Argentine Ant

The Argentine ant can be nearly impossible to control, especially during midsummer in areas such as Southern California. At best, regular treatments keep as few ants as possible from entering the home or business. General tips for limiting ant infestations include:

  • Eliminating piles of lumber, bricks or other debris that could serve as a nesting site for ants.
  • Keeping landscape mulch less than 2 inches thick and at least 12 inches away from foundations.
  • Ensuring the sprinkler system does not spray directly onto the foundation.
  • Sealing as many cracks in the building’s exterior as possible.
  • Keeping tree and shrub branches trimmed to prevent touching the home.
  • Considering re-landscaping to avoid using plants that are prone to aphids and similar insects. At the very least, treat such plants for aphids regularly.

dreamstime_xxl_14505633Carpenter Ant

Successfully controlling carpenter ants requires certain skills, knowledge and experience. Carpenter ant control involves tracking down and treating as many satellite colonies as possible inside and outside of the home as well as attempting to find and treat the parent colony. Accessing the parent colony may be difficult because it might be located high in a tree or on a neighboring property. In such cases, your service professional may use carpenter ant baits, but these may have varying results because of the carpenter ants’ finicky feeding habits. If conditions on your property (such as a large number of trees) create a high risk for re-infestation, your service professional may recommend regular pest management services to help prevent new infestations. These tips will help you limit carpenter ant infestation:

  • Store any firewood away from your home and remove any dead wood or wood scraps from around the foundation.
  • Trim dead limbs from trees and remove stumps. Rid your yard of these potential nesting sites.
  • Make sure that all plumbing or roof leaks are sealed, and check crawl spaces for excess moisture.
  • Water from rain gutters should be directed away from your home and not be allowed to accumulate close to the foundation.

dreamstime_xxl_3621747Crazy Ant

This species may be difficult to control and does not feed much on ant baits. The keys to control are to find the colonies and sub-colonies and treat them directly. Regular inspections and service are necessary to find and treat new colonies as they move from neighboring properties. The services of a professional, such as Pest Arrest, are very helpful when encountering these ants. General tips for limiting ant infestations include:

  • Eliminating piles of lumber, bricks or other debris that could serve as a nesting site for ants.
  • Keeping landscape mulch less than 2 inches thick and at least 12 inches away from foundations.
  • Ensuring the sprinkler system does not spray directly onto the foundation.
  • Sealing as many cracks in the home’s exterior as possible.
  • Keeping tree and shrub branches trimmed to prevent touching the home.
  • Considering re-landscaping to avoid using plants that are prone to aphids and similar insects. At the very least, treat such plants for aphids regularly.

Fire Ant

Because of the health threat posed by fire ants, it is important to take steps to control the ants around the home and in the yard. Over-the-counter fire ant baits can be effective if properly used, but regular applications are necessary because the ants readily reinvade from neighboring properties. Many homeowners employ the services of a professional company, such as Pest Arrest, to provide fire ant services.


American Cockroach

The key to control is to find and treat these sources directly. In many cases, the services of a professional company, such as Pest Arrest, are required to achieve long-term relief. In southern states where this cockroach lives outdoors, successful control involves treating the attic, crawl space, and exterior cracks in the home and finding and treating likely cockroach harborages over the entire property.


dreamstime_xxl_16597478Smoky Brown Cockroach

The best way to control smoky brown cockroaches is to determine the source and treat it directly, usually with a cockroach bait product. To keep these cockroaches from invading, the following steps are helpful:
Ensure the attic and/or crawl space has sufficient ventilation. Research has shown that proper ventilation creates an environment unsuitable for cockroaches and other pests. It also improves the heating and cooling efficiency of the home.

  • Make sure that all foundation and attic vents are equipped with tight-fitting screens.
  • Seal as many exterior cracks and holes as possible on the outside of the home.
  • Do not allow pet food to sit out overnight. Pick it up after outdoor pets are finished eating.
  • Store firewood as far from the house as possible, locating it off the ground and covering it with a tarp or plastic.
  • Eliminate piles of lumber and debris where cockroaches could harbor.

Cricket

The best way to limit crickets is to eliminate as much potential harborage as possible outside the building. The following tips should prove helpful:
Store firewood away from the home and off the ground.

  • Dispose of piles of lumber or store such items off the ground.
  • Clean up piles of leaf litter and clean up any debris that could provide shelter.
  • Remove any heavy ground cover in landscaping within 10 feet of the home.
  • Install yellow “bug” light bulbs in outdoor fixtures to attract as few crickets as possible.
  • Seal as many exterior cracks and holes as possible in the outside walls.
  • Improve crawl space ventilation to make the subspace less attractive to camel crickets.

dreamstime_xxl_10054618Black Widow Spider

  • Bites can be avoided by wearing heavy gloves when moving items stored for long periods outside, in garages, in basements or in warehouses.
  • Shoes should be stored inside shoeboxes or shaken vigorously prior to wearing.
  • When webs are visible, inspect carefully before putting your hand down under an object.
  • Control is best left to a professional company such as Pest Arrest. If numerous spiders are encountered, they can be removed using a shop vacuum, but care must be taken when opening the vacuum to kill the spiders.

dreamstime_xxl_41509793Brown Recluse Spider

If a home has experienced brown recluse spiders, the occupants can reduce the chances of bites by following the recommendations below:

  • Clothing can be stored in sealed plastic bags inside drawers or inside plastic storage compartments hanging in closets.
  • Shoes should be stored inside plastic shoeboxes.
  • Clothes that have been left on the floor, in a clothing basket, or are otherwise exposed should always be shaken well and inspected before being put on.
  • Avoid keeping clothing on floors.
  • Beds should be moved out so they do not touch walls or curtains.
  • Bed skirts around the box springs should be removed from beds, and bedspreads that come near or touch the floor should not be used. These items allow spiders easy access to climb onto the bed.
  • Persons living in infested homes should get into the habit of inspecting bedding prior to climbing in.

House Spider

  • Regular removal of spider webs is the best way to limit these spiders.
  • Sealing up cracks around windows and doors helps prevent their entry.
  • Switch exterior lights to the yellow “bug” light bulbs which attract fewer flying insects on which spiders feed.
  • Treatments to exterior spider nesting sites can help reduce the numbers of spiders when combined with an overall pest management program.

Wolf Spider

The best approach for controlling wolf spiders is through placement of sticky traps to capture the few spiders that may have entered. Maintaining sticky traps behind furniture, to either side of exterior doors, and in the garage is an excellent way to intercept most spiders as they enter. Steps that should be taken to prevent new spiders from entering, include:

  • Removing or limiting heavy, ground-covering vegetation near the building.
  • Sealing cracks and holes in the building’s exterior.
  • Installing tight-fitting screens on all attic and foundation vents.
  • Sealing holes around pipes indoors to prevent spiders from entering the living spaces by following plumbing lines in basements and crawl spaces.
  • Where wolf spider invasions are persistent, a professional should be consulted to conduct a thorough inspection and recommend possible treatments.

Yellow Jacket

The following precautions should be taken to prevent accidental stings:

  • When working in a garden or flowerbed, be aware of numerous wasps flying into and away from a single point in the garden or to a hole in the side of the house. This will usually indicate where a colony might be located.
  • Be careful when using powered lawn equipment, such as edgers, trimmers and mowers. Loud, vibrating noises disturb yellow jackets and may send them into an attacking frenzy.
  • Stay away from yellow jacket nests once you know where they are located.
  • If yellow jackets are seen entering and exiting a wall, DO NOT plug the hole. You will only force the wasps to find another way out. Sometimes they might actually eat through an interior wall and enter the house.

dreamstime_xxl_574467Cat Flea

Controlling a flea infestation successfully requires four steps:

  • Preparation for treatment
  • Treatment of pets
  • Treatment of the inside premises
  • Treatment of flea activity sites outside

Obviously, the pet is critical to minimizing flea infestations and regular grooming helps to limit fleas on the pet. For this reason, customers need to keep the pet groomed and treated with on-animal flea control products.

Step One

Any flea treatment will be less effective if the home is not prepared properly by completing the following steps:

  • Remove all items, such as toys, clothes, and pet food from all floors.
  • Remove all items from under beds and in the bottom of closets.
  • Wash or replace pet bedding.
  • Vacuum all carpets and rugs thoroughly, including beneath beds and upholstered furniture.
  • Clean all wood, tile, and linoleum floors by sweeping and mopping.
  • Clean concrete floors with soap and water in the garage, basement, or enclosed patio where pets rest or stay.
  • Remove all pets including birds and reptiles. Cover fish tanks with a damp towel and turn off the air pump.
  • Replace any pet bedding outdoors and make all shaded areas, crawl spaces, etc. available for treatment.
  • Arrange to be out of the home for several hours until the treatment has thoroughly dried.

Step Two

The homeowner needs to arrange for treating the pet. A number of on-animal treatment products are now available. Treatment of pets should be done under the direction of a veterinarian.

Step Three

In homes that have an active flea infestation, a residual treatment combined with an insect growth regulator should be applied. A professional, like Pest Arrest, can best accomplish this treatment by using specialized equipment. Efforts should be focused on the areas where pets rest or sleep. These are the sites where the most fleas will be located.

Step Four

Outside, treatment should be applied to shaded areas and beneath shrubs and decks where pets rest or sleep. Again, a professional has the right equipment to provide this treatment effectively.


Paper Wasp

Paper wasp nests are usually easily controlled using a wasp treatment product, then knocking down the nest. Such treatments are best done at night, although professionals can safely treat them during the day. On buildings where continuous paper wasp nest building occurs, treatment of the affected areas with a residual pest control product applied by a professional can deter most of the activity.