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Organic Programs: Essentria IC3 is NOP (National Organic Program) compliant which makes it the product of choice for operators everywhere who are treating organic facilities of all types. This includes food processing facilities, restaurants, and retail establishments where organic produce is sold. This feature also makes Essentria IC3 the “Gold Standard” product for all Green Pest Management accounts.

No Aquatic Setback Requirements: Essentria IC3 has no aquatic toxicity, therefore, applications may be made near or over open water. This allows for the mitigation of spiders around boat docks and marinas. This also allows for thorough mosquito abatement treatments in areas where foliage runs adjacent to and over bodies of water.

Spiders

Types of Spiders
    Pholcidae “Daddy Long Legs”
    Black Widow
    Brown Widow

General Information:
    All spiders have 8 legs
    Will form cob webs in basements, corners, and over lamps
    Are considered a beneficial insect because of their prey to other insects
    Do Not have wings or antennae

Prevention:
    Trim weeds around structure and remove debris
    Seal openings and install screens and door sweeps
    Use a vacuum cleaner to remove webs, spiders, and their egg sacs

Daddy Long Legs
    Description
    Body is between 2-10mm in length
    Legs may be up to 50mm long
    Gray to brown in color with chevron “inverted V shape” markings
    Habitat
    Webs are constructed in dark and damp recesses
    Under rocks, loose bark
    Commonly found in warm, dry places
    Windows and attics
    General Information
    The web has no adhesive properties
    Invades webs of other spiders and eats the host, the eggs, or the prey
    Black Widow- Considered the most venomous spider in North America

Description:
    Females
    Not all adult females exhibit the red hourglass on their abdomen
    May have a pair of red spots or no markings at all
    Has larger venom sacs
    Bite is dangerous to humans
    Rarely fatal
    Shiny black body
    Males
    Quarter the size of the female
    Usually gray or brown
    May have hourglass marking, usually yellow, white, or orange
    Bite is not considered dangerous to humans
    Habitat
    Found in moist basements, crawl spaces, and other damp parts of buildings
    Hide in cracks, darkened areas
    Reproduction
    25-400 eggs are deposited in an egg sack
    Dirty cream color
    ½ inch long
    Takes 10 days to a few weeks for the spiderlings to hatch
    Development from egg to adult is 1 ½ months to 11 months
    Brown Widow
    Description
    Lighter in color than the black widow
    Can range from dark brown to black; shades of gray also
    Has “hourglass” marking on underside of the abdomen
    Usually vivid orange or yellowish
    Has a black-and-white “geometric” pattern on dorsal side of abdomen
    Females
    Are dangerous
    Live up to 3 years
    Males
    Live 6 months to 1 year
    Habitat
    Builds web in secluded, protected sites around the home and in woody vegetation
    In empty containers outside a structure
    Mail boxes, pots, buckets
    Hides in garages, storage closets, the underside of outdoor furniture, and rot iron railings
    Birds of paradise plant leaves
    Reproduction    
    Females lay about 80 eggs per sac
    Can make 20 egg sacks over a lifetime

House Mice

HOUSE MICE

Unlike the larger rat, mice are “nibblers”. They make small holes or do other damage in many places rather than a lot of damage at one place. The mouse has a keen sense of touch, smell, and hearing. It can run, jump, and swim very well, but it cannot climb as well as a rat.
 
Methods of Control:
 
(1)   Pest Inspection
(2)   Good Sanitization
(3)   Trapping
(4)   Exclusion
 
RATONES DE CASA

DESEMEJANTE DE LA RATA MAS GRANDE, LOS RATONES SON "RECORTADORAS DE CHAPAS". HACEN LOS AGUJEROS PEQUEÑOS O HACEN DAÑO EN MUCHOS LUGARES MAS BIEN QUE MUCHO DANO EN UN LUGAR. El RATÓN TIENE UN SENTIDO AFILADO DE TACTO, DEL OLOR, Y DEL AUDIENCIA. PUEDE CORRER, SALTAR Y NADAR MUY BIEN, PERO NO PUEDE TREPAR TAN BIEN COMO UNA RATA.
 
METODOS DE CONTROL:
 
(1) INSPECTION DE PARASITO
(2) BUEN SANAEMIENTO
(3) ENTRAMPAR
(4) EXCLUSION

Types of Mice
    House Mouse
    Field Mice

House Mouse:
    Large ears and small black eyes
    Weigh about ½ ounce
    Light brownish to gray in color
    Adults are about 5-7 inches long, including the 3-4 inch tail
    Dropping, fresh gnaw marks, and tracks indicate areas where mice are active
    Nest are made from fine shredded paper or fibrous material, usually sheltered locations
    Musky odor
    Active mostly at night

Field Mice:
    Weighs about 0.82 oz
    Head and body length 60-150mm
    Tail length 70-145mm
    Grayish brown or pale sand color
    Large ears and eyes
    Has a highly developed sense of smell

Reproduction:
    Breeding onset is at about 50 days of age in males and females
    Average gestation is about 20 days
    Average litter size is 10-12
    The young, called “Pups”
    Weigh 0.5-1.5g
    Are hairless
    Have closed eyes and ears
    Are weaned at 3 weeks of age

Harborage:
    Can survive in very small areas with limited amounts of food and shelter
    Poor sanitation is sure to attract mice in greater numbers

Prevention Tips/ Treatment methods:
    Sanitation and population reduction
    Exclusion
    Seal all gaps, holes, openings larger than ¼ inch
    Steel Wool
    Doors, windows, and screens should fit tightly
    Trapping and Baiting

Wasps


Description:
    2 pair of wings
    Few or no thickened hairs
    Has 3 body parts
    Have several simple eyes
    Males
    Have 13 divisions per antenna
    Females
    Have 12 divisions per antenna
    Queens are usually larger than males and other females
Reproduction
    Wasp store sperm inside their body and control its release for each individual egg as ot is laid
    Wasp have complete voluntary control over the sex of their offspring
    If a female wishes to produce a male egg, she lays the egg without fertilizing it.
    There is no interaction between larvae and adults
Habits/ Habitat:
    Feed on only nectar as adults
    Many are predatory and will use other insects as food for their larvae
    Social wasp may
    Feed on fallen fruit, nectar and carrion
    May scavenge for dead insects to provide for their young
    Solitary wasp
    Mud daubers and pollen wasp construct mud cells in sheltered places typically on the side of walls
    Potter wasp build vase like nest from mud
    Often with multiple cells, attached to twigs of trees or against walls
    Other predatory wasp burrow into soil or into plant stems
    Social Wasp- Hornets
    Queen initially starts the nest by making a single layer or canopy and working outwards until she reaches the edges of the cavity
    Colonies often have populations of 3,000- 10,000 female workers at maturity
Some wasps are aggressive species and can sting when threatened. Unlike honey bees, wasps often are capable of stinging multiple times