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Does Bombing Cockroaches Work in Philadelphia and Landsdowne?
Today we are going to talk about fogging and bombing for cockroaches, bedbugs and fleas. And if it works, because is, as extermely isn’t burning, you notice like, because you take the phones that are at our company, a lot like myself will will get people on the phone. And they’ll ask us if we bomb or fog for bedbugs or for fleas or cockroaches. Or, or they’ll tell us that they have been bombing, fogging, you know, trying to get rid of their their own problems. So today, we’re just gonna talk about, you know, the pros and cons to to doing it, you know, to using those. Those foggers and those bomb, you know, those bombs? And in our experience, they were what have you found burned? I know, I know, you’ve talked to a lot of our customers, you know, they call up and they tell us that they’ve been they’ve been trying different things that they’ve gotten from like, you know, some of the big box hardware stores or some someplace local and what are you? What’s your experience with that?
Well, first of all, most persons don’t even think that they can tackle it on their own. But you know, the local hardware stores, and we talk about these national hardware stores, they put this stuff right soon as you walk in. So when you walk into these places, for light bulbs or paint, or you’re there for something completely different, you see, you know, bedbug bottles, gallons of bottles and flee this and Roach that the foggers and bombs and things of that nature. So, you know, you know you’re having that problem, and you plan on calling someone to get rid of it. But you say, Hey, let me just try this out. I mean, it might save me I mean, you know, the fogger box costs 12 bucks, you know, and you know, you got roaches running around and you say well, let me at least try it to see if it works. And so it’s nothing wrong with that, you know, these hot shots in these D coms and all these other companies. But the problem is, is that it isn’t really not a serious problem with the customer trying it. But the problem is, is that, you know, millions of customers are trying this stuff, and it just don’t work. And the companies are making billions of dollars off of it. Because the person says, let me just give it a shot. What’s 12 bucks was 1999 You know what I mean? Yeah, oh, uh, the majority of time, it doesn’t work. In a minute, I’ll give a personal experience that I had with bedbugs at a previous property that I used to live it but um, I found that it doesn’t work. This is before I got into pest control this stuff, just don’t have the strength. And you actually commented on that when I was living at my previous household where we got bedbugs. Um, some years back when you read the packaging, on what we were trying to use, it was a spray bottle. You remember that?
Yeah, you read the you read the packaging on it. And you you found that certain chemicals that this these products were using just wasn’t strong enough? Yeah. And here’s the thing. And this is really important for those who buy, he’s going to do a whole separate podcast on buying over the counter products. Over the counter pest control products is like over the counter drugs. It’s like aspirin. So if I got a broken arm, right, and I mean it is killing me. Aspirin just ain’t gonna get it done. You know, if I, if I got any kind of serious, acute, you know, extreme pain. Excedrin is just not gonna get it done. I need, you know, a prescription. Something that I cannot get just off the shelf at your local Rite Aid or CVS, right. It’s a lot the same for pet products. There’s just certain products that really work that you cannot buy off the shelf, because you do not have the license or the expertise to use it. It’s the same thing, you know, it’s the same thing. So, that’s the difference.
How Control Ants Around Your Philadelphia Home
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Hello, thanks for watching this video. Welcome to the harpoon pest solutions pest control Podcast. I’m Quincy, I’m here with my co host, Mr. Vernon Brown,
how’s everybody doing?
Nice, nice. Before we go on, if you find any value in these videos, just make sure you hit the like button or, you know, subscribe, if you’re watching this catching us on YouTube. Today, we’re going to talk about ants. Mostly because the time of year it is the day is like the beginning of March. So as far as ants are concerned, a lot of pest control companies will, you know, their calls will start to go up because people started to see ants. In fact, like, just last week, we have some friends in a business. And they’ve been talking about getting calls for ants already. You know, normally we associate ants with something that happens in the spring or the summer. But as early as the late winter, we can have some some answers. And so that’s what today’s podcast is going to be about is just some quick things that we have come across, you know, over time in the industry, about how you can control ants in your home. And then ultimately, what the what the ultimate solution will probably be if you have an ant problem. Okay, so we’re actually going to put up a slide on this, how to control ants in your home. The first thing the first, the first thing you want to do, you know is to keep your house clean. Because ants eat sugar, protein, and just about anything else that they can find. So I noticed it’s easier said than done. Especially if you’re dealing with this guy down here at the bottom right hand part of the screen. If you have little kids, then they’re eating cookies. They’re leaving crumbs everywhere. And the answer just going to attack that stuff. And I’m not sure if you can see on this, this donut slab, but it’s just full of ants. And you you’ve seen this before, you know, you drop one thing. And the answers come, they come out in numbers. And this time a year, they’ll be the most aggressive because they’re looking to you know, those colonies are looking to thrive and, and reproduce and go to work, you know, over over the season. So sometimes when we go out to places, you know, we find that people will have you know, little kids, you know, whether it’s daycare center or inside of a house, and the ants will be coming up for food. So you do the best you can to just keep everything clean. The ants won’t have anything to come come come looking for. We think about that. Bernie got it. Yeah,
yeah, I’m definitely clean house. One of the things that you might not realize, and this is happened to me personally, um, is ants got in under my door. Um, because I put a trash bag, I put a trash bag near the door to take it out and went to do other things and came back and I had a trash bag full of ants, ants coming hollow, you know, going on wall and everything. So they can move pretty fast. It can happen pretty quickly. They it is amazing. The sense of smell that they have, they can literally, you know, right through your house come into the house. And you know, one of the things that people say is Well, you know, how are they getting in? Yeah, that’s, that’s, that’s not even a question. You know, they can get in it’s not about you know, your your threshold or your door your window.
These bugs can get in Yeah, they are power ceiling thing. Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely.
Yeah. So, you know, the biggest thing is, is we’re gonna talk about how to prevent ants or really get better control of not getting ants into the house. Um, he talked about the food outside, you know, dropping ice cream on the ground outside the door or anything like that, but it’s also your trash can in the house. So you got a clean house.
Why Mice Increase In Philadelphia in the Winter?
What’s up everybody, we back again? How you doing? I’m good, man. All right, man. Well, we’re here to talk again. Do you see our new logo, harpoon pest podcast, we’re very excited. Again, this is all brand new stuff. But uh, this is our second episode. And today we’re going to just talk about, since it’s wintertime, and right now it’s like 20 degrees outside got a nor’easter supposed to be this weekend. But um, we want to talk about mics, because we get a lot of calls in the winter time. On mice, we also want to talk about pest control businesses, what they doing in the wintertime, what should we be going into, when at times is all about when the phone rang, waiting for the phone to ring? You know what I mean? So that’s what we’re gonna talk about. Q, I’m gonna just start it off by saying mice is a serious issue in wintertime. Um, you know, we have a lot of customers that call and get an increase in mice. And let’s face it, these these houses are clean. They’re they’re not dirty houses. They’re, they’re well kept. But there’s a serious issue. Have you noticed that?
Yeah, yeah, for sure. Um, it’s just one of them things that happens on just this time of year, especially once the temperatures start to, you know, go down. And in the late fall, going into the, into the winter, whenever you had was freezing temps, it just pushes the mice inside. So it almost doesn’t matter. Like we see a lot of we get a lot of calls and some older neighborhoods. Whether it be part some parts of West Philadelphia lands down some parts of Delaware County, some of these neighborhoods, almost 100 years old, some of the homes a little older, and even some new construction, you know, the winter, the winter time was just brutal on on homes, you know, and then pushes the mice around, right pushes it from one house to the other. So that happened. So that’s that’s one of the that’s one of the reasons you see a big increase. Yeah, a lot of people
that’s in Philadelphia, in living in connected homes, they think that they get a single detached home, that problem will go away. Now, granted, it may be better, um, you know, connected homes, they just have real issues with rodents, especially ones that got new drywall in them. If they can just hear those mice running through that red brick. No, they’re connected, red brick. There’s no mortar and a brick and mortar and I ran out because the houses are so old. And then these messages running through these holes of connected home. So no, it’s a pain is a real pain. We do have ways of doing what’s called roading control, you can know is a lie to say especially if you got you know, 20 blocks 20 houses on a square block on one feet on one side of a block. You’d be lying if you say I’m gonna get rid of your mice, because in the wintertime, they’re just running from other connected homes. So but there is ways to get control of mites. The key word is control. So, but you’re right out here in the counties. I live in the counties you live in the counties. We have field mice, you got to field my session, you know, and they’re a little little they look a little different.
Thanks so cute. They got the white furry belly on Oh,
yeah, yeah, yeah. So good. But these houses these county houses got problems too. I mean, they come in on the ground. That dirt going in your attic. Big time, you know, so you need they need rotary control to another thing I wanted to say about my situation. You know, you’ll hear customers say I’ve never had this problem in the past, and that they’re telling the truth. One of the things that we’ve noticed is there’s a lot of new construction going on. Yes. And when these these bulldozers digging up this ground, they are they are rustling
How To Prevent Termites In Philadelphia Homes
Welcome back everybody to episode four of the Harpoon Pest Control podcast. Glad to be here this week, we got a couple friend invites from this podcast, which is always nice. And we look forward to work with a lot of people in the future on this podcast. As we said before, we got some future plans with that. But this week, we’re going to talk about termites. So the reason why we’re talking about termites right now is because we are about one month away from termite season. Termite season starts about in this in the state of PA starts around March. So it’s a good time to talk about termites, how you can prevent termites is what we’re talking about. Um, this is a big season, a money making season for realtors sellers, because people that sell homes, buyers normally want termite inspections, and termite treatments. And this is the time where Realtors really sell houses the spring, summer time. So termite is one of the things that we should really talk about right now. And how you can prevent them. If you’re a homeowner quits, you want to get that you want to get that started force.
Yeah, so, you know, like he was saying, um, this time of year is normally when we get a lot of requests for for homeowners or relatives to do termite inspections and stuff like that. And I know in our office, just as week, we got a few requests we went out. And even in a month of February, you know, we found active termites. So it’s definitely a situation where you can have a need for a termite service just about any time of the year. Because if termites have a wood source or food source to eat on, they’ll just, they’ll just do it, they’ll just kind of constantly do it. So today, we’re going to just briefly talk about some things that you can do to prevent termites. And you know, if you have a new home, or if you have a home that you’ve been living in for a long time already, there are some things that you can actually do to protect your home for termites. And that’s, that’s what that’s what we’re going to talk about in this.
Yeah. So the first thing that we’re going to talk about is water. What attracts termites, so termites is attracted to water and is not regular raindrop water, we’re talking about heavy amounts of money moisture around your home, how does that happen? Now, you may have a concrete surrounding on the side of your house, maybe all around your house, you may have grass or whatever, that does not matter. They are subterranean, they travel underground and if water is getting through your concrete against your house, or water is pouring into your soil, it can be a situation where termites you know, come towards your home and it attracts them. So the number one thing number one thing you can do to prevent termites one of the things is have good gutters and good downspouts if you have a flat roof, the water got to go somewhere, right? So it comes down the downspout and then the city a lot of it goes into the sewer pipe was strengthened to the storm drains of the city. However, a lot of them pipes are starting to go bad and you’ll see a lot of people just downspout running against the house running on top of the concrete or it runs to the ground and it just goes into nowhere and it just goes through the concrete. But when that happens, that’s what causes the risk of termites because a lot of the basements have within or 100% of the basement have wooden floor joists. So it would be good to walk around your home and see okay, where’s my downspout going? Does it come down and go into a sewer line actually goes into the sewer or does it come down and have an elbow one and bends and points away from the house? Or does it just come straight down and just hit the ground? Alright, the last one is what you don’t want. The last one is what you don’t want water attracts termites.
Why Do Termites Swarm In Philadelphia?
What’s up, everybody, we’re back again. It’s the week before March and we are getting into the termite season, we’re getting into the season of bugs where, basically I’m able to pay some bills soon. But uh, we’re looking forward to springtime, you can see the time are really changing. Again, this week we’re going to talk about we’re still going to talk about termites. And why do they swarm? Why did you see these little ants with wings crowding around your window. And as it gets a little warmer, as Quincy is going to talk about some, we’re going to talk about these ads that you may see, you may see him that you might not even know you have them, but you may see them probably get a little warmer, high 50s. Low 60s, Quincy, you can start us off with that brother. Yeah, so and I should introduce you first. Hey, Quincy now.
Yeah, so man, it’s so every, every everyone knows that, especially in a pest industry, or if you’ve owned a home for a long time you’ve ever experienced, like Bernie said, it’s its wings, that’s the first thing people say, when they see swarmers. They say, Oh, it looks like ants with wings. And that’s something that, you know, has to be determined whether it’s actually an or if it’s a termite. But around this time of year, that’s why we chose to do this podcast is because around this time of year, especially going into March, April, people call most pest control companies, their phones will start ringing off the hook because they have people calling in about termite swarmers are or what appears to be Ansible wings. And just to give an idea of what it looks like. This is a basically what it is why did they swarm why this time of year is the swarms are happening, like once once a year, and is normally in the spring, it could happen again later on in the season. But this is what people see, typically, is they look like ants with wings. And this is this is the call we’ll get you know people say though I have these ants are flying around like Verner said around the window around a doorway. But why does this happen? That’s that’s, that’s like the most important thing. So we’re gonna establish why this happens in this episode, and then some other episodes we have, we can go further into what happens with turn my stuff. So the first reason why this happens, because as was mentioned earlier, the weather gets gets warm, it starts to get warm, you have a couple consistent days of 50 degrees, 60 degrees. And there’s different things involved barometric pressure and all that stuff that causes these termite swarms. That kind of happen, and normally happens like in the afternoon, or sometimes in the early evening. And the number two reason, really, which is one that should alert a home owner is that if they have a swarm, it’s termite swarm, when the original colony has reached maturity has reached capacity. So a lot of times termite colonies will swarm once you have about maybe three to five years old termite colony that would cause them to to do that to swarm their whole purpose is to get out to the light and go out into the grass and reproduce and make more colony. So the reason why I don’t know why they’re attracted to light, but that’s typically what happens. So there are going to be around a window or doorway. Sometimes it’ll happen outside your house, you know, in the the late evening, still in the daylight hours late evening. And number three basically had a purpose of swarmers is to create new columns. That’s to create new columns, which can never be a good thing. If you own a home, right. And you hit you see a termite swarm. So the next slide presentation or the next slide, rather, I’ll live burning it break this down, but it is what it means for you as a home owner. If you see if you see swarming activity inside your house,
Philadelphia Home Owners, Should You Spray For Pests in the Fall?
Hey, this is Quincy, we’re Harpoon Pest Solutions. And this is the Harpoon Pest Solutions podcast. So today, the question is, should I spray for bugs in the fall, you know, the weather gets a little cooler, it gets a little bit more damp. And it appears that there’s less, you know, insect activity. And so a lot of people wonder, you know, whether or not they should even be bothered, or you know, should bother spraying?
Well, yes, you definitely want to continue to spray and use some type of residual application, even in the fall, especially on the outdoors. There are bees, cockroaches, beetles, spiders, and fleas, which can all still be very, very active in the fall. And then aside from spray, and I mean, of course, you want to do do things to protect the house from invaders like mice, and rats. But in the years that I’ve been doing this, I can tell you, I’ve seen like, the amount of spider activity just goes up.
And like, you know, the October, you know, November, in the early fall, it seems like fleas, we get a lot of calls for fleas and those type of insects. And then there’s bees, which, surprisingly, are now it’s even like, the middle of November, and our office will still get calls for yellow jackets, which are, you know, necessarily a nasty business idea, we can still get calls for yellow jackets. So there’s a lot of things that still remain active, you have some pests that are looking to enter into the home and they want to overwinter they want to stay inside of those protective conditions over the winter. So that when you know they can go out and do what they do in nature as the winter is over, but sometimes they’ll find these places in your crawlspace in your attic or some other part of your house. So spray in for bugs and insects in the fall is a good ideal is a good idea. So whoever your pest control company is, you know they should be doing that for you. They should be removing the webs from around the ears of your of your house and they should be taking care of the perimeter of the house around the doors and windows to make sure that those critters are not, you know, taken over over your house.
Okay, so that is my tip for today. As far as you know, spraying in the fall is something that definitely should be done. Until next time!