Pest Control

Mice

The House Mouse, and sometimes the Long-Tailed Field Mouse are found in buildings as they seek the warmth and shelter for nesting sites and food. The House Mouse body length ranges between 60-90mm, and the tail can add 100mm. They weigh less than 25g, and their fur colour varies between light brown and grey.

 

Characteristics

Mice have an acute sense of hearing, frequently using ultrasound to communicate, and is especially sensitive to any sudden noise. Their presence is usually detected from their dark-coloured droppings or damage to stored foods in the larder, packaging or woodwork.

Habitat

Mice live in nests that they build out of cloth, wool and paper. Nests are often built inside houses, in places such as roof spaces, under floors or in wall cavities, and wherever there is access to a good source of food, especially during the winter. Mice can squeeze through cracks as small as 5mm, but mouse holes are usually 20-30mm in diameter. Mice are mainly active at night and can often be heard running about as they search for food.

Diet

Mice are erratic, sporadic feeders, nibbling at many sources of food rather than taking repeated meals from any one item. They do not need free water to drink as they generally obtain sufficient moisture from their food. Their favourite foods are cereal products, although they will eat almost anything.

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Squirrel

Deliberately introduced to this country sometime in the 19th century the grey squirrel has since spread throughout most of mainland England and Wales. It is also a common resident of urban parks and gardens and seems to like residential lofts for nesting.

Once inside they chew woodwork, strip insulation from electrical wiring and water pipes, tear up fiberglass insulation and, occasionally, drown in the water tank or come through the house.

It is an Offense to release grey squirrels back into the wild, once caught in a cage, they must be destroyed humanely, However, Red Squirrels must be released into the wild  

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Rats

There are two species of rat in Britain, Rattus Norvegicus which is commonly known as the Brown Rat or Common Rat. The Rattus Rattus, referred to as the Black Rat or Ship Rat is now rarely found in the UK.

Appearance

The Brown Rat is the larger of the rats in Britain, often weighing over half a kilo and measuring about 23cm, without counting the tail. It has a blunt muzzle, small hair-covered ears and a tail that is shorter than its body. The Black Rat weighs half as much and is shorter. It has a pointed muzzle, large, almost hairless ears, a more slender body and a long thin tail that is longer than its body.

Characteristics

Rats have well-developed senses of smell taste and touch. They have an acute sense of hearing, frequently using ultrasound to communicate, and is especially sensitive to any sudden noise. Both species breed rapidly and become sexually mature in about three months. Each female may produce from 3 to 12 litters of between six and eight young in a year. Rats need to gnaw to keep their constantly growing incisor teeth worn down. They damage woodwork, plastic, bricks and lead pipes, and will strip insulation from electrical cables.

Habitat

Brown Rats live in any situation that provides food, water and shelter. In homes, they will live in roof spaces, wall cavities or under floorboards. In gardens, they will burrow into grassy banks or under sheds. Brown Rats are often found living in sewer systems. Black Rats are rare and are occasionally found in shipping ports.

Diet

Rats feed mostly at night, and an average rat will eat 50g of food a day. Preferred foods are cereal products, although rats are omnivorous and will eat almost anything that humans eat.

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Ants

Ant Control generally speaking, by and large, is carried out in the summer months and I don’t blame them.

Up to the present time, Garden/Black ants are not thought to carry diseases, However, on the whole, you won’t want them marching through your food cupboards.

In summary, ants will travel a long way in the search for food, following trails they have established and clustering around the source of food, becoming a nuisance in homes, organizations or businesses.

In any event, MIDS Pest Control will look above and below to track down where they are coming in and seal off the entry point in either case.

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Bedbugs

Bedbugs, in fact, is one of the faster-transferring pests in the world.  It is so quick and easy for them to be transferred from building to building or person to person.

 Have you been sitting on a train or have been to the Cinema?

Maybe you have just come back from a holiday on an aeroplane or maybe you have just been to work.

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Biscuit Beetle

Biscuit Beetle from time to time can be found throughout the UK, especially in food storage and retailing premises.

What’s a Biscuit Beetle? They are small reddish-brown insects about 3mm long which attack stored foods in domestic cupboard and larders.

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Carpet Beetle

The Carpet Beetle is 2 to 4mm long, like a small, mottled brown, grey and cream ladybird.

The larvae are small (about 4mm long), covered in brown hairs, and tend to roll up when disturbed. As they grow, they moult – and the old cast-off skins may be the first sign of infestation.

Adults are often seen in April and June seeking egg-laying sites and the grubs are most active in October before they hibernate.

The adult Carpet Beetle feeds only on pollen and nectar of garden flowers but lays its eggs in old bird nests in buildings.

It is the larvae from these eggs that do the damage. They feed on feathers, fur, hair, or wool and tend to wander along the pipes from roofs into airing cupboards – which house the clothes and blankets which constitute the food.

The life cycle takes about a year, and the grubs can survive starvation in hard times for several months.

Carpet beetle damage consists of fairly well-defined round holes along the seams of fabric where the grubs bite through the thread.

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Cockroaches

When foraging for food and water Cockroaches immediately can contaminate food, utensils, and preparation surfaces as they go. In any event, they are capable of carrying the organisms which cause food poisoning in humans and many other bacteria.

 

 

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Fleas

The Flea, just like the Bedbug, is a blood-sucking vermin. Fleas are small, dark-colored, wingless parasites which reach up to 4mm in length. They have flat, oval-shaped bodies which allow them to jump over distances over 33 cm long. They have tube-like mouth-parts, suited for feeding on the blood of their hosts.

Health Effects

Although Fleas rarely feed exclusively on humans, Flea bites can still pose a serious health hazard. Fleas are known to spread a variety of diseases, such as Typhus, Tularemia, Bubonic Plague, and Cat Scratch Disease. Typhus and Bubonic Plague are notorious for their mortality rates. Still, it is not likely for a human to be infected with them in the UK (due to vaccination and high hygiene standards).

Cat scratch disease is a common and real health threat. It is caused by the Bartonella Henselae bacteria and puts people with a weakened immune system at serious risk. It can result in muscle pains, enlarged lymph nodes, reproductive issues and deep inflammations and infections.

Fleas are also known to transmit various kinds of Tapeworms, especially between animals.

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Silverfish

  • Color: white to brown-grey or bluish-silver in color
  • Shape: silverfish are teardrop-shaped insects
  • Length: 12-19 mm in length.
  • Tail: Three long bristles on rear

Capable of thriving in most climates, silverfish prefer to dwell in dark, damp areas such as basements, attics, kitchens, and bathrooms. They are especially attracted to paper and damp clothing. Commonly found in stored boxes in garages and sheds or outbuildings. 

Silverfish are known for their destructive feeding habits, oftentimes ruining papers, clothing, and wallpaper. Silverfish feed on carbohydrates, particularly sugars and starches.They have been found in unopened food packages.

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Bluebottle Flies

Generally Speaking, Bluebottle Flies be controlled by yourself with a household bottle of fly spray. As can be seen a large metallic blue body that is usually 6-12mm long. The Bluebottle fly can lay up to 600 eggs and in warm weather will hatch in under 48 hours. In fact, this produces maggots which can become fully developed in a week. These maggots burrow into meat or carrion as they feed on it and then pupate. In case Bluebottles fly like other flies, are often found around refuse tips rotting animal matter and dustbins.

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Cluster Fly

Cluster Fly is unlike other blow flies like bluebottle they do not present a health hazard because they do not lay eggs in human food, they are strictly parasitic on earthworms

The females lay their eggs near earthworm burrows and the larvae then infest the worms.

These flies are a nuisance when the adults emerge in the late summer or autumn and they enter houses to hibernate often in large number and are difficult to eradicate because they favour inaccessible spaces such as roof and wall cavities.

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Hornets

Hornets are twice the size of the common wasp, brown and yellow in colour instead of black and yellow.

If you get stung by a hornet it will hurt, their stinger is larger than a wasp and they are also larger in size.

The Hornets will attack and sting hard therefore always call in pest control when dealing with them.

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Ladybirds

Ladybirds should not be confused with the smaller, British Ladybird. Harlequins are a larger, aggressive non-native species from Asia which do some good stuff like eating plant destroying aphids but then they go and ruin it by attacking our native ladybirds which is why we class them as a pest.

They live in an upstairs sash window and huddle by the dozen in the corner of the ceiling. The Harlequins aren’t daft. It’s no surprise that they’ve made their home on a south-facing window above a radiator. 

Harlequins snuggle down for the winter they release pheromones to signal to all their Harlequin mates to join them in the cozy crevices of the sash window. Very soon you are invaded. Harlequins will start to fly around the house, looking for their mates. They rest on the curtains, sofa, even a bare arm this is when you call the experts in. MIDS Pest Control will attend and deal with the issue for you.

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Moths

Moths within the UK are harmless, however, a few Moths are seen as pests due to the damage their larvae cause to materials. Unlike other pests, Moths pose you no health risks. Once inside your home or business, moths can severely damage natural fibers in carpets, clothes, fabrics, fur and even leather.  For more information on the different type of Moths check out the following website ukmoths

Brown House Moth

(Hofmannophila Pseudospretella)

Adult — 8–14 mm long.

Brown in color with three or four darker spots.

Larva — up to 20 mm long.

 

Case-Bearing Clothes Moth

(Tinea pellionella)

Adult — 6 – 8mm long.

Dark buff forewings with three faint spots (may appear as two).

Larvae — up to 10 mm long. Creamy white in color.

 

Common Clothes Moth

(Tineola Bisselliella)

Adult — 6 – 8 mm long.

Straw colored wings with no markings.

Larvae — up to 10 mm long. Creamy white with a brown head.

 

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Wasp Nests

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All wasps begin to build nests in April/ May and can be a major nuisance throughout the summer and autumn. If allergic to their sting, a reaction can range from a sore swelling to the potentially fatal anaphylactic Shock.

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Foxes

Fox Control on the whole at MIDS Pest Control would always be deterrent as 50% of foxes normally go away once after this treatment has been carried out keeping your garden or place of work free of foxes.

 

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Moles

MIDS Pest Control can help support you in the removal of Moles.

All things considered, moles are one of the best at making Mole tunnels. They use their two large front paws to scrape away the earth and feel along tunnels with their snouts and whiskers.

Because of the absence of light within their living conditions, moles have very poor eyesight. You will rarely see mole activity above ground.

Moles can cause great damage to your garden or land by tunneling through the soil.

With heavy infestations, the ground can become unstable and holes may appear.

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