Moisture, sanitation, and environmental conditions can affect how long a treatment lasts. To date, no treatment exists that can keep pests out of your property forever. Pesticides will be active in an ideal world for a maximum of 3 months if they haven’t been washed away or broken down by the sun, wind, and rain.
Pest control companies can only offer a 5 or 6-year guarantee when a termite structural foundation service is done. All other surface treatments? Unfortunately, not. So, what can you realistically expect?
- Indoor treatments–you should experience a pest-free environment for at least 3 months (food-producing facilities excluded. These facilities can expect a one-month clean environment).
- Outdoors–you’ll never find a scenario where there is absolutely no pest. If you are overrun with pests outdoors, they can be reduced to almost nothing after proper service, but mother nature will always run its course outdoors.
If pests activity returns after 2-3 months onto your property, there is activity in your area. That means these pests will re-enter your property after the pesticides have been broken down. If this happens to you, consider doing a quarterly maintenance service, where we come to your property and conduct a pest control service every 3 months. Our quarterly pest control services can keep your property pest-free all year round!
Benefits of doing quarterly maintenance services (SLA):
- Full guarantee indoors whole year-round.
- Pest free environment all year round.
- You save up to 30% on the cost of a service.
The festive season brings fun and joy for all even the spiders. With rain and the summer sun, spiders are coming out of their hiding spots and invading our homes. Have you had a screaming encounter with one of these creepy crawlies yet? You can make sure your home is spider free today to keep Christmas festive and scare-free.
Interesting Facts About Spiders
- All spiders produce silk, but not all spiders spin webs! There are more than 45,500 spider species, and they all spin silk.
- One spider species is mostly vegetarian! It is called the Bagheera Kiplingi and it inhabits trees that produce protein-rich buds on their leaves. These buds are part of a symbiotic relationship between trees and ants but the Baheera Kiplingi also benefit from consuming them.
- Spiders are near-sighted! Spiders typically have the main set of eyes that can create images while the secondary sets can only detect light and shadow. An exception would be the genus Maratus found in Australia. These tiny jumping spiders have eyes that can see more colours than humans’ eyes!
- Female spiders can lay up to 3000 eggs at one time. Yikes! Call in pest control experts to destroy spider nests in your home before an infestation can occur.
- Jumping spiders can jump up to 50 times their oÿn length
If you think you have a spider infestation in your home contact Mostert Pest Control to recommend steps for spider removal or treatment. Some species are poisonous to humans and should be handled by a professional.
What Attracts Cockroaches? The most obvious thing that attracts cockroaches is food because it is food that helps them to thrive and keep them alive. Storing food properly in restaurants, homes, offices, shops, and factories is the number one deterrent against roaches, plus ensuring your environment is kept pristinely clean after using the services of a professional pest control company will ensure these nasty bugs will be kept at under control.
No matter how fastidious we are, there are times when these tenacious creatures simply won’t die! Calling in pest control experts is the only way to get rid of these clever creatures, plus it will take time and patience before roaches are eliminated – hence the need for continuing keeping your immediate environment clean.
Here are a few tips to keep cockroaches away
Never leave food out on counters and rinse out any empty containers if you are recycling to keep your environment bug-free. Never leave garbage overnight (cockroaches are nocturnal creatures); throw away rubbish every day.
When retiring at night it is advisable to wipe down all countertops and to clean floors. Any appliances on countertops need to be wiped down.
Ensure the spaces under counters, under refrigerators and freezers and stoves are also kept clean.
Always store all food in airtight containers off floors – this applies to pet food as well.
Fridges and freezers should seal properly.
Never leave old magazines, newspapers or cardboard boxes lying around as cockroaches love to feed on these and breed inside these.
Cockroaches are attracted to warm spots for shelter
Keep your environment clutter-free, and ensure your doors and windows are sealed.
Remember that cockroaches communicate through pheromones; that is why it is advisable to keep wooden surfaces clean (the pheromones soak into these surfaces) and to remove any cardboard.
Cockroaches love water and damp areas
Repair leaks and drips and ensure that the spaces between your sink and bath are kept dry with sealant and grouting.
Standing water attracts roaches to pets drinking water and avoid stagnant water in pot plants.
Keep bathmats, sponges, towels and dishcloths dry.
Cockroaches breed throughout the year and are therefore problematic all year round – they are not seasonal breeders. It is difficult to gauge what the cockroaches were attracted to in the first instance, but once they start breeding it is tough to get rid of an infestation.
Because most DIY treatments are often ineffective, it is far wiser to seek the services of your professional pest control experts to assist with the elimination of these problematic pests.
It is a surprising fact for most of us that there are thousands of cockroach species – there are in the region of 4 600 of these creatures. However, only about 30 of these species are viewed as being common pests. The most common cockroaches are between 15 mm and 300 mm in length. Some unusual and less common cockroaches can grow as much as 97 mm in length but thankfully these are native to remote parts of South America!
The colours typically range from light brown to a dark, red-brown and some are grey or white with characteristic markings.
Having evolved over thousands of years, these nocturnal creatures are highly adaptable and resourceful and can prove to be a nightmare to get rid of once they start breeding in your home or place of work.
In South Africa, alone, there are over 3 000 different cockroach species although the most common are the German Cockroach, the Oriental Cockroach, the Brown Banded Cockroach and the American Cockroach.
Cockroaches are carriers of several diseases including poliomyelitis, salmonella, diarrhoea, typhoid, gastroenteritis and dysentery, to name a few of the many.
The German Cockroach (Blatella Germanica)
- This roach is between 12 to 15 mm in length
- The German Cockroach is yellowish and brownish and has two distinct longitudinal black streaks on the pronotum.
- They have wings, although they don’t fly
- The female carries the ootheca which is attached to her abdomen until her nymphs reaching hatching stage and live from 100 to 200 days. The females produce between 4 to 8 ootheca (egg cases) throughout their lives
- They are nocturnal creatures
The Brown Banded Cockroach (Supella Longipalpa)
- These cockroaches are between 10 to 15 mm in length (adults)
- The Brown Banded roach is reddish/brown and has a yellow halo around the pronotum edge; furthermore, they have two light yellow/brown bands across their bodies, have a flat shape with prickly legs and longish antennae
- The males can fly
- The females glue their egg cases in closets and furniture and produce between 10 to 14 eggs cases with each case containing between 10 to 18 eggs
The Oriental Cockroach (Blatta Orientalis)
- Between 17 to 30 mm in length (adult)
- The Oriental Cockroach is very dark – almost black
- They have wings and do not fly
- They can live up to 500 days
The American Cockroach (Periplaneta Americana)
- The American Cockroach reaches 25 to 40 mm in length
- The American Cockroach has wings that are reddish which cover the abdomen – they have a yellow band around the pronotum
- They can fly
- They live for 450 days
- The females produce between 9 and 10 cases during their lifetime with each containing between 12 to 16 eggs
It is advisable to call in pest control experts regardless of what species infiltrates your premises, whether it is your home or place of work.
The big question is – what happens to termites, ants and flies when the spring rains arrive in South Africa? With the warmer weather fast approaching and the relief of spring rains arriving, some insects become more active; these include flies, ants, fleas and numerous other creepy crawlies. It is best to tackle a problem of this magnitude by calling in pest control exterminators to give advice and to address this problem before it gets out of control.
Ants belong to the hymenopteran species which live in highly organised nests and belong to a wingless caste. There are in the region of 8800 species of ants found throughout the world and make their home in numerous habitats, except in the freezing Arctic regions and extremely high altitudes.
The ants that are found in our homes throughout South Africa are referred to as black or red ants and are very different from white ants or termites. They also belong to a different sub-species, and although the lifecycles differ, a similar programme is implemented to control them that will be applied by your pest-control expert company.
Black ants generally become problematic in homes and if the problem is not tackled correctly, they can and will become more than just a nuisance as they are known to cause damage to paving areas and can cause the soil to collapse.
In some instances, these colonies, when multiplied in vast numbers, can damage plants and lawns.
In South Africa, we have two species of ants that are most common; they are Pharaoh ants and the common black ant (The former belongs to the Monomorium Pharaonis species, and the latter to the Lasius Niger species). Of the two species, the Pharaoh ant is the species that could pose the most risk to the health of humans as they are found in unhygienic areas such as garbage and drains and can, in turn, carry harmful pathogens.
DIY methods of getting rid of ants are often unsuccessful – it is advisable to call in pest control experts to eradicate the problem regardless of what time of the year it is.
We live with different ant species in South Africa – although we might think that we have two main types of ants in this country, we actually have 550 species that are known to us, and only a handful are viewed as being “pests”.
Some of the ant species that are commonly known to us include the Coastal Brown Ant, the Argentine Ant, the Black House Ant (perhaps the most problematic of them all), the Pavement Ant, The Garden Ant and The Fire Ant (we know how it hurts when one of these little fellers bite us).
South Africa enjoys a diverse and rich wildlife animal species; we have abundant creatures both large and small, and we have as many ant species as we have wildlife.
Here are a couple of examples of the prolific ant species we have living amongst us:
About the Argentine Ant
- They are dark brown in colour
- The worker ants of this species are almost 1.6 mm in length
- The queens and kings have wings which means that they can fly to find a mate
- The worker ants travel for extensive distances
- Their diet consists of dead or alive insects as well as sweet things, meat, cereals and grains
About the Coastal Brown Ant
- The Coastal Brown Ant is either yellow or brown in colour
- Coastal Brown Ants range in size from 1.5 mm to 2.5 mm in length
- They form small eggs and larvae which are fed by the adult ants
- The wingless ants are the workers and are sterile
- The males have wings which assist in finding mates
- The females are larger in size and enjoy longevity
- Nesting takes place in the soil
- Coastal Brown ants exist on a diet of fruit, sweet food and greasy food as well as meat
About Fire Ants
- The Fire Ants have copper heads and upper bodies, with darker abdomens
- The worker Fire Ants are between three to six mm in length
- The females can lay up to 125 eggs every spring
- The larvae are fed via the salivary glands of the queen ants
- Fire Ants destroy crops and invade both indoor and outdoor areas
- Fire Ants feed on dead animals as well as other insects and worms
About Pharaoh Ants
- The Pharaoh Ant workers are a brownish-yellow in colour with a brown abdomen
- Pharaoh Ant males are equipped with black wings which assist in the mating process
- Males are 3 mm in length, and the workers are between 1.5 mm and 2 mm in length; the queens, on the other hand, are 3.5 and 6 mm long
- These ants enjoy a diet rich in protein such as fat, meat, blood and dead insects
- Queens can produce as many as 3 500 eggs during their lifetime
- Colonies are large and consist of between a couple of hundred to 300 000 ants
The above descriptions include only a handful of ant species found in South Africa. There are, however, numerous other species that can be found in our environment and vary in size and colour. However, all ants enjoy phenomenal teamwork regardless of their species.
Getting rid of disease-carrying mice and rats professionally is the best way to keep these pests at bay. You may have spotted a lone mouse and are wondering if one mouse is serious enough to call in the professionals. Well if you see one think mouse infestation.
Why Getting Rid of Mice Professionally Matters
If you have spotted a lone mouse, it is almost guaranteed others are in proximity. The failure rate for getting rid of vermin by using DIY methods is high. Rodent populations increase at an alarming speed, so it is best to tackle the problem immediately and professionally.
How 1 Mouse Pair Can Turn into an Infestation
Although the breeding season is relatively short (about three months of the year), female mice can still produce between five and ten litters a year. Their gestation period is only 19 – 21 days but can be extended by several days if the female is producing. Then comes a litter of 3 – 14 little mice.
Mice get sexually mature at a very young age¾about six weeks, with a bodyweight of just 25 grams. They continue growing in weeks after that until they reach a weight of between 40 – 50 grams. Mice are born without fur and are also born blind. They become fully furred at about ten days, and they open their eyes at 14 days.
That means within a span of three months, two mice can turn into hundreds. If one female mouse gives birth to a litter every 20 – 30 days, and it takes females in that litter 6 weeks before they can start reproducing, the knock-on effect can leave you with an epic infestation in a short amount of time.
What to Do to Protect Your Home and Business
Mice and rats carry diseases. If you suspect you have these vermin-carriers in and around your home or workplace, ending the problem before a full-blown infestation is essential. The best way to do this is by calling in expert pest control teams to guarantee a vermin-free environment.
Professional pest control companies will only use rodenticides as the very last resort and once the mice have been denied all food access. Pest control companies will take other factors into account, such as pets and young children or nearby wildlife, birds, and other considerations prior to treating mice and rats. The peace of mind of a rodent-free environment is only a phone call away.
It is a known fact that roof rats can enter homes and other structures through the smallest of openings, whether these are doors and windows that are not fitted properly, air vents that are not in good working condition or screens; they will find a way of getting into the smallest spaces.
By taking a couple of steps to reduce gaps in windows and doors and other spots that are easily accessible, you are already putting steps in place to reduce the rat population in and around your surroundings.
Take these measures to reduce the rat population:
- Seal all openings that are more than a cm with wood, mesh, caulk or similar
- Fit all doors and screens tightly or cover these with metal sheets
- Sewer pipes and drains should have covers that fit tightly to prevent access to these openings
A regular, thorough inspection is essential to gauge whether there are rats and mice is important. The signs to look out for are gnaw marks, droppings, grease marks, rat urine stains, live or dead rats and mice and the noises they make.
Once established, it is a good idea to then embark on a plan of action such as calling in pest control experts.
Look out for these signs for roof rats:
- Gnawing holes – these are usually about 4 cms in diameter and will have rough edges. Roof rats like to chew on wood but can also be the cause of electrical wire damage and damaging the packaging of foodstuffs
- Droppings – Roof rat droppings are usually about 6 mm to 12 mm in length, have a capsule shape with blunt edges and usually shiny and black in appearance although this largely depends on what the rats eat. Rat droppings are in the region of about 3 x the size of that of mouse droppings
- Sighting and hearing rats – rodents are nocturnal creatures, therefore, if sighted during the daytime it means the infestation is severe
- Urine stains & odours – these appear as a line of fine drops or streaks that can be spotted under ultraviolet lights or black light tool
- Tracks – the runways of roof rats are smooth and impacted outdoors, plus they are vegetation-free. Furthermore, roof rats leave a hind foot track plus they drag their tails which leave a trail between their foot tracks.
- Grease marks – these usually appear along the walls next to the runways
While you are preventing future rat population growth through inspection, sanitation, and exclusion, you will also want to begin working towards the complete elimination of the population that is already present through the use of a professional pest control company.