Cockroaches Again
Cockroaches
This time last year, I wrote about the fine weather breeding cockroaches.  Well, with the United Kingdom set to basque in mediterranean weather with sunny temperatures set to soaring to nearly 30 degrees C over the late May bank holiday weekend, fears are growing again over the unwelcome cockroach. In …
Increases in Bees, Wasps and Hornets
british hornet
As my colleague Nick mentioned a few weeks ago, the Asian Hornet Threat in 2017 is on the increase and not only are the bee keepers concerned, but also business owners. Here on the farm were I live, we have seen a marked increase in wasps in the last few …
Motorway Madness
Pest Management West Midlands
Servicing a large area means that our front line pest control officers are driving over 35,000 miles every year and encounter many hazards. The dash cam footage that was taken from one of our vehicles on the south bound carriageway of the M1 near Leicester is fortunately very rare, but …
Asian Hornet Threat in 2017
Hornets
Bee keepers will this year be ushering in the summer months with some trepidation following sightings of the Asian Hornet (Vespa mandarinia) in Gloucestershire and Somerset in the autumn of 2016. The insect which is already well established in main land Europe was spotted in the area of Tetbury and …
Ant Season Only A Few Weeks Away
Ants
Although to most of us we’re still in the thick of winter, six to eight weeks from now the beginning of the ant season will be upon us, and early detection and treatment is by far the best way to tackle the problem. Treatments that are applied late in the …
Electronic Fly Killers Monitoring or Control
Flies
There are many fly control units on the market ranging from cheap entry level up to units specifically designed for a purpose. Deciding which unit is the most appropriate for your environment is not as simple as it sounds, and we quite often come across units that have been poorly …
Warm Temperatures Provoke Cluster Fly Activity
Flies
Cluster flies are normally associated with the autumn or spring seasons, but with the recent increase in temperatures, the flies have emerged from their dormant state posing a nuisance to home and business owners in areas that should normally be fly free at this time of the year. There are …
Cold Weather Drives Rodents Indoors
Rodents
It’s that time of year again when those unwanted fury tenants move into places where they are not welcome.  Just a few reminders to people out there that there are a few things that you can do to reduce the risk of rodents invading you premises. Keep external doors closed, …
Hornets Increase
Hornets
Just recently, there has been an increase in the number of Hornets found in Shropshire and neighboring counties.  This has caused some concern to restaurant owners as naturally the hornets are attracted to the sweet smelling food.  Although not dangerous to most of the population, they can put customers off …
Early Pest Detection
Pest Control Shropshire
Man has been battling against pests for thousands of years, it is estimated that without the application of control, pests would consume and spoil one third of all the food that we produce and in some countries this would almost certainly result in starvation. Because of the prolific way in …
Wasp Numbers Increase
Wasps
Cast your mind back to my colleague Nick Silvester’s post back in June regarding the prediction of wasp numbers during the summer of 2016.  Well most of the summer has been upon us, and indeed, as he correctly predicted, the warm and wet weather pattern has provided a most fertile …
Fly Screens And Flying Insect Pests
Fly Screens
It is that time of year again.  The weather gets hot and muggy and you open up your doors and windows for a bit of fresh air.  Once it gets too hot, flying insect pests will enter buildings as they fare no better than we do after it reaches 25 …
Ant Behaviour
Ants
The seasonal behaviour of the UK garden ant was once something that could be marked on the calendar, but, with the change in UK weather conditions over the last decade their habits have become less and less predictable.  Indeed the annual mating season was usually around the start of August …
Wasp Season Gathers Pace
Wasps
Wasp Numbers March of 2012 received a short burst of unusually high temperatures encouraging fertile queens to emerge early from their winter hibernation only to be met with freezing temperatures, this was also accompanied by a very wet season and saw wasp numbers plummet by almost 80% in some areas. …
Bug Facts
Insects
Not a lot of people know this: There are four times as many insects as all other kinds of animals put together. A dictionary-style listing of all known insects in the world would take up more than 6,000 pages. Most insects live for less than one year. Some flies live …
Rodent Health Warning
Rodents
The video footage was recently taken at two separate locations and clearly demonstrates how attractive our little fury friends find roof voids and loft spaces particularly if they are well insulated providing perfect nesting material. Rat Footage 1 Rat Footage 2 The customer at one of the locations was alerted …
More cockroaches
Cockroaches
The main cockroaches we have to deal with here in the UK are the following from the Tropics;  the Oriental,  German and the American.  The largest (everything is bigger in America).  An African resident the Brown Banded Cockroach is now with us but my team have not yet come across …
Fine weather breeds cockroaches
Cockroaches
The unusual warm weather we have been experiencing here in the West Midlands of the UK has brought with it some unwelcome guests, cockcoaches.  The West Midlands has a damp climate, but, with the recent warm sunshine this has allowed the proliferation of the species.  In the above photo, a pregnant …
Rabbits
Rabbits
Introduction So what have the Romans ever done for us?  Well, they did introduce the rabbit, a good source of protein and fur that can be used to keep you warm. They are easy to breed, so the rabbit wasted no time in making its self at home and has often …