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Monday, 28 March 2022

Spring Pest To Look Out For

Spring Pest To Look Out For

When Spring arrives, the weather starts to feel warmer and the nights are lighter for longer. Spring also means the emergence of some new pests that could cause you some issues if they gain access to your home. Below are just a few pests to keep an eye out for this Spring.

Ants

Ants can become a real nuisance if they are able to gain access to your property. They are not a threat to human health, but they certainly can be annoying. The reason why they will be trying to enter your home is to find food. They are able to emit a pheromone to signal to other ants that there is food sources available and then other ants can follow the same trail into your home. Ant will eat just about anything, but favourites are fruits, aphids and other smaller insects. In your home, they are particularly partial to anything sweet so fruit and sugary items are usually best kept off of surfaces and where possible in sealed containers. 

Flies

As the weather warms up, you will start noticing flies about. There are many different types of flies including; house fly, bluebottle, greenbottle, horse fly and cluster fly just to name a few. Flies will typically remain dormant over the winter months, only coming out when the weather warms up. They are in search of food and suitable mates. Flies are considered very unsanitary due to where they land and eat. The heat of the sun will warm up food that you have disposed of and that smell is very attractive to flies. They will eat, poop, and lay their eggs all in the same place. For this reason, anything flies land on can contain harmful bacteria that may may you unwell. Keep your floors and kitchen sides clean and food covered at all times. Keep your bins covered with a lid to avoid flies being able to gain entry and lay their eggs. 

Cockroaches

We do not always think about cockroaches being a problem in the UK, however they certainly can be if left untreated. Cockroaches are extremely hardy pests, so home remedies are highly unlikely to be effective enough to eradicate them completely. They are mainly active at night and they are very fast. For that reason, getting a glimpse of a cockroach can be difficult but if you have an infestation then there will be an odour present. You may also find droppings too. Cockroaches like dark and damp environments so your bathroom or kitchen are prime locations. 

Remember, any pest problems you have, SOS Pest Control can help. Get in touch today!

Tuesday, 8 March 2022

Moths In Your Home?

 Moths In Your Home?

Moths are a very common sight in the UK, especially around this time of year. Moth season on a whole tends to last from May through to October. Spring is the time of year when moths will lay their eggs. So being in the know about moths now is key to making sure you can keep them at bay as the year goes on.

There are many different species of moth in the UK. Moths found in the home are usually much smaller than those that are more inclined to remain in their natural habitat. The colours of moths vary from black, grey, white or brown. They are prey to an array of predators so these colourings allow them to remain easily camouflaged. The two species you are most likely to come across are the brown house moth and the common clothes moth. They are similar in colouring but the clothes moth is much smaller and slender in wingspan compared to the brown house moth. 

Contrary to popular belief that all adult moths are destructive, it is in face the larvae of moths that actually cause those little holes you find on fabrics. When moths lay their eggs, they do so on ideal food items for the larvae when they hatch. Within your home that is typically jumpers, blankets, bedding, carpets, just to name a few. Natural fibres are a favourite so cotton, wool, silk, linen and fur are all at risk.

Most moths are attracted to light so you will likely see adults fluttering around lamps and TV screens. Interestingly, clothes moths do not enjoy the light. They prefer much darker locations like your wardrobe or loft space. 

If you have noticed signs of a moth infestation like quite a few adult moths flying around, holes in stored items like cloths, furniture and carpets then it may be time to call in a pest controller. There are a few things that you can do though to help. Clothes for example can be removed from their location and washed on a high heat, then giving the storage area a good clean. If only some items seem to be affected, it is always advisable to wash any items within the same area just to be safe. A top tip to stop them coming back is to place lavender in with your stored items as moths really do not like lavender. 

As always, we recommend calling in a professional to deal with your moth problem as we have the skills and expertise to identify the species and treat it accordingly. 


Monday, 28 February 2022

What kind of beetles are in my home?

 What kind of beetles are in my home?


Whilst you may not see beetles regularly in the UK, they are around. Beetles found in the UK are harmless and actually very useful to the environment. Typically, beetles like to live in woodlands and are mostly independent insects. Like most pests found in your home, beetles will end up in your home looking for shelter and/or food. 

There are a few beetles that you are most likely to come across; carpet beetles, biscuit/bread beetles and furniture beetles (woodworm).

Carpet Beetles

Carpet beetles can be a real issue if left. Adult carpet beetles are not actually the ones that damage your house hold items. It is the larvae that are the issue. They will feed on natural fibres like wool, leather, carpets and even pet hair. Feeding on these items will cause holes which are usually attributed to moth infestations so it can sometimes be difficult to find out which pest is the culprit. Carpet beetle larvae are small in size and covered in fine hairs. They can be difficult to spot as they are usually a cream/white colour which can easily blend in with your nice carpet. The larvae prefer dark quiet spaces to feed and sleep, so checking the back corners of your bedroom or behind that wardrobe that you store your winter coats in are good places to start looking. Adult carpet beetles can be brown or brown, white and black speckled in colour. Adult carpet beetles tend to eat flowers and plants so can easily find themselves moving into your home if you like to have fresh flowers on display regularly.

Biscuit/Bread Beetles

As the name suggests, biscuit/bread beetle larvae are rather fond of food sources that are high in carbohydrates. Cereals, flour, bread, biscuits and even spices can all serve as food sources. Typically those old bags of flour or rarely used spices in the back of the cupboard will be a preference. This is due to the larvae enjoying dark, warm and undisturbed locations to feed in and grow. The larvae are maggot like in appearance but smaller. You are more likely to see an adult biscuit beetle before you notice the larvae. An adult biscuit beetle is brown or red in colour and small in size. 

Furniture Beetles/Woodworm

Furniture beetles are often confused with biscuit beetles due to their similar colourings. However, furniture beetles are bigger in size and darker brown in colour. Furniture beetle larvae are a real problem when they find the perfect location to feed. The larvae are actually called woodworm due to their appearance and what they like to eat. As the name suggests, wood is their choice of food. Adult beetles will lay eggs on old wooden structures so that when the eggs hatch, the larvae are able to feed immediately. They eat their way through the wood creating little tunnels. These tunnels end up leaving the wood with visible holes throughout. Woodworm infestations can be a real issue as they can cause structural damage to old beams or floorboards for example. 

SOS Pest Control have got you covered though. Give us a call today for advice or to book in a no obligation quote.

Monday, 7 February 2022

Squirrel Control & Proofing

 Squirrel Control & Proofing

Squirrels can cause real problems if they are able to gain access to your home or business. They can be extremely noisy not to mention destructive. 

There are 2 types of squirrels in the UK, red and grey. They are easily distinguishable because of their colouring. Grey squirrels are usually a bit bigger than red squirrels, and red squirrels have fluffier ears compared to grey squirrels. 

You are most likely to come across grey squirrels as they are more adept to living in urban areas. Squirrels like to eat a variety of food like nuts, seeds, plant bulbs and soft fruits. They are known for the burying of their food. When the weather turns colder and food is harder to source, squirrels will dig up that extra food they sourced in the warmer months. 

Squirrels like to gnaw. They gnaw on wood in the wild to break it down for nesting. If a squirrel makes their way into your home, they will not only gnaw on wooden beams and floorboards, but also electrical wires, clothes and cardboard boxes. This can not only be expensive to fix but can also be very dangerous. 

Squirrels are very noisy. They are most active in the early hours of the morning so if you are unfortunate enough to have a family of squirrels in your loft, you are sure to know about it. 

They can access your home through small spaces. A loose roof tile or damaged brickwork can offer easy access. Squirrels are great climbers so if you have trees or ivy near your home, it can make getting into your home even easier for them. 

If you think you have squirrels in your home, you must phone a professional like SOS Pest Control. We can deal with them in the correct way and make sure to proof your home against these pests in the future. Get in touch today!

Monday, 31 January 2022

Bird Control & Proofing

 Bird Control & Proofing

Bird control and proofing is a very important part of pest control. Employing a qualified and trusted pest controller is a necessity if you want to make sure that you are abiding by the rules and regulations around bird control. We have the knowledge and skills to deal all kinds of birds and can work with you to proof your home or business, so they won’t return. 

A bird infestation is not an easy issue to deal with. Due to the diseases they carry, they are a threat to public health which is why it is so important to deal with a bird infestation effectively and efficiently. Bird guano (or poop) is especially problematic. Not only is it unsightly and harbours diseases, but it can also be a slip hazard which could be bad news for your business. Birds can also be extremely noisy especially in large numbers. If you are unfortunate enough to have birds nesting, you certainly will know about it.

Birds will look for nesting locations that are sheltered and warm. This could be in your garage, shed or loft space just as examples. They will build these nests from a variety of materials like twigs, leaves, moss and animal fur. When inside the home, they will use whatever materials they have to hand like loft insulation, wool and cardboard boxes. 

But what can you do about it? The best solution is to call in a pest controller, a trained professional to deal with birds and have the knowledge and ability to implement deterrents to stop them coming back again. There are many different types of bird proofing systems available, and they are not as costly as people think. Get in touch today for a no obligation quote.

Monday, 3 January 2022

Happy New Year From SOS Pest Control

Happy New Year From SOS Pest Control


We wish you all a Happy New Year. We hope 2022 brings you and your families a year with good health and happiness. SOS Pest Control are on hand to deal with any pest problems you may encounter, no job is too big or too small. 
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