Where are they found? Ants are dependant on the soil, they live in damp conditions under bricks, paving and stones.
What do they do? They continually forage for food and in the process become a pest.
How do we get rid of them? The only real way to get rid of them is by treating the nesting area with a good residual insecticide. Contact Pestmaster for more information.
Where are they found? At one time a common pest in slums and other properties, its prevalence as a pest has declined owing to the adoption of high standards of hygiene. Nevertheless it can occur in the cleanest of premises by being carried in by a host.
What do they do? Eggs are normally laid in cracks and crevices in the vicinity of the host, man. One feed of blood is taken between each developmental stage but the adult will feed many times.
How do we get rid of them? Treatment consists of fumigation and spraying of articles and cracks and crevices infested by these pests.
Where are they found? They are found in kitchens, drains, damp rotting plant material.
What do they do? They forage for food, are omnivorous, feed in sewers and kitchen counters and for this reason they distribute various bacteria. They have no digestive system and therefore regurgitate the contents of their stomach onto the food they are about to eat.
How do we get rid of them? Starting by locating their habitat, treat the area with a good residual insecticide. Various products and services are available from Pestmaster.
Where are they found?
Fleas are also common pests of slums and poor properties. Their prevalence has declined with the adoption of high standards of hygiene. However, they occur fairly often where dogs, cats and birds are found.
What do they do? The different fleas usually prefer to attack the species to which they are adapted, nevertheless, cat, dog and bird fleas often bite humans. Fleas act as intermediate host to dog tapeworm , which can also infect humans.
How do we get rid of them? Infected premises should be thoroughly cleaned to remove the debris that lava feed on. Infected animal bedding should be destroyed and baskets used by pets be sprayed with a residual insecticide.
Where are they found? Generally found all over in, particularly in buildings in winter. Rats can travel some distance from the nest to find food where mice remain within 5 - 10m of the nest.
What do they do? Rats have incisors that continuously grow and they need to knaw continuously. Hence the damage to electrical wire, timber and plastics.
How do we get rid of them? A good rodent programme needs to be implemented by means of gels, baits, dusts and liquids. DIY products lead to resistance to poisons.
Where are they found? They are found in timber, furniture, beams and floors.
What do they do? They bore through timber, eating the cellulose of the timber. thereby weakening the structure.
How do we get rid of them? It is essential that all timber used are pre-treated and that any antique furniture brought into the dwelling be inspected and treated. Any old timber such as Oregon an Deal are susceptible to infestation.
Where are they found? Theylive in soil and their main source of food is timber.
What do they do? They trail up walls and attack floors, panels and beams, thereby destroying the beams, making it structurally unsound.
How do we get rid of them? They are very destructive and can rapidly destroy the timber in a property. It is therefore essential to treat the soil before construction commences. Thereafter we need to inspect the property at least once every two years to ensure that the termites do not find a way into the premises.