Common Commercial/Food premises Pests

Stored Product insect

Stored product insects” is a general term given to any insect capable of infesting the raw materials used in food and feed manufacture. They generally live, feed and breed within the commodity but some stages of their life cycles may migrate away from the stored product where cross infestation of other stored materials or finished products may occur or, if hygiene standards are poor, the insects may become established in the building fabric or inside production machinery.
When infestations become heavy, insects can readily be seen crawling on the surface of a stored commodity or flying in the storage area. Heavy infestations of stored product insect pests can result in severe financial losses, influence the quality of the products produced and affect the efficiency of production operations.

Frequent monitoring for infestation is recommended so that treatments can be initiated to eradicate insect activity before numbers rise to significant levels. This can be done with the use of a wide range of insect monitors such as pheromone traps, pit fall traps, cone traps, dome traps, and general blunder traps along with a detailed inspection of the building and stock.
As with most control strategies an integrated approach to control is vital and should involve close management of hygiene, insect monitoring, stock rotation, general building and plant maintenance and the application of pesticides.

 

 


Cockroaches

The two most common varieties of cockroach found in Northern Europe are the Germa and the oriental. They are usually found in warm, moist environments so underneath refrigerators, near plumbing systems and in any cracks and crevices are where they are most likely to be found. Cockroaches seek cover during the daytime and are most active at night.
Monitoring programmes should be in place before, during and after any efforts in dealing with a cockroach infestation. This tells you how large the problem is, where the main concentrations are and how effective the strategies in place are working. 
Good hygiene practice is essential in the control of cockroaches, as is the reduction of potential harbourage in the areas suggested by the traps as being the most infested. Any holes, cracks or crevices must be caulked, painted or sealed shut bearing in mind that the first instar of the young German cockroach can fit in a gap of less than 1mm. Before starting, these areas should be washed to eliminate any eggs, food material or waste that has accumulated. 
Where infestations are present Pestlogic will carry out one of the following - insecticidal surface sprays, space sprays and insecticidal baits. Surface sprays are applied to a particular area and generally need reapplication throughout the developmental period of the particular species. Space sprays tend to be used on a regular basis until the infestation is under control and to flush cockroaches out of their harbourages and onto an insecticide that is placed around the perimeter of the room. Baits have the advantage of being safer for pets and children and only need to be placed near a particular harbourage.

 

 


Rats/Mice

Rodents need to gnaw constantly as their teeth grow at a highly paced rate throughout their lives. This can lead to damage to pipe work, electrical cables and actual buildings, causing fires, floods and expensive repair bills – hence the need for rodent control.
Rodents carry an alarming amount of diseases such as tuberculosis, salmonella, gastro- enteritis, rat bite fever, leptospirosis and numerous others, all of which have serious health implications. Their droppings and fur will also contaminate food preparation surfaces and foodstuffs. Rodents are incontinent and consequently foul wherever they travel.
Rodents also breed at an accelerated speed. As a yardstick it is estimated that if two mice were left in a building with a food source for twelve months their population would grow to 2000.
With many insurance companies no longer insuring against rodent damage, it is important that this pest is excluded from premises with the latest rodent control techniques before they cause damage.

 

 


Bed Bugs
Bed Bug populations seem to be generally on the rise, and in some cities have reached epidemic proportions. Bed Bugs have been found infesting homes, hotels, student accommodation and even public transport, and the number of reported cases is increasing exponentially. It has reached the point where some city councils have been forced to draft legislation to help deal with the problem that is now affecting hundreds of thousands of people.
Bed Bugs are small, nocturnal insects that live by feeding on the blood of warm-blooded animals - with a strong preference for people.  Bed Bugs are wingless in all stages of development, almost social animals, that like to be in contact with each other when resting, and prefer living in tight spaces such as cracks.
Adult Bed Bugs are about four millimeters long, flattened "top-to-bottom" (an advantage when living in cracks), and usually dark brown in color due to the blood meal contents of their gut. Nymphs are considerably smaller, to the point of being difficult to identify with the naked eye.

Bed Bugs consume a considerable amount of blood at each feed (proportionate to their size), and swell during feeding. This size increase would prevent the Bed Bug from returning to their preferred resting cracks, so they excrete the excess water from their meal, retaining only the nutrients and solids. This excreta causes black sticky marks to be left by feeding Bed Bugs near their daytime resting area.
Surprisingly bite marks are often the first signs that Bed Bugs are even present. To avoid retaliation from the host, Bed Bugs inject an anesthetic through their mouth parts before starting to feed, so the host is usually unaware of any feeding activity. This, and their very secretive behavior, can allow Bed Bug populations to develop into significant numbers before treatment is even considered.
Bed Bugs can survive for long periods without feeding - over a year under some circumstances. Feeding by Bed Bugs may also be seasonal in unheated premises, as they enter a type of hibernation if the temperature drops below 13 degrees Celsius for any extended time.

More serious than the disease potential is the plain discomfort suffered by those bitten by Bed Bugs, both physically and psychologically. Physically, the bites cause a wide variety of reactions from mild itching to rashes, widespread weals and significant distress. Psychologically, there is no one immune from the very real fear of being "eaten alive" by Bed Bugs while they sleep.
Bed bug control is becoming an important part of pest control for many businesses.We offer bed bug treatment and expert advice tailored to your needs for effective bed bug control. Our bed bugs service offers professional, convenient solutions.

 

 

 

Flies
Food is the main reason that flies (such as house files, fruit flies & blow flies) are attracted into different properties such as pubs, resteraunts and food factories. This is because it is a perfect environment for fly larvae to grow.
Flies are potential carriers of a wide range of diseases such as dysentery, gastroenteritis and E.coli. Diseases are spread via their feet as they move from decaying matter to food and other surfaces. Fly control is an important part of pest control for all businesses. Problems with flies and a fly infestation can project an unhygienic and unhealthy environment to both employees and customers. For businesses such as pubs and resteraunts fly control is absolutely critical. We offer various fly control methods such as electric fly killers, traps, insecticidal treatments and expert advice tailored to your needs, for effective fly control.

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