Pest Control Tips and Advice

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Pest Control Tips and Advice

Nobody wants unwelcome guests in their home. Especially when they are the creepy crawly type! Steve Regan has everything you need to keep these pests from taking over your home or ranch. Read on to learn about the best ways to keep this unwanted guests from visiting your place.

Terms to Know

Bait. A product made with food or other substances that pests ingest. They usually have an active ingredient to help control the pests. 

Insecticide. These type of pesticides are specifically designed to kill or repel insects. They come in various forms such as sprays, gels and baits.

Pesticide. These are chemicals that can be used to kill bacteria, fungus, plant diseases, insects, slugs, snails, and more. These chemicals can work by touch or consumption and death may happen immediately or over a length of time.

Systemics. These are water soluble insecticides that can be absorbed by plants. Insects then consume the insecticide while feeding on the plants.

Pyrethroids. These synthetic insecticides disrupt an insects nervous system causing them to die. They work well for most insects around the house or garden. They bind well with soil and can't be absorbed by plant roots.

Pest Control Tips

While some pests may be inevitable, there are things you can do to prevent common pests from getting into your home.

  • Seal¬†holes and cracks on the outside of¬†your home.
  • Keep shrubbery and tree branches trimmed and away from the house.
  • Keep basements, crawl spaces, and attics dry and well ventilated.
  • Store garbage in sealed containers and discard it regularly.
  • Store fire wood away from the house and five inches off the ground.
  • Keep food sealed and clean up crumbs frequently.

Common Pests

There are many pests that are common in the intermountain area. Read on to learn about the most common pests and how to get rid of them.

Ants - These pesky bugs are among the most common household pests and are most common in the Spring and Fall. We suggest using Ant Block to keep these pests away. 

Cockroaches - These gross pests tend to hide in crevices and are commonly found in basements and under piles of debris around the yard. Keep them away with Victor Roach Traps.

Wasps and Hornets - Anybody who has been stung knows you want to keep these away from your house. Keep your doors and windows shut during warm months and use Wasp and Hornet Killer when you see these pests flying around.

Mice - Mice can sneak into your home through the tiniest of holes and often come in during the winter months to escape the cold. If you are finding mice in your home or barn we recommend Rat & Mouse Bait.

Spiders - Spiders can thrive indoors and outdoors and often hide in dark, quiet areas. We recommend using Rescue Spider Traps to keep spiders away.

Sprays and Insecticides 

Sometimes you will need to spray for pests to get rid of them. These common sprays work for most rodents and insects you will find.

 

Name Active Ingredient

Pests

Our Recommendation
Up-Star Gold Bifenthrin

spiders, flies, ticks, ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes

Use indoors and outdoors for general pest control
Taurus Fipronil

Termites, Ants, Beetles, Spiders, Cockroaches

Professional product that treats termites and other pests
Temprid FX

Imidacloprid & beta-Cyfluthrin

ants, bedbugs, fleas, flies, gnats, scorpions, spiders, ticks

Great option for killing bedbugs and hard to kill pests
D-Fense SC Deltamethrin  ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, flies, silverfish, spiders Kills crawling and flying pests
Cyzmic CS Lambda Cyhalothrin ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes, spiders, stink bugs, bed bugs Can be used around food establishments
 

When to Spray

While this varies depending on what pests you have and where you live, there are certain guidelines to follow. In Utah and Idaho, you should spray for insects, and spiders in the winter as well as set bait for rodents. In the summer you will want to spray for flies, snails, and cockroaches. Watch for signs of pests and spray when you first see pests to avoid a bigger infestation. You can also check out our Hometown Helper guide which will walk you through various pests and how to treat them. If you have questions about when or what pests to spray for, give us a call at 800-888-4545 and one of our pest control specialists can help you out!