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Pest Information

Areas We Cover:

Main Pest Control Services:

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Rodents

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Squirrels

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Foxes

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Wasps and honets

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Cockroaches

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Bed bugs

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Fleas

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Ants

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Moles

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Textile pests

Appearance

Small and slender, three to four inches long, with large ears, small eyes and a pointed nose. Light brown or light gray. Droppings are rod-shaped.

Habitat
Nests within structures and burrows. Establishes a "territory" near food sources that are generally 10 to 30 feet from the nest. Inquisitive, but very wary. Excellent climbers.

Diet
Omnivorous, but prefers cereal grains.

Reproduction
Prolific breeders by two months of age. Can have litters as often as every 40 or 50 days, with four to seven young per litter. Live up to one year.

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Moths

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Rabbits

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Pigeons

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Magpies

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Stored product insects

Appearance

Wasps and Hornets can be identified by their alternating black and yellow body segments. They have a distinctive side-to-side flying pattern and can be mistaken for Bees, although their bodies lack the hair and rounded abdomen of the Bee.

Habitat
These social Wasps live in colonies that may contain a thousand insects at a time. Hornet and Wasp nests are made from chewed wood pulp and saliva, giving them unmistakable papery walls. A queen will start to build a nest in the spring, beginning with a nest about the size of a golf ball but as the first batch of workers hatch to take over nest building the size of the nest increases rapidly. Wasps will build nests anywhere with shelter and easy access to the outdoors, often in domestic housing, making use of attics, wall cavities, roof spaces or under the eaves of buildings.

Diet
Adults live through one season feeding on caterpillars, grubs and other insects. They also enjoy nectar and sweet substances such as fruit and tree sap. Wasps are also attracted to garbage and other human foods.

Attacks
Both Wasps and Hornets are very protective of their nest and their stings can be painful. Equipped with lance-like stingers without barbs, both Wasps and Hornets are capable of stinging repeatedly.

The risk of being stung is particularly high towards the end of summer. Resultantly it is preferable to destroy a Wasps nest earlier in the year before Wasps become more aggressive.

Habitat

Cracks and crevices including mattress seams, sheets, furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames. Often found in hotels, where they can travel from room to room and in visitors' luggage.

Diet
Feed on blood.

Reproduction
Females can deposit one to five eggs a day, and may lay 200 to 500 eggs in a lifetime. Under normal room temperatures and with an adequate food supply, Bed Bugs can live over 300 days.

Danger signs
Live insects. Small blood spots on bed sheets. Faecal pellets. Cast nymphal skins and a distinctive sweet & sickly smell.

Potential harm
Customers can be bitten, Bed bugs move around easily but are difficult to treat and any Bed Bug infestation can quickly reach an epidemic level if not treated in a professional way.

Appearance

Small, wingless, about 1/12- to 1/6-inch long. Covered in spines with piercing mouthparts.

Habitat
A parasite that attaches to a host.

Diet
Larvae feed on organic debris, particularly the feces of adult fleas, which contain undigested blood.

Reproduction
Eggs are not attached to the host. Eggs will hatch on the ground, in nests, carpet, bedding, upholstery or cracks in the floor. Most hatch within seven to fourteen days.

sleep overnight and escape inclement weather. Usually the nest is constructed in a suitable tree, but other sites can be used.

Threats
When squirrels enter a loft space, they can cause structural damage by tearing up loft insulation for bedding, chewing timbers, pipework and stored items, and posing a fire hazard by stripping insulation from electrical wiring. They may also be noisy, and if they drown in uncovered waterstorage tanks, may contaminate the water supply. Problems in the garden are more annoying than dangerous.

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