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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Why Outdoor Clutter Harbours UK Garden Rodents

While some people take amazing care of their gardens and are proactively thinking of pest problems, there are still plenty of people who aren’t. Your garden can be just as much of a hiding place for pests as your home can. Why is that? Why do garden rodents swarm to cluttered outdoor spaces?

The answer to that question is more complex than just one point. There are multiple reasons why you find pests in garden clutter and let’s take a look at why.

A Place To Call Home For UK Garden Rodents

A lot of clutter provides various pests with the perfect home. They have plenty of hiding places and all the protection they need. Whether it is from the climate, predators, or us as people. The more clutter that‘s present, the more likely that pests are going to gravitate to your garden.

Besides just being a place for shelter, many of the items UK garden rodents and foxes need to make a nest or den are present in a cluttered or unkempt garden. In fact, they will probably be able to make a better home in your garden than they will in nature if the resources are abundant.

Food Sources and Water Supply

Overgrown gardens attract smaller pests like rodents, which in turn are food for bigger pests. So by attracting the smaller pests you are also attracting larger ones. Furthermore, clutter in the form of leaves, debris, and rotting fruit are all good sources of food for pests of all sizes.

Water can also be found in cluttered gardens. All rodents need water to some degree. And it is much easier when there is clutter present. Excess outdoor objects like tarps covering grills, un-stored toys and miscellaneous bric-a-brac can catch and hold water for quite some time.

A Safe Place From Predators

Pests use cluttered gardens as a place to hide from those that might chase and eat them. Even if a pest doesn’t live in your cluttered garden, they will be frequent visitors if they feel that those that hunt them their hunters won’t be able to get to them or find them easily.

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Much of the time, we won’t even notice UK garden rodents in a cluttered garden at first, because it is hard to see them. Your cluttered garden is also protecting them from you. And keeping you from awareness of the destruction they can cause!

Prevention is the Best Policy

Think about all of the points we have discussed. Many of these factors are the same reasons that a pest might seek out your home for a place to hide out. If you want to keep your garden free of pests you have to declutter it just like you would declutter your home to prevent pests indoors.

If you haven’t managed to do preventative measures in time, and are having a problem with garden pests, you might need to consult our experts here at Diamond Pest Control. Gardens are even harder to get pests out of because UK garden rodents have the freedom to roam and hide. Pest control experts have access to a wide variety of tools that allow them to better hunt these annoying (and often harmful) creatures.

Now you know why pests like your garden better when it is cluttered, you know that it is essential to maintain and keep it clean. Think about all of the things you likely have in your garden. How much of it do you actually need out there?

Tips For A Pest Proof Home This Winter

During the winter months, you are likely to spend a lot of time indoors because of the change in temperature. Guess what…pests are looking for the same escape. In order to keep any pests from making your home their winter hideout, it is important that you take steps towards creating a pest proof home this winter.

Here are some of the best pest proofing steps you can take!

Keep On Top Of Home Maintenance

The first line of defence for your home against pests should be to ensure that you make entry as difficult as possible. Seal up all potential entrances. Sounds easy right? But not as easy as many people think.

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The logical areas to target are the doors and windows, and to apply sealant to them. However, there are a couple other areas to look at in addition to this:

  • Holes In The Exterior Walls
  • Outdoor Vents
  • Chimneys
  • The Roof And Loft

Remember that many creatures are very crafty, and can end up fitting into holes smaller than you would think possible. Mice are a good example of this. They are able to contort their bodies to fit into holes that are smaller than they are.

Fixing any leaky pipes and clogged drains will deter pests that like damp places. You should also avoid the build-up of stagnant outdoor water that might attract pests.

Store Your Food In Sealed Containers

Just the smell of food can be enough for a pest to make your home their chosen place to go instead of your neighbours. A crucial step to making a pest proof home is containing those smells. Wherever possible, your food should go in a sealed container such as a ZipLock bag or a Tupperware type box. This will go a long way to preventing pests from being attracted to your home.

This includes storing your leftovers, bread, and condiments in containers that won’t allow pests to smell them. And don’t forget to store your pet food in sealed containers too. And don’t leave pet food out at night.

Keep Everything As Clean As Possible

Cleaning is a very effective weapon for keeping pests at bay and ensuring a pest proof home. The more thoroughly you clean, the less there is to attract pests of any kind. Many of the small spills and crumbs we leave behind us when we eat or cook make the perfect meal for pests.

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On top of hygiene, regular housework does something more to prevent pests. It helps ensure that pests have nowhere to hide in your home. Good pest proofing practice includes removing as much clutter as possible, even in storage areas.

Don’t Leave Food Rubbish In The House

Rubbish is a big draw fir pests of all kinds. Even during the winter, kitchen bins can attract pests into your home quicker than you think. Never leave bins in your home un-emptied for too long. And make sure the lids are a tight fit and close properly.

To further protect your rubbish, you can use scented bin bags or add a drop of peppermint essential oil. Strong scents prevent animals from being able to smell the contents of the bag as easily.

All of these tips are designed to work together. Doing just one will probably not result in a pest free home. The more of these tasks you do, and the more often you do them, the better you are pest proofing your home for the winter.

Do Cockroaches Carry Diseases?

One important cockroach fact is that cockroaches enjoy warm, humid and dark locations. Interestingly, bacteria also thrive in warm and humid conditions, and these are the main causes for disease to spread. So when it comes to the question do cockroaches carry diseases, the answer is yes!

You are in the right place to find cockroach facts and find out if cockroaches carry any diseases.

In the UK, cockroaches tend to be one of the following species: Oriental or German Cockroaches. Getting rid of cockroaches in the UK is a hard exercise to do due to them being nocturnal creatures and them shying away from humans, noise and light. But due to the health risks they pose, it is imperative.

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Exactly How Do Cockroaches Carry Diseases?

Interestingly, cockroaches leave traces of their existence in your house. These traces can be in many different forms, such as, saliva, faeces, and body parts that they shed. Another cockroach fact is that these body parts that cockroaches shed can trigger unpleasant and uncomfortable asthma symptoms. This can be particularly detrimental to human health if a member of your family suffers from asthma, as it can cause asthma attacks if it gets bad enough.

There is substantial evidence that suggests that cockroaches can transport germs from one location to another. It is a cockroach fact that there are many different bacteria’s, funguses, moulds and a couple of viruses that they can carry.

Do Cockroaches Bite People?

Cockroach bites usually happen at night as cockroaches are nocturnal creature. Cockroaches don’t usually tend to bite. It is quite uncommon, and it only usually happens when there is a bad infestation and they are searching for other food sources. Another cockroach fact is that they can bite with a bite force of 50 times stronger than their own body weight. Cockroach bites do not harm us more than the nip they cause. We do not get ill from their bites as they do not transmit bacteria through their bite.

Not only do cockroaches carry diseases, but they can make people very unwell. An interesting and potentially scary cockroach fact is that their bodies can carry serious diseases. The bacteria on their bodies can cause Typhoid, Polio and also Dysentery, this disease causes severe diarrhoea! This shows that it is important to keep these pests from roaming your house.

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How Do You Get Rid Of Cockroaches?

I hope these cockroach facts have answered the questions you may have about cockroaches and, in particular, do cockroaches carry diseases. Many people want to find out how you get rid of cockroaches or how to kill a cockroach? We recommend calling Diamond Pest Control, as we will provide a successful cockroach treatment that will help in getting rid of all your  cockroaches.

The best cockroach pest control is provided here, at Diamond Pest Control. We use cockroach monitors but do not use not cockroach traps. Cockroach spray is highly inefficient, and cockroach poison and cockroach bait works a lot better. We use a residual insecticide that kills the cockroaches on contact. We also use a microencapsulated gel that kills the cockroaches with a delayed effect thus targeting the nest. The dying cockroaches are cannibalised at the nest causing a cascade effect.

Facts About House Mice You Might Not Know

Did you know that there are approximately 30 species of mice and that the most popular one to keep as a pet is the house mouse? But before we delve into our facts about house mice, be aware that other mice in your house are the type you need to get rid of, and the best way to do this is to call a mouse exterminator. Mice as pets are great, but no one wants mice running around in the house!

If you find that you have mice in your property you will need to call out a mouse exterminator!

Carry on reading, and we will tell you all about mice. You are most likely to see mice at night as they are nocturnal animals and are most active between dusk and dawn. You may see a mouse during the day, but it is only when it is searching for food or its nest has been disturbed. Otherwise they are nocturnal creatures.

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Some Surprising Facts About House Mice…

  • Mice have a really good sense of smell. Mice have pretty poor vision, but they make up for it with other senses. They can smell humans, and this is why it is important for the mouse exterminator to place the traps, mice bait and mice poison whilst wearing gloves. This is so that they hide their human scent, otherwise this scent will scare off the mice and they won’t approach the traps.
  • Another sense which is important to mice is their sense of hearing, they are able to hear high frequency sounds. Imagine how intense this sense is as humans cannot even hear this frequency or pitch.
  • Mice are extremely smart. They use communication to help each other, and their squeals, squeaks and scents are the methods they use to communicate. This can make getting rid of mice extremely difficult for a mouse exterminator, as mice could be communicating to stay away from the traps that are being left to catch them on.
  • Mice have an incredibly good memory. This can create difficulties for a mouse exterminator because if a mouse has been scared off from an area previously, they may never return to this area and therefore avoid the traps that have been left for them. This is one of our favourite facts about house mice.

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And Did You Also Know That…

  • Mice have teeth that never stop growing. Most importantly when a mouse is trapped in your house, it will gnaw through anything that it finds. They will chew on all types of materials and this will include your sofas and armchairs. They even chew through wires!! This means that they can cause serious damage to your TV, dishwasher or carpets. Just imagine the damage that can be done to your household items by just one little mouse!!
  • Mice are extremely agile. It is not a myth that mice can climb walls, but they can also jump. This unfortunately means that if you have a mouse infestation in your house they could also climb into your bed!
  • Mice are accustomed to travelling through tight spaces. They spend their time burrowing tunnels as they can fit into surprisingly small spaces. A mouse is only limited by the size of its skull as to what size hole it can fit through. It may be the case that the mouse will gnaw the area to make a hole bigger to fit through. This is because the mouse is a burrowing animal.

As well as wanting to find out facts about house mice, people want to know how to get rid of mice in the house. The best way is to call a pest control company who will lay mice traps and mice repellent. Diamond Pest Control can suggest the best mice treatment for you, and possible mice deterrent for your property.

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How We Deal With Your Moth Problem

What can I do when I find that I have moths in my house? This is a question that many people ask us. Most people only realise that they have a moth infestation when they go into their wardrobe, pull out some clothes to wear and find lots of small holes all over the clothing. The larvae of the clothes moth favours materials such as wool, angora and cashmere. Once you find damaged clothes you should also check the edges of carpets especially if they are a wool blend, as the larvae also feed on this material. By this point the infestation has taken hold and you should get a pest control company to effectively treat the problem.

Diamond Pest Control can help you get rid of your moth problem. Our treatment programme consists of three visits, we trace the source of infestation, remove and destroy any infested materials and then apply a residual insecticide to the infested areas.

Whilst it is not difficult to control these moths and the treatment is very effective, it is essential that a thorough treatment be carried out and that every larva is treated. Before any treatment commences the property has to be prepared for treatment and full instructions are given at the time of booking by the surveyor. We carry out two further follow up visits which are carried out at weekly intervals.

If you want to find out more about our moth treatments any of our surveyors will be happy to answer any questions.

 

Keep Your Pets Flea Free

We love our pets and one of the best ways to keep them happy is to make sure they don’t get fleas!

If you find that your pet does have fleas you will need to use a specified flea treatment and you should contact your vet, they will be able to advise on the best flea product for your pet and answer any questions about the treatment and application. You can usually treat your pet for fleas at home.

Remember that fleas can survive for many months without a host. This is why it is so important to regularly vacuum all your furniture and floors, you should also pay particular attention to the skirting boards and those hard-to-get-to corners where the insects might be hiding.

If you vacuum on a regular basis you should make sure that your pet’s bed is also thoroughly vacuumed each time you clean. This might help you prevent an infestation before it takes hold as regular vacuuming may help remove fleas when they are at each stage of their life cycle.

It is also really important to empty out all the dust from your vacuum cleaner immediately after you use every time, as otherwise you run the risk of reinfecting your home again.

Keep your pets happy and flea free!

If you do have a flea infestation and would like some information about how to get rid of them from your home, you can contact us on 0208 889 1036, our surveyor will be happy to answer any questions you have. Call us today for advice!

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