Quick Tips On Exterior Pest Control- Keeping Bugs Out

Keeping bugs out of your home has been and still is one of the most effective pest control strategies ever used. The old saying “shutting the barn door after the horse is out” comes to mind and aptly describes home owners often futile efforts.

A pro knows where to look and how to treat. Check out this quick video on a few of the most common places and what to do to enhance your exterior pest control efforts. I just love what these pros had to say about the subject.

IPM first, whatever we can do to prevent bugs from getting inside we do. I have always believed in doing an excellent service from the outside first, if there is a situation inside then we address it but generally we perform an outside exterior only treatment. We always use a webster to broom down the cobwebs etc, we granulate, use a liquid product and use dust on cracks and crevices including those bump outs on block walls. We have Bark Scorpions here in the desert, they can climb walls so most people haven’t talked about GREEN products (which I just don’t think would last long enough).

Keith V. Birkemeyer A.C.E
ProBest Pest Management

My preference for performing an excellent exterior service in my region of the U.S arises out of common sense. Where do most insects originate? Only a select few thrive indoors. I could add performing an excellent exterior service minimizes the need to perform interior services to an ‘as needed’ basis thereby, reducing the use of pesticides indoors.

Mel Lopas
Commercial & Residential
Pest Specialist

Exterior treatment for pests is an excellent way of keeping unwanted bugs out of the home. While many do-it-yourself homeowners will blanket everything with store bought pesticide, an experienced, trained technician will treat target areas including cracks, crevices, and access points into the home. By targeting these areas, the technician minimizes exposure to chemicals while laying down a protective barrier helping to keep the interior of the home bug free.
Patti Ball
Sentinel Pest Management

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About The Bug Doctor

Jerry Schappert is a certified pest control operator and Associate Certified Entomologist with over two and a half decades of experience from birds to termites and everything in between. He started as a route technician and worked his way up to commercial/national accounts representative. Always learning in his craft he is familiar with rural pest services and big city control techniques. Jerry has owned and operated a successful pest control company since 1993 in Ocala,Florida. While his knowledge and practical application has benefitted his community Jerry wanted to impart his wisdom on a broader scale to help many more. Pestcemetery.com was born from that idea in 2007 and has been well received. It is the goal of this site to inform you with his keen insights and safely guide you through your pest control treatment needs.

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  • Mel

    Another great video Jerry. I notice how frequent you dust and now you have me curious as to the results. I’ll have to try it more often.

    @Keith. I also granulate. It creates a nice wide barrier, is really effective and I dont have to fight lawn ornaments, break flowers with hose or deal with too short of hose for large homes. I have a friend who treats in a desert area outside of Las Vagas and often wondered if granules would work in the areas like yours and hers. Do you apply it to lawn only or rock beds, bare soil. Do you water it or have the customer do it?

  • I dust on almost every job -somewhere- it depends a lot on service frequency. Monthly = not so much but quarterly to 6 monthers get a good once over. The results are great especially for wandering pests like earwigs and our tiny scorpions we get here. For carpenter ants however I’ve gotten lazy and do Arilon or Termidor- it saves labor and is so effective. I used to dust a lot for them.

  • Mel, WE actually use Talstar PL it is a sand formulation and doesn’t need to be watered in and since it is heavy it gets into all those crannies like rocks etc. We also try to dust as often as possible, whatever you can do to keep them at bay. Great idea Jerry and keep up the good work and I love the introduction of those experts especially me jk. Great idea..