Pest Control News

Monday, 26 July 2021

Wasps

Wasps


Now the weather is beginning to warm up (how hot has it been this week!) you are likely to start seeing more and more wasps emerging. Wasps are not only annoying, they can also be pretty dangerous if they sting you. 

The queen wasp has been busy finding the perfect spot for a nest. She will begin building this on her own to lay her first round of eggs. Once these hatch and grow into adults, they then take over the building and maintenance of the nest as well as looking after the eggs and new wasps being produced by the queen. 

Nest locations can vary however some likely favourites are trees, lofts, sheds and garages. Nests are usually made of chewed up wood and can be many different shapes but a common shape is round like a football. As wasps are social creatures, if the nest site is left to grow it can become rather large! It is usually obvious if you have a wasp nest close by as you will see many wasps flying in, out and around the entrance to the nest. 

Wasps are actually very important to our ecosystem. They are pollinators like bees but more importantly they actually act as mini pest controllers themselves. Feeding on spiders, greenfly and even caterpillars-wasps are a necessity just like bees!

Unlike bees however, wasps are able to sting multiple times. This is due to their stinger being smooth. And their stings hurt! They are also able to emit a pheromone if they feel their nest is under attack which signals to other wasps nearby to attack the threat. This is why we alway suggest calling in SOS Pest Control to deal with the problem as multiple wasp stings can be fatal. Our professional and effective approach means we can deal with a wasp nest safely and efficiently.

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Monday, 5 July 2021

How To Get Rid of Ants

How To Get Rid of Ants


Ants start emerging when the weather gets warmer. The colony has been dormant for the winter months, but now the forager ants will begin to look for food sources. Ants have a particular sweet tooth so will eat fruits, nectar and anything sugary they can find in your kitchen. 

In your garden, you will likely find ants under your patio or decking, in and around your flower beds and pots, and of course your lawn. They leave tell-tale signs along the edge of your grass by the means of small mounds of soil where they are able to come and go from their nest. 

Once forager ants find an ample source of food, they are able to leave a scent trail for other forager ants to follow, which means a couple of ants can become a lot of ants in a short period of time. 

As the colony grows, more food is required which means the foragers will travel further afield to find suitable food to feed them all. That could be problematic if they find some yummy food in your kitchen. It is always best practice to keep your kitchen clean and tidy. Making sure to clean up any spills or crumbs. 

Of course, there are home remedies available if the ant problem is just limited to a few here and there. However, if you are unlucky enough to be housing a colony, then you will certainly require the assistance of a professional pest controller. We can not only get rid of the ants, but we can help protect your home and garden from them returning. Leaving you to enjoy your summer in peace!


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