Bug Book | Western Exterminator

This should come as no surprise. Argentine Ants are native to Argentina. Brazil, as well. They probably came to the U.S. on coffee ships before 1891. Now found in the southern U.S. and common in California, with isolated infestations in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Oregon and Washington. Shallow nests in the soil near a source of moisture, such as along sidewalks, under rocks, between plants, near water pipes, in potted plants and wall voids. An ant with a sweet tooth. Yes, ants do have teeth. Often found outside near insects, such as aphids, which produce a honey-like secretion called honeydew. They prefer sweets, but also feed on oil, protein foods, fat, and meat.

whenever possible. Look for objects in the yard under which ants might try to colonize or hide. These ants commonly run along the foundations of a structure or along the edges of concrete walks below the height of grass or groundcover. If ants have invaded interior areas, preparation of lower cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms may be necessary. A treatment of wall voids near plumbing is suggested. This is a persistent pest in the Southwest. Multiple treatments may be necessary throughout the year to maintain control. Failure to gain control may be due to improper application techniques, equipment, or failure to eliminate the nest. Contacting the insects with the material is essential to control. Control with applications of liquid residual pesticides, baits or dusts. When using any pesticide, be sure it is registered for the target pest/location. Read the entire label prior to use. Follow all label directions, restrictions and precautions.

Small piles of wood shavings mixed with insect parts or insulation can mark nesting locations. Many times, an interior nest is a satellite of the original colony located outside. Watch for foraging trails outside, which are most active at night. Be alert to the emergence of swarmers that are common in mating season February through June. Check attics, basements and crawl spaces. These ants can also enter structures on wires and pipes. Locate high moisture areas (a moisture meter can be useful). Once nests are located, appropriate treatments with aerosol or dust formulations can be made. Depending on location of infestation, preparation may be necessary. Parent colony must be located and destroyed by removing or treating directly with an appropriate registered pesticide, which may also require drilling into wood or wall voids. Preventative measures include barrier treatment with registered pesticides, pruning of plants near buildings, caulking of gaps on the structure, and treating the lowest 3-6 feet of tree trunks and utility poles. Contacting the insects with the material is essential to control. When using any pesticide, be sure it is registered for the target pest/location. Read the entire label prior to use. Follow all label directions, restrictions and precautions.

Areas of moisture are good areas to inspect and treat if necessary. When using any pesticide, be sure it is registered for the target pest/location. Read the entire label prior to use. Follow all label directions, restrictions and precautions.

Wash all clothes and bedding in hot soapy water and dry in dryer on higher heat cycle. It’s important to alert one’s sexual partner as to the presence of pubic lice because precautions or treatment may be required.

What?s all the noise about? Hissing is a way of demonstrating colony hierarchy, as well as courting and communication. Madagascar hissing cockroaches hiss by exhaling air through breathing holes. This is a unique trait because most insects that make noise do so by rubbing their body parts together or by employing vibrating membranes.

On the exterior, cracks in walkways and hollow block walls should be treated. Garages should also be inspected and treated, especially the expansion joint between the concrete slab and foundation. Areas tending to become moist should also be inspected and treated. 7-10 days are often required as more insects come into contact with the material. Cockroach baits are available, but due to competition with other food sources, may not be enough to produce a ‘knock-down’ of the population or achieve satisfactory long-term results. You may want to use a professional, as great thoroughness is required during the treatment process. Continued monitoring and additional treatments may be necessary. It is essential to contact the insects with the material in order to control. Use of residual liquid pesticides and dust formulations injected in wall voids is recommended. When using any pesticide, be sure it is registered for the target pest/location. Read the entire label prior to use. Follow all label directions, restrictions and precautions.

Control with applications of liquid residual pesticides, baits or dusts. Read the entire label prior to use. Follow all label directions, restrictions, and precautions.

Control can be achieved by applying residual materials around the exterior of the structure. To aid control, address areas of high moisture. Check under stones, dark areas, between wooden fence boards, and moist areas of gardens near the structure. Clean up accumulated leaves and debris, and create an 18-inch vegetation-free zone around the foundation. Also check doors that may need weather stripping along the bottom to prevent insects from entering. Inside areas will also need treatment – however, the source will be the exterior, and control should thus be concentrated there. You can use a vacuum to remove insects found inside in lieu of pesticide application. If you attempt to control these insects and make an application, be sure it is registered for the target pest/location. Control with liquid residual pesticides, baits or dusts. Read the entire label prior to use. Follow all label directions, restrictions, and precautions.

The reason for all this noise is that males chirp day and night to attract a mate. To combat an infestation, reduce the amount of un-mowed grass and weeds, and move woodpiles away from the building. Look for any entry points around windows, doors, and other openings, and seal. Install screens on windows and doors. Use a vacuum in lieu of a pesticide application.In some cases, cracks and crevices will also need to be treated. Registered baits work well if found in attics. Exterior applications of liquid residual pesticides, dusts or registered baits around the base of homes will contact the insect before they can enter. Repeated applications may be necessary over the summer months.

Cleaning up spillage will enhance the chances of rodents visiting control measures. Getting rid of rodent evidence allows monitoring of the population control, while removing clutter and excess storage allows the setting of control measures and monitoring for population decrease. Exclusion is an important aspect of rodent control in structures. Most rodent problems are a result of indigenous species seeking food and shelter in our homes or businesses. Rodents also have an advantage; they can “flatten” their bodies to fit through openings ( inch for mice). A thorough inspection is important to identify entry points and to repair them, and is the only way to achieve long-term control in areas where this rodent is indigenous. Once the entry points have been repaired, use of mechanical trapping devices is recommended. We do not recommend the use of rodenticides inside residential properties. When using any rodenticide, read the entire label prior to use. Follow all label instructions, restrictions and precautions.

Sometimes the property owner may not be able to eliminate the nest, as it is generally inaccessible and contact with control material is necessary. Professional exterminators, however, are equipped with protective bee-suits, appropriate control measures and application equipment that ensure overall safety. Once the insects have been controlled, entry points in the structure should be sealed if nest was located there. If you attempt to control these insects and make an application, be sure it is registered for the target pest/location. Read the entire label prior to use. Follow all label directions, restrictions, and precautions.

After removing the nest, treat the area with the same residual insecticide, which will kill the wasps returning to their nesting site. After eliminating the wasps, trim down the shrubs and hedges around the structure. Low impact treatment options include exclusion, sanitation and regular nest removal.

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