Moulds and damage

Fungi and toadstools or mushrooms are actually fast developed molds organism. Long-term moisture content of at least 22% can cause fungi on grass, trees, but also in basements and wooden floors. We think about beautiful mushrooms in nature knowing by red with white dots, but fungi in houses make us less happy and entail serious health risks and material damage. Few facts about fungi.

Plague
Fungi indoors is nothing more than a plague of a living organism. Not only due to high moisture content and poor ventilation, but also due to the spreading of seeds or spore  a serious pest can arise in no time. So be there on time!

Seasons
If you say autumn, you also say mushrooms. In autumn is more organic material are available for fungi to feed themselves. But the fungus is actually present all year and in all seasons through a network of wires. Especially in basements and crawl spaces, it remains cool and moist and the wood serves as a good breeding ground through cellulose (nutrient of moulds).

Catch a cold
In fall or spring you might think you have a nose cold after another sneeze or sniffling. It may well be that there are moulds in your house. Are the plinths becoming loose and do you smell an earthy, stale air? Then all alarm bells should ring.

Behaviour
Fungi are most common in crawl spaces and basements in homes built before 1960. These homes consist of wooden floors where fungi can easily settle. The behaviour of residents can influence the development of fungi. Some tenants report fungal nuisance too late, because they simply do not notice it. Leaks, little ventilation and being economical with heating are also detrimental. Within a few months, a hole will be form in the floor due to uncontrollable fungi . Another reason to turn the heater up in fall and winter.

Treatment

Fungi are treatable and damage can be limited by acting in time. EWS Pest control employees are qualified specialists who, after the removal of moulds, can treat the room preventively against moulds by, for example, placing insulation chips so that the room remains drier. You can say goodbye for a long time to all your fungi problems.

Medical practice disinfected Corona room by EWS Group

COVID-19 – well known as the Coronavirus – opens the eyes of the entire world regarding to hygiene, cleaning and disinfection. Frouke Kieboom, who works at a medical practice in Geertruidenberg The Netherlands, takes her responsibility: “Supporting and take care of each other is very important to prevent contamination. A disinfection of EWS Group based on hydrogen peroxide is very welcome at the practice. ”


Safety
Measures
Frouke Kieboom is a medical practice assistant at Medical Care practice Jacobs, Lammers and Smit in Geertruidenberg in The Netherlands. She is also registered as a BIG and has worked as a district nurse. Her experience is very welcome in this dynamic time of the Corona crisis. Doctors and nurses currently recognize high pressure in their work environment. They do everything they can to prevent infections so that they can still treat as many patients as possible. A doctor is even exempted from treating (possible) corona patients. The most important measure will be a disinfection treatment by EWS Group in one treatment room, killing up to 99.9% bacteria and viruses.

Only patients (possible) infected with Corona and designated doctors may enter the disinfected room. “Thanks to EWS Group we have a special COVID-19 room,” says Kieboom. Working in this environment feels much safer ”. In addition, professional disinfection based on hydrogen peroxide is more reliable than normal disinfection, because the disinfection of EWS Group can reach all possible angles and kills an unimaginably high percentage of all micro-organisms. “That gives a sense of security,” says Kieboom. That is why we can treat these (potentially) infected patients in this room so we don’t have to take any risks for other patients.

Expertise
EWS Group is a renowned company and market leader in controlling air concentrations in closed spaces, fumigation and pest control. Ragarding to the knowledge and skills of various divisions, EWS Group has developed an innovative product for disinfecting spaces based on hydrogen peroxide. The proven treatment kills bacteria and fights viruses. More information here.

Small insects that can cause a lot of damage: read more about bedbugs here

Bedbugs are becoming a big problem. We come across them in hotels, but also in company buildings and houses. Besides that, we spot an increasement of truck cabins contaminated with bedbugs. An infestation can be an enormous disruption with all following consequences. In hotels, damage to the reputation is an example of this. But how can bedbugs cause so much damage?

Bedbugs live of human blood and are very annoying, because they leave behind itchy bite wounds. You can often recognise the bites of a bedbug when you have a line of bites on the skin. They are called bedbugs, because they mainly live in and around the bed. Think of the mattress, the frame and headboard of the bed. This way they can easily bite people in their sleep. The bugs can also move to neighboring rooms or apartments. Besides that, bedbugs can easily be carried from place to place. This is easy for them, because they attach themselves to luggage and clothes.

The bedbug lives of blood and it is a fable that a room with a bedbug infestation is also dirty. The insects can just as well be brought into a spotless hotel via a guest. It is never the hotels fault that the bedbugs entered. However, the hotel can and must do everything it can to control the infestation. A bedbug infestation is very persistent and that is why it is wise to hire a professional for the control. EWS Pest control tackles bedbugs in a professional and effective way. Would you like to know more? Don’t hesitate to contact us!

EWS Pest control receives the IPM & KPMB certificates again

After a successful audit, EWS Pest control has received the IPM (Integrated Pest Management) and KPMB (Keurmerk Plaagdier Management Bedrijven) certificates again this year. The KPMB certificate shows that EWS is a specialized organisation of high quality. EWS Group also meets the requirements of ‘Rat control around buildings and food storage areas’.

Cluster flies: harmless, but bothersome!

Spring is here and it’s starting to get warmer. That’s nice, but it also brings along bother with cluster flies.

Life stages

The cluster fly looks much like a usual fly. The cluster fly is a bit longer. The colour of the fly is brown-grey and its breast is covered in gold hairs. In the different life stages (egg-larvae-pop-adult), the cluster fly changes a lot. The females lay eggs under the ground, these eggs hatch within three days in the summer. After hatching, the larvae actively search for earthworms. Once they found one, they drill a hole in them and eat them from the inside. As soon as the worm died, the larvae will pop under the ground. It is common for cluster flies to have two generations per year, but if it is very hot in summer, they can also have as much as four. Adults feed with the nectar of flowers.

Lifestyle

The cluster fly thanks his name to the fact that they winter in swarms of possibly a thousand flies. They do this in the tops of buildings in covered places, like corners and cracks. In spring, when it’s slowly starting to lighten up and get warmer, the flies awake and are attracted by the light. They will mainly hang around the building they wintered in. After a couple of weeks they leave the building. The cluster flies can be very bothersome, because they are never alone, but always in a swarm. That is why we recommend getting rid of them by a professional in pest control.

Control

Cluster flies are harmless, but they can be very bothersome in big numbers. They sit on windows in swarms for example (because they are attracted by light). EWS Pest control is your professional in fighting the cluster fly. We do this by performing a seams and cracks treatment. This means that, in autumn, we spray an insecticide on every possible entrance in the top of the building. Consequently, flies that are looking for cover and try to get In, will be killed instantly. To prevent any fly from surviving, we always carry out a second treatment in spring. This way, the flies that come out after wintering are also killed.

Would you like to have more information about the control of cluster flies or other kinds of insect nuisance? Don’t hesitate to contact us, or go to: https://www.ews-group.be/en/pest-control/

Perfect combination: Xignal trap and EWS Portal

More and more companies choose for mice and rat control by means of the smart Xignal trap. What makes this trap so convenient?

  • 24/7 monitoring and a real time overview in the EWS Portal;
  • A direct update when a trap has shut (with or without catch);
  • An immediate overview of which trap has sprung on the map;
  • In case of a catch, immediate action can be taken.

Combination with EWS Portal

The Xignal trap is a digital trap. It works best in combination with our EWS Portal. Through LoRa, the status of the trap is directly communicated to the Portal. This way, you can immediately see it when a trap has shut and if there is or isn’t a catch. On the map you can also see which trap in which place has shut.

More information

Would you like to have more information about our Xignal traps? And are you curious about how Xignal can work for your company? Please don’t hesitate to contact us! We are happy to help you. For more information, go to: https://www.ews-group.be/en/xignal-the-ict-solution-for-your-pests-free-environment/

Nice orders for EWS Wood preservation!

We recently extended our department wood preservation with fungus clean-up. Fungi and wood harming moulds can cause a lot of damage. Both financially and materially. That is why it is important to tackle and prevent this problem. Besides fungus clean-up we offer wood impregnation, hot air treatment, fumigation and polymer chemical formwork restoration. In doing this, we use the newest techniques.

EWS is going to carry out some nice orders soon, regarding wood preservation and fungus clean-up. Among other things, we are going to treat a wooden roof framework of a farm in Groningen against woodworm. We are going to do this by impregnating with a woodworm killing substance.

We will also do a fungus clean-up in to buildings in Amsterdam. We are going to replace a floor that is infested by fungi and we are going to impregnate a wooden roof to prevent fungi.

Also we will start a project in Haarlem. The floors will be replaced by renovation floors. First we are going to inspect and advice in relation to impairment due to fungi and woodworm. And lastly, we will tackle fungi in Den Haag!

Some nice orders are on their way. Do you also have problems with moist, fungi or mould in wood? Or are you dealing with wood harming insects? Do not hesitate to contact us. Would you like to have more information? Go to: EWS fungus clean-up.

3 Golden tips against mice (and rats)!

It is getting colder outside and that means mice and rats are looking for shelter in warm buildings. The unwanted rodents are the cause of nuisance. They can cause damage to buildings due to nibbling for example. Besides that, they are a health hazard because of the germs they are carrying. Nuisance can be prevented. There are things that you can do to prevent unwanted visits from happening. We provide you with 3 tips!

 

  1. Hygiene: make sure that food is placed outside of range. Mice are constantly looking for food. Store food in sealed containers for example. Also make sure that there are no remaining food residues. Give mice a hard time accessing food.

 

  1. Architectural: mice are small and can get through the smallest holes. That is why you should make sure that your home or office doesn’t have a passageway bigger than half a centimetre. In addition, make sure that all doors close for 100% horizontally and vertically. You can close ventilation openings with stainless steel mesh.

 

  1. Personal behaviour: nuisance due to mice and rats can be prevented by changing your behaviour. Make sure that you close all doors and windows when leaving your home or office. By doing this, it is extra hard for rodents to enter the building. Also make sure that you don’t leave behind food residues or waste.

Extra tip against rats:

Rats are often hiding in bushes. That is why you should make sure that plants and bushes don’t grow against your home or office building. This way you’re giving rats a hard time entering the building.

Cluster flies, French field wasps and garden ants.

Spring has started! The temperature is higher; the days are longer and we all are more outside. Also, you can find more and more insects which are awaken from there hibernation.

Examples of these are the cluster flies, French field wasps and garden ants.

Cluster flies:
Cluster flies are found on the in- and outside of buildings during the first warm days of the year, where they hibernated. They will come through the cracks and crevices of the buildings in large numbers, which often may cause inconvenience.

What can you do to reduce the inconvenience by cluster flies to a minimum?

  • Place screens in open windows and doors
  • Placing small grills in front of vents in the wall

French field wasps:
The French field wasps is a social wasp that increasingly is signaled in the Netherlands.
They have a social life style and live in a nation of mostly less than one hundred individuals.
The big difference between the French field wasps and “lemonade” wasps that we know is that they are having an open nest. Therefore, they are good to observe.

Often they build multiple nests next to each other. The number of nests which is made can be as much as 10 nests within a radius of 5 meters. The French field wasp has a sting and can be stabbing like another wasp’s species.

The Queen of this wasp species, different from other wasp species, are as large as the workers and therefore difficult to distinguish from the rest of the wasps.

What do we advise with wasp’s inconvenience?
We always advise at first to be ensure that the species are named (determined) so that they can successfully be removed.

Garden ants:
The first garden ants are already signaled. This are usually the Black Garden Ants or the Glossy Wood Ants. In their search for food ants can be entering your home or business building. Once the sweetness is found, there will be setting out a track by the workers.
The track, called ant street, will be followed by other workers with all the inconvenience that entails.

What can you do to reduce the inconvenience by ants?

  • Ensure spilled sweetness is immediately cleared
  • Avoid overflowing bins and make sure that foods are covered

What can EWS Pest control do for you?
EWS is specialized in the use of pest prevention and control. More information or making an appointment? Please contact EWS Pest control 0183 30 12 70 or fill in the form on our website: https://www.ews-group.nl/pest-control/