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What Pests Lurk In Restaurant Kitchens?

16-07-2018



Kitchens are the most vulnerable place for a pest infestation. For pests kitchens are the source of lots of different foods and drinks. Plus they have the added bonus of shelter and warmth too. Think of your home kitchen and think of just how many hiding places a pest would love there. Not only do you never want to a pest in a restaurant kitchen, they can pose a serious health risk to staff and customers alike. Your brand and reputation will suffer too. 

So here are the main types of pests that pest control companies have to deal with on a regular basis in restaurant kitchens. 

Rodents
Kitchens are a haven for rats and mice. Once they find their way into a commercial kitchen, they spread germs and bacteria wherever they go. This can result in sickness for staff and customers too. 

Rodents get into the kitchen through any cracks or holes around the property. They also can get up through the drains and vents if they have the access. Check around your kitchen and seal off any points of entry a rodent could use to get in your kitchen. 

Make sure you’re not inviting rodents into your kitchen by leaving food and drink around for them. Being clean and tidy is a powerful weapon in the fight against pests. Every day your work surfaces should be sanitised to make sure no bacteria is on there from any rodents. 

Flies 
Hearing the buzzing of flies in a restaurant will really put your customers off. Flies can cause very serious health problems because they carry so many diseases. For example, they can carry salmonella which is easily passed on to your customers and staff. 

It can be quite difficult to carry out fly control. Because of their size, they can gain access very easily. Much like rodents, keeping clean and tidy will stop flies being so attracted into your commercial kitchen. Get in touch with a local pest controller if you’ve noticed an increase in flies around your property. 

What To Do If You Are Bitten By A Rat

16-07-2018


Rat bites are a serious threat to anyone who is exposed to them. The diseases transmitted by rat bite can be lethal, and that is why rat control is needed. The dangers of rats starts with their bite, and here we’re going to look at this more in depth, as well as rat bite symptoms. 

When rats bite people, they can transmit up to 70 different diseases. Rats bite pretty quickly, and most of the time the person is unable to avoid it. Being aware and clued up on what pest has bitten you will help you to seek the right treatment for the bite. 

If you do get bitten by a rodent, it’s important to seek medical help right away. This is especially important if you’ve been bitten by a wild rat. 

Symptoms of Rat Bites
• Redness – Because of the damaged skin, the area will go red. Make sure to fully disinfect the wound, then seek medical attention as quickly as possible. 
• Rash
• Fever - If the streptobacillus bacteria is transmitted to your after the bite, you can suffer from fever and vomiting from the infection. This usually happens after the bite has healed, as many as 10 days after the bite. 
• Joint pains 
• Limb swelling 

Treatment for Rat Bites 
Anyone who has been bitten by a rodent needs to seek out medical treatment straight away. The consequences of ignoring the wound can be fatal in the long term. Following these steps immediately after a rat bite will make sure you are safe before seeking medical attention. 

1. Remove anything that comes into contact with the wound e.g. jewellery, clothes, dirt. 
2. Bleeding should be stopped using an absorbent, sanitised gauze. 
3. Carefully examine the wound after the bleeding has stopped and clean the wound with soap and warm water. Ensure the entire area is clean. 
4. Apply a disinfectant. If this isn’t to hand you can use any type of liquid that contains pure alcohol. 
5. Apply the antibiotic cream before covering the wound with a bandage. Make sure that your hands are clean before you apply any creams or bandages. 
6. Pain from the rat bite can be eased with painkillers . 
7. See advice from a medical professional.

Don’t ever take the risk of being bitten by a rat. If you have a heavy rat infestation, you need to call Catch-it immediately to keep you and your family safe by getting rid of the rat problem. 

Difference Between Rat And Mouse

12-07-2018

Rats and mice are the prevalent pests in UK homes and businesses currently. This is because they can easily adapt to our environment, and they often go unnoticed until it’s too late. Rodent control problems start quickly, and there’s several species that can infest your home. 

Knowing the difference between rat and mouse will help you identify which one is invading your home. So whether you have a roof rat or field mouse, we have the guide on how to separate the two rodent types. 

Remember that if you do have a rodent control problem, it’s important to contact a professional pest controller for safe rat extermination and disposal. 

Appearance 
• Rats are bigger than mice. 
• Mice have longer tails in comparison to their body size than rats do. 
• A rat has very long front teeth, which is why they need to constantly gnaw on things to grind them down. Mice are smaller, so their teeth are smaller. Their chew marks tend to look like tiny scratches compared to the deeper rivets rats leave behind. 
• Mice are colour blind and rats can’t see very well. But they both have highly evolved other senses which means they can adapt to different environments. 

Behaviour 
• Rats will kill and eat mice, but mice don’t kill rats. 
• Mice can live anywhere, in rural and urban areas. Rats prefer to live in the cities. 
• Both types of rodent aren’t picky eaters. They will both chew on nearly everything they can, including things that aren’t edible such as wires and plastic. 
• Rats can actually talk through hissing, chattering and squeaking to express themselves. Mice just tend to squeak. 
• A mouse can slip through a gap that’s ¼ inch big. A rat only needs ½ inch to get into your home. 

Damages 

• Both rats and mice can cause crop damage and contaminate stored food.For example, in the USA, the UN has estimated the economic impact of rats alone being around $19 billion per year. Mice also have an impact, but they eat less so it’s not as bad. 
• Rats and mice chew on literally everything and can cause significant damages and even fires. 
Rats and mice both spread diseases, with rats being the culprit for the plague. Mice however, carry less than rats do. 

How To Attract A Mouse Out Of Hiding

12-07-2018



Mice are small, nocturnal rodents that you will typically find living in cool, dark places. The most common mouse hiding places in your home would be in-between walls, sofas, cupboards, pantries and any other places where it’s likely they won’t be disturbed. 

Knowing how to find mice is important because of the rate that mice tend to breed. A is a valid concern for homeowners. Since mice only tend to come out at night, knowing how to attract a mouse out of hiding and what to use as mouse bait can be quite a chore. 

Luckily we have some great tips on how to attract a mouse out of hiding. 

Steps For How To Attract A Mouse Out Of Hiding 

Place mouse traps baited with cheese around your home. You don’t only have to use cheese to lure mice species out of their hiding places, although it is the old favourite. You can also use other foods like fresh fruit and veg, nuts, berries or even bread. Mice aren’t picky. 

You may also want to use glue mouse traps around your home as well. Be careful with these. Make sure you don’t put glue traps anywhere that you or your family members might accidently step on them. The glue is incredibly sticky and it can become dangerous if it gets stuck to your skin or clothing. 

If you don’t have pets or young children around, mice poison may be a great choice for mouse control. Mouse poisons are made specifically with ingredients that entice mice. Once the mouse eats the poison, they will die. Many people prefer the more humane methods of mouse control, but if you don’t mind the end result then mouse poisons are very effective. 

Another method you may want to use is sprinkling different potent scents around your home. This may bring the rodents out of hiding and steer them in the direction you want them to go. By using various smelly products around the house, you can drive mice out of their hiding places. Scents like peppermint, ammonia, onion, garlic and alcohol all repel mice, and may encourage them to leave their comfort zone in search of somewhere that smells better. 

Remember that mice control is very important because of the damage they can do to your home and the diseases they carry. For more information on our rodent control services, get in touch with Catch-it Pest Control today. 

How To Deter Hungry Fox Mums From Your Garden

02-07-2018

Whether you live in the city or a more rural area, you’re more than likely to have spotted a fox at some point. In the wild, foxes are normally shy and reluctant to approach humans. But fox control may be needed when they get a bit too close for comfort.

After having her babies in the spring, fox mums will be out looking for food for themselves and for their young. This is when they become especially bold.

Foxes can attack and eat livestock and outdoor pets. Some foxes have even been known to attack cats and dogs when threatened.

If you’ve seen a fox lurking around your property, you might want to try and keep it away. A great way to do this is to create a barrier. If you want to go the extra mile, you can also install a barrier under your fences to create an extra line of defence against burrowing foxes. Check all of your fences and gates are intact and can withstand a fox trying to get through them. If you have gaps and holes in your fencing, get some chicken wire and block access to the area.

You can also try fox deterrent sprays to keep foxes away. Another great method is to use items with a strong human scent. So things like sweaty t-shirts can discourage foxes from visiting your garden. If foxes are becoming a common problem, consider getting a motion activated light, sprinkler or noisemaker. Making a lot of noise or blasting the radio will normally scare a fox off pretty sharpish. Although you might not want to annoy your neighbours!

Foxes are naturally going to be attracted to food sources. So remove the possibility of them getting an easy meal, and they probably won’t want to return. Small animals penned outside will be a huge attraction for foxes, so you need to make sure their cages are secured with a lock, and make sure their structure is strong.

Don’t leave any food outside for foxes. This could include rubbish, pet food and even bird feeder seed. Keep all of your bins securely closed and sealed. If you have bird feeders, clean up the spilled seed often (this also discourages other pests too) and if you have a compost bin, keep it fenced off. 


Do Fleas Fly (And Other Strange But Common Questions)

02-07-2018



Have you ever wondered if fleas jump, or are they flying? Well you’ve come to the right place. Flying pests are easy to identify when they’re zooming round your head, but fleas are a bit harder to spot. Let’s dive into the world of fleas and find the answer to this famous question.

Can Fleas Fly?
Are fleas like gnats so they can fly? Here’s the thing: fleas don’t fly! Contrary to what a lot of people think, they are jumping. This is how they move. They have super strong back legs that can push them up to 150 times their own height. It’s around 8 inches in total they can jump from one place to another. This is why flea control is so important for your home. A  small infestation can spread quickly with fleas ability to jump. 

Can Fleas Swim?
Fleas don’t have the ability to swim. But the interesting thing is, they won’t sink either. Fleas won’t swim, and they won’t drown if they’re trapped in a body of water. Being so lightweight means that a flea just sits on top of the water, completely unaffected. 

Fleas also have a wax coating on their body as well, which naturally repels water. So a flea will thrash around in water until it finally dies of starvation. 

Do Fleas Have Wings?
Another common misconception, fleas don’t have wings either. If you have ever seen a flea close up, you’ll see that they look like a cross between an insect and a lobster. They have six incredibly strong legs that are made for short distance crawling and long distance jumping. 

Why Do Fleas Jump On Dogs And Cats?
When you realise that your pet has fleas, it’s a very unsettling thing. You want to do everything in your power to keep fleas away from your pet. Cats and dogs are the prime host for a flea, because they can live in fur relatively undisturbed and with a great food source. 

So the bottom line is, fleas can’t fly. But what they do is jump, a lot. And boy do they love to do that. 

Though a flea may seem like a small nuisance, fleas can cause extreme irritation to you and your pets. Quality of life can really be affected by these little suckers. By understanding how fleas get around and what the signs of fleas are, you can protect your animals against an infestation. 

Pest Control Contracts: How They Benefit Your Business

02-07-2018

Local councils and authorities have always recommended that businesses have a pest control contract in place. It’s widely recognised that wherever you are in the UK, you are never far away from a pest. These pests find ways to enter your business and can cause a lot of damage. 

Pest control contracts aren’t only limited to businesses that handle food. Any business can benefit from a pest control contract. If your building is close to a refuse site, waste ground or local water course, it can make it particularly susceptible to pests. All businesses can benefit from preventative measures that are put in place when you invest in a pest control contract. 

A good pest controller such as ourselves will offer a pest control contract that means you will be safe from rodent, bed bugs and other insect infestations. We also explain to you the choice of products and materials we use, and what impact they could have on the environment. 

Not only do pest infestations pose a risk to your stock and food, they also will deal a lot of damage to your reputation and brand too. It’s so important to find an immediate solution if you’ve got a pest problem. 

Everyone in your business will benefit from being in a pest free environment. You may have staff members and customers who suffer from allergies or asthma – symptoms that are worsened when pests are in the vicinity. By having a pest control contract in your business, you are protect everybody’s health and safety. You will also be protecting your brand reputation. 

Experiencing a large pest infestation in your business will end up costing a pretty penny to put right. However, having a long term pest control contract with us means you will reduce your business costs over time. At Catch-it we deal with the root of the problem, and reduce the possibility of the infestation to reoccur in the future. A lot of our pest prevention methods also have the added benefit of saving you money when it comes to energy consumption

Your business will have its own set of pest concerns. Integrating a pest control contract into your business ensures that you have a customised solution at hand. So any pest problems that happen in your business can be taken care of immediately. When you have a business, you should always have a zero tolerance for pests. 

Why Cockroaches Can Ruin Your Business Reputation

26-06-2018


If you own or operate a business, you should be aware of what kind of threat cockroaches pose. Whether you own a restaurant, a shop or a law firm, you never want to see any type of pest crawling around the premises. Taking pride in your business means investing in great commercial pest control. 

Ensuring that your business is clean, is something you do every day. But pests are dirty and spread diseases. There are a lot of reasons cockroaches are bad for your business. Here are our top 3 reasons why they can do a lot of damage. 

Damage To Your Reputation 
Owning a business means you’ve invested time in building a solid and honourable reputation in the local community. Unfortunately, it would only take one cockroach to damage your business and your character forever. People who visit your business will often inform friends and family of what experience they had. And customers will post negative reviews if they see cockroaches scuttling round. 

Damage To Your Health
Cockroaches are known for spreading germs and bacteria. And what do germs and bacteria cause? Illness. Sickness can spread to your staff and to your customers. Also, cockroaches can worsen the symptoms of asthma, so it’s an added health problem you don’t want to deal with. 

Damage To Your Property 
When you have a business, you have to maintain the property regularly as well. Pests can cause a lot of problems. Pests cause constant damage. From chewing wood, walls and wiring, leaving faeces around the property – all of this is damage pests can cause. 
When pests damage your building, it’s going to cost you some money. Prevention can go a long way in stopping pests infesting your business. If you want to grow your business, you have to stop pests from ruining the building. 

Damage To Your Success
Having the best stock, the best staff, the best food all counts for nothing if you have cockroaches. They can really damage your business. Imagine eating food and being presented with a fat cockroach right as your about to take your first bite. This is an unpleasant experience for that person visiting your establishment. 
In turn, this damages your profits. Your success will be put in jeopardy because of cockroaches. So protect your business today with the proper pest control procedures. 

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