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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.

ant holes and sawdust

• 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.

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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 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.

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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.

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• 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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Signs Of Rats In Loft And Attics UK

The signs of rats in your loft are easy to spot if you know what you’re looking for. Or if you realise you even need to look. But rats in UK attics often go unnoticed until they start to invade other areas of the home. There are several different signs you can keep your eye out for to help you find out if rats are infesting your attic.

If you do find any rats in the loft, remember you need to deal with them as soon as possible.

Rats can find their way into other areas of your home and contaminate food sources. Even if they only stay in the loft, diseases can be spread through the ventilation system of your home. Here are some simple ways to find out if you have a rat infestation in your attic.

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• Noises

Rats are active at night. There are some things that can cause them to wake during the day, such as bad weather or loud noises. Pay close attention to any noises you hear that are coming from your loft at night. This is when rats will be looking for food and building their nests. Scuffling sounds are one of the signs of rats in loft spaces. You can always leave a small recording device in the loft if you don’t fancy staying up all night.

• Chew marks and footprints

Gnaw markings and rat droppings around your home are a definite sign of a rat problem. Any hard surface will be gnawed on by a rat. Electrical wires are also another one of their favourite things to chew. If you’re not finding obvious signs of rats, lay some talcum powder down. Inspect if there are footprints over the next few days.

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• Droppings

Another one of the clear signs of rats in loft or attic voids is droppings. Rats will leave a trail of faeces if they’re scurrying around your attic. It’s most common to find them around food sources. In the loft, you will find droppings around where the rats are nesting. You can also look for rat urine using a black light. You’ll be horrified by how much rat urine can get all over kitchen work surfaces and utensils.

• Possible entry points

Look around your attic for possible signs of entry. Rats can fit through small openings. Check the whole loft for spots a rat may have entered from. Preventing rats from getting in in the first place can save you a lot of time and money further down the road.

Remember that if you are suffering from a rat control problem you need to get in touch with a professional pest control company. Only they can fully eradicate a rat problem and ensure that rats don’t enter your property again. At the first signs of rats in loft or anywhere else, give Diamond a call. We will come out promptly.

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Can Bed Bugs Survive In Winter?

Bed bugs are horrible creatures that disgust many a homeowner in the UK. A bed bug infestation can grow very quickly if it goes untreated. Professional bed bug control services are important if you have spotted the sings of bed bugs in your home. They can be difficult to notice.

Many people believe that you can get rid of bed bugs by exposing them to cold temperatures for a short period of time.

This is not true. Can bed bugs survive in winter? Yes, they can. Read on to learn more about it.

How Do Bed Bugs Survive The Winter?

Winter temperatures do present a challenge for normal bed bug activity. But they are more than able to survive at this time of year. As long as they have a blood meal, a bed bug will continue to live. The feeding activities for a bed bug usually happen indoors where we’ve got the heating on. They don’t stop spawning even in the winter, causing a big bed bug infestation problem at any time of year.

can bed bugs survive in winter

So what kind of winter temperatures can a bed bug withstand? Bed bugs have been known to live through short-term exposure to temperatures as low as -25 degrees. However, they are not completely resistant to prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. Your home freezer can actually be a good way of getting bed bugs from your clothes and bed sheets.

Keeping Your Items Outside In Winter

It might seem logical that keeping bed bug infested items outside in the winter will get rid of them. After all, freezer space is precious. This is not the case though. You shouldn’t assume the cold outdoor weather in winter will kill off bed bugs. You will never be able to be 100% certain that no are no more bed bugs on your things.

bed bug life cycle imageThe reason why the freezer is a great way to get rid of bed bugs is because the weather fluctuates. Sun and other factors can keep bed bugs warm. Even when it seems bitter outside. They won’t get the exposure to the cold temperatures that are needed to kill them. Continuous freezing temperatures are crucial for killing bed bugs.

Professional Bed Bug Services

Attempting to do some DIY pest control on a bed bug infestation usually results in things getting worse. An experienced professional pest controller like Diamond Pest Control is always the best solution. If you are struggling with a bed bug problem in your home, don’t expose your items to the freezing winter cold. Call our team today.

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Tricks For Fox Proofing Your Garden Bins

One of the most at-risk items on your property when it comes to foxes, is your outdoor rubbish. Foxes are clever creatures that are cunning as well as agile. They can sneak into your garden without you or other animals noticing. That is part of what makes them such amazing hunters.

Your bins (and your good standing with the neighbours) need extra protection when it comes to fox proofing.

So, with that in mind, we are going to share some clever tricks that you can use for fox proofing your garden bins!

Put Weight On The Lid

Foxes are strong but they are still fairly small creatures. If you put a brick on the lid of your dustbin, they will struggle to open it. Either put the weight in the centre of the lid, or place one on either side of the lid.  A single weight on one side could be used by the fox to topple the container.

Don’t forget to ensure that the bin itself can handle the weight on top of the lid. Not all containers are strong enough for this.

fox proofing your garden bins

Get A Tamperproof Bin

Another solution is to get bins that are specifically designed to keep animals out. While the quality of these bins varies, you can find good options to go with. For the most part, these containers offer lids that secure with clips or a screw-on effect, and are made so they are harder to topple. Fox proofing your garden bins has never been easier.

Hide The Smell

Foxes won’t be overly interested in your rubbish if they aren’t able to smell it easily. Using a deterrent method that prevents them from smelling the contents of your bin can work well. Certain essential oils are used by many people because they are effective against many types of animals. Others choose scented bin bags. Just try to mask the smell as much as possible. Even using multiple bin bags can help.

Use Motion Sensor Lights

Animals don’t like the idea of being seen whilst on the hunt or foraging, especially foxes – remember they pride themselves on being sly! If you put a motion sensor light where you

keep your bin, being in the spotlight really puts foxes off. Just make sure that nothing obstructs a fox-sized creature from setting off the sensor.

an urban london fox

Animal Repellant

Many shops sell various types of animal repellants that you can place in or around your dustbin. Getting one that is designed to keep foxes away will work best. These repellants often come in the form of tablets or sprays. Sprays might have to be reapplied to your rubbish on a regular basis.

Use Ultrasonic Pest Deterrents

Most pests, including foxes, don’t like certain frequencies of sound. An ultrasonic device targeted toward preventing pests is reported to keep foxes away. It is important to make sure you get a well-reviewed device, as not all devices have the same quality level. And because you can’t hear the noise yourself, make sure that the device is on and the battery is maintained.

However, one important thing to note is that these devices can agitate your pets. Only use them if you do not have pets.

Foxes are like many other pests that want to get into your dustbin…they are persistent and resourceful. So these tips may or may not work for you. If you need professional help from a pest control company with an excellent track record, contact us here at Diamond. We are here to help!

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7 Top Benefits Of Business Pest Control

If you think your business doesn’t need pest control, you are probably not fully aware of the implications. The fact is though, that pests can destroy almost any kind of business when they are determined to do so. In many businesses, pests can make the working space unsafe. in other industries, pests can damage precious equipment and stock. Business pest control is essential.

No matter what your business is, pest control is often necessary due to the following reasons:

  1. It protects your assets

You do not want mice living in the walls of your office, spoiling food stocks and chewing through supplies and packaging. And you certainly do not need carpenter ants to undermine and potentially collapse the structure of your building. Pest control not only prevents these types of damage, but also protect your furniture from being ruined.

  1. It prevents fire and flood risk

Have you ever thought about what will happen if rodents like mice, rats and squirrels started gnawing on the wires and pipes around your business? Well, the effects could be disastrous. At best, electrical and water supply malfunction is a risk. But fire and flood hazards can also be a very real consequence of having rodents on your business premises.

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  1. It keeps your employees and the public healthy

Rodents, flies and cockroaches are notorious when it comes to contaminating food. So, pest control can keep your employees safe and healthy by keeping staff food safe from infestations. If you own a food related business, this benefit of business pest control will extend to customers and the general public.

  1. It keeps clients with your firm

Many clients would never say it to your face if they see a cockroach or a mouse scuttling around your office. But it turns them off and they do care. That means that if you want to keep your clients satisfied, you cannot afford to have pests around. The same goes for wasps and flies buzzing around a pub garden or restaurant. Customers will go elsewhere.

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  1. It gives everyone peace of mind

Have you ever experienced a mosquito or a fly or something similar bugging you while you try to work? It probably broke your concentration and made you angry or frustrated. The feeling is more common than you think. So if you worry about your own efficiency and the efficiency of your employees, business pest control can help productivity and workplace wellbeing.

  1. It guards your reputation

Once a business loses its reputation, it is almost always ruined forever. And there are only a few things that can taint your reputation as badly as the presence of pests. Sometimes all it takes is one sighting, and  word spreads faster than the infestation. Why take the risk?

  1. It increases your profit

Having pests in your business is a sure fire way of seeing profits plummet fast. But if your working equipment and furniture remain in good order, if your customers love you, and if your employees are content, your profits are sure to rise. That cannot happen if you allow pests to wreak havoc.

Pests may, on the surface, appear like small nuisances. But, if you take the time to think about it, they can do an insane amount of damage to your business. On many levels. And you know what they say – prevention is always better than cure!

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