Pest Control News

Friday, 30 April 2021

Moths- Signs, Treatment & Prevention

Moths- Signs, Treatment & Prevention

Now is the time adults moths are beginning to emerge. They have one purpose during this time which is to find a mate and lay eggs. Adult moths are not actually the problem, it is the larvae that feed on clothing and other materials around the house causing damage. 

Signs

There are typical signs to look out for when it comes to a moth infestation;
  • Adult moths
  • Small maggot like larvae
  • Cases and strands made of silk (can be confused with spiders web but much more fragile)
  • Holes in clothes, bedding, curtains, upholstered furniture

Treatment

The most effective way to treat a moth infestation is to call in a professional. They will be able to tell you what type of moth problem you have, advise on the best course of action, and make sure to get the job done properly so you are left completely moth free. There are of course shop bought solutions, however if the treatment is not suitable for the problem then you will only waste your time and money. There are also a few things you can do yourself to help the situation;
  • Make sure all clothes and bedding are thoroughly cleaned before being put away
  • Empty out your hoover bag regularly
  • Any material bags, fabric boxes, suitcases etc should be thoroughly cleaned and stored in sealed bags

Prevention

Believe it or not, there are things you can do to help prevent moths entering and laying eggs in and around your home.
  • Keep your home clean and tidy, hoover regularly
  • Make sure to focus on cleaning under beds, the back of wardrobes, in the loft
  • Store all material items in sealed bags or boxes
  • Make sure to clean any sealed items before storing them away
  • Use fly screens over open doors and windows to stop adults from entering your home
SOS Pest Control can help with any pest problem you may have! Give us a call today!

Monday, 5 April 2021

Spring Pests in Kent

Spring Pests in Kent

We have now entered Spring time, which means a new variety of pests are beginning to emerge. Of course, if these pests remain in your garden or areas surrounding your property then that would be great. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Humans offer pests shelter, food and water in abundance so it makes sense that they would like to move in with us! Below we have some information about the most common pests you are likely to encounter in Spring;

Ants

Ants will build their nests in your garden but that does not stop them exploring their surroundings. Ant colonies can reach very large numbers if left untreated. And if they have gained entry to your home once, they will continue to do so again and again. They are especially attracted to sweet foods like fruit, honey and sugar. They can find their way into your home through open doors and windows, even through cracks around your window and door seals. They are not harmful to your heath, more of nuisance pest.

Flies

Flies tend to come in a variety of shapes and sizes including bluebottles and house flies. Both can be very problematic if left untreated. Flies are carriers of a variety of diseases due to the types of foods they eat (like poop!) so if flies are landing on your food or food preparation surfaces then they will be contaminating anything they touch. They are likely to gain entry through open windows and doors, and are mostly attracted to strong smelling decaying food. This is why they are usually seen around bins. 

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are a funny sort of pest as you are not typically likely to see them very often. They can scuttle super fast and tend to be nocturnal. But if you have cockroaches, you will find droppings and a musty smell in your kitchen or bathroom usually, wherever there is a water source. They like warm, damp conditions. They are not fussy eaters, they will even eat each other if food is scarce but in a human home, food is usually abundant!

Any pest problems this Spring, give SOS Pest Control a call!!

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