Pest control: avoid an infestation!
Being invaded in your house or restaurant by insects or other unwanted rodents is never a piece of cake.
In this area, prevention is better than cure and prophylactic measures are often life-saving.
Let’s take a look at the different aspects that must be taken into account in order to avoid an infestation and not be invaded.
The most common pests in Montreal
Among the most common pests that we are likely to find in Montreal kitchens, we first find five insects which are:
• The house fly
• the fruit fly
• flour insects
• the German cockroach, also called cockroach or cockroach
• the ant.
Among rodents, the most common are rats and mice. These small animals can cause great damage to your home.
Let’s sift through these different pests in order to better understand the parasite management that results from them.
Infographic: Pest management
The fly is generally an accepted insect, but it should not be tolerated inside your business or your home.
Attracted to food and anything dirty, it can spread disease and contaminate food. If you’re dealing with too many house flies, a sticky trap is likely to do the trick.
Regarding restaurants, it is strongly recommended to install a mosquito net on the windows and to close them to prevent flies from entering your business.
Of course, on a terrace or in general outside, it is not possible to completely eradicate the house fly. This is not the goal because this insect plays an important role in nature!
The fruit fly is an invasive and stubborn insect.
In order not to be invaded by the latter and to avoid an infestation, it is important to remove all stagnant water, not to leave dirty dishes lying around and to be very vigilant with all the sugars in fermentation, such as fruits, for example. overripe or bottoms of sugary drinks.
The most important prophylactic measure remains cleanliness and the latter is the best way to guard against this unwanted host which can reproduce again very quickly.
The common variety in Quebec is the German cockroach, also sometimes called cockroach or cockroach .
Just like the fly, it is attracted to anything that is dirty as well as to food. She is able to get inside your business or home in many ways, her imagination at this level seemingly limitless.
This can be through the pipes, holes in the walls but also ordering groceries, foods that should now be closely examined when buying used household appliances.
To avoid dealing with these pests, here again impeccable hygiene is essential, as is the fact of filling all the holes likely to create a passage for them.
The flour insects are the base of the larvae which have the ability to live inside food. They can then transform into a butterfly. The best way not to be confronted with it is on the one hand to avoid all cardboard containers and then to store food in perfectly airtight and rigid containers.
A larva is able to pierce paper or cardboard and then enter the heart of your food store. The consequences can be dire and you can end up with your entire pantry overrun.
The ants are drawn to food and although living outdoors, are able to adapt perfectly to the interior of your home or business. It is possible to guard against this by placing suitable products at the various strategic locations.
If it is discovered at home, it is important to try to locate the nest in order to try to get rid of the colony.
Rodents such as rats or mice are small animals that are extremely agile and able to squeeze into every nook and cranny or small opening.
They can therefore easily invest your establishment or your home and cause considerable damage. Sewage problems can be the basis of a rat infestation, but rodents are generally attracted to garbage and food.
Restaurants must be very vigilant with their waste containers and place them if possible in a closed room so that they are not accessible by rodents.
If necessary, traps can be placed near to further limit the risks.
Food should not be stored in the open air
Whether you are a professional or an individual, this rule is particularly important to respect.
Food should never be stored in the open. In addition, take care to put any leftovers in a trash can.
These aspects are the primary basis for a good pest management . Remember that if you are a food professional, you are required, according to the law in force, to protect yourself against pests.
Remove all wetlands
Wetlands are true blessing bread for all insects.
Thus, it is imperative to avoid stagnant water which is a real boon for both mosquitoes and other insects. These wetlands not only allow them to reproduce more easily but also to survive.
Do not hesitate to seek an exterminator
In case of doubts or infestation, it is strongly recommended to call a aqgp exterminator competent and licensed. Take the trouble to choose it wisely by doing your research and making comparisons.
Ideally, your exterminator should be part of a association like aqgp , which should be enough to attest to the seriousness of its services. In addition, he should have liability insurance in the event of damage to your property.
Some exterminators offer monthly prevention contracts that allow you to anticipate risky situations and this solution is probably one of the best. So of course, this will require a certain investment on your part that will have to be budgeted, but this way of doing things is particularly interesting for professionals.
Also remember that a good exterminator usually offers insurance ranging from a few months to a year, something that can give you a lot of security in the beginning. To close, avoid playing sorcerer’s apprentice, both in terms of prophylaxis and in case of infestation.
Be content to simply follow the instructions and recommendations of your exterminator and do not improvise.
Some products or insecticides can be very dangerous if not handled in the right way and can put your family or customers at risk. Only seasoned professionals are able to make the right decisions and ensure that the same problems do not end up happening again.
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