Home Pest Control
The basics of do it yourself pest control
One of the most common questions we hear is "Where do I start!" For each home (or business) there can be a different answer. In the Southeast United States there are certain pests that are common problems: fleas, molecrickets, ticks, Asian Cockroaches, White-Footed Ants, carpenter ants, fireants, chinch bugs, spiders. In the Mid-West United States (and other areas): boxelder bugs, ladybugs (or Asian Lady Beetles), Allegheny Mound Ants and Cluster Flies can be a larger problem. Each area of the country has certain pests that residents are more concerned with than others. Where you live and your past (or current) pest problems will steer you in the direction of special pest control supplies.
The selections listed here are just the basics; streamline them to fit your family and the pest control problems you are most likely to encounter. Most people want to use a safe, professional strength insecticide for killing certain bugs or for doing their own monthly, quarterly or even yearly pest control. In many cases, pest control needs can be filled without using a bug spray; baits and traps might be the answer. First, decide which professional insecticide concentrate suits your needs. If other products are needed (baits, traps, dusts, aerosols) we will discuss that as we progress. You might want to use this Pest Control Supply link to see different groups of products and product descriptions.
Do you have problems with fleas or ticks in your area? You might want to choose products that will cover these pests. [ The #1 products for General Household Pest Control (or GHP) contain Cypermethrin: Demon WP, Demon EC, Cynoff WP, Cynoff EC. These products are great for all indoor needs except indoor fleas.] Indoor flea products are labeled for broadcasting on carpets, upholstery, rugs, baseboards, tile and hardwood flooring. When treating for fleas, ticks, carpet beetles, furniture beetles, bed bugs, etc., you must use a product that is water-safe for fabrics (insecticides, pesticides which will not stain anything that water will not stain) and it must be safe for your family to touch treated areas after they have been allowed to dry. After a carpet has been sprayed for a flea infestation (for example), you want to feel safe about your small children, dogs and cats crawling around on the treated areas. Pest control concentrates that are labeled for indoor flea use: Permethrin Pro, Suspend SC, and IGRs. (An IGR is an insect growth regulator or insect growth inhibitor that can be used alone or tank mixed with an approved insecticide. For more details on the different Insect Growth Regulators and how they work, go to our IGR Information Page) Check on any of the mentioned products (by clicking on the appropriate link) to make sure that the product is registered for use in and can be shipped to your State.
If you do not encounter indoor pests which might require a broadcast treatment (which covers all carpets, furniture, etc. mentioned in the previous section) you might want to choose from another group of products. These products are excellent for elimination and prevention of other pests: boxelder bugs, cluster flies, spiders, ants, carpenter ants, fireants, silverfish, millipedes, centipedes, scorpions, pantry pests and others. To see a listing of common household pests, go to our Pest Gallery.
The best products to use for general purpose pest control (which are not used for broadcasting indoors): Demand CS, Demon WP, Demon EC, Cynoff WP, Cynoff EC
These products are excellent for spraying baseboards, cracks, crevices, entry points and
other areas where bugs are most likely to be but where people and pets rarely come into
contact with treated surfaces.
If you wish to use the cheapest (per gallon mixed) insecticide, use an EC; Demon EC, Cynoff EC,
Permethrin Pro are the
best. Permethrin Pro is labeled for indoor flea use. Permethrin Pro and Cynoff
EC are very low in odor.