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Monday, 17 April 2017

Dealing with Bedbugs – Surely the Vacuum Will Do It?


Dealing with Bedbugs – Surely the Vacuum Will Do It?

Your questions on dealing with bedbugs answered.

Is there a bedbug epidemic in the UK?

Bedbugs were once rife, especially in thriving cities such as London. It was estimated that most homes in 1930s London were bedbug infested.
With concerted efforts on how to get rid of bedbugs, the problem was largely eradicated by mid-20th Century across the country.
But, the bedbug made a comeback in the 1980s and, it’s fair to say that the number of cases has been steadily increasing. Bedbugs are not just a problem in London, but in homes across the country and, it must be said, the world.

Are they a sign of poor hygiene?

No. The bedbug is an opportunist and despite it leaving itchy bites on the human body, its ingenuity should be admired.
The bedbug doesn’t fly and it is minute, with fully grown adults being the shape of a lentil. Eggs are difficult to spot, but super-sticky so they cling to where they are laid and young bedbugs are tiny.
Bedbug hitch a lift on clothing. The increased opportunities for domestic and international travel have meant the bedbug has more chances to find their way into our homes, hotels, cafes, bars, business premises, wherever people and warm-blooded animals may be.
It may be possible that the washing of clothes and bed linen in environmentally-friendly lower temperatures of 30° could be contributing to their numbers. Bedlinen, for example, if washed on 60° or more can zap bedbug adults, young and eggs.

Does vacuuming the mattress regularly make a difference?

Yes and no. Vacuuming sucks up insects but not eggs, which are very tough and stick to the mattress.
Also, there are other areas in the house where bedbugs lurk. For example, crevices in walls, behind electric wall sockets and so on. Vacuuming thoroughly and often will help but, there are things you need to consider;
·        Vacuuming doesn’t get kill bedbugs.
·       The type of vacuum is important – for example, those with HEPA filters may trap the young and adults in the filter, thus they remerge into the home if not washed out of the filter with hot water.
·       Not emptying the vacuum after you have used it means the bedbugs simply crawl out and back into the home.

Is professional pest control for bedbugs very expensive?

Our pest control services are affordable and we are always mindful of people’s budgets. But, we also want people to be able to live comfortably in their homes, and not be at the mercy of a tiny critter that found its way into your home on the bottom of your suitcase.
Using professional pest control for bedbugs means;
·     More effective treatment – there is NO silver bullet treatment when it comes to bedbugs. It takes knowledge, it takes time, it takes treatments not available for you to buy over the counter and, more importantly, it takes deep cleaning, and the application of heat.
·        Less stressful and strenuous – we do a lot of the work so you don’t have to!
·      Better advice – we always leave our customers with prevention advice and a guarantee (if it doesn’t work the first time, we come back again!)

Bedbugs are no laughing matter and can be a serious problem. Why not call us and ask about our effective, but discreet pest control service for bedbugs and more?

Monday, 3 April 2017

Could ‘Green’ Pest Control Be the Future?


Could ‘Green’ Pest Control Be the Future?

Pest control is a profession that is changing beyond all recognition.
For example, many years ago, the pest controller was styled as an urban ‘game keeper’. They kept all kinds of animals and bugs at bay, using whatever method they felt fit.
This meant laying poison and walking away, in most cases.
But, it became clearer that as a society, we no longer want everything removed or exterminated at all costs. The law dictates that no bird or animal should suffer unnecessarily. Likewise, it was found that other non-target species were being killed or hurt in our pursuit of getting rid of ‘a pest’.
Laws and regulations have changes. The pest controller is a professional with increasing responsibilities at a time when we are no longer willing to tolerant pests, and want them dealt with quickly, safely, humanely and responsibly.

The ‘Green’ Option

Recycling, upcycling, living in harmony with our surroundings rather than stripping it of everything that is valuable, is now a way of life for all of us. It has filtered across many avenues in our daily life
and it is now working its way into pest control. Although some pest controllers have long maintained that they have been contributing to looking after the environment.
The green pest control movement is not about not using poison or live traps – it means using these sparingly. It’s about more than that.
Rather than being labelled as green pest control, the pest control profession is calling it Integrated Pest Control Management. But what is it?

Integrated Pest Control Management – the Facts

Pest control in many ways, is the response of a professional to a call for help from domestic and business customers ‘under siege’ from a particular pest, whether it is a bedbug infestation or rats in the basement.
Clearly, there are pests that need dealing with quickly and efficiently – like rodents. This is one part of the job.
The second part of the job is prevention advice, making changes that will impact on stopping it happening again, or reducing the frequency and scale of an infestation.
And there is a third part – pest proofing, management and control, which doesn’t necessarily mean eradication or extermination. This is because integrated pest control management is an understanding that although a pest, these animals, birds and bugs are an important part of our living and breathing earth.
We just don’t want them living in our homes, sharing our beds and wrecking our environment.

How is Integrated Pest Management ‘Green’?

When pest control is managed with a proactive approach from a qualified pest control company and its technicians, the use of insecticides and pesticides can be reduced by a whopping 90%.
By promoting how to prevent pests in and around properties, domestic and business, pests can be less of a problem.

Green pest control and integrated pest control management is about information, advice and prevention, something that many professional pest controllers have been doing for a long time.