Rose Pest Solutions on the Paul W. Smith Show WJR Detroit


– Coming up, V.W. I’ve never called him that, or Tall Mark, I have called him that. Tall Mark, V.W. Vanderwerp
from Rose Pest Solutions, the manager of education and training for Rose Pest Solutions, the oldest pest management company in the United States, founded in 1860, and he is here to answer
all of your pest questions. Not just mosquitoes, not just ticks, but we’re talking all
kinds of little things that you might find in your yard, rodents and other stuff. They help with all of that and all of the advice now
that you’re about to get is absolutely free, a service
of The Paul W. Smith Show, for this entire hour, so be a part of it but line up now. Call right now, our WJR toll-free number (800) 859-0957. (800) 859-0WJR if you have any pest problems, questions, things you’ve always wondered about, we have an expert here, right before us, who will be taking your
questions and calls. Mark Vanderwerp, from Rose Pest Solutions, back by popular demand. Call us at (800) 859-0957, (800) 859-0WJR. Still at 55 degrees but it is clearing up
a little bit out there, which is certainly good news. To hit the 80s, what’d he say, 86 later today? Come on! That’s amazing, we’ll see, and it also probably is
playing right into the bugs, flies, mosquitoes, ticks, all
those nefarious characters. We’re playing right into
it because of the weather and because of that, by popular demand, Mark Vanderwerp is here from Rose Pest Solutions. Yep, he’s one of the pros from Rose I always say you should call. Mark, nice to see you. – [Mark] Hey, Paul, great to be here. – [Paul] ‘Tis the season isn’t it? – [Mark] It is. You know, Spring is a great time to know an entomologist because it’s all going on out there and life kinda wakes up and gets going and it’s amazing what you see. I was doing a little work
on my deck over the weekend and I pulled a couple of boards up and, holy cow, I find two ant colonies just by pulling a couple
of boards off my deck. It’s amazing. – [Paul] They don’t know who
they’re dealing with, do they, at your house? – [Mark] Apparently, they
were safe until I did that so they were just doing their thing. – [Paul] Would these be carpenter ants? – [Mark] One was carpenter ants and one was odorous house ants, so two very different ants living in two very different little niches right there in my deck that I was walking over.
– [Paul] It can happen to anybody, including a who guy graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Entomology from Michigan State University, who was then instilled
with a giddy willingness of someone ready to dive headlong into a career in urban pest management. Now a board-certified entomologist, board member of The Michigan
Entomological Society, or M.E.S., and a certified
pesticide applicator in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. Also happens to be an accomplished insect macro photographer and he’s taking your calls right now at (800) 859-0957, (800) 859-0WJR. Without further ado, because your time is especially tight in the morning, I know. We get right to Lori in Rockwood on The Paul W. Smith Show at WJR. Good morning, Lori. – [Lori] Good morning. I have a question about ticks. I found a tick on my dog last night and I’m wondering what kind of application do they apply in the yard that protects against the ticks, and how often do you have
to have it reapplied? – [Paul] Tall Mark? – [Mark] Good question. Well, first off, congratulations. Believe it or not, you
did an amazing thing. If you can find a tick on a dog, that’s like Where’s Waldo, I mean, very fuzzy animals with very little animals
on them, it’s incredible. – [Paul] Good job, Lori. – [Lori] Thank you. – [Mark] So pat yourself
on the back for that, but yeah, as far as treating them, the first question is where
did the dog pick up the tick? So, if you’re like many dog owners, you walk the dog periodically and especially if you
go on any wooded trails, that kinda thing, that may be where the tick came from, so you may not need to
treat the yard at all. If you know there’s ticks in the yard, that’s a different story, and then that’s the kinda thing where you would do periodic treatments. It’s gonna depend what
species of tick you have. Probably the American dog tick, cause it’s a good size tick and people notice it
and it’s pretty common. The good news is that’s not
a terribly dangerous tick. It’s not the one that gives you Lyme. It can carry some other nasty things but they’re pretty rare
disease that that one carries. – [Paul] Quick question,
the home mosquito treatments that I talked about in a commercial just a few minutes ago, three services for only $80 dollars each, do those mosquito
treatments kill ticks too? – [Mark] Yeah, so, mosquitoes and ticks, you know, there’s not a real great targeted treatment for those. You kinda treat the
foliage that they rest on, and so tick treatments and mosquito treatments look very similar, and yes, if you do one, you’re kinda doing the other, so yeah, it’s a great bang for your buck. You can kill two of the
most dangerous creatures in your back yard with one go. – [Paul] Lori, good job
finding that on your dog. You’re a good mommy to the dog. – [Lori] Well thank you. – [Paul] Thank you, Lori. Ron is Silvania, Ohio, on WJR. Silvania, home of– Well he was there. I could hear him leaving. Home of the Marathon
Classic, the LPGA Classic, and we’ll be broadcasting
from there again this year. In Pontiac, we have Finisse, or Finisse. – [Finisse] Finisse. – [Paul] Finisse, nice to have you here from Pontiac, Finisse. What’s your question for
Mark Vanderwerp of Rose? – [Finisse] I have moths in the house and I only see one or two. I don’t know where they’re, I don’t have any standing
water in the sink or anything like that but I can’t seem to get rid of them. – [Mark] You may very
well be breeding them. So, there’s a couple of different moths. – [Paul] Is there any money in that? Breeding moths? – [Mark] I’m sure there’s someone somewhere making money on it. – [Paul] Okay, just wanted to check. – [Mark] But I haven’t figured out how. – [Paul] Okay. – [Mark] We get rid of them and that works too, for making money, but no, it’s probably either
a stored product moth, so something munching
on some of your goods in your pantry, like pastas or cereals or other dried goods, or it’s a type of clothes moth and it’s feeding on rugs or your favorite fancy sweater, so two very different lifestyles you’re potentially looking for, so the first step is really, what kind of moth is this? And that’s the kinda thing, if you don’t know you
can do Google searches or you can always call a professional, cause we, like, train our
people to do this stuff. – [Paul] To look at them and
say, “This is what it is, “and this is what “we need to do.”
– [Mark] Yeah, yeah. – [Finisse] Oh, okay. Alright, so catch one and save it and then call. – [Paul] Yeah.
– [Finisse] So then they can identify it for me.
– [Paul] Sure, that makes good sense. – [Mark] That makes a lot of sense. You gotta know what you’re dealing with if you wanna get rid of it. – [Paul] Alright, Finisse. – [Finisse] Thank you.
– [Paul] Thank you for your question and we’re
taking a heck of a lot more too at our WJR toll-free number. When you hear someone hang up, you know a line is open at (800) 859-0957, that’s (800) 859-0WJR. We’ve got a pro from Rose on The Paul W. Smith Show, Mark Vanderwerp at your service here on WJR at 8:22. We go to Sam in Shelby Township. You’re on The Paul W. Smith Show at WJR with our pros from
Rose, Mark Vanderwerp. What’s on your mind, Sam? – [Sam] Hey, good morning. We went, we bought a new house last year and this is gonna be our
first Spring and Summer at the house. We’ve got a bunch of
trees in the back yard. There’s a park back there and we have graduation party. What kind of protection can we do and make sure that our
mosquitoes are controlled? – [Mark] Hey, Sam. Congrats on the new house. Yeah, so this is a pretty common request is graduation parties
or other outdoor events and the mosquitoes are tearing people up. What can you do? What we like to do is
called a barrier treatment and we treat some of the
foliage around the property. Mosquitoes are really weak fliers so they like to take lots of breaks. (Paul laughing) – [Paul] So you spray mosquito rest areas? – [Mark] Exactly. That’s what you do. – [Paul] Who would’ve guessed? – [Mark] So it’s not like they’re flying around 24/7 and just as soon
as someone comes outside they dart in and go for the kill. Nah, they’re sitting on your bush before you come outside, so if we treat your bushes, they sit on the bush and then they fall off the bush dead before you come outside and feed them. So that’s an idea.
– [Paul] That seems simple enough, Sam, doesn’t it? – [Sam] It sounds good to me. – [Paul] We’re gonna do the same thing. We’re gonna call the pros from Rose and do something before a graduation party in our back yard, and you don’t have to do it, like a lot of people call and say, “Can we do that
two hours before the party?” You don’t have to do that cause it lasts 20-30 days so maybe a week before is a good idea. – [Mark] Right, yeah. Usually scheduling should not be a last minute, let’s do
this now, today kinda thing. It’s gonna last for a period of time so it’s residual material that we use and so, yeah if you
wanna get the most bang for your buck, do it a
few days before the event and then when you’re setting up and the caterers are coming out, they’re not getting bitten either. They’ll appreciate that. – [Sam] Very good. – [Paul] Good luck, Sam, and happy graduation. Thanks for waking up listening
with us all day long here on W– Alrighty, we have a pro from Rose. Mark Vanderwerp is here. Affectionately known as
V.W., as in Vanderwerp, or Tall Mark, as is, how tall are you? – [Mark] 6’6″. – [Paul] Mr. Burkhardt, how tall are you? – [Mr. Burkhardt] I’m about 6’8″. – [Paul] Are you 6’8″? – [Mr. Burkhardt] Yeah. – [Paul] Okay, well I
thought we finally found somebody taller than Rick Burkhardt. – [Mark] Oh no, not even close. He’s a freak. I’m pretty normal. – [Paul] Yeah, 6’6″ is normal. Oh, boy, 6’8″ and 6’6″. I used to be considered tall. Anyway, at six foot I’m
not so tall anymore. I need your calls and as one hangs up that means you call, because all the line are full, but we want you to ask your question here. We need to talk about
ants, carpenter bees, mosquitoes, ticks and
anything that’s on your mind at (800) 859-0957, (800) 859-0WJR, our WJR toll-free number and it’s Cecilia in Waterford wants to talk about some flies in the attic. Good morning, Cecilia. Welcome to The Paul W. Smith Show, WJR. – [Cecilia] Good morning, gentleman. – [Mark] Morning. – [Cecilia] I have a question
about the flies in the attic. Soon as the weather warms up they start to come outta the attic
and into the house. They’re just sluggish and lazy but we’ve never really known what to do with them because we
have cats in the house and we don’t wanna do
anything that would harm them. – [Paul] That makes sense. People who have pets, they’re concerned about their beloved pets. What do you suggest to Cecilia and anyone else with
these kinds of problems? – [Mark] So, lemme just
take a quick opportunity to note that essentially almost all pesticide treatments these days are very
low-risk to humans and pets. Obviously, we would not be in business if we were in the regular habit of offing people’s pets. We don’t do that, so you can absolutely do fly treatments and not harm pets.
– [Paul] What a sensitive way to put that. – [Mark] Well I–
– [Paul] You’ve been in business 150–
– [Cecilia] Thank you. – [Paul] 160 years, they don’t
wanna off your pets, Cecilia. – [Mark] We don’t, no, that
is not what Rose is all about. On a serious note, the
flies you’re probably seeing are called cluster flies. That’s one possibility, and what they do is
they like to over-Winter in houses, in clusters, so they form these big aggregations. It’s not a pest fly in the sense that they
don’t feed on garbage. They actually are parasites of earthworms out in your yard, so if you have a normal, healthy yard, you probably have some
of these flies around, but they come in the Winter time and then, you know, they
head out in the Spring and if they get kinda confused
and head out the wrong way, they may end out in your living space, so the way to deal with that is actually do some
treatments on the outside of the structure in the Fall, which is when they come
into the structure, so put that on your calendar. Call Rose in August or September and see if we can help you out. Now, another quick–
– [Cecilia] Okay, great. – [Mark] Another quick
possibility is you had something that perished in the attic. – [Paul] Ehhh.
– [Mark] So that does happen. If you’ve seen mice.
– [Paul] A bat, maybe a bat in belfry. – [Mark] A bat in the belfry, or yeah, a mouse in the house, and of course that’s–
– [Cecilia] Well that could– I can tell you that
we’ve been in this house for a long time and we plugged in one of those electronic pest control things because we used to hear
scratching in the attic and we don’t hear that anymore
– [Paul] Yeah. – [Cecilia] So I guess
that’s a possibility. – [Mark] Well, so, if you plug in one of these ultrasonic repellers, which I really think they should be called silent noise makers, which is just a confusing term cause they’re kinda confusing devices. – [Paul] The pests usually die of old age when you plug one of those in. – [Mark] Yeah, so it’s
not killing anything if it’s doing anything, which is unclear, so that probably wouldn’t have, although if you plugged it in it means, you know,
there are pests, so yeah. – [Paul] Good luck to you, Cecilia. Thanks for the call. Lynn is in Canton and black ants in the house, and you’ve got Mark Vanderwerp of Rose. Lynn? – [Lynn] Hi, and thank you for
taking my call this morning. Appreciate it, and the issue is with the black ants and I call them fast movers cause they scurry around pretty quick. I found them in the kitchen. They were in the dishwasher, under the sink, on the counter, so I’m kinda concerned. I’ve tried different baits and then spraying around
the perimeter of the house but any other ideas? – [Mark] Well, you
know, sometimes spraying around the perimeter of the house can be the wrong move for ants. Sometimes that’ll
actually cut the ants off so you start seeing more
of them in the house after you treat around the outside. That can happen so that
may be what’s going on, but again, it really, it
really makes a difference what kinda ant we’re talking about and unfortunately black
ants could be a number of different species, but it sounds like you’re
doing, stick with the baits and eventually, if they’re eating them, they will go away. – [Lynn] Should I leave them alone if I see them motoring around or try to squish them and get rid of them? – [Mark] That’s a great
point you bring up. So, it’s a common misconception of people to bust out the can of Raid or the washcloth and just
destroy what they see and, “Ah, I’ll show you, ants.” Really, yeah, it’s a best
practice to leave them be if you’re trying to use baits, cause they have to be able
to walk back and forth to the bait and bring it back home. – [Paul] Oh, that’s a good point. You want them to take that bait back home. – [Mark] Yeah, so some
people combine, like, the can of Raid and the baits, which just, that doesn’t work. You gotta let them feed on the baits and take it back. – [Paul] Well, alright, Lynn. Good luck to you.
– [Lynn] Appreciate it. – [Paul] Alrighty.
– [Lynn] Thank you. – [Paul] He’s got ants
in the house but no word of any ants in the pants, which is certainly good news. Get back to your– Your calls right now, with a pro from Rose, Mark Vanderwerp, a fine Michigan State grad, by the way, entomologist, certified and taking your calls at (800) 859-0957, (800) 859-0WJR. Let’s go with Steve from the golden tower of the Fisher Building. Steve, you’re on the air. – [Steve] Yeah, hi. First time caller there. Paul, love the show. – [Paul] Yeah, thanks. – [Steve] Mark, just wanna say, I utilized the pros from Rose about a month ago. Had a very heavy black ant problem at the Courtney abode and Mark the technician came out, put down an application, he said, “Two weeks you
should see an improvement.” I did. A couple more, he came back out and put down some bait and it is absolutely clear. As a matter of fact, I’m seeing some ant residue of the dead variety outdoors right now, so I guess that’s a good sign. – [Mark] Fantastic, well I think the moral of that story is we only hire people with the name of Mark. – [Paul] Apparently, yeah. I was saying this is Mark. – [Mark] We keep it easy. – [Paul] That’s easy to know that if you’re gonna call it’s gonna be a Mark. Well, way to go. – [Steve] Well apparently–
– [Paul] Thanks for sharing your personal experience.
– [Steve] When you take care of the ant situation you’re on the mark. – [Paul] And by the way if there are empty beer cans in your house you should probably
dispose of those properly. Rinse them out before you
put them in the recycle or return them to the store if you’re gonna have them stored there. – [Steve] See that Mark? That’s how a lot of rumors get started. – [Paul] Yeah, Miller Light. Alright, thank you, Steve–
– [Steve] You bet. – [Paul] For your call. First time caller. 8:49, back to the real callers here, but a quick question about bees, cause I know you wanna talk about it and there’s been this worry about a shortage of bees, bee viruses, bee problems, B-12 vitamins, what is it, the latest on
bees and carpenter bees? – [Mark] So, man, there’s
a lot to talk about. I’m gonna try to keep it quick even though I’m really bad at that. We like bees. Bees are great. They pollinate things, they
make seeds, they make fruits, really, really important
species to coexist with. So, there’s a couple things. Most of the time bees are not pest issues. Usually the things people call bees are in fact yellow jackets or other wasps that really do often
build nests on houses. – [Paul] For the average person, if it stings, we don’t
really care what we call it, we just wanna get rid of it. – [Mark] Right, well,
this is crux of the issue, so people are saying, “Oh
there’s a problem with bees,” and then other people are saying, “No, they build
nests on my house every year.” Well, we’re talking
about different things, so there are a lot of bees in Michigan and really there’s only a couple of them, literally about two
species you’ll ever run into that cause problems. So, carpenter bees are one of those, and they are going great guns right now. They usually get started
late April, early May, so this is kinda their peak season where they’re drilling into wood, so that is one to keep eye out for and that is absolutely one
we do lots of treatments for, but and the other one that
can sometimes be a problem is honey bees. If honey bees get in the wrong spot, it’s a problem, and so we’ve actually done
some live colony removals from people’s walls and relocated them. What a nice thing to do for the bees. – [Paul] Yes it is, and you do this free of charge? The bees are not charged anything to have themselves relocated. – [Mark] Well, I sometimes
take a bite of honey because, hey, it’s right there.
– [Paul] Alright, well I think you deserve it. The one thing you don’t
wanna do is irritate a bee. You don’t wanna irritate the bees. – [Mark] Most bees are so
nice you can’t irritate them. – [Paul] Okay, alright, you said it. Joy in Highland, there we go. Joy, welcome to WJR. – [Joy] Good morning. Thank you for taking my call. – [Paul] Sure. – [Joy] I had a question. What are some of the
procedures you would do to take care of carpenter ants? – [Mark] Sure, well, you know,
every situation is unique, so it’s gonna depend on the structure, where they’re being found, what they’re getting into, but as a general rule of thumb some of the things you try to do to get rid of an ant problem are gonna be to limit their food sources, which for carpenter ants
can sometimes include things like dog dishes and bird feeders, among other things, and typically we’ll use some baits in the areas they’re active and sometimes supplement that with some non-repellent liquids to speed the process, so that’s kinda the process, but you know, if you find a colony, it’s totally different. You can control a colony of carpenter ants with a vacuum cleaner if you know where they are, so it’s all about what you see and what you can find. – [Paul] Good luck to you, Joy. Annette is in Troy. Annette’s got roly-poly bugs? – [Annette] Yes, I don’t really know what to call them. I mean, I think I’ve heard
them called potato bugs also. Does that sound familiar, Mark? – [Mark] Oh, they have many, many names. I’m good with potato bugs or
roly-polies or pill bugs, sure. – [Annette] Well, I’ve
got them in the house and I don’t know where
they’re coming from. They’re obviously coming in from outside so how do I keep them out? – [Mark] So, this is
animal that is actually an on-land crustacean, so think lobsters, crabs, crustaceans. – [Paul] Wow. – [Mark] This is a member of that clan. They are really sensitive to drying out, so they need high-moisture areas, so typically if you get them in a structure it’s in a basement or in an area where there’s a water leak or other moisture problem, so, the key, often is
nothing in the house, it’s often what’s going on around, so check when you have
a nice big rainstorm, go outside with the umbrella, take a walk around the house, see if you see any water piling up next to the foundation. It may be a simple matter of
redirecting some downspouts or thinning out some mulch, which is too thick and wet, to resolve the issue. – [Paul] Alright,
Annette, good luck to you. Mark Vanderwerp is gonna continue
taking your calls off-air, so stay on the line and
you can continue to call. Meanwhile you have a website for Rose that you invite photographs to, right? – [Mark] Sure, so we do have a website, Rosepestsolutions.com. We also have a Facebook
page, Rose Pest Solutions, that you can upload your
crazy insect or pest photos to and we can see if we can
give you a little advice that way as well. – [Paul] Rosepestsolutions.com
and Facebook. – [Mark] Yes. – [Paul] And you take those photographs. People have questions. Take the photographs of
your bugs and problems and share it with the
entire Rose community. – [Mark] And the world
at large, really, yeah. Just get it out there. – [Paul] This is getting bigger than I ever could’ve guessed. Well, V.W., Tall Mark, always a pleasure. – [Mark] It’s been great P-Dub. – [Paul] I’m not used to a pro from Rose, you know what I mean? It’s hard cause, you know,
an old dog, new tricks. Pros from Rose is what I’m used to saying, but you’re a pro from Rose, at Rosepestsolutions.com or (800) 966-ROSE, (800) 966-ROSE.

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