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The prejudice that pests have something to do with uncleanliness persists to this day. An infestation can hit anyone at any time, nobody is safe from it.
Pest infestation is the undesired occurrence of pests on or in areas inhabited or used by people: for example in apartments, commercial real estate, storage facilities or in agriculture and forestry.
Consequences of a pest infestation
- Insect or pest infestation can permanently damage your reputation with customers and friends.
- Depending on the type of pest, it can lead to damaged property such as furniture, clothing, spoiled food and, in the worst case, disease.
- In companies and businesses, the possible consequences are a permanent loss of image for their customers, which can lead to a considerable decline in sales.
Preventing them is one of our tasks, professionally, quickly and, above all, discreetly! We determine the type of pest on site, offer monitoring according to HACCP and eliminate the pests.
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Animals are referred to as pests if they attack economic goods, reduce the value of supplies or render them unusable, or impair the well-being or health of humans and their pets. Such pests can be assigned to different groups.
Animals that can damage plant and animal materials are referred to as material pests. Very high quality goods such as carpets, furs, wool products, books and the like are often attacked. Pitting and scraping can cause major damage. The pests are often only discovered when the infestation is already very strong. In the case of items of clothing that hang unobserved in the closet for a long time, z. B: Moths multiply unhindered
- Rats & mice
- Bacon beetle
- Fur beetle
- Carpet beetle
- Clothes moth
Animals are referred to as health and hygiene pests that can cause diseases and allergies through contact, their excretions or food contamination.
- House dust mites
- To fly
- feral domestic pigeons
- Bed bugs
Storage pests are animals that attack food and beverages either during transport or storage. Silos, storage rooms or granaries are at great risk, and bugs and moths can also cause considerable damage when they are stored in the household. Storing certain foods for a long time can lead to a mass multiplication of the pests. Damage is caused not only by eating, but also by the excrement, webs and other secretions of the animal.
- Bread beetle
- Grain beetle
- Food motters
Animals that are not dangerous to humans, but their presence is perceived as annoying, are called pests.
- To fly
- Cellar lobsters
Parasites feed at the expense of a host without offering the host any advantage. They can live outside the host or live inside it, like some species of mites and worms. Many parasitic animals visit the host only to eat. Pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and others are transmitted to the host in this way.
- Bed bugs
- Bird mite
In the worst case scenario, rats and mice transmit dangerous diseases.
Rats or mice, as cute as they are as specially bred pets, in reality they are neither cute nor cute but extremely resilient and often carriers of dangerous diseases such as the hantavirus. Damage to the structure of the building, furniture and food are the consequences if they penetrate our living space and settle down there.
The less specialized and therefore very adaptable wild animals are generally considered to be food pests. The damage they cause to agriculture is enormous, so pesticides are used against them. They also occur in gardens, where roots and tubers in particular are gnawed. Buildings are also affected because these rodents can damage water and sewer pipes. In addition, the spread of pathogens by rats is a problem; after pest control, the rooms must also be disinfected.
Free-living rats, like almost all other animals, can act as vectors, directly or indirectly, to transmit various pathogens with the diseases they cause. Free-living rats can indirectly be carriers of the plague via the rat flea (Xenopsylla cheopis), which can also infect humans with the bacterium Yersinia pestis through its bite. Whether the epidemics in antiquity and especially in the Middle Ages in Europe (Black Death) can really be traced back to this bacterium and the associated transmission path is doubted today. It may have been a viral infection. Besides other small rodents, free-living rats are reservoir hosts for various types of Borrelia (bacteria), which can then be transmitted to animals and humans by vectors such as ticks.
According to the German accident prevention regulations, operators of wastewater systems are obliged to fight rats. This applies above all to the municipalities and wastewater associations. The reason for this regulation is the fight against Weil's disease. Free-living rats are fought with toxins (rodenticides). The toxins developed for rats (especially coumarin derivatives) impede blood clotting. Feeding baits that lead to the immediate death of the animals are usually avoided by other rats.
The brown rat is very adaptable. It is a social animal, lives in groups of 50 to 60 individuals, mostly consisting of a male and several females and young animals. Their territorial behavior is pronounced. The members of a group can be recognized by their smell. In groups of brown rats, experiences made by individual group members can be passed on to other members.
In the open ground the brown rat builds heaps of earth with corridors that lead to the nest and storage chambers. In buildings, the nests are mostly in false ceilings and cavities, but also in loosely stacked materials. In the wild, a brown rat usually hardly gets older than a year. The females are mated by several males, a female gives birth to 6 to 8 litters with around 40 young in the course of her life. The boys born naked and blind open their eyes on the 15th day. They are suckled for about three weeks and become independent after 6 to 7 weeks. Several females can raise a litter at the same time in one nest. If the mother fails, another female takes care of the brood. The young animals have a distinctive play behavior. The less specialized and therefore very adaptable wild animals are generally considered to be food pests.
The brown rat did not play a major role in the plague in Europe. Although it is also accepted as a host by the rat flea Xenopsylla cheopis, it can thus act as a vector, but at the time of the great plague epidemics (first big wave: Black Death) of the late Middle Ages it was hardly widespread in Europe. Free-living brown rats can also be used as mechanical vectors for a wide variety of pathogens. They are clearly identified as carriers of typhus, cholera, dysentery, tuberculosis, trichinosis, leptospirosis, foot-and-mouth disease and roundworms.
Free-roaming brown rats, along with other small rodents, are also reservoir hosts for various types of Borrelia (bacteria), which are then also supported by vectors such as B. ticks can be transmitted to animals and humans. Other pathogens can be transmitted through the urine and faeces of the rats via contact infection or smear infection.
The house mouse does not hibernate, but it can go into a state of paralysis when there is frost and food shortages. The house mouse that lives in the vicinity of humans does not keep provisions so abundantly, especially if it can easily and regularly obtain food there. The house mouse is mostly nocturnal in the vicinity of humans. Only when she feels very safe does she leave her hiding place during the day.
In addition to rats, house mice are the best-studied mammals with regard to their social behavior (especially their feeding behavior) and their hereditary behavior. They communicate with each other on the one hand through olfactory characteristics, on the other hand through ultrasonic sounds. In nestlings in particular, you can clearly hear the faint cracking of the vocal folds when they produce ultrasound sounds (which are inaudible to humans). According to the latest studies, communication via ultrasound is also used in courtship. The males "sing" individual, recurring melody themes that are similar in quality to young songbirds. Free-living house mice move on firm, smell-marked tracks in the terrain they are familiar with, which can occasionally be perceived as downright beaten tracks in the field on lawns.
As a very adaptable animal, the free-living house mouse is generally considered to be a food pest. In addition to other small rodents, house mice are also reservoir hosts for various types of Borrelia (bacteria), which can then be transmitted to animals and humans by vectors such as ticks that already occur in front gardens.
The vole is diurnal. She lives in larger colonies without being very social. The building consists not only of the richly branched system of corridors, which they lay mostly very flat under the surface of the earth, but also of a large storage room and one or two nest chambers padded with grass.
The earth piles of the water vole are of different sizes, rather flat and the earth thrown up is very fine. The grave activities of the mouse are quite easily recognizable here by a small crack in the earth at the ridge of the pile of earth, which always winds along the direction of the grave. The earth is deposited at the entrances and resembles flat molehills. The amount of messed up earth can be very large.
The water vole has a habit of closing every hole in its burrow within a short period of time. The tunnels of the water vole are highly oval, in contrast to mole tunnels, which are round. The vole does not hibernate and creates food supplies in good time for this time of the year. Usually these are small, neatly stacked pieces of roots that can fill entire chambers. The vole mainly eats parts of plants such as dandelions, clover, juicy roots, tubers and bulbs, but also insects and other invertebrates.
Since the habitat of the vole's natural enemies (foxes, weasels, owls, birds of prey) is increasingly disappearing, they can cause enormous damage in agriculture. Under favorable environmental conditions, it can lead to mass reproduction with corresponding consequences for crops. The harmful effect of the vole is particularly important due to root damage in grassland, in asparagus plants, in orchards or in woody plants and also occasionally in allotment gardens. These animals are very unwelcome, especially among allotment gardeners, as they cause considerable damage even if they are only present in small numbers. In agriculture, failures of up to 50% in new systems are not uncommon. It is mainly fresh, juicy roots of fruit, deciduous and coniferous trees, ornamental trees, vegetables (carrots), but also grasses and herbaceous plants that are attacked. Fruits are also part of the food spectrum.
For decades, bed bugs led a shadowy existence in industrialized countries. For about ten years, however, they have been on the rise again in Europe as well as in Australia, Canada and the USA. The cause of the flare-up is unclear and is the subject of controversial debate (e.g. increasing travel traffic, reduced use of insecticides, resistance to insecticides, ignorance of the population).
Bed bugs occur predominantly in private households and hotels, but they can also be found in schools, hospitals, old people's and nursing homes, homeless and student dormitories, means of transport (train, ship, plane), laundries and cinemas.
Appearance, Development and Biology
Adult bed bugs are flattened and reddish brown in color. Freshly hatched or starved, they are 5-6 mm long, when fully sucked they can reach 8-9 mm. Bed bugs are unable to fly, they only have a few wing stubs. On the underside of the body there is an articulated proboscis that is folded forward to take in food. The breast shield is extended on both sides of the small head up to the eyes. Males and females differ slightly in their body shape.
Adult bed bugs live for several months. Since the females lay around 2-3 eggs throughout their life, each female produces around 350-400 eggs over the course of their lives, which are stuck to the environment. The eggs are 1 mm long, initially whitish, but colorless and transparent after the ovules have hatched. The speed of egg development is significantly influenced by the temperature, at a room temperature of 20 ° C it is about two weeks.
The development to the adult (adult) bed bug takes place over five larval stages (nymph). Apart from their size, the larvae already resemble the adult animals. The first larval stages are almost transparent, the later stages gradually become darker. The color depends on the nutritional status of the animals, as the intestinal contents can be seen from the outside. The development time of the larvae is also influenced by the temperature, at an average room temperature of 20 ° C it is 2-3 months.
All agile stages of development of both sexes feed on human blood. The process of sucking blood takes 10-15 minutes in adult bedbugs, and correspondingly less in the individual larval stages. Blood is usually drawn once a week. If there are temporarily no host animals available for blood intake, bed bugs are able to survive periods of hunger lasting several months unscathed. Adult bed bugs can reach 6-12 months of age. Bed bugs are predominantly crepuscular and nocturnal. During the day they stay in small, dry hiding spots, so-called refuges. Bedbugs of different developmental stages attract each other via aggregation pheromones, so that larger clusters are formed. Alarm pheromones, which contain hexenal and octenal as the main component, cause the bed bugs to flee quickly when danger is imminent. Alarm pheromones could play a role in the spread of bed bugs in buildings.
Detecting bed bug infestations
- Nocturnal stings and sting reactions
- Traces of blood on the mattress and sheets
- Traces of excrement on the bed frame and slatted frame
- Traces of excrement behind picture frames, wallpaper and baseboards
Rules of conduct for those affected
- Hire a pest controller
- Continue to sleep in the affected room (prevents bed bugs from migrating to neighboring rooms)
- Avoid clutter and bed boxes
- It is unnecessary to dispose of the bed frame and mattress (risk of spreading)
- Do not remove any objects from the infested area
Control only by pest controllers
- Analysis of infestation by inspection (eggs, bed bugs, moulting residues and small black traces of excrement)
- Avoid spreading and spreading bed bugs
- Turn beds into a "bed bug-free island" as quickly as possible
- Mechanically secure beds against new bedbugs
- Treat bed bug hideouts in the bedroom with long-term insecticides
- If necessary, treat upholstered furniture in other rooms as well
- Perform a second insecticidal treatment after 10-20 days
A bed bug infestation should only be considered eradicated if no bed bug bites occur one and a half to two months after the last control. Sometimes there is no bite for weeks even though bed bugs are still present.
Every city pigeon produces ten to twelve kilograms of droppings per year, which is highly corrosive, contamination from bird droppings defaces the cityscape and can cause damage to the building fabric. The vermin that live in the plumage of pigeons and the pathogens present in pigeon droppings can lead to diseases in humans. We take care of these problems.
We specialize in:
- Network systems
- Bird spike systems
- Bird Free Gel Systems
- Documentation of measures taken and products used
- Good advice and detailed planning
- Fast assembly and maintenance
- Lifting work
- Facade climbing
- Cleaning and disinfection of contaminated surfaces
In order to be able to combat pests effectively, precise pest identification is essential. After the initial telephone call, our company offers various options for pest identification and control. On the one hand, our trained on-site staff is able to analyze almost any type of pest with the help of a computer, and we also have the option of our in-house biologist Dr. Consult catcher from Killgerm for advice. Because only clearly identified problems can be fought professionally. Our specialist staff will then inform you about all the results and the further possible measures.
We work according to international standards
Monitoring according to HACCP means targeted monitoring of a location in order to be able to intervene immediately in the event of a pest infestation and thus means the risk analysis and control of critical points - at all stages of preparation, processing, manufacture, packaging, storage, transport, distribution, treatment and selling groceries. This results in a high level of security with consistent cost and material minimization
- H = Hazard - danger to health
- A = Analysis - investigation of the hazard
- C = Critical - critical, decisive for control
- C = Control - steering / steering and monitoring the operation / li>
- P = Points - points / steps (operations) in the process
Commercial pest control
We offer industry solutions tailored to your needs for commercial customers - from industry to the food industry; Here we rely on modern monitoring systems for early detection and prevention based on the HACCP principle.
Above all, clients in the food industry align their entire procedures and measures for pest control to international quality standards.
When combating pests, we proceed with the necessary dexterity. We use agents for pest control in a well-dosed and careful manner. Whenever possible, we use natural ingredients. We only use tested and approved pesticides.
Our customers include companies from the food industry, gastronomy, discounters, bakeries, butchers, slaughterhouses, dairies, municipalities, central warehouses, heavy industry, chemical factories, agriculture, fattening companies, fruit and vegetable producers, the pharmaceutical industry, hospitals, pharmacies, ......
With our hygiene management measures, you are always on the safe side during audits of offices, authorities and customers.
HACCP is about food safety. All companies that produce or handle food must have a concept that guarantees the highest level of hygiene with the lowest possible risk. Take advantage of our experience: With our knowledge and our products, we can also support your company in implementing hygiene regulations. We are your specialist when it comes to implementing a pest monitoring system tailored to your property.
We help with tailor-made service support from pest prophylaxis to control and aftercare to prevent new pest infestation.
We are your exterminator in all questions of pest control, pest prevention and the implementation of a pest control monitoring system.
IPM / Integrated Pest Management
1. Determination of infestation
- Verification of pests: which animals are we dealing with? Where do the pests come from? How strong is the infestation?
- Risk analysis: analysis of the structural situation, hygienic deficiencies
2. Preparation for treatment
- Selection of the control method and the product to be used in consultation with the customer
- Possible structural renovation measures on or in the building
- Documentation of the fight
- Traps and bait stations
- Biological control measures
- Thermal combat
- Electric insect killers
- Documentation of measures taken and products used
4. Success control after follow-up care / possibly renewed treatment
- Analysis of the control success,
- Possibly post-treatment
- Pest prevention: preventing new introduction or colonization
- Documentation of measures taken and products used
- Advising the customer on preventive measures through structural changes, warehousing, hygienic measures, pest monitoring (surveillance), etc.
- Constant monitoring of the infestation situation by means of suitable measures
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