Home Contact Sitemap

Dominion Pest Control & Exterminating

Pest control and exterminating in Lancaster & York, PA, pest control products online

Dominion Pest Control

Dominion Pest Control specializes in termite, insect, and rodent control in Lancaster & York, PA & pest control products online.

717.393.7879
1.800.490.6979
office@dominionpestcontrol.com

Pest Control Articles


All articles written by Gregory Pettis.

A Word About Stink bugs

As you may have heard, Stink Bugs have been imported from Asia to Allentown and have now spread all over Pennsylvania. The Pa. Dept. of Ag, farmers, and the pest control industry are watching to see what the threat will pose long term. For now, we are learning about their habits here in the northeast. Like no other pest, Stink Bugs seem to be more a persistent invader than any other insects that we currently contend with on a broad scale. As we continue to monitor their behavior here, the pest control industry is adjusting treating methods not only to control them after they have entered a structure, but treat with the intent to prevent them from entering a structure before they can invade the living/working areas.

If you currently are seeing Stink Bugs on the inside of your home or business, they may be simply entering around the doors or windows. In more severe cases, Stink Bugs may be entering around window-mounted air conditioning units, or come down the chimneys and entering through the fireplace. In the worst cases, Stink Bugs may even be “Overwintering” in the walls and emerging from outlets, fixtures, or paneling.

To stop them I recommend having your home powersprayed quarterly. Most homes will have signs of Stink Bugs in the spring and fall, however they may be sun-bathing on the house even in summer months and pick entry points in the fall. Due to the eventual break-down of chemicals, quarterly treatments seem to be the best option for continual control. While some of the national companies are claiming that there is nothing that you can do about Stink Bugs, there are pest control companies that are proactive and implementing strategies that will provide year-round protection against these aggressive invaders. To get Stink Bugs under control, find a company that is willing to powerspray once a quarter, and within a short amount of time, you should be Stink Bug free.

If you need pest control services and you live in Lancaster or York PA, give us a call now: 717-393-7879.

Since most pest control companies are refusing to treat Stink Bugs, we are offering the same products we use here: pest control products .

Kill That Roach

It always amazes me when I walk into a roach infested property and
folks act like nothing is wrong.  For some, it is socially acceptable.
And I understand that it does not bother some, but if they knew what I
knew, I think that they would be thinking pest control products, right
now!

What do I know?  Well, first of all, roaches are not beneficial
insects.  What that means is that they do not help us in anyway.  In
fact, they actually hurt us.  I know, you are probably saying, “What
does he mean by that?”  Roaches are the number one cause of asthma in
children.  And the gross thing, it is roach particles in the air that
do it (I will not mention what particles for your sake).  Secondly,
roaches contaminate food sources.  Tons, yes hundreds of tons of food
gets thrown out every year due to roaches contaminating food that
humans eat.  And if that was not bad enough, how about a roach in your
ear (I know you think I am making this up).  It is true, roaches can
get in your ears then get stuck.  I have met some clients who had to
take their children to the hospital to get a roach removed.  I know it
not what you want to hear, but it is true, roaches cannot back up, they
have no reverse.

The main problem with roaches is, in some species, the females only
have to be impregnated one time, and then can release egg sacks at will
full of baby roaches.  This means that you can have a roach baby
machine under the refrigerator and not know it.  The way we combat this
problem with pest control products is something called an  Insect
Growth Regulator.  An IGR shuts down roach populations by telling baby
roaches that they are already an adult roach, tricking them.  So they
never turn into adult roaches, which are the only roaches that can
reproduce.

In essence, when you kill one roach, you are taking out an army, a
future roach army if you will.  We know that it is impossible to
extinct roaches, but it is important to get everyone that ou see
running around. In fact, if you ever see one in your house, yell “Kill
that roach” and scramble to get it!

If you need pest control services and you live in Lancaster or York PA, give us a call now: 717-393-7879.

If you have roaches in your home, and you would like a roach control
package, go to our products page here:
pest control products.

How to Kill Carpenter Ants

When it comes to Carpenter Ants, the biggest question many people have is, “Are they in the house or are they coming from the outside?” This is a great question, and there are some ways to try and figure it out. Carpenter Ants can be a real problem if they are nesting in the house. Before you start spraying everything you can find under the kitchen sink on these ants, let us make sure they are Carpenter Ants, and not some other species. If you have black (not dark brown) ants that can be different sizes when found, you probably have Carpenter Ants. The same colony can have small and big members. Size is not a real factor in determining if you have them, so do not spend a lot of time analyzing this variable. A better idea is to determine where they are coming from (we will talk about this later).

One the sure way of knowing that you have an infestation inside the home is if you find “flying ants” or “swarmers”, as we in the pest control industry prefer to call them. Flying ants inside are never a good sign. But before you get all worked up, make sure they are not termites. You will be thankful when you determine it is just ants if that is what it is! If you do determine that they are termites, call a professional company and consider having a professional treatment before you try to tackle them yourself. Mistreating a termite colony could cost you thousands of dollars in the long run. The easiest way to determine if you have ants (whether Carpenter Ants or other) is to look for three distinct body parts. With ants, the head, thorax and abdomen are all visible to the naked eye. Termites appear to only have two segments. However if in doubt, call in a pest control company to make sure. Most companies have a “free inspection policy” and will not charge to tell you what kind of bugs you have.

Another way to determine if the ants are nesting in the home is to note the time of year. If you have Carpenter Ants roaming around the house in the middle of the winter and it is cold outside, they are definitely not coming from the outside! This is also possibly something you will see in the late winter-spring. “Ok, what do I do now?” you ask, itching to kill these things. Well hold on, before we get into that, let’s talk about some habits these home-wreckers have.

The biggest thing you need to know about Carpenter Ants is that they need water to survive. Although their primary diet is dead insects, they will always need a water source. It is usually outside–such as a bird bath, a clogged gutter, poor landscaping or some other drainage issue. Worse yet, the water source may be inside. “What?” you may ask. It is true, it can be inside your home. Many times homeowners have told me horror stories about that tiny leak under the bathtub or kitchen sink they never knew about under one day… Carpenter Ants started showing up and someone suggested a leak. Or, it could condensation on pipes in a crawl space. And what about improperly sealed shower stalls? All these things contribute to attracting Carpenter Ants. They say to themselves, “Why live outside in the elements when we can live can live here with our primary staple (water).” They certainly are not stupid creatures, as King Solomon noted and encouraged lazy people to go and learn from them.

Another habit worth noting is that they are primarily nocturnal. Most of the ones you see during the day are just scouting the situation out. A lot of people report to me that they see them only in the early morning. This is the graveyard shift getting ready to clock out. They most likely found a gold mine in the sink from last night’s dishes that were washed.

Now let us talk about control. First, you must determine where the colony is hiding. It may be far away from the sightings and you may never find them without help. A good idea is to look outside during the late afternoon on the perimeter of your home for “ant trails”. If you find them going up the side of your home, follow them. Especially if they are carrying something like a dead insect-they are always going back to the nest with it and will lead you to some idea as to where it may be. It could be in the attic, or one of your eaves, a basement sill area, or simply between your walls. If you can find the nest and want to treat it yourself, using a powder or “dust” is one way to kill the colony by using a bulb-duster and pumping the powder into the hole on the outside where they disappear into. Sometimes though, this can make matters worse, you may end chasing them deeper into your house and then they manifest in areas you were not seeing them in before. Using a general spray insecticide can hold them off on the inside, but could end up causing the situation to become more severe with their speading-out in areas where they are not visible.

After treating Carpenter Ants for more than a decade, I do want to encourage you consider calling a professional who has access to professional products that may discourage the ants from moving around and dying right where they are. An example of this would be baits or non-repellents that act like a virus to the colony. If your concern is financial, please consider that mistreating Carpenter Ants could result in serious damage to your home long-term, and translate into repairs that seriously out-way the cost of a professional treatment.

If you need pest control services and you live in Lancaster or York PA, give us a call now: 717-393-7879.

If you  want professional products for your ant, or other pest problem, go to:  pest control products.

Mouse in the House

Recently, a college called me to check out a building that had been shut down due to rodents chewing on wires, it was a horrific site. By the time we arrived a few hours later (and that’s fast for a pest control company!), the electric company had already begun repairs. This sounds like a scary situation, and it was, but it could have been scarier. Experts in fire control estimate up to 80% of all unknown house fires are caused by rodents chewing on electrical lines.

I don’t know about you, but I always used to ask myself, why, oh why would a rat or mouse chew on wires? Well, without a background in pest control, you probably would not know that mice and rats have an instinct to gnaw. It is a good instinct for them, it is how they control the growth of their teeth. These rodents can have serious overgrowth without something to chew on.

If you are hearing mice in the walls, this is a good time to call a professional. If it sounds larger than a mouse, you want to call someone licensed in wildlife management. In either case, it is nothing to play around with. Call someone sooner than later to avoid possible fire hazards.

Whenever I show up on a “mouse job”, I always ask if mice are being seen. If so, I go for them were they are manifesting. I know that they have to eat after they find shelter, so we look for possible food sources for them, then do our best to eliminate them, and then we expose them to the conditions that we want to present that will help eliminate them. However, if mice or rats are not coming out for whatever reason, I get concerned.

When mice or rats are confined or stuck in a wall, I become extremely proactive, knowing that they might be chewing on wires. There are some things that can be done, one that I save only after having no other option: use tracking powder. I am sure that most folks are not familiar with tracking powder, since I have never seen it in a mouse movie. But it is one of the most effective techniques that we have in the pest control industry; I just prefer to save it as the last option. Why? it can be dangerous if misused. Tracking powder works on another instinct that rodents have–to groom themselves. The rats or mice will run through the powder unknowingly, them lick themselves, digesting the product–to their death. It is the same as giving them any over-the-counter bait that you might have used, with the exception that tracking powder is not a voluntary action like bait consumption. The rodents do not realize that they are eating the poison as they do when you put bait out for them, which requires them to decide to eat it.

If you have a mouse in the house, or your business, do not play around. If you are trying to eliminate them yourself, and not successful, it might be time to call a professional.

If you need pest control services and you live in Lancaster or York PA, give us a call now: 717-393-7879.

If you want to purchase products to kill mice,  go to: pest control products.

How to Buy Pest Control Products

If you are struggling with a pest issue right now, and your over-the-counter product just is not doing the job, you may need a professional strength product instead. Now, if you are like most folks, when you have a insect issue, you go to the hardware store and buy something that says it “Kills the queen” or “Kills in seconds” and go home and unload it on your bug problem. Not so fast, it may make the situation worse. How? Well certain kinds of pests will react in a way that could cause you to see even more of them. For instance, Odorous House Ant queens will “fracture” the colony when conventional pest control products are used to try and stop an invasion from them. The result is more colonies coming at you!

Another example of do-it-yourself horror is homeowner termite control. You really need professional training or a lot of reading before attempting to tackle a termite colony. However, pest control product manufacturing companies will put termites on the the list of target pests on the label and your innocent consumer buys it not knowing that the little can they are holding will not even put a dent into a termite colony, which could number as many as one million or more. Most times a can of spray is used, it is to stop the swarmers inside the house, but they are not the ones a homeowner needs to worry about–its the ones you cannot see that are doing the damage. There is not too much over-the-counter that you can buy to fix them either, since termites most times are under your home, and without proper equipment, it is difficult to stop them.

I believe in educating before execution, and when it comes to spraying stuff in the house, this certainly applies. So how does one choose what pest control product to buy? Carefully! Do not believe that a product is right for you just because the product label has your pest listed. Talk to people in the pest control industry, or watch pest control programs online such as Dominators.TV. Then after learning more about the pest you are going to tackle, take a trip to a local pest control company that offers professional products for sale, or go online to web sites that sell pest control products online. Just a word to the wise here: Make sure that the product you are purchasing is legal in your state. Most reputable sites will note if a product is not allowed to be used in your state.

If you need pest control services and you live in Lancaster or York PA, give us a call now: 717-393-7879.

To purchase pest control products, visit our store here:  Pest Control Products.

How to Kill Cicada Killers

If you have run into a cicada killer, your first thought was probably, “You have got to be kidding me!” You may have even mistaken it for a small helicopter. In either event, I am sure that you did not stick out your hand and encourage it to land there.

Cicada Killers emerge in the late summer (normally) and have it timed right with the emergence of Cicadas, or if you prefer, locusts. The super-size wasps hunt them down, and paralyze them. Then, they hook-up for take off. Unless you have ever seen a Cicada Killer haul off a Cicada, it is hard to believe, seeing that Cicadas are big to begin with. It is hard to imagine a bug that could catch them, and fly away with it, but that is exactly what happens.

Most folks hate the Killers for two reasons. First, they are very territorial and can be intimidating. Secondly, they make good size burrows in the yard. The mounds they create give you an idea of just how far down they have dug that nest. Usually, you will have several nests in the ground in a particular area of the lawn. Rarely are they spread out unless, you have a severe infestation.

If you have a Cicada Killer infestation, and you want to tackle itself, you are brave. But here is a good word of advice: Treat the nests in the late evening or early morning when they will be less active. I do not recommend attempting to spray the killers themselves since you may get stung. Sprays do not seem to be very effective, unless you practically drown them. However, you may want to use an insecticide dust, or powder, if you prefer. By choosing to use a dust, you will catch the Killer as it comes and goes. Dusts have a longer life than the pest sprays, and there is even one called Delta Dust that is the only completely waterproof dust, so it will not break down with ground moisture. As I mentioned, you want to treat when they are less active, no matter what method you choose. It is advisable to avoid the area after treatment.

If you need pest control services and you live in Lancaster or York PA, give us a call now: 717-393-7879.

If you would like to kill cicada killers, you may visit our insecticide dusts page here: http://www.dominionpestcontrol.com/products/powders-insecticide-dusts/.

Should I Kill Stink Bugs?

I run into all kinds of people in Pennsylvania, from Amish to every other culture. It seems no matter what one’s background is, they all have something in common–they hate Stink Bugs! So what is one to do? Either make the adjustment and live with them, or find a spray, home-remedy, or try to exclude them in some manner.

Now some folks prefer to leave nature alone. But when it comes to dozens and dozens of these little brown marmorated bugs, even these people leave behind their convictions. I have had people confide in me that these critters are hurting their marriage. I hear things like, “Sir, these guys don’t bother me, but my wife can’t sleep knowing they are in the house.” Now, I never thought of pest control as marriage enrichment, but it does take me back to the biblical principle in Genesis, “Take dominion over everything (including Stink Bugs) that creeps.” If we just sit back and think that “nature will take care of itself”, I think we will be in trouble with these stinkers.

I have read many bloggers blasting folks for whining about having a stinking infestation, but I never heard them say, “We got them and we don’t care.”, probably because you just never really get used to them. Just some observations here: First, Stink Bugs make the sound of a small helicopter when they go past your head. If you have ever had it happen, you are right with me here. Secondly, I have customers that can smell them in the house, and if you have never smelled an infestation in your walls (yes, in your walls!), it has the fragrance of a two-month-old bowl of smashed cherries in 90 degree heat. I know that those of you out there who are regretfully chuckling know what I mean. Or better yet, it smells like a perfume that just did not come out right in the lab; like a men’s rugby team was in charge of QC.

So I think it is safe to answer the question and say, yes, it is okay to kill Stink Bugs. To tell people that they have to live with them, is beyond my ability to be cruel. I know that everyone wants to be green and not hurt anything, but my experience with this is, when it comes to invaders in the bedroom or kid’s room, it doesn’t matter what it is, especially when it’s by the dozens. Let us move on and talk about what can be done (if you are a skeptic, who thinks you can still live them, you may continue to read; you might change your mind and need the information later).

Usually by the time someone calls me, they have tried everything under the kitchen sink, every home remedy on the internet, and their neighbor’s advice. But still, they call. And so proud of the war they have been fighting, but now, admitting defeat and calling for reinforcements. I, like a good Sargent, say “Well done soldier, at ease”. They did their best, and deserve a medal, because they did not give up. But then there are those who spent a lot of money on exclusion tactics, caulking everything they can find where a Stink Bug might emerge from. This is normally a good practice in pest control, but the brown marmorated stink beast is different. What folks do not know without tackling them professionally is, that unlike any other pest we deal with, they have an unbelievable way of finding heat sources, causing them to press in anywhere you never dreamed they could. As an example, what do you do when these bugs emerge from the fireplace? But mind you, you never knew that this is where they came from until the pest control guy told you (if you have one that is willing to take on Stink Bugs!). Yeh, now you have a problem. They are following the heat down the chimney and going into the living room or whatever room the fireplace is in. And what about the window-mounted air conditioner that you stored in the closet? You probably didn’t realize you just gave yourself a good case of Stink-itis. “How in the world did they get into the air conditioner?”, you ask. The better question is, “How do you get them out?”!

If we can move on beyond the question as to whether it is okay kill them (or agree for the sake of moving on), let’s talk about control. Now most of you have learned the hard lesson that over-the-counter products do not seem to work too well. Or work for a little at the least. This is due to the design of these products to break down, even though they boast they last for months. Frankly, I have not seen anything that is not professional strength work on Stink Bugs. But more specifically, I have not seen anything that is not micro-encapsulated work on stopping them from entering a structure. What that means is that the active ingredient in the product has a microscopic bubble surrounding it, protecting it from the elements. Professionally, I have tried many products, and it seems that the “Micro-cap” category works best. However, if you already have them in the walls, this is a different story. You will need a “dust” or pesticide powder, if you prefer. Dusts have a long active period, some up to eight months. When used correctly, they leave a residue within your walls that kills Stink Bugs before they emerge into the living areas. If you decide to tackle themselves, I highly recommend these two categories of pest control products. Otherwise, you might just have to live with them.

If you need pest control services and you live in Lancaster or York PA, give us a call now: 717-393-7879.

To find products to kill Stink Bugs, visit our pest control products page.

Selecting a Pest Control Product That is Right

When I browse through online pest control product stores, I am really amazed at the types of products that are being offered. What do I mean? Well let me ask you a question: If you were shopping for tool to fix a problem with your vehicle, you would probably make sure that the tool was meant to be used on your make and model, right? Well it is the same for bugs; not all bug sprays are meant to used on just any pest needing controlled. In fact, a lot of pest control products are formulated to attack certain kinds of insects. As an example, a newer insecticide category, the “non-repellants”, are designed to work on the social behaviors of insects that live in colonies, such as termites, ants, bees, etc. Without knowing this, one could spend a lot of money buying a pest control product that is designed for social insects only to treat more solitary insects such as centipedes or spiders.

So what is the big deal? Well consider the fact that it is not only your money you may be wasting on an expensive insecticide, you may be purchasing a product that is not designed to be applied for the specific pest that you have or the location of the pest, or be designed to be applied in a fashion that you intend to use. I mean, unless you read the entire label before buying a bug spray online, you are prone to trust the online store to sell you a product that is intended for the specific pest that you are going after.

Okay, so what is one to do? Make sure that you read the product label if the site offers one for the pesticide that you are considering purchasing. This could save you money. How you ask? If you read some labels that are for concentrates, you might find out that an eight ounce bottle yields 20-30 gallons of finished product. An example of this would be Demand CS Insecticide. Some sites selling this product offer the one-quart size. You had better half a huge property like an apartment complex or thousands of bugs if you are purchasing a quart!

Please remember if you are a “pest control do-it-yourselfer”, that it is your responsibility to follow all label instructions, regardless of what product you purchased. In any event, the label is the law, and it does not matter if you are professional or not, you still are the end-user. And please, make sure that you make a purchase from a reputible web site, such as a pest control company or supplier for the pest control industry. Usually, if the company selling the product uses the pesticide themselves, they will represent it well.

To find a list of our professional pest control products, go to our pest control products.

General Pest Control vs. Wood Destroying Insect Control

When it comes to pest control, there is really two major categories that we talk about. These two are the big ones across the board, so let’s talk about them and break them down into sub-categories.

General Pest Control is something we in the pest control industry talk about quite frequently. And now with Stink Bugs arriving (imported from Asia), it’s something here in Lancaster County Pennsylvania that is a necessity, to stop the plague-like situation. If you don’t have them yet, and you live in the Central PA area, or neighboring states, you will see them soon. But having said that, we also need to talk about Wood Destroying Insects. Although some Wood Destroying Insects fall under the General Pest Control category, there needs to be special attention paid to them, and failure to recognize this could cost you thousands and thousands of dollars if you do not understand why.

When realtors contract a Pest Control Professional to perform a Wood Destroying Insect report, no matter where you live in the United States, there is a handful of insects that we are looking for. As an example in the northeast, we usually are looking for about five insects specifically: Termites of course, Powder Post Beetles, Old House Borers, Carpenter Bees, and Carpenter Ants. These insects are separated from the General Pest Control category and grouped together because they all have one thing in common that bothers realtors, mortgage lenders, and new homeowners. What is it? They all infest the wood of a home or commercial property.

We could go even deeper in our categories and talk about what Wood Destroying Insects actually do with the wood. For example, Carpenter Ants are not interested in eating your lumber–they just want to make some room in it to make a nest, or a bigger nest. To do this, they use their huge mandibles to perform excavation detail. In plain English, they are literally ripping your house apart bit by miniature bit. I know of a home where the second floor fell in because the occupant chose to do nothing about his Carpenter Ants. On the other hand, we have termites that eat the wood for food. This kind of damage occurs much faster, since the workers destroying the wood are potentially preparing lunch for one million or more other termites! So within the Wood Destroying Insect category, we have wood infesters, and wood eaters.

In General Pest Control, we use the phrase to categorize insects that are a nuisance, meaning they invade your living areas like kitchens, bathrooms, etc. And just like Wood Destroying Insects, we have subcategories here also. For instance, some General Pest Control insects are Pantry Pests. These insects will be found usually in foodstuffs first. Some examples are Indian Meal Moths, Grain Beetles and the like. Other insects are carnivores like Spiders and Centipedes. You could find these bugs anywhere in the house. Then, we have the sun-bathers: Boxelder Beetles, Lady Bugs, and now Stink Bugs. These insects alight on the side of your home where the sun hits most of the time, then sneak in around your doors, windows, under the siding, and actually anywhere the house has any cracks. Now we can’t forget the Roaches, and back (maybe to stay) is our Bed Bugs. These guys are the ones folks freak-out about. It’s bad enough one is in your food, let alone the other is in bed with you…and you are the food!

If you want the short version of General Pest Control vs. Wood Destroying Insects, remember this: General Pest Control is a category that is fairly easy to us in the pest control industry. The damage is minimal and the solution is usually simple and affordable. Wood Destroying Insects is category that most don’t think about until they sell their home and someone mandates an inspection. If WDIs are found, it can get costly and labor intensive. If you suspect Wood Destroying Insects, do not play around, contact a professional soon.

If you need pest control services and you live in Lancaster or York PA, give us a call now: 717-393-7879.

If you need pest control products for your insect problems: go to our online pest control products store here: pest control products.

Ant Treatments

Years ago, people used to spray the nastiest stuff that they could find in their homes on any wandering ants on the kitchen counter. Well, that has changed, thankfully. More and more folks are being chemical-conscious, and learning that sometimes spraying everything under the kitchen sink on the ants is not only dangerous, it plain just doesn’t work.

Certain ants that we contend with in pest control have instincts that can make an ant infestation worse with conventional chemicals. What do I mean? Well, as an example, Odorous House Ants, the dominant ant in some parts of Pennsylvania, will actually have a colony fracture as a result of traditional insecticide sprays. A defense mechanism, the queen will panic when a certain number of workers do not return (because of pesticides killing them) and then fracture the colony. This means, you now have two colonies. And they will not stop coming until eliminated. So now you have double the trouble. We do not have this problem with the Pavement Ant, thankfully.

Carpenter Ants, known for destroying wood in homes and businesses, will make sawdust like shavings as they bore out room for a bigger nest. When bug sprays are used on these ants, they will scatter, move into other parts of the home, then rebuild the colony. Without professional help, a Carpenter Ant infestation can go on for years.

So this brings me to the point where I mention how a pest control company treats them. Knowing the different habits of ant species, we have to customize our approach accordingly. There is no same formula of treatment either for ants collectively, or for every home. A good pest control technician needs to have a plan of attack for each home. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. However, there is one thing that should remain the same as far as treatment: non-repellent pesticides should be used. Non-repellent insecticides use the habits of social insects such as ants for achieve the results we want: colony elimination. As a pest control company, we are not concerned with the fifty ants on your counter, we are concerned with the thousands you cannot see that may be destroying your house.
Some non-repellents are available over-the-counter, in bait formulation. Often, when a pest control customer calls me and I find bait stations, they are not non-repellent, transferable baits. This means that the ant bait simple kills too quickly. Why is this a problem? It does no more than your ant spray. The rest of the colony is not affected when the ant dies. So killing ants in the home is pointless. They just keep coming. When a transferable bait or spray is used, you will have a domino effect. Without knowing it, the ants that get into the bait or spray, become our “agents of death” to the rest of the colony, infecting them like a virus. The mode of action allows the ants to get a lethal dose before dying, then pass it on before it kills the ant that transferred the product.

Make sure that read all label directions should you try to tackle an ant infestation yourself. However, if you cannot be sure that you are dealing with an ant colony that may fracture, consult a professional company.

If you need pest control services and you live in Lancaster or York PA, give us a call now: 717-393-7879.

If you would like to see our ant baits, go to our insect baits page here: http://www.dominionpestcontrol.com/products/insect-baits/

Spider Control

There are many types of spiders that will invade your home here in US, too many to name actually. One thing that you need to know is that they can be stopped. Years ago, people would tell me that someone in the pest control industry told them that there was nothing that you could do for spiders. Well that simply isn’t true. You can get and maintain control! In fact, quarterly spraying should knock them down, and if you spray monthly, you won’t see many at all. That’s right, you can control them to the point that you’ll wonder where they all went!

One of the ways you can get control of spiders is by treating rooms in the home with a general spray insecticide where the spiders are being sighted. Something that is important is to treat the basement and garage. If yor basement is unfinished, treating the sill area is good for control. From there, you should should be able to control spiders quarterly from the outside. Now we are talking about a residual spray that you can pick up at the hardware store. In the pest control industry, we use products that are longer lasting along with low toxicity rates.

However, there are many products that are labeled to leave a residue that will provide control even while you sleep that you may find over-the-counter. Keep in mind that you should always follow the label when using any chemical. “Stronger stuff” is not always better, so be careful not mix more than you should if you purchase a concentrate. Should you be losing the spider battle, you may want to have a pest control company come in to “knock-down” the existing problem, then maintain it yourself.

If you need pest control services and you live in Lancaster or York PA, give us a call now: 717-393-7879.

If you would like to control spiders yourself, visit our insecticide products page here: http://www.dominionpestcontrol.com/products/insecticide-concentrates/ .

Carpenter Ants in Trees

Carpenter ants, those black ants that you see running up and down trees, up in your eaves, and well, anywhere–are not a good thing. If given enough time, a carpenter ant colony will bring down a tree, or house! I have seen both. I know, it is hard to believe. But for today, we are going to talk about trees. When an ant colony such as the “Carpenters” decide to make a tree their home, it is simply temporary housing. What do I mean? Well, after a few years of hollowing out the tree, it will come down, then they have to find a new home. They literally eat themselves out of house and home!

I know most you think that I am making a bunch of noise about nothing here, but if you are in the pest control or pest control products industry, or even better, in the tree service business, you don’t just think it is so cute when that little ant carries something up the tree…that is because you have been there after the tree comes down to clean up the ants…whether tree or carpenter ants trying to get into the house!

When carpenter ants set up shop in a tree, they do not eat the tree as some would think. Rather, they bore it out for bigger nesting room. And, true to their name, carpenter ants are great at carving out wood. If left alone, they will destroy it, day-by-day.

So, what is one to do? Take action! Use baits that will kill the whole colony, not just the ants you see! When ants carry the bait up the tree, they distribute it among the other ants, and kill the whole colony for you.

If you need pest control services and you live in Lancaster or York PA, give us a call now: 717-393-7879.

If you want to know more about products for ants in trees, go to: http://www.dominionpestcontrol.com/products/insect-baits/ .

How to Kill Fleas — The Secret

Okay, so it got personal–your flea problem and you, that is. At first, it was just a thing with your cat or dog, but now that they have been jumping on you, and you cannot seem to do anything about it that works, you have declared war. Do not become discouraged, I hear this problem all the time, it’s why people end up calling me. Some people make a major mistake when spraying, fogging, or dusting for fleas, and do not realize that there is one important ingredient secret that the pros know. I’ll tell you soon, hang on.

Before you get the secret, there is some explaining that I must do, or you won’t understand why the secret works. You see, you can bomb like there is no tomorrow, spray anything you can find, and you still, may not take care of your flea problem. As you might already know, the flea has a four-stage life cycle. You remember, you learned at school, some insects have a complete metamorphous. We have the egg, larvae, pupae, and adult. Okay, so what does this have to do with the secret? Hang on. As the fleas go through the different stages, they have different attributes. But to cut to the chase here, it is the pupae that gives you trouble. Why? Because it is a protected stage. No amount of fogging, spraying or other treatment will effect them. They will emerge only when stimulated. If you walk into a flea-infested apartment where no one has lived for months, there are probably thousands of flea pupae waiting to be stimulated and emerge to eat you. These by the way, these are the worst cases. If a cat or dog is around, they fleas are constantly completing the life cycle, every twenty-one days. If someone removes the animals, you are the only host now.

So here is the secret: Make sure to use pest control products for fleas that have an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR), and then vacuum everyday for twenty-one days. It works like magic. But you must vacuum. I know, you are saying, like I have the time for that. Your only option is waste your money and keep your fleas if you don’t. It really is a secret. If you vacuum after using an IGR for twenty-one days, you should have no fleas.

Let me explain how it works. Remember, the life cycle is completed in the twenty-one days. The IGR will stop the flea from going through the next life cycle, except the pupae stage, which as I said is protected. However, by stopping the eggs from hatching, the larvae turning into pupae with an IGR, you will win if you vacuum the entire life cycle. Why? Because the only thing that stimulates the pupae from emerging is air current, and vibration. And, a vacuum does both, and it sucks up the emerging pupae.

I should say that it is very important to use an IGR. Precor makes a few foggers with an IGR, so I would choose them. But remember, nothing works unless you vacuum for twenty-one days–it’s the secret to killing fleas.

If you need pest control services and you live in Lancaster or York PA, give us a call now: 717-393-7879.

If you need to purchase flea products that contain an IGR, go here: http://www.dominionpestcontrol.com/products/insect-foggers–aerosols/ .

Green Pest Products – Are They for Real?

Green pest control products are making a comeback. The push to go Green is the new political correctness. While I refuse to agree with some motives for the the movement, I believe that the products have their place. Most of the products deemed Green are environmentally safe, and seem to work. The problem is, not all pest problems can be solved with them alone.

To prove my point, there are new types of insecticides on the market that target entire colonies of insects, instead of just going after the foraging members. To my knowledge, there is no “Green” equivalent. Most of the products that are Green work too quickly to take out a colony. This would not be a good thing, if let’s say if we were going after a termite colony. In any event, the product may stop you from seeing the problem temporarily, but would not solve the problem.

In a world that is afraid to use insecticide concentrates, Green pest products are a great alternative. But we should never forget that conventional products have their place. I would dare say that most folks would not know if a pest control product is environmentally safer. There are certain pest control products that we have been using for years, that are now considered Green, simply because they can be marketed that way. But in the pest control industry, we never thought of them as environmentally friendly, we just knew they worked. An example would be pyrethrins, which are made from Chrysanthemums. The non-Green form is pyrethiods, where the pyrethrins are altered synthetically to be stable much longer, thus providing better control.

A good example of now-Green products would be pest control products that contain boric acid. Because it is mined from the earth, it is considered Green. Another example would be diatomaceous earth. Both of these products can be used to kill insects, and both work well. Boric acid is mixed with inert ingredients that insects like to eat, and it is in a bait form. Diatomaceous earth is used more in a dust form, and as insects crawl across it, the pest product shreds their exoskeleton and they “bleed” to death. I recently heard that diatomaceous earth is being used for medicinal purposes in humans in an oral formulation.

So you see, Green pest products are for real, but they have their place. The non-Green products are very safe when used appropriately. Before the big environmentally friendly push, we have used pest control products that were much stronger than they are today. Today’s formulations are actually much safer. Still, our industry in pest control boasts one of the lowest accident rates in any industry, mostly due to training. Even when the nasty stuff was around years ago, our insurance had two claims the most: Car wrecks and ladder accidents–non industry related of course.

If you would like to purchase Green pest control products, go to our Green products here: http://www.dominionpestcontrol.com/products/green-pest-products/ .

Pest Control Product and the “Do-it-Yourselfer”

In an era when pesticides have been blamed for all kinds of problems, it seems that more and more homeowners are turning into do-it-yourselfers for their home and garden pest control problems. And as the “Green Phenomenon” is pushing forward like a new kind of politically correct religion, it seems more and more are quietly running to the hardware store in search for “the strongest stuff” that they can find.

What’s the big deal about this dichotomy? Well, if we will take a moment look at pest control product history, it has the homeowner who has abused a pesticide until the EPA couldn’t take it anymore, yanking it off the shelf, including the professional pest control company’s shelf. An example would be Clordane. I once met a woman who admitted dumping a whole bottle of concentrate on a tree stump full of carpenter ants. I got lost doing the math on how long the Chlordane would last considering the fact that the diluted rate lasted about twenty-plus years. I wonder if their is any fish in nearby streams…

Not all discontinuations are bad however, remember DDT? I once saw a vintage photo of a mother setting off a DDT fogger with her son in the crib beside her. I wonder if that guy made into his thirties. Back to my point: Over the counter products have been the demise of many pesticides due to the philosophy in many people’s heads that “if a little works good, then a lot works great”. This abuse of product label is something that professionals know to be dangerous to their customers, and their career! A few overexposure situations can make for some real problems whether it was a homeowner application or a professional winking his eye and grinning, “I used the strong stuff”.

As someone who believes in pest control products regardless of their “Green status”, I still feel very strongly about following the label. We have got to trust the pest control product supplier who created the label and usage rates, and the EPA for agreeing to let the product hit the consumer’s shelf as well. With this in mind, make sure that if you are shopping online for pest control products that you understand that by purchasing insectides or rodenticides, that you are agreeing to following the label of those products. More is not necessarily better.

If you want to know more about bugs, pest control products, pest control supplies, go to: pest control products .

Termite Foraging

A lot of people ask me, “How did I get these termites in my home?” Well, there is an answer, but it is a long one. Without explaining the habits of Subterranean Termites, it is difficult for a homeowner to understand how and why they are inside the house.

If I could give a one-word answer though, one that would define the nature of a termite colony that permitted it to get where it got, is the word “Foraging”. “What is that?”, you ask. Foraging is the natural habit of Subterranean Termites that drives them into anything that has wood fibers. It could be your tree stump in the back yard, a wood pile up against the house, or simply wood siding that is too close to the soil. All these conditions will encourage a termite colony already present in the ground to be tempted to check out your house. By “check out”, I mean look for any accessible wood. I do not mean exposed wood necessarily. Even though your basement sill is not exposed to the outside, it is accessible to a termite who needs only 1/32 of an inch to get in!

Termite foraging is the process that termites use to find their food. It may not just be wood that they are looking for, but moisture. Subterranean Termites need lots of moisture, so wet conditions around your home will contribute to foraging near your foundation. Damp crawl spaces could also be a problem that can encourage foraging termites to check out your house. If you do not have a concrete floor in a crawl space, you might have termites tunnel under the crawl space foundation and come right in. I have seen termites built “shelter tubes” (dirt tubes that they use to keep moisture when traveling out the ground itself) right out of the dirt in a crawl space and go straight up into a joist. What is amazing, is that the moisture brought them in; the joist was the pot of gold.

Do not ever let a foraging colony of termites fool you, just because they are outside, does not mean they cannot get in. Given enough time, along with natural settling that a home has, can allow for termites to wait until the opportune time, and bam-there in! When it comes to Subterranean Termites, foraging can be a problem for your home unless you are aware that they are already there.

If you need pest control services and you live in Lancaster or York PA, give us a call now: 717-393-7879.

If you want to know more about termites or you live in Lancaster or York PA and want professional help for your termite or pest problem, go to: http://www.dominionpestcontrol.com

Pest Control Insecticide Exposure

In response to the ever increasing “chemical-consciousness” in Lancaster, PA, I decided to perform more and more of my services from the outside of homes and businesses. “Is this justified?”, one might ask. Before I answer that question, I’d like to address something that concerns me even more: homeowner extermination.

If you don’t mind, I’d like to cut to the chase here. Most folks are aware the EPA regulates which products can be “sprayed”, “fogged”, or “dusted” inside an occupied structure. And as one might expect, that doesn’t mean the products are being used according to label specifications, so user error can create unnecessary exposure problems. As a professional, I have witnessed much more toxicity issues with people who have pest problems before I ever arrive on the scene. Now, I want to award them for their bravery as they wield cans of empty bug spray, “homeopathic techniques” such as red pepper, moth balls, chewing gum, you name it (and I’ve seen it!). But I really get concerned when I see that in their zeal, they have exposed their family to unnecessary levels of insecticides or other household products that aren’t even labeled for bugs (or rodents).

Okay, now that I have gotten that out my system, let’s talk about professional pest control. There has been a real turn around in the past 15 years in professional pest control that has caused us to be more and more responsible and more acute with our treatments. An example would be what we call IPM (Integrated Pest Management). “What’s that?”, you ask. Don’t feel bad, there is some pest control guys who don’t know either. IPM is the art of using a combination of techniques to eliminate pests without using pesticides exclusively. An example would be this: Say we have a rat infestation at a dumpster next to our favorite restaurant. Instead of throwing bait all around the dumpster exterior, IPM would tell us that we should move the dumpster away from the building, exposing the rats to natural predators. Then, ask the restaurant owner to have his/her employees lock the doors shut on the dumpster except for when it is being used (sanitation). Then, and only then should a secure rat bait station be used beside the dumpster, and monitored regularly.

In addition to IPM, most of our pesticides are being formulated to have virtually no odor and create lower risks of exposure. An example would be micro-encapsulation, a method whereby the active insecticide has a silicone “bubble” around it to reduce break-down from light and moisture. Also, there have been some products have been available over-the-counter for pets that are know being used in professional pest control products. I know it does not make sense, but the public can use a concentrate on their dog, but cannot purchase the same active ingredient to be used 100 times weaker on their termites (homeowners do not have the equipment to use the product anyway, so don’t get excited). I mention this only to prove that the pest control products we use are usually safer than most the stuff you have under the kitchen sink. What makes us so special then? Training. Additionally, we in the pest control industry aren’t willing to lose our license over mis-application.

Let me use an example of a problem with public access to professional pest products: Before the EPA took Chlordane off the market in the 1980′s, it was available over-the-counter, in concentrate. That means that anyone had access to a chemical that was active in the soil for 25 years at the diluted rate! I have met people who proudly boasted killing a Carpenter Ant nest in their backyard tree stump by pouring Chlordane concentrate directly on the colony. While this probably doesn’t mean anything to the average person, someone familiar with the pest control industry is cringing right about now–this means potential ground contamination for years, killing anything from beneficial insects to fish in nearby streams! The EPA probably did the right thing, believing that if they made it restricted use (for commercial use only) a black market would be created since no one could imagine life without Chlordane, especially for termite problems. I point here is that toxicity has always been much higher with public usage, even when the products were much more dangerous.

If you are concerned about pesticide exposure, please remember that you will most likely need pest control some time or another, and if you are considering tackling a pest problem yourself, please remember the dangers to exposure of toxins are much greater when you do-it-yourself. Pest control operators do not usually fall prey to the concept “If a little works good, then a lot will work great!” Actually, we know better. Besides, we have to keep in mind chemical costs and keeping customers!

I started out by asking the question, “Am I justified by treating the perimeter of a home more often than treating the inside?” I believe that it is more for conscious sake, since pest control technicians suffer from two major tragedies: car accidents and ladder accidents. Believe it or not, chemical toxicity plays very little problems with pest control personnel. Most of that is due to training in product handling, transportation, and application. But due to market trends, I believe it is best to listen to your customers. Besides, it can’t hurt to spend more time preventing pests from entering from the outside of homes and businesses, before they get in where they become a problem and health risk. This leads me to my next point: most don’t know the dangers of not having pest control! While most think of pest control as a luxury service, history is full of times that pest control was or could have been the answer. Let me give some examples: The “Black Death” or Bubonic plague that killed a third of Europe in the late 1340s could have been prevented or eliminated by pest control. You see, rats carrying the plague infested fleas transported them all over, allowing them to jump off and bite humans. Today, most don’t tolerate rats, and that is due to the pest control industry raising the standards.

Another example of pest control that actually solved a major problem happened during the construction of the Panama Canal. Malaria and Yellow Fever were transmitted by a heavy mosquito population and killed many workers. It wasn’t until they used mechanical means (nets, standing water elimination) and the use of insecticides, that they gained control and were able to finish the canal.

With pesticide exposure in mind, please don’t risk doing-it-yourself if it means compromising your family’s health. Besides, most of us in the pest control industry have your best interest in mind–keeping the pests out, and keeping you safe!

If you would like to purchase professional strength pest control products from us, go to our pest control products page here: pest control products.

The Incredible Edible Termite

After returning from a nine day short-term missions trip to Central America, my wife told me the story of an excursion they took to the highest mountain of Honduras to view some of the most incredible sights of nature.

While enjoying a natural bird sanctuary, their native tour guide stumbled upon a nest of termites hanging on a tree. He then craftily removed his handy machete and chopped it in half. The amused group looked on until, as to their horror, he reached down and picked up a scrambling termite, and ate it.

As you might expect, this drew mixed reactions from the crowd including gagging, laughing, and heads nodding in disbelief. Embarrassed, the guide tried to regain the group’s respect and quipped, “Tastes like chicken!”… I don’t think it helped.

Well, thankfully, you won’t find one of these termite nests dangling from your neighbor’s tree over your property line here in the northeastern US. However, what you could find is even scarier–Subterranean Termites. These kinds of termites work under the cover of darkness–actually, more like–under houses!

The subject of termites seems to be taboo, unless of course, you or one of your neighbors has had them infest a structure. The saying, “out of sight, out of mind,” might apply. That is, until your walls look like they are moving from just the 1st wave of termite “swarms”. While they may be equivalent to an indoor hurricane, one should not panic, these guys are not the ones doing the damage; it’s the rest of their family you need to worry about: the workers–underground and in the structure. Bite by bite, they can literally “eat you out of house and home”. But don’t ever assume that everything that swarms inside a structure is a termite: many species of ants will swarm inside a home. A little while ago, a soon-to-be-client called me and insisted that he had termites in his country-club home. When I arrived, I had a hard time convincing him he did not need a termite job; he had a good swarm of Citronella Ants (named for their citronella-like odor). In the end, he was thankful for my honesty and became a routine general pest customer.

This leads me to my final piece worth noting: never assume someone is an expert on Wood Destroying Insects unless it’s what they do for a living. Not all wood damage is from termites. There are Carpenter Ants, Powder Post Beetles, and even Old House Borers. If any of these are suspected, it may be worth a second opinion. Just like you would not go to a podiatrist for advice about that nagging toothache, make sure you talk to someone in the Pest Control industry when it comes to Wood Destroying Insects or termite extermination. While some of us may be entertaining, I don’t think you will find us eating termites.

Carpenter Ants

When it comes to Carpenter Ants, the biggest question many people have is, “Are they in the house or are they coming from the outside?” This is a great question, and there are some ways to try and figure it out. Carpenter Ants can be a real problem if they are nesting in the house. Before you start spraying everything you can find under the kitchen sink on these ants, let us make sure they are Carpenter Ants, and not some other species. If you have black (not dark brown) ants that can be different sizes when found, you probably have Carpenter Ants. The same colony can have small and big members. Size is not a real factor in determining if you have them, so do not spend a lot of time analyzing this variable. A better idea is to determine where they are coming from (we will talk about this later).

One the sure way of knowing that you have an infestation inside the home is if you find “flying ants” or “swarmers”, as we in the pest control industry prefer to call them. Flying ants inside are never a good sign. But before you get all worked up, make sure they are not termites. You will be thankful when you determine it is just ants if that is what it is! If you do determine that they are termites, call a professional company and consider having a professional treatment before you try to tackle them yourself. Mistreating a termite colony could cost you thousands of dollars in the long run. The easiest way to determine if you have ants (whether Carpenter Ants or other) is to look for three distinct body parts. With ants, the head, thorax and abdomen are all visible to the naked eye. Termites appear to only have two segments. However if in doubt, call in a pest control company to make sure. Most companies have a “free inspection policy” and will not charge to tell you what kind of bugs you have.

Another way to determine if the ants are nesting in the home is to note the time of year. If you have Carpenter Ants roaming around the house in the middle of the winter and it is cold outside, they are definitely not coming from the outside! This is also possibly something you will see in the late winter-spring. “Ok, what do I do now?” you ask, itching to kill these things. Well hold on, before we get into that, let’s talk about some habits these home-wreckers have.

The biggest thing you need to know about Carpenter Ants is that they need water to survive. Although their primary diet is dead insects, they will always need a water source. It is usually outside–such as a bird bath, a clogged gutter, poor landscaping or some other drainage issue. Worse yet, the water source may be inside. “What?” you may ask. It is true, it can be inside your home. Many times homeowners have told me horror stories about that tiny leak under the bathtub or kitchen sink they never knew about under one day… Carpenter Ants started showing up and someone suggested a leak. Or, it could condensation on pipes in a crawl space. And what about improperly sealed shower stalls? All these things contribute to attracting Carpenter Ants. They say to themselves, “Why live outside in the elements when we can live can live here with our primary staple (water).” They certainly are not stupid creatures, as King Solomon noted and encouraged lazy people to go and learn from them.

Another habit worth noting is that they are primarily nocturnal. Most of the ones you see during the day are just scouting the situation out. A lot of people report to me that they see them only in the early morning. This is the graveyard shift getting ready to clock out. They most likely found a gold mine in the sink from last night’s dishes that were washed.

Now let us talk about control. First, you must determine where the colony is hiding. It may be far away from the sightings and you may never find them without help. A good idea is to look outside during the late afternoon on the perimeter of your home for “ant trails”. If you find them going up the side of your home, follow them. Especially if they are carrying something like a dead insect-they are always going back to the nest with it and will lead you to some idea as to where it may be. It could be in the attic, or one of your eaves, a basement sill area, or simply between your walls. If you can find the nest and want to treat it yourself, using a powder or “dust” is one way to kill the colony by using a bulb-duster and pumping the powder into the hole on the outside where they disappear into. Sometimes though, this can make matters worse, you may end chasing them deeper into your house and then they manifest in areas you were not seeing them in before. Using a general spray insecticide can hold them off on the inside, but could end up causing the situation to become more severe with their speading-out in areas where they are not visible.

After treating Carpenter Ants for more than a decade, I do want to encourage you consider calling a professional who has access to professional products that may discourage the ants from moving around and dying right where they are. An example of this would be baits or non-repellents that act like a virus to the colony. If your concern is financial, please consider that mistreating Carpenter Ants could result in serious damage to your home long-term, and translate into repairs that seriously out-way the cost of a professional treatment.

If you need pest control services and you live in Lancaster or York PA, give us a call now: 717-393-7879.
If you would like to purchase products for your Carpenter Ant problem, go to pest control products.
You, Your Neighbor and Pest Control Products

After serving the pest control industry and working with pest control
products for over fifteen years, I have learned one major lesson: Bugs
and rodents just do not appear, they came from somewhere.  Usually, it
was from a neighbor, friend, something else near by..  I know you are
probably wondering what I mean by this.  Let me explain.

All pest control problems came from somewhere, you know that.  But
exactly where they came from, you may not.  For instance, with German
cockroaches, they always come from people, because they cannot live apart
from people (it is true!).  That means that you either live next to
someone who has an over-population of German roaches or, you had
someone visit you that had them.  Or even worse, someone in your home
visited a residence with them, and brought them home.  So in any event,
German roaches spread with people.

Now if we talk about other insects that live apart from people, but
sometimes enter homes such as spiders, we have a different story.  If
you are having a severe spider problem, it may not be the neighbors
fault.  If could simply mean that you live in an area where spiders are
thriving, probably because of some good spider food sources (other
bugs!).  In this case, your pest control problem is not coming from
inside your home, it is coming from the outside, and not usually on a
person, but through a crack in the foundation wall, from the attic,
under a window, or some other tight squeeze.  Another example would the
common house mouse, which is an expert in structural invasion.  But in
both events, these pests were usually born somewhere other than your
property, and are seeking shelter or food sources.  If this is the
case, you will need to fortify the house with pest control products.

Most times when you have a pest invasion as we are discussing here,
your house may be the problem, but it may also be the answer.  What I
mean is, if you use pest control products on the perimeter, you should
be able to stop most pests from entering in the first place.  If the
problem is on the outside, and emerging on the inside of the home, it
is not a bad idea to look for infestations on the perimeter.

Just remember that anything you see on the inside probably came from
the outside, not coming through the front door as a guest.

If you need pest control services and you live in Lancaster or York PA, give us a call now: 717-393-7879.

If you need help with your pest control problem and you need
professional strength pest control products, visit our online store
here: pest control products.

A Package for a Pest

There is one thing that people don’t know when shopping for pest
control products online: not all pest control products are the same.
Actually, there is much more than different active ingredients in pest
control products; there is different formulations, different modes of
application, and of course, different modes of action to kill the pest
control problem, whether insects or rodents.

“Okay, so how do we know what to do?”, you ask.  Well, to tell you the
truth, one almost has to go back to school to understand which products
work best in certain situations.  I’ll sum it up for you though.  When
choosing a pest control product online, you want to find web site that
has done the thinking for you.  For instance, if your problem is
roaches, there is no magic bullet.  You are going to need a general
spray insecticide, roach bait, Insect Growth Regulator, and maybe even
a fogger or two.  And the average person will not know that, so it is
nice when someone puts together a “roach control package”.  It’s even
better when the person who puts the package together for you knows what
they are doing!  Not a novice I mean.

It would also be nice if you could get all you need at your front door,
too, right?  Well, thankfully there is catalog ordering, or even better
yet, online ordering!  Make sure that you order the pest control
products that pertain to your pest problem. Do not assume that the
roach control package is going to control your mice problem (I know,
most folks know better).

If you need pest control services and you live in Lancaster or York PA, give us a call now: 717-393-7879.  If you would like to find easy to use pest control products for your
pest control problem, go to pest control products and
click on one of our pest control products packages.

How to Choose Pest Control Products Online

If you are searching for a pest control product online, make sure that you understand the different categories of pesticides so that you make a wise choice: not knowing could cost you money. In fact, you should make sure that you have the right pest control equipment to make an application with, or the pesticide that you purchase may not be able to be applied by you. What do I mean? Well, if you purchase a pesticide concentrate, such as Demand CS, you should know that you will need a hand sprayer to make an application; not all bug sprays come pre-mixed with a plastic nozzle.

The first objective, is to identify your pest. If you do not know, try asking a friend or neighbor. If that doesn’t work, try searching on the internet on a reputable web site such as an university that has an entomology department. Once you know the pest you are up against, you may then search for a product that can be used on it. Now a lot of sites on the internet offer dozens of products for the same pest, and you may feel like I do when am staring at the wall for what seems like eternity at an auto parts store, trying to find the right window wiper for my vehicle. Embarrassed, I eventually flag down a store employee and pretend to be uncertain as to which one is the best wiper for my vehicle.

I don’t know about you, but I do not want this same experience when shopping for pest control products, only to find out that the insecticide “dust” is meant to be used in a “bulb duster” (“what in the world is that anyway?”, you ask) after waiting a few days for the product to arrive, now realizing I have to go find that pest control product web site again and find the applicator, only to wait a few more days before I can make an application. What we need is products with an example on the page! Now that is a revolutionary idea, how about it? I don’t know about you, but I am the kind of guy that learns better from watching than from reading. Wouldn’t it be nice if your auto store did just that, I mean have a video showing you just how to install that fuel pump in the middle of your gas tank (sounds more like a nightmare).

Getting back to choosing the right product, make sure that the bug or rodent you are trying to eliminate is on the product label. It may be a violation to use a product without finding the pest on the label. In my opinion, the online store should offer the label so you can be sure. In any event, if you can do this, then you are ready to find the right equipment such as a hand sprayer if you do not already have one. Once again, the product label should tell you how to use the pest control product, so look for key words that let you know if you have what it takes already.

Now, one last piece of advice before choosing a pest product online: study your enemy. Learn what you can about the pest you are up against, specifically the insect’s habits or food sources. You may find that paying attention to these things might minimize the amount of pest control product that you need to use. I mean, rather than spraying all over the house, you might find that just treating the basement might suffice. Once again this is where reading and following the product label can be of great value. Who knows, you might just learn enough to help out someone else!

If you need pest control services and you live in Lancaster or York PA, give us a call now: 717-393-7879.

If you are searching for pest control products online, visit our store: pest control products.

Pest Control Products and You

There is a lot of misinformation about pest control out there.  On the surface, people will say that they are “Green”, but when it comes down to it, they will use any bug spray if it works.  After considering opening our online pest control products & supplies store, I realized that many people are scared to use pest control products.

Well, in a world that seems to be pushing the Green concept more and more, we have to be careful to remember that we are stewards of the earth, not worshippers of the earth.  While I believe in Green products  (we have a whole display of them), I feel that if used correctly, conventional  pest products are needed when used responsibly.  And while there are many types of products, and many ways of applying these products, there are only a few different categories that we use in pest control.  You may have noticed that the EPA has been removing certain categories of pest control products over the years, and now with the bed bug crises, they want to bring some back.  However, if there would have been more responsibility in the past, we would not be in this position.  Let me explain.

I have actually met folks that admitted using pest control product concentrate without mixing it.  This is not only dangerous to you, it is dangerous to non-target animals, insects, birds, fish, you name it, if it is alive, it is in danger.  In my professional opinion, it would be just as well if used what we have by following the pesticide label, and we wouldn’t need to have all the Green products.  I tell you, it will not be long before folks start abusing that as well.  Thankfully, most Green Pest Products are not as dangerous!  In any event, whether Green or not, let us try to follow the label on any store-bought bug spray!

If you looking to purchase Green Pest Control Products, go to our Green Product page.



Reader's Comments

  1. Do You have more Pest Control Information? | Dominion Pest Control |

    [...] pest control articles [...]

  2. Pest Control | Dominion Pest Control & Exterminating |

    [...] pest control articles [...]