Category: Pesticides

Fleas and Flea Treatments

A flea infestation can be a real occasion of misery for your household. Besides causing serious irritation to your pets, they can spread into carpet and other upholstered areas and may begin feeding on the resident humans for their blood feasts. Historically, fleas have also been transmitters of major diseases, most notably the Black Plague in the late Middle Ages. This article will explore the biology of the flea and provide recommendations for flea treatments for your home, yard and pets. Understanding Flea Biology The most common species of flea in the United States is the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis. However, the United States is home to many types of flea, over 325 species, as a matter of fact. Adult fleas typically are about 1/8 inch long, oval, and reddish-brown. They are wingless, and their bodies are very thin, so thin that they can move freely through fur or feathers of…

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Chemicals and Pesticides

These days many people are much more conscious of the potential hazards of synthetic chemicals. There is a general trend towards things organic and natural; if there is a way to do something naturally without the use of artificial chemicals, people prefer to. We often get calls from people asking if there is way to do “organic pest control”, or sometimes they say “pest control without chemicals” or ask if we use pest control chemicals and pesticides that are all natural. This is an interesting and timely question, but in order to get things straight we need to clarify our terms. First, let’s look a chemicals. Chemicals occur everywhere in the world. They are substances made up of chemical elements; compound chemicals are made of two or more chemical elements. Most chemicals occur in nature – water, for example, is a chemical, as is carbon. Our whole universe is composed…

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Foggers Ineffective, Study Says

We frequently get calls from people with severe insect infestations. A serious problem with cockroaches, bed bugs or carpenter ants can be very alarming; people with such infestations typically are willing to try anything in order to get rid of the problem. Often times they resort to over the counter “bug bombs” or “foggers” that are inexpensive and promise big results. But there has always been a lot of controversy around these bug bombs and foggers – are bug bombs and foggers effective? In our experience, they are not, and we have always told customers so. Not because we just want them to hire our services instead of taking charge themselves, but because these products simply do not deliver – and when dealing with a serious infestation, we don’t want our customers to get jerked around with empty promises and half-measures. We want to make sure their problem is solved…

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