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Top Tips To Identify Insects


Have you noticed bugs creeping or flying around your London home recently? You may have an infestation, and will most likely want to get it sorted out. It’s hard to tell sometimes what type of insect you’re dealing with though, let alone whether they could potentially be harmful to your health. So, you might need to pick out some identifying characteristics to give Catch-it a better idea what insects may be in your home when you call us.

We’ve compiled a list of useful tips that will help you to identify any insect you come across. 

Where Are The Insects?
Paying close attention to where you are finding insects in and around your home is a great help in identifying what species they are. It’s also a great way to start solving the mystery of your insect infestation. Try jotting down some basic notes on what you find. This will come in as a great help to a pest control professional when they come to exterminate your infestation. 
For example, if you’ve been seeing bugs hiding in your cupboards or wardrobes, it’s safe to assume that the insect prefers being in dark places. 

What Time Of Day Do You See The Insects?
Another important factor is the time of day. Insect species can be categorised into whether they are nocturnal or active during the day. Seasons are important as well, because some species hibernate in the winter, making it easier to eliminate some options. 

How Many Legs Does The Insect Have? 
To be extra effective when it comes to your pest control, take a picture of the insect you are having a problem with to show to your pest control expert. You will also be able to inspect the picture more closely as well. 
Counting an insects legs is the most efficient way of distinguishing the different types of insects. If you can count eight, it’s a spider. If there’s six or less, you’ll need to answer a few more questions in order to find out what your mystery bug is. 

Does The Insect Have Wings? 
Not all winged insects can fly, so note whether the bug in question is simply hopping around your home. Some insects have wings, and some don’t, so it’s great in determining the species of a particular bug. 
Once you’ve gathered the answers to these questions, get in touch with our locally based London team of pest controllers, and we will come out and get rid of your pest problem. 

How To Clean Up After A Bed Bug Infestation


No one wants to experience a bed bug infestation. But more than that, you don’t want to deal with an infestation twice! If you’ve recently had a run in with bed bugs, how you clean your home afterwards can make an impact on how effective the treatment is in the long term. 

Here we are going to give you the basic steps to clean up after a bed bug infestation. Make sure you speak to one of our pest control experts who has treated your home for specific instructions on how to clean up you home. 

Give It Some Time 
One of the most important pieces of advice you can get from your pest controller is when you can clean after your treatment. Many treatments take a while to work so you may have to wait for some time to pass. If you clean up straight away, you may limit your treatments effectiveness. In most cases, you need to wait 30 days before cleaning floors, skirting boards and any walls next to appliances. 

It’s also very important not to shampoo or steam any soft surfaces in your home, including carpets, rugs and upholstered furniture until some time has passed. You can still vacuum when you need to, but make sure to empty the bag every time you use it in an outside bin.
The things you need to clean immediately after a bed bug infestation treatment are surfaces like dining tables, coffee tables, kitchen counters and oven hobs. You should wipe them all down with soap and warm water, or a disinfectant. 

Focus On Removables 
The basic rule of cleaning up is if it’s soft and you can pick it up, you should clean it with some heat. This will help to kill any remaining bed bugs. 
• Bed linen, throws, blankets, clothes, pillows and seat cushions - all of the soft things around your home that can be washed in the washing machine should be washed at the highest temperature possible. 
• All washed items should then be dried in the dryer on a high heat for two hours. 
• Anything that can’t be washed should be steam or dry cleaned to kill any bed bugs left there. 

Using Technology To Battle Pests


Technology has literally changed the way we live our lives every single day. So it comes as no surprise that advances in modern technology has also reached the pest control industry. Mobiles, body cameras and even drones have entered into our battle against pests. 

With all these advances, it’s making it much easier for us to keep pests out of your home for good. It’s even becoming easier to make appointments with pest controllers, as you can schedule appointments online. 

A new great development has been the use of mobiles to track pests and the conditions they love around your home. It truly is amazing! Another one has been to have infrared scanners. This will make it much easier to detect when there is a pest infestation in walls or hard to reach places, which could easily be ignored or overlooked. Being able to locate these pests without having to tear open the wall will lead to a faster diagnosis, and will make sure you receive more targeted treatments that leave a smaller environmental impact. 

Another great idea that many pest controllers are using are body cameras. These cameras can take pictures and videos of the pests, leading to them being identified quicker. This will make sure any treatments used will be right the first time they’re tried. And it will allow clients to see that the pest problem has been completely eradicated the right way. 

Drones are one of the hottest technological crazes out there at the moment. A drone can be used in pest control to inspect rooves or the exteriors of your homes to look for damage that could allow pests entry. It makes it a lot safer for you and the technicians, as you won’t have to climb tall ladders to check the property over. 

So the pest control industry is moving forward with the rest of the world. While you might not see your local pest controller using these tools just yet, you can be assured that we’re researching and testing with the latest technology to keep pests out of your homes for good. 

If you are experiencing a pest infestation, call our London team today. Our experts are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have. 

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