A great example of a solitary mining bee this morning. We have had quite a few concerned calls about these little fellows recently as they look similar to wasps. They are really beneficial to the garden as a pollinating insect and help aerate the soil. They are not aggressive and rarely sting and their stings do not hurt. If they are really causing a problem, wait until autumn/winter and dig the nests up or turn the soil over in that area.
We always recommend proofing your house against pests is the best way to live pest free. Prevention is better than cure as they say. Please do contact our sister company Proofing Solutions for any advice such as proofing against rodent ingress, preventing birds or squirrels nesting in the roof, proofing to solar panels or capping unused chimneys to stop bees entering.
Some exciting news from the charity we support Apopo: Apopo’s teams of HeroRATs have proven to be incredibly effective and are quickly speeding us towards a Landmine Free world. However, when it comes to tall grass and overgrown terrains, they could use a helping hand (or paw). HeroDOGs join the APOPO team as their newest animal members. Photo of HeroDOG Mannes above. #NationalDogDay
Wasps are a real pain at this time of year. They are just starting to feed on sweet things. Now is the time to set up your trap. Contact us if you wish to purchase a WaspBane trap, the only wasp trap proven to reduce rather than increase the number of wasps persisting in the area to be protected. For £35 + VAT I will come and set up a wasp trap.
This trap is a chemical free wasp trap designed to trap large numbers of wasps safely, so it is ideal for protecting fruit trees such a plums and apples. The wasp trap kills 100% of the wasps that it catches. If you do not kill 100% of the wasps you catch, the escaped wasps will return with reinforcements! Unlike other traps (especially home made traps) this trap does not make your wasp problem worse! Once set up it will last all season.
We got an update on Carolina, our adoptive Hero rat. in May 2020 Carolina successfully sniffed her way through 1,464 samples at an accuracy rate of 85.79%. Her sensitive nose identified an additional 36 cases of tuberculosis (TB) that were originally missed by local clinics. Those 36 people, following confirmation by World Health Organisation approved tests, have gone on to start treatment for tuberculosis.
We are super excited to adopt a hero rat who saves lives in Tanzania by detecting tuberculosis in sputum samples. She can screen 100 samples in 20 mins! Meet Carolina our adopted hero rat in Tanzania. Carolina is a highly trained Tuberculosis Detection Rat or HeroRAT for short. HeroRATs like Carolina use their remarkable sense of smell to safely sniff out tuberculosis faster and more accurately than existing methods. https://www.apopo.org/en/adopt
Here is an aerial photo of rats actually digging their way out from under a customer’s building. In this instance they are coming up from drains below the building. Yes, the quickest, cheapest way to fix this is to add toxic bait and fill in the hole with concrete. However, as our pest technician explains, ‘it’s like fixing a flat tyre with a pump”. You need to address the root cause not just the symptoms otherwise the problem will keep coming back. In this case, we recommended a drain survey with a camera and then a repair to the drain as appropriate. Another happy customer!
Demands of consumers for high quality and safe food mean that there is a need for ever higher standards in all stages of food production. This has led to strict quality assurance requirements for the need for highly effective rodent control, without which rodents will contaminate and destroy food at every stage from the farm to the supermarket shelf.
At the same time, government agencies responsible for the regulation of rodenticides have raised concern that many species of wildlife, such as barn owls, kestrels and red kites, are being accidentally exposed to these products.
Under the banner “Think Wildlife”, the CRRU (The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use) promotes best practice and responsible rodent control, thereby protecting wildlife from rodenticide exposure. As a CRRU supporter, SK Ward Pest Control has signed a licence agreement undertaking to abide by the CRRU code.
As a professional pest controller, we demonstrate this in action by:
• Employing the ‘risk hierarchy’, as outlined in the CRRU Code of Best Practice, in which the second generation anticoagulants are not the first resort but one which is used only after consideration of all less risky options
• Using the simplified pro-forma ‘environmental risk assessment‘ applying rodenticides
• Advising clients, assertively and persuasively, against ‘just-in-case’ permanent baiting
• Taking opportunities to set a good example