Mr. Pest Control


Q:

I have a customer who, every morning, has really small bugs in most of the sinks and showers in the house. They look and jump like springtails. None of the sinks or showers have leaks around them, upstairs or downstairs. There is some bad wood siding on the house and no mulch. This just started about five days ago. What can I do to manage the situation?

A:

It seems like the wood siding may be the source and the springtails are traveling through wall voids to locate more moisture sources. There are two things you can do. First, use the straw tip of an appropriately labeled aerosol formulation to inject insecticide up into the crevices of the wood siding. Second, dust the wall voids around the affected sinks and showers. Then, let the customer know that the treatment may be a short-term solution. As long as the wood siding holds moisture, springtails can pop up again.

Q:

Rodents are not going into a bait station and consuming bait. They go around and over it. How can I control activity?

A:

If we’re talking about rats and a newly placed bait station, it might be a matter of patience until they’re ready to go inside. Or, it may be size – some rats are too big for low profile bait stations. Does your program consist of anything besides this one or other bait stations? The rats might better accept food baits on snap traps. If we’re talking about mice, then wind-up multiple catch traps are another option in place of bait stations. Glue trays can also be placed in mouse runways. There are a number of options beyond rodenticides. What to choose depends on which rodent and what else is happening in the environment.