Pest Control News

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Winged Pests

Winged Pests

Wasps
There are many different species of wasps in the UK; the most commonly sighted being the German Wasp. Most species of wasps are social, they will build a nest in a new location every spring using a multitude of materials. Colonies can reach up to 5000 wasps and can be found in places like attics, sheds and even inside walls. The choice of location to nest is usually based on the protective qualities of the space. At this particular time of year, most of the work is done for a wasp. The queen has stopped producing young and may have even left the colony in search of a good place to hibernate over the winter. The worker wasps no longer need to care for the eggs and larvae in the nest, so tend to spend most of their time searching for something sweet. They are basically waiting to die at this point, and the nectar of a rotting apple for example is just what they want. They tend to become much more aggressive at this point; chasing, dive bombing and stinging to get that sweet treat. 

Hornets
Although technically a species of wasp, the hornet sting is much more painful. They are considered as aggressive as wasps, but due to their larger size, they may appear more scary! If their size was not enough to put you off, they tend to attack in numbers in order to get food sources. They are dangerous to the honey bee specifically. The honey bee is a favourite meal and a hornet will actually stake out a honey bee hive for the opportune moment to attack. Their nests are typically located off the floor in trees. 

Flies
Cluster flies can be a real problem this time of year. As the season begins to change, they are looking to find good nesting locations. A preferred location is loft space, they are not bothered much there, it is warm and can even have access to sunlight if there are gaps in the roof. Although the cluster fly is not considered to post a health risk, we would not recommend leaving an infestation untreated. They can become rather a nuisance buzzing around. There are many different species of fly in the UK, around 7000 to be more precise. All their nesting and eating habits depend on the species however typically humans will come into contact with bluebottles, house flies, crane fly, and fruit fly to name a few. Flies typically enter the home through open doors and windows and are governed by their search for food sources. 


If you have any problems with the winged pests above, please do get in touch today. We can help eradicate the issue quickly and professionally!

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Fleas

Fleas

We have had quite a few enquiries recently about flea infestations. Flea problems can be very tricky to deal with. This is because we tend to treat the adults as we can see these (although even the adults can be tricky to spot) but fleas reproduce very quickly. Here are some facts about fleas;

·     Fleas are actually parasites; they live of mammals and birds. Adult fleas only eat blood meals. Which is why living on their food host is perfect for them. 

·     They are typically small in size, no bigger than 3mm long when fully grown adults. Adult fleas have flat bodies, this makes moving through fur and feathers easier. 

·     They are reddish brown in colour and have long back legs. These legs are extremely strong. Fleas can actually jump really high, far higher than what their size should allow for. This skill means they can jump from host to host easily and efficiently. 

·     Adults will only consume fresh blood.

·     Female fleas can lay over 1000 eggs in a lifetime depending on the species of flea. 

·     Adult fleas typically live for approximately 2 months. However, if the environment is right, they can live for much longer. 

·     Fleas lay white eggs, these eggs hatch into larvae. The larvae are worm like in appearance and white in colour. They feed off of adult flea waste and dead skin cells. 

·     In an infestation of fleas, adults only make up about 5 % of the population. That means just dealing with the adult fleas you can see is no good. The eggs produced by fleas can make up 50% of the population!




Flea infestations are very hard to treat by yourself. It is strongly advised that you contact a professional pest controller. We can help identify and treat the infestation successfully and get rid of these pests once and for all!