After killing off the neighborhood rodents, many folks are experiencing flea problems. PT UltracidePressurizedFlea Insecticideis a ready-to-spray odorless product for indoor treatment that will address all four stages of the flea. Permethrin, which kills the larval and adult stages for thirty days, is coupled with an IGR (Insect Growth Regulator) that prevents the eggs from hatching. The twenty-ounce can covers about 2,000 square feet. Ultracide delivers a fine mist that dries quickly. It is water based and can be applied to hardwood floors, tile, and carpets. Keep children and pets out of area until dry.
For outside treatment, 38+ Insecticide is a 38% Permethrin that kills a long list of outdoor pests. Apply in the late evening using a hose end sprayer to soak the chemical into the soil for lasting affect (until the next rain). Application rate is one tablespoon per gallon for every 1,000 square feet. Kills the larval and adult stages but not the egg or pupa so repeat in 10-14 days. People and pets need to be out of the treated area until the next morning when the sun dries everything.
The Three Rodentsthat are currently very active in the New Orleans metro area due to closing of local restaurants and bars:
The House Mousehas a small home range and usually stays close to food and water.
The Roof Ratis the climber that you see on power lines and fences. Has a large home range and lives in attics, trees and sheds.
The Norway Rat is the ground dweller that lives under sheds and decks, where soil has subsided under slabs, or it digs holes in the ground. It also uses a large home range to find food and water.
Ramik poison comes in toss packs, one-pound bars, or mini-bars. Rodent Cafe' safety bait stations help you place poison outside responsibly so that non-target animals can't get it.
After activity has stopped, follow up with spraying Jade Cleaner to erase the rodent scent trails. Jade has a fresh mint and pine fragrance. Apply around the base of the house, the fence line, and the garbage can area to eliminate food smells that might draw them to your area. Can also be used indoors to mop floors and clean counters.
July, 2020 was the wettest July in New Orleans weather history and Drywood Termite colonies are moving around!
Drywood termites need just a little bit of water to survive but they cannot regulate the amount of moisture in the wood like the other types of termites can. If their nest area gets too wet, they must move to a drier area. If it dries out too much, they have to move to a wetter spot. Wherever they are active, they will leave a pile of their poop (frass) that resembles coffee grounds and will be the same color as the wood they are eating.
CONTROL PRODUCTS: USE Premise Foam to kill the activity then follow up with Bora Care for long-term wood protection.
HEY, BUTTERFLY & POLLINATOR GARDENERS! Is your garden ready for MONARCH MIGRATION? Check out the Buglady's list of available nectar and caterpillar host plants for April! Regular store hours @ 6444 Jefferson Highway in Harahan (Social distancing outside in backyard): Monday thru Friday 9:30-5.
HEY, New Orleans/Metairie Facebook friends! Looking for something fun and interesting to do with your kids? Want to raise a butterfly? Watch the magic of metamorphosis where a crawling bug becomes a flying bug. Black swallowtail caterpillars eat parsley, dill and fennel. I have plants in stock! They are so cute when they are babies and beautiful as an adult. These are ready for adoption! Call the BugLady at 504-739-5715 and stop by my store (Barber Laboratories) located at 6444 Jefferson Highway in Harahan. Open Monday through Friday 9:30-5. (practicing safe distancing)
Why is this adorable girl smiling? She, her brother and Mother have just adopted some Black Swallowtail caterpillars! And they also purchased my book, "BugLady's Butterfly Summer" to learn more about raising butterflies!