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 including traps, baits & repellents.
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. Then, 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.
Blitzem have products to control dormant fleas. 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.
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 has a Wasp Killer & Nest Destroyer product that can control wasps from a comfortable distance.