Tips & Tricks
Welcome to our tips & tricks page. This is where we’ll periodically post content related to pests and the pest control industry. Things such as pest or menace spotlight articles or fact versus fiction information pieces. Please check back often.
We’re all about Kansas City, and everything will always be aimed at protecting you from local pests.
Menace Spotlight: Fleas
Fleas and Chiggers have invaded the lawns. The abundant rainfall has contributed to a very conducive condition for these menaces to attack an unsuspecting resident trying to enjoy their yard. Fleas can be carried into the home by pets as well as people. Fleas can also be carried into your yard by squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits. The solution is simple. A complete yard application of a residual pesticide will eliminate these menaces and give you back your yard.
Treat your lawn at the first signs of fleas or chiggers and avoid the bigger aggravation of an infestation inside the house and having the expense of the home requiring treatment. The price is very reasonable and if you call to schedule a treatment before September 1st, receive 15% off normal pricing.
Menace Spotlight: Springtails
Springtails are extremely small insects about 1 to 2mm. They are often described as tiny jumping bugs and their presence is indicative of problems with excessive moisture. They are often found in basements, kitchens and bathrooms.
Homeowners often confuse them with fleas. If you have springtails in the house, it could indicate a problem with mold or fungus. They are often seen traveling in large hopping groups. Springtail infestations will occur in any room with windows. In some cases, the age of the home is a contributing factor. This is because tiny cracks in the window sill will occur over time as a direct result of constant sunlight. Paint starts to chip, the wood slightly shifts, and window sills begin to show wear from rain water and other climate related variables.
It is sometimes necessary to control springtails with outdoor insecticide applications, either barrier treatment or as broadcast treatments. Barrier treatments are usually applied on the walls and soil immediately surrounding the house usually 3ft up the wall and 6 ft out. Treatments concentrating on steps, window sills, damp areas, mulched flowerbeds and the base of shrubbery.
Fact vs Fiction: Stored Product Pests
Our latest version of Fact vs. Fiction revolves around stored product pests. You know, those pesky insects that come in with flour or rice and live in your cupboard.
Just hope you find out you have them before you take a bite! Yuck.
Anyways, on to the game…
Fiction: You can block stored product infestations with a line of cayenne pepper.
Fact: This does little to stop or deter insects. It only moves them into other areas that are less accessible and treatable. Inspect packages carefully before bringing products home, especially if the product is from a foreign country or purchased in bulk. Don’t transfer products from one cardboard container to another cardboard or wooden container. Clean storage areas thoroughly and frequently. Clean spilled products immediately. Store grains, cereals, pet foods, bird seed, etc., in tightly sealed containers.
Fiction: Frequent fogging will eliminate all stored product pests.
Fact: Pest problems of any kind are rarely solved with one approach. Identifying and shutting off access and harborage are the first steps. Regular product rotation discourages harborages and exposes active infestations. Insect growth regulators (IGRs) are necessary for long-term management success. They are not a quick fix, but they’ll knock down future populations. Fogging and fuming address the middle segment of managing exposed populations. Both have their place in the management process, but a multi-layer, proactive approach will be more successful in the long term.
Fiction: Rice weevils are fond only in rice.
Fact: Rice weevils are considered a significant pest because of the damage they do to stored products. Rice weevils are found in all kinds of grain products, spices, pet food and birdseed. In the North, they’re found primarily in processed products. In the South, they’re also found in fields and storage areas.
Fiction: You can rescue infested products by throwing out the affected parts you see.
Fact: Insect eggs, larvae, skin casts and droppings aren’t always visible to the naked eye. Allergic people can react to miniscule amounts of these contaminants. If a product shows any sign of infestation, throw it out.