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Sunday, 1 December 2013

RodentS, Rats Control

RodentS, Rats Control 

Rodents, Rats Control 
An adult rat can squeeze into your home through a hole as small as the size of a quarter.
Rats are also responsible for spreading Bubonic Plague, also known as the "Black Death". Although fleas are primarily responsible for infecting humans, they were originally infected with the plague by feeding on the blood of rats. 
1) Norway Rat

Norway rats eat a wide variety of foods but mostly prefer cereal grains, meats, fish, nuts, and some fruits.

When Norway rats invade buildings, they usually remain in the basement or ground floor. They also live in fields, farms, woodpiles and buildin

gs. Their nests are usually lined with shredded paper or cloth.
These rats are known for the damage they cause by chewing on materials, urinating on food and eating stored foods. They have also been known to chew on wires, which can cause fires to start. They also carry disease and ectoparasites. Rats will also attack both animals and humans. Human babies and even adults have been killed in rat attacks.

2) Roof Rat
Roof Rats are excellent climbers and get their name because they usually live high off the ground, like on the roof of a building. They have very poor vision and are color blind, but they have extremely strong senses of hearing, smell, touch and taste. Rats have four to six litters a year and each litter has 6 to 12 babies in it. These rats are only pregnant for about 21 to 23 days and they can start reproducing when they are three months old.

Roof Rats prefer eating fruits, berries, vegetables, cereal, pet food, nuts, grain, slugs, snails and rotten food.

Roof Rats are excellent climbers and they usually live in spaces on the tops of buildings, on roofs or in attics. They also live in sheds, garages, boxes, ceilings, under floors, in wood heaps and in thick grass.
Roof rats cause damage to structures by chewing, eating stored foods and carrying diseases, such as Hantavirus. They are most famous for spreading the highly contagious bubonic plague in the Middle Ages. Rats will also attack both animals and humans. Human babies and even adults have been killed in rat attacks.

3) House Mouse 
The House Mouse makes its own nest but lives in groups, sharing escape holes and common areas for eating, urinating, and defecating. It takes turns grooming its fellows, especially on the head and back, where it is difficult for the animal to groom itself. If the population grows too dense, many females, particularly adolescents, become infertile.

A highly migratory existence and rapid rate of reproduction enable the House Mouse to thrive; it takes advantage of situations not readily available to other species, including cultivated fields, which offer a rich if temporary habitat. As a crop develops, the mice move in and have several litters in quick succession, building large populations quickly; when the field is harvested or plowed, they move out. Many perish, many find other fields, and still others invade buildings. Sometimes these migrations assume plague proportions: In 1926?1927, an estimated 82,000 mice per acre (202,000 per ha) wreaked havoc in the Central Valley of California. In such densities, House Mice, though generally timid, have been known to run over people?s feet and even to bite.

These mice eat or their droppings contaminate large quantities of grain and other valuable foodstuffs. Their scientific name derives from the Sanskrit musha, meaning "thief." They chew or shred anything chewable or shreddable, including furniture and wires, and sometimes start fires. They can scurry up rough vertical walls and even pipes; they gnaw holes in walls, floors, and baseboards. Like Black and Norway rats, House Mice can spread disease. In the wild, birds and mammals are predators. Centuries ago, cooked mouse meat was a folk remedy for colds, coughs, fits, and fevers, but it is not recommended today. The white mice used in research laboratories are albinos bred from this species.

4) Deer Mice

The deer mouse rarely invades homes, and is found in rural areas. The deer mouse makes its home outdoors in sheltered areas such as hollow tree logs or piles of debris. On the rare occasions the deer mouse comes indoors, it prefers undisturbed areas such as attics.

The deer mouse transmits the potentially fatal Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome. The disease can be transmitted through contact with mouse carcasses, or by breathing in aerosolized urine droplets of infected deer mice.

Bedbugs Control

Bedbugs Control 

Bed bugs belong to the family Cimicidae and class insecta. They are flat, oval and wingless. These are reddish-brown bugs that are usually less then 7mm long, have moderately long, slender antennae, thin legs and vestigial wings in the form of stubs.
Females can deposit one to five eggs a day, and may lay 200 to 500 eggs in a lifetime. Under normal room temperatures and with an adequate food supply, bed bugs can live over 300 days.

They can run surprisingly fast. They are found in human habitations, particularly bedrooms and feed upon human blood. Lacking human blood, this insect will feed on the blood of rats, mice, rabbits or chickens. It can survive without food for up to 15 months.
The bed bug is not known to transmit any human diseases. Bed bugs were brought to North America by early colonists.
Elimination of bed bugs from a structure is unlike any other pest control challenge. It requires joint efforts of the client and the pest management expert. Through preparation of the site by the client, a thorough inspection, precise and targeted treatment of the bug harborage sites are the key to successful bed bug control. 
Treatment : Vacuuming & Spraying
Bed Bug Management Services consists of a thorough inspection of the entire premise. The most common places are beds, mattresses, pillows storage cabinets, sofas, walls, etc.
Bedbugs Control Bangalore - Spray Treatment
Insecticide spray treatment to be carried out fortnightly in the internal room area to control Bedbugs infestations and as a preventative measure for future increases in pest infestation levels. Nymphs and eggs of the bedbugs can not be eradicated in first session treatment, gpc intervene the 2 session treatment after 15 days as soon the nymphs or eggs gets hatched the second treatment eradicate those infestation as well.

The treatment is done by spraying insecticide, especially in the seams of mattresses, beds and all other places infested by bedbugs. The bedbugs die on contact with the insecticide. It takes about ½ hour to treat a house of about 750 sq.ft. As the eggs of bedbugs are resistant to chemicals, this treatment is repeated within a fortnight to treat the hatchlings.

Mosquito Control

There are approximately 2, 700 species of mosquito in the world; the three most significant genera are the Aedes, Anopheles, and Culex, as these types of mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting various diseases that are hazardous to mankind.
The Aedes Mosquito
As one of the most dangerous types of mosquito, the Aedes is anthropophagic, that is, it feeds on the blood of humans. Only the female mosquito bites. It transmits among humans menacing diseases such as yellow fever and dengue fever, and can also cause lymphatic filariasis, an illness that can trigger elephantiasis in certain cases.
Description: MosquitoMost species of Aedes can be found in the tropical and subtropical zones of the world. Recently, the genus has been discovered in more temperate regions, and its presence can now be anticipated on every continent except Antarctica.
The female Aedes mosquito lays its eggs on the surface of water; adulthood is reached within approximately six to seven days. The mature Aedes mosquito breeds, feeds, and dies within a week or two, which is the life cycle of most mosquitoes.
The Anopheles Mosquito
The Anopheles is different from other types of mosquitoes as it is the genus most accountable for spreading malaria to humans. Malaria can be fatal; its typical symptoms include fever, headaches, chills, and general flu symptoms. The species of Anopheles known as Gambiae is infamous for transmitting plasmodium falciparum, the most threatening form of malaria in the world.
The Anopheles mosquito is generally located near bodies of water, such as ponds, swamps, marches, ditches, and rain pools. The Anopheles female favors laying its eggs in fairly still water that is oxygenated, and where there is an abundance of wild plant life. Some species enjoy the shady areas, while others prefer sunlight.
Description: Types of Mosquitoes: Culex MosquitoThe Culex Mosquito
The genus of mosquito known as the Culex can be considered the least dangerous of the three major types of mosquitoes due to the fact that humans are not their preferred blood meal. Instead, most species of Culex are partial to biting birds rather than humans. Despite this inclination, the Culex female mosquito is nevertheless recognized as spreading diseases such as the West Nile virus, malaria, filariasis, and encephalitis.
The Culex, like the Anopheles, tends to favor standing water to lay its eggs; however, unlike the Anopheles, it does not necessarily opt for plant and wild life surroundings. Instead, it often breeds in the outdoor objects on your property, such as barrels, cans, garden pots, used tires, as well as other places where stagnant water can collect.
Not all mosquitoes are important disease carriers, even though most suck the blood of man and other vertebrate animals. Only the female mosquito bites. They require standing or slow moving water in which to develop, and breed in fish ponds, unattended swimming pools, and rain puddles.

Treatment and Control:
Mosquito control begins with an accurate and thorough inspection of the target area and surrounding areas. Integrated Pest Management (IMP) 5-step program will significantly reduce mosquito population from around the structure.
Mosquitoes are no stranger, affecting residents and corporatize if temperatures stay warm.
Our mosquito control program protects our client's homes in two ways, by reducing current mosquito populations and preventing new mosquito populations from affecting your home.
Treatment Spraying and Fogging
 Our treatment procedure includes:
A licensed technician will inspect the area each month to locate breeding sites. The technician will eliminate and/or treat the identified breeding sites with a larvacide which eliminates mosquito larvae in water where they breed.
The technician then treats resting areas of adult mosquito populations to help suspend further breeding. Resting areas usually include tree lines, bushes, shrubs, tall grass areas and other growth areas.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Cockroaches Control

Control of Cockroaches and Other Crawling Insects:  
Cockroaches, bed bugs, red ants and wall lizards are pests that thrive around human dwellings. Though unclean conditions increase their numbers, these insects, because of their dependence on man for food, will still exist in the best and cleanest of premises. These insects are repulsive, cause diseases by carrying germs on their body and contaminate food. They also interfere with personal comfort and can cause social embarrassment. Personal efforts at eliminating these pests are ineffective and time Pest Control Treatment will do the job thoroughly and efficiently.

sb General Disinfestation Treatment: 
It is advisable to get the General Disinfestation treatment done at least once every four months. The treatment is carried out by spraying insecticide in every crack and crevice of the premises to reach all the hidden parts so as to kill all the existing insects.

Before The Treatment: 
  1. All utensils, containers, raw and cooked food should be removed from the kitchen (or from the area for making tea etc. in offices) and kept on the dining table or in the middle of the drawing or some other room. They should be covered with an old bedsheet or newspapers so that the insecticide does not accidentally fall on them.
The insecticide reacts with plastic and silver. Hence all plasticand silver articles should be kept away under cover. Please cover all the plastic articles such as TV, Audio Systems, Telephone Instruments etc.

During the Treatment: 
Do not close the windows. Contrary to popular belief, cockroaches do not die by inhaling the vapour of the insecticide. They die when they come in contact with the insecticide. Keeping the windows closed is harmful for the persons who are inside the premises at the time of treatment.

After the Treatment:
After the treatment, leave the place undisturbed for about two hours. After two hours wipe the surfaces which have been sprayed with our insecticide, with a dry cloth only. Do not wash those surfaces for about two days. Thereby the residual effect of the insecticide will not be reduced. The cockroaches, which may not have been reached at the time of spraying the insecticide come out from their places of hiding at night. When they move over these surfaces which have been sprayed with insecticide, they die. The cockroaches, which have remained in hiding during the treatment are killed within 3-4 days after the treatment.

The Golden Principle for Preventing Pests Is Deny Them Food and Shelter: 
If your premises have cracks and crevices along the door and window frames, particularly in the kitchen / canteen, get them filled up by a mason. Any inflated plywood, broken panels of wood, which is normally an ideal refuge of cockroaches, should be replaced. No gap should be left between the cupboards, shelves etc. and the wall. As far as possible, light colour should be used for painting the kitchen. Care should be taken while bringing in soft drink crates. The crates normally contain cockroaches. Do not exchange crates. Exchange bottles only. No food should be left around open for the night. These encourage cockroaches. They may come again!

Limitation of Pest Control Treatment:

Inspite of the treatments, sometimes the insects come again very soon from the surrounding areas. The insecticides that are allowed to be used in places habitated by human beings (as per the insecticide Act 1968) are not as toxic, since the very toxic insecticides are also harmful to human beings. The insecticides allowed mainly kill whatever insects are there on contact. They cannot stop insects reinfesting your premises from surrounding areas, from the gutters and from place to place.
The time taken for the insects to reinfest varies from place to place. There are premises which remain free from cockroaches for one year after just one treatment and there are premises in which cockroaches reinfest just after fifteen days depending upon the surroundings. Considering the factors mentioned above and also the fact that cockroaches tend to become immune to insecticides the treatment for controlling cockroaches is about 80% effective

Control of Bed Bugs, Red Ants, Wall Lizards Etc: 
The same insecticide spray used against cockroaches is effective for the above insects also.

In addition to general spray for bed bugs, seams of mattresses are specifically treated, since bed bugs mostly live and breed there.

In case of red ants, besides liquid spray, an insecticide powder is sprinkled which is highly effective.

Wall lizards, wherever accessible, are sprayed with the liquid insecticide. They take more than an hour to die.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Woodborer control

Do you see white powder in your wooden cupboards and drawers everyday, which comes back the very next day even if you clean it? If yes, then most likely you have a problem of borer.

Powder Post Beetle is commonly called Wood Borer. They are very destructive and reduce precious wood into dust.

Wood Borers are about 4mm long and dark brown to black in colour. They spend their life in wood. And thus they live in their food. 
They lay eggs in cracks/pores in wood. Life cycle of the insect is unlike animals or human beings. The egg hatch to become larva, then pupa and finally the adult. The larva starts eating voraciously on wood thereby making tunnels inside wood.

The powder or dust falling from the holes in the wood is the excreta of the borers and undigested cellulose of wood.

The adults finally emerge by making tiny pin size holes.

The life cycle of woodborers is about one year.

Wood in your premises can get infested by cross infestation i.e. from wood infested by woodborers, brought from outside. The infestation generally remains hidden for a long time without giving any indication of its presence. It is noticed after completion of one generation, after the excreta starts falling from the holes.

The Wood Borers are controlled by injecting the insecticides in the holes with a syringe. The entire wood is also sprayed with insecticide.

For Wood Borers a contract of three months is generally sufficient. After initial major treatment, we come on call i.e. whenever you see powder falling again, please call us. In most cases, three months treatment is enough. If the infestation is not controlled by three months, it will be necessary to enter into one year’s contract