Bird Proofing

As you can see in the picture that handy Andy has tried to pigeon proof an failed.

Its important to proof against possible problems regarding pigeons nesting and not to ignore it as it can lead to damage to your property . The issue is can lead to a health an safety risk giving the diseases associated with pigeons  like E-coli, Ornithosis an when dry can become airborne an lead to psittacosis which is a respiratory disease

pigeon guano is also acidic an can cause damage where left. Pigeon proofing by professional pest controllers  is key to prevent this happening

Rodents are a common problem all year round. You may be more likely to notice them in winter compared to summer however. This isn’t because there are more of them in January and February, it’s simply because they’re more likely to make their way indoors at this time of year.

Why are rodents a problem in winter?
Rats and mice remain active throughout the year. While the temperature is pleasant, they’re generally happy staying outdoors because there’s plenty of food and it’s easy to stay warm.

In the depths of winter however, survival is much harder. Common hiding places such as shrubs are no longer safe because leaves have fallen off, food supplies become increasingly scarce and they need protection from the cold.

Naturally, this makes homes, offices and buildings a very tempting prospect. Although they may be very brazen in their attempts to break in (rats can even climb walls), like any wild animal, rodents will do everything they can to avoid human contact. This means that unfortunately, we’re often unaware of their presence until we’re faced with a full-blown infestation.

How can I stop rodents getting into my home?
Prevention really is key when it comes to rodents. While their numbers can multiply quickly during breeding season, even just one can cause significant damage. As well as posing a risk to our health, they can destroy your property and even cause fires thanks to their tendency to chew through wires.

Remove any food sources
An easy food source is always going to be the biggest lure for any pest. Try to make it as difficult as possible for rats and mice to detect and find food. Do bear in mind that rodents will eat pretty much anything so it’s also a good idea to wipe down counters and hoover or mop floors regularly.

• Wipe up spills and crumbs immediately
• Hoover regularly
• Clean around, under and behind your fridge regularly
• Don’t leave food like fruit out on countertops
• Store rubbish in a bin with a lid which closes tightly
• Don’t leave pet food out for too long
• Check for leaky pipes and taps because this provides a source of water for rats
• Try to store bins, bird feeders and compost away from your home

Seal potential entry points
The most obvious reason for this is to prevent rodents getting inside in the first place. It is however, also important to stop them coming and going. Rats need a lot of water to survive which means they will often travel in and out of buildings.

Mice can be very small but even larger rats can fit into surprisingly small gaps (about half an inch), so it pays to be overly cautious. Some of the most common ways these rodents get into buildings include:

• Vents
• Doors
• Windows
• Walls
• Roofs (especially fascias and wherever an eave meets the roof)
• Plumbing stacks
• Air conditioning units
• Pipes
• Power line entry points

If you identify any potential entry points, fill them with cement, caulk, plaster or cover them with steel wool or sheet metal.

If the frames around your windows and doors are poorly sealed, buy some sealant to fill the gaps.

Call a professional pest control Belfast & Lisburn
The best thing to do with any infestation is to call a professional pest controller. Here at Fly Tech, we can eliminate infestations quickly and effectively. What’s more, we can put in preventative measures to stop rodents making their way into your property in the first place.  Contact Flytech today

Are you attracting pests to your home without realising?

There are a number of things you might be doing that are attracting pests to your property and as a result, can create a serious infestation in your Belfast home.

Many infestations can be treated however some are a lot harder to eradicate than others. Because of this, the safest and easiest way to stop pest infestations is to prevent them from happening in the first place.

1. Rubbish bins
Waste is extremely attractive to most, if not all, pests, whether it’s found inside or outside of your home. Rubbish acts as a food source but also a nesting spot for some pests too.

Bins inside the house can attract insects, while bins outside can attract birds. Waste in and outside of the home can attract rodents which is a cause for concern. Make sure all bins in and around your property are tightly sealed and not overflowing.

2. Food
Food is an obvious factor for encouraging pests to your property, particularly, your kitchen. Spillages, crumbs, and food not cleared up properly are food for infestations and can attract numerous pests, big or small.

We advise you to clean up any unwanted food, store leftovers in airtight containers in the fridge or secure cupboards, and clean the surfaces in your kitchen straight after cooking to prevent pests from accumulating.

Additionally, fruit bowls can also be inviting to many pests. Exposed, overripe fruit can attract flies which once established can multiply quickly.

3. Cleanliness
Similarly to keeping the kitchen clean, it’s equally as important to keep a tight ship throughout the rest of your home.

Skipping out on hoovering or forgetting to regularly change and wash bedding at high temperatures can make your home a breeding ground for many  insects. These include bed bugs which are considered one of the toughest pests to get rid of.

Don’t forget to wash your pets’ bedding regularly on a hot wash too to prevent fleas from settling into your home.

5. Clutter
Likewise, clutter accumulating in garages, loft spaces, or spare rooms can become a problem regarding pests. Piling clutter in rarely used areas of the house can provide shelter and nesting spaces for pests, especially rodents. Try to keep storage organised and cleaned regularly.

6. The garden
It’s not just the inside of your home that needs to be tidied but your garden too! Unkempt and overgrowing gardens are hotspots for pests to nest. These pests may live in the garden but may venture inside your house in search of food.

7. Pet food
It’s not just human food that attracts pests, pet food can too. Storing pet food in airtight containers kept off of the ground can help to prevent rodents. Additionally, avoid leaving cat or dog food on the ground for your furry friend to return to later as this can appear as a free meal to rats and mice.

8. Feeding birds
Whether it’s from a bird feeder or by hand, feeding birds in your garden can attract rodents, especially rats, to your property. We advise against feeding birds or placing a tray underneath bird feeders to prevent any seeds from spilling onto the ground.

12. Gaps, cracks, and crevices
Rodents are always on the lookout for a way into your home and mice especially can squeeze through tiny holes. Thin cracks in window and door frames can also provide a way inside for insects. We advise searching for and sealing up any potential entry points to pests, no matter how small

Wasps are known for their nasty stings and seemingly unprovoked attacks.

In reality, wasps will usually only attack a person if they feel threatened. The problem is a social wasp in distress emits a pheromone that sends nearby colony members into a defensive, stinging frenzy.
In Belfast you’re most likely to come across (Vespula vulgaris) and German Wasps (Vespula germanica). Both species are yellow and black striped, and have painful stings that can cause allergic reactions.

Wasps are likely to make their nests in sheltered spots. You’re likely to find wasps’ nests:

Under trees
In bushes
In wall cavies
Under eaves
In your shed or garage

In early Spring, you might encounter a wasps’ nest the size of a golf ball. This would suggest it contains only the solitary queen wasp and maybe a few workers.

As the Summer goes on, a wasps’ nest can contain thousands of wasps and easily get to the size of a football , if left to grow.
Preventing wasps and their nests

Prevention is always better than cure. There’s things you can do to stop wasps invading your home or business.

Windows and doors

Simply keeping your home secure will stop wasps wandering into the house. Standard fly screens can help stop wasps getting in, while remaining cool in the hotter months.

Keep your bins shut

Open bins will attract greedy wasps looking for a cheap, sweet meal. Keep you bins away from the house and make sure the lid is on properly.

Professional wasp control with Fly Tech

To keep yourself and your family safe, we’d always recommend the use of a professional pest controller.

A professional Belfast pest controller has the technical knowledge and access to a range of professional use insecticides which are not available to the public.

Fly tech pest control also have the appropriate protective equipment to avoid getting a nasty sting

Pest Control Northern Ireland

Something happening in the UK at the moment we’re not talking about is a distinct lack of pest control in business premises and on the streets. What used to be a very simple and straightforward means of dealing with large gatherings of wildlife, life example rats and foxes and birds, is now not being addressed because of lockdown effectively shutting down people’s capacity to deal with the ever-growing wildlife population. 

What Issues Can Occur?

So, what issues can occur from a failure to properly deal with the wildlife population in an area so abundant with people? Well, we can expect to see a massive influx of rats, foxes and the like. They’ll start venturing out into the more urban areas to find food, and with everyone staying indoors, you know that they’ll be a lot bolder. 

If it’s a cool spring, then we will definitely see some rodents come into homes and look for food and scraps. This isn’t safe from a sanitary perspective in the best of conditions, and is even less of an ideal prospect now. 

Birds and Bees

Of course, it’s also coming up for the height of spring which means that we’ll need to start thinking about things like birds and bees too. Insects of all kinds, from your basic fruit fly to a more common wasp or bee will all be straying into the home and commercial property to start finding food sources. 

With the thriving bird population we can expect to see a lot more in the way of droppings too. This is, understandably, going to upset a lot of people, as these are both unsanitary and and the same time, a major headache for people to look at. It’s important to get a real crackdown on that, because otherwise it can get out of hand quite quickly. 

Pest Control – A Vital Resource 

Well, it’s probably pretty evident that we’re going to need pest control a lot more now than we’ve done in the past. There’s been a bit of time for these things to build up and what that’s going to do is cause a massive problem. 

Hopefully our pest control companies and businesses can get back out there and deal with things soon. It’s not the best by any means, but it’s important to make sure that we deal with these issues as they develop, because otherwise there’ll be a massive problem with the population of these animals. 

In conclusion, these are just a couple of the different issues that you can run into when it comes to pest control. Without these companies to stop and address the issues, it’s going to be even more difficult for people to try and figure out what it is that they want from their pest control. Obviously there’s a couple of things that you can do in the comfort of your own home to prevent pest buildup, so it’s important to try and do just that. 

Pest Control Northern Ireland

Well, we’re pretty far into COVID-19 lockdown at this point, and it’s had a big impact on the way that people live.

We want to make sure that people are safe and healthy, which is why the lockdown has been enforced. But outside of that, one industry which is definitely suffering is Pest Control in Northern Ireland

Normally, this might not be an issue on it’s own. But the problem with this is that the relationship between the pest control companies and their customers is fairly symbiotic – without the companies to sort out the pest problems, the businesses and people have infestations. Let’s take a quick look at what you can do to deal with these things during lockdown. 

Schedule a Proper Inspection For When Quarantine Ends

The first thing that you should probably do is get on the phone to your local pest control and schedule an inspection of your premises. If you’re a business with lots of workers and staff, you’re going to want to make sure that your building is safe to go back to when this all comes to an end. 

Scheduling an inspection and potentially a fumigation will make sure that you’re keeping your pest problem under control, and gives you the necessary confidence that you can get back to work when this lockdown is all over. 

Keep Your Property Tidy 

Now, we understand that during quarantine, you might get a bit uninterested with following the rules and looking after your property. Why should you, when you’re stuck indoors? 

Now, the only issue with this is that when it comes to keeping your property well-looked after, you’ll need to do so in order to think about how best to keep the pests out of your home. That means, the cleaner and tidier your home is, the less likely you are to attract some unwanted visitors. 

Double Bag Your Rubbish 

This is pretty much cleaning 101, but if you want to try and figure out how to properly look after your home or business and stop it from developing a pest problem, you’re going to want to think about the best way to do this and to look after yourself. 

If you double-bag all of your rubbish, then you stand a much better chance at actually looking after your home properly. This can seem like a massive chore, but it is definitely worth it when it comes to being safe and sensible with your home. You won’t attract as many wild guests, which will be nice. 

So, in conclusion, these are just some of the things that you can do to make sure that you deal with and successfully mitigate the issues which can come from too many pests. It can be a massive issue, and one which you’re not sure how to deal with, which is why you need to be smart. You’ll be able to get a proper inspection done at some point, but for now, you’re going to have to wait a bit. 

Pest Control Northern Ireland

It’s safe to say that by now, we are all feeling the effects of the coronavirus. Pretty much all non-essential services have been suspended while the government attempts to keep as many people as safe as possible and combat the spread of the disease. 

However, with all of these suspended services, it’s also the case that we are dealing with a massive rush of pest control issues. It’s important to look at what’s happening at the moment with lockdown, and how this will affect the way in which pest control is carried out.

Pest Control – An Ongoing Need

There is a real need for ongoing Pest Control in Northern Ireland

We need to make sure that we are tackling the problem of pests in the populated areas as much as we can, because otherwise people will start to notice the effects of rodents and other pests.

There’s always going to be an influx of people in populated areas who create environments where animals can live in peace. And by the same token, nature will always continue to flourish and bloom, and animals will simply begin to inhabit the areas where people are once they realise that there is minimal danger.

Lockdown – Issues For Pest Control?

Obviously, with the entire country in lockdown at the moment, pest control is taking a back seat.

It’s much more difficult for people to adequately assess the issues being caused by wild animals and then deal with them, because there is a lack of resources and people aren’t allowed outside their properties to carry out their pest control duties.

There will definitely be some attempts by the local authority to properly mitigate and control the issues surrounding wildlife, but at the same time these resources will be limited because of the lockdown. It’s important to try and address the problem being caused by this in your own home, whether this is reducing the number of places wildlife can form nests, or simply being more conscious with how you deal with rubbish and litter. 

At the end of the day, one of the main issues is that the amount of pest control which is going to be taking place is reduced, and the amount of animals that are then going to start breeding and reproducing and spreading out into populated areas will increase.

It’s an ongoing issue, and one which will need to be tackled properly at some point, so it’s important to try and do your part on your own property by being clean and tidy. We can only hope that when it comes to pass control, it is going to be dealt with swiftly when people have full access to the outdoors and the correct resources.