Pest Control News

Friday, 30 October 2020

Squirrel Control & Proofing

 Squirrel Control & Proofing

 

We are getting to that time of year again where the weather is turning colder and wetter. This means that pests are looking for locations to hide out and create a nest for the winter months to come. Squirrels are a prime example of the type of pest you could be dealing with in October and November. 

 

Firstly, it is important to note that pest controllers will not deal with red squirrels. This is because they are protected due to their dwindling numbers. Grey squirrels are not actually native to the UK, and they are considered to be an invasive pest. They are carriers of a disease that does not affect their health but unfortunately, our red squirrels are not immune to it and it will cause them to die if contracted. Grey squirrels are also more aggressive in nature so they regularly beat red squirrels to food and shelter supplies too. 

 

Grey squirrels are predominantly active during the day; foraging for nuts, berries, vegetables and of course food from bird feeders! However, if food is scarce, then they will eat insects, small rodents and bird eggs. They are also well known for burying hordes of food to get them through the winter. They have a wonderful sense of smell, so are able to find these pockets of food very easily even weeks after burying them. 

 

Like with most pests, prevention is always better than cure. There are a few things you can do to deter squirrels from entering or trying to enter your property;

·      cut back any trees or plants climbing the side of your property as these provide easy access to your roof/loft space

·      make sure any gaps/holes are blocked and sealed

·      regularly check loft spaces for droppings, damage to boxes and other stored items

·      try not to leave food out where possible and invest in a squirrel proof bird feeder if you can

 

As always, we recommend that you call in a professional when dealing with pest problems. SOS Pest Control are trained professionals and can deal with all types of pest issues. 

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Flea Treatment & Control

 Fleas

 

Flea infestations can be a real pain. One of the main issues with fleas is that due to their small size even as adults, their eggs and larvae are even harder to see. The chances being that if you see an adult flea, there are likely to be at least 10 eggs that you can’t see! Flea infestations can get out of hand very quickly as they are able to multiply rapidly. Plus them being quite difficult to see, it can seem very overwhelming dealing with this pest alone. 

 

But do not worry, SOS Pest Control can help! We have the knowledge, understanding and effective treatments to be able to deal with the problem quickly. 

 

Fleas can infest homes or offices. They are very good at hitching a ride on clothes and in bags so no warm environments are out of bounds. They will take comfort in carpets, sofas and curtains to name a few. It is important to keep any fabrics cleaned and areas hoovered on a regular basis. And remember, once you have hoovered, remove the bag and dispose of it immediately in order to take any potential fleas outside the building.

 

Fleas need food. This comes from the blood meals they enjoy from you or your pet. Their bites do not hurt at the time; however, they can cause redness, swelling and itching. Some people can have more adverse reactions to flea bites which can require treatment. These bites can really distress your pet too as they will constantly be scratching, trying to remove the adults and larvae from their fur. Adult fleas cannot fly, but they can however jump a considerable distance and height. This is how they are able to move from host to host.

 

A flea problem is nothing to be embarrassed about and please do not delay in calling us!

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