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2004 Is quickly coming to an end with business activities at the highest point for the whole of 2004. Bayer Environmental Science in Sub Saharan Africa has experienced an exiting year throughout all of our business segments.
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|2004 Is quickly coming to an end with business activities at the highest point for the whole of 2004. Bayer Environmental Science in Sub Saharan Africa has experienced an exiting year throughout all of our business segments. We started off with a relatively slower first six months in 2004 compared to 2003 but this has since changed dramatically. The increase in activity during the last 2-3 months has once again been proof of how irregular and u npredictable our African market is.|
Together with the excellent performance of our distributors this year and the strengthening of the ZAR against all major currencies to contribute to our above budgeted performance. Well done to all !!
In this issue of BES news we focus on cockroach control in domestic premises, food handling areas, public buildings and commercial and industrial premises.
Bayer Environmental Science is a leader in passive treatment applications and currently markets Maxforce®, the biggest cockroach control brand in the market. The Maxforce brand consist of Maxforce® Gold, Maxforce® IC and Maxforce® Gel. These various gel formulations allow for passive treatment application in comparison to the general residual spray applications. The advantages of gel applications are: (1.) Easy to apply (Convenient, ready-to-use, re-sealable cartridge with controlled applications). (2.) Minimal disruption of the client (No need to vacate premises; can apply anytime, odourless and no visible deposits). (3.) Acceptability in use ( Low dose rate, minimal protective clothing requirements, controlled delivery minimizing exposure to people, animals and the environment). These products are ideal for use in sensitive areas where residual sprays would not have been possible e.g. in the vicinity of electrical equipment. Bayer Environmental Science has the solution to your cockroach problem wherever it occurs.
BES wish you all success for the remainder of 2004 as well as a blessed festive season to you, your family and loved ones.
André van Heerden
Business Area Manager
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Cockroaches have existed on earth for at least 250 million years, having changed very little since the Carboniferous period.
There are about 3,500 species of cockroaches, some of which concern man by assuming the role of a loathsome pest.
Cockroaches carry many pathogens by their habit of regurgitating food and defecating while feeding. Movement from unhygienic areas into houses can cause mechanical contamination of food with viruses, bacteria, protozoa, helminthes and fungi, causing enteric fever, gastro- enteritis, intestinal infections, food poisoning, dysentery, diarrhoea and other disease conditions
Habitat and behaviour
The domiciliary species prefer an urban and moist environment. They are mainly found in kitchens, larders, restaurants, door frames, cupboards, electrical boxes, drains and sewers, cracks & crevices.
Domiciliary cockroaches are nocturnal. They forage for food at night and hide during the day. They can migrate from house to house through sewers. They are very sensitive to vibrations and disturbances, quickly scurrying for cover.
|Cockroach control will only be successful if we know: |
Modern bait formulations to control cockroach infestations allow highly targeted application close to the cockroach population. Cockroach gels are ideally suited to food handling areas, restaurants, supermarkets, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, hotels and other sensitive areas. In contrast to the application of conventional fogs or liquid sprays, cockroach gel application does not require extensive preliminary preparations. Special protective clothing as prescribed for application of sprays is not necessary. Cupboards do not have to be emptied, occupants do not have to leave during treatment and there is no smell. The normal operation of kitchens, restaurants, offices etc. can continue and people do not need to leave the area.
Very little active ingredient needs to be applied to achieve extraordinary results. Cockroach gels should be applied by placing the applicator tip into cracks, crevices, holes, voids, hollow spaces in floors, walls, ceilings, equipment legs, utility entrances, around drain pipes, behind or under cabinets, refrigerators, sinks, stoves, dishwashers and other equipment where cockroaches may hide or have their nests. Gaps through which they may enter the building also need to be treated.
Of course, cockroach gels are also intended for use in non-food/feed areas such as garbage rooms, lavatories, floor drains to sewers entries and vestibules, offices, locker rooms, machine rooms, storage rooms, aircraft and so on.
|COCKROACH CONTROL: Maxforce® Range|
Enquiries: Coopers (Distributor)
There are three main cockroach pest species in South Africa:
|Q’s & A’s:|
I read a newspaper article about children taken to the hospital with cockroach bites. Do cockroaches bite humans?
A:The cockroach is an omnivore, that is, it eats everything edible, animal and vegetable. Cockroaches tend to be attracted to body secretions e.g. the “sleep” in one’s eye. They would then climb onto the face of the sleeping child in order to eat the secretions of the eye.
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