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