Glue traps, mechanical traps, bait stations and more

Glue traps, mechanical traps, bait stations and more


Detectors, protectors, powders, sprays and more


Detectors, protectors, sprays and more


Glue traps, mechanical traps, catch and release and more



Although they are small and stay hidden away, mice leave a telltale sign they’re in your home: droppings. Visit the education center for videos and guides on how to use J.T. Eaton products to effectively address your mouse problem.


Rats are most active at night and can often be heard scratching. You also may see holes around your home where they live or stash food. Learn how to use J.T. Eaton products to best eradicate rats.


These little critters hop a ride on your clothes and luggage, then make your house their home. From bed bug detection to protection, J.T. Eaton has devised a system of products to help you. Learn how in our education center.


Correct product application is a key step in removing unwanted insects. Visit the J.T. Eaton education center for videos and guides to learn how to best apply our insect products.


Wildlife pests can be dangerous to people and/or domestic pets. Our education center provides information on a variety of products that you can use in and around your home to remove wildlife creatures.

Our biodegradable products are EPA-registered for use around your family, pets and food and match or outperform leading chemical products.

Our biodegradable products are EPA-registered for use around your family, pets and food and match or outperform leading chemical products.

We’re on a mission to provide the most effective, sustainable and organic pest control product on the planet, pure and simple.


Based in California, we’re a family-run business dedicated to eco-conscious living.


Our 100% natural products are non-harmful to your family, pets and the planet.


Bring powerfully-effective, planet-friendly pest control solutions to your customers.

We’re on a mission to provide the most effective, sustainable and organic pest control product on the planet, pure and simple.


Based in California, we’re a family-run business dedicated to eco-conscious living.

What Kind of Pesticide is Your Exterminator Using?

A reputable exterminator should list the active ingredients in their pesticides. Your local exterminator also should tell you the potential health threats associated with the pesticide, symptoms of poisoning, and any additional instructions for minimizing exposure and health impacts.

While each company likely has a unique formula, the most common ingredients in professional-grade pesticides are pyrethroids and pyrethrins, according to a June 2010 study in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. Piperonyl butoxide and hydramethylnon are the next most common ingredients. Chlorpyrifos, diazinon and other organophosphates were once very common, but have become nearly obsolete since the Environmental Protection Agency restricted the use of these toxic ingredients starting in 2001.

Here is some more information about each of the four most commonly used pesticide chemicals, as well as a couple of other pesticides that are growing in popularity.

Pyrethroids and Pyrenthrins

Permethrin is the most common active ingredient in insecticides applied by licensed exterminators. It is one of a large class of chemical insecticides known as pyrethroids. They mimic pyrethrins, which are botanical insecticides typically derived from Australian and African chrysanthemum flower varieties. Both pyrethrins and pyrethroids work to paralyze and eventually kill a wide variety of insects.

Pyrethrins and pyrethroids are included in more than 3,500 registered products for household insect mitigation, as well as pet protection, mosquito control and in agriculture.

These insecticides are generally safer to humans and other mammals than many alternatives, and they do not seem to trigger asthma and allergic reactions. However, they are highly toxic to aquatic organisms, so care must be taken to minimize spray drift and runoff that could get into water.

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Piperonyl Butoxide

MGK-264 and piperonyl butoxide are among several popular chemicals that are typically added to pyrethrins and other insecticide agents. The additives do not act alone as pesticides, but enhance the effectiveness of the other chemicals by inhibiting insect metabolism.

The EPA classifies piperonyl butoxide as a possible carcinogen, but notes it has low human toxicity. Ingesting piperonyl butoxide can cause vomiting and diarrhea.


Hydramethylnon is typically used in bait for ants, cockroaches, termites, crickets, and silverfish. It is a slow killer of insects, making them lethargic and slowly killing them over three or four days. While it may not be an instant solution, it has long-term impacts because insects are still alive to take the poison back to their colony.

Hydramethylnon is also listed as a potential carcinogen but poses little danger to humans, though it might irritate the eyes and respiratory tract if not handled carefully.

Other Popular Pesticides

The June 2010 report noted two other popular insecticides used by professionals:

Fipronil is a white powder used to control ants, beetles, cockroaches and other insects. Boric acid is another white powder used in a variety of insecticides. It is derived from naturally occurring boron. Both pose minimal health dangers for humans if used properly.

No matter how effective professional-grade pesticides may be, simply spraying away the bugs is not as effective as a more comprehensive approach that includes cleaning and removing sources of food and water. A 2009 New York study found that such a one-time integrated pest management approach is more effective than repeated professional pesticide usage. Hire a reliable pest control expert for good integrated pest management techniques.

How To Get Rid of Roaches

Roaches are no fun. Unlike some household pests, they don’t disappear thanks to a simple trap or insecticide. They are hardy animals that multiply quickly, can survive for months without food and become nearly impossible to contain if not properly eliminated. Thankfully, though, with the proper prevention tactics and a swift removal of any current infiltrations, your roach infestations can become a thing of the past.

Get Rid of Roach Food

Since roaches are such pervasive pests, getting rid of them requires getting to the root of the problem. First things first: clean your house, and keep it that way. Roaches love food, and are drawn to food sources that you might not even realize you had.

Start by getting rid of obvious problem areas like recent food spills, your garbage or improperly stored food. Then, move on to the harder-to-reach areas. Even in a tidy home, crumbs and spills can quickly accumulate in areas like under the stove, inside and around the microwave and toaster and beneath the refrigerator. Thoroughly wipe down, sweep or vacuum these areas to rid them of any food scents or debris.

You may also need to change your food storage methods. If you have foods that are kept in easy-to-infiltrate cardboard or paper packaging such as cereal or flour, consider storing those foods in plastic, metal or glass containers that have airtight seals. If you have a pet, keep its food in an airtight container.

If you already have roaches, make sure that you also wipe down or vacuum any areas where roaches may have gone, even if it wasn’t near a food source. They may have left behind their scent, stray body parts, skin or feces, all of which could lure back their roach friends.

Attack the Water Supply

Roaches can go months without food, but only a few weeks without water. So, they often camp out in bathroom or kitchen drains, where there is a consistent water supply. This is tricky because you can’t eliminate a drain in the same way you can get rid of loose crumbs. But it’s still possible to take measures that will make your drain an unhappy home for roaches.

For starters, fix any leaky faucets or drain pipes. Roaches love the puddles that form following a leak, so don’t give them a standing water source. Use duct tape, caulk or sealant to repair any leaks. Also look for any gaps in the wall where pipes come through, particularly under a kitchen sink. Fill any of those holes with urethane foam, steel wool or copper mesh. If you have pipes that produce significant amounts of condensation, wrap them in insulation foam.

Before you go to bed at night, make sure surfaces such as sinks and tubs are completely dry. You may also want to plug tub drains and cover your faucets with a drain stopper. This is impractical during the day, but that’s okay, since roaches prefer coming out at night.

Say Goodbye

Once you’ve made your home unfriendly for future roaches, work on clearing your home of any existing roaches. Depending on how invasive the problem is, you may need a multi-pronged approach.

Your first step in elimination can be laying sticky glue traps that will ensnare the roaches. This should quickly wipe a few of the invasive pests. It can also give you a better idea of the areas in your home that roaches love, which will help you know where to set out bait.

The bait will be a solid second step in ridding your home of roaches. The most effective bait are the ones containing boric acid. Roaches are drawn to the boric acid, consume it and bring it back to their roach community. There, they spread it to the other roaches before croaking. It’s a similarly unhappy ending for the additional roaches that feast on the dead carcasses of the roaches who consumed the bait. It’s a phenomenon known as chain killing, and it’s super effective. Head to your local hardware store and look for gel, tablet or liquid bait traps that use boric acid. If you don’t already know where the roaches love to congregate, place the bait in the dark, confined spaces that roaches prefer, such as behind the stove, the crevices in a wood floor or beneath the sink.

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You can also spray or fumigate your home. Most of the aerosol sprays you can buy don’t kill roaches on the spot. Instead, they release fumes that either draw the roaches out from their hiding spots, slowly kill them or stop them from reproducing. These sprays can be effective, but also full of harsh chemicals, so make sure you read all the safety instructions beforehand.

Always be mindful of the products you are using. Traps, insecticides and baits can all be harmful to children and pets. If you use them, follow any listed precautions and place them in areas where they can’t be accessed by any kids or animals. If you feel like any of these products are too toxic or can’t guarantee your kids or pets will stay out of their way, there are safe, family-friendly products on the market. Boric acid is one of those. Simply mix three parts boric acid with one part sugar and sprinkle a thin layer of it in dark, roach-laden areas. You can also look into electric plug-in pest repellant products, which release non-toxic fumes into the air to repel roaches. Or, check to see if there is a natural exterminator in your area.

It’s no fun to deal with roaches. But with the right preventive measures, a commitment to cleanliness and some stellar roach killers, your pests are going to have to find a new place to terrorize.

DIY Wasp Control Products

DIY wasp products may prove effective on small nests, but larger nests of aggressive wasps can be more difficult to treat. If nests are indoors or difficult to access, or if you are allergic to stings, you should not attempt to treat a nest on yourself. Our range of Rentokil DIY wasp products to treat isolated nests are available from all leading national retailers including supermarkets, DIY and hardware stores, garden and trade centres.

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Wasp Nest Destroyer Foam

Features & Benefits

The Rentokil Wasp Nest Destroyer Foam is designed to exterminate wasps within their nest from a distance. Use this product when entire nests are visible in a loft, shed, garage, tree etc.

This fast acting product contains D-Phenothrin and Tetramethrin and is effective within 24 hours.

How to use

Apply from an approximate distance of 2 metres. 300ml of Rentokil Wasp Nest Destroyer Foam is sufficient to treat three large nests.

Wasp Killer Powder

Features & Benefits

Effective within 24 hours, the Rentokil Wasp Killer Powder is designed for the control of wasp nests in and around the home.

Ideal for use when nest is not visible or accessible, use this product when you can see wasp activity (corner of a roof, air vent, under tiles etc.) without visibility or accessibility of nests. This product contains Permethrin.

How to use

For use targeting wasp nests only. The Rentokil Wasp Killer Powder exterminates wasps within nests. Apply powder where wasps gain entry into the home.

Fly, Ant & Wasp Spray

Features & Benefits

A unique, multi-purpose surface and space spray for the control of flies, ants, wasps and other insects in and around the home, the fast acting spray contains Permethrin and D-Allethrin is safe and effective for indoor use.

Fly & Wasp Killer

Features & Benefits

Designed to get rid of flies and wasps indoors, this killer spray is a fast acting insecticidal formulation effective against flies, wasps, moths and mosquitoes. This product contains Tetramethrin and Permethrin for direct knockdown, but leaves a pleasant fragrance.

Wasp Trap

Features & Benefits

Discreet and poison-free, the Rentokil Wasp Trap attracts and kills wasps in the home and garden. Reusable plastic traps are easy to use, non-toxic, eco-friendly and safe for use in homes with children and pets.

How to use

Fill trap with sweet liquid, beer or other juice. Hang or place trap a safe distance from human activity, away from the home. Wasps will be attracted to bait, and die inside trap.

Where to use

The Rentokil Wasp Trap is intended for use in and around the home and garden. Ideal for gardens, patios, BBQs and picnics.

If you have any concerns about our DIY products

If you have concerns regarding one of our DIY products please email us at [email protected] or call us on 0800 169 4105 and we will do our best to help you.

Safety Data Sheet information on our products can be found in the ‘Why Rentokil’ section of the website.

If you have an accident using our DIY products you can call our emergency number 01342 833022. Every Rentokil Pest Control DIY product has this number printed on the back of the packaging.

Product Q&A

Greg from St. Louis, Mo writes

Best indoor and outdoor all around bug spray that is safe around dogs and kids?

We have been paying professional people to spray our house for years and that gets expensive. We live on over 3 acres of ground with woods on two sides. I have had professions spray with general sprays with insect growth regulators added. They do a good job but with the right products I think I could do the same work with only a fraction of the cost. I need the product to be safe after it dries for dogs and kids. I guess I would spray around the inside walls and under sinks as well as spray around the outside walls of the house.

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Talstar P would be a great choice for you. Talstar is a multi-Insecticide with bifenthrin is one of the most trusted and widely-used insecticides by pest control professionals today. The name Talstar P/Talstar One means one professional solution for everything: Talstar insecticide kills over 75 insect pests and can be used for indoor pest control, outdoor pest control, food handling areas, turf and ornamental treatments, in the yard as a yard spray to treat fleas or other yard pests, and even for termite control! Talstar has a long residual, so it keeps on killing pests for over three months after you’ve sprayed it. Plus, Talstar One is odorless, dries clear, leaves no stains, is non-irritating to the skin, and won’t break down easily with rainfall. It is safe for people and pets to re enter the treated area after it has dried.

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What is residual pesticide vs nonresidual pesticide?

Question: What is the definition of a residual pesticide and a nonresidual pesticide?

ANSWER: Residual insecticides remain effective where they are applied for some length of time. The length of time depends on the formulation (dust, liquid, etc.), the type of surface (soil, brick, wood, etc.) and the condition of the surface (wet, greasy, etc.). Termiticides are examples of insecticides with very long residual. They are applied in the soil under homes to prevent subterranean termites from attacking.

Nonresidual insecticides have no residual activity—they work now, then they are gone within a fairly short time. Pyrethrum (an extract from flowers) is an active ingredient in many nonresidual insecticides. Probably the most widely-used nonresidual insecticides are the aerosol sprays for flying and crawling insects. Nonresidual insecticides are also known as contact insecticides. In other words, you have to “hit” the bug with the spray in order for it to work.

Your highly trained Orkin Pest Specialist will develop a customized treatment plan which can use one or the other, or perhaps both types, depending on the situation. For further details or to arrange a visit by the Orkin Pest Specialist call your local Orkin branch office today.

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Orange Guard

Made from citrus peel extract, Orange Guard Home Pest Control kills and repels bugs for weeks! Great for use indoors or out against ants, roaches, fleas, silverfish and many other insect pests. Safe for use around food, people and pets. OMRI Listed for use in organic production.

• May be used around food, people and pets… without worry!
• Indoor/ outdoor formula — will NOT stain!
• Fresh citrus scent — NO chemical odor!
• Broad range contact insecticide — kills & repels!

In a recent study, Orange Guard reduced cockroach populations better than Dursban, the toxic ingredient in Raid®.

Available in quart sizes.


Indoor: Use directly on insect pests. Saturate area until visibly wet. Use stream setting on roaches, and for penetrating cracks and crevices. Spray in kitchens, pantries and under cabinets and appliances — anywhere insects hide! Apply to pet bedding to control fleas. Keeps repelling for weeks.

Outdoor: Spray perimeter of home generously to make a barrier for protection. Spray doorways, window frames, cracks — anywhere insects can enter. Saturate areas of trail or nests. Spray garbage cans, manure piles or any infested areas until visibly wet.

Active Ingredient:
d-Limonene (orange peel extract) ….. 5.8%

Inert Ingredients ….. 94.2%

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