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The Importance of Identifying the Species & Conducive Conditions

The Importance of Identifying the Species & Conducive Conditions

Identifying conducive conditions is an important step in protecting your business or home against pests. These are the conditions that attract and welcome a pest into your living space. Identifying conducive conditions can be easy at times for example, an innocent bird feeder could bring rodents due to the seeds falling to the ground, or mulch up against a foundation could be a gateway for termites to tunnel their way into your home. One should also keep hoses and water runoffs pointed away from the foundation of your home. Those who have a problem with German Roaches, while this next piece of advice won’t solve the problem alone, taking up cat or dog food and not letting it sit overnight for the roaches to feast upon may help slow their growth and reproduction process. For those dealing with a spider infestation, pesticides will be most effective only if sprayed directly onto the spider, but the residual effect is poor when dealing with arachnids. However, by eliminating their food source(insects) that may be in and around your home, will force them to look elsewhere when looking for a place to live and hunt.

As you can see why identifying conducive conditions and we at Meryl’s termite and Pest control hope that you can use some of these tips in and around your home. Our technicians at have specific training when doing any pest inspection, which is perhaps the most important part of the entire process and identifying conducive conditions.

Next, we're going to talk about the importance of correctly identifying the species. It very important that you can correctly identify the species you find.  This is so vital to what we do, especially here in Florida where we have such an extensive range of pests, both domestic, and those invasive species that have accidentally been released in our sensitive ecosystem. Invasive species?  That’s correct, Rover Ant’s, Argentine Ants, Imported Fire Ants, Australian Cockroaches, German Cockroaches(despite what the name might imply, German Cockroaches did not originate from Germany), Ghost Ants, to name only a few as there are many more. They thrive in our state due to the mild winters and generally humid conditions so identifying the species is really helpful.

Identifying the Species & Conducive Conditions - The earwig
One of our most common occasional invaders – the Australian cockroach

Now for an example of why not all ants are created equal and need to be treated by identifying the species and type of the individual species. You may have encountered Ghost Ants, most people call the Sugar Ants, they are a very tiny ant that seem to pop up indoors usually around December due to lack of water, or for the warmth of the indoors . You may have noticed that if you sprayed them with Raid or something similar, they end up spreading, and popping up in another room. This is call budding, and you want to avoid this at all costs.

Treatment would include an industrial strength bait(unfortunately the baits sold at hardware stores and the like lack the important ingredients for successful control), while only using a non-repellent spray, on the outside only. Any repellent spray will have them spreading though your house at a sometimes alarming rate. Furthermore, spraying should be limited and to reiterate, in most situations on the outside only if it is possible to track them back to their nest, which are sometimes multiple.

This is why pest control in Florida is so vital in identifying the species, if you do not understand the species you are dealing with, or have the right tools for the job. You could end up making the problem much worse than when it first started.

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