There is a wide range of insect pests in the UK. With any urban environment, London is home to all of them.
Most of us will encounter these pests routinely during our day-to-day lives. However, it is only when you have a nest and an infestation on or near your property that you need to worry. The presence of a few insects is no cause for alarm, but you should always be on the lookout for signs that a nest has formed.
Below is a quick guide to the most common insect pests and the dangers they pose.
There are more than 120,000 species of fly out there. The majority of these are considered pests because of the risks they pose to human and animal health. Both people and livestock can be susceptible to the diseases and other pathogens that flies spread around. Flies are regularly found around decaying organic matter, where there are plenty of bacteria and other sources of disease.
The most obvious sign of a fly infestation is the presence of flies themselves. However, you will also notice maggots, the larval stage of the fly, and small dark clusters of spots around the size of a pinhead, found in lighter areas.
Keeping flies at bay is mostly a case of maintaining a clean and hygienic household. For some businesses, it’s more difficult to prevent fly infestations. For example, catering and food businesses need to be very careful about how they dispose of food waste if they don’t want to attract flies.
Bed bugs are masters of hitchhiking and secreting themselves in hidden areas. Bed bugs easily spread from one infestation site to another, usually without anyone being any the wiser. Bed bugs attach themselves to clothing, backpacks, bags, and any other fabrics or furnishings they can find.
A bed bug can lay anywhere between 200 and 500 eggs in a 2-month period. They lay their eggs in batches of 10 to 50 at a time. However, the adult bed bugs require a meal of blood from a warm-blooded mammal before they can lay their eggs.
The most obvious signs that you have bed bugs, other than the insects themselves, are their shed skins. Bed bugs shed their skins as they grow and mature. They will also leave behind spots on your bed. If you have a significant infestation, you may notice a distinct sweet smell when
The sight of cockroaches in a home or business can be alarming. Cockroaches are not pleasant looking things, and they are larger than most other insects. Cockroaches are also universally associated with disease, and with good reason.
Exposure to cockroaches inevitably means exposure to a range of nasty diseases. Cockroaches are known to spread salmonella, dysentery, and other major health issues. Cockroaches are also known for being incredibly hardy. Once they have established themselves in your property, they can be hard to shift.
But a professional pest control outfit like ours has no trouble nesting a cockroach nest. If you have a cockroach infestation on your property, we can deal with it promptly and efficiently. Once we’re through, you will have a cockroach free environment once again.
Fleas can be a major nuisance; they are mostly associated with the problems that they cause for domestic pets, but they can be problematic for people as well.
Even if you don’t have any pets or other animals in your property, you might still have to deal with a flea infestation. Fleas have no trouble travelling long distances, thanks to their ability to jump far and hitchhike on other animals.
Fleas are generally regarded as parasites. The biggest concern with a flea infestation comes from their bites. The bites are not very powerful or painful, but they do result in itches and rashes. These bites are also how fleas spread diseases.
Because fleas are so small, they are virtually impossible to actually spot. Instead, fleas give themselves away by causing pets and people to scratch themselves relentlessly. If you notice a family pet scratching at itself or biting its fur, this is a reliable indicator that it has a flea problem.
Successfully eradicating a flea infestation requires a deep clean of both your pets and property. We have experience dealing with stubborn flea infestations; our technicians know just what to do to get rid of even the most well-established flea problem.
Ants are another pest that is more of a nuisance than a health hazard. The biggest concern with ants is that they will build a nest on your property and overrun the place. You also never know where ants have been foraging. They are attracted to food, especially sugary food. While ants do not generally carry diseases themselves, they can transmit pathogens they pick up from one place to another.
There are plenty of sprays and powders on the market for killing ants and dealing with an infestation. But these products do not address the root cause of why you have an infestation to begin with. Hiring a professional pest control service like Bon Accord means that not only will the infestation be cleared away, but we will help you address the underlying issue. Our service ensures that there is no recurrence, and you can continue to live an ant-free existence.
Moths are a nuisance, but they do not carry disease. However, moths can cause significant damage to textiles and fabrics. For any clothing or textile businesses, even relatively minor damage can cost them dearly in lost stock. Having to write off stock because of minor damage is very frustrating for any business owner. Not only is it a waste of money, but it is challenging to sell moth-damaged clothes, even with a discount applied.
It is actually the moth larvae, rather than the moths themselves, that cause damage to fabrics and textiles. Dealing with adult moths is one thing, but the larvae can be very difficult to spot. Not only are the larvae small, but moths are also very adept at laying their eggs where they are less likely to be discovered. To rid your property of a moth infestation, you need to get rid of all the eggs and larvae.
Clearing away a moth infestation on your own is quite a tall order. But it is a relatively simple and straightforward job for an experienced pest control professional. We know exactly what products to use and where to use them to be sure that we have caught every last one of the moth eggs on your property.
Plenty of pests are capable of biting people and causing problems. But few pests can cause as much pain as a wasp. Depending on the species, a wasp sting can be an incredibly painful experience. Some people have severe allergies to wasp stings, causing them to go into anaphylactic shock.
If a customer in your business is stung by a wasp and suffers an allergic reaction, you could be liable. It is vital that you take the appropriate precautions to minimise the presence of wasps in and around your business.
Wasps nests are particularly problematic because the wasps within can become very aggressive if disturbed. If a wasp’s nest is threatened, the insects can sometimes swarm and attack people, potentially causing serious health problems.
It is therefore essential that you have a professional pest control technician handle the removal or destruction of any wasp’s nests on your property. The last thing you want to do is accidentally not a wasp’s nest to the floor where it will burst open. This will release the pests within, who are likely to attack you or anyone else in the area.
Bon Accord’s pest control experts know how to handle and remove wasps’ nests safely and efficiently. Only professional pest control technicians should attempt to disturb a wasps nest. We have the equipment needed to safely treat the wasps’ nest and the insects within without risking their wrath.
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What To Do About An Insect Infestation
If you suspect or have confirmed a significant infestation of insects on your property, you should call in a professional pest control service. Not only can we assess the situation and confirm what the problem is, but we can also give you advice and guidance on how to deal with the problem now and prevent a recurrence in the future.
There are plenty of DIY products on the market for dealing with insect infestations. None of these is as dependable as calling in an experienced pest control business like ours.
Our technicians have experience dealing with insect infestations of every imaginable shape and size. Whatever problem you are having in your home or business, we can help.
Contact us today to arrange a time for one of our technicians to come and make an initial assessment. After completing this assessment, we will advise you on the best course of action. Once we are through, even the most stubborn of insect infestations will be a distant memory.
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