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At Flick we have adopted an Integrated Pest Management approach to the way we render our services. It’s a more ecologically and environmentally friendly model of commercial pest management.

In as much as “green” practices can be defined as those that conserve natural resources, i.e. practices that contribute minimally to pollution, protect health and property, and the fact that we do not rely entirely on the use of pesticides, we have rather adopted an approach and application of pesticides without the key element of inspection first. We also look at physical factors such as recommendations for our clients to adopt in terms of improving their housekeeping, stacking and pest exclusion techniques in terms of maintenance recommendations that would deny the pests from entering the premises.

These recommendations, along with educating our customers on the principles of basic pest control go a long way in proactively preventing pests from entering and thus excluding them from the premises, along with the need for lower volumes of pesticides been applied which is beneficial to the environment.

Our trained consultants and our registered technicians will initially look at a first line of defence that will enable us to intercept pests before they become a problem. This minimizes the use of pesticides, which would be the case in implementing a rodent control programme.

If all exclusion techniques are adhered to, along with effective housekeeping standards being maintained, along with good stacking and stock rotation that a client can implement goes a long way and works hand in hand with our integrated pest management approach, and thus some pest elimination can be accomplished from outside of one’s buildings; the less pesticides that will need to be applied, and our focus can be concentrated on inspections, monitoring and lastly controlling any infestation within our stipulated service agreement and guarantee period between routine inspections and services we provide our clients.

The Objective of Our Integrated Pest Management Program:

The objective of our Integrated Pest Management program is to effectively prevent and control pests internally and externally. Our primary goal is to ensure the health and safety of those visiting and working in the building come first when undertaking our service, but at the same time assisting to maintain an efficient, healthy environment for the client.

 Our program is based on inspection and monitoring, with insecticides being applied rather to higher risk areas of pest harbourage points.

Pest Control Application

Where non-toxic materials and methods are required to be applied within our Pest Management Program, these include:

  • Routine inspections
  • Positive identification of pests before corrective action or the application is undertaken
  • Insect Monitoring via the use of sticky glue board monitoring traps that are placed in high-risk areas the target insect is likely to be found on the premises.
  • Providing recommendations to the client pertaining to needed sanitation and maintenance improvements to prevent pest entry along with providing clients with feedback and instructions on removing the pests’ survival needs within their premises- which would be food, water or shelter
  • The use of mechanical traps or live traps to control rodents, which would need to be inspected on a day to day basis by a nominated trained personnel of the clients’ choice for health and hygiene reasons.
  • The use of insect light traps to monitor and control flying insects such as flies.
  • The use of Non-toxic monitoring blocks for rodents within tamper proof rodent stations. We make use of a non-toxic block called a Detex Block which is highly attractive for rodents, but is non-toxic, and is used only for monitoring and tracking purposes. The block contains an ingredient that when a rodent consumes the block, that their droppings appear and glow under ultra violet light conditions for tracking and monitoring purposes.

Where low-toxic materials and methods are required to be applied within our Pest Management Program, these include:

Insect baits containing a low-toxicity active ingredient for the target pest at hand such as: 

  • Ant Gel Bait (insect bait) this is applied indoors near ant entry points and where they are trailing and active.
  • Ant granule baits (insect bait) Granules are applied outdoors around ant nest holes and by areas where ants are trailing and active.
  • Cockroach Gel Baits (insect bait) Gel is applied indoors in possible harbourage points and high risk areas such as kitchens, cupboards, drawers, DB Boards etc.

 

Insect baits containing a low-toxicity active ingredient for the target pest at hand such as: 

  • Ant Gel Bait (insect bait) this is applied indoors near ant entry points and where they are trailing and active.
  • Ant granule baits (insect bait) Granules are applied outdoors around ant nest holes and by areas where ants are trailing and active.
  • Cockroach Gel Baits (insect bait) Gel is applied indoors in possible harbourage points and high risk areas such as kitchens, cupboards, drawers, DB Boards etc.

 

Application of registered pyrethrin based residual insecticide sprays:

When spray applications are required to be undertaken against pests that one cannot control by the use of gel or bait, such as fishmoths, fleas, mites etc we make use of only registered and SABS approved and tested pyrethroid based products that have the lowest toxicity levels and are the safest to apply for the target pest at hand.

A Pyrethroid or pyrethrins as the pesticide is classed in are defined as a class of organic compounds normally derived from Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium that have naturally occurring and potent insecticidal properties by targeting the nervous systems of insects. A Pyrethrin can also be synthetically made by industrial methods, but this also naturally occurs in chrysanthemum flowers, thus is often considered an organic insecticide, or at least when it is not combined with an adjuvant such as piperonyl butoxide or any other synthetic adjuvants.  The insecticidal and insect-repellent properties of Chrysanthemum flowers have been known and used for thousands of years, and by having this formulated within the makeup of the products we apply by the manufacturers, we ensure we apply the safest product at all times.

Rodent Control Practises:

 Registered Low secondary poison toxic rodent wax blocks which are multiple feed baits are used within tamper resistant rodent boxes for instances of controlling rodent infestations. In instances where non target mammals such as owls or cats are of concern in terms of secondary poison, we would make use of a product called Racumin, which has the lowest instance of secondary poisoning effect and it is endorsed by the Griffon Poison Information centre.

  • Where possible, non-toxic blocks are used for monitoring purposes. Corrective action treatments are undertaken where activity is found and toxic blocks will be made use of until such time that the infestation is under control.

Chemical Application Practices:

Flick will not store or dispose of any pest control materials on site. All empty pesticide containers we make use of are disposed of by a specialist Waste Management company that collects all our used containers.

All of Flicks Pest Control Technicians are licensed and registered in Structural Pest Control and certified in the types of applications they undertake. All applications are undertaken with health and safety practises set as a priority.

Flick is here to provide a solution for any pest control solution, Pest Management Practise or concerns you may encounter regarding the services- give us a ring, drop us an email or be in touch on our website or drop us a comment on our blog or social media platforms

Author: Stuart Steele

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