As the weather warms up this spring, now is the perfect time to take preventative pest control measures in your home or business. Over the winter, many pests are dormant and it’s easy to forget about them – particularly ants, fleas and wasps. But, while you may not have seen any crawling or flying around for months, that doesn’t mean they’ve gone away.
Eggs can be laid in carpets and nests can be hidden away in the tiniest of spaces, just waiting for the warmer weather to hatch out and start becoming active. So now is the time to act, to help prevent a minor problem becoming a major one over the summer.
If you have a large and obvious infestation then your most effective course of action is to get professional help. We can offer pest control throughout Essex and Suffolk including Witham, Colchester, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich. But there is a lot you can do to prevent or deal with low level pest problems before that becomes necessary. Essex and Suffolk Pest Control Solutions offer timely advice on how to carry out effective pest control in your home.
Here we focus on 3 of the most common pests that cause problems for homeowners during the spring and summer months.
Essex and the South East experienced higher than usual populations of wasps in 2015, due to the previous mild winter. This means that more nests are likely to have been established than usual. Coupled with yet another mild winter, we can probably expect high populations once again in summer 2016. Even if you haven’t seen any wasps yet this year it’s a good idea to check in likely places. Within the home, this includes attics, eaves, roof spaces and under floorboards, if accessible. Outside the home, check garages and garden sheds, as well as greenhouses, summer houses, children’s wooden play houses and roofed ornamental structures such as pergolas.
Be on the lookout for wasps appearing in your home that always seem to appear in the same place (e.g. a particular room, or through particular windows). This could be a sign that there is a nest located within the property, or close by outside. Nests start out small and if discovered early enough can be easily disposed of. Large nests, however, should be approached with caution, so don’t hesitate to call a professional if you find a big one.
The types of ants commonly found in the UK typically build their nests outside, as they prefer some type of soil or sand to dig into. But once their colony starts expanding they will travel far and wide looking for food – and our homes and kitchens are a natural target. Once an ant has found a food source in your home (they like sweet and sugary foods and liquids) it will lay a pheromone trail to enable other ants to find their way to the same spot. So as well as avoiding leaving food sources available for them (which will also attract flies, wasps and other pests) it’s a good idea to disrupt their communication system by cleaning hard floors and vacuuming carpets in order to destroy the pheromone trail.
If you keep furry pets or have ever had a flea problem, you should assume that there could be dormant flea eggs harboured in your carpets and any other textiles that your pets spend time on. Flea eggs can be dormant for a very long time, so even if you haven’t seen any (or been bitten by any) recently, a good preventative measure is to vacuum carpets vigorously and thoroughly (not just a “once over”) using high suction. Be sure to vacuum under furniture such as bed and sofas, as fleas prefer to lay eggs in darker spaces if they can. Flea eggs can hatch out inside the vacuum cleaner, so be sure to empty the cleaner into an outside bin.
All pet bedding should be washed regularly at a high temperature and, of course, see your vet about arranging flea treatments for your pets – there is little point in treating your home without treating your pet, and vice versa. If these DIY methods don’t resolve the problem you may need professional help to apply approved insecticides. Apart from inflicting irritating and itchy bites to humans and pets, fleas can transmit diseases, so it’s important to eradicate them.
In short, there are 3 key tactics for preventing a major problem with wasps, ants or fleas this summer:
Deprive them of easy food supplies – Don’t leave food, including waste food, out in the open and regularly clean kitchen surfaces, eating tables and flooring to ensure there are no scraps to tempt pests.
Disrupt their behaviours – Do what you can to make life difficult, particularly when it comes to feeding or breeding. For instance, removing ants’ pheromone trails, illuminating spaces where wasps next might form a nest (they prefer a dark place to nest), or vacuuming up flea eggs.
Deal with nests – If you suspect an infestation (you are seeing or feeling the effects of lots of one type of pest) act quickly to find and remove the nest, rather than using traps or treatments which just deal with a few individuals. If you can’t access the nest or don’t feel able to deal with it yourself, a timely call to your local pest control company will prevent a small problem developing into a major problem this summer.
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