We solve every insect problem by following simple steps:
- Selection of treatment
We use different methods of treatment when dealing with insects. For insects including Cockroaches and Ants, we will use a gel baiting system and a monitoring system. When treating insects including Bedbugs, Moths and Fleas we will use an insecticide spray (in a domestic home) which will need to be treated in the morning, this will allow you to stay out of the property for a minimum of 8 hours. These insect treatments will require more than one visit.
In most cases we will ask you to carry out preparation work before we carry out the treatment, this will be advised on the site survey.
Ants will travel in a wide range searching for food, following trails they have established and clustering around the source of food, becoming a nuisance in homes, organisations and businesses. Small piles of earth around holes in the soil and at the base of exterior walls indicate their origin.
- Track down where they are coming in and seal off the entry point.
- Clear up any sticky residues on worktops, because ants are attracted to sweet things.
- Cover up any foodstuff which could be a food source for ants.
Ant Fact: Once an ant has discovered a food source it leaves a pheromone trail. This chemical helps other ants from the colony to find the food too.
Bedbugs are nocturnal, reddish-brown insects that feed on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded animals.
These wingless insects have flattened bodies that allow them to hide in areas such as floor cracks, carpets, beds and upholstered furniture.
A female Bedbug lay between one and five eggs per day and may lie up to 500 eggs within one lifetime. Within 2 weeks the eggs hatch and immature Bedbugs begin to feed immediately. Bedbugs can live up to a year under cool conditions and with no food.
Finding cockroaches in your home or business can be very distressing. As known carriers of diseases such as Salmonella, Dysentery & Gastro-enteritis, exposure to this pest also poses significant health risks. Increases in eczema and asthma have been linked to cockroach droppings.
In the UK there are only 2 common cockroach species that we deal with which are the German cockroach and Oriental cockroach.
Cockroaches are more active at night. During the day they prefer to stay hidden in cracks and crevices, coming out to feed mostly at night time.
The majority of moths in the UK are harmless, however, a few are seen as pests due to the damage their larvae cause to materials, clothes, textiles and stored products. Unlike other pests, moths pose you no health risks.
There are a number of things you should do immediately before you call us in these are:
- Find out where the heart of the problem is, check wardrobes, chest of drawers, under the bed, it should be fairly obvious because you will see damaged carpets which will have bald patches in that particular area.
- Use moth traps in the affected rooms that you see the moths in. These will only catch the adults.
- Vacuum regularly in the affected area to remove the larvae, ensure you change the vacuum bags to remove the larvae and eggs from your property.
- Thoroughly launder all your clothes and other fabrics in the infected areas, such as bed sheets, linen and blankets.
- clean and wash down affected wardrobes, cupboards and drawers, especially the cracks and crevices where the eggs might be.
Moths go through four lifecycle periods,
1. Moth eggs, the female moth can lay 100 – 400 eggs over her short life, these eggs are tiny. The eggs hatch between 4 – 10 days depending on temperature and humidity.
2. The eggs hatch into larvae – this is the most destructive stage. They can stay at this stage for up to 30 months (2.5yrs) happily eating your clothing, carpets and any natural products you have, waiting for the right conditions to turn into moths. This is why moth issues persist through the winter, not just spring when the adults start to fly.
3. Cocoon – when the temperatures are right and the larvae have reached the right size, they then start the pupation stage where they spin a cocoon in which they metamorphose into the adult moth. This takes around 8 – 10 days.
4. The final part of the life cycle occurs when the adult moth emerges from the cocoon.
Moth fact: Fear of moths is called Mottephobia
Wasps are most active during the warm summer months. Only female wasps have the sting which they can use repeatedly if they feel under threat. In most cases, a wasp sting causes no long-term harm, but it can be life threatening if you are allergic to stings.
Wasps have the potential to attack in large numbers if their nest is disturbed. It is best to destroy a wasp nest earlier in the year before the number increases and the wasps become more aggressive. At first, a wasp nest will start off very small (golf ball size), the queen starts to build a nest in spring, as the summer progresses the nest will grow rapidly in size, as the number of wasps increases. A nest can become the size of a football, or even larger in some cases.
When treating for wasps we will use an insecticide dust, only one visit is required.