Managing Pests in Your Home:
When destroying pests in your home the key is to use only chemical or physical agents which have three essential properties:
Either a high toxicity or unrepairable injury to the unwanted life forms
A high repulsion factor to the unwanted life forms.
A zero to very low exposure toxicity, injury or repulsion factor to humans and their pets.
An ability for the effectiveness of the chosen destructive agents to be retained over time.
Combined with the above, it is essential to understand that toxicity is not just a function of the chemical properties of the killing agent, but also the concentration at which it is applied, and frequency to which exposure occurs.
It is the extent of understanding of ALL of these features which makes the difference between a job which is effective as opposed to one which is non-effective, and safe as opposed to un-safe. Indeed, the proper understanding of these issues is the true measure of the professionalism of the Pest Management Technician.
The Deterrents/Insecticides we are Registered to Use
These are a group of synthetic chemical compounds similar to the natural chemical pyrethrins produced by the pyrethrum flower. They now constitute a major proportion of the synthetic insecticide market and are common in commercial products such as household insecticides. In the concentrations used in such products, they may also have insect repellent properties.
They are considered harmless to humans at the dose levels being used, but may cause some irritation to very sensitive individuals. They are usually broken apart by sunlight and the atmosphere in one or two days but can have stabilisers added to increase their effective lifespan.
Pyrethroids are toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms, so we advise that pet fish be removed from the premises during treatments. If not able to remove your fish then it is wise to ensure that their tank is well covered to guard against the unlikely event of air-borne droplets.
Pyrethroids effect the nervous systems of insects by blocking the ability of a nerve to use sodium ions to allow repeated nerve impulses. The insect thus becomes paralysed and is unable to move.
To make them even more effective they are usually combined with a specific enzyme inhibitor which blocks the insect’s natural ability to “clear” the pyrethrins from its system.
Talk to our Technician about the products we use to manage PESTS in your home..
This is a sophisticated, fourth-generation pyrethroid which has been created to have a long lifespan (in most conditions of around a year), is not broken down in soil, and is almost insoluble in water.
Based on risk assessments, the EPA concludes that it is very safe to the general population, including infants and children – even from aggregate exposure to its residues.
We mainly use Bifenthrin outside your home to kill spiders.
Deltamethrin is also a synthetic pyrethroid and is one of the most popular and widely used insecticides in the world. Mammalian exposure to Deltamethrin is classified as safe, however, like all pyrethrins it is toxic to aquatic life, particularly fish, and therefore must be used with extreme caution around water.
It is helpful in eliminating and preventing a wide variety of household pests, especially spiders, fleas, ticks, carpenter ants, mason bees, mosquitoes, cockroaches and bedbugs. Deltamethrin is also one of the primary ingredients in ant deterrents.
Other Deterrents We Use:
This is an essentially natural compound made up of Boric Acid. It is completely safe to humans as Boric Acid is often used as an eye wash.
Boric Acid acts as a stomach poison when ingested by insects.
It can have particulate material such as diatomatious earth added to cause physical damage to the exoskeleton cuticle of insects which then leads to dehydration. Diatomatious earth is completely safe to humans – in fact it’s the main ingredient in toothpaste!
Pyrethrins may also be added to these ground applied powders to add to their killing power.
Sweet Ant Gels:
Sweet Ant Gels are the very latest, space-age weapon we have to combat ant infestations in our homes. Space age they are indeed, as they have arisen from the compounds developed to sustain ants during space station research into their behaviour under the weightless conditions of space.
There were two requirements of this gel. The first was to replace the soil in which the ants were housed. This was required because of the massive “G” loads (up to 9 G) experienced at launch caused the ants to be squashed during take-off, and secondly, to be an attractive food source for the ants.
And then of course some bright person reasoned that this was the perfect basis for the addition of some additional ingredients which both attracted the ants and then killed them.
And thus “Sweet Ant Gels” were borne – the most modern, safe, and effective weapon in our eternal war against ants in our homes!
Safety Whilst We Work:
For safety reasons – and to ensure that we “cover all bases” we ask that, if possible, you vacate your home whilst we apply our chemicals, and to ensure that your pets, their food and water bowls, and their beds are also removed from the areas being treated.
Of course the same applies to fish tanks, which, if they can’t be removed, are carefully covered.
We will work together to keep and make you home a safe environment.