Pest Control News

Monday, 23 August 2021

Summer Flying Insects

Summer Flying Insects

Flying insects can be a real pain when the weather is warmer. We like to keep our windows and doors open and enjoy the longer evenings in the garden. However, doing that means we are inviting a variety of flying pests into our homes. Below we have some of the common pests you are likely to encounter in August.

Wasps

Wasps are very common during the warmer months. They are drawn to food and drink sources, which are in abundance when the weather is nice. Wasps are particularly aggressive as well, especially towards the end of summer. It is during this time of the year where they are on the look out for very sweet food sources. Rotting fruit, your ice lolly, rubbish bins etc are all very attractive to wasps. Interesting fact, if they have access to too much rotting fruit they actually get drunk and are more likely to be even more aggressive. They are able to sting you multiple times, and will not hesitate to do so if they feel threatened in any way. Wasps are actually pest controllers in their own right as they feed on smaller insects. They are great pollinators too (not a good as our bees of course).

Flies

Flies can be a real issue in the summer. We still produce the same amount of waste and when this rubbish heats up, it begins to smell. Flies love this. They eat, poop, and lay their eggs all in the same place. If the weather is very warm, it speeds up the life cycle of egg to maggot to fly as well which means a fly problem can become a big issue pretty quickly. There are lots of different types of flies to look out for; bluebottles, house flies, horse flies, and fruit flies just to name a few.

Flying Ants

It is thought to be a sign that a storm is coming when you see flying ants. It is rare to just see one or 2 flying ants, you are likely to see a lot of them all at once. This is triggered by hot and humid weather and is done so for protection, it helps protect them from predators. Flying ants are actually just black garden ants, but with wings. It is usually males and queens that you will spot flying around towards the end of summer, looking for a mate in order to start new colonies. 

Moths

Like flies, increased temperatures can speed up the reproduction cycle of the moth which means they can become an issue quicker. If you can see 4 or more adult moths in a room in your home then it is likely you have an infestation. The adult moths are the insects to look for but it is actually the larvae that damage clothing. Adult moths will lay their eggs on suitable food sources like wool, other clothing fibres, cushions or curtains to name a few. Once the eggs hatch into larvae (which look like little catterpillars) they will feed on the materials until they form a silken cocoon and emerge an adult moth. 

No pest problem is too big or small. SOS Pest Control are here to help! Give us a call today.

Monday, 9 August 2021

Have I Got BedBugs or Fleas?

 Have I Got BedBugs or Fleas?

Bedbugs and fleas are typically referred to as all year round pests. They are able to breed all through the year mainly because they are indoor pests and we make sure to keep our homes nice and cosy when it is cold outside. That is not to say that they are dormant in the winter, but they prefer warmer weather (who doesn't!) and so are actually far more active in breeding between June and late September. 

The problem with bedbugs and fleas is the speed in which they can multiply. They are very small pests, their eggs are even smaller which makes them very hard to detect until you have an infestation. Both enjoy a nice blood meal, and will leave you itching for days. 

Here are some differences between bedbugs and fleas to keep you in the know;

- Bedbug adults are typically flat and round, whereas adult fleas are more narrow and have long back legs

- Both bedbug and flea adults are brownish in colour

- Fleas prefer animals to humans for their blood meals

- Bedbugs can live for months without feeding, adults fleas can only live for two weeks without food

- Fleas are able to breed much quicker than bedbugs as they are able to lay hundreds of eggs each week

- Bedbugs are nocturnal, they feed on you while you sleep. Fleas are also nocturnal to a point but are far more active during the day compared to bedbugs

- Fleas have a pretty impressive jump, they do this in order to move from one host to another. They are lightning quick too. Bedbugs cannot jump or fly

If you find yourself with a bedbug or flea problem this summer, please do not hesitate to get in touch. SOS Pest Control can get you pest free in no time!
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