Pest and vermin control in Lancashire, Manchester and Cheshire has seen a lively and brisk in 2010 which is unexpected given the relatively cold winter of 2009/10.
Pest and vermin operatives were kept occupied with the usual city centre rodent problems all thoughout the winter of course, but the relatively cold late winter has already seen ant calls coming in.
The wet summers of 2008 and 2009 were not to the benefit of the hymenoptera (wasps, bees and ants) but 2010 looks like it will turn out to be a active year for flying ant calls.
Regularly ants nest under the floors of buildings and inside cavity walls causing a large number of foraging ants to invade kitchens and food cupboards.
However it is at the mating time when they can be most troublesome as they release winged queens and males which then mate on the wing.
The emergence of thousands of these flying ants inside your home can be horrific indeed.
A fairly new pest was very prevalant in the Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire area last season, the Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci).
It was rare for pest controllers in Cheshire, Lancashire and Manchester to deal with these pests until recent times but they seemed to appear from nowhere in 2008 and already this March has seen reports of varied carpet beetle in unprecedented numbers.
They have a similar life cycle to moths their larvae, known as woolly bears eat natural fibres and can do great damage to carpets and all fabrics. They can be a difficult and tricky pest to remove.
Bed Bugs are carrying on their renaissance in the Lancashire, Manchester and Cheshire area, frequently arriving as unwanted guests in the suitcases of returning holiday makers.
Often the first reaction of unlucky people who realise that they have been infested with these revolting,blood-sucking insects is to burn the old beds and get.
This is an unneccesary mistake as despite their name bed bugs do not just live in beds and in an infested room will be found everywhere within up to fifteen feet of the bed, in cupboards, drawers etc, even in electrical wall sockets and the new beds will be rapidly re-infested.
Many people confuse bed bugs with dust mites which are not visible to the naked eye.
They dine only on blood which they take from their sleeping hosts. People regularly associate bed bugs with unhygienic conditions but nothing could be further from the truth, they do not require dirt, they dine on you!
Until April 30th 2010 Harrier & Manchester Pest Control are offering a 25% reduction on their guaranteed ant treatment.
The revolutionary treatment which is guaranteed for three years, extendable indefinitely in additional three year chunks by a low cost re-treatment every three years, can be carried out in most homes subject to free site survey
For the summer of 2010 Harrier Pest Control are guaranteeing a fixed price for destroying wasps nests in the Lancashire, Manchester and Cheshire area of just thirty two pounds.