Pest Control contracts are outrageous! Several people have suggested that we do it ourselves and that it's fairly easy to get the mixture from online and local hardware stores. Does anyone do this? Got any tips/suggestions?
Brennan, who do you use for termites? I was thinking about doing that on my own as well. Is it true that the only way termites can get into your house is through the foundation? I figured if we just kept it all clear and then sprayed a termite solution around, we might be ok. Our house hasn't had a termite contract since 2001 so that's why I'm looking into it now. Previous owner didn't have one and we never got one.
It's a desiccant which means that it works by scratching the outer coating of the insect (or bug's) shell causing it dry up. Be careful when applying it. It can cause lung damage. Also watch your dog carefully to make sure he doesn't develop dry patches on his skin.I also use food grade Diatomaceous Earth.
I've used it in my chicken coop, in their food and even in my dog's food over the summer as our fly problem got totally out of hand. Within about a month there wasn't a fly to be found on my yard.
I swear by this stuff and will start up again once fly season rolls around.