Warm Weather and Waste
Jul 29 in Pests
As the summer continues PESTUK receive calls for treating flies, rodents and other pests because of warm weather and waste food. In these periods of heat it is important to prevent issues with pests affecting your home or business. This can be unpleasant and cause businesses lots of problems.
Warm weather and waste pests
The most common pests that we receive calls about in summer other than wasps and ants include flies. House flies are common worldwide. The larvae or maggots, feed on rotting organic material or faeces. Adults will travel several miles to feed, mate and lay their eggs. They are disease carriers. spoil food and as well as being a nuisance in domestic premises are a problem in animal houses and refuse tips.
Treatment depends on circumstances, a combination approach that may include insecticide application, fly screening & sorting out the breeding site. A common domestic treatment is for us to apply a residual insecticide to the walls & ceilings. This kills flies as they land on the treated surfaces & as the insecticide is residual will last 1-3 months inside. Prior to treatment it is important that the surfaces to be treated is clean & dust free. Putting items away or covering items such as cutlery, food, clothes, towels, toothbrushes etc prior to the insecticide being applied is required. All the insecticides we used are biodegradable & safe. See Cluster Fly section for the insecticides used for fly treatments.
Rats can also be found hunting for water and food in summer. You may see rats during daylight hours but they prefer to operate at night. Runs are told by lack of vegetation, smear marks, footprints and packed down earth. Rats can cause damage by collecting nesting materials, soiling food with urine, excreta and hairs. The burrows can resemble small rabbit holes. They may dig the burrows in earth or in compost heaps but they are adaptable and make use of areas under sheds or inside buildings. They must constantly gnaw on items to keep their teeth growing under control. Rats are extremely intelligent, adapting to their surroundings. This is what makes them one of the most successful animals on the planet and makes controlling rats a difficult task.
We recommend that waste is moved immediately to secure bins and that any food waste especially left over from a picnic or BBQ is disposed of correctly to prevent issues for yourselves or others.
PESTUK are full members of the BPCA. The BPCA are the governing body for pest control companies in the UK. Using a BPCA member company ensures your pest problem is treated by a professional an insured company.