Your Home & Pests
Any house can become host to unwanted pests, new, old, listed, large, small, even a boathouse. Here are some common property features and their associated pests.
- chimneys, uncapped or with entry points can be susceptible to detritus feeders and scavengers, pigeons and other birds, and insect nests such as bees and wasps.
- lofts and roof spaces, provide undisturbed harbourage for mice, rats, squirrels and birds.
- slipped roof tiles, can be access points for rodents and birds.
- windows and doors with gaps of any size, allow access to cluster flies, harlequin ladybirds, woodlice and ants.
- open water tanks offer a water source for rats and mice.
- damp structural wood and wood furniture, wood borders and also mould.
- Wool carpets and wool rugs, are loved by carpet beetles.
- voids under floorboards can be occupied by clothes and house moths, carpet beetles, detritus feeders and scavengers, mice and rats.
- damp plaster and wallpaper, offer habitat for fungus and plaster beetles, and silverfish.
- leaking downpipe or blocked guttering, can encourage damp loving pests like fungus and plaster beetles and silverfish.
- vegetation growing against the wall attracts rodents and birds.
- Stored food attracts many pests including flour beetles, rodents and ants.
- bins, waste, and food scraps, provide an opportune food source for flies, birds and rodents.
- Basements and cellars can be host to damp loving insects, rats, mice, cockroaches and woodlice.
- sheds are often occupied by rats and mice
- chicken coops often attract rats, mice and poultry mites.
- Compost bins are a good food source and harborage for rats and mice.