Sunday, 11 October 2015

Know More About Bees

Found all over the world, bees are typically winged insects 3.9 cm in length. They are brown or back with yellow, lustrous blue or red stripes. Although a few are solitary, species like honey bees are extremely social. The bee colonies comprise of 3 castes – infertile female workers, queens and the male drones. It is the queens that mate and lays egg. They live up to 5 years. The make drones exist solely for fertilising the queen and die soon after fulfilling their task. The female workers perform a number of tasks that are necessary to survival of the hove. 

The most popular bees that are encountered by homeowners are carpenter bees, honey bees  & bumble bees. They generally become active during spring with warm weather & flowering of the plants. They are active all through summer & into the fall. The cooling temperatures in fall prompt them to gear up to overwinter. In winter months, the activity of these creatures decreases to the point where they aren't seen unless on a warm winter day. 

While bees may be of advantage to the environment in several ways, its inconvenient & probably dangerous to let a bee hive thrive near your house. Their stings are painful and can cause allergies, redness and local inflammation. Sometimes repeated stings can even be life threatening. 

It is thus first important to identify the specific species because they are mostly mistaken for wasps because of their same physical characteristics. A number of elimination methods for bees and wasps are present, thus effective treatment typically relies upon accurate identification. While using any bee control method, it is even necessary to know the effective application techniques and limitations as well as dangers that are associated with the different methods. 

However, the sole way of getting rid of bees from your house is to remove the hive completely. This task needs the correct strategy and tools. For efficiency and safety purposes, a specialist of bee pest control in Melbourne must be consulted before attempting any kind of technique. 

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Building Regulations In UK

Building regulations in UK are national standards which lay importance on the fact that health, welfare, convenience and safety of people must be ensured in and around all types of structures. These regulatory measures recommend minimal standards in a variety of aspects, some of which are given below:

  • Structural stability
  • Damp proofing
  • Fire safety
  • Sound insulation
  • Ramps, stairs and guards
  • Drainage
  • Ventilation
  • Energy conservation
  • Access to the building
  • Purpose for which the structure is used
  • Glazing
  • Water efficiency
  • Electrical safety
  • Appliances that produce heat

The above mentioned regulations apply generally to new as well as existing structures, and also modified or extended buildings, irrespective of whether they are industrial, commercial or residential.

When a structure is to be constructed, the owner or group who is proposing to erect the building must submit building control regulation drawings to the local authority of Building Control Service. These drawing or plans must show all details pertinent to the proposed structure. The local authority should inspect the plans meticulously in order to make sure that they comply with the regulations. They may also consult other suitable authorities such as sewage and fire during the inspection process and issue a decision within a time period of five weeks from the date of submission.

If the drawings are in compliance with the standards, the owner of the project is provided a notice stating that they have been approved. However, the authority reserves the right to make amendments if they find any kind of non-compliance. In that case, they should issue a conditional approval specifying the modifications that are to be made.

The local authority can apply conditions only if they have been requested or consented to by the owner of the project. It is mandatory to make a consent or request in writing. In case the drawing plans are rejected entirely, the notice must state reasons for the rejection. A full approval notice stays valid for a period of three years starting from the day the plans have been deposited. At the termination of the term, the authority is to send a notice declaring invalidation of the approval that was issued, if the constructed work has not started.

Once the building work commences, the local authority carries out inspections and explains notification procedures that have to be followed at different phases. After the project has been completed successfully, the authority is to issue a completion certificate, signifying the structure that exists in compliance with all standards and regulations.