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Synergy Jackson Pest Control: Answering Your Questions January 29, 2021

What is the best fire ant killer to get rid of fire ants?

Fire ants can be very difficult to get rid of for good. Many homeowners try liquid or granular insecticides applied directly to the mound. In most cases, this just encourages the fire ants to move to another location and start a new mound and nest.

To get rid of fire ants for good, baits and/or non-repellant insecticides such as fipronil are highly effective. Baits applied around the mound will be picked up by the workers and transferred back to the nest. While baits can take weeks to work, they can provide a more permanent solution to getting rid of fire ants.

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What is the best rat trap bait?

Rat trap bait can be different than bait you would use to trap mice.  Rats will eat just about anything so consider the following: bacon or other meats, fruits, vegetables, or cereals.  Other options include chocolate or peanut butter.  What’s not on the list?  Cheese.  

Rat trap baits are often used on traditional snap traps. There are a lot of other options for rat traps including glue board traps, electric traps, and live traps.

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How do you get rid of mice in walls? What is the best mice repellent?

Waking up to noises in your walls and ceilings is no fun. Especially when mice are involved. A rodent infestation of mice or rats is an urgent situation as they are prolific breeders. Getting rid of mice in walls means first finding the areas of travel. Once areas of travel are found use traps to capture and/or kill. There are a number of effective mouse traps including snap traps, glue boards, and live capture. If you are unsuccessful trapping mice, hiring a rodent exterminator may be the best option.

To repel mice, sanitation and exclusion are a must. Repair all entry points for mice in the home and remove all wastes, food, etc that may be attracting them. Some homeowners have tried using natural oils, like peppermint oil, to repel mice. For more information on rodent control, visit:



What does a Wolf spider bite look like? What size is a Wolf spider?

Wolf spiders can get quite large and can be terrifying but they are usually not harmful to humans. In fact, Wolf spiders don’t even like to be around humans. Wolf spiders can get as large as 2 inches making them one of the largest spiders in the US. A Wolf spider does carry venom; however, its bite is not dangerous to humans. A Wolf spider bite can feel similar to a bee sting. A bite from a Wolf spider can become red and swollen so cleaning the area with warm soap and water is a good idea.

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What does chipmunk poop look like?  How do you tell the difference between chipmunk poop vs. rat poop vs squirrel poop?

Chipmunk poop can look very similar to mouse poop.  Chipmunk poop is oblong like mouse poop but slightly larger by about 1/4 inch.  Chipmunk poop tends to harden and become brittle over time.

Rat poop is thicker than mouse droppings and longer too.  Rat poop is scattered and remains dark in color.

Squirrel poop can look similar to rat poop.  Squirrel poop or pellets are rounded at the ends, unlike rat poop which has sharp ends.  Squirrel poop will also lighten over time.

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What are the best rat traps to kill rats instantly?

A rat infestation can be alarming to most homeowners. Trapping rats, though, is a much safer option than poison. The use of rat poison is usually best left to trained pest professionals. For trapping, there are a number of effective options:

1.Snap Traps-This is the trap most homeowners are familiar with and can be very effective if you can find a bait palatable to the rats you are dealing with.

2.Glue Traps-Pest professionals use these traps extensively in both commercial and residential accounts. Glue board traps are highly effective and can be moved to areas of higher travel by the rats.

3.Live traps-These are less popular but a more humane option if you plan on releasing the rats when you catch them.

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I have bats inside my home. How do you get rid of bats?

Bats are great to have around your home as they control unwanted insects. They aren’t so great though when they are inside your home. The first step to getting rid of bats in a home is making sure all bats are gone. Pest professionals use bat cones to allow bats to leave the home/attic and not return. After all bats have left the attic, the next critical step to insuring they don’t come back is exclusion. Bats can get through tiny holes so hiring a contractor to make all necessary repairs is recommended.

To deter bats from re-entering your home consider adding exterior night lighting and decoy bat houses.

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What do termites look like and do termites fly?

Termites and ants can look very similar.  To distinguish between the two: termites have straight antenna, termites had a broad waist, and both sets of termite wings are the same size.  Flying termites, or swarmers, are often the first sign a homeowner notices of a potential termite infestation.

Flying termites are alates, or reproductives.  They are seeking out new areas around the home to establish a nest and new colony.  

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How do you tell the difference between American cockroaches and German cockroaches?

German cockroaches are much smaller and lighter brown in color when compared to American cockroaches. American roaches are large and almost black. German cockroaches are prolific reproducers and can quickly turn a small problem into a large infestation. American roaches live a good bit of their lifespan outdoors and only come in for food or water.

To get rid of cockroaches, your selection of insecticide and insect growth regulator needs to be specific to the type of roach you are trying to control. 

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Do centipedes bite and are centipedes poisonous?

Centipedes are considered to be carnivorous.  They bite their prey, stinging it and then eating it.  Centipede bites on humans can be very painful due to their venom.  Bites from centipedes on humans are not usually considered life-threatening. 

To avoid Centipede bites, avoid Centipedes.  Attempting to kill or capture centipedes is the best way to get bitten by them.

General insecticides applied to the exterior of the home, both granular and liquid, are usually enough to provide good control of pests, including centipedes.

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Barry Pitts, Synergy² Owner

Barry Pitts, Synergy² Owner

Pharmacist and Synergy² Pest owner, Barry Pitts, is a long-time Madison, MS resident with a passion for applying advanced scientific pest principles to pest control services in the Jackson metro area.  Combining exceptional customer service with cutting-edge pest control technology allows Synergy² to provide residents of the Jackson metro area with the highest levels of pest control available today.

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