Whether it's your home or place of business, you may at some point have to deal with a pest infestation of one form or another. Pests of all types can commonly invade a home -- flies, spiders, ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes, and rodents just to name a few.
Each pest has its own tendencies and habits which is why it's important to know a little bit about the pest to recognize what they like and what they don't like as well as what application method is the best way to eliminate them.
This page is dedicated to performing general do it yourself pest control. Rather than targeting one pest, we'll go over the steps you can take and the products you can use to treat for multiple pests, inside and out, for both curative and preventative pest control.
Since Solutions Pest & Lawn is a DIY pest control supply store, you can rest assured that the products we suggest are the best out there for your specific pest problem.
For a more detailed treatment plan for your target pest, you can browse our library of specific common pests. They will contain nuanced guides and specific products for control and prevention.
If you've seen an increase in pest activity, it does help to know what pest exactly you are treating in order for a more effective and focused application. When you're trying to identify a pest, there are some things you must consider that will help you get an idea of what you're dealing with.
- Is the insect pest you're seeing crawling or flying (or both)
- What are it's physical characteristics -- size, shape, color, leg count, and presence of antennae.
- Where you are seeing them (indoors or outdoors?) and the time of day.
Answering these questions will help you to determine which pest or pests you have and, as a result, will help you get an idea of how to approach DIY treatment.
Once the pest has been identified, you will want to look around for any environmental conditions that may be causing your pest issues. Most of the time some basic maintenance on a structure can help reduce pest activity.
Pests can enter a home or building through tiny cracks and crevices or voids around the structure. Doing a proper inspection of the property and noting where the pest activity is highest will help you achieve a more targeted application of pesticides.Once you have identified and corrected the conducive conditions then you can implement a proper DIY pest control treatment program.
When conducting DIY pest control, it pays to use high-quality products that the professionals use over what big box retailers carry in the pest control aisle. This is because those generic retailer products are heavily diluted or watered down pesticides that may not effectively eliminate the pest problem.
The products that actually will work effectively are professional-grade DIY pest control pesticides and insecticides which we carry. Professional pesticides kill pests quicker, stay effective for longer, and only a small amount is needed per treatment so they will last you a long time.
After getting confirmation of where the location of pest activity is and/or their harborage area or nesting sit, you can move on to treatment. Before beginning any DIY pest control treatment, always wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and apply responsibly, being mindful of restricted use sites, drift, and limiting contact by people and pets to treated areas until safe.
Indoor Insect Pest Control -Indoor pest control is 50% having preventive measures in place and 50% minimizing possible infestations.
- Step 1: Our preferred general DIY pest control treatment indoors is a semi-annual preventative spray of Novacide Aerosol. If you don't currently have an infestation this product is amazing because it does the following: delivers a quick knockdown on any current adult pests, applies a residual insecticide that will kill new adult insects, and carries an insect growth regulator (IGR) to prevent new pest populations from forming for up to 7 months.
- Step 2:For treating in hard to reach or liquid-sensitive areas, use D-Fense Dust with a handheld duster. This is an insecticidal dust that you can apply as a thin layer for insects to crawl through. This is ideal for treating areas like under appliances or behind electrical wall plates.
- Step 3:Practice proper sanitation. Most pests indoors are either looking for food or water. By preventing those sources from being readily available you will cut them off at the source. This means cleaning up crumbs, oils, and other organic matter as well as regularly removing trash and making sure things being brought into the structure (food, furniture, clothing, electronics, etc) do not have active infestations.
Outdoor Insect Pest Control -Outdoor pest control is safe and easy. Insects generally enter in the same spots no matter the structure so eliminating and treating those target areas will provide excellent results.
- Step 1: You will first want to eliminate all the environmental conditions that may foster pests. This includes vegetation, soil levels, moisture, cracks in foundation and walls, gaps in windows, doors and eaves as well as any holes in the structure where plumbing or electrical penetrates. You can do this using copper mesh, expanding foam, and caulk.
- Step 2:Next, you will want to apply a quarterly treatment with a residual insecticide. Begin by using Bifen L/P insecticide granules. Because this is a granular insecticide, it can be evenly spread across the lawn to target any pests in the turf. After application, water in the product for deep soil penetration and long-term control.
- Step 3: Create a protective insecticide barrier around your property by applyingSupreme I/T liquid concentrate with a pump sprayer. Supreme I/T is a lethal and repelling insecticide that has a broad label and can be used on many surfaces (wood, concrete, vinyl). Mix this with water and spray around foundations, windows, doors, eaves and home penetrations to create a barrier that will kill any insects who cross it.
- Step 4:You can also puff D-Fense Dust into voids around the structure, such as in weep holes or where plumbing or electrical wires penetrate the walls.
Indoor & Outdoor Rodent Control - Like insect pests, rats and mice will also enter the home or building if there is a hole or void large enough and if there is available food and water sources.
- Step 1:The first thing you need to do if you have rodent activity, is sanitize and seal up your home. Be sure that food and water are not easily available to the rodent. This means cleaning regularly, keeping trash in sealed trash bins and taking it out every day, and putting away pet food and water. After that, you will want to seal up any hole or void that a rodent could enter around the structure. If the hole is larger than a dime, seal it.
- Step 2:For indoors, use Solutions Easy Set Rat Traps. These are durable, plastic snap traps that are easy to use and clean. Bait the trapswithout setting them and place them up against walls in areas that are common pathways for rodents to travel, such as under sinks, behind furniture, or in crawlspaces and storage areas. Rodents are skittish, so we bait and place without setting to first gain the rodent's confidence. After about 3 days, re-bait the traps and set. Be sure to wear gloves when handling the traps to keep your scent off the traps.
- Step 3:For outdoors, use a combination of Eratication Rodent Bait and Solutions Bait Stations. Eratication is a powerful, multi-feed rodent bait made with peanut butter scents is irresistible to rodents. When rodents feed on the bait, they will die within 2 to 4 days. Place the bait in Solutions Bait Stations to provide a dark and enclosed space for the rodent to feel safe and eat the bait. The loaded bait stations will need to be placed against walls where rodents travel. These stations are tamper-proof; they come with a key that is required to open the lid. This will prevent children and pets from tampering with the station's contents.
Prevention is the final key to total control of your specific pest problem. What you must do here mainly consists of environmental modifications to reduce the likelihood of reinfestation and making preventative pesticide applications.
- Keep the yard maintained, minimizing clutter, yard debris, and leaf littler. If you notice vegetation creeping toward the home or building, trim it back.
- Keep your home or business clean by regularly taking out the trash, and removing any available food and water sources.
- Fix any leaky faucets and address high moisture areas.
- Be sure to also re-apply Supreme IT Insecticide every 3 months for continued control of a broad range of common household pests.
You Can Successfully Do Your Own Pest Control
- When you wish to conduct home pest control, it is always best to have an idea of which pest you are targeting and the conducive conditions. Identifying the pest followed by a detailed inspection is helpful in figuring out what product to use and where to focus your application.
- Using a combination of expert advice from DIY pest control pros and professional quality pesticides will ensure you effectively eliminate your specific pest problem.
How To Perform DIY Pest Control
- For total control, use a combination of pesticides, such as aerosols (like Novacide), liquid concentrates (such as Supreme IT), and dust (like D-Fense Dust). While a single pesticide can be enough to treat small infestations, using a multi-pronged approach is the best way to ensure you have complete and effective coverage.
Preventing Future Pests In Your Home
- Remember to perform environmental modifications in your home or business to reduce conducive conditions that attract pests. Regularly check for any cracks, crevices, or voids, both inside and out, and seal these spots with caulk to keep pests out.
- Preventative applications of a residual insecticide like Supreme IT Insecticide can deliver long term control of pests when performed quarterly.
A mixture of ½ cup rubbing alcohol and 1 quart of liquid soap can make an effective pest control spray to get rid of whiteflies, aphids, mealy bugs, scale insects, and thrips. Fill a spray bottle, shake, and spritz directly on your plants.
As mentioned above, there are many pest control methods available to choose from, but they can be loosely grouped into six categories: Hygienic, Biological, Chemical, Physical, Fumigation, Fogging and Heat treatment.
Try pest prevention first.
Remove sources of food, water and shelter. Store food in sealed plastic or glass containers. Garbage containing food scraps should be placed in tightly covered trash cans. Remove garbage regularly from your home.
For a small infestation, do it yourself is a good option that can be inexpensive. For larger infestations or a continuing problem, save yourself the time, hassle, and money and call a professional exterminator. As always, the key to pest control is prevention.
- Chemical Pest Control. The chemical method involves uses chemical treatments to deter any kind of pest. ...
- Biological Pest Control. Biological control involves the use of living organisms to control a pest population. ...
- Electronic Pest Control. ...
- Physical Pest Control.
There are four different types of pests – rodents, insects, birds and wildlife. Below we discuss a little more about each, what the signs of infestation are and how you can prevent them. Rats and mice are one of the more unpleasant infestations.
We are talking flies, cockroaches, birds, and rodents. From contaminating food to ruining packaging with their constant gnawing, these four pests can do some costly damage.
Pest control provides protection from harmful insects that can cause public health issues and costly damages to property. When people hear “pest management” or “pest control”, they are typically thinking about the eradication of roaches, a spiders, or fleas.
Natural pest management prevents problems with pests and plant diseases, and keeps harmful chemicals out of our bodies and environment. It also avoids problems of chemical dependence and pesticide resistance.
IPM is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties.
Pest control, a process that maintains nuisance organisms below economic thresholds, is a complex ecological process often mediated by biodiversity. Agricultural intensification results in widespread losses of biodiversity, with important implications for pest control.
Organic pest management may include the use of pheromone traps, release of beneficial insects, use of trap crops, and other organically approved techniques (see Rules Relating to Pest Management, next page).
Most pest control companies use pesticides called pyrethrins and pyrethroids, including Permethrin. These mimic natural and organic pesticides found in varieties of chrysanthemums. There are also a few other chemicals that are used but sometimes not as common.
Pest control can be a stressful industry to work in for a couple of reasons. The work is highly seasonal, which can make work-life balance difficult to achieve. During the busy season, schedules can be highly demanding. Depending on the area you live in, the slow season can be much less financially rewarding.
Professional exterminating provides faster and more effective results than do-it-yourself methods, in most cases. They can also save you money in the future by identifying pest problems early and eliminating them fast, preventing a costly infestation and/or damage in the future.
If pests and diseases cannot be prevented or controlled by cultural and physical means, it may be necessary to use natural pesticides. Many growers have developed ways of making their own sprays from plants such as garlic, chillies, marigolds and many others. These are inexpensive and have proved to be very effective.
Remove any sources of food, water or shelter. Store items in safe and enclosed containers. Dispose of garbage regularly with a tightly closed lid. Reduce clutter or areas where pests can hide.
- Find the Point to Begin. ...
- Keep the Kitchen Dry. ...
- Wipe Down Windows and Walls. ...
- Get Rid of Uncovered Food Items. ...
- Vacuum and Steam Furniture.
Pyrethrins and Pyrethroids are the two common chemical used for pest control. Pyrethrins are organic which are obtained from chrysanthemum flowers, pyrethroids manufactured in the lab. You can easily kill mosquitoes, houseflies and cockroaches with Pyrethrins and pyrethroids.
For best results, combine equal parts borax and white table sugar. Dust the mixture any place you've seen roach activity. When the roaches consume the borax, it will dehydrate them and kill them rapidly.
A combination of half apple cider vinegar (although normal vinegar works just as well) and half water in a spray bottle works perfectly to repel those pests. This concoction can be sprayed around the perimeter of your home, on the legs of tables that have food served on them or even around a screen house or tent.
How to spray the perimeter of your house - YouTube
What are the types of pesticides? Insecticides, herbicides, rodenticides, and fungicides are examples of well-known pesticides.
Pest control is the regulation or management of a species defined as a pest; any animal, plant or fungus that impacts adversely on human activities or environment.
Pyrethrin & Pyrethroids
Pyrethrin and pyrethroids are pesticides used by exterminators. These are active ingredients found in sprays used by experts and only by licensed pest exterminators. This is a chemical pesticide that is used in eliminating pests because it can paralyze pests and will die afterward.