More About Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are once again surging in popularity (or unpopularity) due to to numerous factors and our main culprit is travel.

Bed Bugs Travel!

Not only are people bringing the Bed bug back from overseas holidays, but there are growing numbers of people holidaying within Ireland. And they are bringing this parasite home with them.
Although they are named Bed Bugs, they are not solely confined to the bedroom. And if there is an issue within your property we recommend a house treatment due to them being cross contaminated so readily.

Bed Bugs Bite

The bite from a bed bug will unlikely be felt by the host until the following day due to the Bug injecting an anesthetic when it draws blood leaving you unaware that you are a living food source.
The bites are normally found near blood vessels and around the arms, legs, neck, face, hands.
Tell tale signs of a bed bug problem are firstly the bites on your skin and also blood spots on your sheets, bed frames,  furniture, skirting boards, or and crevices or gaps anywhere in the property.

Bed Bugs’ Life

An adult Bed bug can live up to or over a year without feeding once they are living in the right climate. Young will need to feed more frequently, the adult female can lay up to 5 eggs per day. The only sure way of getting rid of a bed bug problem permanently is with professional assistance.

The Rat flap

Rats with attitude (01/11/2017)

We have had one of the most testing months with rats to date this year, some jobs are quick and simple where entry points are located through drain surveys, visual inspections, and simple proofing or maintenance measures. These jobs are run of the mill and fairly easy to solve – then you get hit with a job where there is damage on 2 properties from what we think is 1 rat totaling nearly €22,000. This problem started through shoddy building practices and really is infuriating for all involved – especially the householder footing the bill! rat problem
The main property involved had a burst water main under a subfloor for a number of weeks and the more areas were stripped back the more problems involved – chewed electrical wires – damp and mold due to the burst pipe – Cause of all this damage? – A builder left an open drain under the extension of the property next door. Please make sure any person carrying out any sort of work on your property is fully qualified and also has public liability. Which in this case the cowboy builder had neither.

The Rat flap (05/10/2017)

We have used the Rat Flap over the last few months with brilliant results. It basically turns the waste pipe leaving your property into a “one way” system. The flap is installed in the junction box leading into your property. It allows water and waste to leave the property through a one way metal hinged paddle. Thus eliminating anything entering up through the pipes i.e Rats!!. This will normally happen if there is an old unused waste or drainage pipe or a damaged pipe under a sub floor of your property . This can happen normally after renovation work has been carried out on the property.

Other article: 5 Solutions for Rodent and Pest Problems in Dublin

Pest proofing, Rat attack and Fleas are back – September 2017

Pest proofing (28/09/2017)

We are getting numerous calls – especially due to the pending weather change regarding proofing work. We normally carry out minor proofing work on properties – or if we are unable to will refer you onto a contracted fully insured and licensed construction company. Most proofing work can be something very basic like gaps around piping, under doors, broken vents or minor waste junction box proofing.

Rat attack (23/09/2017)

We were called to a property in north Dublin where a rodent had been reported attacking magpies and a pet cat in the back garden of a property!!. Rodents are becoming more brazen and will normally dominate if it is the dominant specie – We caught 14 rats over a 5 day period which had taken over a garden shed, not a pretty sight.

Fleas are back with a vengeance (15/09/2017)

We have received numerous calls regarding fleas over the last few days. we are unsure what has spiked this outbreak -in one house especially where our technician entered the property and was bitten numerous times upon entering!!
Even if you have a dog/cat who has been treated by a vet for the control of fleas it is wise to also get your home or business premises treated also to eliminate the risk of the outbreak in your dwelling.

5 Solutions for Rodent and Pest Problems in Dublin

Most homes in Dublin will experience a pest problem at one time or another.

The most common pest problems for Dublin homes are rat problems and rodent control in general. Prevention is better than cure for any pest problem so ensuring that holes and gaps in outside walls, brickwork, floorboards and skirting can be key in rodent control. Ensuring that cupboards are clutter free and removing anything that could be used for nesting also minimizes the risk of a pest problem. These are also important to take care of when you already have a rodent or rat problem. In addition, you can use the following:

5 solutions for pest problems

  1. Snap traps are the most commonly used for a rat problem and for good reason. Quick and effective, they are more human and safer than poisons which could be ingested directly or indirectly by pets or predators.

  2. Live traps appeal to some but it should be noted that releasing the rodent in the wild, away from civilization, will likely not save them but instead expose them to predators and food shortages. Releasing them too close to home may mean you have to repeat this rodent control process over and over!

  3. Rat poison or rodenticides are sometimes used but can cause a slow and painful death while also being potentially harmful for children or pets.

  4. Ultrasonic devices are sometimes popular due to their human nature; however, they tend to be of limited effectiveness in dealing with a pest problem. Rodents can often become accustomed to the sound over time and therefore this defence tends to need to be replaced with one of the other rodent control methods.

  5. Rodent Control Experts. Often, the quickest and most effective solution is to call in pest problem experts who specialize in rodent control. Especially with a rat problem, due to their size and ability to reproduce quickly, it is important to deal with them quickly as a small rat problem can become an infestation very quickly when not dealt with.

A massive Boa constrictor hiding in the bushes in Dublin

A massive Boa constrictor hiding in the bushes in Dublin

1st April 2017

Well, we thought we’d seen it all – We received a call from a house on Blackhorse Avenue after they heard strange noises coming from their back garden which backs onto the Phoenix Park. We arrived on site to find a load of shrubbery and branches disturbed so we started to remove all the debris to investigate further. We were expecting to find evidence of rodents or even a fox – but no – we were confronted by a massive Boa constrictor hiding in the bushes.

The Snake lunged at my work colleague and proceeded to wrap itself around her – I couldn’t do anything as I’m terrified of snakes – so after talking to the herpetologist in Dublin Zoo I was told to tickle the snake under its head and the snake would release its upcoming meal… well little did I know it was April fools day and the zoo thought this advice would be a great laugh so tickle it I did resulting in the snake grabbing me as well – now the 2 of us are wrapped up in the snakes coils awaiting someone from the zoo to come free us !!

Ah we are only joking… it’s April Fools day there wasn’t a snake at all in the back garden ……. it was a Lion!

A rat had gained access to a toilet bowl

4th April 2017

After a call out to a house last week on Dorset St we were amazed to be shown a rat had gained access to a toilet bowl – the only thing is the toilet was 3 stories up!! – this can happen, incident but only really rarely. Well, a separate property called us today, this time on Clonliffe Rd and guess what? – yep another incident.

These seem to indicate there is a major surge in these areas as rodent problems around Dublin 1 Dublin 3 and Dublin 5 are at an all time high.

Ants in her babies cot covering her babies soother

10th April 2017

Ants seem to be the problem taking the stand this week with 3 calls coming in today alone. Although they carry virtually no diseases and are one of the most fascinating insects on the planet – unfortunately, are becoming a major problem- especially in food serving premises. We have calls coming in from residential and commercial customers complaining about Ant infestations – one customer rang when she found Ants in her babies cot covering her babies soother.
*****Extract from the National Geographic******
Ants are one of the most successful organisms on Earth. Their numbers boggle the mind. In terms of biomass (the amount of living matter), ants make up at least 15 percent of the terrestrial animal biomass. In tropical areas, such as the Amazon, this number increases to 25 percent or more of the terrestrial animal biomass. One hectare (about 2.5 acres) of land in the Amazon rain forest can contain eight million ants or more. A study in the savanna of Côte d’Ivoire showed that a hectare there harbored 20 million.

Ants are successful not only in terms of sheer numbers but in their geographical coverage of Earth, as well. There are only a handful of spots where native species of ants do not exist. Antarctica, Greenland, Iceland, parts of Polynesia, and a few other extremely remote islands in the Atlantic and Indian oceans.

Another day another rodent problem

12th April 2017

Another day another rodent problem, we were called to a property where there had been sighting of a large rat. Upon inspection, evidence was found of a rat and nesting material. They called a pest control company 3 months ago, and the company told the client it was a mouse infestation. And they laid bait points around kitchen/hot press/ and attic areas where are the usual hotspots.
No survey had been carried out on the outside of the property where we found a major access point. A quick fix had the client been told about this the problem would have ended 3 months ago.

We know how agile rodents are and after a full inspection, we removed a dead rat from the casing of the oven!!. Please be extra vigilant regarding your property. Check all the usual exterior hot spots and block any gaps no matter how small. If in doubt give us a call, the advice is free!!

Another major commercial pest control contract including rodents control…

Rodents and also electric fly filler maintenance and service

5th March 2017

Great news to end the week – another major commercial pest management contract including rodent control and also electric fly filler maintenance and service on board so it’s beginning to look like the start of a good month.
We have received a couple of calls this week regarding cockroaches – which seem to be making a comeback, one woman had purchased a used microwave oven and almost immediately noticed cockroach sightings in her kitchen.

We have also received 2 bird calls this week -which were mistaken for mice, this will coincide with the nesting season. One of the birds had managed to get stuck inside a sitting room wall on the far side of a chimney wall, the bird was retrieved from the wall after we removed skirting boards and a plaster board wall !!
A rat problem on another call gaining access from one property through to the others roof space in an adjoining extension- remember if there is a rodent problem on your property it is advisable to let your neighbours know as it could be their problem and you are getting the overflow – or vise versa.

A large amount of rodent problems

17th March 2017

We are encountering a lot of rodent problems. We received a call from a concerned client after a previous pest control company placed poison under the kitchen kick boards, garden decking and under the flooring of a domestic property and failed to ask the customer any basic questions regarding pets/children etc – resulting in the family pet ingesting a block of poison.

Please if you are calling a pest control company onto your premises – please ask them to produce their full credentials i.e certs and also their public liability details – if they have them there will be no problems.

We have had one house call this week where we placed in a motion detection camera and to our surprise and the customers’ horror we found 3 different problems showing up over a 4 day period- Rats, mice … and a water vole!!
Access into the property was basically down to building work carried out and leaving piping areas exposed – this work coincided with the activity starting…. if in doubt give us a call – rodent control advice is free!!

A rat problem

27th March 2017

Well, the ant season has started with numerous calls coming in from houses to nursing homes. Once the ground temperature rises we will see the ants emerge causing a problem for homeowners and businesses alike. We received a rodent call from an apartment block where a rat had actually

We received a rodent call from an apartment block where a rat had actually come up the toilet pot, we went out to find the occupant had flushed the toilet – the rat disappeared and then reappeared in the apartment next door!! We know rats can make their way up toilets with ease -but these apartments were 3

We know rats can make their way up toilets with ease -but these apartments were 3 storeys up!!
Wasp nests are also becoming a problem around this time of year.

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Property infested with rats and rodent control in a building…

Property infested with rats

19th February 2017

Another busy week ending with a callout to a property infested with rats.

The problem seemed to take hold fairly quickly and before the client knew what was happening the problem became unmanageable.
We were able to find a point of entry – and as we keep telling people – proofing your property will dramatically reduce the prospect of getting these pesky rodents. Upon arrival the client had tried trapping but used mouse traps for a rat problem – this gives us a bit of a headache, as the rodent will probably not get killed by the trap and only get a nasty surprise …. but now it knows that traps are danger …and now we have the problem of rodents becoming trap shy.

This property has had a dishwasher waste pipe chewed in half and also spotlights literally chewed off the ceiling, so when you get all of these variables in one sitting on the same property you know it’s not going to be an easy fix .. remember rodents are extremely smart little creatures. We are also receiving plenty of inquiries from commercial customers with pest management surveys up 25% since last month. We offer a fully documented pest management system to commercial customers- but have also started rolling out this service to domestic customers.

This system will favor people in high-risk areas where we give them a routine call every 6-8 weeks meaning we can ascertain if they have a problem at an earlier stage. It actually saves the client money in the long run. And also give them a piece of mind knowing there is a system in place.

Rodent infestation

22nd February 2017

A call came in from a building project which was left idle for 8 years. It is really sad to see as you can actually see where tools were just downed.
We were called for a rodent infestation in the houses that were built, not only had they a rodent problem but also Hares, Birds, Mice, along with the rats!! nice combination.
Things have really taken hold over the past couple of weeks and we have many calls coming in for proofing work… Prevention can sometimes be the best policy. We have recently finished a 35 block of apartments with vents big enough to allow rodents in. And, as you may know blocking the vents, is not an option, but meshing over them with a smaller grade cover is.

Rodent control

26th February 2017
We have become extremely busy with rodent problems in certain parts of Dublin, Clontarf, Artane, and Killester seem to have spiked at the moment.

This may have numerous causes. Construction work in these areas has risen, the temperature has dropped, and also our much milder climate.
All of these variables have a knock on effect of each other. When we have such mild weather rodents will carry on breeding leading us to a double season.

We are on our first really major infestation of mice in 2017, we were called to a home where they had a mouse problem. After cleaning out a storage shed where they had kept bags of dry dog food they found one of the 10 kg bags completely empty! All of the other bags were removed and disposed of and when the food source was removed. The mice went looking for alternative accommodation with food which was the home.

To date, we have caught 37 mice in traps and used 12 blocks of bait around the shed area. When you enter a room and you visually see mice casually scurrying around then you know you have a major problem. We normally have a handle on a job in 3 visits max – but this is going to be an exception. We also got great news on Friday with 2 new contracts on board. Another building project and a hospital – so onwards and upwards!!


A silverfish infestation in an apartment block…

45 Apartments plus a basement infested with silverfish

5Th February 2017

Another busy week has ended with a silverfish infestation in an apartment block. We have dealt with silverfish before but never on this scale! 45 Apartments plus a basement infested due to a damp problem in the building… We have started the treatment to eradicate this problem but it will not be a pest problem that will disappear overnight. Silverfish dwell in damp unlit conditions and can cause problems when they start eating wallpaper, clothes, and paperwork. They are an unpleasant looking insect and are often mistaken for cockroaches.


Wasp nest removal

12th February 2017

Major pest problems at the end of this week, some really out of the ordinary jobs coming in from a wasp nest removal from within the wheels of a bicycle to a rodent problem in a 171 d Mercedes in a car showroom!!. We are also having a major headache with rats showing extreme signs of Neophobia, they are becoming more and more weary of bait and traps – partly from people setting traps wrong or in the wrong areas or over-trapping areas.
Rats are extremely clever creatures and will use young/old or injured rodent to actually test bait or traps first. If they get caught in the trap it will serve 2 purposes: – 1) it will teach others not to

1) It will teach others not to feed from traps and see traps as a threat.

2) The trapped rodent will now become a food source as rats are known to become cannibalistic once there is a shortage of food.

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Rat problems causing significant damage to properties

The main culprit so far has been Rodents…

5Th January 2017

The start of 2017 has started where 2016 left off – busy busy busy – And the main culprit so far has been Rodents. We are having major difficulties over the past couple of weeks with rat problems causing significant damage to properties. We are currently at full stretch with all of our motion sensor cameras and traptec systems already out on domestic calls, the motion cameras are picking up great footage of rats showing acute signs of Neophobia

noun: neophobia

Extreme or irrational fear or dislike of anything new or unfamiliar.****
These tendencies are causing a major headache for pest control technicians with rats also showing signs of Bait shyness and trap shyness, one of the causes of this in our opinion is where a householder tackles the problem themselves and calls in Pest Control when they are unsure of how to proceed after getting some activity or no activity through sprung traps or inadequate use of rodenticides. We tell all potential customers who ring Pest Control Dublin — “Advice is Free”

Rats are stealing the show so far this year

16th January 2017

Rats are stealing the show so far this year , we have been inundated with calls regarding rodent activity and we have received more calls in the past 2 weeks than we have in the past 2 months . Most calls are from people looking for tips on how to best pest proof their homes to stop rodent entry , unfortunately this can be a daunting task depending on your property. we were called to a cottage with a Thatched roof and it has been our first thatched roof in 17 years- and how do you pest proof a thatched roof ??? well you probably can’t as there are so many variables -birds, rodents, insects to name but a few .

30 % increase in Rodent activity

30 % increase in Rodent activity

Tuesday 25th October 2016

This year alone we have seen a 30 % increase in Rodent activity. And we are in line with global statistics as they have increased globally not only in Ireland. We have embraced new technology in our constant battle against rodents. From endoscope cameras to let us get into places where the human eye cannot see and motion sensor cameras which we leave in place so we can gauge rodent activity or lack of it!!

We have also taken on board the “Traptec” system which basically is a GSM monitored trap system where if a trap is activated. We receive a text message or an email to confirm it! This will cut down on unnecessary follow-up calls if there is no activity – saving you our customer money!

The Traptec GSM monitored rodent trapping system

Wednesday 2nd November 2016

We have started to use the Traptec GSM monitored rodent trapping system. We were skeptical at first but it has come into its own and will benefit both client and our technicians. Our technician will run you through the system which may seem very technical but is very straight forward.

The wedge is connected to the traps in your property and when a rodent activates a trap the wedge sends a signal to a GSM station which will be plugged into your property. This station will then send a message via either email or text message to our phones. This will then save us calling to your property for a follow-up call when there will be no need to thus saving you the expense of a follow-up call unless it will be needed.

This system can also be connected to feral cat traps. We are embracing this system and looking to techniques of old to try and refrain from using baits as we feel poisoning is not only having a negative effect on non-target species but also secondary poisoning on our endangered wildlife. A big part of keeping your home rodent free is proofing your property against rats and mice, from the attic space to drainage on your property