Pest Control

To the right, is a photo of a real bed bug that has sucked blood. It has two eggs next to it and the grains of rice are there for size comparison. A bed bug's bite is quite painless but its saliva can cause irritation, swelling and redness.

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Pest Control

 

Cockroaches

There are two most commonly found cockroaches in the UK, the German Cockroach and the Oriental Cockroach. Cockroaches carry food poisoning germs on their bodies and are responsible for the spread of dysentery and gastro-enteritis. They will feed on almost anything, food contamination will occur when the insect comes into contact with food, food preparation surfaces or through any contamination of food stuffs.

Ants

Ants pose no significant health issues, but can be a nuisance and can cause damage to your property. There are two species of ant commonly found in the UK: the Black (Garden) Ant and the Pharaoh Ant. The Black Ant is a nuisance because of its foraging habit but it does not spread disease and it is highly attracted to fatty or sugary foods. Pharaoh's Ants are of greater significance as they carry harmful germs, which they pick up when feeding on decomposing food, or coming into contact with drains and waste-food collection bins.

Aphids

Aphids are sap-sucking insects that can be found on a very wide range of plants. They are one of the common pests to attack garden plants. Aphids will attack all parts of a plant including its leaves, shoots, flowers, stems and even roots. Most commonly, aphids are seen in large numbers clustered around tender young growth often causing shoots to become weak and distorted. If numbers of aphids are very high they can actually kill the plant they are living off.

Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are bloodsucking parasites of man and also feed on chickens, bats and some domestic animals. A bed bug bite is painless, but its saliva can cause irritation, swelling and redness. They live in bedclothes, mattresses, bedsprings and frames, soft furnishings, cracks, crevices and under wallpaper. The female bed bug lays between 200-500 eggs in batches of 10-50, on rough surfaces.

Carpet, Museum and Fur Beetles

These beetles are of little significance as a health hazard. However, in certain situations the larvae hairs can cause skin irritation to those exposed to large numbers of the insect. The larvae forms of the insects can cause considerable damage to keratin- containing products such as silk, wool, fur, leather and dried animal remains. Occasionally food products of plant origin such as cereals and fibres will also be attacked. Damage by these beetles can be identified by the formation of clean irregular holes and in textiles these tend to occur around the seams. There is no webbing or excrement present and by the time the larvae are observed, considerable damage has often been done. Due to the large number of larval moults, the cast skins can be misleading in terms of the size of the infestation.

 
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