Effective pest management is a collaborative process. Here at Asepsis, our approach involves understanding the ecosystem and the environmental factors before prescribing an intervention measure. Often, this is more successful as it involves looking at the bigger picture. This involves treatment of the pest habitat where applicable, encouraging pests to ingest pesticides by baiting and directly targeting the pests.
Our pest control department is engaged in the control of pests in homes, workplaces, recreational facilities and hospitality areas. We also carry out pre-site treatment against sub-terranean termites. Pest control involves the protection of humans from nuisance, injury and diseases. It also involves the protection of material goods such as food and grains. The other aspect of pest control is materials protection from destructive pests such as termites, ants, rats and mice among others.
Apart from understanding pest ecology and the environment, it is important to understand pest life satges and life cycles. Usually, some pest stages are more vulnerable than others which can indicate the best point and time of intervention. For example, most cockroach control products have been formulated to target foraging adults and not the eggs, larvae and pupae .
At Asepsis, we have developed service offers for different types of businesses or households to guide the most appropriate level of protection, but these are always backed up by site surveys to address any specific risks or concerns at the site. In pest control and fumigation we make use of the most recent advances in chemistry by renowned multinationals like Syngenta, Bayer and BASF that have been formulated to meet the most stringent health safety and environmental regulations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Union regulations as well as EPA in the USA. We only use products that have been registered in Kenya by the Pest Control Products Board (PCPB).
Pests can transmit diseases to man, pets and livestock; they also lead to painful bites. The bites of some insects can triggers life threatening allergic reactions. So In order to make the human, pet, livestock and wildlife environment habitable, to prevent disease spread and occurrence and to protect damage to food and property, Asepsis Limited provides professional and effective pest control services.
There are many types of insect pests. Broadly, insect pests can be classified as flying or crawling insect. Generally, flying insects are more difficult to control. This is done by baiting, application of repellents and eradicative treatment for vermin, rats, mice, bats, snakes, nuisance birds, fumigation of cereals and timber, treatment of pet and livestock housing against pests, mosquitoes and flies, silos, stores and other such facilities.
Pest control and fumigation in Kenya
Several techniques are used to control pests in Kenya.
These include spraying, ultra low volume spraying (ULV), thermal fogging, baiting and drilling and drenching. At Asepsis Limited, we emphasize integrated pest management (IPM) because we recognize that pests exist in an ecosystem, the stability of which should be maintained. Asepsis Limited also undertakes the control of nuisance birds and snakes. For birds, we use repellents and do not kill them. We also block their entrances into facilities and other buildings. For all types of snakes, we bait them using Snake fix. This is a novel product that attracts snakes as food. Once they ingest it, they die.
Some of the common pests include rodents (rats and mice), cockroaches, bedbugs, mosquitoes, termites, sugar ants and snakes. Depending on the pest biology and behaviour, suitable intervention measures can be designed. Baiting will be done to target foraging individuals with an understanding that the foraging individuals will take the pesticide bait to the others that could be hidden. This techniques is especially useful in controlling cockroaches, rats and mice and even termites. Storm ( a product made by BASF and Baraki from Bayer) are excellent products that exploit the social nature of rodents for their control. Similarly, Goliath Gel (Fipronil) and Maxforce (Imidachloprid) from BASF and Bayer respectively eliminate cockroaches by using the cascading principle. One cockroach could eat the bait and transfer it to the nest. Once it is dead or it leaves the stool, the other cockroaches will eat the dead one and/or its stool. This goes on and on until the entire colony is eliminated.