From Rats to Spiders: The Most Common Creatures Pest Control London Companies Deal With

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Pest Control London. Finding you have pests in your home can be highly distressing, not least because many of these critters can multiply extremely quickly, but they can also be extremely difficult to get rid of.

This article discussed the most common creatures that pest control are called out to homes to deal with and ways you can stop an infestation before it begins.

Carpet Beetles -Pest Control London

Carpet beetles are small (often stripy-backed beetles) and typically present themselves around springtime. You will usually spot them in windows, as the beetles prefer light to dark; however, their larvae will only be found in dark spots, usually around the edges of carpets, in clothes, or in folds of mattresses, which makes them extremely difficult to spot. 

If you see the beetles, it’s likely you already have the larvae somewhere in the room. However, sometimes, if there are only one or two beetles, they have found their way into your home and possibly looking for somewhere to lay eggs.

The larvae look like tiny hairy caterpillars and will eat through natural fibres, causing devastation if left. 

To prevent breeding, if you see the beetles, you should begin by performing a deep clean. Wash all bedding (and check your clothing for tiny holes). Vacuum curtains and carpets right into the corners, and buy a repellent. 

If the problem persists, contact an exterminator who will be able to fume your home, but regular vacuuming is still also required. 

Rodents 

Pest Control London experts are called to homes for all kinds of creatures, but mice and rats are one of the most common.

Mice and rats usually breed in the warmer months and multiply extremely quickly. However, you may start to see signs of them as the colder months creep in, as they often enter homes looking for warmth.

Usually, by the time you have seen a mouse or a rat, you can almost guarantee you have at least a small family of them living with you, as they rarely live alone. 

Signs of rat or mice infestations will often include things like droppings, or small pieces of food being found in unusual areas. For example, if you leave dried food down for your dog, it’s not unusual for it to go down faster than normal, and appear in small piles in corners.

Mice and rats are nocturnal, so you are more likely to spot them at night. They will also usually avoid noise, so if you are sitting quietly at home one evening, that is when you are most likely to spot one shoot across your floor. 

To prevent mice and rats from entering your home, examine the outside of your house, and see if you can spot any holes which may need filling. You should also avoid leaving pet food down, which can attract them, and use ultrasonic deterrents if you live in a rural area.

Having a pet cat is also a great way to deter rodents from entering your home.

Traps are available to buy and use (both humane and kill traps) but if you’re not comfortable with taking care of this on your own, then it may be wise to call in pest control. 

Spiders

Whilst spiders are not generally considered a pest, many people have an intense fear of them, and if they have a number of them in their home, they will call out pest control to come and remove them.

Spiders are a very important part of our ecosystem and act as natural pest control for other unwanted insects within the home, so unless you are truly terrified or overrun, it’s best to leave the odd eight-legged friend to their own devices. 

Some species of spiders will dine on woodlice, silverfish, and fleas, as well as flies that get caught in their webs.  

You can naturally deter spiders from entering your home by putting strongly scented substances like lemon peel, white cider vinegar, and peppermint oil around doors and windows. Keeping windows closed where possible is also a good help, as is limiting their food sources by trying to eradicate flies and other bugs from your home. 

Insects: Woodlice 

Woodlice are often found in damp areas such as bathrooms. Woodlice often don’t survive long, as they prefer damp conditions as opposed to the dry environment most of us have within our homes, which is why you often will only see them in these spots.

They are not really a health hazard, but they can cause superficial damage to wooden floors and beams. 

Remove woodlice from your bathroom whenever you see them and maintain a dry environment to try and prevent them from entering in the first place. However, if you do start to see them in multiples then contact a pest control service for further advice.

Silverfish

Silverfish, like woodlice, enjoy damp environments, they are not harmful in themselves, but they can trigger allergies in some people and may cause damage to books, photographs, and wallpaper. They also often feed on human hair and skin cells, even dandruff! 

They do not like humans and will not often be seen, so it can be difficult to spot an infestation. 

Like woodlice, you should attempt to have a dry environment within the home to avoid silverfish taking up residence. 

Moths 

Moths are a common pest and can cause devastation to soft furnishings and clothes.

Mothballs and natural repellents such as vinegar mixed with your cleaning products should help deter them.

Aside from this, brushing your clothes and hoovering regularly as well as storing clothing and bedding that is not used regularly in bags is a good way to prevent infestation and damage.

You will often find moth larvae on carpets and so buying a vacuum powder to eliminate them is also a good idea if you suspect a problem. However, it’s always wise to call in professionals if you suspect a large infestation. 

Ants

Ants usually come indoors when looking for somewhere to lay eggs or food. 

Having a pet is a common reason ants will enter your home, as it usually means there are small pieces of food or treats lying around, which make a feast for ants! 

They travel in hoards and breed quickly, so an ant problem can very quickly escalate out of control. 

Ensure no food is left lying about in your home. Pet food should be put down only at feeding time and picked up straight after, and human food should always be stored in airtight containers. 

Seal up cracks in the wall to try and avoid them entering in the first place, and if you do see ants, purchasing a bait trap could be one way to get rid of them.

However, as mentioned, ants breed very quickly and therefore it’s a good idea to get professional help if you spot the early signs of an infestation. 

Wasps

Wasps are one pest that you should consider getting pest control in to deal with immediately. They can be very defensive if they feel threatened and it’s not usually a good idea to attempt to tackle them on your own.

Wasp nests will often be found in sheds or garages, but it is possible they will make their way into your home and settle in the attic.

They usually come inside for food, nesting, or hibernation. 

More often than not, the nest will be located outside, but if you see them in your home, the nest is close to a gap they can get in through.

Wasp stings can cause a serious allergic reaction, which can be fatal to some people, so it’s definitely worth getting professionals straight away to deal with a wasp infestation.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches in England are thankfully smaller than in some other countries, but they still carry bacteria that can be harmful to humans. 

Food poisoning is not an uncommon occurrence in places where cockroaches are present, so it is important to try and eliminate them as soon as possible. Cockroaches can live a huge 100 days without food, but only 2 days without water, so finding them close to a water source such as in a kitchen or bathroom is not unusual. 

Often, cockroach infestations are accompanied by an unpleasant smell. You may also see their outer shells, which they will shed from time to time, so this is a tell-tale sign if you have yet to see the actual bug.

Practicing good cleanliness is the best way to keep cockroaches at bay, as they thrive on crumbs and debris. However, as soon as you spot a cockroach, it is best to call in professionals to take extra precautions, as they can cause issues to human health. Pest Control London

Summary

Infestations are daunting, but with a little pre-planning, most are usually either avoidable or easily controlled. In some cases, however, a professional should be called to avoid damage to property or health issues associated with the pest. 

If you’re unsure, call pest control for advice immediately, as the sooner you treat the problem, the less of a problem it will be.

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