I'm having a problem with German cockroaches in a restaurant I’ve serviced since April 2014. It’s in a shopping plaza connected to a nail salon, bakery and another restaurant (I haven't talked to any of them yet). It’s not a dirty restaurant although they do have table legs, pipes behind the cookline and a grease trap that could be cleaned. The restaurant was fumigated for termites about six...
Submitted by Tammy, FL
How can you tell if a product is repellent or non-repellent? I've been trying to find information on product labels, SDS and anywhere online and I just can't get a read on what is what. I have a good idea from what I've noticed in the field with certain products, but I would love to find a list of active ingredients or products to be able to reference once and for all.
Submitted by Jonathan, WA
Blankety blank® used to work very well on German cockroaches. This is no longer the case. The majority of roaches that are sprayed are slowed down but there is very little long-term control. Did they change the formula?
Submitted by david, FL
We generally use Termidor 80 WG for termite treatments. Is there a difference between Termidor SC versus Termidor 80 WG other than cost? Should I use SC in some cases and 80 WG in others?
Submitted by Garry, VA
Sometimes I come across small, kind of beige spider mite-looking things that, from a bit farther away, look like ghost ants. I think they have tiny spider-like bodies but trail like ants. I've seen them in and outdoors. What might they be? Do you believe sweet borate baits would be effective?
Submitted by Christopher, FL
What products and steps are needed to treat multiple cats in a bed bug infested home? The customer has two dogs and eight cats living indoors with them. Hours after I heated and sprayed the home, the homeowners called complaining about seeing multiple live bugs. The only variable in this home is the large number of cats. I tend to have problems with cat owners in general, especially if thei...
Submitted by David, OH
I have a customer with these little black bees behind her house. They are boring into the siding and swarming around the eaves. They are not carpenter bees. They are smaller and completely black. I have observed them going in and out of the holes in the siding. I am trying to determine what I am dealing with and how to stop them. They make about quarter inch holes in the siding.
Submitted by craig, WY
In Texas, am I required to hang a notice of regular pest control treatment in a restaurant? If so, where can I get a sample notice?
Submitted by Brian, TX
From time to time, a friend of mine asks me to "come take a look at something". They are a family with seven kids and move around to different rentals. Usually, the answer is simple—clean this up, keep this sealed, move this or keep the screen doors shut. The problem now is gnats, a lot of them. It took about 10 seconds to find a long-term leak inside the walls of the bathroom, kitchen, ups...
Submitted by Mullen, CA
We are servicing a house with a mouse problem. At first, we used glue boards and they were very effective at catching and managing the mice. But lately, they seem to be avoiding all glue boards and the problem is worsening. We are thinking of changing to snap traps to see if they will make a difference. Is there another suggestion of what we should do to help stem the tide of mice? Baiting...
Submitted by Coleman, AL
Do gnats bite people?
Submitted by ronald, AZ
I live in an apartment with three apartments around me. I have German cockroaches. I applied gel bait and they went away for a while but then came back. As much as I keep the home clean, we still get them. I do believe that it is due to my neighbors being dirty. Can I keep them out of my home for good or for longer than two months?
Submitted by christopher, CA
Do you know of a product that will get rid of buckhorn (plantain) in lawns without killing the lawn?
Submitted by Don, AZ
Is there a protocol for preparing an apartment or room to be treated for silverfish?
Submitted by Pedro, FL
It's bee season again and I'm faced with an ongoing problem. After eliminating bees from a structure, we’re left with the honey, which is not practical to remove. It's like a neon sign that says, “Free food! Free food!” What can be done to keep foraging bees from moving in? Is there anything available to protect against reinfestation?
Submitted by James R, AZ
I think that, at times, I'm applying liquid products with too much pressure. Using a Burchmeier backpack sprayer, I normally spray a stream along the house and fan spray mulch areas. Indoors, I was taught to spray a stream along baseboards and corners with a B&G sprayer, but a light mist would seemingly give better coverage. Am I wrong?
Submitted by dan, IA
What is the most common bat in the United States and in the state of Mississippi?
Submitted by tracy, MS
What exactly is the review process for registered pesticides? Is there a set amount of years before a product must be reviewed? Do manufacturers have to present additional data? Also, in the case of pyrethroids and neonicotinoids, is there a deadline for their labels to be updated? I see many labels that have the updated language, but I also see quite a few labels with the old language stil...
Submitted by Stephanie, FL
I have a customer that has a problem with boxelder bugs every year. They also get into his home. Are there any products that are effective against them? I’ll inspect and try exclusion, but I was wondering if any pesticides will work.
Submitted by craig, WY
I have been told for years to put a penny into my bellows duster to keep the dust from clumping. Is this a good practice?
Submitted by Patrick, OH