Pest Control News

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Springtime Pests in the UK


Springtime Pests in the UK

Its official today is the first day of spring! A delightful time of year, spring is the season that everything starts to unfurl after winter hibernation. New growth quickly shoots up with the warming temperature.
Everywhere starts to bloom with colour and the grey bleakness of winter can be waved goodbye for another few months.
Just as flowers, shrubs and trees stretch into new life, so too does wildlife. The mated hibernating queen wasp slowly awakes from its slumber and looks for a suitable place to build her nest. And wasps are the only insect to wake up, ready for the warmth of spring.

Ants

The common garden ant is a tiny creature that is susceptible to cold. The good news is that when you see an ant, you know that spring and warmth have truly arrived as an ant would survive no longer than a few seconds above ground in winter.
Like other insects who have hibernated deep in the warm earth, they awake hungry. Ants scurry about looking for food and once found, one ant will tell the others, laying an invisible-to-human scent for other ants to follow.
A common problem in spring and well into summer, ants love nothing more than sugary foods, perfect for feeding the ever-growing colony. And if that jar of jam on your kitchen worktop attracts their attention, ant will form an order trek of ants to and from the pot.
The good news: ants are not dangerous but no one wants insects crawling across worktops or around the house looking for food. Small crevices need to be sealed and, if the ants nest is close to your home, it maybe necessary to be dealt with professionally.

Wasps

Like other insects, wasps die out in autumn, leaving a mated female to sleep through winter. Awaking refreshed in spring, she begins to look for somewhere to make a nest. Preferably, it needs to be free from predators, away from human company and with a ready food source close by.
She also needs a place where there is plenty of nest building material close by. Cardboard boxes, the soft wood of a garden shed and other soft material make the perfect nesting material.
She will build her nest, lay her eggs and then buzz around collecting food for the emerging wasps. Once they can fly in and out, she takes up residence, leaving her workers to fly back and forth with her food, whilst she lays more eggs.
In autumn, she will die but her empire will carry on with another mated female.
The good news: this two-season lifecycle and the fact that wasps do not return to ‘empty nests’ will mean that providing it is not in an inconvenient place, you can let nature run its course, removing the empty nest in winter.
The bad news: nests can be in inconvenient places, leading to the possibility of being stung. Stings are painful and unpleasant, at worst fatal leading to anaphylaxis shock. There are times when living with a wasp nest is not an option. Don’t deal with it yourself: always seek professional help from a reputable pest controller.

Enjoy the warmth of spring but remain vigilant for pests.