Thursday, 11 September 2014

Safety in the use of pesticides at home!

 It's easy to lose your head if you are dealing with fleas, flies, woodlice, or other common UK home infestations. In fact, if you are dealing with hornets, centipedes, or other poisonous or dangerous pests, panic can set in.

Unfortunately, most pesticides, when used improperly, can pose more of a danger to you, your family, and pets than the pests themselves. Because of this, safety when using pesticides is of the utmost priority. In this article we'll take a look at what you should know to make sure that you handle pesticides safely for home use.

The best thing you can do is to always read all labels on any pesticide you use at home. The presence of a safety label on a pesticide protects you due to the fact that it ascertains that the pesticide in question adheres to all government regulations and has been tested and certified for safe use at home.

Never store pesticides in containers other than the original package. The reasons for this are to make sure that access to the pesticide is restricted by safer packaging and to ensure that the pesticide is always contained in packaging that includes safety labeling and indications on how to use the pesticide safely.

You should pay attention to the reputation of the pesticide brand. You should also be aware of the active ingredients and their percentage in the pesticide (this information should be clearly labelled.) This allows you to research effectively to ensure that the pesticide is appropriate for the location you want to target.

It is also important to use the right pesticide for the pest you are dealing with.

If you are dealing with hornets, a pesticide designed for fleas may not be the best idea.
Most importantly, follow all safety recommendations detailing how and how much pesticide to use and what to do in case of accidental ingestion.  

If you need advice about hornets, wasp,woodlice, flies and or bees or would like assistance removing them from your home, call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 or click here to request a quote.

How can I prevent and deal with woodlice?

Some people in the UK have trouble dealing with hornets, others have trouble dealing with flea infestations.

However, one of the most pervasive problems is dealing with woodlice. Woodlice fears are a common phobia, and they can quickly become an inconvenience.

Although woodlice don't really transmit diseases, they can cause some damage to your home furnishings, and leave stains on carpets or walls if killed incorrectly. Generally, woodlice are attracted to damp areas in your home, and may enter a home by accident. The fact is that most woodlice will find your home a harsh environment due to a lack of sufficient humidity and will usually try to find their way to an outdoor environment.

Woodlice are found all over the UK and there are three main species, the Pill Woodlouse, the Common Woodlouse, and Porcellio Scaber. The first of these is one of the most common, the second is generally the largest of the species. The third has a rougher surface and is a bit thinner than the other two.

Woodlice are not insects but are actually crustaceans that have a segmented exoskeleton and can have up to fourteen legs.

Woodlice love to feed on rotting wood and leaves and may damage wallpaper or surfaces by eating tiny mould found on these. In most cases, woodlice will be found on the ground floor, although they may appear in bathrooms or toilets (attracted by the damp.)

You can prevent and control woodlice by using insecticidal sprays. However, this is usually just a stopgap measure. For a permanent solution and prevention, take action to remove vegetation near your home and damp areas within your living quarters. Sealing gaps and providing adequate heating and humidity control are the two best things you can do to prevent a woodlouse infestation. 

If you need advice about hornets, wasp,woodlice, flies and or bees or would like assistance removing them from your home, call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 or click here to request a quote.

Pest Control: The Cluster Fly (Pollenia Rudis) in the UK

Pollenia Rudis

There are a myriad of varieties of flies that will cause distress to your home or business. However, Cluster Flies may be more annoying than other types of flies due to their strange behavior. Unlike other regular flies, you will find cluster flies congregating in the first warm space that they find. On cold days, you will notice them crawling sluggishly over your wall or window. When they find their way inside your house, they can leave stains on your curtains and walls.

What are cluster flies?

Also known as Pollenia Rudis or attic flies, cluster flies are usually bigger than the normal house fly –they are 8-10mm in length. They also have golden hair on their thorax, a grey checked abdomen, and overlapping wings. Again, unlike ordinary flies, you will find them crawling lazily, looking dopey, and craving for warmth wherever they can find it.

Dealing with Cluster Flies

Dealing with cluster flies isn’t as simple as dealing with fleas or any other common insects; simply using an insecticide that you come across can be a poor choice. The insecticide will kill them but will also encourage infestation of other breed of pests that feed on their dead carcasses. When this happens, you will have a totally different problem. It is therefore important to prevent a problem with these flies than to deal with them after they have arrived.

Ways to Prevent Cluster Flies From Entering Your House or Business

•         Ensure that all entry points as well as holes in your windows or door screens are properly sealed off
•         Seal any cracks or openings that you notice in your house with silicone based caulk
•         Inspect the exterior of your house or business just before the breeding season, especially if you have had problems with cluster flies before.
When dealing with cluster flies, it is advisable to call a professional pest control expert.

If you need advice about hornets, wasp, flies and or bees or would like assistance removing them from your home, call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 or click here to request a quote.