Some things you might not know about bed bugs!

Yes they feed on humans and cause itchy red bumps but did you know…

1.  Bed bugs can live for several months without a meal and so can tuck down in your home until they are near a human again.

2.  Bed bugs are very clever.  They know to stay out of view during the daytime but when night comes they crawl out of their hiding places looking for a meal.

2.  Bed bugs can live anywhere.

3.  Bed bugs feed for 5-10 minutes and then hide for 5-10 days laying eggs.

4.  Bed bugs can survive in freezing conditions as well as in hot temperatures over 100 degrees.

5.  Wonder why we don’t wake up when bitten?  It is because the bed bug saliva acts as an anesthetic making the biting painless.

The black dots are droppings, eggs are white and there are even light coloured babies in this photo.
These bed bugs have clustered together on a mattress. The black dots are droppings, the eggs are white and there are even light coloured baby bed bugs in this photo.

Bed bug infestations require professional treatment.  As well as traditional insecticidal spray treatments, Killaverm can offer ULV Fog Treatments.  Call 07989 235182 or email us for a fast response and effective treatment if you have this pest in your home or business.

 

 

 

The Common Clothes Moth (Tineola Bisselliella)

Did you know?

1.  It is not the moth that eats your clothes but the larvae which loves to feast on natural fibres.

2.  The moths are about 1cm long.

3.  The eggs are ivory coloured and the size of a pin head.

4.  Unlike other moths, the clothes moth likes to stay in darkness, hence why they love wardrobes!

5.  Females lay 40-50 eggs over a 2 or 3 week period.

life cycle of clothes moth
Life cycle of a clothes moth

Prevention

Regular vacuuming, keeping stored textiles in sealed bags and keeping clothes clean will all help to reduce the risk of a moth infestation.   However, if you have a large infestation or an infestation that keeps returning, you may need professional advice.  Killaverm Pest Control uses the latest treatments to eliminate this pest and if necessary (depending on size of infestation) will arrange follow up visits to ensure the infestation is completely eradicated.

Call us on 07989 235182 or 01323 492391  to arrange a clothes moth treatment or to speak to a technician for free advice.

 

Non Toxic Method of Treating Clothes Moth

Several top London landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament and Royal Opera House have been using a very different and fascinating method of treating clothes moth.  This involves using female pheromones to confuse males into attracting other males and thus preventing the destructive moth from breeding.

Have a read of this article and if you want to know more about this treatment contact us!

clothes moth
The common clothes moth (Tineola Bisselliella)

 

 

Did you know?

Did you know that a baby pigeon is called a squab and it is fed with milk, called crop milk, that is regurgitated by its parents.  It is not anything like dairy milk but it is the same colour and consistency.  There are only two other bird types that do this, they are flamingos and some penguins.

Just think of that whilst you’re eating your cereal in the morning!  Yuck!

BABY pigeons
Squabs waiting for their crop milk!

Top 20 Vermin Infested Towns

Take a look at this article here from The Independent which ranks the top 20 vermin infested towns in the UK.

Top 5 is:

1. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

2. Corporation of the City of London

3. Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

4. London Borough of Southwark

5. North Lanarkshire Council

Phew, no towns from East Sussex appear on the list!

 

Woodworm Control and Treatments

Woodworm are the larvae of wood boring beetles.  The most widespread is the Common Furniture beetle.

If left unchecked these wood boring insects will weaken the structure of a property and even damage decorative wooden objects such as furniture.

Adult beetle (Anobium Punctatum), 3-4 mm in length
Wood beetle damage. Look at the exit flight holes.
Wood beetle damage. Look at the exit flight holes and for yellow dust on beams, joists and purlins. This is called frass.

 

The larvae can live undetected inside the timbers of your home for 3-5 years before emerging to breed.
The larvae can live undetected inside the timbers of your home for 3-5 years before emerging to breed.

In the wild these insects play an important role and help break down decaying wood from fallen trees.

Other wood boring beetles and larvae include:

  • Death Watch beetle (Xestobium Ruffovillosum)
  • House Long Horn beetle (Hylotrupes Bajulus)
  • Powder Post beetle (Lyctus Brunneus)

We use the latest techniques and water based insecticides allowing for quick re-entry to your home or business.

If you suspect you have an infestation, contact us for a free survey and quotation.