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The autumn invaders

Rat

Gardeners are usually concerned about the pests that attack their plants, but autumn’s the season when other pests can also become troublesome in our homes and gardens.

Rats and mice

Rats and mice are the worst autumn invaders. As the weather gets colder, they start looking for food and shelter. They’re after cosy places where they can make nests and ride out the winter. And, while rodents can cause minor damage in city and suburban households, in country areas they can create havoc with stored crops.

For more than half a century Ratsak has been solving rodent problems and, these days, there’s a selection of Ratsak formulations to suit a variety of situations. Traditional double strength Ratsak is still the most popular. This multiple feed product must be ingested over a umber of days, a feature that helps reduce the risk of secondary poisonings (when a predator such as a bird eats a dead rat or mouse).

Ratsak 1 Shot, as its name indicates, produces faster results. Rats and mice are controlled with just one feed.

For hard-to-reach spots- such as behind the fridge and beneath cupboards – Ratsak Throw Packs are ideal. These tea-bag-like sachets can be tossed into small cavities and up into roof spaces. And for damp places, such as garden sheds, Ratsak’s also available in a moisture-resistant wax block that can be nailed onto walls, rafters and other surfaces where rodents travel.

Fleas

Female adult fleas must have a feed of blood before they lay their eggs, which is why they’re always busy biting and making life a scratching misery for pets and other host animals. Active
adult fleas on pets can be treated with suitable registered controls, but the pupal stage of larval fleas can remain dormant in the soil for months. hen, when stirred into activity by the
movement of a passing animal, the fleas leap up and attach themselves to its fur. Hence, as well as cleaning carpets and indoor floors to remove fleas, it’s important to treat the outdoor
areas that pets favour.

One of most effective ways to control dormant fleas is by sprinkling Blitzem Ant Flea & Tick Killer granules onto areas frequented by pets. These granules are based on a synthetic pyrethroid (man-made pyrethrum) that provides a low toxic flea solution. The granules will create a rain resistant, flea-killing layer in the soil or leaf litter.

Wasps

Native wasps (such as paper wasps) are important natural predators in the garden that can occasionally become problems when they nest beneath outdoor furniture or close to the house. European wasps are far more dangerous. Blitzem Wasp Killer & Nest Destroyer’s strong aerosol jet can reach up to 4 metres, allowing wasp control from a comfortable distance.


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