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The Japanese, the bugs and me!

Maybe its because I had a chance to interact with Japan in my early days – I went to a BSA World Jamboree in 1972 and I feel close to their culture. I enjoyed the mulitple visits over the years and glad I was a part of possibly saving some of these hsitoric buildings.  But this got me to thinking as I watched the only sports that I watch throughout the year – The Little League World Series. The Japanese are very regimented in their training, style and honestly they are like a very well oiled clock. I have had the chance to work with many talented people from Japan in regards to termites. That same spark is there among 11 – 80 year old Japanese. I looked at temples and buildings that had termite damage and hoped that we could preserve those structures. Formosan termites are capable of doing some severe damage if not stopped. The great thing is that technology continues to work toward that goal and people around the world all must work together.


Here are just a few pictures of some of the work I looked at in Japan.

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How do those honeybees get into your home?

How do those honeybees get into your home?


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As you can see any crack or crevice that they can squeeze into, as long as there is room inside to build a honeycomb to raise future bees. The bees have also decided that they only work on Sunday’s, cause that is the only day I get the calls.

The one thing I have noticed is that the new colonies are smaller probably indicating Africanized Honeybee’s. The weird factor in this is that the last 3 swarms or colonies have not been very aggressive probably due to just moving into their new digs.

Rodents will get in!!

Rodents will get in!!


Rodents will do their best to gain access into a structure and once in they will continue to nest and quite possible raise their young. As you will notice from the damage to this structure, the rodents have brought in food (seeds) and this is mixed with fecal material and other nasty things. The trouble is not only the animals but parasites and all the nasty urine and fecal materials that are being left behind. Notice that everyone was wearing breathing masks to prevent the possibility of breathing in any fungal spores or contaminated urine or feces dust.

Bird Pest Control – Pigeons, guest blog Dublin, Ireland Pest Control

Bird Pest Control – Pigeons

Why would pigeon control be part of pest control?   By the definition of a pest – “A destructive insect or other animal that attacks crops, food, livestock, etc.” pigeons can cause destruction to both agriculture and buildings.

The feral (city pigeons) and wood pigeons cause two entirely different problems and have their own respective solutions.

Pigeons can be controlled in an entirely humane way where culling is unnecessary.   While shooting, poisoning and hawking pigeons have and are practiced to remove pigeons, there are other ways to go about it.

As a building owner, having pigeons defacing one’s building or property through it’s faeces can be a major problem which can be rapidly resolved.

Professional Pest Control  services should be called but pigeon control can also be dealt with by property owners themselves.

In fact the only pigeon control product that has been recognized and recommended by experts such as PICAS and RSPB are pigeon spikes – also known as ‘anti-roosting spikes’.   They can be easily installed and are available from a large variety of vendors.

Pigeon control spikes are available in many shapes and sizes; many off-the-shelf, purpose built spike combinations for sills, chimneys, roof-tops, columns and other exterior ledges where pigeons could roost.

Of course beware that if you spike one or two ledges where you currently have the problem; don’t be surprised if they move on to nearby sills.

Then there is, handling the root cause of why you have pigeons ‘hanging around’ your building – there is a nearby food source.   This is normally out of the building owner’s hands and is something the local authorities are responsible for.  A surprisingly simple solution of ‘it’s illegal to feed pigeons’ will force pigeons out of an area to find another food source.

Pigeon spikes are by far the most cost effective solution to eliminate pigeon problems.

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