Pest Control News

Monday, 29 July 2019

Pests to look out for this Summer

Pests to look out for this Summer

Below we have put together a small list of common pests that may be a problem this summer.

Flies
As the weather warms up, you may notice more flies around. This is due to their activity and reproductivity levels increasing in warmer climates. They are attracted to strong smelling food sources, and ones that we as humans really are not fans of. Such as animal faeces and rotting food. They will eat and lay eggs on these sources. With warm weather, comes stronger smells. This is why it is important to make sure any bins containing waste are sealed and cleaned regularly. 

Ants
Ants are at the height of their activity in the summer months. A colony will be pretty well established at this time of year and will be continuing to grow. An ant’s nest is likely to be underground, so it is good practice to follow the work ants back to the entrance of the nest to establish its location. This may be under patio slabs or in the grass in the garden to name a few. The worker ants will be out of the nest looking for food sources. They love sweet sugary food such as nectar and soft fruits. They will also find anything sugary in the home if their nest is close enough. This is why we suggest making sure to clean up any spillages and making sure your kitchen is cleaned regularly. 

Bees & Wasps
Like ants, bees and wasps nests are at their largest and most active during this time of year. They are more prevalent in the summer months due to this and can become a problem. Nesting locations can vary but can include; trees, abandoned rodents nests, sheds and attics. Both bees and wasps can become aggressive when protecting their nests, so it is always advised to seek advice from a professional pest controller. Unlike bees, wasps are able to sting multiple times and will do so if they feel threatened. 

Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are the top pest for the summer months. In the summer, they complete their life cycle quicker than in the colder months. This is why there seems to be more around in the summer. They are most active in the early evening, looking for blood meals. You usually do not know that you have been bitten until it is too late. Males are drawn to nectar to feed. 

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Wasps are here!

Wasps are here!

Wasp season is well underway now. They love the warmer weather just like us. As we enjoy the sunshine, having picnics, ice creams, and BBQ’s, wasps will also like to join the party. It is always good to be prepared so here are some facts and interesting information about wasps.

·     In the UK, there are over 20,000 different species of wasps-the German wasp and Common wasp are the species you are most likely to come into contact with

·     They have bright yellow and black stripes on their tail ends, black thorax and yellow legs

·     They are social insects-they live in a colony and all members have a specific job role

·     They will tend to nest in trees, lofts, sheds and have been known to nest in the ground in abandoned rodent nests

·     Their nest is constructed by the queen initially with chewed up wood pulp and saliva. Once the queen begins to lay eggs, the colony take over the building and maintenance of the nest as well as looking after the young that the queen continues to produce

·     Wasps can fly much faster than you can run!

·     They are able to sting multiple times. This is because they do not lose their stinger like bees

·     Wasps, like our beloved bees are very important to our ecosystem. They are great pollinators

·     They tend to eat flies, caterpillars and aphids. At the end of the summer, they are more drawn to sugary food sources which will see them through the winter

·     If a wasp feels threatened, it can emit a pheromone that signals to other wasps that there is danger and help is required

·     It is best practice to not swipe at a wasp, this may be construed as an attack and you will be stung!


 If you find a wasp nest in or around your home, please call in a professional to assess and deal with the situation. We are fully trained and qualified to make sure the problem is dealt with properly.