Here at Bounty Pest Control
we cover all types of Pest Control
whether it be for your Commercial, Industrial, Agricultural or Domestic premises.
We are members of the npta (National Pest Technicians Associations) and deal with all kind or pests
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. Common Pests and their treatment ANTS
Our ant treatments involve the use of residual insecticides. These are applied to the areas where ants are mainly active and will penetrate the nest. The areas treated must be avoided whilst wet and must be left without vacuuming for a minimum of 14 days.
ANTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE SEEN DURING THE TREATMENT.
Ants inhabit many areas but particularly those with sandy soil. Workers enter the building through cracks in the brickwork and around windows, these ants follow trails and when a food source is found information is communicated back to the nest, this results in large numbers of ants following the trail from the nest to the food.
Nest openings can be distinguished by small piles of earth. During the summer small winged males and larger females mate and at this time the ants will be seen in large numbers, both airborne and on the ground, the female then hibernates and become next years queen. In the spring the new queen lays a batch of eggs, which take 22-28 days to hatch, and the cycle begins again. MOLES
Our mole treatments is carried out using 3 different methods - trapping, gassing and poisoning, each of these methods are effective. However some are dependent on the location of the mole and the type of establishment you own and in some cases your patience will be required!
Moles belong to the insectivore family; they grow between 14-16cm and weigh 100-150grms. Breeding takes place in February and March and a litter of 4 or 5 are born 42 days later. The young are pushed out of the nest at 1 month of age and become sexually mature in 1 year.
The moles favorite food is earthworms and each mole will only eat enough to satisfy its appetite, which can be anything between 70-100% of its own body weight this will explain why sometime when baiting extra visits are required. MICE Mouse History:
Originated in the steppes of Central Asia. Reportedly found in this country as early as the 9th Century, when and how will continue to remain unsolved.
Certainly as agricultural parctices improved man's harvests, the need for greater storage facilities were created thus providing more food and nest sites for mice & rats.
It will drink water if available but can survive on food with a moisture content of 15%.
It is omnivorous, feeding from a number of different points.
Whole wheat, which has been partly eaten by mice, has a kibbled appearance whilst whole grain, partly eaten by rats, has a cut of chopped appearance. Mouse Treatment
Our mouse treatments are carried out using the 'pulse baiting' method (see Rats).
The house mouse is extremely inquisitive and can produce up to 80 droppings in 24 hours. They have a gestation period of approximately 3 weeks and the size of the litters can vary enormously from 4 to 16 young.
An average female will produce 7 to 8 litters per year and is sexually mature between 8 to 10 weeks. The house mouse can gain entry into a building via holes as small as 7mm. RATS Rat History:
Originated from Asia & China.
First recorded at the begining on the 18th century They were refered to as Norway rats because they were thought to have travelled from the east on Norwegian timber ships.
It must drink water daily unless the food source is extremely moist
They are considered omnivorous but if available cereals seem preferred.
They eat on average one tenth of their body weight each day
It explores locations quite freely. However, it does have a fear of new objects. This is known as neophobia and this should be taken into account when baits are checked after an initial treatment. Rat Treatments:
Our rat treatments are carried out using a method called 'pulse baiting', whereby, poison is laid initially and then subsequent follow-up visits are carried out at 7 to 10 day intervals. This ensures that the whole nest population gets a lethal dose of poison and that surrounding wildlife is not harmed through secondary poisoning.
Brown rats are notoriously cautious new objects and food sources and may take a few days before they start to eat the bait. They have a gestation period of 3 weeks and have a litter of 7 or 8. Each felame can produce 3 to 6 litters per year and is sexually mature between 10 to 12 weeks. FLEAS Fleas Key features:
The flea is small at around 2 mm long, reddish brown in colour and is flattened laterally, a feature which enables it to move easily amongst the hair of its vertebrate host. The eyes are apparent as are the antennae, and the mouthparts, adapted for piercing and sucking, are typically seen projecting downwards from the head.
After mating, the female flea lays several hundred eggs in batches after each blood meal. The eggs are small (0.5 mm) white & oval in shape.
From the egg emerges the larval stage which is again white in colour, legless but covered in large bristles. The larvae are not blood suckers but feed on general organic debris. When mature the flea larva is about 5 mm long & it spins a cocoon of silk which very quickly get covered in a large amount of dust & debris.
The pupa develops within the silken cocoon & when triggered by subtle stimuli such as vibration, the adults emerge to feed. Flea Treatments
Our flea treatments involve the use of residual insecticides. There is no vapour action from these insecticides and they do not cause breathing problems, even for asthmatics. Any areas treated must not be vacuumed or swept for at least 14 days.
When first applied, the areas treated will be wet and at this stage any contact with bare skin must be avoided as the wet insecticide is an irritant.
Flea bites are not always immediately apparent and because we all react differently it can take some time for signs to appear, causing confusion as to when the bite took place.
Pets bedding should be washed in hot detergent or destroyed, vacuum cleaner bags destroyed and all affected pets should be treated with an adulticide (seek veterinary advice). Note that products containing insect growth regulators may not kill adult fleas.
Fleas will remain dormant in unoccupied premises and will be stimulated to emerge by the vibrations set up by a passing host.
FLEAS WILL STILL BE OBSERVED DURING THE 14-DAY TREATMENT, this is due to the emergence of new adults and elimination should not be expected until the 14-day cycle is completed. High temperatures and humidity will favour the development of infestations. WASPS
Our wasp treatments are dealt with on a 'one-off' visit. After the nest had been treated, keep well away for at least an hour and exercise caution until all activity has ceased.
The entire nest can take up to 48 hours to be completely eradicated. Wasps are reasonably beneficially to us in the early stages of a nest by destroying common garden pests (greenfly etc..); this aids the growth of the nest.
It is autumn before they become a real pest when the redundant workers fly off in search of sugary foods and fruit. There are 6 species of wasp found in the UK but only 2 enter buildings.
Their nests are built of a papery substance, made when the workers mix wood scraped from trees, fence panels etc.., with saliva. FLIES Cluster Flies (pollenia rudis)
Cluster flies are attracted to buildings because of pheromones deposited by other cluster flies; this in turn means that it is always an ‘on-going’ problem which is particularly worse in mild seasons. Very cold weather will cause them to be dormant and because of this you will not see them in large numbers. However, they do not nest in buildings, they merely hibernate and because of this on warm days the flies are stimulated and they appear ‘often’ around windows.
These pests are extremely difficult to control because as we treat and eliminate the flies in the buildings more are attracted in from outside because of the pheromone scent, thus giving the appearance that the treatment has been unsuccessful.
The most successful and modern treatment for cluster flies is known as a ‘ULV’ treatment, this incorporates minute particles of insecticide which are airborne and will seek out the areas where flies collect and eliminate them, the drawback is that this type of treatment is not residual and if flies continue to be seen further treatments will be necessary.
Because of the irregularity of sightings we rely on our customers to inform us of when the flies are present and we then schedule a visit, if flies are seen after this visit we again rely on customer feedback, in many cases several regular visits are needed to improve the situation and alternately one visit may be enough to temporarily solve the problem. Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.'s)
Q- I have had a wasp nest treated, do I now need to remove the nest?
A- No, wasps never re-inhabit an old nest.
Q- My property has been treated for ants, will I get ants again after this infestation?
A- It is likely that unless the nest is located and destroyed, future generations of ants will re-inhabit old nests. Unfortunately, most nests are under house foundations and cannot be accessed. Our treatment comes with a guarantee of 6 months.
Q- I am still seeing ants/fleas after my property has been treated?
A- This is quite normal for 14 days following a treatment. You only need to call us if you see ants/fleas after the initial 14 days!
Q- My property has been treated, but I am still seeing rats/mice?
A- This is quite normal, once baits have been laid it is likely that you will still rats/mice for several weeks.
Q- Can I lay traps of poison myself, while you are treating my propery?
A- No, this is not advisable for 2 reasons. 1: You may cause poisoning to any other 'non-target' species (cats/birds) if too much poison is laid. 2: The bait you set on your traps may be more palatable, causing them to eat the bait, not the poison.
Q- You have been treating our property for rats/mice and now we have a smell, can anything be done?
A- If a rodent had died in your house, the smell will take anything between 2-4 weeks to go. If possible, and if you can find it, the body should be removed. I f you cannot find the body, strong deodorisers can be used to mask the smell.
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We hope that this page, along with our website will be a useful guide to common infestations and the treatments available. We are always available to come out and discuss your problem and provide you with the right solution.