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ACSD Pest Management
Our Pest Control Promise
Pest Site Evaluation
Why Use Pest Control Auckland
How to Get Rid of Flies
Bees & Wasp’s
Our 55oC Carpet Clean kills Dust Mites
White Tail Spiders
Rats, Mice, Rodents
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Pest Control Auckland – Pest Management
Pest Control Auckland is a full service pest control and elimination company. The type of clients that we service are from every industry and every lifestyle. We are the first choice for most discriminating organizations and families. Our long years of experience in the pest elimination and control field has showed us how to service your unique needs fast, inexpensively and on schedule. The products that we use are safe for your family and pets. Our techniques for pest elimination meet and even exceed industry standards.
Pest Control Auckland is chosen by home owners and office and industrial managers all over the Auckland Region. Simply because we understand your needs. We know that your home and office are an extension of the image you project to your friends, neighbors and customers. We know that unwanted pests in addition to being unsightly, can be detrimental to the health of you, your family or your customers. These heath risks make us take extraordinary care in maintaining your facility. Pest Control Auckland wants to make sure that the professional image you have worked so hard to build, will be enhanced by our service.
No two properties are alike. Each home, apartment and facility has unique needs and requirements. Every client also has unique requirements based on the usage of their facility. Trust Auckland Carpet Steam ‘n’ Dry’s pest control to be sensitive to these needs.
Our Pest Control Promise
We promise to provide our valued customer with the best quality pest control service at the most competitive price available in the market.
- We pledge to perform the service you contracted for in a professional, efficient, and courteous manner
- Our Technicians will only use products that are tested and proven safe and effective
- When you engage Pest Control Auckland to perform a service, we pledge to respect the sanctity of your home, office, institution or commercial facility
- We promise that every service we perform will not only meet, but will exceed your expectations
Pest Site Evaluation
Inspection/ Site Evaluation
Pest Control Auckland will send a trained professional to your home or business to inspect, identify, and recommend a pest control solution to your problem. We will check your home’s perimeter, interior, attic, and basement/crawl space (if applicable).
Identification, Treatment and Prevention
We focus on preventing unwanted pests and rodents from entering and exiting the structure. Our inspection will reveal where the pests are gaining entry and the level of infestation. Pest Control Auckland will propose a total pest control solution that will eliminate their nest and areas where they breed.
Consumer Proactive Identification
The most effective way to prevent pest infestation is for the consumer to be proactive in identifying these offenders. You must know where they seek shelter, what various pests feed on in your dwelling, and the telltale signs of infestation. Please take special note of these pests profiles. Understanding their nature is essential to controlling their population. Pest Control Auckland will assist you in this process. Once identified, our experienced staff will recommend an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) solution to control their population.
Why Choose ACSD Pest Control
8 Reasons Why You Should Choose Pest Control Auckland for your Pest Control Management
- Our company has more experience in this community than any other pest control company
- We are more knowledgeable in the control and elimination of pest that are particular to this region
- Our on-site inspections are thorough and complete.
- Our service technicians are professional and courteous
- We explain in clear, easy to understand language, how extensive the pest control problem is, how we will control it, and what steps the customer can take to prevent pest re-infestation
- We respond to calls of assistance quickly and with dramatic results
- Our prices are the most competitive in this region
- Our men and women are all trained in the most up to date methods of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Pest Control Auckland is chosen by home owners and office and industrial managers all over Auckland because we understand your needs. We know that your home and office are an extension of the image you project to your friends, neighbors and customers.
We know that unwanted pests in addition to being unsightly, can be detrimental to the health of you, your family or your customers. These heath risks make us take extraordinary care in maintaining your facility. A&S wants to make sure that the professional image you have worked so hard to build, will be enhanced by our service.
How to Get Rid of Flies Naturally
Flies ends to come out in droves during the warmer months, and they can be a real pain once they’re inside your house. If you aren’t too keen on the idea of using harmful chemical repellents, try out these natural methods to get rid of flies and get on with your summer.
How to Get Rid of House Flies
Just get some apple cider vinegar pour some in a bowl put in about a tablespoon of dish detergent to break the surface tension of the vinegar and the lil buggers can’t fly on and get away. Leave it over night. You should catch most of them.
Hang a pine bough in the kitchen: flies dislike pine oil.
A bowl of vinegar in the kitchen will keep flies away as well as some mint leaves in a glass of water does the trick.
Citronella oil or candles are also effective in houseflies.
Use loads of lavender, flies hate it; put fresh lavender around the house. “It really works because that’s what my mum uses in the summer to stop flies coming in” says Rosalie Taperi Ramayla.
If you are affected, you can call us to provide you a technically best solution 0800 783 266
How to Get Rid of Mosquito’s
Dispose of old tires, buckets, aluminum cans, plastic sheeting or other refuse that can hold water. Empty accumulated water from trash cans, boats, wheel barrows, pet dishes, and flower pot bottoms. If possible, turn these items over when they are not in use.
Clean debris from rain gutters and unclog obstructed downspouts. Clogged rain gutters are one of the most overlooked breeding sites for mosquitoes around homes. Remove any standing water on flat roofs or around structures. Repair leaking faucets and air conditioners that produce puddles for several days.
Change water in bird baths and wading pools at least once a week and keep swimming pools cleaned and chlorinated. Ornamental pools can be aerated or stocked with mosquito-eating fish. Aeration / water movement helps because mosquitoes prefer quiet, non-flowing water for egg-laying and development.
Fill or drain ditches and swampy areas, and other soil depressions and remove, drain, or fill tree holes and stumps with mortar or sealant to prevent accumulation of water. Eliminate standing water and seepage around animal watering troughs, cisterns, and septic tanks. Be sure that cistern screens are intact and that access covers fit tightly.
Irrigate lawns and gardens carefully to prevent water from standing for several days.
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How to Get Rid of Bees & Wasp’s
- If you want to get rid of bees, you should try to figure out what kind of bees they are.
- In order to get rid of bees, you’ll have to find their nest.
- If you want to get rid of bees, you’re going to have to kill the bees.
- To make sure you really do get rid of the bees, spray the nest once more during the following evening.
- Once you’re certain the bees are dead, it’s time to get rid of the bee nest.
- First, you must make sure that the hive is not filled with honeybees to exterminate a honey bee hive would be a sad and pointless loss.
- Only exterminate wasps yourself if the wasp nest is relatively small, in plain site and within reach of a hand-held spray can. Goggles are a good safety precaution.
- If all of those conditions are met, then all you have to do is buy a spray can of wasp killer at your local home and garden store and follow the instructions carefully.
- The pesticide usually recommends nighttime for extermination; wasps return to their hive around nightfall.
- Don’t stick around after spraying the pesticide. Make sure you have a swift escape planned, and leave the area rapidly. Make sure no one is planning to enter the area for a little while. Paper wasps are not as aggressive generally as yellow jackets, but they will fiercely defend their nest if it is threatened.
Paper Wasps – construct gray or brown papery water-resistant nests made of dead wood and plant stems. They are 3/4 to 1 inch (1.9 to 2.5cm) long. Since their territoriality can lead to attacks on people, and because their stings are quite painful and can produce a potentially fatal anaphylactic reaction in some individuals, nests in human-inhabited areas may present an unacceptable hazard. Silverfish – like starchy foods high in carbohydrates and protein. Typically living for two to eight years, silverfish are born whitish, but develop a grayish hue and metallic shine as they get older. Some of their favorite foods are glue, book bindings, paper, photos, sugar, coffee, hair, carpet, clothing and dandruff, cotton, linen, silk, and synthetic fibers. They can live for a year or more.
Yellow Jacket Wasps – often become a nuisance from spring, as they build up in large populations and scavenge for human food at picnics, cookouts, outside restaurants, bakeries, campsites, fairs, sports events and other outdoor get-togethers. Many are attracted in large numbers to garbage cans and other trash receptacles. Others fly in and out of nests built around homes, buildings and areas where people live, work and play, causing fear and alarm. They are bold and sometimes aggressiveness and have painful stinging ability.
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How to Get Rid of Fleas
Facts, Identification & Control
Small, wingless, about 1/12- to 1/6-inch long. Covered in spines with piercing mouthparts.
A parasite that attaches to a host.
Larvae feed on organic debris, particularly the feces of adult fleas, which contain undigested blood.
Eggs are not attached to the host. Eggs will hatch on the ground, in nests, carpet, bedding, upholstery or cracks in the floor. Most hatch within seven to fourteen days
Get rid of fleas in your home
If possible, try to identify the source of the problem. In many cases this can be traced to a family pet. Treatment for pets may take the form of insecticide aerosol sprays, pour-on products or a tablet. Your vet can explain where and how to use the product.
Consult your vet or the pest control officer at your local council for more information about the product you are using if you need it. Alternatively the pest control officer can treat your premises using a combination of insecticides and products that inhibit flea development.
When Other Flea Control Methods Fail
For some people, it may be easier and more effective to let professionals handle the job of ridding their home of fleas. Although the professionals will most likely use the same products and methods you would use in your home, they will have better equipment, as well as the experience to know how to get rid of the fleas quickly and efficiently.
Flea extermination with guaranteed results
Professional pest control companies will not only provide professional service, but they also usually offer a guarantee. So, once you’ve paid for the service, you can generally be assured that your flea problem will be solved. If not, the pest control service will provide another treatment free of charge. However, be sure to ask the provider about guarantees before purchasing.
Once you request the extermination service, the company will do an initial visit to assess your needs, and determine the type of pest in your home, and their means of entry. In the case of fleas, before the treatment begins, you will most likely be requested to remove or wash all pet bedding, vacuum carpets, and do the other non-pesticide related steps. In addition to preparing your home for treatment, you will of course also need to treat your pet for fleas.
Preparing your home for professional flea control
Once you’ve requested the professional extermination service, make sure that all outdoor areas, crawlspaces, and shaded areas are available for treatment. You will also have to arrange to be out of the house for several hours after treatment. Also, all pets, including birds and reptiles will need to be removed from the home as well. Fish tanks can be covered with a damp towel, and the air pump turned off.
Professional pest control services can be an easy and effective way to eliminate fleas in your home, especially for those without the time or inclination to attempt the process themselves. Be aware, however, that treatment of the pet will still have to be done by the owner or a veterinarian, as pest control services don’t handle that aspect.
Small, brown and wingless, a litter is no larger than the size of a pinhead. They move fast and leap great distances. The leading cause of skin problems in dogs and cats is the ordinary flea. In colder climates, fleas are usually seen only in warm weather. Adult female feed on blood preferring your dog or cat, but in heavy infestations, fleas will readily bite humans. Heavy flea infestations can cause anemia and death. Your pet gets tapeworm infections from biting infected fleas. To effectively eliminate fleas from your pet and your environment, you must disrupt the life cycle of the flea. The adult fleas you see, represent only 1% of the flea population. The other 99% are unseen eggs and immature developing fleas in your rugs, furniture, the pet’s bedding, or outside. To control fleas, you must control this reservoir of developing fleas as well as the adults.
Pest control of fleas in the yard, home and on pets starts with frequent vacuuming of the home, especially areas that pets frequent, clearing the yard of litter and debris and by establishing a regular bathing and grooming schedule for pets. Note: flea eggs can lie dormant for several years so a flea-free home can be contaminated by introducing used upholstery, carpets and rugs.
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How to Get Rid of Dust Mites
Amid the other components of dust (dirt, dried feces, skin cells, pollen, dander, spider webs, mold and fungus spores, hair, etc.) are microscopic arachnids called house dust mites (not dustmites). There are two types commonly found in homes; the European house dust mite (not dustmite) and the American house dust mite. Their close proximity to humans is due to the fact that these tiny little whitish to bluish arachnids’ favorite meal is sloughed skin cells. Since the average person sloughs roughly 12 grams of skin cells a day, it makes sense. Aside from skin, dust mites can and do eat, among other things, mold and fungal spores, pollen, feathers, wool, and dried semen. Did I say dried semen? Yup. I said dried semen. In fact, dust mites who make a meal out of spooge crusties lay nearly double the eggs of those who are not given the opportunity. The lesson? Wear a condom.
For most people, dust mites are completely harmless. However, for those of us unlucky enough to have a dust allergy, they are the culprit. Found in dust mite carcasses and dust mite feces is a neat little protein called DER p1. Most people’s immune systems could give a crap less about this protein. It’s harmless. Unfortunately, the immune systems of people with a house dust mite allergy are kinda stupid. They mistake DER p1 as hostile and go on the attack. This gives rise to such dust mite allergy symptoms as drippy, runny noses, stuffy noses, coughing, sneezing, teary eyes, itchy eyes, itchy nose, itchy throat, itchy roof of mouth, chest congestion, wheezing, skin rash, post-nasal drip, chest congestion, swollen eyes, red-rimmed eyes, dark circles under the eyes, crusty eyes, and facial pressure and pain, just to name a few.
Reactions to the dust mite allergen can be even harder on those with asthma. Airways in the lungs can become angry, swollen, and inflamed, increasing the severity and frequency of asthma symptoms. And just in case you don’t hate dust mites enough already, they have also been linked to problems like rhinitis, eczema, atopic dermatitis, and, albeit loosely, SIDS.
Behavioral Control: Control dust mites by changing your lifestyle
See a doctor
Before you start going crazy with dust mite control, it’s advisable to go see a doctor to make sure the allergy symptoms you are suffering from are indeed attributable to house dust mite exposure.
Remove surfaces that are conducive to high dust mite populations.
If you don’t want them in your home, don’t make them comfortable. First and foremost, the best thing you can do for dust mite allergy control is to get rid of all wall-to-wall carpeting. There is nothing that makes dust mites happier than carpeting. Upholstered furniture should be next on the list, especially the big, fluffy, overstuffed stuff. If you can afford to, replace it with leather or vinyl. Don’t use bed skirts or bed canopies. Replace heavy drapes with washable curtains or easily cleanable blinds.
Reducing clutter is important for controlling dust mites.
Walk around your house, look at everything you own, and decide how badly you need it. I’m willing to bet that you could easily live without 60% of the crap that’s lying around. Get rid of newspaper stacks, magazines, old mail, and any books you don’t intend to read again. Take a look at all of your knick knacks too. Not only are many of them meaningless, but all of them add extra surface area for dust and dust mites to settle on and make any dusting projects more difficult.
Clean your home more frequently and with more diligence.
When learning to control dust mites, the most basic and effective thing you will come to find is you need to clean.. For removing dust mites you need to dust at least once, preferably twice, a week. Start high, such as ceiling fan blades, tops of picture frames, tall shelves, and work your way down. When done dusting, the dust kicked up will need to settle somewhere. For the majority, that somewhere will be your furniture and the floor. This means vacuuming and mopping immediately after each dusting session. Many feel compelled to sweep before mopping. If you’re trying to remove dust mites, this is a no-no. Sweeping causes things that have settled to the floor to get kicked back up into the air. Before doing any dusting, vacuuming, etc, close doors, windows and turn off fans and air conditioners.
In the bedroom.
Since so much time is spent in the bedroom, you should put forth a little extra effort when it comes time to eliminate dust mites found there. Wash sheets and pillowcases once a week. That doesn’t mean change them and throw the dirty ones in the hamper. Wash them immediately in hot water. The hot water will kill dust mites and dust mite eggs and wash away most of the old nasty skin cells that you’ve dropped in them. And like I mentioned before, dust mites swallow. Washing the sheets will remove old, dry semen. If you use down comforters, wool blankets, or feather pillows, swap them out. Use bedding made from cotton or synthetic fibers. They’re not as tasty. Finally, pick your crap up. Keep your clothes in the closet with the door shut or in the dresser. Quit leaving them in a heap on the floor.
Because dust mites are just as happy to eat pet dander as they are to eat human dander, if you are allergic to dust mites, you should strongly consider keeping your home free of cats and dogs. However, if you love cats and dogs as much as I do, this may be out of the question. So, to prevent dust mites from multiplying because of your pets, make sure to wash pet beds as frequently as you do your own. You should also consider keeping those pet beds as far away from your own bed as possible. The last thing I have to say on the subject of pet owners getting rid of dust mites is to give your pets treats with, or supplements containing, omega fatty acids. This will cut down on pet dander by helping to keep their skin healthy.
Habitat Control: Make your home inhospitable to dust mites
Dust mites thrive in warmer temperatures. For this reason, keeping your home a little cooler is a very effective dust mite treatment. Set thermostats to below 70F. The cooler, the better. If you’re cold, quit complaining and wrap yourself in a blanket made from synthetic fibers (think Vellux).
Along with high temperatures, dust mites require high humidity. This is due to the fact that they don’t drink water. They absorb it from the air. Outfit your home with several dehumidifiers, install fans in the bathroom and above the stove, fix leaky faucets and pipes, insulate pipes to avoid condensation, get rid of aquariums, install fans in rooms with poor circulation, and keep the doors to those rooms open. When it comes time to mop, consider foregoing the damp mop and instead spray a towel with your cleaner of choice. Either get on your hands and knees and scrub, or stand on the towel and skate across the floor. The idea is to get the humidity of your home down as far as possible. While a relative humidity of anything less than 70% is helpful, you should really aim for somewhere in the neighborhood of 35%.
Steam Carpet Cleaning at Over 550C Kills Dust Mites
Dust mites are everywhere and there’s just no escaping the fact that they will infest your carpets and if left to their own devices, each female will lay up to 100 eggs during its 80 day life cycle. Can you imagine the trouble this can cause in your office if your carpet cleaning efforts are not up to scratch?
Although dust mites do not attack the human body directly, their presence can trigger an allergic reaction causing great discomfort to those who are susceptible to them. In fact, it is not the dust mites themselves that cause the problem as much as the protein found in their remains and in their excreta, namely DER p1. Conventional machine – usual carpet cleaner cannot remove the remains of dust mites and that is why Auckland Carpet Steam ‘n’ Dry needs to be called in.
The more people you have working in your office, the more likely it is that dust mites will be present in the carpet. This is because human bodies shed skin in small quantities all the time and this is what attracts dust mites in the first place. In the home it is easy to take remedial action like changing your bed linen regularly and cleaning pillows on a regular basis. But in an office environment where carpets are the main affecting element a specialist cleaning program needs to be implemented to rid the office of these pests.
The fibres of most carpets have a rough fibrous surface that hold dust mites within the pile even when a normal vacuum cleaner is used to suck them out. Only a commercial cleaner coupled with specialist cleaning agents can do a proper job of removing them almost completely, the operative term here is almost completely’ because dust mites are impossible to entirely eradicate.
Let’s look at the best strategy is for keeping your office as free of dust mites as possible.
- Use a commercial carpet cleaning service that regularly cleans carpets and schedules the use of a hot steam process at least every six months in conjunction with appropriate pesticides.
- Eliminate as much dust from the environment as possible from things like shelving and desks which can accumulate dust in large amounts if left unattended. This means that the cleaning contract should involve cleaning all office equipment especially hidden shelves and the tops of books or folders which may be left unused for long periods of time.
- Look at the possibility of installing air cleaners which will rid the air of dust before it can settle into the carpet.
Dust mites are a major cause of allergies and asthma so if any of your staff starts to exhibit the symptoms, like itchy or runny noses, sneezing and wheezing of any sort, you may have a dust mite problem that needs immediate attention. They thrive in warm humid climates so make sure your air-conditioning is adjusted to the lowest comfortable temperature.
Most important of all, make sure you employ a commercial cleaning service to treat your carpets and prevent dust mites in the first place.
Recommended Way to Get Rid Of White Tail Spiders
- Use Cobweb Eliminator to prevent formation of spider webs.
- Eliminate or shield outdoor lights or bright indoor lights that attract the spiders insect food source.
- Trim weeds around the building foundation and remove debris to discourage insects and spiders from living next to a structure.
- Seal openings and install screens and door sweeps to prevent spiders (as well as other unwanted pests) from moving indoors.
- Use a vacuum cleaner to remove webs, spiders and their egg sacs. Spider elimination includes prevention of entry, reduction of spider food and any condition that might encourage spider invasion or reproduction.
- Vacuum up all visible spiders, webs and/or egg sacs (300 hundred spiders may be in one sac).
- Routinely clean (with 1 oz. per gallon) or spray (with 1 oz. per quart) of Safe Solutions, Inc Enzyme Cleaner with Peppermint and/or borax. Borax will kill plants.
- Spray straight 5% white distilled vinegar with a teaspoon of coconut oil to help remove and help prevent spider webs.
- Routinely steam clean or vacuum the entire area. Do not store clothes, packages, materials for extended periods of time without cleaning them all or sealing them in plastic.
- Lightly sprinkle talcum or medicated body powder or Comet or food-grade DE in sill boxes and along walls, etc.
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White Tail Spiders are reported to be biting Kiwis
There have been reports in the national press of incidents around the country and specifically in the North Shore of people ending up in hospital after being bitten by White Tail Spiders. TV3’s Campbell Live of 17th November featured some ‘facts’ on Whitetails but made little effort to advise on how to get rid of them and keep them away.
White Tail biology and habits
The White Tail Spider is native of New Zealand. (Why are so many of our pests Aussies?) They probably arrived here first about 100 years ago and found the conditions to their liking. Whitetails are predators of other spiders, particularly the Grey House Spider which is also Australian. They don’t weave a web to catch prey, they actively seek out other spiders and stalk them down. They do however, produce silk in a tangle as a nest. this is often found in warm dark places around the house.
Whitetails produce a venom that they use to paralyse their prey by injecting it via their fangs. These fangs are such that the spider can bite humans. That they do bite humans is not in dispute. However, the seriousness of the bite is still controversial. It is accepted that the bite is as painful as a bee sting but there are many people that report more serious reactions including stiffness, headaches and swelling. There also many reports of ulceration and necrosis possibly caused by infection of the bite either directly from the spider fangs or subsequently from scratching of the wound.
White Tail spiders do not seek to bite us but will defend themselves if they feel under threat. They hunt mostly during the night and hide in dark nooks and crannies during the day. They are often found amongst the folds of clothing, curtains, bed linen, in shoes and other places where we may innocently place our hands or feet. The spiders natural reaction to this invasion of ‘their’ space is to bite. And we suffer the consequences.
Get rid of White tail Spiders
With a little effort it is possible to eradicate White Tail Spiders and other spiders from your home and keep them at bay. Your roof void is a likely place for these spiders to nest and hide during the day. A Bug Bomb released in the roof void will permeate through the area and kill the spiders and their prey.
Then treat the interior of the house with a residual surface spray containing deltamethrin or permethrin. These are safe synthetic pyrethroid insecticides and kill insects and spiders that cross the treated surfaces. Spray the nooks and crannies around the house. Pay attention to the instructions on the product. Spray skirtings, back of wardrobes, under beds, around windows etc. Also treat areas where other spiders are seen. If you can remove other spiders there will be no food for Whitetails and no reason for them to come into your home.
Finally it may be worth while spraying around the outside of the house. Concentrate on the eaves and bases of walls and places where there are dark crevices to hide such as wood piles. Do these things and you can stay free of the fear of spiders and their bites.
Symptoms are usually confined to local mind stinging or burning pain, sometimes followed by development of an itchy lump. Less commonly, bites result in swelling, discolouration and local ulceration, sometimes with nausea and vomiting. There is no conclusive evidence that these spiders regularly cause significant skin damage or ulceration.
How to Get Rid of Carpet Beetle
Carpet beetles can cause serious damage to fabrics, carpets, furs, stored foods and other items derived from plants and animals. Adult carpet beetles are indications of an infestation but they feed on flower pollen and do not themselves cause damage. Adults usually appear in spring or early summer; indoors, they are often seen near windows. Carpet beetle larvae, however, feed in dark, undisturbed locations on a variety of household items including:
- wool, including wool carpets and rugs
- leather, including leather book bindings
- fur, animal skins and stuffed animals
- animal horns, whalebone
- hair brushes with natural bristles
- pet hair
- spices, grains and flour
- peas and beans
- powdered milk
- dead insects
Sometimes felts and hammers in pianos become infested and so badly damaged that the tone and action of the instrument are seriously affected. The services of a piano technician are then recommended. Synthetic felts are also available.
Carpet beetle larvae do not feed on synthetic fibers, but will feed on blends of wool and synthetics.
Eggs, larvae, pupae and adults may be brought into the home and spread to such places as the lint collected behind baseboards, in air ducts, in the stuffing of furniture and in the bristles of old paint brushes. From these unsuspected places, carpet beetles may cause damage for a long time. It is not always possible to tell from the damage whether it was caused by clothes moths or carpet beetles, but in general, beetles are more likely to damage a large area on one portion of a garment or carpet while moth damage more often appears as scattered holes.
Black Carpet Beetle
The most commonly found species of carpet beetle is the black carpet beetle. Larvae and adults are distinctly different from other carpet beetles. Adult black carpet beetles range from 1/8 to 3/16 inch in length. They are shiny black and dark brown with brownish legs. Full-sized larvae may be as long as 5/16 inch. They range in color from light brown to almost black. Larvae are shiny, smooth, hard and are covered with short, stiff hairs. They are carrot-shaped with a tuft of long hairs at the narrow end.
Varied Carpet Beetle
The second type of carpet beetle often seen in Auckland is the varied carpet beetle, which is about 1/10 inch long; the coloring is black with an irregular pattern of white, brown and dark yellow scales on its wing covers. Mature larvae are about the same length as adults, have alternating light and dark brown transverse stripes and are distinguishable from other carpet beetle larvae because they are broader at one end.
Control of Carpet Beetles
Carpet beetles are among the most difficult indoor pests to control because of their ability to find food in obscure places and to spread widely in your home. Cleaning is the best strategy, although in a heavy infestation insecticides may be necessary. Regular and thorough cleaning of rugs, draperies, upholstered furniture, closets and other locations where carpet beetles may lay eggs is an important preventive and control technique. After vacuuming infested areas, dispose of the bag immediately because it may contain eggs, larvae, or adult insects.
Protect fabrics by keeping them clean: food and sweat stains on fabrics attract carpet beetles. Dry cleaning or thoroughly laundering items in hot water kills all stages of these insects and is the most common method used to control all kinds of fabric pests in clothing, blankets and other washable articles.
If you suspect that you might have carpet beetles or are at risk for carpet beetles, we can arrange for one of our certified specialists to inspect your premises. Our inspectors are available for on-site inspections between the hours of 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday. If you have samples of insects that you suspect might be carpet beetles, you can schedule a free insect I.D. during our regular business hours, Monday to Friday. Proper identification is critical for control.
Unique Treatment Approach
Pest Control Auckland has developed an in-depth Carpet Beetle Treatment Program that combines a thorough understanding of carpet beetle biology and behavior, premium EPA approved pesticides and cutting edge technology to attack carpet beetles. We are continuously reviewing the effectiveness of new developments in the field to bring our clients the best, most up-to-date services available.
Pest Control Auckland has a team of dedicated technicians trained to combat carpet beetles, each with over 1,000 hours of experience in eliminating pests. We work closely with each client to determine the best options and help prepare for the treatments, and we follow each case until the infestation is completely resolved.
To learn about our unique program, contact us for a free consultation by calling 0800 783 266
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches
Cockroaches when hungry will eat just about anything; pastes, glues, solid soaps and starch based paints and foods. Also, having cockroaches crawling around your cosy nest is a rather unpleasant sight. So how do you tackle these pests?
- Paint cabinet shelves and drawers with enamel and keep them clean.
- Rinse all recyclable containers clean and air them out every few days.
- Put garbage in tightly covered containers and store it outside.
- Wash dishes, tables, kitchen counters and stove tops every day, preferably after every meal.
- Store flour, sugar, cereals and crackers in tightly covered plastic or metal containers.
- Clean out junk and clutter from storage shelves, drawers and closets.
- Get rid of unused furniture, appliances, food and clothing.
- Fill in cracks and seal openings around pipes, in the walls and inside the cupboards.
- Clean drains.
- Keep all areas clean and dry.
Cockroaches are insects belonging to the family Blattidae and they share a common ancestry with termites and grasshoppers. American cockroaches are one of the most common insect pests found in urban areas throughout the world. This species of cockroach prefers to live in a warm humid atmosphere, the same conditions preferred by man, so it is no wonder that American cockroaches have adapted to living in buildings, ships, restaurants and greenhouses. Having had a longer track record of survival on the planet earth (300 million years versus 1 million years for man), it is believed by many that cockroaches are likely to out survive man in the long run. This fact sheet is focused on how to control American cockroaches that enter buildings in New England.
Interesting Cockroach Facts
- Cockroaches have been found in the fossil record as far back as 300 million years and the largest fossil, from Ohio, measures nearly 3.5 inches long
- There are about 3,500 cockroach species world-wide.
- The largest pest species of cockroach is the American Cockroach, Periplaneta Americana, which probably originated from North Africa.
There are several pest species of cockroaches found indoors and many more non-pest species found in nature. The large, reddish brown to uniform brown cockroach, Periplaneta Americana, the American Cockroach, is the largest pest species of cockroach in the world. American cockroach adults reach 1.5 inches in length and they scoot across the floor with rapid movements. Egg cases (ootheca) containing up to 16 eggs are cemented to surfaces near their food source. The much smaller nymphs or immature stages are rarely seen and they are a darker brown. There are a couple of similar looking species of large cockroaches that are found in greenhouses and in other warm, humid locations so it is important to make a correct identification before starting a control program.
6 Breeds of Cockroaches
Facts, Identification & Control
Cockroaches can wreak havoc on your home. To win the war in cockroach control, here’s what you should know:
- Entry: Cockroaches can enter your home in many different ways, from the outside through cracks and crevices, vents, sewer and drain pipes. We even bring them in on products like grocery bags, boxes, purses and on our person!
- Ideal environment: Your home is an ideal breeding ground most species of cockroaches. With plenty of food, warmth, water and nesting sites, they can remain active all year round.
- Reproduction: Cockroaches reproduce quickly. For every one you see there can be many, many more hiding and multiplying behind your walls.
- Evasiveness: Because cockroaches are nocturnal, if you’ve seen one, you probably haven’t seen them all. The few cockroaches you see by day could mean they were likely forced out by overcrowding; a possible sign of severe infestation.
- Allergies/Asthma: The dust created by cast-off cockroach skins, dead bodies and droppings can aggravate allergies, especially in children and sensitive individuals.
- Do-it-yourself ineffectiveness: Cockroaches are better at hiding than you are at finding them, and their eggs are naturally protected from insecticides. Without special equipment, materials and know-how, cockroach control can be a losing battle.
German Cockroaches – are among the most common and adaptable of insects proven by fossil evidence indicating their existence for over 300 million years. The German cockroach is best identified by its small size and by two dark parallel lines running from the back of the head to the wings. They prefer a moist environment with a relatively high degree of warmth. They are especially fond of starches, sweets, grease, and meat products with garbage often being its principal food source. As with other species, German cockroaches are mostly active at night.
Get Rid of Ants: Ant Pest Control
Do you have ants all over your house? Here’s the most effective, easy way of ANT CONTROL
Few pests are harder to get rid of than ants once they’ve established themselves in your home. If you’re tired of stumbling upon a swarm of ants on a regular basis, you can get rid of ants by following step The most of common question is to get rid of Ants?U CAN GET BEST ANSWER HERE
Technical steps of getting rid of ants
- Kill the queen.
- Shut down the ant buffet. Wipe down all surfaces. Tables and counter tops should be regularly sprayed and cleaned with a mild bleach or vinegar solution. Sweep, mop, and vacuum regularly.
- A lone ant brings home the bacon or in this case, the cat foodSquish the scouts. Colonies regularly send out lone ants to check for food sources.
- Barricade your home. Since ants are tiny, they can find thousands of tiny doorways into your residence. Some of them of are easy to identify; others will only be discovered when there’s a parade of ants of marching through them. Diatomaceous earth is a fine powder that kills ants by pulling all the moisture from their bodies. Since it’s so absorbent, however, it’s only effective in dry environments. Salt works just fine as well, and you can spread it under doors, near windows and walls with better conscience.
- Excavated ants’ nestBring down the nest. If ants continue to raid your home, you’re going to have to raid theirs except that you’re too big to get inside.
Natural way of ant control
- Use laurel/bay leaves to keep the ants away from a specific food.
- Use chalk to keep ants away from kitchen areas.
- You can also use corn meal. This method is especially great around pets or children, as corn meal by itself is not poisonous.
- Use boric acid, a natural derivative of the mineral boron used in borax, and also in saline solution. It is about as harmful to humans as table salt.
- Put out Cream of Wheat (farina). Don’t cook it first.
Odorous House Ant – nesting both indoors and out this is our most common structure-invading small ant. It gains access through cracks. It gets its name from a fruity, coconut odor that is emitted when crushed. They are very dark brown to black and 1/16 to 1/8 inch in length.
Carpenter Ants – do not eat wood, they excavate to create galleries and tunnels thereby damaging wood. The longer a colony is present in a structure, the greater the damage that can be done. They especially prefer rotting trees, tree roots, tree stumps, and logs or boards lying on or buried in the ground and moist or decayed wood inside buildings. Nests have been found behind bathroom tiles; around tubs, sinks, showers, and dishwashers; under roofing, in attic beams, and under sub-floor insulation; and in hollow spaces such as doors, curtain rods, and wall voids. Carpenter ants may also nest in foam insulation. A parent carpenter ant colony sometimes establishes one or more satellite nests in nearby indoor or outdoor sites.
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Bed Bug Exterminator Services
Pest Control Auckland team has years of experience in eliminating bed bugs and other pests in homes, apartments, hotels, restaurants, offices. Our exterminators are licensed and certified bed bug and pest professionals. Our unit of experienced exterminators our designed to seek out bed bugs where they hide. You can rest assured that our professional technicians will keep your home free of bed bugs.
What we offer:
- Free Comprehensive Bed bug/ Pest Inspection
- Elimination and Control of Bed bugs and Other Pests
- Use of Insured and Licensed bed bug exterminator
- Personalized and Reliable Service
- Competitive Rates
- 24 Hours Service Availability
- A Proactive Commercial Solution
- Perform preventative measures for infestations
- Return at a later date for a mandatory check up
Types of Premises Serviced:
- Private homes and apartments
- Multifamily Apartment Buildings
- Nursing Homes Hotels / Motels
Bedbugs – are attracted by warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide. They pierce the skin of its host with two hollow tubes and with one tube, it injects its saliva, which contains anticoagulants and anesthetics and with the other, it withdraws the blood of its host. Bedbugs are generally active only at night; with their peak attack period is usually roughly an hour before dawn. Bedbugs can live up to 18 months without a food source.
Bed Bug Services
At Pest Control Auckland we resolve bed bug problems for businesses in Auckland. Our Auckland pest control company customizes our guaranteed commercial bed bug services to each and every business after careful assessment of the severity of the infestation, the likelihood of re-infestation as well as the other environmental concerns that factor into the development of a successful bed bug treatment.
How to Get Rid of Rats, Mice, Rodents
A house mouse averages 50 droppings per day. House mice often frequent 20 to 30 feeding sites A single female mouse may produce 56 off spring annually.
Rats will burrow, especially into soil, compost heaps, under coverings such as paved areas and under sheds. Gas and water pipes are also at risk and rat burrowing can undermine building foundations. They can be frequently found living inside buildings in the cavity between walls and in roof spaces, or beneath piles of rubbish, near water, or in drains and sewers. Due to their agility and ability to squeeze through small openings it is sometimes difficult to keep rats out of buildings without implementing some form of rodent proofing.
Rats continually gnaw and they have very hard incisor teeth which can penetrate materials such as concrete, lead and aluminium. This can result in expensive damage and even fires when electric cables are damaged.
Rats can breed quickly, a healthy female can produce five litters a year, each of 8 – 10 young with offspring attaining sexual maturity in 8 – 12 weeks. At any time as many as 30% of females in a population may be pregnant. It is quite easy for infestations to build up without ever noticing a rat – their nocturnal habits tend to keep them away from human contact. If a rat is seen during the day, it is usually an indicator of a sizeable infestation. Signs of infestation are droppings, gnaw marks, runs and smears marks produced by the rat.
Baiting – Rodent control baits are based on second generation single dose anti coagulant Bromadiolone. This bait does not require prebaiting and is accepted readily by rats and do not cause secondary poisoning. Rodent Control Bait Station Boxes The baits are placed in bait boxes which are strategically located at places frequented by rodents. Fortnightly visits are made to replenish the bait and monitor rodent activity dead rodents, if any, are collected and disposed off. If surrounding open area is infested with rodents the burrows are treated by baiting. Rodent Control Glue traps The premises where baiting is not advisable, rat control glue boards and traps are used, here the rats are trapped and can be Disposed off suitably. Thus, foul smell emanation from rats dying in inaccessible areas can be avoided.
After the rodent control exercise and initial cleanup operation, it becomes essential to prevent entry of rodents from the surrounding areas and also to stop movement of rodents within the premises. This calls for certain proofing measures, structural additions and fixed mechanical barriers to check entry and movement. The details of pest control are provided after a thorough inspection at the time of the initial clean up operation.
Rodents will give way to high risk to human health and consume food materials stored at house, damage electrical wirings, insulation and more in offices, houses or factories. Moreover, it is a menace which everyone would dislike at their premises. Rodent control should be taken very seriously in the home or any business for a clean atmosphere.
Rodents are a hazard to public health. They can transmit a number of diseases which can be potentially fatal to man, such as Weil’s disease and murine typhus. They also carry disease organisms such as salmonella bacteria, viruses and parasites such as worms and fleas. In an urban environments, rats readily find food from a variety of sources such as refuse from commercial kitchens and restaurants, in addition to food waste obtained from scavenging in domestic refuse or in drains and sewers.
The HOUSE MOUSE, the NORWAY RAT, and the ROOF RAT
We also have a section on SQUIRRELS, INSPECTIONS,RODENT EXCLUSIONS, AND SANITATION Besides eating our food they spoil it by contamination with their feces, urine, or fur.They can be found not only in our homes , but supermarkets, restaurants, warehouses, food processing facilities, livestock facilities, and farm fields.
Under stable conditions rodent movement for both rats and mice is limited. A Norway or Roof rat will move within a diameter of 98 to 164 ft. and a house mouse,10 to 33 ft. If conditions are unstable or there are changes such as new building, they may expand the diameter. They may also expand their range in protected areas such as in sewers, in passages between buildings, and under groundcovers
Rodents will give way to high risk to human health and consume food materials stored at house, damage electrical wirings, insulation and more in offices, houses or factories. Moreover, it is a menace which everyone would dislike at their premises. Rodent control should be taken very seriously in the home or any business for a clean atmosphere.
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How to Get Rid of Silverfish
Silverfish are slender, wingless insects, shiny silver in appearance, approximately 10mm long with three, long bristletails at the end of their body. They can be found in moist places such as kitchens and bathrooms, underneath floors, sinks, in cupboards, and along pipes where they hide during the day and feed during the night. They are extremely fast runners and are sometimes seen trapped in wash hand basins or baths where they are unable to climb out.
Silverfish are scavengers and can cause damage in the home by eating materials such as wallpaper, or books and other materials that are high in protein, sugar, starch, cereals. They seldom damage fibres of animal origin such as wool or hair. Damage often appears as irregular patches removed from wallpaper or irregular and notched edges on wallpaper or other paper products. Tell tale sign of silverfish include scales, excrement, or yellowish stains on paper or fabric. A female will lay less than 100 eggs during her lifetime depositing them in damp and warm places such as cracks and crevices or behind skirting boards.
The eggs hatch after two to eight weeks depending upon conditions. The lifecycle is completed within 3 – 4 months in warm humid conditions, or within 2-3 years in cooler dryer conditions. Newly hatched insects are about 2mm long and look like miniature adults. They live between three to four months in warm humid conditions and between two to three years in cooler, dryer areas. The insects and their eggs can be brought into the home in cardboard boxes, books, papers, starched and rayon fabrics, and other carbohydrate materials. Auckland Carpet Steam ‘n’ Dry has a specially designed program to control and eliminate their population.
Know your intruder, its behaviors and characteristics!
Carpet beetles are often found inside homes and warehouses, where they may cause serious damage to stored fabric items.Clover Mites are tiny red bugs that invade households and are close relatives of ticks and spiders. There are thought to be around 900 species of true Crickets, belonging to the “Gryllidae” family. These crickets tend to be nocturnal and are generally characterized by slightly flattened looking, light brown and long antennae.Earwigs are an insect easily recognized by their long, smooth bodies and pair of appendages in their abdomen called “cerci”. Pincer-like in appearance the cerci are fairly straight while the females are more curved. Ladybird Beetles belong to the order Coleoptera and are also commonly referred to as Ladybugs. An adult Ladybird Beetles are oval, convex and are typically red in color with 6 black spots on each wing. Their hemispheric body is about the size of 1/2 of a pea.
Thousands of species of Mosquitoes inhabit the earth, mosquitoes feed on nectar but female mosquitoes will also feed on the blood of humans. The House Spider or Domestic Spider is found throughout the world, and is common throughout Auckland and New Zealand. The adult male spider is smaller, with an elongated abdomen. Springtails, or Collembola, are closely related to insects but are in a group of 6 legged arthropods now considered apart from insects. Tiny and soft-bodied, the Springtail ranges in size from 1mm to 6mm and tends to dwell in soil, leaf litter and other humid areas. Stink Bugs belong to the order hemiptera and are also known as Shield Bugs. They are appropriately named because Stink Bugs have small glands located on their thorax that are capable of emitting a offensive smelling liquid.
Bed bugs are very small parasitic insects that are rising in number, making a strong comeback after nearly 50 years of limited activity. Termites are small, foraging insects that live in large social colonies while feeding on cellulose from leaf litter, wood, soil and dung. It is thought that there are around 4,000 species of Termite with around 10% of these considered as pests to wood.
|Box Elder Bugs (Boisea trivittata) are common pests sometimes called “Garage Beetles” or “Maple Bugs”.|
|Ants||Bed Bugs||Box Elder Bugs||Carpet Beetle|
|Ants are social insects belonging to the order of insects known as “Hymenoptera” the same order containing bees and wasps.|
|Cigarette Beetle||Clover Mites||Cockroaches||Crickets|
|Like the drugstore beetle, the cigarette beetle is a common pantry pest that occurs in our region and is most common in the fall and winter months. As its name implies, the cigarette beetle is a pest of dried tobacco.|
|Drugstore beetles are considered pantry pests and commonly infest a wide variety of foods including those made from dried plant or animal products. Reddish-brown in color the drugstore beetle is oval in shape and is about 1/8 inch long.||Ctenocephalides felis, the Cat Flea, is one of the most profuse and prevalent fleas found in the world. As the name suggests, the Cat Flea’s primary host is the domestic cat but they can also live on other pets and animals.||Flies are insects of the order Diptera and have a single pair of wings. Of the many types of fly, the three most encountered by Auckland Carpet Steam ‘n’ Dry Management are: Blow Fly or Bottle Fly, Fruit Fly and House Fly.|
|House Centipedes||Indian Meal Moth||Ladybird Beetles||Mosquitoes|
|House Centipedes belong to the family Chilopoda and are not an insect, but a common arthropod relative. These hundred-footed creatures are commonly found throughout New Zealand and the entire world||Indian meal moths are pests of stored food products that are frequently encountered in our area. As adults, Indian meal moths have wings and fly, with bodies ranging from 1/2 to 5/8th of an inch in length.|
|Rodents are mammals that are characterized by having two incisors which must be kept short by gnawing as they grow continuously. Among the most well known and common rodents are: Mice, Rats, Chipmunks and Squirrels.||The Silverfish is a small insect with a long, slender, flattened body measuring from ½ to 1 inch in length. It derives its name from the light grey and blue coloring which can shimmer and look silver as it moves its gradually across floors and surfaces.|
|Stinging Insects||Stink Bugs||Termites||Ticks|
|There are many species of stinging insects that range from the beneficial Honeybee and parasitic Wasp, to the invasive European Paper Wasp. Some of the primary species found by Auckland Carpet Steam ‘n’ Dry are Yellow Jackets, wasps and more.||Ticks are members of the Ixodidae family of insects. They are external parasites that feed on the blood of non-domestic wildlife such as mice, deer, fox, raccoons, and rabbits. Ticks pose serious health concerns as they are known to carry and transmit disease and illness.|
Eliminating pest harborages, sealing cracks, screening all vents, keeping weather-stripping in good repair and maintaining good sanitation both inside and out are all essential in winning the ‘war on bugs.’ However, pests can nearly always find what they need for life and breeding within structures inhabited by humans. Although some pests are helpful to our environment, and others only cause general annoyances, many spread disease, and insects and rodents annually account for billions of dollars in damage.
When surveying your property for intruders look for tree branches or heavy plant growth and trim these back to prevent harborages or pathways to your structure.Cover trash cans with lids that give a tight seal. Keep heavy ground covers thinned as they make favorite and convenient hiding places for rodents. If choosing to handle pest control issues on your own, be careful. Misuse of insecticides and baits are common among do-it-yourselfers and can be risky around children and pets. Make sure to read and follow label directions carefully. Never increase dosages thinking more is better. It’s not! Knowing what you are doing, and applying the product properly, is the only way to attain the desired outcome.
If you find pest problems beyond your ability or desire to control, call the experts at Pest Control Auckland. We will be happy to advise you, and give you the best possible solution to your problem. More importantly you can leave the handling, application and storage of insecticides to us. Pest Control Auckland will help protect your environment and give you peace of mind
Commercial Pest Management
Have Pests Invaded Your Business?
We understand that your business can’t afford a pest infestation. Our Green Trucks are ready to come to your aid, any time of the day or night—whatever you require. Since 1987, Pest Control Auckland continues to provide peace of mind and our personal guarantee against pest infestation.
Our professionals will make a complete survey of your facilities and provide you with a report covering existing pest problems, plus any housekeeping and sanitation conditions along with our recommendations for corrections. We guarantee to offer you with the most efficient and cost effective solutions to insure your business is pest free, giving peace of mind to both you and your customers.
Customized Solutions To Fit Your Needs:
- Complete Commercial Pest Control Services
- Rodent Control and Exclusion
- Stored Product Pest Control and Elimination
- Bee Control and Removal
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
- Commodity, Trailer & Rail Car Fumigations
- Flying Insect Control
- Integrated Food Handling Facility Services- Pest Control Auckland’s program, supplemented by our on by our on staff Entomologists and Sanitarians, helps assure compliance with food safety regulations. We can provide complete inspections, assessments, vendor audits, 3rd party certifications and reports.
Rely on the Best to Solve Your Pest Problems
Our Pest management program, developed by our team of Entomologists, effectively targets nuisance pests that are common to Auckland. area including mice, rats, ants and cockroaches. No matter what type of business or industry, Pest Control Auckland’s commercial pest control services are the ideal way to eliminate insects and rodents are always customized to suit the pest control needs and budget of individual companies.
Auckland Commercial Exterminators Since 1987
At Pest Control Auckland we offer commercial pest control solutions for businesses and industrial facilities in Auckland. As a longtime Auckland pest control company we have the industry experience necessary to treat commercial and heavily populated areas. Such as the likes of hospitals, government facilities and supermarkets as well as schools and hotels. We understand that effectively eliminating pest infestations in commercial facilities requires much more than just spraying chemicals. In order to successfully prevent and eliminate pest problems, our pest control technicians thoroughly inspect and evaluate each location they service to see where to localize their treatment and how to best prevent future infestation. We specialize in commercial pest control for commercial facilities and industries in Auckland. and offer many effective services.
How Pest Control Auckland Does It
Our S.T.A.R. approach to pest management:
S. Survey: We will survey your home for pest activity and pest entry points.
T. Target: We will customize a targeted treatment solution to meet your pest control needs.
A. Analyze: We will analyze the outcome of our treatments and take corrective action when undesired results occur.
R. Report: We will report our findings back to you in an effort to prevent future infestations.
Utilizing our S.T.A.R. system of pest management we will develop a targeted plan of action to rid your home and property of immediate pest issues with eco-effective treatment options and exclusion techniques. If a covered pest problem arises between services, we’ll schedule a professional pest control technician to take care of it for you at no additional cost. We also offer emergency pest control services should an immediate need for pest control services arise. Our Customer Care Center are locally staffed and available 24 hours a day.