Pest Control News

Monday, 10 December 2018

Mice may be making their way into your home now

Mice are a hot topic at this time of year due to the change in weather. They will be looking for nesting locations within and around your home. Below are some interesting facts about mice. 

·     Mice have a curious nature, they love to explore their surroundings. They can travel large distances in a day in search for better food sources and nesting grounds.
·     In order to find their nesting ground, mice are able to climb, jump, swim and squeeze through the smallest of gaps.
·     Once they have found a place to nest, they are able to reproduce at an extremely fast rate. They can have over 10 pups each month.
·     They are able to reach pretty much any part of the household. They are able to gnaw through most building materials as well as wires. By chewing through these wires, they can cause electrical and fire hazards. 
·     Mice have very good eyesight in the dark making exploring very easy for them
·      They do not need a large amount of food either to sustain themselves and do not actually need very much water to survive.
·     They do however carry bacteria and diseases, so it is advisable to get a professional in if you think you may have a mouse infestation. 



If you think you may have mice, we strongly suggest that you call in a professional. We will be able to offer advice on how best to treat the problem, carry out the work for you at a convenient time and put in measures to hopefully stop any more infestations in the future. 

Monday, 3 December 2018

Rodents and Diseases

Rodents and Diseases

Rodents are pests that are a problem all year round, but especially as the winter months are coming in. Rodents such as mice, rats and voles are looking for somewhere warm to create a nice home to get out of the cold weather. It is important to remember that rodents are carriers of diseases that could have detrimental effects on your health. Below we have created a short check list of what these diseases are, how these diseases are transmitted, signs of infection and some helpful prevention tips. 

·     Types of diseases

·      Salmonellosis-main cause of salmonella in humans, usually transmitted due to poor hand hygiene. 

·      Plague-caused by infected fleas which pass the disease onto rodents and can lead to death.

·      Rat bite fever-caused by bacteria.


·     Types of transmission

·      Direct contact- items contaminated with rodent faeces, urine, blood and saliva and improper handling of a dead rodent.

·      Bites and scratches- from a rodent.


·      Ingestion- contaminated food or drink.


Signs of infection can include; chest pains, vomiting, feeling sick, fever, chills, rash.

Prevention tips:
·     Avoid handling a dead rodent-best practice is to wear protective clothing and disinfect the area
·     Rodent proof your home-make sure any gaps into the property or garage are filled


Best practice is always to contact a professional to help you remove any rodent infestations and we can also help you with prevention too!

Friday, 30 November 2018

 Pests that are bad for business

Pests are always a worry in our homes, no matter what time of year. However, it is not just homes that are affected by pests. Pests can also affect businesses. Pest not only caused disruption to the workforce but they can even damage stock! This in turn can have costly effects on the business by contaminating goods, damaging packaging and delaying delivery of products to consumers.

One of the most destructive of pests are rats. Many businesses a year report that rats cause great amounts of damage to electrical equipment by chewing through wires. Not only this, they are able to make themselves at home in pipes and even packaging! 

One of the most disruptive of pests are flies. Flies are attracted to food sources so where there are humans there is usually food. It has been reported over the years that flies have been a cause of staff illness. This in turn could open the possibility for compensation claims due to this. A large proportion of businesses supply food, or have areas where food is prepared for staff members. It is extremely important that food areas are kept clean and tidy, with food stored in airtight containers. 

If you have any trouble with pests, in a business or at home, please do give us a call for some advice and to arrange a visit from one of our qualified team members.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

As if bird infestations alone weren’t enough

As if bird infestations alone weren’t enough

Bird infestations can cause people lots of problems. Not just with the mess they make with droppings (the professional term is guano), but also with their nesting habits and of course being noisy! Some species of birds are especially noisy like gulls although they are most likely to be found nearer the sea. No matter your location, bird infestations can be disruptive to you, your neighbours, and even to the day to day running of a business. 

Some like to nest in or on buildings, in the guttering, under solar panels, and even in the attic if they can get in. In order to build nests they require sticks, leaves, feathers etc which in turn can cause blockages in guttering and drains. 

Due to the nature of birds and their nesting habits, they can bring with them other pests too! Their homes are very inviting for a number of pests including bird mites, variegated carpet beetles and flies only to name a few. Below you will find some information about these additional pest infestations. 

Variegated Carpet Beetles- 

These are commonly found where a bird’s nest is near. They love to feed on fabrics and carpets so these additional pests are more likely to find solitude in your home. Although they are small, they can cause considerable damage to fabrics within the home if there is a large infestation. 

Bird Mites- 

These pests actually live in the birds nests with the birds. They take shelter during the day in the structure of the nest and will look for a blood meal in the evening when they have reached a certain level of maturity. These parasites will in fact look to bite humans for their blood meal if the birds were to vacate their nest. 

Flies- 

Birds are not the best smelling pests, especially in the midst of their nests. This smelly odour is a great attraction to flies. Flies are always on the lookout for food sources, and a bird’s nest is a great start. If a bird is nesting inside your home, the temptation of food and drink is even more inviting to flies. Also, if the birds die then other flies will be attracted to your home such as bluebottles. 


Remember, it is always best to call in a professional to deal with pests safely, efficiently and for good! Please do not hesitate to give us a call for help and advice on any pest problem.

Monday, 29 October 2018

Bed Bugs Increase

Bed bugs
A bed bug infestation is never something anyone wants. A bad infestation can cause people to move out of their homes and cause great discomfort when they bite you. Interestingly, there appears to have been a massive increase in bed bug reports over the past 2 years especially in the Margate area. 

Below you will find some helpful tips on how to identify bed bugs and what to do if you have some in your home.

-Bed bugs are small oval shaped insects that lay tiny white eggs. They do not grow very big at all, even at adulthood. 

-They are yellow, red or brown in colouring depending on what stage of development they are. Whilst they are growing, they shed their shells.

-They have a preference for fabrics so a nice cosy bedsheet/mattress is a perfect location for them to settle down and reproduce. 

-If you do have an infestation, you will be able to smell a musty scent where bed bugs are. 

-You may spy some blood spots on your sheets, this happens if you squash a bed bug once they have just had a blood meal. 

-When they feed, they bite into your skin, which can leave red, itchy blotches, however, their bites are painless. 

-The after effects will usually fade within a few days. Interestingly though, once bitten by a bed bug it can take up to 2 weeks to experience a reaction. Everyone reacts differently, some may have a mild reaction, some a more serious one. 

If you think you may have bed bugs in your home, please give us a call. We can help!

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Avoid these biting insects

Insect Warning - Avoid These Insects

No one likes having to deal with pests. Even less so when they bite you and cause pain! Below you will find a little information about four common pests that you would want to avoid if you can. 

Hornets
These are the most painful stingers in the UK. They can sting repeatedly and will do so if they feel threated or aggravated. Hornets’ venom is more powerful that a wasps which is why hornet stings hurt a lot more than any wasp/bee/mosquito. Also with the report of the Asian hornet being sighted in the UK, best practice is to keep calm and avoid them where possible.

            What do they look like?
                        -Hornets are larger than our native wasps
-They are dark brown at the core of their body with bright yellow/orange stripes at the base of the tail end
-They have orange eyes

Wasps
Although smaller than hornets, the wasp sting can still cause enough pain to make you feel uncomfortable. Again, they do so when they feel threatened and can even release pheromones during an ‘attack’ as to alert other wasps to come and lend a hand to destroy the threat. Their bright yellow and black striped bodies are nature’s way of saying ‘stay away, I am dangerous’.

            What do they look like?
                        -Wasps are smaller than hornets, usually less than an inch long
                        -They have black and yellow stripes across their bodies

Mosquitos
They are tiny insects but can cause great annoyance! Their stinger is more of a bloody sucking tool. They love human blood and so will do all they can to get some. Even if they are not successful when they sting you and so unable to get any blood, their saliva causes intense itching!

            What do they look like?
                        -Mosquitos are small insects
                        -They have a hunched back appearance 
                        -Brown/black colouring

Horse Flies
Only female horse flies bite as they require a blood meal before reproduction. Horse flies, unlike other stinging insects previously mentioned, actually want to sting you. They will fly at you and follow your persistently. They can even bite through your clothes. Their persistence and hard bite means they are definitely ones to avoid!

            What do they look like?
                        -They are larger than wasps
                        -They have very large eyes
                        -They are brown/black in colouring


What can you do?

Best advice for most of these pests is to avoid them where possible. Hornets and wasps create nests as they are social insects. If you think that you have a nest in your garden or in your house, please do not try and remove them yourself. We would suggest you give us a call and we can advise you on the best course of action.

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Friday, 28 September 2018

Autumn Pest Prevention in Kent

Autumn Pest Prevention in Kent

With the change of season comes a variety of pests. Before the rain and cold weather comes in, we suggest that now is a good time to make sure your household is pest proof. Below you can find key areas of the home where pests like to nest down for the winter and some great tips for prevention of this. 

Common pests for this time of year include; rats, mice, squirrels, birds, cockroaches, fleas and bedbugs just to name a few. 

Hotspots in the home for Rats and Mice

Attic- This is a great area for rats and mice to settle down for the colder months. It is a cosy, dry and warm space for them to build a nest with great access to food sources-the kitchen!

Prevention ideas
Þ  Ensure any damaged tiles are replaced and any cracks or leaks are sealed up
Þ  Store items in plastic sealable containers
Þ  Inspect your roof space regularly to ensure there are no signs of pests

Kitchen- Being the main source of food storing in the home, this is a prime location for rats and mice to stock up for the winter.

Prevention ideas
Þ  Ensure kitchen sides and floors are clean and free from food
Þ  Store any food in airtight containers
Þ  Regularly clean under sinks, fridges and cookers
Þ  Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink or on the side

Garage- A good space for rats and mice to keep out of the rain and cold weather.

Prevention ideas
Þ  Store items in plastic sealable containers and where possible store these off of the floor
Þ  If your garage has air vents, it is good practice to cover these up with suitable material as these are prime access points

Garden/Outside bins- Although not technically in the home, the garden area can offer easy access to your home and the delights within.

Prevention ideas
Þ  Keep your house clear of tree branches and shrubbery
Þ  Ensure outside bins are cleaned regularly and bin lids are securely fitted
Þ  Do not leave rubbish bags out in the open
Þ  If you have a compost heap, best practice is to have this located away from the house and well-sealed where possible. 
Hotspots in the home for Birds/Squirrels

Chimney-This is a prime location for birds, squirrels and even bats sometimes. The shelter is great for nest making.

Prevention idea
Þ  A well fitted chimney cap can stop these pests nesting down for the colder months

Hotspots in the home for smaller pests

These smaller pests include cockroaches, bedbugs, moths and fleas. 

Bathroom/Kitchen
Pipes and drains within these locations are great spaces for cockroaches. They are attracted to warm and wet surroundings. 

Prevention ideas
Þ  Always check pipes and drains for blockages
Þ  Check sealants around guttering and pipes
Þ  Check regularly for any leaks and get them sealed as quickly as possible

Bedroom
The bedroom is a favourite location for insects such as moths, bedbugs and fleas. 

Prevention ideas for moths
Þ  Be on the lookout for damage to clothes and bedding that has been stored away
Þ  When storing clothes, best practice is to wash and seal them in plastic bags/containers
Þ  Clean inside of cupboards regularly
Þ  You can use traps to keep an eye on any moth activity. If you do find that you have a moth problem, please give us a call.



Above are just some of the pests and problems that present themselves as we move into the Autumn/ Winter months. If you require any help with pests, please do get in touch!
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