The war between people, pets and fleas will always wage on. Nearly every pet owner in the UK has had a run in with fleas. Typically fleas make their way into our homes via the family pets, and that’s the time to turn to professional flea control.
Difficult flea infestations can thrive overnight. This is why having professional flea treatment as soon as you notice a problem is so important. Here we are going to look at how to treat fleas and when it’s time to turn to expert flea control.
What To Do If You Think You Have A Flea Control Problem
Fleas are not always easily controlled with over the counter flea control products. If you have a very persistent problem with fleas, it’s better to seek out professional flea treatment from an expert.
In the meantime there are a few things you can do to alleviate the problem. Treating your pets
with a vet approved flea control product is step one. You then need to vacuum your whole home, washing all the linens and remember to clean the pet beds too.
When To Get Professional Flea Treatment
If over the counter products have failed you
, it’s time to turn to a professional flea treatment performed by a licensed pest control professional. During the treatment, you will leave your home for a few hours while the technician uses a product that is suited to your lifestyle and home. The ingredients in these treatments help to control the fleas and also help to break the reproductive life cycle.
Professional flea treatment usually result in an immediate reduction in the number of fleas in your home. Within 7 to 14 days, all of the fleas should be gone. Daily vacuuming will be needed after the treatment to rid your home of flea eggs and dead fleas that will be in your carpet.
Catch-it Pest Control provide professional flea treatments for those in the London area. We serve all the boroughs of London, and can supply you with a 24 hour, 7 days a week emergency pest control solution for when you have a severe outbreak of fleas. We know how important it is to stop a flea infestation as soon as you notice it, so please get in touch with us today if you’ve noticed the signs of fleas.
Hearing the patter of tiny feet above your head is a sure sign of rats in the loft. Having rats in your home is never good, but it can be particularly problematic if your loft is infested with rats. Rat control for lofts is different to rat control in the home because of the smaller space a pest control professional has to work in.
Having rats in your home is dangerous for you and your family. Rats carry a lot of diseases
that could seriously damage your health. Rats also gnaw on a lot of different things, and if they get to your wiring they will cause sparks and may start a fire.
Here we are going to look at some of the main signs of rats in the loft.
1. Scratching sounds
– If you can hear tiny feet moving above you, or scratching sounds, it’s a definite sign of rats in the attic. These noises come from the rats running across the attic or climbing up the beams. Depending on how thin your ceiling is, you may even be able to hear them gnawing and chewing whilst the rats nest in your loft
2. Rat footprints – Another sign of rats in the loft is spotting their footprints. You may be able to see the prints if your loft is especially dusty. If you’re unsure whether there are rats in the attic, you can sprinkle some flour or other powder onto the loft floor and see if they leave any footprints behind.
3. Rat droppings – A rat can produce around 40 droppings overnight. They look like little brown grains of rice, and are often found around the same area. If you can go in your loft and find any droppings, it’s a sure thing you’re dealing with a rat infestation.
4. Loft damage – Rats love to chew, as already mentioned, and the wood and plastic that may be in your loft will be gnawed on. You will notice these small teeth marks upon closer inspection.
5. Rub marks – Rats actually have very poor eyesight, and they tend to use walls and baseboards to find their way around your home. Because of their oily fur, they will leave behind grease and dirt marks. You can look for these marks to determine whether you have a rat control problem.
If you think you have a rat infestation in your loft, get in touch with the professionals here at Catch-it Pest Control today.
Many people wonder whether there are different species of mice. There are a number of different types of mice, with some of them being common types while others are more rare. Today we are going to look into what species of mice can be found in the UK. There are three specific types in the UK: the field mouse, the house mouse, and the yellow necked field mouse.
Field mice are also known as wood mice. They are most common in areas with farming and agriculture prevalent in the community. These mice are less likely to be a pest for your home than elsewhere on your property. While a field mouse might venture into your country house occasionally, they have other places they like to live.
When the temperature gets cold, field mice like to take refuge where grains or vegetables are stored, as this closely matches their normal environment. However, while they are living with your food stores, they are likely to eat them too. At the same time, they will leave behind droppings, skin, and hair which can contaminate the produce.
House mice are the most common mouse found where human populations dominate. You can find them almost anywhere in the world. Most pet mice are classified as house mice, and they are also used for laboratory animals.
Popular belief would have it that these mice are only a problem in the warmer months; however, they are active year-round. The little rodents that infest your house are small, with greyish-brown fur. Their ears are round and their tail is naked and scalier than that of other mouse species. Make sure you look at mouse nesting hotspots
around your home.
Yellow Necked Mouse
It wasn’t until 1834 that the yellow necked mouse was differentiated from the wood mouse. The two are very similar, but the yellow necked mouse has a distinctive collar of yellow around its neck and yellow on its back. It is larger than wood mice on average, and the colour is a lighter shade than its friend.
Yellow necked mice are found in rural areas just like their counterpart, the field mouse.
Now that you know the three most common types of mice in the UK you can identify the rodent that is causing your pest problem
. Identifying the particular mice species helps a professional pest company to know which solution to target that will be the most effective.
Even though we’ve been told of the season change, it definitely doesn’t feel like typical Autumn weather at the moment. And it’s this strange weather, along with the humidity that it brings, that is affecting mosquitoes in London.
When the weather gets colder, the mosquitoes tend to start disappearing, but because we’re experiencing warmer weather,
they’re sticking round into the late season. So are mosquitoes something you should still be doing pest control treatments for?
Now don’t think that just the cold weather will kill of the mosquitoes. The numbers will go down as we transition into the winter, but if there’s been a large number before winter (which there has been this year) then it will take longer for them to die out.
Mosquitoes lay their eggs before the winter. These eggs can survive really low temperatures, even being preserved in ice. Then when the warm weather starts to hit, the eggs hatch and produce large numbers of mosquitoes. Making sure you remove most of the population of mosquitoes before winter will help to reduce the chances of late season mosquitoes in London.
Even more terrifying is the fact that disease infected mosquitoes
pass those diseases on to their eggs. So even the dangerous diseases will survive through the colder months. We’ve heard all about the different types of viruses mosquitoes can carry through the news. So it’s really important to eliminate a mosquito problem as soon as you spot it.
If you are noticing late season mosquitoes around your property, it’s important to have them treated immediately before they can transmit any type of diseases. London pest control
can help you with any sort of mosquito or pest problem you may be having. Get in touch with Catch-it today for more advice on mosquito control for this time of year.
Pigeons thrive in urban areas, so London is one of their favourite places to live. They are actually one of the few animals that do better when they are around humans. Each year, we deal with loads of pigeons in people’s attics.
There’s a lot of different ways we deal with pigeons in the attic. We use exclusion devices and physical removal of the pigeon. Then we make sure any entry points are bought to your attention so that you can seal them immediately. No more pigeons will be able to enter your home after that!
Pigeons are especially horrible to have in the attic because of the mess they make. Pigeons spread their feathers, nesting material, parasites and droppings all over the attic. These droppings are the main source of diseases
, and are very dangerous to have in your home. That’s why it’s so important to get pigeon control immediately, and clean up your attic immediately after treatment.
So what kind of damage can a pigeon do in your loft? Can’t you just leave them to it? No! Pigeons are actually notorious for invading people’s attics and are responsible for causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage. When there is an available food source nearby, easy access and a chance for a good shelter, then a pigeon will do all it can to invade your attic.
Most pigeon control
damage happens when they nest and leave their droppings when left for a period of time. They can damage your roof, increase the risk of fire, block your ventilation systems and even lead to the collapse of your ceilings.
Damage to your roof is often quite hard and costly to put right. It’s a pigeons droppings that do most of the damage, because of their acidic nature. In fact, pigeon droppings can actually reduce the lifespan of your roof by more than 50%.
Remember that after a pigeon removal, you must clean your loft
. This involves vacuuming and completely decontaminating the area. When we carry out pigeon control, we will give you useful advice on how to clean up the aftermath. For emergency 24 hour pigeon control for you loft, call Catch-it Pest Control.
Everyone knows the saying don’t let the bed bugs bite, and we all thought as children it was just a funny quip. Well, now that we’ve had such a bed bug population boom in the UK, we are all very much aware of how real bed bugs are, and how much we really don’t want them to bite.
Here are some facts about bed bugs we bet you didn’t know.
1. Bed bug populations keep growing.
Bed bug numbers have been on the increase since the 1990’s. This is mainly due to more travel being done. Remember that you should check any hotel
you stay in to make sure you don’t bring a bed bug infestation home with you.
2. Bed bugs don’t discriminate. Many people associate having bed bugs with poor living conditions. However it has been proven that it doesn’t matter where you live, anyone could suffer from a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs can be found anywhere from the back of taxis to cinemas.
3. Bed bugs are hard to treat.
In fact, they can survive really extreme temperatures and environments. They can also survive for over a year without having anything to eat. Those are some serious Bear Grylls survival skills! Remember not to use DIY bed bug treatments.
4. Bed bugs are smart. They are hard to detect, and hide in the most elusive places so you won’t find them.
5. Bed bugs infestations can cause huge amounts of stress. Along with the physical harm they can do with their bite, bed bugs have been known create anxiety and depression in those suffering from a bed bug infestation.
6. Bed bugs don’t spread diseases. Lots of research has been done into this and it has never been any firm evidence that bed bugs carry or spread any types of diseases.
It’s always important to remember if you are currently experiencing a UK bed bug infestation
you must not try and treat it yourself. These methods are often unsafe and unhealthy for you and your family.
What you need when you have a bed bug infestation is a professional pest controller who can treat the problem quickly and effectively using heat treatment, one of the most effective methods of bed bug control.
Can birds spread diseases is an all too common question, and the answer is a resounding yes. Birds can be dangerous generally if you’re not careful. There are, for instance, pigeon diseases that can be transmitted to humans and pets. Now I’m sure you will be wondering: what diseases do birds carry?
Let’s assess diseases carried by birds in the UK
so that you can be informed.
Histoplasmosis is one of the most common diseases carried by birds in the UK. It is a fungal disease that can cause an infection. Some of the symptoms include:
• Fever or Chills
• Muscle and Joint Pain
Another disease that is common is Cryptococcosis, which is also a fungal disease. About 84% of birds nests test positive for this disease. With Cryptococcosis you need to watch out for these symptoms:
• Shortness of Breath (SOB)
Neither of these diseases is often a big problem, and most people will not show symptoms. Those who do are likely to be suffering from a weakened immune system. However, in some cases, both diseases can be extreme and may even lead to death.
You might know about Toxoplasmosis through owning cats, as it is most commonly connected with cat faeces, but it can also be found in birds. Toxoplasmosis
is caused by a parasite and shows flu like symptoms. Skin lesions and cyst formation. Here are some of the other symptoms:
• Muscle Pain
• Swollen Glands
• General Body Pain/Chest Pain
Rare Pigeon Diseases
Salmonellosis is the bacteria that causes salmonella and is very dangerous. While it is often spread by poorly prepared food, birds can transmit it too. Take a look at the symptoms:
• Fever or Chills
• Abdomen Pain
• Loss of Appetite
Also spread by bird droppings is E.coli. This is a bacteria that can cause health problems but as long as you maintain proper treatment is not life threatening. Symptoms include:
• Abdomen Pain
• Diarrhea, nausea, and Vomiting
Can birds be dangerous? Yes. The majority of bird related hazards come from diseases carried by the birds and spread through their droppings. Those who experience any of the symptoms above from contact with birds should consult a medical practitioner. Or, if you have bird pest control problems, you should contact a bird removal service
to have the situation dealt with. This will protect your health and safeguard your family and home.
Your pantry and kitchen are a key part of your house, but there are many common food pests in the UK just waiting to join the party. From ants to flies, food that sustains us is also food that attracts pests. Knowing the common food pests will help you to identify if you have a problem and how to go about solving it.
Signs of A Problem
The signs of an infestation of food pests varies. Sometimes you will be able to notice the creatures moving across your surfaces. At other times you may not know until your food stuffs go bad or they start to go missing. You might also see pieces of food mysteriously strewn about your kitchen.
If you do find signs of a pest problem, undertaking the appropriate methods of pest control is crucial. Whether you try do-it-yourself methods
, or call a professional, the faster you handle the problem the more likely you will be to fully resolve it.
Common Food Pests In The UK
Ants are one of the most common household pests around the world. Ant control is difficult because the creatures are small, and they leave a trail for other ants to follow. There are several different species of ants that could be infesting your home.
Rodent control is a common necessity around the world too. Mice and rats are both food pests that will invade your kitchen to steal your food. Not only will they take your food but they can present health problems and possibly damage your home.
Fruit flies and other flies are quick to start a fly infestation in your home when you leave food out. These creatures are hard to catch and you will often need an expert to intervene in order to get rid of them. Flies also spread diseases
and can infect your food supply.
One of the most famed common food pests is the cockroach. These creatures are most active at night and will navigate through the back of cabinets and inside walls.
Food moths are another notable pest that can ruin your stocks in the kitchen. Flour is particularly vulnerable to these pests.
The first step you should take to get rid of these common food pests is to adequately containerise food that attracts them. Without taking this step, the pests will have no motivation to leave. Once that is done you can take on the task of insect or rodent control to get your home pest free
and keep it that way.