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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. 

Mice Proofing Your Home Ready For Spring

23-07-2018


With the winter almost coming to an end, it’s time to start mice proofing ready for the Spring. Mice control and rodent proofing is important all year round, but mice are most prevalent in the Spring. Over the Spring months, mice proofing is important to protect yourself from mice breeding in your garden or around your home. 

Whether you try different methods of mice prevention or not, you’ll always find rodents and other pests around your garden. Using traps and poisons are useful as rodent prevention, but the mice can then find somewhere else to make their home and still remain within your garden or home. 

The best thing you can do for mice proofing is  to take away anything that will make their life easier. Easy access to your home, food and water sources are all things you can eliminate around your home to stop mice in their tracks in the Spring. The first defence your home has against mice is your door. You may want to leave the doors open in early Spring to get a nice breeze in ready for Spring cleaning, but you could be inviting mice in. 

The same is true with gaps and cracks around your home. A mouse can fit through a gap as wide as a pencil. So go and take a thorough look around your home before Spring and mouse proof as many places as you can. Small holes can be sealed or stuffed to stop letting any pests in. 

Gaps may have also formed around your windows and doors, so it’s definitely worthwhile checking those before Spring has sprung too. It’s easy to install vinyl seals around the door, and using expanding foam to fill in any gaps. 

A mouse will be able to smell a great food source from a mile away. If they get the chance to access your food cupboards, they will contaminate all the food you have in there. Don’t give them a great food source by cleaning your cupboards regularly and cleaning up any spillages. The same goes for your bins, both inside and outside the home. Clean and empty them regularly and don’t leave food out if you can avoid it. 

Do Bed Bugs Jump Like Fleas?

23-07-2018


Bed bugs and fleas often appear similar, and for the untrained eye it can be difficult how to tell bed bugs and fleas apart. One of the things many clients ask us is do bed bugs jump life fleas, because this would be a great identifier. The difference between bed bugs and fleas are actually noticeable once you know what they are. 

No matter which pest you’ve spotted in your home, it’s important to take initiative and invest in great bed bug control and flea control. Both infestations can get out of control very quickly if left untreated. There are fundamental differences between the two that we are going to explore here. 

Bed bugs are normally found in mattresses and furniture, hiding in the nooks and crannies like the gaps in your bed frame. Fleas however, inhabit the furry loved ones in our lives. Bed bugs won’t bite your pets; fleas will, as well as biting you as well. 

Controlling fleas in your home is a whole lot easier than dealing with the dreaded bed bug infestation. Using the right equipment, products and pest controller will help you get these pest problems under control quickly. Both of these pests are parasites, and can both transfer diseases. Bed bugs are also a severe allergen, and can cause and worsen the symptoms of asthma. 

It's important to get in touch with a pest controller if these creatures have invaded your home. Reading through the points below will help you identify which is a bed bug and which is a flea. Remember though that doing DIY bed bug control or flea control won’t be as effective as calling in the professionals. 

• Bed bugs are flat, oval and reddish brown in colour. Fleas are similar looking, but have long legs for jumping, which bed bugs can’t do. 

• Bed bugs can be found around places you sleep. So you will commonly find them around the bed, under mattresses and in the cracks of the bed frames. Fleas feed on out pets, and you will see them predominantly crawling through their fur. 

• Bed bug bites appear as a raised bump on the skin, and usually happen during sleep. The bites aren’t painful, but they become itchy and can lead to a rash. Flea bites can be felt at the moment of biting, and will instantly cause discomfort. 


Get in touch with us if you are having a problem with bed bugs or fleas in your home. We have some of the most effective bed bug heat treatments in the London area. 

Why Eco Friendly Pest Control Is Safer For Your Family

23-07-2018

When it comes to pest control, there’s a lot of different ways an infestation can be treated. This also includes eco-friendly options, which in the long term will be better for families. Green pest control isn’t just about avoiding chemical use. There’s more to it than meets the eye. 

Eco-friendly pest control focuses more on prevention, so that infestations are stopped from growing or occurring in the first place. They use this approach along with pesticides that are safer for use around people and pets. Some treatments even stay away from chemicals altogether, like bed bug heat treatment. 

Authentically eco-friendly pest control products should be 100% plant based. They should only consist of natural ingredients. This means they can even be eaten, although we don’t suggest you dine on any anytime soon. 

The number one benefit of eco-friendly pest control for families is that it’s safer. It’s safe for children, pets and plants. Normal pesticides can do a lot of damage to children if they inhale the fumes. Children and pesticides are not a good combination. 

Another great benefit of using eco-friendly pest control is that they won’t damage or stain your home or furnishings. If people in your family suffer from asthma or pest allergies, green pest control is definitely the safest option. Natural products cause a lot less irritation than those containing chemicals. They don’t have the same harsh elements that are present in more pesticides. 

Powerful common pesticides will do the job and get rid of unwanted pests. But a lot of pests have started to evolve past pesticides, so that they now can withstand the chemicals. This is true with bed bugs and cockroaches. It just got a whole lot harder to control these pests! Eco-friendly pest control products stop this happening. Pests can’t become resistant to plants or naturally occurring pesticides. 

Opting for eco-friendly pest control is a much smarter way to go if you have a family. Technicians can still come out and visit your home, and will spray it with green products instead to rid you of insects. They may also lay live traps to stop any pest problems you may be having. Ethical pest controllers can then continue to treat the inside and outside of your home, preventing any further pests problems from happening in the future and causing more chaos. 

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. 

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