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Any pest control experts here?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Ashtrayhead, 31 May 2008.

  1. Ashtrayhead

    Ashtrayhead Über Member

    Location:
    Belvedere, Kent.
    In our office at work, a couple of people claimed to have been bitten by unseen pests. The caretaker came into the office and strategically placed sheets of white A4 paper on the floor and said to leave them there overnight an if there were any pests there would be evidence on the paper in the morning. I naively asked what he'd sprayed the paper with and he said nothing because they'd be attracted to white surfaces. He claimed he's a qualified pest controller so I was in no position to challenge him.

    Nothing was found on the paper the following day but is he right?

    On a lighter note, one of the night duty staff walked in an slipped on one of the sheets of paper and went flying!
     
  2. Jaded

    Jaded New Member

    To see if there are fleas in the room, put hot water in a tall container and stand it in cold water in a flat container. The fleas are attracted towards the heat of the tall container and then splash down in the water in the flat one. If you put a bit of washing up liquid in the flat one they'll sink and drown faster.
     
  3. Night Train

    Night Train Guest

    Can also help if you have a slow flashing light above it as the fleas think it is a passing shadow and jump for it.
     
  4. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    the people who claim to have been bitten by unseen pests are more than likely angling for a day off while pest control people are forced to evacuate the office. The guy with the white paper is probably trying to call their bluff and hopes to convince them that he's proved that there are none. Probably isn't true, but they won't know that.
     
  5. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    I think the guy with the white paper 'experiment' is related to Walter Mitty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    O' slO'
    I'm more concerned about the nightwatchman! :ohmy:
     
  7. punkypossum

    punkypossum Donut Devil

    Flea dirt shows up on white paper - that's how you can tell if your pets have fleas, but I've never heard of live fleas hopping onto white paper. Our office constantly has them and keeps getting sprayed (and no, we don't get time off work for it either), but I have never seen one sitting around on a piece of paper anywhere!
     
  8. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    the other week when there was a smell like a drain problem in our office there were clamour of "we'll all need to be sent home!" :tongue:
     
  9. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    That's the word that used to get changed to nighfoolchman on C+.
     
  10. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    You can detect elephants in your fridge by placing butter in it...
     
  11. Jaded

    Jaded New Member

    Really?! :tongue:
     
  12. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    Not sure I'd want to place butter *in* an elephant now I've seen the Darwin Awards for the year
     
  13. garethjones

    garethjones New Member

    There is a solution for this. Electric Fly Killer.
    It is very effective as it attracts the flies and kills them when it enters in the device.

    Try it.
     
  14. asterix

    asterix Comrade Member

    Location:
    Limoges or York
    If you mean this I have one and all it catches is moths! This despite there being loads of flies and they just sit on the outside.
     
  15. Mort

    Mort Interstellar Overalls

    Welcome to CycleChat gareth - that's a strange old first post!