There is a big misconception people have over pests and the need for pest control…
There are various forms of pest control services that our Company provides to control and limit the numbers of pests/ vermin that one may encounter on your premises. The three most commonly encountered pests are ants, cockroaches and rodents.
Below is some information about them and a brief overview of their control
1. Ant treatments
Due to our very favourable climate, South Africa has a very diverse range of insect species, with one of them being ants. South Africa has over 500 species of ants across its range, but the most commonly treated ant species that we control is the Argentine ant (Linepithema humile)
Being social insects, and due to their prolific breeding cycle, they do become very active in the summer months but are also seen in winter. The main issue with ants is their nature of being a “nuisance pest” This is due to their numbers and size of their nests. Ants become very active when there is a lack of rain, whereby they trail in search of water and food and end up being a pest problem inside ones premises, notably in kitchens and areas where there is water. The opposite also happens, when there is a lot of rainfall, which causes their nests to become flooded, and ant nests go out in trails as such in search of dryer ground where they are known to move their entire nest and save as many larvae as possible and establish a new colony on higher and drier ground. In such circumstances, a lot of rain can also kill off many individual ants in the colonies due to drowning.
Ant treatments consist of treating the source of the problem, which is almost always outside, and focus on the treatment to areas indoors where ants would be attracted to. We have various spray methods and dry gel and granular options to provide, but this is however site-specific.
2. Cockroach treatments
Cockroaches are unfortunately an all year round pest problem. They are costly and potentially dangerous to a person’s health, as cockroaches can harbour various bacteria, diseases and pathogens that can be transmitted to people. The most commonly encountered species seen in South Africa is The German cockroach. They are commonly seen in many and various premises ranging from homes, apartments, restaurants, kitchens, storerooms, factories, warehouses, shopping centres, various shops, supermarkets, retail stores, hotels, back passages, drains, sewer systems, DB Boards, and can be transported via stock deliveries, crates, boxes, packaging, vehicles etc, and even on people. Due to the diverse range of environments they inhabit, this is what allows them to breed and multiply in these environments if proper control measures are not put in place. The larger American cockroach is also commonly encountered in South Africa but is mostly frequents drains, sewage lines, basements, back passages of shopping centres, basements, and many similar areas associated with water sources, drains and the like.
Cockroach problems and infestations are controlled and not always eliminated due to their rapid breeding cycle. Control is achieved by setting up a proactive control programme of identification, inspection, treatment, recommendations as well as good housekeeping and proofing practises maintained by the establishment. Various methods of control are used, ranging from spraying, applying gel baits, monitoring stations and even fogging or gassing in certain situations when there are extremely high levels of infestation.
3. Rodent treatments
Rodents do pose health risks, and are a costly vermin and potentially dangerous to a person’s health, as they can harbour various bacteria, diseases and pathogens that can be transmitted to people, and they are also an extremely destructive vermin when it comes to the amount of foodstuff they damage and contaminate with the bacteria and viruses they can harbour and transmit, as well as the quantity of foodstuff they destroy each year, which is not fit for human consumption.
In South Africa, we have 3 main types of rodents in the roof rat, the Norway rat and the House Mouse.
The most commonly encountered rodent that one notices in ceilings, homes or buildings is the roof rat, however, the Norway rat is also commonly seen outside in gardens and especially near open land where they construct burrows which construction on building sites and developments in urban areas causes them to spread and find other sites to nest.
Field mice are very commonly seen in urban and rural environments, and as their name “field mouse “states, they do nest in fields as such.
Rodent control involves a process of the identification of the species one needs to treat, identifying the source of where they may be coming from, and then putting a plan of action together to control the rodent problem. Flicks trained consultants will assess your premises and provide a tailor-made quotation based on the best solution for the problem at hand. We make use of tamper-proof rodent stations that are safe so pets and children cannot get to the rodenticide within the rodent boxes, which are installed either around the external/ internal perimeters of a building, home, complex etc. Other areas are baited with rodent wax blocks in one’s roof or any area deemed safe to bait. Mechanical control methods such as snap traps are also used when applicable. We further make use of rodenticides that have the lowest form of possible secondary poison effect.