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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

 

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
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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
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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
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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
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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!

 

Do you have anything that is safe to spray on Tomatoes & Pepper plants that will take care of this pest (leaf Footed Stinkbugs)? I have tried everything organic and it doesn’t faze them. I do not have a very large garden so I will be using a pump sprayer to apply what ever will work.

If you review our LEAF FOOTED BUG control article, you’ll see we have two options.

LEAF FOOTED BUG

LEAF FOOTED BUG

The “organic” choice is the MULTIPURPOSE INSECT KILLER. This concentrate mixes with water at the rate of 6 oz per gallon of water and will both kill and repel all pests targeting your tomatoes. Its approved for “organic gardening” and has just 1 day to harvest. Use once a week when pests are active; once a month to make sure they don’t come back.

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The more traditional product is the VEGETABLES PLUS PERMETHRIN. Use 1 oz per gallon of water and expect longer lasting control compared to the MultiPurpose Concentrate.

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I may have straw itch mites in my Honda Civic and possibly since the beginning of May. I have carried pine straw bales in my car frequently for my tiny landscaping business. I’ve had the rash since the beginning of May and it continually spreads and worsens. What product is best for the car and how should it be applied?

There are two products to consider. BEDLAM PLUS is virtually odorless and contains an adulticide and an egg killing insect growth regulator which could prove most helpful. Commonly used for a wide range of pests including bed bugs, carpet beetle and dust mites, its easy to use and one can would be able to treat a car 10-20 times. Use it as needed by giving the carpets and upholstery a light misting until the problem goes away.

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The other option is the pyrethrin based MICRO-CARE. This product will only kill active stages and contains no egg killer so you’ll need to use it a lot more frequently. At least 3 times a week in the evening before letting the car sit overnight should do the job. And after 3-4 weeks, the problem should be resolved. One can would be enough to treat any car many times and should be more than enough for your problem.

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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
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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!

 

Curly tails have infested the neighborhood. Will the Pest Rid products be successful in only my yard? I live in South Florida and we have rainy season now. Our pest collection includes curly tails, opossums, squirrels and cats. None of which are preying on anoles or curly tails.

CURLY TAIL LIZARD IN MULCH

CURLY TAIL LIZARD IN MULCH

The PEST RID GRANULES and PEST RID SPRAY is definitely a good option.

First, sprinkle the granules out over the areas where you see them foraging and/or nesting. Use 1 lb for every 250 sq/ft.

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Next, spray over the top with PEST RID SPRAY. Use 1 quart for every 125 sq/ft. You can also spray vertical surfaces where you can’t apply the granules such as the homes siding, deck railing, gutters, shutters, etc. where curly tails like to hide and nest.

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Treatments will last at least 30 days so expect to renew them once a month for the first 2-3 months. After that, you can go longer in between treating and still keep them away.

More information on this pest can be found here:

Curly Tails: http://bugspray.com/curly-tail-lizard-control.html

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Hi- I have been reading through all the great information you have on repelling wasps (and hopefully mosquitos). We have a small wood porch off the back of our house where we see most of the activity. I am a little unsure which method is best for this situation – the dust or the Cypermethrin spray? My understanding is the dust works for a longer period of time so is there some advantage to using the spray as well or is it really just 2 ways of doing the same thing? Thanks!

In fact the two products are quite different but in general, they will work together well as a team and this is especially true for wasps. The difference between the two is where they work. DRIONE DUST is applied to cracks, crevices and voids using a good HAND DUSTER. In these locations where the dust is well protected, treatments can last 6-12 months making it a great asset in any war against pests like wasps.

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Use this duster to apply it:

CENTROBULB DUSTER WITH 12" EXTENSTION

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CYPERMETHRIN is for exposed surfaces like the homes siding, underneath overhangs and gutters and basically for areas where surface nesting wasps like to exploit. Use 1 oz per gallon per 500 sq/ft of surface area. Treatments will last 30 days and during this time the treatment should repel all pests that would normally try to land on these areas.

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Use a good PUMP SPRAYER to apply it. Our sprayer will reach up 15-20 feet when the nozzle is set to a pin stream.

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If you have to reach up more than 20 feet, get a HOSE END SPRAYER.

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Now which product will help your problem the most is more dependent on which wasps you have active. Species like the common RED WASP or YELLOW JACKET will look to nest in cracks and crevices. You’ll see them active in these spots spring, summer and fall and once good nest areas are identified, they’ll be “marked” with scent making them easy to find every new year. Treat these areas with the Drione once a year and you won’t have to worry about any wasps finding them again.

Other species of wasp like Paper Wasps or BALD FACED HORNETS will build nests on the homes exterior. MUD DAUBERS do the same. For these wasps, the Cypermethrin will be better suited.

In summary, since homes can be targeted by so many different species of wasps, using a combination of both Drione and Cypermethrin will usually prove to be the best overall treatment program.

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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