Effective Control & Preventative Strategies for Ant Management

Effective Control & Preventative Strategies for Ant Management

Ants are a common pest problem for residential and commercial accounts, and their adaptability can make them difficult to control. For efficient ant management, an integrated approach that includes both preventative techniques and control methods is needed. A successful control strategy will need to include inspection, identification, elimination of conducive conditions, and a range of effective ant control products to ensure the source of the infestation is targeted and reinfestation does not occur.

Ant Biology & Behavior

To effectively eliminate ant infestations, you need to know what you are up against. Understanding ants’ biology and behaviors including their social structure, feeding habits, seasonal food preferences, and colony structure will allow you to educate your customers on the best preventative strategies and ensure the correct products are being used to control these pests.

1. Social Structure

Ants undergo four life stages: egg, larval, pupal, and adult. They live in organized colonies that consist of the queen, female worker ants, and the brood. Ants work together for the benefit of the colony. Queens mate and produce eggs that will develop into sterile female ants or winged male and female reproductive ants. The reproductive ants will fly off and mate to establish new colonies. Male ants die after mating. Wingless female worker ants take care of the colony by foraging for food, building nests, tending the brood, and defending the colony.

2. Feeding Habits

Most ant species are omnivorous, feeding on a wide variety of food sources. Instead of eating solid food, many ants consume liquids including honeydew, plant nectar, or liquid baits. Worker ants feed solid foods to the larvae. The larvae then digest the food and regurgitate it. The liquid food is shared with the queen and other members of the colony. Since ants share food with the colony, baits are highly effective. The bait makes its way through the colony, reaching the workers, brood, and queen, ensuring the source of the infestation is targeted.

3. Seasonal Food Preferences

The nutritional needs of an ant colony can change seasonally. In spring, ant colonies focus on reproduction and growth of the colony. To help nourish the developing brood, ants forage for food that contains protein and fats. During summer, ant colonies continue to increase in size. To support their growth, foraging ants focus on locating food sources with carbohydrates. In fall, ants prepare for winter by consuming fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, which they store and use to survive the winter months. The needs of a colony can shift in a short period time, making it necessary to use a range of baits with multiple premium food attractants that will suit all ant preferences.

4. Colony Structure

The structure of an ant colony can affect the control methods needed. Some ant species have colonies that are monogynous, meaning each colony has only one queen. Other ant species can have colonies with multiple queens and multiple nests. Mega-colonies form when several nests of related ants cover large areas. Before treatment can begin, you will need to identify the ant species and determine if multiple queens are present. To control multi-queen colonies, an adequate amount of bait must be placed to allow workers to collect and distribute the bait to multiple queens and brood in several locations. Identifying multi-queen colonies and using adequate bait will help you achieve the most effective results and prevent callbacks.

Bait Options Available from Rockwell Labs

Rockwell Labs offers a range of liquid, gel, and granular baits for effective ant control. With different types of baits and different actives, there is a solution for every account type and every protocol requirement.

  • InTice Gelanimo Ant Bait:  InTice Gelanimo Ant Bait is a sweet ant gel that targets a wide range of ants. Its patented “rigid hydro-gel” technology allows multiple ants to feed on the surface of the bait without drowning. They can easily cut and carry pieces of the bait back to the colony. Colony sizes and application sites vary, which is why InTice Gelanimo is available in ready-to-use stations, 35 g syringes, and 4 oz cups. The 4 oz cups can be used with InTice Border Patrol Stations for exterior protection and large colony control. It is suitable for green service programs.

  • InTice Thiquid Ant Bait: InTice Thiquid Ant Bait is a thick syrup bait that controls a wide range of ants including Pharaoh ants. It contains premium food ingredients that mimic the sweet foods that ants eat and components that help to prevent moisture loss, which increases the longevity of bait placements. InTice Thiquid’s 5% borax formula can be diluted to 2.5% or 1% for very large multi-queen and multi-colony infestations. It can also be sprayed on surfaces for added versatility. InTice Thiquid is available in 4 oz dropper bottles and 1-gallon jugs. Non-repellent insecticides may be applied over the bait for a double whammy effect. It is also suitable for green service programs.

  • InTice Rover Ant Bait: InTice Rover Ant Bait is a specially formulated version of InTice Thiquid Ant Bait that is highly attractive to rover ants as well as other common household ants except carpenter, fire, and harvester ants. It is a thick syrup bait that won’t run of flat surfaces. For very large multi-queen and multi-colony ant infestations, its 5% borax formula can be diluted to 2.5% or 1%. InTice Rover Ant Bait is available in an 8 oz bottle with dropper top and is currently registered in Arizona and Texas. It can also be used in conjunction with a non-repellent insecticide.

  • InTice 10 Perimeter Bait: InTice 10 Perimeter Bait with 10% boric acid is a long-lasting, weather resistant, and highly effective granular bait. It contains a palatable blend of protein, fats, and carbohydrates that ants can’t resist. It is the perfect quarterly perimeter defense to prevent ant problems. Bait can be applied in a 3-foot band around structures at a rate of 1 lb per 1000 sq ft. The granules are mold and moisture resistant, and the active won’t break down from heat or UV light. InTice 10 will provide up to 90 days of protection outdoors. InTice 10 is available in a 1 lb shaker bottle, 10 lb zipper bag, 40 lb carton, and 4 lb shaker jug. It can also be used for green service programs.

  • InVict AB Insect Paste: InVict AB Insect Paste is formulated with .05% Abamectin to rapidly kill workers, queens, and brood, helping to eliminate ant colonies. The bait matrix contains protein, sugars (carbohydrates), and fats that make it perfect for spring ant baiting for most common ant species. It is also effective against Pharaoh, pavement, and other protein- or oil-feeding ants year-round. The bait is very slow drying and will last for three months or until eaten. InVict AB can be used indoors or outdoors and is available in a box of five 35 g syringes or a single 300 g “Big Gun” syringe.

  • InVict Xpress Granular Bait: InVict Xpress Granular Bait with .5% imidacloprid provides lightning-fast results. It starts killing in 1 hour, making it ideal when a large number of ants needs to be controlled quickly. It attracts and kills most common ant species except carpenter, fire, Pharoah, and harvester ants. Ants can’t resist its highly palatable bait matrix that contains six different foods. InVict Xpress has a low use rate of 4-8 oz per 1000 sq ft and can be used indoors, outdoors, and for turf applications. It is available in an 8 oz shaker bottle, 4 lb shaker bottle, and 25 lb carton.

Treating Indoor Ant Nests

Ants enter structures looking for food, moisture, and shelter. Their nests can often be found in wall voids. To draw out workers and kill the colony, a bait, such as InTice Gelanimo, InTice Thiquid, or InVict AB, can be placed near trails. To prevent ants from entering the structure, InVict Xpress Granular Bait or InTice 10 Perimeter Bait can be placed around the perimeter of the structure. For another layer of protection, you can apply a non-repellent spray to the perimeter before bait application. This will introduce the spray and the bait to the colony, helping to completely eliminate it. If ant nests can be located in the structure, botanical insecticide dusts, such as EcoVia WD Wettable Dust, can be applied to the voids where nests are located for quick knockdown and immediate repellency.

Treating Outdoor Ant Nests

If ant nests are located outside of the structure, baits can be used for ant management. Apply InVict Xpress to areas where ants nest, trail, and harbor. It can be applied to mulch beds, heavy ground cover, under decks, and other areas where ants are likely to nest. Before bait placement, you can apply a non-repellent insecticide spray. InVict AB or InTice Gelanimo may also be used if ants are seen trailing on the structure. Pay attention to areas where ants can enter the structure including cracks around windows, doors, eaves, expansion joints, and areas where utility lines or pipes enter the building. When large ant colonies or areas with continued ant pressure are present, InTice Border Patrol Stations may be installed close to nesting sites. These stations can be used with InTice Gelanimo 4 oz cups or InTice Thiquid.

Preventing Ant Infestations

Setting up a proactive defense using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies can help to prevent ant problems. Prevention methods should include eliminating conducive conditions and doing a perimeter pest treatment.

Eliminating Conductive Conditions

It is important to encourage your customers to implement preventative techniques around their home or business. They should work to minimize entry points and remove items that can attract ants. Customers should focus on:

  • Preventing access into structures by sealing holes, cracks, and gaps
  • Controlling moisture in and around structures
  • Eliminating potential food sources
  • Removing excess debris and objects that ants can use as nesting sites
  • Trimming branches and foliage so they aren’t touching the structure

Perimeter Pest Treatment

In addition to these techniques, a 2-step perimeter pest treatment can also be used to prevent ant infestations. You will want to focus on areas that ants find most attractive using this approach.

1.  Spray the Perimeter

You will want to create a repellent barrier that will help to keep ants from entering the structure. Using micro-encapsulated LambdaStar UltraCap 9.7% or EcoVia EC Emulsifiable Concentrate, spray along the exterior foundation or ground junction, expansion joints, eaves and overhangs, and window and door frames. You should also apply insecticide sprays along structural guidelines and areas where different materials connect such as wood and siding, siding and trim, or siding and the foundation.

2. Apply Granular Baits

After creating a repellent barrier, you will want to focus on a granular bait application. Placing bait around the perimeter will help to prevent ants from entering the structure. Before foraging ants make it to the repellent barrier or the structure, they will find the bait and take it back to the nest where the colony will consume it, killing the colony. You will want to apply the bait around the perimeter of the structure and outside of the repellent barrier. For long-lasting protection, InTice 10 Perimeter Bait is an ideal solution. Another effective option is EcoVia G Granular Insecticide, which is a 25(b) exempt botanical product.

Ant infestations can be difficult to control, but the right strategy can help you achieve success. Understanding ant behaviors and properly identifying ant species will help to ensure that the correct control methods are being implemented. Whether you are treating an active infestation or setting up a proactive defense to prevent infestations, Rockwell’s range of insecticide baits, sprays, and dusts will give you an unfair advantage against these pests.

Different Types of Granular Baits: Which Types to Use When & Where?

Different Types of Granular Baits: Which Types to Use When & Where?

Granular baits are effective against a variety of pests. Different granular baits are available with a range of active ingredients. There are non-repellent and repellent baits, and these baits are more effective in different situations. It is important to choose the bait that will be most efficient for the services your customers need. To ensure you can provide your customers with effective results, Rockwell Labs offers both non-repellent and repellent baits with different active ingredients to control and prevent a broad spectrum of pests.

InVict-Xpress Granular Bait: Best for Active Infestations

When your customers are dealing with an active infestation, you need a bait that will help you quickly gain control and provide immediate results. InVict Xpress granular bait contains .5% imidacloprid for lightning-fast control of a variety of crawling insects including ants, cockroaches, crickets, mole crickets, silverfish, firebrats, and earwigs. It has a proprietary bait matrix that contains multiple food attractants that insects find irresistible. It is non-repellent so it won’t chase pests away. When foraging, cockroaches, crickets, silverfish, firebrats, and earwigs will find the bait, eat it, and die. Foraging worker ants take the bait back to the nest where the larvae will digest the food and excrete liquid food for the colony. As the ants feed on the liquid food, the colony will die. InVict Xpress has low use rates, saving you money, time, and space.

Where to Use:

  • Perimeter Applications: InVict Xpress can be applied around the perimeter of the structure at a rate of ½-1 oz per 100 sq ft. Using a hand shaker, duster, or mechanical spreader, apply in a band from 1-3 feet wide around the perimeter of buildings.
  • Turf Applications: Apply at a rate of 4-8 oz per 1000 sq ft using a hand shaker or mechanical spreader. Make sure to apply evenly.
  • Sewer Applications: Apply at a rate of 1 oz per 100 sq ft along ledges inside sewers and around manhole covers.
  • Indoor Applications: InVict Xpress can be applied indoors in areas that are inaccessible to children and pets. Apply bait with a hand shaker or duster at a rate of .5 oz per 100 sq ft. It can also be placed in tamper-resistant bait stations.

InTice 10 Perimeter Bait: Best for Regular Scheduled Service & Maintenance

InTice 10 perimeter bait is the only 10% boric acid granular bait available. It is highly effective, non-repellent, and long-lasting, making it ideal for regular scheduled service and maintenance. It is a broad-spectrum bait that controls ants, cockroaches, crickets, earwigs, silverfish, millipedes, sowbugs, pillbugs, mole crickets, snails, and slugs. Ants will take the bait back to the nest, killing off the colony. Other target pests eat the bait and die. The proprietary bait matrix contains a blend of premium food attractants including protein, carbohydrates, and oils. InTice 10 is weather-resistant and is effective for up to 90 days outdoors, making it ideal for quarterly service programs. It lasts up to one year or more indoors in attics and crawlspaces. The active ingredient will not break down from heat or UV light. It is suitable for green service programs and has low use rates compared to 5% boric acid granular baits.

Where to Use:

  • Outdoor Applications: For outdoor applications, apply at a rate of 1 lb per 1000 sq ft. When treating the perimeter of buildings, apply in a band from 2-4 feet wide around the perimeter. You can apply bait along the edges of sidewalks, patios, and driveways. Bait can also be applied under decks, in mulch beds, flowerbeds, and gardens.
  • Indoor Applications: InTice 10 can be applied indoors to areas that are inaccessible to children and pets or placed in tamper-resistant bait stations. Apply at a rate of 3 oz per 100 sq ft with a hand shaker or duster to attics, crawlspaces, utility closets, dirt or gravel cellar floors, wall voids, and other areas where insects may harbor. Apply 1-3 puffs per linear ft to cracks and crevices.
  • Turf Applications: At a rate of 1 lb per 1000 sq ft, apply InTice 10 evenly over the area. Note: InTice 10 is not labeled for use on turf in California.
  • Sewer Applications: Bait can be applied along ledges inside sewers as well as around manhole covers.
  • Food Processing & Handling Establishment Applications: In food areas, bait can only be applied in cracks, crevices, and other inaccessible areas. Don’t apply to a surface where food is stored, prepared, or served.

EcoVia G Granular Insecticide: Preventative & Maintenance Scheduled Service

EcoVia G granular insecticide is a repellent granular bait that is ideal for preventative services. Its active ingredients are botanical oils including thyme oil, clove oil, lemongrass oil, and rosemary oil. Through its repellency action, it controls a wide variety of flying and crawling insects including ants, centipedes, chiggers, chinch bugs, cockroaches, crickets, earwigs, fleas, leafhoppers, mosquitoes, millipedes, mites, pillbugs, and ticks. EcoVia G contains over twice the level of active ingredients compared to other 25(b) botanical granules, providing quicker control and longer residual protection. It has low use rates and can be reapplied as needed. EcoVia G is suitable for green service programs and is safe for use around children and pets when used as directed.

Where to Use:

  • Perimeter Applications: Apply at a rate of 1-2 lbs per 1000 sq ft in a uniform band to an area 2-5 ft around the foundation. The bait can be applied to landscaping, under bushes and shrubs, under decks, and other areas close to the structure. Reapply every 4 weeks or as necessary.
  • Mosquito & Tick Applications: EcoVia G is great for controlling mosquitoes and ticks. Focus on areas where these pests are likely to harbor. Apply EcoVia G granules to turf, landscaped areas, ground cover vegetation, and wooded areas at a rate of 1-2 lbs per 1000 sq ft. You can repeat the application as necessary.
  • Indoor Plantscape Applications: EcoVia G granules can be applied to the soil in interior plantscapes. Apply at lower usage rates and in areas with adequate ventilation.

Granular baits are effective and versatile, making them an ideal solution for a wide range of pest problems. With a variety of baits available, it is important that you choose the right one. The active ingredients, the needs of your customer, the type and severity of the pest problem, and the areas of application will determine which bait will be most effective. Whether you need quick control of an active infestation or are doing a preventative treatment, Rockwell Labs has a granular bait that can help.

Equipment Options Available for Applying InVade Bio Sanitation Products

Equipment Options Available for Applying InVade Bio Sanitation Products


Commercial facilities often struggle with chronic moisture and organic matter build-up, creating conducive conditions for pests to thrive. Pest management professionals can address these concerns with a good sanitation program using the InVade line of probiotic cleaners. These products are effective green cleaners that work more effectively than simple chemical cleaners in these tough environmental conditions.

When bio sanitation products are needed for servicing facilities, you will more than likely need to use, or consider using, specialized equipment particularly for wide area applications. For some InVade products, using foaming equipment can make applications easier and more efficient. There is also programmable equipment available when needing localized, continuous applications. Rockwell Labs has several professional equipment options available for applying InVade Bio Sanitation products.

Foamer Simpson 5.0

The Foamer Simpson 5.0 is a 5.0-liter (1.3 gallon capacity) pump-up foamer that delivers rich, thick foam with a consistency similar to shaving cream. The lightweight, durable plastic construction is reliable and makes servicing job sites easy. Its angled fan spray nozzle, 17″ wand, and 6.5′ hose make it easier to spray with less bending and increased range without needing to move the tank. A tool change isn’t necessary to coat surfaces or foam drains. Replacement parts are readily available. The Foamer Simpson 5.0 is ideal for use with InVade Bio Foam, OutLAST Pro foaming agent, or any other foaming product that is compatible with plastic. When using it with InVade Bio Foam, dilute InVade Bio Foam at a rate of 1 oz per quart of water.

Power Foamer

The Power Foamer is a rechargeable, battery-powered foamer that provides power throughout the day. With one charge, the long-life lithium-ion battery delivers power that will last for 6-7 tank fills. The Power Foamer comes with three tips for variable foam thickness. It has a working capacity of 1.5 gallons, and the translucent tank with level indicator makes it easy to fill and keep track of the product used. It comes with a 51″ hose, and 18.5″ fiberglass wand. With its durable construction, it is a reliable tool you can count on for your applications. You can also connect it to an external air compressor or pump it manually. The Power Foamer pairs well with InVade Bio Foam, OutLAST Pro foaming agent, and other foaming products.

InVade Power Dose

The InVade Power Dose is a programmable dispenser injection system that delivers a metered dose of concentrated microbial solution straight into drain lines. Its compact size allows for flexible installation close to where drain treatment is needed. The Power Dose cartridges contain premium, natural microbes that digest organic matter, activating when they come in contact with it. The continuous dosing maximizes the effectiveness of the microbes, resulting in the elimination of organic build-up and odors. The cartridges are easy to install and easy to replace, making servicing simple and quick. Each cartridge contains approximately a 30-day dosing supply. The InVade Power Dose does not contain harsh chemicals or fumes and is suitable for green service programs. It won’t harm septic systems or municipal water treatment operations. Power Dose is a great add-on service to any bio sanitation program.

InVade Mini-Doser

The InVade Mini Doser is a programmable dosing pump for use anywhere bio remediation is needed. It is designed to work with InVade Bio Cleaner and automatically doses the correct amount with the tamper-resistant programmable digital timer. It treats grease traps up to 500 gallons in size for 90 days. The programmable timer can be set to dose up to 8 times in a 24-hour period. Using the InVade Mini Doser will help to extend service intervals for grease trap pump outs or drain maintenance. The wall mounted unit includes the pump, timer, fittings, and bracket needed to hold a one-gallon jug of InVade Bio Cleaner.

InVade Spray Doser

The InVade Spray Doser is a programmable spray doser that applies probiotic cleaners over a wide area. It is effective when paired with a diluted solution of InVade Bio Cleaner. The wall-mounted unit can be configured to spray for a desired time and interval. It is easy to use. Simply place the input tube into the product to be sprayed, and mount the output tube so the spray covers the area to be treated. It is ideal for use in dumpsters, trash chutes, compactors, or any area with organic build-up or persistent odors. The unit includes a pump, power cord, tubing, spray tip, connectors, mounting screws, and a key.

A bio sanitation program is a great service offering for pest management professionals to provide their commercial accounts. To effectively serve your customers, you need to have the right tools available. It is important to have products and equipment that are effective and reliable. The right equipment can help make servicing customers easier and more efficient. Whether you are looking for a foamer or a programmable doser, Rockwell Labs has several options available to fit the varying needs of your customers.

Using Bait Stations for Bait Placements

Using Bait Stations for Bait Placements


Liquid, gel, and granular insecticide baits provide pest management professionals important treatment options for the control of many crawling pests. Baits have some key advantages over other types of insecticides. However, for many types of applications, they should be placed in a protective device (i.e., station) to reduce the possibility of exposure and/or accessibility to the bait material, particularly indoors. Bait stations are designed to prevent accidental exposure to baits and also protect the bait from moisture, dust, dirt, and other unfavorable conditions to prolong the effectiveness of the bait. Bait stations also project a more professional service versus random gel and liquid bait placements. There are different types of bait stations available that are designed to work with different types of baits and for various placement locations.

Bait stations offered by Rockwell Labs include:

D-Sect IPM Station

The D-Sect IPM Station is a patented and discreet bait station designed for baiting, monitoring, trapping, and killing insect pests. These stations work with liquid, gel, and granular baits. D-Sect Custom Glueboards can also be used for monitoring insect pests. The stations can be placed indoors and in protected areas outdoors for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. The station’s tamper-resistant design allows target pests easy access to the bait while keeping children and pets out. The stations protect the glueboards from dust and are durable, ensuring they won’t get crushed. The keyless entry allows for fast servicing, and the knockout holes make reapplying bait easy.

BaitPlate Station

The BaitPlate Station is a sturdy and versatile station that holds gel, granular, and liquid baits. It is smaller than the D-Sect station and is ideal for baiting ants, cockroaches, and other crawling insects. The stations have dual bait compartments, allowing for the use of multiple baits in one station. The ramped entry gives pests easy access to the bait. Its lid includes an adjustable tab, making it perfect for both large and small insects. The BaitPlate Stations keep the bait contained and protected from the elements. The stations can be easily refilled or removed and can be mounted flat or vertically. They fit inside the D-Sect IPM Station and work well with our InVict Advanced Baits and InTice Borate Baits.

InTice Border Patrol System

The InTice Border Patrol System is a durable above ground station perfect for setting up a protective perimeter defense against ants. It integrates with the InTice Gelanimo Ant Bait 4 oz cup. After removing the lid from the cup, it can simply be placed into the station. Granular baits, like InTice 10 Perimeter Bait, can also be used in the station. Crawling insects have access to the bait through the four downward facing openings under the lid. The InTice Border Patrol System protects the bait from moisture and keeps it fresher for a longer duration. It also helps to ensure children, pets, and non-target insects don’t have access to the bait. Its keyless, snap-on lid design makes servicing easy.

PFT Station

The PFT Stations are durable, versatile, and ideal for baiting, trapping, and monitoring pests in commercial and residential environments. The PFT In-Ground Station works well with liquid and granular baits. It is ideal for high-volume liquid ant baiting. The station is discreet and easy to service. The baiting cup can be removed without needing to remove the station from the ground. The design helps to minimize evaporation of the bait and keeps debris and excess moisture out. The PFT Hanging Station can be used for baiting, trapping, and monitoring flying insects. It works well with our InVite Lures. The station’s removable molded-in aperture disc allows for multiple opening sizes to capture most flying insects. The station utilizes a standard 16 oz drink cup that can be easily replaced when it becomes full or dirty.

Insecticide baits, whether they are gels, liquids, or granules, can be very effective against a variety of pests. The inclusion of bait stations with bait placements can make your baiting efforts more efficient and provide peace of mind to your customers. Bait stations help to prevent accidental exposure to children, pets, and the environment while also protecting the bait from moisture and debris. They also add the professional touch to your service program that your customers appreciate. With the advantages they provide and their ease of use, bait stations are a great addition to any pest management program.


Rockwell Labs Welcomes Adam Reed!

Rockwell Labs Welcomes Adam Reed!

Rockwell Labs Ltd is pleased to welcome Adam Reed as a new member of its team as Technical Sales Representative for the Western Region, which includes California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Reed comes with a strong sales background in both Distribution and Manufacturing. He has over 9 years of experience in the pest control industry with roles as a Regional Sales Manager for AMGUARD where he managed a five-state territory and as an Account Executive with Univar ES (now Veseris) where he was responsible for selling to pest control companies and agricultural producers. Reed excels in the growth of sales and the management and expansion of territories. Throughout his career, Reed has developed a strong network in the industry. His knowledge and experience will help him to provide exceptional support to his customers.

“Rockwell Labs is excited to have Adam Reed joining our National Sales Team as an Independent Representative for our Western Territory,” says James Osuch, Vice President of Sales for Rockwell Labs. “His many years of experience as a distributor Technical Representative in Southern California, and more recently a Manufacturer Technical Representative in the South Central Region provides him a wide range of knowledge and expertise related to products, customer needs, and market trends. We believe he will be a strong addition to our team and will continue to support our strategy of providing local customer support across the US. “

Adam can be reached at 760-239-8968 or via his email address: .

Rockwell Labs has been a pest control industry mainstay for over 20 years, and a longtime proponent of Integrated Pest Management. The Rockwell team is dedicated to producing the best products and solutions for pest control professionals, including for green service treatments

The Difference Between Microbial and Enzyme-Based Bio Sanitation Products

The Difference Between Microbial and Enzyme-Based Bio Sanitation Products

Sanitation programs can be a great service offering for pest management professionals to provide their commercial customers. The presence of chronic moisture and organic matter creates special challenges for sanitation in commercial facilities. Food and garbage areas are the primary problem spots.  Unfortunately, wash downs and wet mopping tends to just push food and other organic debris and moisture into cracks and crevices where it builds up and often makes problems worse.

A bio sanitation program can address these facility problems effectively and in a “green” manner. Bio sanitation products can actually digest organic matter and eliminate odors. Choosing the right bio sanitation products will help ensure optimal results as not all bio sanitations products work the same way. Some products contain microbes (good bacteria) that produce enzymes, while others just contain enzymes. While microbes and enzymes both break down organic debris, they act differently with varying results. So how are microbes and enzymes similar and how are they different?

Similarities Between Microbes and Enzymes

Microbes (good bacteria) and enzymes are different, but they share a few characteristics. They are both naturally occurring. Microbes, like strains found in our InVade Bio Sanitation products, are derived from soil. Enzymes are produced by microbes. Enzymes and microbes effectively break down organic debris; however, they do this task differently. When compared to other caustic chemical cleaners, microbes and enzymes are safer options.

Differences Between Microbes and Enzymes

Enzymes are non-living proteins. Unlike microbes, they don’t consume organic matter. They just break it down into small pieces. Specific strains of enzymes break down FOG (fats, oils, and grease), proteins, carbohydrates, and cellulose. They work faster than microbes, but they don’t reproduce. Different types of enzymes break down different molecules. Proteases break down protein molecules. Lipases break down fat molecules, and amylases break down starch molecules. While enzyme-based products will help to break down organic matter, they won’t eliminate it. 

Microbes are living organisms, and bacteria is one type of microbe. These microbes act as tiny enzyme and bacteria producing factories that activate in the presence of their food source. In the Invade product line that source is carbohydrates, proteins, fats, cellulose, and urea. Microbes reproduce quickly, multiplying while a food source is available. Microbial products are more effective than enzyme-based products because they digest organic matter instead of just breaking it down.

How Microbes and Enzymes Work Together

Microbes and enzymes can work together to produce an effective bio sanitation product. Since bacteria cannot consume large pieces of organic matter, they need enzymes to break it down. Microbes produce these enzymes, and the enzymes help to speed up the chemical reactions between bacteria and waste. Once the enzymes break down organic matter into smaller pieces, the bacteria can digest it. This eliminates the waste, only leaving behind water and carbon dioxide. Microbes and enzymes work together to ensure organic matter is fully digested, resulting in efficient cleaning and odor elimination, even under the most challenging conditions.

InVade Bio Sanitation Products

Our InVade Bio Sanitation products utilize the power of microbes and enzymes. They are effective green cleaners that work more effectively than simple chemical cleaners in areas with chronic moisture and organic matter. Our InVade products contain microbe spores that activate when in contact with organic debris, which is their food source. The microbe strains found in the products were selected for their superior enzymatic activity and are effective against proteins, carbohydrates, fats including grease, and cellulose. They work well for a wide range of organic waste-related applications including drain lines, grease traps, hard surface cleaning and deodorizing, septic and waste treatment, as well as carpet and fabric care.

The InVade Bio Sanitation line includes:

  • InVade Bio Bullet: The InVade Bio Bullet is a slow-dissolving solid block that contains naturally occurring, premium microbes in high concentrations. It dissolves over a 30–90-day period and reduces sludge, fats, oils, grease build-up, and other food-based waste and odors.
  • InVade Bio Cleaner: InVade Bio Cleaner is a versatile 4-in-1 cleaning agent for mopping, spraying, foaming, and drain treatment. It is ideal for use in commercial kitchens, on dumpster pads, in outdoor dining areas, and in cracks and crevices
  • InVade Bio Drain: InVade Bio Drain is a thickened probiotic gel cleaning formula for direct application to drains. It clings to the sides of drains, providing the microbes with maximum contact and enhancing the digestion of scum and the elimination of odors. It also works well in beverage fountain drip tray lines.
  • InVade Bio Foam: InVade Bio Foam has a super-concentrated foaming formula that is effective for eliminating organic build-up and odors in commercial kitchens. The foam coats the application area to provide longer contact time for the microbes to work. It is designed to integrate with the Foamer Simpson™ or a power foamer.
  • InVade Bio Zap: InVade Bio Zap is a ready-to-use spray that quickly eliminates organic odors at the source. It also removes stains, odors, and excrements from carpets, fabric, and hard surfaces. It can be applied to cracks, crevices, floor edges, garbage receptacles, bathroom walls, voids, and urinals.
  • InVade Hot Spot+: InVade Hot Spot+ is an aerosol foam that offers 4-way action. It contains fast-acting enzymes, premium microbes, powerful citrus oil, and odor neutralization technology. It is ideal for drains, cracks/crevices, and other areas or voids with organic build-up. The 360° valve allows the can to be sprayed in any orientation for easy application.
  • InVade Mop Clean: InVade Mop Clean is a hard surface cleaner that is available in a convenient single dose pouch for daily use and easy application. It eliminates odors and organic build-up in cracks and crevices in floor tiles, voids, baseboards, and drains. It is ideal for use in commercial kitchens.
  • InVade Power Dose: InVade Power Dose is a programmable dispenser injection system that delivers a metered dose of concentrated microbial solution to drain lines. The 30-day continuous dosing maximizes the effectiveness of microbes. It is easy to install for simple and quick servicing.
  • InVade SeptiTreat: InVade SeptiTreat is formulated to keep septic systems functioning properly. It reduces odors and frequency of pump outs and replenishes natural bacteria. Each 8 oz bottle typically treats a home septic system for 3 months and can be poured into a drain or toilet that leads to a septic tank.

Microbes and enzymes are powerful and naturally occurring ingredients. When used together, they effectively break down and fully digest organic build-up, resulting in efficient cleaning and odor elimination. Using the proven power of InVade Bio Sanitation Technology, you will be able to pursue a bio sanitation program with confidence and address your customer’s sanitation issues in a “green” manner.

Borate Bait Options for Outdoor & Indoor Crawling Insect Control

Borate Bait Options for Outdoor & Indoor Crawling Insect Control

Crawling pests are a common problem for homeowners and business owners. To help your customers, you will want to incorporate borate baits into your treatment plan. Borate baits are often used in pest management programs because they are tried and true. These reliable baits can be found in various forms, including liquid, gel, and granules, ensuring there is a product to meet your needs. The proven performance of borate baits makes them an ideal solution against indoor and outdoor crawling insects.

How Borate Baits Work

Boric acid (orthoboric acid) and borax (sodium tetraborate decahydrate) have proven efficacy against crawling pests, which is why they are used as the active ingredient in insecticide baits. When target pests ingest a borate bait, it disrupts their digestive system, causing them to die. Borate baits are very effective against ant infestations. Some borate baits are designed to allow ants to eat the bait and carry it back to the nest. The ants share the bait with the other ants, gradually killing the colony.

Rockwell Labs Borate Baits

Rockwell Labs’ InTice borate baits offer several highly effective and innovative borate bait formulations for pest management professionals that deliver superior efficacy against pests. Our line of borate baits has no pyrethroid or neonic use restrictions and is suitable for green service programs. Our InTice borate product line combines the proven performance of borates with innovative bait formulation technology, resulting in the successful control of crawling pests.

The InTice Borate Bait product line includes:

InTice 10 Perimeter Bait

InTice 10 perimeter bait is formulated with 10% boric acid. It contains a premium blend of food attractants including protein, carbohydrates, and oils designed to attract and kill a variety of crawling pests. InTice 10 granules are non-repellent, so they won’t chase pests away. The 10% active provides outstanding value with lower use rates. Outdoors, InTice 10 can be applied at a rate of 1 lb per 1000 sq ft. The indoor application rate is 3 oz per 100 sq ft. The lower use rates save you time, money, and weight and space on trucks. Boric acid provides the dual effect of protecting the moisture-resistant bait from mold while also killing insects. Starting with 10% versus 5% maintains a higher amount of boric acid over time as the granules are exposed to water. InTice 10 provides up to 90 days of residual protection outdoors. It also remains effective for a year or more when applied indoors in attics and crawlspaces.

InTice Gelanimo Ant Bait

InTice Gelanimo ant bait is formulated with 3% borax and food grade ingredients. The bait utilizes a patented rigid hydro-gel technology. It has a high moisture content with a consistency similar to gelatin. The bait remains stable at temperatures up to 130° F, so it won’t become gooey or sticky. You won’t have to worry about the bait spilling or making a mess. Multiple ants can cut and carry pieces to the nest without drowning in the bait. InTice Gelanimo can be used indoors and outdoors.

InTice Gelanimo ant bait is available in several packaging options:

  • Ready-to-Use Station: The .25 oz easy-to-use stations provide you with a quick, tool-less bait option. Simply remove the sticker on the bottom of the station and place it with the hole facing down. Place the station in areas where ants have been seen trailing including around sinks, tubs, window sills, under appliances, and along structural edges.
  • 4 oz Cup: The 4 oz cup can be used with our InTice Border Patrol System station for long-term control of heavy outdoor infestations. Remove the lid from the cup, place the cup into the above ground station, and put the lid on the station. Border patrol system stations should be placed in areas where ants are likely to congregate.
  • 35 g Syringe: InTice Gelanimo is also available in a 35 g syringe. The bait can be applied to pieces of cardboard, paper, foil, or in BaitPlate stations. Bait may be placed indoors in areas where ants have been seen. Outdoors, place bait close to where ants are entering the structure. To create a perimeter defense system, you can place bait 5-10 feet apart around the perimeter of the structure.

InTice Thiquid

InTice Thiquid ant bait is a thick syrup bait that controls a wide range of ants including pharaoh ants. The bait is formulated with 5% borax and a blend of premium food ingredients. It’s designed to attract ants quickly and kill the ants you see and those in the nest. InTice Thiquid can be applied to cardboard, paper, foil, or in BaitPlate stations. The bait stays where it is applied and won’t run off of flat surfaces. Baits should be place in areas where ants have been seen. You can also place the bait outdoors near trailing ants. As with InTice Gelanimo, you can protect the perimeter of a structure by placing the bait around it every 5-10 feet. Non-repellent insecticides may be applied over the bait for a double whammy elimination effect. InTice Thiquid is available in 4 oz dropper bottles and 1-gallon jugs.

Using BaitPlate Stations with Borate Baits

Our BaitPlate stations work well with our borate baits. The stations are sturdy and versatile, providing you with an effective and economical option when using baits. If the bait needs to be contained or easily removed, these stations are ideal. They hold gel, granule, and liquid baits and are designed for baiting ants, cockroaches, and other crawling insects. The stations are adjustable, so they can be used for large and small insects. When using the stations, snap the halves together, ensuring they are securely fastened and no air gaps are present. BaitPlate stations can be mounted flat or vertically.

When dealing with crawling pests, borate baits are an effective solution. Their proven performance, ease-of-use, and versatility will make it easy to provide treatment for your customers, ensuring they can enjoy their indoor and outdoor spaces without having to worry about pests. Whether you are looking for a liquid, gel, or granular bait, Rockwell Labs has you covered.

Resources Available from Rockwell Labs

Resources Available from Rockwell Labs

Choosing the right product is only half the battle when it comes to pest management. It is important to have access to quality information and educational resources. Rockwell Labs offers several resources to help ensure your efforts are successful and your customers are happy. Check out the different resources available to you on our website.

Technical Guides

Our technical guides and service protocols provide information to help you confidently and effectively handle pest and bio-sanitation problems. The guides are beneficial whether you are treating residential or commercial accounts. You can find information about common pests, products, and application tips to guarantee effective results.

Our technical guide topics include:

  • Ant Management
  • Bed Bug Control
  • Cockroach Management (English and Spanish versions available)
  • Mosquito Management
  • EcoVia Botanicals (Benefits and Science of Botanical Insecticides)
  • Flea & Tick Management
  • InVade Bio Sanitation Treatment Protocol
  • Overwintering Pests
  • Perimeter Pest Control
  • Small Fly Management
  • Choosing the Appropriate Dust

You can read, download, and print any of our technical guides. If you would prefer a hard copy, contact your Rockwell Labs technical rep and they will be able to assist you.


If you are seeking information about our products or service training, our videos are a great resource. The video section is comprised of three categories including:

  • Company and Product Overview Video: This video provides background information about Rockwell Labs. You can also familiarize yourself with our different product lines.
  • Product/Treatment Videos: These videos contain detailed information about our products and equipment. You can also view videos that explain application protocols and the ideal products to use for specific pest problems.
  • Educational/Training Videos: Our educational and training videos offer additional information to help you deal with pest problems. You can find information about green and conventional protocols, pursuing a bio sanitation business, tips for choosing the right products, and product application tips (to name a few).

Printed Literature

Our printed literature section contains other product-related information. You’ll be able to view the Rockwell Labs product catalog, which provides detailed information about available products and product codes.

Other literature includes information about:

  • The InVade product line
  • SeptiTreat
  • EcoVia EC
  • Invict Xpress
  • The Spanish InTice 10 product sheet

These can be viewed, downloaded, and printed.

Quick Tip Sheets

For a quick but helpful read, you can view our quick tip sheets. These pack a lot of information into easy one page reference sheets. They highlight various pest treatment protocols and provide information about our products.

Our quick tip sheet topics include:

  • Ultimate 2-Step Perimeter Protection
  • Top 10 Reasons Why You Need InTice 10
  • Spring Foraging Ant Baiting Product Guide
  • Get Control of Small Flies, Turn the Scum into Bait
  • 10 Reasons Why CimeXa Should Be Your Go-To Bed Bug Product
  • Cockroach Bait Rotation Prevents Bait Aversion
  • Get Lightning-Fast Results for Active Infestations
  • Monitoring Solutions for Stored Product Pests
  • Cockroach Resistance. Diversify Your Plan of Attack!
  • The Most Advanced Botanical Concentrate Formulation for Mosquito & Tick Control
  • Get Into the Green Scene with Rockwell’s Green Zone Products
  • Innovative Bait Formulation Technology for Superior Efficacy Against Ants

Product Documentation

This section includes important reference information and documentation related to various Rockwell products regarding organic use classifications, specifications, NSF registrations, and statements.  

Documentation includes:

  • National Organic Program Statement: This document certifies that the products listed meet the requirements of the USDA National Organic Program (NOP). These products can be used for pests on organic crops, organic livestock, and in and around organic processing facilities.
  • InVade Bio Sanitation Specifications: The specifications document discusses the microbial blend used in our InVade Bio Sanitation products, how the microbes work, why the strains chosen are the most effective at fighting organic build-up, and end product specifications for the InVade product line.  
  • InVade Bio Cleaner NSF Registration: This document verifies the NSF registration of InVade Bio Cleaner and outlines the acceptable uses of the product. NSF Registration Number 141413.
  • InVade Bio Drain NSF Registration: This document verifies the NSF registration of InVade Bio Drain and outlines the acceptable uses of the product. NSF Registration Number 141412.
  • InVade Bio Sanitation Food Processing Facility Usage Statement: Food Processing Facilities Including USDA Inspected Meat and Poultry Plants and National Organic Program Compliant Processing Facilities. You can find information about our InVade Bio Sanitation product line in this document. It provides information about the safety and efficacy of the products, registration information, use directions, and guidelines for using products in organic facilities.
  • InVade Non-Pathogenic Statement: This document states that the Bacillus spp. microbial spores found in our InVade Bio Sanitation products are nonpathogenic and safe to plants, animals, aquatic life, and humans when used as directed. You can also find general guidelines for using the products as well.

Ingredient & Product Reference Materials

This section includes information about ingredients used in our products, Rockwell’s “Green Zone” product designations, product “Hazard Tier” designations, as well as additional product reference materials.

Reference materials include:

  • What is Amorphous Silica?: Our CimeXa Insecticide Dust contains 92.1% silicon dioxide as synthetic amorphous silica. This document provides information about amorphous silica including safety information.
  • PEP Allergen Information: Our EcoVia insecticides contain 2-Phenylethyl Propionate (PEP), which is found in plants and peanuts. PEP does not contribute to the allergic reactions associated with peanuts. This information is outlined in this document.
  • What Does Green Zone & Green Zone Brand Mean?: Some of our products have green zone and green zone brand logos on their labels. These logos identify products that we find suitable for a green service offering. For more information, you can visit this page.
  • Green Zone Product List: You can find a list of our products with a green zone logo that we consider suitable for green service offerings.
  • Product Hazard Tier Evaluations for USGBC LEED®-EBOM Programs: Our product hazard tier evaluations provide the active ingredients, EPA registration numbers (when applicable), and the hazard assessment for our products.
  • Borate Hazard Tiers: InVade Products: This document provides detailed information about the LEED® hazard tier rating for our borate-based products. It explains why these products are classified as Tier III, which is the least-toxic or lowest concern category.
  • Microbes vs Enzymes: Microbes and enzymes are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing. Microbes produce enzymes that digest organic matter. This document highlights the advantages of using microbial products over enzyme-only products.
  • Statement on Usage of PFAS: This statement verifies that Rockwell Labs products are not formulated with PFAS or PFAS-based products.

BorActin 2ee Label: Recommendation to Control Fruit Flies and Phorid Flies

This section contains our FIFRA Section 2(ee) recommendation for our BorActin insecticide powder. The recommendation is made in accordance to FIFRA Section 2(ee). This section outlines circumstances when a pesticide can be used in a manner that is not specifically listed on the label. Our recommendation includes information for using BorActin to treat fruit flies and phorid flies. If using the product in accordance to the recommendation, some states require PMPs to have this document with them.  


EcoVia MT Supplemental Label & EcoVia EC & MT Application Calculator

Following application guidelines can help ensure pest control efforts are successful. These label addendums will help you determine the best application rates when using EcoVia MT and EcoVia EC.

  • EcoVia MT Supplemental Label: Our supplemental label provides dilution charts and supplemental application recommendations. It includes dilution rates for mosquito, tick, and fly control using coarse sprays and backpack sprayers as well as rates for backpack misters, cold/ULV foggers, and other portable misting devices. For best results, we recommend following the application guidelines.
  • EcoVia EC & MT Application Rate Calculator: This form can be filled out to calculate application rates for EcoVia EC & EcoVia MT. You’ll be able to find results for spraying, fogging, and ULV misting applications.

Current Promotions

Our promotions section is where you can find information about any active product promotions. Details are outlined on information sheets that you can view and download. You can also contact your Rockwell Technical Representative for more information.

Having access to educational resources enables you to confidently serve your customers. Our resources are designed to help you effectively treat pest and bio-sanitation problems. Whether you’re looking for technical guides, videos, or current promotions, Rockwell Labs has you covered.

Advantages of Using InTice 10 Perimeter Bait in a Perimeter Pest Treatment

Advantages of Using InTice 10 Perimeter Bait in a Perimeter Pest Treatment

Having an effective perimeter treatment program is beneficial to you and your customers. Homeowners want to prevent pests from entering their house and a perimeter treatment can meet this need. To achieve efficient results, it is crucial to choose the right products to keep your customers happy and minimize callbacks. Our InTice 10 perimeter bait is the ideal key product in a perimeter pest treatment program because it offers proven and effective results. Check out seven key advantages of making InTice 10 the cornerstone of your perimeter treatment program.

1. Highly Effective & Non-Repellent

InTice 10 is a highly effective granular bait. It is formulated with a proprietary bait matrix that contains a blend of premium food attractants including protein, carbohydrates, and oils. This formula is designed to attract and kill a variety of crawling pests. InTice 10 is non-repellent and does not chase pests away. Ants eat the bait and carry it back to the nest where they share it with the colony, eliminating the source of the infestation. Other target pests will eat the bait and die.

2. Exclusive Formula & Outstanding Value 

InTice 10 is the only 10% boric acid granular bait available. A 10% boric acid bait has advantages over baits formulated with 5% boric acid. When exposed to rain and irrigation systems, the 10% granules will maintain a higher concentration of boric acid compared to a 5% bait as the granules are exposed to water. This results in longer lasting effectiveness. A 10% boric acid bait also has a lower use rate of only 1 lb per 1000 sq ft. This is half the rate of a 5% bait, making it a more economical option. Using InTice 10 will save you money, time, and space on trucks.

3. Broad Spectrum & Broad Label 

InTice 10 controls a variety of pests including ants, cockroaches, crickets, earwigs, silverfish, millipedes, sowbugs, pillbugs, snails, and slugs. InTice 10 also has a broad use label and can be applied both outdoors and indoors including food areas. InTice 10 is great to use in voids, attics, crawlspaces, and unfinished basements. Typically, a once-a-year treatment is all that is needed in these protected areas.

4. Works in the Toughest Areas

Multi-layered surfaces, such as mulch beds, grass, and ground cover vegetation, can be difficult to treat. These areas provide pests with food, moisture, and shelter. Maintaining a repellent barrier on these surfaces can be challenging. Opting for a granular bait instead of an insecticide spray can provide more effective, longer-lasting results. You can apply InTice 10 granules to mulch beds, grass, and ground cover vegetation. It can be used on turf except in California.

5. No Weather Application Restrictions: Mold & Moisture Resistant  

There are no weather restrictions when using InTice 10, which means you can apply it during rainy weather. When exposed to rain, InTice 10 maintains its effectiveness. It can also be applied to yards with irrigation systems. Not only is the bait moisture resistant, it is also mold resistant. The boric acid helps to protect the bait from mold and mildew while working to kill pests. Because of its resistance to moisture and mold, InTice 10 keeps working as a perimeter bait even under difficult outdoor conditions.

6. Long Residual Protection

When using a granular bait either outdoors or indoors, it is important to find a product that provides long residual protection. The boric acid in InTice 10 will not break down from heat or UV light. For outdoor treatments, it remains effective for up to 90 days. This makes it a great option for a quarterly service program. When InTice 10 is applied indoors, it is a once-a-year bait treatment. The combination of high efficacy and long residual provides customers with lasting protection, resulting in fewer callbacks.

7. No Pyrethriod or Neonicotinoid Restrictions

InTice 10 is a mineral-based bait that contains naturally derived boric acid. It is suitable for green service programs. InTice 10 has no pyrethroid or neonic use restrictions, which makes it ideal for an outdoor perimeter program. There are no PPE requirements when handling and applying InTice 10 except in California.

How to Use InTice 10 in a 3-Step Perimeter Pest Treatment Program

When implementing a perimeter pest treatment program, a three-step process can help you achieve effective and long-lasting results. Whether your clients are looking for a green or conventional program, Rockwell Labs has products to help you meet their needs.

Step 1. Spray the Foundation

Spray the foundation, up to three feet high, of the structure. A green botanical product, like EcoVia EC emulsifiable concentrate, works well for a green service protocol. It provides fast knockdown and residual repellency for a wide range of pests, making it great for protecting the perimeter of a structure. EcoVia EC has no pyrethroid or neonic use restrictions. The application rate is 1 gal per 1000 sq ft and can be mixed at a rate of 2 oz per gallon of water. You can also use a synthetic pyrethroid product like LambdaStar UltraCap for a conventional service protocol that provides quick control and residual protection. It can be mixed at a rate of .4 oz per gallon of water and applied at a rate of 1 gallon per 1000 sq ft.

Step 2. Use InTice 10 Perimeter Bait

After spraying the foundation, you will want to treat the perimeter of the structure with InTice 10. Granules should be applied in a 2–3-foot band outside of where you previously sprayed. Apply at a rate of 4-6 oz per 100 linear feet. InTice 10 can be used to treat mulch beds and landscaped areas. It is important to apply baits to pest-conducive areas away from the perimeter including woodpiles, tree stumps, near foraging ant trails, along the edges of sidewalks, patios, and driveways, near landscaping stones, and around exterior lights. InTice 10 perimeter bait is available in 1 lb and 4 lb shaker bottles, a 10 lb bag, and 40 lb carton.

Step 3. Apply Add-On Treatment

You can also provide additional treatments to help control spiders, occasional invaders, and overwintering pests. For a green program, EcoVia WD wettable dust is ideal. EcoVia WD works as a dust or wettable powder. To complement the perimeter treatments, we recommend applying EcoVia WD as a wettable powder to the underside of eaves, around window and door frames, weep holes, and under the edges of siding. EcoVia WD should be mixed at a rate of 2 oz per 1 gallon of water. For a conventional program, LambdaStar UltraCap can also provide great results. Apply in a one-inch pinstream to possible pest entry points including any cracks around window and door frames.

Creating and maintaining a protective barrier around your customer’s home can help to ensure pests aren’t a problem. Because of its many advantages, InTice 10 should be your go-to perimeter product. Incorporating InTice 10 into your perimeter program will help ensure your customers are satisfied while also providing value to your business. For more information about implementing a perimeter program, check out our Perimeter Pest Control Gu

Turning Filth To Clean With Green

Turning Filth To Clean With Green

InVade Bio Sanitation Product Logo
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The buildup of grease and microscopic food material was so thick that the white wall beneath the sink had turned orange. The lid on a trashcan in which staff dumped every kind of waste imaginable was also caked with grease and organic matter, attracting cockroaches and filth flies. And it stank. It was one of the nastiest restaurant kitchens Jennifer Leggett had ever seen. Luckily, the president and owner of Lindsey Pest Services in Jacksonville, Fla., was carrying a powerful weapon in her arsenal: InVade Bio Foam by Rockwell Labs. Leggett and her team foamed the wall and trashcan lid with InVade Bio Foam. The effect was instantaneous. “As the foam went down the wall, it turned the orange film to white,” Leggett recalls. “Once the surfaces were clean, we were able to apply baits.”

Removing debris: InVade Bio Foam contains powerful, natural microbes that digest and eliminate the organic gunk, including fats, oils and grease, protein, carbohydrates and urea. As an added bonus, they eliminate organic odors at the source. In a commercial kitchen, InVade Bio Foam can be applied in drains, beverage equipment and other machinery cracks, along baseboards, under counters and around dishwashers. Lindsey Pest Services also uses another Rockwell product, InVade Bio Bullets, to clean grease traps. The product contains bacteria that consume organic material like sludge, fats, oils and grease. Lindsey technicians, after treating a kitchen with Bio Foam and Bio Bullets, sell InVade Bio Cleaner to restaurant customers for use in mop water. Bio Cleaner’s microscopic probiotics continue to gobble organic matter long after the team is done with their treatment. Leggett likes all the InVade products not only because they are effective. They’re also nontoxic green products that smell nice. Leggett praises Dr. Cisse Spragins, a Pest Management Professional Hall of Famer (Class of 2018) who founded Rockwell Labs and today is the company’s owner and CEO. “She’s fantastic, brilliant,” Leggett says of Dr. Spragins. “She has developed some marvelous products.”

More tools in the toolbox: Lindsey Pest Services uses several other Rockwell products, including: CimeXa Insecticide Dust. Leggett has found that CimeXa is ideal for battling bed bugs. Only a light film of the product is needed. It’s odorless and the residual can last up to 10 years if not disturbed. “CimeXa is a ground-up silica gel that dehydrates the bed bug when they crawl through it — and a dried-out bug is a dead bug,” Leggett points out. Leggett places CimeXa inside wall voids, underneath furniture, between the mattress and box spring, and behind baseboards if possible. It also works in garages for flea control. “Bed bugs, fleas and silverfish don’t have a resistance to CimeXa,” Leggett reports. “And I love that it’s a green product.” InVict Xpress Granular Bait. This product kills ants, cockroaches, crickets, mole crickets, silverfish, firebrats and earwigs within one hour of application. Pests are drawn to it as a tasty treat. Leggett places InVict Xpress in attics and around buildings to attack perimeter pests. “The insects love it, and it works really well on silverfish,” Leggett says. “It’s easy to use and it’s a clean product, not dusty or messy.” FenvaStar Plus. This emulsifiable concentrate has a fast knockdown and lasting residual that kills a wide variety of pests. “This is another product we use on fleas,” Leggett says. “It’s a contact product, the fleas crawl through it. It’s very effective.”


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