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Monday, 28 September 2020

Autumn Pests- Time To Get Proofing

 Autumn Pests- Time To Get Proofing

 

As we enter in the Autumn season, days become shorter, the weather turns colder, and in typical UK spirit, the cloudy days get more regular. As this seasonal weather starts to come in, now is a great time to start looking at potential entry points for pests to gain access to your home, garage or shed. Pests do not really like the cold either, so they will be looking for warmth, shelter and a good food supply so naturally, your home is the perfect location. Some of the main pests that are likely to try and get into your home are birds, squirrels, rats and mice. Although there are many other pests that you may come across too! Below we look at two hotspots in the home;

 

Roof/Chimney

Pests such as birds and squirrels are likely to try and nest in your loft space. The area is warm and dry and easy to access. Birds come with a multitude of problems, their feathers and nests can be infected with mites, their droppings are not only unsightly but can be a heath hazard. Squirrels are extremely noisy, especially during the early hours of the morning. They are destructive too, tearing up insulation, cardboard and fabrics to make a nice comfy nest. 

 

What can you do?

-        Check roof for loose tiles or holes in the insulation

-       Make sure any nearby trees are pruned and kept away from the roof to keep access for squirrels to a minimum

-       Keep guttering clear from any debris

-       Put a cap on top of the chimney to stop birds trying to nest in there

 

Kitchen

Rats and mice can be a particular problem in the winter and your kitchen is a great place to stock up on food. They are not picky eaters either, so they will be sure to find something to their liking in your home. Mice by nature are far more inquisitive than rats so they will happily explore far and wide around the home. Rats are very destructive, being able to gnaw and chew their way through a variety of materials so no area is out of bounds. Any rat or mouse infestation can grow extremely quickly so if you one or evidence like droppings, it is highly suggested that you treat the problem quickly. Not only are they destructive, but rats and mice carry a lot of diseases that are harmful to humans. 

 

What can you do?

-       Make sure any pipe holes in the walls are sufficiently filled and proofing applied to those that run from outside to inside the property

-       Keep your kitchen clean and tidy from food spillages and debris

-       Make sure all foods are stored and secured in airtight containers

 

Whatever the pest, we are here to help. SOS Pest Control can deal with all sorts of pests and help you get your home proofed against them before winter comes. 

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Carpet Beetles

 Carpet Beetles

 

Carpet beetle adults are around in full force towards the end of the summer. They are looking for suitable locations to lay their eggs. These little beetles may only be small; however, they are able to cause some serious damage if left to thrive. 

 

 Life Cycle

 

The entire life cycle of a carpet beetle is typically a month. Carpet beetle eggs can take between 1-2 weeks to hatch once laid. As they feed, they grow and once they enter the beetle phase, they will live for about 2 weeks. Their main aim being reproduction and then laying eggs.

 

What do they look like?

 

Carpet beetle eggs are small in size and white or cream in colour. As soon as they hatch, they actually look like hairy caterpillars. They too are only small, with bristles all over their worm-like body and typically brown in colour. Adult carpet beetles can vary in colour, some are speckled browns, whites, oranges and black, whilst others are black all over. Regardless of their colourings, they are rounded in shape, with 6 legs and 2 antennae. Adults are also able to fly which means they can find access to numerous locations around the home. 

 

What do they eat?

 

It is the larvae that need to be within reach of food sources in order to grow into adults. The larvae will tend to eat any organic materials including but not limited to; carpets, wood, books and clothes. It is these larvae that will eat their way through these materials leaving unsightly holes in clothes and bald patches in your carpets. 

 

What can you do?

 

Having carpet beetles in your home is simply bad luck. They can fly in through open doors and windows, be carried in on flowers and even previously owned furniture. There are however a few things you can do to help reduce the likelihood they would like to stay;

·      Make sure to hoover and clean your home regularly

·      Check any flowers/furniture for signs of adult beetles

·      If you keep windows/doors open, perhaps invest in some nets or screens to help stop beetles entering your home

 

If you think you have carpet beetles in your home, you may be able to deal with the problem yourself. Using a hoover, you can thoroughly clean skirting boards and edges of carpets (they are a favourite location). 


What we would suggest however, is to give a professional a call, like SOS Pest Control. We will be able to investigate and advise on the extent of the infestation and offer you efficient solutions to the problem. Leaving you carpet beetle free!

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