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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!

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