Pest Control News

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

How to Manage Winter Pests

You’ve just successfully navigated summer and the wasps, the bees and the flies. You breathe a sigh of relief, assuming that with the chill of winter, everything magically disappears or hibernates.
But if you think the sting in the tail of the wasp or the hungry ants that invade your kitchen are a problem, say hello to some common winter pests.

Spiders

Whether you have a deep-seated phobia of arachnids or not, the thought of sharing your home with spiders is not a welcome one. With long legs and oddly shaped abdomens, as well as their ability to have thousands and thousands of young, spiders make their way into your home in late autumn for a few reasons: in search of a mate, to find a cosy place to see out the winter and a safe place to have their young.
Spiders don’t eat us and in the UK, we are blessed with none-dangerous spiders in that a bite from a native spider won’t kill you. And so, allowing them in your home means all the other pesky insects – like flies – are caught and devoured by the spider.
But if you really can’t stand spiders or you have so many you are infested, then give the team a call.
Quick Tips for Less Spider Nightmares
·      Catch the spider in a glass, blocking it in with a piece of card – put the spider outside in the garden to scuttle off and find a new home.
·      Vacuum everything – in late autumn especially, if you think spider eggs could be a problem. And check pot plants for eggs and spider babies too.

Rodents

Yup, rats and mice like to be warm and cosy just like we do and our homes are simply perfect for them. But they not only chew everything in sight, they breed constantly and spread bacterium on every surface they touch.
Laying poison is not an option, especially as pets, non-target wildlife and children could get hold of it. Live traps are also not an option and unless you are really not squeamish, trapping and killing rodents is not much fun either.
Quick Tips for Less Rodent Nightmares
·      Seal crevices and holes in walls etc.
·      Remove rubbish and other food and nesting sources
·      Keep bins covered with tight-fitting lids

Squirrels

Active all year round, the grey squirrel is not native to the UK, but it is more robust than the native red squirrel so has effectively colonised woodland across the country. They prefer trees and forests but occasionally, they become a little confused and like the idea of settling in an attic.
The problem is, they gnaw at everything and they are noisy, scrambling about at all times of night and day. Trapping and releasing grey squirrels is not an option – it is illegal, actually.

No quick tips here: just call our expert pest control team.

Friday, 5 January 2018

How to Spot a Pest Problem When Viewing a Property

How to Spot a Pest Problem When Viewing a Property


With Christmas behind us, our thoughts turn to spring. With warmer temperatures and lengthening days, we start to feel invigorated. And for many of us, that means making important life changes, like moving home.
And there is nothing worse than moving into your new pad only to have your excitement tempered by discovering a pest problem. From creepy crawlies in the carpets to rats in the basement, these are unpleasant surprises you just don’t need on moving day.
So, how can you spot a pest problem when viewing a property?

Tip 1 – Breathe In

May sound odd but your nose is your first tool to use in the fight against pests in and around the home. In empty properties, the smell can be quite pungent so what are you ‘smelling’ for? A musty smell is a clue that pests lurk within, with some, like cockroaches, giving off a pungent ‘musty’ smell. If your nose sniffs out an unusually and unpleasant smell, take a closer look.

Tip 2 – Scan the room

Pests like mice and insects will scurry quickly from one place to another, all in a vain attempt not to be spotted. If you see something out of the corner of your eye, it could be a pest making for cover. Some pests favour the dark too so quickly flick the light on to see if you spot anything.

Tip 3 – Spot the signs

Pests tend not to have clean toilet habits with many, like rats and mice, being continually doubly incontinent. Keep an eye out for droppings on the floor and any furniture in the room, as well as smears of ‘faecal matter’ – this could be the droppings of cockroaches etc.

Tip 4 – Know your pests

Not all pests like warmth and humidity, with some preferring colder spaces. It pays to know your pests so in the bedroom keep an eye out for smears around electrical sockets and an ‘odd’ musty smell which could indicate bed bugs. In cellars, keep an eye out for rats and mice, as well as a species of cockroach that prefers dank spaces. In the kitchen, keep your eyes peeled for cockroaches that thrive on heat and so on.

Tip 5 – Take a look outside

Where there are piles of rubbish, there is the perfect habitat for some kinds of pests to nest or breed. These pests might not necessarily be injurious to health, but no one wants to share their garden or outdoor space with an unwanted creature, whether that’s a cute family of field mice or buzzing bees.

Tip 6 – Is the place ‘looked after’?

Some pests are attracted to homes no matter how clean or ‘dirty’ they are: for example, the common cat flea loves centrally heated homes whether there are pets there or not and the carpet beetle chews on natural fibres, even if the home is squeaky clean.
But some are attracted to where there is litter and detritus. If the property you are viewing, whether to buy or rent, looks and feels looked after, then the likelihood of pests is low. Buy