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Bed Bugs On Clothes – What To Do Next

24-09-2018

Having a bed bug infestation in your home is stressful. One thing that makes the infestation worse is having bed bugs on your clothes. If you have an infestation in your home, you have to clean your clothes too. Any clothes that may have come into contact with the infestation should be cleaned immediately. 

Cleaning your clothes immediately will stop bed bugs from spreading. They can spread around your home and to other people. Here are our top tips for cleaning your clothes that may have come into contact with bed bugs. 

Sort out clothes that have bed bugs on them and put them in sealed bags
Before you wash your clothes, you have to sort them out. Putting them in a heavy-duty sealed bag prevents bed bugs from getting out. Every article of clothing that may have been exposed to bed bugs has to be washed. Having one item of clothing with bed bugs still on it can keep the infestation going. So don’t leave any clothes with bed bugs on them behind. 

Wash clothes on the hottest temperature and then dry them
Get the bags with your clothes in and tip all of them straight into the washing machine. Don’t touch the clothes. Any remaining bed bugs can jump onto what you’re wearing and continue to spread. 
Once all the clothes are in the washing machine, turn the temperature to the hottest setting. Now that they’re washed, remove the clothes and put them in the dryer. Dry them as normal. This will kill all of the bed bugs on your clothes. 

Keep clothes away from the infestation in your home until it’s under control
After you’ve finished washing your clothes, they should be completely free of bed bugs. Before you take them back into your home that has had bed bugs, call in a professional pest controller. They will be able to take care of the infestation for you. It takes a bit of time to treat a bed bug infestation. So, you should put your clothes in a different area of your home away from the pests. 
Catch-it Pest Control understand just how frustrating a bed bug infestation can be. If you ever find yourself with a pest control problem in the London area, we can visit your home and eradicate the problem for you. We also give tips on preventing pest control problems from happening in the future. 

Pests and the law. The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974

24-09-2018


When you work with a pest control company, it’s good to be clear what health and safety policies you need in place for your business. Under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, you have to follow strict guidelines to protect your staff, your customers and the general public. You do this through following the pest control laws and ensuring safe working practices. 

There are a few things you need to consider when it comes to pest laws and the Health & Safety at Work Act. Below we’ve listed the top questions you should be asking yourself as a business owner to remain compliant with the law. 

• How do you look out for everyone’s safety?

Pest control technicians coming into your business should be specially trained to take care of your specific problem. They should also be wearing personal protective equipment at all times. Assess the hazards any pesticide use could have on your clients, your staff and members of the general public. 

• How are you protecting the pest control treatment area? 

You need to keep everyone away from the treatment area until it’s deemed safe enough to re-enter. You should also have clear post-treatment instructions with a view to health and safety once the procedure is done. 

• How safe are the pest control techniques your using? 

Ensuring maximum safety in the workplace is paramount for any business. Make sure that your pest control measures are safe for everyone. All of your staff should be informed of any pest control taking place. 

• Are you following the laws and regulations?

Professional pest controllers should always use the safest products available. All pest control treatments should be carried out in accordance with the guidelines of the Health & Safety Act 1974. Remember that if you work around food you will also have to follow the Food & Environmental Act 1985.  

• Are you filing the proper safety paperwork? 

All pest control treatments should be documented. A risk assessment should be carried out before the pest controllers come in, and this needs to be recorded in the proper way. Ask you pest controller about what products they will be using in what quantities, the areas being treated and what personal protective equipment will be needed. 

Catch-it Pest Control offer commercial pest control contracts for businesses to make sure you comply with the Health & Safety Act 1974 in your workplace. 

The Strangest Facts About Ants That You Will Ever Read

30-08-2018



Ants are very cool creatures. While most of us practice ant control in our homes, ants are actually fascinating. They’ve been around since the dinosaurs roamed the earth, and can be found on almost every continent. Ants live in colonies where everyone has a role. These colonies have underground tunnels and chambers. 

And did you know that ants can be strange too? Here are some of the strangest facts about ants that you will ever read! For professional ant control, remember to get in touch with Catch-it Pest Control. 

Army ants can stitch up wounds. Army ants have a very strong bite, and once they do bite they don’t let go. If you have a wound and you let an army ant bite you, the wound will temporarily close. The bleeding will stop and eventually the wound will permanently heal. People in South America and Africa have been using army ants in place of stitches for centuries. 

Some ants can farm. Apart from humans, ants are the only other species that know how to farm. Some species of ants will nurture and grow fungi so they have a constant food supply. Others will raise and feed aphids or caterpillars so they have livestock to eat. 

Ants can be slave makers. Several species of ants raid the nests of others, and steal their pupae. Back in their nest, they care for the pupae who are then raised as slaves to find food for the master ants. 

If the queen ant dies, the whole colony dies too. In most ant colonies, unlike bees, when the queen dies the entire colony will eventually fie off. All the ants in a colony are females, but only the queen can lay eggs. After she dies, no one can take her place so no new members of the colony are added. 

Ants can lift up 50 times their own body weight. Ants are incredibly strong. Most can carry up to 50 times their own body weight. This is because they are incredibly light and have a lot of muscles, so can carry very heavy loads. 

The biggest supercolony of ants stretches over more than 3000 miles. Argentine ants don’t start off new colonies from scratch. They just branch off from the main colony. This is why supercolonies form, and one of them in southern Europe is huge. 

Travel Tips – Use These Top Tips To Prevent Bed Bugs

30-08-2018

If you do a lot of travelling, you may soon become susceptible to a bed bug problem. Hotels and motels are a bed bugs favourite hangout. They’re wonderful hitchhikers, and would love to travel home with you. 

Bed bugs cause severe itching and bites, and it’s costly to exterminate them. They can also cause anxiety and lack of sleep. With our easy tips, you can cut your chances of running into bed bugs when you’re travelling. 

• Go straight to the bathroom. Before you head for the balcony or the minibar, give the room a thorough inspection. And until you’ve done that, put all of your luggage in the bathroom. This is where you will least likely find a bed bug, so it’s less likely they will jump onto your luggage in there. 

• Inspect the bed. Pull back the linens and check all the way around and under the mattress. Also check behind the headboard. You should be looking for blood stains or small black dots. It’s possible to find bed bugs hiding in the corners of mattresses or in the seams of bedding. 

• Check the room. Broaden your search to the area around the bed. Check behind picture frames, under the telephone and even in books. Most bed bugs are within 15 feet of the bed, so some may be further away than just in between the sheets. 

• Keep luggage off the grounds – Never put your suitcases on the floor or on the bed. This leaves you open to bringing home an unwanted souvenir. Utilise luggage racks and dressers. 

• Move to a different room. Any evidence of bed bugs should be your sign to move to a different room. Hotel staff should be more than willing to oblige. Your new room should be at least two floors away from your original room, because bed bugs can spread through the wallboards and electrical sockets. 

• Read online reviews. You can find everything on the internet these days. And if there has been a bed bug problem at a hotel, you can be sure someone will have written about it online. There are also useful sites like the Bed Bug Registry where you can search if your hotel has had a recent bed bug control problem. 

When you get home from your travels, you should wash all of your clothing in hot water. Bed bug control involves high heat treatments. So if you did come home with any bed bugs, they will be killed instantly in the wash. 

Who’s Hiding In Your Clothes? If It’s Moths We Can Help

22-08-2018

With the warmer weather comes more clothes moths. Humid and warm weather conditions are when moths thrive. So at this time of year they tend to be more common. More prevention is important to keep your clothes from being harmed. 

Here we are going to give you our best tips for preventing a moth problem. 

1. Deep clean your wardrobe – Moths love dark and undisturbed corners. Moth prevention starts by removing all of your clothes and deep cleaning everything. Vacuum the corners and drawers and give all surfaces a good wipe. You can then wash and dry all of your clothes. Any eggs that may be lurking in your clothes will be killed by doing this. 

2. Keep your clothing clean – Moths love to eat clothes that have human sweat and food particles on them. Don’t put dirty clothes back in your wardrobe. Be sure to clean everything before you replace it. 

3. Invest in some garment bags – If you’re looking to store your winter clothes, any delicate items should be put into garment bags. You can also purchase anti-moth paper strips for your drawers and closets. 

4. Be careful with vintage clothing – If you love to buy vintage, be aware of any moth infestations you may be bringing into your wardrobe. Clean any clothing before you put it in your wardrobe. 

5. Use cedar wood hangers – Moths hate cedar wood, so having these hangers prevents them. The wood contains natural oils that kill clothes moths and their larvae too. Replenish the oil often. 

6. Shake your clothes out – For stored clothes, take them out once a month and give them a good shake. This dislodges any insects hiding there. You can also do this with rugs and carpeting that you have stored. Remember to move your larger pieces of furniture to vacuum carpeting and rugs, because moths will love to hide under these. 

7. Use some lavender – Lavender has many uses, and it repels moths. Fill a sachet with lavender or get some lavender oil, then hang these scented pouches in your wardrobe. It won’t kill the moths, but it will prevent them. 

Keeping a keen eye on your clothing will help to keep moths out of your clothes. Check for holes in your clothes regularly as well as keeping the room well ventilated. The most effective moth control method is using fumigation. Give us a call today if you need more information on effective moth control. 

Why Do Pigeons Thrive in Urban Areas?

22-08-2018


We have all seen the pictures of Trafalgar Square littered with pigeons. So that makes us think: why do pigeons thrive so well in urban areas? Catch-it Pest Control are here to answer that question. Read on to find out why pigeons love London and other heavily populated cities. 

Urban areas that are densely populated are not the nicest for most birds, but for the pigeon they are perfect. This is why so many London home and business owners invest in our pigeon pest control. Pigeon nest removal is important to us as pest controllers to keep the London pigeon popular down. 

Feral pigeon control is very much needed in urban areas because of how pigeons are attracted to them. When you think about birds, you think of trees and forests – feathered little creatures perching on a branch. In fact, most birds need the trees and space that is untouched by human hands, something you can’t find in an urban area. 

Pigeons thrive in these areas because they don’t need trees. It may seem strange to think about those grey pigeons bobbing around on the pavement have a natural habitat, but they do. The pigeon is a descendent of the rock dove, and they all originally flocked and roosted on cliff sides. This means they prefer cliffs over trees as a species, which significantly impacts where they want to live. Pigeons prefer flat surfaces because it’s easier to preen and conduct their mating dances than if they were on a branch. 

You may think that pigeons are living in the cities because they love human food. Who hasn’t seen a pigeon attacking a discarded chip on the pavement? But this isn’t necessarily the case. They’re living in the urban areas because nothing is stopping them from making a home there. Finding food is a secondary thought. The first thing they want to do is find an environment they can thrive in, manoeuvre around and be safe from predators. For pigeons, this is the city. And if they get a great meal too, that’s even better. 

Catch-it Pest Control offer business contracts for commercial pest control in the London area. This includes pigeon control methods such as bird spikes and netting to keep pigeons out of your business. Get in touch with us today to find out more about pigeon control in the London area. 

Hosting An Outdoor Party Without Unwelcome Pest Guests

30-07-2018

It’s officially summer. The children have broken up for their holidays, the weather is hot and the outdoor activities are going to become a daily thing. Whether it’s a pool party or a barbecue, pests and insects can ruin what should be a fun outdoor gathering. Here at Catch-it, we’ve compiled our list of top tips for your outdoor party so you won’t have to spend the time swatting away bugs. 

• Keep food and drinks sealed – All food trays and dishes should be stored properly, have tightly sealed lids or should be wrapped in plastic or aluminium foil. This prevents food-borne illnesses that insects such as flies can spread. Also, consider having screw-top drinks, and keep bottles sealed against insects. It’s recommended to keep food indoors for serving, and then everyone can still eat outside. There are also net covers that look attractive and keep bugs off the food.

• Remove standing water – Standing water should be drained and eliminated in your outdoor area to stop mosquitoes and other insects coming to bite. Many insects will be attracted to standing water, so removing this around your home keeps the pest population away. 

• Keep emptying the bin – Of course you want to enjoy your day, but you should keep an eye on the amount of rubbish and take the bin out often. Letting it pile up will attract insects to the party. Make sure your bin also has a tight fitting lid so that no pests can get in. 

• Light a candle – Many citronella candles are perfect for keeping insects such as wasps away from your garden. Not only do they add ambience, but you won’t have to be swatting at flies and wasps for the entire day. 

• Mow the lawn – Keeping the grass mowed goes a long way for keeping insects away and also for rat and mouse control. All of these pests are attracted to tall grass and weeds. 

• Plant pest repelling plants – Herbs such as lavender, peppermint and basil are a great natural way of keeping pests away. From spiders to ants, certain plants are perfect for repelling pests. 

• Consider doing your event during the day – Many pests are the most active at dawn and dusk. So planning your outdoor party in the afternoon may help to prevent insect bites and stings. If you are having an event on an evening, remember the candles and the bug spray. 

For any pest control infestations before you big event, make sure you give Catch-it a call. 

What Do Wasps Eat?

30-07-2018


Having a wasp pest control problem in the summer is very common. Many people find they have nests in their sheds, roofing and other areas around the home and garden. Which begs the question, what are the wasps eating and where are they getting it from? Because surely they have a great food supply close by to build a nest in a specific spot. 

A wasp’s diet can vary between the different species. But in most instances, a wasp will eat another insect as a good meal. Wasps are classed as a parasitic insect, which means they lay their eggs inside other insects. 

Most wasps are omnivores. This means they eat plants and insects. Wasps are actually beneficial to our ecosystem because they keep other insect populations under control. But we fear wasps because of their powerful sting. This is why many homeowners are concerned about wasp control when they see wasps nest around the area. Knowing what wasps eat is a great step towards preventing a wasp problem in the first place.
 
What Do Wasps Prefer As Part Of Their Diet?

In general, wasps eat: 
• Fruit
• Nectar
• Honey
• Plants
• Small insects

Some species will only consume fruit juices and nectar, while others prefer to eat our food, which is why we see them buzzing around bins so often. A particular species of wasp called a paper wasp will chew wood to pulp to help them create their nests. 

Yellow jackets are very common in the UK, and these are the ones who are most likely to feed on human food, on other insects and spiders. 

Preventing Wasps

If you’re eating and drinking outside, there are a few tips to follow to prevent wasps. When you don’t prevent them, you will probably find that your unattended food and drink will soon have a swarm around it. Make sure that if you are leaving things outside, either cover them or store it in airtight containers. Other tips for wasp prevention include: 

• Look out for any signs of a wasps’ nests on your property
• Shut windows and doors if you do have an infestation to stop them from entering your home
• Ensure your bins have a tight fitting lid
• Schedule an appointment with a pest controller if you think you may have a wasps’ nest on your property

Here at Catch-it Pest Control, we have comprehensive wasp control plans to keep wasps away from your home and your family. We provide 24/7 emergency wasp nest removal services to the boroughs of London, so you don’t have to worry about a wasp control problem. 

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