All posts by Eilidh Manson

Red Squirrel Habitat and Distribution

Population of Red Squirrel in the UK is estimated at around 140,000. A tiny population compared to Grey Squirrel which numbers around 2.5 million.

Grey Squirrels are not native to the UK. They were introduced to the UK in the 1870s as fashionable additions to Victorian estates. As with any non indigenous species, they had a dramatic effect on our native species.

Grey Squirrels carry squirrel pox, harmless to the grey species but lethal to the Red Squirrel.

Due to the increase in distribution of the introduced grey squirrel, the native red squirrels range has been seriously reduced.  It is now isolated to the highlands of Scotland, Northumberland the Lake District and Ireland.

It can also be found in smaller pockets throughout England and Wales including the Isle of Wight which escaped introduction of Grey Squirrels. Habitats include coniferous and deciduous woodlands especially in upland and remote areas.  Control of grey squirrels is very important where reds are resident as the non-­native grey squirrel can out compete and also spreads disease to the less resilient red squirrel.

Species Identification

The red is smaller than grey with a length of 20cm to the base of the tail and an 18cm bushy tail. It has a reddish/brown coat and also has distinguishable ear tufts on the top of the ears which the grey squirrel lacks.  The only species that could be confused with the Red Squirrel is the non-­native Grey Squirrel.

The Red Squirrel is a priority species on the UK Biodiversity Plan and is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.   The Red Squirrel cannot therefore be harmed in anyway. Under the same act, it is illegal to release grey squirrels or allow them to escape into the wild.

What is Squirrel Pox Virus?

Grey Squirrels have developed an immunity to the disease but mortality rate of Red Squirrels who catch the virus and not treated, is 100%. The virus causes skin ulcers, lesions, and scabs. It can also cause swelling and discharge (from the lesions/scabs) near the eyes, mouth, feet, and genitalia.

Infected animals are said to resemble rabbits with myxomatosis, in that they are sometimes found shivering and lethargic, often become increasingly lethargic as it progresses

It is thought the disease is transferred between the species by using contaminated feeders and mosquitoes/midges transferring infection between species.

You can find out more about saving our Red Squirrel population on the following websites :

Saving Scotland`s Red Squirrels

The Wildlife Trust

Red Squirrel Survival Trust

Ten things to know about Fleas

With warnings from a number of publications, fleas are rife this August. Sky News even went as far to call it “Fleamageddon” and RSPCA have put out warnings to pet owners.

The British summertime has brought us a mix of hot and wet weather and these humid conditions are ideal for fleas breeding in homes and businesses.

Cat and Dog owners may expect these insects but more and more non pet owners are being affected.

Here are ten things about fleas you may not know :

1.Fleas don’t fly. They can however jump as high as 8 inches, that’s 150 times their own height.

2.If humans could jump in proportion to a flea, we could jump over skyscrapers

3.Fleas can have 400 – 500 offspring in a lifetime.

4.Fleas don`t sleep but they do have rest periods during the day where they won`t move much but excrete throughout the day. You are more likely to encounter them from dusk until dawn.

5.Rats are more commonly known for spreading the Bubonic Plague. It was actually the fleas the rats carried that transmitted the infection from rats into humans.

6.Fleas can live on any warm-blooded animal and feed off them.

7.Regular vacuuming will help control of fleas in your home but remember to empty the vacuum as they will continue to live in there and get out.

8.Don`t like spiders? If your home is prone to fleas, spiders could be your best friend as they eat fleas as well as other insects.

9.Flea eggs are killed by salt but it does not affect the adults.

10.Flea bites cause irritation as they transmit bacteria, spreading disease.

About Fleas

There are a number of household items that will help control and infestation, but using a British Pest Control Association member such as Eliminate, means your home will be treated with much stronger products than available in a shop, and will kill off the fleas lifecycle, not just the ones you can see.

Bites can be painful but that’s mostly due to irritation that the bites can cause. If not treated swiftly, fleas can have a damaging effect. Within businesses, this can affect your staff moral and reputation. If customers are affected, they may stay away from your business and recovery from instances like this can cause huge disruption to your business.

To eliminate Fleas from your home or business, call Eliminate Ltd on 0800 731 1164 or email enquiries@eliminatesolutions.co.uk for a quote and to book an appointment with one of our Technicians.

Eliminate Solutions

We at Eliminate Solutions know that pests can be a nightmare in and around your home and can even be potentially harmful to you and your family. If you own a business, an infestation could be a disaster for your company! Thankfully, you can trust Elimate Ltd to help with your flea, ant, bed bug and other insect problems, anytime you need us. We also have huge expertise in rodents, wasps, birds, squirrels and moles.

We’re proud to say that we are available 24 hours of the day, seven days of the week. Severe infestations can be damaging to businesses and can have a knock-on effect not only to your walk-in customers – but nearby businesses as well. Our team work across Scotland and Northern England, so whether you are in Liverpool, Manchester, York, Newcastle, Carlisle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee or anywhere around and in between, your flea problem can be eliminated. Get in touch with the pest control services team at Eliminate today. Contact us on 0800 731 1164 or email us here.

Ten Intriguing Facts About Wasps

You might associate wasps with the tiny little blighters that pester you when trying to eat picnics, but these sting-laden insects are in fact very intriguing.

Here are ten awesome facts about one of the most maligned pests in the animal kingdom:

1.Unlike many bee species, most wasps are capable of stinging numerous times because their stinger is not barbed. A wasp or swarm of wasps that feels threatened will sting continuously until they feel safe again.

2. Some species of wasp are known to strip the bark from trees. This can cause great damage to different types of trees, bushes and shrubs. The material collected for nesting is chewed, shredded and mixed with saliva and wax to make a paste material which is then used to construct the nest.

3. Wasps are carnivores and they feed on flies, caterpillars, spiders and bugs. Wasps chew their prey and feed the paste to their larvae. 

4. Both the queens and the workers are females and develop from fertilised eggs. The males do very little except fertilise eggs. If the nest becomes threatened, they will defend it, but otherwise they contribute very little to the colony. The male wasp is called a drone and its only job is to mate with a queen so that she can give birth the everyone in the colony. Once a male has done this (or failed in the attempt) it will die soon after.

5. Wasp workers (infertile wasps) only live for 12 to 22 days, which is longer than drones (fertile males). Queens, however, have an average lifespan of a year.

6. The venom of the wasp contains a pheromone that causes fellow members of the colony to become more aggressive and attack. This is why you should try and avoid swatting a wasp that is near its nest or other wasps. Even when the sting is not left behind, the venom can cause significant pain and irritation.

7. Though wasp stings hurt, symptoms normally improve after a few hours but you may still feel irritation and swelling for a few days. A growing number of people, however, are allergic to wasp venom and can die from anaphylactic shock. If you have received multiple stings, stung in the eye or you suffer symptoms of infection (fever, pain, puss) you should seek medical advice.

8. If you are stung by a wasp, there are a number of home remedies you can try such as honey, toothpaste or vinegar.

9. Like ants and termites, wasps live in colonies that follow a rigid caste order of queens, males and females.

10. A wasp colony produces queens and males in the summer. At the same time, all the queens and males will fly into the sky to mate. The vast majority of males will fail to find a mate but the one that does will heir a future colony when the fertilised queen starts to build a new one.

Eliminate Solutions

We at Eliminate Solutions know that pests can be a nightmare in and around your home and can even be potentially harmful to you and your family. If you own a business, an infestation could be a disaster for your company! Thankfully, you can trust Elimate Ltd to help with your bee, hornet and wasp control, anytime you need us. We also have huge expertise in bedbugs, birds, cockroaches, falconry, squirrels and moles.

We’re proud to say that we are available 24 hours of the day, seven days of the week. Severe infestations can be damaging to businesses and can have a knock-on effect not only to your walk-in customers – but nearby businesses as well. Our team work across Scotland and Northern England, so whether you are in Liverpool, Manchester, York, Newcastle, Carlisle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee or anywhere around and in between, your wasp, bee or hornet problem can be eliminated. Get in touch with the pest control services team at Eliminate today. Contact us on 0800 731 1164 or email us here.

Ten Fascinating Facts About Rats

Rats are synonymous with sewers, page and poor hygiene in the minds of many people, but this amazing mammal is in fact very interesting.

Forget the image of dirty rats going through your bins at night – here are ten amazing facts about our long-tailed neighbours:

1.A male rat is called a “buck”, a female a “doe” (a pregnant female a “dam”) and their young are “pups” or “kittens”. A group of rats is called a “mischief”.

2. The Norway rat, also called brown rats, is found on every continent of the world except Antarctica. Rats spread through the world on boats and are thought to have originated in Asia.

3.Rats are omnivorous and will eat pretty much anything they can find, including injured rats and their own faeces.

4.Baby rats have a gestation period of 21 to 26 days and can be sexually mature from around 6 weeks old. Rats do not recognize incest, so brothers and sisters and even mothers and sons may mate.

5.Brown rats are known to respond to peer pressure and ignore dangerous signs in order to copy the behavior of other rats despite their instincts.

6.Rats are shy animals that will almost always run away rather than face a threat.

7.Despite their reputation for disease and bad hygiene, rats are in fact very clean animals. They often spend hours every day grooming themselves and other members of their group.

8.Rats are sociable animals that have been observed to be unhappy and lonely when removed from social situations for long periods of time.

9.Rats are well known to have very long tails that take up a considerable portion of their body length. Rats do not sweat so it helps them regulate how hot they are as well as communicate with other rats and for balance.

10.Rats are famous for their memories of navigation. Once they learn how to navigate a route, they never forget it.

Eliminate

Whether you have a problem with wasps, hornets or bees, our highly skilled extermination specialists have the knowledge and expertise to ensure your property is free from pests and your family are safe from harm. Whatever the time of day or night, do not hesitate to give your local Eliminate Solutions specialist a call.

Here at Eliminate, we are one of the leading pest control companies in Scotland and Northern England. Our expert team can deal with any pest problem quickly and safely- no job is too big or small. You can find our list of local contact numbers on our website, or if you’d simply like some advice about a pest problem, why not drop us an email on our contact us page? Telephone us on 0800 731 1164 or email us here.

Eliminate your rat, mouse, squirrel or insect problems by calling us today.

Managing wasp nests: removal cost, prevention and identifying the problem

With around 9,000 species of wasps in the UK, you’re likely to see a fair few buzzing around your home. From landing on your food to flying around your face, these creatures can become quite a nuisance when they come out in full force during warmer months.

Even before the summer, wasps can cause havoc when they begin to build their nests in the spring. The search for a new home usually begins around Easter. When queen wasps wake from hibernation and when the perfect spot is found, a queen will start building the nest where she lays her first batch of eggs as the weather warms up.  When these grow up they continue to build and the queen will continue to lay eggs throughout the summer and autumn. 

You’d be surprised about some of the places where wasps choose to build their nest, and when they choose your home or workplace it can be dangerous for them as well as you, your family and employees. 

If this situation applies to you, or want some tips about how wasps nests should be tackled, this blog will explain all you need to know.

Signs there’s a wasps nest nearby

Sometimes nests pop up as a complete surprise, but you may be able to spot some signs of a wasps nest nearby. A mature nest can contain thousands of wasps so one of the top signs of a nest in your property is seeing large numbers of wasps around as they travel to and from the nest..

What is a wasp nest?

Wasp nests are easy to distinguish from a bee problem due to their distinctive papery look. This is produced by wasps chewing wood fibre into a pulp-like mixture that combines with their saliva. Each nest varies in size, but some of the larger nests can hold up to 10,000 wasps during peak times – this is why it’s so important to hire a professional service to deal with nests and never tackle them yourself. Nests are built from wood fibres broken down into a pulp so you may see damage to trees, decking and fences nearby.

Where are they built?

Wasps usually build their nests in areas that are sheltered from the elements, safe from predators and warm. And although they usually choose to do this in trees, if they’re looking for somewhere inaccessible for intruders, you may find that they nest in the eaves of your house, in chimneys, windows, outbuildings, lofts and even underground. If you do find a wasps nest in your home, it will usually be in an area that you don’t use as much as the rest of your house – so you may get a surprise!

What should you look out for?

If you suspect there could be a wasps nest in your home, business or workplace, the first sign you’ll probably spot is an increase of wasps in the area. An unusual level of wasps suggests their nest could be nearby, so, at a safe distance, it might be a good idea to follow their path and locate the nest if possible. 

You should also look out for:

  • – Buzzing sounds
  • – Increase of wasps around your property
  • – An increase of dead wasps in the area
  • – Missing strips from nearby wooden structures

If you spot any of these signs and suspect you have wasps nearby that could cause danger to those in the vicinity, Eliminate LTD is the professional pest control service that you need. With teams throughout Scotland and Northern England, our expert team knows exactly what to do if wasps are infesting your home. Call us today and find out how we can help.

How to prevent wasps nesting or entering your home

Although it can be hard to remove wasps nests, there are some practical tips that you can follow. In this section, we’ll talk you through some of the main ones.

Eliminate opportunities

Because of their small size, wasps are able to get into your property through even the smallest of gaps. To prevent this, take a thorough look around the building paying attention to cracks in window sills and doors. During the summer, you need to keep your home and workplace well ventilated, which means opening your windows which also makes it easier for wasps to enter. To get around this, invest in fly screens that will stop wasps from coming in but still allow air into your home.

Wasps eat a wide range of invertebrates such as spiders, caterpillars and flies. It is not uncommon to find a nest in a compost bin, food waste bucket or wheelie bin. Keep lids closed to reduce access to food sources.

Wasps have an extremely sensitive sense of smell and taste, so even the slightest trace of food on our skin can prove attractive. Be careful not to dribble your ice cream cone. Spills on your clothes can attract wasps and increase chances of being stung.

Wasps are attracted to sweet smells so storing fruit in refrigerator or sealed container can cut down on attractive smells.

Wasp traps can be installed in your garden, this will attract wasps to them rather than to your property. There are lots of home made options as well as options from garden centres. If you are needing something a bit stronger, contact Eliminate.

Check on vulnerable areas

Lofts, garages and outbuildings are often a favoured place for wasps to build their nests – this is because they are less used than the rest of the house and more protected than trees. However, this also means that you might not discover the nest for a few months and could be in for a shock. Make sure you check on these areas especially during the spring and summer – that way you can call a professional service before the problem escalates. 

What’s involved in wasp nest removal?

You should never attempt to remove a wasps nest as this is extremely unsafe. Furthermore, you may unknowingly have a wasp allergy, and if you are stung during wasp removal this can be life-threatening if you are unaware of your allergy and aren’t treated quickly. Instead, hire a trained pest controller who will do the job safely and efficiently. You also need to know when the best time is to tackle a nest, and even then wasps can be unpredictable. Nest are easier to treat during late spring and early summer when they are still small, it may also be easier to remove at night when wasps are less active. 

What shouldn’t you do

Never be tempted to remove a wasps nest yourself, even if you believe you have the right advice. For example, many DIY methods recommend using fire to burn the wasp nest – this is very dangerous as the papery substance of the nest will become flammable and could lead to the wasps becoming violent as well as the risk of you sustaining serious burns. Furthermore, this method may not kill the wasps, and you may find that they simply make another nest somewhere else on your property. You should also never try to use water as a way of flooding out a nest. Again, this won’t solve the problem and will only aggravate the wasps further.

What methods are used?

Before going ahead with any wasp treatment, the professional technician will assess the situation to decide on the best course of action. Each service will use a different method and removal of the nest is not always necessary as the problem can still be treated. 

Pesticides: Nests that are above ground are usually treated with a pesticide spray, this will contaminate the nest and kill off the wasps inside. In most cases, this method stays active for several days, so as more wasps return they will too come in contact with the pesticide.

Eliminate: The experts in wasp control and other pest solutions

Are you wondering – is there a wasp exterminator near me?

With Pest Control Technicians throughout Scotland and Northern England, Eliminate, have experience removing wasps, bees, insects, rodents and much more. Make sure your home or workplace is safe, by relying on our professional team to deal with the problem efficiently and prevent it from returning. Contact us today and learn more about our services or arrange a call-out today.

Everything you need to know about bee removal

Over the past decade, one-third of the UK’s bee population has been lost – and since bees are relied upon to pollinate a large number of crops and 90% of wild plants, losing them completely could have a major effect on the environment, agriculture and businesses. While it’s important that we do all we can to protect bees, it’s not uncommon to have them nesting around your home or business, making you feel unsafe and causing damage to your property. 

When this happens, it’s important that you get in touch with your local pest control who can sort the problem in the safest and most efficient way. But what does bee removal involve exactly? For all you need to know about having bees removed from your home or workplace, this blog will guide you through the initial signs, how to ward them off and what an exterminator can do. 

Bees: A mini overview of the creatures

As one of nature’s most important creatures, bees have an important role in the environment around us. During the warmer months, this is the time when you will start to see bees out in full force, however, the process of finding a nest starts before this which is when you may spot the first signs of a hive being built.

What type of bees could be causing a problem?

While some bees tend to live on their own, honeybees and bumblebees live in large groups called colonies. Bumblebee colonies will have up to 50 bees living in the group, however, honeybees live in hives which can hold many thousands of bees at one time. When honeybee hives become too crowded, the queen may choose to fly off, taking a large number of worker bees with her, the swarm will then nestle on a nearby branch or another temporary place, while scouts look for a new place to set up the hive.  

What happens in a bees nest?

Bumblebee hives are different from honeybee hives, for one, bumblebee hives only last a few months or weeks whereas honeybee hives can last for years. There is also a difference between both species in terms of their jobs. The main task for bumblebees is to collect nectar and pollen from flowers which are stored in wax containers within the hive.

In comparison, honeybees use their hive as a location for producing honey – although both forage for nectar. Honeybees store nectar in their stomach and while inside this mixes with enzymes inside of the bee, transforming the nectar’s PH levels making it more suitable for storage. When they have returned to the hive, the nectar is deposited into the cells..

Where do bees like to nest?

Each year some bees have the important task of finding the perfect place to build their hive, unfortunately, this could be close to your property. In most cases, bees tend to nest in areas that are quiet, protected and dry. Bumblebees may build their hives in disused burrows and holes within trees, as might honeybees. However, it’s not uncommon to find a hive within your home especially in areas that are less used such as garages, lofts and even in wall cavities. 

Reasons to tackle bee problem

Finding a beehive can be a scary experience, as having one so close can make the area unsafe. Here we explain why calling a professional out to relocate or remove a hive may be beneficial.

Allergies

If you, your family member or your employees are allergic to bees, having a beehive nearby puts them at high risk of getting stung. And although they only usually sting when provoked or threatened, all animals can be unpredictable. Bee allergies can result in serious complications, especially if you are unaware that you are allergic. From swelling of the throat to shortness of breath, always have a beehive removed particularly in a business setting where you are responsible for your employee’s safety. 

Safety

Your home should be a safe place to relax, so having a beehive nearby could jeopardise this. If you have small children, beehives can be intriguing to them, and they may unknowingly find themselves in danger if they get too close. 

Inconvenient location

Hives that are built in locations such as above doorways or windows are inconvenient and can be unsafe. If open and closing a door disturbs the hive each time, you may be stung, and unable to use this area of the home easily. 

How is a bee problem treated in domestic and commercial property?

Most importantly, if you find a beehive in or around your property, never attempt to get rid of it yourself. Unlike wasps, bees are less aggressive, however, when threatened the risk of getting stung is more likely. A trained expert will be able to assess the situation, with the right protective gear, and knowledge as to what method is needed to remove or treat the hive. There are, however, a few things that you can do to minimise the chances of bees choosing your home or property as the perfect place to build their hive. 

Prevention

Although it can be hard to prevent bees from building their nests near your home, especially if you have a large garden, practical changes can ward them off and make your home an unsuitable host. 

Keep your garden tidy: Outdoor spaces which are full of garden furniture and clutter can be attractive to bees. If they are not in use, make sure you store them away safely so they don’t become breeding grounds for bees – the underneath of benches, slides and other items provides shelter, and therefore, seem the right place to build a hive. 

Invest in fly nets: During the summer, you’ll have your windows open a lot more than usual to keep your home or workplace more ventilated. However, this also provides an easy entrance for bees to get into your home – and you might not even notice if the window is upstairs or at the back of the property. Fly nets are a great way of preventing bees and other small bugs and insects from getting in, but still allowing fresh air to flow through. 

Assess the property: Both at home and in a commercial setting, it’s important that you keep an eye on all areas of the property. Lofts and garages often go long periods of time without anyone going in, which makes them perfect undisturbed areas for bees. 

Cover up cracks: Filling in any cracks around your windows, doors and walls, will prevent bees from squeezing through. Over time bees may be getting into the property one by one, looking for the perfect spot to build their hive. 

Professional bee control

If you’ve tried some of the suggested prevention techniques but bees have still found their way in, or the problem has escalated quickly, call your local pest control company who can help. Not all cases require a nest to be killed off, sometimes the nest can be relocated to a safer area as these creatures should be protected wherever possible. However, if this cannot be done, other methods will need to be used such as pesticide spray which will contaminate the hive.

Eliminate: Professional bee, rodent and wasp pest control

To solve your bee problem you should always seek the help of a professional pest control service, who have the experience and expertise to make your home or commercial property safe again. Eliminate, based in Scotland and Northern England, specialise in many areas of pest control offering fast response call-outs and practical solutions that will prevent the same situation from reoccurring. For more information get in touch today and find out more.

Some Interesting Facts About Ants

Ants might not seem like the most interesting animals in the world, but they’re actually fascinating. As such a ubiquitous insect we might forget some of their more impressive traits because we come into contact with them everyday. Here are just a few facts.

They’re Very Strong

It’s well known, but ants are incredibly strong animals in relation to their size. In fact, they might just be the strongest in the world relatively! Ants can carry between 10 and 50 times their own body weight; some species can ever carry 100 times their own weight. To put that in perspective, that’s similar to a human carrying two fully grown male hippos.

As a Group, They Can Be Highly Intelligent

A single ant is not the most intelligent thing on the planet. Sure, they can perform the tasks programmed into them from their nature and they have some astonishing physical attributes individually but it’s when we look at them collectively that things become very interesting.

Collectively, ants can do some impressive things, like build bridges out of their own bodies. They do this by collectively assessing the distance and figuring out the easiest way to cross the expanse. They can even collectively figure out how many ants from the colony they can afford to use and make that judgement as a collective body.

They Can Live In Huge Supercolonies

Ants live together in huge colonies, but some are gargantuan. The largest ant nest ever found was more than 3,700 miles wide! That’s about the same distance between Berlin and Montreal. The colony, which was discovered in Argentina, featured 33 separate populations that had all joined together to create a huge ant metropolis.

They Farm Other Animals

Very bizarrely, some ants actually farm other animals. Apart from humans, they are the only other animal to do this. They perform this strange task by protecting aphids from other predators so that they can get a consistent source of honeydew from the insect.

Some Species of Ants are Slavers

Stranger still, some species of ants even create a population of slaves to do their work for them by invading other colonies and forcing them into labour. They do this by parasitizing a specific species and then acting as overlords to this new underclass.

Pest Control Services in Northern England and Scotland

Although ants may be fascinating creatures, they’re also a pest and can be a real nuisance in a number of industrial or domestic situations by contaminating your kitchen and cooking areas.

To find out more about our services, contact us today. You can find us at our Carlisle office at Warwick Mill Business Centre, Warwick Bridge, Carlisle CA4 8RR, UK or our Scotland office at North Greendykes, 2 Bethany Home Farm, Broxburn EH52 6PN. Alternatively, call us on 0800 731 1164.

Cockroaches: A Few Interesting Facts You Should Know

Cockroaches are one of the most iconic insects out there and not in a good way! They’ve been depicted in film and literature for years upon years because they naturally make the skin crawl. Although roaches do immediately inspire disgust and signal that a room is filthy, they are very immensely interesting animals. Here are a few facts about them.

They’re Incredibly Tough!

Cockroaches might not seem like much, but they’re actually incredibly tough creatures. For starters, they can survive for an entire week without their head before dying of thirst and also hold their breath for up to 40 minutes! That’s not even the beginning.

Astonishingly, a cockroach would survive a nuclear bomb. Various tests have proven that they can withstand very high levels of radiation and some roaches were even found in the aftermaths of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Chernobyl.

Cockroaches Can Run Fast and Spread Disease

Cockroaches can run up to 3 miles per hour, which is incredible for their size. A huge downside here, however, is that this speed allows roaches to spread bacteria and disease around a home or commercial premises in very little time at all. When you’ve got kids in the house, this can be a real issue.

They’re Ancient Animals

Cockroaches originated more than 280 million years ago, placing them in the Carboniferous period. This means that cockroaches were around millions of years before the age of dinosaurs. Earth was populated by a number of different plants by this time, but the only other life on the planet were insects, fish and tetrapods.

They Eat Literally Everything

Cockroaches eat a huge and disgusting array of food. From a burger that you leave on the side, to cloth and even faeces, there’s nothing that a cockroach won’t eat.

Looking for Pest Control Services in Northern England or Scotland? Look No Further Than Eliminate Pest Control

Cockroaches may be interesting animals, but they’re also a pest that can carry disease if you’re not careful. These insects are becoming more and more prevalent in urban areas so, if you think you have an outbreak, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

To find out more about our services, contact us today. You can find us at our Carlisle office at Warwick Mill Business Centre, Warwick Bridge, Carlisle CA4 8RR, UK or our Scotland office at North Greendykes, 2 Bethany Home Farm, Broxburn EH52 6PN. Alternatively, call us on 0800 731 1164.

A Brief History of Pest Control

Many people believe that the trade of pest control dates back to the dawn of agriculture and, thus, our elevation from hunter-gatherers to the communities that would eventually become civilisations. Pest control is essential for agriculture, as pests can interfere with crops and other domesticated animals so it’s fairly safe to assume that this practice has been in operation for around 10,000 years. However, later than this, ancient civilisations practised some interesting techniques. Here’s some of them.

In Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt

In Ancient Egypt, around 3000 BC, the Egyptians began utilising cats as wardens against pests in grain storage facilities. These feline patrollers would guard the crops against rodents like rats and mice. This is understood to be the oldest form of pest control and, thanks to this technique, cats were domesticated. So, if you’ve got a cat at home, this is all thanks to the Ancient Egyptians.

In Mesopotamia, a civilisation in Ancient Iraq, farmers used sulfur as a way to control insects that would pillage the crops. This is the very first recorded instance of chemicals being used as a way to control pests.

Ancient Mediterranean Civilisations       

Both the Greeks and the Romans had inventive ways to control pests on their farmland. It’s said that the Greeks used to chase locusts into the sea from their crops using fire. Bizarrely, farmers in Greece apparently used to hang crayfish or the skull of a horse within their crops to get rid of caterpillars.

Years later in Rome, a scholar named Varro discovered a substance to kill insects and weeds that is actually still used today! Named Amurca, Varro would boil olives and salt in a copper pot to create the chemical which could then be used on the farmland. Many variants were used to create more effective remedies after Varro’s initial discovery.

Eliminate Pest Control: Your Choice for Pest Management in Northern England and Scotland

At Eliminate Pest Control, we combine both ancient and modern techniques by using falconry as well as sprays. We’re one of the fastest growing pest management companies in Scotland and our experience within the industry means we should be your choice in Northern England and Scotland. For emergency calls, we can be with you in as little as two hours.

To find out more about our services, contact us today. You can find us at our Carlisle office at Warwick Mill Business Centre, Warwick Bridge, Carlisle CA4 8RR, UK or our Scotland office at North Greendykes, 2 Bethany Home Farm, Broxburn EH52 6PN. Alternatively, call us on 0800 731 1164.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Home Pest Control

As the summer months are fast approaching, we are relishing in the return of bird song, warmer weather and greener landscapes. With this in mind, there is also the return of plenty of potential problems – pests, specifically wasps. Not to mention the accumulation of outdoor barbecues attracts birds, rats and mice as they come out from hibernation. No matter what steps we take to prevent pests, sometimes we are just unlucky. Below we have collated together a variety of ways of how best to create a home pest control system in place for the summer, including some ultimate do’s and don’ts. 

Do maintain pest prevention methods

Before calling out the professionals, make sure you try some of your own pest prevention methods first. These vary from animal to animal, yet generally can include:

  • Keep a well-maintained house, from regular daily cleaning to disposing of your waste correctly
  • Repair any cracks in the walls or wooden frames
  • Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house
  • Keep a well-landscaped garden
  • Regularly ventilate your home

If you do suspect that there are pests in your home, call a pest control service immediately to get it under control fast. Simply because pests like rats and bugs can multiply quickly and can affect your life at home if you don’t get them under control.

Don’t overuse pesticides

If you are trying shop bought remedies first before you call the professionals, make sure to use them with caution and strictly follow the instructions on the packaging. Furthermore, make sure to keep them away from pets and children as they contain poisonous chemicals that can cause irritation to the skin and potentially have fatal consequences if ingested.

To control your use of pesticides, just simply don’t overuse them. Whether that is spraying your home twice or using outdoor chemicals indoors – this is all not recommended due to their chemicals. After all, you need to prioritise the safety of you and your family above all else.

Do research humane options

Finding the right pest control solution for you may compromise your personal ethics. If this is the case then heavily research humane options as much as possible. Furthermore, humane options may also be ideal for long term prevention solutions. These can include humane rat and mice traps, electromagnetic ultrasound technology and cleaning your house with peppermint oil. However, if the problem is severe then you will need to call an exterminator – simply because vermin and pests can bring harmful bacteria and infections into your home. It is simply one of those situations where you weigh out the pros and cons.

Rat control and mice

No matter how hard you try, sometimes the little blighters like rats and mice can invade your home. Nesting in warm and dry parts of your home, they can multiply quickly andare commonplace under floorboards, wall cavities and roof spaces. Rats and mice should be controlled as they carry harmful diseases which can spread to humans. These include leptospirosis, salmonella, listeria, hantavirus and toxoplasma gondii.

In addition, rats can cause structural damage to your home too. Gnawing away around electrical cables and insulation can cause fires, so you should solve your rat infestation as quickly as possible. It is your responsibility to report your rat’s nest to the local authority under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act.

Do control your waste

One of the main ways to prevent rats from infesting your home is controlling your waste. Simple acts like remembering to take out the bins, using bin liners, separating your waste and creating compost will deter them from moving into your property. Rats are attracted to filth, so making sure your home is hygienic is essential.

Don’t leave food out

We all can feel a bit lazy from time to time, and this includes leaving food out overnight. And whilst crawling off to bed for a good nights rest can be tempting, if you are leaving food out overnight uncovered it can be visited by a variety of vermin. Make sure to make a conscious effort of storing food in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer and wipe down the services with an antibacterial spray.

Wasps and Bugs

During the summer there are plenty of critters around, and whilst we should celebrate the biodiversity and help bees pollinate, we also need to keep an eye out for wasps nests and other bugs plaguing your home. From bed bugs to fleas, wasps and bees – a sign of these within the comforting walls of your home could indicate an infestation. Furthermore, you don’t want to realise when it’s too late that you are allergic to wasp or bee stings!

Do create homemade traps and natural blends

Due to their minute size, bugs are much harder to catch than other pests. Yet, there are plenty of simple ways which you can catch them and prevent them from buzzing around your home. These include creating homemade traps from old glass jars. Simply place sugared water, honey or other sweet substance into the jars as this will attract the wasps and bugs – from this you can trap them.

Other natural remedies include using peppermint oil or peppermint smelling products as this will deter wasps and bugs as the scent repels them.

Don’t remove wasps nests alone

You have found a wasps nest, we can understand why you would want to get it removed as soon as possible. However, this can pose a few risks – especially nasty wasp stings. Though you could remove a wasps nest safely, you need the right equipment which a professional owns. Don’t take a chance and call you local pest exterminator today.

Do keep an eye on your pets

Another critter that is also frustrating to have infesting your home is fleas. The issue with fleas is that they are tiny, multiply extremely quickly and can get everywhere. Plus, they can leave nasty bites on your body that are incredibly itchy. Fleas can be brought in by other vermin and your pets. So make sure you keep an eye on any excessive itching that your beloved animals are showing. If you do notice this, then taking them to the vet so they can have a flea treatment.

Bird Deterrent

Whether you are waking up to the sound of a squawking pigeon in your chimney, or you are noticing bird excrement around your home – you may find that there is a family of birds nesting in your roof. Though birds aren’t as serious as other vermin, they may also carry serious bacteria and disease like Ornithosis, Listeria, and E-Coli,  plus their excrement is toxic, unhygienic and corrosive – so you should look at getting them removed.

Do encourage balance

Unlike other animals and pests, wild birds and their nests and eggs are protected. This means that you should not harm them. Plus, birds are vital to our natural food chain and biodiversity meaning that they should be encouraged to thrive rather than be shooed away. With this in mind, install bird feeders and birdhouses in your garden to encourage them to nest there rather than your house. Plus, use wiring around the parts that you want protect such as your fireplaces or certain fruits and vegetable patches.

Don’t harm the birds or their nests

As mentioned above, all wild birds, their nests and their eggs are protected under The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Therefore, it is an offence to intentionally harm or destroy them and their habitats. This is important as the natural biodiversity of our wildlife is important, and it is imperative that future generations wholly protect it. However, this doesn’t make the presence of birds, especially of the urban variety like gulls, pigeons, starlings and sparrows, all the more annoying when they congregate around the home. If you do find that you have plenty of birds nesting in your home, make sure you call a local pest exterminator. These individuals are highly trained in the removal of birds nests, moving them to a new habitat with a range of tools that are not available to the general public. If you do attempt to remove the bird’s nest yourself, this could mean that you potentially harm the nest or bird – making it a criminal offence.

Don’t do it all yourself – find a professional pest exterminator with Eliminate

Though you can take some preventative measures for pests, when you are confronted with the problem yourself it is highly recommended that you contact a professional immediately. Here at Eliminate Limited, we are leading professionals in pest control and removal in both Scotland and Northampton. Not only do we pride ourselves on offering the very best in customer service, but we also uphold high ethical standards. So, you can be assured that we responsibly and swiftly deal with the problem, and you and your family can return to normality. To find out more about our comprehensive range of services, simply contact us today.