Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Cluster Flies, Fact Sheet And Proven DIY Solutions?

Although cluster flies are harmless and are not known to carry disease, their constant buzzing can be a great nuisance.

They also stain windows and other places where they settle and they can make surfaces sticky. They can be distinguished from house flies by their bigger size and also by the stripes at the back of their heads.

They tend to fly rather sluggishly. They are usually found in large numbers. Once they nest somewhere, they release pheromones that attract other flies in the area. They like to lay their eggs in moist places and they do their best work in winter. Once they have established a nest they are very hard to get rid of.
If you live in an area in the UK where they are common you may be looking for different ways of dealing with cluster flies. Here are some methods that come highly recommended:

You can use a cluster buster. This simple but very effective invention uses a powder (Quicksand) to keep the flies stuck. It can take 1,000 flies which means that it can be effective for as long as 2 years. Check your local store to see if they have cluster busters.

You can use aerosols to get rid of cluster flies. There are several brands that are quite effective and that are safe to use within the home. That said, you should not spray them near anyone who suffers allergies or if you have small children and elderly family members.

You can call in pest control. They will come, make an assessment of how big the problem is, and then bring in chemicals to deal with the flies. Try and find a company that uses chemicals that are safe for both you and the environment. Find alternative accommodations as they work on the flies until your home is safe from chemicals. Also find out how long the results will last; there are some chemicals used by these companies that have a very short term effect.

If the infestation is small your vacuum cleaner can get the job done. Once you are finished empty the flies into a zip lock bag and put it out in the trash. Keep in mind that you have only got rid of the flies that you can see – any that are hiding or hibernating will still be a problem at some point.
Try any or all of these methods of dealing with cluster flies in your home.

If you need advice about cluster 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.

Friday, 3 October 2014

What is the most effective way to deal with rats in my home?

Rats are a common problem in the UK. Once they get into a home or a commercial building they can breed into large numbers.

Not only are they a nuisance, they also have the potential to spread disease and infection to both humans and pets. There are several recommended methods of dealing with rats.

The first step is deterrence. If you live in a rat-prone zone like in the big cities make sure that there are no small spaces that rats can crawl through and get in your home. The same goes for the countryside especially if your home is near a barn.

Rat poison is a good option except it presents 2 problems. The first is that the rat may crawl into a small space and die which means you have to deal with the smell. The other is that you endanger other animals that may eat dead rats such as owls and dogs.

You can use electromagnetic devices that produce very low current that drives rats away. These can be very effective but they should not be used in homes that have bats otherwise you will have to deal with dead bats.

Traps are also an excellent way of dealing with rats. They should be set in places where the rats run around and away from children and pets. Don’t bait them for a few days – the rats have to get familiar with them. After two or three days bait them with peanut butter. Wear gloves – if they get the human scent they get cautious.

You can also use glue traps but you have to be ready to drive the rats more than 2 Km to set them free if you cannot bear to watch them struggle until they die from exhaustion. This is a very effective method if you have big nests.

If the idea of killing rats is more than you can take you can make humane traps for them. There is information online about how to make one. The best are made out of metal. Again, once you trap them you have to take them out in the wild where they cannot come back.

The use of guns to kill rats is not illegal in the UK so long as you have a certificate of ownership for the gun. If you decide to go with this method be ready to clean up the mess.

Now you know the best ways of dealing with rats; don’t allow them to multiply.
If you need advice about rats and mice or would like assistance removing them from your home, call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 or click here to request a quote.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

How can we deal with mice, do I need to buy a cat?

Is it true that in the UK you are never more than 6 ft away from a rat or a mouse?

Whether it is true or not, it is a fact that there are more than 100 million mice in the country. Although quite rare in homes they can be quite endemic once they establish themselves – they multiply at an amazing rate. So how do you best deal with them to remove them from your home?

Are cats effective or is there another way of dealing with mice?

The first thing that you need to do is figure out how they got in to begin with. You may spend a lot of time removing them only to find that they return in a month or so because you haven’t plugged their route into your home.
The next is to figure out how you want to deal with them. This is determined by how many of them there are. If they are a large population you will have to call in professional help.

However, most homes will have just a few mice. To kill them with poison can be tricky – they may die in spaces that you can’t reach and stink up your home. Poison presents another problem – the dead rat may be eaten by another animal and the poison could affect it. Traps are a better option but you have to be ready to deal with the dead rat once it’s caught.
Some people use live traps. While this is an ideal option, you have to take the mice more than 2 Km from your home otherwise they will just come back. You also have to be careful to release them far from residential and commercial buildings.

You can also buy electromagnetic devices that drive rats out.
If you look online you will find that people have all sorts of other clever ways of dealing with mice. One that many people say work is feeding the mice with cement.  However, we would recommned you call in a professional to help you deal with the problem. This will ensure you get a lasting result.
Use any of the methods recommended here are effective in dealing with rats and mice before they overrun your home.

If you need advice about cluster 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.