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The Common Causes of Woodworm Infestations

The Common Causes of Woodworm Infestations

If you have ever taken a stroll around an old building, the chances are high that you witnessed the effects of Woodworm. In the presence of this pest, you can expect the timber running through the property to weaken, typically as a result of the tiny holes the insect gnaw through. Not many people know that, despite the name, the woodworm is not actually a worm but an insect, a beetle grub to be exact. Admittedly, externally, woodworms do look somewhat like worms; however it would be more accurate to think of them as caterpillars waiting to morph into full fledged beetles. The Common Causes of Woodworm Infestations The term referring to any beetle that attacks timber, the devastation unleashed by woodworms cannot be underestimated, this being the reason property owners are encouraged to take all possible steps to prevent the emergence of woodworm. Often the key lies with determining the common causes of woodworm infestations and taking steps to counter them. Woodworms are typically attracted to damp environments. This means that the presence of leaks and even improper insulation can cause the sort of decay in wood that will attract woodworm, with the possible manifestation of mould and mildew further complicating matters. Sometimes, failing to take the proper steps to counter woodworm is no different from impelling the infestation forward; for instance failing to treat all wooden items on your property. Driftwood, firewood, even untreated furniture can invite woodworm into your home; it is for this reason that one should endeavor to examine all timber within their property, treating those items that require it. Firewood and kindling twigs,...
Damages Caused by Pigeons & How To Prevent Them

Damages Caused by Pigeons & How To Prevent Them

Ever wondered why pigeons love living in the city? The reasons are obvious; plenty of food and water is at their disposal, the predators are rare and often times non-existent and there is a lot of free housing available for them in the form of window ledges, bridges, rooftops, warehouses and so on. The housing options in the city are the perfect substitutes for the natural ledges found in cliff sides that they have always used as their natural nesting, roosting and sheltering sites. As much as city living might be perfect for the pigeons, they are also responsible for millions of pounds in costs of repairing damage that occurs every year on buildings, roofs, machinery, vehicles, ventilation systems and a lot more. The pigeon droppings and nesting materials accumulate and end up causing serious damage when nothing is done. Damages Caused By Pigeons Some of the most common damages caused by pigeons are as follows:- Damage To The Roofs Pigeon droppings as with most bird droppings naturally have high acid content. They effectively wear most roofing materials in buildings when left to accumulate, resulting to leaks. A roof’s life expectancy actually becomes shorter by a half when the pigeons keep depositing their droppings on it. There have been cases where roofs have collapsed as a result of droppings accumulation. Also, with most pigeons building their nests in rain gutters, roof corners or drains, blockage occurs causing accumulation of standing water; this has also been known to cause roof collapse. Damage To Machinery The acidic pigeon droppings have also been known to cause great damage to industrial machinery, air...
Actionable Tips For Preventing Insect Infestation

Actionable Tips For Preventing Insect Infestation

Insect infestation is such a huge problem for both home owners and business owners alike. It is not only a nuisance, but it also poses serious health concerns as well. That is why it is critical to prevent insect infestations in businesses, commercial and residential properties, homes and schools among other places where people live and work. As a matter of fact, preventing insect infestation is way better than getting rid of an insect infestation. The good news is that preventing an insect infestation isn’t difficult at all. It is actually something you can do as long as you are well-versed with how to go about it. But if you aren’t conversant with how to prevent a possible insect infestation, here are a couple of tips for preventing insect infestation that are worth your read. Dispose Of Waste More Regularly Rubbish, especially one with food leftovers, provides a conducive environment that supports insect populations. As such, dispose your waste more regularly and store it in sealed containers which will work wonders in preventing insect infestation. Keep The Area Around Your Home/ Business Well Trimmed This is a rule of the thumb when it comes to preventing an insect infestation. As such, ensure that the tree branches and shrubbery are well trimmed all year-round. In addition, keep the grass around your home short and inspect your compound for any insect nests. Seal All Holes And Cracks On The Outside Of Your home/ Business Holes and cracks serve as entry points for both insect and rodents. That is why you should have them sealed to deny insects entry to your home,...
Pest Control in Restaurants

Pest Control in Restaurants

Thorough pest control and management is absolutely critical for any facility that is involved with food handling and storage. Operating in a clean and safe environment is a must if such businesses are to meet the stringent requirements established by regulatory authorities. Since the primary activity for restaurants is food, there is a tacit risk for infestation, and the employees must be aware of such risks and the options available for prevention and management. Pest Control In Restaurants can be a challenging activity due to several factors: copious amounts of food, lots of moisture and warmth, extended business hours as well as multiple sites for pest harbourage. It gets even trickier for restaurants which operate round the clock since the kitchen seldom takes a break for the purposes of regular pest treatments. In all likelihoods, the restaurants may have to close for sometime so as to allow the treatment to be done, since only specific products can be used during normal operating hours. In other situations, pest control is done late in the night or early in the morning in order to accommodate business hours, especially because most experts prefer to work when the kitchen is not being used so as to maximize the potency of the treatment applications. In the face of such challenges, it is very important for restaurant personnel to cooperate with pest technicians so as to come up with a successful relationship and treatment regimen. An effective partnership is crucial since even the slightest evidence of pest activity in a bar or restaurant can seriously jeopardise reputation. And reputation is everything in the food and...
WHY BIRD PROOFING IS NEEDED

WHY BIRD PROOFING IS NEEDED

Although we like to look at some of the more beautiful birds and may enjoy the songs they sing each morning, birds can actually cause many problems for your health and home. Birds that are nesting will seek out a proper spot for their nests as well as materials to use when building it. This material may be mostly organic, but it can also include any loose pieces of your house that they can get a strong enough hold on. Some of the most common areas for them to create their nests are inside house gutters, drain pipes, vents, attics, or similarly enclosed places. All these locations hinder the functions of your home and create unnecessary trouble for you. In addition to these issues, bird droppings are generally highly acidic. A buildup of droppings over time will affect the integrity of whatever material it collects on. Health is another concern you should keep in mind. These same bird droppings and nests can be breeding grounds for many different diseases. Bacteria responsible for diseases such as viral Pneumonia, West Nile, and Salmonellae can be found in the waste of many species of birds, creating a huge health risk to those living in the house. DO-IT-YOURSELF TIPS Whenever you are considering bird proofing your home, you want to find ways of doing this that will not cause permanent harm to the birds themselves. Although they are pests, they are also a necessary part of the local eco-system and should not be removed from it. Here are a few things you can do for yourself to help keep the birds out of...