Pest Blog

10:12 am , November 15, 2017 0
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Pest control without poison is now achievable.

In the US authorities have been trialling a new bait called ContraPest to tackle rat infestations in New York and some East Coast cities. The bait stops female rats from having pups by making them infertile by triggering early menopause and affects male rats by impairing sperm production. There are no side effects and the rats die of natural causes. More humane than using poisons.

The New York subway trial halved the resident rat population in three months. On the East Coast a trial at a farm made numbers fall by a third in three months. In another urban trial population growth was supressed during the peak breeding season so the population expanded at only one third the expected rate.

ContraPest is being developed by SenesTech, an Arizona based biotechnology company and they are optimistic about it’s prospects.

One breeding pair of rats can produce 15,000 pups a year, so if you can reduce that by a third in the first few months of using this bait, that is 5000 fewer rats. Part of the logic of using fertility control rather than poisoning is that killing rats simply means that others move in and take their place; fertility control maintains a small population of existing rats that guard their territory from newcomers.

One advantage is that there is no risk of secondary poisoning to non-target species. The flavoured liquid is ingested by the rat, the chemicals are then broken down by the rats’ metabolism, preventing them from getting into predators bodies or the wider environment.

One contradictory point is that rats that don’t take the bait may end up having bigger, healthier litters because there is less competition for food.

SenesTech are also looking at adapting the formulation for the control of mice and feral pigs; possibly feral deer, dogs and cats too!

6:25 pm , March 27, 2017 0
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With spring well and truly sprung, and summer just around the corner, our thoughts turn to holidays and travelling. It is time to pack our bags and head-off to paradise for a summer break. So whether you will be staying in a five star hotel, rented house, B & B or caravan; here are some tips to avoid bed bugs which may be sharing your digs with you.

Bed bugs live on or in mattresses, check the seams for any spots or stains, often at the corners or along the edge where your head rests. If you see any suspicious signs, demand a change of room, your money back or look for alternative accommodation. Do not stay in that room or the chances are you may be bitten.

In any accommodation the most likely place for bedbugs to live is in the bedroom. Inspect the room thoroughly, before unpacking, paying special attention to looking behind the headboard, bedside cabinets and on the carpet or flooring immediately under the top or the bed. Also, if you have chairs or sofas in the room, inspect these too.

In hotels, use the foldaway table, unpack your case off the floor, stow it away in a wardrobe or high off the floor. There will be less chance a wandering bed bug will inadvertently stow away with you when you pack to return home. Or take a dustbin-bag with you and put your case in this whist you are away.
When you get back home inspect your case for bugs, vacuum it out before storing it. If you have a hand steam cleaner use this to steam your luggage, this will kill and bed bugs or eggs that may have hitched a ride home.

Wash all of your clothing at high temperature before hanging clothes in wardrobes or placing in drawers, this will kill any adults and eggs that may have travelled home with you.
Bed bugs are hitch-hiking masters, this is how they travel and get around. If you change rooms in a hotel make sure you are not given a room immediately above, below or adjacent to the one you were in, their relatives may be hiding out next door! They may have hitched on a house-keeping trolley, or through wall sockets. If an infestation is spreading to neighbouring rooms, it is often in those closest to the source.

Be vigilant and inspect hotel rooms close to airports. These are often full all year round with people staying for just one night before flying away; their high occupancy rates means bed bugs are very common in these establishments.

Remember, any accommodation is susceptible to bed bugs, other people inadvertently carry them in, and most hotels have suffered from them at some stage.

My top tip is do none of these things, the chances of you being in the same room as a few bedbugs is statistically small and therefore you should not be worried (unless you wake up with a bug on you or see signs of biting on your body)! Enjoy your holidays and remember that if you do bring them back to your home in Kent, Pest Purge has the knowledge and expertise to get rid of them for you. Night night, sleep tight!

11:54 am , November 3, 2016 0
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The headlines from a popular daily newspaper jumped out at me “Waiter there’s a rat on my head” Pest drops on lady at top eaterie. It’s shock and gnaw.” With a picture of a rat in the bottom corner poking his head out from his hiding place.

How good is that, from a pest control point of view you couldn’t make it up. Hilarious I thought.
My mind imagining how a high class London restaurant, frequented by the rich and famous could have allowed this event to happen. I needed to buy this paper and read on, pest control nirvana.
Momentarily side-tracked from paying for my fuel, I purchased the paper.

It appears that a baby rat had fallen from the ceiling and bounced off a diner’s head, pink and hairless, it had been in a nest on some exposed pipe work, part of the industrial décor of the restaurant.

I thought that the reporter handled it brilliantly, there was another whole page devoted to it with a picture of the dead baby rat on the diners table and a shot of the packed restaurant with a cartoon rat announcing, “I recommend the bubble and squeak.” There was also a fun menu with a rat design at the top offering Rat-a-chewy and other tasty offerings.
Apparently a woman screamed in terror when a live rat fell on her head as she ate at a top London restaurant. The fall killed the rat which was hastily cleared away by staff. The woman’s group was given £450 off their bill by the restaurant, which insisted the bald creature was a mouse. Other pest control commentators suggested that the picture that had been taken was more likely to be a baby rat.

Compensation was offered and accepted and the restaurant commentated that it was an isolated incident with no future risk to its customers.
That will be fine then, incident over, I laughed to myself. Food, restaurant, health and safety, diners, expensive, hygiene, food safety management, pest control….blah, blah, blah.

To avoid rats and mice falling into your children’s cereal bowls, ask Pest Purge for a routine inspection of your light fittings! Don’t let your children demand compensation for a simple mistake. Call Pest Purge for same day rodent support.

Pest Control in Maidstone
1:07 pm , July 15, 2016 0
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Pest Purge offer pest control Maidstone Kent

and pretty much all over Kent generally.

If you are looking for specialist pest control then please call us.

We regularly cover the following areas:-

Pest Control Maidstone

Pest Control Medway

Pest Control Tonbridge

Pest Control Canterbury

Pest Control Kent

Commercial Pest Control

9:00 am , July 13, 2016 0
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Over the last two years there have been many scaremongering articles written about this insect and its imminent arrival in the UK. Most of these surrounding the insect’s size, aggressive nature and potential danger to people. There have been a number of deaths in France, caused by anaphylactic shock.

Let us consider some distinguishing features. The Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina) is smaller than the European hornet at 25mm (Queens are 30mm) compared with 35mm for Vespa crabo (European hornet). I have seen it mentioned that the Asian hornet is 50mm long with a 75mm wingspan. This is not the case. Other features of the Asian hornet include a completely dark thorax, yellow tipped legs and a much darker abdomen, except for the fourth segment which is yellow. Our European hornet has a mainly yellow and black abdomen and brown legs with a more yellow looking head.
The Asian hornet is more docile than our European hornet, when they sting the sensation is akin to a wasp or bee sting. Both types of hornet, when perceiving a threat to their nest, will coordinate their defence on the attacker. So ideally keep your distance, unless you are well protected.

Our European hornet has successfully colonised large areas of the UK, the south east and as far north as Nottinghamshire. The Asian hornet is found throughout France and Europe. It is only a matter of time before a stowaway or airborne insect makes the journey across the channel to arrive in Kent or Sussex to establish their first base. They are extremely strong fliers. We are awaiting this insect’s arrival. It is not a case of if but when, it will be turning up sometime soon.
For pest controllers the rules of engagement should include treating a nest with Ficam D. Common nest sites for the Asian hornet will be off branches high up in trees, 15m high and close to water.

One concern relating to the insects arrival is the threat to honey bees, the Asian hornet preys on honey bees and other pollen gathering insects, stalking them and waiting for workers returning to a hive where they are killed and taken away to their nest. Bee keepers should be vigilant; they may well be the first to spot this new insect building a nest. The new colony should be destroyed immediately before it can get established, not be allowed to be left for a full season, when there will be a new batch of fertilised Queens ready to hibernate over winter, to start the life-cycle over again in the spring. If this is the case, they will be here to stay.

For any assistance of free advice about stinging bugs or flying insects, call Pest Purge for immediate support and eradication, 01622 842481.

6:09 pm , May 11, 2016 0
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Once again we are starting to see wasps and hornets flying around, going about their business, nest making, pollinating and catching other insects. This is all fine until they want to join in with our BBQ’s, the smell of sweet relish, cooked sausages and jugs of Pims are all fair game for our yellow and black jacketed friends. To minimise any party disruption, keep an eye out for insects that keep coming and going from any potential nest sites. Likely spots are log piles, hedges, tree trunks, garden sheds, holes in the ground, up high under the guttering, in facias and soffits, under tiles and inside your loft space.

You will start to see the wasps making a continuous beeline to their entrance, popping in and out as they go about constructing their ornate nests
Reactions to stings vary…the earliest recorded death from a fatal wasp sting was King Menes of Egypt in about 3000 BC. Death from wasp stings is rapid, 66% of susceptible victims die within one hour of being stung.

Luckily for most of us, a severe reaction to the venom is unlikely. People are fairly tolerant to wasp stings and will just suffer some slight discomfort, inflammation and itchiness. There are 11 species found in the UK. A nest found at the end of the summer may have over 20,000 wasps living in it. They become problematic as peak worker numbers are reached during September and October, the wasps, drunk on fermenting fallen fruit, may become more aggressive and a greater nuisance.

To avoid any unwelcome fatalities or abandoned BBQ’s call Pest Purge for a same day extermination service, call Richard on 01622 842481.

10:05 am , August 20, 2015 0
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Pest Purge is getting calls on a daily basis to eradicate your wasps. Often you will see them dive-bombing and showing off with their aerial acrobatics, whizzing around your garden. By the end of the season, there may be as many as 20,000 yellow-jackets living in your loft, rent free. Talk about free-loaders! Get them out, get them evicted…vamoose.

The best spotting sites will be up under tile roofs (one of their favourites), facias, soffits, potting sheds and garages. They also like holes in the ground, shrubs and trees. If you are going up into your loft you will often see them flying around, attracted by the light, don’t hang around, give me a call…and a chance to be stung!

There are three main reasons for killing wasps; the first is because we can, the second is because they can sting you and the third is because they spoil our penchant for al fresco dining.
Wasps have no rights, as winged insects, like you and I. We can enjoy the right to roam, go to the pub and visit friends. Wasps prefer to fly rather than walk, they dive into beer and they have no friends. Enough said!

Wasp stings can be painful, even fatal. If you are stung by a wasp, you will likely be dead in 20 minutes if you have a severe allergic reaction which goes unaided. Some people only experience a mild reaction to the sting, feeling just a small prick. Others suffer varying degrees of discomfort from mild, Third Division, through to the Pemiere League “anaphylactic shock”, a sudden and massive immune reaction to the venom. Either way, whether your reaction is mild or severe, it pays to be cautious and keep your distance. If you are going to swat, be accurate, missing only makes them wilder.

The issue of wasps dining with us is significant. Have you noticed that within five seconds of laying the table outside, wasps are gathering and circling around, eyeing up your lobster sandwiches, the mouth-watering glass of sauvignon blanc and your fruity syllabub dessert. Their formation flying now takes on more purpose, their mission is to get you to abandon your food and get stuck-in for themselves. What treats we serve up for them, all manner of entomological digestive delights. The answer is to eat under a large army surplus mosquito net, safe from their formation flying and out of harms way. If you don’t have access to army surplus, try navy or air force or better still eat indoors, on a tray in front of the telly.

For discreet but effective wasp nest removal contact Richard Lee at Pest Purge. All squadrons of wasps and hornets dealt with.
PS Keep your eyes peeled for the Asian Hornet, soon to be arriving in the UK, it’s big, like a Lancaster bomber, you will not miss it if it flies past.

12:12 pm , June 7, 2015 0
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“A fat, middle aged fox caught in the autumn” was considered to have a wide range of healing powers. Time has long forgotten some of the mysteries surrounding the alleged curative properties of animal parts. You may wince at the list of palliative charms our ancestors used. Musk deer secretion is good for cardiac, circulatory and respiratory problems.

Now we have modern science based medicine, but for centuries folkloric unguents were used to heal and cure all manner of illnesses. Long before the fox was hunted by hounds and horses he was regarded as a medicinal source for those fortunate enough to afford the best medical attention. A distillation of Pulmone vulpis – fox’s lung, no less – and reduced to a sticky paste, was considered the right treatment for ulcers, especially on the leg. Not just his lungs, with the skin and entrails discarded, the flesh was trimmed off the skeleton and boiled. When the broth had cooled the fat would be skimmed off to make Oil of Fox, an ointment used to counter joint pain and rheumatic conditions. It was still being used in the early 19th century, as distilled in spring water it was considered a good treatment for chest ailments.

Moles were popular to in the 18th century. A live one held until it died was believed to confer healing powers on the hands that held it. A dead mole hung around the neck would prevent toothache. Powder rendered from a skinned and dried male mole was a cure for ague. As recently as 100 years ago the severed and dried hands of a mole were carried as a talisman to fend off a variety of physical problems and evil influences, a bit like a rabbit’s foot should bring you good luck.

The mole even claimed royalty as a victim or at least a molehill did. King William 111 died when his horse stumbled on a molehill and he was thrown breaking his collar bone and leading to his death from pneumonia.
The countryside was rife with these old wives tales, in 1963 a survey revealed 134 treatments for 73 conditions. Folk remedies that were to some extent still being practiced, never mind penicillin!
Boiled or roast mouse was documented as a treatment for sore throats, coughs, bronchial and pulmonary ailments. The sufferer of throat and chest complaints in some counties was told to swallow a live spider or drink milk first tasted by a ferret or fox (or by a weasel in the case of a fever). Alternatively, one could imprison a live spider in a linen or black silk bag and hang it around the neck. Cuts and nosebleeds could be stemmed with spider’s webs and fried mice were also good for smallpox.

What a wonderful assortment of cures, if the ailment didn’t get you, the cure probably would. Today, we have GP’s, the NHS and Pest Purge. For all your severed mole hands, or to avoid moles getting too established, call Pest Purge and get them under control.

8:26 am , May 14, 2015 0
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How about some space age technology to help fight the bedbugs. Pest Purge can use all the help it can get as the bedbugs are out in force! Bedbugs are the pestilance of modern man, they are crafty and have learnt to adapt to modern living, sucking our blood while we sleep and avoiding easy detection by being busy in the depths of night and due to their miniscule size.

Bedbugs believe it or not feature as part of the spin-off from the Rosetta space mission where we landed on a comet, part of the array of experiments and equipment on board included a gas chromagraph to separate out organic compounds on the surface of the comet, and a mass spectrometer to compare them with those found on Earth (called Ptolemy). A small portable bedbug detector that sniffs out the chemical signals they send to one another. Named APOLLO, the new bedbug detector being developed by a collaborative team is no bigger than a shoebox. A case of sniffing, separating and detecting. Bedbugs release pheromones to attract mates and to act as a warning to other bedbugs, APOLLO will hopefully be the latest innovation to track them down.

This bedbug monitor is being trialed in hotels in Manchester. For down-to-earth support in Kent to fight your bedbugs, call Pest Purge and get rid of them permanently.

1:57 pm , April 15, 2015 0
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I am often asked if I will guarantee bed bug treatments, “No” is the answer. They are difficult to treat but can be eradicated as long as a thorough approach is taken.

My best advice is:
Treat all residual insecticides as if they are contact sprays, in reality the residual element is minimal and short lived.
Fogging applications only drive the bed bugs deeper into their harbourages. Also, it is difficult for it to penetrate deep into tiny crevices where they may be hiding.

The best and most effective control in my experience comes from cooperation between the client and pest controller carrying out the treatment, the effectiveness of the treatment and management plan will ultimately depend on the level of consumer cooperation and this will ultimately determine the outcome.

Once a treatment has been carried out, if a retreatment is required, you should wait for four weeks before retreating with a different formulation, alternating between a pyrethroid and carbonate insecticide formulation.

You should seek specialist advice if you think that you have bed bugs and call in a professional like Pest Purge as soon as any signs are spotted.

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