With offices and business opening up after a long time closed you might find new residents moved in – RATS. We are getting calls this week from business owners how find that they have evidence of rodents in their building. When it comes to rodent infestations, time is of the essence. In addition to being highly intrusive, rodents also breed at a rapid pace, making their behaviour all the more destructive. This is how you know they are around –

To explain what this is - The insects take to the skies around this time every year for mating season in a phenomenon known as #FlyingAntDay. The flying ants are potential new female queens and male ants embarking on a mating flight. Once they have mated, on the wing, the females drop to the ground and attempt to start a new colony. Most of them will not make it, becoming bird food or dying before they are able to produce worker ants (their daughters) and develop a new colony. But some will go on to head up new colonies that will eventually produce their own flying ants. This annual phenomenal has already started for 2021. Read what the Independent.ie said HERE.

You may be hearing an unnerving buzz flitting around your ear – catching a glimpse of a skinny yellow-and-black body! It can mean only one thing, it’s wasp season. Our phone is buzzzzzing with calls about Wasp Nests – this is the peak season. The wasps will not do you any harm if left alone - these wasps who are actually a great source of gardening help – they’re essential pollinators but if you would like the nest removed, please call a professional as if they are disturbed or sense danger they will sting and they release a chemical alarm that signals to other wasps to attack.

As we reopen humans are coming back into the streets that the Birds have had control of during Lockdown especially the Seagulls and Pigeons! Their food sources include bins - scavenging from urban and commercial food waste and they have become used to not being disturbed. These birds carry many transferable diseases to humans. Seagull poo presents a health and safety hazard, with slips, trips and falls. Gulls can be aggressive at this time of year when they have young in the nest.

Mice need to find someplace warm to live which why you find them in homes, attics, and garages. One question we hear a lot is the difference between having one mouse or an infestation of mice. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to tell when you have a real problem going on. While it’s normal for a couple of mice to make it indoors, that’s all it should be. If you are actively seeing signs of mice in your home, this means there is an infestation. Mice are second only to humanity as the most populous mammals in urban areas. House mice are considered dangerous and destructive pests. Because they carry and transmit viruses, bacteria and other diseases, mice are considered to be troublesome pests.

After many months of your Hospitality Business being closed things might have changed inside. Pests may have had a chance to enter your premises. We are reminding businesses about the importance of remembering preventive pest control when getting ready to reopen. After the last lockdown, one restaurant had a stark reminder of the risks they face when reopening after a long period of inactivity. Luckily, they had called our pest control technician was on-hand to talk through the situation with the environmental health officer (EHO), which helped resolve the problem and the owner was happy with the result. Needless to say he has put a proper Pest Control Prevention Contract in place now!

If you see one ant, you may be sure there are thousands more where he came from. If an ant infestation occurs in your home, you’ll want to remove the problem fast as the nest can grow very big in a short time – especially if they find a good food source.

Check your houseplants and planters in your garden for swarms of ants, which might indicate nests under the soil. Discard any plants that appear to be infested. Stop ants from making homes in your plants by surrounding them with citrus rinds from either lemons or oranges.

Humans have tolerated the haughty demeanour of cats for at least 10,000 years, in large part because their furry feline friends are so good at keeping vermin, like mice, under control. But new research, published recently in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution shows that cats – while quite good at slaying small birds and mice – may have very little impact on rat populations.

In 2017, Fordham University's Michael Parsons made like a modern Pied Piper, microchipping and monitoring about 60 rats living in a Brooklyn, New York recycling center. The team manipulated the rat population by unleashing various rat pheromones to see how those chemicals would affect the rats' behaviours. These experiments had an unintended side effect, as feral cats, probably attracted by the smell of potential prey, slinked into the building. Read the full article HERE

Wasps can be bothersome and painful, but they're an important part of the natural ecosystem. For example, wasps pollinate flowers and prey on other insects and pests that damage crops and gardens.

When you see a wasp, do not swat it away. This Swatting movement will put the wasp in defence mode and make it more likely to sting you. If a wasp comes near you, the best thing to do is stay calm and slowly walk away. The HSE have some good information on Wasp Stings HERE

Stinging insects, like bees and wasps, can be a nuisance during the warmer months, when they are most active. We have more than 18 years’ experience in dealing with them. For information on our Wasp Treatment Service click here

When you call us out, we will thoroughly inspect the areas for Wasp nests and make sure everything is safe before we start. Ideally, we locate the nest or hive on your property, take necessary steps to prevent a swarm reaction to our activity and then determine if nest removal is possible and or apply a suitable pesticide to eradicate. The 3 Steps are

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