We have not been successful at eliminating roaches with fogging and residual spraying, even with large-scale prep and treating adjacent units. What is your take on baiting programs and what can you recommend that has been tried and is successful?
Submitted by Melodi, CA
I recently tented a customer's leather couch with 6 mil plastic and sealed the plastic with tape to a concrete floor after placing two Nuvan Prostrips underneath the couch. An excellent seal with plenty of airspace for the vapors to work. Many bed bugs of all stages were killed as evidenced when the plastic was removed seven days later. However, I still found some live nymphs on the couch! ...
Submitted by Richard, TX
I realize many pesticide labels have language regarding their toxicity to fish and aquatic invertebrates, but, in theory, how much of a diluted product would have to be introduced into an aquatic environment to have the ppm in the water body necessary to kill fish? Maybe a better way to explain it would be the amount of concentrate, as dilution rates vary. Also, could the drift of a diluted p...
Submitted by Stephanie, FL
I’ve used DeltaDust on yellow jackets this year and had so-so success with it when compared to last year. I shared this with another tech from another company and he said the same thing. Has anything changed?
Submitted by Barry, GA
Can a bag or bottle of water keep flies away?
Submitted by WILLIE, CA
Is there a way to treat for fleas in a sub area without crawling it? There are dusts, but what about workers that have to go back under in a few days?
Submitted by doug, CA
Does Windex glass cleaner kill mosquitoes? I’ve heard if you spray it all over your house, it will kill all the mosquitoes.
Submitted by Jodi
A customer's daughter has ants in the backyard. Normally, I would apply a granular pesticide for the ants, but the problem is she has chickens in her yard that eat the ants. Any suggestions?
Submitted by jeff, AZ
I have a quarterly customer who has an ongoing problem with Indian meal moths, primarily in the summer months. Last summer, I cleared out the pantry and treated the cracks and crevices. While doing so, I found and removed many pupal casings and fecal material on food packages and in paper bags and baskets. They have been fogging the pantry themselves and I supplied pheromone traps. They did...
Submitted by robert, CA
What’s the best way treat quickly for roach infestations?
Submitted by Andy, TX
What is the best and safest way to kill gnats in floor drains? Should I use Orthene?
Submitted by Matthew, PA
I’m wondering what I can use to treat spiders inside the edge of a pool. I’ve been running my Webster inside the edge to remove the few webs, but is there a product I can use that won’t drip into the pool and contaminate it?
Submitted by Eddie, CA
Help! We are having a bark scorpion problem in my service area. The customers are generally 65 years old and up and have the belief that one "good spray" will solve their problem. We have a separate scorpion program but, when we explain many of the things you have suggested in the past, we are met with blank stares. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Submitted by susan, NV
I am treating a horse barn for fleas where the stalls are used to foster rescue dogs. The stalls are dirt but the center aisle is concrete. What products would you recommend? Would an IGR be helpful and which one? By definition, would you consider this animal housing?
Submitted by Greg, GA
Sometimes when inspection and monitoring don’t turn up pests, it actually means pests are not there. Tiny holes in clothes are an enigma for many people. Because they don’t know what causes the holes, fabric pests often get blamed. The holes could be caused by wear and tear of a shirt against countertops or from fabric snagging on the zippers of other clothes in the wash. Your tech has hel...
Submitted by Wayne, CA
I have tried everything I can think of to get rid of my customer’s ants. They are all around his pool and yard. I’ve applied granules, Termidor and InTice gel and still, every 15 days or so, the ants keep coming back with new mounds and running around the pool. Any suggestions?
Submitted by jeff, AZ
I visited the home of a potential customer this morning and, as I was doing my preliminary inspection, the owner of the home asked me to take a look at something in his kitchen. He got his flashlight and shined it on the wall revealing a small cluster of two or three needle-sized holes going through the drywall. He then showed me a couple of other places throughout his home with similar holes...
Submitted by Kevin, CA
We live in western Pennsylvania and are having problems with German cockroaches coming from the outside in large numbers at subsidized units (they’re mostly duplexes). The pest identification was confirmed. We are seeing all stages on insect monitors placed outside along an edge (where the siding meets the brick) around the unit. The direction of the roaches is coming from the outside. It’s alm...
Submitted by Tiffany, PA
How should spice beetles around windows located in a kitchen area be controlled?
Submitted by DENNIS, FL
I'd like to know what other PMPs find to be the best insecticides to control bed bugs.
Submitted by Mike, NY