5 ways to protect your home this season.

Fleas, flies and mosquitoes are making a comeback this month due to the rise in temperatures.

These nasty critters, signaled by warmer temperatures and humidity, kick start their breeding cycle in full force for the Spring and Summer seasons.
Ecomist Pest Control Manager Tom McGill says, “The milder than usual temperatures over the recent winter months mean many insects have not died off at the rate they usually do. So left untreated you can expect to see even bigger numbers than you did in previous years. Surveying your property inside and out will help to effectively evaluate where you can combat bugs this season.”

Tom’s top tips for preparing the home:

1) Survey your property, checking for cracks, nests, stagnant water, under outdoor furniture, and also around the interior of your home or workplace.

2) If your pets are showing any signs of irritation and fleas – treat them immediately.

3)  Ecomist Grenade is an effective flea bomb treatment for use inside. The grenade has special egg buster formula to target the fleas at their egg stage. Highly effective treatment, it also targets other insects present at the time of activation. Use as directed for maximum results.

4) Check your alkaline batteries on the Economist Dispenser and set to automatic dispenser to low or medium. Having your Ecomist Dispenser operating now will help to combat flies, fleas and mosquitoes as soon as they hatch.

5) Ensure you have stocks of Ecomist’s Insect Killer with Natural Pyrethrins on hand, to ensure you can continue to combat newly hatching insects.

Flea, Fly and Mosquito Facts:

Fleas:
Pet owners know when flea season hits as they’ll often see bites appearing on the kids, baby fleas present on the legs and feet, and cats and dogs show the visible signs of irritation.
At this point the first cycle of fleas has begun the next step is immediate treatment to successfully eliminate the adult fleas from hatching more eggs. We tend to forget when we see fleas this is only about 5% of their life cycle, and 95% of fleas are either eggs, or in the papa stage ready to become adults. This makes eliminating them at the egg stage so important to having a flea free environment.

Flies:
Flies have a more aggressive breeding cycle than fleas. They mean business. After flies mate the female fly is ready to deposit eggs. Female flies can lay 150 eggs in one go, and within less than a week, can add up to 800 or more eggs! Damp dark areas are a favourable hatching spot for flies, Ecomist Sniper is recommend to spray cracks and crevices to deter flies from depositing eggs there.

Mosquitos:
 As soon as the weather warms up, it seems mosquitoes seem to appear overnight!  The most common biting mosquitos we find in our homes and gardens are the female striped mosquito and the brown house mosquito. These non-native mosquitos lay eggs in stagnant water around homes and buildings and in pools of water in the ground. It is best to remove any stagnant water and ensure you have effective bug repellent on when venturing outdoors, especially in the early evening. The Ecomist Bug Bullet with Deet is  a personal topical mosquito repellant that is tropical strength and designed specifically for our NZ conditions. We recommend keeping one in your purse or glovebox to remain bite free this summer!