Pest Control News

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Summer Pests Part 3 – The Ant, The Moth, The Spider and The Beetle

Summer Pests Part 3 – The Ant, The Moth, The Spider and The Beetle

There are all kinds of summer insects that cause us problems. Some are nothing more than an inconvenient nuisance but other deliver a nasty sting, such as the wasp that we looked in part 1 of the summer series and the bee in part 2.
Now we turn our attention to other summer insects and how they can be dealt with…

The Garden Ant

Like the wasp and some species of bees, the garden ant can build a nest that contains thousands of ants.
There are different species of ant but the one we most commonly deal with is the garden ant. Dark red or brown in colour, they enjoy sandy, lighter soil that they can easily move through and around on. They can also make their nests in the foundations of a building, as well as under patios and decking which can be a nuisance when you are trying to enjoy the summer sun.
Providing food for birds and other insects, the ant is a common sight in gardens across the UK. Unfortunately, it likes sugary-sweet foods and that means the jar of jam, or the half-eaten apple etc. left on the outdoor table.
Once one ant finds a food source, it tells the colony and, forming an orderly line to and from the food source, they will continue to traipse back and forth to their nest with pieces of food.
A nuisance, but not dangerous to health.

The Moth

Pest controllers all across the UK are bracing themselves for the number of calls relating to moth infestations to continue rising. The mild winter has favoured the moth and with the super-pest Diamondback moth making an appearance in the UK, there are concerns that food crops will be damaged.
In the case of the homeowner, moths are more likely to be clothes or carpet moths, both of which enjoy chewing on natural fibres. If you see tell-tale signs of damage and a ‘musty’ smell, give our team a call.

The Spider

There are around 660 species of spider in the UK, some of which are more prone to enjoy the safety of your home than others.
People can have very real fear of spiders and whilst one in the bath every now and then is something most of can cope with, but finding spiders - and their babies - in the home can far more traumatic.
Like most insects, spiders will use your home as a place of safety rather than invading it to try and take over. If you so keep seeing a lot of spiders hanging about, then you will need to call our expert spider removal team.

The Beetle

The carpet beetle, like other insects becomes more active with the warmth of spring and summer. They can often be found in May and June looking for egg laying sites. Your carpets and soft furnishings with a minimal amount of natural fibres are the perfect places to lay eggs.
Unfortunately, the emerging larvae chew a hold in the fabric leaving to expensive damage in carpets, sofas and curtains too.

Again, our team can help! What other summer insects cause a nuisance?

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Healthy Bee Pest Control

Summer Pests Part 2 – How to Welcome Bees into Your Garden Safely

In 2006, bee keepers started to notice their bee colonies were declining. It has been known for some time that bees are susceptible to viruses and fungi but this was something different.
This time, it’s a mote. As a result of declining bee populations, most professional pest controllers don’t exterminate bee colonies as standard pest control practice – they will relocate them.
Not all bees are honeybees but ALL bees are important pollinators of food crops, flowers and shrubs. But they are not protected in the UK, as many people think which is why it is important that we take steps to ensure that bees are nurtured, remaining part of our landscape and eco-system.

Do bees have knees?

There is an expression, ‘the bee’s knees’ which means something is of high value. This leads many people to assume this expression was coined because bees have knees.
Unfortunately, it is a myth, the origin of the saying unknown because bees don’t have kneecaps although they do have jointed legs.

What does a bee colony look like?

In a bee colony, there will be a single queen, thousands of female workers and when the summer comes, hundreds of male drones. Come the winter, these males are evicted, subsequently dying of the cold.
Bees live in a well-ordered society. If the queen bee dies or is removed from the colony, the nest simply falls apart from the ensuing chaos. The maximum population of a bee colony can be up to 50,000, significantly larger than other nest building insects. The bumblebee colony is less, with between 50 and 150 bees.

Where do bees go at night?

We are used to seeing furry buzzy bees bumbling about during the day, assuming that they return to their cosy colonies for a good night’s sleep.
However, scientists have found that bees don’t sleep, they just lay motionless to conserve their energy. You may also find a bee doing this during the day, on a wall or a window sill. Unless they are in danger, leave them there as they are conserving their energy, ready to take flight to look for more pollen and sweet nectar.
Bees will fly up to five miles for food, although they tend to stay within a mile radius of their colony.

How do bees fly?

They often look clumsy but this is part and parcel of the bee conserving energy as it searches for food.
For example, they don’t fly higher than they need to, only gaining altitude if there is something in their path. They also follow designated routes when they leave the colony, often zooming along at high speed and be surprised by a new obstacle in their path i.e. you!

How well do bees see?

Scientists believe that the bee has fantastic eye sight for such a small insect, capable of seeing a range of colours that other insects can’t but bees apparently are red colour-blind. They can also see large amounts of ultra violet light which means that even on a dull day, they can see well.

Why do bees sting?

Like wasps, the bee will sting in defence. This means when you get in the way or they feel under threat, or when the queen wants to get rid of another queen etc.

So, I HAVE to live with a bee colony?


No, you don’t. If the bee colony feels under attack, a bee can deliver a nasty sting. We always find relocation of bee nests preferable over extermination. Why not give our expert bee team a call?