Ants entering houses looking for food are a common nuisance and
are one of the most abundant insect pests. It only takes a few to
access the home before thousands more quickly follow, thanks to
a chemical trail they lay, leading others from the colony to the
food. Some look for sweet foods, while others go for pet food, crumbs
and garbage. To avoid attracting ants, make sure garbage is tightly
covered, clean up food
spills promptly, wipe jam or syrup bottles clean on the outside
and keep any attractive food in tightly sealed containers or in
the refrigerator. The best control is to follow the ants, find their
entry point, then seal the crevices or cracks (often around a window).
Keep ants out of the home by making sure that all crevices and cracks
around the foundation, vents, windows and utility pipes are sealed.
Discourage ants by keeping food sealed in Ziploc® brand plastic
containers and vacuum frequently to pick up any food crumbs.
are social insects living in colonies. Usually a colony has three
distinct types of ant: queens, workers and males. Each type looks
different and has a different job. The queen lays eggs. Depending
upon the species, a colony may have only one queen or they may have
several. The colony protects the queen and she never leaves the
nest. The larger major workers look for food and guard the nest.
The smaller minor workers expand the nest and tend the eggs and
are usually the largest ants in the colony (about two or three times
larger than workers). Once inseminated, they lay fertile eggs for
their lifetime, which can be five years or more. Ants are either
interior-nesting or outside nesting. Most outdoor ants build their
colonies underground, and will only enter the home in search of
food or moisture. If a large food source is found, these ants can
become a nuisance. Interior nesting ants have adapted to living
with humans and will create colonies in between walls or floors
of homes and buildings, a habit which makes these kinds of ants
difficult to eliminate. Once a colony has been established, the
only way to eliminate it is to kill the queen.
are they found?
There are three main types of ants which are a household pest in
Canada: pharaoh ants, carpenter ants and odorous house ants.
ants are very tiny, about one millimeter long. They are light yellow
to reddish colored. Because they are originally from the tropics,
pharaoh ants cannot survive outdoors year-round, and are often found
in dwellings, bakeries and restaurants. Colonies may be found outdoors
in the lawn or garden; and indoors between walls, sub-floor areas,
attics, cracks, crevices, and behind wainscoting, baseboards, plaster,
or mantles, and between flooring. Colonies have several queens.
One of the smallest ant species, pharaoh ants are difficult to control
because their large colonies divide at the slightest disturbance.
best results use Doktor Doom Residual Insecticide Spray or Doktor
Doom House and Garden Insecticide Spray.
ants are large, measuring 13 millimeters long. Their colouring is
predominantly black, greyish-black or brown. Carpenter ants nest
in moist wood. Carpenter ants in a building are often a sign of
a moisture problem. In natural areas, the ants nest in logs, stumps
or dead or dying trees. In constructed areas, they nest in wooden
posts, beams, walls and joists. They tunnel through the rotting
wood leaving honeycombed galleries. Carpenter ants do not eat wood,
but use it to make nests they may sometimes enter a house at a point
where tree branches come into contact with the roof or other parts
of the house. They may also enter through such access points as
windows, holes in the foundation, foundation vents, heating ducts
and air-conditioners, or along power or telephone lines. They can
also be brought into the house in firewood.
a carpenter ant colony in a home may consist of the offspring from
a single queen that has invaded the house, it is more likely to
consist of individual ants that immigrated from an existing colony,
especially when the colony is seriously disturbed , as in the clearing
of building sites. The ants may have wandered in from the outside
in search of food.
best results, use Doktor Doom Residual Insecticide Spray.
or decaying wood should be replaced to discourage nesting, and low-lying
branches that touch the structure should be cut back. Inside the
house, carpenter ants may be found in secluded, but not completely
covered places. These can be easily treated. It may be necessary
to remove siding, window casings, doorsills, or similar structural
members to reach the ant runways. In these cases calling a pest
control professional is recommended, especially if the ants are
house ants are small ants measuring 2.5 millimeters long. They prefer
to nest outdoors, where they construct their nest out of mounds
of dirt, under rocks and at the edges of paved areas and doorsteps.
When the weather turns colder, they will move their nests indoors,
usually between the foundation and the sill plate. The worker ants
forage a long way from the nest for food, and often enter a home
in search of a variety of organic matter, following trails along
baseboards and the edge of carpeting. Once they have found food,
they leave a scent trail for other ants.
best results in controlling Odorous house ants, use Doktor Doom
Residual Insecticide Spray.
are they a problem?
Although different ants have different behavior patterns, they
are all annoying to people for the same reasons: once they take
up residence in your home or garden, they quickly reproduce, eat
all the available food sources, and can be very difficult to dislodge.
In general, ants themselves are not considered a health threat to
people or pets, but they can contaminate food and destroy vegetation
in the house and garden.
Doktor Doom Residual Insecticide Spray kills ants on contact and
continues to kill for several weeks. When
foraging worker ants discover a source of food or water, they lay
down a chemical track, which guides worker ants towards a food source
and back to the nest. The ants will die as they crawl over the insecticide
sprays such as Doktor Doom Residual Insecticide Spray stay effective
for several weeks.
virtually every indoor ant problem use Doktor Doom Residual Insecticide
Spray. This involves eliminating food, water and other sources that
make homes attractive to ants.
Clean up food crumbs and beverage spills. A tiny crumb is enough
to attract dozens of ants into your home once a worker ant has discovered
the food and puts down a pheromone trail back to the nest.
packaged food in tightly closed resealable Ziploc® containers.
vegetable oils and shortenings in the refrigerator
out bath tubs and sinks after use.
glass, metal, plastic and paper food containers before throwing
them in the garbage or recycling bins.
all kitchen surfaces and sweep and vacuum often.
essential part of Doktor Doom Residual Insecticide Spray is
property maintenance. This involves taking all possible steps to
reduce ant access into the home: caulking windows, ensuring windows
are tight fitting and repairing cracks in foundations.
Roaches are a common and persistent problem in many households.
They are repulsive to look at. Worldwide there are over 3,500 roach
species. Only a few of the cockroach species are actually domestic
pests. The few species that actually do torment us, are a major
force to be reckoned with. Cockroaches are mostly tropical insects.
Those that are found in Canada, are those that enter buildings.
Cockroaches have a broad, flattened body shape, six long legs (which
are adapted for running), and relatively long antennae (or "feelers").
Adult female cockroaches may live a year or more when conditions
are good. The female often carries the case before attaching it
to an object in a sheltered location. It can take two to three months
before the eggs hatch. It can take four months to one year for a
cockroach to be fully grown.
Their normal behavior in and around homes is to hide in cracks,
crevices or other protected areas that are suitably warm and moist
during the daytime hours. After dark they come out of hiding to
mate and forage for food and water. To effectively control roaches,
knowledge of this hiding or harboring behavior is very important.
are they a problem?
Roaches are messy, produce disgusting odors, can introduce and
spread harmful bacteria such as Salmonella, and are a major source
of allergies and asthma. Cockroaches will feed on anything organic.
If there are food and water sources nearby they can survive for
long periods without ever leaving their living areas. Small cockroaches
(nymphs) will often eat the other's droppings. Adults will eat fragments
from egg cases and body parts - and their young as they hatch. They
readily find adequate food in the "fallout" of crumbs,
spills and poorly contained food or beverage items people provide
in their homes. Foods that have a high level of sugar, starch or
grease seem to be preferred, but nearly anything that can be chewed
may be fed upon. Cockroaches spend 80 per cent of their time resting
in cracks and crevices, but when they are active they spend most
of their time searching for or eating food. Cockroaches begin their
most active period just as it begins to get dark. It is interesting
that this is true even in kitchens where the lights are never turned
off. They will increase their activity as the temperature increases.
Cockroaches can survive almost anywhere, but they tend to be most
prolific when people give them unsanitary environments and better
access to food. Therefore, sanitation and good home repair is very
important in getting rid of cockroaches and preventing their return.
Before using insecticides, reduce the temptation for cockroaches by
doing the following:
dry dishes as soon as possible
old boxes and newspapers
floors, counters and cupboards clean
vacuum regularly behind ovens, microwaves, toasters and refrigerators
wipe up food
spills on and around appliances
eating by kids outside of the kitchen
items in closed, plastic containers
foundation and exterior cracks to reduce roach access to the dwelling
in good repair
to locate and monitor pest populations
Once you have
completed these steps, select Doktor Doom Residual Insecticide Spray
for your cockroach problem.
The name originates from the superstition that earwigs crawl into
the ears of sleeping persons and bore into the brain. Although earwigs
appear somewhat dangerous due to their forceps, they are practically
harmless to man. Earwigs vary in size from 1 - 2 cm in length, they
are brown to black in colour. Species may be winged or wingless.
Only a few species are good fliers. The body terminates in a pair
of forceps. These forceps or pincers are the earwig's most distinctive
characteristic. The forceps are used in capturing prey and mating.
Earwigs are omnivorous, feeding on a wide variety of food. They
will eat live or dead insects as well as live or decaying vegetation.
Earwigs can cause damage to cultivated plants.
They can be a nuisance when they migrate indoors. Migrations of
earwigs numbering in the 100's have been reported. They seldom become
established indoors. Earwigs can be of value as predators of certain
insect pests. Earwigs are nocturnal. During the day they will be
found in moist shady places, under wood piles, stones, boards, compost
piles, flower beds, and other secluded locations. When earwigs migrate
indoors, they hide in cracks and crevices around baseboards and
other locations. They may be found in potted plants and cut flowers.
are they a problem?
The fact is that earwigs do not pose a serious threat to people
or pets. Mostly they are annoying and unsightly, although some species
emit a foul odor. Inside the house, however, earwigs can do damage
to houseplants and take up residence in the kitchen.
Elimination of outdoor harborage is essential. Mulch, leaf litter,
plant debris, stones and boards can all provide harborage for these
pests. Any moisture problem in crawl spaces or within the structure
should be corrected. Sealing cracks and openings around the ground
level of the structure may keep earwigs from entering the building.
Most earwig species are attracted to lights, so sealing cracks and
openings near well lit doors is essential. To prevent earwigs from
coming into the house or other structure, it is a good idea to treat
outdoor habitats with insecticides. Applications should be made
to the building foundation, sub floor crawl spaces, flower beds and
turf next to the foundation.
For best results use the Doktor Doom
Residual Insecticide Spray or Doktor Doom House and Garden Insecticide