The Science Behind Botanical Pesticides and 10 Key Benefits of EcoVia Botanicals for PMPs

The Science Behind Botanical Pesticides and 10 Key Benefits of EcoVia Botanicals for PMPs

Background on Botanical Oils

Using plant extracts as insecticides goes back to when botanical insecticides including pyrethrum, nicotine, and rotenone were found and used to kill and repel insects. Unfortunately, the use and interest in these natural ingredients were replaced by the discovery of synthetic insecticides after World War 2. However, problems with the synthetic pesticides such as residues in food, environmental health related concerns, and pest resistance issues have sparked a renewed interest in the development of botanical insecticides.

Using plant oils to kill bugs may sound like hocus pocus, but nature is smarter than you might think. Plants have evolved over time by producing compounds to protect themselves from insects, mites, and diseases. Some plants produce particularly high amounts and/or particularly potent compounds. These essential oils have been studied and used since ancient times for their medicinal and other beneficial properties. The essential oils are obtained by grinding the plants and steam-distilling or cold-pressing them to extract the oil. The oils may then be further processed for purification.

The botanical oils that exhibit insecticidal or deterrent properties often contain numerous active compounds. For example, rosemary oil contains three active components in significant concentrations and numerous other components in lower concentrations. Combining the right botanicals in the right proportions with the right inert ingredients is a complex process to perform effectively. At Rockwell Labs, we have taken the time to research and understand the science underlying the observed effects of natural plant oils. Combining that knowledge with modern formulation chemistry has allowed us to offer the most effective and innovative range of EPA minimum-risk 25(b) botanical pesticides available on the market today.

Botanical Oil Compounds & Modes of Action

There are many ways to kill an insect. Many synthetic pesticides are neurotoxins, and there are several different modes of action for different chemicals within the neurotoxin family. Others, like IGRs, affect the cuticle formation or the endocrine system. Botanical compounds, in many cases, have similar modes of action to synthetic pesticides. Some botanical actives block tyramine or octopamine which is basically insect adrenaline. Others affect neurotransmitters in various ways such as:

  • GABA receptor antagonists
  • Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (responsible for the fast action of some botanicals)
  • Effects on transient receptor potential

These multiple modes of action from the various compounds in the botanical oils gives botanical insecticides an advantage against insect species with acquired resistance to common synthetic pesticide classes, such as bed bugs, roaches, and flies.

What to Look For in a Botanical Insecticide

  • Active Ingredients with Multiple Plants Oils By using multiple plant oils in the actives for our botanical products (and their various modes-of-action), Rockwell has learned that it enhances the overall efficacy of our EcoVia products against the targeted pests listed on their respective labels.
  • Total Percentage of Active Ingredients – Rockwell specifically formulates our EcoVia products with higher levels of plant oil actives (compared to most competitive botanical products) to allow for lower use rates for PMPs and lower application costs. It also means fewer products a PMP has to buy and less space needed on their trucks.
  • Compare Application Costs vs. Product Costs – Even though EcoVia product costs may be higher than competitive botanical products, the higher percentages of plant oil active ingredients in EcoVia products translate into very low use rates. For example, the use rate for treating mosquitoes and ticks using EcoVia MT is .33 oz per gallon while the general pest and mosquito granule application rate using EcoVia G is 1 lb per 1000 sq ft. This actually provides PMPs significant savings when comparing per application costs.

EcoVia Botanicals: A Comprehensive Range of Natural Insecticides That Provide 10 Key Benefits to PMPs

The EcoVia line of research-based products from Rockwell are the most advanced, natural FIFRA 25(b) exempt botanical insecticide formulations on the market today. EcoVia botanicals offer specific advantages over conventional synthetic insecticides for certain applications. These advantages extend far beyond simply the green or natural status of the products. Here are the 10 key benefits EcoVia botanicals provide PMPs:

  1. EcoVia botanicals are fast-acting – Certain botanical oil components have modes of action that are extremely fast, causing immediate paralysis and rapid death in most pests. When properly combined and formulated, and applied correctly, botanical pesticides are often faster-acting than synthetic pyrethroids.
  2. EcoVia botanicals provide true repellency – Many botanical components take effect in the vapor phase and are classified as true repellents. This means that pests that come into their vicinity will immediately be repelled by the vapors. And they will stay far away from the area. In contrast, synthetic pyrethroids are known as excito-repellents, which means the pests have to physically contact the treated surface, and then an irritant effect can cause them to behave erratically. Maybe then they’ll be repelled.
  3. EcoVia botanicals are excellent flushing agents – The fast-action and vapor-phase repellency of EcoVia botanical pesticides make them excellent flushing agents. This can be helpful for numerous applications, whether it’s flushing out cockroaches from a wall void, quickly ridding a yard of mosquitoes, or removing overwintering pests from the side of a structure.
  4. EcoVia botanicals can act as fumigants – The vapor-phase activity of EcoVia pesticides causes them to have a fumigation effect in enclosed spaces. Whether it’s for small flies in a drain, or pests in an electrical box, the vapor action will quickly kill, flush, and repel pests from the treated area.
  5. EcoVia botanicals are excellent tools for resistance management – Each unique EcoVia formula consists of multiple botanical oils, and each natural plant oil, in turn, contains several active components, often with different modes of action. This diversity of active ingredients and modes of action, when properly combined, gives EcoVia formulations an advantage against species that have acquired resistance to common synthetic pesticides such as bed bugs, roaches, and flies.
  6. EcoVia botanicals offer minimal threat to pollinators – EcoVia botanicals don’t accumulate in plants or in the environment, so aside from direct application, their threat to pollinators is minimal. Also, the vapor-phase action tends to repel pollinators away from treated plants while the pesticide treatment is still active.
  7. EcoVia botanicals don’t have label restrictions related to impervious surfaces – Since EcoVia botanicals don’t accumulate in ground water, they can be broadly sprayed on impervious surfaces when and where necessary, unlike pyrethroids. Whether it’s for a dumpster and pad behind a restaurant, or the side of a structure for overwintering pests, EcoVia provides treatment options with minimal use site restrictions.
  8. EcoVia botanicals have no water set-back restrictions and can be used near and over water – With dramatically lower fish toxicity compared to pyrethroids and other, much broader-label pesticides, EcoVia botanicals can be safely used on, near, and over water. For example, they can be sprayed up to the water’s edge, applied to boat docks for spider control, fogged over water for mosquitoes, or used on properties with ornamental water features, all with reduced risk.
  9. EcoVia botanicals don’t require notification in most states – While many states require notification before treatment on certain properties such as schools, most states exempt minimum risk 25(b) pesticides (such as EcoVia products) from these requirements. This allows inspection and treatment to be completed in a single visit! Be sure to check your state’s specific regulations.
  10. EcoVia botanicals are the most advanced natural pesticide formulations available – Whatever your reason for choosing a botanical pesticide, whether for the fast-action, for the multiple modes-of-action, for the lack of label restrictions, or simply for the green status of the products, you can rest assured that EcoVia pesticides represent the most-advanced and most-tested 25(b) exempt formulations on the market today.

Small Fly Control

Small Fly Control

Small fly infestations can be very challenging for business owners since they breed inside the account and can multiply quickly with their short life cycle. Customers won’t take kindly to bugs flying around the areas where their food is being prepared or their drinks are being dispensed. Health inspectors will have a problem with the presence of these pests, and employees won’t want to work in an environment where they’re swatting at flies all day. Properly identifying these pesky insects and their breeding sites, and implementing control methods including sanitation, physical and mechanical measures, and insecticide use is needed to keep your client’s space free of small flies.

Small Flies

Small flies can be problematic in commercial kitchens, food and beverage service areas, food-processing facilities, health facilities, and medical facilities. While they are a nuisance, small flies can also carry pathogens from breeding sites to food and food preparation areas. These pests multiply quickly when breeding sites and food sources are available. There are three common small flies that your clients are likely to encounter: fruit flies, phorid flies, and drain flies.

Fruit Flies

The first fly on the list is the fruit fly, and there are two species that can be problematic. The red-eyed fruit fly is about 1/8″ in length. It has a tan body with black rings across its abdomen. As their name suggests, these flies have red eyes. Dark-eyed fruit flies, as you may have guessed, have darker eyes. They look like red-eyed fruit flies but are bigger and darker. These pests can multiple very quickly.

Fruit flies lay eggs and feed on ripened, rotting, or decaying fruits and vegetables. Fermented items, like beer and wine, can also attract fruit flies. You are likely to find these flies in areas with food waste or moisture. Drains, mop buckets, garbage disposals, and trash bins are potential breeding spots for fruit flies. Dark-eyed fruit flies are typically more attracted to an advanced state of rot compared to red-eyed fruit flies.

Phorid Flies

Next up is the phorid fly. These flies have an arched thorax, so they are sometimes referred to as humpback flies. They move erratically across surfaces, which is why they can also be called scuttle flies. Phorid flies range in size from 1/64″ to 1/8″ and are black, brown, or yellowish. They can be mistaken for fruit flies and gnats.

Phorid flies prefer to breed in areas where moist organic matter has accumulated for five or more days. This often includes drains, recycle bins, trash bins, garbage disposals, and grease traps. Rotting food and decaying carcasses can also attract these flies. Chronic moisture, like from a drain leak, is often the reason behind phorid flies’ arrival. Cracked sewer or drain lines can cause large numbers of phorid flies to gather in the soil around the line.

Drain Flies

Drain flies are fuzzy with a moth-like appearance. This is why you may hear them referred to as moth flies. They have a brownish-grey body with lighter-colored wings. They range in size from 1/16″ to 1/4″. These pests can be sluggish and aren’t the best fliers. They have a jerky, irregular flight pattern. Drain flies are most active at night.

Like other small flies, drain flies prefer moist organic environments. If water has accumulated in a spot for more than a week, there’s a good chance drain flies will find it. Larvae live in drains where biofilm, a scum produced by bacteria, is present. These flies are often attracted to drain pans, infrequently used toilets, and areas where water collects including behind loose or broken tiles.

How to Control Small Flies

To manage small flies, the focus needs to be on eliminating their breeding sites and applying insecticides that will control populations, targeting both adults and larvae. As with any effective IPM program, the use of insecticides should only come after the small fly infestation has been correctly identified, the source of the problem has been found through the monitoring and inspection process, and the conducive conditions contributing to the problem have been determined and eliminated. Check out our three-step guide to manage a small fly infestation.

1. Indentify Pests & Breeding Sites

The first two things you need to do is properly identify the small fly species on site, and then inspect the area for conditions that could support small flies as well as other pests. Since small flies are attracted to moisture and organic matter, you’ll want to focus on areas where these could be present.

Common breeding sites include:

  • Decaying fruits and vegetables
  • Cracks, crevices, and areas where food and moisture collect
  • Drains
  • Dirty mops and brooms
  • Beer and soda overflow trays and the outside of beverage lines
  • Ice machines
  • Leaky pipes
  • Recycling bins
  • Sources of stagnant water
  • Trash bins

2. Eliminate Conducive Conditions

Once you have identified breeding sites, you’ll want to work with your client to eliminate favorable conditions that support larval development through both sanitation and physical or mechanical measures. This involves your client rolling up their sleeves, cleaning, and minimizing attractants. If small flies can’t find anything to eat or a place to breed, they won’t have a reason to stay. Small amounts of organic debris could attract and support these pests. Encourage your clients to get involved by:

  • Cleaning up food and drinks spills promptly
  • Cleaning soda fountain and beer tap drip trays
  • Cleaning the areas where food residue can accumulate
  • Eliminating standing water and repairing plumbing and sewage line leaks
  • Examining produce to ensure fruit flies aren’t present and storing it in sealed bins in a cool storage area
  • Keeping mops and buckets clean and hanging mops to dry
  • Regularly cleaning drains. It’s best to do this at least two times a week to eliminate organic residues.
  • Rinsing containers before placing them in the recycling bin
  • Placing trash bins, recycling bins, and dumpsters away from entrances when possible
  • Sealing cracks and crevices, repairing damaged tiles and kitchen fixtures or equipment to eliminate potential breeding sites
  • Using drain baskets or filters to capture organic material that might clog drains, and emptying these daily.
  • Using non-toxic fruit fly traps to capture adult fruit flies.

We know good sanitation and eliminating conducive conditions is key to preventing a small fly infestation. When dealing with organic build-up and chronic moisture conditions, bio sanitation is the most effective solution. This is the use of microbial surface and drain cleaners. The microbes actually digest the organic debris. Check out the InVade Bio Sanitation product line and technical guide to see how easy it is to utilize these probiotic cleaning products in a commercial kitchen environment and how easy it is to pursue a bio sanitation service business with confidence!

3. Treatment Applications

After properly identifying the small fly problem, inspecting and locating their breeding areas, and eliminating and preventing the conducive conditions, it’s time to proceed with the pesticide application. Treating your client’s space with pesticides will help to control current small fly populations including their larvae. Pesticide applications need to work in tandem with proper sanitation efforts. Relief from pesticides will be temporary if conducive conditions aren’t removed. Small flies will be more than happy to show up again if breeding sites and food sources return. Rockwell Labs offers a variety of products to help target small flies with most being classified as Green Zone products. These are products Rockwell considers to be suitable for green service programs.  

  • BorActin: BorActin is a 99% boric acid, non-repellent powder that can be applied as a dust, spray, or foam. It can be used to treat organic build-up by poisoning the food sources of small flies, essentially turning the scum into bait. BorActin can be used in food areas when the facility is in operation, except in service areas. When used as a dust, apply at a rate of 1 lb per 1,000 sq ft. To kill adults and larvae, apply to organic build-up. For treatment of floor drains, apply up to 1 oz. If applying BorActin as a liquid, mix 1 cup by volume per gallon of water. You can mop or spray floors and non-food contact surfaces. BorActin is also very effective for controlling roaches by turning their food source, the organic debris, into bait as well.
  • EcoVia IB: Our innovative EcoVia IB Bloks are formulated with botanical insecticide oils. The EcoVia IB Bloks kill small flies in small enclosed spaces. They also emit botanical vapors that repel small flies and other insects from an area. Their effectiveness is enhanced when they slowly dissolve in water like when they are placed in beverage fountain drip trays or set on drains. EcoVia IB Bloks are EPA 25(b) Exempt.
  • InVite Lures: Our InVite Liquid Lure is a concentrated non-pesticidal attractant. It can be added to traps to help attract and capture small flies. For fruit flies, our non-toxic InVite Fruit Fly Lure is designed for small flies and can be applied to an insect glue board to help capture small flies. Our InVite Fruit Fly Traps are non-pesticidal traps for small flies that are ideal for use in food areas.
  • OutLAST Pro: If you’re looking for a product to improve coverage and contact time, our OutLAST Pro foaming agent can help. It is long-lasting and has a broad-use label. It can be combined with BorActin, or other insecticides and bio sanitation products, to create thick, longer-lasting foam that retains liquid and is ideal for use in drains and wall voids.

Small flies can be quite worrisome for business owners, their customers, and their employees. An effective IPM program that includes the cooperation of facility management to identify and address any sites or conditions that could support flies is key to eliminating a current small fly infestation and preventing small flies from returning. Check out and download our Smally Fly Management technical guide


Controlling Overwintering Pests

Controlling Overwintering Pests

One of the benefits of the onslaught of winter, at least in parts of the country that have a true winter, is that mother nature will remove bugs from our lives until next spring arrives. However, that’s not always the case as some pest species have become more adaptable and have found ways to survive changes in temperature. These overwintering pests begin to seek shelter in warm homes and buildings when temperatures start to drop in fall months. Once they have secured an overwintering location indoors, which often goes unnoticed, they enter a state of diapause—hibernation triggered by adverse environmental conditions—until outdoor temperatures warm. Controlling overwintering pests requires identifying the pest, locating and sealing entry points, and exterior and interior treatments.

Common Overwintering Pests

As is true for all pest treatment programs, identifying the pest is the first step to controlling a potential infestation. The most common overwintering pests include Asian lady beetles, boxelder bugs, cluster flies, and stink bugs.

Asian Lady Beetles

These are not to be confused with the common and adorable ladybug. Asian lady beetles are an invasive species. They are similar in appearance to ladybugs but have a M-shaped marking on their head. These pests release an unpleasant odor and produce a yellow staining fluid when they feel threatened or are crushed. Thousands of Asian lady beetles can enter houses in the fall. They gravitate to warm areas in homes and structures hiding in cracks and crevices including under siding, in wall voids, and other protected locations.

 

Boxelder Bugs

Boxelder bugs are about ½” long and black with reddish-orange markings. These pests feed on the seeds of boxelder trees and are also found on maple and ash trees. They can become a big problem when they infest homes by the hundreds or thousands. Boxelder bugs enter homes at ground level or fly to higher locations. Once inside, they gather in walls and warm basements. Though they typically remain dormant in winter, they may become active on unusually warm winter days.

Cluster Flies

While they may look like houseflies, cluster flies are slightly larger and more sluggish. They are about ¼”-3/8″ long, dark grey, have gold hair, and a checkered pattern on their abdomen. The get their name form their tendency to cluster together before hibernating in winter. Large clusters of flies will huddle inside wall voids, attics and false ceilings. Cluster flies are commonly found in upper areas of buildings.

Stink Bugs

Another invasive species is the stink bug. These pests are identified by their shield-shaped body. They are pests of produce, but they can also be a problem for homeowners. In late summer, they begin searching for warm places to overwinter. Stink bugs get their name because they release an unpleasant odor when they are frightened or crushed. They can invade homes by the thousands and tend to stay in walls and attics until spring.

How to Manage Overwintering Pests

The best way to control an overwintering pest problem is to prevent them from getting inside homes in the first place. That’s not always an easy task since many of the preventative pest-proofing measures needed may require the cooperation of your customers. Managing overwintering pests will require a combination of pest-proofing, with your customer’s help, and the application of insecticides on the exterior and interior of their home. The more exclusion work you can do, the better. The following three steps are a good guide to controlling these nuisance pests.

1. Inspect & Pest-Proof: Prevention is Key!

The first step is inspecting and pest-proofing the structure. Since overwintering pests tend to gather on the sides of the house that receive the most sunlight, start the pest-proofing efforts there. Inspect the exterior of the home closely to find potential entry points.

The most common entry points overwintering pests use include:

  • Cracks, gaps, and holes in siding or the foundation
  • Holes around utility and electrical lines
  • Damaged door and window screens
  • Under and around window and door frames
  • Loose chimney flashing
  • Damaged or missing screens around soffit and attic vents

2. Exterior Treatment: A Thorough Perimeter Barrier Treatment in the Fall

After working on pest-proofing the structure, the next step is to focus on an exterior perimeter treatment. In early to late fall, a thorough perimeter insecticide treatment will create a protective barrier around the outside of the house. Concentrate on the sunny sides of the home since they will attract the most overwintering bugs. Ideally, you want to treat the home before pests begin entering. Rockwell Labs provides different options depending on if you are providing preventative services, fighting an active infestation, or if you prefer to use a natural or green insecticide versus a conventional product.

  • EcoVia EC: This botanical insecticide concentrate provides quick kill control and residual repellency. Apply to exterior surfaces, the foundation, and the band of soil surrounding the structure. EcoVia EC is a broad-spectrum product that has no pyrethroid or neonicotinoid use restrictions.  
  • EcoVia WD: Another EcoVia botanical product that provides quick control and residual protection. EcoVia WD wettable dust is a versatile product that can be used as a dust in cracks and crevices and as a liquid suspension on exterior surfaces. Apply as a liquid around the foundation and in any areas where overwintering pests congregate or stage along the structure. It’s great for dusting attics and potential entry points.
  • LambdaStar UltraCap: If you prefer to use a conventional product, or to get quicker control when pest populations are excessive, this micro-encapsulated pyrethroid will gain fast control and provide extended residual protection. Just be sure to note the pyrethroid label restrictions.
  • FenvaStar EcoCap: Another micro-encapsulated pyrethroid option for a perimeter barrier treatment is FenvaStar EcoCap. It will also provide both quick control and extended residual protection.
  • Try a Combination of Products: To get the greatest longevity, the ultimate killing efficacy, and the strongest repellency, tank mix EcoVia EC with a micro-cap pyrethroid like LamdaStar UltraCap or FenvaStar EcoCap. Tank mix applications must be made in accordance with the more restrictive of label limitations and precautions.

When applying a liquid treatment around the perimeter of a home, pay special attention to all visible cracks, crevices, gaps, window and door frames, eaves, porches, decks, patios, garages, sheds, and other areas where pests are active. Be sure to treat areas such as false shutters, window wells, underneath siding, around exterior light fixtures, and underneath dense bushes and shrubs.

3. Interior Treatment: To Control the Pests that Made it Indoors

After treating the structure’s exterior, treatment may be needed indoors if any overwintering pests are found inside. Once inside, overwintering pests can be difficult to control and hard to locate if they have settled into their hiding spots. Because their activity level is reduced when they are in hibernation mode, this limits their potential contact with insecticides.

An amorphous silica dust, such as CimeXa, is a great product for overwintering kill on the interior of structures. CimeXa is odorless and non-repellent, so insects do not avoid it and will continue to reside in the areas treated. Pests that contact CimeXa will die even if they do not move over the winter months due to rapid dehydration. CimeXa can be applied as a dust or liquid in attics, crawlspaces, around garage doors, under or behind exposed insulation, under siding, and other overwintering sites.

If you notice any stragglers that made it inside, it’s best to vacuum them up quickly and dispose of the vacuum bag. Discuss this with your customers as they are more apt to see them appear on walls, ceilings, and floors during unseasonably warm winter days.

What Homeowners Can Do to Help Prevent Overwintering Pests

Getting homeowners involved in the process can help to prevent future pest problems. Encourage your customers to get involved with pest-proofing their home by doing the following:  

  • Cutting back vegetation, leaving 1-2 feet of space between the exterior of their home and vegetation
  • Storing firewood at least 20 feet from the house and keeping it off the ground
  • Repairing or replacing worn seals and damaged screens
  • Reducing exterior lighting that could attract pests
  • Minimizing moisture around their property
  • Doing exclusion work where needed around their house that you were unable to handle

Overwintering pests can be challenging, but having the right plan will make your control efforts successful. By following this three-step process, you will be able to prevent overwintering pest problems in your customer’s homes and also get rid of any infestations that occur.


Controlling Silverfish Using Insect Baits

Controlling Silverfish Using Insect Baits

When you ask a pest control professional what are some of the toughest pests to control inside a home, silverfish always seems to be on those lists.

Silverfish typically find their way inside a home from either the outside or are brought in via items like boxes, furniture, and other items that have been stored in infested areas. By the time silverfish are spotted by a homeowner, they have an infestation on their hands. That is because silverfish are nocturnal, so you usually won’t see them. They spend their days hiding in dark secluded places. You would typically only see them during the day if you disturb their hiding places. They move quickly. They reproduce quickly. And they can live for up to a year without food. Talk about a hardy pest!

Meet The Enemy

Silverfish have a rather interesting life cycle. Females usually lay between seven to twelve eggs in clutches (small clusters), though it can go as high as 30 eggs. She typically produces about 100 eggs in her lifetime. The hatching of those eggs depends on the temperature. If it is below 71°F the eggs can take as long as 40 days to hatch. But when the temperature reaches 90°F the eggs can hatch in under 20 days. What makes their life cycle unique is that when the eggs hatch, the immatures resemble miniature versions of the adult (think “mini-me’s!) They molt six to seven times before reaching the sexually mature adult life stage. That process can take anywhere from three months to three years! Another interesting tidbit is that adults continue to molt throughout their entire adult life which can last as long as three years, making their total potential lifespan about six years. They are a long-lived insect!

Silverfish have a preference for starchy materials as their main food source, such as paper and wood. They also eat glue used on wallpaper, book bindings, curtains, and carpet. But pests are scavengers and will eat virtually anything available. Silverfish can adapt to a wide range of temperatures, but indoors they are typically found in moist, humid, temperature-controlled areas with temperatures between 72°F to 81°F, including bathrooms, kitchens, attics, and basements. They can become a serious problem in commercial buildings with strict climate control like museums and libraries. Outdoors they can be found in hidden, moist locations including under rocks, mulch, and leaf litter.

Why Some Baits Make Sense for Controlling Silverfish Infestations

Controlling an active silverfish infestation may require the use of liquid and dust insecticides, or both, trying to target potential silverfish hiding places. But professionals should also include insect baits as part of their silverfish control program, since they are designed to attract the silverfish to them without the need to find the source of the infestation, or their hiding places, which can be challenging.

A boric acid granular bait is ideal for use in those non-living areas where silverfish are often found, such as attics, crawlspaces, and unfinished basements. Granular baits do not require precise placement, since the attractants used in the bait will have silverfish seeking it out in their search for food. Boric acid granular baits like InTice 10 hold up well in those less-than-optimal conditions with high heat and/or humidity, as it is mold and moisture resistant.

InTice 10 also provides long lasting protection, up to a year or longer when protected from the elements, since the active does not break down from heat. InTice 10 will also control other crawling insect pests as well. Another major plus of a boric acid granular bait is that it can be applied around the perimeter as it performs well in those hidden, high moisture areas where silverfish are often found outdoors. InTice 10 will last for up to 90 days outdoors, which is perfect for quarterly service programs!

While it can be difficult to find a gel bait that works well on silverfish (because most ant and roach gel baits are not formulated to attract silverfish and therefore, they do not feed on them), there are a few that work well, with one of the more highly effective gel baits called InVict AB. InVict AB is a multi-use gel bait with 0.05% Abamectin as the active ingredient, and it excels at attracting and controlling silverfish along with other crawling pests listed on the label. You only need to apply 5 to 10 pea-size bait placements per 100 square feet in and around areas where the silverfish have been seen. Silverfish will seek out the attractants used in the bait formula. It includes a range of sweet, oil, and protein attractants, and silverfish are known to feed on sugars, protein, and fat so they will feed on InVict AB. It is also a very slow drying bait that will remain palatable for three months or until eaten. InVict AB is labeled for indoor and outdoor use.

Get Your Customers to Do Their Part

The next time you find yourself dealing with a silverfish infestation, make sure to include insect baits in your treatment plan (and not just any insect bait!). They are the perfect complement to both liquid or dust treatments. Just be sure not to apply any residual insecticides around those bait placements to allow the silverfish easy access to them. Don’t forget to tell your customers that they can be part of their own silverfish prevention program by keeping their basements, laundry rooms, and bathrooms dry, repair leaky pipes and drains, store items in plastic containers with lids vs. cardboard boxes, and keep food items like flour and sugar in tight containers in their pantry. Since silverfish require a lot of moisture, using dehumidifiers in closed spaces can also help. On the outside, make sure they look for and seal up all possible entry points into their home and move firewood away from the foundation


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Mosquito Control Using Conventional Insecticides vs. Botanical Insecticides: The Pros & Cons

Mosquito Control Using Conventional Insecticides vs. Botanical Insecticides: The Pros & Cons

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There are several options when choosing which insecticides to include in your toolbox for an effective mosquito control program. Whether you decide to use conventional, synthetic insecticides or natural botanical insecticides, both have respective pros and cons. A PMP’s decision typically comes down to several key factors including training, application equipment, frequency of service, environmental conditions and ultimately, and arguably, the most important factor – what their customers want them to use around their homes. Let’s take a look at the key attributes of conventional synthetic insecticides versus botanical insecticides and how they compare.

Effectiveness

Most PMPs would argue that effectiveness is the leading attribute for comparison purposes. It is also probably the most challenging given how different botanical insecticides work vs. synthetic pyrethroid insecticides. It is best to break down effectiveness to two key components, speed of kill and residual control.

Speed of Kill: Most synthetic pyrethroids kill mosquitoes fairly quickly but typically not as fast as botanical insecticides. That is because certain botanical oil components when properly combined and formulated have modes of action that are extremely fast, often faster-acting than synthetic pyrethroids. Both of these options kill adult mosquitoes on contact.

Advantage: Botanical Insecticide

Residual Control: When providing mosquito control on a regular service schedule, residual control is important. How long will the insecticide used persist after each application? This is especially difficult to answer when it comes to mosquitoes since there are several variables that come into play. Such as the mosquito species and the environmental conditions (i.e. moisture, vegetation, etc.) in and around the treatment area. Not to mention that adult mosquitoes are constantly being introduced from outside the treatment area. In general, synthetic pyrethroid insecticides provide longer residual protection since they are synthetically derived to persist longer, especially when microencapsulated formulas are used. But the residual activity of both the synthetic pyrethroid and botanical products come primarily from their repellency, rather than kill, and each option actually provides a different type of repellency.

Botanical insecticides provide what is called “true” repellency. Many botanical components in these products act in the vapor phase. Mosquitoes that come in the vicinity of the application will be repelled by the vapors. In contrast, synthetic pyrethroids are called excito-repellents. The mosquitoes have to touch them and then the irritating effect can cause them to behave erratically and potentially repel them. The residual mosquito control achieved by a specific insecticide application is dependent on two important factors: the thoroughness of the initial application to contact and kill as many adult mosquitoes as possible and the length of time the repellency of the insecticide remains effective following the application.

While the active ingredients in both types of products break down when exposed to ULV, heat and water, the plant oils in botanical products tend to volatilize a little faster. Botanical products classified as minimum-risk cannot be formulated with microencapsulation technology that can extend the residual effectiveness of an insecticide.

Advantage: Synthetic Insecticides

Safety

Botanical insecticides utilize active ingredients that are naturally derived, not synthetically made. Many are classified by the US EPA as minimum-risk and are exempt from federal EPA registration. To qualify as a FIFRA 25(b) minimum-risk insecticide, the active and inert ingredients must be food grade on the approved active and inert ingredients lists provided by the EPA. Botanical insecticides do not persist or bio-accumulate in the environment and are ideal for use in green service programs.

Advantage: Botanical Insecticides

Application Equipment Options

Both synthetic and botanical products are formulated to be used in the same type of commonly used application equipment for mosquito control including compressed air sprayers, mist blowers and foggers. Both are available in easy-to-use, easy-to-mix concentrates.

Advantage: Draw

Label Application Restrictions

Unlike synthetic pyrethroid products, botanical products, excluding pyrethrin-based products, have no water set-back restrictions and can be fogged over water and other environmentally sensitive areas where mosquitoes reside. And because botanical insecticides do not accumulate in ground water, they do not have label restrictions related to impervious surfaces. Finally, botanical insecticides do not have pyrethroid or neonicotinoid use restrictions.

Advantage: Botanical Insecticides

Risk to Pollinators

A major concern when doing a mosquito control service is the potential impact the product could have on pollinators. Since botanical insecticides do not bio-accumulate in plants and the environment, their risk to pollinators, outside of direct application to insects, is minimal. Also, the vapor-phase will tend to repel pollinators from visiting the treated plants while the treatment is active.

Advantage: Botanical Insecticides


CimeXa different application methods

CimeXa Insecticide Dust: Different Application Methods for Bed Bug and Crawling Insect Treatments

CimeXa Insecticide Dust: Different Application Methods for Bed Bug and Crawling Insect Treatments

CimeXa different application methods

CimeXa is an engineered silica dust that provides both rapid kill/control and long-lasting residual control, up to 10 years when undisturbed. The amorphous silica dust (amorphous means no crystalline content) is extremely light and non-repellent, which allows it to easily adhere and accumulate on the bodies of crawling insects as they move across it. Amorphous silica is a strong desiccant. It destroys the waxy cuticle of insects by removing the moisture in their bodies resulting in rapid dehydration and death.

Some Key Advantages of CimeXa

  • Odorless
  • Non-clumping
  • Non-staining
  • Low toxicity
  • Effective on bed bug strains resistant to pyrethroids and neonicotinoids

Recommended Application Equipment

Because the CimeXa is light, it has its advantages (and some challenges that are easy to overcome) when doing treatment applications. It is important to remember that only a light film is needed when applying CimeXa. Be careful not to over-apply. Check out the following recommended application equipment for various treatments using CimeXa, as well as a few tips and tricks.

Area of Application:  Wall voids, voids under and behind cabinets, sinks and tubs, in drawer wells, plumbing chases, weep holes, behind electrical outlets and baseboards, and in cracks & crevices where insects may harbor.

Suggested Equipment: Hand duster (bellows, bulb or puffer) or a low-volume electric duster.

Application Tips: Focus applications in areas where insects or their signs are seen. The lightweight CimeXa dust will float in void areas to provide better dust distribution and a more thorough overall treatment. You can also apply CimeXa as a foam using a foaming agent, and inject directly into galleries and voids.

Area of Application: Attic.

Suggested Equipment: Low-volume electric duster or power duster.

Application Tips: Be sure to get dust coverage near the eaves and vent pipes where insects often first enter, as well as around any pipes or potential access points between the attic and the main structure.

Area of Application: Crawl Spaces.

Suggested Equipment: Low-volume electric duster or power duster.

Application Tips: Be sure to apply dust near/around potential entry points into the crawl space and into the main structure.

Area of Application: Mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and upholstered furniture.

Suggested Equipment: Paint brush, CimeXa bottle applicator, or handheld duster.

Application Tips: Work CimeXa into the desired locations with a brush (i.e. edges, tufts, creases and folds, and cracks/crevices). If the dust cover at the bottom of the box springs and upholstered furniture is not torn, use a handheld or electric duster. If the dust covers are no longer intact, CimeXa may be applied as a wettable dust using spray, paint, or foam applications on mattresses, box springs, metal bed frames, under box springs, and upholstered furniture. It is important to apply two light coats of the wettable dust and let the first coat dry before applying the second coat. The second light coat allows the CimeXa dust to sit up on the treated surface ensuring maximum pick up by the crawling insect.

Area of Application: Wall coverings (i.e. curtains, curtain rods, drapes, blinds)

Suggested Equipment: Paint Brush.

Application Tips: Use a paint brush and apply CimeXa into folds, hems and tufts. Lightly dust blind tracks. Also dust hollow curtain rods and curtain hardware.

Area of Application: For unfinished wood or fiber board.

Suggested Equipment: Paint brush or spray bottle (as wettable dust).

Application Tips: These surfaces are generally located on the rear, bottom, and interior of furniture. Apply CimeXa with a brush or spray on as a wettable powder for precise applications into harborage areas.

Area of Application: Carpets and rugs.

Suggested Equipment: Hand duster or spray bottle (as wettable dust).

Application Tips: Apply CimeXa using a hand duster or the CimeXa bottle applicator, and lightly work into the carpet with a brush or broom. Focus applications in infested areas and areas adjacent to infested areas.

For more information on CimeXa and to view the product label, please visit https://rockwelllabs.com/cimexa/


Controlling Bed Bugs with CimeXa

Controlling Bed Bugs with CimeXa

We’ve all heard the saying, “Sleep tight! Don’t let the bed bugs bite!”, and in the not so distant past, bed bugs were just not something many people worried about. Insecticides such as DDT, carbamates and organophosphates kept them in check. However, with their unavailability due to regulatory restrictions, the change to synthetic pyrethoid insecticides for bed bug control led to bed bug resistance issues making the eradication of bed bugs a challenging endeavor. Couple that with the increase in international and domestic travel, bed bug control increasingly became out of control.

Quick Bed Bug Overview

These blood feeding external parasites are widespread in the United States and worldwide! Adults are typically reddish brown and are approximately 3/16th of an inch long and flattened. They can range in size from the likes of a pin head to an apple seed. But their appearance will change based on when they had their last blood meal. Once they have a blood meal their body plumps up until it has had time to digest the blood meal. Bed bugs molt in five stages called instars. They require a blood meal in between molts as well as the adult female requiring a blood meal before laying eggs.

Bed Bug Control Product Comparison

Bed bugs are very adaptable. They move much faster and travel greater distances than most people realize. Bed bugs are able to relocate from areas where pesticides have been applied in a short period of time. Research has shown that many commonly used products for bed bug control are very slow acting. They often include ineffective active ingredients or active ingredients to which bed bugs are resistant and/or have a strong repellent nature driving bed bugs away from treated areas. Research on field collected bed bugs has shown significant and increasing resistance to pyrethroids and neonicotinoids. Field testing has shown that diatomaceous earth is largely ineffective on bed bugs. Products containing diatomaceous earth, pyrethroids, and or pyrethrins, are repellent to bed bugs. Treatments with these products may not kill bed bugs and may cause them to relocate or disperse in response to the treatment.

Steps to Control Bed Bugs

Firstly, you must perform an inspection. Bed bugs are sneaky in nature and can and will hide anywhere and everywhere. They are also known to travel to adjacent areas, so again, look everywhere!

Secondly, most people do not want to have chemicals sprayed all over their house, furniture, beds etc. So, you need to take a look at Integrated Pest Management approaches. Start with a vacuum. Every bed bug and bed bug egg you suck up is one less you have to worry about. After vacuuming, apply CimeXa dust to the areas where you found aggregation points or nesting areas. Bed bugs will typically travel back to an aggregation point, so you want the CimeXa dust waiting there for them to come in contact with it.

Dust applications provide the fastest control results. A hand duster, low volume electric duster, or paint brush may be used. When applying a dust, a dust mask, gloves, and eye protection are recommended. CimeXa is virtually non-toxic, but due to the strong desiccant effect, it can be temporarily drying or irritating. Any liquid pesticides should be applied and allowed to dry prior to applying CimeXa. Do not use repellents where CimeXa is applied. Use handheld or low volume electric dusters for wall voids, plumbing chases, behind electrical outlets, behind carpet tack strips and cracks and crevices. Insert the tip of the duster into the opening, as far as practically possible, and test first to ensure a void is present to minimize floating dust particles on exposed surfaces. Clean any excessive dust residue off exposed surfaces with a damp cloth or paper towel.

CimeXa is an extremely light dust. To minimize airborne particles when applied out in the open, a paint brush is the best choice. Testing has shown that CimeXa can be effectively applied to many surfaces with a paint brush. Depending on the band width and amount of dust desired, a 1 ½ to 2 inch angled sash brush works well for applying CimeXa to mattresses, box springs, upholstered furniture, drapes and most crevices and surfaces. Smaller detail brushes or artist brushes work well for fine detail work on bed frames and furniture.

Load the brush with the desired amount of CimeXa by lightly working the brush around in a small container of CimeXa. You may also apply a small layer of dust using the applicator bottle, handheld duster, or electric duster and working the dust into the desired locations with the brush. Keep in mind that because CimeXa is an extreme desiccant dust, you only need to apply a very light layer. A little bit goes a long way!

Thirdly, set up some monitors. The D-Sect IPM station from Rockwell Labs is a great tool to do this. Be sure to place monitors where bed bugs were found and also to the outlying and adjacent areas.

Finally, follow up with the client. Speak to them about the possibility of re-infestation and give them tips on how to prevent infestations from reoccurring. Bed bugs are very good at hitchhiking. They can be transported in suitcases, purses, backpacks, and even your shoes.

Bed Bugs and Chemical Resistance

According to scientists and studies conducted in 2010, 90% of bed bugs in the United States were proven resistant to insecticides like Pyrethroids. This means that sometimes alternative solutions are now required for bed bug control. CimeXa dust is non-repellent amorphous silica with a mechanical mode-of-action, which means no resistance issues.

Since CimeXa dust is completely amorphous silica with no crystalline content (amorphous means non-crystalline), it does not cut the exoskeleton of insects like DE, and unlike DE is non-repellent. Because of the mode of action, there is no chemical resistance to CimeXa. And since CimeXa does not have crystalline structure it does not cause silicosis. CimeXa is light, which allows it to adhere and accumulate on bed bug exoskeletons. Bed bugs are unaware that CimeXa is present and they continue to reside in their normal harborage areas, leading to more rapid and complete control, even of the heaviest infestations. CimeXa quickly kills bed bugs where they live without displacement and without disturbing their normal behavior. Another plus is that CimeXa dust can also be used in conjunction with heat treatments.

Using CimeXa with Heat Treatments

Unlike most pesticides that are adversely affected by heat, CimeXa is not affected at all by heat treatments. In fact, dry, hot conditions will enhance the killing ability of CimeXa. During heat treatments, bed bugs scatter in search of cracks, crevices, and other protected areas to avoid the high temperatures. They often make their way into wall voids, door frames, furniture and other areas that are difficult to heat and maintain temperatures high enough to kill bed bugs.

When CimeXa is applied to cracks, crevices, and voids, before heat treatment, bed bugs have no place to hide, reducing callbacks and re-treatments, and increasing profits. Alternatively, use CimeXa after heat treatments in harborage areas for long residual protection to prevent re-infestation, and to kill any bed bugs that may have escaped the heat. Keep in mind that full premise heat treatments are generally unnecessary when using CimeXa, and that heat provides no residual protection at all.

CimeXa for Other Pests

CimeXa is more than just a bed bug product. It is a versatile multi-use desiccant dust. It is extremely effective against fleas, ticks, lice, roaches, ants, silverfish, spiders, stored product/pantry beetles and moths, mites and drywood termites. It works the same way it works on bed bugs. When crawling pests come in contact with CimeXa, the product clings to their exoskeleton and absorbs the waxy coating, causing death from dehydration. CimeXa dust can be used in both interior and exterior areas where most traditional pesticides would not be a good fit for the situation or type of treatment required.

A Green Solution

CimeXa is also a great option for those clients who want a “green” product to be used in and around their home. CimeXa is a Green Zone™ Brand product, has low-toxicity and has a mineral-derived active ingredient that is suitable for green service programs.

With everything mentioned above, CimeXa should be a tool in your arsenal. Not only for bed bug control, but for general pest control as well.


Mosquito Control Tips and Why You Might Want to Consider Using a FIFRA 25(b) Insecticide!

Mosquito Control Tips and Why You Might Want to Consider Using a FIFRA 25(b) Insecticide!

Mosquito control has become an important part of many PMPs service offerings, opening up the playing field to the great outdoors to keep those pesky, nuisance flying pests in check to allow customers to enjoy the use of their outdoor living space and yard.

Just like in structural pest control, IPM plays an important part in the overall mosquito management plan and should include these important steps:

  • The reduction of breeding sites
  • The prevention of larval development
  • The reduction of adult mosquitoes

Reduction of Breeding Sites

Mosquitoes need standing water for two stages of their lifecycle: egg laying and larval development. Getting rid of standing water, even really small areas, will go a long way in preventing them a place to lay their eggs.

Here are some common areas around a home to check: rain gutters, downspouts, buckets, flower pots, plastic covers, toys, or anything capable of holding water where mosquitoes can breed. If there are items on the property designed to hold water, like bird baths, fountains, and potted plant trays, that water should be changed weekly. Since some mosquito species can lay eggs in damp soil depressions where water can collect, it is also important to fill in these depressions or to turn the soil occasionally.

Prevention of Larval Development

One of the best ways to control mosquitoes is to do it while they are in the immature stages of their life cycle (egg, larva and pupa), before they become adults. Using a larvicide while mosquitoes are in their larva stage before they emerge as an adult mosquito and take flight will help to reduce the adult mosquito population in the area. It should be used to treat standing water that cannot be covered, dumped or removed. Larvicides come in many forms, including liquids, tablets, pellets, granules and briquettes. When used according to product label directions, larvicides are very effective and will not harm people, pets or the environment.

Reduction of Adult Mosquitoes

Because it is nearly impossible to eliminate all mosquito breeding sites and to stop all mosquito lifecycle development at the larva stage, there will always be adult mosquitoes that need to be controlled, especially since they are attracted to people from the carbon dioxide, body heat, lactic acid and other scents that are on a person’s body. Mosquitoes may also be drawn to certain areas or structures because of their habitat preferences or breeding site availability. 

The first step in doing an adult mosquito treatment is to choose which adult mosquito control insecticide product(s) to use, and to make sure you have the proper application equipment as specified on the insecticide label. And as always, be sure to read and follow the label directions for all products used.

The objective of an adult mosquito treatment is to quickly reduce the number of mosquitoes around a home and yard, and to provide extended protection through mosquito population reduction and/or repellency in the area treated. Treatment applications should be focused in areas where the adult mosquitoes rest, including deep inside vegetation, bushes, ground cover and other heavy vegetation on the property, and other dark moist areas such as under decks, woodpiles, etc.

Using the proper treatment equipment (compressed air sprayer, backpack sprayer, mist blower or power sprayer) and the proper equipment settings will help ensure the insecticide penetrates foliage and is applied to the undersides of leaves where mosquitoes tend to rest. Applications should also be made to all shaded, moist areas like under decks and porches. Thoroughness of the application is very important to get the contact kill and residual protection your customer expects in a mosquito control treatment program.

There are plenty of insecticide product choices for mosquito control, both EPA-registered conventional products and FIFRA 25(b) exempt botanical products. If for whatever reason you have never considered using a 25(b) exempt botanical insecticide, there are some benefits of botanical products that you need to know that are much more than just being “green”:

  • 25(b) exempt botanical insecticides like EcoVia are fast-acting, often times faster-acting than synthetic pyrethroids. Their fast mode-of-action provides extremely quick knockdown control of adult mosquitoes when applied directly on them.
  • 25(b) exempt botanical insecticides like EcoVia provide “true repellency” protection due to the volatile aromatic components. Insects that come in the vicinity of them will be repelled by the vapors.  In contrast, synthetic pyrethroids are called “excito-repellents” since they repel only when insects touch a treated surface.  So botanical insecticides provide much better spacial repellency than do synthetics.
  • 25(b) exempt botanical insecticides like EcoVia have dramatically lower fish toxicity compared to pyrethroids and much broader labels. Botanicals can be sprayed up to the water’s edge, applied to and around boat docks, fogged over water for mosquitoes and used with reduced risk on properties with ornamental water features.
  • 25(b) exempt botanical insecticides like EcoVia do not bio-accumulate in plants and the environment, so their risk to pollinators, outside of direct application to insects, is minimal.
  • 25(b) exempt botanical insecticides like EcoVia do not require notification before treatment on certain properties such as schools in most states. This allows an inspection and treatment to be completed on a single visit. Be sure to check your state regulations.
  • 25(b) exempt botanical insecticides like EcoVia are not subject to any pyrethroid application restrictions.

Providing a mosquito control program is a great way to help build your business, and to provide your customers a service that gives them the opportunity to better enjoy the outdoor living space around their homes.


Rockwell Labs Spring Granular Baits

Using Granular Baits In Spring to Mitigate Pest Pressure

Using Granular Baits In Spring to Mitigate Pest Pressure

Rockwell Labs Spring Granular Baits

Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing, and the sun is shining. All clear signs that spring is upon us. With spring comes warm weather. With warm weather comes a significant increase of pest activity. Ant colonies will begin to forage and feed, growing to unimaginable sizes. Crickets come out of the woodwork. Snails and slugs start making their slimy little way through the beautiful gardens we have worked so hard to grow. Usually in these areas are where you will find a multitude of hungry and flourishing bugs! This, for the pest control world, presents a prime opportunity to perform in a way that only the techs know how. With perimeter treatments of structures using a granular insecticide bait!

Overview of Granular Baits

Granular baits are readily accepted by a multitude of insects. Everything needs to eat right? Ants, cockroaches, and crickets as well as other springtime pests will be “InTiced” by bait granules. This bait is formulated with insects’ behavioral traits in mind, with various particle sizes designed specifically for insects that may be subjective to bait size vs. an insect species that will accept it readily.

Granular baits are classically formulated as a solid granule, as opposed to liquid or other formulations. These solid particles are loaded with an insecticide along with attractants and food grade ingredients. Across the board, the active ingredients granule baits contain may vary from natural ingredients such as boric acid and diatomaceous earth to synthetically-derived insecticides such as pyrethroids or neonicotinoids. All are formulated to fit where and what needs to be treated, with the same end goal in mind.

How to Choose a Granular Bait

When choosing a bait granule, consider the situation and the available active ingredients. Active ingredients such as pyrethroids or neonicotinoids can provide faster remediation; however, these elements are far more costly than borate-based baits. Another challenge presented by pyrethroid, or neonicotinoid baits is the probability of aversion or resistance to a specific active or mode of action. They also cannot be applied where there are pyrethroid or neonic use restrictions.

Granular baits, like InTice 10, that use borates as the active have several distinct advantages. They are non-repellent. They don’t just chase pests away. Ants carry the bait back to the nest to kill the colony. Other target pests eat the bait and die. The active, 10% orthoboric acid, does not break down from heat or UV light. It is mold and mildew resistant, so it remains effective for up to 3 months outdoors. Thus, making it not only an outstanding bait for areas with high irrigation, it will also provide long residual effects. And because the borate active is naturally derived, there are not pest resistance issues.

How to Apply a Granular Bait

Granular baits can also be used in addition to pyrethroids or neonicotinoids without creating cross-resistance. Granular baits can be used to control an existing crawling pest problem or for preventative maintenance. To achieve the best result, the granule should be applied to the entire area in which the insects are foraging. The application doesn’t have to be perfectly uniform since foraging pests will find it as they are searching for food. The most effective way to apply these granules is by way of granular spreader.

Once the bait has been applied to the area, do not disturb the insects. The insects must be able to go about their normal routine of foraging. Ants that find the granular bait will carry the bait back to the nest to kill the colony. Other target pests will eat the bait and die. Insects that do not find or consume the bait will not be affected. 

Bait granules may work slower than other pesticide formulations since the crawling insects will need to find the bait for it to start working. Also, for ant problems, the foraging ants need time to take the bait back to the colony and share with the other ants. However, the payoff is eliminating the source of the ant problem.

Benefits of Granular Baits

The use of granular baits can be expressed to the client by pointing out the benefits of using these bait formulations. Most clients gravitate toward the environmentally friendly factor, in which they feel they are getting the best of both worlds – eliminating the problem that is “bugging” them and doing it in an environmentally friendly way.

When the bait utilizes a mineral-based active ingredient like boric acid, it can be incorporated into a “green” service program that makes it both family and pet friendly.Not only do the bugs want to come out and enjoy the weather, but typically the kids and household animals find themselves playing outside more. Granules nestled in the grass, in flower beds and even in that dirt lot you keep meaning to get plants into, will keep the unwanted bugs away, while allowing the kids to play and those dogs to dig…or whatever else they like to do on the backyard grass.

There are other benefits as well. Granule baits do not require mixing, are easy to apply, and PPE requirements are usually less strict than other formulations (check your state’s regulations). These baits are also very versatile and designed for many pests.

Granular baits are typically weather resistant and can be used in a hot, wet environment and do just fine. Granular baits will not lose efficacy if exposed to the environment. Granules are an effective control method for some of the toughest multi-layered surfaces such as mulch beds, grass and ground cover vegetation. These areas provide food, moisture and harborage for insects. Oftentimes, granular bait provides better longer-lasting results than sprays in these “live” surfaces.

When it comes to cost, unfortunately, some granular baits can be more expensive than liquid pesticides. However, considering they are also slower acting and do not have to be applied as often, they may actually save you some money. Factor in the equipment that granules require vs. the equipment needed for liquid pesticides and you will find, that even upfront, the liquid product itself may be more expensive. The cost associated to use may quickly weigh in favor of the granules, not to mention the time saving aspect for your techs. Fortunately, because InTice 10 perimeter bait has an outdoor application rate of only 1 lb per 1000 sq ft, it offers PMPs an outstanding value saving time, money and space.

Using Granular Baits Indoors

Most calls come in and the majority of services are needed, not when there’s trouble outside, but when these pests make their way inside. The client finds that the ants have made their way past the front door, down the hall, inside the kitchen, up the counter, all over their favorite sugar bowl, and to the pantry where they discovered a handful of crumbs that had inadvertently been left out. What happens then? We can’t leave granules inside! It would be a mess! No, we cannot but there are several ways that you can incorporate them into the interior control methods.

When insect pressure presents itself on the interior of the structure, granular bait can be effective in these situations, when used properly. InTice 10 is labeled for use indoors and can be dusted into wall voids, applied in attics, crawlspaces and basements. You may also place it in a BaitPlate or D-Sect IPM Station to gain control of interior pests.Typically, you should offer this service at the start of the season as it will be advantageous to you and your client, providing a pest free living environment. Unlike most pesticide chemicals, the boric acid active doesn’t break down from heat and will last a year or more. So, a once-a-year treatment is typically enough. And because it is a bait, pests will be actively looking for it.

When considering products for interior treatments, a lot of PMPs have a habit of spraying every inch of baseboard in the house. For some, this treatment makes sense. However, when is the last time you saw insects crawling on an exposed surface of the baseboard? When it comes to insect control on the interior, we must be good stewards to our client and the industry. This means doing what is not only best for the client and the environment, but being able to control the issue with the least amount of “chemical” possible. Granular baits make this daunting task very simple. It is best to make sure these are always placed in inconspicuous areas as to not attract children or pets. Please be safe while baiting!

Be sure to select the appropriate bait for the situation and always follow label directions. Visit rockwelllabs.com for more information on introducing granular baits into your service offerings.


Rockwell InVict Gold NEW Tips

InVict Gold Syringe with Built in Precision Application Tip

New InVict Gold Syringe with Built-in Precision Application Tip

Rockwell InVict Gold NEW Tips

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo., February 1, 2022 — All 35g InVict Gold syringes now include a built-in precision application tip with a snap on cap that’s quicker and easier to use. The built-in precision applicator tip is long and slender, for fitting into tight cracks and crevices, but without the hassle of screw-on tips that are easy to lose.  The syringe with the built-in tip is ready to go when needed.

  • The included snap on cap prevents the bait left in the tip from drying out when stored. This eliminates the hassle of screw-on application tips that must be removed to re-cap the syringe for storage.  And no more cleaning dried bait out of removable application tips so they can be re-used.

InVict Gold Cockroach Gel is formulated with a unique blend of multiple food attractants and 2.15% imidacloprid, providing lightning-fast control.  With its outstanding palatability, it effectively controls “normal” and “bait-adverse” roaches. It’s an ideal choice for clean outs, and rotation with other roach baits like InVict AB Gel Bait.

For more information contact your Rockwell sales rep, or visit your distributor today.