

It should be noted that House Centipedes are predatory insects so reducing their amount of prey insects is also important for control. Centipedes can also bite so they should not be handled bare-handed when encountered.

Harborage reduction, such as the ivy removal, is also important. Eliminate any accumulated leaf debris or clutter around your foundation and trim any shrubs up off the ground so their stems are exposed. I recommend against wood mulch in landscaping, but if used, do not use with any plastic weed barrier. All the tiny voids under those barriers become an endless chain of insect nesting sites around your foundation and the barrier protects those nests from insecticides as well as the elements.

Be sure to seal around any utility penetrations entering your living space from the crawlspace as well as any gaps, cracks or holes in the foundation or under your siding to restrict pest entry.

As far as insecticide applications go, apply a residual insecticide around the exterior of your foundation (as well as along the crawlspace side). Use something with an active ingredient such as cypermethrin, deltamethrin, lamda-cyhalothrin or cyfluthrin. You could also use a granular insecticide around the exterior of the foundation with the same active ingredients. In your living space, you can use a liquid residual as well. Be sure to read the label before selecting a product to be sure it can be used safely indoors (including the crawlspace). Please note that some products can stain carpets and/or baseboards so you may want to do a small test application first.

Question:  My Mother found small black bugs in her cracker box. They looked similar to the oatbug and did not look like any weevels. What can she use without using any sprays like raid and so forth?

Action Pest Control's Answer:  If they are restricted to the contents of the container, dispose of the contents in a double layered bag and take outdoors. Thoroughly clean the container after emptying. You can also place the container with contents in the freezer for 48 hours to kill any pests inside. If you suspect that the problem is throughout her kitchen, I recommend placing out some glueboard (sticky)traps for a week and taking whatever you catch to a local pest control company for identification. Most will provide you with a free identification or you can e-mail a detailed description to me and I will do my best to help you further.

Question:  I have mounds of dirt in my yard.  They are not attached to runs like moles.  What are they and what can I do about them? 
Action Pest Control's Answer:  I really need more information but I can give you some educated guesses which may point you towards the answer. My first guess would be that it is moles. The larger mounds are where they excavate dirt at a junction of deeper tunnels. The best solution available now is Talpirid Mole Bait (it looks like a earthworm) which you insert in the tunnels for the moles to ingest. My second guess is Cicada Killer wasps which emerge annually this time of year. They are a large red, yellow and black wasp which digs an angled burrow that they deposit their eggs in. They are solitary wasps so, in spite of their intimidating appearance, they are generally harmless. Treat the burrow entrance with Sevin dust or a Boric acid powder. Lastly, they could be field ants (large ants varying in color from yellow to red, brown and black). You can dust the nest entrance or drench it with a pyrethoid solution, such as cyfluthrin, permethrin, deltamethrin, bifenthrin or lamda-cyhalothrin. You can also try one of many bait products now available. There are many formulations. I would recommend a liquid or granular product.

Question:  What time of year do you treat your lawn for Japanese Beetles? 

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.

Question:  I have these medium black beetles with orange stripes all around the base of the outside of my home.  I have tried 7 Dust and Bug-Be-Gone and I just can't seem to get rid of them.  They are multiplying like crazy.  Can you help?

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Action Pest Control's Answer:
From your description, they sound like Boxelder Bugs.  I would look to the trees around your home as the source of the infestation (typically boxelders or silver maples) and treat the tree with an appropriate residual insecticide.  Boxelder bugs are occasional invaders this time of year but can be overwintering pests like ladybugs.  Due to the sheer number of bugs, a larger, targeted liquid reidual application may be required.  Be sure to treat around window and door frames, utility line penetrations and eves to keep them outdoors.

Question:  What chemical or natural agent can I use to control mles?  I've tried mole traps etc. with no success.  I have ability for granulated and liquid applications.

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

Question:  What is the best way to get rid of Brown Recluse spiders in the house?
Action Pest Control's Answer:  This is a difficult question since I know very little about the severity and extent of the brown recluse (BR) infestation at your home/business.  BR's are probably the most difficult to eliminate pests we encounter in the field, and a professional with experience should be consulted.  I will do my best to answer your question.  BR's are very common pests in the Midwestern and Southeastern U.S. and relatively little is known about their biology, behavior and control.  My personal experience has been that the professional must seek and destroy as many BR's as one can find.  Insect monitors (sticky traps) are one of the most valuable tools to use to evaluate the extent and severity of spider populations with mostly male spiders being captured (Sandidge describes in detail why this happens).   Once you have determined the BR "hot zones" through monitoring, you can begin eliminating them with insecticides placed precisely into their living areas (e.g., wall voids, beneath baseboards, attics, etc.).  You should definitely seek professional advice from an experienced pest management professional to begin your brown recluse management program.  If you need assistance, you can contact me at 800.467.5530.
Question:  In the past two weeks, I have found several bugs that look like large roaches with wings.  They are elongated, brown and have lighter wings.  Can you tell me what they are and how to get rid of them?

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.

Question:  I have wasps in my house.they have been there all winter. mostly in the upstairs. could there be nest somewhere, like the chimney? this house had set empty for (4) years. we cant find out where they are coming from. arent they supposed to be dormant in the winter?

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:  How do you get rid of the little weevils that get in your flour or biscuit mix? Sometimes I find them in packages that have not even been opened.
Action Pest Control's Answer:  Stored product insects such as weevils are typically eliminated once their food supply is removed.  Our recommendations go as follows:
1)  Eliminate the food source (in your case the flour or biscuit mix).
2)  Treat the surrounding areas, particularly cracks and crevices, with a residual insecticide and growth regulator.
3)  Monitor the area with glue boards (sticky boards), and treat if any additional insects are observed.

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.

Action Pest Control's Answer:  The first thing I would do is set out sticky insect traps to rule out something common that could be living inside the home. It is possible that you are dealing with flee beetles. These are found in shrubs and landscaping plants and are often found in grass. People that walk throught the area pick these beetles up and are bitten. The reaction to the bite is often not felt for sometime. Once the bite is felt it is often blamed on something else like fleas or chiggers. Treatment of the lawn and landscaping areas will help control these insects.

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 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?

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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

Question:  I have little black ants in my trailer and they are here even in the winter. How do I get get them gone. There really tiny but they stay in my sinks and coming throw my vents.... No bo, dy has any ideas please help.. they also woke my daughter up because the were all over her and she is scared of them shes three.

Action Pest Control's Answer:  Thank you for your question. The best product to use inside your home is a bait. You , can get these at most home improvement centers. Treating the exterior and underneath your home is also very important in your situation to control your , ants. The ants are probably living in t, he sub floor where they have placed insulation in the floors. This is a very common area for ants to nest in a trailer. Even in the, winter. Brian Ranes, Aciton Pest Control

Question:  After reading the responses to other questions I have come to the conclusion that the bugs in my boyfriend's house are the German roaches. He , has tried sprays and they haven't worked so he is going to try the bait. I heard that these roaches can cary diseases, is that true? How dangerous are they are they to humans?

Action Pest Control's Answer:  Thank you for your question. German Cockroaches carry a variety of diseases. They also carry and transmit a variety of pathogenic organisms including parasitic protozoan. Their cast skins known as exoskeletons are a leading cause of asthma in inner cities. They also trigger allergic reactions especially in children. Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control.,

Question:  On today's show, someone asked about getting rid of ants. The advice was granules to be spread around the foun, dation of the house. Talstar (??spellin??) was a br, and , mentioned. Where could I find this? I've tried everything I've heard of, but I've never heard of this. 

Action Pest Control's Answer:   Thank you for your question. Talstar is the product that we use on the outside a structure to help control ants. You won't find talstar at your local home improvement center, . You can buy talstar from your local pest , c, ontrol company. I would call them in advance to see that they have the product in stock and what the cost is. Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control

Question:  I have been invaded by crickets. Not at this moment due to the weather, but I have lived here for 2 years and this past summer was worse then the year before. What can I safely use to get rid of them and not hurt my pets.

Action Pest Control's Answer:   Thank you for your question. Crickets are fairly easy to get rid of if you get enough product out in the right places. Many of the products that you can buy at your local home improvement store are good to use against crickets. Read the label , to see that it can be used on the outside of your home. If you have a crawlspace beneath t, he home this would be another area that needs to be treated. The interior of unfinished basements would also be an area to concentrate your efforts. You may want to apply these products every couple of months starting whent the crickets become active. Continue until they are gone or it gets cold again. Good Luck! Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control.

Question:  How to get rid of ants. They are in the bathroom and a small room off the kitchen.

Action Pest Control's Answer:   Thank you for your question. Ants are very difficult to eliminate. Especially when it's cold. The best product to use against them is a bait. There are several out on the market now that are made of a swe,, et s, ,, ugar based product. These allow the ants to , forage on the bait and it slowly kills them. It takes time to see any results and elimination may never happen. The baits must be used in small amounts at a time but refreshened often to keep it attractive to the ants. Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control

Question:  On spiders, a retired professor at SIU in Carbondale said to use "distomaceous earth" a finelyground glass that cuts the spiders so they dry up and die. He says the nontoxic powder will kill the spiders without harming humans. Can you tell me your opinion and also where we could buy it?

Action Pest Control's Answer:  Diatomaceous Earth is a good product to use on most insects and spiders. It acts just like glass on the insect cutting the cuticle on their legs allowing moisture to escape and thus causing them to desiccate or dry up. The product usually only comes in bags or buckets a couple pounds at a time and it would take a lot of product to cover some of the areas of concern. I like to apply it in wall voids or inaccessible are, as so that wind and water do not effect it and it does not come in contact with children or pets. Thank you for your question. Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control

Question:  We are not from this area and last night I saw our first mouse! We have small children and I need to know the fastest, safest, and most thorough way to rid our home of these. We have a very clean home.

Action Pest Control's Answer: &nb, sp;Thank your for your question. The best method of getting rid of mice in a home is the use of snap traps. Snap traps are quick and easy to use. I would bait the trap with peanut butter. I, f , you do not like to use snap traps glueboard style traps are available. If neither of these methods sound appealing you can buy live traps and release the mice. I would not use baits in the home because you have no control over where the mice die. With the traps you can remove the dead mice to control odor problems. Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control

Question:  How do I get rid of moles in the yar, d. I had a so called "professional" spray the yard but did no good. Seems I have more tunnels/moles each year. I, f I use a granule pesticide, how often can I use it and when is the best time to use it? I've tried the peanuts and it didn't work.

Action Pest Control's Answer:  The best method of eliminating moles is by trapping. The company that I recommend for this type of work is ADC Wildlife Management Services. The owner is Duane Springston. They are very good and reasonable on price. Thank you! Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control

Question:  How do I get rid of very small red ants in the kitchen? The house is built on a cement slab. thanks

Action Pest Control's Answer:  Thank you for your question. First off I would have the ants that you are having trouble with professionally identified. There are two very small red ants and they should only be identified under a microscope. The two species are the thief and the pharaoh ant. They are almost identical in, appearance but very different to treat. Thief ants can be treated by several different methods. Pharaoh ants should only be treated with baits because they will spread if treated with general liquid spray insecticides. I would first have them identified and plan your treatment accordingly. Thank you! Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control

Question:  I found a black widow spider in my garage, dead. Does this mean there is a probability that I may have more of them in the area? And what can I treat my garage with to keep spiders out?

Action Pest Control's Answer:  Thank you for your question. Black widow spiders can often be found by themselves. They are not a real infesting type spider. They build thick undefined webs. They will aften nest in voids or cavities. There is a type of house spider that has the same body shape and appearance as a black widow. Look for the distinct black body with the red hourglass shape. Most household products that you can buy at most home im, provement centers will kill these spiders. Also placing sticke insect traps in the garage may capture some of the spiders as they move around looking for new web building sites. Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control

Question:  Over the last three weeks or so I have noticed several small bugs that resemble a cockroach only they are very light brown. My Mother called them (water bugs).We have placed spray bombs in the crawl space and also sprayed bug spray under the cabinets, but nothing seems to work. What are these bugs attracted to (water)? and how do I get rid of them?

Action Pest Control's Answer:  Thank you for your question. It sounds to me like you have German Cockroaches. They are light brown and are commonly found in the kitchens and bathrooms. They could be attracted to many different things, so it's hard to say what they are feeding on. The best product to use against German Cockroaches are baits. There are some very good baits on the market for these specific insects. The products come in large syringes and the bait looks like a peanut butter. I would use these products rather than the sprays that you have used in the past. The roaches feed on the baits killing them rather than having to pick up enough liquid pesticide to kill it. Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control

Question:   We are having trouble with gnats. Everything we set down in the house is soon covered with them. What can we do about them?

Action Pest Control's Answer:   Thank you for your question. There are several species of small flies that people call gnats. Some are found in sinks and other types of drains, some are found in decaying fruits and vegetables, and some are found in house plants. The first place I would look is at the drains. If they need to be cleaned I would use a strong drain cleaner to help eliminate the breeding source. Then I would look at your stored fruits and vegetables to see that you haven't overlooked some old decaying items. Then I would look at your house plants to see that they are not being over watered. If so, allow them to dry out for a period of time before you continue to water them.

Question:  I actually have two questions. I have field mice entering the crawl space of my home. They appear to be gaining access through a hole in the foundation where the water line comes in. What is the best method for sealing this hole? I have already begun baiting and eliminating as much outdoor habitat as possible, however, it seems they have set up base under my concrete driveway. Any advice on attacking this?

Action Pest Control's Answer:  The best product to use when sealing up concrete is mortar. This will bind for a more permanent seal. For smaller cracks and gaps I recommend 100% silicone sealant. They only problem with the sealant is that once applied it can not be painted. The paint will simply flake off. As for the mice you have now I would recommend the use of snap traps. These will allow you to capture the mice and remove to prevent an odor.

Question:  I have a lot of spiders around my home. I, also have pets. Would the treatment for spiders be dangerous to my pets? For 2 yrs now I have had brown moths outside at the end of summer probably 25+. Is this normal for our area?

Action Pest Control's Answer:  The spiders can be treated without harming your pets although if thorough treatment in the area where the pets will be it may be necessary to have them removed during the actual treatment. As far as the moths go this is very normal for the area. There are several species of moths that develop in late summer early fall that become an occasional pest this time of year. Reducing the amount of light on the exterior of your home will help cut down on the activity.

Question:  We've noticed , skunks in our yard and in other yards in our neighborhood this summer. There is also evidence that they have been digging for grubs in the back yard. Obviously getting rid of the grubs is probably the answer. But what about a more immediate solution. We bought some bobcat urine at someone's suggestion and squirted it around the perimeter of the yard. I think it might have helped. But just wanted to check if you have any other suggestions.

Action Pest Control's Answer:  Thank you for your question. I usually recommend having the skunks trapped. This removes them from the area quickly and humanely. The trapper I usually recommend is Dwayne Springston. He is the owner of ADC Wildlife Services and can be reached at 451-4389. Thank you for your question.

Question:  Mosquito Does a electic bug light draw them and kill them. I live in the country and have many because of fields and neighbors. Also what colors are they attracted to like flies like white do they like white too what is thier color they do not like so I can paint my carport that color and any other ways to repel them. all of this because of west nile.

Action Pest Control's Answer:   The insect light traps that you are using really don't attract that many mosquitos. They attract alot of moths, beetles and other night flying > insects but very few mosquitos., As far as color? Mosquitos are attracted to carbon dioxide more than anything. They are not as likely to be attracted to a specific color or light like other insects are known to. Brian Ranes, Service Manager, Action Pest Cont

Question:  Can a cat get the West Nile Virus if he eat or bite into an infected bird?

Action Pest Control's Answer:   Thank you for your question. As of now it is not believed that it can be transmitted this way. Typically it is transmitted through contact with moquitoes. But they are , monitoring all aspects of how th West Nile virus can be trasmitted. We may learn more in the future.

Question:  ANTS??? I've done the spray, I've tried the traps, the indoor foggers, terro, boric acid, and anything that says for ants. They don't work. They are mainly in the kitchen area, but not always around food. Help!!! This year has been the worst, I wonder if it may be because of the extremely dry summer here. Usually, I get them under control, but not this year. They are the small ants and it seems to me that they hatch out every day. Any Suggestions?

Action Pest Control's Answer:  Thank you for your question. IF you have been having a continuous problem with the ants it may be a good idea to have the Identified by a professional. This may help in solving the problem of where they are most likely to nest. It sounds like you have some of the right products to use against them so applying the product often and in several small placements rather than a few large placements may help. Persistence is the key in controlling ants. But I would start over from the beginning and find out exactly what kind of ant they are.

Question:  I have about 6 in high mounds of dirt all over my backyard,they're not ant hills,what could they be?

Action Pest Control's Answer:  &n, bsp; It sounds to me like they could be cicada killer wasps. They excavate soil into large mounds in yards. They are active this time of year. They usually are active for 3-4 weeks and then seem like they are gone. But actually their lives are just beginning in the ground. If you look at the mounds closely you should see what looks like a runway in the middle of it. Follow that into the grass and at the narrow short , end of the mound you will find a hole in the soil. This is the entrance to the burrow. Cicada killers do not sting but can build up in number after a few years. They can be treated at the burrow whick will help reduce the numbers.

Question:  I had a problem about a month ago and my daughter said she heard this same noise the other day. There are solid black bugs about 1/16 " wide and about 1/2" long. They spring their head and tail end jump out of your way if you try to pick them up. They make , I quess because of their hard shelled body, a noise, a clicking sound when they jump. The problem is one of these was making a clicking sound on the roof. I got a ladder and it was getting between the leaf trough and the bottom layer of sh, ingles. It had gotten all the way under the shingle and I sprayed it with bug spray. My daughter forget to tell me until now that she heard one again the other day above the leaf trough. Can you tell me what kind of bug that is and do they usually do roof damage?? Thank you.

Action Pest Control's Answer:  Thank you for your question. Just as you have described the beetles that you are referring to are called click beetles. They are very common in this area and vary in size and color depending on species which there are several. They are highly attracted to lights and often come into a home because of lighting. They are controlled by treating the exterior perimeter of the home and trying to minimize exterior lighting. They do not bite and children often enjoy playing with them to watch them bounce up in the air when you flip them on their backs. I hope this helps.

Question:  How long will the japanese beetle be around and what gets rid of them???

Action Pest Control's Answer:  Thank you for your question. You are like many others in the tri-state! Japanese beetles have taken over! Japanese beetles belong to the family of beetles called Scarabaeidae. These are very destructive beetles. The larvae of scarab beetles are what you and I know as GRUB Worms. The develop in the soil. There are several "over-the-counter" products that will kill Japanese beetles on the plants that they are damaging. One product that many people recommend is liquid sevin. It works well! Japanese beetles feed in cycles on your plants. Treating all of them at the same time is important. Treating the lawn for grubs will help reduce the population in your yard. Traps will catch thousands but will also attract them from miles away straight to your yard! As for how long they will be around? They will be here to mid to late fall. Once it starts to cool during the day as well as the night. Not until then will you see a reduction in the activity from them. Good Luck in your fight!

Question:  During the past few days something very strange has developed on the ground in our landscaping next to our deck. At first it appearred as an almostwhite (about the color of cauliflower) wet glob about six inches in diameter. When I looked at it today it has hardened into a something that looks like puffy light colored cement. It has a crack in it, and several holes a little smaller than the diameter of a pencil. I am thinking that it might be the eggs of something, and I'm afraid to think what might come out of, there. Any ideas? Thank you very much.

Action Pest Control's Answer:  The problem you are having is a mold or fungus. I often see this in landscape material around homes. It usually is associated with moisture in wood mulch.

Question:  I have a woodpecker drilling on my gutters every morning. How can I get rid of him?

Action Pest Control's Answer:   Woodpeckers are hard to get rid of. There is a product that is labeled for wildlife control. The product is called Ro-pel. You can buy it at some pet food centers or your local pest control company.

Question:  My neighbor has a covered breeze way between her house and garage. it seems that some very large bees have moved up in it and are living there. they have some small holes that they come out of on each side of , , , , the breeze way. is there a good way to get rid of them or do we need an expert? Thank You

Action Pest Control's Answer:  Thank you for your question. The bees are carpenter bees. The are a very damaging insect. The best method of eliminating them is to use a pesticide dust in the actual holes where the bees are active.

Question:  We have very tiny brown ants seen mostly on our kitchen counter top. No apparent trail -they are , found individually, but they keep appearing. What can we do?

Action Pest Control's Answer:  Thank you for your question. The ants you are having a problem with are probably odorous house ants. They are a very persistent ant. The best product to use against them is a bait. They are slow acting against ants but time is the key with this ant.

Question:  We have a lake and geese in our back yard. What is the best way to get rid of them? 

Action Pest Control's Answer:  Thank you for your question. Geese are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Act. Dealing with them must follow strict government regulations. There are licensed people that can do repellant type "fogging" for them. If hunting them is legal around the lake, population reduction through this process is probably the most efficient way of reduction.

Question:  How can I treat for Ash bores in an Ash tree without Lindane?

Action Pest Control's Answer:  Thank you for your question. Ash borers are a common pest of Ash trees. There are a couple of species which attack ash trees but the most likely the one you have is the red-headed ash borer. Unfortunately there is not a good product to use against them. You might try calling lawn and garden specialist, but from what I know about them they are difficult to eliminate! Sorry for the bad news. Brian Ranes, Service Supervisor, Action Pest Control.

Question:  Could you please tell me how I can stop crickets from coming into my home. Thank you

Action Pest Control's Answer:  There are a three common types of crickets that you could be having a problem with. The first is the camelback cricket. These crickets have a humpbacked appearance and make no noise. These are associated with moisture and can be originating from within the home. The often live in crawl spaces or basements that are unfinished. The second type is the house cricket. They are brown and usually originate on the exterior of the structure and find their way in through improperly sealed doorways, pipe openings a/c or water lines. But if there is enough moisture in the home such as a basement they can live indoors. The third species of cricket is the field cricket. It is black in appearance and usually makes a very loud chirping noise. The enter the same areas that the hou, se crickets can enter. I would check to see that doorways are properly sealed and that there are no gaps or cracks around pipe openings leading into the home. If you need to do some sealing around pipe opening the best product to use is 100% silicon sealant. It will last much longer than regular caulk. I hope this helps. Brian Ranes, Action Pest Control.

Question:  We live next to farm fields, and our home is infested with bugs that look like Lady Bugs. How can we eliminate this infestation?

Action Pest Control's Answer:   Thank you for your question. The best way to eliminate lady bugs is to actually prevent them from getting in. Sealing around window, door frames, eaves and pipe openings will help reduce the number of over wintering lady bugs. 100% elimination is difficult, Treatment of the exterior perimeter can help some but does not completely eliminate the problem. Once the lady bugs enter the home sucking them up in a vacuum is the best method of removal. This gets them out of your environment without applying pesticides. Brian Ranes,Service Supervisor

Question:  Would you please tell me what granules (brand name) to buy so I can kill those tiny(pavement) ants that live in our house.

Action Pest Control's Answer:   Thank you for your question. The granules go by different names, so telling you a specific name would be difficult. Also, many of the granules that were on the market last year may no longer be on the market. Many contained diazinon and dursban which are no longer available. The product that we use is called Talstar and is a polymer product that looks a lot like sand. You may want to contact your local pest control company to see what they recommend or call a lawn and garden center for their recommendations. Brian Ranes ,Service Supervisor

Question:  Continuing from today's call regarding camelback crickets: I have heard of a "recipe" using borax, bacon drippings, etc. that is supposed to be either a poison or a deterrent. What do you know about this kind of method; and, do you know the actual recipe? Meanwhile, I'm becoming quite good at catching these little buggers with a glass! HA HA!

Action Pest Control's Answer:  Thank you for your question. Over the years there have been several different "recipes" for about everything. But usually the key ingredient is a pesticide like boric acid that would kill the pest on its own. Camelback, camel crickets or cave crickets (all the same thing) are usually associated with moisture! They are often found in basements and homes with crawl spa, ces. Some of the over the counter products work well against them but it has to be applied close to the harborage area and must be reapplied often. Good Luck! Brian Ranes,Service Supervisor

Question:  How did you get rid of millipeds? They are outside and get in the house. We have used Diazinon and had pest control spray around house several times. Thank you

Action Pest Control's Answer:   Thank you for your question. Millipedes are usually found around moisture sources. This usually involves exterior landscaping that holds moisture or even standing water. Sealing around windows, doors and pipe openings will help prevent them from entering somewhat. Drying up areas that may be wet is the key. This may be around water hoses, mulch or even the exterior grade and drainage away from the home. Many pesticides will kill the ones that are the, re. Retreating on a regular basis will help prevent them from building up in numbers. But look into the moisture or water problems on the exterior of the home. Brian Ranes,Service Supervisor

Question:  We are finding a number of large black ants inside the house. Most have been in the basement which is finished. It is almost as though they are dropping from the ceiling as they are also on furniture as well as the floor. At this time they are moving very slowly and easy to kill. How can we keep them out of the house? The celing has been drywalled.

Action Pest Control's Answer:   Thank you for your question. The ant that you are seeing is a Black Carpenter Ant. The nest in wood which the excavate galleries to make nests. Hence the name carpenter ant. It sounds like they may be nesting in the ceiling or in a wall and coming out through light fixtures in the ceiling. If you are seeing several a day or seeing them in the same areas over a long period of time I would ask for professional help. They are difficult almost impossible to get rid of without professional help. If untreated the colony will get bigger and cause more damage, and you will start to see a lot more ants. Sorry for the bad news! Brian Ranes Service Supervisor

Question:  how do I get rid of ants...I have tried every spray available and still I have ants...thanks

Action Pest Control's Answer:   The ants you are referring to are odorous house ants. They are very persistant! They live in colonies of 100,000's even upto a million. Conventional sprays only temporarily control them. There are several sweet type baits on the market which are more effective against ants. It will take a while to see any results but keep putting the baits out and you should see some reduction. Also caulking up around the windows and doorways and anywhere they can get in will help. But remember that it will take time before you see any results. Brian Ranes

Question:  I think I have fruit flies in my house. How do I get rid of them?

Action Pest Control's Answer:   Thank you for your question. Fruit flies are small flies with red eyes. They breed in decaying organic material. Usually in a home this is fruits and vegetable. I would start by looking for an old potato or a rotten onion. This is usually where they are found. Thank you! Brian Ranes

Question:  How can I get some of that sticky stuff you use to catch moles?

Action Pest Control's Answer:  The item you are referring to is a Glue board. They are just sticky pieces of cardboard paper that the mole or other rodent gets caught o, n. You place them around the are where th pest is located. Moles are hard to capture because they spend their time underground but look for holes where the pest is coming up out of the ground and place them there. You can buy these at most home improvement stores. They usually say for rats and mice. They work very well!

Question:  What, 9's the best way to get rid of ladybugs?

Action Pest Control's Answer:   Thank you for your question. Ladybugs or Ladybird Beetles are difficult to eliminate. It sounds to me that you have been trying to caulk and seal them out which is the best method. It will take some time to figure out where and how they are getting in. I suggest going outside on warm days and seeing if they are active. Observe where they are going in and see if you can seal those areas. They love to over winter in attics and wall voids. They will usually cluster on the side of the structure that has the southern exposure. Once they have gotten in it is best to just suck them up in a vacuum. This allows you to remove them without applying pesticides in the home. Treatments to the home usually are not very effective against Ladybugs. So I wouldn't spend a lot of money trying to get rid of them. I hope this helps.

Question:  I am considering a do-it-yourself alternative. What is the bottom line on pesticide risk?

Action Pest Control's Answer:  The danger of any pesticide is all about exposure. The do-it yourselfer often chooses over-the-counter products that are much more toxic than the professional materials we utilize. To compound this mistake, the homeowner is not trained in the application methods we utilize that virtually eliminate any exposure to people and pets. If you eliminate exposure, then you eliminate risk.

Question:  Are the materials you use safe?

Action Pest Control's Answer:  All pesticides are inherently poisonous and our state certified technicians are trained to handle them with respect to human safety and the environment. Action Pest Control believes strongly in choosing the safest approach to solving each pest occurrence, and of course, all materials we use are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Question:  Do the pesticides you use cause cancer?

Action Pest Control's Answer:  No. None of the pesticides we use have any carcinogenic effects as established by pre-registration laboratory testing required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Question:  Does it smell?

Action Pest Control's Answer:  No. All our applications are odorless or have low-odor alternatives. Ask your Technician if you have concerns about what you should expect for specific treatments.

Question:  Is Action Pest Control locally owned?

Action Pest Control's Answer: Yes,, Action Pest Control, Inc. is 100% locally owned by entomologist and operator of the company, Kevin C. Pass.

Question:  Do I have to sign a long term contract?

Action Pest Control's Answer:   No, absolutely not! Some of our service agreements do ask for a one year commitment; however, none of our contracts are binding. If you decide that you no longer want our service, there is absolutely no penalty for cancellation.