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Summer Pests That Can Drive You Mad

As you are probably aware, the UK is home to various pests during the summer months. Both big and small. Some, it must be said, are more annoying than others.

While some are mildly infuriating, other summer pests – with their incessant perseverance and irritating characteristics – can drive you mad!

Which are the worst though? Below we have put together our list of the most irritating – and why they’ve made the list. See if you agree.

Wasps – Beware of Stingers

Above all other summer pests, the most pervasive and madness-inducing must be wasps. Okay, they do help with pollination. But they are nothing short of incredibly annoying when you are trying to enjoy a nice pint or fresh summer cocktail in a beer garden. Or a BBQ or picnic. It does rather spoil the mood when they are buzzing around the place.

Wasps don’t seem to take the hint. Even when you are frantically batting your hand to tell them to leave you alone. Being on edge of your seat from the threat of being stung does not a relaxing afternoon make.

Seagulls – Ruin Your Holiday

If you were expecting pigeons to feature somewhere in this list of infuriating summer pests, we can see why, because they are. But, in our opinion, seagulls are more irritating in summer.

Their scavenger nature can lead to more than a bag of chips of two being lost when you’re at the seaside. You may well find yourself trying to protect yourself from a nip from their ferocious beaks.

Flies – The Worst Summer Pests?

It’s fair to say that flies are not as instantly dangerous to us as wasps. However, they do seem to have it in their makeup to be the most annoying insect in the world.

summer flies in london garden

Like wasps, they hover around food and get up in our faces and land on our skin. And, like they’ve got some invisible bungee cord attached to them, returning to the same spot almost as quickly as we chase them away.

Squirrels – Not So Cute

Squirrels are so cute and cuddly, aren’t they? On Countryfile or the opening credits of The Great British Bake Off, certainly they are. However, when they are looking to make themselves a cosy nest in your roof, and chewing through everything from your insulation to your electrical cables, they are a real pain. It’s not just their ability to chew through just about anything. It’s their stubborn attitude of being unmovable without some serious pest control strategy that really makes them a menace. A menace that can quite often lead to insanity!

If you are being pestered and provoked by any of these or more, give Diamond a call. We deal with infestations of all shapes and sizes. We also help out with sound telephone advice on 020 8889 1036.

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Why Are Ants In My House?

To be perfectly fair to ants, they are incredible creatures. They play a major part in organic and natural recycling and help with soil aeration. However, that doesn’t mean they are welcome in your house.

For such clever little creatures, you may wonder – why are ants in my house?

Although food plays a part in enticing them into our humble abodes, there are other reasons why too.

Ants Are on the Look for Food

We figured we’d best start with the main reason ants enter your home – on the search for food. Ants are not particularly fussy. They love sugary sweet things though, and all they need is a few scraps. Any crumbs on the worktop in your kitchen could be enough to entice a hungry scout ant in.

ants like food crumbs

They will then leave a trail of pheromones and a tell the rest of their colony. So, it’s important to clean properly. Not just the worktops, but everywhere.

Why Are Ants in My House? It Was Easy To Access

Ants have a sterling reputation of being highly industrious creatures. While this is true, they will make the most of a shortcut and are opportunistic. Just like most other animals and living things.

Take the fact that ants won’t try to access your home with any amount of effort. If you have ants, it’s likely you have an accidental access point you didn’t know about. Remember, they are tiny, and even the smallest, most insignificant little gap is enough for them to enter.

They Are Looking for Water

Does your home have any damp or wet areas? This could be another answer to the question why are ants in my house. Like most living things, they need water.

ants like water drips

Any standing water that’s left on your floor or worktops – or other areas of your property – could attract nearby ants into your home. Particularly during extreme weather conditions. This is both when it’s very hot and icy cold, as its harder for them to find water outside.

Ants are also attracted to leaks, slightly damp rugs and carpets, and just about anything wet. So, you really need to be vigilant in making sure your home is dry if you want to keep ants out.

So, if you’ve been wondering why are ants in my house, we hope you have a better idea after reading this post. In order to find a solution to the problem of ants in your house, you need to tackle the points above for prevention. And contact a professional pest removal team like Diamond to tackle the infestation itself.

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Top Summer Wasp Nest Facts

We are now in the midst of quite a lovely, hot summer in the UK. That means picnics and long lazy afternoons. It means shorts and t-shirts instead of the seven layers we normally wear in the UK. It also means we get a fair share of insects – including wasps.

You may even be unfortunate enough to have a wasp nest on your property, and find yourself in even more direct contact with these buzzing insects than usual.  

But, before you wage war on the family of yellowjackets living on your property, we thought it might be a good idea to give you some wasp nest facts. These will help you avoid getting yourself stung…potentially many times.

Smacking it with a Baseball Bat

You’ve probably seen people – mostly in movies – try to attack a wasp nest on their property with a baseball bat. If you have, and it’s a comedy, you probably know what comes next. The actors get swarmed and run around swatting themselves and the air.

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In real life it is not so funny. Wasp nest facts level one: wasp nests consist of many hundreds of wasps ready to defend their home. If you hit it with a bat, you are going to get stung!

Dowsing it with Water

Another thing many people consider to be the most effective way of removing a wasp nest is pouring a whole lot of water over it. This is with a view to drowning the wasps inside. However, this is not such a good idea.

For one thing, although nests are made from a papery substance, the water won’t kill off all the wasps. What it will do though is anger them – and guess what? You get stung.

a wasp nest

In some cases, water could also damage your property or your belongings. All for the sake of a strategy that won’t work anyway:

Burning it with Fire

As well as being ineffective, using fire could be very dangerous. It is not a recommended way to try and rid your property of a wasp nest and its inhabitants. Although extremely flammable, burning a nest will not kill all the wasps. You’ll have a lot of distressed wasps who’ve just seen their home burnt to a crisp. And they will be quite aggressive.  

Even if you don’t get stung multiple times, the fire could so easily get out of control. It could then spread, and you could get yourself or your property burned in the process.

What Do Our Wasp Nest Facts Tell You?

The main message here is if you are going to try and tackle them yourself, don’t. The best and most guaranteed way to get rid of wasp nests is with help from the professionals. Experts like Diamond know the most appropriate and safest methods to do the job successfully.

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Food Pests: Waste And Contamination

No pests are particularly nice. They cause damage or spread disease – or both. The worst kinds of pests, though, are food pests, as these can cause serious health issues. They also create waste and contaminate things they come into contact with. Whether you are a homeowner or working with in the food industry, food pests are a threat you should be aware of and deal with as soon as you know there’s a problem.

Part of being able to deal with the problem of food pests though, is understanding which ones are the biggest threat.

In the following post, we are going to look at three of these pests, and why they are a such a problem.

Rodents

It won’t surprise you, we suspect, to learn that rodents like mice and rats are one of the most common groups of pests when it comes to food. Rodents are attracted to food, mainly because they need to and want to eat it. They aren’t particularly picky and are quite messy eaters.

food and rat

Once a rat or mouse has been in your cupboards, you definitely need to remove anything they have come into contact with, even if they’ve not actually chewed at it. You don’t know how often they’ve walked over the food items or packaging, spreading the dirt, grime, urine and harmful bacteria from their paws and mouths on your produce.

Cockroaches

Another common food pest is the disgusting and – in all fairness, incredibly resilient – cockroach. They are resilient because of just how robust and durable they are. But, disgusting all the same. They carry lots of bacteria and diseases, that fortunately for them, don’t harm themselves.

a large cockroach

However, as carriers, they infect and contaminate food items when they crawling all over them and when they defecate. Of all the food pests, cockroaches have the worst reputation. This is because they are renowned for causing food poisoning

Ants: Food Pests that don’t Spread Disease

Interestingly, as problematic as ants are for both domestic kitchens and the food industry, these are one type of food pest that don’t spread dangerous diseases. However, because they are attracted to food, they are responsible for wasting a lot of food waste.

ants on food

That being said, because they they’ve picked all manner of up nasty things from walking over contaminated surfaces and substances, you probably still wouldn’t want to use food they’ve been in or on.

Regardless of what food pests you may have been contending with, the focus should always be the same – to get rid of them as soon as you can, using a professional service. There is responsibility to your family and their health.

There is also perhaps an even stronger onus on you if you run a food business. Food pests can compromise your ability to only sell and provide fresh and safe to eat products and ingredients to your customers.

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Why Business Needs Commercial Pest Control

Do you want your workplace to be pest free? Worried about the impact of going without commercial pest control in place, but not sure quite what it could involve?

Without proper pest control, business owners and managers have a lot to lose. Maybe even more than you’ve considered.

So we can help put your mind at ease, here is our infographic with top 10 reasons why your business could benefit from commercial pest control…

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Good Reviews & Ratings

Any business has to maintain certain standards in order to keep a good health rating. Those standards include having a pest free environment. By hiring a pest control service, you are also helping to ensure that your business keeps its customer reviews positive.

Employee Health

While health ratings and reviews are mainly aimed at keeping your customers happy, your employees need to remain healthy too. So, by keeping your London business pest free, you are taking steps to ensure that happens.

Safeguard Your Reputation

People see pests and they immediately want to leave your premises. It doesn’t matter if that business sells food or not. Pests are a sign of a business that doesn’t care about its products, its reputation, its clients, or much of anything. By ensuring a pest free business, you are ensuring that people have a positive view of your business and your brand.

Prevent Property Damage

Pests aren’t just bad for people. While they can be pretty dangerous health wise, pests can be bad for your property too. Pests can weaken building structures, chew holes in furnishing and walls, and stain materials. They can also pose a serious fire and flood hazard due to the fact that they chew through wires and piping.

Stress Free Workplace

Having pests can build up stress in a workplace. Staff will worry about potential health risks and the stress of trying to explain the pests away. You will be stressed about how to address the problem and worry about the consequences.

Commercial Pest Control Is Hard On Your Own

Some businesses try to perform pest control on their own. A good portion of those businesses still get pests because they don’t have the expertise. Commercial pest control is a very difficult task, and because experts spend a good amount of time learning what threats are likely in an industry, they are better equipped to know how best to combat them. The internet is full of myths, so using the internet to  your own pest control can be sketchy. In the wrong hands, pest control chemicals can be dangerous.

Prevention Over Cure

Pest control isn’t just about chemicals, traps and baits. It is also about removing potential sources of the problem, from damp to clutter to food hygiene. Pest experts work with you to educate you on preventing workplace pests. For instance, they can show you ways to prevent them from entering, and help to remove attractants.

Stop Infestations Early

Once a pest problem has taken hold, it is much harder to resolve the situation. This is because pests have a way of becoming entrenched fast. It is better to get help in stopping them before they become a full blown infestation.

Protect Your Revenue

Being closed down by health inspectors following a pest incident can cost your business a fortune. This is not only because you lose trade, but cleaning up after an infestation can be expensive and time consuming too. It can make or break a firm.

Peace Of Mind

While pest control is an essential part of running a successful business, it is often overlooked. However, regular monitoring and treatments give peace of mind. For many businesses, commercial pest control contracts offer a flexible solution due to the fact they work around your schedule.

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Protect Picnics And BBQs From Outdoor Pests

Ah yes, the good old British summer. If the recent spate of good weather that most of the country has experienced recently continues, we might still have a summer worthy of enjoying some alfresco eating.

Whether you enjoy a picnic, a BBQ, or a bit of both, the last thing you want ruining the fun are annoying outdoor pests.

Flies, bees, wasps and mosquitos all buzz around all that tasty grub. While ants and other crawling insects can make outdoor eating a lot harder. Does that mean you should just give up all hope of an enjoyable time with friends and family eating at a local park or in your back garden? Not at all! Read on…

Choose the Right Location

Before you need to do anything else, you can greatly reduce the problem – and protect against outdoor pests – by choosing a sensible location for your BBQ or picnic. For starters, try to avoid setting up too near any body of water as this is an attractive place for pests to congregate. And if they catch a waft of your food, they’ll come and bug you. Pardon the pun!

bbq in a london garden

Now, we know picnics are hard to resist. Especially if you are waiting to tuck into those cakes and sarnies. But just calm yourself for a moment before you set down your blanket. Look around, and just make sure there are no ant hills, wasp nests or any other signs of outdoor pests. If not, you’re good to go. If there are, move somewhere else.

It should also go without saying that you want to set up where you are going to eat away from the bin areas.

Keep All Food Packed and Protected…Until You Eat

The best way to keep those eager and nosy pests at bay, is to keep your food and drinks packed up until it’s time to serve it. Invest in some food covers so you can cover snacks when they are left unattended. For instance, when you are playing around with the kids or are taking a break from munching.

wasps around a drink

Where possible, avoid sweet and sugary drinks. There are plenty of tasty alternatives that don’t attract outdoor pests as readily. Keep any sweet BBQ treats in resealable containers.

Other Ideas to Keep Those Outdoor Pests Away

Flying insects are not too fond of displaced air, so invest in a small battery-operated fan. This is a great way of circulating air around your food, and should disturb pests enough to move along.

Finally, avoid wearing bright colours or strong perfume. Pests find them very attractive, so give your family a head start by leaving these items at home!

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Clothes Moth Prevention Tip For Summer

We are at that time of the year when clothes moths are most active. They are, in fact, active all year round, thanks to modern central heating. But Spring through to Summer is when they pose the biggest threat. Although they are harmless enough when it comes to us as humans, it’s our clothes and that are at risk.

If you are interested in learning some clothes moth prevention tips for the summer months, you’ve come to the right place.

Before we talk about some sure-fire moth prevention tips, though, there are a few things you should know about moths and their habits.

There are Different Types of Moth Problems

Unlike the other type of moths – the ones that are attracted to lights – clothes moths are the exact opposite. Preferring the undisturbed and darker parts of your home, like your cupboards and wardrobes. The curious thing is that adult moths don’t have developed mouths. So, it is not the moth itself, but  the moth larvae, that make holes in clothes.

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Holes in clothes are just one sign that you’ve got a moth problem. Others to look out for include cocoons and webbing around the corners of your cupboards and wardrobes. Also look out for moth-eaten carpet and rugs, or holes in soft furnishings.

So, what is Effective for Moth Prevention?

The number one things that clothes moths are attracted to are human body oil, hair and sweat. Once they’ve been left on our clothing, that is. This is especially true if they are made from natural fibres such as silk, fur, feathers and wool.

  • Wash Clothes

The first thing would be to make sure to wash clothes before storing them away. If possible, it’s best to store clothes in plastic containers or airtight bags. Carboard boxes are easy work for moths

  • Utilise the Power of Cedar

One thing clothes moths don’t like is cedar, meaning this is the perfect repellent for these destructive insects. Hang all-natural fibre garments on cedar hangers and use cedar wood items in pockets.

cedar prevents moths
  • Regularly Vacuum

Remember, clothes moths will also lay their eggs in carpets, so it’s a good idea to make it a habit to regularly hoover, if you don’t already.

  • Ventilate Your Wardrobes

We’ve already noted that clothes moths love dark and warm places, therefore it’s important to ensure your wardrobe has adequate ventilation.

Contact a Pest Control Specialist

If you are finding it difficult to get rid of clothes moths, even using our moth prevention tips, it may be time to call in a professional. Diamond are experienced and have a successful track record with moths of any kind. Call us fast before they become a full on infestation.

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The 10 Most Common UK Spiders

It could be their alien-like eyes, needle-like legs or the sensation of them crawling over you. Whatever triggers it, many people are afraid of spiders.

However, the fear people have for spiders is often based upon misconceptions and half-truths about these creatures.

As fear often stems from the unknown, let’s learn more about them by looking at the 10 most common UK spiders.

Money Spider

Associated with good fortune, the Money Spider is the smallest in the country, reaching sizes of 5mm or less.

money spider

They have black or grey bodies, and are normally found among leaves or vegetation growing close to the ground. Occasionally they are found indoors.

Giant House Spider

These spiders can reach widths of 12cm and have brown bodies. They sometimes live in houses as the name suggests, but are more likely to be found in gardens and sheds. Although they can bite, they’re not particularly aggressive to humans.

Zebra Jumping Spider

Distinctively white with black marks, Zebra Jumping Spiders can reach sizes of just 8mm and although they do bite, it’s very rare.

False Widow Spider

If you gasped when you saw the name, we’re not surprised given the similarity in looks to their infamous cousin the Black Widow Spider. Although False Widow females have been known to bite humans, they’re not aggressive, and this only happens rarely.

false widow spider

Look for them in conservatories, garages, lofts and window frames. They have dark brown bodies with big round abdomens.

Cupboard Spider

The creepy sounding name is given to this spider because they are found in cupboards. They can reach sizes of 10mm and are either black, brown or dark purple. Although they bite, they are not considered aggressive and their bites aren’t dangerous.

Tube Web Spiders

They can reach sizes of 23mm and have three groups of 2 eyes and a stunning green jaw. Of all the common UK spiders in this post, these are the most dangerous, with a strong bite the effects of which can last for a few hours.

Daddy Long Legs

Another spider there are some misconceptions about. However, there is no evidence to suggest they are dangerous to humans.

daddy long legs

They have extraordinary long legs and have small oval/round bodes. Occasionally, you may see one as big as 45mm.

Lace Web Spider

Along with the Tube Web Spider, these can grow to 12mm and are found more in the southern half of the country. Look out for yellow markings on a brown abdomen. And be careful, because they can bite, and it may be sore for at least 12 hours.

Cardinal Spiders – Largest of the Common UK Spiders

Reaching sizes of 14cm, these have a reddish-brown colouring and live in walls of buildings. They only bite on rare occasions with painless results.

Missing Sector Orb Spider

With a strange silver-grey abdomen and brown leaf pattern on their back, these curious creatures are found on windowsills, and are not a threat.

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Pest Control Safety Around Household Pets

It’s obviously important to look after your children while using pest control solutions in your home. What about your pets though? Some people don’t even think about the risks, and others just forget to take precautions.

While most household pest control methods are safe to use around pets, some issues should be taken into consideration.

Dogs and cats – who are very inquisitive and explore with their noses – can easily ingest, absorb or inhale something they shouldn’t. That’s why it is important to have the right pest control safety measures in place.

Talk to the Experts About Pest Control Safety

If you are hiring a professional pest control team to solve the problem of your unwanted guests, talk to them beforehand. Let them know you have pets, what kind, and how many. This will help them to plan out their pest removal strategy. And  give them time to implement a pet-friendly option. They will also give you advice on the best pest control safety actions you can take to protect your pets.

Remove Pets Before Treatment

It’s always a good idea to be safe rather than sorry.  So, remove all pets from the area your pest control professional is going to use chemicals or poisons.

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Make sure to include caged animals like birds, hamsters and anything else that could inhale fumes.

Pets are often a law unto themselves. So you need to be vigilant. It might even mean taking them to stay with a neighbour or at a relative’s house until treatment is completed.

Be Careful with Placement and Poisons

When using baits and poisons for rodents or insects, always put them somewhere away from prying eyes, noses and tongues. Obviously, you want to place traps and bait so they will be most effective at capturing or killing the pests. But not anywhere that might put your pets in harms way.

dead rat in london

Another important step is to dispose of dead pests correctly. If your dog or cat gets hold of the carcass of a poisoned rat or other creature, and eats it, your pet will be ingesting the poison too.  The consequences can be serious or even fatal.

Always Read Labels and Instructions

If you are going to take care of your own pest control and removal, don’t just go at it gung-ho. Take the time to read the labels and instructions fully. There is normally a section devoted to the pest control safety necessary for households with children and/or pets.

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Reasons to Have a Pest Control Contract

Pests can have a devastating effect on a business, which is why you must act fast when you notice any of the signs of an infestation.

Better still, a professional pest control contract can include pest proofing to help prevent them in the first place.

While a professional pest control company will be able to eradicate business premises pests, there will still be a chance of re-infestation. That’s one of the reasons why many business owners are investing in a pest control contract rather than paying for a series of one-off treatments.

If you are unsure whether you could benefit from a pest control contract or not, this post is for you. We are going to look at 8 good reasons to sign up for a contract with your pest control company.

Pest Control Contract Benefits

It’s cost effective

Rather than paying out every few months for treating large, more extensive infestations, with a contract, you benefit from help when you need it.

pest control contracts are cost effective

A member of the team will be sent out to appropriately handle the job at the first signs of trouble. Saving you a lot of money in the process.

Regular maintenance

With the support of a contracted pest control expert, you will get regular advice regarding any maintenance and repairs you should carry out. This will further help to prevent problems with pests.

Maintained surveillance

Pest control is often an ongoing necessity in the workplace. Especially in businesses and service areas that are particularly rife with rodents, insects or some other threat. With a pest control contract, you get the benefit of around the clock monitoring.

Catch the early signs of infestations

When you have contracted pest control work, you are in regular contact with experts.

a cockroach infestation

This means that you are better positioned to identify infestations before they become a major problem.

Regularly updated procedures

With a contract, you will also benefit from regular consultations with pest control experts. They will assess how well the control methods are working, and then fine-tune or change them as required.

Good for business

It may not seem the case, but, by having a robust contract in place for handling all your pest needs, you’ll improve confidence in your business. If your customers and clients know pest control is something you take seriously, they are more likely to continue doing business with you.

Continuous Help and Support

When you opt for a contract with a professional and experienced company like Diamond Pest Control, you benefit from our continual help and support. We are at your service, day or night, 24 hours a day.

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