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10 DIY Jobs That Keep Spring Insects Out

We all love the warmer weather and beautiful flowers that come during spring. One thing we are less keen on though, is the increase in insects. While insects in your garden on the outside of your home are annoying, when they enter your home, spring insects can become real pests.

Infestations are never fun to deal with. However, they can be avoided by carrying out some simple DIY jobs.

Try these DIY tasks first. If they don’t solve the problem of keeping insects out of your property, give us a call on 020 8889 1036 for further advice.

Fill and Repair Cracks – Small spring insects can use cracks and holes in your property to enter your home. So, by filling these in, you make it harder for them to get inside.

Keep Your Garden Clean and Tidy – Self-explanatory, but if you want to stop attracting excessive numbers of spring insects, keep your garden well-maintained, clean and tidy.

keeping your london garden tidy

Door and Window Screens Designed to Stop Spring Insects – Again, self-explanatory, but you can prevent bugs – while keeping your home ventilated – by using window and door screens.

Protect the Foundations – The foundations of your property can also provide an easy entry point for bugs and insects. Ants, fleas and cockroaches thrive and breed in damp areas, so keep your foundations clear and as dry as possible.

Seal Doors – Seal any gaps around doors in your property to stop insects getting inside that way. Doors and window lose sealing power over time and can warp.

Encourage Natural Predators – An easy way to keep the number of insects you have down, is by encouraging their natural predators to live around your property. Many breeds of bird eat spring insects, so providing them with nesting boxes – and growing bushes and trees to make their nests – can help.

garden bird eating spring insects

Takes Care of Rubbish Properly – Bins provide bugs and insects with a veritable feast to dine on. To stop attracting nasties, store and take care of rubbish properly. Only keep food waste in your kitchen bin, and empty it regularly.

Declutter Your Home – Insects always seem to find a way into your house. But you can stop them from getting comfortable by making your home as unappealing as possible. Get rid of clutter and keep water and food sources protected.

Cover Over Large Openings – Larger holes are harder to cover over than the small cracks and holes we mentioned earlier. If your house has a chimney for instance, you can’t fill it with sealant. However, you can use wire mesh that’s fine enough to stop many insects from entering.

Seal Holes for Pipework – Gaps around pipework installations are another great entry point for bugs. Seal them, and you eliminate that option.

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What Causes Carpet Moths In The Home?

Moths can be a real pest, and if you have them, we sympathise with you. Normally people will look to their wardrobes, given that household moths are often given the name clothes moths. And the damage they can cause to your clothing.

However, did you know that the place moths love breeding more than anywhere else is your carpets? That is why they are often referred to as carpet moths.

But what causes carpet moths and why do they attack your clothes and carpets? That’s what we’ll be discussing in this post.

Identifying Case-Bearing or Carpet Moths

Before we can discuss where they come from and what causes carpet moths, it’s worth looking at how you identify them. When dealing with any pest, it’s best to understand what kind of problem you have first, before anything else.

Carpet moths are easy to spot and generally have the following traits:

  • Small with a mottled brown colour and black spots across their front wings
  • Have a wingspan measuring between 9 and 16mm
  • Both their hind and forewings have hairy fringes.
  • The moth larvae leave its casing behind. Therefore, if you find small cases that look a bit similar to rice, this is a sign that you probably have carpet moths.

So, What Causes Carpet Moths?

The larvae of carpet moths eat the keratin proteins found in skin and hair. So, they have a strong attraction to fur, silk, wool and other high quality and natural materials. If you don’t have silk or wool carpets in your home, there’s still a chance you will get moths. This is because they will happily make a home in synthetic carpet fibres too.

Within the pile of a carpet or rug, they can hide their eggs – safely out of harm’s way. Once the eggs start to hatch, they turn into hungry larvae. And even if the larvae don’t eat the actual fibres, they will still eat any dirt that collects in them, such as food debris, hair, skin and other household dirt. These are all full of all the nutrients they need to grow.

They’re also partial to dirty clothes for similar reasons. These items will be covered in hair, skin and sweat, all rich in keratin.

Another contribution to what causes carpet moths is the climate. They prefer warm temperatures, so are more active during the summertime.

How Can You Prevent Carpet Moths?

The best remedy is obviously to not have carpets at all. However, if that’s not possible, cleaning and especially hoovering your carpet regularly and often can control carpet moths from becoming an infestation.

Keeping clothing freshly laundered before going back in the wardrobe is also a strategy. And using pheromone moth traps will go some way toward curbing the population.

Prevention is better than cure, so try the tips above. If it is already too late, give Diamond a call and we will come out promptly. We use the latest and most effective moth control techniques.

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Options For Pigeon Deterrent Devices

Pigeons are one of the most common pests in the UK. Even if you’re a bird lover, you probably don’t like pigeons flying around and causing problems. Being such a common nuisance, customers often ask us for suggestions on what kinds of pigeon deterrent devices are most effective. No one likes pigeon droppings on their car and around their home or business property. Plus, their endless cooing can be irritating to say the least.

Pigeon poo is more than just unattractive, corrosive to buildings and dangerously slippery…

Pigeon droppings also toxic too and can transmit a variety of diseases and pathogens. And did we mention that pigeons carry lice and mites too?

Different Types of Pigeon Deterrent Devices

Given how much of a pest pigeons are, how on earth do you get rid of them? You’ll be pleased to know that there are several different pigeon deterrent devices that you can use. Many are humane as well as easy to use. To help you find the option that’s right for you, we’re going to discuss some of the best available.

Bird Spikes

As you’re probably aware, pigeons like perching under eaves, on window ledges and on the roof. They also favour making nests in these locations.

pigeon deterrent devices

One solution to preventing these activities is to use something to block them from landing and roosting. Spikes are ideal for this. Installing a series of pointy and long steel things on edges and ledges does not allow a pigeon get comfortable!

Ultrasonic Bird Repellent

An ultrasonic bird repellent features an infrared motion detector that lets out a harsh and high-frequency sound when a bird comes near. It’s as effective at frightening these flying pests as clanging pots and pans or spraying them with a water hose. In fact, it’s so alarming for them that it will eventually stop them coming back to the spot where device is placed.

Predator Statues

Scarecrow style deterrents work just as well on pigeons as they do crows. Pigeons really do not like coming across an owl or another predator like a falcon.

So, placing lifelike statues of these predatory birds can be very effective in frightening pigeons off and away from your property. While many of these pigeon deterrent statues are static, some types are electronic. Some even move and make noises, to add a touch of realism.

Bird Repellent Gel

Perhaps the most direct of all the pigeon deterrent devices and options is bird repellent gel. This can be applied to just about anywhere you know pigeons like to land. Don’t be alarmed though…it’s not in any way the same as glue traps. You won’t find pigeons trapped and stuck to it. The gel is a translucent substance has a repulsive (to pigeons) scent. If they do risk the stench and land, they’ll soon be put off by the sticky texture of the gel and the way it gets on their feet.

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Steps To Avoiding The Cause Of Bed Bugs

The appearance of bed bugs is never a pleasant sight. And the last thing you want is for bed bugs to ruin your long anticipated Easter break. Friends and family will be arriving, and, if they are staying with you, it only makes matters worse.

With bed bugs present in your home, any Easter plans will be instantly put on hold while the problem is taking care of. Exasperated and stressed, you may ask yourself: How on earth did we get them? What is the cause of bed bugs? Sometimes bed bugs make their way into your home, and there seems to be no way to stop it.

If you’re suffering a bed bug control problem over the Easter break, make sure to call in a professional, so that none of your guests end up going away with more than a chocolate egg. If you live in London, Diamond have got a friendly and experienced team of technicians on hand at short notice. Whatever the cause of bed bugs in your home, we can help.

When people stay over

Another thing to be aware of is that your visitors may inadvertently bring some extra, unwanted guests with them. To give you a head start on stopping bed bugs at the door, you can by following these easy steps…

Guests are always popping in over the Easter weekend, so having a few extra people in your home is quite normal. But make sure they’re the only guests paying a visit to your home. Bed bugs love to travel to new places by hitching a ride: a known cause of bed bugs. You have to stop an infestation before it turns into a disaster.

wash bed bug laundry on hot

It’s important to clean any bedding on a hot wash and tumble before your guests arrive and after they leave, just in case. Bed bugs love to hide, so use light coloured sheets that help you spot them right away if they do appear with your guests.

When you’re having a get together

Another cause of bed bugs is that they can enter your home on the clothes of your friends and family. So prepare a place where everyone can put their coats, such as a closet, and be sure to clean the area afterwards. If you are going to have people put their coats on your bed, put a sheet underneath them and throw it in the wash once the gathering is over.

Are you going away for the break?

If you’re staying in a hotel for your Easter weekend, use their luggage racks. You don’t know who has been there before you. The luggage rack is where the bed bugs are least likely to be. Do some research before you book your hotel, and check out the reviews. It will give you some peace of mind that there hasn’t been a recent bed bug problem at the venue you‘re hoping to stay in.

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Problems With Carpenter Ants UK

Carpenter ants are a UK pest that is often overlooked, but they shouldn’t be taken lightly. They can cause serious problems for homeowners. With Spring comes an increase in temperature, which means that carpenter ants are on the march and likely to become a big problem for many people.

UK carpenter ants are the one species of ant you don’t want anywhere near your house.

And you definitely don’t want them inside of it.

Common Black Ants Or Carpenter Ants?

When the temperature starts to rise following Winter, a lot of different pests become active and start to breed. And just like other insects, carpenter ant activity is increased at this time of year as they forage for food and water.

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Many people will shrug off a few ants as being harmless. And in most cases, the culprits are ordinary black ants looking for a sweet treat from your kitchen. A nuisance and unhygienic, but not dangerous to your home the way carpenter ants are.

How To Tell The Difference

Carpenter ants are often black in colour, but they can also be brown or reddish-brown. They are larger than the size of a normal black ant, but come in a variety of sizes. You can tell them apart from most other types of ant by their heart shaped head.

Carpenter Ants UK Facts And Habits

• Carpenter ants make their nests in old, decaying wood. Because they like damp wood, they are normally found living outdoors. However, they sometimes come to nest inside people’s homes.

• Common signs of carpenter ants include small piles of sawdust, dead ant parts lying around, small bore holes and wood damage. You can sometimes hear soft crunching noises.

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• Ants will enter a property in a number of different ways. They are so tiny they can slip through cracks around windows and doors. Carpenter ants UK may also use the eaves of your roof to infest your loft or attic.

• Carpenter ants don’t actually eat wood. Instead they carve out holes in the wood to nest in. This leaves the wood damaged and weak.

Treat Carpenter Ants Fast

DIY treatments for carpenter ants often don’t work. Unless all of the ants in a colony are eliminated, the ants will recolonise and be back in no time. If you have been noticing any kind of ants around your home, you should always act quickly, before the problem gets worse. With carpenter ants, though, there is added urgency. Structural damage to timbers can happen fast, and can be incredibly dangerous.

Calling Diamond out at the first sign of a carpenter ant problem is imperative in order to stop the infestation. Carpenter ant damage can be extensive and is very costly to repair if left untreated for too long. By investing in remedial action from a professional pest control company like Diamond for carpenter ant problems, you will avoid the financial and physical costs these insects can cause to your UK home.

Pest Control For Restaurant Premises

Having proper pest control for restaurant and café businesses is incredibly important. Not investing in pest control for your restaurant or other food related business is taking a huge risk. Not only with staff and customer health, but a financial risk as well.

On many levels, having a pest infestation in a restaurant is very bad for business.

Let’s look at some of the main issues caused by pests in the food service industry. Plus  some solutions.

Health and Safety Considerations

Safeguarding public health is a primary concern for any restaurant owner. If a pest comes into contact with food, this can pass on salmonella and food poisoning to your customers. Flies, mice and cockroaches are the number one villains for spreading bacteria that causes people to become ill.

a pest rat in a chefs hat

Food establishments are usually very busy places on a daily basis. It can be incredibly easy for a pest infestation to break out around food preparation, making restaurant kitchens a potential pest hotspot. And, because of all of the different food sources available, they are an open invitation to a whole range of insects and rodents.

Revenue and Reputation Are At Stake

As well as affecting people’s health, a pest infested restaurant will be seriously damaging to its reputation. A restaurant has to provide a reliable product and a positive customer experience in order to generate return business. If a customer gets a dodgy tummy, finds an insect in their salad or soup, or spot a cockroach scuttling across the floor, the reputation of your business will be tarnished for good. Lack of responsible pest control will lead to loss of business and eventually closure.

pest control for restaurant business

Pest control for restaurant environments needs to be handled carefully, with expert management of chemicals. If you have an existing infestation, a professional pest control company like Diamond have the experience and training to implement the safest, most effective methods. However, avoiding pests in the first place is best. Diamond are able to provide you with a commercial pest control contract to ensure long term pest prevention.

The 3 Rules Of Pest Control For Restaurant Premises

Educate your kitchen and waiting staff

Managers and staff alike should be up to date on pest control policies within the restaurant. Incorporate checklists for best practices in the kitchen, and make sure all staff are trained to know the first signs of pests before they become a big problem. Diamond can help you to establish a discreet way for your employees to report instances of pests.

Keep everything clean and accessible

Owning a restaurant means hygiene should be top priority. Ensuring you clean every area of the restaurant is important for pest prevention. Regular and thorough emptying of the bins is also important to stop infestations. We can help you put measures in place that protect your business from any kind of pest problems.

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Have your premises checked regularly

Having a pest control contract for your business means peace of mind, with a plan tailored to your business. Diamond technicians check the property routinely for signs of pests, install appropriate equipment, and properly record, track and monitor. At any sign of infestation, we act swiftly to combat it before it can develop further.

Rat Poison Resistance Seen In The UK

Rats are one of the most detested pests in the UK. And for many UK home and business owners they are more than just a nuisance. They are upsetting to have around, and also pose a serious risk to human health and safety. Normally, we are able to put down rat poison and handle a minor infestation in the conventional way.

However, some of these pests have developed a rat poison resistance in recent years, making these “super rats” harder to treat.

What Rat Poison Resistance Involves

Rat infestations have been prevented and controlled using poisons for centuries. But because of the overuse of these poisons, the rat poison resistance in these animals is on the rise. Simply put, rat poison resistance means that many them have an immunity to normal rat poison pellets. In fact, immune rats are even using these pellets as a food source and sustaining rather than curtailing the population.

a super rat

In Britain alone there is around 10.5 million rats. The rat is a mammal that constantly breeds. And an increasing proportion of rat species are resistance to normal household rat poisons. This could result in the number of rats in the UK doubling or even tripling in size if the issues isn’t addressed.

Defeating The Poison Resistant Rat

The fact that these super rats are so resistant to poison also results in them becoming hardier, larger and more robust in general. Stronger poisons are now needed to control this type of super rat, but they are not readily available over the counter.

Only licensed pest control professionals like Diamond should be treating any major rat infestations. This is because we are qualified to administer more powerful rodenticides, and are experienced with effective new methods that can treat a rat infestation effectively.

young rats in london

Rat poison immunity also means that pest controllers are using other methods to control the UK rat population. Among the most efficient equipment we have at our disposal are professional traps and baiting stations.

Rats Can Go Undetected

In London, it is said we are never more than 6 feet from a rat at any time. Despite this, you will rarely run into a rat during the day, and they keep a low profile at night too. Rat problems often go unnoticed until it is too late. This is because the small signs they leave behind can be hard to spot. However, there are signs you can keep an eye out for if you suspect a rat problem.

Check for droppings, gnawing marks and chew holes around the home, as well as greasy smears left from their fur. If rats are living in your attic, you may be able to hear them scratching when they become active at night.

If you think you have a rat infestation in your home, it’s imperative to seek out professional pest control as soon as possible. Diamond are on call 24 hours a day to assist you in any way we can. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions. We are always happy to help.

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How To Get Rid Of Dust Mites

One of the most common miniature pests you can find in your home is the dust mite. In the UK allergic reactions are most commonly caused by dust mites. They actually affect more people than pollen or other allergies. Which is why you don’t want them in your home. Here we are going to take a look of how to get rid of dust mites in your home.

Reduce items that collect dust

These are the objects that provide a dust mite with an all you can eat buffet. Dust mite soften live deep inside the fibres of old furniture and are difficult to remove. If you cannot eliminate all traces of dust mites, they will re-infest your home very quickly. Common items you will find dust mites in are pillows, mattresses and blankets. These all have a shorter lifespan. So it’s better to replace them.

Use anti-mite products

Wash everything you can like bedding, curtains, clothing and toys. Then move on to cleaning carpets in your home with a special anti-mite shampoo. Be careful when purchasing anti-mite products as they can be irritant to skin.

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Clean surfaces that collect dust

Feather dusters won’t do the job here because they stir the dust up into the air. Afterwards the dust, along with the mites, will fall back down onto the ground. Getting a damp cloth will remove all of the dust it touches no matter where it is. This eliminates a dust mites food source so you have more of a chance of ridding your home of them.

Allow sunlight into your home

Washed bedding and clothing can be hung outside or in places that get a lot of direct sunlight. Air out heavy rugs and curtains as much as possible, remembering that direct sunlight kills dust mites.

sunshine prevents dust mites

Reduce the humidity and temperature

Dust mites thrive in a humid warm environment. This can be prevented by airing out your home. You can also purchase air purifier to keep your home dry.

Adopt a minimalist approach

The more items you have means the more dust that collects. You can’t clean everything individually on a weekly basis. You wouldn’t have time to do anything else! Lose the items that you haven’t used in the last year or put them into storage. The less things you have around the home collecting dust the better it will be.

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What Attracts Mice To Your Home?

Mice are cute little creatures to many people. But they are only cute when you keep them as a pet or see them in nature at a distance. They aren’t so cute when they end up in your house. What attracts mice to your home?

Let’s explore this question in more depth, along with how you can reduce the likelihood of that happening.

So What Is Attracting Those Mice?

Food

Food is one of the biggest attractants for all pests. That includes mice. Food left out, crumbs, rubbish containers that haven’t been emptied, spills and messes, can all attract mice to a home. Grease, and other food remnants that we don’t often consider, attract mice too.

Cluttered Homes

Cluttered homes are not necessarily dirty ones, but a lot of clutter does make it hard to clean properly. Crumbs and other items that attract mice build up and you quickly end up with a problem. The other thing about clutter – even in the cleanest of home – is it gives mice a safe place to hide away and settle in.

clutter attracts mice

Easy Access

Mice love places that they can easily get into. That means holes in walls, doors that aren’t properly sealed, and similar access points. Think about it like this…the easier food and shelter are to get to, the more likely they will be to try and take advantage of these resources.

Looking For Warmth

Animals of all kinds, including pests, desire the perfect living climate. For mice, that means a source of warmth. If a mouse can get into your home and it finds that your home is warm, they will make it their home too.

How Can You Keep Mice Out?

Block All Entry Points

We mentioned ease of access above. When trying to prevent mice and combat an existing mouse problem, you want to eliminate as many entry points as possible. Fill holes, use wire mesh, and properly seal your entryways.

Have A Predator In Your Home

Mice don’t want to be around those that hunt them. The most common household pets are often mice predators. Cats are a prime example. A cat will help to keep mice away. They are the exact opposite of what attracts mice to your home!

london cat with a mouse

Clean, Clean, Clean

Now you know what attracts mice to your home, we need to take those incentives away.

As we already mentioned, food is one of the biggest motivators of all pests. Cleaning your home and removing clutter will prevent mice from wanting to come to your house, and choose your neighbour‘s property instead. While cleaning won’t necessarily get rid of mice in itself, you can’t start to tackle a mouse problem until you have a scrupulous regime.

Make sure to keep it up. Regular vacuuming, organisation, and taking out the rubbish will all help to prevent mice from returning once your Diamond pest control technician has worked his magic.

Proper Food Storage

Keeping food in sealed containers helps to prevent pests from smelling it. Any in-home composting should be fully sealed to prevent the smell from getting out. Don’t leave any food related items lying around uncovered.

Pest Control Services

Whether you want help and advice about mouse proofing, or you have an active infestation, Diamond‘s pest control services are one of the most effective ways to combat mice. Our experts not only know the right methods to use, but also can help identify potential attractants for pests.

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Can Houses Get Fleas Without Pets?

It’s very possible to have fleas in your home, even if you don’t have any pets. Having fleas without pets sounds surprising, but it’s not an uncommon occurrence.

There are a few explanations of why you are experiencing a flea infestation without having any household pets.

  • Fleas can hitch hike back home with you on your trouser hem or socks after a walk in the park or other places with long grass.
  • Stray cats and dogs around the neighbourhood can drop them off by your door.
  • Local rodents such as squirrels, foxes, badgers, rats and mice can all spread fleas around your garden, which then transport themselves into your home.

Many wild animals are prone to having fleas. As they cross your threshold or go through your garden they can drop off fleas. They can also drop off their eggs, which will then hatch. Even when you walk through your own garden, fleas will cling to your clothes and get a free ride into your home. You can see how easily an infestation of fleas without pets can occur, without you knowing.

foxes carry fleas

Facts About Fleas

Flea eggs will hatch in around one to six days. It all depends on the temperature they are exposed to. A flea can then live from three to four months without a host. If fleas have been dropped off in your garden, they can wait this amount of time patiently for you to walk by and take them into the warmth of your house…and the promise of a free lunch!

Joking aside, though, flea bites are uncomfortable and can also pose a serious health risk. Fleas can transmit diseases. They are also hosts of tapeworms, something which occasionally infects humans, especially young children. This infection can occur when fleas are ingested accidentally. If you do experience a flea infestation, it’s important to eliminate them as soon as possible. That is where Diamond Pest Control come in.

Stopping Fleas From Infesting Your Home

Now you know a bit more about how and why it is possible to get fleas without pets, let’s look at a few suggestions on how to avoid them.

cleaning prevents fleas without pets

• Wash your bed linens, vacuum the carpets, floors and furniture regularly.
• Avoid walking through tall grass where fleas tend to hide.
• Keep lawns and vegetation in your garden well maintained.
• Empty the vacuum bag outside and dispose of the contents in a sealed bag.
• If you think you have a problem with fleas, contact us straight away to treat the problem.

A Few Extra Tips For Pet Owners

If you do have a pet or might have on in the future, here are some ways you can prevent fleas from infesting your home.

• Check your pets frequently for fleas or flea dirt.
• Be aware if they are scratching, licking or biting themselves excessively.
• Bathe your pets on a regular basis.
• Wash the pet bedding, collars and plush toys frequently.
• Talk to your vet about preventing the problem with ongoing flea treatments.

These facts and tips will hopefully stop you from picking up any unwanted visitors. If you don’t own a pet but have fleas anyway, don’t be shocked. It really could happen to anyone.

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