Pest Control News

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

October Pests

October Pest Problems
A new month could mean the emergence of some new pests to be on the lookout for. As the weather begins to get colder, pests are looking for warm environments and your home is the perfect place. 
Spiders
Most people are horrified when they find a spider in their personal space. Well buckle up! We are entering the prime time for spider season. As the nights draw in, the temperature drops and they will enter your home for warmth. This is also the time of year where the males are out looking for females. You may notice an increase in these creepy crawlies in the corner of the ceilings or behind bookcases, where it is dark and mainly undisturbed. There are a number of high street products that you can buy to deter spiders and even kill them. It is common knowledge that spiders are not a fan of mint. Best practice is to treat windowsills and door frames to deter them from entering your home. 
Squirrels
Squirrels in your home can not only cause some damage but are very noisy. Typically, they will find a way into your loft space through broken roof tiles or any holes in the structure of the roof. Squirrels are destructive by chewing through insulation, wires, and anything you have stored in your attic. They do this in order to make nests. If they find a suitable place to nest for the colder months, they may return time and time again if their access points are not restricted or blocked. You will most certainly hear them, and it is important to be mindful that they can cause structural damage too by chewing through timber. 
Rats/Mice
Rats and mice are very resourceful and are quick to adapt to their surroundings. If they are able to gain access to your home, you are most likely to hear them scratching around in wall cavities or in the attic. They will chew through a multitude of materials to gain access or to make a nest. Rats and mice are able to squeeze through the smallest of gaps so checking your home for any access points and proofing these are key at this time of year. Mice in particular are very curious, although they tend to explore during the night, they will venture considerable distances to explore better nesting locations or food sources. It is important to remember that rats and mice are both carriers of diseases and can make humans very unwell if they come into contact with them. Both rats and mice will cause considerable damage as they gnaw through materials and if left then the damage could be structural. 

If you think you have any of these unwanted pests in your home, then please give us a call, we can help get you pest free for good!

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Winged Pests

Winged Pests

Wasps
There are many different species of wasps in the UK; the most commonly sighted being the German Wasp. Most species of wasps are social, they will build a nest in a new location every spring using a multitude of materials. Colonies can reach up to 5000 wasps and can be found in places like attics, sheds and even inside walls. The choice of location to nest is usually based on the protective qualities of the space. At this particular time of year, most of the work is done for a wasp. The queen has stopped producing young and may have even left the colony in search of a good place to hibernate over the winter. The worker wasps no longer need to care for the eggs and larvae in the nest, so tend to spend most of their time searching for something sweet. They are basically waiting to die at this point, and the nectar of a rotting apple for example is just what they want. They tend to become much more aggressive at this point; chasing, dive bombing and stinging to get that sweet treat. 

Hornets
Although technically a species of wasp, the hornet sting is much more painful. They are considered as aggressive as wasps, but due to their larger size, they may appear more scary! If their size was not enough to put you off, they tend to attack in numbers in order to get food sources. They are dangerous to the honey bee specifically. The honey bee is a favourite meal and a hornet will actually stake out a honey bee hive for the opportune moment to attack. Their nests are typically located off the floor in trees. 

Flies
Cluster flies can be a real problem this time of year. As the season begins to change, they are looking to find good nesting locations. A preferred location is loft space, they are not bothered much there, it is warm and can even have access to sunlight if there are gaps in the roof. Although the cluster fly is not considered to post a health risk, we would not recommend leaving an infestation untreated. They can become rather a nuisance buzzing around. There are many different species of fly in the UK, around 7000 to be more precise. All their nesting and eating habits depend on the species however typically humans will come into contact with bluebottles, house flies, crane fly, and fruit fly to name a few. Flies typically enter the home through open doors and windows and are governed by their search for food sources. 


If you have any problems with the winged pests above, please do get in touch today. We can help eradicate the issue quickly and professionally!

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Fleas

Fleas

We have had quite a few enquiries recently about flea infestations. Flea problems can be very tricky to deal with. This is because we tend to treat the adults as we can see these (although even the adults can be tricky to spot) but fleas reproduce very quickly. Here are some facts about fleas;

·     Fleas are actually parasites; they live of mammals and birds. Adult fleas only eat blood meals. Which is why living on their food host is perfect for them. 

·     They are typically small in size, no bigger than 3mm long when fully grown adults. Adult fleas have flat bodies, this makes moving through fur and feathers easier. 

·     They are reddish brown in colour and have long back legs. These legs are extremely strong. Fleas can actually jump really high, far higher than what their size should allow for. This skill means they can jump from host to host easily and efficiently. 

·     Adults will only consume fresh blood.

·     Female fleas can lay over 1000 eggs in a lifetime depending on the species of flea. 

·     Adult fleas typically live for approximately 2 months. However, if the environment is right, they can live for much longer. 

·     Fleas lay white eggs, these eggs hatch into larvae. The larvae are worm like in appearance and white in colour. They feed off of adult flea waste and dead skin cells. 

·     In an infestation of fleas, adults only make up about 5 % of the population. That means just dealing with the adult fleas you can see is no good. The eggs produced by fleas can make up 50% of the population!




Flea infestations are very hard to treat by yourself. It is strongly advised that you contact a professional pest controller. We can help identify and treat the infestation successfully and get rid of these pests once and for all!

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Bird Proofing-Why Do We Do It?

Bird Proofing-Why Do We Do It?

Birds can become a real issue if they decide to nest in or around your home or business. Pigeons and Gulls are regular offenders and can create excessive noise problems. Pigeons for example tend to live in flocks of at least 50 members, so a small problem can become a very big problem quickly. 

Aside from being a noise nuisance, bird infestations come with a whole host of extra problems. 
·     Guano/Droppings/Bird Poo
Not only is it unsightly, it is also considered a health hazard. Birds are capable of spreading a number of diseases, including but not limited to E. Coli and Salmonella. If you have a large bird infestation, their droppings could also cause slip hazards if they are fouling on regularly used walkways for example. 

·     Building Damage
Birds will nest in many different locations. Some favourites include; guttering, chimneys, balconies, roof spaces and ledges. Pigeons for example only need to find the smallest of gaps or a broken roof tile in order to nest comfortably. Their nests in guttering can cause blockages and even breakages. 

·     Insect infestations
Birds can carry a number of insects in their feathers including mites and fleas. These insects are also attracted to their nesting sites due to the shelter, warmth and food sources they can supply. 


Bird infestations can cause some serious disruption. This is why we offer a selection of proofing solutions. Deterring birds from nesting and roosting is a great way of keeping your home or business pest free. If you think you may have a bird infestation, give us a call. We can come and inspect the area, offer advice and supply the best proofing solution for you. 

Monday, 5 August 2019

Holiday Season - Be Bed Bug Aware!

Holiday Season - Be Bed Bug Aware!

The summer holidays are well and truly upon us now, but unfortunately pests do not seem to get the memo. Some of you may be packing your suitcases to jet off abroad or some of you may be enjoying the great (yet sometimes unpredictable) weather here in the UK. Either way, you are not exempt from dealing with a potential bed bug problem!

Although bed bugs are not necessarily considered a seasonal pest (like wasps for example), there is a fluctuation in calls to us about them in the summer months. This could be for a multitude of reasons, but one may be the coming and going from hotels or staying with friends. 

Bed bugs are capable travellers and will happily make themselves at home in a suitable location. They are very small and sometimes difficult to see with the naked eye but typical a typical hot spot for a bed bug infestation is the bedroom. They require food and warmth to survive and a little moisture. They can lay their eggs in many different locations such as; mattress seams, joints of bed frames, sofa seams and other soft furnishings. One thing they do need is a blood meal. This is why the most likely location is on or around your mattress. Although bed bug bites do not hurt at the time, they can cause swelling, itchiness and redness. Not pleasant. 

Here are a couple of things to look out for;
-blood spots on your sheets
-bites to your skin
-egg cases
-small, flat oval shaped, brownish coloured insects
Bed bugs can reproduce very quickly if their environment is right so dealing with an infestation can be very tricky. 

If you think you have a bed bug infestation, please give us a call. We can deal with the problem quickly and effectively!

Monday, 29 July 2019

Pests to look out for this Summer

Pests to look out for this Summer

Below we have put together a small list of common pests that may be a problem this summer.

Flies
As the weather warms up, you may notice more flies around. This is due to their activity and reproductivity levels increasing in warmer climates. They are attracted to strong smelling food sources, and ones that we as humans really are not fans of. Such as animal faeces and rotting food. They will eat and lay eggs on these sources. With warm weather, comes stronger smells. This is why it is important to make sure any bins containing waste are sealed and cleaned regularly. 

Ants
Ants are at the height of their activity in the summer months. A colony will be pretty well established at this time of year and will be continuing to grow. An ant’s nest is likely to be underground, so it is good practice to follow the work ants back to the entrance of the nest to establish its location. This may be under patio slabs or in the grass in the garden to name a few. The worker ants will be out of the nest looking for food sources. They love sweet sugary food such as nectar and soft fruits. They will also find anything sugary in the home if their nest is close enough. This is why we suggest making sure to clean up any spillages and making sure your kitchen is cleaned regularly. 

Bees & Wasps
Like ants, bees and wasps nests are at their largest and most active during this time of year. They are more prevalent in the summer months due to this and can become a problem. Nesting locations can vary but can include; trees, abandoned rodents nests, sheds and attics. Both bees and wasps can become aggressive when protecting their nests, so it is always advised to seek advice from a professional pest controller. Unlike bees, wasps are able to sting multiple times and will do so if they feel threatened. 

Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are the top pest for the summer months. In the summer, they complete their life cycle quicker than in the colder months. This is why there seems to be more around in the summer. They are most active in the early evening, looking for blood meals. You usually do not know that you have been bitten until it is too late. Males are drawn to nectar to feed. 

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Wasps are here!

Wasps are here!

Wasp season is well underway now. They love the warmer weather just like us. As we enjoy the sunshine, having picnics, ice creams, and BBQ’s, wasps will also like to join the party. It is always good to be prepared so here are some facts and interesting information about wasps.

·     In the UK, there are over 20,000 different species of wasps-the German wasp and Common wasp are the species you are most likely to come into contact with

·     They have bright yellow and black stripes on their tail ends, black thorax and yellow legs

·     They are social insects-they live in a colony and all members have a specific job role

·     They will tend to nest in trees, lofts, sheds and have been known to nest in the ground in abandoned rodent nests

·     Their nest is constructed by the queen initially with chewed up wood pulp and saliva. Once the queen begins to lay eggs, the colony take over the building and maintenance of the nest as well as looking after the young that the queen continues to produce

·     Wasps can fly much faster than you can run!

·     They are able to sting multiple times. This is because they do not lose their stinger like bees

·     Wasps, like our beloved bees are very important to our ecosystem. They are great pollinators

·     They tend to eat flies, caterpillars and aphids. At the end of the summer, they are more drawn to sugary food sources which will see them through the winter

·     If a wasp feels threatened, it can emit a pheromone that signals to other wasps that there is danger and help is required

·     It is best practice to not swipe at a wasp, this may be construed as an attack and you will be stung!


 If you find a wasp nest in or around your home, please call in a professional to assess and deal with the situation. We are fully trained and qualified to make sure the problem is dealt with properly.