Sponsored by Black Flag® Insecticides
Every year I get an invasion of enormous black ants. They march along the floor, gather in my sink, and parade all over my kitchen countertops. The highest concentration seems to be around the bottom of my dishwasher. I’ve checked for holes in my siding but can’t find any. I have no idea how they’re getting in. My usual routine is to spray ant killer around the base of the dishwasher as well as the kitchen baseboard and the patio door threshold. I have to repeat the application several times over a period of a few weeks to totally stop the invasion.
But this year was different. I ran out of the economy brand of spray I’ve been using and instead used a can of Black Flag® Ant & Roach Killer2. I sprayed the same places and got rid of the live ants in my sink and on my countertops with the Black Flag spray. I expected to see more new recruits show up, but this Black Flag home insect control product seems to be stronger and far more effective than my old brand. My kitchen was free of ants after one application. I’ve gone weeks now without ants since using the Black Flag home insect control spray.
I’m still searching for their entry point so I can plug it. In the meantime, I’m mighty impressed with my Black Flag® brand ant and roach killer. The Black Flag home insect control spray does exactly what it claims to do; it kills ants. The Black Flag spray doesn’t claim to last forever, but in my experience it lasts far longer than my previous ant killer product.
At the home center, I had a choice between name-brand products and cheaper economy brands I had never heard of. I had once tried an economy brand of household ant and roach killer to get rid of huge black ants in my kitchen. But I was disappointed with the results. The ants were still there even after multiple applications. With that bad experience in mind, the price savings on the economy brands of wasp, hornet and yellow jacket spray weren’t enough to entice me to take a chance, especially since I wanted this to be a one-time procedure.
I needed something powerful to kill off the nest quickly so I could use my sidewalk again. I didn’t know what type of “bees” I was dealing with. But the label on the Black Flag® Wasp, Hornet & Yellow Jacket Killer can said it killed those three types of flying insects as well as one more. Plus, it had a money-back guarantee. I figured the company must take a lot of pride in its product to offer that kind of guarantee. So I bought it.
I read the label directions of the Black Flag home insect control spray, which pretty much confirmed what I had read online—don’t do this during the day in the height of nest activity and don’t spray when it’s raining. There was no rain in the forecast for that evening, and it was supposed to be calm. The directions say you can spray if there’s wind, but only if it’s at your back (to prevent spray drift). After sunset, I checked out the nest activity and noticed a substantial drop in glide path traffic. That’s when I decided to act.
Now on to the creepy crawlers on my lower level
Here’s my other insect problem: I’ve got creepy crawlers on the lower level of my split entryway home. My grandkids sleep in the lower-level bedrooms when we have weekend sleepovers. The grandkids totally freak out when they see spiders, centipedes and silverfish. I’ve set out sticky traps to catch them in advance of the sleepovers, but the kids always seem to find the few live ones that manage to evade the traps. So I’ll hear these blood-curdling screams in the middle of the night. I have to run downstairs and kill the critters, saving my grandkids from certain doom. Trust me, the critter screams get really old, really fast.
After my experience with the Black Flag® Ant & Roach Killer2, I decided to try Black Flag® Home Insect Control, which can be used indoors and out. I figured that’s just what I need to keep the lower level free of bugs. I followed the directions and sprayed Black Flag home insect control along the outside foundation and along the baseboards in the lower level. I set out new sticky traps to see if they repopulated. It’s been a few weeks and the traps are still empty, so the insecticide is working as promised.
The grandkids will be ready for another sleepover soon. Maybe this time I’ll have a scream-free weekend with help from Black Flag® home insect control product.
Here are the takeaways from my experience:
• Spray the Black Flag® Ant & Roach Killer2 along possible entry points indoors. I used it along baseboards, the bottom of the dishwasher and the patio door threshold. It’s an indoor product and shouldn’t be used outdoors.
• Black Flag® Ant & Roach Killer2 is powerful and works fast. I noticed immediate results.
• Buy a high-quality product. The Black Flag® Ant & Roach Killer2 did a much better job than the economy brand I had been using. The small price saving between the Black Flag® brand and the economy brands simply wasn’t worth it to me.
• For other household pests, spray the perimeter inside and outside. The Black Flag® Home Insect Control can be used indoors and outdoors. So it works as a perimeter barrier to keep critters out of your home.
• Don’t skip the shaking step. The purpose of shaking the can before using is to get a fully mixed, full-strength spray to hit the nest right away. Once again, reading and following the label directions will get you the best results with Black Flag home insect control.
• It’s safe. The Black Flag® Ant & Roach Killer2 and Black Flag® Home Insect Control products are safe when used as directed. You don’t need rubber gloves or a respirator with Black Flag home insect control.
— Rick Muscoplat, Contributing Editor
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Black Flag® Insecticides. The opinions and text are all mine.
Keep Raccoons Out
- Cut back overhanging tree branches and brush so raccoons can't get onto the roof.
- Add chimney caps, or replace them if they're damaged. Fireplace chimneys make great dens for pregnant raccoons. If you hear raccoons in the firebox in the spring or summer, you may need to wait until the fall for the raccoons to leave before capping the chimney, or else call an animal control specialist.
- Block crawl spaces and other possible entry spots with securely nailed 1/4-in.-mesh hardware cloth. Wait until the fall after the babies are out but before hibernation, or until you're sure the raccoons are gone.
- Raccoons eat garbage, pet food, fruits and vegetables, and fish from garden ponds. Make trash cans inaccessible. Cover fish ponds with netting. Don't leave pet food outside.
- Protect vegetable gardens, especially if you're planting sweet corn, with wire electric fencing (consult the manufacturer's instructions for spacing and wiring instructions). Fencing is available from farm supply stores and Internet suppliers.
- If raccoons have already made a den in your attic or crawl space, put a radio, flashing lights, ammonia, mothballs or commercially available repellents in it, then give them a few nights to leave. To make sure they're gone, stuff the entry with newspapers. If the paper is still in place after a few days, the raccoons have left.
How Common Household Pests Get In
Plug Gaps With Mesh
Protect Wood From Moisture
Store Pet Food
Stop Moles From Tearing up Your Yard
Box Elder Bug Swarm
Check the Foundation/Siding Joint
Look for Gaps at the Dryer Vent
Seal Gaps at Doors and Windows
Caulk Gaps Between Trim and Siding
Foam Large Soffit Gaps