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Tips & Tricks for Using Fly Control Products Effectively

SilenTrap_vs_Zapper_by-Catchmaster -croppedThe hot summer weather often brings out the flies! Once you have a few flies indoors they can drive you absolutely crazy. Knowing that flies can breed quickly and that the average house fly lives two to three weeks, we are certain you want this problem solved as quickly as possible.

Indoor fly problems can be frustrating. What can be more frustrating is purchasing products to control the situation and not catching flies! Just as is the case with controlling any pest around the house knowing a little bit about the biology of the pest at hand can make all of the difference between solving your pest problem and simply being frustrated by the process. The following points are very important to know when using fly products and can assist you in catching much more of these annoying pests:

  • Flies will gather around places that they feed or breed. Unfortunately that room in a house is usually the kitchen, the room where you least want to see flies. It is also not a place to put a fly swatter to use nor is it a place that you should be spraying toxic chemicals. Green products for fly control are a must in food handling areas and fly glue traps are an excellent choice.
  • Flies like sunshine and light in general. When using fly glue traps or paper you will want to hang the paper in a sunny part of the room either near a window or door.
  • Flies also prefer higher parts of a room where the temperature is warmer. So hang your fly traps up high where flies are naturally drawn.
  • Depending on the environment, you may want something discreet. For those circumstances where hanging fly traps just won’t do, consider the Catchmaster SilenTrap Flying Insect Trap. This trap blends in easily to any indoor room, attracts flies with light, silently traps flying insects with glue, and eliminates the zapping sound and hygienic concerns that electrocuting traps make.
  • Never use baited or scented traps near an outdoor party. While they will kill flies they will also be attracting more flies to the area!
  • Fly Glue Traps are bright yellow to attract flies to them. Be extra careful when placing them. Hanging near a door that is often open and closed may actually draw more flies into your home.

We hope these tips and tricks to fly control keep your home pest free this summer and beyond. For more information about flies visit our blog on House Fly Control Tips.

 

House Fly Control Tips

HousFlies - CatchMeIfYouCanREVe flies are probably one of the most common pests that you encounter in your home. Perhaps you think of them as just a nuisance, grab your fly swatter and attempt to eliminate them. But having flies buzzing around your home, circling around your kitchen, gives the impression of unsanitary conditions. Not to mention that flies are just downright annoying to have around.

And, while house flies may look innocent as they buzz about around your home, beware! Those same flies that are landing on your kitchen counter where you prepare your food, or even on your dinner plate, most likely have landed in some sort of filth, fecal matter or garbage just moments before. Flies defecate constantly and even regurgitate their stomach contents to help break down and ingest food. These habits can spread diseases like salmonella, tuberculosis and more to you and your family.

When it comes to house flies, your best bet is to prevent them entering your home. Consider these House fly control tips:

  • Keep a clean home. Clean up quickly after eating and do not leave food scraps out or crumbs on the floor. Wipe down kitchen counters and food preparation areas immediately after eating or preparing food.
  • When eating outdoors always use fly-proof containers to protect food, utensils and plates. Prevent flies from landing on your food and related items to reduce the chance of contracting a disease from flies.
  • Eliminate entryways into your home. Seal cracks and crevices, fix or replace broken screens or doors and ensure that doors are closed tightly when people enter and exit the home.
  • Keep trash areas neat and tidy: tie garbage tightly when disposing of them and ensure lids fit securely to garbage cans. If possible, schedule a twice per week garbage pick-up. Regularly clean out the residue at the bottom of trash cans to eliminate fly breeding.
  • Clean up after your pet promptly both inside and out. Feces will attract flies to the area.

Once inside the home, House flies can reproduce rapidly and you will want to take measures to control them. Even if you are quick with the fly swatter, it certainly is not the most hygienic method of fly control, particularly in the kitchen and food prep areas where flies are most likely to congregate. There are a number of green and effective house fly control products to assist you in catching flies in and around your home. With careful consideration for the products you choose and strategic placement you could easily eliminate the bothersome flies that get into your home. After you control current indoor house fly populations put to use the tips above to prevent future infestations.

If you find yourself struggling with high populations of house flies inside of the home you may want to consider working with a pest management professional to determine the cause.

The Secret to Getting Rid of Stink Bugs Inside of Your Home

SilentTrap-StinkBugsStink bugs are an invasive pest species that were first discovered in the United States around 1996 in Allentown, PA. They are believed to have come from a shipment from Asia and have now spread throughout all 50 U.S. states. They get their name because they do actually stink if they are crushed and it really does just “stink” to have them around in your house, and we don’t mean in a smelly kind of a way, they are just the pits to have around. The good news is that stink bugs are nothing more than a nuisance pest, there is no evidence that they harm us in any way. However, for some homeowners, they can become a rather large nuisance if large populations of the pest accumulate inside of the house and are dropping from the ceiling or buzzing around light fixtures.

The biggest problem homeowners face when it comes to stink bugs is that once they are inside they can be difficult to control. If you hire a pest professional to service your house for stink bugs you may be told that you must get on an annual program that treats the perimeter of your home killing stink bugs as they exit your home in the spring and then again as they attempt to re-enter in the fall. This annual program that usually consists of three or four outdoor treatments will help to reduce populations of stink bugs indoors the following spring. The treatment schedule is certainly effective, however, not every homeowner has great patience when stink bugs seem to be popping up out of thin air and falling into their cereal bowl. In the meanwhile a vacuum cleaner and tissues to grab the stray ones will be your best friends.

If you are dealing with a good amount of stink bugs in your home and prefer to not have to constantly vacuum them up or grab with a tissue and flush then your best bet is a light trap to capture them. When selecting a light trap for indoor use ensure it does not make that familiar zapping noise every time a pest is caught, is decorative enough to use inside of your home and includes a light that will attract stink bugs and other indoor flying pests. The SilenTrap™ by Catchmaster® is an extremely useful tool that can easily be placed on a tabletop or even hung. It will attract and capture stink bugs and can easily be moved from one room to another or put away when you stop seeing the insects. To learn more about the SilenTrap™ by Catchmaster® and its many versatile uses, visit us online.

The Secret to Why Pests Love Your Home

HouseLove-BlogMuch of the country experienced a very wet winter and spring. We are hearing from the pros that all of this moisture is already resulting in a tough pest season. Rodents moved indoors to escape the harsh winter weather while ants, carpenter ants, termites and beetles are making pest control company’s phones ring early this year. But wait, what do the wet weather patterns have to do with pests in my home? Let’s take a closer look.

Pests need three things to survive: food, water and shelter. You probably already realize that cleaning up crumbs and spills and keeping food products sealed is essential to a pest-free home. And, your home naturally provides shelter. But, water and moisture are often overlooked attractants for pests into your home. If you think about it those areas of your home that have water sources are probably the same rooms where you see the most pests: a damp basement, kitchens and bathrooms are often the areas that pests are most often seen.

Water or moisture is often the reason that pests are attracted to a home. Some of the following common household problems are often overlooked water or moisture sources and can attract pests into the home and help them to flourish:

  • leaky pipes
  • damp basement
  • poorly draining gutters
  • ground slope around the exterior of the home
  • drip plates for household plants or air conditioners
  • poor ventilation

Now that you understand the important role that water and moisture play in attracting pests to your home you can do your  best to monitor water problems and address them quickly. If you have an area of the home that is always damp and pests are plentiful, installing a quality dehumidifier will help to reduce moisture and therefore, reduce pest problems as well.

The best way for homeowners to identify indoor pest problems and eliminate them quickly is to uncover a problem early. Monitoring your home for an infestation is the key. Our pest products online offer the homeowner a wide array of ways in which you can discreetly monitor your home for pest activity. Glue boards are a simple, green and economical way to uncover pest problems early and correct them. Monitor like the pest professionals do with a reliable line of glue products. Visit us online to learn more about how to monitor your home for pests.

Five Pest Prevention Secrets Every Homeowner Should Know

Vacuum Blog GraphicEvery home has some pests in it. If you experience ants in the kitchen, mice in the attic, silverfish in the bathroom or those big ugly crickets in the basement, you are certainly not alone. Pests are small and can slip through cracks and crevices making their way inside of your home fairly easily. Why is it that some homes have way more pests than others? Some homeowners know the secrets to keeping pests out!

We compiled the following list of secrets that some homeowners use to keep their home free from pests. A pest-free home is a healthy home and you can achieve it after knowing these secrets to pest prevention and what is attracting those pests into your home to begin with:

  1. Moisture. If you missed our last blog, The Secret to Why Pests Love Your Home, then you will want to go back and read it to understand that pests need moisture to survive. It certainly makes that Honey Do list look a little more urgent! Leaky pipes inside and out, clogged gutters,  gutters that drain at the foundation, a leaky roof, moisture around your foundation and a damp basement are all moisture and water problems around the home that will attract pests inside. Homeowners must promptly address water issues around the home to prevent pests.
  2. Vacuum Regularly. Yes, we know, it’s not anyone’s favorite chore! But those crumbs that your children are leaving around the table, the cobwebs in the corners, the food particles that fall behind the stove are all things that build up around the home creating a perfect storm for a pest invasion. Vacuum regularly. Doing so will reduce pest populations by eliminating spider eggs and food sources that attract pests into your home.
  3. Seal off cracks and crevices around the exterior of your home. Pests are small and can fit through the cracks and crevices near windows and door jams, at the foundation, near the roof and soffits, and certainly in the basement! So, grab that caulk gun and inspect your house. Caulk any opening into your home that pests may use to enter.
  4. Keep the landscaping around the exterior of your home well-manicured. Ground cover, overgrown tree branches and shrubs, greenery that touches the exterior of your home and heavy mulch near the foundation are all excellent harborage areas for pests. Pests that live directly outside of your home will look to enter your home through tiny cracks and crevices.
  5. Monitor for pests. One of the best secrets to pest prevention is monitoring what is getting into your home and taking quick action to control it. Strategically placed glue boards, glue trays and traps are some of the most important tools used by pest professionals to control pest populations in their client’s homes and is perhaps the most important pest prevention secret of all.

Put these secrets to pest prevention to work for you in your home or apartment. Taking proactive pest prevention steps helps to ensure you have a healthy and pest-free home. And don’t worry, these “secrets” are safe to share with your friends and family.

How to Do Your Own Pest Control Monitoring Just Like the Pros Do

monitoringforpestsPests are small, inconspicuous and can hide in the far reaches of your home. Monitors can help you to uncover what kinds of pests may have infested your home and allow you take to quick action to control them before you have a full blow infestation. Catching a pest problem early on can save you time and money in expensive pest control treatments.

Glue boards and trays are an excellent choice to monitor for pests as they are a green choice and are effective at catching pests. Once a pest is caught, you could  properly identify the pest using the internet, contact your local extension service or call a pest professional directly.

But, can you as a homeowner monitor your own home for pests without the help of a pro? The answer is yes, and we are going to share with you the secret to how you can get those same results that the pros do:

1. Determine which room you would like to monitor. Common areas of the home to monitor include: the attic, basement, any room with moisture like a bathroom or kitchen, garages, sheds or any room or area of your home that you are noticing bugs or rodents in.

2. You will need both insect and rodent glue boards to begin. Select the size and type for the area that you would like to monitor. Things to consider when selecting glue boards and trays: Is the area particularly dusty? If so, then consider one that you can fold into a ‘tunnel’ shape to prevent dust build-up. Accumulating dust will make the glue board less effective. You may also want to consider glue boards that are ‘pre-baited’ to attract mice and insects or those that are ‘heavy duty’ if the area you are trapping in is humid or damp.

3. If you have pets or children, consider them when placing glue boards. When pets and children are present you will want to ensure that the glue boards are only set up in areas where they cannot access them. Important: Remember that if you ever need to dissolve the glue to unstick a person or pet you can use vegetable oil to do so.

4. Place glue boards in corners and flush against walls in areas of the home that you would like to monitor. Pests and rodents typically will travel along the edge of the wall in a dark area. If glue board is in a tunnel shape, ensure that the opening runs parallel to the wall.

5. We suggest placing glue boards approximately every five to ten feet in areas that permit such frequent placement. Some areas to consider are: under sinks, under cabinets and behind appliances in the kitchen, in crawl spaces, the attic or garage.

6. Once glue boards are placed you simply need to check them frequently for pests. Pay close attention to the placement of boards and how that might help you determine how or where pests are entering the home.

7. Remember to replace the glue boards often depending on how dusty or dirty the glue boards become, when they lose their stickiness or are full of pests. Place more glue boards in areas where you are detecting more pests.

By monitoring your home for pests you are well on your way to a healthier living environment for you and your family.

 

Why a Good DIY Pest Control Program Includes Monitoring

DIY pest control methods can be effective, but as every DIYer knows, safety is of the utmost importance. And this is critically important when it comes to the use of pesticides. Pesticides are useful and effective, when necessary and used in accordance with the label. The first key to proper pesticide use is not using them unnecessarily. The second most important thing is properly identifying the pest so you can choose the correct pesticide to control that pest. And that’s where monitoring comes in!  Monitoring can help you:

  • Confirm that you have a pest problem
  • Capture the pest, allowing you to make a proper identification before choosing your course of action to control it

These are two of the biggest reasons why monitoring is important but there really are so many benefits to monitoring your home for pests that we compiled the following additional list of reasons why you will want to use monitors in your DIY pest control efforts:

  • Limit the use of pesticides until you have a confirmed pest to control.
  • A green choice which can be effective at not only monitoring for pests but, when used correctly, can also help to control them or reduce pest populations.
  • Helps you to confirm with an entomologist, your pest professional, a local extension service or with use of the internet what pest you are dealing with.
  • Some pests pose a health problem when they infest a food prep area. Glue boards can alert you to an infestation so that you may take proper steps to clean up areas that pests may have contaminated.
  • The use of monitors helps you to catch an infestation early on so you can take quick action to control an infestation before it gets out of hand.
  • Once you have an infestation in control you can utilize monitors to ensure that your home does not become re-infested.
  • Some pests are poisonous like snakes, black widow or brown recluse spiders. Monitors can alert you if your home has a dangerous infestation.

Get started with a DIY pest control program. Start monitoring your home for pests so you can create a healthy, pest-free environment for you and your family. For more information about monitors, glue boards and glue trays visit us online.