Preventive Pest Control Treatment Plan
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- Hand pump or back pack sprayer
- Liquid concentrate insecticide
- Hand duster
- Dust insecticide
We recommend applying the liquid insecticide every 90 days around the exterior perimeter of your structure. In instances of high pest populations or intense heat, you can apply the insecticide spray every 30 days. Be sure children and pets are out of the areas during the application. They can return as soon as the areas have dried, usually about an hour. Mix the concentrated liquid insecticide as recommended on the product label. Using a hand pump sprayer or a backpack sprayer, apply the solution to the following areas:
- 1 foot up the foundation of the structure and 1 foot out on to the ground
- around areas where cables, pipes and wires enter into the structure
- around door frames and window frames
- around vents and soffits
- any other area on the structure where insect pests have been active
After the liquid insecticide has dried it is time to apply the dust insecticide. We recommend using a dust insecticide every 6 months directly in cracks and crevices around the exterior of your structure. You may be wondering why we recommend using two different insecticides around your home or business. We make this recommendation because the liquid insecticide will be exposed to UV rays or applied to porous surfaces both of which can reduce the effectiveness of the application. Dust applications are long lasting and work well as added protection against persistent invading insects. Add insecticide dust to the hand duster and apply to the cracks and crevices in the following areas:
- around window and door frames
- around areas where cables, pipes and wires enter in to the structure
- around eaves and soffits
- any crack, crevice or gap where pests can enter
During times of intense heat and/or frequent rain, liquid insecticide spray residuals can be diminished. During these times you can supplement your program with Intice 10 Perimeter bait to help keep pests out. Intice 10 is a superior bait formula that contains boric acid and will not lose efficacy due to UV rays, heat or moisture. You can apply a 2-3 foot wide band around the exterior of your home (avoiding areas you have sprayed). 1 lb will treat approximately 200 linear feet and will last about 90 days.
We recommend placing loaded bait stations near each corner of your structure and by the front door and back door or garage. You should check the stations every two weeks and replace the bait as needed. You will likely see more activity in your stations in the spring and fall as the rodents become more active.
Not sure which size tamper resistant station to purchase? We recommend purchasing the rat size station since both rats and mice can enter the larger station. Mouse sized stations will only allow mice to get to the bait.
You can attach your bait stations to patio blocks to help anchor them so that larger animals cannot carry them away and also to raise them off of the ground to stop water from getting inside and spoiling the bait.
Apply the caulk adhesive to each patio block. Place one station on each patio block. Allow the adhesive to dry for 24 hours before moving the station.
- Caulk adhesive
- Patio blocks (one per station)
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