Dealing With Ants In Your Paving

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Ants are a problem all year round, but they definitely become more a pest in the summer. Having an ant infestation can be a reoccurring problem, and it’s a real pain to deal with.

If you have paving around your property, you will most likely have observed ants. They are tiny black/brown ants that nest in the cracks between paving. When your paving has sand in between it, it’s an ants heaven. Once an ant has made it’s nest in your paving, it’s only a small step to your house. The nests they build are unsightly and can actually cause damage to your paving.

Ants are very social insects and they all belong to colonies. They are considered social because they all live together, they have different groups that they belong to and their populations have a generational overlap.

The ants you may have seen in your paving around your home will be the worker class of ants. They will be out foraging for food and water to provide for the rest of the colony, especially the queen ant. The ants you see are only a tiny part of the ants colony. The ants you don’t see are in much larger numbers. Because of how ants live, it takes a special approach to treat them.

One of the most effective ways of treating an ant problem is to call in one of our professional pest controllers here at Pest Exterminators. A great approach to eliminating ants is to use their behaviour and colony against them. Ants communicate with each other using pheromones. Disrupting this trail will stop ants finding food and water they may have found on your property.

A DIY pest control method you can use to eliminate as many paving ants as possible is the honey trick. Most insects love honey, so ants are no exception. Put some honey on a small piece of paper or card and the ants will start to leave a trail to tell other ants there is food nearby. Once the ants are actively going towards the honey, replace it with insecticide. The ants will then take the poison back to the colony as food, and you will take care of a fair few ants. We hope you stay ant free this summer!

All About Carpet Beetles

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No matter how carpet beetles enter your home, you will want them gone very quickly! Once just one carpet beetle makes its way onto your property, you will experience damage not only to your food but also your soft furnishings and carpets too.

Identification

Imagine a hairy grain of brown rice with a few stripes. That’s what carpet beetle larva looks like. Adults look like a small beetle. The colours can be beige, tan or brown. Some may ever be solid black. They are quite small, and can be hard to see unless you are really looking. This is why so many carpet beetle infestations in the UK go unnoticed. When you do notice a carpet beetle infestation in your London home, call in one of our trained professional technicians here at Pest Exterminators.

Habits

The name carpet beetle may fool you into thinking you can only find them in carpets. This isn’t true. Carpet beetles aren’t constrained just to carpeted areas. The damage carpet beetle larva can do can be found in your kitchen, furniture, bedding and clothing. They prefer natural materials like wool and silk. Carpet beetles will do their damage under heavy furniture where they won’t be disturbed. Check under your sofa regularly to make sure you’re not suffering from an infestation.

Another place you might find some carpet beetles is behind your skirting boards. They will love any dark and secluded place where they can find food and shelter. Some people have even found these pests lurking in their oven. Adult carpet beetles don’t tend to eat carpets as much as the larva. They will soon move on to eating your food and trying to find pollen to eat too.

Behaviour

Though carpet beetles move quite slowly, they can infest any home and cause a whole lot of damage along the way. Luckily, carpet beetles are quite easy to prevent from attacking and infesting your UK home. Removing clutter from around your home will make sure there are no places for carpet beetles to hide. Clean up any food and drink spills immediately so they have nothing to feed on. You also must keep up a regular vacuuming routine to help get rid of carpet beetle larva that may be hiding there.

How To Pest Proof Your Garden

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We all love our gardens. It’s so peaceful to plant flowers. Then the joy of siting outside and take in all of our hard work. Pests can wreak a lot of havoc in our gardens. And damage all of the time and care you’ve put into it.

There are many ways of pest proofing your garden to prevent wildlife from damaging it.

Here are a few:

  1. Make your garden less attractive De-clutter your whole garden to eliminate the hiding and nesting areas pests could use. This includes mowing your lawn (pests love long grass!).
  2. Seal off your decking – If you have a porch or decking, you need to make sure all access to below it is sealed off.
  3. Minimise food sources – Bird seed should be kept up high, and in squirrel proof holders. Don’t feed your pets outside, and get rid of all standing water.
  4. Call in the professionals – Having us here at Pest Exterminators based in London can help you pest proof your garden, or exterminate an existing pest problem you may have.
  5. Use some repellents – Scent repellents can be used to deter pests from your garden. Using garlic, castor oil and predator urine are effective temporary solutions to stop pests from attacking your plants. Other natural repellents are hot peppers because pests usually don’t like to eat anything spicy.
  6. Scare devices – Many people use visual and audible scare devices in their garden to repel animals like pigeons. The effectiveness of these kinds of devices can lessen over time. This is because the pests get used to them, so you need to keep changing your pest prevention strategies.
  7. Utilise your pets – Dogs and cats are brilliant at keeping furry pests away from your garden. Cats are especially good at catching rodents. Because of this, many pests will stay away from your property if they know a dog is around.
  8. Put up some fencing – Making sure pests can’t enter your garden in the first place is a great step in stopping them damaging your plants. Therefore, a fence can be put up and taken down as is needed, and provides a lot of protection for your garden against pests.

How To Tackle Rodents In London

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Rodents are some of the most destructive pests you could have on your property. They will enter any type of building because they simply need to find food, water and shelter. Droppings, scratching noises and small chew marks may be the first signs you see of a rodent infestation. You probably won’t spot any rodents yourself until the problem is really bad.

If you see a rodent in your London property, you can guarantee there are more lurking around somewhere. They breed at an alarming rate, so before you even know about the problem, a rodent infestation could already be happening. Not only will the cost of the damages be bad, but having rodents around can cause health problems too.

Tracking The Rodents

After seeing signs of rodents on your property, you need to take action to remove them immediately. To find where the rodents may be getting in, try sprinkling talcum powder around potential entry points. If a rodent walks through the powder, you can see where they are entering and exiting your home.

Any type of DIY pest control can be effective when it’s done on a small scale. If you’re not sure about what type of pest problem you have, or you don’t know what method to use to get rid of an infestation, you need to contact the professionals. We are here at Pest Exterminator in London to answer any queries by phone or email and give you sound advice backed by years of experience. Our highly skilled technicians can determine the type of rodents you have, and put an effective strategy in place to eliminate the problem.

How To Keep Rodents Out

Take the time to regularly inspect your property, and think of all the areas a rodent could possibly enter through. Even the tiniest hole is the perfect opening for a small rodent, even if it’s only half an inch in diameter, because they can squeeze themselves very small.

  • Ensure all of your doors and windows are properly fitted and have no gaps in them.
  • Check all piping and electrical wiring entry points around your home and seal around them.
  • Store food properly in plastic containers.
  • Don’t leave pet food out.
  • Keep any compost away from the property.
  • Declutter from around the outside of your property.

Just remember that the best way to combat any type of pest infestation is having a solid pest prevention routine in place.

What To Do When You Have Ants

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Here’s a fact not many people know. There are over 12,000 types of ant in the world. Most of us here in  in the capital, whether we reside in North London or live South of the river, don’t notice ants outdoors. In fact we rarely pay them any attention at all…until they decide to come into our homes that is. If you have noticed ants marching into your London home, you might appreciate knowing some of the steps you can take to eradicate them.

Here are a few:

  • Use ant control products – Depending on how many ants have made their way indoors, you may need to start by using an ant powder or spray to kill them. There are a lot of non-toxic options available for domestic use. Once they’re dead, use a vacuum cleaner to clean them up and dispose of them outside.
  • Throw away bad food – Ants love sugary or greasy food. You need to give your fridge and cupboards a really good clear out. Start by throwing away all of the food that ants have come into contact with. Clean the entire area where you found the ants, and make sure you sterilise it before cooking there again. This also removes the smell of ant trails, so other ants won’t come looking.
  • Seal your food – Once you’ve cleaned your kitchen and cupboard, use plastic or glass containers to seal off all of your food from ants and any other pests. Plastic bags can be used to seal meat and other foods too. Don’t leave food out on the side, or crumbs on the floor. It’s an easy food source for an ant.
  • Clean the floors – Never let food sit on the floor of your kitchen. Wash and disinfect your floors to remove the scout trails of the ants.
  • Put up some barriers – Once you have your ant problem under control, start taking precautions to prevent an ant infestation from reoccurring. You can use ant traps to create barriers around your home, keeping the ants out. Ants will stay away from certain smells and tastes including:
    – Coffee grounds
    – Cinnamon
    – Cayenne pepper
    – White vinegar
    – Talcum powder

 

Hiring the team here at Pest Exterminators will help you to deal with an ant infestation in your London home or business. We have the right techniques and methods needed to safely exterminate ants and stop them causing problems in your home.

Reasons To Get A Pest Inspection

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Pests can be a huge problem for your London home or business. Infestations bring a lot of health problems with them, and can even lead to structural damage – creating serious safety issues. As well as this, there are also economic and financial reasons to conduct a pest control inspection at your property.

Having a pest problem is very serious, even if the repercussions aren’t obvious immediately. There are plenty of reasons why you should have a pest control inspection in your London property.

Here are our top six:

  1. Control the problem before it’s too late – You want to get a jumpstart on an infestation before it becomes too serious. If it’s already serious, you should definitely get a pest control inspection. Get in touch with Pest Exterminators to take care of your pest control issue in London immediately.
  2. Damage to your property – Structural damage is a real problem. Plus pests might attack your belongings too. Rodents, for example, love to chew, creating holes around your property. They even chew through electrical wiring, which is a potential fire hazard.
  3. Health issues – Pests pose a serious health risk because of the diseases they carry. These can be passed on to us. You need to make sure you get any pest control problem under control before it can affect your or your family’s health.
  4. Safety is compromised – Some pests can sting, scratch and bite you, which is a big problem from a safety point of view.
  5. Follow the law – A pest problem, if it becomes something really serious, can end up in a home becoming inhabitable, or a business being shut down permanently. There are a lot of laws regarding pests in the UK. These are severe consequences for a pest infestation that could be avoided by having a pest control inspection.
  6. Financial impacts – Pests can cost you a whole lot of money, especially if you have a large infestation. Businesses are especially at risk of having a serious financial problem when there is a pest infestation. Having a pest infestation in your business can lead to hefty fines. Schedule a pest control inspection with us and discover how we can help you to get rid of pests before they have a negative impact on your life.

Insect Proof Your London Garden

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Every London garden has pests. It is almost impossible to completely eradicate pests from your garden. But you can fight back against pests without risking the health of your plants or spending lots of money.

The tips we’re giving you in this post can be used together to protect against problem insects and other pests in your garden. Many problems can be approached on several fronts. So if one solution doesn’t work, move on to the next. When it comes to London pest prevention, you need to stay alert. It’s easier to protect your garden and your home if you act before or at the earliest signs of trouble. Read More

Why Is Organic Pest Control Popular?

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More and more of us in the UK are trying to go green. Especially in London, there are many of us attempting to lessen our carbon footprint and go organic. Whether it is cleaning supplies or meal ingredients, opting for organic options is on the rise.

So it comes as no surprise that all natural, green options are becoming more and more available in the pest control industry. Whether you want to swap to organic pest control for safety. Or you want to be kinder to the environment, there’s lots of reasons you should consider before switching to organic pest control. Read More

Plants That Help Deter Pests

plant that deters pests in london

Having pests such as fleas, ticks, ants and mice are a real nuisance both inside and outside of our London homes. Luckily though, if you enjoy gardening or cooking, you can plant your very own pest-repellent garden that is lovely to look at and useful too.

If you have pets though, you have to be super careful about what type of plants you put in the garden. Plants like citronella and eucalyptus are great at repelling pests, but are also poisonous to cats and dogs. Read More

Do You Have Woodworm?

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If you are a wooden furniture lover, it’s integral to keep it in top condition. To do this, the proper care and consideration has to be taken, including what environment to keep the furniture in. Wood has great durability, and has the ability to age well as well.

So what happens when an issue with woodworm happens, and how do you spot it? Some types of wood are particularly prone to woodworm, like antique or beech furniture. Identifying a woodworm problem early on is how you prevent further damage from happening. Read More