A Number of News outlets are reporting results of new studies that suggest that flies carry more germs than initially thought. BBC News and the Irish Independent have run with stories on this topic. Researchers in American Penn State Eberly College of Science have found that common housefly carry salmonella, e-coli and bacteria that can lead to stomach ulcers and deadly sepsis.
Flies in Urban Settings have been found to carry more bacteria than those in the countryside. Using DNA Sequencing technics, Professor Donald Bryant of Penn State university studied the microbes found on the bodies of the house fly (musca domestica) and the Blow Fly (chrysomya megacephala). The house fly which is found around the world was found to harbour 351 types of bacteria. They found that flies probably pick up the bacteria from faeces and decaying matter, which they use to feed their young.
A Warning to all of us to be careful with food storage and waste disposal
Source ( BBC News, Irish Independent, Daily Telegraph UK)
There were many reported incidences of rat infestations around the city this summer, with a slew of complaints being made to local councils about the delay in dealing with the problem.
It appear these delays were partly due to staff shortages in the HSE Pest Control Service brought on by an increase in retirements and resignations.
However the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, when asked about the situation was quick to point out that in line with the Rats and Mice Destruction Act 1919 – it is the legal responsibility of the owner/occupier of the land to eradicate pests and that the HSE does not have statutory responsibility, rather it play a “supportive” role.
The minister went on to state that HSE is attempting to fill these vacant positions as soon as feasible and that this should help alleviate the situation.
Rats and mice carry and pass on a number of harmful and sometimes deadly diseases. Both the droppings and the rodents themselves can be a major health hazard to humans.
Studies have shown that fleas were found in 100% of rats studied and harmful mites were found in 67% of rats. This shows that rats and mice pose a threat to our health and safety. Once rodents have been discovered in homes or business it is important to not only remove the rodent issue but to ensure that a clean up procedure is undertaken in order to remove any bacteria or diseases that will be present in the droppings and living spaces that they have occupied.
Pestguard has noticed a marked increase in calls regarding rat infestations in flood hit areas. The increase is anywhere between 30-35%.
Home owners need to be really aware that as the flood waters rise the rats and mice are being forced from there normal habitat and are finding their way into our homes and business through previously undiscovered access points. Rats carry a multitude of diseases that can be easily passed on through contact with affected water systems and infected rodents.
Take the time to check your homes and business premises for any sign of rodent activity. If found call a professional pest control service to ensure that all treatments and carried out in a professional and legal manner. Find out more.
Pestguard Pest Control’s very own Veig Seznec starred in Baz’s Extreme Worlds on RTE Network 2
In Episode 4 of series 2. Baz Ashmawy explores the world of pests and the people who exterminate them in Ireland. Veig took the oppurtunity to introduces Baz to a day in the life of a Pest Control technician. Veig demonstrates the treatment of a wasp nest, fumigation of flying insects and the eradication of rats and mice from a domestic home.
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