Filed under: pest control - pest types — admin @ 12:48 am on the January 31, 2010
In my last blog on here, I mentioned plugging up the gaps in your home as a solution to keeping pests on the outside of your home instead of letting them sneak their way into your lovely warm habitat. This Manchester pest control blog post is all about making sure that you know how to locate gaps and how to plug them up effectively to stop unwanted furry creatures crawling where they should not!
First things first, make sure your heating is on. You need to have your heating on in order to be able to identify exactly where draughts are coming from. If the house is cold then it restricts your ability to feel any cold air coming in but with the heating on it will be easy! Start on the ground floor and work your way around each and every room on it. Most pests that Manchester pest control experts deal with come in via the ground floor so that should be your priority. Literally work your way around each room inch by inch and mark each draught at the windows, doors, walls, skirting boards and so on with a post it note or something else as convenient. Do not forget to check around the pipes and in nooks and crannies because they are the favourite points of entry.
When you have finished identifying the areas that you have draughts coming in, get everything you need to be able to plug them up. For example, draught excluders around doors will prevent entry that way. Securing any cat flaps you may have if your cat does not use them will also help. Use expandable foam around pipes and plaster up any cracks and nooks. When all of this is done, you will have a warmer and more efficient house as well as a reduced need for Manchester pest control.
Filed under: pest control - pest types — admin @ 12:47 am on the
If asked to name five types of pest that can disrupt your household, what would you say? You may actually struggle because few people know everything they need to know about keeping their homes free of pests. There are so many pests that Manchester pest control companies deal with on a regular basis, but one that they are called in to deal with is often completely forgotten by everyone but pet owners. That is the flea. Fleas are a very real problem for homeowners and yet most people only think they are an issue for those with pets, and even then that they will not become a problem around the home.
Fleas could be a problem for any household regardless of whether or not there are pets in the home for a number of reasons. Fleas tend to leap onto anything that can transport them from place to place and so can get into your home in a number of ways. They need warmth, food and water to be able to survive but do tend to multiply at an alarming rate when they get settled. As they can jump, you need to eliminate any potential habitats for them or else you may be paying Manchester Pest Control companies a call.
The following 7 points will help you to prevent flea infestations in your home and thus also help you to avoid calling the Manchester pest control professionals in:
- First of all, if you do have pets then check them for fleas. Excess scratching, bites on the legs and groin, and the presence of eggs in your dog or cat’s fur are all signs of fleas. Whether or not your dog or cat currently has fleas, they should be treated with flea shampoo once every few months to make sure that the fleas do not get the chance to come into the home on them.
- Watch your pets, if you have any, to see where their favourite spots are. When you have identified them, be sure to scrub those areas vigorously at least once a week to keep them perfectly clean and sanitary to deter the fleas.
- Vacuum everywhere in your home thoroughly at least once a week. Run the vacuum over more regularly if you like but do the carpets, floors, curtains, rugs, furniture with upholstery, cushions and mattresses once a week to keep them flea free. Get rid of the bag when finished. You may also want to use one of the specialist insecticide sprays designed to kill fleas but not to harm pets.
- Be sure to clean all wooden and tiled floors if your home with the recommended cleaning fluid once a month and wipe them down once a week. You need to make sure that you cover all cracks and other gaps that are left for the fleas to hide in. You should also sweep any porches or steps you have once a week to make sure that they are not there.
- Make sure that all pet and human bedding is washed at least once every two weeks, and more regularly if at all possible. If any pet bedding is unused for a significant period of time then throw it out.
- Cut the grass regularly and remove any rubbish in your back garden. Manchester pest control companies highlight this as a major cause of infestation because they then move indoors.
- Finally, make sure that all food containers are sealed and placed in the fridge or in a cupboard at all times when not in use. You should always disinfect surfaces after use too so as not to encourage fleas.
So there you have it – enough information to prevent fleas taking over your home. If you adhere to all of these then you may not have to call Manchester pest control experts at all!
Filed under: pest control - pest types — admin @ 3:24 am on the January 23, 2010
You may not think that Manchester pest control companies have to concern themselves with cockroaches in this country because they only live in hot climates. That is not strictly true. There are in fact two types of cockroach that now live, breed and absolutely thrive in the UK. The German cockroach and the Oriental cockroach have both migrated over here and now live up and down the country. As such, you have to prepare to keep them out. You have to make sure that they cannot cause problems or else you may have to call in one of the pest control Manchester companies to help.
First of all, you have to know what environments cockroaches thrive in. They are all anywhere up to 23mm in length and can move incredibly quickly. The German cockroach can also fly, swim and climb smooth surfaces. As such, if you have an infestation then you will have to call in the Manchester pest control experts to help you out. They prefer heated areas and tend to move indoors as soon as they possibly can. However, they are nocturnal and so can get into your home and be there for months before you even know about it. This is why you have to take prevention steps sooner rather than later.
The following 7 points will help you to infinitely improve your chances of preventing cockroaches coming into your home:
- Cockroaches love dirty environments so the cleaner your home is, the less likely they are to enter it and make it their home. Make sure that you clean all of the nooks, crannies and dark corners to make sure they have nowhere to hide.
- Always take your rubbish out at the end of every day so there is no food left around for them. You should also make sure that there are no holes in your bin and that the lid fits securely.
- Never leave dirty dishes in your home at any time. Leaving them on the side will provide the cockroaches with food and can cause the need for Manchester pest control. At least make sure that they are in soapy water.
- Do not allow grease to build up in your home. This means cleaning your oven, sealing food containers, covering any pet food left in bowls and wiping down your sideboards every night.
- Fix any leaking taps that you have and make sure that there is no standing water in or around your home. Cockroaches need water to live so removing any sources of it will help to get rid of the problem.
- Remove any clutter so that there is absolutely nowhere for cockroaches to hide.
- Never allow cockroaches to enter your home in the first place. You need to ensure that there are no holes for them to sneak through. Caulk around crack in tiles and sideboards, fill the areas around pipes and make sure that there are no open spaces for them to climb through or else you will need Manchester pest control in a hurry.
Filed under: pest control - pest types — admin @ 3:20 am on the
“Don’t let the bedbugs bite!” Everyone has heard the saying and many people would have said it a million times in the past. Nobody actually believes they are real though… until they have to call Manchester pest control experts in to get rid of them when they have found their way into the home. The name does not actually reveal too much about them, aside from the fact that they live in the bed. However, you need to know more about them and then how to prevent them getting into your home.
Pest control Manchester companies are seeing more and more of them because they are beginning to emerge as a very real problem again. Bedbugs can live in mattresses, loose wallpaper, clothing, furnishings, wall sockets, paintings and even any crevices that can be found in your home. You cannot see them with the naked eye and might now know they are there until they begin to bite. They come out at night so infestations can be extensive by the time you figure out they are there. So what can you do to avoid calling in the Manchester bedbug pest control?
There are several steps you can take to make sure that bedbugs do not bite you, your family or your pets at all no matter what, and all of them are preventative:
- Establish a routine of examining your home on a regular basis. Check all of the mattresses, carpets, pillows, sofas, beds, chairs and anywhere else that might be warm and cosy in your home to make sure that there are no bedbugs lurking about.
- If you believe there may be bedbugs in your home then you can treat your furniture with pesticides before choosing to call in Manchester pet control. This is only fine if you have no pets. If you do then you need to be able to rely on the experts instead.
- Consider putting plastic over the mattresses to make sure that bedbugs cannot get in or get out. You can also use plastic covers for each of your sofa cushions if you wish.
- If you have old furniture that you do not want nor need then you have to get rid of it because it is more susceptible to infestation. Avoid buying furniture that is second hand where possible and if you do choose to buy it that way then complete a thorough assessment first.
- Take care of the outside of your home. Cracks and crevices should be filled as soon as possible. You should also fill any areas that are open to rodents or birds because bedbugs can be transported in on them.
- Keep your house clean because bedbugs prefer dirt. You need to reduce clutter, vacuum regularly and keep everything as tidy as possible.
Manchester pest control companies can take good care of your home if you do find yourself invaded by bedbugs at some stage. However, vigilance can help you to keep them away so make sure that you know what to look for and how to stop them.
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Filed under: pest control - pest types — admin @ 3:17 am on the
Pest management is not a service that is considered to be popular in the winter as a direct result of the myths that often float around. One of the most prominent myths that pest control Manchester companies have to deal with is that pests are never around when the weather gets too cold so homeowners think they have nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, those homeowners that believe that particular adage are leaving themselves open to pest attack because it is complete rubbish.
Pests are around all year round, hence why Manchester pest control is so important. In cold weather, pests try to find somewhere warm to stay, which is often the reason why mice and rats invade homes during that period. Fleas, bedbugs and other similar pests do not care what the weather is like because they live on or in warm entities. So now you know that pests can continue to plague people in the winter, what can you do about it?
Taking precautions is the main thing when trying to enhance your own Manchester pest control measures in the winter. For example, you should try to make your home a fortress… and it is easier to do so because all you have to do is follow the draughts to do so. My next blog post will be on this so do not panic if you do not know what to do yet. In the meantime, make sure your garden is clear of debris and will give nothing any place to hide.