Pest Control News

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

SOS Power Washing Services

Summer Garden Maintenance – Making the Best of Your Garden

Summer is a delightful time. Warmer temperatures mean we can peel away the layers of winter, throw open the windows and welcome warm sunshine into the home.
It’s also a chance to enjoy the garden too. Longer days also mean that tidying the gardening, pruning and weeding, as well as the weekly mow of the lawn, can happen with relative ease.
But, winter has left its mark. In fact, several winters have left their mark and as such, your garden, both the green lush borders and the hard-landscaped parts can look less than appealing.
The time has come to discover the effects of power washing.

What is power washing?

A garden hose is connected to a power washer, a piece of kit with a motor that ‘injects’ air into the water as well as pressure. This gives it incredible force and as such amazing cleaning powers perfect for everything from cleaning garden paths to washing the car.

What are the advantages?

·       Great results and quickly too – the drudgery of washing the car, scrubbing the deck and trying to clean the concrete driveway can take a long time, hours in some cases. Frankly, we all have better things to do with our time thus, some of these ‘jobs’ didn’t get done. With a power washing, these essential garden maintenance jobs can be done in minutes, not hours.
·       No soap needed! – to lift stubborn stains and the like, the substance needs’ breaking’ usually with a soap-like substance. However, because there is a force behind the water, it breaks the surface of the stain, effectively removing it.
·       Environmentally friendly – no soap means nothing to impact on the environment and because the water is aerated, it uses less water too to get great results.
·       Helps hard landscaping last longer – there are some substances that can affect the strength and integrity of some materials. Although a concrete driveway is tough and durable, it can crack or weaken. By keeping it clean, lifting stains and spills it not only looks better but in all probability, will last longer too.

Which areas of the garden benefit from power cleaning?

Power washing works on a variety of structures and materials. Because we are expert at power washing, we can use different settings and power range so that the material is not damaged.
For example, wooden decking structures need less force but you still want inground dirt and moss to be removed. With other materials such as stone flags, pavement flags and concrete, you can afford to have a stronger power wash but, too abrasive or concentrate in one spot for too long, and the top protective layer can be removed.

Best left to the professionals then…?

It is an essential summer garden maintenance job that can be carried out by our expert team. We have the experience and the skill to be able to carry out power washing of driveways, patios, garden paths and decking. Call our team to find out more!


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Summer Pests Part 4 – The Fly

Summer Pests Part 4 – The Fly

The summer picnic or the afternoon spent in the garden can be spoilt by a common pest – the fly. Buzzing about, they are a nuisance and a pest. They can spread disease when they land on food which is why getting rid of a fly problem is a must.

A Summer Problem

Although the blue bottle can be sizeable, the fly is relatively small and thus, when the cold of winter sets in, most flies die off. But before they do, they have laid hundreds of eggs all over the place so that when spring comes, the fly population thrives once more.
But which fly causes us the most problems? And how are maggots linked to flies?

The Problem with Flies

There are 120,00 identified species of flies across the globe, although it is thought there will be thousands more yet to be discovered.
However, there are many common flies that we deal with including the crane fly – you may call it a daddy long legs – as well as horse flies and sand flies. Although no flies are venomous or poisonous in the UK, they do bite, leaving us with itchy, swelling red lumps.
Here are two flies we deal with:

·      The Bluebottle or Blow Fly

This has an iridescent blue streak on its back that makes it instantly recognisable. Up to half an inch in length, it lays eggs that hatch into larvae within 18 hours. Preferring meat substances, it will try to lay its eggs in meat and sometimes cheeses too.

·      The Cluster Fly

The cluster fly prefers the quieter areas of your home, such as the attic. You can tell it’s a cluster fly if, when it is at rest on a windowsill etc., its wings overlap.
It lays its eggs in late summer in soil, with the larvae developing in earthworms, they host for several days. They moult and pupate in the soil, only leaving the soil when they are mature enough. They survive the winter by finding warm places to shelter – like your attic.

 And maggots are related how…?

The fly lays an egg which hatches within hours in some cases, or over a month later. How long depends on both the species and the temperature. Most fly eggs hatch into larvae, a protective sack that allows the young fly to develop. The maggot is the milky-white capsule that you see wriggling about on rotting carcasses.
As they pupate, the skin darkens and becomes hard. It is from this reddish-brown case that the fly emerges, as this fascinating piece of film shows.

Flies Can and Must Be Prevented

They are unsanitary insects, landing on poop and rotting meat one minute and on you and your food the next.
But, flies are an important indicator that there is something in the local environment that is ‘not right’. This could be an animal carcass or over-flowing bins, or problems with the sewers.
As a pest control company, we don’t come along and just ‘swat flies’ – we find out what the problem is and deal with that too.

Don’t suffer with flies this summer – call us.