Why the Exacticide electric duster makes a great year-round tool

Winter is here, which generally means fewer bugs are invading our homes and offices. But don’t put away your Exacticide electric duster and insecticide dust. There are still pests that will try to shelter from the cold by invading your clients' home. Exacticide tools can help you keep them away.

Mice and rats are experts at sneaking into your house when the outdoor temperatures fall. A rat can get in through a hole as small as a quarter, and a mouse can get through an opening as small as a pencil eraser. They’re able to chew through drywall to get to what they want. Once inside, they cause damage by chewing holes through your clients' walls, floor, ceilings, wires and food packaging. At best, this is frustrating. At worst, property damage can force your clients to invest real dollars to fix the problem. Let Exacticide technology assist you in safeguarding your clients' investment.

As you've probably experienced around your clients' home, mice and rats cause a mess. They scatter pieces of walls and packaging they’ve chewed through—and their droppings. They also contaminate food and spread diseases, including salmonella and, historically, plague.

Although your clients are unlikely to contract plague in the U.S., they definitely will want to get rid of any rodents that might have crept into their house. Take action by following these steps:

  • Inspect the house, inside and out. Seal any cracks and holes with steel wool and silicone caulk.
  • Inside, look for signs of infestation such as droppings, damaged food and packaging, gnawed walls, floors, ceiling and even pipes, and greasy rub marks from rodent fur.
  • Clear away, or tell the clients to put away, any food that attracts rodents. Keep basements clear of clutter, which provides hiding and nesting areas for mice and rats.
  • Clean, seal and dry any water sources.

These measures will eliminate some of the major reasons rodents come into houses. To get rid of infestations, turn to the Techni-Baiter from Technicide. It is the world’s most effective rodent bait station. This reinvented mouse trap can be used indoors and outdoors. It can be serviced from a standing position in 16 seconds, cutting service time in half compared to other mouse traps.

Spiders

Brown recluse spiders, native to the southeastern states, are one of only two spiders in the U.S. whose bite can be dangerous to humans. They spin webs in quiet places such as closets, basements, crawl spaces and attics, where they’re unlikely to be disturbed. They’re often found inside boxes and along window mouldings.

To prevent them from coming inside, advise clients to trim trees and shrubs away from the house, and cut back branches that overhang the roof. Store clothes and shoes inside plastic containers. Check shoes, gloves, baseball mitts, boots and seasonal sports equipment that don't get used as often as other items. Spiders like to hide in them.

If you think you have been bitten by a spider, seek medical attention promptly. Use Exacticide tools to ensure a bite isn't a threat in the first place.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches live in small, dark areas close to food and moisture. They can contaminate food and spread bacteria, and can trigger allergies that cause asthma symptoms.

Like other pests, cockroaches are attracted by available food and water. The first step to eliminating them is to ensure food is put away in sealed containers. Floors, counters and other surfaces should be free of crumbs. Vacuum frequently and dispose of garbage regularly.

To treat cockroach infestations, the Exacticide electric battery powered duster is the most innovative dust and fine bait applicator available. Adding the Tech-Reach Bait Pro bait gun extension enables technicians to reach above, behind and around obstacles, and it wastes no bait.

Termites

Many homeowners unwittingly bring termites into their house in winter with firewood. These can be the most destructive pests of all. Colonies can number millions of insects. Because they eat wood, termites can cause extensive structural damage. Every year in the U.S., they cause up to $5 billion in property damage.

With the Exacticide Extension Hose kit, technicians can easily apply insecticidal dust in high places where termites often nest.

The Fiber Pole kit allows technicians apply dust accurately in hard-to-reach places. It comes with a 6-ft. hose extension and a flashlight attachment. This frees your hands to work in attics, basements and crawlspaces.

Pest control year round

Rodents and insects don’t disappear when the mercury dips. The Exacticide battery-powered duster from Technicide is the pest-control professional’s applicator of choice for efficiency and effectiveness year-round.


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