Posted by John Fasoldt on 7:58:41 11/30/2009 from 126.96.36.199:
In reply to: General Questions posted by Howard on 11:42:51 11/29/2009 from 188.8.131.52:
First of all, I appreciate the compliments. Thank you!
Unfortunately, in the last few years, most of the chemicals that homeowners were familiar with are no longer there. And not even for us, either! So that means we (and you) are left with only one family of insecticides (basically) and there are many different iterations, some that target one specific kind of pest, and excluding other pests or restriction the sites where the chemical can be used.
The general purpose insecticides that are marketed to the homeowner, the kinds you purchase that are already mixed, can actually backfire on you. Since they are almost always a repellant insecticide, they can trap insects inside, meaning you can have even more problems than if you hadn't used it. I can't tell you how many people we've gone to that have tried this for their problem, but wound up calling us (or someone else) in to solve the problem. And the stuff is expensive. It can also stain, so you have to be REAL careful where you use it. If you or anyone in your family has alergies or even a touch of any kind of respiratory ailment, you'll be better advised to use a pro, he knows how to handle problems like these without any distress to the customer.
Frankly, I think homeowner extermination efforts shoud be carried out on the OUTSIDE rather than the inside. Nowadays, I think the best results for the cheapest amount of money would be a granular insecticide around the house perimeter. Although today's granulars are definitely not cheap, you can halve the application amounts and get just as good results, and sometimes even better results.
Be careful when you buy granulars, most are "fragile" and have a shelf life. They are also affected by temperature and humidity, so they should be stored in a dark place, in containers with tight-fitting lids that exclude moisture. I tell people not to buy any more than what they need in that season. Make your purchase of these in a store with a good turnover of stock. Make sure your granular is fresh, squeeze the package, it should feel like sugar.
Always use LESS than you think you should. You can easily add more, you can't pick it up after you've already applied it....
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