Tag Archives: pestcontrol

The (all too) Common Furniture Beetle

12 Oct


The effects of woodworm can be catastrophic; wooden structures, if contaminated, can collapse and leave a building in complete disrepair. Woodworm is the generic term for all wood-boring insects; the creature most likely to be munching its way through your wooden structures is the Common Furniture Beetle. These insects are most likely to be introduced to a property via previously contaminated timber, canes and planks of wood or old furniture. Need I say, it’s important to look out for the ‘signs’ of woodworm before that old barn comes crashing down or….. Grandma’s chair gives way.

So! Look for holes – fresh ones – round in shape with sharp edges. Also, keep an eye out for bore dust below the wood (i.e. on the floor), this is caused by an emerging insect and is a sure giveaway that CFB’s are in the building (literally). Floorboards or roof structures that have been infected will often have ‘crumbly’ edges where the insects’ tunnelling has begun to break down the wood’s structure.

Although there are a number of different types of wood-boring insect, the principals for treating all woodworm cases are very much the same – all treatments are designed to disrupt the life cycle stages with a course of insecticide.

So, watch out barn conversions, listed buildings, churches and any kind of pine or soft wood structure – woodworm is at large. Visit the webpage for more information:

Kitchens at risk by new Argentine invaders!!

10 Jun

AbateDon’t panic Mr Mainwaring!  We are not just about to have a re-run of the Falklands War.  Our kitchens and patios are under attack as we speak by an aggressive little army of no less than Argentine ants.  What on earth is an Argentine ant and is it so different to our common or garden ant that always seem to march around the back door.

These little critters just love the warm weather that we are having and are very happy living indoors, particularly in your kitchen cupboards or under your cooker and they just love our common garden ant…so much so that they will attempt to wipe out our indigenous ants; grrrr.  I’m sorry to say as well that the usual sprays and powders may just make the situation worse if you find these marching through your kitchen and they will need to be treated by pest management – some insecticides may even make the colony even bigger as in the mediterranean coast, where one stretches for almost 4000 miles…yes, I did say, 4000 miles; incredible. 

So as a bit of a warning, if you do have these in your home or garden, please do not use the proprietary sprays and powders as the situation will just be made worse and you could see the trail extending way beyond your garden gate!

Friday 13th, pest control and environmental health

13 May

Well, I will start with a little information about what I do at work – so this is the serious bit! It’s all about balancing ‘best practice’ with statutary requirements and what the EHO actually thinks!

Generally it is good practice to have pest control at your premises, however, it is frowned upon by the Environmental Health Officers if pest control is not in place.

How much damage to your business and reputation would you have should a pest problem occur or a rat be seen by the general public? You risk being fined by the EHO and prosecution by the general public; up to £20,000 per offence and it does happen on a weekly basis.

So, a pest control package where we place a rodent and insect monitoring programme in place and carry out 8 visits per annum, spread out approximately 6/7 weeks apart is better than ‘best pratice’. Why? For your peace of mind.

The benefits of a pest control package are that you are covered by due diligence. As long as you have acted on the advice given by your local technician regarding housekeeping, proofing and stacking, you have proved you are taking a course of action. The chances of any prosecution is absolutely minimal, minimal risk of any pest being seen by the general public and shows consideration and care for your business. Is it worth taking a risk? Probably not.

We offer a free site survey  where a field surveyor can carry out a detailed inspection of your premises, highlighting any pest activity, proofing and housekeeping issues that might affect levels of pest control.