Protect Your Home From Pests

Pests living in your house can quickly become an annoyance and disturbance to your everyday life at home. They bite you at night, chew your clothes, steal your food and sting you whilst you’re enjoying a BBQ. Household pests are not always easy to spot so it’s important to learn how to identify them and the best ways to get rid of them before they become a major problem for you and your family.

First, let’s look at the most common pests in the UK and how to protect your home from them.

1) Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs are tiny bloodsuckers that have the potential to make your life a nightmare. They are nocturnal bugs no bigger than an apple seed who love to feed on your blood whilst you sleep and give you itchy skin the next day.

Signs that you may have bed bugs include small black blood spots and dark stains on your mattress and a sweet but sickly and unpleasant smell in the room.

To remove them you will require the services of a professional pest control company like AMS Pest Control who have the appropriate LANTRA qualification, tools and specialist chemicals to remove them from your home effectively.

You can help prevent infestations of bed bugs by thoroughly inspecting and cleaning your mattress and bedding regularly. Repairing cracks in plaster and skirting boards should help also.

2) Mice and Rats

These little critters love to chew through everything you own and can make your life hell. They destroy important cables, eat your food and potentially carry dangerous diseases too.

Signs you have a rat or mice infestation include chewed cables, foods or food boxes with nibbles taken out of them and small excretions found around the house (usually behind objects or inside cupboards).

To remove the little critters you can buy commercial rat traps or poisons from specialist shops but these can be hazardous if not used correctly. It’s best to use a specialist like AMS Pest Control who are experienced in removing the rodents quickly and effectively.

To help prevent rodent invasions you should check if you have any damaged underground pipes where they may be sneaking in. They usually invade homes via small cracks in floors or windows, so be sure to check them out too. Regularly check any areas of the house that have a warm and dry atmosphere where rodents like to live. Finally, make sure you regularly empty the bins and any other waste.

3) Wasps and Bees

Most homeowners worst nightmare is the discovery of a wasp or bees nest in their home. Wasps particularly common pests in the UK causing havoc to people’s BBQs and lounging in the garden. Wasps are particularly nasty they can get aggressive and sting you and even cause allergic reactions in some people.

Signs you have wasps or bees is the increase in the number of them flying around the house or in the garden. You may notice a loud buzzing sound coming from their hive most likely in your soil banks, rood spaces, wall cavities or garden trees.

To remove wasps and bees you will need the professional help of pest control to safely remove the hive from your home or garden. It’s not advised to take on this task yourself and can be incredibly dangerous. The longer you leave a hive the larger it will grow and become more problematic.

To help prevent invasions of wasps and bees you should regularly check spaces in which they might build hives including your loft, small holes or gaps in your home. Timber can be treated with a special wasp repellent that can be bought from specialist stores.

Fighting Against Pests

No matter what your infestation it’s always advised to seek the help of professionals like AMS Pest Control who have the correct qualifications, experience, tools and chemicals required to remove any pests properly. Failure to properly remove pests can become an ongoing struggle and costly affair for you and your family.

Do I have bed bugs?

Identifying whether you have bed bugs in your home is not always easy. They are very good at hiding within the cracks and crevices of your furniture during the day and are mostly active at night whilst you sleep. Bed bugs can be a nightmare for anyone who does not get their bed bug infestation removed by professionals such as AMS Pest Control.

Bed bugs are no bigger than an apple seed, they can not fly but they are very quick with the ability to climb walls and across ceilings. This can make them particularly tricky to spot. Bed bugs bite humans at night during their sleep and cause minor to major itchiness of the skin. Fortunately, they do not cause any more health issues than the initial itchiness and they do not transmit diseases.

However, the itchiness should be enough to drive anybody mad and you will want to get rid of those bed bugs as soon as possible. The females can lay hundreds of eggs over a lifetime adding to the nightmare so removing them quickly is important.

Do I have bed bugs?

So, let’s look at ways we can help identify if we have bed bugs in our home. The bites alone are not always able to confirm the presence of bed bugs so it’s important to look at the following:

  • Dark stains on your mattress or bedding, this is caused by the bugs excretion.
  • Faecal Pellets, these are small dark blood spots on your bedding.
  • Can you smell a sweet but sickly and unpleasant scent in the room?
  • Can you see any bed bugs? Whilst small, you can still see them if you look close enough.

Where are they?

If you believe you have bed bugs using the signs above then it’s now time to consider where they could be living. Bed bugs tend to seek refuge in the bed frame itself. However, they also like to live in the mattress seams, carpet, skirting boards, broken plaster, electrical sockets, drawers, cupboards and bedside cabinets. This can make bed bugs incredibly difficult to locate with so many places they could be hiding in your bedroom. They opt for these locations as they are near their food source at night, your blood.

How do I get rid of them?

To help control the infestation you can take the following measures:

  • Thoroughly clean bedding, linens and all clothing.
  • Clean shoes
  • Scrub your mattress seams
  • Vacuum the entire room in every little space and crevice
  • Encase your mattress with tight zippered cover to prevent the bed bugs escaping.
  • Repair any cracks in your plaster or skirting boards.

Whilst all this will not remove the bugs completely it will help limit the issue temporarily. Next, the room will need to be treated with chemicals that are suitable for use on bedding and mattresses. It is advised not to take this task on by yourself.

Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to remove so it’s best to hire the professional services of  AMS Pest Control. We are LANTRA qualified in professional bed bug control giving our team the experience and knowledge to deal with your bed bug infestation successfully the first time around. We will also be able to advise you on future prevention of a similar infestation for your specific home type and size.

If you think you have a bed bug infestation in your home it’s important to act right away and start the process of extermination. Contact us now on 02476 265067 or email us at admin@ams-wm.uk.

Autumn Pest Control

With summer drawing to a close, we are getting towards the end of the wasp season and most insects are soon to be on the decline until springtime.

Autumn brings its own pest control issues though. We must now turn our attention to squirrels, spiders, rats and mice. Autumn also sees a flurry of activity from cluster flies as they enter houses and buildings for hibernation. With central heated homes, we must also still be vigilant about bedbugs and cockroaches too!

Squirrels

Often found in our lofts and attics at this time of year, chewing rafters, cables and pipes! Don’t block the entry and exit holes, this will increase the damage as they are very territorial and can be very tenacious. Call AMS Pest Control to rid you of your squirrel problem.

Spiders

In autumn spiders make their way inside to breed in the warmth and shelter of our homes. Not good news for those of us who are not keen on our 8 legged guests!

Call us for advise on how to prevent spiders getting into your home and how to treat spiders and their eggs in your house.

Rats and Mice

As the weather turns colder then rodents increasingly find their way into houses and business. It is now time to review how rodent proof our houses are and what we can do to keep them out. If you would like some help in making sure you are doing all you can to stop these destructive and disease carrying rodents then give us a call.

AMS Pest Control not only offer a guaranteed rat and mouse treatment service for Coventry and the surrounding areas, but we also offer rodent and pest proofing services, no matter if you are a commercial or domestic customer.

Cluster Flies

At this time of year we always have lots of calls about fly problems. People report that they have flies in the windows and around the outside of the soffits and loft area.

These will often disappear for a few months and then reappear in spring causing the same problems. This pattern then continues year after year! The issue is cluster flies.

Cluster flies, as their name suggests, cluster together during the winter months and hibernate. They often choose our lofts and attic spaces to do this. They use the same hibernation sites year after year, bringing the young back with them and so the cycle continues.

The flies that you see in the windows at around this time of year are attempting to access the house. What often happens is that we get a cold evening, the flies think that it is time to hibernate and therefore enter the property. We then have a warm couple of days, they realise they are too early and then attempt to leave again, often getting trapped behind windows etc. These ‘false starts’ will happen several times during the autumn. The same thing then happens in spring. We have a couple of warm days early on, only for the weather to turn cold again. The flies leave thinking summer has begun, but then attempt to re-enter the house when they realise their mistake.

The flies we see in our windows are only a tiny proportion of the clustering population. They cluster in our lofts in their thousands. At AMS Pest Control, we advise that for complete control, the treatment is carried out during the winter. Treat them too early, or too late and the whole colony will not be in place. The numbers will replenish during the summer breeding and the same problem will be present the next year.

It is so often the case that people leave it until the spring to call us and then have to wait until the following winter for effective treatment.

AMS Pest Control covers all of Coventry and the Midlands so call us to get rid of this perennial problem.

It is also worth mentioning that harlequin ladybirds, an increasing issue in the UK, behave in a very similar manner. They cluster in our lofts in the thousands and can often be found on windows at this time of year. This non-native, invasive species can be treated in a similar way, so get in contact if you require any further information.

Signs that you have a rat problem

Operating our pest control service throughout Coventry and the surrounding areas we have customers in both rural and urban areas. One thing that we often hear is that despite other evidence, the customer is not sure if they have rats because they have never actually seen one.

Rodents are very shy and are mainly nocturnal so the chances of you seeing one are quite slim.

Below are some common signs that you may have a rodent problem.
If you see any of these signs or if you just want peace of mind then call AMS Pest Control for advice.

5 signs that you have a rat problem

  • Noise
  • Droppings
  • Gnawed pipes, wires and rafters
  • Holes next to structures or patios
  • Food going missing

Noises

If you hear scurrying, scratching or gnawing in your loft or cavity walls then this is a sure sign that you have a rodent problem. If you are hearing these noises during the night then the issue is rats or mice. If the noises are mainly during the the day then you probably have a squirrel problem. Call us for more information on how to deal with squirrels in your property or have a look at the information on our website.

Droppings

Rat droppings are about the size of a grain of rice and are often found together in one area. Check your loft and the back of your cupboards for evidence. If you don’t want to venture into the loft yourself then we will be happy to carry out a survey on your property to identify any issues.

Gnawing

All rodents have the constant need to gnaw. Unfortunately for us, once they are in our houses, this means that it is our pipes, wires and rafters that get chewed! This is not just annoying and potentially costly but can also be dangerous.

Burrow Holes

If you see holes in the soil next to sheds, patios and decking then this is a sure sign that you have uninvited guests. As the weather gets colder, your warm house becomes a much more inviting prospect than spending the winter under the shed! AMS Pest Control can rid you of your rodents before they have chance to venture indoors.

Food going missing

We often have customers who were sure they had left something such as a loaf of bread on the worktop when they went to bed, but this morning it is nowhere to be seen! Rodents generally operate at night, food and dried goods being eaten is very common. It can often happen at the back of the cupboard where that packet of rice you had forgotten about is being munched away!