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Thursday, 30 May 2019

Spring Pests Are Here!

Spring Pests Are Here!

Spring is the time for most pests to begin to emerge. This is usually due to most of them searching for a mate. Even if love is in the air, the last thing you want to deal with is a pest problem. 

Below are some common pest problems that we receive calls about during the spring months;

Cockroaches and Bed Bugs
Cockroaches love warmer weather conditions which is why it is likely you may begin to see them around. They are always on the search for food and water sources. They are extremely adaptable which makes them difficult to treat. They have been around for millions of years and can be very resourceful in residential and commercial locations. They will eat pretty much anything, including each other if necessary. They can go without food for about a month but will only survive without water for a week.
Bed Bugs are also more prevalent during this time of year. This could be for a number of reasons, they like most pests are ready to find a mate. However, more reports of bed bugs are made due to the school holidays and travelling. If you pick up bed bugs in a hotel for example and they survive the journey, they will thoroughly enjoy the lovely environment of your nice warm home.  

Pigeons
Pigeons are on the lookout for a mate at this time of the year. And they are not quiet about it either! Another issue with birds is their poop. They actually harbour a number of diseases in themselves but also their droppings. This can cause serious health issues if not dealt with and handled correctly by a professional. 

Clothes Moths
It is the time to start getting out the Spring/Summer wardrobe as the weather starts to warm up. If you find holes in your clothes, that means you have a moth problem! It is not actually the adult moths that make these holes but rather the larvae. It is most likely that they would have been present when the clothes where packed away, which is why it is suggested that clothes are washed on a high heat, dried and placed in sealed containers to best combat these pests.

Bees and Wasps
You will see many insects beginning to emerge now. It is mating season after all. Bees and wasps are also beginning to search for food sources. Whilst bees are attracted to pollen and nectar, wasps like anything sweet! Both these insects can sting you so if you do come across them, it is best practice to leave them be if possible. They will become aggressive if they feel you are a threat to them or their nest. 

If you think you have any of these pest problems mentioned above, please do not hesitate to give us a call!

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Death Watch Beetles

Death Watch Beetles

The Death Watch Beetle is not as scary as it sounds. It is believed that the name originated from these beetles commonly being found in churches and hospitals years ago. Although superstitious people believed it was because they were an ‘ill omen’ it was more likely due to the construction of buildings years ago. More specifically the wood used in these buildings. The Death Watch Beetle is a wood boring beetle and can be placed under the umbrella term ‘woodworm’. This is due to their boring tunnels in wooden structures as they eat. 

Death Watch Beetles are native to the United Kingdom and are most likely to be found in hardwood- building timbers or furniture. They are not partial to softwood furnishings which is lucky really as most newly built houses use softwood in the structure. The adult beetles are around 7mm in size and a mottled brownish grey in colour. They are able to fly but do not tend to.

These seasonal pests will start to make an appearance between the months of April and September as the weather begins to warm up. They make their appearance for one reason only, to mate. In order to attract a mate, they will bang their heads against the wooden structure to make a tapping or clicking sound. Once they have found a mate, they will search for a suitable location to lay their eggs. This location must have a decent level of moisture to ensure their eggs survive as well as somewhere where their eggs will not be disturbed. The female can lay up to 70 eggs at a time. When the eggs hatch, the grubs tunnel down in to the wood structure to feed. Interestingly, grubs can live up to 10 years inside the timber, it is after this they will emerge as grown beetles in search for a mate. 

Any signs of the Death Beetle are similar to those of the woodworm. The tunnels created by the grubs will create holes visible in the surface of the wood and the production of frass (digested wood sawdust) will be a tell-tale sign that you have an active infestation. Don’t forget to listen out for the tapping too, another sure sign that you have an active infestation. 

If you think you may have a Death Beetle infestation, we strongly recommend that you give a professional pest controller a call. We will be able to offer you advice and best course of treatment to rid you of these pests and make sure that they do not come back!