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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. 


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