DIY Pest Control
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Hibernating Wasps & Bees:
Soon PEST UK will be selling more pest control products to the public. We don’t really like to do this as we believe that, in most cases it is better that pest control is left to professionally trained people. The reason for this is that we see many so many DIY attempts at pest control where poisons or traps have been incorrectly used, which can lead to extreme suffering for the targeted animal and/or non target species being accidentally poisoned, killed or injured in traps. The problem is that most pest control products can be bought (sometimes not legally) over the internet.
If you do want to attempt your own pest control, then please buy your products from an expert. The products we sell are all safe for DIY use and we will give advice on how they should be used to get the best result, and protect family and pets. We always recommend that the treatments should be carried out by a qualified person.
More Queen Bumble Bees have been seen over the weekend. Yesterday’s (Sunday) sunshine has brought them out. Really for our point of view it would be good to have three to four weeks of cold weather to keep the Queen Wasps and Queen Bumble Bees in hibernation until the Spring proper. If they come out of hibernation too early then the likelihood of them building nests that survive until the Summer are much reduced. Colder weather will also increase the number of rodent related calls.
In the British Pest Control News recently, there was an article about the danger in certain conditions of Cluster Flies enervating tall buildings in their hundreds of thousands and apart from the nuisance value there can also be dreadful smells from rotting fly bodies. PEST UK has seen a similar situation on a tower block in Bracknell. We treat this building every year and the volume of flies is amazing to see.
Non Toxic Chemical Free Monitors for Bed Bugs:
Bed Bug infestations have increased dramatically in the past few years. Fifteen years ago we would only do one or two treatments a year but now we carry out several hundred treatments for Bed Bugs in a year.Bed Bug infestations often leave little or no trace, just the bites. This is because they only come out at night, usually when you are asleep. If you live in the UK, and you wake up in the morning with bites, then it’s probably bed bugs.
PEST UK now stock Toxic Monitor Packs to check for bed bugs.
These monitors work by emitting heat and carbon dioxide and then trap the insects on a sticky pad. These insects are then identified by a member of the PEST UK team – this can be done almost immediately by emailing us a photo. Perfect for landlords and for guest houses and hotels, these monitors are a simple and effective way of making sure your premises are bug free.
These monitors are not s a method of control, but simply a way of identifying the problem. If you suspect you have bedbugs them give us a call on 0800 026 0308 or email [email protected]
BPCA Bed Bugs
DIY Pest Control, Wasps & Rodenticides :
Many people try and carry out pest control themselves, some succeed but many don’t. I will tell a few instances.
I was called out to a house in Caversham, Reading to deal with a wasp nest. When I arrived I was directed to the garden where there was a burnt out shed and thousands of angry wasps. The occupier had discovered a wasp nest in his shed and decided the best way was to douse the nest in petrol and set light to it. The shed burned down but the wasp nest survived. A less dramatic job involving a wasp treatment was a lady in Wokingham, Berkshire who had a nest in the cavity wall of her house. She went to B & Q for advice and they gave her some expanding foam to block the entrance of the nest. This she did but the wasps then found another exit route which happened to be in her kitchen. They were angry and she was stung quite badly. Blocking up the entrance to a wasp or bee nest is the most common mistake when people try to treat wasp nest. This usually just a nuisance that leads to stings rather than poisoning of wildlife and other animals that the misuse of insecticides and rodenticides in other cases can lead to.
On a more serious note it can be possible (but illegal) to buy rodenticides and insecticides that are passed for professional use over the internet. At PEST UK we have seen many, many instances where rodenticides (rat, mouse or squirrel poison) have been used in a manner where birds, cats, dogs and other wildlife have been poisoned. I have seen rat poison thrown onto a lawn loose with no thought to other animals. It was ‘sown’ amongst the bird food (also scattered on the lawn & bird table). If controlling clever animals as rodents or destroying wasp nests, removing bee nests, trapping moles, trapping squirrels, treating ants etc was that easy then pest control companies would not exist.
DIY Pest Control Methods for rats, mice and squirrels:
We regularly get information from courses we attend or just word of mouth that the general public are reluctant to use professionals to treat rodent infestations. Their motive could be due to the perception that it could be costly to use a professional for help or the homeowner simply wants to attempt a treatment themselves. There are a few reasons as to why DIY pest treatments are not worth your time or money:
– Do not purchase sonic technology to deter rodents or foxes – THEY SIMPLY DO NOT WORK!!. You will pay quite a bit of money for a device that will just sit there collecting dust. We have been on a course where a manufacturer of these sonic devices put one in a room full of rats, the outcome showed many rats crawling over the device. They do not work so please do not waste your money.
– It is widely believed that traps will remove any rat or mouse problem in a household, this is false. You will not control an infestation with traps. Mice and rats typically give birth every 24 to 28 days and a litter size for rats is usually between 6-11 with mice producing 5-6 in a litter. You will therefore need a considerable amount of traps to attempt to combat this. You will also have to constantly re-set them should you get lucky. Both mice and rats are far too intelligent for them anyway and will keep away from them should they witness another getting caught. Rats are Neophobic and will be very reluctant to go near a new object that has been placed in their harbourage area. We would only use traps as a monitoring device or in conjunction with bait.
– Baiting for rodents is the only way to control an infestation. Bait is widely available for the general public which may seem appealing for a homeowner to purchase and deal with the problem themselves. There is some issues with this option though. Rodent control is never just a case of laying bait and walking away from the area in question. Looking at the overall picture as to why they are there in the first place and how they are getting access is far more essential. You need to know how much bait to put down, where to put it, how to put it down and also what else needs to be addressed.
I would advice anybody who believes they can do it themselves to leave it to the professionals. You could find yourself spending lots of money and just giving the rodents longer to increase their population.
Snails, Bed Bugs & DIY Insecticides:
Below are a couple of pictures of snails using our bait boxes for a hibernation site for the Winter. We have had Rats, Mice, Wasp, Bumble Bees, Frogs, Toads even Grass Snakes using bait boxes as cover or nesting sites. Because the poison bait the box contains takes up to 10 days to kill rats or mice it is not unusual for rats or mice to use these bait boxes for nesting. These boxes that have been used by rats or mice become very attractive to other rats or mice after the occupants have left or died because of the smell they have left behind. This is why in rat and mouse jobs ‘old’ boxes are always preferable to new ones as rats and mice will take bait sooner from these smelly boxes than the new ones. Rats especially are afraid of new objects. This is called Neophobia.content/uploads/2013/11/20131112_113140.jpeg”>
We have numerous calls of this type: Today a lady phoned asking about the length of time she should leave a room after treating the mattress for bed bugs. She had bought a spray from the internet and wanted help on how to use it. We could not advise as we did not know what was in the spray or in what proportions. Treating a bed bug infestation yourself will fail. We like to consider ourselves at PEST UK as experts in bed bug control but occasionally we have problems. Many companies don’t offer guarantees, some won’t even treat bed bugs and others just offer multiple insecticide sprays. Successful bed bug control relies on many factors: Preparation, hygiene, size of the room, temperature & use of the room afterwards. We ask our prospective customers to strip the bed, remove curtains, clothes, books, shoes in fact all objects that cannot be sprayed. These removed items must be washed, tumble dried or frozen before going back into the treated rooms. Insecticide will not work on dirty or dusty surfaces so the rooms must be clean. Small rooms are more difficult to control as bed bugs that commute in (usually the fertile females) don’t have to cross such a large treated area before getting to the host. Bed Bugs only emerge to feed at night as long as the room is warm and they can detect carbon dioxide.
One of the strange situations that is seen at this time of the year is holes in the ground with a mass of wasps buzzing round but no nest. This is the work of badgers. Badgers will dig up wasp nests and eat the grubs. They seem to eat virtually all of the nest s well. As this mainly happens in late Summer and Autumn I am assuming that this is when the nest contains the highest meat content. The reason for this is that this is the time when the largest grubs/pupae are in the nest, the Queen and Drone grubs. These grubs are the last ones that the nest will produce. The workers construct large cells into which the Queen lays eggs and to the diet the workers feed the grubs they turn into fertile females (Queens) and Drones. All worker wasps are actually infertile females. The nest at this time of year probably has the most protein content as these grubs are much larger than worker grubs and the nest is at the largest size it is going to be. The badgers must be immensely tough to dig up and eat a wasp nest. Doing this would kill most animals.
Badgers have increased in numbers over the past few years, this can be seen by the amount of dead badgers seen by the side of the roads and it is sad but probably necessary that they are being culled to prevent the spread of TB in cattle. To me all killing is a necessary evil but man has changed the environment and if we are to eat and live disease free then controlling other animals must be done. Why protest about killing badgers? I don’t see larger demonstrations about killing rats. These are clever sociable animals but there are no marches with children and old people with rat masks on happening.
I have been testing wasp and fly traps recently and found that so far the trap that catches the most is the bag type trap. This out performed the fly bag trap in wasps and flies by about 50 times as much. Test is still on going. We sell and instal the traps at PEST UK.
To book a pest control treatment, to find out more on Wasp/Fly Traps or free advice then please call us at PEST UK: 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free from land lines & some mobiles).
Rodenticides Resistance By Rats & Mice:
Although resistance in my opinion is a problem that is over exaggerated it is not surprising. Since Warfarin was first used in the 1950’s the modern poisons have all been the same, anti coagulants. These all kill by thinning the blood. An acute poison based on Calciferoul was tried but although extremely successful for mice did not have the same result on rats. These bait required ‘pre baiting’ prior to putting the poison down. The reasons for this is that Acute poisons are quite fast acting and although it didn’t seem to bother mice rats would become suspicious if their friends and relatives stated dying quickly after feeding on a particular food source. The pre bait was a bait of the same type of bait but without the active ingredient in.
The idea is that the whole of the rat population happily feeds on the non toxic pre bait and then the bait with the poison is put down. The advantage of the Chronic (of which anti coagulants are) poisons is that as they are slow acting the rats do not become suspicious of the bait until it is too late. Some of the later baits will kill in a single feed if enough is consumed. Some of these 2nd generation baits are restricted to use inside which reduces their usefulness. The reason for this is secondary poisoning. This is where other non target animals may eat the rat and get poisoned. Birds of prey and foxes are a good example. This is a problem with the slow acting poisons. As it is slow acting a rat may consume a dose several times higher than is needed to kill it, creating even more danger to the non target species that may eat the rat.
Rats are not stupid so any new type of poison will have to consider this but using different types of poisons that kill the rat in the same way (blood thinning) will eventually lead to more resistance problems. What is needed is a slow acting poison that targets the animal in a different way and is not too toxic to other animals and birds.
A Pest Control Contract is not expensive. Not only will it protect the health and safety of your employees, it will also protect your reputation. Most prosecutions happen to smaller companies. Remove the worry and leave pest control in the hands of experts.
If you are regularly experiencing pest problems, maybe a Pest Control Contract is better. That peace-of-mind knowing that there is an expert team just a phone call away!
Take a look at our Pest Control Contract page, or call us now on 0800-026-0308