Pest infestation can happen anywhere – whether you live in a trailer, apartment, or penthouse. Garden pests like ants, flies, beetles and cockroaches can cause problems in your garden and home; indoor infestations by bed bugs, fleas, bees can cause you real discomfort and even harm. Caught early, some insect control problems can be fixed by purchasing natural products. Larger scale infestations may require a professional pest control service.

How can Insects damage your home?

Finding a large number of pests such as ants in our homes can be very distressing ??even terrifying. While ants are not dangerous, they are unhygienic and can contaminate your food. Likewise, beetles and earwigs do not spread disease, but who wants a colony in their home? Some bugs, such as plaster beetles, can pose a threat to your home’s infrastructure. So how do you know when you need to call in the Insect control professionals?

Why is professional Insect control important?

If you have bee or ant nests in your home, or a severe bed bug or mouse problem, you will definitely need to call in a professional pest control company. If you are unsure of the severity of ??and solution to, your pest problem, it would also be wise contact a professional insect control company asap. Insect control experts may not need to offer you anything more than advice, or a simple product, but they may need to make a visit to your home to assess and address the situation. Pest controllers removed the problem with minimum fuss and maximum efficiency. Most are reasonably priced ??and you can’t put a price on making you and your family sleep easy again. Steam cleaning with over 55oC steam will remove eggs and most insects, however this needs to be followed though with a insect control service for best results such as Pest Control Auckland Pest Control or Auckland Carpet Steam ‘n’ Dry Pest Control Auckland Also look at the variety of services they offer. Many insect control companies also offer regular maintenance to ensure the insects do not return. Some Auckland insect control companies can treat the home for several pests, depending on the range of issues you’re facing. When hiring a insect control company, the key is to get a proposal tailored to your needs and budget. The rest will fall into place as you start treating the problem and gaining the benefits of a insect-free


House Insect Control

Protect Your Most Important Investment with House Pest Control As the most significant investment most of us will ever undertake in our lives, your home is a great source of pride, comfort, and financial stability. Insects Can Come in Many Shapes and Sizes While we all like to think we run a tight ship and our homes are clean and inviting, pests may sometimes be more clever and persistent than we’d like to admit. House insects can run the gamut from rodents, such as mice and rats, moths, hornets, bees, termites, mites, other insects and even small birds. Professionals Can Solve Many Commons Insect Infestations Don’t feel like you have to go it alone. While there are many do-it-yourself remedies including insecticides, rodenticides, and other chemical solutions, their safe and effective use requires a knowledgeable person to apply the right solution using the appropriate procedures. Rely on a professional insect control management company to deliver the best solution to your pesky uninvited house guests. The same goes for trapping devices, and adhesive boards. Trust a insect control professional to design the appropriate and humane solution for your house pest infestation. Home is where the heart is, but it doesn’t have to be home to pesky bugs, rodents, and other pests. There are a number of different types of pest control services, just as there are a number of different kinds of insects. The most common is the use of pesticides, chemicals that kill them. However, given the increasing concerns about the use of such chemicals, there are also other techniques becoming common, using bait for example, even altering the structure and access to buildings so that they cannot enter. There is also what is becoming known as integrated pest management where a number of different techniques are used at the same time. At its best, this use of many methods of insect control services will clear up an infestation, repair the damage done and prevent a recurrence all in one program of work. Why Would you Want to Use Professional Insect Control Services? There’s three very good reasons why you’ll want to use the professionals: the first is that some insects, like termites, will actually try (and sometimes they succeed!) to eat your house. It’s worth paying a little to prevent that from happening. The second is the increasing complexity of the methods described above. It’ll often be cheaper to employ insect control services than to go and try and learn it all yourself. The third is that if pesticides are required, they usually come in two forms. The weaker type that you can use yourself or the stronger ones that require a license. So to get the right pesticides, along with the people who know how and where to use them, it’s often best to hire the Auckland insect control professionals. Insect Control Auckland 0800 783 266


Insect Control Indoors

If you need to use an insecticide indoors, explore your options and choose the least toxic material. Apply in limited amounts and provide adequate ventilation during and after application. Boric acid or diatomaceous earth, often considered least toxic choices, may be sufficient to control the insect. Be sure that all the insecticides you use are household formulations and that the insect and the site are clearly listed on the label. Uses inconsistent with the label are illegal and could be dangerous. If you hire a insect management professional (PMP), choose one that uses least toxic insect management practices. Take all necessary safety precautions: vacate or ventilate premises; prevent children or pets from coming in contact with treated surfaces until completely dry; remove pet food, water, and bedding during application; remove or cover fish tanks and air pumps during applications. For insects such as fleas, treat pets at the same time the structure is treated, and be prepared to dispose of or wash all pet bedding. Specific chemicals registered for control of household insects are listed in Table 5 (for toxicity information, see Table 3 in Chapter 3, and Table 4a in Chapter 4). Be sure to see Chapter 4 in Part I: Cultural Methods, of Insect Management Around the Home, for noninsecticidal means of managing insects.

Further Reading

Table 5. Annoying insects inside the homeAlso see Chapter 4 in Part I: Cultural Methods, of Insect Management Around the Home.

InsectsSome Insect Management Options
h5>Antsant3/16 to 5/16 inchAnt baits are the best management tactic for many ants – they control entire colony. Baits for home use come prepackaged, contain an insecticide and food attractant, and should be in plastic child-resistant containers. Some brands include Terro, Combat, Raid, Pic, Drax and Maxforce. Do not use other insecticides or cleaners with baits. Baits may take a little longer to work, but are the best choice.Baits do not work for winged swarmers. Spot treatment with an insecticide where ants enter may be helpful. Registered insecticides include: boric acid, cyfluthrin, deltamethrin, diatomaceous earth, dinotefuran, fipronil, d-limonene, lambda-cyhalothrin, permethrin, and propoxur (Baygon). Sometimes ants nest in wall voids. If the problem persists, you may want to consult a Insect Management Professional. See also Carpenter ants (below).
Bed bug

bedbug 3/8 inch

Management should focus on non-insecticide methods first, including vacuuming, sealing cracks and crevices (hiding places), using zippered mattress covers (after thorough clean-up), and keeping beds from touching walls. If the problem persists, you may want to consult a Insect Management Professional. Insecticides should never be used on a mattress unless the product label specifically states that it can. For indoor treatment, cyfluthrin, deltamethrin, diatomaceous earth, or permethrin, are labeled to treat hiding places around baseboards, moldings, and floorboards.
Booklice and Paperlice

booklice 1/16 inch

Eliminating moisture and humidity usually eliminates booklice. If needed, treat with deltamethrin. Do not treat books directly with insecticides.
Boxelder bug

boxelder 5/8 inch

The first defense should be to vacuum up or sweep up and discard live boxelder bugs. Close and/or seal openings where bugs are entering. If necessary, insecticides labeled for indoor use on boxelder bug include diatomaceous earth, deltamethrin, or lambda-cyhalothrin.If needed, for treatment of nuisance insects outdoors, spot treat accumulations of the insects using bifenthrin, cyfluthrin, esfenvalerate, or lambda-cyhalothrin.For treatment of host trees see “Boxelder” in Chapter 10 of this publication (Tree and Shrub Insect Management).
Carpenter ants

carpenter ants1/2 to 1 inch

Baits are often the best choice. Terro Ant Killer II, a liquid borax bait, has shown good results in research trials. Other baits specifically for carpenter ants are also available, including Maxforce, Combat, or Raid. Use as manufacturer directs.Alternatively, treat the nest site with boric acid, deltamethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, or permethrin. If you cannot locate or treat the colony yourself, you may want to enlist the services of a Insect Management Professional.
Carpet beetles

carpenter beetles3/8 inch

Vacuum regularly to prevent wool lint, pet hair, or dead insects from accumulating. If needed, treat infested areas with bifenthrin, cyfluthrin, deltamethrin, diatomaceous earth, lambda-cyhalothrin, or permethrin. To avoid carpet damage, test a small area first.Where heavy infestation occurs, you may need to enlist the services of a Insect Management Professional.
Clothes moths

clothesmoths 1/2 inch

Vacuum to prevent wool lint, pet hair, or organic matter from accumulating. Use pheromone baited sticky traps.If needed, treat infested areas with cyfluthrin, deltamethrin, or permethrin plus trans-allethrin. To avoid damaging fabric, test a small area first, if using a product labeled for use on fabrics. For a severe infestation, you may want to consult a Insect Management Professional.
Clover mites

clover mites 1/16 inch

Caulk or weather strip areas where mites enter. Clean up with warm soapy water. If needed, use lambda-cyhalothrin or permethrin. Treat around window casings, door frames, and other areas where mites occur.
Cluster flies

cluster flies 5/16 inch

Vacuum up flies and seal openings they use to enter. Products for fly control registered for homeowner use include ones containing some combination of PPB, pyrethrins, permethrin, or tetramethrin. For outdoor application only, cyfluthrin. Note: flying insect sprays will give only temporary relief. Dispose of dead flies to avoid infestations of carpet beetles and other insects that feed on dead insects.For flies coming indoors, a “Cluster Buster” trap can be used, which contains an extruded eggshell product (like a quicksand for flies) enclosed in a small plastic container that mounts to the window. Flies that get in cannot get back out.A Insect Management Professional may apply a registered insecticide to the entire outer vertical surface of the building to prevent flies from entering. The insecticide should be applied in late summer.
Cockroaches

cockroaches 5/8 to 1 1/2 inches

Bait traps with boric acid are considered least toxic products. The insect growth regulator Hydroprene is available for cockroaches. For the German cockroach, traps containing an aggregation pheromone are available. They give better results than sticky traps without the pheromone.Boric acid dust may also be applied to wall voids that are sealed during initial construction of buildings. It remains effective for years if it does not get wet.Entire apartment buildings may need to be treated by a Insect Management Professional. Choose those using least toxic methods. If insecticides are used, make limited applications in areas where roaches hide. To find hiding places, enter a dark room quietly, turn on the lights and watch where roaches run. They typically hide beneath kitchen sinks and under and behind appliances. Insecticides labeled for consumer use include boric acid, cyfluthrin, deltamethrin, diatomaceous earth, hydroprene, lambda-cyhalothrin, d-limonene, and permethrin.
Crickets

crickets 7/8 inch

Repair cracks or holes through which crickets may enter. Keep storage areas clean and dry, and keep vegetation, paper, and cardboard off the floor. Sticky traps can help catch crickets. If needed, use boric acid powder, bifenthrin, cyfluthrin, deltamethrin, diatomaceous earth, lambda-cyhalothrin, or permethrin. Apply in areas where crickets may hide. Treat areas around basement doors and windows where crickets enter.
Drain flies

drain flies 1/4 inch

See Moth flies
Drosophila (Fruit flies)

drosophila 1/8 inch

Use traps first; baited and sticky traps are available..Home remedy: make a trap by putting a funnel into the opening of a jar, and put a bit of ripe banana sprinkled with yeast in the bottom of the jar ??use about 10 days, then replace.If needed, some products with a combination of pyrethrins, PPB, pemethrin, or tetramethrin are labeled for home use to kill adult fruit flies.
Earwigs

earwings 1 1/16 inch

Keep storage areas clean and dry, and keep vegetation, paper, and cardboard off the floor. If needed, use boric acid powder, diatomaceous earth, bifenthrin, cyfluthrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, or d-limonene.Outdoor perimeter treatment: if needed use bifenthrin, cyfluthrin, diatomaceous earth, esfenvalerate, lambda-cyhalothrin, permethrin, or s-bioallethrin.
Elm leaf beetles

elm leaf beetles 3/8 inch

These enter homes to spend the winter from nearby infested elm trees. For treatment on elm trees, see Chapter 10 of this publication (Tree and Shrub Insect Management).Vacuum or sweep up beetles and discard. Repair or caulk openings through which they gain entry.If necessary, products containing deltamethrin + s-bioallethrin are labeled for use indoors.
Fleas

fleas 1/8 inch

Management of fleas should begin with the pet. Check with your veterinarian – topical flea and tick treatments may be an option.Registered insecticides for indoor use include bifenthrin, deltamethrin, diatomaceous earth, d-limonene lambda-cyhalothrin, and permethrin. Follow label directions. For persistent problems you may wish to consult a Insect Management Professional. The insect growth regulator Hydroprene, which prevents fleas from maturing to the adult stage, is one of the products available for use by a professional.For outdoor flea treatment options see “Fleas” in Chapter 7 of this publication (Management of Annoying Insects Outside the Home).
Flour and grain beetles

flour and grain beetles 1/8 inch

A thorough clean up ?? discarding any infested stored products, vacuuming, washing shelves, putting new shelf paper down ??with follow-up a month or two later usually is sufficient.In extreme cases, if needed, treat corners of storage areas with cyfluthrin, deltamethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, or pyrethrins. When material is dry, put down fresh shelf paper. Never place food or dishes back in the closet until material is entirely dry
Flour and grain moths

flour and grain moths 1/2 to 1 inch

Thorough clean-up is essential for managing these insects. Removal of infested products, and thoroughly vacuuming storage closets, and areas where wall and ceiling meet (for Indian Meal Moth especially) are effective. Insecticides are usually not necessary. Use pheromone traps to monitor and catch male insects.In extreme cases, if needed, treat corners of storage areas with cyfluthrin, or prallethrin plus other ingredients. When material is dry, put down fresh shelf paper. Never place food or dishes back in the closet until material is entirely dry.
Fungus gnats

fungus gnats 1/8 inch

Frequently the source of infestation is moist houseplant potting soil where fungus gnat larvae can grow. Allow plants to drain and dry between waterings, if possible. Larvae may be controlled using B.t. (Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis), or beneficial nematodes (Steinernema feltiae).Try yellow sticky traps first, in areas where fungus gnats are seen. If needed, to control flying insects use beta-cyfluthrin, permethrin, tetramethrin, or pyrethrins plus other ingredients. Insecticides provide temporary knock-down, but the source must be addressed for permanent control.
Grain mites/cheese mites

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Moisture reduction is key to long-term control. If found on food preparation surfaces, wash off with warm soapy water. A dehumidifier or a fan during humid periods will help reduce moisture.Labeled insecticides include deltamethrin, permethrin, or pyrethrins. These materials provide temporary control only. When treating in cabinets, wait until material is dry then put down fresh shelf paper.
Head lice

head lice 1/8 inch

Treatment of premises is not recommended. Treatment of the person must be recommended by a physician.
House flies

house flies3/8 inch

Physically exclude with good screening on windows and doors. Use mechanical means such as a fly swatter.If needed, deltamethrin, permethrin, pyrethrins, or tetramethrin (with other ingredients), can be used as directed on product label. Insecticides provide only temporary control. For long term management, correct conditions that allow flies to get in.
Lady beetles (Ladybugs)

1/4 to 3/8 inch

Prevent (physically block) entry into the building where possible, or physically remove insects that get inside — sweep up and place out of doors or vacuum.Some products with deltamethrin, pyrethrins plus permethrin, or esfenvalerate plus other ingredients are labeled for Asian lady beetle control indoors. Keep in mind that these insects are beneficials, controlling aphids and other plant insects outdoors.
Millipedes

millipedes 1 1/2 inches

Prevent (physically block) entry into home where possible. Sweep up and dispose of or use a shop vac to clean up. Millipedes prefer moist habitats, so try to keep rooms and floors dry. If needed, boric acid powder or diatomaceous earth are least toxic options. Some products with cyfluthrin, deltamethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, or permethrin (with other ingredients) are labeled for millipede control indoors.Also see “Millipedes” in Chapter 7 of this publication (Management of Annoying Insects Outside the Home).
Mosquitoes

mosquitos 3/8 inch

Physically exclude with good screening on windows and doors. Use mechanical means such as a fly swatter.If necessary, beta-cyfluthrin, deltamethrin, permethrin, pyrethrins (with other ingredients), or tetramethrin (with other ingredients) are available for use indoors.Outdoor or community control may be necessary.
Moth flies (Drain flies)

moth flies 1/4 inch

Use fly swatter for adults. Flies breed in organic matter that collects in drains. Use drain gels to help remove accumulations of organic matter, the breeding sites inside the drain where larvae develop.Household insecticide sprays labeled for may be used to control the adult, but they only provide temporary control. Adult moth flies in the home can be controlled with some products containing beta-cyfluthrin.
Powderpost beetles

1/4 inch

Sometimes associated with wood that has absorbed moisture. Keep wood dry; keep moisture and humidity levels low wherever possible. Beta-cyfluthrin, or tetramethrin plus permethrin, may be used for spot treatment. Borates (disodium octaborate tetrahydrate) may be used by a insect management professional to treat structural wood.
Silverfish and Firebrats

silverfish and firebrats 9/16 inch

Silverfish like cool moist environments; firebrats like warm moist. Decrease moisture and humidity where possible. Caulk openings around pipes and baseboards to prevent entry. Insecticides labeled include: boric acid, diatomaceous earth, cyfluthrin, deltamethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, d-limonene, permethrin, prallethrin (with other ingredients), or tetramethrin (with other ingredients). Apply the product in cracks and crevices, places where pipes go through walls, along baseboards, and in corners of cabinets and closets.
Sowbugs and Pillbugs

snowbugs and pillbugs 1/2 inch

Prevent (physically block) entry into home where possible.If needed, use a product labeled for indoor use for sowbugs, such as one containing cyfluthrin, deltamethrin, diatomaceous earth, lambda-cyhalothrin, or permethrin.
Spiders

spiders 5/8 inch

Keep spiders out with proper screening and weather stripping. Remove indoor webs and spiders with a broom. Over time these methods greatly reduce spiders in the home. Only if needed, use a insecticide such as bifenthrin, cyfluthrin, deltamethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, permethrin, pyrethrins (with other ingredients), prallethrin plus esfenvalerate. Spray in corners of rooms, at both floor and ceiling levels.
Springtails

springtails 1/16 inch

These need moist environments to live. Control by reducing moisture. Wet houseplant potting media may also be a source.No insecticides are recommended.
Strawberry root weevil and Black vine weevil

strawberry root weevil 1/2 inch

Physically remove when found.If necessary, treat infested plantings outdoors before insects hibernate. See Taxus in Chapter 10 (Tree and Shrub Insect Management), and Strawberry in Chapter 12 (Small Fruit Insect Management).
Subterranean Termites

subterranean Temites 5/16 inch

Effective insecticides for soil treatment are restricted for application by certified applicators only. Borates (disodium octaborate tetrahydrate) can be used by a professional to treat infested wood.Homeowner formulations of sulfluramid (bait stations) are available ??be sure to understand and follow instructions for the use of baits. Products with boric acid, beta-cyfluthrin, deltamethrin, or tetramethrin (with other ingredients), are available for homeowner use. However, professional treatment is best.
Ticks: Brown dog tick

5/16 inch or less

Control treatment should begin with the pet; check with your local veterinarian. Topical flea and tick products may be an option for your pet.Brown dog tick is the only tick that can breed and survive indoors. If homes are infested, treat cracks and crevices with household formulations of deltamethrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, pyrethrins (with other ingredients), or tetramethrin (with other ingredients). Check label carefully before using on rugs or carpets. Some products can cause damage.
Ticks, other species including the deer tick

ticks, other species 5/16 inch or less

Species other than the brown dog tick only breed outdoors. For outdoor treatment options, see “Ticks” in Chapter 7 of this publication (Management of Annoying Insects Outside the Home).Control treatment should begin with the pet; check with your local veterinarian. Topical flea and tick products may be an option for your pet.
Wasps and hornets

wasps and hornets 15/16 inch

If large numbers enter, a commercial wasp and hornet spray or a spray for indoor flying insects may be used, such as permethrin or pyrethrins (with other ingredients). Caution: insects trapped indoors may be irritated and can sting.For outdoor treatment options, see “Wasps and Hornets” in Chapter 7 of this publication (Management of Annoying Insects Outside the Home).
Western conifer seed bug

western conifer seed bug 3/4 inch

No insecticides are registered. Remove insects by hand, broom, or vacuum, and then discard. Avoid squashing insects against walls or other surfaces, as they can leave a stain.