The Most Common Household Pests in London

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All you need to know about Common household pests Bon Accord – Local London pest control experts

Pests can be a pain. If you own your home, it’s important to know which kinds of pests are likely lurking in order to protect yourself from an infestation or worse yet–a complete takeover! At Bon Accord London Pest Control centre we deal with pest issues on many levels

London is an incredibly diverse city, and that includes the types of pests present here. We all know there’s more to London than Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and good old fish’n’chips; it also has a thriving pest problem!

A recent study showed that there are at least 53 different species of household pest in London alone – and we’ve got the lowdown on them all. Common household pests

Rodents Are The Most Common Household Pests In London 

Rodents account for three-quarters of our call outs. They are clever and skilled at exploiting the weaknesses in buildings to get inside.

Rats and mice are by far the most common household pests you can expect to experience in London. but thankfully there’s something you can do about it! Common household pests

House Mouse

close view of a tiny house mouse (mus musculus)

The House Mouse (Mus musculus) is the most common and widespread of all domestic rodents. 

Characteristic :Small  length (nose to base of tail) of 7.5–10 centimetres (3–4 in) and a tail length of 5–10 cm (2–4 in)  Brown or black with a lighter stomach and paws, nose and eyes. Their tails are about half their body length – not long and hairy like a squirrel’s.

Suitability for invasion: They live in the walls of homes and commercial buildings including warehouses, restaurants, food-processing plants and grocery stores. Mice can fit through holes less than 2mm wide. Mice invade for food and shelter from cold weather. They seek out dark places near food supplies where they feel safe from predators, such as basements, garages, storage sheds and even underneath porches or decks on patios. Often people discover them in these areas

House Mouse Habitat: Common household pests

They can be found anywhere inside buildings where there is a warm environment (including insulation) and an available food supply.

Appearance: Small rodents with pointed noses. They are light brown coloured on top, lighter underneath. Their tails are long, bony at the base and scaly near the tip;  feet are large with five toes on each foot plus one additional toe on the hind foot which gives them extra dexterity for climbing. Their ears are small relative to their body size. They have large front incisor teeth, which are orange-tinted.

Preferred foods: Mice prefer cereals and seeds but will eat fish, meat and cheese if they can get it. They need to drink water.

Diseases: mice spread many diseases including Weil’s disease, rat bite fever and salmonella poisoning from their urine or faeces. In addition to hygiene issues, mice damage food packaging when gnawing the materials in an effort to make nesting material for their nests

Gardens Are Vulnerable To Rat And Mouse Infestation click here for help with mice infestation

Control Local London pest control companies usually  use rodent bait and rodent traps to control mice infestations, in order to keep property completely free from pests like mice or rats your pest control expert can offer you advice and help with the proofing of your home or business. 

Field Mouse

 

The Field Mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) can be found in farmlands and woods of London, usually staying out of sight of people.

Characteristic: Small brown mouse with a lighter belly and throat. Their tails are about half their body length – not long and hairy like a squirrel’s.

Suitability for invasion: They live in the walls of homes and commercial buildings including warehouses, restaurants, food-processing plants and grocery stores. Mice can fit through holes less than 2mm wide..  They have been known to gnaw their way inside if all entry points are too small

Mice invade for food and shelter from cold weather.They seek out dark places near food supplies where they feel safe from predators, such as basements, garages, storage sheds and even underneath porches or decks on patios

Habitat: Warm areas with easy access to food and water – they can be found anywhere inside buildings where there is a warm environment (including insulation) and an available food supply..

Appearance: Small rodents with pointed noses. They are light brown coloured on top, lighter underneath. Mice have large front incisor teeth, which are orange-tinted.

Preferred foods: Mice prefer cereals and seeds but will eat fish, meat and cheese if they can get it. 

Natural predators: Cats, owls and some snakes kill mice but do not control populations in a neighbourhood because they eat no more than one or two before moving on. TheWeasel is the only predator that eats mice in large quantities, but they will eat other small mammals as well.

 

Brown rat

rat close-up

The brown rat is a pest that infests the city’s sewers and harbors it can be found all over Europe. .

Brown rat is also known as Norwegian rat and Parisian rat, common rat, street rat, sewer rat, wharf rat and Hanover rat.

Appearance: brown to black in colour. Their tails are long, hairless and scaly. The body is slender with a pointed head and long, slightly upturned snout.

Habitat: Sewer systems, storm drains under streets or sidewalks, basements and sewers of homes and businesses as well as food storage areas such as kitchens, pantries and storage rooms. Rats do not need much space – a hole only 16mm wide is enough for them to squeeze through. Females can have up to 8 litters per year – each litter consisting of 6 -12 young (known as kittens) which start breeding after 3 months.

Characteristic: Large rodents, light brown to black in colour. Their tails are nearly as long as their bodies and scaly and hairless, their ears small and eyes either large or quite small.

Diet: The Brown rat is omnivorous meaning that it eats both meat and plant matter. They prefer cereals such as oats but will eat fish, meat and cheese if they can get it. Rats will not actually eat dead flesh – they will only eat foods that contain high levels of protein such as fresh meats which they pull apart with their front teeth so they can swallow them whole..

Preferred locations: These rats are common in the sewers but you may also find them living under buildings where there is free access to water or food supplies or in the walls of buildings.

For rat exterminator, rat proofing and rat treatment visit our rat pest control page here

Black rat

The brown rat is a nocturnal animal that has spread worldwide and can be found in every corner of the world, including your home or business.

The black rat is not only known as the roof rat, ship rat or house rat; it’s also called a sewer gull.

Characteristic:The black rat is dark brown to black in colour with a lighter belly. They have large eyes and ears, hairless tail, small front teeth which are orange tinted. Their bodies are slender with a pointed head and long, slightly upturned snout.

Habitat: They can be found anywhere indoors or outdoors where there is sufficient food including kitchens, pantries, storage bins and warehouses. However they prefer to nest near water supplies such as sewers or drains under streets or sidewalks because rats need an available water source..

Preferred foods: The black rat prefers cereals and seeds but will also eat meat, fish and cheese. It will not eat dead flesh – it is a clean eater, preferring to pull apart food with its front teeth so it can swallow them whole.

Preferred locations: This pest can be found all over the world, in basements or sewers of homes or businesses as well as sewers under streets or sidewalks. They may not enter the upper floors of a building but they will nest underneath if given access via basement or cellar. Rats do not need much space- ahole only 16mm wide is enough for them to squeeze through.

 

Tips for dealing with rats:

– Make sure there are no open drains or water pipes that may allow rats access to your property..

– Keep the ground free from any items that may attract vermin such as fallen fruit or pet food.

If you have a rat problem it is important to act quickly – they reproduce at an alarming rate and you will need professional help before the problem gets out of hand. The faster you act, the lower your costs will be. Rats carry many diseases so protecting yourself and your family is vital in controlling the rodent population around your home or business. You can find more information on how to get rid of rats through the following links..

A rat infestation can cause damage to home insulation and electrical wiring, as well as spread disease. Seek professional pest control help if you have rats or mice in your house or garden.

The Most Common Household Insects In London

There’s a lot of different types of bugs in your house. You may be suffering from one or more, but this section is all about what we deal with most often – and how to get rid of them!

Moths In The UK – Common household pests

Common Clothes Moth (Tineola bisselliella)

10-15mm wingspan; upper forewing: pale ochreous buff, unmarked.

Common clothes moths are tiny insects that can be annoying because they’re attracted to fabrics. They also like hiding in towels, sweaters and other clothes often stored near open windows or light sources which makes them even more difficult (and costly) for homeowners who try their best not let this pest get into homes! These pests lay eggs on clean items such as clothing; when those eggs hatch out larvae start consuming the fiber from inside out.

Common Clothes Moth Control: In order to get rid of moths completely you will need more than washing your clothes and vacuuming, calling local pest control might be necessary.

Carpet Moths

Carpet moths are tiny brown moths that can fly around in your house, but they’re most often noticed by the white silky liquid they leave on surfaces. They lay eggs singly on different fibers including pet hair, carpet and even book bindings. After hatching out, larvae will go on to eat clothing or fabric upholstery. This pest is very hard to get rid of once it’s embedded into your home; which is why calling uppot control local pest control immediately after noticing their presence is so important!

Common Carpet Moth Control: Vacuum regularly and wash fabrics before putting them away – removing any eggs you find will help keep future infestations down. Hire a pest control expert.Common household pests

Stored product moths

Warehouse Moth (Cacao Moth, Tobacco Moth) (Ephestia elutella)

12mm wingspan; upper forewing: well defined, rather sinuate outer band on grey-buff background.

Tropical Warehouse Moth (Dried Currant Moth) (Ephestia cautella)

12-18mm wingspan; upper forewing: dull grey-brown; straight dark inner band has broad pale band along inner edge; outer band is obscure.

Mediterranean Flour Moth (Mill Moth, Flour Moth) (Ephestia kuehniella)

20-25mm wingspan; upper forewing: oblique irregular inner band spotted or streaked, lacking pale band along inner edge; outer band is obscure.

Indian Meal Moth (Dried Fruit Moth) (Plodia interpunctella)

10-15mm wingspan; upper forewing: inner third, pale yellowish buff; remainder of wing bronze-coloured.

Rice Moth (Corcyra cephalonica)

15-25mm wingspan; upper forewing: uniform pale buff-brown; no distinctive markings, although veins may be slightly darkened

White-Shouldered House Moth (Endrosis sarcitrella)

15-25mm wingspan; upper forewing: buff-coloured and speckled brown; resembles Brown House Moth, but distinguished by white scales on head and thorax.

House Beetles In The UK

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Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci) 

7-10mm wingspan; upper forewing: pale brown, speckled blackish grey.

They’re also very common in London homes, damaging fabrics through their larvae feeding habits. They tend to lay eggs around the edge of carpets which then hatch out into small pale white grubs that live on natural fibers including wool carpets, clothes, staplers and paper near holes they’ve chewed into the surface by turning it into frass (waste product). These beetles are more active at night which can be difficult for homeowners who check rooms thoroughly before bedtime!

Common Carpet Beetle Control: Vacuuming regularly will help keep this pest under control – hire a professional pest expert to get rid of these bugs once and for all.

Biscuit Beetles (Stegobium paniceum)

 8-13mm wingspan; uppe forewing: greyish buff, darker at base and along inner margin.This is another extremely common household pest found in London homes, they often feed on pastas and flour making them very hard to get rid of once you spot these beetles inside your property.

Biscuit Beetle Control: Vacuuming regularly will help keep this pest under control – hiring a professional pest expert to get rid of these bugs once and for all.

Booklice (Liposcelis bostrychophila)

 No more than 3mm wingspan; upper forewing: brownish, hind margin broadly pale yellow or white.

These are also commonly known as dust lice or psocids which are very tiny wingless insects that lay eggs inside crevices near food sources which hatch into maggot

Death Watch Beetles (Xestobium rufovillosum)

 18-25mm wingspan; upper forewing: uniform dark grey.

Death Watch Beetles Control:

These bugs aren’t really considered to be household pests but it’s good to know if you spot these bugs inside your property you can get rid of them using pest control specialists.

You should also consider having the place treated with insecticide, ensuring all crevices are protected from being re-entered by this beetle as once they’ve entered a building they’ll keep returning every few weeks to look for baby death watch beetles under bark, so long as food sources remain present.

Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum) 

12mm – 15mm wingspan; upperforewing: dark grey, with 3 faint pale bands.

These are also called death watch beetles due to the tapping noise they make when boring through wood which is often heard at night or early hours in morning – this noise can be mistaken for someone ‘tapping’ on planks of wood inside your property! These bugs have killed thousands of trees in London including old churches and ancient buildings.

Common Furniture Beetle Control:

There’s no need to worry unless you spot larvae inside your home, if that’s the case then hire a professional pest expert to get rid of these bugs once and for all. Your house should be treated by insecticide along with steam cleaning any affected carpets or fabrics.

Longhorn Beetles (Hylotrupes bajulus)

 25-35mm wingspan; upper forewing: uniform blackish brown.

House Longhorn Beetle Control:

These bugs are considered to be household pests but can also become a problem in forests where they exist under dry bark and wood which is often seen in older buildings, fences or trees – these bugs make holes in sound timber making it weaker and more likely to collapse.

Hollow-Threatened Wood Boring Beetles (Hylurgopinus rufipes) 

10-16mm wingspan; uppe forewing: uniform reddish brown.

This bug isn’t commonly found indoors, but if you spot this pest inside your property then hiring a professional pest expert should help get

Ground Beetles (Carabidae family)

 5mm-12mm wingspan; upper forewing: often metallic green or blue.

These bugs can be found in grass, leaf litter and soil which they feed on small insects such as ants and other creatures making them a beneficial bug but they can also become household pests if they enter homes to escape cold weather…

Ground Beetle Control: Beetle treatment and control will give you a guarantee. Hiring a professional pest expert to get rid of these beetles once and for all will help keep them away from your property. You also have the option to have your house treated by insecticide to ensure no ground beetles are re-entering through cracks in walls and window sills.

Larder Beetles (Dermestes lardarius) 

14-18mm wingspan; upper forewing: orange, yellow or brown.

These bugs are commonly known as the hide beetle because they feed on animal carcasses and dried meat which can be found in old buildings such as churches but if you spot them inside your property then hiring a professional pest expert should help get rid of these pests once and for all!

Larder Beetle Control: Keeping food sources tightly sealed will help prevent this bug from finding its way into homes. If you do find any larvae inside your home then hire a professional pest expert to get rid of them once and for all. Your house should also be treated by insecticide to ensure no more larder beetles are entering

Bed Bugs(Cimex lectularius)

2mm-4mm uppe forewing: brown, dark red or black.

The problem of bed bugs is becoming more and more common in London.

Bed Bug Control: Bed bug treatment can give you guarantee bed bugs are gone. Hiring a professional local pest control expert is the best way to get rid of bed bugs once and for all. You also have the option to have your house treated by insecticide as well as steam clean any affected carpets, sofas or soft furnishings.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches are one of the most common insects in homes. They are dirty pests that cause unsightly damage to your house. These creatures can be found in sewers, cabling spaces and behind skirting boards making them a problem if they end up infesting homes!They aren’t known to carry any diseases but their droppings and saliva can cause asthma and allergies.

Cockroach Control: Hiring a professional local pest control for cockroach control is the best way to get rid of cockroaches, they have all the tools needed to eradicate cockroach infestation once for all.

Other key services: Mice ControlRat ControlWoodworm Treatment & Control, Spider Control, Clothes Moths ControlAnt ControlCarpet Beetle Control, Bed Bugs Treatment ,Cockroach ControlFleas Control,Fly ControlMosquitoes Midges ControlBirds Control & NettingPest Control Cost & Prices

Household Pests In London FAQ

What is the most common pest UK?

The brown rat is the most common pest in the UK. Brown Rat infestation is a major problem in the cieties like London.

What insects are common in London?

In London, there are many insects that you might see. Most common are:
  • ants
  • carpet beetles, stored products beetles, furniturebeetles
  • bed bugs
  • cockroaches
  • fleas
  • flies
  • clothes moths and carpet moths
  • spiders
  • wasps

Can I sleep in my house after pest control?

After the pest control work is done, you can finally settle down and sleep in your house.

Does monthly pest control work?

Yes it works and monthly pest control inspection is a good idea for businesses like restaurants and pubs.

Is pest control a good investment?

It’s important to invest in pest control because pests can cause a multitude of problems for your home, property and even health. Whether it be insects like moths, beetles, cockroaches and ants or rodents like rats and mice–you’ll want the best service possible!

How often do you really need pest control?

You might need monthly pest control visits for your business or commercial property.For residential homes, quarterly or annual pest control inspection should be enough. Common household pests

Spiders

For anyone looking to learn about common spiders found in the UK, this guide provides a comprehensive overview of the many different species of UK spiders, including the types of spiders most commonly encountered in homes and gardens across the country.

 

This article provides readers with a comprehensive guide to False Widow Spiders in the UK, including identification tips, facts, and information on how to minimise the risk of encountering and being bitten by these venomous spiders.

 

If you’re looking for control and removal services for the Yellow Sac Spider, look no further than our professional team of experts who specialise in Yellow Sac Spider Control and Removal.

 

Other Pests

The most common household pests in London, such as bed bugs, cockroaches, mice, and more, are a nuisance to homeowners, but luckily, there are some effective pest control solutions to help them get rid of these pests and keep their homes pest-free.

 

If you’re looking for an effective way to quickly and easily get rid of booklice in your home, then be sure to check out our comprehensive guide on How To Get Rid Of Booklice, which provides a step-by-step guide to help you rid your home of these pesky pests.

 

 

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