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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 would like to thank the staff at bugspray.com for their assistance. I know I called a few times but each time they were very professional and spent all the time needed to answer my questions & make suggestions. Thanks bugspray.com!!

We’d like to thank you for your very honest & professional advice on all things related to the invasion of Chinese Stink Bugs that’s been plaguing the East Coast & other states for several years (29 states, at last count). The “pest control” companies here have absolutely NO idea how to control these particular bugs & won’t guarantee their eradication: but U-Spray knows exactly what to do! Thanks to you we’ve been able to keep ahead of this severe problem. We’ve recommended U-Spray to everyone we know.

Your website is so awesome! It explains how to do the job correctly and most important, safely. The general public, like me, have no clue about the right way to use and store these chemicals. I tell everyone to go to your site for information on any household pest there is, as well as how nice and supportive you guys are with questions. Just want you to know how appreciated you are! God blesses those who bless His people and your company is just that, a blessing to all! I know you and yours be mightily blessed:)

Many Thanks,

Cindy

 

Hi, I want to spray bifen xts and spreader sticker up into 30 ft tall trees for cicadas. Was looking at the gilmore #390 hose end model but read elsewhere that it does not spray upwards that well. Could you comment on that and /or recommend something else that will work for such conditions? Thanks.

The BIFEN XTS and SPREADER STICKER combo is exactly what you need for CICADA CONTROL. And having sold thousands of the GILMOUR 6 GALLON HOSE END sprayer, I’m sure it can do the job as long as you have enough water pressure. Let me explain..

Basically the way hose end sprayers are powered is based on the water pressure coming out of your water hose. Now at my home, I have tremendous pressure. In fact, I can reach up 35 feet. So for my needs, hose end sprayers work well. And I’ve tested all the models we carry and for the most part, they all pump equally as high (which makes sense if its the water pressure that powers them).

So when you read or hear about anyone not getting a good performance from a hose end sprayer, its invariably related to poor water pressure and not the sprayer itself. And with that being said, the question has to be asked: do you have strong water pressure at your home?

To find out, test it. Basically you only have to drag your water hose to any of the trees you want to treat and then using most any basic spray gun nozzle, see how high you can reach with nothing but water. If you can reach 30 feet or more, you should be fine using the 6 Gallon Hose End.

But if you find the water pressure isn’t quite strong enough for your needs, consider getting our TROMBONE SPRAYER. This device can reach up 30 feet and is commonly used for tree spraying. Basically the sprayer siphons out a mixed spray and is powered by you “sliding” the sprayer back and forth like a trombone. The online video we’ve posted on our Trombone sprayer page details how to use and is worth watching if you need to go this route.

Give us a call if you have more questions or need further help. Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Bifen XTS: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/bifen-xts-concentrate.html

Spreader Sticker: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/additive/spreader-sticker

6 Gallon Hose End Sprayer: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/sprayers/gilmour-6g-385

Trombone:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/sprayers/trombone-sprayer

Cicada Control:  http://www.bugspray.com/article/cicada.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
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http://bugspray.com

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It is now late summer and mimosas cover our small backyard.  There are hundreds of these worms hanging from single silk-like threads from high up in the trees all the way to the ground.  How do we get rid of them??

Apply BIFEN XTS using a 20 GALLON HOSE END SPRAYER. This active will kill them on contact and it does a great job of penetrating their tents. One thorough treatment can have a huge impact and in theory, could eliminate most if not all of the problem as long as you’re able to reach every bit of each infested tree. But if you can’t reach high enough with the sprayer, expect to do 1-2 more treatments to get them all. This will happen as more “drop down”.

Bifen XTS: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/bifen-xts-concentrate.html

Hose End: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/sprayers/gilmour-20g-390

Now if you have a good treatment in place the ones that drop down should die within a few days but if need be, retreat weekly until you don’t see any activity.

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.

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We just moved into a brand new house (new construction). We have a lot of beetles in our house. I searched online and I think it is Cucujoidea (Silvanidae: Ahasverus). Do you have any traps for these? Thanks.

Our XLURE BEETLE TRAP will work. We’ve had great success using it for many beetles in this family including merchant, foreign and saw tooth.

Xlure Trap: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/pheromone-and-food/xlure-beetle-trap

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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The front entry to our house is brick. Bats love to hang out where the wall meets the roof of the front porch area. Would the bat spray work on brick? They do not get in the house, they just poop all over the cement.

PEST RID REPELLENT can be applied directly to these areas and should repel them immediately. Simply spray all surfaces where they’re landing and remember that quarts can cover up to 125 feet. So to use this effectively, you’ll want to cover the entire area under the porch. And you’ll want to renew the application every 2 weeks until they’re gone. Now once they’re gone, treat every 1-2 months to insure they don’t come back. Pest rid is all natural and it can’t hurt people or animals but it will repel nuisance animals like bats.

Pest Rid Spray: http://www.bugspraycart.com/exempt/liquid/pest-rid-exempt-liquid-repellent

Something else we know works well on bats is our ULTRA SOUND REPELLERS. These devices send out ultra sound which bats don’t like. You’ll need to set one up under the porch pointing up where the bats are landing.

You’ll also need to keep the unit running in ” continuously on” mode so don’t rely on powering it by batteries; for bats you need it to be powered by using the included AC power converter.

Yard Guard: http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/sound/usd-acbatt-yard-gard-49

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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Does Ropel work to stop porcupines? And will Ropel damage Trex decking?

ROPEL can be used on most any surface. Especially outside. So its fine for use on trex decking; it won’t stain or mare the finish.

So to get desired results, you’ll need to spray heavy, pretty much to the point of runoff, and you’ll need to apply some at least once a month. Coverage will be 500 sq/ft of surface area per gallon of Ropel.

You should also install YARD GARD ULTRA SOUND DEVICES pointed at the areas you want to protect. Since porcupines are mostly nocturnal, you’ll want these devices running all night long and in “continuous” mode. In other words, don’t rely on having them run on batteries only. It won’t work. You’ll need the full, continuous sound waves to repel porcupines. Fortunately these units are inexpensive to operate and have an “always on” switch so you merely have to plug them in and turn them on. They don’t even have to be permanently mounted.

Now how long should you keep them running? Certainly 2-4 weeks to insure the porcupines leave and stay away. And after you decide they’re gone for the time being, you can take them in but be ready to install them again should new animals come around.

Ropel Liquid:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/liquid/ropel-liquid

Yard Guard: http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/sound/usd-acbatt-yard-gard-49

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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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!



We live in hot, humid Florida and have a real problem with what I assume are moth larvae on vinyl siding. It is brown, long like spots and it is taking over. We have in the past used bleach and a brush to remove. However, we are building a new house and already have these spots covering this house also. Would any of your products work for deterring this larvae? I actually don’t see many moths just the larvae. Thank you!

We have many products you can use to stop this problem. First, understand that cleaning them off won’t stop new ones from coming around and continuing to use your home. This is true because once your home is “marked” with their scent, others will  know its a good location and in turn, be drawn to it.

More importantly, the process they use to build their nests will many times include strong acids and other chemicals that can react with vinyl. This reaction will many times cause permanent discoloration and in some cases, damage. My point is you don’t want them nesting on the home.

Furthermore, using strong compounds like bleach can be just as bad. In fact bleach will many times cause vinyl to fad or turn “brittle” and in the long run, is not the best way to handle resolving the issue.

Fortunately all these complications can be avoided by using one of two products we carry.

The first is an organic option. Known as NBS, this active won’t kill anything. Made with essential plant oils, this product is commonly mixed with stain or paint and then applied to homes to help repel insects for 6-12 months. It can also be sprayed onto these same surfaces using any standard PUMP SPRAYER so you can use without having to paint as well.

Now if you want something stronger, CYPERMETHRIN would be the way to go. It will both kill insects as well as repel new ones from coming around so its quite powerful. And treatments will last 30+ days so you can apply it every 1-2 months to keep all insects off the home and under control.

Expect to use at least 1-2 gallons of mixed material when treating on a regular basis.

NBS Repellent:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/exempt/additive/nbs-paint-additive-16-oz

Cypermethrin: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/viper-cypermethrin

Pump Sprayer: http://www.bugspraycart.com/good/pump-sprayers

Two other points I’d like to make.

First, you mentioned you’re building a new home? Well, if you plan on using paint or stain on your new home, I suggest you get the NBS and use it as a paint or stain additive. This way the new structure will be well protected from this problem right away.

Second, have you inspected the yard and surrounding landscape for moths and/or larvae? Chances are high there are some active in the plants around the home and ultimately, getting control of any problem of any such problem in the yard will help cut down on the amount you see on your home.

This can be done with another product we carry called CYONARA RTS. This product is easy to use; basically you just hook it to your garden hose and spray it over the landscaping including plants, trees and turf.

Treatments will last 30-45 days and this material will handle most any pest found in the yard. Plus its odorless and safe enough for use in gardens so its a great way to control any yard pests that might be leading to the problem you’re having on the home.

Cyonara RTS:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/cyonara-32-oz-rts

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 notice your information on Digger Wasps refers to nests in the ground but these seem to have chosen to nest in the foundation cracks and the crawl space of our building. What do you suggest we do to get rid of them?

I would use DRIONE DUST. Its fast acting and because of its “smokey” like character when applied, sure to get into any air space they may be using. Simply puff 4-5 squirts of Drione per hole or crack they’re using and any hidden nest will be dead immediately.

Drione:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/dust/drione-dust

Hand Duster: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/dusters/crusader

To see how well this dust works, view the recent video we posted using it on a yellow jacket nest in the ground.

http://bugspray.com/how-to-treat-yellow-jacket-nest-ground.html

For more info on Digger Wasps and general Wasps, refer to our other articles posted here:

Digger Wasps:  http://www.bugspray.com/articles99/diggerwasps.html

Wasp Control:  http://bugspray.com/article/wasp.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
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http://bugspray.com

1-800-877-7290

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I have a small waterfall, pond in the back yard. I have gold fish and a red ear slider turtles in the pond. I need to know what to spray the black widow spider that lives in the waterfall and other bugs that are eating my plants.

The best option for use around water like streams, ponds and lakes is ESSENTRIA IC. This concentrate is made with all natural food grade actives and will not pose a hazard to people, wildlife or aquatic life in the pond. In fact its one of the only products that can be used in these areas safely.

Mix 8 oz per gallon of water and apply it with any standard PUMP SPRAYER. It will definitely handle the black widow spider as as well as any insect targeting your plants.

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

Pump Sprayer: http://www.bugspraycart.com/good/pump-sprayers

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.

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Hi – We have about 30-60 bats (counted 30 exiting one night) in our chimney. They are entering under the flashing at the top of the chimney, which is attached to our two story house. Read through your information on bats and bought one of your outdoor ultrasound devices. Would you have any suggestions on a game plan? While I checked the outside of the house and don’t see any other entry points, I am considering buying a total of four devices and putting one on each side of the house. Bats are leaving the chimney around 9:00 pm, so I’m considering turning it on around 10:00 pm. The site noted that all bats don’t leave at the same time. Would you have a projection on the number of days that it would take until they are all gone? Perhaps four or five days? Once we’ve had the device on for seven days, would it be a good time to clean out the guano from the chimney or would you recommend waiting? It looks like the bats are nesting inside the brick and outside the chimney, not actually inside the chimney. Any other chemicals or devices that might come in useful? Thanks!

Here’s what you need to do.

First, drape some NETTING over the entire chimney cap so it droops down over the chimney and falls below the area you see them using. You’ll want to wrap the bottom of it snug to the chimney but loose enough so any bats inside will be able to come out and escape. But it needs to be tight enough so that when they return, they won’t be able to get back in.

And you should install the netting after they leave for the evening. Now true, there might be a few bats still inside. But after a few days they’ll figure out they need to leave too and if you install the netting properly, they’ll be able to exit safely.

Now obviously you don’t want to keep the netting up all the time. But assuming you’re not using the chimney now, it should be okay to proceed to fix the issue.

Next, get as much of the guano removed and then apply NNZ to any surfaces where the droppings were accumulating. You can apply it as a liquid or a foam using our FOAMING TOOL. Just be sure to get all surfaces treated where any droppings were resting or touching. NNZ works great at neutralizing odors like bat guano and this will be important for long term control of the problem.

Next, once you know the bats are gone and the odor issue is resolved, seal the gaps they were using with COPPER WOOL. This product will last forever and is easy to use.

Lastly, deploying several YARD GARDS pointing up at the chimney and as much of the surrounding area as possible. Remember, bats use “scent” to locate good roost sites and at this point your home has been marked as a good location to live. So your goal now is to first expel the roosting bats and then second, to remove as much of their scent using the NNZ so other bats in the neighborhood won’t find your home as easily.

Now once the NNZ has been used, the Yard Gards can be installed so they are covering as much of the roof line perimeter as possible. In other words, don’t think about protecting just the chimney. Its important that you try to blanket as much of the homes roof line with sound since there is a good chance bats will simply find another gap on the home where they can roost now that they know about the location.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Netting:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/netting/net-7-x-20-x-34-reg

NNz:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/sanitizer/liquid/nnz-64-oz

Foaming Tool:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foamers/solo-2-gal-foamer

Copper Stuff It:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/netting/copper-stuff-it-50-ft

Yard Guard: http://www.bugspraycart.com/repellents/sound/usd-acbatt-yard-gard-49

Bats: http://www.bugspray.com/articles98/bats.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!



We get a lot of inquiries asking what the best way is to treat a yellow jacket nest thats in the ground. The most common way is to drench the nest using a mixture of CYPERMETHRIN and SPREADER STICKER as explained in our Yellow Jacket article here:

Yellow Jacket Liquid Spray: http://bugspray.com/article/yellowjackets.html#best-yellow-jacket-ground-nest-spray

Spreader Sticker: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/additive/spreader-sticker

But when using the liquid treatment, you must be sure to use enough chemical. Furthermore, you must get every gallery and chamber.

You see, by design yellow jackets will build their nests to stave off floods. This means if the nest is completely built when you treat, there is a chance the drenching won’t reach every void when applied. And if you miss vital sections of the nest, the survivors will be able to rebound and survive.

To avoid this scenario, go with DRIONE DUST. Its actually easier to do, faster acting and because of the “smokey” like way Drione floats around, it will reach every chamber they’ve constructed. This insures a complete and thorough kill.

Drione:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/dust/drione-dust

Hand Duster: http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/dusters/crusader

The following video demonstrates how effective dusting can be. Basically after just a 10 second treatment of Drione, this nest was completely shut down.


I live in Hawaii and have a small fish pond. It attracts Bufo toads like crazy and they lay eggs in it. Will your toad control products help and not harm the fish in the pond?

The products listed in our TOAD CONTROL article have been used successfully for Bufo toads here in the southeast for many years. And they can be used safely in yards which have pets and/or ponds with fish.

The most common approach being used by our customers is to apply PEST RID GRANULES throughout the yard focusing on any path way the toads might be using to enter the property. Next, spraying the same areas with PEST RID SPRAY on top of the granules will keep them out of the yard for several weeks following the treatment.

Now how many weeks will the applications last? Typically 3-4 weeks so renew them once a month to insure the toads don’t return. Pest Rid is ideal for yards with sensitive areas like ponds, streams or rivers because it uses nothing but food grade actives and won’t pose a hazard to people, pets or aquatic life in case of run off.

Pest Rid Granules: http://www.bugspraycart.com/exempt/granule/pest-rid-exempt-granules-2-pound

Pest Rid Spray: http://www.bugspraycart.com/exempt/liquid/pest-rid-exempt-liquid-repellent

Our complete Toad control article can be seen here:

Toads:  http://www.bugspray.com/article/toad.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
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Every time I lift a rug off our carpet or move a piece of furniture I spot a few maggots crawling around in our carpet. This is the only time I see them but it does happen every time I move something. I am tempted to get the AEROSOL SPRAYER for flying bugs (which we do have with some frequency) and spray the carpet to treat for the little buggers; however I have two kittens and don’t want to harm them by applying something. Are these things safe for small kittens? Thanks!

The AEROSOL MACHINE and some METERED INSECTICIDE would be a fine way to treat this problem. And it would be perfectly safe for use in rooms where people and pets are active. All the refill options use pyrethrin for an active ingredient which doesn’t provide residual or a hazard to mammals which is why these products can be used in food processing plants, restaurants, etc. But this same active works well on flying pests and any type of maggot so setting up a single machine in any room with activity should do the job fine.

Alternatively you can get some BEDLAM PLUS and treat the carpet manually. This option will provide a “residual” that will stop maggots and other pests like carpet beetles and fleas. Treatments will last 2-3 months so this would be an alternate option to consider if you also have to deal with fleas.

Of course, this won’t get gnats, mosquitoes, fruit flies or any other flying pest like the aerosol machine but since your immediate problem is in the carpeting only, I felt I should at least mention this option.

Aerosol 1000:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/foggers/aerosol-dispenser-1000

Metered Air: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/purge-iii-6-25-oz

Bedlam Plus: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/bedlam-plus-17-oz.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 live in Colorado where we have populations of the pack rat, aka wood rat.  Do you have any experience with these intelligent critters?  Pecan paste or loganberry……either one better than the other?  Any other ideas for baits? Thanks..

Wood rats (aka: roof rats) tend to target grain, seeds and nuts over produce. But they can target fresh garden vegetables or fruit too so either PECAN PASTE or LOGANBERRY PASTE will usually work well. The real key to catching these guys is to either mimic what they’re currently eating or to establish a new feeding “station”.

So in my experience, if there is an abundant supply of acorns, pecans or some other nut, using MIXED SEED and Pecan Paste will generally work well in one of the LIVE TRAPS listed in our RAT CONTROL article. The key for live trapping to make the set where the rats naturally feed.

Now if you’re not sure where this location might be, you can create one. Simply set out some mixed seed where you see activity (droppings, etc.). And once you see some of the seed is taken, replenish it. Do this 2-3 times to insure they’re “comfortable” feeding in this area.

Next, set out a live trap with the door wired “open”. Place some seed just outside the entry way and see if they take it. If they do, replenish you offering by placing some just inside the trap. When that’s taken, place a good 6-8 oz of seed, along with 1/2 teaspoonful of Pecan Paste, behind the trip pan (smear some Pecan Paste on the trip pan too). This will surely capture your target animal and if you set up 2-3 of these traps throughout the home, you should be able to quickly trap out the local population.

Now if by chance they are currently feeding upon some kind of local plant, fruit or vegetable, use this in place of the nut/seed mix and go with the LOGANBERRY PASTE over the Pecan.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Pecan Paste: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/lure/pecan-paste

Loganberry Lure:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/lure/loganberry-paste

Mixed Seed: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/lure/mixed-seed

Live Trap: http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/cage/live-trap-5-x-5-x-18

Rat Control: http://bugspray.com/article/rats.html

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Jonathan
Customer Care

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1-800-877-7290

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I have a old and very large Maple tree that the Box Elders’ have found a permanent home. I’ve tried spraying repeatedly as well as hiring a pest control company with a boom to reach up high in the tree but all of these methods have not obtained much relief. Is there a way to treat the tree systemically to control them?

Boxelder bugs actually spend a lot of time on the ground in low lying vegetation so remember to treat everything around the tree using the DELTAGARD GRANULES and CYPERMETHRIN. These products should be applied from April through October and will really help control local populations which in turn will help reduce the numbers you see on the tree. My  point is don’t just focus on the tree; its usually the surrounding areas that need treatments and if you handle them properly, the tree will be the beneficiary.

And remember to check to see if you have any boxelder bugs foraging on your building. This commonly happens and if they are using it for shelter, you will need to spray it with the Cypermethrin too.

Remember, boxelder bugs overwinter so its highly likely they’re living somewhere around the home or on the home and if you find these winter locations and get them treated, you’ll do a lot of good at future boxelder bug prevention so your Maple tree won’t become their home during the summer.

As for systemically treating your Maple tree; you can try using DOMINION 2L. This product only needs to be applied once a year and if the boxelder bugs are eating any of the Maple’s leaves or seeds, they will succumb to the treatment and die.

In general, boxelders are more seed eaters and for this reason, only forage onto female trees when seeds are present. That means this typically only happens during a short time of the year.

For this reason systemics are not labeled for boxelder bugs because it can be hard for some people to tell if the tree is being used for shelter or food. And if they are only using your Maple for shelter, systemically treating it won’t help.

But in cases where they’re eating seeds or foliage, systemics can help.

Something else to consider is that the use of traditional pesticides as a spray on large trees will many times not work. This happens when you can’t reach all limbs and foliage (like it sounds is happening on your Maple). So what will happen is that the boxelders will know to avoid the treated areas and in the end, survive by staying above the treatment line (basically staying in the top section).

So with that being said, I suggest you stop having the tree sprayed with whatever you’ve been using and instead change to the Dominion. This active is quite unique because insects will not detect its presence. This means they will readily walk over the treatment over and over because they won’t detect it.

But after walking over treated areas repeatedly, they will eventually get sick and die. This process will take several days but during this time, the active will be spread to most if not all of the boxelder bugs so the impact can be big and significant.

And if you renew the application of Dominion over the summer by treating the tree once a month as a topical spray, you’ll keep killing them without them ever realizing the Dominion is present as both a surface spray and possibly as a systemic.

In the end, this approach will prove highly successful compared to whatever active you’ve been using.

And to help you reach up 30 feet or more, get one of our TROMBONE SPRAYERS. They are easy to use and well worth the investment so you can treat the tree throughout the year yourself.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

DeltaGard: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/granule/delta-guard-20-lb

Cypermethrin: http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/viper-cypermethrin

Dominion 2L:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/liquid/dominion-2l-termiticide-insecticide

Trombone:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/equipment/sprayers/trombone-sprayer

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

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