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Summer is on the way - December 2014
Summer bbqs, backyard games, and a few beers on the deck… yes, summer is on the way. This means you will also see an influx of flies and mozzies that are not only annoying, but can also carry pathogenic bacteria.

I always have people asking me how to stop flying insects from coming inside - I’m sorry to say but there are no magic cures, smart technology, or plug-in units. Bugs will always come inside. That's why I recommend a residual surface pesticide treatment on areas where insects are likely to land, such as door and window frames. The treatment works on residual contact so the insect must come in contact with the treatment by landing on the product. It is then absorbed by the insect, affecting the nervous system.

Automated aerosol units can be useful as they knock down insects after they fly through the aerosol mist. These units are more practical for killing flying insects that are less likely to land on surfaces, such as Cluster Flies, as the mist doesn’t have any long-term residual effect.

You can also take very simple and practicable steps to help minimise annoying pest activity over summer. Firstly, have your property treated by a PMANZ registered company such as A-Jet. Then to help manage infestations I recommend that you:

Store kitchen compost/rubbish in well-sealed containers - dispose regularly
Keep food (including fruit/vege) refrigerated or sealed in containers
Regularly clean kitchen floors, walls and food prep areas
Clean drains to prevent material from growing inside
Make sure there is no stagnant water on your property – ponds, water features, and puddles are perfect for mosquitoes to breed.
Commercial kitchens should also have insect light traps installed for ongoing control (contact us for more information).

Till next time – I wish you a safe and pest free summer!

Mike C

Revolutionary new technology for rodent control – October 2014
Following from my last update, I thought it timely to highlight the new legislative ban on the use of glue boards to catch rodents that will come into effect on 1 January 2015. This is something that you, our customers, should be aware of coming into the new year.

I agree with this ban in principal - glue boards are not a pleasant ending for rodents. However, glue boards have been an effective and low-cost alternative to rodenticides. Rodenticides, although very effective, are lethal and pose a deadly risk to non-target animals such as dogs, birds and other small mammals. There is also a risk to children.

 In Europe, where both rodenticides and glue boards are prohibited, a new exciting spin on the traditional rodent snap trap has emerged. This new technology is revolutionary for the pest industry; we are certainly excited to offer this to our clients.

Together with our partners, Alpeco, we are providing our customers with the eMitter system - a simple, safe and effective method of rodent control. Check out our pest control page for more information, or give me a call.

Till next time

Mike C

Scratching in the ceiling – September 2014
We get many calls from people who have spent the last few nights listening to scratching and screeching going on in their ceilings and walls. More often than not, it will be rodents.

Unfortunately for us, the presence of rodents in your building is not good news due to food spoilage and contamination, and the transmission of diseases to humans. But did you know that rodents can also damage the structure of your building by chewing through electrical wires? This causes electrical short circuits, and more horrific, electrical fires. Rodents also enjoy chewing through water pipes, which can result in flooding and water damage to your home or workplace.

In New Zealand we usually encounter four species of rodents (1) Norway Rats (Rattus Norvegicus), and (2) Roof Rats (Rattus Rattus), (3) Pacific Rats, and (4) Mice - Mus Musculus.

All species require similar treatment - an external and internal baiting programme that may include anticoagulant rodenticides (rodent bait) and tamper proof stations. The application of tracking powder may also be used. There are chemical free alternatives are available such as traps and glue boards.

It is important to remember that rodent bait is extremely toxic - it should only be handled by a trained technician and should always be contained in tamper proof stations. Our technicians make sure that bait is kept within lockable tamper proof rodent stations, reducing the risk of non-target animals (dogs) eating the bait.

I have seen the awful effect of rodent bait on dogs when non-qualified home owners and ‘cowboy pesties’ have not used correct tamper proof rodent stations. It is an unnecessary and lazy way to manage rodents, with no regard to protecting non-target animals. There is an antidote for rodent bait - Vitamin K1 - which is available from most vets. I can’t stress how important it is to take dogs immediately to the vet if you suspect it has eaten rodent bait.

Till next time – stay safe.

Mike C
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