Insect Control

We cover Wasps, Bedbugs, Ants, Fleas, Biting Insects, Carpet Beetle, Spiders, Cockroaches, Flies and More

During the summer months our main problem is the demand for treatments to destroy wasps. But the summer is also a time when flies, Fleas, Ants are a nuisance and sometimes a serious problem. Also Bed Bugs and others.

 Flies

The common housefly is uncommonly dangerous, probably the most dangerous pest of all. This is because it is so difficult to control and has the ability to spread a large number of diseases; particularly those linked with food.

Flies lay their eggs in filthy material, become grossly contaminated and then contaminate our food, not just by landing on it, but also because of the unpleasant way they feed. They don't have biting mouthparts, so they vomit their digestive juices out onto the food and then suck back these juices together with some partly digested food. These charming table manners mean that the food becomes contaminated with all sorts of unpleasant bacteria. When the flies have finished eating, it's our turn!

Other types of flies are attracted to our food and contaminate it in a different but equally unpleasant way. Blowflies, for example, don't just feed on our food, they lay their eggs directly on it. The eggs rapidly turn into maggots.

It's almost impossible to keep flies out, but covered, clean and tidy refuse storage reduces the problem and covering open food helps to prevent contamination. In commercial kitchens fly screens and electric fly killers are often necessary to protect food products.

Ants

Like wasps and bees, ants are social insects and not usually involved in the spread of disease. They nest underground and are mainly found outside, but where nests are close to or under buildings ants will come inside. They are particularly attracted to sweet tasting foods so can cause contamination problems.

In the summer the male and female ants leave the nest in large numbers over a short period of time. Often this happens at all of the nests in an area. The male and female ants are larger that the worker ants, which we are used to seeing, and they are winged. If they get indoors in large numbers they can be quite frightening.

Pharaoh ants are much smaller than the common black ant; they are found inside and often infest hospitals, where they are capable of spreading infections.

Wasps

Wasps do not spread infectious diseases in the same way that flies and cockroaches do, but they can contaminate food and can deliver a painful sting, which to hypersensitive individuals can be life threatening. Wasps are social insects; queen wasps, the only individuals that survive over the winter, start a new nest in the spring, these nests are usually underground or in buildings.

Early in the summer wasps present few problems and, in fact, are useful garden predators because the workers feed on a number of plant parasites such as aphids. Later in the summer, the workers main job is done; they become semi-redundant and have time to indulge their attraction for sweet foods. They enter kitchens and other food premises - especially bakeries. The use of mesh screens and covers for food products help prevent contamination.

Treatment of nests is always best left to professional pest controllers. If you have an active nest in or around your property and the wasps are worrying you, phone the number given above; we can usually arrange a treatment within two hours of your call.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are another serious public health pest because they can spread a large number of gastro-intestinal and other diseases. They can be found in homes and domestic areas as well as commercial food premises, especially in blocks of flats, where they may live in kitchen ductwork and the drainage system.

The two most important species from the public health point of view are the Oriental cockroach and the German cockroach. The adult Oriental cockroach may be 24mm long and almost black in colour; only the males have wings. The German cockroach is smaller, 14mm long, and is yellow brown in colour; both the males and females are winged.

Cockroaches are nocturnal insects; spending the day in cracks and crevices where they are difficult to detect. When you start to see evidence of an infestation, it is usually well established and professional help is needed.

Fleas

Fleas are parasites of warm blooded animals; spending most of their life on their host and feeding on its blood. Fleas usually stay with one host, but if it is absent they will feed on other animals, including humans. Most domestic infestations are caused by cat or dog fleas. 

Fleas lay their eggs in animal bedding or carpets. When the eggs hatch, larvae emerge, which grow and then pupate. The pupae may remain dormant in empty houses for some time and only hatch when animals or humans enter the area and provide themselves as a host.

Insects that damage fabrics and/or contaminate food There are a number of insects that damage fabrics and/or contaminate food, including all sorts of beetles, weevils and moths. Although they are not involved in the spread of disease, they contaminate and destroy food products, and some may cause damage to clothes and furnishings.

  

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