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Seasonal pests

As the summer ends many of us return from trips abroad, and at this time of year people find they have brought back more than a suntan. Bedbugs are natures hitch hikers, and will often stow away in your clothes and baggage, and infest your home when you return. They are attracted by your body heat and carbon dioxide, crawling out at night to bite your exposed skin and feed on your blood. Bedbugs are notoriously hard to eradicate, and are becoming resistant to some poisons. If you think you may have bed bugs, contact our pest control team for advice and treatment.

The first sign that winter is around the corner can often be seen by large numbers of flies entering your premises. Cluster flies enter properties when temperatures begin to deteriorate to seek a suitable place to hibernate. Although not a health risk, by their sheer numbers, cluster flies can be a real nuisance and very unwelcome in your home. The pest control team can help with advice or treatment.

The colder wetter weather also drives rodents (rats, mice and squirrels) indoors in search of shelter and food. Roof spaces are a favourite area of your home to nest as the area is relatively undisturbed, with easy access to your house for food and water. Commonly the first sign that your property is under attack is noises in the loft at night when they are moving about in search of food. Often people first notice the unwanted visitors when they go into the loft to get their Christmas decorations down, only to find that they have been shredded for nesting materials. In previous years, we have been to houses where hundreds of pounds worth of Christmas presents stored away in the loft have been completely destroyed. As well as offering treatment, we will always try to identify how these pests are getting into your home, and offer you advice and products to help keep them out.

The autumn also sees an influx of spiders into the warm corners of your house in search of a mate. The mild summer has meant that this year spiders are even bigger due to a plentiful supply of the insects on which they prey. In some respects spiders are the ultimate pest control service, and we do not generally offer a treatment service for spiders, as they are a beneficial species. This summer has seen a lot about false widow spider, see how you can identify it.

To find out more, or if you have any pest control issues, please contact our pest control team.

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