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Everyone hopes for good weather but when we experience a heat wave it’s not long before we start to flock back indoors to welcome the cooler shade. And insects are no different.

Rising temperatures pave the way for heightened activity

As insects are cold blooded they thrive in warmer weather. Mild springs can lead to an increased population due to insects breeding earlier in the year and more frequently thereby reducing the time between generations.

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Even though insects prefer warmer weather they can adapt to cope in a heat wave just like humans. Their first instinct is to find a shadier spot to cool off. Where better than inside our homes in a quiet nook or cranky?

Insects seek out such spaces as a way to evade extreme environmental changes – to reach a more acceptable equilibrium if you will.

You may not realise insects have commandeered your corners because the hot weather can cause them to become dormant during the daytime.

5 tips to stop insects invading your home during a heat wave

Although you may never completely prevent insects from entering your home, there are a few simple steps to take to avoid becoming the next bug guesthouse during the hotter seasons.

  1. Remove standing water and clean up any tracked water immediately that may drip inside from outdoor kiddies pools or sprinklers
  2. Clean all living spaces even though you may not feel like dusting and vacuuming during the heat
  3. Dispose of unwanted food immediately and rinse food source containers in preparation for recycling
  4. Wash up as soon as you’ve finished eating and don’t leave unclean dishes in the dishwasher for too long before running a cycle
  5. Seal any food and liquid containers and refrigerate where possible
  6. Dust away cobwebs

In a nutshell, never leave food and liquid lying around or left open and therefore prone to insect infestation. It can only take between eight to 20 hours for maggots to appear!

Don’t leave things to chance

It should be easy to cope with changing behaviours and to keep insect pests in the home at bay during a heat wave. If you feel as though you have a serious problem, for whatever reason, call the Pest Busters team on 0800 035 1000 today.


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Standing at the sink, washing the dishes, and all of a sudden you catch a glimmer of silver out of the corner of your eye. Come to think of it, didn’t you see a similar flash in the corner behind the toilet just the other day?

It may only be a tiny speck, blink and it’s gone, but your mind may not be playing tricks on you and there might actually be a cause for concern about these twinkling shapes. What you may have is a possible silverfish infestation.

What are Silverfish?

Silverfish are tiny wingless insects, the name originating from their silvery-grey colouring and wriggle-like movements. Also known as carpet sharks, fishmoths or paramites they are difficult to spot being nocturnal and actually quite shy in nature.

The problem is, they breed very quickly and can live up to a whole year without eating. The one small saving grace is that they don’t bite and don’t carry diseases.

Typically characterised with flat, elongated bodies and flickering antennae, the insets move swiftly and can cause extensive damage to your home.

Often found in darker kitchen, bathroom and loft space corners that are prone to warm and moist temperatures. Despite their veiled nature, there are a few clear indications that you may have a silverfish problem if you know what you’re looking for:

  • Their feeding habits can cause holes in wallpaper and clothing
  • Damage can be characterised by yellow stains
  • Tiny pepper-like faeces
  • White skin extracts

How to eradicate your Silverfish problem

Silverfish are an ancient insect and they like to nibble on sugary, starchy and cellulose substances plus anything bound by glue. Typical household items such as paper, photographs, mold, books bindings, coffee, carpet fibres, and even your clothing and hair. The latter is probably not going to happen as silverfish tend to retreat away from human confrontation!

If you think you have a problem, consider the following actions as a starting point:

  • Invest in a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air
  • Check and fix all leaking pipework
  • Seal food containers
  • Removing any standing water vessels
  • Check your bathroom fan is working efficiently to remove moisture
  • Clear dead leaves and damp debris from around your walls outside
  • Ventilate rooms properly
  • Vacuum all tiny crevasses

Once you have formed general habits as a preventative measure, here are some basic removal solutions to try:

  • Sticky traps
  • Spray cedar or cedar oil along floor and wall crevasses
  • Spray insecticides

Be sure to clean your hands properly and keep pets away from the sprayed areas until completely dry.

And there’s still professional help from Pest Busters

For severe infestations or complete peace of mind, call the experts in today.

 


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House spiders can be pretty large and can cause a nuisance in anyone`s home. They have the ability to bite, but they are not very dangerous for humans because they do not have venom. House spiders are not aggressive, but they can sometimes leave a painful bite which can cause swelling and redness around the bitten area.

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Male spiders usually enter homes at the end of the summer or early autumn months when they go out looking for breeding partners. If you want to avoid dealing with these creatures and prevent them from invading your space, then you can do the following things.

1. Clear away other dead insects, flies and other small insects, because they are the main spider food.

2. Clean and vacuum your home regularly, especially sheltered spots behind sofas, cupboards, and worktops.

3. Remove any spider webs you find in your home. Check out all corners of mirrors, picture frames, and ceilings.

4. Fill in all the gaps in your home, between walls, pipes, and below the doors.

5. Limit the light sources, because all insects are drawn to heat sources. Outside lights often attract flies, which are main spider prey. Turn them off whenever you can.

6. Spiders are repelled by the strong smells of vinegar, lemon, eucalyptus and peppermint. You can rub a lemon peel on the corners of your doors and around windows, to stop spiders from entering.

7. Cats are also enemies of spiders and are well known for eating them. So, if you are thinking about a pet, a cat can be very efficient in eliminating spiders. However, the cat cannot prevent spiders from coming inside your home….unfortunately!

8. There is an old belief that spiders really do not like conkers, so it might be a good idea for you to place a few of them in some corners of your home. You never know…it might work!

Spiders get a bit of a bad press but they’re unlikely to invade your home in huge numbers. However, if you’re a bit arachnophobic, one spider is enough. Try the above and you should see a difference if not contact Pest Control!


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rodentPrevention of rodent infestation is an issue that the human race has faced for over 6 centuries. In the 14th century, Europe and Asia were affected by Black Death (bubonic plague) which killed millions of people. Although such plagues are not seen today, this doesn’t mean that they can’t occur on a micro level.

Although cases of bubonic plague are very rare, the fact is that rodents like mice and rats can trigger many different diseases that can affect the lives of humans and their pets. Lymphocytic choriomeningitis, Lassa fever, Wells syndrome, hantavirus, rat-bite fever, pneumonic plague, typhoid plague – these are just some of the diseases related to mice and rats.

Rodent issues: telltale signs

Bite marks on a cereal box is one of the most typical signs that you have a rodent problem in your home. But, there are some other signs that can help you determine whether you have unwanted guests in your home – small paw prints on the floor or other dusty areas, droppings that are small and dark, the strong musky smell in some rooms, sounds behind the walls etc. Keep in mind that mice and rats can enter through very tight holes and they can breed incredibly fast.

How to keep pets safe from rodent control

The simplest way to keep pets safe from rodent control is to take preventive measures. Inspect your home from the outside and seal any visible openings that can serve as entry points for rodents. Of course, ensuring there is no accumulation of rubbish or food scraps in your yard or back garden will help too.

When it comes to the interior, you should take special care of kitchen counters which should be kept clean all the time. If you have any open food, store it in glass or metal containers. Throw your rubbish away on a regular basis too.

If you already have mice in your home, use specially designed mouse traps and sound barriers. By doing this, you can rest assured that your pet will be perfectly safe.

For all your rodent infestation needs, please contact us now.


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There are many different species of ants, but when it comes to ants that are found in households, we are usually talking about the carpenter and black ants. Black ants, also known as black garden ants, can cause a lot of frustration with homeowners because they are difficult to eliminate once they settle in the house. A single colony of these ants can have more than 2,000 active black ants. Black ants are active both at night and during the daytime. Gardens and houses are their favourite habitats even though some of them are found in forests too. These ants can be found in Europe and in some parts of North America too.

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The elimination of black ants is not a simple task. When they are in our homes they usually nest in cracks in walls, woodwork, in basement walls and under carpets and rugs. In the garden, they are found in concrete cracks, mulch, trees and under rocks too.  It can be difficult to locate the nest and they are also very resilient creatures.

Another reason why it’s difficult to get rid of these ants is the fact that they can use almost anything as food. Black ants love vegetables, sugar, protein, plants and they eat other insects too. In addition, they eat honeydew that comes from scales and aphids. They have a very good sense of smell and they can locate food sources without any problems. The food is usually brought to their nest where all of them eat.

Springtime is their favourite season because this is the time of the year when they can leave their nests more frequently and for a longer period of time. They are looking for new and fresh food in spring. This means that if you notice more black ants at this time of year, this doesn’t necessarily mean that your home is infested, they’re likely to be about anyway. However, if you notice them in large numbers in your property, then there’s a good chance that you have a nest somewhere.

If you are experiencing an ant infestation and need help in locating the nest and eradicating them, please contact us now.


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image01Rodents are pretty prolific. Across the globe there are around 2,200 species and they can be found on every continent (Antarctica is the only exception). They can live in many different habitats and they can reproduce quickly and in high numbers. Some of them, especially mice and rats, have adjusted their way of life to the human environment. In the last few decades, they have become one of the most common pest animals in urban areas. Of course, mice carry many different microorganisms that cause diseases in humans. In this article, we will highlight some of the diseases that people can develop when they are in contact with mice. Bear in mind that these diseases are very rare but it’s best to be warned about them.

Salmonellosis

Many mice carry Salmonella bacteria and this bacteria causes problems in pets and humans. The bacteria is transmitted via water or food contaminated with mice droppings. Abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, and diarrhea are some of the most common symptoms of Salmonella which occur after 12 to 72 hours. In rare cases, Salmonella bacteria can lead to an extreme infection known as typhoid fever.

Weil’s disease

Weil’s disease is a specific form of Leptospirosis. This disease leads to failure of many different organs, internal bleeding and in some cases – death. The symptoms of this disease carried by mice include coughing up blood, jaundice, seizures, vomiting, chest pain and swollen hands, feet and/or ankles.

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is a serious infection that is triggered by Leptospira bacteria. It comes from the urine of infected mice even though dogs, pigs, and cattle can get infected too. This disease is typical for subtropical and tropical regions. Diarrhea, red eyes, vomiting, headaches, muscle pain, and chills are common symptoms of Leptospirosis.

Rat-bite fever

As the name suggests, this disease is caused by rat/mice bite. It is triggered by two different kinds of bacteria – Spirillum minus and Streptobacillus moniliformin. Infected mice have it in their urine, faeces and eye, mouth and nose secretions. The fever caused by Streptobacillus leads to rash, joint pain, headache, vomiting, and fever. The one caused by Spirillum causes ulcers, repeated fever, and swelling.

Large infestations of mice can be dangerous so we urge you to get in touch if you’re experiencing problems.

 


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Bed bugs are one of the worst pests! They thrive by sucking blood from human hosts. They are nocturnal creatures which mean that they feast on our blood when we sleep. Even though they can’t pass serious disease to humans, their bites and their presence, in general, can lead to allergic reactions. In addition, their bites also cause itching similar to the one experienced after a mosquito bite. Bed bugs are very difficult to detect and they can survive for weeks without eating. If there is bed bug infestation, homeowners must look for professional help. But, how quickly can bed bugs spread?
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When it comes to the outdoors, these bugs often infest nests made by bats, birds, and other animals. Bed bugs are about ¼ inches long which means that they can easily penetrate our homes. They can also enter hotels, guest houses, and apartment buildings. When they find a suitable spot for a living they start procreating.

This reproduction process is very quick. A female bed bug can lay up to five small eggs in one day. Their hatchlings have a size similar to a poppy seed. When they finally hatch, the new bed bugs need just one “portion” of blood to enter their next phase of development. After about one month, bed bugs reach maturity which means that they can start procreating too. On average, one female bed bug can create a second generation of bugs that number nearly 200 bugs.

These pests can easily spread from one area to another. They use the cracks and holes in the ceilings, walls, and floors and they go through windows and door frames. It is not uncommon to find them in recesses and cracks where they usually lay eggs. If you find bed bugs in your home, it is a smart idea to talk to a professional right away. Give us a call and we’ll arrange an inspection and advise you on the best solution.

 

 


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There are many people that dislike spiders and some even develop phobias about them. For these people, the start of winter is one of the worst periods because this is the time of the year when spiders and other insects start visiting our homes more frequently. Many people call this season the winter spider season because spiders are found literally everywhere in our homes and offices.

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House spiders are usually less active in the summer period. At this time of the year, they are usually residing in our garages, sheds and woodpiles. However, when September comes, male spiders start their quest to find mates and that’s why they become more active and enter our homes. September, October, and even November are months that are part of the mating season for spiders and that’s why they are more prevalent.

If you want to keep your home safe from the spider invasion, here’s a quick list of things that you should do to keep them away.

Regular use of the vacuum cleaner

Use your vacuum cleaner on a regular basis, at least once a week and make sure that you are taking care of the areas under the worktop and behind sofas and cupboards.

Fill cracks and holes

Search for holes and cracks in the walls and try to fill them.

Eliminate webs

Spider webs are usually clearly visible, so whenever you see one, remove it. They are usually found in the corners of the ceiling, around light fittings and behind curtains.

Eliminate sheltering areas

Compost heaps, garden bags, and firewood piles should be covered or removed.

Eliminate all insects

Finally, try to eliminate other insects in your home because spiders use them as food.

You probably won’t be able to stop every spider from entering your home but you can certainly limit the  numbers. And if you do have a phobia, that’s worth thinking about!

Please contact us if you have any further questions or concerns.

 

 


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You can find bugs that bite or sting all year around in the UK. Here is a quick guide:

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Bees

There are two basic types of bees in the UK – bumble bees and honey bees. Bumblebees can sting the victim numerous times and honey bees will sting you once and leave the sting inside you and die after that. All bee stings bring intense pain, but the damage done by these bites is minimal unless you don’t remove the sting for a long time or you are allergic to bees. When you notice a bee around you, stay calm because they tend to attack people who are making rapid movements.

Wasps

These insects look quite similar to bees, but they are more elongated in shape. They give powerful bites if they believe that they are at risk. Their stings result in swelling and itching. In most cases, wasp’s stings don’t lead to allergic reactions, but since they can sting you several times, it is not unusual to witness such reactions. Just like in the case of bees, in order to avoid problems, stay calm when you notice a wasp around you.

Ticks

Ticks aren’t really insects, they are actually classed as anthropods – the same as the spider family. However, they act like insects and look like insects. They can be found in thick grass, moors, and woods around the UK. Their bite doesn’t cause pain, but it can lead to many serious illnesses like Lyme disease. The best way to prevent tick attacks is to wear trousers and shirts with long sleeves when you are walking in forests or areas with thick and tall grass.

Mosquitoes

These are one of the most annoying insects because of their buzzing and the itching they cause after they bite their victim. The good news is that UK mosquitoes don’t transfer any diseases, unlike other mosquitoes. There are specially designed repellents that you should use when you are out of your home during summer period at night, especially when you are camping.

If you are experiencing any insect infestation problems and need advice, please contact us now.


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Mice are one of the most commonly found pests in homes all over the UK. Even though they are more common in urban areas, it is not unusual to find them in more rural areas as well. One of the ways to keep your home safe from mice is to find out how they are entering the home in the first place. As the old saying goes- prevention is better than cure.

Typically, mice will enter the home by finding holes and cracks in the foundations of the building, floors and walls. Usually, homeowners are not able to identify these cracks and holes until they notice that their home has already been invaded by mice. Despite the fact that they are small, mice have a specific body shape and they are very flexible which means that they have the ability to go through small holes. So, many homeowners leave the holes they have noticed because they believe that mice can’t go through them. Well, unfortunately they are wrong!

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Another method that mice use to enter our homes is through gaps found in ceilings and windows and through sewer lines. If drainage pipes are not sealed in a proper way, mice can enter the home via bathtub drains and sinks. There are also many cases when mice use holes found in oven gas lines and plumbing to enter homes.

Although people report mice sightings throughout the year, it is usually the autumn months when temperatures go down when homeowners witness mice infestation. If a colony of mice gets inside a building and gets a warm and safe place and access to food, they will stay there during the cold months. Mice will proliferate very fast and it takes just a few months for a colony to spread to over 200 or more.

If you want to make sure that mice will stay away from your home, you must seal the holes and cracks that you find in your property. In addition, every window and doors must be sealed effectively too. If you are experiencing a mice infestation and need professional advice, please contact us now.


Pest Busters (Birmingham)

Highfield Farm, Middle Lane, Kings Norton, Birmingham B38 0DX
0121 695 9076
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