Category Archives: Insect Control

Articles about insect control in Carlsbad, Artesia, and Southeast New Mexico.

Cockroach Control – Doing Your Part

Cockroach infestations are some of the most common issues in our Southeast New Mexico service areas of Artesia and Carlsbad. They range from minor “water bug” (Oriental Roach) presence to extreme infestations of German roaches. Some are rather easy to control and others take a bit of time and persistence.

While this article is directed more as a supplement and guideline for our own clients, the following information, steps, and requirements will also be helpful if you’re going at it yourself. This stuff is important for complete long term control and goes beyond the resources that are used to actually kill the pests. As well, these are important as preventive measures.

Along with an IPM (Integrated Pest Management) approach and an attack plan from all angles, educating our clients and client participation is critical in achieving the best long term results in the least amount of time. Please understand the importance of this. There are things that the client must do to help. We’ll do our part and educate our clients but it is critical that they do their part.

First, let me make the point clear. Any home, clean or unkept, can get a roach infestation. An unkept house is not usually the cause or source. And it doesn’t mean your house is dirty or unsanitary because you get one. However, having a good supply of clutter, food sources, and water will amplify an environment to encourage roaches and other insects to hang around and multiply. It will also hinder our progress in achieving desired results.

Effective control of cockroach infestations requires a different approach than other types of insect pest control, maintenance, and exterminator practices. Simply spraying an insecticide labeled for roaches generally isn’t going to do the trick. It doesn’t matter what the label says.

So…….what can you do?

 Minimize Clutter

There are a few reasons to minimize or eliminate clutter.

  •   – Harborage – This is pretty obvious. Clutter creates lots of areas where the roaches can hide and breed.
  •   – Make Areas Treatable – While liquid spray insecticides are a very small part of our roach control program, we still use specialized insecticides that include IGR’s (Insect Growth Regulators) which are basically bug birth control. We obviously can’t treat toys, clothes, shoes, and other personal items so all of these things need to be picked up. This means everything and not just the few things I just named.
  •  - Cardboard Boxes And Paper Sacks – This is where a lot of infestations start and where the roaches are brought in in the first place. These items have seams that are perfect hiding places and carriers for eggs and the bugs themselves. Get rid of them and try not to bring them in in the first place.

 Sanitation

As I stated before, any home, clean or unkept, can get a roach infestation. However, having lots of  clutter, food sources, and water will help create an environment to encourage a roach infestation. It will also hinder our progress in desired results.

  •   – Vacuum, Vacuum, Vacuum  - Your vacuum is one of your best tools for fighting roaches. And preferably one with a good filter like a hepa that will trap allergens produced by the bugs. Frequent vacuuming will trap roaches of all life stages, their eggs, allergens, and food sources. After each use make sure you empty the vacuum right away into a sealed bag and dispose of it in the outside receptacle.
  •  - Clean counter tops, stove tops, etc. with bleach solution. Do this often and especially at night before you go to bed.
  •  - Cupboards And Cabinets – Clean out all cupboards and cabinets, wash the dishes, clean with a bleach solution, and place new shelf paper.
  •  - Make foods inaccessible – Place food sources in sealed plastic containers. This includes pet foods. I know that this can be time consuming, costly, and seem a bit extreme. However, this is very important for long term control and prevention.
  •  - Empty trash often.
  •  - Clean up crumbs where you eat. If you eat in front of the television or in bed, make sure these areas are cleaned up after use. Again, your vacuum is one of your best tools.
  •  - Do a thorough clean up of the entire house. I don’t think I need to explain what thoroughly clean is. However, a few suggestions are to shampoo the carpets, mop the floors, clean grease splatter from the sides of appliances, clean out light fixtures, dust, etc.

 Eliminate Water Sources

Roaches can’t survive without water so it’s important to get rid of all sources of water. It’s one of the things they’re looking for in your home or business.

Several species of cockroaches are tropical or from areas that have more moisture than we do here in Southeast New Mexico. And while they are very adaptive to many environments, they still need water to survive.

  •  - Water leaks and dripping faucets – Fix ‘em or call a plumber
  •  - Dry out sinks and keep the drains plugged. This is especially important at night before you go to bed.

 Exclusion – Keep Roaches Out

  •   – Cracks And Crevices – Many species of roaches are nocturnal and spend much of their time nesting in cracks, crevices, and voids. These areas such as cracks in walls and where pipes come through walls need to be repaired or filled.
  •  - Seals Around Electric Outlets – Electrical outlets are very common nesting areas. New seals around your electrical outlets is helpful.
  •  - Weather Stripping – Weather stripping under and around doors and windows need to be tight and create a seal to keep more bugs out.

It doesn’t take a trained eye to spot and address the obvious. If it’s even questionable, take care of it. In the case of cockroach infestations, there’s no such thing as too much control and prevention.

 Professional Cockroach Control

If you live in Carlsbad, Artesia, or surrounding Southeast New Mexico areas and would like professional help with a cockroach infestation, give Horizon Pest Control a call today at 575-725-9331 . With this type of issue, time is critical. Either get on it right away yourself or get professional help.

Grub Worm Control In Lawns

Lawn grubs, often referred to as grub worms, aren’t actually worms at all. The majority of them are actually the larvae of the masked chafer and Japanese beetle. Around here in Carlsbad and Southeast New Mexico, these Japanese beetles that result from the grubs are often referred to as June Bugs. You may recognize them as the small brown beetles that start to show up in early to mid summer and fly around your porch light and accumulate everywhere.

Regardless of what type of critter they are, grubs can cause a lot of damage to lawns. The damage they create can be both directly from eating the roots of grass and plants and indirectly by attracting other animals like skunks and racoons that dig them up and eat them.

Identifying A Lawn Grub Problem

A problem with grubs in your lawn is usually visually obvious as it will create irregularly shaped  yellow dead areas in the turf. However, yellow dead spots in the grass can also be a sign of some other problem such as a lawn disease, a fungus, too much shade, or even a faulty sprinkler system. Another sure sign is the small holes left in your lawn from grub foraging animals.

Grubs are most often found in sunny area lawns rather than shaded area lawns. And the most activity and greatest concentration of grubs is most often going to be found where the dead area of lawn meets with greener healthy lawn.

To see if the damage is really from grubs and to identify them, peel up the top layer of sod with with a flat shovel to inspect the area just under the roots. In many cases, the sod can just be lifted without a shovel due to the damage done.

Once you have the area exposed, you should be able to see the pests out in the open or with a little roughing of the soil. They are most often white, cream, or light brown C-shaped soft insects. And if you’re seeing surface damage to your lawn, you should be able to see at least five per square foot.

Preventive Or Curative Treatment

While most lawns will have a grub or two or more, having a few rarely cause any signs of damage or warrant any alarm or need for treatment. However, if a test of questionable areas as explained above does reveal five or more grubs per square foot, curative treatment is necessary of the troubled spots.

Preventative treatment is more a means of treating the entire lawn with systemic insecticide in both Spring and late Summer. This almost always ensures that beetles won’t be able to even lay viable eggs in the grass and those that do will die quickly.

Generally, the biggest deciding factor in preventive grub control is budget and expense. And of course, the larger the lawn, the bigger the expense. So most folks that have never had an issue usually opt for the curative approach.

Other deciding factors for preventive treatment are whether or not a lawn has had issues in the past, if a lot of mature beetles were present in the Spring, or if surrounding yards have issues. This may warrant a just in case approach.

 Best Time To Treat For Grubs

Preventing grubs correctly is a matter of treating at the proper time. In most cases, within a few weeks after the beetles have emerged and are present, they will lay eggs in the soil. This is generally in July. Depending on soil temperature and moisture, the eggs hatch in about two weeks. At this point, the grubs will remain close to the surface and feed on grass roots. This is a good time to treat the lawn.

Early Spring can have some benefit. However, depending on the insecticide available to you, the effectiveness can dwindle by the time the eggs are deposited and marginal control can be expected. At this stage of the grubs life they are harder to kill since they are larger, not feeding anymore, and are deeper under the surface of the soil.

While I don’t suggest not doing anything at all in the Spring, just keep in mind that any type of treatment will be marginal and generally not complete. We can slow them down a bit but the real results are going to come from treating at the end of the season and be obviously visible next year.

A simple step that can be done in Spring to slow down the visible damage is to apply a contact insecticide like liquid Sevin or malathion. A contact insecticide is necessary since they’re not feeding. These insecticides can usually be purchased over the counter at your local home center, garden center, or feed store. Applied and watered in, these insecticides will kill some but generally not all of the grubs. As I said earlier, they are quite large at this stage, almost mature, and deeper under the surface.

So in order to get much better results, we treat lawns with a systemic long term insecticide in the late Summer and early Fall while the grubs are still small, feeding, and closer to the surface of the soil. The results are most always complete and satisfactory with one treatment.

Can A Grub Infestation Be Prevented?

It’s difficult to predict if an individual lawn will get a grub infestation or not. Actually most don’t. So to suggest that a yearly preventative treatment is a necessary expense may not be completely accurate or as necessary as say pre emergent weed control. Still, it would be logical to say that yes, an insect infestation in your lawn could be prevented with a yearly preventative treatment of long term residual insecticide.

For consideration, there are some factors that may indicate whether or not your yard is a candidate for an early preventative treatment.

For example, if your yard is the only green moist lawn in a sunny location surrounded by others that are not so, your yard would be the best candidate for an egg laying beetle to use. Or if you notice a lot of the Japanese beetles on your lawn in the Summer months, it may also be a worthy indicator. Still, it’s not always certain. It really matters if it’s in your budget and practical for you to do so.

Professional Grub And Insect Control

If you live in Carlsbad, Artesia, or elsewhere in Southeast New Mexico and would like a free inspection, evaluation, or advice, or if you would like a quote for a treatment, give Horizon Pest And Weed Control a call today at 574-725-9331.

 

How Do Cockroaches Get Into Your Home

Cockroaches are in every place on earth. We treat a lot of infestations in the area and they often prove to be some of our most challenging projects. And while it’s often puzzling to a lot of folks who keep very clean residence and businesses as to how they got a roach infestation, it usually comes down to one or more not so mysterious reasons.

Knowing how cockroaches get into your residence or business and where they come from can help avoid many infestations.

Most folks associate a cockroach infestation with a dirty home or unsanitary conditions. They believe that the roaches, in their quest for food, water, and shelter will bypass the well kept homes and journey on until they find a nice nasty place to take up residence. And while a bit of grease splatter and a continual supply of crumbs will encourage an extended stay, it’s not generally the circumstance that leads the cockroaches to any particular spot in the first place. The truth is that any home or business is susceptible to a roach invasion regardless of its state of cleanliness.

To a lot of folks, seeing even a single roach on the inside is cause for alarm. However, there is a bit of a difference between an opportunistic roach that finds its way in from the outside and an infestation. Most single opportunistic roach sightings can be addressed with an insect barrier spray and a bit of exclusion and tightening up any possible entry points like weather stripping under doors and around pipe entries. However, an infestation of all growth stages of roaches inside your home or business is generally already established. Both cases need to be addressed immediately to prevent an infestation or further infestation.

For the most part, the single sightings that most folks see in and around buildings, often referred to as “water bugs” are Oriental Roaches and are usually easier to control than others with one or two applications of insecticide and some exclusion as mentioned above. These most often are adults that have simply found their way in from the outside and are not established colonies on the inside.

On the other hand, multiple sightings of any roaches, especially German Roaches, in all growth stages including nymphs is the sign of an infestation of established colonies that are reproducing. And if left unattended, they can reproduce at at alarming rate.

OK, So How Did The Roach Infestation Get Inside?

Believe it or not, most cockroach infestations are brought into your residence or business. That’s right. Still, that’s not to say that they don’t venture in form an adjoining building, from the neighbors house, through old sewer drains, through cracks under the door, along wire and pipe entries, or a number of other ways. But for the most part, they generally hitch a ride on some person or thing.

A Few Of The Most Common Ways Cockroaches Are Carried In

  • - Packages And Packaging – Food or otherwise like in the folds and seems of cardboard boxes and paper bags. In a sack of potatoes or fruit from the store are common examples.
  • - In A Visitors Suitcase Or Other Goods – Folks coming to visit and especially those who travel a lot are often likely to carry a roach or two or even eggs in their belongings.
  • - On A Person Themselves – This could happen with anyone but especially those who work in areas that are prone to cockroaches. Some examples would be someone who works in food service, in warehouses, or on docks.
  • - On Items Borrowed Or Lent – This happens all the time
  • - Garage Or Rummage Sale Items – This happens a lot as well
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Preventive Measures

  1. While it is practically impossible to check every item in detail that comes into your home or business, it’s still a good idea to give the most high risk items like garage sale items, boxes, and sacks a going over before you bring them in.
  2. Keep your home treated with a good residual and safe insecticide that is labeled for roaches. Either hire a professional pest control company or do it yourself.
  3. Do an inspection of your home or business and create exclusion of every possible means of entry.
  4. First sign of bugs, if your area isn’t already treated, either get it treated or do it yourself.
  5. Keep all areas clean. Vacuum daily, do dishes immediately, take out trash daily, sanitize counter tops, dry out sinks and keep them plugged, clean up all crumbs after eating, etc..

Professional Cockroach Control Services

Generally, a cockroach infestation has gone beyond the need for simply spraying over the counter consumer pest control products. It could take several months and several different means of extermination. That’s not to say that you can’t do it yourself. However, if you would like assistance and you’re in the Carlsbad, Artesia, and Southeast New Mexico area, give Horizon Pest Control a call at 575-725-9331 and we’ll be glad to advise you or get you set up on a program.

Is Winter Pest Control Necessary

Is continuing pest control in the Winter even necessary?

Whether you do your own pest control or have a professional service do it for you, it is a good idea to keep up with your protection throughout the colder Winter months. This is especially true in the warmer climate areas of the desert southwest like here in Carlsbad and Artesia New Mexico.


First, Let’s define pest control. It’s not just about simply applying chemical pesticides to kill and repel bugs and rodents. A good pest prevention program starts with creating exclusion steps to keep pests out and eliminating food sources as well as using chemicals and traps when necessary. Also see: First Steps To Effective Pest Control for more details about creating exclusion and eliminating critter food sources.


When it gets cold outside, insects and rodents want to be inside for the same reasons you do. It’s warm, comfortable, and there’s generally a good supply of food available. While you may not see as many running around outside or inside, they’re still there feeding and multiplying.

Critters that are normally content with being in your yard, flower beds, sheds, and other outdoor shelters will start to seek other shelter as the weather gets colder and food supply gets scarce. And if there are access points and your insecticidal barrier around and in your home becomes less effective, they’ll venture to where they previously couldn’t.

So to avoid this migration into your home, it’s a good idea to do a pre-Winter inspection for entry points as well as schedule times when either you or your bug guy will apply external insect barriers. We generally recommend that our clients get treated every other month. With a good residual chemical, there’s usually not a need for more than that. So with that, it would mean an application in Fall, once in dead Winter, and then back on schedule in the Spring.

Why So Many Indoor Insects In The Spring

Spring time is when our insect control service heats up. Sightings of spiders, roaches, and other insects inside the home increase as the Winter rolls out and the weather warms up. Generally, these are from new clients who haven’t kept up with a Winter pest control program.

Many of the sightings and infestations will be from pests that have been over Wintering in walls, attics, basements, and crawl spaces. As they’ve occupied a nice cozy space in your home, they’ve continued to feed, breed, and multiply. As they sense warmer weather and the you start to mature, they venture out into the home.

* * NOTE * * The external barrier to your home which is a tightly sealed home with a good residual insecticidal barrier is more important than applying chemicals inside the home. If insects and rodents can’t get in in the first place, there really shouldn’t be much need for extensive indoor applications. Still, we include a good indoor application with every service application just in case a resilient persistent insect makes it past the barrier.

So once again see First Steps To Effective Pest Control , do a pre Winter inspection, and keep up with your pest control efforts even if it appears that everything is under control. This will give you a head start in the Spring as well as keep you and your family safe and secure during the colder winter months.

Professional Pest Control Services

If you simply don’t want to do it yourself, aren’t confident with your efforts, or aren’t comfortable applying chemicals, give Horizon Pest Control a call today at 575-725-9331 for professional services, consultations, and advice in the Carlsbad, Artesia, and Southeast New Mexico area.

Effective Insect Pest Control – First Steps

Effective and lasting insect pest control goes beyond simply applying insecticides to kill the invading and visible bugs. While bug killers will often provide a quick solution to the problem, alone they generally don’t provide a lasting long term solution of prevention.

Usually at the first sighting of bugs, most folks reach for the jug of home defense or the phone to call the local exterminator to simply come spray the home. Again, this is only a temporary solution to insects actually gaining access to your living space.

A good pest control operator or you yourself should also perform a thorough inspection to determine how the pests are gaining access as well as what may be attracting insects. For the most part, this inspection and the steps necessary for long term prevention are generally very simple.

* * * While this article is focused on insect control, these first steps and considerations are also important for eliminating rodents, birds, and other pests.

Creating Exclusion To Keep Pests Out

Regardless of how good of a repellant insecticide is, some bugs may still manage to make it to the foundation of the home and gain access. While most will die due to the residual action of the insecticide, some will survive. At the very least, you may just simply still be seeing dead bugs in the home.

A thorough inspection will help determine areas where these determined survivors are gaining access. And once these areas are identified, it’s generally simple to address them with some minor preventative repairs.

Common Places Where Bugs Gain Access

  • - Weather stripping under and around doors – This is actually one of the most common  access points. Repair or replace weather stripping
  • - Weather stripping around windows – Repair or replace
  • - Where pipes and wires enter the home – These can be sealed with caulking, foam     insulation, stucco, mortar, paint, or other construction materials. At the very least, they should be dusted with insecticidal dust.
  • - Around pipes and drains under sinks – These can also be sealed with some type of   construction materials.
  • - Heating, cooling, and sewer jacks on the roof – Jacks and flashing should be repaired or replaced.
  • - Attic vents – These need to remain open so generally fine wire mesh or screening can be placed on the interior of the vents to prevent insect access.
  • - Chimneys – Keep flu closed when not in use.
  • - Cracks in exterior walls – Repair and paint.
  • - Doggy doors – Make sure they seal correctly

These are just the most common and obvious access points for insect pests. However, depending on the age and individual type of home, there could be more.

Eliminate Insect Food Sources

Insect pests are opportunistic invaders that are in constant search for food. If it’s there, they’ll find it and continue to come. And when they find a good source, they’ll also stay and multiply.

Sanitation and proper storage of food sources is an essential first step in effective pest control.

Sanitation

Keeping a clean living space will often help avoid many types of infestations including cock roach infestations. Sources like grease, spilled sweet juices, spilled sugar and crumbs are favorite foods and should be cleaned up immediately to avoid attracting insects.

Dirty dishes left in the sink for an extended period of time as well as dirty sink drains can also attract many types of insects. Keep dishes washed and put up as well as periodically rinsing out the drains with hot soapy water will help keep things sanitary and eliminate insect issues.

As well, keep trash cans clean and emptied as soon as their full.

Proper Food Storage

Where possible and practical, all dry foods should be transferred to sealed plastic, glass, or metal containers. Foods like cereals, flower, and sugar left in original open containers are just an invitation for insects in search of food.

Fruits, vegetables, and seasonal foods such as green chilies and dried red chilies should be prepared and stored as soon as possible to avoid attracting bugs.

Pet foods should also be kept in plastic or metal containers with lids.

These first steps of exclusion and elimination of food sources should be a part of a complete integrated pest management (IPM) program that includes an insecticidal barrier on both the interior and exterior of the home. With all of these methods in practice, your pest control efforts to keep insects out of your home should be more effective.

Professional Pest Control Services

Performing the steps outlined in this article are generally very simple and economical to do yourself. And while it is standard practice for us to perform an inspection and be observant on all of our pest control visits, we’ll point out problem areas and give free advice on how you can take care of these issues yourself. This can save you a lot of money as opposed to having us or a contractor do it for you.

As well, creating an insecticidal barrier and spraying insecticides can also be effectively done yourself. However, at Horizon, we realize that some folks simply don’t want to mess with it on any level and that many aren’t comfortable with applying chemicals. And of course, that’s what we’re in business for.

For a free inspection, evaluation, and estimate for professional pest control services, please give us a call today at 575-725-9331.

 

 

Controlling Ticks By Breaking The Tick Life Cycle

If you’ve ever had to address a tick infestation, you already know how difficult or even impossible they can be to control. Like most folks, you probably armed yourself with an insecticide labeled and guaranteed for ticks, mixed it just like the label says, sprayed the yard and house just like the label says, and felt confident that the deed was done and the infestation was under control.

Brown Dog tick

Brown Dog Tick

In most instances it usually doesn’t go quite like that. Generally, most folks just make one application. It will have visible results of a quick knockdown and it will appear that they have the ticks under control. Then, slowly after a few weeks, they’re back.

So they spray again. However, this time it seems that no matter what they do or how much insecticide they use, they just can’t get them out of the yard, out of the home, and off of the pets.

Most homeowners with good intentions usually realize failure rather than success because they take the wrong approach. Making only one light application of one type of pesticide, they don’t realize that some ticks even of the same species have a natural tolerance to some insecticides. Resistance is questionable but has been proven in some types of insects. Regardless, by the time a professional is called, his or her job is even more difficult in designing an effective program.

Why Are Ticks So Hard To Control?

Initially, it’s not so much that they’re hard to control. It’s that most folks don’t understand that controlling ticks is a timed process that requires several steps and applications to break their life cycle. It most often takes a little more of a systematic approach than simply spraying the consumer strength insecticides that are available to you.

Important considerations for a successful tick control program

  • - It’s a timed process of more than one application
  • - Using different classes of insecticides give the best results
  • - Proper ratios and application rates are critical
  • - The use of Insect growth regulators (IGR’s) give better results
  • - Use an adjuvant for better penetration into the ticks body
  • - Pets need to be treated at the same time the yard and home are treated
  • - The yard must be clean and mowed
  • - All areas even under obstacles need to be treated
  • - Continued maintenance is critical for tick control

Insecticide Resistance Or Tolerance?

Insecticide resistance is questionable but not entirely out of the question. It has been proven in a lot of different insects including some cattle tick populations. However, tolerance to a specific class of insecticide is more probable. To be on the safe side and why we believe our tick treatment programs are so successful, we use a different class of pesticide in our second treatment.  Some ticks simply won’t die no matter how much of certain classes of insecticides you use.

Just to be clear, a different name of insecticide does not mean a different class. For instance, Bifenthrin and pyrethrin are different named but in the same class with similar modes of action. Do your homework when choosing and changing pesticides for better results.

Also, not mixing correctly, applying incorrectly, not getting thorough coverage, or using an inferior product  will often simply just make some ticks sick for a while. Once they recover, they and their offspring could possibly be resistant. Again though, tolerance to the insecticide used is probable.

Be Responsible And Safe

There use to be a lot more effective pesticides available to the general public that are now only available to professionals. There is good reason for this and I happen to agree with it. The general public has the mentality of ” if a little works ok, then more will work better”. This seems logical but it just ain’t always true. Also, It’s this and improper handling that has caused a lot of environmental issues and injury to people and pets.

Yes, the good stuff that use to work so well has been taken away from the consumer. Generally, a lot of what is available over the counter is weak or no longer effective. There is recent evidence that some ticks and other insects are becoming pyrethroid resistant.

This doesn’t mean that you should mix the insecticide stronger than the label says or just spray more. I know, it sounds logical but it’s not environmentally responsible or safe. And on top of that, it could actually end up costing you more than professional pest control and still not work.

Breaking The Tick Life Cycle

In a best case scenario, let’s say you get a perfect kill in your yard and home and on your pets. You used the right stuff, mixed it correctly, applied the proper rate, and all the ticks are gone. Then in a few weeks, they start to appear again. Why? What happened?

This is where the timed program of a different class of chemical is critical. This application is usually done in ten days to two weeks. While you killed all of the existing ticks, most insecticides don’t kill the remaining eggs that are left. And even if they do, they’re not very effective for a 100% kill. Eggs can continue to hatch and a re-infestation is in the making. A properly timed second and even third application of a different class of insecticide is critical to keep these new ticks from reaching maturity and laying more eggs. This helps break the life cycle.

Insect Growth Regulators (IGR’s) To Break The Life Cycle

I won’t get into the total scientific explanation of how insect growth regulators work. Basically, they’re birth control that keep insects from developing correctly and being able to reproduce. They are a critical element in breaking the life cycle of ticks and other insects as well. Insect growth regulators are an important part of most of our pest control programs here at Horizon Pest Control.

Treating Your Pets At The Same Time

You are ultimately responsible for any treatment of insecticides you apply to your pets, home, and yard.  In no way should anything discussed here be considered as advice or a suggestion of Horizon Pest Control, LLC of Carlsbad, New Mexico. Before applying any type of treatment to your pets, you should first consult with your veterinarian.

In the first place, any infestation should not be left unattended to the point that your pets themselves are infested with parasites of any kind. It is unhealthy, irresponsible, and uncomfortable to your pets. Take care of your animals. Begin a program or call a professional pest control technician at the first sign of ticks on your pets.

There are many new advancements in types of direct treatments for parasites on animals. From dips and sprays to collars and drops to even internal applications, there are a lot of methods that can be considered for what is right for direct treatment of your pet.

It is pointless to treat your entire yard and home for ticks while leaving your pets exposed or infested. They are the life and food source of the parasites. Leaving them untreated is like not doing anything at all. If you choose to do this step yourself, even at the advice of a veterinarian, you are ultimately responsible to read the label and make sure it’s safe.

Using Adjuvants For Better Penetration

Adjuvants are generally associated with weed control to make herbicides more effective. They are used to help the herbicide spread over the plant better while also helping the weed killer penetrate better.

What most folks and even some professionals don’t understand is that they are very useful for not only getting a more thorough application, but also to help penetrate the bodies of hard shell insects like ticks. They help make insecticides more efficient and effective.

Professional Tick And Insect Control Services

Do it yourself tick control at home is very possible. It just takes a little homework and common sense to do it properly and get results. Unfortunately, by the time an infestation is noticed, there generally isn’t time to get all the facts and gather the right materials.

At Horizon Pest Control in Carlsbad, New Mexico, we are very knowledgeable about the life cycles of the insects in the Southeast New Mexico area and what insecticides and methods it takes to control them.

Our prices are very reasonable and in most cases a lot less costly than the time and materials most homeowners spend before they have to call a professional anyway.

If you live in the Carlsbad, Artesia, or other Southeast New Mexico area and have a tick or any other type of insect issue, give us a call for a free evaluation and estimate. 575-725-9331