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Common Food Pests and the Dangers for Restaurants and Retailers

Food pests can cause your customers to become ill and your reputation to be tarnished, resulting in significant setbacks for your business. This is why it’s important for all businesses, no matter how big or small they are, to maintain sanitation standards to prevent pest damages. In this article, we’ve put together a guide to the most common pest issues facing food retailers and restaurants, so you can save your produce and your business before it’s too late.   Why are pests a food safety hazard? When pests get access to food stores, it is easy to understand how they can…

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What Types of Insect Pests Are Living in My Home?

Your home can be a thriving ecosystem for a number of pests and creepy crawlies. Most of the time, you won’t be aware of their presence, but when they begin to grow in numbers, they can infest your home and become a persistent nuisance. In this article, we’re looking at some of the different types of insects you might find living in your home, which will include information to help you identify them, and learn how they can infest your property.   Silverfish What do they look like? Silverfish are easy to identify by their shimmery, silver appearance and rapid, wriggly…

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What are cluster flies and how do you get rid of a cluster fly infestation?

Aiwok [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Pests are irritating, unsightly and insanitary – which is why finding an infestation is worrying – and finding cluster flies is no exception. Cluster flies are 8mm long and are a dark grey colour, with small patches of gold hair on their back and long wings. Appearing in spring, cluster flies will begin to lay eggs outside and will hibernate in your home around nearing winter, around August time. To get rid of cluster flies you can use your vacuum cleaner, aerosol fly killer or call your local professionals who will be able to…

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Where Do Pests Come From?

Pests are an alarming thing to find in both the home and office because it means that they have somehow managed to make their way inside through small cracks and crevices within the property – which means it’s a job for a professional to find it, seal it and remove the pests. If there aren’t any signs of broken sealants or cracks, it’s likely you’ve brought a contaminated item into the home without realising. Whatever pest you have found in your home, we have it covered in our comprehensive guide. Pest Defence are here to provide answers to your questions, covering:…

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Pest Calendar: Which Pests Appear in Which Season? – Infographic

View the full sized infographic here With new seasons come an influx of different pest problems. Because the majority of pests find their way into predictable places and have usual habits, you can be one step ahead of the problem. Pest Defence are here to share with you the things you can do to prevent or reduce the arrival of unwanted guests before it gets out of hand. Knowing what to look out for during the different seasons is the perfect way to tackle pests. Which pests are most common in spring? Termites When the temperature begins to rise during spring,…

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What Diseases Are Carried and Transmitted by Flies?

Professionals in the food industry will know all too well about the havoc which house flies can cause to their business processes. And, on top of this, compared to other pets such as rodents and cockroaches, house flies are responsible for the highest number of staff sicknesses. Unfortunately, house flies are estimated by the World Health Organization to transmit around 65 diseases, all of which can cause problems with stock and overall staff health. In light of this, this month, we will take a look at some of the more common diseases transmitted by house flies. What are house flies? House…

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Common pest issues facing retailers

Pests can be found absolutely anywhere which is why it’s important to recognise and deal with the situation quickly and responsibly – especially in the retail sector. This month with Pest Defence we will take a look at the common pest issues facing retail, so you can save your produce and your business before it’s too late. Retail: food-related and non-food related pests Whether you sell food or not, it’s likely that some of you will experience the annoyance of pests. They like to be around places where food is readily available (stored or fresh – they’re not fussy) and places…

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How to stay pest-free this summer

This month with Pest Defence we have put together a guide on how to stay pest-free in the summer months. During this period of the year it’s not uncommon to be surprised by certain pests but you need not worry, there are things you can do to prevent the annoyance of a surprise visit. Most common pests throughout June, July and August: Ants Flies Termites Ticks Wasps   General checks and prevention Make sure that your home isn’t vulnerable to pests this summer. Roof – If you live in an apartment then you won’t need to worry about the roof as…

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How to prevent flies in your commercial kitchen

Keep your commercial kitchen free of flies with a few simple steps, to ensure your business is clean and hygienic. Flies cause all sorts of problems such as poisoning food, contaminating work surfaces, transmitting disease and not to mention they’re a nuisance to staff and customers. Although it’s impossible to prevent flies from entering your kitchen and breeding, it is however, possible to prevent them from staying. It’s important a commercial kitchen keeps on top of this, as this type of neglect can close a business down, due to food safety standards. On a food premises you are obligated to meet…

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How to get rid of fruit flies in your kitchen

  Fruit flies are a nuisance to have in your home as they have a very short lifespan, progressing from egg to adulthood in approximately 8-10 days and reproducing at an incredibly fast rate. They thrive in moist or damp places, making areas of your kitchen the perfect breeding grounds. To fully remove their presence from your home, these pests require patience, persistence and a few tips and tricks from the experts. Identifying fruit flies Fruit flies are tiny, measuring in at about 3mm long. Their body is black on top and gray underneath but can appear to be brown or…

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