What defines something as a pest? Why do we need to eradicate them like we do?
A pest is an animal or organism that threatens the well-being, health and sanitation of humans. Shavron covers a large range of pests as seen below. It’s important to realise that pest control is quite often, depending on the scale of invasion, not a once-off treatment but a recurrent one until the problem is completely cleared.
Shavron Pest Control believes that prevention is better than cure. If you are in the process of opening a business that might require pest control, call us and let us put a pro-active, planned maintenance in place. This ensures you peace of mind, happy customers and an environmentally friendly business.
Shavron makes use of child friendly systems, making your home and business safe for little feet – the human kind!
Shavron Pest Control offers eradication services for the following pests
It is a myth that your house or business sanitation is lacking when cockroaches invade. True, they are more commonly found in areas where sanitation is coming up short, but this is not the only reason for these creatures invading your home or office. They live near waste and move freely from waste to food, contaminating everything in their way – causing an unpleasant odour and often allergies such as asthma, wheezing and skin rashes. You can have a near-sterile kitchen and still find them running in dark nooks and crannies out of reach.
An average cockroach female lays 40 eggs per time, carrying them in a sack at the back of her body. When you see 2 or 3 roaches, take note that they have the potential to become 120 roaches within 14 days…
There are various species of cockroaches, each one preferring a different area. When Shavron makes an inspection, we’ll quickly determine the specie and the control needed.
Rats & Mice
The Black Death Plague in 1348 was thought to be carried by Oriental rat fleas residing on the black rats that were regular passengers on merchant ships, spreading throughout the Mediterranean and Europe killing almost one third of the European population in 2 years. The plague returned at various times, killing more people, until it left Europe in the 19th century.
Rodents are the kings of disease spread. They are clever and can easily adapt to their surroundings. There are three key species in South Africa. The Norway Rat, the Black Rat and the House Mouse. The destruction caused by rodents is enormous as they can easily eat through anything and survive without water for long periods of time. We recommend that you check regularly for signs of droppings and not to leave food open for long periods. Rats are not to be treated by hand unless you wear gloves, they can bite and cause severe infections.
Did you know that moles have very high quality fur? The leather is extremely soft and supple. Queen Alexandra, the wife of Edward the Seventh, ordered a mole-fur garment in order to start a fashion that would create a demand for mole fur, thereby turning what had been a serious pest problem in Scotland into a lucrative industry for the country. (Wikipedia)
For those of us that do not want to go into the fur industry, moles present a threat to our carpet like lawns and an even more serious threat to farmers. Moles contaminate the silage with soil particles making it unpalatable to livestock. They often lead to damage to agricultural machinery due to exposure of stones and cause complications with drainage and root growth. It is a myth that moles actually eat the roots of plants, as they mainly live off organisms within the soil and earth worms. Earth worms are vital to the oxygen and nutritional supply in soil. Call us when you see the first mole heap appearing, and well remove your mole problem.
We all have been victim of a mosquito bite and know how dangerous the allergic reaction can be to asthma sufferers and people sensitive to allergies. Mosquitoes are vector agents that carry disease-causing viruses and parasites from person to person without catching the disease themselves…so if your neighbour has flu and you don’t, a simple mosquito bite can render you sick as well.
The male mosquito feeds off nectar and plants, but the female needs blood meal to make eggs thus causing our nuisance at night while sleeping. Shavron will conduct a site inspection, and besides pest control treatment also make suggestions to making your home or business a mosquito free zone.
The five flies more commonly found in and around homes, restaurants, schools, hospitals and manufacturing plants are the house fly, flesh fly, fruit fly, blow fly and drain fly. Flies come in great populations due to their ability to mate effectively and in a short period of time during the mating season. Disease is spread with the female laying her eggs as close to the food source as possible. Development is rapid, allowing the larva to consume as much food as possible in a short period of time before transforming into the adult.
Keeping a clean house might not be enough for fly control. They might be coming from a neighbours’ compost or waste area and there is no telling how many flies there will be if you wait for it to clear up by itself. Phone us immediately if your fly problem gets out of control.
The most common species in buildings is the cat flea, feeding on cats, dogs, humans as well as rodents, chickens, squirrels and other animals. Eggs hatch in two days and within two weeks develop into larvae found indoors in floor cracks & crevices, along baseboards, under rug edges and in furniture or beds.
Outdoor development occurs in sandy gravel soils (moist sand boxes, dirt crawlspace under the house, under shrubs, etc.) where your pet may rest or sleep. Sand and gravel are very suitable for larval development which is the reason fleas are erroneously called “sand fleas.”
In just 30 days, 10 female fleas under ideal conditions can multiply to over a quarter million different life stages. One flea means many fleas, and quite often flea powder and commercial treatment is simply not effective enough. Shavron Pest Control will personally make sure that your pets, children and home become flea safe.
Although ticks are commonly thought of as insects, they are actually arachnids like scorpions, spiders and mites. Ticks feed exclusively on the blood of vertebrates.
They are often found in tall grass where they will wait to attach to a passing host. A tick will attach itself to its host by inserting its cutting mandibles and hypostome (feeding tube – like a straw) into the skin.
Ticks are vectors of a number of diseases, including Lyme disease, Q fever, tick fever as well as a range of live stock diseases that can have dire effects on the farming industry should it go undetected. If you or your family or staff live or walk near tall grass fields or thick vegetation, for your peace of mind – give us a call to ensure a tick free environment.
We call them bed bugs because they usually come out at night when we sleep to feed. These little creatures’ measures an average of 5-6mm long, are reddish brown with oval flattened bodies. How do you know you have bedbugs? The first sign will be the welts and irritation caused by bites. Another sign will be faecal smears on your bedding as well as blood spots on the pillow, linen or mattress. If your mattress is home to a whole colony of bed bugs you will experience a distinctive unpleasant odour near your bedding.
Bedbugs are elusive and usually nocturnal, which can make them hard to spot. Bedbugs often lodge unnoticed in dark crevices, and eggs can be nestled in fabric seams.
In the 19th century in Britain, basket-work panels were put around beds and shaken out in the morning. Scattering leaves of plants with microscopic hooked hairs around a bed at night, then sweeping them up in the morning and burning them, was a technique reportedly used in the Balkans.
Shavron Pest Control offers you meticulous inspections and a more modern, easy and quick solution to this problem! Call us if you suspect an infestation and we’ll gladly assist.
Did you know that ants are used to help harvest Rooibos? The plant disperses its seeds widely, making manual collection difficult. Black ants collect and store these and other seeds in their nest, where humans can gather them en masse. Up to half a pound (200 g) of seeds can be collected from one ant-heap (Wikipidia).
While we are extremely grateful for ants helping out our Rooibos farmers, ants can become a huge problem in the home or office. Ants can be a nuisance as well as a health threat. There are ants that sting – endangering young children and those that carry disease-causing organisms, creating problems for hospitals and healthcare facilities.
The common problem most of us struggle with is that ants work in colonies and depending on the need for food, will go anywhere and stop at nothing to get food. One knows that food lying out and about is an open invitation, but once an infestation has reached a certain level, you will spot them inside your cupboards and jars, making it unsafe for you to use commercial poisons and toxins. Call us if your ant problem gets out of control, we’ll assess and eradicate in no time.
Birds can create health-related problems through their faeces; bird droppings may also cause damage to property and equipment and frequently steal from crops and fruit orchards. Not to mention the slippery walkways some pigeons make for us. They can also cause fires when nesting in electrical boxes.
The noise factor also seems to grow as a flock settles in a certain area. The most common pest birds are the Pigeon, the English Sparrow and the Starling. Shavron Pest Control has devices and systems in place to make your home, office or business a quieter, cleaner and safer bird free zone.