Commercial “As and When” Treatments – Insects

As and When Treatments

If you are experiencing insects (cockroaches, fleas or bed bugs) in your premises or you want the peace of mind that your business is protected we are the ones to call

If you have a problem with pests that does not require a lengthy contract (at least 3 months in duration) you can call the Pest Control Team in for the security of a treatment for the activity for as long as is required.

When an unwanted insects get into your property we are able to remove them, we have many techniques and methods at our disposal and will use what is most appropriate given all circumstances.

In most instances when a small number of insects have got into your premises, the issue can be resolved within one or two visits. If the insects have not been treated and their numbers have risen it may take more than this to treat and a 3 Month Contract may be suggested as the best course of action.

All our As and When Treatments are charged on an hourly rate basis, which compare favourably to other commercial services.

If you are having pest issues and you need to call someone you can trust call the Council Pest Control Team on 0345 140 0845 for free chat and a no obligation quote

Small Hotel/Guest House/Care Home Insurance

We would like to offer small hotels and guest houses the opportunity to take advantage of our Officer’s professional expertise and protect your residents and reputation from the ravages of a bed bug infestation.

We can provide four levels of cover 

Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze

  • Platinum       (£2400 inc VAT recommended for 10 – 15 rooms)
    • Annual Contract
      • 12 monitoring visits per year.
      • Comprehensive survey and report to include room plans and monitoring locations.
    • Free insect identification service
      • Simply keep a specimen for us to look at, or.
      • E-mail a picture for a quicker answer.
    • In the event of positive identification of Bed Bug activity up to 3 Free Treatments.
      • Treatment consists of 1 visit and 2 revisits.
    • 25% Discount on any “uninsured pest” treatments.
      • Treatment consists of 1 visit and 2 revisits.
    • 20% discount of cost on second year if no bed bugs (No Claims Discount)

 

  • Gold               (£1800 inc VAT recommended for up to 10 rooms)
    • Annual Contract 
      • 12 monitoring visits per year
      • Comprehensive survey and report to include room plans and monitoring locations.
    • Free insect identification service
      • Simply keep a specimen for us to look at, or.
      • E-mail a picture for a quicker answer.
    • In the event of positive identification of Bed Bug activity up to 2 Free Treatments.
      • Treatment consists of 1 visit and 2 revisits.
    • 20% Discount on any “uninsured pest” treatments.
      • Treatment consists of 1 visit and 2 revisits.
    • 20% discount of cost on second year if no bed bugs (No Claims Discount)

 

  • Silver             (£1200 inc VAT)
    • 6 Month Contract
    • 6 monitoring visits per year
      • 6 monitoring visits.
      • Comprehensive survey and report to include room plans and monitoring locations.
    • Free Insect identification service
      • Simply keep a specimen for us to look at, or.
      • E-mail a picture for a quicker answer.
    • In the event of positive identification of Bed Bug activity 2 Free Treatments.
      • Treatment consists of 1 visit and 2 revisits.
    • 10% Discount on any “uninsured pest” treatments.
      • Treatment consists of 1 visit and 2 revisits.
    • 15% discount of cost on second year if no bed bugs (No Claims Discount)

 

  • Bronze          (£600 inc VAT)
    • 3 Month Contract
      • 3 monitoring visits.
      • Comprehensive survey and report to include room plans and monitoring locations.
    • Free Insect identification service
      • Simply keep a specimen for us to look at, or.
      • E-mail a picture for a quicker answer.
    • In the event of positive identification of Bed Bug activity up to 1 Free Treatment.
      • Treatment consists of 1 visit and 2 revisits.
    • 10% Discount on any “uninsured pest” treatments.
      • Treatment consists of 1 visit and 2 revisits.
    • 10% discount of cost on second year if no bed bugs (No Claims Discount)

 

What you can expect from Us

  • Monitoring Visits

We will provide each room with adequate number of suitably placed but unobtrusive monitoring strips which we will thoroughly inspect regularly.

Any Bed Bugs found will be treated in the room affected and adjacent rooms will also be further monitored for potential activity. Where possible disruption to your business will be kept to a minimum.

If other pests are identified within, or at your business we will treat these at a rate discounted from our normal commercial rates. The size of this discount is dependent upon the level of insurance policy

Cockroaches

There are two main species of Cockroach within Sefton – the German (Blattella germanica) and Oriental (Blatta orientalis), although at least one American Cockroach has been imported into the Borough.

  • Oriental cockroaches (18-30mm) – can cope with cooler, damp conditions and are more common scuttling about in basements or drains. If conditions are tolerable they can survive outside in areas such as rubbish tips. They are not as agile as German cockroaches, but can climb a surface such as rough brickwork.
  • German cockroaches (11-16mm) – need warmth and humidity to survive, so are likely to be found in and around bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchen areas. They are also good climbers, scaling smooth surfaces like glass and polished metal with ease; due to sticky pads on their feet.
  • American cockroaches (38-40mm) – although not native to the UK they have been known to be brought in via freight or luggage. Major difference of the American cockroach to Oriental and German cockroach is the ability to fly.

It may be easier to spot the signs of cockroach activity than the insects themselves. They are mostly nocturnal, hiding in cracks and crevices during the day to come out to feed at night. Cockroaches are attracted to all types of food in your property, and will eat virtually anything from food, paper to plastic packaging and animal waste (such as hamster and rabbit droppings).

Catering premises can be susceptible to cockroach activity due to the heat and moisture associated with many pieces of equipment in use in industrial/commercial kitchens.

Their feeding and nesting habits mean they can accumulate a range of pathogenic organisms which they transmit to food and surfaces where they feed and crawl. These include:-

  • Salmonellosis
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Cholera
  • Dysentery
  • Campylobacteriosis
  • Listeriosis

The presence of cockroaches in a food premises will damage your business and reputation as well as breech food safety legislation which will ultimately come to the attention of the Environmental Health Officers who enforce the law.

Advice and guidance is available from Food Safety Officers at Food Safety Team

There are a few signs which indicate cockroach activity

  1. An established cockroach infestation produces a lingering and unpleasant odour that taints items they contact.
  2. If little water is available cockroaches will produce brown/black cylindrical droppings, approx. 2mm long.

We Can Help!

 

Eradicating Bed Bugs from your Premises

Bed Bugs within a commercial premises can have a devastating effect on trade.

Imagine how you would react when, upon check out, a customer tells you he/she was bitten during the night!

Maybe a little relieved that you could at least calm the situation with some good old “customer service” because it is the customers who don’t tell you who would announce the details all over Trip Adviser or Facebook etc. Leaving you to face a drop in bookings and pick up the expenses of clearing a room (or more than one) of bed bugs. International travel and commerce are thought to have played a big part in the resurgence of bedbugs as the eggs, young and adults are readily transported in luggage, bedding, clothing and furniture.

Bedbugs are small blood-sucking insects that live in cracks and crevices in and around beds. They crawl out at night and bite exposed skin to feed on blood.

The adults are flat oval in shape about 5-6 mm long, the nymphs go through 5 stages before getting to the adult stage, and maturity.  A female will lay between 1 and 12 eggs per day in cracks and crevices. When these eggs hatch is temperature dependent. At normal room temperature (20 degrees C) they will hatch in about 10 days, at 25 degrees this will reduce to 7 days. However below 14 degrees C they will not hatch.

A nymph is able to feed straight away after hatching – once it locates a host. Prior to each development stage and subsequent shedding they require a blood meal. Before a feed they are brownish in colour but take on a darker red/brown colour with the blood, with a feed there bodies also swell in size.

Bed bugs are not dangerous, and do not transmit diseases, however, some people can react to their bites and it can be stressful to experience. In particular during a stay away from home.

Chamber staff should look for signs of infestation in rooms, which include, blood spots on bedding, dark rusty looking spots of excrement on beds and surfaces where they have crawled after feeding. Evidence of hatching and moulting (skin shells and egg cases) in areas where they have/are hiding. The adult emits a strong musty smell, which is more apparent after you have left the room and returned.

We Can Help!

Unfortunately not everyone shows signs of being bitten which makes it more unlikely that they will be able to alert you to the possibility of a burgeoning problem. However this information, if dealt with properly makes it more likely that we will be able to resolve your concerns effectively and as quickly as possible.

If you suspect a bed bug infestation you can take advantage of our highly competitive rates and our professional service.

Our treatment can include various methods to ensure a successful result enabling you to bring the room back to occupancy as soon as possible.

If you would rather a proactive approach where activity is identified and controlled at the earliest opportunity then you may wish to consider our bed beg insurance scheme.

Bed Bug Insurance Scheme

Hints And Tips

As we enter into warmer weather and  our pets are venturing outdoors more, it is advisable to comb and check your pet regularly to ensure they are not bringing any unwanted visitors home with them.

The sooner you discover fleas on your animal the quicker you can eradicate the infestation, therefore causing as little distress to both you and your pet.

If you do discover fleas, take your animal to the vet who will administer an appropriate treatment and contact the Pest Control who will treat your property accordingly.

Treating one without the other is futile and can result in great expense.

During hot summer nights people like nothing more than cooking and eating from a BBQ.

Just remember this Al Fresco Dining experience can bring added interest from unwanted pests to your premises. The remnants of the packaging and left over burgers, sausages, chicken or kebabs is also attractive to rats, cats, foxes and seagulls.

Make sure you dispose of your waste appropriately and minimise the risk of inviting other animals round for a BBQ.

Eradicating Rats from Inside and Around your Premises

Rat Activity

There are two species of rat which commonly inhabit Northern Europe – the Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus) and the Black Rat (Rattus rattus). All treatments within Sefton have been for the Brown Rat.

Rats are typically distinguished from mice by their visible size difference, they can grow up to 40 cm in length and commonly between 350 – 500g in weight. Their thick brown/grey fur can make them seem bigger especially in the winter.

Their preferred habitat is underground, which has lead them to make extensive use of the sewers as network of tunnels to utilize and occupy. Due to their ability to tunnel they can easily use defects to leave the sewers and access the outside world in a search for food, nesting sites or shelter and warmth.

Rats regularly transmit salmonella, due to their contact with sewers and its contents, and Leptospirosis (Weils Disease) which is a bacterial infection passed through the urine of rats. They also can potentially support many parasites which can also be zoonotic (harmful to humans). 

Being rodents, they have powerful incisor’s that they need to keep ‘at a manageable length’ by regular gnawing, which can result in them causing a lot of damage in a property if untreated. Like mice they are predominantly nocturnal however due to their size they are less likely to go unnoticed within a building unless it is unoccupied.

Given advantageous circumstances (plenty of food and water with no predators) they can breed all year long and numbers can expand rapidly. They will generally have about 7 young in a litter and can reproduce between 3 and 6 times per year.  Each surviving pup can reach sexual maturity with 3 months.

Unlike a lot of animals, as a group, they will help look after sick and injured members of the group.

Of course humans and rats have lived side by side for centuries despite our best efforts to eradicate them. This is because of their adaptability and ability to profit from our excesses and to take advantage where ever possible.

Access into properties is usually through a defect which will require repair, however the condition of the outside of you premises will either encourage or discourage rodents into the vicinity.

Carefully consider what you want to store close to your house, and ask yourself these questions.

  1. Will it attract either rats or mice?
  2. Does it contain a food source?
  3. Will it create a safe environment or shelter for them once they locate it?

What to do now

We Can Help!

If you need our assistance over a one off problem with pests you might only need a couple of visits.

“What if I regularly get Rats in my property”?

If you are needing to call our services frequently it may be cost more effective for you to consider signing up to one of our contract packages.

These contracts are individually drawn up for an extended period (from 3 to 12 months) specifically to resolve an issue of regular or persistent rodent activity.

Or they can be used as a means of providing your premises with protection to stop the access in the first instance.

For further information about contract work speak to the team on 0345 140 0845

Rodent Contract Details