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. If you would like more information on CimeXa for bed bug control or control of any other insect, please feel free to contact me at !

 

Meet the Author:


David Newfang, ACE
Western Region Technical Representative, Rockwell Labs Ltd

David Newfang has over 13 years of field experience in the PMP industry, which includes experience as a pest control field rep for different California pest control companies, as well as a termite inspector, quality assurance specialist, and most recently, a branch manager for Dewey Pest Control in Pasadena, CA.


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 chose 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.

 

Meet the Author:


 

 

David Newfang, ACE
Western Region Technical Representative, Rockwell Labs Ltd

David Newfang has over 13 years of field experience in the PMP industry, which includes experience as a pest control field rep for different California pest control companies, as well as a termite inspector, quality assurance specialist, and most recently, a branch manager for Dewey Pest Control in Pasadena, CA.


Using Granular Baits In Spring to Mitigate Pest Pressure

Using Granular Baits In Spring to Mitigate Pest Pressure

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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 impregnated with an insecticide along with attractants and food grade ingredients. Across the board, the active ingredients granule baits contain may vary from more natural ingredients such as boric acid and diatomaceous earth to man-made 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 it is not a repellent barrier. Pests 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. In the event that the insects are disturbed, they may associate the granular bait with an attack and no longer forage in that area. Ants and other insects that consume or contact the granules will be poisoned, but the 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.

Meet the Author:


 

 

David Newfang, ACE
Western Region Technical Representative, Rockwell Labs Ltd

David Newfang has over 13 years of field experience in the PMP industry, which includes experience as a pest control field rep for different California pest control companies, as well as a termite inspector, quality assurance specialist, and most recently, a branch manager for Dewey Pest Control in Pasadena, CA.

 

InVict Gold Syringe with Built in Precision Application Tip

New InVict Gold Syringe with Built-in Precision Application Tip

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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.


Rockwell Labs Is Proud to Support Heifer International

Rockwell Labs Is Proud to Support Heifer Internationals

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NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo., January 31, 2022 Heifer International’s mission is “to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way by supporting and investing alongside local famers and their communities.” Through donations of livestock, seeds, and mentorship, the Heifer Project has helped 50 million people worldwide. These donations create sources of income for families, resulting in change now and for future generations. Heifer International places an emphasis on protecting environmental resources.

Rockwell Labs donated 50 beehives, as well as food baskets and garden seeds through the Heifer Project. The gift of beehives provides families with income through the sale of honey, wax, and pollen. The bees also aid in pollination helping to support the growth of crops. Food baskets help to fight hunger, ensuring families have nutritional meals. Providing families with garden seeds leads to long-lasting change. Families can support themselves and pass on a portion of their production to help their communities.

For more information about Heifer International and their work, check out their website.


InVade Hot Spot Plus Bio Sanitation Aerosol Foam Now Available

New & Improved InVade Hot Spot+ Bio Sanitation Aerosol Foam Now Available from Rockwell Labs

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NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo., January 31, 2022 Heifer International’s mission is “to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way by supporting and investing alongside local famers and their communities.” Through donations of livestock, seeds, and mentorship, the Heifer Project has helped 50 million people worldwide. These donations create sources of income for families, resulting in change now and for future generations. Heifer International places an emphasis on protecting environmental resources.

Rockwell Labs donated 50 beehives, as well as food baskets and garden seeds through the Heifer Project. The gift of beehives provides families with income through the sale of honey, wax, and pollen. The bees also aid in pollination helping to support the growth of crops. Food baskets help to fight hunger, ensuring families have nutritional meals. Providing families with garden seeds leads to long-lasting change. Families can support themselves and pass on a portion of their production to help their communities.

For more information about Heifer International and their work, check out their website.


Rockwell’s New Bed Bug Control Technical Guide

New Bed Bug Control Technical Guide –Treatment Tips Using CimeXa Insecticide Dust

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo., December 2021– Rockwell Labs just updated their Bed Bug Control Technical Guide, which will be published as in insert in the December 2021 issue of PCT magazine. As pest management professionals know, bed bug can be one of the most challenging pest problems to control, but can also be one of the most lucrative services to offer.  Independent research has proven that CimeXa insecticide dust is one of the most effective products on the market for controlling bed bugs, even resistant strains.  That is because CimeXa is a strong desiccant silica dust that does not contain any additional pesticide active ingredients, so there is no chemical resistance to it. CimeXa quickly kills bed bugs where they live without displacement and without repellency.  This new guide provides professionals all the details of the proper application methods and tips needed to provide an effective bed bug service, even for the toughest infestations. The guide is also available to download on the Rockwell website (Resources section), or ask your local Rockwell technical representative for a copy.

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Rockwell’s New Perimeter Pest Treatment Protocol Videos

New Bed Bug Control Technical Guide –Treatment Tips Using CimeXa Insecticide Dust

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo., November 2021– Rockwell Labs popular Perimeter Pest Treatment Protocol Technical Guide is now available in video format.  Both of these video protocols provide Pest Management Professionals a great overview on how to provide a green or conventional perimeter pest control service that will achieve customer satisfaction and gain the acceptance of service technicians.  And the best part is that it is as easy as 1-2-3: (1) Spray the foundation up to 3 ft, (2) Apply InTice Perimeter Bait, (3) Apply add-on treatment for spiders, occasional invader and/or overwintering pests.  And that is it.  Like the technical guide, the videos cover the details of how to use the various Rockwell products included in the perimeter treatment protocols, plus a quick overview on the products as well.  Each video is about 7 mins long, and can be found on the Rockwell website  (Resources section).


Rockwell’s New InVade Bio Sanitation Technical Guide

New InVade Bio Sanitation Technical Guide – The Blueprint for Pursuing Sanitation Business Successfully

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo., December 2021- North Kansas City, Mo., November 6 2020 – Rockwell Labs recently revised their InVade Bio Sanitation Treatment Protocol technical guide, which will be published as an insert in the October 2020 issue of PCT magazine.  The guide provides pest management professionals a detailed overview of how to utilize the wide array of InVade bio sanitation products for cleaning commercial facilities and kitchens with chronic moisture and organic debris issues.  The InVade range of probiotic cleaners will address sanitation needs most effectively and in a “green” manner since they utilize naturally occurring soil microbes to digest organic matter and eliminate odors. This new technical guide provides pest management professionals the playbook on how to use the proven power of InVade Technology, along with the application methods described in the guide, to pursue sanitation business with confidence.  The guide is also available to download on the Rockwell website (Resources section), or ask your local Rockwell technical representative for a copy.


ECOPRO Services

Friendly to the Environment, but Not to Insects

Friendly to the Environment, But Not to Insects

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Red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta, also known as RIFA) are notorious. They can sting, inject poison and even kill small animals. Sometimes their nests are hidden under houses, making them hard to eliminate. Sarah Musselman, owner of EcoPro Services LLC in Austin, Tex., remembers one challenging RIFA infestation outside a home. After an initial application of an insecticide, she tried Rockwell Labs’ EcoVia EC Emulsifiable Concentrate. Musselman sprayed the repellent around the home’s perimeter. The next thing she knew, RIFA were pouring out of the ground where she sprayed, revealing their nests. “They were freaking out,” Musselman recalls. “If fire ants feel threatened, they will run upward from their mounds. The other products I used weren’t repellent enough to cause that.” EcoVia EC is one of eight EcoVia botanical, environmentally friendly pesticides that also includes EcoVia 3-in-1 Insecticide, Miticide & Fungicide Emulsifiable Concentrate; EcoVia G Granular Insecticide; EcoVia CA Contact Insecticide; EcoVia IB Insect Bloks; EcoVia MT Mosquito & Tick Control Concentrate; EcoVia WD Wettable Powder; and EcoVia WH Stinging Insect Killer. Musselman uses five EcoVia products along with InTice 10 Perimeter Bait, another ecofriendly insecticide by Rockwell. But it wasn’t until she was in business for a year before she even heard of EcoVia and InTice. “They allowed me to expand my client base,” Musselman says. “There’s a whole market of people out there who don’t want bugs in their homes, but do want to be environmentally friendly.” 

HOW THEY WORK: All EcoVia products consist of plant oils that cause immediate paralysis and a fast-kill in many insects. The oils also repel the insects that come within the oils’ vicinity, which provides residual protection. InTice 10 attracts insects. Ants carry it back to their nests, allowing it to kill the colony. Other target insects die after eating the bait. EcoVia and InTice 10 have broad labels and kill and control mosquitoes, ticks, spiders, fruit flies, mites, cockroaches, ants, crickets, earwigs, millepedes, sowbugs, pill bugs, snails and slugs, among other pests. In addition to Rockwell helping her business grow, Musselman, an entomologist, appreciates that Rockwell, like EcoPro, is a woman owned pest management firm. Pest Management Professional Hall of Famer Dr. Cisse Spragins (Class of 2018) founded Rockwell and currently serves as CEO. “Cisse is so much fun,” Musselman says. “She’s a powerhouse — a scientist, a great speaker and she definitely knows what she’s talking about. It’s obvious that she cares.” Here’s a rundown of how Musselman uses other Rockwell products, in addition to EcoVia EC

• EcoVia CA. Musselman applies this product into cracks and crevices inside homes. It’s effective on spiders, and customers love the cinnamon scent, she notes. 

• EcoVia G. This is a valuable tool when one perimeter product isn’t enough, Musselman says. It helps create a stronger perimeter barrier, especially against tough pests like scorpions. 

• EcoVia WD. Musselman uses it at full strength as a dust or wets it to use as a perimeter spray. It’s good in cracks and crevices, inside or outside. 

• EcoVia WH. This is an expanding foam Musselman sprays directly onto hornet, yellowjacket or paper wasp nests from up to 18 feet. In many cases, the pests drop dead immediately. 

• InTice 10. Musselman says InTice has a significant amount of active ingredient at 10 percent at its price point. She’s experienced success with it outside and inside, in attics and crawlspaces. It’s lethal to snails, ants, cockroaches and silverfish.