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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 Do I Identify A Wasp Or A Bee?

HOW TO IDENTIFY A WASP & A BEE?

Common to all areas of the UK, many people live in fear of the warmer weather knowing it will bring with it wasps and bees. With people fearful of the sting they can deliver, it pays to know about these insects and their habits so that you can avoid this painful occurrence. The wasp and bee identification guide below can also help you diagnose if you have a problem with wasps or bees.

Wasps

Many people believe that wasps play no part in ecology but this is doing them a slight disservice. Compared to bees, wasps play a smaller part but it is an invaluable one nevertheless; if you are a keen gardener, you will know the damage that smaller insects such as aphids can cause to crops and plants. Wasps feed on these smaller insects, making them, to a certain extent, a gardener’s friend. It is their nasty stinging habit and their late summer aggression that make wasps unpopular.

Are wasps all the same?

As you chase a wasp around your living room attempting to swot it, you have probably given little thought which species of wasp it actually is. In the UK, there are 7 species of wasp, all similar looking, but differing in size and pattern. Essentially, their body shape is the same: wasps have a tapered abdomen, a defined waist and are coloured yellow and black. The hornet is the largest wasp but no mater what species they are, they can all deliver a nasty and unwelcome sting. Wasps, unlike the bee can delivery many stings and are not limited to one.

Life cycle

Wasps do not live forever; in fact their life cycle is quite short. The mated queen hibernates through the colder winter months, emerging into the warm sunshine of April and begins her mission to find a place to nest.

Have you noticed ‘shredding’ on cardboard and other ‘soft’ items in outbuildings at this time? This could be the queen as she finds suitable material from which to build her nest. Once she is comfortable in her new home, she starts the process of laying eggs, feeding the emerging larvae on insects (hence crops and plants in the vicinity will be insect-free!). Once the first workers emerge they take over all aspects of building and maintaining the nest, including finding food, while the queen rests and lays more eggs.

Colony size

Here in lies the problem – not only is hosting a wasp nest or colony in your home, garden or outbuilding an unwelcome prospect for many people, it can be the sheer size of the colony that causes the main issue.

It can soon swell in size, with 20,000 wasps buzzing in an out their nest, all looking for a local and reliable food source or building materials. If there are not too many insects left around, they look for sugary food. Anything that smells or tastes sweet is welcome, hence fruit, sweet drinks like soda and squash, rubbish bins, etc… our food becomes their target. This is when they can become a nuisance, buzzing into the home. Being worker wasps they tell their colleagues, who then visit the same area to take as much of the food source as possible.

Keep wasps at bay!

Sometime, our habits can encourage wasps to seek food in and around our homes. Make sure waste food is either composted or binned if rotting and that food is covered or put away.

Bins lids should fit firmly, as with compost heaps if they are close to the home. Do NOT attempt to handle the wasp nest!

Are they a threat?

Many people fear them but, if left alone, the wasp nest can be left for the summer, vacated in the autumn and then simply removed but this rarely happens.  It would also mean that you place yourself and family at risk of stings, so is not advised.

Wasps do not like to be disturbed, taking an aggressive stance if they think their nest is under threat of attack. Any perceived threat is met with determination and force from the wasps and it is this that many of us fear.

A single wasp can sting many times but, the consequence is that their internal organs are destroyed and they die within minutes of delivering their final sting. They also will attack in swarms, so upsetting one wasp can lead to being stung several times by several wasps.

How to stay safe around a wasp nest

Wasps are aggressive and do not like their nest being disturbed; if you suspect you have a wasp nest, call us today for a professional wasp nest removal service.

Bees

People tend to have a more favourable viewpoint of bees, even though they can still deliver a nasty sting, although they rarely do so. Over the years, ecologists and environmental campaigners have highlighted the plight of the bee. Insecticides used to increased crop yields have had a detrimental effect on the number of bees. Being efficient pollinators, their declining numbers has led some people to be concerned about how we can produce crops and food in the future.

There are…

24 species of bumblebees, 225 species of the solitary bee and just one type of honeybee

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The ecological importance of the bee

It is estimated that third of the food we eat depends on pollination and with bees far outnumbering other pollinators around the globe, their importance is obvious. Not only do bees pollinate our food crops, they also pollinate food fed to cattle and sheep.

The bumblebee – the perfect pollinator

In recent years, the bumblebee has been used commercially in the UK as a pollinator of crops, the bumblebee is the insect people assume lives in beehives.

Queen bumblebees hibernate separately during winter, much like the queen wasp, emerging in the early spring, flying around looking for suitable nesting sites. Rarely do they encroach into our homes, preferring instead the warmth and ready food supply in the compost bin or disused birds nests etc. Rearing small offspring initially, they become social from this point forth with the second batch of offspring are much larger. From this point on, these gentle creatures spend their days, flying clumsily around the British countryside, pollinating crops with their vibrating bodies.

Delightfully rotund and furry, they are the gardeners and farmers’ friends.

The honey bee

Honeybee’s are the bees that can alarm people the most as they live in groups, a solitary honey bee will not last long on its own. They prefer old, decayed trees, hedges, roofs, soffits and facias and chimneys as their nesting sites and they have the ability to swarm.

Despite the noise, the swarm is magnificent in display, but stay away and call SOS Pest Control to asses a bee removal service. Depending on the type of bee and location of the nest bee’s will normally be relocated and not destroyed as they are of such high importance to our ecology.

Many people mistake them for wasps but honeybees have light tan coloured bandings to their abdomens and live in large colonies. These are the insets you will see visiting flowers for the sweet, sugary nectar. They convert this nectar to honey, so that the colony can survive the winter.

Honey is not the only product these bees make; beeswax is also a product we use as polish, as well as in cosmetics and the food industry. Tradition was that church candles were always made from beeswax.

However, honeybees do sting; after all, they have a large colony to protect. If disturbed, they will sting so take care approaching the hive and give us a call to discuss.

What causes a swarm?

As the colony numbers swell, the queen must alleviate the overcrowding. To do this, she flies out of the hive, taking some worker bees with her to start another hive somewhere else.

The solitary bee

With over 250 species in the UK of this type of bee, it can be nigh on impossible to identify which one you are looking at!

Some types exhibit different habits; for example, some tunnel into sandy soil or into the soft mortar on buildings, whilst other seek out existing holes ad gaps in buildings, trees etc.

However their life cycle will all follow a similar pattern…

They lay their eggs, covering it in a ‘cell’, with pollen. The larvae, on hatching from the egg has the pollen as its only food supply and from this, it pupates and emerges the following year. The males appear first, waiting to mate with the females who appear some time later. The females, once mated, carry on this act of crating cells but the males, now they have served their purpose, die within a few weeks.

Looking similar to honey bees, the solitary bee tends to nest near other bees, in what are known as ‘villages’. They can arrive in places in clusters and many pest controllers, like us, receive calls of bee swarms, only to find these solitary bee clusters.

Like other bees, they are invaluable pollinators but can sting if handled roughly.

Both bees and wasps have their part to play in ecology, although we assume that bees play a more important role. Either way, having them nest near or in your home or workplace is no laughing matter. Never attempt to handle or remove a nest or hive yourself; the consequences can be painful at best, fatal at worst.

If you suspect you have a bee or wasp problem please give us a call today as we can help provide expert and friendly advice on treating the problem.