How to get rid of flies

29 Aug

There are over 110,000 species of flies in the world and over 7,000 in the UK. They are considered pests because of the range of diseases they can spread from gastroenteritis and dysentery to Salmonella and E. coli.

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Left untreated a few flies can quickly turn into a hazardous problem – especially for restaurants and kitchens. What starts off as a seemingly innocuous situation can rapidly turn into a full blown infestation.

Calling in a professional pest management company is the best way to ensure that flies are completely eradicated from any commercial or domestic premises.

At Abate we have a range of treatments we can use to make sure we clear your home or commercial premises quickly and discreetly.  From fly screens, to electronic fly killers (EFKs), to sprays and glue boards. We will inspect your site, discuss the issues we find and agree with you on the best solution for your fly problem whether this be fly screens or fly control units.

This month we were called in to install fly screens in a school kitchen in Newport, Essex. We can make and fit made-to-measure fly screens for any window or door. These keep the flies out while still letting the fresh air in.  All our insect screens for windows have mitred corners and a flat smooth face that make them unobtrusive and easy to clean.

We also have a range of EFKs suitable for use in different locations. Some are designed for public areas – such as restaurants, bars, hotels, retail shops where fly control needs to be hidden from view, others are more suitable for problems areas which the public don’t access – such as kitchens.

This month saw us carrying out servicing and maintenance on some EFKs for a company in the Innovation Centre in Cambridge. The work included changing the glue boards in their units.

At Abate not only can we install fly control units we also service and maintain them. We will regularly change the glue boards and lamps in the EFKs and, if you are in the food production or packaging sector, we can also carry out fly counts. Monitoring and recording both the number and species of fly caught to enable quick identification of any regular pest issues.

If you would like help or advice with a fly problem in your home or business, contact the Abate team on 0800 9809797 or check out the pest control website.

Squirrels: pests or cute wildlife?

26 Aug

Keeping rodents under control is vitally important in any commercial or domestic premises. While we all appreciate the problems rats and mice can cause, many people are less aware that squirrels can cause significant damage and health problems if they get into buildings.

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Squirrels may enter buildings looking for food and shelter and when this happens they can cause a great amount of damage to products and to the fabric and structure of buildings. In rare cases, they can also pose a health hazard to humans. They particularly like loft areas in commercial and domestic buildings where they chew through wires, make a lot of noise, set off alarms and build nests out of the loft insulation.

It is important to call in the professionals to deal with any squirrel problems. It is against the law to release a Grey Squirrel into the wild so a professional approach is always advised. Red Squirrels are protected under the Wildlife and Conservation Act 1981 so it is important that managing wildlife such as squirrels should be left to the professionals. Not only can we ensure the current problem is eradicated meeting all legal guidelines and protections we can also ensure that all possible measures are taken to avoid a repeat of the problem occurring in the future.

Our team has been helping Cambridge County Council sort out a squirrel problem they have recently had in one of their care buildings. The squirrels had been nesting in the roof, using the loft insulation material and chewing through cables. We removed the nests, created and installed a bespoke metal mesh to fit onto all the guttering to prevent re-infestation.

We have a range of live cage traps, baits and proofing methods we can employ. Not only can we sort out the problem with the existing squirrels we can ensure your premises is effectively proofed against the pests returning and gaining access. We will check any traps on a daily basis and will check for entry points to ensure the squirrels are not able to get back into the premises.

Abate Pest Management is an ISO registered company which means we can meet the administrative demands of large businesses including an advanced service for food grade premises, packaging and pharmaceuticals that meet Soil Association, BRC and TFMS specifications.

If you would like help or advice with a squirrel problem in your home or business, contact the Abate team on 0800 9809797. We have a range of traps, baits and proofing measures we can use. Alternatively, visit our website.

Are you selling or buying a house? Did your survey detect suspected wood boring pests?

27 Jul

Could your property be at risk of damage due to wood boring insects? When it comes to the damage caused by woodworm within our properties it typically depends on the type of wood boring beetle that is attacking the timber. At Abate we provide a full and detailed report and estimate service for house purchases and also for our various remedial and building projects from design to completion.

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We are all guilty of not caring for our property from time to time, however identifying property problems are not very easy if you don’t know what to look out for. There are many small signs to help you identify emerging property problems both externally and internally. Identifying issues and acting upon them early means that the treatment is going to be more cost effective in the long run.

Not all woodworm leave the same signs but here are a few key signs of a woodworm infestation:

  • Bore dust – (frass) Caused by emerging adult beetles, usually visible below the infested timber.
  • Fresh exit holes – There will be evidence of old emergence/exit holes at one or several locations on any exposed beams and timbers.
  • Tunnels in wood – Around the corners or edges to roof joists or floorboards.
  • Dead beetles – Usually found near the infested timber or around nearby windowsills.
  • Adult beetles – These will tend to emerge from timbers between May and October.
  • Woodworm larvae – Usually a creamy-white colour and curved in shape.

How much damage can woodworm cause?

Depending on the density of the timber and the age of the building, there might not be a great deal of immediate structural damage but if the active areas are left untreated they will become weaker over several years. Adult woodworm will only live for a few weeks, emerging from new fresh holes and often leave a powder on the ground called frass. They will mate and lay eggs back into the emerged holes and the whole cycle/process starts again. They have at least a 2-year life cycle but usually no more than 5 years. Ultimately the amount of harm caused by woodworm will depend on the species of beetle and the type of wood.

What treatment would we recommend?

If you are in any doubt about the presence of woodworm in your home, then a woodworm survey from a professionally qualified woodworm surveyor will be able to identify this using their experience and specialist equipment. Our surveyors will perform a detailed woodworm survey before recommending any treatments. With years of experience and qualifications, our surveyors are the best in the business when it comes to diagnosing a property problem and creating a bespoke treatment plan for your property.

During any treatment stage it is important that correctly trained and skilled staff are used who have the knowledge in specialist timber treatments. This would include wearing the correct PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), safety clothing, facemasks etc.

The whole dwelling would be guaranteed by us for 20 years and also underwritten by an insurance company via (SBG) Specialist Building Guarantee. Abate Pest Management can provide solutions for property issues for a range of customer types, including private and public housing, commercial properties, heritage sites and listed buildings.

If you would like to have a timber survey and report for wood boring insects, please contact the Abate team on 01953 603390 or visit our Woodworm services website.

The Zika Virus – Here Are The Facts

25 Jul

Everyone knows how annoying and painful mosquitoes can be. If you’ve heard about the Zika virus and are wondering what it is and whether you are at risk, you’re not alone. The first human case of a Zika infected disease was detected in Nigeria in 1954 but since then there have been further outbreaks in Africa, South East Asia and the Pacific Islands since. However in May 2015 it was reported in Brazil and since then it has spread rapidly.

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What is the Zika virus?

The Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted infection spread to people primarily through the bite of an Aedes mosquito. They are found throughout the Americas except for Canada and Chile where it is too cold for them to survive. If they drink the blood of an infected person they can then infect subsequent people they bite.

Although the symptoms are quite mild lasting up to a week, if the Zika virus is caught during pregnancy it can cause a serious birth defects. Zika doesn’t naturally occur in the UK but if you have travelled to areas that do have Zika, such as the Caribbean or the Pacific islands, in the last 6-8 months then we recommend you talk to your doctor about your travel. To diagnose Zika, your doctor will ask you about recent travel and any symptoms you might be experiencing. They might collect blood or urine samples to test for Zika or similar viruses.

What are the symptoms of the Zika?

  • Mild fever.
  • Conjunctivitis (red, sore eyes).
  • Headache.
  • Joint pain.
  • A rash.

How do people get infected with Zika?

The Zika virus is often spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, but it can also be sexually transmitted by men infected with Zika to both female and male partners. If your male partner has or had Zika, or travelled to an area where Zika is spreading, condom use is advised for at least six months.

Here are some facts about mosquitos in the UK:

  • They can develop from eggs to adults in just six to ten days.
  • They are found close to still water, where their larvae feed and develop.
  • They seem to be attracted to dark colours.
  • Mosquitoes will normally bite you at dawn or dusk.

The team at Abate have over 70 years of combined experience in solving a multitude of pest problems. We specialise in providing targeted solutions for a number of pest types with tailored services depending on the severity and environment of the infestation. Our skilled technicians can help with both commercial and domestic pest problems across the whole of East Anglia.

Are you facing a mosquito problem in your home or at your business premises? For your free site audit, why not call our team on 08009 809767. We are more than happy to answer and questions or queries you may have. You can also visit our website for more information on our products and services.

Drone technology for pest control

27 Jun

Proud to be one of only a few companies in the region to be using drone technology to service high rise buildings.

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Over the past few months we have seen a significant increase in the number of call outs to install bird proofing products on both domestic and commercial properties. In order to maintain our high level of service we decided it was time to invest in the latest technology. So far it has proved a huge success, enabling us to inspect properties more efficiently and identify if pests such as seagulls are nesting on your roof tops using thermal sensors. We can provide CCTV footage of rooftops through the use of our 60ft pole.

Rain gutters and downpipes are a particular problem area when it comes to birds. Over time the bird droppings and any nests that are made in these areas can create a blockage. This can result in rainwater overflowing causing wood to decay, structural damage and possibly causing significant damage to rendering. These are all quite expensive problems to fix, so we believe that with the use of our new drone we will be able to service a wider range of properties. It will increase our safety when working at a height and it offers time and cost efficiencies in the long run. All the data captured from our drone can be processed by a smartphone or tablet, reducing the need to send people to investigate.

The drones that we use have custom built professional systems allowing us to view high resolution footage of the problem areas. The potential is extremely exciting news for the agricultural industry. Farmers will be able to see what the drone is looking at in real time, meaning that they can track the pest’s movements, secure their location and prevent them from harming their crops or livestock.

There are a wide range of bird proofing systems on the market today and with our expertise we can recommend the best method to control your bird problems. From netting, post-and-wire systems, spikes or gel systems to the latest in bird proofing technology – the Avishock system.

If you have a bird pest problem and would like further information, please call us for free on 0800 980 9609. You’ll also find some useful information at www.abateltd.co.uk/interior/bird_control

The Brown Tail Moth

24 Jun

While most of us welcome the summer months, the arrival of a new pest could make you think twice about spending lots time in your garden. The brown tail moth are often found along the coast of south eastern England living in vast colonies. They are known to build webs that can house several hundred caterpillars. Not only do brown tail moth caterpillars cause devastation among your plants but if you are particularly unlucky, they can cause irritation to your skin and potentially leave quite a nasty rash.

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Brown tail moth caterpillars emerge during late spring/early summer, eating the buds and leaves from nearby bushes and trees. Although the caterpillars prefer hawthorn or blackberry bushes, they will eat practically any type of tree or bush. Heavily infested trees are weakened by the loss of leaves, meaning that the likelihood for fruit that year is dramatically decreased. This is particularly irritating for gardeners as it means all their hard work goes to waste. Not only does it cause a problem to your vegetation but it also releases hairs into the air which can cause skin irritation and can affect some people quite severely.

How do I spot them?

Brown tail moth caterpillars are roughly 3-4cm long and they have a distinctive spotted pattern of red and orange dots against its dark brown body. They carry spiked and barbed hairs, so if you come into contact with them you might find you develop a rash. This can be a particular problem for anyone who suffers with asthma as it is possible that these hairs could be inhaled, and if precautions aren’t taken, could cause breathing difficulties.

What should I do if I have an infestation?

The best way to check if you have an infestation of brown tail moth caterpillars is to check to see whether any of your trees or bushes have lost a significant amount of leaves. The caterpillars tend to live in groups or “tents” which are nests they create between small branches. These clumps of cobweb like material will release irritant hairs when disturbed. It is important to take protective measures when carrying out any treatment. Always wear thick clothing, rubber gloves and welly boots so that you cover all bare skin where possible to prevent coming into contact with the caterpillars. If you are spraying insecticide follow the instructions carefully and take note of any recommended safety measures. If you are looking for a much simpler option that will save you time and money then call our skilled team at Abate. With over 55 years combined experience in solving a multitude of pest problems across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire we are always on hand to solve your pest problems.

If you have a problem with moths and would like further information, please call us for free on 0800 980 9609 or call 01953 603390.  Alternatively you can purchase a treatment to deal with your moth problem through our online shop http://www.abateltd.co.uk/product.asp?page_id=33&prodCat=1

Wasp Nest Removal – Summer 2016

23 May

Abate Pest Control destroys wasp nests quickly and safely

Abate Pest Management make sure your visitors are safe and do not feel threatened when they come round to visit.  Wasps can be found in a wide variety of places from nesting underground, in cavities or trees, in bushes, sheds and garages as well as houses in places such as loft spaces.

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Wasps are usually present from May through to September and it can be easily said that you may be facing a problem with one.  Our qualified team can free you from your wasp nest problem in a variety of ways and will assess the situation and place of infestation before taking up the appropriate treatment in removing the wasp nest. We dust an insecticide powder around the entrance of the nest which contaminates the worker wasps as they return to their nest as well as spraying an insecticide directly onto the nest.

“Had Abate in for a wasps nest at home… very happy with speed of response, quality of work and dead wasps within 20 minutes. Chap attending site very professional and all paperwork correct and in order. I like to check the service out sometimes, when I have a reason and you passed with flying colours!!  Many Thanks” – Brian at Norse Care

We advise that wasp nest removal should not be undertaken by untrained persons in any circumstance.  Abate Pest Management can provide you with the quickest and safest option.

Are you facing a wasp nest problem and would like a professional wasp nest removal treatment? For your free site audit, why not call our team on 08009 809767; we are more than happy to answer and questions or queries you may have.  To find out more information you can visit our wasp nest removal page on our website today.