Monthly Archives: January 2015
PEST UK has just completed the 3rd visit of a 4 visit rat treatment at the Waste Re Cycling Plant in Reading. On the first visit we re baited existing baits and then installed 40 more in the areas where rats were able to access the bait. As I said in previous blogs, the previous company had put bait boxes around the perimeter in exposed places (rats don’t like crossing open places) which only exposed a very, very small proportion of the rat population to the poison baits. On the second visit (one week later) a high percentage of the baits had been taken many with full takes.
In normal situations full takes are not desirable but internally we were using Brodifacoum which only requires very small amounts to kill many rats. So instead of large bait points we laid more smaller bait points. On the second visit we found many dead rats and workers at the plant reported seeing many dead and dyeing rats. On the third (one week later) much of the site had not activity on the bait points. Full takes were restricted to small patches internally. There was one problem area which will be easily sorted providing we get co operation from the management of the site. The problem is that there are two bays where general rubbish is dumped and stored before being transported to landfill. The rubbish pile is not emptied completely which means rats can live and feed within the tip without coming into contact with the baits. The nearest baits are placed either side of the rubbish in concrete A Frames. If the site management allow the bays to empty one or twice a week then the rats will seek cover in the A frames and then eat the bait and die. This needs to be part of a regular program. Next week will be the 4th and final visit of the treatment and we expect to find even less rat activity. We are quite proud of the success so far at dealing with Rats at this Waste Re-Cycling Plant – a particularly challenging site.
Rats – BPCA Advice
We have started works at a waste re cycling plant in Reading, Berkshire with a severe rat problem. Although quite modern the plant is heavily infested with rats. This is mainly down to ineffective control by the previous pest control contractor. They have put plenty of rat baits and boxes down but most in the wrong place. As with a lot of pest control companies, bait boxes are put where: 1. The customer can see them (the customer may be paying for each box), 2. Where the technician can easily get to the box to re fill and service it but unfortunately 3. not where the majority of the rats will have access to the bait box. This type of baiting is unnecessary and in fact illegal as poison baits should not be used as a monitor but only used to eradicate an existing problem. On a site such as this the rat infestation may never disappear but fluctuate in its severity. In these circumstances the baits need to be put where the rats are living and feeding. You will get takes of perimeter baits but these are often rats either moving out of the site or less dominant rats that have been expelled by dominant rats from the areas where the food it ~(the centre of the building). Last week (8/1/15) we re baited the external bait points, baited under the 2 weigh bridges and heavily baited internally around the walls (rats are living in between the walls and steel cladding and in the concrete A frames as well as in the plant machinery. We used Vertex (Brodifacoum inside and Sakarat (Bromadiolone) outside. We are making another 3 visits at weekly intervals before starting the contract proper. The advantage we have over other sites we have done of a similar nature is that the building is quite new although there are ample places within the structure of the building for rats to live in. We are visiting for the 2nd visit tomorrow (16/1) and will report back on progress then.
Rats – BPCA Advice
BPCA Advice Pest Control Contracts
As the Winter progresses wasp problems get fewer but are still there. At PEST UK we get less calls about wasp problems in January than in December. This is because by January the Queen Wasps (& Queen Hornets) are in ‘proper’ hibernation. The fertile Queens of both wasps and hornets are the only forms to survive the Winter. No nests function in the Winter. They have all died out, cannot be re used and these Queen Wasps and Hornets all attempt to make new nests in the Spring. They can cause problems in houses when they are disturbed by fluctuations in artificial heat and light. Although lofts provide a safe easy place to hibernate they are susceptible to artificial light and heat which can ‘fool’ the Queen wasps or Hornets to come out of hibernation. In most cases most reported problems of wasps and hornets in January are actually Queen Wasps but many people think they are hornets due to their size.
If Queen Wasps and Hornets are causing problems then it is possible to treat either by using an insecticide ‘fog’ in the loft and/or a residual insecticide spray to walls and ceilings. Treatments such as these will not eliminate the problem but certainly reduce it. An insecticide ‘Fog’ is applied to large voids such as lofts using a Fogging machine. This is similar to using a massive can of fly spray. The disadvantage of this compared to surface spraying is that it is not very residual but for a residual insecticide surface spray to work the surfaces have to be generally smooth, clean and dust free, not the types of conditions you get in a loft. Any wasps that crawl over the surfaces treated with the residual insecticide spray or come into contact with the insecticide fog will absorb the insecticide and die but due to the Queen Wasps having a slow metabolism at this time of year this may take some time.
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