Pest Control Products
When Lynn Frank, Technical Director at Suburban Exterminating in Long Island NY, was looking for an effective, green insecticide for their mosquito control program, he tried several 25(b) minimum risk products but none seem to have the residual activity he was looking for. Lynn was motivated to use 25(b) products given all the laws and regulations in the State of New York regarding exterior treatments with conventional
insecticides, and the need to give proper notification to all the surrounding neighbors. By using a 25(b) product he could avoid those requirements, but finding one that provided the level of protection he wanted for his customers was just as challenging. Until he started using EcoVia EC – Researchbased botanical insecticide, EPA Exempt 25(b) product.
“I started using EcoVia EC last year for mosquito control and the number of call backs was extremely low. So we used it again this year with the same positive results. Whenever we did have a request for extra service, in almost every case, it was due to the homeowner not doing their part to ensure there was no standing water on the property. With EcoVia EC I have no use restrictions, no notification requirements and
an extremely low number of
callbacks. I am extremely
happy with the results. More
importantly, my customers are
When using EcoVia EC for mosquito control, Lynn
recommends applying with a mist blower, rather than in a
power sprayer or mpressed
air sprayer. He found that by
using a mist blower, you do not need to use a lot of
product volume. Lynn also
indicated they typically do not
use the highest dilution label
rate either, that they typically
use the middle ground rate.
“I prefer EcoVia EC to
other products ecause it is
easy to use, easy to store and
has a flexible label. You don’t
need to use as much volume
as you would with a
conventional product, and the
product sticks around. We are
getting at least 3 weeks of
residual activity, which works
out well for a monthly service
Lynn also points out
other advantages to using
“I have situations on Long
Island when doing exterior treatments and controlling
other pest problems where
EcoVia EC is the perfect
solution. For example, if you are servicing the exterior of a
home that is within 100 feet of
a high tide, you cannot use a
conventional pesticide in New
York City. But I can use EcoVia
EC, and it works against a
broad spectrum of pest
problems. I really like its
flexibility. It has so many
advantages for so many
different outdoor service
“For a natural product that
is classified as 25(b), I am
extremely happy with the
results we have seen so far.
We have measured the results
vs. treatments with other
products based on the number
of callbacks per 100
customers. EcoVia EC has
proven to be very cost
Gabe Mata, who co-owns
the Houston franchise of
Pestmaster Services with his wife,
Jinny, has been using Rockwell
Labs products for the past four years. But
he does more than just perform quality
treatments with them. He leverages the
bioremediation and microbial aspects of
Rockwell products when marketing to
“They have been very effective in
our sales presentations when we are
preparing estimates for commercial
facilities,” Mata explains. “We are able
to present our team not just as pest
management professionals, but also as
Case in point
As an example, Mata points to a local restaurant chain where his team has integrated three of Rockwell’s
products, to great
InVade Mop Clean
Each of the restaurants features concrete
absorbed grease and
turned dark as a result. “After six weeks of
regular use of InVade Mop Clean, the floors
are no longer greasy and have returned
to a lighter color,” he reports. “It also looks
cleaner and smells a lot better. The drains
have cleared up and also look much
cleaner.” The product is a premium blend
of microbes, citrus oil and other cleaners for
daily mopping and hard surface cleaning
(no other cleaners needed).
EcoVia IB Insect Bloks
EcoVia IB Bloks contain a blend of botanical insecticide
oils in a pleasantly scented block form,
emitting insecticidal vapors that repel
insects from an area and can kill
insects in smaller enclosed spaces.
The vapor release is
enhanced when the Bloks
slowly dissolve in water,
such as when placed in
beverage fountain drip
trays or drains. Within days
of placing EcoVia IB in all of
the fountain drink grates, fruit fly
activity has essentially
ceased at the Texas
BorActin Insecticide Powder
BorActin contains 99 percent boric acid
and kills a wide range
of crawling insects
and small flies. It is not
by the use of bleach
or disinfectants by the account.
“The German cockroach activity has
diminished substantially, ever since we
were able to get into the hard-to-reach
areas with the non-repellent dust,” Mata
says. His team also used the 4-oz. mop
Of course, Mata
and his five employee
like the pleasant
scent and low
toxicity aspect of the product line. But
the restaurant chain is representative of
the many commercial accounts whose
reputation PestMaster Services of
Houston has helped get back on track.
“In some cases, there are accounts that
we take over from other companies that
could not help the situation,” Mata says,
noting that while a pest management
firm can make recommendations for
sanitation and cleanliness, it’s often
difficult to get an account to take action.
Rockwell’s products help control pests
and keep the premises clean, he adds.
“The products have given us a greater
opportunity to provide a wider range of services to commercial facilities that you don’t find in the common, everyday pest control company,” he concludes.
As its name implies, Wayne’s Environmental Services focuses on providing environmentally friendly service to its pest management customers. Based in Birmingham, Ala., the team has known — and trusted — their Rockwell Labs representative, Tom Nay, for many years. “We began using products from Rockwell Labs around the time Tom Nay went to work for them, around 2009,” recalls Tim Kendrick, the termite technical leader for Wayne’s. “Tom’s attention to detail and willingness to help us as a customer convinced us to try Rockwell’s products.” Wayne’s was pleased with the products’ performance, Kendrick says: “In fact, the InVite Lure and InVade product lines have been effective in virtually eliminating some persistent problems for us. We have had some sensitive accounts where we used these products and received amazing results.” Currently, Kendrick and his team are testing the InTice 10 Perimeter Bait in a chemical rotation on some of their quarterly pest accounts. “In a bait product, we look for a broad label with a wide range of target pests,” he explains. “InTice 10 meets both of these criteria. Early results are showing good efficacy.” InTice 10 is currently labeled for up to 90 days of outdoor efficacy against cockroaches, carpenter ants and other ant species, crickets, earwigs, silverfish, millipedes, sow bugs and mole crickets. Its 10 percent boric acid bait granules do not require applicants to don personal protective equipment (California state regulations may differ).
Nay’s assistance in troubleshooting difficult accounts has been another big benefit to being a Rockwell customer, says Kendrick. “Tom has gone with some of our field professionals to a few of our more difficult accounts, and has helped us identify the potential cause of some of the pest problems, as well as suggest effective treatment options,” he says. In addition, Kendrick says, Nay and the Rockwell staff have helped Wayne’s educate its customers on the important role sanitation plays in an integrated pest management (IPM) program. “Wayne’s is constantly looking for ways to be as environmentally responsible as possible with the use of pesticides and other products,” Kendrick says, “and Rockwell has given us more choices now than we have ever had before to be ‘green.’ We look forward to working with the folks at Rockwell for many years to come.”
| Because of its size and scope, managing pests in New York City is no easy task. So having the right tools for a job is essential, especially when dealing with American cockroaches and pigeons.
That's when InVict Xpress Granular Bait and InVade Bio Foam from Rockwell Labs factor in. InVict delivers a lightning-fast kill of a broad spectrum of insects such ants, cockroaches, crickets, mole crickets, silverfish, firebrats and earwigs. With the power of imidacloprid
and the irresistibility of its bait matrix, pest management professionals (PMPs) see the carnage quickly. Joshua Bloom, quality assurance director for Standard Pest Management, is one of those PMPs.
Standard, which employs about 25 people, serves the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester County. The company, which has been around since 1929, is family-owned. Bloom, a fourth-generation PMP, has been working for the company, which his great-grandfather started, for the past 15 years. Standard has been using InVict from Rockwell ever since its supplier, Residex, introduced the product to the company when it first came out on the market a few years ago.
"It fits a need for us, with its quick action and low-use rate, and it's less hazardous to non-target animals than some older baits," Bloom says. "The products we use are all about versatility. Because we have walking routes in the city, our technicians need to be able to carry them, so InVict's smaller bottle can easily fit in a tool bag. The packaging is great. It can also be used in both our commercial and residential accounts."
InVict is the best granular product for American cockroaches, Bloom says: "It's our No.1 go-to bait."
Standard's technicians use InVict in and around multifamily buildings for a variety of labeled pests, but
they mainly use it to combat moisture-related pests. They apply the bait in utility rooms and other rooms where people aren't around much, in areas where pipes
go in and out of a building, and near sewer lines and
drains. Technicians also place the bait outside buildings
throughout the year. By treating basements aggressively,
it results in fewer pests in the apartments above.
"When our techs apply the bait around American roaches, they go right to it," Bloom says, adding that Standard is using about a case of bait a week. "We see less American roaches. The products we were using before weren't as fast acting. They didn't contain imidacloprid."
In addition to InVict, Standard also relies on Rockwell Labs for its InVade Bio Foam because Standard cleans a lot of pigeon droppings on building facades, which the company has been doing for more than a decade. Bird-related work is a significant part of the company's business.
"We needed a product that breaks down bird poop, but doesn't damage structures," Bloom says.
InVade's superconcentrated foaming formula contains
a blend of premium natural microbes and citrus oil for
eliminating odors and organic build-up. It's applicable for food and nonfood areas in commercial, residential, industrial, institutional, agricultural and educational establishments. It's also applicable in transport vehicles.
Standard's technicians foam surfaces, spray them down, then power-wash them, which is much easier to do and much more effective with InVade because the Bio Foam the loosens organic material. Standard has been using InVade for years.
In addition to these effective, low-risk products, Bloom likes Rockwell's level of service.
"Our rep, Pat Ryan, is fantastic," he says. "He gets back to us quickly."
| Arrow Exterminating in Lynbrook, N.Y., needed another tool in its toolbox to battle bed bugs. Arrow, a family-run business started in 1947, was hired to treat a 400-room assisted living complex on Long Island that was plagued by bed bugs for years. Managers of the complex tried to eradicate the bed bugs themselves by using a heat chamber, but they were unsuccessful.
"They couldn't get a handle on the situation, especially in the rooms," says Mike Deutsch, Arrow's chief entomologist. "They reached out to several companies, and we pitched our protocols, and they liked us. We said, 'We have a new product we'd like to use,' and they said yes.
"CimeXa is an outstanding product," Deutsch adds.
"Originally, I didn't have too much faith in it. I thought, 'Here comes another product.' I tried many other products — some worked, and some didn't. I thought this was another me-too product. I was wrong. It turned out to be phenomenal."
Before using CimeXa at the assisted living complex, Arrow, which has 150 employees, tested it in the field in isolated areas, including in commercial buildings.
When Arrow's technicians inspected the assisted living complex, they determined the previous pest management company chased the bed bugs up into the suspended ceiling. So Arrow took ceiling tiles down and applied a liquid solution of CimeXa, an insecticide dust, around the walls above the drop ceiling.
"We were there every day," Deutsch says. "We wanted to see how the material performed."
Within four days, Deutsch and the technicians found dead bed bugs, as well as living bugs climbing up the walls, but not past where CimeXa was applied. They applied CimeXa in the infested rooms for 30 days.
"It really did the job," says Deutsch, who's been in the industry 40 years. "We've gone back once a week and haven't seen any bed bugs. Now, our techs won't go out to a bed bug job unless they have CimeXa."
Deutsch heard about CimeXa through Rockwell Labs' Pat Ryan, who visits Arrow regularly."I bought samples, and we discussed it," Deutsch says. "The silica gel that mixes with water piqued my interest. We gave it a try, and next thing I know, we're ordering cases. I didn't know how much we would need on the assisted living job, so we bought dozens of cases, which we're still using."
Arrow, which has revenue of $10 million annually, has added another tool in its toolbox — EcoVia EC. Last year, the company decided to get into the mosquito control business. Before treating mosquitoes, Arrow is required to notify every adjacent property. But because EcoVia EC is a Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) 25(b) exempt insecticide, the company didn't have to notify adjacent properties.
Arrow's techs use the product in gas-powered mist blowers. The company has had hardly any callbacks as a result, and EcoVia EC, which contains botanical oils, reduced the mosquito population in the residential area Arrow treated.
The company's techs have also used EcoVia EC on Pennsylvania wood cockroaches (Parcoblatta
pensylvanica). This primarily outdoor cockroach
species has been increasingly turning up in structures on Long Island.
"It works well, has a good formulation and fits into our protocol," Deutsch says.
For years, Arrow used a particular bait it liked to control American cockroaches (Periplaneta americana).
"It always worked great, but the manufacturer didn't renew the registration, so we were looking for a product to replace it," Deutsch says.
That product turned out to be InVict Xpress, a granular bait with imidacloprid.
"I tried it around my house to control camel crickets, and in two days, they were gone," Deutsch says. "I was sold on the product."
Outside Deutsch's personal experience with InVict Xpress, Arrow techs used the bait on a few commercial accounts, and now they're asking for it this season.
"We're going to expand its use because it worked so well," Deutsch says. "These three products — CimeXa, EcoVia and InVict Xpress — are a permanent part of our toolbox."
| I was checking glueboards in a sensitive healthcare account and noticed quite a bit of cricket activity. Since it was a sensitive account I knew my options were limited but a Rockwell Technical Rep had recently introduced me to InVict Xpress Granular Bait. I was impressed by the low application rate and the fact there are no PPE requirements so I decided to give it a try. WOW, we observed very quick results and two weeks later there's hardly any sign of cricket activity. InVict Xpress also has an impressive range of use sites and target pests so we've been expanding our use of the product to other accounts with equally encouraging results. I'm confident InVict Xpress can handle even the toughest situations.
There are thousands of restaurants in New York City. Many of them are great at cooking and serving; but they’re not great at cleaning – daily, weekly or monthly. That’s where Magic Exterminating helps.
Serving the five boroughs of NYC, the full-service, family owned company is an integrated pest management (IPM) specialist that services sensitive accounts, such as homes, schools, hospitals and nursing homes. The company, which generates more than $5 million annually, specializes in termite control, commercial pest control, structural repairs, IPM for schools, and fumigation. It has earned the Angie’s List Super Service award in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
A typical situation goes something like this: Magic is called in to a restaurant that failed a health inspection to immediately control the fly problem. Magic usually goes in after hours, after the restaurant employees have cleaned the kitchen. Magic employees scrub, scrape and steam the drains and walls, then apply the necessary pesticides to kill off the flies. Magic follows up with InVade, a bio sanitation product that eliminates organic buildup and odors in commercial kitchens.
“in one week, there’s a dramatic difference,” says Ralph H. Maestre, BCE, Magic’s technical director.
Magic uses several InVade products:
Magic has been using InVade products for about 10 years now. Maestre met Dr. Cisse Spragins, owner and CEO, at a regional trade conference where she answered many questions about flies and how to address sanitation issues that can contribute to problems in accounts. Before InVade, Magic used another bio product with enzymes that would eat the junk in the drains of its clients. The product used previously was effective, but InVade products contain actual living microbes that act as “enzyme factories” so they work better and longer than products that contain only enzymes, and the price is more reasonable, Maestre says. Magic orders two or three cases of gallon-sized InVade Bio Cleaner every two or three weeks and buys about 26 cases of the 16 oz InVade Bio Foam concentrate a year.
Magic’s fly programs are part of many of its contracts, but it’s not a regular service. Magic uses InVade bio sanitation with every client that has a fly program and uses it every time no matter the frequency.
“Clients are still continuing to have us perform work, so they must be satisfied,” Maestre says.
Some structures in NYC are 400 years old, so there are many layers to walls, and there are tunnels, vaults and other unknown areas underground that people aren’t aware of. Old pipe lines are cut sometimes but are still considered part of the sewer system. These areas harbor pests. Generally speaking, restaurants in NYC are inspected once a year. If one fails, it’s inspected more frequently, but Magic typically doesn’t have that type of account. When controlling a pest problem, Magic employs every possible means to keep pests under control, which means clients need to do some work on their end.
“We use InVade for sanitation purposes, along with the pesticide treatments,” Maestre says. “It’s one tool in the toolbox. We use a combination of punches, not just a jab.”
The customer was an elderly woman who lived with several cats…and thousands of cockroaches. Whether she couldn't see the pests or simply didn't care wasn't clear, but it wasn't the homeowner who arranged for the work. The woman wouldn't let her family or caretaker clean the house. Eventually, the caretaker called IV Termite & Pest Control.
We met with the caretaker, which is how we got that job," says Bill Smale, owner of the 52-year-old company, based in El Centro, Calif.
Even after she agreed to let pest management professionals (PMPs) into her house, the owner insisted no sprays could be used for fear sprays would harm her cats.
The 1,400-sq.-ft. home was infested with German cockroaches, and Smale's team of technicians decided to use InVict Gold Cockroach Gel, manufactured by Rockwell Labs. It was one of the worst infestations the company — started by Smale's father in 1963 — had seen.
The InVict gel worked well, reports Smale, who took over the business in 1976 after his father passed away. When technicians returned to the home for follow-up visits, they found piles of cockroaches 2-in. high.
It works quickly," Smale says. "You'll see roaches die in 10 to 15 minutes. They'll start shaking. Roaches are attracted to it."
Even as quick and efective as the product is, it took several months to gain control of the situation.
For almost all roach jobs, we use InVict Gold bait," Smale says. It's the only roach gel we're using."
The easy-to-use bait ofers a quick kill and provides a long-lasting efect, which reduces callbacks — saving money long-term. Among the features Smale likes are:
• Cockroaches begin dying in as quick as 20 minutes after consuming the bait.
• Proven secondary kill when roaches are exposed to carcasses and droppings of roaches that ate the bait.
• Exclusive food-grade attractants are intentionally diferent from other popular baits, making InVict Gold a solid choice for bait rotation to prevent bait aversion.
• It's formulated without the eight most common food allergens for sensitive applications such as food plants, schools, and childcare and healthcare facilities.
• It's available in an individual labeled box that includes a plunger and a new 300-gram tube that fits in a standard caulking gun.
"The company is investigating options for other pests, but when it comes to cockroaches, InVict is the go-to solution because it gets rid of the roaches," Smale says.
|Kevin O'Connor, of Eliminex Pest, talks about a tough account
|I've had an account where we struggled with American roaches for five years. Recently, I met Pat Ryan at a show and he told me about Rockwell's new InVict Xpress Granular Bait. I took it out to this account and gave it a try. I've never seen so many dead roaches in my life. The results were amazingly quick and I also saw ants picking up the granules and taking it away. I've been in business for over 30 years and this is the best roach product I've seen in a long time. Rockwell has a homerun with this bait.
|Marc Potzler, ACE, Training Director for Buffalo Exterminating, solves a cluster fly issue
||I tried EcoVia EC at an account that was having an issue with cluster flies outside the house. Every time the [homeowners] went out or in, the flies would end up inside. I treated the exterior two weeks ago and the issue is resolved. They still see a fly here and there on the deck railing (which I didn't treat) but it takes off immediately. And the lack of label restrictions allowed us to treat where we needed. There's no staining with very little odor, and it's easy to mix and apply. PROBLEM SOLVED!