Insect Control

Top Tips to Prevent a Pest Infestation

There are many situations where trying to prevent a pest infestation and help to stave off the need for a pest controller. Obviously, there are going to be certain situations where it’s unavoidable, and you do need to recruit a professional to help you, but there are also things you can do to try and reduce the chances of this having to happen. These are just small things that you can do every day to make sure that you prevent pests from coming anywhere near your home and hopefully stopping an infestation building up.

Don’t Leave Food Out

Obviously, when it comes to foodstuffs, it can be very tempting to leave them lying around out and about. We’ll leave a piece of cake or a biscuit lying on the worktop from time to time, it’s perfectly normal. However, if you do that near an open door, especially one that leads to somewhere like your back garden, you are inviting pests to come and see what the commotion is all about. Animals have a well-developed sense of smell, which means they will be there very quickly if they think there’s food they can have.

Tidy Regularly

Things like crumbs and debris might seem seemingly innocuous to you, but to a wild animal, or insect, it’s a valuable piece of food that they can take back to their homes or hives. That is why it is very important to make sure that you regularly clean your home to avoid pest problems. It’s not a difficult task, but it is one that you need to pay attention to. Take the time to keep your home clean and tidy, because you will see a difference later on down the road.

Go Up in Your Roof

If you have a roof/attic that you are using to store stuff, then it’s worth going up into it from time to time. The thing to remember is that undisturbed, quiet spaces are often great places for animals to build homes, so if you want to try and move them on, it’s well worth visiting the actual space and disrupting it from time to time. Move a box or two, pull something out, the basic point is that you are trying to make sure that these animals aren’t settling. Try to go up onto your roof maybe once a month.

So, when it comes to everyday things you can do to try and prevent pests from encroaching on your home, there’s quite a bit you can do. It’s important to try and get the best results, which is difficult, but ultimately worth it in the long run. Ideally, you want to try and stop animals from building a permanent home on your property, which means just being aware of what you’re doing. Naturally, there will be situations where pest control is unavoidable, but when that happens, don’t worry because we are here to help.



Spring Pests to look out for

Spring Pests to look out for

When Spring arrives, the weather starts to feel warmer and the nights are lighter for longer. Spring also means the emergence of some new pests that could cause you some issues if they gain access to your home. Below are just a few pests to keep an eye out for this Spring.


Ants can become a real nuisance if they are able to gain access to your property. They are not a threat to human health, but they certainly can be annoying. The reason why they will be trying to enter your home is to find food. They are able to emit a pheromone to signal to other ants that there is food sources available and then other ants can follow the same trail into your home. Ant will eat just about anything, but favourites are fruits, aphids and other smaller insects. In your home, they are particularly partial to anything sweet so fruit and sugary items are usually best kept off of surfaces and where possible in sealed containers.


As the weather warms up, you will start noticing flies about. There are many different types of flies including; house fly, bluebottle, greenbottle, horse fly and cluster fly just to name a few. Flies will typically remain dormant over the winter months, only coming out when the weather warms up. They are in search of food and suitable mates. Flies are considered very unsanitary due to where they land and eat. The heat of the sun will warm up food that you have disposed of and that smell is very attractive to flies. They will eat, poop, and lay their eggs all in the same place. For this reason, anything flies land on can contain harmful bacteria that may may you unwell. Keep your floors and kitchen sides clean and food covered at all times. Keep your bins covered with a lid to avoid flies being able to gain entry and lay their eggs.


We do not always think about cockroaches being a problem in the UK, however they certainly can be if left untreated. Cockroaches are extremely hardy pests, so home remedies are highly unlikely to be effective enough to eradicate them completely. They are mainly active at night and they are very fast. For that reason, getting a glimpse of a cockroach can be difficult but if you have an infestation then there will be an odour present. You may also find droppings too. Cockroaches like dark and damp environments so your bathroom or kitchen are prime locations.
Remember, any pest problems you have, SOS Pest Control can help. Get in touch today!