Monday, 22 June 2015

How to Safely Use Pesticides in Your Home

We have all had pests of one kind of another in our homes that we needed to deal with. Most people just go to the supermarket and by pesticides. While this usually takes care of the problem, it is important that you know how to use pesticides safely when dealing with pests. This is especially important if you have small children, elderly people or someone who suffers allergies in your home. Here are some tips for how to use pesticides at home and keep everyone safe:

•    The most important thing, and you must always do this, is to read and understand the label. Follow the instructions and also understand the particular symptoms in case of exposure.

•    Get rid of what is bringing the pests to your home in the first place. Most pests will come in because they are attracted by something. A common is example is cockroaches – they usually come after food that is left lying in drawers and so on. Make sure that your house is always clean.

•    When using the pesticides keep away all food and eating utensils in a closed drawer. One common way that people ingest pesticides after they use them is through food and utensils. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after use even if you were wearing gloves.

•    Always read the label to see what pests the particular pesticide you are using kills. There are different kinds of pesticides for different kinds of pests. Do not use more than is indicated on the label.

•    Do not use pesticides outside on windy days as they tend to travel with the wind.

•    Before you use the pesticides you should take out your children, toys and pets and let them stay there until the pesticides clear from the air.

•    Dress properly in a long sleeved shirt and pants before you use the pesticides.

These tips will help keep you safe as you use pesticides but what if the pests don’t die? This is not uncommon especially where nests have already formed. In such a case, a professional pest control company is required. They have stronger and more effective pesticides and they know how to get rid of infestations in such a way that they don’t come back. One such company is Avon Pest Control. They serve clients in Leamington Spa, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Kenilworth, Warwick, Coventry & surrounding areas. They are fast, discreet and your neighbors will never know they were there. You can find out more on their website,

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

What is a Hornet and How Can I Make Sure I Protect Myself from Them?

Many people cannot tell the difference between hornets and wasps and sometimes even bees. Hornets are a kind of wasp, the biggest in the wasp family as a matter of fact. Hornets live much like other wasps, constructing nests that are anchored into wood and other paper-like surfaces. You should be worried about hornets because they have a sting that is quite painful and they can swarm. If you have them near your home you should have them removed immediately. If there are just a few of them you can do the removal yourself but if you are looking at a large swarm it is always better to call in professional pest control just like you would if you were dealing with pests.

The first thing you should know when you see a hornet in your home is that there is a nest somewhere. Hornets, like we said, like to attach their nests to wood so the nest could be in a tree, in the attic on a beam somewhere or in multiple other places in your home where there is wood. To keep yourself safe from hornets you have to find this nest and remove it. They will build again almost immediately but you have to keep knocking each new nest down until the hornets give up. They usually give up because they build nests in order to lay eggs. Kill enough of their eggs and they will find a new location.

Hornet nests come in different sizes and its size is what will tell you whether you can do the removal yourself or whether you need to call in the professionals. They usually start out the size of a golf or tennis ball. You can remove a small nest like this by smashing it with a brick. This closes the nests and since the hornets cannot get back in they have to build a new one. Nests that are bigger should be treated with hornet spray. Make sure you buy the kind called jet spray as they have the ability to travel much further.

There are cases, however, where nests can be as big as footballs. In such a case you MUST call the professionals. One such company, that serves the areas of Leamington Spa, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Kenilworth, Warwick, Coventry & surrounding areas is Avon Pest Control. They have all the necessary equipment to clear hornets’ nests while ensuring that everyone remains safe. You can find out more by visiting their website,