The usual species to invade homes is the black garden ant (lasius niger). Black garden ants often explore their surroundings quite extensively during early summer months in an effort to increase the food supply to their queen and her young, and also as a way of testing new ground in preparation for the nest’s summer flight. In some cases, these explorations lead to a burrowing through mortar and brick.
By calling A & M Hawk UK, you are assured of ant control delivered by an expert pest controller.
It takes several insect control visits to treat a cockroach infestation. There are two reasons for this: first, you have to make sure you treat every place where the cockroach may hide, the nymph’s are very small and can hide in tiny cracks; second, there is no real way to treat the eggs so you have to wait for them to hatch before they will take the bait. It is often necessary to do night time visits for these reasons.
Flat dwellers be aware. If cockroaches get into your kitchen the nymphs are quite good at foraging through small cracks, like the ones around drain pipes from kitchens above/below. You may not be the only one to have resident cockroaches and you may not be responsible for the invasion.
The most common flea infesting homes is the cat flea, which readily bites humans. The human flea and bird flea are the next most important. Although dog fleas are relatively rare, other species of flea may use dogs as a host.
As adults, these small (2mm) wingless insects feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals. Flea bites can cause irritation around a bright red central point although the degree of reaction, and the length of time it take to react, varies from person to person.
The larvae live in the nest (or bedding) of the host, feeding on skin and the droppings of the adult fleas. When fully grown the larva spins a cocoon and waits there until it detects the vibrations caused by a potential host. Only then does it emerge.
This is why the first people to enter a property that has been standing unoccupied for some time will be bitten by fleas emerging from their cocoons after detecting the vibration of footsteps.
Birds’ nests in lofts or the eaves of a building can be the source of a bird flea infestation.
We recommend that you refer to your veterinary practice for advice on treating infested pets. Any infested bedding should be burned.
For badly infested buildings a professional treatment is necessary. Your pest controller will select an insecticide that will treat the flea infestation quickly and effectively. The treatment will be applied into all cracks and crevices in walls and floors.
If there are birds’ nests in the loft or eaves, these should be removed.
By calling A & M Hawk UK, you are assured of effective flea control delivered by an expert pest controller, who understands the distress that a flea infestation can cause.
Harlequin Ladybird (harmonia axyridis)
The harlequin ladybird is a recent introduction in the UK that has the potential to jeopardise our native species.
The Harlequin ladybird is native to the Far East, but was introduced to several European countries to control pest insects such as aphids in greenhouses. However, it was soon found living wild in Belgium (2001), Germany (2003) and the UK in 2005.
During the peak period of activity in Autumn, the harlequin ladybird is seen in large numbers on the outside of buildings. Although they do no damage to the fabric of the building, they can cause particular distress to residents when they enter buildings in large numbers. They can be found overwintering inside buildings coming out of their hiding places during mild weather. If they are disturbed these beetles produce a foul smelling liquid which may stain fabrics.
Once a building has had an infestation of these beetles, it is likely that it will suffer repeated infestations with the ladybirds re-appearing every Autumn in large numbers.
For properties that have regular problems with ladybirds entering the building, proofing of entry points will reduce future problems.
A residual insecticide professionally applied into crevices and entry points around a building will kill harlequin ladybirds, but care must be taken to minimise any adverse impact on our native ladybird species which may also be present in the same hibernation sites within buildings.
By calling A & M Hawk UK, you are assured of effective harlequin ladybird control delivered by an expert pest controller, who has received specific training in understanding the harlequin ladybird and is committed to protecting our environment and wildlife.