Pest Control News

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

I have fleas in my house but I don’t have pets!

I have fleas in my house but I don’t have pets!
Many people commonly associate fleas with cats and dogs. As well-known carriers and hosts of the flea, it is no surprise but we get calls from customers who tell us they have spotted fleas, but they can’t have fleas surely, if they have no pets!
The uncomfortable truth is that fleas like humans as much as they enjoy a tasty blood meal on the back of a prized pooch or moggy. And getting rid of them can be just as hard too. 
Not just homes with pets
We work with customers who spot fleas in their soft furnishings but find this hard to understand as they are a pet-free home.
  • Residual problem - In many cases, fleas in the carpets can be a residual problem from previous tenants or home owners. This is why many letting agents rely on pest controllers to deal with recently vacated properties to ensure that any undetected critters are well and truly dealt with before the tenants arrive. 

  • Hitching a lift – Fleas find their way in to the home in numerous ways, such as attached to you, your clothing, your bag, your kids and so on. We are far more transient in our every day lives, commuting several miles to work, sharing trains, tubes and buses and so on. Fleas are opportunistic, stopping at nothing to find their next blood meal.
  • Vacant nest in or near your property – sometimes, nature works against us too and with many birds also carrying fleas, when they nest in or near your property, they can be inadvertently introducing fleas into your home. This is why if you don’t have pets, a pest controller may spend time looking outside of your property, checking for old nests that could be causing a problem.
  • Visiting cats/dogs – as hard as it may be to comprehend, you know when next door’s cat pops in for an afternoon nap or treat? He or she could be leaving behind a delightful deposit of a flea or two. And once they find the delightful warmth and humidity of your home, a micro-climate perfect for their breeding needs, they will happily make their home there too. 
Can fleas be prevented?
They are not just prevalent in summer although this is the peak buying time for flea prevention treatments simply because many people still believe that the problem is worse during the summer months. 
If you do have pets, regular checking and treating them for fleas (see your vet as not all prevention products are effective) will stave off a flea infestation. If you do spot a flea or two hopping about, you need to take action. But always read the label of any shop bought remedies you buy as there are some specific instructions that need to be followed. 

If the problem persists, contact your friendly, local pest control company!

Monday, 6 June 2016

Hello Summer – Hello Ants!

Hello Summer – Hello Ants!
As well as wasps, the summer months can bring an influx of ants into your garden and, if you are unlucky enough, into your home too.
Although ants are generally harmless, you don’t necessarily want to share your home with them. This practical guide tells you about ants and how to get rid of them…
Did you know…?
  • There are 12,000 documented species of ant around the world? – and possibly more to find.
  • Ants are incredibly strong? - they can lift 20 times their own body weight
  • They don’t have ears?  - they hear by sensing vibrations in the ground with their feet
  • They don’t have lungs?  - they breathe in oxygen through tiny holes across their body
The most common UK ant is…
The garden or black ant, which is actually dark brown in colour. They measure between 3 and 9mm, have three pairs of legs and a body that is divided into three sections. 
They have structure and discipline in the colony too, which when you consider that one colony can contain thousands, if not millions of ants, you can understand why.
As they forage for food, an ant will leave a pheromone trail, an undetectable scent to us but one that other ants can smell. If and when they find food, all the other ants will follow this trail straight to the food source, which is why you find them marching along your worktop in a single file order!
Ants love sugar!
Ants are omnivorous, meaning they will eat any kind of edible substance that they can find, including food that is both plant and animal in origin. But they really love sweet, sugary foods.
But they also need water to survive so where you see ants, you know there is ample water close by and plenty of food too. 
Ants will enter a home looking for uncovered food, including pet food, as well as grabbing the small scarps and dust in empty food containers. 
They don’t really like living in our homes, preferring lawns, gardens, underneath paving stones although they will also live in the base of walls. 
Are they harmful?
In the UK, most ants are considered harmless but clearly, you don’t want thousands of ants crawling across your worktop, food and so on. They will contaminate foodstuff which is why when a food preparation or food service business come across an ant problem, they will always try to resolve it as quickly as possible.
Getting rid of ants need not be difficult, if you know where the ant colony is. Sometimes, it can take some finding as they can travel a fair distance from their home to find food. 

If you keep having an ant problem, and feel you need professional help and advice, as a local pest control company, we can respond to your call the same day.