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5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Pest Control

5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Pest Control

Spring cleaning is about more than letting in the fresh air and getting a home ready for summer. Spring cleaning can also be an important step in a pest control management project. By completing some basic cleaning tasks, a person can protect his or her home from attracting insects, rodents, and other pests; which means no call-outs from a local pest control company.

1. Keeping Your Kitchen Clean & Tidy

The kitchen is the area of a home most likely to draw pests for one simple reason: that is where the food is kept. An important part of spring cleaning is to pull out appliances and clean under and behind them to remove any spilled food that may be present. A clean kitchen is an important part of any pest control plan.

 

As an added bonus, dust and other grime can be cleaned off of the refrigerator’s coils when it is pulled away from the wall. This will help it to run more efficiently and use less energy.

2. Clean Bedroom

For many bugs, the dead skin that makes up a significant portion of household dust is an attractive meal. To prevent attracting these insects into the bedroom, it is important to not only clean bed linens on a regular basis, but also to clean the mattress and box springs. Vacuuming these items during a spring cleaning can help to make pest control efforts successful.

3. Exterior Cleaning

To prevent bugs and rodents from entering a home, it is important to keep them away from the home. Removing accumulations of sticks and other yard debris will prevent pests from using them for homes. Gutters can also clog with debris and make an attractive home for some insects, so they should be cleaned as well. Standing water is another sure bug attractant. Remove any sources of water in the yard or under a home.

4. De-Clutter Your House

Getting rid of unneeded items is a great task for spring cleaning. Getting rid of clutter will provide more room in a home while removing places where pests like to live. This is especially true in basements and other unfinished areas where moisture can build up on boxes and other materials and provide a fertile home for a variety of critters. Old clothes, paper, and forgotten trash can also draw insects and rodents. 

5. Pay Attention

While completing spring cleaning, keep an eye out for areas of the home that may be drawing insects and rodents or maybe allowing them to enter the home. Removing these sources of easy entry will increase the odds of a pest control project’s success. For example, holes and cracks between walls and floors need to be filled to prevent easy access into the home. A homeowner should also check the screens in the home’s windows before opening the windows to air out the house.

 

Water leaks are another area of concern to look for while cleaning. Whether it is a roof leak or a leaking sink, water is a natural draw for unwanted pests. If leaks are found in the home, they need to be fixed as part of the homeowner’s pest control efforts.

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How to Eliminate and Control Black House Ants around the Home

How to Eliminate and Control Black House Ants around the Home

Many homes suffer from black house ant infestations. This post will outline the ants, their habitat, biology, and ways to eliminate them from your home and garden.

Description

The black house ant (Ochetellus glaber) is a small, biting at that is deep black in color which often has a blue-green iridescence. They usually grow to about 3 mm in length and live in large colonies. Notably, they have bent antennae, which differentiate them from termites. They are a nuisance, especially around the home, because they like to accumulate in large numbers around unprotected foodstuff. The ants also give off a strong odor when crushed.

Habitat

Black house ants are commonly found in and around cone-shaped sand piles in the pavement, lawn edges, and gardens. However, they often nest within structures and enter the home through small openings in window frames, doors, and cracks. They are mainly attracted to food that contains sugar, but will eat fat and protein-based foods if required. The black house ant is a common pest throughout many parts of Australia and is most active during the summer.


Biology

Black house ants are commonly found in and around cone-shaped sand piles in the pavement, lawn edges, and gardens. However, they often nest within structures and enter the home through small openings in window frames, doors, and cracks. They are mainly attracted to food that contains sugar, but will eat fat and protein-based foods if required. The black house ant is a common pest throughout many parts of Australia and is most active during the summer.


How to Limit Infestation:

Remove all soiled food containers from around the home and rinse before disposal.

●            Thoroughly clean all household surfaces, particularly areas that may have been exposed to sugar-containing products.

●            Tightly seal all food containers, including pet food cans, etc.

●            Clean pet areas, including putting water moats around their food bowls.

●            Keep all areas around the home (especially where food is present) as dry as possible. Eliminate standing water, fix leaky taps and increase ventilation, etc.

●            Elevate pot plants and eradicate aphids.

●            Flexible seal concrete paving joints.

●            Ensure joints, cracks, crevices, and electrical pipe conduit entry points around the household are filled and sealed.

●            Make sure trees and shrubs are not touching the house and remove rotting wood.

●            Ensure there are no objects stacked against the exterior of the house.

●            Increase the depth of landscaping mulch.

 

If these tips do not assist in minimizing the black house ants around your home, there are professional options that will help. Call your local pest control expert for more information.

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How to Keep Bed Bugs from Your Bed

How to Keep Bed Bugs from Your Bed

Bed bugs – the dreaded insect – are making an alarming comeback. A few years ago, bedbugs were simply the bugs of myth from the old nursery rhyme:

“Good night, sleep tight

Don’t let the bed bugs bite.”

 

However, the increase in international travel and a few unfortunate carry-ons has lead to a resurgence of bed bugs in the UK and other civilized countries. Luckily, there are many ways to reduce your chances of finding the unwelcome critters in your bed, and plenty of ways to get rid of them once they arrive.

4 Ways to Prevent Bedbug Infestations:

Since bed bugs are now a common pest in the United Kingdom, it is harder to prevent the spread of the insect. Luckily, there are some steps you can take that will reduce your chances of exposure. Try the following methods to reduce your chances of getting infected:

Bed casings: Many mattress stores and bed stores sell bed casings for your mattress. These casings are airtight cases and do not allow the bugs to reach the mattress. If the bugs cannot find a home, they will not bother you.

Wash bedding: Washing your bedding frequently can deter the presence of bed bugs. Bed bugs prefer dirty bedding that allows them to live in the dark corners of the bed. If you wash your bedding and encourage exposure to the light, the bugs may never visit your room.

Install a climb-up monitor: A climb-up monitor prevents the bugs from climbing up to your mattress at all. This is a handy tool to use after you know you have been exposed to the critters.

 

Check your hotel room: Before you unpack your things at a hotel, pull the bedding off of the bed. Check the mattress crevices for signs of bugs or their feces. If you notice anything suspicious, demand a new room.

How to Spot An Infestation:

Spotting an infestation is easy. Simply watch out for the following signs:

●            Small, unexplained bites on your arms, legs, or other sensitive areas (often in a straight line)

●            Dark spots on the mattress, bedding, or sofa cushions

●            Tiny, flat, brown bugs the size of a pinhead walking around on your mattress or sofa

●            Dark spots around the seams of a mattress


Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs:

Getting rid of bed bugs is not that difficult, but if you do not completely eradicate the entire colony of bugs, they will come back.

●            Remove all bedding and wash as hot as possible. Dry in direct sunlight.

●            Vacuum up all the little bugs you can find.

●            Air out the mattress for several days outdoors in direct sunlight.

●            Sleep somewhere else.

●            Hire a professional pest remover to lay poison for the bugs.

●            Lay luggage in direct sunlight for several days.

You can also prevent a bug attack by purchasing a mattress that is resistant to bed bugs. Usually, these beds have a special casing to prevent bed exposure or are treated with a material that is repellant to bed bugs.

 

Bed bugs are not fun, but with the proper steps, you can prevent the infestation or fix it within just a few days. If you follow these steps, your bed will remain bug-free for as long as you own it.

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LIVE HONEYBEE REMOVAL What to expect…

LIVE HONEYBEE REMOVAL What to expect…

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Have you been informed of when we are coming to conduct the treatment?

If you are unsure when we will be arriving to carry out your treatment, please give us a call on 01483 273 478

Before we arrive

Is there anything I need to do before the technicians arrive?

Yes. Depending on where the bees are located, you may be required to clear certain areas of your property so that we can access them properly. This may include furniture or possessions which may be in the way of the area our technicians need to work. It will make our work a lot quicker and more efficient on the day if the area is clear. 

If there are access requirements such as cherry pickers or scaffolding, have you been informed of their arrival?

We make every effort to keep you informed through every step of your Live Honeybee Extraction, if you have not heard from us regarding access, please contact us as soon as possible.

Why is the access scaffolding or tower being delivered/ erected a few days before the removal?

A tower or scaffolding may be delivered/erected a few days before the removal to ensure there is no delays on the day of removal. There may also be a ladder for scaffolding left in the garden

On the day

Notify neighbours

A safe work area will be blocked off  for safety reasons and to ensure passers by are not stung. Please notify your neighbors beforehand of the removal to avoid any inconvenience.

Access to the house/building

We will need access to the house/building in case of honeycomb or bees coming down into the house.

Can I have the honey?

We can not give you any honey as we legally cannot guarantee it is safe to eat.

After Treatment

Why can I still see bee activity after the extraction has been completed?

Foraging bees which have been out collecting nectar whilst the removal was being carried out will return to the colony. Providing that proofing works have been conducted, they cannot get back in and they may cluster together near the original entrance or be hanging around the area attempting to gain entry. These will disperse over course of the next few weeks. External colonies will also be attracted to the strong smell of honey now that the area has been opened up, they will be attempting to steal the honey residue. (Why make it yourself, when you can steal it?)

 

When do I need to pay the balance of my outstanding bill?

Once all the works have been confirmed and completed as per your individual quotation, we will contact you for payment, alternatively you can contact us and get your final bill paid.

When will the scaffold/ cherry picker be removed?

Once all works have been completed, a quality check has been performed and final payment received, then we will arrange to have the access removed for you. We will inform you when they will be arriving to remove the scaffold or cherry picker

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PEST TREATMENT What to expect…

PEST TREATMENT What to expect…

Have you been informed of when we are coming to conduct the treatment?

If you are unsure when we will be arriving to carry out your treatment, please give us a call on 01483 273 478

Before we arrive

Is there anything I need to do before the technicians arrive?

Yes. Depending on where pest species are located, you may be required to clear certain areas of your property so that we can access them properly. This may include furniture or possessions which may be up against the wall in each room to be treated, our technicians will need to spray along skirting boards and edges of any rooms where the pests are hiding.  It will make our work more effective and efficient on the day if the area is clear and all large furniture is moved. The treatment will not be as effective if we cannot treat these areas.

Do I need to be out the house during the treatment?

Yes. You are required to be out of the house on the day for the entirety of the treatment process and up to 4 hours AFTER the treatment has been completed. This is due to the risk of inhaling or coming into physical contact with the chemicals used. Our technicians are fully trained and equipped to use these chemicals.  We will inform you when the treatment has been completed and when you will be safe to enter the property again.

Do my pets need to be out of the house too?

Yes. Any pets must also be out of the house during treatment as they are as much at risk as you are. Please arrange before the date of your treatment for any pets to be out of the property once the technicians arrive.

I have had Clothes Moth in my wardrobes/drawers, what do I need to do with my clothing?

Although we can provide insecticidal treatments to any rooms and loft spaces, we may not necessarily be able to treat clothing directly. It is best practice to wash these items yourself at a high temperature (60 degrees). Please check they will not damage in a hot was beforehand. Alternatively get them professionally dry cleaned or you can freeze the items by placing them in a chest freezer or equivalent for one week. This will ensure that any adult moths or eggs are eradicated without the need for professional grade insecticide.

I have bed bugs, do I need to throw my mattress away?

It is not necessary to throw out mattresses that have bed bugs. Treatments and special mattress covers are available to solve the problem. For more information call us on 01483 273 478

After Treatment

What do I need to do once the treatment has been completed?

Depending on the treatment provided it may be necessary to be out of the house for up to 4 hours once the treatment has been conducted. Try to avoid the areas treated where possible, although it is safe to enter the house and the residual sprays should be dry, the active chemical ingredient will still be present on the surfaces, this is to ensure that any insects that crawl over the treated area come into contact with the insecticide and will be active for 12 weeks-6 months to ensure continued results. If any surfaces are still wet, avoid contact until dry.

Can I clean the area after treatment?

No. To ensure that the treatment is as effective as possible, it is advised that you do not hoover or clean the treated areas for as long as possible or at least a minimum of 4 weeks. This ensures that the treatment has enough time to work and that the insects come into contact with the treatment.

My property has been treated for Bed Bugs; do I need to stay out of the house?

No. When treating Beg Bugs it is very important that you stay in the house after treatment. Bed Bugs feed on blood and will come out at night and feed on whoever is in the bed at the time, if no one is present the eggs and adults can lay dormant for up to 1 year until they detect the presence of food, this means that they won’t come into contact with the treatment and therefore any infestation will not be eradicated. This means it is vital for the success rate of the treatment that you stay living in your house and sleep in your bed.

I have had a flea treatment done, but I am still seeing fleas around.

It is normal to see activity for up to 4 weeks after treatments. This is a normal minimum active life span of the treatment. Therefore additional treatments are pointless within this time frame. After treatment it may seem to make the problem worse, this is due to the insecticide agitating the insect. When controlling pests, both physical and pesticide treatment should be used where possible.

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WASP & HORNET TREATMENT What to expect…

WASP & HORNET TREATMENT What to expect…

Have you been informed of when we are coming to conduct the treatment?

If you are unsure when we will be arriving to carry out your treatment, please give us a call on 01483 273 478

Before we arrive

Is there anything I need to do before the technicians arrive?

Yes. Our technician needs access to the area where the nest is located in order to conduct the treatment. This includes opening side gates to access rear gardens or informing us of any gate codes if you are not going to be in. If the nest is located in the loft DO NOT open the loft hatch, as the wasps or hornets will be attracted to the light and can come down into the house.  It is best to steer clear of any nests as the wasps/hornets inside can be very aggressive. Our technicians have the correct protective clothing to prevent stings so please leave them to deal with the nest and do not approach the area.

Do I need to be in the house during the treatment?

Yes. Even if the nest is located on the outside of the building, it is important that we can still access inside. Our technicians will need to see what is on the other side of the wall or part of the building where the nest is located to ensure that no chemicals leak into the building accidentally. If it is in an uninhabited area where this does not apply e.g. hanging from a shed or in the ground, then inside access is not applicable.

How does the treatment work?

The treatment will be directly applied to the nest using specialist equipment. This is usually in powder or liquid form and applied via a pump or aerosol. There are several types of insecticide used in professional pest control services, these include but are not limited to:

  • Ficam D – This is a Bendiocarb that works by disrupting the normal functions of an insect’s nervous system and may kill them by either contact or ingestion.
  • Vulcan P5DP – This is a natural Pyrethrin product that works again by affecting the nerve cells of the insect causing hyperexcitation which causes loss of motor coordination.
  • Diatomaceous Earth – This is a fine powder made of natural sedimentary rock, clays and minerals, it works by absorbing the lipids from the exoskeleton of the insect. This exoskeleton acts as a barrier to avoid the loss of water, contact with DE damages this layer and causes dehydration.

After Treatment

Why am I hearing increased activity after the technicians have been?

It is not unusual to still see activity up to 7-10 days after treatment, this is due to the adult wasp who have come into contact with the insecticide dying off, but the eggs inside have not. These then hatch and grow into adult wasps, they will then leave their cells and come into contact with the insecticide and die off. This process itself takes several days.

As you can imagine the wasps/hornets probably aren’t too happy about their nest being poked and prodded, so it is best to stay well away from any treated nest. Even the presence of the pest control technician will agitate them. The activity levels will also be dependent on the insecticide used, Vulcan P5DP for example causes hyperexcitation in the insect by increasing its metabolism making them much more active.

I have had the nest treated, but the dead nest is still there, does this need removing?

No. Once all the activity in the nest has ceased and it is effectively ‘dead’ then there is no harm in leaving the nest where it is. If you wish to have it removed permanently then, for an additional fee, we can remove the entire nest for you, DO NOT try and remove the nest yourself, it will still contain the insecticide used and the appropriate personal protective equipment must be worn. This is also ‘contaminated waste’ and must be disposed of by a registered disposal company.

It has been 7-10 days since the treatment, but I am still seeing activity, what should I do?

All wasp or hornet nests that we treat carry a guarantee for the entire season (July-October). If after the 7-10-day grace period, you are still seeing activity in the treated nest then please contact us to get this retreated for free!

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