Prevent pest before pesky problem gets out of hand

  • Friday, July 26, 2013

Preventing pests in and around your house is always best. You do not want roaches all over your kitchen before you decide to do anything about them. Before your dog or cat is totally infested you can apply products that prevent fleas and ticks. Flies are out this time of year, so it is a good time to get them under control.

The time is right for killing roaches, spiders and other nuisance invaders with a perimeter spray of insecticides around your house. I really do not like killing spiders because, like snakes, most of the spiders are considered beneficial. Unfortunately, spider and snakes get classified as “the only good one is a dead one” around here.

Establishing a barrier will keep unwanted guest out of your house. There are several products on the market that will nail these roaches (along with many other pests). Bifen, Viper, Cyonara Lawn and Garden, Bifen granular, Cyonara granular, FenvaStar EcoCap, LambdaStar 9.7 percent CS, Intice (“green”) and IC3 (“green”) are a small sample of many products that are available.

Generally, treating the perimeter involves spraying three to 10 feet out from your house in the mulched areas. Apply plenty of water with the product to carry it down into the mulch where the pests are hiding. You could also use a granular product in these areas.

Also spray about three feet up the side of your house, around windows, porches, lights, garages, eaves, garbage areas and other areas where pests may be found. Read and follow label directions for the specifics of doing a perimeter treatment for the product you choose to use as some of the laws have changed.

With all the fresh vegetables and fruit being consumed in the Lowcountry, drain flies can become an issue. Regular applications of InVade BioDrain (green product) should prevent the scum on the sides of the drain pipes from forming or eat the scum away if it has already started. InVade BioDrain is a specialized drain cleaner which uses premium natural microbes and citrus oil.

For fleas, consider Prefurred Plus, Prefurred One, Petcor or Bio Spot for the animal, an adulticide and growth regulator spray for inside the house, a vacuum, an adulticide and growth regulator shampoo and a granular or liquid spray for outside in the beds and turf. Prefurred Plus and Prefurred One are similar to Frontline. Check the prices out and the active ingredients and I think you will like the Prefurred Plus and the Prefurred One.

With grilling season and all the fruits and vegetable scraps, flies are becoming uninvited guest. IC3 (NOP compliant), Cyonara, Bifen, LambdaStar 9.7 percent CS are just a few of the many spray products. MaxForce Fly Spot Bait or Bonanza are great fly bait products.

Always read, understand and follow product label. The product label is a federal law.


Bill Lamson-Scribner can be reached during the week at Possum’s Landscape and Pest Control Supply. Possum’s has three locations including one at 481 Long Point Rd. in Mount Pleasant (971-9601). Bring your questions to a Possum’s location, or visit us at http://www.possumsupply.com. You can also call in your questions to “The Garden Clinic” Saturdays from noon to 1 p.m. on 1250 WTMA. The Horticulture Hotline is available 24 / 7 at possumsupply.com.

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