Yearly Archives - 2018

You don’t have to share your home with rats

A very successful day the other day. I had two customers with long term recurring rat problems and I left both customers with a long term fix to their long term problem.

‘We’ve always had rats’, is something I have heard so many times and it still amazes me every time I hear it. How come this problem has never been fixed? How come my customer has given up and accepted dealing with rats as an inevitability? So many times, pest controllers seem to come, place poison or traps (mostly poison) and run the job until there is no more activity.

But what happens once the job is closed? Unless the rat has got in through an open door, the problem will, WILL, reoccur. Think of repeated problems with rats in the home as a symptom of a larger issue. The larger issue is a problem with the building and I would strongly bet that a recurrent rat issue is linked to a problem with the drains (there are some other zingers but I wouldn’t want to give away too many trade secrets in one post).

Beware of building extensions that run over pre-existing drains!

The above picture is from my second long term rat problem of the day. The house had an extension built over the original drain (built before the current owners bought the property) and the current owner, my customer, had a rat problem since buying the property. I carried out a drain camera inspection from the driveway inspection chamber but couldn’t see any breaks or problems with the barrels, benching or channels.

There was luckily an inspection chamber in the extension floor. I say luckily, as I have seen many properties where work has been done that has covered the original inspection chambers; leading to huge problems with access. I lifted the cover and found what I had been looking for…

Rats are leaving the drains through the hole highlighted in the red circle.

Having found the issue the fix was simple. A stainless steel non-return ‘flap’ was installed to the main barrel below the chamber that had the proofing issue. I could have repointed the gap if I was sure that rats were not active in the property; but since it was a new job it was safer to install the flap. Be aware that not all non-return flaps are created equal; and in a damp environment such as a sewer a good quality steel is required to last the course. Cheap steel will foul up and not give you a long term fix, or you’ll have to buy twice or even three times. You get what you pay for after all.

I love giving customers long term fixes to long term problems! It gives customers value for money and it allows Greenway to fix problems with less chemicals!

If you have a long term rat issue, give Greenway a call!

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Keeping yourself rat free this winter

Well summer had to end eventually and I had to scrape the frost off my van windscreen this morning so what better time to talk about winter rat problems.

Its been a bumper year for insect pests with the hot dry days providing ideal conditions for them to thrive. But its not just insects that have loved the summer. Rats have had a good year too with good conditions allowing more rat offspring to survive, raising the base population level.

However, all good things must come to an end and as food availability declines and days get colder all those rats are going to need shelter, and your house could be as good a place as any. So what can you do to ensure you stay rat free this winter?

There has been a  bumper fruit crop this year and sometimes the fruit is left to go to waste. Below is a prime example of an apple tree heavy laden with fruit that has been allowed to fall to the ground and left to rot. This is a food source for rats and could prompt rats to set up shop in the garden. You should remove any unused fruit to remove the potential food source.

Apples left on the ground to rot

Its not just rats that run short of food in the winter. Birds suffer too and people love to give them a hand by feeding them. Good on you. We should help our birds survive the winter but not at the cost of allowing rats to set up shop in our gardens.

Its not just birds that can use this feeder

Bird feeders should be sited away from trees and bushes and a baffle of some sort or other should be fitted to the upright pole. This will stop rats climbing up to the bird feeders. They especially love fat balls due to the high energy content. Birds are also messy feeders and any spill of seed from the feeders should be caught or cleared up, otherwise you will find rats feeding around the base of the bird feeder.

If you can remove food sources from outside your home, rats are much less likely to frequent your garden. If they aren’t in your garden they wont find their way into your homes…. Unless they’re coming from the drains, but that’s for another time.

 

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Carbon Footprint 2017/18

Well that was one heck of a busy summer. It was great to meet so many new customers and see returning customers again. Thank you all for choosing Greenway to help with your pest problems.

Due to how busy things have been this post is a little late but here is Septembers annual report for Carbon Emissions. This is the first full year report as last year was a six month report from company launch in April 2017 to September 2017. The main source of emissions comes from running a vehicle (no great surprise there) so this is an area where improvement is really needed.

I’ve been looking to purchase a fully electric vehicle but there are currently no electric vans with a decent enough range on a full charge. Battery charge time is always given as an optimal results but in reality this is rarely achieved (especially during a cold northern winter which is certainly on the way). There are some new vehicles coming on the market over the next few years that I will be keeping an eye on, as the battery charge capacity is stated to be increased to a point where an EV will be a viable choice for a service vehicle.

17 18 certificate

sep 17 – sep 18 report

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Actions speak louder than words

Well it’s been a busy first year here at Greenway and we’re pleased to report that we are providing great pest control while sticking to our core beliefs.

Greenway Integrated Pest Management Ltd wants to prove that you can provide a great pest control service while reducing environmental impacts. That’s why we track and offset our carbon footprint through local tree planting, find new ways to reduce our waste and have committed ourselves to reducing chemical use wherever possible.

We can now announce, after one full year of commercial operation, that we solved over 90% of rat clearance jobs and over 95% of mouse clearance jobs without the use of Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARs).

Our success rate of over 90% for rats and 95% for mice, without the use of SGARs will now be used as our company benchmarks for all future reporting years. We will always look for new and innovative ways to keep our use of SGARS to a minimum.

Just like we reveal our carbon footprint and how we plan to offset it each September; we will now report our annual SGAR use each April.

Great environmentally conscious pest control is possible. We really do love the environment and we want to prove that to you. After all, actions speak louder than words.

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The battle against moth and mice in the Palace of Westminster

The title may sounds like a Harry Potter spin off but you take comfort in the fact that those in the Palace of Westminster have to but up with pests like the rest of us.

Sightings of mice have apparently become so frequent that one MP has brought her cat to the commons. The first six months of 2016 had 217 reported sightings for mice. There were also 1000 moth detections a month.

The MP was banned from bringing cats into the Palace due to concerns for animal welfare. I would assume the palace was also heavily baiting with rodenticides. It always amuses me how the welfare debate can go. On the one hand you can’t use cats to control mice as is it deemed cruel for the mouse to be hunted. On the other hand you can use chemicals to control mice, although it is rarely a quick death, but that’s ok because its a controlled chemical.

I wonder which the mouse would prefer?

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