No-Fear Roach Control

roach in kitchen

Roaches. Even just the word makes me cringe. I’ve never met a single person who didn’t absolutely despise cockroaches. And for good reason!

They’re usually associated with dirt and germs, and this is an accurate association. Roaches are often found in sewers, garbage, dumpsters, and other unsavory places. Unfortunately they’re also found in your home.

Roaches can carry diseases and bacteria, and can be a powerful allergen to those who are sensitive. They can contaminate almost any surface, since they will eat practically anything. Gross.

Luckily, though, it’s not as hard to get rid of them as you might think. You can definitely do it yourself safely and effectively.

Risky Products

Put away those bug bombs and spray cans, though. Those are largely ineffective when getting rid of a full-blown roach infestation. These products only affect the roaches the chemicals come in contact with, leaving the rest of the roach population unaffected. Not to mention, using these products douses your home in potentially dangerous chemicals.

Bug bombs, also called total release foggers, essentially fumigate your home. That means you have to leave. The EPA recommends you, your family, and your pets leave for at least two hours, and when you come back, you have to ventilate your home to get rid of lingering fumes. If you don’t, you could get sick. Many of these products continue to work for weeks afterwards but cannot be used in food prep areas like kitchens (a roach’s favorite spot!) and common living spaces. Not to mention, these products can also turn into actual bombs if misused around open flames.

I don’t know about you, but these risks definitely outweigh the benefits of using one of these types of products inside my home. I have two cats, and they get in to absolutely everything. It’s really important for me to both control icky pests and keep my animals safe at the same time. If you feel the same way, don’t worry. There is a better way.

Highly Effective Roach Control

Roach gel baiting is a very effective way to control roaches. They’re long lasting, easy to use, and knock out an entire infestation, and many formulas are low in toxicity and are overall safer to use. Roach gel bait comes in a syringe and can be applied virtually anywhere, but are best suited for tight spots and cracks and crevices that are hard to reach and make great hiding spots for roaches.

How Roach Gel Baits Work

Well, it’s pretty simple. Most gel baits are composed of a food source for the roaches, combined with a slow acting poison. The slow acting poison lets as many cockroaches food on the bait as possible, and the roaches will die away from the food source. Roaches will eat their dead fellows, so those who have died from the poison become for the rest of the population.

It can take weeks for the poison to start killing your roaches. But don’t worry! A little patience and following few simple steps, and you’ll be able to rid your home of those nasty, unwanted visitors.

Where To Start

A mistake a lot of people make is to assume that using a control product is all they need to do. With roaches, removing all food sources and shelter is crucial for successful control. Our roach control page will ensure you’re doing everything right to get rid of the roaches yourself. The following image is the kitchen roach bait placement guide from our indoor roach control guide.

indoor roach control bait placement guide for kitchen

Place The Baits

This is the fun part. Well, as fun as roach control can get. The gel bait will come in a syringe for easy application. Take a peek at this handy graphic so you know exactly where to put your bait. It also gives you a guideline for other roach control products, like bait stations and dusts.

Bee Stings Really Are The Worst

I know my opinion on bees and wasps is an unpopular one. I think bees and wasps are simply misunderstood rather than vicious, sting-happy monsters. This may stem from the fact that I’ve never been stung by anything before, but I stand by my convictions. I see no reason to run away or swat at a rotund bumblebee just searching for a flower, or a wasp simply zipping by. They’re not interested in us as much as we’re not interested in them.

That said, though, the stings are still quite formidable and not to be trivialized. Some people even have severe allergies that can put them in danger, which is exactly why people tend to freak out if a stinging insect happens to land on or near them. With the blooms of spring right around the corner, you’ll definitely see your stinging friends around soon enough.

I know you don’t want to end up like these poor people and your pets like this dog. The affects are quite unpleasant.


The venoms contain enzymes that cause hive-like reactions from histamines and other substances that break down cell walls and cause nerves to fire.

Huge, swollen body parts are just one part of the sting experience.

While you’ll probably get mocked, no one can quite understand the pain you went through.

Except maybe for Justin Schmidt, an entomologist who sacrificed himself for science and developed the Schmidt pain index. He was willingly stung by over 100 stinging insects and ranked them on a scale of 0-4, complete with delightfully colorful descriptions. So, if you’re really wondering just how bad it hurts when a yellow jacket stings you, for instance, Schmidt gave it a 2.0 and says it feels “Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W.C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue.”

Ouch!

If you see a bee hive or a wasp nest, it’s really important to get rid of it. Bee control, wasp control, and yellow jacket control isn’t difficult if you are proactive. Your friends and family will be a whole lot safer when hanging out in your yard, and we can all avoid looking like swollen monsters and avoid the intense pain the stings bring.

You don’t want to end up with this situation:

I can’t lie, though. After looking at dozens of pictures of people with horrible looking stings, I am a bit more wary of these stinging creatures. But do heed my advice: don’t run, don’t swat, just wait! They’ll fly away when they realize they don’t want to eat you. (And I promise, they really don’t!)

 

Quick & Easy Squirrel Control

squirrel asking to refill the bird feeder

I’ve always had a soft spot for squirrels. They look so friendly when they’re nibbling away on stored nuts and things, going about their squirrely business. But my mom never liked squirrels. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out why. That’s until I got a bird feeder.

We got our feeder to bring a little nature to our porch and to give our cats a bit of entertainment. The birds were very happy until this winter, when a squirrel discovered our feeder and began to treat it as its personal buffet station. It would clean out our full feeder in a day or two, and I had no idea how to stop them!

I quickly realized another reason why my mom disliked squirrels so much: they always raided her tomato plants. Growing tomatoes takes work and birdseed isn’t cheap; squirrels quickly become less cute and more of a nuisance when they’re nibbling away on your hard work!

Controlling Nuisance Squirrels
Squirrels are quick and crafty and once they’ve found a reliable food source (especially in times of scarcity) it’s very difficult to get them to stop. The three main areas squirrels are most problematic are with bird feeders, in garden plots, and causing general destruction to your property, but there are simple things you can do to for quick and easy squirrel control.

1) Protecting Bird Feeders:
The best way to protect your feeder from squirrels and larger birds is by using a squirrel baffle, or deflector. These are usually dome shaped and made of durable plastic or metal. They can be hung above the feeder if hung on a tree or in an area where squirrels gain access to the feeder from above, or set below on a post or pole to prevent squirrels from climbing up and gaining access to the feeder. We carry lots of different styles and models to suit your needs and to help ensure your feeder is for birds only.

2) Protecting Gardens and Plants:
Short of covering all your plants in an impenetrable cage, it’s almost impossible to keep critters from sampling your vegetables. However, repellents often do a great job of keeping squirrels at bay. Repellents are made of naturally derived ingredients that do not hurt the animals, but irritate them and make the treated area unpleasant to be around. Granular products are perfect for potted plants and garden plots. You can sprinkle the product all through the soil, or create a barrier anywhere needed. They’ll last a few weeks, but if your squirrel population is especially high or there are heavy rains in your area, you will have to apply the squirrel repellent more often.

3) Protecting Property From Damage:
Squirrels, like many rodents, tend to gnaw on things. From the siding on your home to your garden hoses, there are many susceptible items lying around your property. Using a spray repellent makes it easy to keep squirrels away. Using very similar naturally derived ingredients as a granular formula, a spray can be used on almost any surface. Simply spray until item is coated, reapplying every few weeks. This will help keep squirrels away from your items and can even help create a barrier to keep squirrels out.

Adding these products to your squirrel-fighting arsenal can help create a squirrel-free zone in your yard. No more worrying about gnawed-on tomatoes or empty bird feeders with these helpful, safe, and easy to use products. Maybe I can go back to liking squirrels again!

Top Bug and Pest Costumes for Kids 2013

A couple of years ago, we posted our favorite bug and pest costumes for adults in 2011.

This year, we bring you our top picks for  household pest costumes for KIDS from across the web. Get ready for some adorably cute, clever, and downright funny Halloween ensembles.

 

 

#1- The Spunky Squirrel


Everyone’s favorite backyard pest.

Looks like these guys even have some nuts stored away in those cheeks. Very realistic.

 

 

 

2- The …Bumblebee?

I can only assume this is a bumblebee. It does have a stinger.

Nobody does it quite like the Asians, eh?


 

 

 

3- The Bitty Baby Bumblebee

Now this is just precious.

 

 

 

#4 – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

and, the super pint-sized version:

 

 

 

#5- The Skunk
Sweet yet stinky, this costume seems particularly appropriate for little ones…

 

and extra-little ones!

 

 

 

 

#6- The Fuzzy (and slightly confused-looking) Lady Bug:

 

 

And, though I didn’t think it possible- I give you the even-fuzzier Lady Bug.

(Are ladybugs fuzzy?)

 

 

 

#7- The… er, tilting Butterfly

(What did I tell you about those Asians?!)

 

 

 

#8 – The Fly, in two varieties:

Super Cool…

 

and Freaky Rabid.

 

 

 

#9 -The Bed Bug

 

 

 

 

#10- The Spider,
both with and without its web:


He looks super excited about this get-up.

 

 

 

And along the same lines, but with bonus points for cuteness and creativity,

#12- The Spider Snack:

 

Which kid pest costume is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

Do-It-Yourself Pest Control Recognized on the Clark Howard Facebook Page!

The Clark Howard Show

Most of you may know the nationally syndicated radio host and HLN consumer expert, Clark Howard. His audience loves him for providing useful tips and information to help people keep more money in their wallets, and for helping them avoid some of the worst scams. Recently, a producer for the Clark Howard Show, Joel Larsgaard, purchased some Talstar from us and blogged about his experience in this post. As Joel points out in his post, doing your own pest control is not only an effective and safe way to control unwanted pests, it’s also extremely cost-effective.

Later, Joel’s post was mentioned on the Clark Howard Facebook page, here. Yay! We’re famous! Okay not really, but it is nice to see prominent money savers recognizing the enormous savings we are offering our customers!

 

Flies with your Bug Mac?

Entomophagy -the art of eating insects-  is a rapidly growing field these days. And its no wonder.  With livestock supply diminishing, meat prices rising, and now the overseas scandal involving Eupropean hamburgers laced with horse meat, the world is turning its interest toward a revolutionary new protein source: insects. 

Seriously.

The United Nations has even gone so far as to launch a website touting the potential benefits of bug farming, and promotes more chinese maggot factories as a way to end world hunger. In fact experts from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are looking increasingly to insects as a substitute for meat and fish worldwide. Their reasoning includes the fact that Insects are cheaper to feed, more sustainable, and have superior nutritional value to meat. Who knew a simple insect could contain polyunsaturated fatty acids, iron, calcium, and B vitamins? It’s true… the UN website graciously includes  nutritional labeling for some of their favorite six-legged snacks.  

Gosh I’m getting hungry! How about you? Are you hungry?

Not yet huh.  Well, perhaps you just lack adequate imagination to really understand the endless yet magical possibilities of bug cuisine.  You’re probably thinking of eating bugs straight off the plate, no sauces or seasonings. Boorr-iingg. See where I’m going with this? Chefs worldwide who embrace the Insects As Food movement recognize that most people aren’t going to pluck a meal worm off a blade of grass and chew it up.

But what if that same meal worm was to be fixed all gourmet like in a quiche-style mini pie? (Go ahead, click on the link. Get a load of that baby. Who could say no to that?)

Or maybe you prefer something more posh, like this African blesbok samosa with insect crumble — complete with meal worms and buffalo worms — available for your eating pleasure only at the Specktakel restaurant in the Netherlands. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy,they also offer a crocodile pie with fried crickets. And for dessert, warm cake with candied WORM topping. 

Despite predominant popular opinion- and especially American opinion- that insects are ‘yucky’, world premier entomophagist Arnold van Huis fully believes that insect cuisine is the wave of the future.

“If your Big Mac is going to cost about $100 and your Bug Mac is going to cost only $4, people will change to a Bug Mac,” van Huis asserts.

What do you think? Is van Huis right?  Would you ever consider a bug mac?

 

 

What You Can Do To Protect Your Home From Termites

 

Termites are a constant threat to business and home owners.  As with most pests, it is much easier to take precautionary measures and to treat before an infestation hits, rather than to wait until after the problem is obvious and widespread. You may be wondering what you can possibly to to prevent termite infestation. The truth is that there are a lot of small and simple things you can do now that can make all the difference later on.  A good place to start is to eliminate as many food and moisture sources around your home as possible. These are some of the main factors that can attract termites in the first place.

 

First, eliminate moisture sources.  

Walk around your home and the surrounding area, looking for any sources of dripping or pooling water, and evaluate each one to decide how can be eliminated or minimized.

  • Check a/c units, water pipes, and faucets for leaking and repair these.
  • Direct free flowing or dripping water away from the foundation of your home
  • Clear and clean gutters and downspouts
  • Reduce excessive plant cover and wood mulch which absorbs and holds excess moisture
  • Eliminate standing water on roof
  • Ensure that all vents are clear and open
  • Make sure that entry points around utility and water lines or pipes are properly sealed

Second, eliminate food sources

Walk around your home again, this time looking for wood sources and exposures, and evaluate each one to decide how you can eliminate them.

  • Do not store lumber, firewood or paper near your foundation or crawlspace. If you must store wood of any kind, deposit it a good distance away from your home.
  • Remove debris or tree stumps in your yard and garden
  • Place screens over the outside vents
  • Repair and seal or replace damaged wood in decks or fences

 

Pre-treat your home for termites, and insure your home for years to come.

I know how hard it is to spend money on something that isn’t an immediate problem, but trust me on this one. Pre-treating your home for termites before they hit may be one of the wisest forms of insurance you can purchase against future home damage. Termite treatments do not have to cost an arm and a leg, especially if you are willing to put in a little extra effort and do it yourself! Do My Own Pest Control offers a wide variety of termite products  including termite bait systems and liquid barrier applications, which you can view here.   With competitive low prices on professional grade products, free shipping and pest control advice, you have nothing to lose except maybe a wooden deck, staircase, or the entire right side of your home. Call us today to find out how you can get started protecting your home from termite infestation and damage.

 

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  • Termidor controls all types of termites including difficult to eradicate species such as subterranean, formosan, and drywood termites.

Hissing Cockroaches Predict the 2012 Presidential Election

Awhile back I posted about the annual New Jersey Pest Management Association  presidential cockroach derby. (See original post here).  I failed, however, to remember to give a report several days later on the results of the race.  With the real 2012 presidential election just around the corner, I thought this would be a good time to unroll the results of the infamous cockroach derby to see what the roaches have to say about the future of our country. Will it be Obama for another four year term or will we see a new face in the white house? Keep in mind this event has been held for fifteen years running and boasts an accurate prediction rate of 85%.

 

And the winner is…

 

 

ROMNEY ROACH!!!

 

If you want to see the entire exhilarating edge-of-your-seat race from beginning to end – and you know you do!- grab some popcorn and check out the video below. I assure you it will be the most exciting thing you do all day.

Do-It-Yourself Termite Treatment

Check out the latest and greatest infographic from Do My Own Pest Control. We hope this easy to understand termite treatment guide will help you visualize exactly how to perform your own next termite termite treatment. Click here for more detailed information on how to perform a termite treatment at home.