What's bugging you? How do you get rid of those pesky insects and pests? This is the category to take a swat at those creepy, crawly unwelcome invaders.
Asked in Houseplants, Pest Control, Ferns
What will kill asparagus ferns?
Glyphosate will kill asparagus ferns (Asparagus aethiopicus, A. densiflorus, A. sprengeri). Specifically, glyphosate is the active ingredient in Round-Up. A particularly effective treatment is 1 percent solution of glyphosate to 0.25 percent surfactant. Follow-up treatments may be needed before the asparagus fern population is removed totally from the landscape. Generally, weed problems may be solved by an attack plan of constant cutting down to the ground, controlled burning, and glyphosate. The initial reaction to the cutting initially may be vigorous regrowth. But the constant cutting is a stress that wears away at the plant in question. Also, specifically in terms of the asparagus fern, it helps to remove as much of the root system as possible. As is the case with herbaceous and woody plants, growth begins from the roots.
Asked in Insects, Pest Control, Potatoes
Are potato bugs poisonous?
Yes, this is because the potato plant itself is poisonous. The only non-poisonous part of the potato plant is the starch inside the tuber. You are not even suppose to eat the potato peel. And under non-circumstance are you to eat of the potato fruit. Because the potato bug can eat the potato plant it inherits its poisons. Keep in mind though that "poisonous" does not mean "venomous". The potato bug may be poisonous to eat, but it is not venomous, meaning it cannot bite you and inject venom into your body. The only way you could ever be harmed by a potato bug is if you ate enough of them to become sick from their protective poison.
Asked in Houseplants, Insects, Pest Control, Basil
How do you gid rid of gnats on inside basil plant?
A simple insecticidal soap will get rid of the fungus gnats without harming the basil. Pour 1 1/2 tbsp. of liquid castile soap, 1 qt. of water, and 3 drops of vegetable oil in a spray bottle. The liquid castile soap will kill the fungus gnats, and is natural so it won't affect the basil when you to eat the herb. Shake the ingredients in the spray bottle each time you want to use it. Aim the homemade insecticidal soap at the gnats and begin spraying. Spray the basil plants once you are done spraying the gnats surrounding the plants so that all future gnats stay away from the basil. Reapply once per week to keep a new infestation from forming. You are overwatering. Once you dry it out some, they will go away.
Asked in Chemistry, Rodents, Pest Control
What is the best rodent pest control strategy?
Asked in Pool Care and Cleaning, Insects, Pest Control
What sort of bug looks like a fish with legs when it swims... and how do you keep them away from your pool?
== == * I think what you are seeing is what we here call "boatmen." Once in a while, I find one or two in my pool, and I scoop them up and kill them. And they also bite and are tricky swimmers. I've noticed that if I'm low on my chlorine, they're around. In which case, I add more immediately. They actually live around ponds, etc., but I have a large body of water in the back yard. == == * These are water boatmen; they do bite, and yes, they can fly. Adding a non-foaming algaecide to your pool will get rid of them. They create an air bubble around themselves to breathe under water; the algaecide takes the oxygen out of the water (which is how it kills off algae) so that they cannot create the air bubble. If they can't breathe under water, they will leave! == == * If they bite they are most likely back swimmers, which look like boatmen but swim on their back. Bug out will kill them, unless you have a pebble-tec pool, I can't find anything that works.
Asked in Pest Control, Bedbugs
How do you get rid of bedbugs?
Exterminating bed bugs without the help of a professional is highly discouraged. Self-treatment tends to make infestations worse, and eventual extermination ends up more expensive. The following are all suggestions that can help to control infestations until they can be treated by a pest control professional. Vacuum - Vacuuming can help to eliminate some bugs, as well as some eggs. Be sure to vacuum everywhere, in the corners, under furniture, on furniture, etc. Immediately after vacuuming an area that is infested, or is thought to be infested, empty the vacuum, and/or remove the bag. Ensure that anything that was vacuumed up is put into s SEALED bag, and disposed of properly. Wash - Wash anything and everything that you can, clothing, curtains, bedding, towels, etc. Use hot water and the highest heat setting on the dryer. This process will also help you to begin to prepare for treatment. Cover - The use of mattress and box spring encasements is known to assist in the proper extermination of bed bug infestations. These encasements limit the hiding places on beds, and will help treatment to be more effective. There are also similar encasements available for couches. Install - Use passive monitors, such as BDS (bed bug detection systems) or ClimbUp Interceptors. These devices can both trap and kill bed bugs trying to get on to or off of furniture. Steam Clean - Steam cleaning of furniture, curtains, etc., can be helpful in controlling infestations, as it is likely to kill any bugs in the immediate area being steamed, though it will not eliminate them altogether. Please note that the steam cleaning performed by A3 Superior Pest Control involves the use of chemicals, enabling it to effectively kill bed bugs. The above ideas are meant to help in both the preparation and control of bed bug infestations. None of the methods will completely eradicate an infestation. Proper extermination of bed bugs requires the assistance of a pest control professional, as bed bugs are very resilient, and are difficult to exterminate. Speaking on behalf of my bed bug experience, I have to say it's a pain to get rid of bed bugs. I've had bed bug infestation before on my mattress. Bed bugs do bite and they will leave a flat large red mark on your skin. Bed bugs are nocturnal so they will come out at night when you are sleeping and during the day they will hide in cracks and crevices of your room or in your mattress. They can come into your home by cracks and crevices from apartments or from the outside, they can be brought in by your luggage if you went on a vacation. You will need to treat bed bugs multiple of times because they all wont be killed at once, believe me, I know. You can look for bed bugs in the crevices of your mattress and on the lining underneath your mattress. They will also be in your sheets, pillow cases, and fabrics. Bed bugs can also be found in your box springs and on the joining parts of your bed frame and head board but they can also be in a variety of other places in or near your bedroom, such as in the walls or under the floorboards. I treated for bed bugs 3-4 times in 2 weeks. I repeated the process again. I used this spray called Steri-Fab and sprayed it on my mattress and on box springs. I vacuumed my mattress and box spring after I allowed it to dry. I also used dust, which is a pesticide dust into the cracks and crevices of my home which will prevent them from coming into my home. Do not use dust where children play. After I treated my mattress and box springs, I used Allerzip Protect-A-Bed mattress encasement, Protect-A-Bed box spring cover and Protect-A-Bed pillow case to prevent future bed bug infestation. These encasement, box cover, and pillow case prevents moisture from building up and traps the bed bugs causing them to die from lack of food and hiding place. Exterminating bed bugs without the help of a professional is highly discouraged. Self-treatment tends to make infestations worse, and eventual extermination ends up more expensive. If you think you have a bed bug infestation, contact a pest control professional to set up an inspection or extermination. The following are all suggestions that can help to control infestations until they can be treated by a pest control professional. Call in the professionals. At the first sign of bed bugs, you should clean everything in the immediate area and call in people to spray things down. Try to find where they are coming from before you call people in, and try putting double sided tape around parts of your room to try and see where the are coming in from. Once you have called in professional people, follow their instructions exactly. One doctor told me to change the bed twice a week, and wash the sheets in hot water; also wash my pajamas the same way. Make sure that you dry the clothes and sheets in the dryer and not on a clothes line. Treating or discarding any paper products, and loose sheets of paper may help, as bed bugs don't only like fabric. I got rid of mine with a high powered steam cleaner. These can be bought for around $50. You first need to find out where they are coming from. I started by going through all the cracks and spraying hot steam into them for 2-3 seconds. I had to do that every week for about 2 months, and I have not seen any again. I got rid of my problem using Pronto. It is specially made for bedbugs and dust mites. This product is about $8 per can. You need to wash every cloth item in the house from bedding and PJ's to curtains, and everyday clothing. Thick items like a pillow or comforter might take much longer than an hour to safely kill bed bugs in the dryer. And it is the long time in the dryer, not the washing machine, that will really ensure they are dead. Nevertheless once clothing and linens are brought home, they must be kept in sealed, airtight bags (for example, XL Ziploc or carefully sealed space bags). Dry cleaning is alright for delicate which cannot be washed and dried for an hour on Hot, but you must tell the dry cleaner the item is infested with bed bugs (otherwise they can reinvest you and others). And when you bring dry cleaning home, it also must be sealed as the other items are (dry cleaning bags are not airtight and thus not sufficient.) One of the products I found that was very useful is Steri-Fab, which you spray almost everywhere: your mattress, clothes and even carpets. Also using natural products (such as Rest Easy) is a good idea too, taking these types of product when your traveling so that you don't bring them back with you. Getting box spring and mattress encasements is a good idea: it not only helps eliminate them, but helps prevent them. If you try to cover your mattress and box spring with plastic, the bed bugs will just chew right through it. Spraying the mattress and putting dust into the holes in the sides of the mattress before covering the infested mattress is a good idea. Bedbugs can be exterminated by using an all natural product called Diatomaceous Earth. This is spread around the area where the bedbugs are located. Once you know you have got bedbugs in your home getting rid of them is not easy. but bedbugs are visible to the naked eye being about 5 millimeters long and colored reddish brown flat looking insects and they do not like daylight, so you need to go round looking for them and try to find their nesting places in your home. You can call in professional assistance for best results, but if you need to do it yourself, firstly you need to thoroughly vacuum your mattress and try to pick up as many bedbugs as you can. Then you need to put a cover on the mattress and zip it tight shut. Do the same to all mattresses on other beds in the home. This will trap any bedbugs inside and they will no longer be able to get out and feed off the blood of people sleeping in the bed. But once zipped in it may take as long as a year for any bedbugs to die from lack of food so leave the cover on forever more. But that will not get the bedbugs elsewhere. You need to thoroughly vacuum everywhere and try to find places where they are hiding during the daytime. After vacuuming the way to exterminate remaining live bedbugs and destroy bedbug eggs that have not yet hatched is with heat and you need to buy or obtain a heat fan that directs a temperature of at least 212 degrees Fahrenheit everywhere they may be nesting during the day to kill them. You may need to repeat this on future days until you eventually destroy them all. But always be aware if you fail to find just one or two they will continue breeding. You will only be totally rid of them when you have destroyed every single one of them in your home. Bedbugs can be exterminated by using an all natural product called Diatomaceous Earth. This must be spread around the area where the bedbugs are located. Steamers work very well as a contact killer for bed bugs. Be sure when using steam to move at one inch per second. There are a few home remedies that can be used to cure bed bugs. You can try steam cleaning everything in the house.
Asked in Pest Control
How do you use sulfur Candles?
You place the candle in a pan of water and light the wick. Remove all food and pets from the area and seal up the rooms. You should use one candle per room. The burning will create sulfur gas. When this gas comes in contact with water, it creates sulfuric acid which will kill all insects, because of the water in their bodies. After about 8 hours, you can return and open up the windows to let the rooms air out.
Asked in Insects, Garden Insects, Pest Control
How do you get rid of gnats?
If you don't want gnats around, you have to cut off their food supply. This means fruits and vegetables have to go in the refrigerator or a bin the bugs can't penetrate. Make sure house plants stay damp, but not wet, and they must have the proper drainage. Gnats just love over-watered house plants. Empty trashcans regularly and don't allow rotting food to sit in the house. Make sure all trash receptacles and sink drains are cleaned thoroughly, and don't have any old rancid food stuck to them. Never let dirty dishes stand in the sink. Your best resource is chemicals. The supermarket and hardware stores have several flying insect spray options for you to choose from. Just about any one of these will take care of your gnat problem. Be sure to check the back of the label to make certain it isn't harmful to pets. If your home is experiencing an all-out infestation, you may need to look into a fogging product. This will require you to seal off cabinets and anywhere else food and eating implements are stored. Be sure to take the pets and leave the house for the day. You can also get rid of gnats by using products found around the home. Since they are attracted to the scent of vinegar, fill a jar with vinegar and poke holes in the lid. The gnats will climb into the jar, but they won't be able to climb out. For those that remain in the house, try putting vegetable oil around your kitchen sink drain. Gnats finding themselves coated in the oil will be unable to breed. If you're not interested in potentially clogging your drain with vegetable oil, pouring a cup of ammonia down your kitchen sink is said to get rid of any flies hovering around that area. Let it sit for a couple of hours before using the sink again Another way is to take some kind of juice and pour it in a cup.Then you can use powdered bleach in the mix and they should attract and drown.Wine also works without bleach.Or another trick is to take a slightly rotten fruit and put it in a small glass of water.Then pour powdered bleach on it and mix it in. One to several tablespoons of dishwasher soap to every cup of water. This soapy water mix damages the breathing tubes. The gnat can't breathe, and dies. Place small bowl of apple cider vinegar in the area with foil over top and poke holes in the foil with a toothpick. It's generally easier to keep them out, with screens, than to actually get rid of them. But you can spray something like Raid house and garden insecticide. It is important to identify the type of flying insect we are dealing with. Most commonly these insects feed off of organic material and they prefer the moist damp areas. If you are seeing them primarily in the kitchen check your drains. Easy way is to put some clear plastic wrap over the drain before you go to bed and see if there are any insects on the bottom side when you wake up in the morning. If so you need to put an enzyme down the drains that are affected. You want some thing that is going to kill the organic material. One product is called drain gel and works great. Now if you are not seeing them in the drains make sure you don't not have any potted plants. If you do take them all out side and that should solve your problem. If it is not any of those, you need to check real good and see if you have any fruit that may be going bad or any places where water may leak (aka: plumbing fixtures that may be hidden in the wall by a removable peice of wall.)
Asked in Garden Pests, Frogs, Pest Control
How do you rid the garden of frogs?
By violent means - which have equally "violent ends"* - the gardener or cultivator may get rid of frogs (order Anura) within the garden. The frogs may be rendered hungry by removing their mosquito and slug food sources. Just remove as much moisture as possible. Stop supplemental watering. Break down all water features, swimming pools and natural water bodies. Render the frogs homeless by removing their preferred habitats. Specifically, increase the amount of impervious surface, against all possibility of underground burrows. So link the indoors with such "outdoor rooms" as patios, gazebos, gardens and decks. Build such gardening structures as potting sheds and greenhouses. Add paved footpaths and enlarged driveways. Render them helpless by resorting to chemical controls of garden problems. Frogs easily may secrete defensive toxins. They just as easily may absorb environmental toxins, such as pesticides. Specifically, they tend to be as sensitive as such other beneficials as bees. Render them frightened by killing all their eggs or by installing whatever traps or controls are recommended against nuisance populations. The choice of any one of the above means may be understandable within the context of having to fill up frog holes or risk ankle injury by walking through them. But the holes serve a purpose. They actually are access points for the frogs to overwinter underground or between the roots of trees. In other words, the frogs are just doing what they can to survive. So if none of the above appeals to the gardener or cultivator bent on control, there is another more environmentally-friendly possibility. This approach is based on what those frog holes do for the soil. Specifically, compacted soils that prevent adequate movement of air and moisture are side-effects of the development that allows civilization and its contents (and discontents). Frog holes create air and moisture spaces for the soil and its soil food web of plant roots and underground critter. So another option is respecting the good that frogs and their holes do and just patiently filling in each hole with your favorite plant. *William Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet," II:6:9-11.
Asked in Ants, Pest Control, How To
How to get rid of ants?
Kill the queen because that is the ant's main leader. You find the queen in the nest at the very bottom because she is very secretive so therefore is hidden. Another thing that you can do is poison. Then of course, you can always smush them, but that's not really a good way to kill them. If these ways don't please you, then check out this website: http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Ants
Asked in Pest Control, Doves and Pigeons
How are pigeons managed?
Pigeon spikes keep pigeons off of buildings. Feeding pigeons may be banned in certain places. Pigeons are caught and either killed or used for human needs. Fake snakes and owls scare pigeons off. Introduction of predators like owls, hawks, and snakes. Special feed that prevents pigeons from laying fertile eggs.
Asked in Pest Control
Is sniffing or eating moth balls dangerous?
Its dumb! Put it like that. Extremely dangerous, in some instances fatal. Mothballs consist of 100% Naphthalene or a form of Benzene. Inhalation of vapors causes headaches, respiratory distress, eye irritation and many other symptoms. Ingestion causes toxic poisoning leading to liver damage,respiratory failure, seizures, heart arrhythmia, and the possibility of death. The chemical in mothballs that gives it that fruity scent is paradichlorobenzene, I'm sure "benzene" sounds familiar. If you're sniffing mothballs because it makes you dizzy, you should stop because the closest thing to a high that paradichlorobenzene can provide is a nasty headache. Repeated inhalation of fumes or ingestion of a few mothballs can be fatal. Especially, for children, elderly people, pets and indirectly for fetuses. As stated above the purpose of both chemicals is to kill moths and moth larvae with the fumes. Both naphthalene and paradichlorobenzene sublimate, meaning they transition from a solid state to a gas. The gas is toxic to moths. And to humans under conditions of extended exposure, especially children. For either of these chemicals to be effective, they need to be placed with the clothing in a sealed container so the fumes can build up and kill the moths. In a sealed atmosphere like that, the fumes are not harmful to people because they are contained. The main threat to humans occurs when opening the containers, or from wearing clothes immediately after opening (especially a problem for infants). A solution is to open the containers outside and let the clothes hang and air out for a day before wearing. A lesser threat arises with children who think the mothballs are some kind of candy. The "strange" flavor may halt their attempted eating of them, but guardians should stay alert for the possible symptoms of poisoning. You can contact the National Poison Control Center, 1-800-222-1222. A less toxic alternative is cedar blocks, shavings or oil. The blocks are expensive, but cedar shavings in the form of hamster bedding can be very inexpensive. Cedar-lined chests and closets do the same job. Again, the clothes container needs to be closed in order for the cedar scent to have a real effect on moths.
Asked in Insurance, Homeowner's Insurance, Pest Control
Does home owners insurance cover bat removal?
There are several different homeowners insurance and commercial insurance policies. They are slightly different in each state because every state has different problems. For example the Northern state have ice dams and Southeastern state have significant Hurricane threat. California has significant earthquake threat. Therefore you should read your own insurance policy to see the actual working that would be used to determine if you have coverage for a claim to remove bats. Once you have your policy handy look for this section Section I Perils Insured Against. It is found on the policy I am looking at on Page 8 of 22. This is where the policy goes over some items they will not pay for in relation to dwelling and other structures. Now that you in the right place go to # 6 which states Any of the Following. It says this "Birds, Vermin, Rodents or insects". What this means is that the insurance policy was written or designed so as not to pay for damaged caused by Birds, Vermin, Rodents, or Insects. This is the wording in a standard Homeowners insurance policy. Notice it does not mention Bats. So is a bird a bat? You need to look up the definition of a bird and go from there. If a bat is considered a bird then no coverage. If it is unclear if a bat is a bird then it is a questionable claim. The insurance company may ask a coverage attorney who researches these type items everyday. They actually have a library of these research items grouped by state and policy. Why? because policies, wording, courts are different in each state. If you file a claim and are denied you really lose nothing but it does put a claim on your record. I would ask how much is it costing to remove bats? Your deductible on your home insurance should be $500 to $1000 dollars.
Asked in Dog Health, Dog Care, Pest Control, Fleas
Can human lice shampoos kill dog fleas?
I would think the pesticide in human lice shampoo would be much too harsh for a dog. Dawn dishwashing liquid will kill every flea on your dog, just don't use it too often because it strips most of their skin oil too. Make sure it is Dawn because other dishwashing liquids do not work (I do not know why). If you spray all the flooring in your home and the underside of furniture cushions with 2 cans of Bengal Flea & Tick spray, that will also help kill any fleas that jump off your dog.....and that spray works all season long.
Asked in Windows and Mirrors, Pest Control
What are little black sand shaped particles in a window frame which has holes in it?
might be fly poop. If it's a WOOD window frame, with small holes visible in the wood surface and the "black sand shaped particles" are piled up in small areas, then you should consider checking for termites. Termite trailings are usually visible as small piles of particles resembling the size and texture of course beach sand. The color of the trailings will vary depending on the age and type of wood involved. Termites in pine wood will have lighter colored trailings due to pine's lighter shade; in contrast, the termite trailings from a darker wood like walnut or mahogany will be much darker than the pine trailings. Different User Answer As a pest control professional and a termite inspector for the last 4 years I can honestly say that I have never seen termites leave any kind of particles. Termites generally leave only damaged wood and mud behind. They use the mud to build a shelter in which they travel through that keeps them protected from outside elements and helps keep moisture in their bodies. The standard subterranean termite does not leave any black particles that look like sand. Without seeing it it would be hard to say exactly what you have