Preventative Exterior Perimeter Insect Treatment

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When you purchase our Preventative Exterior Perimeter Insect Treatment, you can keep your home free from many common pests.

Unwelcome pests make you uncomfortable in your own home. Creepy crawly critters can be a health risk and they deteriorate the enjoyment of your personal space.

 

We will treat the exterior perimeter of house, reducing populations of spiders, centipedes, earwigs, silverfish, sugar ants, and beetles, plus many more. It’s a bug-eat-bug world out there so many of these bugs also attract more bugs since they present a food source.

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Some of the pests that the Preventative Exterior Perimeter Insect Treatment will help control are:

 

 

 

Ants: Inside buildings, household ants feed on sugar, syrup, honey, fruit juice, fats, and meat. Long trails of thousands of ants may lead from nests to food sources, causing considerable concern among building occupants.

Spiders: Spiders are predators feeding mainly on living insects, mites, and other small arthropods. Spiders prey on a large number of insects, including a number of pest species.

Centipedes: House centipedes feed on silverfish, firebrats, carpet beetle larvae, cockroaches, spiders, and other small arthropods. If house centipedes are seen frequently, this indicates that some prey arthropod is in abundance, and may signify a greater problem then the presence of the centipedes.

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Asian Beetle

Asian Beetles: The greatest damage caused by the multicolored Asian beetle is the discomfort they give to homeowners. It is not uncommon for tens of thousands of beetles to congregate in attics, ceilings, and wall voids. When the heating is turned on the beetles tend to move around inside these voids and exit into the living areas of the home.

Carpenter Ants

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Carpenter ants

Carpenter ants (camponotus spp) are large (.25 to 1 in or 0.64 to 2.54 cm) ants indigenous to many forested parts of the world. They prefer dead, damp wood in which to build nests. They do not consume it, however, unlike termites. Sometimes carpenter ants will hollow out sections of trees. They also commonly infest wooden buildings and structures, and are a widespread nuisance and major cause of structural damage. The most likely species to be infesting a house in the United States is the black carpenter ant (Camponotus pennsylvanicus). However, there are over a thousand other species in the genus Camponotus.

Carpenter ant species reside both outdoors and indoors in moist, decaying or hollow wood. They cut “galleries” into the wood grain to provide passageways for movement from section to section of the nest. Certain parts of a house, such as around and under windows, roof eaves, decks and porches, are more likely to be infested by carpenter ants because these areas are most vulnerable to moisture.

Carpenter ants have been known to construct extensive underground tunneling systems. These systems often lead to an end at some food source – often aphid colonies, where the ants extract and feed on honeydew. These tunneling systems also often exist in trees. The colonies typically include a central “parent” colony surrounded and supplemented by smaller satellite colonies.

Carpenter ants can damage wood used in the construction of buildings. They can leave behind a sawdust-like material called frass that provides clues to their nesting location. Carpenter ant galleries are smooth and very different from termite-damaged areas, which have mud packed into the hollowed-out areas.

Control involves application of insecticides in various forms including dusts and liquids. The dusts are injected directly into galleries and voids where the carpenter ants are living. The liquids are applied in areas where foraging ants are likely to pick the material up and spread the poison to the colony upon returning.

Fleas

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Flea

Fleas are wingless insects (1/16 to 1/8-inch (1.5 to 3.3 mm) long) that are agile, usually dark colored (for example, the reddish-brown of the cat flea), with tube-like mouth-parts adapted to feeding on the blood of their hosts. Their legs are long, the hind pair well adapted for jumping: a flea can jump vertically up to 7 inches (18 cm) and horizontally up to 13 inches (33 cm), making the flea one of the best jumpers of all known animals (relative to body size), second only to the froghopper.

Fleas lay tiny white oval-shaped eggs better viewed through a loupe or magnifying glass. The larva is small, pale, has bristles covering its worm-like body, lacks eyes, and has mouth-parts adapted to chewing. The larvae feed on various organic matter, especially the feces of mature fleas. The adult flea’s diet consists solely of fresh blood. In the pupa phase, the larva is enclosed in a silken, debris-covered cocoon.

Fleas can settle in a person’s hair in less than ten minutes, causing soreness and itching. The itching associated with flea bites can be treated with anti-itch creams, usually antihistamines or hydrocortisone. Calamine lotion has been shown to be effective for itching.

Combatting a flea infestation in the home takes patience because for every flea found on an animal, there could be many more developing in the home. A spot-on insecticide will kill the fleas on the pet and in turn the pet itself will be a roving flea trap and mop up newly hatched fleas. The environment should be treated with a fogger or spray insecticide containing an insect growth regulator, such as pyriproxyfen or methoprene to kill eggs and pupae, which are quite resistant against insecticides.

Rodents

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Rat

Mice, rats, and voles are small mammals of the order Rodentia. The term rodent means “to gnaw”. Rodents are proficient at gnawing through almost anything. They are notorious for damaging buildings and their preference for chewing electrical wires often causes expensive problems and can even start fires. Rats and mice release steady droplets of urine and may defecate up to 70 times a day. This along with the gnawing and nest building habits, enables rats and mice to cause a considerable amounts of damage.

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Mouse

The common mouse in the Midwest is the house mouse which weighs less than one ounce and is from 1 to 3 inches in length. The color is grayish-brown on the upper body and lighter color below. In general they reside in homes and structures. Mice enter dwellings in the late summer or fall and typically spend the entire winter. They then will leave in the spring. Mice are very capable at climbing throughout the house or structure. Even though they are very intrusive, they are very controllable.

Norway rats are considerably larger weighing 1 pound on average and are up to 16 inches in length. They eat and contaminate foodstuffs as well as animal feed. They also will cause structural damage to homes and structures.

There are some signs that help to identify if there is a rodent infestation. The signs include:

  • Urine stains
  • Grease marks
  • Tracks
  • Droppings
  • Live or dead rodents
  • Burrowing
  • Gnaw marks
  • Rodent sounds or odor
  • Runways