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How to Eliminate and Control Black House Ants around the Home

How to Eliminate and Control Black House Ants around the Home

Many homes suffer from black house ant infestations. This post will outline the ants, their habitat, biology, and ways to eliminate them from your home and garden.

Description

The black house ant (Ochetellus glaber) is a small, biting at that is deep black in color which often has a blue-green iridescence. They usually grow to about 3 mm in length and live in large colonies. Notably, they have bent antennae, which differentiate them from termites. They are a nuisance, especially around the home, because they like to accumulate in large numbers around unprotected foodstuff. The ants also give off a strong odor when crushed.

Habitat

Black house ants are commonly found in and around cone-shaped sand piles in the pavement, lawn edges, and gardens. However, they often nest within structures and enter the home through small openings in window frames, doors, and cracks. They are mainly attracted to food that contains sugar, but will eat fat and protein-based foods if required. The black house ant is a common pest throughout many parts of Australia and is most active during the summer.


Biology

Black house ants are commonly found in and around cone-shaped sand piles in the pavement, lawn edges, and gardens. However, they often nest within structures and enter the home through small openings in window frames, doors, and cracks. They are mainly attracted to food that contains sugar, but will eat fat and protein-based foods if required. The black house ant is a common pest throughout many parts of Australia and is most active during the summer.


How to Limit Infestation:

Remove all soiled food containers from around the home and rinse before disposal.

●            Thoroughly clean all household surfaces, particularly areas that may have been exposed to sugar-containing products.

●            Tightly seal all food containers, including pet food cans, etc.

●            Clean pet areas, including putting water moats around their food bowls.

●            Keep all areas around the home (especially where food is present) as dry as possible. Eliminate standing water, fix leaky taps and increase ventilation, etc.

●            Elevate pot plants and eradicate aphids.

●            Flexible seal concrete paving joints.

●            Ensure joints, cracks, crevices, and electrical pipe conduit entry points around the household are filled and sealed.

●            Make sure trees and shrubs are not touching the house and remove rotting wood.

●            Ensure there are no objects stacked against the exterior of the house.

●            Increase the depth of landscaping mulch.

 

If these tips do not assist in minimizing the black house ants around your home, there are professional options that will help. Call your local pest control expert for more information.

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How to Keep Bed Bugs from Your Bed

How to Keep Bed Bugs from Your Bed

Bed bugs – the dreaded insect – are making an alarming comeback. A few years ago, bedbugs were simply the bugs of myth from the old nursery rhyme:

“Good night, sleep tight

Don’t let the bed bugs bite.”

 

However, the increase in international travel and a few unfortunate carry-ons has lead to a resurgence of bed bugs in the UK and other civilized countries. Luckily, there are many ways to reduce your chances of finding the unwelcome critters in your bed, and plenty of ways to get rid of them once they arrive.

4 Ways to Prevent Bedbug Infestations:

Since bed bugs are now a common pest in the United Kingdom, it is harder to prevent the spread of the insect. Luckily, there are some steps you can take that will reduce your chances of exposure. Try the following methods to reduce your chances of getting infected:

Bed casings: Many mattress stores and bed stores sell bed casings for your mattress. These casings are airtight cases and do not allow the bugs to reach the mattress. If the bugs cannot find a home, they will not bother you.

Wash bedding: Washing your bedding frequently can deter the presence of bed bugs. Bed bugs prefer dirty bedding that allows them to live in the dark corners of the bed. If you wash your bedding and encourage exposure to the light, the bugs may never visit your room.

Install a climb-up monitor: A climb-up monitor prevents the bugs from climbing up to your mattress at all. This is a handy tool to use after you know you have been exposed to the critters.

 

Check your hotel room: Before you unpack your things at a hotel, pull the bedding off of the bed. Check the mattress crevices for signs of bugs or their feces. If you notice anything suspicious, demand a new room.

How to Spot An Infestation:

Spotting an infestation is easy. Simply watch out for the following signs:

●            Small, unexplained bites on your arms, legs, or other sensitive areas (often in a straight line)

●            Dark spots on the mattress, bedding, or sofa cushions

●            Tiny, flat, brown bugs the size of a pinhead walking around on your mattress or sofa

●            Dark spots around the seams of a mattress


Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs:

Getting rid of bed bugs is not that difficult, but if you do not completely eradicate the entire colony of bugs, they will come back.

●            Remove all bedding and wash as hot as possible. Dry in direct sunlight.

●            Vacuum up all the little bugs you can find.

●            Air out the mattress for several days outdoors in direct sunlight.

●            Sleep somewhere else.

●            Hire a professional pest remover to lay poison for the bugs.

●            Lay luggage in direct sunlight for several days.

You can also prevent a bug attack by purchasing a mattress that is resistant to bed bugs. Usually, these beds have a special casing to prevent bed exposure or are treated with a material that is repellant to bed bugs.

 

Bed bugs are not fun, but with the proper steps, you can prevent the infestation or fix it within just a few days. If you follow these steps, your bed will remain bug-free for as long as you own it.

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Wasp Nest Treatment

Wasp Nest Treatment

Wasp nest treatments are necessary if your wasp nest is in an inconvenient place and may cause harm to you or those around you.

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Electronic Fly Killer Service

Electronic Fly Killer Service

Electronic fly killers (EFK) are an excellent choice for food areas as well as safe for loft spaces. Great for combatting cluster fly issues.

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Wasp – friend or foe?

Wasp – friend or foe?

Wasps are one of the many disliked and irritating insects as every summer we shrink back as they are drawn to the sugars in our sodas and sweets in our picnics.

Wasps are known for their painful stings which can take up to 24 hours to wear off but wasps usually only sting when provoked. Unfortunately, a small percentage of people are allergic to wasp venom and can go into anaphylaxis which can be fatal.

However, not all wasps sting and wasps are actually a very important species as there are many benefits to having these small creatures around.

Wasps are beneficial because they are predators and nearly every pest insect on the earth is preyed upon by a wasp species.

Wasps spend much of their time hunting smaller insects to feed their larvae. Many of their prey are crop and flower destroying bugs such as grubs, caterpillars, grain fly, aphids and weevils. The presence of wasps can be so beneficial to farmers that some farmers ship wasps in as a natural pest control for their crops. These wasps are either relocated from other areas or are reared and sold to farmers to aid them in cutting the use of pesticides on their crops.

Around 80 percent of the wasp population nest, feed and overwinter near areas of agriculture.

Wasps are also pollinators. Although not as effective as the honeybees, wasps are drawn to nectar, the sugar rich liquid produced by plants. As they feed, they pollinate the plants allowing them to reproduce and create seeds. Over 80 percent of the world’s flowering plants require a pollinator to reproduce. As the number of honeybees decline, we will be looking more and more to these insects for the successful reproduction of our natural food sources.

The hoverfly is another insect known as an aphid eating pollinator. Wasps and hoverfly cohabitate as the nests of social wasps provide homes for the hoverfly.

Did you know?

There are over a hundred thousand species of wasps around the world that we know about. There are also over 900 species of fig trees (mostly in the tropics) and almost each one of these trees has its own fig wasp. The wasps use the figs to reproduce and also to effect pollination.

Wasps need only to be destroyed if they are harmful to you because you are allergic to them or they are too close to your home.

To avoid being stung try not to wear heavily scented soaps or fragrances when you are in an area of wasp activity. Always wear shoes when walking in flowered areas and keep a look out for nests. If a wasp happens to land on or near you, remain calm and still and it will eventually fly off.

Wasps are pests to us, but their life cycle is so short and their benefits far outweigh their negative points. We are often afraid of what we do not understand and so hopefully by knowing a little more about these little insects and their valuable roles in the ecosystem, we will find it easier to live with them.

Interesting facts:

  • Wasps do not swarm
  • In the spring a queen will be born and start building a nest, lay eggs and produce enough workers to complete the nest while she continues to lay eggs and produce workers.

  • Wasp nests are most active from July to October.

  • Wasps are most aggressive in August and September in the UK as they feed on fallen fruit. The alcohol in the fermented fruit makes them angrier and bolder than usual and they are more likely to sting without being provoked.

  • In winter the queen and workers die and the nest becomes deserted.

  • The size of a wasp nest is determined by how close the nest-building materials are to their chosen nest site.

 
  • An average size wasp nest will consume hundreds of kilograms to tons of insect pests throughout their season.

  • Wasps are carnivores and eat a large number of high protein foods including dead animals!

  • Wasps nest in rabbit warrens, holes in the ground and within hedges, not just houses!

  • Leaving wasps inside a property can cause the following risks:

    • Damage to plasterboard.
    • Aggressive behaviour if disturbed.
    • If the nest is in or near downlights they can catch fire where the nest overheats on the downlight and wasps die and cook in them.
    • Blocking of gas flues in chimneys.

Honeybee or wasp?

Wasps are often incorrectly identified as honeybees and vice versa. Honeybees are of similar size and shape, they are not jet black and yellow like wasps.

We deal with this oversight on a daily basis as we run a specialised live bee removal service called Beegone.

Beegone will correctly identify the bee or wasp while actually removing honeybees from building fabric for pest controllers and people with this type of issue.

Beegone also carry out presentations to bee-keeping clubs and organisations about this important work. For me information about this contact [email protected].

If you have any questions please do contract Beegone with regards to honeybees or PGH Pest Control with regards to Wasps. We would be very happy to help you out.

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PEST BEHAVIOUR Why your home is about to be invaded

PEST BEHAVIOUR Why your home is about to be invaded

The Sun Oct 2018

PEST BEHAVIOUR Why your home is about to be invaded by twice as many mice, maggots dropping from the ceiling and bedbugs you’ve brought back from your summer holiday

This year promises a bumper infestation of rodents thanks to the warm summer.

BRITISH homeowners should brace themselves for an invasion of deadly and disgusting critters as the cold weather sets in, pest controllers are warning.

This time of year is when swarms of rodents and insects look to escape the seasonal chill by seeking refuge inside warm homes… and this autumn is set to be one of the worst yet for rats, maggots and other skin-crawling creatures.

Last week, four London schools were shut for a month after becoming infested with false widow spiders – and only today we reported that a dad of two had been left with a 50p-sized hole in his leg after being bitten as he slept.

But it could be your home which is ripe for the next invasion, and it’s not just spiders who come looking for a warm refuge at this time of year.

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