Archive for May, 2016

The phone rang today with regards to bedbugs and since the summer holidays are coming I thought that I would remind about the importance of checking your accommodation wherever you go in the world. Hotels etc are very much aware of the situation regarding bedbugs and will check for them, however accommodation can be  infested very quickly with new guest coming and going. Below are some tips before going on your travels:

  1. Seal your suitcase with suitable materiel, you can get this done at an airport if you wish.
  2. On arrival in your room do not unpack
  3. Pull back the sheets and look for fecal marks on ridge of mattress
  4. Check the bedhead again look for any fecal marks or insects
  5. If you do see anything, report it immediately
  6. If you are happy enough unpack and seal your suitcase once more
  7. Enjoy your holiday

Let’s face nobody likes to talk about this subject, however  over the years I have met many people who have had an added extra to their holiday when they come home. Here is a link to let you know what we are up against.

http://bbc.in/1T3nDjJ

Pigeons under solar panels

The phone has been ringing lately regarding pigeons getting under solar panels, this can be a real problem as we had one lady where the company refused to come back and deal with a problem she was having with the panels, it was a catch 22, get rid of the birds and we will come back, she had no choice but to get us in to remove the pigeons and seal the panels.

Birds are very sheltered under the panels and this is an ideal area for them to breed. This can cause a lot of pigeon mess in the area and it may build causing a a smell and even insects to appear in the home. they may also damage any of the parts underneath the panels and invalidate the warranty.

So what can we do for you as pest controllers, the good news is that something can be done, Aberkil can mesh off the area to prevent access by the pigeons without any harm to the birds. If you need help to prevent pigeons getting under your solar panels just call

 

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I was reading some news last week about a wasp nest that decided to set up home on an instrument panel of a plane of all places, I just hope it was not in mid air at the time.

It reminded me me of some of the strange places I had seen wasp nests during my time in pest control. the first one I remember was a call out to the Royal Mail where a nest was inside the actual post box , seemingly the postman is still running. Another day we had a call to deal with a massive roll of cable that was going offshore, as soon as the crane moved it there was pandemonium as all the roughy toughy riggers ran for their lives.

My online pest control  friends have let me know of some of the strange places they have seen them, here is a small list:

Inside a curtain in an O.A.P Home

Toilet ceiling, that was in use

On bird netting

The last one that I will mention is an outdoor playhouse, this can be a very dangerous situation, unfortunately it is usually children who find them first. My advice to parents is to check the inside of these houses on a weekly basis, check all around the corners, roof and behind doors. You may choose to tackle this yourself using a spray or dust from a hardware store, however I would suggest using a local pest control service.

Please take care around wasp nests and treat them with respect as they can be nasty if you upset them.

 

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We are getting our kit ready here at Aberkil for the wasp season, that’s making sure the pumps are working and having a good supply of dust etc. The operators are getting their PPE ready which consists of head and face protection, gloves and beekeeper suit.
this made me search the internet to see what was happening in other areas of the country and according to the Express and Star firefighters were sent to a premises In Walsall to deal with a fire that had been caused by someone trying to smoke them out.

Over the years people have phoned and asked me how to get rid of wasps, after the call some decide that they are going to try to do the job for themselves and in their words “,I am going to smoke em out”. here is a thought, would your insurance cover you?, is it worth the risk for the sake of a few pounds.
Do not phone the fire brigade , phone us first.

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