Vintage VW Cars and Buses for Sale

Where to Find Cool Classic Air-Cooled VW Buses

Welcome to Vintage VW Cars and Buses, featuring the wonderful restoration work of Minneapolis Volkswagen enthusiast John Snell the Tenth.

Here, you’ll find mostly vintage VW buses for sale (Beetles, Ghias, and air-cooled Porsches, too), photos of past and current restoration projects, as well as some background on the wonderful world of vintage Volkswagens, with stories from enthusiasts around the world, and perhaps even info on upcoming classic car shows, VW swap meets, and other events— that sounds swell to me, how about you?

Our vintage vehicles usually sell pretty quick, but if you are lucky you might catch one while you are here.
1976 VW Westfalia Camper Ready for Summer
1976 VW Westfalia Camper Ready for Summer

Here’s a beauty— a classic 1976 VW Bus from Sunset Classics in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This Westfalia camper bus is in amazing original condition inside and out and is ready for some fun-in-the-sun camping!

– Happy V-Dubbin!
1962 23 window VW bus for sale in Minneapolis, MN.
1962 23 window VW bus for sale in Minneapolis, MN.
1962 23-Window VW Bus Project

A resto project for the true enthusiast! This is one rusty bus… but with some loving care (okay a LOT), she may be worth over $200k. This is the same year and model as the famous Barrett Jackson bus! If you have the tools and time, she is one fine investment!

Other than some rust this bus is nice and straight in the sides and nose. This bus was built late August of ’61 making this one of the first “fried egg” front turn signal buses made. If you are looking for a fun project bus, this is a perfect example with a big reward when you are done.
Poll: Do you name your car? Surely you name your car? No, and don’t call me Shirley

How much do you love your vintage VW, or plain old vroom vroom? Many V-dubbers I know think of their cars and buses as part of the family and fondly give them a name. I’m wondering how many of you fine folks name your car.
Do you name your car?

Yes I name my VW and I’m proud of it!
No – my VW doesn’t have a name what are you crazy?
Yes – I named my non-VW and I’m proud of it!
No – I haven’t named my car and don’t call me Shirley!

See results without voting
1961 23-Window VW Deluxe Bus
1961 23-Window VW Deluxe Bus
After a Three-Year Restoration, This Is One Mighty Cool Deluxe Bus

If the previous photo is the before, this one is what can happen after a no-expense-spared restoration! This 1961 23-Window VW Bus was completed in May of 2014 and turned out as one of the most amazing Sambas I have seen.

An extensive restoration by Jeff Gagnon of Vintage VW in Sioux Falls, SD sets this 23-Window bus up as a contender to the famous Barrett Jackson bus that sold for over $200,000!

But WHY!! What makes them so special and so valuable that they will fetch mid 5 figures even in the rustiest condition?

Guess you just can’t put a price tag on nostalgia, and these fun buses exude nostalgia by the bucket load – I mean who wouldn’t love to have one of these world famous buses to tool around town in?

Below you’ll find a walk around video of one of these popular 23-Window VW Buses.

How to Reach Kollur Mookambika Temple

Mookambika Temple
Mookambika Temple
Some Useful Information

For rail journey, there is a special train every day towards Madgaon/Mumbai side and back to Mangalore/Kerala side.
These trains usually leave at 12.58 noon (will change after Monsoon; check for exact railway timings).
The general compartments of these trains are almost empty. Hence no need of booking sleeper class. In fact, the sleeper classes are even tighter!
The bus from Byndoor to Mookambika temple takes a journey time of nearly 45 minutes to 1 hour.
The bus from Mookambika bus stand to Byndoor railway station also takes 45 minutes to 1 hour. The charge is Rs.30/- per head.
The distance from Byndoor Railway station to the temple is just 28 km.
Taxis will take just 40 or 45 minutes.
The taxi rate for Auto is Rs. 400/- and Omni Van Rs.600/- and other big cars like Innova or Sumo will charge you Rs.800/-
Fix the charge before hiring, the charge may vary depending upon the number of passengers. But you can bargain.
For a worry less back journey to your destination (towards Mangalore/Kerala side), reach Byndoor railway station preferably by 12 or 12.30 noon.
The road from Byndoor to Kollur is through the Ghat section and almost deserted. So try to avoid night journey as far as possible. The road is almost empty even during day time. No shops/petrol bunks/phone booth/ATMs, etc., along the way. Hence this advice to avoid or limit night journey. But the condition of the road is excellent.
From Byndoor railway station to the Byndoor bus stand, the distance is too short and walkable. After getting down from the train, walk straight through the Exit and walk 5 minutes to reach bus stand, 500 metres away. Plenty of autos/taxis available if you prefer no walking.

Entrance to the Temple, you will find it a few yards before reaching the temple
Entrance to the Temple, you will find it a few yards before reaching the temple | Source
For A Spectacular Day Time Journey

Since the Konkan Coast is so beautiful and really an enjoyable experience, you need to travel during day time. Now, there is some happy news. The newly introduced Mangalore-Madgaon ( up and down) Super Fast Express Trains will give you a good chance to watch the spectacular scenery along the route.

Train No. 22636 Mangalore-Madgaon Super Fast Express

Leaves Mangalore Central at 8.15 am and reaches Byndoor at 10.54 am

Train No. 22635 Madgaon-Mangalore SF Express

Leaves Byndoor at 19.20 (7.20 pm) and reaches Mangalore at 23.00 (11 pm)

These trains can be made use for your journey to Udupi, Murudeshwar and Goa and back.
For More Information on the Temple

Kollur Mookambika Temple in South India-A Holy Place for Excellence in Educational and Creative Purs
Kollur Mookambika temple in South India is a resort for writers, singers and artists for it is believed that a visit to the temple will help you improve your artistic and creative pursuits. Read on..

Travel, as you know has a lot of branches like a visit to Beaches, Hill Stations, Forests, Desserts, Big Cities and Pilgrimage Centers. For me, Travel is always a passion. I had done a number of pilgrimages to various destinations and recently made one to the famous Kollur Mookambika Temple in Karnataka state. My cousin Sandeep, who was on leave from UAE was my companion.

We started our journey with a divine mission- to meet the “Goddess of Knowledge” (Vidya) better known as “Mookambika”. We boarded the train from Kozhikode (Calicut), a major city in the state of Kerala. The train Chennai-Mangalore Mail left the station at 8.10 am and reached Mangalore Central at 12.25 pm. Our next train was “Matsyaganda Express” (No.12620) which will depart at 12.50. This train starts from Mangalore Central and goes to Lokamanya Tilak (Mumbai).

At 12.50 the Super Fast Express started its journey through the Konkan route. The journey provides you wonderful scenery like lavish greenery, rivers, ponds, tunnels, hills, and sleepy villages, etc. You may even misunderstand that you are passing through Kerala for the scenery are similar to what we enjoy while travelling in Kerala. Even the houses seen along the tracks are a replica of that in Kerala. But here it is not as congested as in Kerala. We can enjoy nature’s beauty at its best while passing through the Konkan area.

Finally at 15.25 we reached Byndhoor Mookambika Temple Road, (now known as Mookambika Road Byndoor), a newly constructed decent station. In the earlier days, devotees stopped their journey at Mangalore or Kundapura (Ph:08254 237365) and proceeded to the temple by bus. Now with the sanction of a stop at Byndhoor, they can reach the temple comfortably and easily. With one hour journey, we reach the temple from here. It will cost you Rs.30/- only for bus and taxi will cost from Rs.400 to 800/-. Don’t forget to bargain. Byndhoor bus stop is just 500 meters away from the railway station and requires only 5 minutes walk. The bus will drop you at Mookambika bus stand. After getting down, just walk as it is mere 250 metres away and within 3 minutes you are at the temple area.

Let me give you some more details. Mangalore by rail is 221 km away from Calicut and Mangalore-Byndhoor distance is 179 km. It means Calicut to Byndhoor, it is 400 km. From Byndhoor to the temple, there is no railway connectivity and only by the road we can travel the 30 km long route which takes a running time of 40 minutes to 1 hour only. The train rates are cheaper while comparing with the road transport. Even if you travel in day time please reserve in Sleeper class so as to ensure a comfortable journey.

The temple attracts a large crowd during Dasara festival and on vacation holidays like Onam, Christmas, April and May. The Annual Festival in the month of March is a great occasion and time for celebration. If you plan your journey skipping weekends, there won’t be any problem in finding accommodation Still I must say that lodging facility at Kollur is limited since the place is not as commercialized as other pilgrims’ centers like Guruvayoor or Palani. For Pooja and Festival details, you are at liberty to contact the temple administration. Their contact Numbers are 08254-258-221/521/488 & 489. Mail address: Sri Mookambika Temple, Kollur-576 220.

The favorite joint of Artists/Writers

The famous play back singer from South India, K.J. Yesudas is a regular visitor here since last 40 years. He started this practice since 1972. He reaches Kollur every year without a break. Wherever on this earth (mostly he is in the USA), he pays visit with the family on his birthday which falls on 10th January. So if you visit the temple that day, you can see him and watch his live concert. In case you are lucky enough, he would even write “Hari Shree” on your child’s tongue (“Vidhyarambam”, the Hindu ritual of initiating children into the world of letters). Needless to say, your child is blessed!

Apart from Yesudas, other famous personalities in the South Indian film world like Suresh Gopi, Kavya Madhavan and Kaithaprom Damodaran Namboodiri make frequent trips to this holy temple. MGR and Jayalalitha from Tamil Nadu had visited the temple several times.

Though it is a Kannada spoken region, people here speak Hindi too well. In fact, it is a relief to tourists from other states. Also, since most of the visitors are from Kerala, Malayalam too widely used and as such communication is not a big issue here.

Sandeep was quick to find a lodge opposite to the temple with a reasonable rent too. After refreshing, we moved to the temple and had a good ‘Darshan’. Again on the next morning we ‘met’ our beloved Goddess and prayed well. It is a wonderful experience to spend a few hours here. It is even more wonderful if you take a bath in the crystal clear waters of “Souparnika River”, near the temple. It rejuvenates your whole body and mind. So don’t forget to take a dip in the water.

At 12.58’s Okha -Ernakulam Weekly train we returned to Calicut. (Almost every day there is at least one Special train going to Kerala. Most of them depart Byndhoor at 12.58 am. (See the time schedule of trains, both Express and Passenger, passing through Byndhoor station given below). You may check it with the Railway website at Phone No. of the station is 099864 33740) since Konkan Railway follows two-time schedules.

To make our journey more comfortable, we changed our earlier plan of catching a train from Mangalore and instead boarded it from Byndhoor itself. 3 to 4 hours of bus journey especially through such Ghat area (Kollur-Mangalore) is tiring and troublesome. When the railways provide comfort, safety and fascinating scenery, we had no choice either! And of course, it is economy too!!

Port-au-Prince Haiti: Taxis & Rental Cars

Taxis – Tap-Tap, Buses and Motorcycles

In Haiti there are many different form of transportation- There’s the car rental Haiti, the regular taxi with the red ribbon, Tap-Taps, The colorful buses and motorcycles. The most popular form of public transport in Haiti is the ‘Tap Tap’ taxi, which is a brightly painted pickup taxi-truck. It has a capacity of 20-30 people, which is often filled with the maximum capacity. The standard taxi is the ever-present late models usually Toyota or Nissan Sentra with the red ribbon in the front visor. In Port-Au-Prince, they are in great supply and are available to wave down at any time of the day or night in the primary tourist and business areas of the city. Throughout the city, there are numerous taxi stands where taxis, buses, Tap-Taps and Motorcycles line up to await passengers. These taxi stands also exist at or near to most common intersections. In Potion-Ville they also have a Taxi stand with a fleet of yellow cars, they are the only one I know like that. They cater mostly to the elite part of Port-Au-Prince and business people coming out of the airport. The stands range from a formal service with logos (in other words, part of a cooperative) and can be contacted by phone to be pick-up at your required location. They are a little bit more expensive than the others.

Generally, taxi drivers in Port-au-Prince are quite knowledgeable when locating the usual destinations and hotels. But, it is most advisable to write down the address of less familiar destinations on a piece of paper with explanation on how to get there to show the driver before you go. This should include the neighborhood (La Plaine) such as Santo or Croix-Des-Bouquet or L’ile-a Voix. These destinations can be a nightmare if you never been there before, because there are no street name marking like in the state, but only some markings that people write on the wall of their house. So, be prepare when venture to new territories in Port-au-Prince. A car rental Haiti Port-au-Prince will probably be a better choice for

The cost of these yellow taxi in Petionville are higher than the regular taxis or Tap-Taps. They operate by meter which is calibrated by the company. A typical journey in a taxi will cost between $2.00 and $5.00. Depending on the day of the week and time of the day, there are two rates. There are the morning rate and the night rate, it cost more at night because of security reason. The second type of taxi in Port-au-Prince are private cars operated by their owners. They usually do not have identifying markings nor a light on top except for the red ribbon in front of the windshield. These cars do not operate from a taxi meter but just quote a price for the journey and they usually carry more than passenger. Since they will pick-up other passengers along the way, their price is much cheaper than the yellow cab. It is advisable to negotiate (or at least request) the price before starting out, however. As the drivers of private cars are not regulated or controlled by a meter, they can quote whatever price they think is reasonable or that they can get. A good deal would usually be about $3.00 less than what a yellow taxi would cost by meter.

The other type of taxi in Port-au-Prince is the Tap-Tap and colorful buses, they patrol a fix route and carry and drop-off passengers all along the route. These taxis have a fix price and they are the least expensive. They are sometime favorite by the tourist because of the new experience, but be careful some of them are in pretty bad shape. A typical journey will cost between about $0.50 to $0.75, pretty cheap for someone on a budget. Car rental Port-Au-Prince Haiti will cost you a lot more.

Asus Rent-a-Car
Rental Car Haiti

As a tourist in Port-au-Prince, a rental car is not necessary, but if you can afford one, go for it. Taxis are cheap and plentiful and there are other good public transportation options. Renting a car is also somewhat expensive in Port-Au-Prince, but it will give you more flexibility. Parking can also be difficult in downtown. Most hotels have plenty of parking and it’s free. With an Haiti car rental, you also have a bit more security since your not traveling in public. Security is a bit of a concern especially when visiting downtown and some out skirt of Port-Au-Prince. Most tourist feel safer when have a rental car in Haiti.

To rent a car in Port-au-Prince, there are several primary locations. Both airports (Toussaint Louverture International and the main road to the airport) have this service available from a variety of major companies such as Avis, Hertz and Asus Rent-a-Car as well as other companies like Secom and Dollar. These companies also have offices throughout Port-au-Prince and Petion-Ville. It is highly suggested to take the insurance option in case of damage.

There are big multinationals like Hertz, Avis, Budget, etc. But smaller company like Asus Rent-A-Car will give you cheaper rate and better service.

5 Wonderful Excuses To Rent A Limousine In New York City

While many people perceive a New York Limousine service as a luxury reserved for the wealthy, others are embracing the concept that a New York limo can be both cost effective and practical. Indeed, there are many occasions where a limo makes more sense than other forms of transportation. Here are five:

1. Airport Transportation

With the heightened security measures at airports across the country – and especially at New York airports – it’s far too much of a hassle to drive yourself to the airport. When you have to park and drag your luggage to a shuttle and into the airport, it can add another hour to the time you have to allot for pre-boarding. Whether you’re looking for JFK airport transportation, or need a ride to LaGuardia or Newark, a limo service can be just the ticket. You can go in style in a stretch limo, or opt for the more practical Town Car. If the whole family is heading to the airport, a limo in New York can be a seven-passenger van or even a 19-passenger limo bus.

2. Weddings

A stretch limousine in New York may be standard for the bride and groom, but a limo service can also be a godsend for the bridal party and even for out of town guests. The best limo companies have worry-free wedding packages and coordinators who can ensure that everyone will get to the church (or synagogue or mosque) on time – and then to the reception and back to their hotels.

3. Tours

If you’re visiting the Big Apple and want to take in the sights, a New York limousine service can show them to you in style. Depending on the number in your party, you can use a limo, a sedan, a van, or a bus to enjoy all that New York has to offer. You can create your own itinerary, and rest assured that the driver will double as a professional tour guide. The best services provide complimentary refreshments and snacks, and even have drivers who can give tours in languages other than English.

4. Sporting Events

When you and your buddies are going to a game, the last thing you need is that hassle of driving and parking at the event. Plus, if you want to knock back a few beers, you certainly don’t want to be behind the wheel after the game. A New York limousine can take you to Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden, or Flushing Meadows and back again in style.

5. Business Meetings

Whether you’re in town for business, or are hosting out-of-town colleagues or potential clients, a New York limousine service can help ensure that attendees will get to your meetings on time. A good limo service has experienced drivers who are knowledgeable, discreet, and familiar with the needs of the business traveler. If needed, some limo services also have armored vehicles in their fleet.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, but rest assured that a New York limousine service isn’t only for the wealthy. There are many occasions when a limo can take the hassle out of transportation.

Getting Around In Rome – A Quick Guide To Transport

Rome is a fantastic destination for a holiday. Packed full of history, art, culture and world-famous attractions, few cities can match it for a weekend trip. One of the things you may be wondering about is how to get around once you’re there, however. Fortunately, Rome has a good transport system, so here’s a quick guide to what you need to know.


When you arrive, you will probably arrive at one of the two airports: Fiumicino Airport, also known as Leonardo da Vinci, or Ciampino. The former is the main one, and from here it is easy to get into Rome on a shuttle service. Pick up a Fiumicino airport map when you arrive, and then arrange a transfer into the city (or arrange this in advance for greater convenience). There is a train as well, which takes you to the main station in Rome, Stazione Termini, and from here you can easily get to your accommodation if you are staying in the city.


You will be able to get a basic lay of the land from your Fiumicino airport map, but after travelling into the city, you will find that taxis are the most expensive way to get around – although the easiest. If you do get a taxi, just make sure it is one of the official ones and insist that the meter is running. You will have to wait at a taxi rank to pick one up, but they are not difficult to find.


One of the simplest ways to get around if you are unfamiliar with the city is the metro. There are only two lines, A and B, so simply find out which stops are nearest to the sights you want to see, then hop on and hop off. You won’t be able to travel to too many attractions in the historic area of the city, but it is still a convenient way to get around.


You will also find plenty of buses to catch when you arrive in the city after travelling in from Fiumicino airport. Maps are also available from tourist information offices and they show the points where you can alight to explore the different city sights. Buses run all through the day up to midnight and there are also night buses available in case you stay out late.

Rent a Moped

If you don’t want to travel by public transport, you could always rent a moped. This is a very popular way to get around in Rome. You may not need one if you are staying in the centre, but if you want to get further, this could be a great option.

Go on Foot

Of course, you could always just rely on your own two feet. The historic centre of the city is actually quite small, and therefore very easy to get around. In fact, walking is the best way to discover the heart of the city, as you can take in the atmosphere as you explore.

See the Highlights

From the moment you pick up your Fiumicino airport map upon arrival to the moment you leave, you’ll have an amazing time in Rome. Getting around to see all of the highlights is easy, whether you travel by bus, metro or just on foot.

Hop On Board The Phoenix Party Bus!

When you’re looking for the ultimate good time, look into renting a Phoenix party bus. One of the 5 largest cities in the United States, Phoenix definitely has no shortage of fun things to do. It’s a great city by day and it’s even more fun at night. Next time you’re going out, don’t drive. Rent a Phoenix party bus instead!!

When to consider renting a Phoenix party bus

Party busses are notorious for transporting the rowdiest of the rowdy. You’ve likely heard about party busses that take passengers out for a night of bar hopping. Maybe you’ve even ridden along on this type of action-packed evening. If so, there’s a good chance you and everybody else on the party bus created some pretty crazy memories that evening.

A night of bar hopping is by far the most popular reason for booking a party bus. So when you and the gang are looking for a unique way to spend the evening – and a safe way too – why not line up a Phoenix party bus? Plan your stops at the city’s finest nighttime watering holes and remember that when someone else is doing the driving, you and your friends won’t have to worry about a good night going bad.

But besides the chance to get seriously inebriated, what other kinds of fun can you have when you line up a Phoenix party bus for the evening? That answer depends on how wild your imagination is. First, stop and think about what a party bus looks like. Inside and out, a party bus definitely looks a lot different than a charter bus. One look at the outside and anyone instantly knows that the bus is meant for fun.

What’s inside depends on the Phoenix party bus you select. At a minimum you can expect the inside to boast an incredible sound system, dazzling lighting, DVD player, and plenty of room to move around. The goal with most party busses is to make passengers forget that they’re moving at all. In fact, some party busses even resemble actual night clubs. This might be hard to envision, but if you ever drive by a party bus and you see a bunch of people dancing and jumping around wildly inside, you’ll understand.

So back to the topic of when renting a Phoenix party bus makes sense. A party bus is perfect for hosting bachelor and bachelorette parties. A Phoenix party bus is also a fun way to get a big group over Chase Field to watch the Diamondbacks play or over to Cardinal Stadium or the Glendale Arena or the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum. If you’re planning your teen’s upcoming birthday party and you’re looking for something different to do, you can get all the kids onboard where they can enjoy a more age-appropriate mobile birthday party.

The bottom line is, when it comes to special occasions, a Phoenix party bus can help make the occasion all the more special!

Renting a Mini Bus

There are many reasons why one would hire a mini bus. To use as transportation for wedding, parties, group holidays, traveling to the casino – the reasons are infinite. There are also many kinds of mini buses. There are classic yellow school bus style and then there are the plush, luxurious ones which have their own dining car. It is not the sort of vehicle we always have in mind but when we need one, we find ourselves pressed for ideas on what or where to find one.

Renting a mini bus is not the easiest of tasks and here a few things to keep in mind when looking for a rental. Ideal for small trips or school outings, mini buses make great transportation for groups and that is what you need to determine first.

Once you determine who you are transporting in your mini bus you can then look at what style is needed and for how long. It is preferred that a it be used for anywhere in distance of up to one hundred to two hundred miles. Just as there are many reasons to rent a bus there are just as many companies who supply mini buses for rental. Some of these companies may allow you to self drive the mini bus; others may require you to hire a mini bus driver due to insurance reasons. You can rent buses at places like airports upon arrival or on the internet with online booking.

In most cases you will want a bus when you have more than four people in a group. Sometimes this is for touring or simple shuttling from one location to another such as an airport or grocery shopping for the elderly.

Once you have these questions answered, it becomes relatively easy to rent a bus; no more difficult than renting a car from an airport. Mini buses are relatively cheap for what you get when you rent one. It helps to organize your group under one vehicle instead of different people taking multiple taxis to one location. You all leave and travel together at the same time.

However keep in mind that when renting a bus, you want to order one as far in advance as you can, for if you wait till the last minute you may end up paying more then you want to. It truly is no different than renting any other automobile.

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Day Care Rental Buses: What to Look for When Renting Buses for Your Day Care

Opening your day care was probably the biggest, most important day of your life. Then comes the day that you decide to start offering transportation for the kids in your day care and you experience that pride of seeing your business take off and explode. This is an exciting time in your business, but it is also one that comes with tons of responsibility.

You will be transporting children and their parents will be entrusting you with the lives of their most precious children. You have to make sure the buses you rent are extremely safe while still being affordable, comfortable for the kids, and easy to maintain over time.

Copycat the Schools

The easiest way to do the right thing here and make sure you get the safest buses possible is to think like your local schools. What do schools all around the country and in many other countries transport children in? School buses!

You can use those same school buses for your own children, but you don’t have to drive around with the bright yellow color and those little stop signs that extend from the side windows.

Introducing the MFSAB

An MFSAB is a bus that has to abide by all of the federal safety regulations of regular school buses, but which can be used for a wide variety of purposes. When you look at the shape of an MFSAB you see the basic shape of a school bus and they come in a variety of sizes. This means you can have a full sized bus suitable for up to 30 children or you can go for a “short bus” that holds around 20 or even less than 20 children.

The shorter buses tend to be better suited to day cares, since you probably won’t have as many children to pick up at once as a full sized school would have. That’s fine because the shorter buses are just as widely available for rent and will cost you less than a full sized bus with more seats than you need.

You may even need to have a couple different shorter buses on hand even if you do have enough kids to fill up a larger bus. This will allow you to pick up children from different locations at the same time, making your service more efficient and timely.

Bus Safety

The reason you want to rent an MFSAB rather than any other type of bus is the simple fact that you are going to transport children. These buses are the safest buses on the road because of the very strict federal regulations that they have to follow. This means they are designed to be smooth and comfortable during transportation and extremely safe in the case of an accident.

You never want to think about an accident involving your day care buses, but it’s something you have to think about ahead of time. An MFSAB will be the safest option if the worst imaginable accident would happen. It will also be safe in the case of less extensive or serious accidents.

If you want to pick the best possible day care rental buses for your business, you can’t go wrong with an MFSAB.

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Advice from Rentokil on how to control mosquitoes and flies after heavy rain

As Gauteng residents experience flash flooding due to heavy rainfall, Rentokil warns of the impact residual standing water can have on fly and mosquito infestations.
Advice from Rentokil on how to control mosquitoes and flies after heavy rain
Heavy rains in Gauteng this week have seen numerous car accidents, flooding on several roads and reports of lightning strikes. At the time of writing, provincial government has activated a disaster management centre to investigate the trail of destruction and continue with search operations.

As the waters recede over the next days and weeks, residents are going to be faced with another issue; that of residual standing water. Standing water may not seem like a huge concern in light of the damage caused by the flooding, but it has the potential to cause a significant longer-term problem; that of an increase in the fly and mosquito population.

Both flies and mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, and hot weather – such as Gauteng residents generally experience between October and March- increases the probability of a large scale infestation because larvae hatch, mature and reproduce at a much faster rate in the heat. Under optimal conditions, fly larvae can mature into adults in as little as four days!

Advice from Rentokil on how to control mosquitoes and flies after heavy rain
This is problematic because both mosquitoes and flies are known to spread disease. Flies carry diseases like malaria, dysentery, gastro-enteritis, typhoid fever, cholera, conjunctivitis, tuberculosis and diarrhoea. They also cause parasitic tapeworms in poultry and horses. Mosquitoes are just as bad, carrying infectious diseases from several different classes of microorganisms, including viruses and parasites. Mosquito-borne illnesses include malaria, West Nile virus, elephantiasis, dengue fever, yellow fever and zika virus.

Whilst there are many DIY options for flies and mosquitoes, most of them don’t fully resolve the problem. DIY solutions may be able to get rid of adult flies and mosquitoes, but the larvae and eggs are often left untouched, resulting in another infestation arising.

Mosquito and fly prevention tips:

If you are keen on getting rid of flies and mosquitoes yourself, there a couple of prevention tips you can enlist which have a proven track record of reducing the presence of both flies and mosquitoes. The most important of these is to eliminate any source of standing water around your home, so that you break the breeding cycle.

Remove any standing water from your garden; empty pots, buckets etc where rainwater may have accumulated
If you have a garden pond, think about adding some goldfish as they will eat fly and mosquito larvae.
Water tanks or jojo’s should be covered with a well- fitting lid.
Change the water in your pets dishes regularly
Maintain your gutter by removing old leaves which can cause blockages and the risk of standing water
Keep grass and weeds trimmed and under control
Inside, keep the air circulated using fans
Install fine mesh screens on doors and windows

Office workers risk poor health by browsing the internet on the toilet

Research from Initial, global hygiene experts, has found that a third of workers use their smartphones in the office bathroom, leading to major concerns over the spread of germs and disease in the office. The study of office workers in UK, France, Germany, Australia and Malaysia found that 35% of respondents read or browse online, 18% play games, 13% update their social media status and 12% bring food or drink into the office bathroom.

Office workers risk poor health by browsing the internet on the toilet
The survey looked at 5,000 people in five markets around the world to mark Global Handwashing Day, which is held on 15 October 2016, and to understand the state of handwashing habits in office environments. According to the World Health Organisation, hand hygiene is “the most important measure to avoid the transmission of harmful germs.”

While 84% of office workers claim to always wash their hands after visiting the bathroom and 27% claim to wash their hands for more than 20 seconds every time, many office workers exhibit unhygienic habits such as reading or browsing online whilst in the bathroom. Social media and playing games were found to be the favourite smartphone activities in the bathroom. Of those who admitted to using their phone in the bathroom, 55% use Facebook and 43% use WhatsApp, while 15% play Candy Crush and one in ten (9%) admitted to playing Pokémon Go.

Dr Lisa Ackerley, a leading hygiene expert, commented, “While bringing a smartphone or a newspaper into the bathroom may seem like a good way to pass the time, the danger is that germs are easily transferred from unwashed hands to objects that are used frequently throughout the day. When workers wipe and then resume playing with their phones or simply pick them up before washing their hands, their phone becomes a fantastic reservoir for germs. The phone then recontaminates even washed hands, meaning germs can be easily passed around office. Germs are also easily dispersed through the air when the toilet is flushed, so a smartphone that is near the toilet when you flush could become even more contaminated.”

One single bacterium can multiply into more than eight million cells in less than 24 hours1 and the typical office worker’s hands come into contact with 10 million bacteria per day2. Poor hygiene habits therefore mean that it is increasingly likely that germs will be readily spread; leading to colds and other infections such as stomach bugs in the office.

Office workers risk poor health by browsing the internet on the toilet
Mark Reader, Group Category Director, Rentokil Initial, stated, “With around a third of respondents failing to use soap every time they wash their hands, it is no wonder that 42% of people said that they avoid shaking hands with someone who had just left the office bathroom. Behaviours like not using soap have serious implications for the health of office workers and the productivity of businesses.

“While the majority of people claim that they always wash their hands, evidence gathered by our wireless system that measures handwashing compliance (HygieneConnect) tells us that the actual percentage of people washing their hands is nearly half of what they are claiming.”

According to the new research, the 45% of workers who did not always wash their hands blamed external factors, such as being in a hurry. The bathroom environment was also found to be the biggest contributory factor, with 50% of respondents blaming an aspect of the bathroom for driving them away. 16% avoided washing their hands when the bathroom smells bad, 20% when there was no soap or drying mechanism and 15% when the handwashing facility was dirty.

Mark Reader continues, “Employers have an important role to play to support their workers’ hand hygiene. Simple initiatives like notices urging workers to wash, dry and sanitise their hands after visiting the bathroom, before eating and when hot desking and discouraging the use of mobile phones in the bathroom can make a huge difference. Creating a clean, pleasant and well-stocked bathroom is an effective way to support workers’ hand hygiene and overall health.”