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Welcome to r/PestControl - this subreddit is a place to ask the pros how to solve your pest issues. When posting, clear close-up pics are best as opposed to videos, and PLEASE give your location or country if outside the US. Also, if you have a german roach issue, see the sticky at r/GermanRoaches.

Welcome to /r/pestcontrol - a place to ask questions, find answers & talk shop about all thing pest and pest related.

If you are having trouble getting rid of anything from rats to roaches, feel free to look here for advice.

This is also a place for those in the pest control business to discuss new techniques, products and equipment. Integrated Pest Management is always changing and we hope this can be a great tool for all of us to stay ahead of the curve.

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Hot shot no pest strips

I've heard of people using these in totes and taping them up for bed bugs and roaches.

If I were to put them in a tote and tape it up and store those totes in a closet would that be safe?

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2024/06/20
16:11 UTC

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Question to the pros regarding Phantom/Termidor home use safety and longevity

We recently bought a house and this summer I started getting a regular influx of carpenter ants in the house. I had a few local pest control services with good reviews come out and they all recommended a one time spray keep them from permanently establishing and that I'd likely be good for a long time.

I've never used pesticides before so I didn't research the safety too much before letting them spray and now I have some concerns after reading up on it. I was told it's safe after an hour and only stays active for a few months for the critters, but I'm reading otherwise.

  1. They sprayed two gallons of Termidor around the foundation of my house, but also around my deck, porch, etc. From what I'm reading online this stuff is pretty nasty and the active ingredient fipronil stays active for many years. I'm concerned that I'm going to be tracking it in the house constantly doing yardwork, using the porch/deck, etc. Am I overreacting? Sounds like it stays on surfaces and soil for a very long time and I'm wondering if I just made my yard toxic for the next five years.
  2. They sprayed a gallon of Phantom inside garage and basement sill the whole way around. I was really hesitant to have any sprays inside but was told it's safe once it dries, but I can see from where he worked that there were visible drips all around the basement wall. We have lots of boxes and items down there and I'm concerned that I now have Phantom dried up all over my garage tools and basement storage that was close to the walls. Phantom's active ingredient chlorfenapyr supposedly has a half-life of a year.

Anyway, it's too late now but I'm just curious from pros out there if this is normal or did I just hazmat my house? Am I over thinking it? Sorry, not a fan of chemicals, so this has been on my mind a lot.

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2024/06/20
16:04 UTC

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Largest wasp nest ever

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2024/06/20
15:53 UTC

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Anyone know what kind of bug this is?

I found this guy in our back porch area off of our kitchen. I thought it was a lightning bug at first. It has a black tip on its wings. I stepped on it so it’s not in the best condition to photograph. We also just got back from a trip to the north woods of Minnesota and this was found near where we had some luggage from the trip. Worried it might be a termite? Any ideas?

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2024/06/20
15:41 UTC

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Springtails bathroom faucet.

So did some searching but couldn’t find an exact scenario to mine.

Lately I’ve been noticing some (what I believe) are springtails coming out of one of my bathroom faucets. I don’t see them anywhere else in the house, or anywhere else in that particular bathroom. Only a couple coming out of the faucet when the water gets turned on.

All the remedies I’ve seen have mentioned just trying pouring some bio cleaners down the drain, but don’t think this will help my case since they are coming out of the faucet.

Any tips or recommendations on how to possibly clean through the faucet?

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2024/06/20
14:32 UTC

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Silverfish in apartment

I keep finding the bodies of silver fish in my apartment. What do I do? I got spray but what else? Should I alert my land lord?

Any help is appreciated

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2024/06/20
14:15 UTC

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Ants in bathroom?? help :(

hi everyone last week, my building shut off the water for a few hours and then after that there was a spider in my bathroom which was rinsed down the drain since i was too scared to release it outside, and now suddenly for the last few days i keep seeing singular ants in my bathroom. there have been 3 so far, one was larger than the others and i genuinely thought it was a small beetle but they were all killed and i cleaned the area. i just sprayed some insecticide but does anyone know what else i can do? i have no idea where they’re coming from and so far its only been that one bathroom, my kitchen and other room are ant free. i tend to keep my house very tidy and clean every day, i have no idea what to do or where they’re coming from.

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2024/06/20
13:38 UTC

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Bed bugs in neighboring apartment

We got an email 2 days ago that they will be coming to do bed bug treatment on Friday (tomorrow) in our apartment because a neighboring apartment had to be treated. They will be doing at least 2 treatments total.

We have found 0 evidence of bb in our apartment but have started to take precautions such as washing and drying everything and putting it in plastic bins. We have bb mattress protectors already.

We’re supposed to be moving next month. Would it be reasonable to get a storage unit and move things in there since we haven’t found any bugs? Also should we just look into getting new bedroom furniture for our new place? Even with treatments I’m afraid that we’ll take them with us to our new place.

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2024/06/20
13:36 UTC

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Do I need pest control for recurrent flea problems at home?

I've been dealing with a recurring flea problem at home for a few months now, and it's starting to feel like it will never end. We have two dogs, the two main "culprits" here, and despite keeping up with their flea treatments and keeping a clean home, we just can't seem to get rid of these pests for good. It sucks, I'm worried about the health of my pets and family, and I need to know whether the issue is with treating my pets or whether a proper pest control company should be involved?

I'm asking because I'm not sure if even the pros would be a permanent fix that's still safe for my pets.

Also, is there anything else that could be causing these fleas to come back? Maybe it's the environment around my house or something else I haven't thought of? Thanks for your help!

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2024/06/20
13:31 UTC

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Anyone know what could be causing this?

https://preview.redd.it/d12kbuvv9q7d1.jpg?width=3024&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=04cc59001fcc62e5c173bd687b34ce350f672d67

This is on a few logs outside our house. I had a few of them (they're whole logs, with the bark and everything) in our fireplace as well, but removed them when I saw a bunch of these shavings on them. Some off the shavings were perfectly stacked, with that light brown sawdust on one side, and dark brown sawdust on the other side, like a black-and-white cookie.

When you blow off this dust there's nothing under it, just the bark, no holes or anything.

Anyone have a clue?

Thanks SO MUCH in advance!!!

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2024/06/20
13:25 UTC

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German roaches- Can I treat inside outlet covers with Alpine WSG?

I live in an apartment building that’s overrun with German roaches. They’re definitely nesting inside of one of my electrical outlets. Can I remove the outlet cover, treat the inside and outside with Alpine WSG, wait for it to dry, then put it back?

I’m thinking of doing this to all the outlets in my apartment (in addition to applying Alpine and Gentrol to baseboards, cracks, etc.) as a preventative measure. Think this would work, or should I use boric acid and a powder duster in outlets instead?

Thanks!

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2024/06/20
12:41 UTC

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Pet safe ant traps

Hello! I have a small ant problem in my home right now, and I’m trying to find methods of getting rid of them that don’t cause potential harm to my two cats. I used diatomaceous earth on the entry points of my home, but they’re still getting in.

I purchased some liquid bait traps, but I’m hesitant to use them… my one cat is a rambunctious Siamese and she has a way of getting into EVERYTHING. And, as of now, I’ve only seen the ants in the cat food… if anyone has any good advice, I would love it! Thank you!

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2024/06/20
12:22 UTC

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Flea problem

So, I have been dealing with a flea problem in my 1st floor apartment for close to 3 weeks now.

I have been vacuuming with a ryobi stick vacuum before laying down powder/spray, reapplying various powders (not at the same time) such as diatomaceous earth, boric acid, and this adams flea powder with IGR then vacuuming with a ryobi shop vac.

Thus far, it seems that inside has been controlled well enough meaning that I'm not having 5+ fleas at once jump me but I am having the rogue flea biting me.

My suspicion is that the flea is jumping onto me when I'm walking around inside my attached garage or on the driveway. While outside, I have witnessed one jumping onto me and have felt initial bites while out there.

What can I use to treat these areas? I have sprayed syngenta demon wp spray (two water-soluble packs) inside my garage and along the perimeter of the driveway but with the heavy rainfall in texas recently and the fact that the concrete isn't sealed (nothing beads up and seems to absorb/dry out) I still have the occasional flea get me.

I have spoken with the front office of the complex but they say that no one else has reported fleas and they did have 2 separate pest control guys come out (the first being worthless and basically entering and leaving the apartment after 2 mins per my ring cam).

Since I'm paying for these products and pest control in rent with no resolution, am I able to reasonably have them reimburse me or am I eating the cost? I have checked all of the peat addendum and the only thing specifically listed as my problem is bed bugs.

Thanks in advance!

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2024/06/20
12:14 UTC

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