Pest Control News

Monday, 25 October 2021

Professional Flea Treatment & Control

 Professional Flea Treatment


Fleas can be a real pain. It is a common misconception that you can only get fleas in your home if you have a dog or cat as a pet. This is not actually true. Whilst those with pets are more susceptible to getting flea infestations, fleas are not exclusive to homes with furry friends. Dogs and cats are regularly treated for fleas with medication provided by vets, and these are very effective. However, it does not completely eradicate the issue of fleas. Fleas will also live on foxes and rodents.

This is due to the way fleas can move from host to host. They are able to jump considerable distances with the use of their long back legs. They do not fly as they do not have wings so they get about by jumping. This means that if a host has fleas, and you are within 20cm of that host, a flea can get to you. 

Adult fleas like nothing more than a blood meal. These parasites will feed on your blood until they are ready to burst. Fleas are attracted to the production of carbon dioxide, so where there is CO2, fleas will gravitate towards it. Although their initial bites will not hurt, the bite site afterwards can become itchy and inflamed. They are very small so can be hard to spot and their eggs are even smaller!

Fleas can be really tricky to get rid of which is why it is necessary to call in the professionals. Fleas will likely not be contained in one room of your home as you and/or your pets frequent lots of different rooms within the house which means that treating just one room will not get rid of them completely. Here at Devon Pest Control, we will come in and survey the level of infestation and then tailor our treatments accordingly. What we use to treat these kinds of issues is professional grade so it is extremely effective. We will be sure to leave you flea free! Get in touch today.


Monday, 4 October 2021

Professional Pest Controllers - SOS Pest Control

 Professional Pest Controllers - SOS Pest Control


We know it is always nice to save money where possible. Everyone likes to look after the pennies and many people opt to do jobs around the home themselves. Do it yourself pest control is no different. There are many products you can purchase at your local super market or DIY store that profess to sort out your pest problem. Whilst these products are useful for a one off, small pest problem, they are not suitable for dealing with infestations. This is because the ingredients are not as strong as what certified pest controllers can use to deal with your pest problem.

Employing a qualified and insured pest controller means you are paying for their knowledge, expertise and access to the best pest control products to eradicate your pest problem quickly and efficiently. They deal with all sorts of pests each day, they know how these pests gain access to your property, and what issues they can cause now and if left without being dealt with. Not only this, proofing your property is just as important. From a site survey, our pest controllers will be able to show you any potential access points for birds, rodents and insects. By getting your property professionally pest proofed, you will be able to enjoy your home or business without the worry of dealing with any pest issues.

Here at SOS Pest Control, we work hard to provide our customers with great service and always deliver on what we promise. Spending the money on a professional is like an investment in your home or business to keep you pest free!

Monday, 27 September 2021

Bird Proofing Your Home or Business

Bird Proofing Your Home or Business

Bird proofing does not have to be expensive and it is certainly something not to be put off. Birds can be a real nuisance. They can be extremely noisy when they get together, likely causing disturbances early in the morning. They are also messy and destructive. Their guano (poop) is very problematic. Not only is it unsightly, it can also be a slip hazard. To add insult to injury, their poop is also harmful to humans. Their guano is a breeding ground for bacteria and they are carriers of many different diseases. 

This is why bird proofing is so important, for your home or business. There are many different types of bird proofing, many of which are very effective and do not have to cost the earth. Different types of proofing include, but not limited to; netting, spikes, gels and wire. The different types used depends on the species of bird you are trying to deter as well as accessibility amongst other things. This is why it is always best to contact a professional. SOS Pest Control can assess the situation, offer advice and a plan moving forward in order to leave you bird free in no time at all. 

Birds attempting to roost can actually be quite destructive. With the twigs and leaves (as well as other things) they use to build their nest, it can block guttering and even split it depending on the weight. If there is a loose roof tile, they will be able to utilise the gap and make their way into your loft space which will be a nice warm and dry environment to roost. 


Here at SOS Pest Control, we can help you. No problem is too big or too small. Give us a call today.


Monday, 6 September 2021

Moths in your home?

Moths in your home?

Adult moths, although annoying, are actually harmless. You are likely to see them fluttering around your lights in the evenings. If you keep your windows and doors open during the warmer evening, obviously you would expect to see some moths flying around. However, if you have not done this and you are still seeing 5 or 6 adults moths in your home, then the chances are that you have a moth problem. Just a few may not seem like the end of the world, but it is not the adults that you need to be worried about. 

So why do we consider moths to be pests and require the help of a professional? It is the larvae that are the problem. Adult moths will lay their eggs on suitable food sources. These can include but are not limited too; cotton, silk, duvets, old rugs, carpets and furniture. As soon as the eggs hatch, the larvae will begin to feast on your beloved items whilst they grow. They will cause holes which will most likely be irreversible. 

Moths like to lay their eggs in locations that are dark and undisturbed. So any fabrics you have stored in your loft or garage should be done so in sealed, plastic containers. And if possible, wash the items on a high heat wash before storing them away. Any items you have stored, it is also good practice to make sure to move them regularly, clean them and make sure they are stored in suitable containers to keep those moths out. 

Any issues with moths, please give us a call at SOS Pest Control. We can get you moth free in no time!

Monday, 23 August 2021

Summer Flying Insects

Summer Flying Insects

Flying insects can be a real pain when the weather is warmer. We like to keep our windows and doors open and enjoy the longer evenings in the garden. However, doing that means we are inviting a variety of flying pests into our homes. Below we have some of the common pests you are likely to encounter in August.

Wasps

Wasps are very common during the warmer months. They are drawn to food and drink sources, which are in abundance when the weather is nice. Wasps are particularly aggressive as well, especially towards the end of summer. It is during this time of the year where they are on the look out for very sweet food sources. Rotting fruit, your ice lolly, rubbish bins etc are all very attractive to wasps. Interesting fact, if they have access to too much rotting fruit they actually get drunk and are more likely to be even more aggressive. They are able to sting you multiple times, and will not hesitate to do so if they feel threatened in any way. Wasps are actually pest controllers in their own right as they feed on smaller insects. They are great pollinators too (not a good as our bees of course).

Flies

Flies can be a real issue in the summer. We still produce the same amount of waste and when this rubbish heats up, it begins to smell. Flies love this. They eat, poop, and lay their eggs all in the same place. If the weather is very warm, it speeds up the life cycle of egg to maggot to fly as well which means a fly problem can become a big issue pretty quickly. There are lots of different types of flies to look out for; bluebottles, house flies, horse flies, and fruit flies just to name a few.

Flying Ants

It is thought to be a sign that a storm is coming when you see flying ants. It is rare to just see one or 2 flying ants, you are likely to see a lot of them all at once. This is triggered by hot and humid weather and is done so for protection, it helps protect them from predators. Flying ants are actually just black garden ants, but with wings. It is usually males and queens that you will spot flying around towards the end of summer, looking for a mate in order to start new colonies. 

Moths

Like flies, increased temperatures can speed up the reproduction cycle of the moth which means they can become an issue quicker. If you can see 4 or more adult moths in a room in your home then it is likely you have an infestation. The adult moths are the insects to look for but it is actually the larvae that damage clothing. Adult moths will lay their eggs on suitable food sources like wool, other clothing fibres, cushions or curtains to name a few. Once the eggs hatch into larvae (which look like little catterpillars) they will feed on the materials until they form a silken cocoon and emerge an adult moth. 

No pest problem is too big or small. SOS Pest Control are here to help! Give us a call today.

Monday, 9 August 2021

Have I Got BedBugs or Fleas?

 Have I Got BedBugs or Fleas?

Bedbugs and fleas are typically referred to as all year round pests. They are able to breed all through the year mainly because they are indoor pests and we make sure to keep our homes nice and cosy when it is cold outside. That is not to say that they are dormant in the winter, but they prefer warmer weather (who doesn't!) and so are actually far more active in breeding between June and late September. 

The problem with bedbugs and fleas is the speed in which they can multiply. They are very small pests, their eggs are even smaller which makes them very hard to detect until you have an infestation. Both enjoy a nice blood meal, and will leave you itching for days. 

Here are some differences between bedbugs and fleas to keep you in the know;

- Bedbug adults are typically flat and round, whereas adult fleas are more narrow and have long back legs

- Both bedbug and flea adults are brownish in colour

- Fleas prefer animals to humans for their blood meals

- Bedbugs can live for months without feeding, adults fleas can only live for two weeks without food

- Fleas are able to breed much quicker than bedbugs as they are able to lay hundreds of eggs each week

- Bedbugs are nocturnal, they feed on you while you sleep. Fleas are also nocturnal to a point but are far more active during the day compared to bedbugs

- Fleas have a pretty impressive jump, they do this in order to move from one host to another. They are lightning quick too. Bedbugs cannot jump or fly

If you find yourself with a bedbug or flea problem this summer, please do not hesitate to get in touch. SOS Pest Control can get you pest free in no time!

Monday, 26 July 2021

Wasps

Wasps


Now the weather is beginning to warm up (how hot has it been this week!) you are likely to start seeing more and more wasps emerging. Wasps are not only annoying, they can also be pretty dangerous if they sting you. 

The queen wasp has been busy finding the perfect spot for a nest. She will begin building this on her own to lay her first round of eggs. Once these hatch and grow into adults, they then take over the building and maintenance of the nest as well as looking after the eggs and new wasps being produced by the queen. 

Nest locations can vary however some likely favourites are trees, lofts, sheds and garages. Nests are usually made of chewed up wood and can be many different shapes but a common shape is round like a football. As wasps are social creatures, if the nest site is left to grow it can become rather large! It is usually obvious if you have a wasp nest close by as you will see many wasps flying in, out and around the entrance to the nest. 

Wasps are actually very important to our ecosystem. They are pollinators like bees but more importantly they actually act as mini pest controllers themselves. Feeding on spiders, greenfly and even caterpillars-wasps are a necessity just like bees!

Unlike bees however, wasps are able to sting multiple times. This is due to their stinger being smooth. And their stings hurt! They are also able to emit a pheromone if they feel their nest is under attack which signals to other wasps nearby to attack the threat. This is why we alway suggest calling in SOS Pest Control to deal with the problem as multiple wasp stings can be fatal. Our professional and effective approach means we can deal with a wasp nest safely and efficiently.

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