Pest Control

Arabmarbella.com provides a comprehensive range of professional Pest Control Services that will get rid of pests currently harboring at your premises and guard against future invasions as well.

Our program for pest control includes inspection of the breeding site, followed by a comprehensive report with details of infestation, actions necessary to eliminate infestation and recommendations as preventive measures. All the specified treatments use modern hygienic techniques with ultra-safe, odorless and effective chemicals applications.

Know your enemy !

 

Ant Control

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Tactics and Strategies

The first, and perhaps most important part of ant control, is attitude. And if you have an ant infestation, be under no illusion, you are at war. If you think of your home as your castle, then good, it should not be difficult to understand that an invading army has got inside the walls. Okay, so that might be a bit dramatic, but actually thinking of it as a war might help to make sense of the methods that have to be undertaken. And if you have young children, it might make it fun for them to think of it that way, and mean they will do all the things they will have to do, like clearing up crumbs.

Fighting Smart, Fighting Mean

Unlike a lot of other pests, ants are not inherently dislikeable. Not many people are scared of ants, and if you find one crawling on you when you're sitting on a park bench, it's no big deal. In their natural habitat, ants are actually very useful. Breaking down organic matter, aerating the soil, helping to make sure other insect populations don't get out of control, these are just some of the things that ants can do. However, they do not recognize a human habitat when they see one, and they don't care. Whether it feels odd to them to march across such a smooth surface as a counter or table top, or if Over 15,000 species of ant exist, these randomly placed globules of food scattered haphazardly around arouse curiosity... well, we'll never know, but probably not, and they certainly don't care. And while, obviously, it is easy to get rid of each individual ant as you see them, they will keep coming back if you don't destroy the source. As always, of course, the best form of defence is offence and if you want to get rid of the invading army completely, you have to get rid of their base, the ant nest. If you do find it then pour lots of boiling water over it (this is the fighting mean part!) because, although ants will survive in normal water, they cannot survive boiling water. Generally you will find ant nests around the roots of plants, however sometimes you will find them in cavity walls. If, however, you cannot find the nest, then one option is to try to bait the ants out. So for example you put out some maple syrup but you put some boric acid powder in it so that when the ants come to have their feast they won't last long. And at least they'll die with a smile on their face! The potential danger of using baits, however, is that it might attract even more ants from neighboring colonies.

The Opposite of Chess

In chess, the king is the most important piece and doesn't move around much, but if you kill him you win. Well, in the game of ant control, you have to kill the queen. You can try telling the ants that you've won just before you're ready to kill her and see if they'll concede defeat, but chances are you'll actually have to make that move. But that's if you can find her. The queen tends to hide deep down in the nest though, and might not even be killed by pouring boiling water into the nest so don't expect that to be the end of it, you will probably still need to get a professional in to finish the job. There are, however, a number of other moves you can make to prevent the ants from winning. Most of them are pretty intuitive, such as maintaining the best standards of cleanliness. If you take away the invading army's food supply, they're not going to last very long. This includes keeping the sink clean as well as pet bowls. In fact, if you want to set a little trap, then you can float your pet bowl inside another bowl which is filled with soapy water, so that if the ants try to get across they will be stranded. Or more to the point, did he know? After mating with the queen, which they do in- flight, a male ant will die? Or more to the point, did he know? After mating with the queen, which they do in-flight, a male ant will die? You also want to get all the little crevices that allow ants into your home sealed up, and the best thing for that is caulk. Also, cornmeal is a good material to put down where you know ants are going to go since, after eating it they will die, but it is not dangerous to people or other animals.

Know Your Enemy

The way ant colonies work is that they send out scouts who find sources of food and water and then tell the colony about them. The way scouts find the colony again, and let the other ants know where to go to find water and food, are scent trails. Therefore, you want to eliminate the scent trails as well as, of course, the scouts if you see them. How you destroy scent trails is by washing areas around food they have found with soapy water or bleach solution. If you can track it back to their home then all the better, and from there you can use materials such as chilli powder, Vaseline or boric acid to deter entry. However, to get a proper assessment of which species of ant you have to deal with, as well as the best way to deal with them, you will have to contact a qualified expert, who will be able to formulate the best ant control plan for you. To arrange your free pest control inspection simply call our team on or request a quick callback

 

Bed Bug Control & Removal

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How to make Bed Bugs sleep with the Fishes

There are a variety of methods you can use to deal with an infestation of bed bugs, however to be sure that they are eradicated, it is best to call a professional as they know the most efficient treatments to eradicate the bed bugs.

Where Bed Bugs Come From

Believe it or not, bed bugs were practically a thing of the past in the mid-90s, largely due to the fact that the insecticide used to get rid of cockroaches by hotels also killed bed bugs. That insecticide has now been banned, however, meaning that hotels do not have a consistent bed bug treatment program. This, in turn, means that anyone travelling to the hotel with bed bugs will leave them on the bed for the next unsuspecting victim. With the rise of cheap air travel, people from abroad would bring the bed bugs with them, on their clothes, and then leave them in the hotel beds. Therefore, even though it is a horrible thought, once returning from a hotel you should wash all your clothes thoroughly as bed bugs can survive in a suitcase.

How Bed Bugs Survive

It only takes 35 days in some cases for a bed bug to grow from nymph to full adulthood Bed bugs can survive in upholstery, in clothes as already stated, on blankets, sheets of course, behind bedroom furniture, all sorts of cracks and crevices, mattresses, almost anywhere. They are fine in cold or hot environments, and are attracted to a warm human body as well as the carbon dioxide we breathe out.

How bed bugs survive, however, is on the blood of their victims. It's not a pleasant thought, in fact it's downright creepy, but that's the way it is. They usually get to work just before dawn, but they won't wake you up because you won't feel them. The reason for that is they inject a numbing agent as they bite you so that it won't hurt you. That might sound like a nice thing to do, however once that agent wears off, the bite will be very itchy (but don't scratch it!) and it may come up as looking like a rash, or spots with pus in the middle. As they don't carry any diseases, however, bed bugs are not dangerous, and it is only if you scratch the bites that there is a risk of getting an infection. In any case, you certainly will want the best bed bug treatment to be rid of them as soon as possible.

How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs

To be sure that infestations of bed bugs are completely destroyed, you will need a professional's help. Bed bugs breed very quickly and you have to get rid of the whole life cycle for the infestation to be annihilated, and for this you will need professional bed bug treatment.
However, there are plenty of things you can do to lessen the impact of bed bugs, and reduce the chances of their returning once they are gone. The most important of these is to maintain excellent standards of cleanliness. Wash your mattress regularly, and once you have bed bugs use a steam cleaner on your mattress. This, however, will not get rid of the infestation completely nor will it guarantee that you will not get bed bugs again because, as already stated, you may become exposed to them at a hotel or someone else's residence.
You can also buy bed bug treatment in the form of insecticides, although bed bugs have become resistant to certain of these and it is best to ask an expert as to which are the best to use. Also, remember that bed bugs do not just live in the bed so other areas, mostly around the bed, need to be treated as well. Anywhere there is a crack or crevice is a good bed for bed bugs.

How To Spot a Bed Bugs Problem

Sometimes it can be difficult to know if you actually have a bed bug problem. You might be getting bites, but unsure where they are coming from. On inspecting your covers, perhaps you do not see them. They are not, however, invisible to the human eye so you can look out for them. They are a gingery sort of colour (perhaps why people with that hair colour get such abuse!) and are about four or five millimetres long. Since they also tend to hide quite a bit, however, another tell-tale sign is if you can see little spots of blood on the covers.
If you can spot one, or if you know for sure that you have a problem, then at least you can organise getting some bed bug treatment, and end the nightmare as soon as possible!

Heat Treatments

Heat treatments use new Entotherm technologies to produce the most thorough and fast method yet devised for eradicating insect infestations.

The heat treatment works by temporarily turning the affected area in to an oven. The temperature is raised to just over 55 degrees Centigrade by a liquid syrup which travels through insulated pipes to strategically placed heat exchanges. The heat exchanges emit air which is hot and dry, creating a lethal environment for insects at every stage of their life cycle.

Heat treatments can save businesses a lot of time and money. Where fumigation may take days, or even weeks, this process can be completed in merely hours.

Fumigation

One of the best ways to get rid of an insect infestation is through fumigation. It is simple and cost-effective, and can be used as either a preventative or curative measure. Since it involves using toxic gases it is important to have professionals, such as those from arabmarbella.com, carry out the procedures. Our pest control technicians are fully trained to carry out these practices safely, complying with all relevant health and safety standards and regulations.

 

Bee Control & Removal

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Bees are one of the rare pests which do actually serve an invaluable service to the environment through pollinating plants, so much so that if they were to disappear altogether the human race could not survive. For this reason, and because their numbers have been dwindling in recent years, there has been a general reluctance to treat them as a typical pest control problem. Having said that however, if the bees nest is hard to access and a local bee keeper is unable to relocate it, a technician from arabmarbella.com will be able to get rid of the bees for you.

Identifying Bees

There are a number of different varieties of bees, but the two most common are the Bumble Bee and the Honey Bee. The Bumble bee is of the kind that most people think of when they think of a quintessential bee, they are the fat and hairy kind. They will only sting if they are threatened or handled roughly. The Honey bee is often mistaken for a wasp, being of similar size and colour. The easiest way to tell the difference between them is by identifying whether they are hairy; if so, its a bee, and if not its a wasp. Whether its a bee or a wasp, it is still a pest control problem of course. However if you do have a problem with bees rather than wasps then you might want to contact a local bee keeper first to see if they can relocate the nest for you.

How to Find a Bees Nest

Once you have determined whether you are dealing with bees or wasps, the next thing to do is locate the nest. Its important to do this before you call on Repairexp.com, because if you don't have at least a general idea of where it is, it may be that it is not actually on your property in which case it may not be possible for the pest control technicians to do anything about it when they arrive. So it's important to make sure that the nest is at least on your property. Remember not to get too close though, bees are much less aggressive than wasps but if you get too close to their nest then that is one circumstance when they can get defensive. That is also the main reason why you should never try to get rid of the nest yourself, only pest control technicians with the training and professional equipment have the capability to get rid of a bees' nest effectively and safely. There are a number of common places to find a bees nest, including; In a chimney
In a shed
In a compost heap
Underground
Cavities in a wall
Inside a tree
Bushes
Unlike wasps, bees do swarm on occasion and this is likely to be around the entrance to their nest. Regardless of whether there is a swarm or not though, there is going to be a lot of activity around the nest so if you see lots of bees entering and exiting a location, such as a chimney or between tiles in your roof, that is enough to locate the nest. If you are having trouble, pick one bee and try to follow that with your eyes, you should soon find one that will lead you back to the nest.

 

Pest Control – Beetle Removal

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There are more than 350,000 different species of beetle that we know of, 40% of all known insects."There are many different types of beetle in the world. In fact, more varieties than any other insect. However you don't really need to worry about all of them, and there are only a few which will infest your home, garden or work premises. They're not a nice sight, but more than that they are unhygienic and can be the cause of a lot of damage, so it is important to employ beetle removal techniques as soon as possible. Some of the most common types of beetle infestations are of:

The Carpet Beetle

At 1 ½mm to 4mm long, they can be tough to spot. If you do get a look, you will notice that they are brown or black with white or yellow markings. They can generate a lot of harm to fabrics in their larval stage, and while they often live outside as adults, often live under carpets as well (hence the name). The beetle removal techniques involved with getting rid of carpet beetles are, first of all, to find the source of the infestation. This will usually be in the loft or beneath floorboards, perhaps in a bird's or rodent's nest. Whatever the source, the initial step is to remove it so that they will not keep coming back. Then any area that the carpet beetles are likely to invade from should be treated using a residual insecticide, places like under carpets, around window frames and skirting boards and in roof spaces.

The Larder Beetle

As with most beetles, the main damage done by the larder beetle is actually done when they are larvae. You will probably first notice an infestation by seeing the adult however, and at just under a centimetre long they are larger than some. To identify them, they are dark brown, with a white strip near the head that has six black dots on it. They are called larder beetles because they do a lot of damage to food, especially meat such as bacon, ham and dried beef, although usually it has to be spoiled meat. To pupate, they prefer a more solid environment such as wood or even metal. The beetle removal technique in this case is to spray all the cracks and crevices around where they might be hiding with residual insecticide. It is also important to find the source of the infestation, at which pest control technicians are expert.

Wood Boring Beetles

Beetles can communicate with pheromones as well as vibrations and sounds. Some of the beetles that cause the most damage are wood boring beetles, although you will probably know them better as woodworm. That is because they do all their damage in the larval stage, when they look like worms. The adult beetles only last a few days. For more information on the beetle removal methods for these sorts of beetle, see the section on "Woodworm". In general, beetles are scavengers and are attracted to food waste, so the best way to stave of an infestation is by keeping a clean environment. Once you have a beetle infestation though, it can be hard to totally eradicate, so you should contact pest control experts to carry out beetle removal techniques as soon as possible.

Heat Treatments

Heat treatments use new Entotherm technologies to produce the most thorough and fast method yet devised for eradicating insect infestations. The heat treatment works by temporarily turning the affected area in to an oven. The temperature is raised to just over 55 degrees Centigrade by a liquid syrup which travels through insulated pipes to strategically placed heat exchanges. The heat exchanges emit air which is hot and dry, creating a lethal environment for insects at every stage of their life cycle. Heat treatments can save businesses a lot of time and money. Where fumigation may take days, or even weeks, this process can be completed in merely hours.

 

Cockroach Treatment

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With some pests you can have a pretty good go at getting rid of them yourself, getting a professional in just to make sure that whatever infestation you have is totally gone. However, with cockroach treatment, it's like a third round FA Cup tie, Premier League against non-league (for non-football fans, that's a very big team against a very small team) and although you might be the physical giant in this relationship, the cockroaches have the advantage. The only cockroach treatment that is going to have a chance against them is going to come at the hand of a professional pest controller. Cockroaches are just too good at hiding and too good at multiplying for amateurs to have a chance.

Stones To Throw at the Giant

For some peace of mind, and to manage the situation before the professionals arrive, however, there are a number of cockroach treatments that you can attempt. Unlike in the bible story, however, no matter how well you throw these little stones at the cockroach infestation it won't produce a killing blow. A cockroach can live without food for a month, hold its breath for over half an hour and even live without a head for a week One of the best of these cockroach treatments is boric acid powder. If you lay it down anywhere you think cockroaches might go, then if they run across it and get it on their legs not only will they die from it, but they will bring it into contact with other cockroaches they come across, killing even more. Another method is to set out jars with some water in the bottom so that the cockroaches will drown; this should work, however the German cockroach can swim. You can also use sticky strips, but then you will have to deal with the mess of dealing with the dead cockroaches you collect on them. Of course no cockroach can survive the underside of a shoe headed towards it at speed, but cockroaches are such good hiders you will only ever see a fraction of those that are there. And even then, you will only normally see them at night as they are nocturnal creatures. The final way of keeping cockroaches at bay, and hopefully making sure they never turn up (or come back) is a high standard of cleanliness and repairing any crevices in your home. Keeping your home clean will take away their source of food so that they will not be attracted to the area, while repairing any visible holes will reduce the amount of hiding places available for cockroaches to stay. Beyond that, the only cockroach treatments that are going to work will be quite extreme and should only be attempted by professionals. They will be able to size up the situation properly and use whichever techniques are necessary. This may or may not include the application of a 'fogger' which will release a strong pesticide which will kill the cockroaches, but make the premises uninhabitable for the duration of the treatment.

Don't Panic!

No doubt if you have an infestation of cockroaches, you will need no encouragement to get rid of it. They are one of the ugliest, vile looking insects around and if that doesn't put you off then their habits should. Preferring warm, dank places they are often found in sewers and the dirtiest of dark corners. Naturally, then, they carry some pretty nasty stuff with them, including food poisoning agents, dysentery, typhoid and any number of other diseases. They will eat literally anything they can and if you imagine they were ever potty trained then you'd be wrong, they leave their droppings everywhere. Cockroaches do not shed their skin, but they do shed their skeleton. Perhaps the most scary thing about cockroaches, however, and what makes cockroach treatment especially difficult, is how fast they breed. Every female cockroach is able to make up to four hundred babies in their lifetime, a baby reaching maturity within three months, and living for another three to nine months after that if unchecked. The numbers can just get out of control. there are two main types of cockroach present, the German cockroach which, as already mentioned, can swim and is generally pretty agile, able to fly (short distances) and climb on smooth surfaces. The Oriental cockroach is not able to do any of those things but looks quite similar, although is quite a lot darker in colour than the German cockroach. Although other signs of an infestation include smear marks or droppings, cast skins, egg cases, an almond-like smell or dead insects, cockroaches are very visible at night time. Turn the light on suddenly and you will probably see them scurry to a dark hiding place. They look scary, they are dangerous, and they're tough to get rid of but don't panic! With a professional's help and diligent cleaning, you will be cockroach free in no time!

Heat Treatments

Heat treatments use new Entotherm technologies to produce the most thorough and fast method yet devised for eradicating insect infestations. The heat treatment works by temporarily turning the affected area in to an oven. The temperature is raised to just over 55 degrees Centigrade by a liquid syrup which travels through insulated pipes to strategically placed heat exchanges. The heat exchanges emit air which is hot and dry, creating a lethal environment for insects at every stage of their life cycle. Heat treatments can save businesses a lot of time and money. Where fumigation may take days, or even weeks, this process can be completed in merely hours.

 

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Sometime in their lives, most pets will end up with a flea infestation. There's really nothing you can do to stop that, because they can easily be picked up from other animals, in the park or any public space that your pet goes to. There are things that you can do to minimize the chance of getting a flea infestation in your home though, and there are plenty of flea treatments available when your pet does pick one up.

Finding Fleas

As we all know, fleas are very small. In fact, unless you are really looking for them, you probably won't see them. There are some tell-tale signs that you can look for though. One of the major ones is if you pet is scratching more than they usually do, since fleas are very itchy. Also, although there aren't many fleas around these days that actually use humans as a host, your pets fleas can and will still bite you, so you may find flea bites on your own body. If you suspect a flea infestation and want evidence, part your pet's fur so that you can see down to the skin. If there are fleas you will see them as little black specks. And at that point, you should begin flea treatment.

Flea Treatment

Fleas can jump 8 inches, 150 times further than their own height. That would be like a human covering three football fields in one leap. There are a number of different flea treatments out there, and to get the best one for your pet, it is best to talk to a pest control expert or go and see your vet. They will be able to tell you the safest and most effective treatment in your situation. For instance there are some treatments that are good for dogs, but that can be dangerous for cats because of the ingredients in the cure. Others are just general rules of thumb. For example, a flea bath is a good solution for a dog but cats generally hate getting wet so that might not be the best thing for them. There are lots of alternatives though, from lotion to tablets which kill fleas. Caution should be taken however, as some chemical solutions do risk harming your pet at the same time as killing the fleas.

Treating the Environment

Strange as it may seem, the most important part of flea treatment is not actually treating your pet, it is treating the environment. The reason for this is that it is only adult fleas which live on your pet, while their eggs grow in carpets, bedding, the garden, skirting boards, basically everywhere else that your pet goes. The upshot of this is that even if you get all of the fleas that are currently living on your pet, it won't be long before they get a new infestation from the new fleas growing to maturity around them.

 

Fly Control & Removal

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How to Win the War Against Flies

How to control your fly problem really depends on the size of the infestation. If it is just a few flies getting in now and then, it's a nuisance but you could probably just chase them with a rolled up magazine. Of course you want to be careful that they don't contaminate any food, it only takes one to do that. Also, if you own a food-based business such as a restaurant, it is not nice to see any flies. On the other hand, you could have a place overrun with flies, in which case you might want to consider calling out a professional to deal with the problem. Then, of course, there are all the states in between. Here are some fly control strategies for those relatively mild problems.

The Natural Way

Natural fly control strategies are available, one of which is also decorative and fascinating to watch, and the other is pretty creepy, or seems so to a lot of people. The first is the Venus fly trap which, as the name suggests, traps flies (although The common housefly is capable of travelling five miles in one day in its search of food?presumably does not come from Venus) and can be quite a sight to see. Probably the most appealing fly control solution in terms of appearance, although it is not going to really put a dent in any serious fly infestation on its own. At the other end of the spectrum, probably the least appealing option in terms of appearance is to encourage, invite or let loose spiders into the affected area. Of course the more you let in, the more improved your fly problem will become, but unless you really like spiders you might end up having to send in birds to deal with the spiders, cats for the birds and so on... we know where this story ends. Fortunately then, we have other, non-natural fly control procedures as well.

The War Option

It seems strange to say, but flies can actually be quite dangerous. They can't kill you like a lion can kill you, and it's rare to see anyone running away from a fly (although certain species can bite, such as Sand flies, Horse flies and Autumn flies) but they can be like tiny bombers carrying biological weaponry. If you imagine some villain out there creating flies and sending them into your home or place of business, loaded up with diseases such as E.coli, gastroenteritis and dysentry to spread, then you might like to take the war approach to fly control. If you consider fly control as a defensive war, protecting a piece of land (your home or business premises) then there are three things you want to do. First of all, you want to make sure the invading army does not come in, and secondly you want to kill any marauding troops who have managed to get past your defences. Thirdly, you want to eradicate any bases they may have set up to breed in order to build a bigger army from the inside. Each eye belonging to a fly contains thousands of lenses?To achieve the first objective of limiting the number of flies you have so the numbers do not increase, there are some pretty obvious things you can do like keeping windows and doors shut as much as possible, or alternatively setting up screens so that you still allow air in. Make sure that any cracks are sealed, though; it's no good having a big wall and then having holes in it. Weather strips are good for that. You can also use a little trick of hanging up bags of water and entrances, which keeps flies away because the light reflecting off the water makes them think of spider's webs. Of course, this is only really an option when appearance is not a factor or if you are going for an eccentric look. Once you have done your best to limit the amount of flies that you have to deal with to what is already present, it is time to start getting rid of them. Here it is best to combine a number of tactics, not just rely on one or two, in order to win the war as quickly as possible. One of the options is fly paper, and scotch tape or masking tape will work almost as well. If you want to be a little more proactive, you could make your own form of fly paper by making strips of paper, and it is best to cut them from a paper bag so they are not too flimsy but not too stiff, which can be a few feet long and a couple of inches wide, and then dipping them in a mixture of corn syrup and granulated sugar. Hang them up around food storage or preparation areas and the flies will be attracted to them and then not be able to escape, making it an excellent weapon against them. There are also, of course, electric devices that work on the same principle of attracting flies to come to them and then killing them. You can also use insecticides and sprays, but they tend to smell bad and they can be harmful to young children. And for particularly annoying little buzzers, don't overlook the flyswatter or rolled up newspaper, although remember it is going to make a mess on your wall!

Know Your Enemy

There are many different varieties of fly, from the common house fly to bluebottles, fruit flies, vinegar flies, horse flies, and the list goes on. For each there will be an optimal strategy for dealing with them and if the general tactics suggested here do not work, then it is best to contact a professional who will know the best fly control strategies for your particular problem

 

Hornet Control & Removal

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Of all the flying insects with stingers, the hornet is the most feared. They are the largest, and have the biggest and most painful stinger. The most common kind of hornet is the European hornet, which grows up to around 4cm in length, considerably larger than the average wasp. But whether you have a problem with hornets, wasps or bees, the pest control experts from arabmarbella.com will be able to get rid of them quickly and safely.

Identifying Hornets

Since hornets are, to put it simply, a large variety of wasp, the main identifying factor is going to be size. You can also look at the colour though, the European hornet is dark brown and yellow, rather than the black and yellow of a wasp. Also, hornets tend to be louder in flight than wasps. There is some good news when it comes to dealing with hornets over wasps though. Even though most people are more scared of hornets than wasps due to the difference in size, it has been seen in experiments that hornets are actually less aggressive than wasps. They are less likely to attack you. By no means do we suggest you test this out of course, it's best to give them as wide a berth as possible, but it's useful to remember. And certainly you should make sure you stay away from the nest.

Finding a Hornets' Nest

It's important to locate the general area of the hornets' nest before you call in the pest control technicians from arabmarbella.com to get rid of it. The reason being that if you are unable to at least to ascertain that it is on your property then we may not be able to do anything about it. If it is on a neighbour's property, we will of course need their permission to access the nest. If you have a number of hornets in your house or garden, then there is going to be a nest nearby. They are going to want the nest to have some protection, so there are a number of places they may go such as the roof, under a tree, in a shed, etc. It is not necessary to actually visually locate the nest however, and you certainly should not get too close to it since that is one situation when hornets are likely to attack. To locate the general area of a hornets' nest, all you need to do is find the location that the hornets are gaining access to it. This might be in a gap between tiles on a roof, a hole in your shed, or a number of other places. The best way to find it is by watching a hornet which is returning to the area, as they are sure to go back to the nest quite quickly. You will know it is the nest because there will be a lot of activity there.

 

Insect Control & Removal

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Insects play a crucial part in the ecology of the planet, but when they start playing a part in the ecology of your household then they've become a pest control problem and it's time to call in the experts. At arabmarbella.com we will be able to get rid of any kind of insect which has invaded your property, using safe and efficient practices. We will be able to employ the best suited pest control method for your particular brand of insect, many of which you will find dedicated pages to on this site.

 

What is an Insect?

There are several defining characteristics which define an insect. They have:  An exoskeleton (skeleton on the outside),  A three part body (abdomen, thorax and head),  Six legs (three pairs),  One pair of antennae, and  Compound eyes. Of course what really matters is that they are little creatures that you want to get rid of.

Common Insect Pests

There are many kinds of insects, causing a variety of different pest control problems. Some of these can be prevented through precautions you can take, such as having your home proofed for instance. On the other hand, there are some insects which come about due to conditions that you cannot control and they simply must be eliminated when they arise. Here are some of the most common insects which cause pest control problems, and a brief explanation of how they are usually dealt with:  Ants – find the nest and kill the queen;  Bed Bugs – Insecticides, very thorough cleaning;  Beetles – Insecticides;  Cockroaches – fumigation;  Fleas – Fumigation, thorough cleaning;  Moths – Insecticides;  Termites – kill the queen;  Wasps (and bees) – find the nest, spray insecticide inside;  Woodworm – insecticide, fumigation. That is a very brief explanation of how insects which tend to cause pest control problems are generally dealt with. As mentioned, you will find more information on their respective pages. No matter what kind of insects you are dealing with though, there are a few general principles which hold true in terms of prevention and eradication.

Pest Control Procedures for Prevention and Elimination of Insects

Insects need food and water to survive, so in most cases the problem is that they are getting these things from your property or they wouldn't be there. Therefore, you can keep the majority of insects (and indeed pests in general) away by keeping a clean, tidy and well maintained property. If there is nothing to eat and no malfunctioning plumbing to act as a water source, you will prevent most insect infestations. There are some exceptions to that, however. For instance, bed bugs feed off their host and travel with people, they do not respond to the environment. This is also true of fleas for animals. Wasps and bees simply require somewhere safe for their nest. When it comes to getting rid of insects, it depends very much on the situation and what kind of insect you are dealing with. It is best to get expert pest control advice once you have an insect infestation.

Heat Treatments

Heat treatments use new Entotherm technologies to produce the most thorough and fast method yet devised for eradicating insect infestations. The heat treatment works by temporarily turning the affected area in to an oven. The temperature is raised to just over 55 degrees Centigrade by a liquid syrup which travels through insulated pipes to strategically placed heat exchanges. The heat exchanges emit air which is hot and dry, creating a lethal environment for insects at every stage of their life cycle. Heat treatments can save businesses a lot of time and money. Where fumigation may take days, or even weeks, this process can be completed in merely hours.

 

Mouse Control & Removal

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Of all the infestations you can get, a mouse infestation is perhaps one of the cutest. If you are one of the many people afraid of mice, you probably won't agree of course. And actually, you'd be right. They might be furry and quite easy on the eye, but they carry diseases, are a nuisance with their constant gnawing on things, and are a potential fire hazard as well. If you have an infestation of mice, therefore, it is essential that you apply mouse control techniques and call a professional to be sure of getting rid of the problem.

How To Recognise a Mouse Infestation

Mice have large ears, pointed noses, and small eyes that protrude from their head. The two most commonly found mice in houses and gardens are Wood and House mice. The Wood mouse is a little over 5cm long (not including the tail) and is a light brown colour. The House mouse is a little smaller and of a darker colouring, also with smaller ears. You can easily tell On average, a mouse will let go of 70 droppings every day. a mouse from a young rat by looking at their feet; the feet of a rat are much larger in comparison with their body than a mouse's. Adult rats, of course, are bigger than mice. Mice are nocturnal creatures, however, so you might not see them during the day at all, meaning that you might only see the signs that they have been there. You don't have to be Sherlock Holmes for this work, but you do need to know what you are looking for. For one thing you might notice a strange smell, which is the mouse's nest. They also leave dark coloured droppings around the place, and are constantly chewing on things so gnawed furniture, cereal boxes, or any number of other things, most importantly cables, are signs that you have a mouse infestation. The chewing of cables, apart from causing serious damage to your electrical appliances, could lead to a fire which is why this is particularly dangerous. On occasions, in fact, mice make their nest within electrical appliances so it is important to carry out mouse control as soon as you can. Apart from seeing them or noticing their effects, however, the best way of noticing mice at night is to listen carefully for a scurrying sound.

Mouse Control Techniques

The main danger mice carry with them is disease. Mice are incontinent, urinating anywhere they go, and they can easily transfer tapeworms, salmonella food poisoning, ringworm and meningitis. It is therefore essential to carry out mouse control techniques. The traditional form of taking care of a mouse problem is, of course, mouse traps. However many people have a problem with this solution now as it brings about a painful death to the mouse, breaking its back with the metal bar. Traps that are more humane are now available, however whichever sort of trap you choose, it is best to set them near walls. The bait you use could be the more traditional cheese, although chocolate and biscuits work just as well. Mice can jump up in the air to a height of two feet.If you utilize a mouse poison, which you can buy from garden centres and hardware stores, then the bait and killing device are one and the same. You can also use rodenticides, electronic repellers and electronic killing devices. Keeping mice out of your house in the first place is obviously a preferable form of mouse control to having to get rid of them once they are in, and once you are rid of them you want to be sure that they stay out. One way of doing this is by installing Mouse Mesh Grills, which deny entry to mice when they are put over air bricks. Actually it is amazing how small a gap mice can fit through so you want to make sure all holes are covered up. In general, however, mice will not be attracted to a place if there is no food available there. Maintaining high standards of cleanliness is therefore a good way of keeping mice away. This needs to be done within your property and around it, in a back garden for instance. Make sure piles of waste do not build up. Mice breed very quickly so it is important to get rid of your mouse infestation as soon as you can. To be sure of achieving this properly, it is best to invite a professional to take care of the job, or at least ask them for advice.

 

Moth Control & Removal

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How to Tackle the Problem of Moths

There are three types of moths that cause most of the problems around a house. Two damage fabrics, for example the "Clothes Moth" will tend to damage all clothes, while the "Brown House Moth" specialises in damage to animal-based textiles such as leather, wool and feathers. The "White Shouldered House Moth" does not tend to damage fabrics, however it does lay its eggs in food. In fact it is not the adult moths which are the main problem of a moth infestation, although obviously they can be annoying buzzing around your head. It is actually the larvae, or moth caterpillars, which are the main problem though, as they are the ones that make holes in fabrics as they eat and grow. Those which are hatched in food use the food for nourishment and to build a cocoon. Moth control is therefore clearly a very urgent issue, although moths do not actually pose a risk to your health.

Moth Control Strategies

There are a variety of moth control techniques that you can apply yourself, however if you have a severe infestation then it is best to call on the help of a professional. The best form of moth control is, of course, to prevent an outbreak in the first place. Keeping doors and windows closed, especially at night since they are attracted to light, is an advantage but not always practical and it's nice to let some air in A female House Moth can lay, at any one time, 650 eggs. Now and then! Also, remember that if you have lots of adult moths already, either flying or hopping around, then the problem is already quite serious as it is the larvae that do the damage. Moths like to lay their eggs in dry, dark places such as a cupboard or loft space. Regular cleaning and washing will resolve this problem, but if you are intending to keep any clothes or other fabrics in storage for a long time then it is best to seal them in plastic bags or pack them in suitcases. The traditional method, of course, was to use moth balls however they emit an unpleasant smell. A similar, but newer technique is to put use aromatic red cedar wood instead of mothballs. To prevent damage being done to carpets by moths, you should vacuum regularly. Of particular importance in this regard are the sections underneath furniture, as this provides the perfect place for moths to lay eggs. Note, however, that if you have got damage to your carpets then this might not be a moth problem, it could also be due to carpet beetles, and the same goes for any damage to fur, which could be down to the actions of fur beetles. To protect food, keep it in containers that are airtight, and regularly clear out your cupboards and clean them.

Eradicating the Moth Threat

If you have a moth problem then there a number of moth control techniques you can employ to get rid of them. There are a plenty of sprays available from hardware stores that will tackle the problem, although you are dealing with sensitive areas so you might not want to go down the chemical route. Sticky strips, some of which are available that emit female moth pheromones in order to attract the males, are also very effective in dealing with the adult moths. Another way of getting rid of moth's eggs on clothes is to put them in the freezer. They won't be able to stand up to the extreme cold conditions, so after a few days in the freezer they will be wiped out. Remember to protect your clothes; it is best to put them in a vacuum packed plastic bag and let the clothes warm up again after you have taken them out of the freezer before taking them out of the bag. When they fly during the night, moths navigate by using the moon and stars. If you have a serious moth infestation, however, it is best to employ a professional to deal with the problem.

How to Identify Moths

The best moth control methods to use will depend, to some extent, on which kinds of moths you have a problem with. The three most common moths have already been mentioned, but there are two and a half thousand species, with over one hundred and sixty thousand worldwide. Most of those, however, do not cause a problem. To recognise the ones that do, here is a brief description of each one. The Clothes Moth, six to eight millimetres long, doesn't have any markings and is a straw colour. Its larvae can grow to ten millimetres, have a brown head and a creamy white body. When they fly during the night, moths navigate by using the moon and stars. The House Moth, eight to fourteen millimetres long, has three or four dark spots on a brown body. Its larvae can grow up to twenty millimetres, have a brown head and an almost-white body. The White-Shouldered House Moth, six to ten millimetres long, has mottled wings and a white head. Its larvae can grow up to twelve millimetres, have a reddish brown head and a cream coloured body. If you see moths matching any of these descriptions you should immediately check your clothes as well as other fabrics around the house for signs of damage, and begin employing moth control techniques. If you discover a serious infestation, contact a professional.

Heat Treatments

Heat treatments use new Entotherm technologies to produce the most thorough and fast method yet devised for eradicating insect infestations. The heat treatment works by temporarily turning the affected area in to an oven. The temperature is raised to just over 55 degrees Centigrade by a liquid syrup which travels through insulated pipes to strategically placed heat exchanges. The heat exchanges emit air which is hot and dry, creating a lethal environment for insects at every stage of their life cycle. Heat treatments can save businesses a lot of time and money. Where fumigation may take days, or even weeks, this process can be completed in merely hours.

 

Pigeon Control & Removal

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How to Deal with a Pigeon Problem

Pigeons are not often considered a household pets, in fact if you have pigeons in your house then you've really got problems! Pigeon control is an important issue, however, although they are more often associated with parks and squares in towns and cities such as in London where they are very common. Some people do not even see them as pests at all, but if they are flocking around your house then you will definitely want to get rid of them. This is not at all easy, and it would be a good idea to call in professionals to carry out the proper pigeon control procedures, but there are a few things you can try.

The Problem with Pigeons

Although not the most attractive of birds, pigeons are not really ugly, or dangerous on their own. In fact if you've ever tried to chase one, you'll know that it is more scared of you than you are of it! But actually, there is some good reason to be scared of pigeons. In the Middle Ages pigeon droppings were so sought after for manure that they got an armed guard! For one thing, they are not called the "rats of the sky" for no reason, although obviously it isn't literally true. They do, however, carry a multitude of diseases, for example Psittacosis, which is similar to pneumonia, and Chiamidosis, which is a virus much like influenza. Dried droppings have the power to spread these infections because spores can break off, get carried on the wind and be inhaled. It can make healthy people ill, but is even more dangerous for people who are already sick and have a low immunity. Beyond the health risks, of course, the droppings are not very sightly, and it is particularly unpleasant to have your car covered in them.

Wiping Out the Pigeon Threat

It is therefore essential to carry out good pigeon control measures, both in urban environments and if your home has become the target of this menace. Farmers have the option of shooting pigeons if they feed off their farm, however few other people have that option and anyway it is, literally, a hit and miss procedure. There are also traps that you can set to catch the pigeons. However, pigeons travel in flocks so unless you can catch the whole flock, which you will not be able to do, then this won't really solve the problem. Even if you could do that, however, it is not a long term solution because within a few weeks the eggs they had already laid will hatch again and you will quickly have a new population to deal with.

Keeping Pigeons Away

The best way to manage a pigeon population, and to make sure you don't get one in the first place, is to control the environment that they are choosing to live in. If the environment is hostile to them then they will not wish to be there. It is important to understand, then, that pigeons are scavengers. That is why they are so prevalent in urban environments, because of all the open food sources from people throwing food away. As well, of course, as the somewhat misguided feeding of pigeons by certain members of the public. The pigeon is the only known non-mammal that can recognise itself in the mirror.If you have a pigeon infestation around your house, therefore, the best pigeon control measure you can make is to make sure that your garden and street is free of all food sources. Of course unless you live out on your own away from everyone else, it might be a neighbour who has a problem in that regard. If you are not comfortable dealing with that situation yourself, perhaps it would be a good idea to contact a professional who may be able to help. The only other option you really have in terms of pigeon control is to use pigeon repellents, but they are so strong that it is not recommended for individuals to use as it could be harmful to pets and other birds as well.

 

Rat Control & Removal

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There is a reason that horror books have been written about rats, they are incredibly nasty creatures. While some pests can be dealt with reasonably well without professional help, it is essential that you contact a professional as soon as you know you have a rat infestation so that they can implement the proper rat control procedures.

How To Spot a Rat Infestation

Rats are generally nocturnal animals, so you might see signs that you have a rat infestation before you actually see any rats. There are obvious things to look for, such as rat droppings, which share the general dimensions of a sultana. Also chewed bits of furniture or wiring could also be a sign of a rat infestation, although that could also be an indication of mice. If you find any tracks in dust on the floor followed by a tail mark that is a good sign; you can tell them from mice tracks because rat’s feet are quite big whereas mice’s feet are tiny. Of course if you have a mouse infestation that is also serious, but not as serious as rats due to the greater danger of contracting diseases from rats. Rat’s teeth are strong enough to chew through aluminium. Rat’s teeth are strong enough to chew through aluminium. Holes in the wall are another sign of a rat infestation, as are smears on the wall. These come from the oil on a rat’s fur which comes off when they rub against it. The most sure-fire way of knowing that you have a rat infestation, however, is when you come face to face with a rat. It’s not a pretty sight, and although they won’t attack for no reason, you should be careful that you don’t get into a position where they can bite you as this will be very painful and quite serious.

How to Get Rid of a Rat Infestation

Again, a rat infestation is very serious and advice on rat control measures should be taken from a professional. What you can do, however, is keep your home clean. Although rats will chew on just about anything, they need food to sustain them so if you deny them that sustenance it is a good step to getting rid of rats, making sure they stay away and of not attracting them in the first place. This means generally keeping good hygiene standards, in fact the cleaner the better. In particular, make sure that refuse is stored in bins and rubbish bags are not left around the house. Also, keep all food in cupboards. Other techniques for keeping rats away include having a well-kept garden, removing sources of water from ground level so rats cannot access them and clearing blocked drains immediately. More specific advice on rat control procedures applicable to your own home can be provided by a professional. These rat control measures should be taken straight away, however they will not rid you of the rat infestation. The best way to do that is with rat poison, however even though rats will generally eat anything, they are generally mistrusting of new sources of food and it will usually take them a few nights before they take the poisoned bait. Pets and young children should of course be kept away from the bait. Once the rats have ingested the poison, it could take anything from a few days to over a week for it to be effective, so you will have to be patient. A group of rats is described as a “mischief”. Quite apt we think!

Know Your Enemy

Rats are a menace, but to defeat an enemy you have to know more about them than they know about you. So here is some more knowledge that may help with your rat control procedures. The most common form of rats is, appropriately enough, called the “Common Rat”. Rats have long noses, and long tails which it is believed they use for balance and/or to control body temperature. In an attempt to gather material for their nests they will chew anything, including power cables, creating a possible fire hazard. Rats are more common during winter, and cooler weather generally and like to live near supplies of food and water. They multiply rapidly, with each female capable of around six litters every year, with each litter producing half a dozen to a dozen baby rats.

 

Rodent Control & Removal

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When most people hear “rodent” they tend to think of either a rat or a mouse. However rodents cover a lot more than that, from beavers to guinea pigs. In terms of common pest control problems however, we are going to focus on rats, mice and squirrels. If you have a pest control problem with rodents on your property, the experts from arabmarbella.com are well placed to get rid of them so please feel free to get in touch today for a free quote.

Mice and Rats

Since mice and rats are so similar in how they operate, they will be treated together. Squirrels are very different so will be treated separately. What Causes an Infestation? Mice and rats need food and water to survive, so even if you keep your property spotless you may get an infestation if you have leaky pipes. They also require warmth so during the winter they may come inside simply to get away from the cold. How to Combat a Mouse or Rat Infestation. To get rid of the rodents, it will not only be necessary to eliminate the ones that are there but to prevent any return through making sure your property is properly secure, and that there is no food or drink available for them. In order to eliminate the rodent infestation, you can use either traps or poison. Poison has the benefit of being fast, while traps are useful for getting rid of them once they are dead. There are of course products on the market which allow you to attempt these methods yourself, however mice and rats have grown wary of some pest control methods and it often takes a professional to use advanced techniques and knowledge to properly combat a rodent infestation.

Squirrels

Squirrels, sometimes called “tree rats”, are unlikely to cause as bad an infestation as mice or rats, since they will continue to get their food from outside your property, unlike rats and mice. However they can still cause a lot of damage to your property, usually through nesting in the attic. To prevent a squirrel infestation, as long as your roof is well secured (e.g. no loose tiles) then you should be okay. It also helps if there is no easy access to your roof (through overhanging trees, for instance). Once you have an infestation however it is important to get rid of the squirrels before you go about securing your attic again. If you seal up the roof with one or more of the squirrels still inside, they will cause hell trying to make a way in and out again. Of course they need not be nesting in your loft to cause a problem, they may be stripping bark off trees in your garden or digging up flower beds. No matter what the case, it's a good idea to try to get rid of the rodents as soon as possible. It is difficult to catch squirrels, which is why it is best to contact pest control experts such as those from RepairEXP.com if you have a problem.

 

Pest Control - Silverfish

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As a rule insects are not the most pleasant creatures to look at, but silverfish are some of the worst. They are not actually damaging to humans, but they're still not nice a nice tenant to be sharing a home with. Also, they do cause a lot of damage to your property so it is best to employ silverfish control techniques as soon as you spot an infestation.

Looks Like an Insect, Moves Like a Fish

If you ever wondered how silverfish got their name, it's because they travel in a swishing movement, like Silverfish have been around since before dinosaurs a fish swimming through water. Also, because they are silver. At least adult silverfish are silver, young silverfish are white. They grow to a maximum of one inch, which is about 2.5cm, but others only grow to only half that size. So they're small, but definitely visible. On the other hand, it might take a while to notice an infestation because they do not like light conditions and tend to hide out in the dark, so it might be quite a sizeable infestation before you actually notice there is a problem. To get back to the name though, their official title is “Lepsima Saccharina but also answer to “The Carpet Shark,” “Fishmoth,” and “The Urban Silverfish.”

Silverfish Control Techniques

As with all pests, the best way to get rid of them is to remove the conditions that gave rise to them in the first place, and then go about eradicating the pests that are already there. When it comes to silverfish control this proves to be quite difficult, and requires patience and perseverance. Although silverfish feed off just about anything, from crumbs on the floor to human dandruff, the main condition necessary for their emergence is the presence of damp. This means that they are commonly found in bathrooms, but the damp needs to be there for quite a long time so an infestation of silverfish actually means that you have a problem with damp somewhere in your home. That could be a leaking pipe, or anything else that creates damp conditions, such as high humidity levels. Silverfish can actually survive for a year without eating, so just removing the food source is not going to get rid of them (at least, not quickly). In any case, since they are so small, unless you seal up all your food and make sure no crumbs get anywhere this is going to be a near impossible task. The best pest control technique to prevent silverfish from continuing to breed is therefore to get rid of the damp conditions. This can also take a long time, and will involve fixing whatever the problem was in the first place, and then keeping your home extra dry. In addition, insecticides should be sprayed in as many nooks and crannies as you can find to kill the adult silverfish. Other silverfish control techniques involve getting rid of old clothes, as well as stacks of magazines or newspapers. If you discover the infestation in clothes you want to keep, they should be cleaned thoroughly, preferably dry cleaned. Any books you want to save should be sealed in a plastic bag and stored in the freezer for at least four days. Silverfish are attracted to glue, and often cause damage to book bindings, wallpaper and photographs

Silverfish Removal

If you can't wait for the silverfish to be gone, and after all it really is a very unpleasant experience to have a silverfish infestation in your home, then pest control experts can fumigate your house to get rid of the pests. You will still have to keep everywhere as dry as possible for a while, but it should get rid of the infestation fast.

 

Pest Control – Spider Control

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Spiders are one of the most feared pests in the country, and a serious infestation can be terrifying if you have arachnophobia. Indeed, for people who are scared of spiders, even one spider present in their home can be a nightmare. Since they pose no health risk, there is no problem with just catching them and putting them outside.

Spider Control

As well as having eight legs, spiders have eight eyes as well. Spider control concerns both preventing spiders from entering your home, as well as how to deal with them once they are there. These are all procedures which you can carry out yourself, however if you have a serious or recurring problem with spiders which you would like experts to come and have a look at, please feel free to call in the pest control professionals, who will be happy to help. Spiders get their sustenance from devouring small insects. This means that they set up their webs where insects tend to be. You will probably know where these places are in your house, in all likelihood close to windows. This is why you will often find spider's webs in window frames. One way to deter spiders therefore, is prevent insects they feed on from entering. This involves keeping windows closed most of the time (especially at night when you have lights on) as well as treating these areas with insecticide. If insects aren't getting in, there's a good chance spiders aren't either. In that same vain, sealing any cracks or openings where spiders and insects can get in is also a good idea. As well as insecticide, there are spider repellent sprays you can buy as well, which you can spray on walls, around windows and anywhere else you normally find spiders. These sprays are odourless and last for quite a while. If your problems with spiders still do not go away, and you would like some professional advice on your situations, or would like a pest control expert to come and visit to see what can be done to keep the spiders away, please feel free to call us or contact us via email.

Spider Info

Spider control can be assisted by knowing something about them and how they operate, however if you are squeamish you might like to stop reading now, all the information on the best way to deal with them has already been provided. One thing that is not widely understood about spiders is that, although there are no dangerous species native, many do still kill their prey by biting them and giving them a venomous injection. If steel wire was made as thin as a spider's web, the spider's web would be stronger Female House spiders lay up to two hundred and fifty eggs, which they keep in a silken sack in the middle of their web. The eggs stay in the sack for about a month before the baby spiders come out. Even if you do get the spider therefore, it is a good idea to hoover up the web as well.

False Widow Spiders

The False Widow Spider, so called because of its resemblance with the Black Widow, is the most venomous spider The first reported sighting of the False Widow was in Torquay, 1879.

False Widow Spiders

The False Widow Spider, so called because of its resemblance with the Black Widow, is the most venomous spider The first reported sighting of the False Widow was in Torquay, 1879. the False Widow is not exactly a new addition. They first arrived on our shores over 100 years ago, brought from the Canary Islands. For a long time they were almost always found exclusively in the south west, the warmest portion of Britain. However, as our climate has begun to warm, the False Widows have been able to travel and survive further and further north. It is now estimated that there are about ten million False Widows, and they have been found as far north as Yorkshire. As the climate continues to warm, their numbers will likely grow.

Recognising a False Widow

As mentioned, the False Widow has its name from the resemblance to the Black Widow, which is not naturally present. They are quite a lot smaller, but they still have quite a fearsome appearance. It has a bulbous abdomen, with brown colourations of various patterns on the back.

Fight or Flight?

So with the title of most venomous spider, is it something that you should keep clear of at all costs? Well, it is of course up to you but they're only likely to bite you in self-defence. If you leave it alone, it will probably leave you alone. However if you don't like spiders you'll probably want to get rid of it. If you're comfortable doing that yourself then an insect repellent should work, or of course the old classics of a rolled up newspaper or the underside of a shoe will do the trick. Of course if you are not comfortable getting close enough to the spider to do anything with it or suspect there may be more close by, then feel free to call us for a quick call out and one of our pest control operatives will take care of it for you. If you have an infestation of the spiders, then the best option may be fumigation to make sure they are all eliminated. If that is the case we do recommend that you get in touch for professional assistance as fumigants are toxic and require trained pest control technicians to administer safely.

What to do if You are Bitten

There have been cases documented on various media sites lately such as amputations, severe scarring and pets dying. These types of reactions to false widow spider bites are rare. Nobody has died of a spider bite. If you have an infestation of the spiders, then the best option may be fumigation to make sure they are all eliminated. If that is the case we do recommend that you get in touch for professional assistance as fumigants are toxic and require trained pest control technicians to administer safely.

Heat Treatments

Heat treatments use new Entotherm technologies to produce the most thorough and fast method yet devised for eradicating insect infestations. The heat treatment works by temporarily turning the affected area in to an oven. The temperature is raised to just over 55 degrees Centigrade by a liquid syrup which travels through insulated pipes to strategically placed heat exchanges. The heat exchanges emit air which is hot and dry, creating a lethal environment for insects at every stage of their life cycle. Heat treatments can save businesses a lot of time and money. Where fumigation may take days, or even weeks, this process can be completed in merely hours.

 

Termite Control & Removal

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The most important thing to do when you discover an infestation of termites is not panic. Although they will probably have done some damage already, as long as you get it sorted out quickly your property should be okay. The optimal way of doing this is to contact pest control specialists who will be able to eliminate the infestation by destroying the colony. There are also treatments that you can buy, but the only way you will know that the problem really has been completely eradicated is if you get professional help.

Termites

When dealing with pests, it always helps to know a little about them. This not only assists in formulating and understanding the best pest control techniques, it also will give you a good idea of what they are about, and how much you need to worry. With termites of course, everyone is aware of the serious damage that they can do to properties which is why they are so feared. The size of colonies often numbers in the millions, however in a sense that is a good thing, because it means they won't be able to stay hidden for long.
Termites are always working, 24 hours a day, never taking a break or sleeping Although everyone knows about the damage termites can do, not everyone knows what they look like. It helps to know that another name for them is the “White Ant,” although they are not actually a member of the ant family. In fact, strictly speaking, they are more like cockroaches. But they look a lot like ants, and they are white. So if you spot any white ants in or around your property, be sure to contact a pest control company straight away. termite damage They are also similar to ants in that they live in colonies, as already mentioned, and they have a Queen which does all the breeding with a King. Their rate of reproduction is quite astounding, with a Queen able to lay as many as 2,000 eggs in a single day. Knowing this, and how to find the nest in which the King and Queen live, is the most important part of termite control.

Termite Control

There are two main termite treatments which can be applied, those being liquid and bait. The liquid form of termite control involves laying down a large quantity of liquid chemicals, which will prevent termites from entering the property, and not allow termites which are already in the property back out, meaning that they will die. The bait form of termite control involves putting termite food out, usually underground. This usually means paper or cardboard, soaked with a substance which will kill termites but is slow acting. This gives time for a lot of termites to find it, and to carry it back to the nest. With any luck, a piece will make its way to the Queen and the colony will be effectively killed.

Heat Treatments

Heat treatments use new Entotherm technologies to produce the most thorough and fast method yet devised for eradicating insect infestations. The heat treatment works by temporarily turning the affected area in to an oven. The temperature is raised to just over 55 degrees Centigrade by a liquid syrup which travels through insulated pipes to strategically placed heat exchanges. The heat exchanges emit air which is hot and dry, creating a lethal environment for insects at every stage of their life cycle. Heat treatments can save businesses a lot of time and money. Where fumigation may take days, or even weeks, this process can be completed in merely hours.

 

Wasp Control & Removal

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Wasps are one of the nastiest pests out there, so if you have a wasps' nest nearby you'll want to get the pest control professionals in as soon as possible to come and get rid of it. Most people are frightened of wasps, and with good reason, but some try to perform their own wasp removal service anyway. This is a bad idea as pest control experts are the only ones fully trained in wasp removal, and are the only ones with the proper equipment to do it effectively and safely.

Identifying a Wasps' Nest

Only the female wasp stings (but male wasps are only around at the end of the season for mating).The first step in wasp removal is identifying the wasps' nest. It is best to try to do this before you call in pest control technicians. If you don't know where the wasps' nest is, it might end up being on someone else's property, and in any case, valuable time could be lost trying to find it. Of course you should always be careful that you do not get too close to it as wasps will become aggravated if they feel there is a threat. You might not even be able to find the nest itself, but if you can find a main entrance that will be enough, which could be between tiles in the roof or a gap in a wall. Wasps do not swarm (so if you've got a nest where they are swarming, that's a bee's nest and you'll have to call in specialised bee controllers), but they do come and go from their nest regularly. Therefore there will be frequent landings and takings off at the entrance. Alternatively, German wasps (one of the two most common types the other one being Common wasps) tend to build their nests outside, either in a tree or a bush, so that is another good place to check.

Wasp Removal

Once you have found the wasps' nest, or at least the entrance they are using to get to the nest, you should call in the pest control experts. They will be able to take care of the nest quickly and safely, usually without the wasps even becoming aggravated or knowing what is going on. Wasps communicate with pheromones, which is why if you kill one, nearby wasps can smell the danger and attack the way wasp removal that is carried out is not actually to destroy the nest. In fact, as wasps very rarely re-use their nest, it can be left where it is. Instead, a special powder is either injected into the nest, or left at the entrance, so that as the wasps come and go they pick it up on their feet. This powder kills the wasps, and as they all have to come back to or leave the nest, it ensures that it gets all of them. This is the safest and most effective wasp removal technique, and can only be carried out by pest control professionals because you have to be qualified to get access to the material necessary to do this. The process is quick, and always effective, meaning that it won't be long before your nightmare with wasps is over

 

Pest Control – Woodlice Control

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The good thing about woodlice is that they are not harmful to humans. Nor do they cause a lot of damage to property. Young plants are sometimes damaged by woodlice, but that's about it. The bad thing about woodlice of course, is that they look really creepy, so it's not nice to have them as an unwelcome guest in your home.

Conditions That Attract Woodlice

If you do have woodlice in your home, it could be an indication that you have a problem with damp. Woodlice like moist conditions, although sometimes they will come inside to escape heavy rain or the colder weather during The blood of woodlice is blue (although this is cannot be seen except with special equipment).autumn and winter. The good news in that case is that as long as your home is warm and dry, they will not last very long. Although if they get to the bathroom they will probably last longer. If you have a severe woodlouse infestation however, then this is a pretty clear indication that you have a problem with damp in your home. Usually woodlice are found outside, where they are almost completely harmless. They tend to take shelter beneath damp leaves, in rotten wood or in a pile of decomposing garden waste. If you are looking for woodlice, then you should find them pretty much anywhere that is dark and damp. When they are inside this often translates to behind skirting boards. They tend to only come out at night.

Woodlouse Biology

One of the best ways to describe woodlice is as miniature armadillo. In fact the official name of one of the most common types of woodlouse, the pill woodlouse, is Armadillidium. The most common form is called the Oniscus, or Common Woodlouse. What unites them is that they have fourteen legs and a stiff, segmented, rounded exoskeleton which is much like a shell. This exoskeleton they shed every now and then, which is why occasionally they seem to be two different colours. The female woodlouse keeps eggs in a pouch underneath her body, which she holds until they hatch. Baby woodlice are white.

Woodlice Control

One of the easiest and safest woodlice control methods is simply to sweep them up and put them outsi When infected with Wolbachia bacteria, male woodlice can become female!de again, where they came from. Of course if you have a severe infestation of woodlice, this will be indicative of an underlying problem and it would be best to contact a pest control expert to give you advice on what to do. As already mentioned, woodlice are only able to survive in damp conditions, so if you have an ongoing problem then you will have to attend to an issue with damp. Alternatively, pesticides can be sprayed on areas affected by woodlice. A better woodlice control technique, however, is to use powder. They might be protected from spray by their exoskeleton, however the powder they will have to walk through, making it a more effective treatment for woodlice.

 

Pest Control – Woodworm Treatment

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When you discover a woodworm infestation, it is important that you get it checked out by a pest control specialist as soon as possible. It might not look like a lot of damage, but looks can be deceiving. The little holes in the wood, often the first indication that you have woodworm unfortunately, actually mean that a lot of internal damage will have been done to the wood already. If the woodworm has got into the timbers that support the house, they could be causing structural damage which, in severe cases, could lead to collapse.

What is Woodworm?

The Death Watch Beetle is so-called because it makes a noise which can be heard in very quiet houses, so they used to be heard during death watches. Woodworm is not a species in and of itself, instead “woodworm” is the collective name given to a range of wood boring beetles in their larval stage. Having said that, it is still an appropriate name, as these beetles usually only live a matter of days or weeks in their adult form, while they can spend up to about six years in their larval stage (when they look like a lot like a worm). The little holes in wood which are visible are actually exit holes, evidence of the fully grown beetle finally emerging from the wood. There are lots of different types of wood boring beetle, two of the more common ones being the Common Furniture Beetle and The Death Watch Beetle. Each species will attack different sorts of wood, and the ideal woodworm treatment will depend on what kind of woodworm it is. Pest control experts will be able to identify the species from the size and shape of the exit hole, or from the beetle itself.

Woodworm Treatment

The best woodworm treatment options will depend on the size and location of the infestation. Sometimes the actual live infestation is gone by the time the problem is discovered, but that is something that only a professional pest control technician is likely to be able to ascertain. With the use of a borescope, a pest control expert can discover how widespread the infestation is, including whether it has got to the wood or timber which is unseen, behind walls. If the infestation is not too serious, then spraying insecticide around the infected area might be enough to get rid of it. On the other hand, if it is already widespread, the only option might be fumigation. This is often the case with Death Watch beetles in particular.

Preventing Woodworm

Of course it is much better to avoid an infestation in the first place. In this regard, it is helpful to know that woodworm are generally attracted to damp or moist wood. Therefore making sure that the humidity in your home is low is a good step to avoiding woodworm. To stop the spread of woodworm, another good method are simple fly traps. If you can kill the adult beetles before they are able to mate, which is pretty much all they are interested in once they are in beetle form, then they will not be laying more eggs and you will prevent any further damage. If you do get a woodworm infestation however, then please feel free to give us a call or contact us via email and we will be able to advise you on the best course of woodworm treatment for your situation.

Heat Treatments

Heat treatments use new Entotherm technologies to produce the most thorough and fast method yet devised for eradicating insect infestations. Woodworm is not actually a worm, it is the larval stage of a number of different wood boring beetles The heat treatment works by temporarily turning the affected area in to an oven. The temperature is raised to just over 55 degrees Centigrade by a liquid syrup which travels through insulated pipes to strategically placed heat exchanges. The heat exchanges emit air which is hot and dry, creating a lethal environment for insects at every stage of their life cycle. Heat treatments can save businesses a lot of time and money. Where fumigation may take days, or even weeks, this process can be completed in merely hours.

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