Pest Control News

Monday, 29 April 2019

House Flies

House Flies
Flies tend to be a pest most of the year, but as Spring arrives it is likely that you will see more and more of them beginning to emerge. They tend to be most active during the daytime and they can be found all over the house, mainly on walls, ceilings and floors. 
They are attracted to food. Simple as that. They do not usually tend to fly far from the location where they were born. They are especially attracted to animal waste, garbage and human food. Especially as the weather warms up, the smell emitted from these sources can worsen, which is great news for flies! House flies do not have teeth so they can only consume food as liquids. Their preference is of course food sources that are already in the liquid form, however they are able to consume solid foods by breaking them down through regurgitation. 
Due to the type of food sources house flies eat, they are considered a dangerous pest. They carry a vast number of diseases and readily transfer these onto anything they touch or feed on. 
So what should you be looking out for? House flies tend to be dark gray in colour, have black stripes and are oval in shape. They have six legs and antennae. If you get close enough, you will see that they are slightly hairy and have one pair of wings. They also have large red eyes.
House flies tend to have a short life span, usually 15-25 days but this does not mean that they cannot reproduce quickly. The female house fly can lay up to 100 eggs at one given time, and she can do so at least 5 times in her life. 
If you think you may have a house fly infestation, then please do get in touch with us, we can most certainly help you to be fly free!

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Black Garden Ants

Garden Ants

As the warmer weather arrives, garden ants will begin to emerge. They are on the search for food. The size of these ant nests can vary from 100s of ants to many 1000s of ants, depending on how long the nest has been there and how many queens there are in the colony. Multiple queens in a colony is dependent on the species of the ant. 

A nest of ants is most likely to be found in your garden; in soil, under stones, in rotten wood, under roots or in the sand under paving slabs. Most of the time, ants are happy to live outside however they will enter a home in search for food, particularly sugary foods. 

In the UK, you are most likely to see Black Garden Ants. These are;
Þ    Small, around 3mm in size
Þ    A dark glossy black in colouring
Þ    Female worker ants do not have wings
Þ    Male ants do have wings
Þ    They have 6 legs and 2 antennae


Ants are very curious and will go on the search over large distances to find food sources. Typically, outside they will eat rotting fruits and nectar for the sugary content, but they are also known to eat some insects too. They actually farm aphids due to the honeydew that they produce which is a favourite source of food. If food sources are getting low, black ants will begin to look further afield from their nest. In doing so, the female worker ants are able to communicate to each other by emitting a pheromone trail which is why you will see them walking in a ‘follow the leader’ formation. 

They are likely to gain access into your home through gaps under doors and window seals, as well as using pipes sometimes. They are most likely to be found in the kitchen as there are food sources readily available to them although they can also be found in bathrooms as well. 

Tips to avoid ants entering your home;
Þ    Clean up always
-Keeping your kitchen clean from any food debris is key as well as any drinks spillages. Regular cleaning of kitchen counters, flooring, under fridges and cookers can really help. 
Þ    Keep food items sealed
-Keeping any food items in sealed containers is best practice to keep these pests away.
Þ    Dry conditions are best
-Ants like moisture, so removing any spillages in the kitchen can help. Also checking for any dampness around the home, especially in the bathroom.
Þ    Pick up pet food from the floor
-Although not a usual food source for ants, they can be attracted to pet food so we suggest removing your pets food from the floor once they have finished eating rather than leaving it out all day or all night.
Þ    Inspect your garden
-We suggest keeping an eye out for any ant trails near your doors or windows. It is likely that you have an ants nest nearby in the garden. By following the trail of ants, you will likely be able to locate the nest. 

If you are having problems with ants and think you may require some help, please give us a call. We can offer advice and our services to make sure you are pest free!