Mantenga a las Plagas Lejos de su Casa y Jardín

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Cuando las hormigas invaden las despensas, o las pulgas infestan a las mascotas, los estadounidenses gritan, saltan en las sillas y empiezan a aplastar. Pero si usted realmente quiere mantener los insectos afuera de su casa, tendrá que mirar su césped.
Mantener las hormigas, garrapatas, pulgas y otros insectos lejos del exterior de su hogar le ayudará a mantenerlas fuera del interior. Sin embargo, algunos métodos de eliminación de plagas resultan más eficaces que otros. Según una reciente encuesta realizada por el fabricante de herbicidas y pesticidas Spectracide, los propietarios estadounidenses han tratado de matar a las hormigas con lupa, a través de ahogamiento y mediante la quema de montículos de hormigas.
El uso de pesticidas es mucho más seguro que el establecimiento de una fogata. Mejor aún, los pesticidas realmente trabajan. Dicho esto, algunos pesticidas son más apropiados que otros. Por ejemplo, si estás lidiando con plagas de césped y jardín que atacan a las plantas y flores, elija un plaguicida líquido. Spectracide aconseja a los usuarios de su Triazicide Matador utilizar un concentrado con un tanque pulverizador para las infestaciones generalizadas, formulas listas para rociar y cubrir todo el césped y botellas de espray para los pequeños puestos de trabajo.
Los insectos que viven en la tierra como las hormigas o gusano, se matan mejor por medio de granulas. Para eliminar una gran superficie de la tierra llena de insectos que habitan en el suelo, aplique gránulos con un esparcidor de césped. Para tratar áreas más pequeñas, como un hormiguero, vierta los gránulos directamente de la lata. Después de la distribución de los gránulos, riegue con agua de ser indicado en la etiqueta.
Para las plagas especialmente resistentes, como las hormigas de fuego, busque plaguicidas de insectos específicos. La marca Spectracide, por ejemplo, hace un producto llamado Fire Ant Killer Plus Preventer Bait Once & Done en forma de gránulos. Las hormigas obreras confunden a los gránulos con los alimentos y los llevan a su montículo para alimentar a su reina, intoxicándola. Debido a que sólo la reina reproduce, la muerte de esta destruye la colonia de hormigas de fuego.
Los dueños de hogares también pueden destruir los montículos que aparecen en su propiedad al utilizar un matador al contacto como lo es Spectracide Fire Ant Killer Mound Destroyer Granules, el cual mata a las hormigas de fuego al contacto, eliminando la colonia y el montículo. Los niños y mascotas pueden volver a entrar a un área roseada una vez que ésta ha secado.
La página web de la marca Spectracide tiene guías educacionales disponibles para descargar, así como videos en línea que ofrecen consejos para seleccionar y aplicar los pesticidas. Para mayor información, visite www.spectracide.com.

Keep Pests Out of Your Yard and Home

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When ants invade pantries, or fleas infest the family pet, Americans shriek, jump on chairs and start squashing. But if you really want to keep bugs out of your house, you will have to look to your lawn.

Keeping ants, ticks, fleas and other insects away from the exterior of your home will help keep them out of the interior. But some pest-removal methods prove more effective than others. According to a recent survey conducted by the maker of Spectracide herbicides and pesticides, American homeowners have attempted to kill ants with magnifying glasses, through drowning and by setting ant mounds on fire.

Using a pesticide is far safer than setting a bonfire. Better yet, pesticides actually work. That said, some pesticides are more appropriate than others. For example, if you’re dealing with lawn and garden pests that attack plants and flowers, choose a liquid pesticide. Spectracide advises users of its Triazicide Insect Killer Once & Done to use a concentrate with a tank sprayer for widespread infestations, ready-to-spray formulations for covering entire lawns and ready-to-use spray bottles for smaller jobs.

Bugs that live in the soil, like ants and grubs, are best killed through granules. To rid a large area of soil-dwelling insects, apply granules with a lawn spreader. To treat smaller areas, like an ant mound, pour granules directly from the canister. After distributing the granules, water them if indicated on the label.

For especially hardy pests, like fire ants, look for insect-specific pesticides. Spectracide brand, for example, makes a product called Fire Ant Killer Plus Preventer Bait Once & Done in the form of granules. Worker ants confuse the granules with food and take them into the mound to feed their queen, poisoning her. Because only the queen reproduces, killing the queen destroys the fire ant colony.

Homeowners can also destroy mounds that appear on their property using a contact killer like Spectracide Fire Ant Killer Mound Destroyer Granules, which kills fire ants on contact, eliminating the colony and mound. Children and pets can re-enter a sprayed area once the application has dried.

Spectracide brand’s Web site has educational guides available for download, as well as online videos that offer tips for selecting and applying pesticides. For more information, visit www.spectracide.com.

Declare War Against Fire Ants

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When fire ants invade, these aggressive insects can inflict pain on people and pets without warning. Similar to a wasp or hornet sting, the fire ant’s wrath can cause pain, itching and swelling, and in some cases, death.

Every year, more than 10,000 people seek medical attention for fire ant stings.

The best way to prevent fire ant stings is to eliminate these dangerous insects. Identify fire ants by their reddish-brown-to-black color, their size — measuring one-eighth to one-fourth inch long, and their stingers.

Fire ants build mounds of soft soil, which can be more than 15 inches high, 15 inches in diameter and up to five feet deep. Each colony can contain one or more queen ants and between 100,000 and 500,000 worker ants.

When anything disturbs their mound, fire ants become very aggressive, inflicting hundreds of stings in a matter of seconds. Although these fierce ants began wreaking havoc in the South, they have migrated across the country.

Homeowners can choose from a few different methods to destroy fire ants. Many insecticides are “broadcast products,” which cover a wide area and unfortunately kill beneficial insects in addition to fire ants. Local retailers offer several chemicals, including bait compounds and drenches, which are often environmentally unfriendly. Check the labels, since most chemicals may be harmful to pets and children if ingested.

Some natural alternatives include using dry ice or lye soap; however, patience is essential as these techniques may require several applications. These measures also may cause blisters and burns when they come in contact with the skin.

Another option is to choose from a new generation of insecticides designed not to create a toxic build-up in the environment. For example, RESULTS Fire Ant Killer is an odorless product that kills mounds — including the queen — in 15 minutes or less. The active ingredients break down quickly, so there is no re-entry wait time.

The ingredients in RESULTS Fire Ant Killer include an extract from the African Daisy, a synthetic sassafras oil and Diatomaceous Earth.

For more information about winning the war against fire ants, visit www.diatect.com.