Common Rats can be found anywhere food and shelter is available, and large infestations can develop very quickly from a single pair.
They cause numerous problems such as transmission of disease, damage to buildings and gnawing of electrical cables.
House mice are common in urban and rural areas and are mainly house dwellers. They are known carriers of a number of diseases transmissible to humans and also contaminate foodstuffs and cause damage by gnawing.
Large infestations can develop very quickly from a single pair.
Moles are abundant throughout mainland Britain but are absent from Ireland. Mole hills are particularly unwelcome on golf greens and bowling greens and can also cause damage to mowing machinery.
Bumble Bee nests hold fewer than 50 individuals and last for one summer. Bumble Bee species are not normally aggressive, and will not usually sting unless their nest is attacked. For this reason we advise people to leave them alone unless they are causing a serious nuisance
Bumble Bees are not normally aggressive and we will not carry out a treatment unless they are causing a serious nuisance.
Wasps can cause painful stings, which may result in intense pain and swelling, and even severe allergic reaction. They can also become aggressive and a nuisance later in the season when they are searching for sweet foods.
Treating wasps nests can be very dangerous and professional treatment is always advised.
A variety of diseases are carried by flies they all have different habits, life cycles, and originate from different sources.
The solution is common, by treating the breeding sites where maggots are present, combined with a surface treatment an infestation can be prevented
Ladybirds usually find their way into houses via doors/windows or cracks & crevices around the exterior of the building. They are attracted to by warmer temperatures or lighting. They will normally leave of their own accord however certain measures can be taken to control them.
They are not harmful to humans, pets or property, they do not carry disease, they are not poisonous and they don’t breed indoors.
Woodlice are not insects but small crustaceans and need to live in damp places such and are common inhabitants of woodlands and gardens.
Some woodlice come indoors, during cooler autumn and winter weather
Garden ants are not a health hazard, but can cause a nuisance. They enter buildings in large numbers in search of sweet foods, getting in through small gaps in masonry, doors and windows.
Tropical species such as Pharaoh’s Ants are becoming more common in heated buildings and can be particularly difficult to eradicate.
Bedbugs hide by day and feed on human blood while people are asleep at night. They are an unpleasant and persistent nuisance and can cause an allergic reaction.
Bedbug infestations are on the increase and are notoriously difficult to eradicate.
There are many species of flea but most fleas found in our homes are cat fleas and are brought in by pets. Flea bites usually occur on the lower legs and can remain itchy and inflamed for several weeks.
Silverfish & Firebrats
Silverfish and firebrats are very common household pests, found where conditions are fairly moist. They do not cause a risk to human health but may occasionally damage papers, textiles and dried foods.
We do not normally carry out treatment unless they are present in large numbers.
Spiders are found in all environments and play a significant role in the biological control of insect pests. All spiders are capable of biting, however very few British spiders are able to puncture human skin.
Spiders are not a public health pest and we do not provide a service to remove or kill them.
The most common cockroaches in the UK are the German and Oriental species. Cockroaches have always lived amongst humans and are a public health hazard as they feed on virtually anything. They pick up bacteria which can be responsible for gastroenteritis, dysentery and typhoid.
Treating a cockroach infestation is challenging.
Slugs & Snails
Slugs and snails only occur indoors when very damp conditions prevail.
They are a nuisance pest only and pose no threat to public health, therefore we do not provide a service to remove or treat them.
Pidgeons flock together in groups of 50 to 500 usually gathering around regular food sources. They use balconies, ledges, chimneys and other similar areas for nesting often causing damage to tiles and dicolouration to building faces.
Seagulls are more intelligent than most pest birds they do not settle in a single centre of activity and are highly adaptable, often making a round trip of 100km in search of food in a matter of hours.
Starlings tend to congregate in very large communal winter roosts in woodland, reed beds, park lands and urban sites such as buildings and prefer cavities or voids in trees and buildings, identified by their spectacular aerial display performed by many thousands of birds. Damage results primarily from their sheer numbers, roosting and feeding habits.
Grey squirrels are perceived as attractive wildlife in their natural outdoor habitat. However if they access roof spaces they cause damage to roof timbers, electrical wiring and plumbing.
Foxes carry diseases that can affect pets and people alike, they easily adapt to new environments and new areas. Rural foxes quickly urbanised and benefit from food sources and shelter in the relatively large gardens, from compost heaps, bird-tables and garden buildings.
Rabbits prolific breeders between January to July with capabilities to chew and dig through most landscapes and crops, a cause for concern is that they carry diseases and viruses that can spread to other animals and humans.
Sometimes we get asked to deal with more exotic pests. Scorpions do occur in the UK but usually from someone’s home or a refugee on a package in transport
It is rare to encounter a snake in the UK. If you see one, it is likely that they will simply be passing-by as quickly as possible. They tend to avoid contact with people so will steer clear of you and your pets.
Different species of bat prefer different places to roost, many squeeze into tiny spaces, cracks and crevices.
Bats are most often noticed in houses between April to September while the female bats have only one baby each year.
When the young can fly and feed themselves and have usually left by September/October.
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