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Keeping Your Home and Business Safe from Unwanted Guests

Keeping Your Home and Business Safe from Unwanted Guests

Pests can be a major problem for homeowners and business owners, from ants and cockroaches to mice and rats, these unwanted guests can cause damage to your property, spread diseases, and make your living and working spaces unbearable. Fortunately, with the help of a professional pest control company, you can keep your home and business free from pests and enjoy a safe and comfortable environment.

One of the most common pests found in the home is the ant.

These small insects can be a nuisance in the kitchen and other areas of the home where food is stored. They can also cause damage to wood structures and can be difficult to get rid of once they have established a colony. A professional pest control company can help you eliminate ants from your home or business by using a combination of baits, sprays, and other treatments.

Another common pest is the cockroach.

These insects are not only unsightly, but they can also spread diseases and cause allergic reactions in some people. They are also known to be hardy and difficult to eliminate, but with the help of a professional pest control company, you can get rid of cockroaches and keep them from returning.

Mice and rats can also be a major problem.

Particularly in areas where there is a lot of food waste and garbage. These pests can cause damage to buildings and spread diseases, so it’s important to get rid of them as quickly as possible. A professional pest control company can help you eliminate mice and rats from your home or business by using a combination of traps, baits, and other treatments.

In addition to these common pests, there are many other types of pests, including wasps, bees, bed bugs, and more, SOS pest Control can help you identify and eliminate any type of pest from your home or business, keeping your living and working spaces safe and comfortable.

If you’re experiencing pest problems, don’t hesitate to contact us for help, we have the knowledge, experience, and tools to quickly and effectively eliminate pests from your home or business and keep them from returning.

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Top 10 House Pests in the UK

Top 10 House Pests in the UK

So you might not know this, but there are quite a few different types of house pests. Trying to deal with these pests can be a headache, to say the least. However, some people don’t even know what kind of house pests they have to deal with, and as you can probably guess, this does not make it easy to get the right kind of pest control solution.

We have got a lot of industry experience when it comes to pest control and this means that we can provide you with a little better knowledge about the top 10 house pests that you are likely to find here in the UK. This list is in no particular order but it’s important to keep in mind that you could have one of these pests or multiple.

  • Mice

First up on the list is mice. Now, the thing about mice is that they can crop up at any point during the year. However, they are more drawn to households and businesses during the cold months because of lack of food and warmth makes them much more daring. It’s important to keep an eye out for the typical signs that you have a rodent infestation by looking out for things like droppings or damage to wooden boards or even the plaster on the walls.

  • Rats

Rats are the bigger, angrier cousins of mice, and you will find them in quite a few places. Typically, it’s brown rats, but you can get them in a lot of colours. The best thing you can do is call in the pest removal services, because rats can be vicious if they’re cornered. and you will be able to tell that there are rats in the building because they will have a lot of similar signs to mice, just usually on a big scale.

  • Moths

Moths are problematic creatures because they are drawn to the light and love to find new and irritating ways to get at it. They can lay eggs and generally infest your property, making them a pain to get rid of. Furthermore, moths have a habit of chewing on fabric, meaning that upholstery and even clothing stored away isn’t safe.

  • Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are a special kind of headache because they cause a range of issues. You can find them in beds, but they also crop up in places like cracks and crevices. Dealing with them is tricky because they’re often small and multiply quickly.

  • Wasps

Wasps can quickly turn up and cause a wide range of issues, making them a difficult pest to deal with. Wasps often infiltrate your home in the summer, and a nest can contain thousands of them. Try and remove wasps from your home with caution, and call in experts if you’re not sure – they can be dangerous in groups.

  • Flies

Flies might seem innocent enough when it’s just one or two, but an infestation can be a headache to deal with. You’ll find that when it comes to flies, you need to watch out for bacteria that they will spread around – it’s a pain to deal with.

  • Ants

Ants come in when there’s food lying around, and will quickly establish a presence if there’s regular supplies to make off with. Ants aren’t the most hygienic of creatures, and they’ll quickly clog up your home if you’re not careful – do the smart thing and get a proper pest control solution.

  • Spiders

We’re all pretty used to spiders coming into the home, but when there’s hundreds of them living in the rafters, you’ve got an infestation on your hands. While spider bites aren’t usually dangerous, too many of them can be problematic and even hazardous to your health. The best thing you can do is get the problem sorted quickly.

  • Cockroaches

Cockroaches have a habit of nesting in homes when it’s warm and dry, and they can be a real issue to try and deal with. The best thing that you can do when it comes to a cockroach is simply to get a pest control service in, because trying to deal with them by yourself will largely be unsuccessful.

  • Other Animals

There are plenty of other miscellaneous animals which will seek refuge in your home and become a best control problem. This can include things like rabbits, foxes, badgers, moles and other species depending on geographical area. These types of animals can be dangerous if you try and remove them for yourself so the best thing you can do is simply to call in a professional to handle it for you.

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, it is important to make sure that you focus on finding the right pest control solutions. A lot of these wild animals and insects that you encounter shouldn’t pose a big threat to you as long as you leave them alone. If you try and remove them for yourself, then of course things are going to get complicated.

The best thing that you can do to make sure that this problem doesn’t become a major issue is to take a step back and call in a professional. They are trained to handle it, and they will be able to solve all the problems that you might have without any issue. However, trying to remove these types of creatures for yourself is often where people go wrong, because wild animals get very panicked when humans go near them. If you don’t have the knowledge and skills required to deal with that, then you are more likely to make a mistake and injure yourself.

We are more than happy to provide you with assistance, making sure that you get the results that you need every time. If you have a problem with pests in your home or commercial property, feel free to get in touch with us. We will take care of the problem for you, and make sure that they are removed in a safe and humane way where possible.

How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs


Bedbugs, about the size of an apple seed when fully grown, lurk in the smallest cracks and crevices within the home or property. Having lived on human blood for centuries, these parasites are stubborn creatures to get rid of; many people think that they can effectively deal with bedbugs themselves but, as you will learn in this article, it takes more than washing the sheets and vacuuming the mattress.

Professional help is nearly always required but you first need to identify if it is bedbugs that are the problem, an idea of their habits, followed by the measures needed to get rid of them.

What is a bedbug?

Flat, round and reddish brown, some people liken them to a lentil-shaped creature measuring around 7mm in length. The ones that cause problems for humans are the common bedbug, Climex lectularis, and the tropical bedbug Climex hemipterus.

True or false? – Bedbugs cannot be seen with the naked eye?
FALSE! Adults are the size of an apple seed, with nymphs resembling poppy seeds; eggs can be more difficult to see, with the use of a magnifying glass often needed.

Are they becoming more common?

Up until 2000, bedbugs in more developed countries such as the UK were somewhat of a rarity. However, numbers and incidences of bedbug infestations in the UK in counties from Kent to Shropshire and beyond, along with other countries such as America and Canada, have been on the increase.

There are two reasons why people believe bedbugs in the UK are becoming more common;

  • Some people suggest that our ability to easily travel all over the globe has given the bedbug a handy mode of transport (us, bags and seats, anything…)
  • Evidence from a 2013 study by the journal ‘Nature Scientific Reports’, suggested that bedbugs had developed a resistance to some insecticides.

A nuisance, but not dangerous

Many people are obviously distressed and uncomfortable at the thought of sharing their bed with a small bug.
Bedbugs, although they do not fly, can quickly become established in the home; they can move quickly over floors, walls and ceilings. The female bedbug can lay around 500 eggs during their lifetime (which can be several years; they can survive over a year without feeding!), all the size of a speck of dust.

Immature bedbugs are called nymphs and they will shed their skin up to 5 times before reaching full maturity. Before each skin shedding, they will need a heavy meal of blood and, in the right conditions, the speed of this growth from nymph to adult can take around a month.

However, even though you may have itchy bites, the good news is they do not transmit diseases or infections.

True or false? – not everyone has a ‘reaction’ to bedbug bites?
TRUE! Not everyone will have an itchy lump or two after being bitten by bedbugs and may only know they have them in their home.

Getting to know bedbugs

Understanding their habits means that eradication can be made slightly easier – professional pest controllers know where to look and some of these places may seem unlikely hiding places…

Bedbugs are around the width of a credit card, hence they can fit in the smallest of places and, unlike other insects and bugs. They do not nest, preferring to live together in groups, hiding in places such as mattresses, bedframes and headboards.

Are they a sign of poor hygiene?

Many people are embarrassed to ‘admit’ they have a bedbug infestation but, there really is no need. Bedbugs live off human blood; they will live anywhere where they have access to humans. They can be found in the cleanest hotel rooms and the cleanest homes across the UK.

Bedbugs bite!

In order to access a blood meal, they will obviously need to pierce through human skin. They are more active at night, feeding for between 3 and 10 minutes until they become engorged, swollen with blood and then scuttle away unnoticed.

Initially, these bites are painless but, as they happen over and over again, they can begin to develop in to itchy welts. Flea bites tend to be similar in look, but they tend to be around the ankles; bedbugs bite on the areas of exposed skin whilst we sleep and, bedbug bites do not have the red post centre characteristic of flea bites.

Spotting the signs of a bedbug infestation

Many people find that they have bedbugs when they wake with red itchy bites in the morning, whereas they had none the night before!

There are other signs too, such as;

  • Blood stains on sheets or pillowcases
  • Bedbug excrement can also be seen on sheets, nightwear and walls too – they will look like dark or rusty coloured spots
  • You may also find evidence of shed skin or egg shells
  • Bedbugs also produce a musty smell from their scent glands

Confirming it is bedbugs is something that a professional pest controller can do but, you can check yourself by carefully checking all the nooks and crannies of your bed, including the mattress and bedframe.

Bedbugs can hide in all kinds of places, from clothes in the wardrobe to skirting boards and electrical sockets. A professional pest controller will know exactly where to look!

Getting rid of bedbugs

Effective eradication is a two part process – using insecticides treatment as well effective, deep cleaning…

  • Bedding, linen, curtains and, in some cases, clothing will need to be washed in hot water, at least 60° or more
  • They will also need to be dried at the hottest temperature possible in a tumble dryer
  • Any items that cannot be washed – stuffed animals, shoes for example – should be placed in a tumble dry on a hot setting for at least 30 minutes.
  • Bedbugs and their eggs will need to be loosened from the mattress prior to vacuuming, therefore a clean, stiff bristled hand brush can be helpful
  • Once this has been done vacuum the mattress thoroughly, along with all the other areas within the bedroom, concentrating for some time on small crevices, such as skirting boards
  • Some experts also suggest either replacing the mattress (but clean the room thoroughly before you bring the new mattress in to the room) if the infestation was significant or, using a mattress protector that tightly zip to completely cover the mattress BUT, this will need to be in place for more than a year as bedbugs, nymphs and eggs can survive for up to 12 months without a blood meal
  • When you have finished vacuuming, either place the contents of the vacuum in the bin immediately
  • Cracks in plaster need to be filled in and sealed, and wallpaper needs to be glued down – any places where bedbugs can hide need to be eliminated from the room

However, whilst cleaning and washing at high temperatures are a way of controlling bedbugs, getting rid of them requires some kind of chemical treatment. Over-the-counter chemical treatments will not be as effective or as strong as those used by SOS Pest Control.

The safest and most effective solution to becoming bedbug free is to call SOS Pest Control in Kent today! We offer a free no obligation survey and treatment plan.