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Bugs, Creepy Crawlies, Insects, or whatever makes you cringe are an all year round problem however some bugs are seasonal. Some carry diseases and some are just a domestic nuisance. Whatever your problem is contact A Quick Kill now and we'll not only treat your pest problem but aim to investigate where the problem is coming from and eradicate it with our approved methods. Our friendly operatives will always offer you free friendly advice when completeing a job. In the meantime, here is some advice on the UKs most common bugs.

 


Ants


While ants are an aggravation when they come into the home they are not known to carry diseases. However, as it is impossible to know where the ants were last foraging for food, it is sensible to take steps to prevent them entering your home, food cupboards and crawling over worktops.

The most common species of ants in the UK are:

  • Black ants/Garden ants – the worker ants are 4-5mm but the Queen can be as large as 15mm. Queens lay their eggs in the spring in nests that are typically in soil but can be in brickwork or under bark. Garden Ants are drawn to sweet foods and leave a pheromone trail back to their nests for other ants to follow to the food source.
  • Pharaoh’s Ants – the worker ants are 1.5 -2mm long and the Queen is 4 - 6mm long. Both workers and the Queen are a yellow-brown colour. Pharaoh’s Ants originate from the tropics and require artificial heat in order to survive and reproduce and tend to live in large heated buildings such as hospitals, hotels and blocks of flats. This ant’s diet is mostly of decomposing foods and it carries unsafe germs picked up from where it has been feeding.
  • Red Fire Ants – the workers are 3mm long and the Queen up to 6mm long. These ants are a reddish brown colour and live in colonies of up to 100,000 or more ants! Each colony is led by a Queen who lays between 150 and 200 eggs per day. Fire ants build mounds of up to 2 feet high to live in and these are usually built in open, sunny spaces. Fire ants sting both animals and humans and their sting is exceptionally painful.

Most of the black or garden ants will only come into your home to forage for food and are attracted by sweet and sticky substances. Ensure that there is no readily accessible food source in your home by:

  • Clear away food and liquid spilling's immediately
  • Always cover food – we do not know where the ant has been before it crawls across your food!
  • Make sure all bins have tightly sealed lids
  • Clean food debris from under kitchen appliances
  • Clear away your Pet’s food straightaway after it has finished eating
  • Keep compost enclosed and covered

You can help prevent Ants entering your home by sealing off accessible points such as cracks and gaps in door and window frames. A way of spotting an ant problem is if the grout in your kitchen tiles seems to be coming away or turning to powder. The same can apply to brickwork at low levels, most commonly in conservatories or garages.

 

Silverfish

 

Silverfish are approximately 12mm long. They are torpedo shaped with 3 long bristles at end of abdomen. They are wingless and silver-grey in colour. They lay their eggs in cracks and crevices and live for 1-3 years. They run quickly and favour moist, damp and warm conditions. This is why you may be more likely to see them in a shower or bath. They feed on food debris also and it is possible to see them around your kitchen sink.


Cockroaches


Cockroaches are a high risk pest to have in the home. They carry a range of grim illnesses including salmonella, dysentery, gastro-enteritis and typhoid. The risks of contracting an illness are particularly high in homes with more susceptible people such as children, the elderly or those fighting existing illnesses.

 

Droppings from cockroaches have also been linked with increases in eczema and asthma. Beyond the health risks, cockroaches are a distasteful pest to have in the home. Not only are they disturbing by sight, but cockroaches produce a horrible odour that taints food and any objects they come into contact with.

 

Cockroaches can breed quickly and are highly irrepressible. A quick response is essential to ensure a cockroach infestation does not become established or spread to nearby properties. There are over 3,000 different species of cockroaches but only a few types are found in the home. They range from 12-30mm in length. Most species will tend to be found in greatest numbers in kitchen areas or where food is stored.

 

Evidence to look for if you have a cockroach infestation:

 

  • Live insects – cockroaches are nocturnal insects and hide during the day. You will most likely see them when turning on the light in the kitchen at night.
  • Egg cases – cockroaches shed their skin 5-8 times as they mature
  • Smear marks - cockroaches produce these marks instead of droppings if water is readily available, they are brown in colour and irregular in shape
  • Cockroach droppings – cockroaches leave a dust of black/dark brown droppings that are cylindrical & less than 2mm wide if water is scarce. They are found on horizontal surfaces & wall-floor junctions where cockroaches run
  • Odour – established cockroach infestations produce an unpleasant, musty smell & this is most noticeable close to the harbourage
  • Damage - cockroaches are omnivorous and will eat almost anything, food stuffs, organic goods including leather, books, paper, clothing and animal matter, such as hamster or rabbit droppings - as well as their food. They will also consume packaging, plastics etc...


Flies


Flies and flying insects can be real pests around the home, particularly if in great numbers. However, some species also transmit an extensive variety of diseases including salmonella, dysentery, tuberculosis, cholera and parasitic worms. Flies can also play a big role in food poisoning. In the UK, mosquitoes are unlikely to spread disease than in the tropics, but the irritation caused by the bites can still be troubling, particularly for children.

It is important not to attract flies with food sources or places for fly larvae to grow. To help to get rid of flies:

  • Always cover food - flies spread diseases by landing on food before we eat it After dark, keep windows and doors closed or block out the light with curtains
  • Clear away food and liquid spillage's immediately
  • Fit fly screens to windows especially around kitchen and waste areas.
  • Keep compost enclosed and covered
  • Clean food debris from under kitchen appliances
  • Make sure all rubbish bins have tightly sealed lids
  • Clear up dead bodies of flies as they provide a tasty snack for other pests, such as carpet beetles
  • Clean up after pets - not only are faeces the perfect breeding place for flies but also somewhere a fly may land before landing on your food 

If flies are beginning to become a problem outside your property and in your garden, the steps below will help you get rid of them:

  • Ensure drains are kept clear and running
  • Treat drains that seem to have flies with bleach
  • Ensure gutters and water gullies are not blocked
  • Cover water butts with a well fitted lid
  • Do not leave standing water, in watering cans for example
  • Introduce goldfish into garden ponds to eat fly larvae.

If you are experiencing a sudden number of flies in a concentrated area or around your home it could be due to a dead rotting animal in your loft or wall cavity etc. Most commonly the cause of flies in the home can be a dead rat.