Pest Control News

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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Monday, 5 July 2021

How To Get Rid of Ants

How To Get Rid of Ants


Ants start emerging when the weather gets warmer. The colony has been dormant for the winter months, but now the forager ants will begin to look for food sources. Ants have a particular sweet tooth so will eat fruits, nectar and anything sugary they can find in your kitchen. 

In your garden, you will likely find ants under your patio or decking, in and around your flower beds and pots, and of course your lawn. They leave tell-tale signs along the edge of your grass by the means of small mounds of soil where they are able to come and go from their nest. 

Once forager ants find an ample source of food, they are able to leave a scent trail for other forager ants to follow, which means a couple of ants can become a lot of ants in a short period of time. 

As the colony grows, more food is required which means the foragers will travel further afield to find suitable food to feed them all. That could be problematic if they find some yummy food in your kitchen. It is always best practice to keep your kitchen clean and tidy. Making sure to clean up any spills or crumbs. 

Of course, there are home remedies available if the ant problem is just limited to a few here and there. However, if you are unlucky enough to be housing a colony, then you will certainly require the assistance of a professional pest controller. We can not only get rid of the ants, but we can help protect your home and garden from them returning. Leaving you to enjoy your summer in peace!


Monday, 28 June 2021

Bed Bugs In Your Home

 Bed Bugs In Your Home


Bed bugs can be a real problem during this time of the year. They are small pests but they can cause some big problems. They are probably one of the most stressful pest to live with, so if you see any signs of bed bugs in your home, you will want to contact a professional sooner rather than later. 


What do they look like?

Adult bed bugs are approximately 5mm in length. They are brown in colour and oval in shape. There are 5 different life stages they go through. Once the eggs hatch, the nymphs are almost translucent but with each life stage, they darken in colour. As they grow, they also shed their skins so keep an eye out for those!


Where will you find them?

Bedbugs can be found in a number of places, but always where humans regularly spend time. The bed frame and mattress are hot spots as well as cracks and crevasses around the bedroom. They can also be found in suitcases or furniture. Their food sources are humans, so wherever you are, they are.


What can you do?

The best thing to do if you find bed bugs in your home, is to call in a professional. As pests go, bed bugs are one of the hardest pests to deal with. This is due to the fact that they do not require a blood meal to survive for up to 70 days. Many home remedies are not strong enough to deal with a sizeable infestation, and even if you think you have dealt with the issue, chances are there will be more lurking in dark corners. Having bed bugs is not a sign that your home is dirty. There is no need to feel embarrassed. Living with these pests can cause real stress and even harm to some people who have reactions to their bites, so do not struggle and give us a call here as SOS Pest Control.

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

House Flies

House Flies

Flies are a nuisance. They can really spoil an afternoon ice cream or dinner in the garden with their constant buzzing around. But more than that, due to their choice of breeding and eating locations ,they carry harmful bacteria which they spread across every surface they touch. 

During this time of the year, you will start seeing flies about in abundance. There are many different types of flies, but the house fly is approximately 6mm in length and has one pair of wings. They are greyish brown in colour with darker stripes across their bodies. Females usually have a larger wing span compared to males but they are not that different in appearance. 

Females will lay up to 500 eggs in their life span. Eggs are usually laid on a food source. Once the eggs hatch, the maggots will feed on that food source until transform into pupae. They will then emerge as fully grown adults. If the weather is hot, the maggot to pupa phase can be as quick as two weeks. 

Best practices to reduce the likelihood of a fly infestation;

- make sure to keep all food covered
- always clean kitchen sides down before and after food preparation
- keep rubbish bins shaded and sealed
- keep rubbish bins away from doors and windows
- put up fly screens across open doors and windows
- dispose of any over ripe fruit or out of date food sources into a sealed waste bin as soon as possible
- keep your kitchen clean, removing any spillages or crumbs from surfaces and floors

House flies can be a real pain if you have an infestation. Give SOS Pest Control a call, we can deal with them for you quickly and effectively!


Monday, 24 May 2021

What Do I Do About Bumble Bees In My Garden?

What Do I Do About Bumble Bees In My Garden?

Spring typically means warmer, sunnier weather (not that this month so far has lived up to that!). But on the days where the sun is shining, you will certainly start hearing the hum of bumble bees! Technically, bumble bees should not be able to fly as their wings are too small for their body but that does not stop them. All species of bees are so important to the ecosystem, so it is really important we do what we can to help them. 

As temperatures start to warm up, the queen bees are awoken and begin to search for a suitable place to build a nest. Firstly, the queen will need to drink some nectar before starting her search as she would have used up all her food stores during hibernation in the winter months. Nest locations can vary greatly however looking under garden sheds, in chimneys, in bird boxes and even garages are all good places to start. Bees have also been know to nest in wall cavities and loft spaces too. 

Once the queen has found her nest site, she will begin to build it from pollen collected from flowers and a wax that she produces herself. She will then lay her first batch of eggs, incubate them until they form cocoons and hatch and feed them and herself by leaving the nest in search of nectar and pollen. 

If you think you have a nest forming, then it is strongly recommended that you contact a professional pest controller. They will be able to find a suitable location to re-home the bees away from harm or even work with local bee keepers who will be able to help as well. 


Monday, 3 May 2021

How To Get Rid Of Carpet Beetles

How To Get Rid Of Carpet Beetles


Female carpet beetles are out in full force at the moment. We have seen a real rise in calls about this particular pest recently. May is typically the time of year that we begin to start seeing the tell-tale signs of carpet beetles, but they have been spotted much earlier this year too! 

Carpet beetle larvae can cause some big issues for small creatures. Female carpet beetles will make sure to lay their eggs where there is an abundant source of food. This could include, but is not limited to items like; carpets, rugs, bedding sheets, duvets, wool jumpers, curtains...just to name a few items of preference. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae will feed on these items whilst they mature into adults. 

Carpet beetle larvae are rather small in size and are a cream/white colour. They look to be furry in appearance and look very similar to a caterpillar. The adult carpet beetle is round in shape and typically brown, black and white mottled in colour. They can fly but they tend to prefer to crawl across fabrics and surfaces to get from one location to another. Adult carpet beetles have one purpose, and that is reproduce and find a safe place to lay their eggs. 

Having carpet beetles does not mean your home is dirty, it usually is just bad luck. They can enter your home in a number of ways; through open windows or doors, on bunches of flowers, on pet's fur...the opportunities are endless. 

So how do you get rid of them? Well, if there is a large infestation then we strongly recommend calling in a professional as they will be able to deal with the issue effectively making sure that all of the bedbugs, eggs are larvae are removed. If you just notice one or two carpet beetles and you are sure there are not more lurking in dark corners of furniture or rooms that are not used regularly, then there are a few things you can do;

- hoover all carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture thoroughly, whilst pulling out all bed frames and other furniture to make sure you give everything a really good clean
- remove the hoover bag immediately and dispose in your outside bin whilst making sure not to come into contact with anything else on your way
- any items that you think may have come into contact with a carpet beetle need to be washed at a high temperature and if possible, put in the tumble dryer for good measure
- another option is to freeze the garment or fabric item, then wash it

Having carpet beetles is nothing to be ashamed of...please do not hesitate in contacting a pest controller if you have a pest problem!


Friday, 30 April 2021

Moths- Signs, Treatment & Prevention

Moths- Signs, Treatment & Prevention

Now is the time adults moths are beginning to emerge. They have one purpose during this time which is to find a mate and lay eggs. Adult moths are not actually the problem, it is the larvae that feed on clothing and other materials around the house causing damage. 

Signs

There are typical signs to look out for when it comes to a moth infestation;
  • Adult moths
  • Small maggot like larvae
  • Cases and strands made of silk (can be confused with spiders web but much more fragile)
  • Holes in clothes, bedding, curtains, upholstered furniture

Treatment

The most effective way to treat a moth infestation is to call in a professional. They will be able to tell you what type of moth problem you have, advise on the best course of action, and make sure to get the job done properly so you are left completely moth free. There are of course shop bought solutions, however if the treatment is not suitable for the problem then you will only waste your time and money. There are also a few things you can do yourself to help the situation;
  • Make sure all clothes and bedding are thoroughly cleaned before being put away
  • Empty out your hoover bag regularly
  • Any material bags, fabric boxes, suitcases etc should be thoroughly cleaned and stored in sealed bags

Prevention

Believe it or not, there are things you can do to help prevent moths entering and laying eggs in and around your home.
  • Keep your home clean and tidy, hoover regularly
  • Make sure to focus on cleaning under beds, the back of wardrobes, in the loft
  • Store all material items in sealed bags or boxes
  • Make sure to clean any sealed items before storing them away
  • Use fly screens over open doors and windows to stop adults from entering your home
SOS Pest Control can help with any pest problem you may have! Give us a call today!
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