Different Types Of British Bees

Types Of British Bees

In Britain, there are around 250 different species of bees. Even with so many different species of bees that love our UK flowers, they can actually be broken down into two groups – the social bee and the solitary bee. Here is a guide on what each of these groups are.

Social Bees

Only 24 species of bee in the UK are social bees. The most common type of these bees are the honey and bumble bee, and probably the most talked about. Social bees like to live together in colonies, and are normally around from March to November each year.

In each colony, there is one queen who lays the eggs. The female workers are around her to look after the young, collect the pollen, water and nectar. The male drone bees don’t have to do much. Their only role is to reproduce. All male bees and the queen bee die in the autumn, but the new queen bee will go into hibernation.

The honey bee has been a common name in UK households for centuries. This is because they have been semi-domesticated for thousands of years. They live a very domesticated life in their hives, and can live in very large groups.

Bumble bees are also social, but they live in smaller groups. Some even make their nests underground or in old birds nests. Bumble bees play a huge role in pollinating all of the different plants and crops we have here in the UK.

Solitary Bees

Many people would think that the bumble bee is the most common type of bee in the UK. When in fact, solitary bees have close to 225 different species buzzing around Britain. Solitary bees live alone, and make their burrows underground. They may make nests next to each other, but they live alone.

Fruit trees in the UK can thank solitary bees for their pollination. They have quite a short life span, and usually die off around November.

All types of British bees are unfortunately on the decline in the UK. More and more is being done to save the Great British bee, with people providing safe places for them to live when they need it. If you have bees on your property, call in our team of pest control experts to have them moved on and not exterminated.

What Does A Rats Nest Look Like?

What Does A Rats Nest Look Like

Living in a city like London, rats are very common. Rats love urban areas where they have access to plenty of food, water and shelter. So it’s no wonder we here at Pest Exterminators have a lot of experience with London rat control.

Rats tend to stick close to homes, businesses and restaurants because they can enter through cracks and holes in the walls and have a great food source. Once they have found a great place to live, they will start to make their nests.

How A Rats Nest Is Constructed

Nests for rats are usually made of things they can forage like twigs, leaves, plant material and cotton. They love to make their nests in enclosed areas like between walls and in the loft. Rats may also make nests outside when there are debris piles, trees and bins around that are very inviting.

Signs Of A Rats Nest

Rats are easily detected once you know what signs you need to look for. Droppings are a big indicator of rats, and can normally be found around the nests. You will also spot gnaw marks around, and smudge marks along the walls.

Rat Prevention And Removal

Through a proper prevention routine you can stop rats from building their nests inside and around your home. Make sure that all of the areas around your home are sealed off, including in your garage. You also need to make sure any food is removed to deter rats from nesting in your home.

Any openings around your property need to be properly sealed, and store all of your food products in boxes with lids. If you already have a rats nest on your property, you may want to use some baits, traps or electronic devices to get rid of them before they breed too much. However, using DIY techniques may not be entirely affective against London rats.

If you are concerned about a rat infestation in your home or business, call in the professionals here at Pest Exterminators. We are experts in rat control and rats nest removal in the London boroughs, and can keep you rat free with commercial pest control contracts in the future.

What Diseases Do Pigeons Carry?

at Diseases Do Pigeons Carry

If you live in London, you know how many pigeons there are. They are literally everywhere! Known as ‘rats with wings’, people normally consider pigeons to be vermin. They can transmit some truly horrible diseases. Local authorities and councils in the London area frequently take action to try and decrease the pigeon population.

The diseases pigeons carry can become a lot worse when there are a lot of pigeons around. Their droppings and feathers accumulate in their nesting sites, and it just becomes a breeding ground for bacteria.

Here are some diseases pigeons carry that can infect humans…

  • Histoplasmosis – This is a disease that is transmitted through the air and inhaled. Because it’s fungal, the spores move freely in the air and are easily inhaled. Histoplasmosis fungus thrives in damp areas, which is where pigeons are normally roosting. Signs of this illness come out as flu-like symptoms, and become more and more serious the longer they go ignored. For those who are particularly vulnerable, it can be fatal.
  • Cryptococcosis – This disease is also fungal, and researchers have found it to be in 84% of pigeon nesting sites. Even old and dry droppings can still carry this infection, which when inhaled can make you very ill. If you are a person with very weak immunity, you can be particularly prone to cryptococcosis because when you inhale it, it can cause a lung infection.
  • Psittacosis – This is an infectious bacterial pathogen which becomes airborne when pigeon droppings dry. Coming into contact with this diseases may just cause flu-like symptoms, but in some cases has caused pneumonia and death.
  • Toxoplasmosis – This is usually associate with cat faeces, but you can find it in all warm blooded creatures. It comes on as a parasite that causes an infection, and attacks your immune system quite aggressively. If you are a pregnant woman, you should always stay away from anything that could carry this disease.

Pigeon problems can be a messy inconvenience, but also carries a huge health risk if you have people with low-immune systems nearby. The pigeon population is constantly on the rise, and new ways are being thought of to try and cull this pigeon boom.

Whenever you have problem, you should call one of our pigeon control technicians in to help you with pigeon prevention.

Dealing With Ants In Your Paving

ant colony

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

a london garden scene

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

rodent on london property

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

image of an ant

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

london houses

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

london garden with a pest

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