An Insiders View..

When I was growing up as a child in the Philippines we used to travel a lot, sleep in different hotels, houses, seminaries (as my cousin was a missionary priest) and sometimes we would end up having red bites all over mostly on our arms and legs. Back then, I did not really care about the bites and would tell my mom and aunt that I had been bitten by mosquitoes (It was really the only insect I knew that bites oh… & red ants too, OUCH!).

I do remember that whenever we would go back home, my parents would tell us to put everything in the laundry basket because we may be carrying insects with us… I always thought that was weird until I grew up and understood what & why they were telling us this. UNTIL one did we did bring back insects with us!

One time I couldn’t sleep as I was getting bites all the time, this went on for days and when I looked at my pillow I saw this tiny brownish insect. I looked through the whole bed and then I saw a bunch more of them in the sides of my stuffed toy pillow and in the mattress. I called my mom to show her and we found them everywhere in my bed including the headboards. It’s was so disgusting, irritating and scary. I have never let anyone sleep in my bed and yet here I was, my space, my bed silently being invaded by these uninvited bedbugs.  

So, I do understand on a personal level when I take calls from customers who calls us for bedbug issues. Especially with travelers in panic mode over the possibility that he/she was in contact with bed bugs. 

Sydneys best pest control offer personal customer and provide our customers with the information and guidance to help resolve the bedbug issue in a timely manner.

Bedbugs are nocturnal, they are an opportunist, they attack at night when we least expect it while we are sleeping. A bedbugs peak feeding time is usually between 2 – 5 am and they are attracted to warmth, blood and the carbon dioxide we breathe out.

Bedbugs like to travel and are good hitchhikers, they will often hide in suitcases, boxes, and shoes to be near a food supply.

They are elusive, they hide behind baseboards and in cracks, crevices, and folded areas of beds, bedding and adjacent furniture, especially mattresses and box springs just waiting for you to fall asleep

Bed bugs can also be spread via human contact.  When person goes to a hotel room that has bed bugs, and the bed bugs hide out on the persons clothing or on the person’s luggage, and the bed bugs can then be spread to new locations.

It is due to these reasons that NO house is safe from a bed bug infestation.

Since I have leveled up (The office girls term for getting older… but hey…age is wisdom, right?) I have learnt some tips that you can consider when traveling

  1. Pack all of your items in tightly sealed, clear plastic bags.

I use zip lock bags – just make sure you actually seal them correctly.  If you are worried about bed bugs in your books, put them inside a zip lock plastic bag and freeze them for at least 4 days after you return… I know it might sound funny, but it is better than having to buy a new one

2. Inspect any room where you will be staying for the presence of bed bugs with the use of a flashlight

3. In hotel rooms, use luggage racks to hold your luggage when packing or unpacking rather than setting your luggage on the bed or floor. Try to keep luggage away from the bed as much as possible

4. Keep your belongings stowed separately from those of other people.

5. Be vigilant in areas where bed bugs are most likely to be found, which include break rooms, storage areas (coat closets or cubbies), offices or lounges with upholstered furniture, or areas where people may rest

6. Inform management and facility staff if you found any bedbugs or if you have been bitten just so they would know and would be able to apply control measures or treatment.  Request that you be transferred to another room. (they might give it to you free of charge or with a 50% discount- who knows!

7. Upon returning home, unpack directly into a washing machine and inspect your luggage carefully. Remember that time in a dryer at high temperatures kills the bed bugs (just washing will generally not kill bed bugs)

8. Store suitcases away from your bedrooms, such as in the basement or garage. Place it in a large plastic bag and tape tightly shut.  Never store suitcases under your bed. Or you would want to have it washed or vacuumed immediately and then seal.

The longer you keep the case in plastic, the fewer young bed bugs will survive. Even if eggs hatch, the young must feed within a few weeks or they will die.

If you feel you have carried bedbugs back to your home, treat the problem as soon as possible. Bed bugs can rapidly multiply, causing a more difficult and costly problem to eradicate. We recommend seriously considering an experienced exterminator as even professionals find these insects difficult to eliminate. 

If you are being bitten but are not sure if there are bedbugs or you have an active bedbug infestation Call Sydneys Best Pest Control on 1300 760 045 for free advice and guidance. 

Traveling is fun and adventurous for us all…. but for bedbugs it’s fun on a darker side… new tasty feeding prospects are just around the corner.

Be vigilant while you enjoy your travels.

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Flies do not like Basil, so the smell will help keep them away from pet food or any open food within the house

I am sure you will agree with me when I say that no one wants to share their boating time with birds or other wildlife. Looking at them from a distance is one thing, but when they decided to make your boat their home they can be quite difficult not only to deal with but to also deter.

We have put together some solutions for you!

Birds

There is more than one type of bird that would be more than happy to perch or even set up their nests on your boats.

The simple solution to deter birds is not to feed them!

I am sure everyone who has ever been out on the waters have thrown some bread over the sides of the boat, but by doing this, you are also inviting other birds to come in for a free freed. They will keep coming back for more and will bring their friends with them!

The next tip is one that we also provide to home owners who have an issue with bird, some say it works, others say it really makes no difference, but I am sure if you have had enough of birds hanging around your boat you will be willing to try anything.

Owls: That’s right, use a plastic owl! Apparently, the owls scare away birds. Some say that the birds just get used it to it and come back, while others say that if the owl is hanging and moves with the wind it is a lot more effective.

Monofilament fishing line:  By stringing this fishing line on the bird favourite boat perches has worked for some. The biggest thing to remember here is to ensure you do not let it fall over board t protect the sea life and if you need to dispose of it, recycle it if you can or dispose of it responsibly.

Flying Flags or Shiny Objects: You can use multi-coloured flags, pinwheels, shiny string, some say hanging up cd’s with string also work as the light reflects off the cds and birds don’t like it

Rodents

If you have found or seen evidence of rats or mice aboard you will need to come up with a plan quickly as they can do damage to your plastic fittings and wiring. Damage has previously been noted of rats chewing through the hoses to thru-hulls which can sink the boat!

We all know that prevention is better than a cure, store food products in glass jars and throw out the trash regularly.

Where possible cover vents with wire mesh or hardware cloth from the inside if you need to keep the vent open

As rats are nocturnal and like dark and quiet areas if you leave on bright lights and the radio it may deter them from coming onboard.

If you are out at sea and you find a rat aboard, you will need to consider snap traps. Use Nutella or peanut butter to the trap.

It is best that once the mouse/rat has been caught you dispose of the snap trap.

some people like to reuse the snap traps, but if it smells like death only a desperate hungry rat will go for it!

When your boat is not in use check it regularly. If you were to discover that you have mice or rats aboard you can deal with it early, before it eats through your wiring. You should also be checking your boat for signs of rodent droppings.

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Each day thousands of ships are moving from port to port around the world and the shipping industry provides an excellent environment for pests to live and multiply.

Boats and Yachts provide an excellent vehicle for pests such as Rodents, cockroaches, bedbugs, mosquitoes and fleas to live and thrive.

As ships port for short periods of time to be re stocked and serviced, early identification of pests and a quick response time is important to prevent large infestations from forming.

Ongoing monitoring is essential to keep boats pest free. 

Sydneys Best Pest Controls’ technicians have the skill and expertise in keeping boats and yachts free of pests.

Cockroaches can quite often be an issue on boats as they can be introduced with deliveries and stock brought on board.  Breeding grounds are ideal for cockroaches due to the high humidity and warm environment within the kitchen/kitchenettes on board.

Wood destroying pests such as termites or powder post beetles could also be a major problem for boat owners.  Termites in boats can cause major damage if left untreated.

It is essential to take in charge of the situation to eliminate the pests because of the danger of transmitting serious diseases to crew and passengers.

Their treatment and eradication is essential for improving and maintaining good public health standards on board ships.

Pest Spread Diseases Aboard Ships

A pest infested boat can cause alarm to crew and members as pests not only cause harm to the ecosystem but also to your staff and passengers.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are a high-risk pest to have on your boat/yacht as they carry a range of serious illnesses such as salmonella, dysentery, and gastroenteritis.

The risk is increased when children the elderly and those fighting illnesses are passengers on your boat or yacht.

Cockroach droppings have been implicated as being a contributing factor leading to childhood asthma.  Apart from the health risks, cockroaches are a disturbing pest to many boat owners and they also produce an obnoxious odour that contaminates nearby food and belongings.

Cockroaches can breed rapidly and are highly resilient.

A quick response is essential to prevent cockroaches in your vessel.

Rats

Rats and mice are notorious pests, and because they tend to breed quickly, can become a significant problem if appropriate action is not taken to remove them from a boat or Yacht.

Rodents aboard your boat not only pose serious health risks but can also damage the fabric and the structure of the boat.

Any kind of rodent problem on your boat should be treated immediately.

Rats & mice can:

  • Cause significant damage to wiring.
  • Have even been known to chew through floors and walls.
  • Unsanitary as their droppings have been implicated as potential asthma triggers in children.
  • Contaminate food and other materials.
  • Implicated in causing fires after chewing through electrical cables.

Fleas

Fleas aboard a ship cannot only transmit diseases but imagine being in the middle of the ocean covered in itchy bites!

Mosquitos

Mosquitoes transmit diseases such as malaria, as well as viruses such as dengue and yellow fever to name a few.

Aside from being annoying they can spread their diseases not only to passengers on the ship but to entire communities upon their arrival to new destinations.

Termite Inspections

Detecting timber pests using traditional techniques such as a visual inspection can sometimes be problematic because timber may be infested but not show any visible signs such as emergence holes or frass. Prevailing weather conditions & or the quality and accuracy of information can hinder visual inspections.  Sydney’s Best Pest Control highly recommend that all termite inspections on boats be carried out with the specially trained termite sniffer dog & thermal cameras.

Identification

Early identification and monitoring of pests is very important to keep ships pest free.

It is important to monitor and act quickly when pests are discovered.

Failure to do so can result in lost revenue from passengers, contamination of cargo foodstuffs, and damage to your reputation.

Treatments

Sydneys Best Pest controls’ techniques are fast responsive and effective as we understand that it is critical for a ship to be serviced on time.

In most cases pest control treatments need to take place at the same time as the ship is being loaded with food, supplies or passengers. Sydneys Best Pest Control will take this into consideration wo ensure the pest control is carried out in a swift and effective manner to reduce any distractions to your staff and passengers

Sydneys Best Pest Control will provide an Integrated Pest Management program to eliminate and protect your boat against pest problems which has the least impact on people, livestock, foodstuffs or other sensitive cargo.

Ongoing treatment programs may be necessary to ensure your boat/yacht remains

Monitors can be put in place to monitor pest activity such as glue boards or even bedbug monitors! 

For more information, free advice or a free onsite quote call Sydneys Best Pest Control a call on 1300 760 045 and speak to one of our commercial consultants.

 

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