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What animals are considered pests in the UK?
There are many animals that are considered pests in the UK, however TDC Pest Control have discovered in their many years of pest controlling, that some are more common than others. TDC Pest Control specialise in all pests including but not limited to: Rats, mice, ants, flies, fleas, flying insects and bed bugs.
There are many insects in the UK that are considered pests, some of which carry disease like Blow flies, some can cause harm, such as wasps or hornets and others like Ants for example are merely a nuisance.
At TDC Pest Control, we are specialist in insect control, however it is worth knowing a few things about some of the insect pests we treat, so that they are easier to identify when you talk to one of TDC Pest Controls friendly advisers. You might also appreciate some pre-treatment information that may be relevant to a particular pest.
Bees, Wasps and Hornets, what’s the difference? Honey Bees
Honey bees have fluffy heads and smooth lower body. The honey bee is black-yellow/orange and will build their nests anywhere.
The Bumble Bee is the largest species of bee in the UK. They are fluffy all over with thick black and have yellow bands along their bodies. They are also happy to build their nests anywhere.
Masonry Bees are smaller bees, mainly black with thin yellow/orange stripes on its body, though they can have orange fluff occasionally on their head. The Masonry bee is well known for its ability to drill into the stonework of a building. This has the potential to cause all kinds of structural damage.
The common UK Wasp is generally thinner and smaller than the Honey Bee, with a smooth body and head. They have a black body with several vibrant yellow stripes on the body.
Hornets come in a variety of colours, though a yellow head, black body and black and yellow striped tail, are most common in the UK. The size of the hornets can vary a great deal also, anything from a centimetre or two in the UK to around three centimetres in parts of Europe. The Japanese Giant Hornet can get up to six centimetres.
Wasps and Hornets can become agitated and even aggressive when disturbed or threatened. They also release a phenome when provoked to let other wasps or hornets in the vicinity know they are under attack and need help.
In all cases the hives of bees, wasps and hornets are governed by the queen. During the warmer months the queen sometimes takes a while to choose the right place to build their home and whilst the queen is choosing the rest of the insects will swarm around her. This means that the pest controller must wait until the queen has settled before managing the insects. In some cases the queen tries one place for a day and decides that, for whatever reason it isn’t right and moves on with her hive. Therefore the pest controller must wait at least 48 hours before managing the hive.
TDC Pest Control, specialise in all kinds of Bee, Wasp and Hornet control including: bee extermination, bees nest removal, bee removal, bee pest control; wasp nest removal, wasp control, wasp prevention, wasp removal and Hornets’ nest removal.
Ants Garden Ants
The most commonly seen ant in the UK is the Black Ant. The generally build their nest in gardens often under paving stones, however during the summer months they regularly filter into homes, or where sweet or sugary food is present. These ants are about 7mm in length and sometime come in Red.
Pharaoh ants are smaller than garden ants and are a brighter red-orange in colour. Pharaoh ants are particularly fond of blocks of flats as places to build their nests. Blocks of flats, can easily become infested due to the ants attraction to the communal central heating system, food and water supply, available in most modern shared housing structures.
Ants can become more of a problem during the summer months when they are mating. Queen ants are winged and mate with reproductive male ants in flying swarms. The males die, however the queens establish nests of their own.
TDC Pest Control, specialise in all kinds of Ant treatments including: ant extermination, garden ant remedies, ant repellent, Black ant pest control, red ant infestation and general insect control.
Blow flies or Green and Blue Bottles, have a metallic blue or green colouring and can often be seen frequenting dustbins. Blow flies are particularly attracted to rotten food, faeces and carrion.
Cluster flies, are so named because they group together in a ball like cluster for warmth during hibernation. Cluster flies hibernate during winter months, predominately in quiet warm places. Uninterrupted areas of rural homes, like wall attics and cavities, are particularly susceptible. The cluster flies emit a phenome, with a sickly sweet smell, to attract other cluster flies; this could away a cluster fly infestation.
TDC Pest Control, specialise in all kinds of Fly treatments including: house fly, common fly, blue bottle, green bottle, fly extermination, cluster flies and fly control.
Total pest control services
TDC Pest Control, is able to control or exterminate many different pests in the course of their Pest control duties including but not restricted to:
- Treatment of Cockroaches, Fleas and Bed Bugs
- Rodent control
- Bee and Wasp nest removal
- Bird deterrent work
- Dead animal removal
- Treatment of Flies, Ants, Moths and other insects
- Mole treatment
TDC Pest Control emergency hotline operates 24 hours a day*, 7 days a week* 365 days a year*, so there is no need to wait to get that pest problem resolved. One of TDC Pest Control’s, experienced pest managers could be with you 30-90 minutes** after your call has been taken. TDC Pest Control’s team specialise in all kinds of pest infestation, such as: mice, wasps, rats, bed bugs, wasp’s nests, cockroaches, beetles and squirrels.
At TDC Pest Control, there is no call out fee, just our competitive charges, so you can rest easy knowing your pest problem will not cost the earth. Call us now on:
0800 092 8523
More tips and information
Rodent Proofing Your Home
Rodents are attracted to your home by two things, food and shelter. The easier it is for them to get into your property and find somewhere with warm with a steady food and water supply, the more difficult it will be to get rid of the little critters.
Many rodents are omnivores and will pretty much eat anything. They get all the water they need from the moisture in the food they eat, and therefore do not need a consistent water source.
The best way to ensure you do not attract rodents is firstly, to block any means of accessing your property. Secondly, clear away food once finished with and keep it in rodent repellent packaging such as plastic tubs.
How To Prevent Carpet Beetles
While they're not as abundant as ants, wasps or bees, carpet beetles are still a widespread nuisance. Carpet Beetles are much like bed bugs, in that they can find their way into your home via furniture and belongings.
Carpet beetles feed on anything, including crumbs of food and human skin flakes, so carpets and upholstery need to be kept thoroughly clean, to avoid attracting these creatures. Carpet beetles are difficult to get rid of without the help of an expert pest controller, who will administer a chemical treatment spray throughout your home.