Pest Control News

Thursday, 18 February 2016

10 Top Tips for Preventing Pests in the Kitchen

The kitchen is a hive of activity. From homework tasks being completed, to meals being cooked on a daily basis, the kitchen is a busy place that is also versatile and flexible. 
It is the place where food is stored, where pots are washed and stored too. It needs to be hygienically clean too and with this being a daily on-going battle in many homes, understanding that the kitchen can be a magnate for pests comes as a nasty shock. 
In fact, many people are surprised to learn that they could be sharing their kitchen with an unwanted pest right now – the four weevil, for example, is found in flour, rice and so on. 
There are many ways to prevent pests with the key lesson being constantly vigilant in the kitchen for anything that could cause a problem, or be attractive to certain kind of pests:
  1. Good habits – from clearing up immediately after preparing food, putting dirty dishes straight into the dishwasher and so on can all help make the kitchen a less attractive place to an opportunistic fly buzzing past, or an ant on the hunt for a sugary meal.
  2. Cans and jars – buying food in sealed containers often mean that they have undergone some kind of heat treatment. Likewise, pests find it nigh-on impossible to chew through metal and glass. 
  3. Keep as much food in the fridge and freezer as possible – not only will bugs find it harder to gain access to the inside of these appliances but few pests enjoy the cold. 
  4. Under the kitchen sink – pipes coming in and out of your property can present small crevices and holes that make perfect entry and exit points for pests. Seal them with caulk or foam. 
  5. Check window and door frames – there are all kinds of small holes that a pest can use to work their way into a property. Once you sealed under the sink, check window frames and door frames too. 
  6. Behind appliances – you may have sealed all the holes you can find but in some homes, pests still find their way in. Moving heavy appliances can reveal hidden holes that need sealing – mice, for example, can squeeze through a hole no bigger than a pencil…
  7. Clean. And clean again – for your own health, a hygienically clean kitchen is a must but, when it comes to preventing pests, it is simply essential. Keep the floor clean too!
  8. Rinse dishes – if the dishwasher is full or you don’t have time to wash up, rinse off dirty dishes. The less residue to attract a passing fly or insect the better. 
  9. Rubbish removal – although your kitchen may be spotless, if there is rubbish outside the backdoor etc. there is still something attractive for common pests. 
  10. Clean the cupboards – the flour weevil and other insects can live undetected for a long time in the dark crevices of a kitchen cupboard. Keep them hygienically clean too, with regular cleaning and keep an eye out for signs of pests, such as dead bugs or droppings. 

Pests are attracted to our homes as a result of push and pull factors. By making our homes less attractive and available to pests, we can stay pest-free as far as is possible. 

Friday, 5 February 2016

Could Flooding affect Pest Infestations in Your Area?

Many parts of the UK have been at the mercy of the elements this year. From strong gale force winds, to lashing rain, many people have been forced out of their homes. Flooding has affected many parts of the UK too this winter.
Just like humans forced from their homes by rising flood waters, animals too have been affected by the floodS waters. Some of these animals will find new places to live in their normal, natural habitat. Other pests, however, will look for a safe, dry place to nest that encroaches on our space – and this brings many hazards. 
Rats live in river banks and so on, but with the rising waters they will search inland for drier places to nest. This can mean taking up residence in garages, cellars, sheds and other outbuildings. Not only can they cause expensive and catastrophic damage, they also spread a bacterium that if ingested, can makes us ill. Death can also result too. 
So, as the winter weather passes the time has come to take a look at the exterior of your property, including gardens and outbuildings for signs of possible pest issues. It is also the time to take action to prevent possible issues too:
  • Check for holes in exterior walls of your property, including sheds, garages and so on – a mouse can squeeze through the smallest of holes, as can a rat, so sealing the whole as best you can with an appropriate material is the best move.
  • Check for holes around pipes too – gaps around pipes that run in and out of the home can also be small enough cervices for all kinds of pests to find their way inside. 
  • Check window frames – frames of some outbuildings will be single pane and also made from wood. Wood can soon rot, especially during times of flooding and heavy, incessant rain. This can make for easy access for many pests, including opportunistic rats. 
  • Tidy the garden – after a flood, tidying the garden might be the last thing on your list. But, with river levels often remaining high for some weeks after flooding, many pests are unable to return to their natural habitats. Thus, trimming the underside of bushes and removing rubbish etc. will help to make your garden less appealing to pests. 
  • Bins and compost heaps – anywhere where there is rotting rubbish, whether it is food or other rotting matter, there is the potential for a pest issue. From flies to rats, to rummaging foxes, making sure that your bins are sealed can be effective in making the exterior of your property less of a pest supermarket. 
  • Get rid of clutter – after a flood, many people will have a mountain of damaged goods and items that need to be removed from their property. As they dry out the interior, these items will often be removed to outside. Ensure that these are removed as quickly as possible to prevent possible infestations by creepy crawlies. 

The winter weather can cause an imbalance in the natural habitat of animals and birds, but can also encourage infestations by all kinds of insects. If in doubt or you need advice, call a pest control company like us!