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I live in the Florida Keys and we are always combating mosquitoes and noseeums. Over the past 15 years I have tried everything under the sun. At the time I contacted Chad at bugspray.com I had two “Pro” series Mosquito Magnets running 24 hours a day. They caught a bunch of bugs but we still were getting eaten alive. In the summer months it was impossible to sit in our back yard even after spraying yourself down with Deet.

I purchased a Solo Backpack Mist blower, Exciter, Permethrin, and Nylar. After the first fogging we could not believe the results. For the first time ever there were no bugs, none! These products are nothing short of amazing! For the first time ever we can enjoy our beautiful outdoors without welts and scratching. Our dogs also had rashes on their stomach from bites and that is completely gone. These people and their products have been a life changer for us. We now spend all of our time outdoors instead of hunkering down behind a screen.

Above all the customer service at Bugspray.com is off the charts. It is great having a “coach” you can turn to with any questions you might have. They are incredible!

Thanks for giving us our life back!

Howard, Florida Keys

Mist Blower: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/solo-mistblower-backpack

6 % Pyrethrin: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/exciter-16-oz

Permethrin SFR:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/perm-sfr

Nylar: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/igr/igr-nylar

I live in New England. When is the best time to use Drione Dust for carpenter bees?

The short answer is anytime. The reason is that open carpenter bee holes are highly likely to be harboring developing stages of carpenter bees and the only way to stop these stages is to make sure the nest is dusted. As our CARPENTER BEE ARTICLE explains, Drione will last a year or more when applied to a nest. This means once you dust, you’ll have protection in place so if eggs were to hatch late in the year or the following spring, you’ll be protected.

Furthermore, carpenter bee holes will be recycled from year to year so if you want to insure new bees don’t move into these holes, dusting them is by far the best overall protection you can employ.

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Be sure to use a good HAND DUSTER when making the application and after it sits for 1-2 days following the treatment, be sure to cap the hole with a 1/2″ CORK.

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Do you have any products for Noseeums that can be dispersed using a propane fogger?

Small hand held propane foggers require oil based mixtures and most “over the counter” formulations found at big box outlets are costly and weak. At the professional level, there are a couple of strong options that will perform well on flying insects like NOSEEUMS, MOSQUITOES, GNATS and more.

The first is INSECTICIDE 300. This formulation is ready to use and requires no mixing. It uses a .3% pyrethrin active which is quite strong. One gallon pumped through a thermal propane fogger can usually handle 1-2 acres.

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If you have a lot of treating to do, consider getting the highly concentrated CIRRUS. To use this concentrate, you’ll need to get DEODORIZED OIL as the base for the mixture.

Add 4.5 oz of Cirrus per gallon of Deodorized Oil and like Insecticide 300, expect to get 1-2 acres of coverage per gallon.

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You’ll need base oil carrier if you go with Cirrus.

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Over time, Cirrus will save you quite a bit cost wise. Compared to Insecticide 300, the finished cost per gallon is about half as much ($30.00 compared to $60.00).

Either of these formulations can be used in professional thermal foggers too like the SUPER HAWK II:

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Or the GOLDEN EAGLE:

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Or the truck mounted BLACK HAWK:

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Give us a call if you need more help. Our toll free is 1-800-877-7290 and we’re open 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Mon-Thur; 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Friday and 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday, Eastern Standard Time.

Jonathan
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I’ve been told we have a wasp moth infestation. We didn’t even know about them but last week we started seeing tons of moths on the house and windows. Its like they came from no where. And the local extension agent said they’re wasp moths and now we see their larvae have eating our Ficus and some other shrubs. What can we spray to get rid of them?

A close-up look of a tiger grass borer moth (wasp moth) on a leaf

A close-up look of a tiger grass borer moth (wasp moth) on a leaf

Wasp moths can feed on a range of plants and like the Edwards Moth, they love Ficus. Many times their larvae will go unnoticed but once they pupate and become adults, your yard will be full of pheromones which will attract more. This usually happens late summer and it will commonly lead to hundreds if not thousands of moths collecting on a homes siding, doors, windows and roof.

To get them off the home and plants, spray with BIFEN XTS. Add 1 oz to our HOSE END SPRAYER and fill it to the 5 gallon line. Hook it to your garden hose and then spray the entire contents over 5,000 sq/ft. If you have a larger area to treat, add 2 oz and fill it to the 10 gallon line.

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Now you could use a good PUMP SPRAYER to make the application mixing 1/2 oz per gallon of water.

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But the key when making the application is to use enough water which is why the hose end sprayer is usually the best option.

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Whichever sprayer you use, be sure to treat once a week until all the moths are gone. It will generally take 2-3 treatments to knock them out and next spring and summer, be sure to spray again at least twice to make sure they don’t come back.

 

I’m seeing monkey weevils all over my vines. I also see damage. What can I spray to kill them?

MONKEY WEEVIL

MONKEY WEEVIL

Monkey weevils are actually vine weevils and earned their nickname because they climb so well. Typically they’ll target grape or tomato vines but in general, most any plant can become a host to this damaging pest.

To control a local infestation, CYONARA RTS is easy to use and highly effective. Just hook it to your garden hose and spray any plant with activity. Cyonara is odorless and labeled for use on garden plants too so you can use it anywhere.

1 jug of Cyonara can cover up to 16,000 sq/ft and should be applied every 2 weeks until all weevil activity is gone. After that, treating every 2-3 months will insure they don’t come back.

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Now if you have a large lot of plants infested and they’re not fruit or vegetable yielding plants, BIFEN XTS would be a better option. Its super concentrated and will go a lot further coverage wise.

To use the Bifen, you’ll need 1 oz per 5,000 sq/ft so a quart jug can cover up to 4 acres. Like the Cyonara, you’ll want to treat once every two weeks until the weevils are gone and after that, every 2-3 months to make sure they don’t come back.

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Use a good HOSE END SPRAYER to apply the Bifen. Using our sprayer, you’ll need to add 1 oz of Bifen and then water so the sprayer is filled to the 5 gallon line. Next you’ll hook it to your hose and apply the entire amount over 5,000 sq/ft.

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Do you have any product that might help keep rattlesnake weeds under control?

RATTLESNAKE WEEDWe do. There are several species of weeds referred to as a rattlesnake weed; some acquired the nickname because they look like the rattle at the end of the tale. Others got the name because they can be used to create ointments used to help medicate rattlesnake bites.

Around the yard, this weed can be tenacious but we have a few herbicides that can knock it out.

The first is AMINE 2-4-D.  Mix .75 oz per gallon of water and spot treat as need. Amine is safe to use over most any turf grass and ideally suited for mulch areas. Keep in mind it will kill any broadleaf plant so keep it off flowers and most shrubs.

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I live in southern Oregon and have a real problem with hornet nests in old downed logs and stumps. Everyone calls them “meat bees”. If there is a critter carcass or just trying to eat a hamburger outside in the yard they come. Disturb one of the stumps or logs and you get a cloud of the angry little suckers with a target on you. I’ve tried many different ways to eliminate them to no prevail but the results were only temporary. Problem is they’re all over the place. Their very aggressive. I’ve been stung over a dozen times in one attack. Do you have any sure fire remedies excluding fire?

WASP FEEDING ON FISH

WASP FEEDING ON FISH

We know about meat bees and have helped many customers get rid of them for good. In most cases they’re actually wasps and more specifically, YELLOW JACKETS. But in fact there are many sub species which will target meat and they all tend to get very aggressive during the summer and fall. And though there are many types of “traps” available that can catch some, trapping doesn’t solve the problem. Basically their nest will keep replacing the ones you catch so you’ll continue to see them indefinitely. What we do know is that the only way to get rid of them for good is to treat their nests. Unfortunately they can fly for acres so its not possible to find and treat all the nests that might forage to your property. But there is another surefire way…

This other way is to use a bait. In fact we have a special concentrate that is composed of tiny microscopic capsules which contain an active chemical inside. These capsules are in a liquid form and this liquid is mostly used as a general spray around the home. You can’t tell its made of these capsules; they’re too small to see. What you do see is what appears to be just another liquid concentrate. And when its mixed with water and sprayed around the home, it will slowly release the active ingredient which in turn will kill unwanted pests that travel over treated areas.

This same chemical can be mixed with food and then the mixture can be used as bait to target meat bees. Basically if you place the bait out where they can find it, they’ll feed on the offering, bring it back to their nest, feed it to the other members of their colony including their young and then when the capsules enter their digestive system, they will break open, release the active ingredient and in turn, kill the entire nest. The process will usually take 4-6 days to run its course but its a sure fire method allowing you to get rid of all meat bee activity on your property without ever having to know where the nest is located.

To set up the bait, you’ll need ONSLAUGHT. This material comes in liquid form and you’ll need to mix 1/2 oz with 8 oz of bait. We have found our SALMON PASTE works well on meat bees but in some cases, they prefer a sweet food. So if you have bees targeting sweet food, our sugar based LOGANBERRY PASTE will do the job.

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Add 1/2 oz to 8 oz of our Salmon Paste for meat feeding bees or wasps.

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For sweet food feeding bees or wasps, get the Loganberry paste.

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To insure non-target animals like kids and pets don’t get the bait, use our tamperproof INSECT BAIT STATION. These can be mounted up high on a tree or the side of your home. You’ll need at least one station with the special “key” to open it. The front “door” will pull down and inside you will find two bait “trays” used to hold the mixture of sweet or protein based bait.

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If you want to set out more than one station, get extra “stations only”.

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In general, placements will be found and fed upon by one nest and within a week, that nest will be killed. But its common to have new nests in the region find the offering so be prepared to refill the station every 5-10 days as needed. In general, its best to watch the stations daily to monitor activity. When the activity decreases or stops, inspect the station to make sure there is still some bait left. If the trays are mostly empty, rinse them out and make a new bait placement.

Keep your stations filled with bait from spring to fall if you want to keep your property “meat bee free”. The process is easy and effective for sure :)

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I have millions of black ground beetles. What do I need to do to kill them? I have dogs so I am unsure what to use on my patio, flower beds and my lawn that will kill the beetles but not hurt my dogs!!

First and foremost, we don’t carry any products that will injure people, pets or the local environment. When used properly, pesticides will make your living areas safe. More info on just how safe our products are can be read online here:

Product Safety: http://www.bugspray.com/about-us/who_is_bugspray.html#safe_for_the_home

Second, ground beetles can be controlled using a combination of granules and liquid spray.

Apply 1.2 lbs of BIFEN GRANULES per 1,000 sq/ft of turf once a month.

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Next, spray over the top with BIFEN XTS at the rate of 1/2 oz per 1,000 sq/ft. This will yield fast results and in most cases, one treatment will solve the problem. But to make sure they don’t come back, treat every 2-3 months.

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Use a good HOSE END SPRAYER to make the application.

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More information on this pest can be found here:

Ground Beetles: http://bugspray.com/ground-beetle-control.html

Give us a call if you need more help. Our toll free is 1-800-877-7290 and we’re open 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Mon-Thur; 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Friday and 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday, Eastern Standard Time.

Cheers,
Jonathan
Customer Care
http://bugspray.com
1-800-877-7290

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Our house is 6 years new. We have an 8′ basement with 2 rows of 8″ block above ground. We live in an area where the water tables are extremely high as our sump pump runs continually and now we have some cracking this year on the slab and I can see dampness in the concrete in the cracks and around the perimeter where the slab meets the walls. Its not actual water; just damp concrete. Our basement recently flooded with about 1/4″ water when the sump switch broke. Took care of the problem, dried up the basement, its fairly empty. On one wall its damp and where the slab meets the wall there is a crevice. I just recently figured out we have had an influx of these snowfleas/springtails near this wall, they were all over a small rug and exercise equipment. Spiders have recently taken nest right along this crevice.

I have 2 questions for you. Can springtails come in and infest through this crack in the floor or are they most likely coming in someplace else? (Their large numbers were near this wall as opposed to any other place)

And is there a way to combat them with more natural methods as we are organic farmers and do not want pesticides?

First, if you read our SPRINGTAIL CONTROL article, you’ll learn springtails exist in most all soil around any structure and from there they will readily migrate into homes. So to answer your question about where they’re entering; they are most likely entering from any crack in the block foundation as well as from underneath the slab. Basically springtails are very much like termites in that they’ll find any gap and once they move into these gaps, they’ll use it for nesting. From there its just a matter of time before they appear in living spaces as they “fill these gaps” and need to find more spaces in which to live.

Second, like termites, springtail problems must be treated by putting in place a protective chemical barrier around the home. The goal of this barrier is to reduce the population of springtails using the area immediately adjacent to the home’s foundation. Once established, this “springtail free” zone will serve as a buffer zone and in doing so, prevent them from coming inside.

Lastly, we’re not aware of any kind of “natural” products that work for springtails other than ESSENTRIA IC and ESSENTRIA GRANULES. These products are made with food grade essential oils, approved for ORMI production plants and overall, pose no hazard to people, animals or the local environment. If used around the homes foundation and inside the basement, Essentria will control most any pest including springtails.

Essentria Granules:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/exempt/granule/eco-exempt-org-g-22-lb

Essentria IC3: http://www.bugspraycart.com/exempt/liquid/eco-excempt-gal

More information on this pest can be found here:

Springtails:  http://www.bugspray.com/article/springtail.html

Give us a call if you need more help. Our toll free is 1-800-877-7290 and we’re open 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Mon-Thur; 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Friday and 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday, Eastern Standard Time.

Cheers,
Jonathan
Customer Care
http://bugspray.com
1-800-877-7290

PS: Please show your support for our business by purchasing the items we recommend from the links provided. Remember, this is the only way we can stay around and be here to answer your questions and keep our web site up and running. Thanks for your business!

 

I’m having an issue with what’s called “Jesus Christ” lizards. They are constantly on the pool deck and leaving droppings on the lawn furniture. Any suggestions?

GREEN BASILISK LIZARD

The “Jesus Christ” lizard got its name from being able to “walk on water”. Its actually more of a “run” but they can move across the waters surface without sinking and can do so efficiently.

These are actually basilisk lizards and they can be found in several states. Commonly green or brown, they can be a nuisance. They’re known to be messy and in general fearless of people. Basilisks love hanging around Jacuzzi’s, pools or most any pond or lake.

Keep them away by sprinkling out PEST RID GRANULES and spraying with PEST RID SPRAY.

First apply the granules at the rate of 1 lb per 250 sq/ft to mulch, flower beds and turf or dirt around the pool. Be sure to use them at your property border to keep them from entering the yard.

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Next, spray over the top of the granule with the Pest Rid Spray. Use 1 quart per 125 sq/ft of area needing protection; gallons will cover up to 500 sq/ft.

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You can also spray decking, furniture legs to keep them off chairs and tables and basically anywhere above the ground where you want them to stay away. Renew the liquid once a month to make sure they don’t return.

More information on lizards can be found here:

Lizards: http://www.bugspray.com/article/reptiles.html

 

Give us a call if you need more help. Our toll free is 1-800-877-7290 and we’re open 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Mon-Thur; 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Friday and 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday, Eastern Standard Time.

Jonathan
Customer Care
http://bugspray.com
1-800-877-7290

PS:   Please show your support for our business by purchasing the items we recommend from the links provided. Remember, this is the only way we can stay around and be here to answer your questions and keep our web site up and running. Thanks for your business!

 

I had a bad problem with froghoppers last summer and I noticed they’re coming back this year. What can I use to get rid of them for good? Last year I sprayed with some milky spore but that didn’t seem to affect them.

FROGHOPPER ON GRASS

FROGHOPPER ON GRASS

I’m not surprised the milky spore didn’t help. If you review the label, you’ll learn its for japanese beetles and not froghoppers. The good news is we know this pest well and more importantly, they’re easy to control.

More commonly called spittlebugs, this pest can definitely cause damage to any lawn they infest. But they’re easy to kill and it usually takes just 2 treatments to knock them out.

For small yards of 5,000 sq/ft or less, spray CYONARA RTS over the entire yard. Retreat in 3-4 weeks and that should do the job. Cyonara is odorless and comes in a hose end type sprayer. One quart will cover just over 15,000 sq/ft so one jug will be enough to treat a small yard a few times.

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If you have a large yard, say 10,000 or more sq/ft, get BIFEN XTS. Its super concentrated and you only need 2 oz in 10 gallons of water to treat 10,000 sq/ft. Like the Cyonara, its fast working and if you treat in 3-4 weeks after the initial application, you should knock them out for good.

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Lastly, you will need a good HOSE END SPRAYER to apply the Bifen.

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Give us a call if you need more help. Our toll free is 1-800-877-7290 and we’re open 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Mon-Thur; 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Friday and 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Saturday, Eastern Standard Time.

Cheers,
Jonathan
Customer Care
http://bugspray.com
1-800-877-7290

PS: Please show your support for our business by purchasing the items we recommend from the links provided. Remember, this is the only way we can stay around and be here to answer your questions and keep our web site up and running. Thanks for your business!

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