Pest Control News

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Spring Cleaning – The Effective Pest Control Method!

As winter nears its end, the temperature will start to creep up, the days become longer and we can start to uncoil ourselves from our winter clothes and coats. 
Although the winter of 2015 in Britain may not have been endless days and nights of sub-zero temperature, but weeks and months of rain, spring can be a time that we throw open the doors and windows. Reinvigorated, we can set about making all kinds of changes including the annual spring clean. 
The tradition of the spring clean has its roots in centuries past. Some experts suggest it is linked to the preparation for the Jewish festival, Passover but others say that it re-dates this, with its roots being in the Persian calendar. The spring clean is these times meant to ‘shake the house’, removing the staleness of winter. 
Regardless of its origins, the spring clean is the perfect opportunity to practice pest prevention in and around the home. Just like us humans, pests of all kinds are also waking from their winter hiatus and hibernation thus, ensuring that your property, including the garden, is attractive to the right bugs and birds – and not to rodents, bees, wasps and so on. 
  • Seal holes and cracks
As you tidy the exterior of your home, if you notice any damage such as holes etc., either take steps to fill and seal them, or buy in the services of a local builder or property maintenance firm. These holes, no matter how small, can be the entry points for all kinds of pests into the home. 
  • General maintenance
Leaks and other issues also need to be dealt with these as these too can be attractive to some kinds of pests. 
  • Sheds and garages
Look out for lone queen wasps buzzing around sheds, garages, the porch and so on in early spring. The mated queen will be looking for somewhere to start building her nest for the coming summer. But, if do spot one, always seek the professional services of a pest control technician. 
  • Clean the bins!
Wheelies bins, food collection buckets and so on can become clogged and smelly with food detritus and debris. As this food breaks down, it gives off a smell that is putrid to our nostrils but a delicious aroma to flies. Take advantage of the warmer weather to power hose wheelie bins and so on. 
  • Spring clean the kitchen cupboards
Clean the kitchen cupboards and pantry thoroughly with hot water and some form of detergent. Not the most popular of jobs but spilt food, jars that have spoiled contents and so on can be attractive to various pests. The humble ant, hungry after its long winter underground can detect sweet smelling items and with the aid of its colleagues, will attempt to take as much of it back to the colony as possible. 

With pests being opportunistic in their behaviour, removing some of the attractions can be one of the most effective pest control measures you can take. 

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Pests and Bin Collections – Will Proposed Three-Weekly Bin Collections Affect Pest Infestations?

Several years ago, many local authorities reduced the bin collections to once a fortnight, much to the chagrin of many householders. However, it has now become routine and with more people recycling, it seems to have hit the mark.
But, many councils are now thinking of reducing the collection of waste bins from once a fortnight to once every three weeks; one Scottish council is considering a monthly collection
Whilst this may be hitting and surpassing tight recycling goals, it may be present another issue – an increase or surge in pest control issues. 
Pests are everywhere. But some more than others can present real issues and hazards to the householder. Unless people are educated on pest prevention, and hardware such as wheelie bins, compost bins and so on re robust and pest-proof as far as possible, it could present issues for both householders and local authorities alike. 
Is it a ‘ticking time bomb’?
Read any national newspaper, and you will find all kinds of articles suggesting that proposed changes in the frequency of bin collections will add to the woes of householders fighting off pests in their backyards. 
It is true that rotting rubbish and organic matter can attract certain kinds of pests – foxes rummaging through bins of a night, flies laying eggs in rotting food, rats and mice enjoying the content of the compost, the bin or anything left lying around – and so making sure that the contents of bins are well-sealed is important. 
Is poisoning areas the answer?
As well-sealed as bins may be, pests can gnaw their way through most materials and thus, in certain areas where pests are allowed un challenged access to food and waste, their numbers can soon multiply. 
Once an infestation of some pests become rooted in an area, they can be difficult to control and eradicate. Prevention is, in many cases, is the answer but even this can have issues. 
Up until recent years, the answer to many pests was to lay poison in and area, step back and allow it to takes it course. But, there was a hidden issue – secondary poisoning. This meant that the rat or mouse would slink off to die, but its carcass would then be devoured by another animals or bird. The poison would still be active and cause the animal or bird to also be poisoned. 
Clearly, non-target species were also bearing the brunt of poisoning practices. 
The answer?
Making sure that bins and other recycling boxes etc. are in a good state of repair, and are also cleaned on a regular basis are both important and effective steps in warding off unwanted vermin.

Spotting signs of problems early and have the issue dealt with a professional pest control technician also forms part of prevention and control.