Apr 19, 2013 - 04:02 PM
Most pest control companies will perform an outdoor treatment with either a backpack or handheld sprayer. This is the standard way to treat. This is also the way to get the strongest chemical solution.
Lawn sprays, etc, or the chemical that is usually in the tank of the truck (long hose) is usually much weaker, and basically for grass, not for the perimeter of the house.
An outdoor perimeter treatment is very easy to do. Simply spray Bifen, Demon WP, Pestabs, etc, to the base of the house 2-3' out from the foundation, spray all mulch, rocks, etc. Be sure to also spray inside weep holes. You can also spray the foundation up 1-2" feet, around windows, doors, eaves, etc. It normally takes 2-3 gallons to do this for the average size home.
I also highly recommend using Granules such as Talstar, Bifen, etc, as a secondary treatment AFTER spraying. Apply 5 or so lbs per application by scattering by hand or by using a cup. Scatter liberally along the foundation and make a swath 1-2 feet wide and create a barrier along the foundation.
Indoors, spray Demon WP, Bifen, Pestabs, etc, SPARINGLY, behind furniture, dressers, nightstands, beds, sofas, etc. Just spray the baseboards lightly, sort of like misting plants. Follow that up with ePest IPM Bug Traps under and behind furniture, placed up against the walls. Use 1-2 traps per room.
If you follow this procedure and do this every 2 months, your thousand leggers, spiders, roaches, ants, silverfish and whatever else you see will be very limited in numbers. If you do this every 3 -4 months, then you will have a gap or a period of time in which you could see these critters because the chemicals begin to wear off. By doing this every 60 days, you keep a constant barrier down. I am not a believer in monthly pest control service for homes, UNLESS you live in an area that is highly infested with bugs, and you have to spray this often.
Attics? Niban Granules work great, just scatter them out too.
Bottom line? you can do pest control yourself, and much cheaper, more effective in most cases than a company. And if you see bugs, you can always do it again until you get the results you want.
We use the chemicals that I just mentioned in our service business here in Dallas, Texas. This is exactly what we do for most of our residential customers, and it works.
Hope this helps.