Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Do ultrasonic pest repeller's work. It would be great if they did???

You know those ultrasonic, electromagnetic, ionic rodent and cockroach repellent thingy's you plug in the wall. Do they work?

The short answer is no!......so why not?

Well without getting to technical........the ability for animals to quickly acclimatise to repeated stimuli is well known.

What this means is that you may get some temporary relief from the problem but before you know it the pests are going only going to treat these products as soothing background music. Something that provides an assurance that everything's OK as they go about their daily tasks.

If these products worked then we'd be using them, they don't, so we don't.

Please be aware: the Australian Government Consumer Watch body the ACCC forced a brand of these products off the market as they had no effect on the pests that they claimed to drive out of the home. This company sold this product to 450,000 consumers. If the company had not withdrawn the product from the market they would have been faced a fine of many hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This product is now on the market in New Zealand

If you want a real solution to your rodent problem, please feel free to call the team at Bug King.

The team at Bug King / Chimney King

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

The top pests for June are...

It's the middle of winter and the flies are gone.

But that's seen an increase in....

Number 1: Rodents
Rats and mice are moving into the home because it's getting bloody cold and wet out there.

Look around the neighbourhood, can you see trees touching the roof of your neighbours home? There's more than a 50% chance that they've got rodents in the ceiling and don't even know it.

Number 2: Wood/native cockroaches
It's the cold and rain again, or it could be because you've just had a trailer load of wood delivered for the fireplace. Wood + disturbed habitat = outdoor cockroaches in the home.

Number 3: Ants
Amazing little insects but not so adorable when they're crawling all over the kitchen. Again it's the weather that's driving them inside. They want what we want, a nice dry, warm home.

All these guys would probably prefer to be outside....but not when it's cold and wet and there's plenty to eat inside.

You know the drill....give the team a call if you're having problems with any of these pests and we'll make sure they stay outside where they belong.

The team at Bug King / Chimney King

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

3 bombs and still got fleas

Why aren't these damn flea bombs working?!?

We know....and it's all to do with the flea life-cycle.

When we think of fleas, what immediately comes to mind is those little black critters that are great at jumping around and like to bite us. Unfortunately those little buggers are only the adult fleas, they have another 3 stages to their life-cycle and this is why flea bombs don't usually work.

 Check out the diagram on the left. Letting off a flea bomb will kill the adults and the larvae but only have limited stopping power against the pupae and no effect whatsoever on the eggs. This means you're only fixing 40-50% of the immediate problem...and....what's worse is there's no residual protection....i.e. once the flea bomb fumes disappear so does the killing power.

So the next thing you know it's 2 weeks down the track and the surviving stages of the flea life-cycle have matured into adults and you're getting bitten again and you let off more flea bombs and.....etc.....etc.

So that's why the damn flea bombs aren't working now what can you about it.

If flea bombs don't work then you're going to need a professional flea treatment. This involves applying a treatment that will kill the adult fleas/pupae/larvae and (AND THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT) a growth regulator that will stop the hatching eggs developing into adults.....and these treatments will have a residual, so they'll hang around and provide long lasting protection against future infestations.

p.s. Here's another couple of quick tips that will help keep those fleas at bay;
1. You can't spot treat for fleas. Those eggs can be dropped anywhere so you need to make sure you treat the whole house rather than only the rooms you think are infested.
2. If you're moving into a place where the previous owners had pets, definitely get a flea treatment before you move in.

This was a quick overview so, if you have any questions regarding this article, please don't hesitate to call for advice.

The team at Bug King/Chimney King