Hi there – I’m writing on behalf of my parents. They started with bed bugs back in April 2017. They tried treating it on their own with no avail and around June started being bit by invisible bugs. They hired a pest control company to eradicate the bed bugs, which they did. However, they are still dealing with a mite or noseeum of some sort. They’ve had 2 opinions from pest control company’s and are being told dust mites but they don’t treat for that. They are at their wits end and need something to eradicate these mites. Can you provide some insight and advice for them? Thanks so much.
There is a wide range of bugs which can cause issues for some people. In some cases allergies are involved; in other cases certain people can get targeted by a local insect but not everyone can be affected. More important is the fact that not everyone “reacts” the same to any one insect. Things can get even more muddled when the cause is not visible or what we call”unknown”.
The good news is that if an insect is the root of the problem, then we know it must be either a crawling pest or a flying pest. Therefore, if you treat for both types, you’ll eliminate any potential for either species to be the cause.
This video explains the approach in great detail and the products discussed are presented below for ordering. The bottom line is you DO NOT have to “know” what the pest is to treat. All this is explained in our video:
So as explained in our video, the first product to use is our MULTIPURPOSE INSECT KILLER. It features a quick killing agent along with a second active that can last several weeks. But what makes this formulation unique is that you can use it on carpets, furniture AND as a space spray. This means it can treat for both crawling pests and flying pests.
For crawling pests, plan on using about 30 seconds of spray for every 100 sq/ft of carpet, furniture, etc. Multipurpose Insect Killer has a slight “cedar” odor to irritate local pests. This causes them to get active, move “through” the treated zone and in turn, die fast.
For space spraying, apply 3-8 seconds directed up high in a room measuring 10 feet wide by 10 feet deep by 10 feet high. Improvement of the problem will be immedate but as our video explains, you may need to treat several times a week to get control of the active pest. This will all depend on the life cycle of the pest, how fast their pupae re-emerge, etc.
For small problems isolated to 1 or 2 rooms, the Multipurpose Insect Killer will be efficient and fine for the job. But if the entire structure is having issues requiring a lot of product to be used, you’ll be better served using our AEROSOL MACHINES.
These small devices are powered by batteries and can be set on shelf or mounted on the wall. One machine will cover up to 600 sq/ft. By default, they will release a small amount of product (less than a second release) every 15 minutes.
These machines accept a small can of pyrethrin based aerosol that will control anything flying around, And because the treatment is constantly being renewed every 15 minutes, nothing will be able to use the air space being treated as long as the machines are kept running.
Each machine will need a can of CLEAR ZONE aerosol. When set to go off every 15 minutes, one can will last 30 days. Plan on getting enough to run your machines for two months.
Conversesly, if you suspect the pest is a crawling insect, something like a flea, dustmite or other carpet/furniture dwelling insect, the use of BITHOR will be more cost effective. Use 1 oz per gallon of water and plan on getting around 1000 sq/ft of coverage per 1 gallon of mixed product.
Bithor is odorless, can be spot sprayed on any fabric and won’t spook or chase insects around. They’ll readily move through the treatment unsuspecting anything is even there and as a result, will end up dying in a couple of days.
Bithor will kill quickly and can remain active for 2-4 weeks. But if you have a resurgence of pests within a week or less time, spray again until you break the current life cycle and get relief from returning pests.
In summary, if your problem is small and limited to 1-2 rooms, the Multipurpose Insect Killer should do the job for both crawling and flying pests.
But if you have a large area to treat, use the Aerosol Machines fitted with Clear Zone and Bithor applied to carpeting and other flooring.
Plan on treating as need for the first 1-2 months to ensure the problem is gone. Once clear, treat every 2-3 months to ensure nothing returns. It can sometimes take this long to break the life cycle of the problem pest and given the range and scope of what might be active, its never known what it might take given the different development times insects can take.
WHAT IF YOU KNOW THEY ARE FLYING PESTS?
If you know for sure these pests are flying, consider getting our SPARROW HAWK FLY TRAP. It will catch any biting annoying pest that flies including but not limited to noseeums, mosquitoes, gnats, fungus flies, thrips and more.
Using a replaceable glue pad to catch them, the black UV light bulb draws them inside where they get caught.
These can be set up in any room with activity and in general, can really help reduce active adults. First, they’ll help by removing all flying pests. Second, they’ll help by enabling you to identify the unknown entity. Run them around the clock or put them on a timer so they’re only at night. When run at night only, they’ll attract anything flying around and have the biggest impact.
We also offer this in a kit so you can save a little if you were getting some of the Multipurpose Spray and a trap.
The Aerosol Kit is the most efficient for sure.
If you get one of these traps and end up noticing that you are catching a lot of pests around a sink, drain, shower or tub, that would be a good sign the pests are thriving in the drain lines. For this activity, treating with LEMON AIR down the drain 1-2 a week would be smart.
Using just 2 oz of Lemon Air per gallon of water, you can effectively treat any drain with just 1/2 gallon of mixed solution down the drain just before you retire for the evening. This gives it a good while to sit without water running.