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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.


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Many people can’t tell the difference between rats and mice. Lots of people think that mice are just baby rats or young rats. In fact, there are languages across the world in which the word “rat” is used for both animals. Even though they look similar, the fact is that there are many differences between them. There are dozens of mouse and rat species, but the fact is that there are two species that are most frequently found inside or our around our homes – the common rat which is also called brown rat or sewer rat and the house mouse. When it comes to rodents in residential areas, 95% of the sightings are actually mice, not rats.

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The reason why it is important to determine whether you have problems with mice or rats is simple – there are different methods of treatment. Generally speaking, rats are a more serious problem and their presence is an indicator that there may be something wrong with your home that needs addressing (malfunctioning plumbing or drainage system etc.).

Let’s compare these two rodents and highlight the differences. To start with, an average mouse weighs half an ounce or around 15 grams while an average adult rat weighs 11 ounces or around 300 grams. Obviously, rats are longer too and they grow up to 10 inches or 25 cm while mice grow up to 4 inches or 9 cm. Even though mice have long tails (between 3 and 5 inches), rats have longer tails (between 6 and 8 inches).

The colour of the fur is another difference between these rodents. Rats have a brown to black colour with their body and upper head while their undersides are a little bit lighter. Mice have brownish gray fur all over the body even though some of them have lighter shades in different parts of their body.

Finally, rats eat almost anything – they are omnivorous. They also need to consume water on a regular basis. Mice prefer cereals although they can eat other foods too. Mice don’t need water on a regular basis because the amount found in the food is usually sufficient for them.

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In order to get rid of fruit flies, you must first learn how to identify them. Their most notable characteristic is their distinctive red eyes. These flies are about 30% smaller than house flies – they are about 1/8 inches long. When it comes to the colour of their body, they come in a wide range of colours starting from yellow all the way to tan colours.

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If you want to eliminate fruit flies without calling in the experts, you must have adequate sanitation. By doing this, you will cut their breeding sources. So, start by cleaning your bins and make sure that they have very tight lids. All fruits that are ripe must be placed in the fridge or consumed. Get proper drainage to avoid additional moisture. It is also a good idea to use screens on your home’s or building’s’ openings. Re-grouting tiles in the kitchen and bathroom can also solve this problem because by doing this you’ll reduce or completely stop water leakage. Finally, look for natural cleaners that can eliminate grease accumulation, this is especially useful in cases of commercial kitchens.

Keep in mind that fruit flies are just one of the types of small flies that are often found in kitchens, but not all of them use the same breeding sources. Fruit flies, as their name suggests, are found close to veggies and fruits – rotten or fresh. These flies can also be found flying around rubbish and organic matter.

Many people say that specially designed fly traps for fruit flies have helped them. They have a special scent that lures fruit flies in and traps them. Of course, you can always prepare a DIY fruit fly trap. Those who have a serious problem with these flies can use insecticide aerosols. Since these products contain chemicals, you must be very careful if you are spraying in enclosed spaces. There are some environmental-friendly fly products available too. You can also use drain treatments because they often use these areas to reproduce.

If everything else fails, you can call experts such as Pestbusters to help you. If you’re having problems with any type of fly infestation, please contact us now.


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Flies are one of the most annoying pests that can be found in almost every business and home in the UK throughout the year. Of course, they are especially active during the summer period. There are many fly species out there, but some of them are more common than the others. By learning more about these widespread species, people can also learn how to prevent them from entering their businesses and homes.

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Bluebottle fly

Bluebottle fly, or blow fly as some people call it, is a type of fly usually found close to dustbins. They are fond of feasting on dead animals and pet faeces and this is the reason why they can be dangerous because of the different diseases they carry.

Autumn fly

This is another common fly in the UK. They love flying around cattle and horses and, in most cases, they gather around their eyes or other parts of the face. They feed themselves from the saliva, nasal mucus and tears of animals. During the night they are inactive and usually stay in buildings. The female autumn flies look almost the same as the regular house fly and they are very powerful fliers.

Cluster flies

These flies are often found living in isolated places within homes like wall voids or attics. They look for warm areas where they can hibernate during the winter months. There are many cases when cluster flies gather in groups and stay on the windows when the weather is sunny in winter. As soon as the temperatures warm up, they come alive and can become an unsightly nuisance.

Fruit fly

As expected, fruit flies can often be found on fruits or places where fermenting leftovers in veggie plots and pubs are found. They are quite small (3 mm) and have distinctive red eyes. They breed in rotten fruit and in dirty drains.

House fly

This is the type of fly that we all know. These flies carry many different diseases and they can live in almost any building. They are fond of human food, animal feed, pet food, food waste and animal faeces.

If you are experiencing a problem with flies and need advice on the best course of action to take, please contact us now.


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