Six critical steps must first be taken:
1. Determine what pests need be controlled
2. Note present factors that are conducive to the problem infestation
3. Ascertain that all appropriate cultural, physical and biological pest control measures have been taken to minimize the need for and the amount of pesticide or pest repellant product to be used
4. Identify any other species that might be adversely affected by the selected product and take appropriate measures to minimize or otherwise eliminate any effect on the non-target species
5. Select the most appropriate control products and procedures to be used
6. Conclude the best time(s) of day or night, as well as the rate and duration of application, to hit the target species
It is not until we have accomplished these six steps that we can implement the Nix ‘Em Outdoors system that is most appropriate to perform the task at hand.
Now we are almost ready to develop and implement an effective, efficient, and affordable program to control the nuisance pests.
Never is the answer to simply distribute pesticides or repellants. Sometimes that is not the solution at all, or is it the best way to go without also incorporating cultural, physical and/or biological pest control measures as well.
Cultural Control (an integral part of every pest management program) is attention to sanitation, hygiene, and in some cases, food source reduction. These aspects are extremely important in making an environment less attractive to pests. Similar principles apply to the control of moisture within an environment where adequate ventilation is a prerequisite for reducing potential risks.
Physical Control includes trapping, proofing, exclusion and other less complex physical approaches such as fly screens, silicone barriers and sticky traps.
Biological Control of pests has been utilized for many decades. An example is the use of nematodes to control millipedes. An advantage of biological control is that, in many instances, it is specific to a particular pest and has no effect on non-target species. One disadvantage exists in the situation where multiple diverse species need to be controlled. Paracitoid flies and wasps (Mucidifurax raptor, for example) may be exactly what is needed to control flies in horse and livestock buildings, but they will have no effect whatsoever on other cold-blooded pests such as spiders, wasps or roaches. Another disadvantage is that these species may also have an adverse effect on non-target species such as butterflies and beneficial native species such as preying mantis and walkingsticks. It is widely understood that there exist potential downsides to introducing non-native species into an ecosystem.
Automatic Misting Pest Control for Cold-Blooded Animals
When our site evaluation suggests the use of an automatic pest control system, we recommend the installation of components that are designed to produce the desired results as efficiently as possible with the least amount of product delivered into the environment.
These state-of-the-art components are set to create a system that will efficiently, effectively and economically control the target pests to a degree of satisfaction expected by our client.
Water-borne pesticide and/or repellant:
Our products used to control these pests will not harm mammals or birds. Neither do they have offensive odors, nor will they leave behind any oily or sticky residue. These products degrade rapidly – well within a day or so – leaving nothing behind that is adverse to the environment.
Pesticide. Developed over 30 years ago using the highest quality pyrethroids, our primary pesticide is a premium water-borne product that has set the bar for effective automatic insect control systems. It provides both quick knockdown and long lasting protection against a broad range of pests. The active ingredients in this product are the same as those used in many head lice shampoos, pet flea-and-tick shampoos, and other over-the-counter pest control sprays and powders. Our product is EPA registered, and is approved for use in our systems.
Pest Repellent When used in our automatic spray system, our insect repellent will work to control most unwanted pests, though, predictably, not as broad a spectrum as our pesticide. Containing only natural essential oils and no “pesticides”, it is formulated for use even over a body of water.