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02/04/2016
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Visión general

  1. Eliminación de chinches en pisos o casas particulares
  2. Chinches hoteles y albergues
  3. Chinches y medidas preventivas
  4. Cómo elegir empresa para eliminar chinches
  5. Picadura de chinches

Chinches de las camas – En esta sección

El Dr. Michael Potter (Universidad de Kentucky) está plenamente convencido de que  las chinches de las camas serán una de las plagas urbanas más importantes del siglo XXI. Hasta ahora, desde el inicio del año 2000 estamos viendo un constante incremento en el número de tratamientos para el control de chinches de las camas. Al comenzar el resurgimiento de esta plaga parecía que sólo afectaba a casas y hoteles (hoteles, moteles, albergues), pero hoy sabemos que se han detectado en hospitales, edificios sociales, tiendas especialmente de ropa, colegios, transporte público, etc.

La chinches de las camas común, Cimex lectularius, es la especie mejor adaptada para vivir con humanos. Así ha sido desde la antigüedad. Probablemente esto se debe a la adaptación de parásitos a los humanos cuando los hombres comenzaron a vivir en cuevas y en otros lugares similares que usaban otros animales.

Necesitan alimentarse de sangre para sobrevivir y mudar. Las ninfas pueden sobrevivir varios meses sin alimentarse y los adultos más de un año -por ello el problema puede magnificarse si no actúa de forma rápida.

Pero, ¿por qué han regresado, no era una plaga que se podía considerar erradicada?

Parecía que hace unos 50 años se habían prácticamente extinguido, ¿por qué han resurgido?

  • Incremento del movimiento de personas, asociado con viajes: trabajo, turismo, cooperación internacional.
  • Inmigración.
  • Incremento en la existencia de centros de acogida para personas sin hogar y personas pobres.
  • Apertura de nuevos mercados internacionales.
  • Cambio en los procedimientos de las empresas de control de plagas.
  • Prohibición del uso de ciertos químicos tales como el DDT, y de todos los organoclorados.
  • Reducción de la posibilidad de usar otros biocidas y reducción de las posibilidades de tratamiento
  • Por ello se produce un incremento en la resistencia de los insectos a los biocidas
  • Tratamientos inadecuados: tratamientos realizados forma doméstica sin conocimientos suficientes. Necesita un profesional que le ayude eliminar la plaga.

Las chinches se alimentarán durante unos 10 minutos, sin embargo las personas rara vez se dan cuenta de que están siendo picados. Después, se alejan de la persona afectada y buscan un lugar donde digerir el alimento. Éste comportamiento difiere del caso de los piojos que se mantienen siempre en el cuerpo de la persona picada.

Los síntomas después de haber sido picado por varias chinches, incluyen el desarrollo de una roncha rojiza o la aparición de una hinchazón aproximadamente un día después de haber sido picado. Otras personas apenas muestra reacción o no muestran reacción alguna, en algunas personas la reacción se demora en el tiempo.

A diferencia de las cucarachas que se alimentan de residuos, el nivel de limpieza tiene poco que ver con la mayor parte de las plagas de chinches.

Durante los estadios iniciales de una plaga de chinches, los insectos tienden a congregarse a menudo alrededor de las camas y otras zonas donde las personas duermen o descansan largo tiempo. A medida que la plaga va creciendo tienden a moverse ya más lejos de las camas buscando otros lugares donde refugiarse lo que hace que su control sea cada vez más difícil -por ello si ha detectado que está afectado por una plaga de chinches, debe actuar rápidamente y contactar con nosotros. Podemos eliminar esta molesta plaga. (Ver Noticias de TVE)

Tratamiento

La inspección es clave para conseguir el éxito. Siempre comenzaremos realizando una profunda inspección de la zona donde se sospecha pueden estar refugiadas las chinches. Una detección precoz nos ayudará a conseguir un control del 100%. Cualquier resultado de un tratamiento inferior al 100% de eficacia, es un fracaso, la plaga resurgirá. Por ello necesita nuestra experiencia profesional y nuestros conocimientos.

No sólo inspeccionamos cuando existe la sospecha de que esté afectado por una plaga de chinches de las camas, si no que revisaremos siempre las habitaciones adyacentes. Recuerde la inspección a conciencia es nuestra recomendación, es nuestro método.

Le ofrecemos la posibilidad de inspeccionar usando el sistema más moderno y eficaz para detectar chinches de las camas, incluso en el estadio inicial de una infestación y allí donde se encuentran los huevos y las ninfas: los Equipos Caninos de Detección de Chinches.

COMPARACIÓN

Técnico en control de plagas normal Inspección realizada con equipos caninos
40-60% de eficacia detectando la presencia de chinches de las camas adultos 98% de eficacia detectando la presencia de chinches de las camas adultos, ninfas y huevos
15-20 minutos para inspeccionar cada habitación 3-5 minutos para inspeccionar cada habitación
Puede inspeccionar 3 – 4 habitaciones por hora Puede inspeccionar una media de 10 habitaciones de hotel o 5 apartamentos en una hora
Muy disruptivo (debe moverse la cama, desencajar el cabezal, mover el somier, mover el mobiliario, etc.) Nada destructivo. La habitación se deja intacta.
Limitado a una identificación visual Puede detectar chinches de las camas en habitaciones desordenadas, en somieres, mobiliario tapizado, moquetas, agujeros y grietas, todo ello gracias a su olfato.


Aproximadamente tres semanas después de finalizado el tratamiento, comprobaremos si la plaga ha sido totalmente erradicada. También revisaremos zonas adyacentes a las tratadas por si una chinche pudiera haberse desplazado. No dejamos nada al azar, ¿lo haría usted?

Requiere de una total colaboración por parte del propietario o usuario de las zonas afectadas. También requiere de trabajo duro y persistente por parte de su experto en gestión de plagas, Servicios Depec, S.L.

Le ofrecemos diferentes opciones para controlar chinches de las camas: tratamientos químicos convencionales o realización de tratamientos térmicos

Cómo hacerlo

Nuestro equipo se desplazará hasta su domicilio con la cámara plegada, así como con todos los accesorios necesarios para su correcto funcionamiento. Una vez allí, ensamblaremos la estructura e introduciremos  sus objetos de tal forma que el aire caliente pueda circular y distribuirse de forma homogénea  por toda la cámara.

Por regla general se introducirán primero aquellos objetos que con mayor probabilidad puedan estar infestados o ya lo estén. Comenzaremos por el cabezal de la cama, somier, y colchón; a medida que vamos inspeccionando los posibles restos así como cualquier indicio de infestación. Es de gran importancia desmontar todos aquellos elementos, por más pequeños que sean.

¿Qué objetos no pueden tratarse con calor?

La mayoría de objetos eléctricos no deben ser introducidos en la cámara ya que el calor podría dañar el correcto funcionamiento de éstos; así como pinturas, camas de agua y ciertos plásticos.

La ropa de cama, cortinas y cualquier otro elemento que pueda lavarse y secarse se deberá realizar con este proceso ya que si lo introducimos en la cámara estaría ocupando espacio innecesario y creando barreras térmicas que impidan la correcta difusión del calor.

Este primer paso puede durar 60 minutos aprox.

El tratamiento consiste en que una vez esté lista la cámara, se activarán unos calentadores que irán aumentando la temperatura ambiental mientras que los ventiladores la distribuyen por todos los espacios no dejando ninguna zona donde los insectos puedan esconderse. Para alcanzar la temperatura óptima de 50°C y eliminar la plaga dejaremos la cámara funcionando 120 minutos.

Finalmente abriremos la cámara para que descienda progresivamente la temperatura ambiental interior así como la de los objetos de esta manera evitaremos producir daños debidos a los cambios bruscos de temperatura. En caso necesario, repetiremos la operación tantas veces como sea necesario para tratar todos los objetos que puedan estar en riesgo.

Eficacia

Hay diversas cosas que podemos hacer para ayudar a controlar una plaga de chinches de las camas.

Podemos usar fundas especiales de colchón, vapor, y otros sistemas que pueden adoptarse para solventar la plaga.

Déjenos inspeccionar el problema que las chinches de las camas de generar y le ofreceremos la mejor solución para su caso concreto.

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La clave del éxito es que le podemos ofrecer cualquier tipo de estrategia de control existente, conocemos la mejor solución para cada situación y se la podemos ofrecer.

Podemos elaborar estrategias en base al uso de productos químicos:

  1. Estrategias más modernas como la realización de tratamientos térmicos,
  2. Uso de fundas especiales para colchones,
  3. Tratamientos de vapor,
  4. Disponemos de perros entrenados específicamente para detectar chinches, etc.

Le ofreceremos la mejor solución para su problema concreto.


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Rodent Control

31/03/2016
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Overview

Your business and home are unique different from others even in the same industry category or area. Therefore we develop a specific approach to rodent control for your specific business, industry and regulations This is a tailor made approach, no one situation is the same, every program is especially designed for each and every case.

  • Inspection
  • Identification of conducive conditions that might lead to a pest problem
  • Pest Prevention through Sanitation
  • Pest Proofing
  • Highly Trained Professionals
  • Written Protocols to meet any standard
  • We Exceed your Expectations

Proactive strategy that modifies the factors that allow pests to exist – Rodents are intelligent and understanding their behavior means you are in control. If you are an organic facility or wish to have a complete ecologically friendly program then we have a suitable solution. In any case we will also prioritize pest prevention methods to the use of baits or chemical approaches. This doesn’t mean that we do not use these solutions, we tailor make our strategy to you goal.

We will also evaluate the environmental impact of our rodent control program.

Be ready for the next step in Integrated Pest Management (IPM), the Integrated Pest Prevention (IPP). IPP is a similar strategy to IPM but the action takes place before the pest enters a facility instead of acting reactively once the pest has appeared. Through internal audits  we can help you identify situations that can facilitate the presence of a pest problem. Once detected, we can suggest how the problem can be solved.

The new era on IPM, Integrated Pest Prevention (IPP) is a system that allows a properly trained pest management technician to avoid checking each and every bait station or any other control system installed, and spend more time on proactive inspections. These inspections will be specific for every client. IPP is based on inspections, corrective measures analysis and will focus in giving solutions to the problems that have been detected.

IPP is a science.

A change in the emphasis in Pest Management Practices

In a conventional Integrated Pest Management Program most of the time is spent on rodent device servicing. A big amount of time is spent in recollecting data. On the contrary IPP uses more time inspecting and less time in rodent device servicing. Both  are important. The key to this change is to use a trained technician that knows what to look for. This means more skills and experience compared with IPM technicians. This new philosophy creates hours of time for pro-active inspections. Customers can see a greater value in this approach versus the previous strategy of spending much more time servicing the rodent control devices.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Prevention (IPP)


Treatment

Integrated Pest Prevention is fundamental in our rodent control strategy. We will not only eliminate any kind of infestation you might have but try to detect what can be done to make sure that this doesn’t happen again. Sanitation, reducing entry points, good maintenance of interiors and exteriors are pivotal  in a program that goes beyond just controlling rodents, but properly managing them.

We can design protocols  for organic food producers or if you don’t want to use any chemicals in your facility or home. We have special protocols for any situation that will succeed in controlling pest but also doing it in a way that meets and even exceeds your expectations.

How to

Your business and home are unique and different from others even in the same industry category or area. Therefore we develop a specific approach to rodent control suited to your business, industry and regulatory environment

The phases for a good Control Strategy include:

• Thorough and Conscientiousness inspection

• Identify the Pest Presence and Pest Identity

• Identify the Location and Source of the problem

• Determine the Extent of the Infestation

• Analyze the Environmental/Customers Factors that might affect our control strategy

• Establish an Execution Protocol or Plan

• Act accordingly

• Proactive Documentation and Detailed Communication

• If necessary Review Execution Protocol or Plan

We can work with protocols of the most exigent Auditors. Certifications Guaranteed – you worry less as our experience means successful audits.

We will protect your Brand. Don’t let pests harm your reputation

Efficacy

Be proactive, don’t act just as result of happening problem in progress. Planning and preventing are equally important and in the long run cheaper so, let us help you implement a good management strategy that will even exceed your expectations. We have a solution to every problem. Let us show you a new dimension of rodent management, the Integrated Pest Prevention. Integrated Pest Prevention is key in our Culture – prevention is always cheaper then dealing with a catastrophe.

100% Guarantee. Tolerance = ZERO

Don’t wait to implement what’s coming, do it before you are obliged to do it.

WE ARE THE EXPERTS ASK US.


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Insect Control

31/03/2016
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Overview

Our Insect control programs are based on Pest Management Prevention. It’s not just a matter of eliminating existing pests but making everything possible to avoid future infestations. We won’t juts spray a biocide but we will use a multiple step approach to help you solve your problem. When offering solutions we will try to use the most permanent and environmentally friendly ones. We have the tools, the knowledge and the continuous training of our certified technicians to ensure that you always get the best solution to your pest problem.

Pest Management Prevention is a strategy that goes beyond Integrated Pest Management. It’s similar, but the action takes place before the pest is introduced to the facility, instead of taking place as a result of pest activity. Through regular internal Audits we can help you identify situations that can be conducive to the presence of pests. Once detected we can also give advice on how to eliminate them.

We offer a complete range of services that among others, include:

  • Ants
  • Cockroaches
  • Flies
  • Mosquitoes
  • Spiders
  • Mites
  • Other crawling insects: Crickets, Millipedes, Springtails, Earwigs, Booklice, Silverfish, …
  • Sowbugs
  • Stored Product Pests

Proactive strategy that modifies the factors that allow pests to exist – Insects need food, water and shelter. By removing one of those we can be sure that the pest will be eliminated. Let us inspect your facility, design a control plan, monitor its efficiency, in one word control the pest the best possible way and trying to do everything possible to ensure that the pest doesn’t appear again. Try to be Proactive, not Reactive.

If you are an organic facility or wish to have a complete ecologically friendly program a tailor made solution is available. In any case we will also prioritize pest prevention methods to the use of baits or chemical approaches. These latter approaches are used by Serdepec S.L., when the situations warrants it.

We will also evaluate the environmental impact of our program.

A shift in emphasis in pest management practices

In a conventional IPM program, the technician spends most of his time checking the control stations (bait stations, traps, etc.). So most of the technician’s time is spent on data collecting. On the contrary, Integrated Pest Prevention, allows the technician to use more time inspecting and less time checking. Both things are important. The real change is the qualification of the technician, having a person that is properly trained that knows what to look for. This means, more education, aptitude and experience. The new philosophy in pest management generates hours of productive inspections. Our clients find out that with this philosophy more value is generated that with other more traditional pest management methods.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Prevention (IPP)

Treatment

There are many different approaches to general insect control. In some cases humidity reduction can be very efficient, in others sealing cracks and crevices might be the answer to an insect pest, we might have to use insecticides in some other cases. There’s not just one answer to solve each problem. We will develop a specific plan, tailor made, designed to meet your needs and even exceed your expectations.

Integrated Pest Prevention is fundamental in our insect control strategy. We will not only eliminate any kind of infestation you might have but try to detect what can be done in order to make sure that this doesn’t happen again. Sanitation, reducing entry points, good maintenance of interiors and exteriors are basic on a program that goes beyond just controlling insects, but properly managing them.

We can design protocols for producers of organic food or if you simply don’t want to use any kind of chemicals in you facility or home. We have special protocols for any situation that will succeed in controlling pests but also doing it in a way that meets and even exceeds your expectations.

How to

We will design a pest control plan designed to control the insect pest that has infested your home/facility. The control plan will ensure that it does what’s needed to control the pest but also takes care of the environmental issues regarding the following:

  • What can be done to ensure that the pest is controlled and whenever possible, doesn’t come back again
  • Prioritizing the use of products and techniques that are more environmentally friendly and safer for people and non target fauna.

We can work with protocols of the most exigent Auditors. Certifications Guaranteed – you worry less as our experience means successful audits.

We will protect your Brand. Don’t let pests harm your reputation

Is your business organic? Are you worried about the use of insecticides? Don’t worry we have specific plans for you that can control pests effectively and can be totally pesticide free.

Efficacy

Be proactive, don’t act just as a result of something happening. If you have a problem with insects, we will solve it for you. But once done or before having the pest, let us help you implement a good management strategy that will even exceed your expectations. We have a solution to every problem. Let us show you a new dimension of insect management, the Integrated Pest Prevention. Integrated Pest Prevention is key in our culture – prevention is always cheaper then dealing with a catastrophe.

100% Guarantee. Tolerance = ZERO

Don’t wait to implement what’s coming, do it before you are obliged to do it.

WE ARE THE EXPERTS ASK US.


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Fly Control

31/03/2016
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Overview

Used to hearing, if there are flies there’s nothing we can do to solve your problem? That’s not true. From small flies that can be very harmful in the food industry or in Hospitals, to big flies that can be just a nuisance or that can be a real sanitary problem. Flies can breed or feed in filthy areas so they can carry pathogens. They also can distract workers in areas where there’s a continuous pressure of flies. Protect your employees and your brand.

Treatment

When approaching a fly problem normally we won’t find a silver bullet that will easily remove the pest from the infested facility. In many cases we will use a multiple strategy approach that will include some of the following:

  1. Thorough inspection. We have to find which kind of pest is infesting the area and if possible where is it breeding
  2. Through the use of diverse monitoring devices (traps, light traps, baits, etc.) we might use maps of your installation. We will review the captures of the different monitoring devices using, what we call our Tecnología para la Detección de Tendencias de las Plagas. This TDTP is based on creating a coloured map, that will point the hot sports. Through the number of captured insects per unit and service, we can identify which areas show higher pest problems. Knowing this, the kind of pest and the area, we can develop control strategies that are based more in objective data than just in subjective criteria.
  3. Now we know the pest, the intensity of the infestation and the areas that are more affected. We can even compare the actual data with previous ones. We can now proceed to establish any proactive measure that can help us reduce or eliminate the infestation.
  4. Once implemented the measures that have been approved we will continue to monitor the area so we can evaluate the effectiveness of the measures that have been applied. Through the historic records we will have from your facility we can predict high activity seasons and therefore apply preventive measures. We can identify possible pest origins even outside the area so we can work better outside preventively than inside reactively.

Our coloured maps will be always just available for you. They are easy to understand and easy to use, but also they’ll have a clear explanation of what’s been seen and why we recommend the measures that we will include in the report that will follow. Ask today for our PTDT system-

How to

There are different possibilities to control a fly problem. Normally we won’t use just one but integrate diverse methods. Our fly control strategy is based on Integrated Pest Prevention. IPP stands for:

Integrated: We integrate different methods to control any fly pest

Pest: To do so we need to know which pest is affecting you, which is the area and which is the pest level we have to fight. We need to know the habits, the etology of the pest combined with the environmental conditions.

Prevention: This is a new approach in Pest Control, the action takes place before the pest is already a problem, we will be proactive not reactive to a pest problem.

We can implement the following control strategies:

  • Sanitation. We have our BioControl (link to Biocontrol) program that will help you get rid of the areas where adults but also larva, feed and breed.
  • Insect Light Traps. We can offer you a wide range of light traps that fit your needs. We can maintain those systems. If you wish we can implement our Tecnología para la Detección de Tendencias de las Plagas, TDTP. This system will help you identify hot spots and act when and where is needed, will also evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented measures, and will help you predict potential outbreaks of insects.
  • Baits. The use of baits is still not widely used due to regulatory issues specially inside a facility. Anyhow we have special fly bait stations. This bait stations are designed to control flies and help us protect the bait and measure the effectiveness of the bait.
  • Traps. Traps can be really effective if they are properly installed and maintained. It’s an environmentally friendly strategy to control large amounts of flies.
  • Insecticide application. When needed we can use insecticides in different areas such as dumpsters, areas where trash is kept, “dirty areas” in the patios, etc.
  • Biological Control. We have experts in Biological Control that can help you implement this control strategy, based on the use of predators, microbes or parasites. Totally environmentally friendly.

Efficacy

Don’t ignore the fly problems your facility has. We can take care of the problem. Flies can be a risk for human health and in food processing areas, for example. Don’t think there’s no solution, We have it for you.


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Bird Control

31/03/2016
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Overview

WHY ARE BIRDS A PEST? There are several reasons to consider birds a pest:

  • Health risks. Birds, their droppings and nesting materials can carry different bacterial, fungal and virus diseases such as: Histoplasmosis, Salmonella, Bird flu, Encephalitis, Meningitis, Candidasis or Vibriosis among many others. They also can host parasites and mites.
  • Property damage. Constructive techniques have created ideal nesting and roosting areas. They provide them shelter and knolls (to find food and water). Bird droppings are acid and can corrode paint, building materials (steel, wood, concrete, tiles, etc.). The longer bird droppings are left on a surface greater will be the damage.
  • Safety. People can slip on pigeon or any other bird droppings and can even demand compensation for the harm received. Birds can affect airplanes. Thousands of hits between airplanes and birds are recorded each year.
  • Clogged drains. If birds choose gutters or drainage systems to roost or nest on them, their droppings or nests can cause a blockage on the system. This can cause big damages to the building’s structure when heavy rains occur and can lead to the appearance of fungus, insects, etc..
  • Company image. In the food industry is very important that no pests, including, birds are around the facilities (hygiene, safety, etc.). But also many people won’t enter a building that shows bird droppings (signs, facade, windows, etc.). people might assume that a building spoiled with bird droppings holds a dirty business inside. Protect your brand.
  • Birds can affect crops, they can consume lots of food for humans and animals
  • Apart from carrying potential diseases and ectoparasites (mainly mites and ticks that can bite humans), birds can be annoying because  the noises they can create.
  • Some birds, especially seagulls, can be aggressive to humans when searching for food.

We must understand that birds are beneficial in many ways. But sometimes, they have to e managed: when they enter a home or a food processing facility, when they roost or install nests in historic buildings, when they pose risk to humans (in airports, for example), etc..

Treatment

Normally the best solution to any bird problem is IPM (Integrated Pest Management). This includes structural repairs, proper waste management, education, mechanical techniques (in some cases biological techniques are also an option). Chemical approaches are not normally used, only in very special situations. Many of the bird control programs require accurate planning and time. We will:

  • Design a plan (written with drawings) of bird exclusion systems when needed
  • We will use nearly invisible systems when using bird exclusion systems
  • We will design a maintenance plan when bird exclusion systems are installed
  • We can design protocols for proper food and water management.
  • We can help you improve your waste disposal management
  • We can help you design your home, facility , etc., so less nesting or roosting areas are provided to birds
  • We can help you re-design your landscape to reduce the possibility of finding roasting and nesting areas.

How to

Exclusion is commonly the most widely used system to control birds. New techniques are coming into the market and the quality of the products are improving day by day. Nets last longer, they are almost invisible, but also monofilament lines (electrical or not) and many others are available today. The fact that this methods don’t eliminate birds but just make them stay away from the areas we want to protect might be the cause for this. The first thing we’ll do is carry on  a thorough inspection and a full plan designed to fulfill and even exceed your expectations. We will offer the following possible solutions to each case:

EXCLUSION:

  • Structural repairs. We can provide you with a full report to make your own structural repairs or our technicians can  do many of the structural repairs  that could be needed.
  • Use of monofilament lines. This system is commonly used on ledges or other areas where birds roost or perch
  • Electrical wires. Normally two wires are used. This wires carry high voltage and low amperage which poses little risk to humans.
  • Spikes. There are many different kinds of spike systems for different situations and different types of birds.
  • Netting. They are nearly invisible and preserve the aesthetic characteristics of your building
  • Gels and pastes. Commonly used as repellents because they are used to make the bird that contacts with them uncomfortable.

We also offer maintenance programs that will ensure the complete effectiveness of the systems used to control birds.

Efficacy

We can offer you a thorough inspection that will lead to a comprehensive but also complete action plan. When exclusion methods are to be used we will offer a whole explanation of what’s proposed, how will it be done and the results of what’s offered (pictures, diagrams, etc ,that will show how the treated area will look like after the work is done).

We’ll be efficient and careful making sure that the job is properly done and that the functionality and aesthetic of the building remains preserved.


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Legionella Control and Prevention

31/03/2016
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Overview

The illness of the Legionary was discovered in July 1976 when a pneumonia epidemic affected veterans of the American Legion during their annual congress that took place in Philadelphia. There were 4400 participants, 182 veterans fell ill (pneumonia) and 29 died.

The agent responsible for the appearance of this disease was a bacteria, until then unknown, and therefore was given the name of Legionella pneumphila. After reviewing what happened the researchers found that there was a bacteria in the air conditioning system of the Hotel.

From then on, many more cases have been found in many places with the common factor that the disease is directly connected with several water systems.

That’s why there are several laws that include the systems that should always be treated in order to control the possibility of generating the Legionnaire’s disease.

The origin of the Legionella outbreaks notified during the decade form 1999/2009 in %, following what was published by  the Centro Nacional de Epidemiologia del Instituto de Salud Carlos III (11/2010)

As we see in the graphic, despite what is generally believed, the most frequent focus of Legionella outbreaks are the sanitary water systems.

Actually there is a much stronger conscientiousness about the importance of controlling this bacteria, so the illness doesn’t spread affecting people, and most of the countries have developed a specific legislation in order to avoid it’s proliferation and minimize the number of cases.

In Spain there’s a Royal Decree that covers the whole nation, RD 865/2003, different autonomic legislation and, even, a technical guide has been developed (in 2007) that tries to facilitate the implementation of the different measures that have to be applied, once the risk associated with every water system has been evaluated. The actual legislation establishes that the installations that can pose risk of generating  Legionella outbreaks, are the following.

  • Cold and hot water systems in industries, hospitals, hotels, residence for the elder people, sport areas.
  • Jacuzzis or whirlpool baths
  • Humidifiers
  • Cooling Towers
  • Water Deposits
  • Ornamental Fountains
  • Any other water system that could spray water

Sanitary water systems (cold and hot), including their different elements: tubes and ducts, tanks, taps, other water end points, etc.

Treatment

There are different approaches to control the appearance and spread of Legionella pneumophila. The previous steps are:

  • Inspection of the water systems
  • Make a thorough APPCC analysis that will include the preventive or corrective measure for each water system
  • Evaluate the risk of each system trying to use objective measures
  • Perform the needed treatment for each system
  • Certificate the treatment done
  • If necessary carry on follow up inspections or create the registers that will demonstrate that they’re done
  • Analyze the water of the water systems

All this is done in order to achieve what the Real Decreto 865/2003 and the Decret de la Generalitat de Catalunya 352/2004 state.

There are different possible preventive measures that can be taken and especially there are different ways to treat a water system.

How to

Although there are different ways of treating and controlling Legionella in water systems we will generally use the following:

  • Using heating techniques. This control method is based on increasing the temperature of the water systems, specially of those that carry  sanitary hot water.
  • Using chlorine. By adding chlorine into the water systems we can kill Legionella. This method is widely used in cold water systems, jacuzzis (also Bromine can be used), water deposits, ornamental fountains, or irrigation systems. The use of chlorine, bromine or other biocides is also common in cooling  towers and humidifiers.
  • Using chlorine dioxide. Chlorine dioxide is used to disinfect drinking water and can be used in protecting any kind of water system. ClO2 is very efficient even in heavily polluted waters and is pH independent. More than 99% of the bacteria live in the biofilm, so decontaminating the biofilm is the key to success. ClO2 acts directly over the biofilm and eliminates it.   More Information.

Differences between biocides

Efficacy of the biocide Persistence Corrosion
Ozone ++++ + ++++
Chlorine/Bromine ++ ++ +++
Chlorine Dioxide +++ +++ ++
Cloramine + ++++ +

Efficacy

What do we offer?

We don’t just control Legionella but help you identify what can be done to control and manage the pathogens that could exist in your water systems

We can fulfill all the legal requirements and help you do it in an easy way.

We don’t just stick to one possible type of treatment but we can offer you the best option to cover your needs.

Since we offer different possibilities we not only have a technical answer to each situation but also can offer an economical approach.

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Internal Audits

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Overview

Internal auditing is a continuous process, especially when we are thinking of Pest Prevention, not just Pest Control. The food industry, especially, but not only, is being audited constantly: by regulatory agencies, clients, certification bodies even by the specialized press. More and more rules appear, more legislation, more preparation for third party auditors. Can we comply with all of it and still run our business?

Our company has developed a program that can help you fulfill these goals. We have developed a full inspection plan (continuously updated) that is based on Pest Prevention but will also help you fulfill the requirements of the most import third party auditors and the regulatory agencies. We will help you identify the weakness you might have and help you with the corrective measures. We can help you prioritize the actions that must be taken immediately and the ones we can deal with afterwards.

Don’t just act when you have an inspection or an audit. It’s easier if you have a program that can be reviewed and checked in a continuous way.

BE PROACTIVE – GET THEM BEFORE THEY GET YOU!!!

Treatment

Get prepared for the next step in Integrated Pest Management, with Integrated Pest Prevention. It’s a similar approach to Integrated Pest Management but the action takes place before the pest is introduced to the facility, instead of reacting against pest activity. Through regular internal Audits we can help you identify situations that can be conducive to the presence of pests. Once detected we can also give advice on how to eliminate them.

The new integrated pest management (IPM), the Integrated Pest Prevention (IPP), is a system that allows a properly trained technician to stop checking each and every control station(bait stations, traps, etc.), and spend more time doing proactive and specific inspections for every client. It’s based on inspections, corrective measures analysis, and it’s focused on offering solutions to the problems that have been detected.

A shift in emphasis in pest management practices

In a conventional IPM program, the technician spends most of his time checking the control stations (bait stations, traps, etc.). So most of the technician’s time is spent on data collecting. On the contrary, Integrated Pest Prevention, allows the technician to use more time inspecting and less time checking. Both things are important. The real change is the qualification of the technician, having a person that is properly trained that knows what to look for. This means, more education, aptitude and experience. The new philosophy in pest management generates hours of productive inspections. Our clients find out that with this philosophy more value is generated that with other more traditional pest management methods.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Prevention (IPP)

How to

We can offer:

  • Auditing your current pest management strategy. See if it can be improved, if it’s successful, verify its efficiency.
  • We can audit ourselves as your pest management company, and check to see if we are fulfilling what the pest management plan states. Total transparency. If we detect something we are doing wrong we will report this to you immediately and engage in corrective action ASAP.
  • We can help you prepare all the paperwork you need for the third party audits or regulatory bodies.
  • We can help you implement the next step in Pest Management, with Integrated Pest Prevention. It’s coming now, don’t react late, be the first to know and implement.
  • We can help you early detect any problem that might lead to pests

REDUCE STRESS BY REDUCING RISKS

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Efficacy

Don’t let them get you. Go for it first. New regulations are coming out frequently. ISO 22000, new auditors requirements, new laws, new prescriptions from customers or regulatory agencies can affect you.

We can help you understand them, advise on what you can do to fulfil them and leave you time to run your business. We can take care of planning and prevention thereby giving you peace of mind. Reduce your stress. Act proactively. Our job is to advise and help you on your administration work, how to implement new regulations, how to prioritize what must be done from what can be done.

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Xylophagous treatment

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Overview

Termites and other wood-destroying organisms (wood-destroying beetles, wood-decaying fungi and marine borers) have an important role in nature — they decompose wood and plant materials, recycling nutrients back into the environment for plants to grow. In the urban environment, however, termites and other wood-destroying organisms are largely undesirable. They can cause significant economic loss, injure trees, require broad use of insecticides and interrupt peoples’ lives. They can cause important economic losses , damage trees, need important quantities of biocides to eliminate de pest, and influence the life of people.

The most damaging animals that attack wooden structures are the termites. The beetles are the next most important group of insects which attack wood. On the basis of distinctive habits and problem solving challenges, the beetles rank near the top

Economic losses from pileworms (mollusks) and certain crustaceans occur in many areas where wood, concrete, and other materials come in contact with sea water. Fungi are also an important source of damage to wooden structures in areas where the climate is normally quite warm and humid. Wood rotting fungal spores are found everywhere and are instantly prepared to germinate as soon as suitable environmental conditions prevail

Carpenter ants are frequently found emerging from wooden structures

There is no “magic bullet” for this problem! It requires the use of several tools integrated into a comprehensive, long-term, multi-tactic IPM approach over large areas to develop a sustainable solution.

Treatment

There is no one treatment to solve all the problems related with wood destroying organisms. There are different control strategies associated with different pests, different sites and different treatment possibilities. Normally it will require the use of several tools integrated into a comprehensive, long-term, multi-tactic IPM approach over large areas to develop a sustainable solution

a. Wood Fungus

Decay fungi can cause severe structural damage to any wood member, even wood species such as redwood and cedar. Every year they cause at least as much damage to structures as termites. All that is needed is a source of water in contact with the wood. Decay will occur in untreated wood in direct contact with ground, cement or concrete, or exposed to a source of moisture such as rain seepage, plumbing leaks, or condensation. Wood kept dry will never decay.

Once decay has started in a piece of wood, the rate and extent of deterioration will depend on conditions such as temperature and moisture content. Under suitable conditions, most fungi species develop fruiting bodies of various shapes, colors and sizes, These fruiting bodies contain enormous numbers of microscopic spores which act like seeds. If a spore comes in contact with a suitable material such as moist wood, it can germinate and spread the infestations. Many people exhibit allergic reactions to fungal spores.

Types of Wood Fungus:

  • Brown & White Rot Fungi. Brown and White Rot Brown rot fungi feed on the wood’s cellulose, a component of the wood’s cell wall, leaving a brown residue of lignin, the substance which holds the cells together. Infested wood may be greatly weakened, even before decay can be seen.
  • Water Conducting Fungi. Most decay fungi are unable to conduct water very far and can only attack moist wood. However, Poria incrassata, called dry rot or the water-conducting fungus, will decay wood which would not be attacked by typical decay fungi. Poria infested wood is often mistakenly identified as subterranean termite damage. This type of fungus can transport water for up to 30 feet through large root-like structures call rhizomorphs. They attack softwoods such as pine, spruce, and fir. Once established, it can quickly spread through a building and destroy large areas of flooring and walls in as little as a year or two. Typically, infestations of Poria begin in earth-filled porches, damp crawlspaces, and basements where wood is in contact with the soil, moist concrete, or damp bricks.
  • Molds and Stains.Molds and stain fungi are sometimes mistaken for decay, and while they may discolor wood, they cause no structural wood damage. The presence of molds and stains, however, is a sign that conditions are favorable for decay fungi and a preventative treatment may be necessary. In addition, molds can increase the capability of wood to absorb moisture, opening the door to attack by decay fungi.

b. Termites

Termites are primitive organisms, they exist even before ants. That’s why we could probably think that ants adopted and copied the complex social structure from termites and not the other way around. We can see today that the termites that live now are not very different from the ones that lived in our planet many years ago.

Broadly speaking, termites can be divided into four big groups, according to the way they build their nests. There are, humid wood termites, drywood termites, subterranean termites and arboreal termites. From the around 2600 known termite species, only a few of them constitute real pests. In fact, there are many species that don’t even eat wood but humus, herbs and lichens. Other species can’t survive living outside their natural habitat in jungles or meadows.

The termites have an incomplete metamorphosis which differentiates them from other social insects such as ants or wasps that have a complete metamorphosis. This means that the juveniles that emerge from the egg, show great resemblance with the adults, and through different molts will grow up in size and will, finally, reach the full appearance and size of an adult.

These insects are divided in castes or groups of individuals that have different functions. Subterranean termites have three castes: workers, soldiers and reproductive. Drywood termites and Humid wood termites don’t have real soldiers.

The termite workers can be separated into two groups: termite workers that gather food, (are sterile) and functional termite workers that can be either male or female. This last group, can change and become soldiers, winged or secondary reproductive termites, depending on the colony’s needs. The workers keep the colony, build the nest, maintain it, search for food and feed the entire colony.

The soldiers are sterile and their only function is to protect the colony. They have such large heads and big mandibles that the soldiers must feed them. They are always in small numbers when compared to the quantity of termite workers.

The reproductive termites are represented by the primary reproductive and the secondary reproductive. The primary reproductive are the queen and king, the founders of the colony. The queen can live for even more than 30 years. The secondary reproductive appear on mature colonies. They are wingless and produce eggs which allows the colony to grow quicker. If the primary reproductive disappear, the secondary can replace them.

The members that can produce bigger damage include:

  • Drywood termites. These are a group of termites that build their nests inside non humid wood. They belong to the Kalotermidae family, which include different genera and that are considered primitive termites. This genera include Cryptotermes, Neotermes, Glyptotermes, Incisitermes and Kalotermes. The most extended and well know specie  is probably Cryptotermes. Drywood termites are also known as powder post termites or furniture termites because they are frequently found infesting different kinds of furniture. This termites live inside wood that has no contact with water They have the curious ability of being able to metabolize water from the wood they are feeding on, absorbing and re-absorbing water from their feces, depending on their necessities. In high humidity conditions, drywood termites will excrete liquid feces, but in low humid conditions, they’ll re-absorb the humidity of their intestines and will excrete feces with the form of a small pellet. This excrements are characteristics of this group of termites.
  • Subterranean termites. Subterranean termites are those termites that build their nests under soil.  Termites build their nest in different ways, but excavating under the soil is the most common way for many of the termite species. Nesting under soil has many advantages, and among them, there is the possibility of living with humans in environments that have been modified by them. This adaptability can generate problems between termites and humans. Not all the subterranean termites are destructive. The ones that cause more damage are those that can thrive in urban areas, can create big colonies, and their nests, since are found under the soil, are difficult to be detected. From their subterranean nests, they can move in any direction trying to find wood. This termites have the habit of constructing mud tubes  that offer them shelter when they have to be exposed. This mud tubes are easily seen in case of heavy infestations. They allow them to cross through exposed areas without being seen, while they also protect them from desiccation. Since they live underground, they are paled colored. Subterranean termites preferably feed on spring wood. Summer wood contains lignin which is difficult to digest. Therefore, wood is damaged in different stratus or layers and normally sand is found in the galleries.

c. Wood destroying Beetles.

The beetles that infest wood, in nature help reduce the dead trees and transform them in ways that can be used as nutrients for plants. But some of this beetles can cause heavy damage for wood used in structures or furniture. Normally it’s not easy to find the adults and/or the larvae. Therefore in order to detect if there’s and infestation we will search for evidence that will allow us to identify the type of pest that might be affecting you. The most important clues that we will find, include:

  • Type of damaged wood: soft or hard wood
  • Age of the wood: old or new
  • What is being damaged: structural beams, boards, manufactured products, etc.
  • Exit Holes done by the adults: control size and shape
  • Texture and type of powder that we find in tunnels and galleries.
  • Humidity content of wood.

What must be done is, at least, find the beetle family that’s infesting the wood. Once identified, we will decide which will be the best control strategy for each pest.

Type of Beetle Damaged wood. Parts and types Inspection of the damage
Exit Holes Galleries (tunnels) Powder
Anobiid Beetles (Anobiidae) Common Furniture beetle Sapwood from hard and soft wood: rarely in heartwood Circular: 1,6 – 3 mm diameter Circular, up to 3mm diameter; numerous; randomly arranged Fine Powder with conspicuous granules, elongated. Congested without cohesion
Bostricid beetles (Botrichidae) Mainly sapwood from hardwood; not often softwood Circular: 2,5 – 7 mm diameter Circular 1,6 -10mm diameter;  numerous; randomly arranged Fine to thick powder, congested granules; tends to attach
Lictyd Beetles (Lyctidae) Powder post beetles Sapwood from annular cut (and sparse), hard and porous wood Circular: 0,8 – 1,6 mm diameter Circular, 1,6 mm diameter; numerous; randomly arranged Fine, flour-like, loose in tunnels
House longhorn beetle (Hylotrupes bajulus) Sapwood of softwood, preferablyPine tree. Oval: 6 – 10 mm diameter long Oval, up to 10 mm diameter long, numerous in exterior sapwood; undulated marks on walls Very fine Powder and very small granules; congested in tunnels
Curculionidae Sapwood and hardwood from softwood and hardwood Irregularly rounded and elongated Circular,up to 1,6 diameter Very fine Powder and very small granules; very congested

How to

IPM approach requieres the follwing steps:

  • Thorough inspection. It’s important to determine the kind of wood destroying organisms that infest  the  area. We will drive visual inspections, use traps, use sound detectors, moist measurers, etc..
  • Determine the infested areas. Try to find the source of the infestation and act accordingly. None affected area should be left without inspection but also we have to detect if there are non-affected areas that don’t need treatment or any kind of preventive measure
  • Decide the best control measures prioritizing the use of preventive measures and pest proofing. There are many possibilities: reducing moisture, sealing cracks and crevices, repairing leakages, assuring a correct water flow in case of rain, etc..
  • When a treatment has to be done, first try to use the less risky approach (for humans, non-target species, and the environment): use of traps, use of biorational biocides, of biological approaches, and when necessary use traditional chemical insecticides or fungicides.
  • Make a complete report of what’s going to be done, how and when. Always make sure that all preventive measures are written down and are understood by the customer.
  • Explain the customer in plain language what the strategy is about and the advantages of the chosen one against other possibilities. Educate the customer.
  • Make follow up inspections. Make sure that the system is working and that pests are managed properly according to the standards agreed with the customer. Make sure that the structural measures that have been implemented are working and are properly maintained.


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