Pest control in Walkden, Worsley and Eccles 2011

Pest and vermin control in Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire has seen a lively start (2010) which is very surprising given the very cold winter of 2009/10.

Pest operatives were kept occupied with the usual town centre rat problems throughout the winter of 2009/10, but the relatively cold early spring has already brought some ant problems reported.

The wet summers of 2008 and 2009 were not to the liking of the hymenoptera (wasps, bees and ants) but 2010 looks like it will be a hectic year for ant callouts.

Frequently ants build nests under the floors of buildings and inside cavity walls causing a large number of foraging ants to enter kitchens and food cupboards.

However it is at the annual mating time when they can be most annoying as they create winged males and winged queens which then mate on the wing.

The appearance of thousands of these flying ants inside homes can be horrific indeed.

A relatively new pest was especially troublesome in the Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire area last season, the Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci).

It was rare for pest controllers in Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire to meet these pests until recent times but they seemed to arrive from nowhere in 2008 and already this spring has seen reports of varied carpet beetle in large numbers.

These insects have a similar life cycle to moths their larvae, called woolly bears eat natural fibres and can do a great deal of damage to carpets and natural fabrics. They are a difficult and persistent pest to remove.

Bed Bugs are continuing their renaissance in the Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire area, often arriving as unwanted guests in the suitcases of returning travellers.

Often the first reaction of those unlucky ones who realise that they have been infested with these hideous,blood-sucking insects is to get rid of the old beds and buy new.

This is a costly mistake as despite their name bed bugs not only hide in beds and in an infested bedroom will be found anywhere within about five metres of the bed, in cupboards, drawers etc, even in electrical sockets and the new beds become rapidly re-infested.

Most people confuse bed bugs with dust mites which are not visible to the naked eye.

They dine only on blood which they drink from their sleeping victims. People usually associate bed bugs with unhygienic conditions but nothing could be further from the truth, they do not require grime, their food is you!

Up to 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 further three year chunks by a simple re-treatment every three years, can be carried out on most properties subject to free site survey

For the summer of 2010 Harrier Pest Control are providing a fixed price for destroying wasps nests in the Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire area of just thirty two pounds.

Contact Harrier Pest control for further details on 0800 019 8382 or 0161 930 8814

Pest control in Warrington, Knutsford and Lymm, 2011

Pest and vermin control in Lancashire, Manchester and Cheshire has seen a relatively early this year which is somewhat surprising given the somewhat cold winter of 2009/10.

Pest controllers were kept busy with the usual city centre rat calls all thoughout the winter of 2009/10, but the relatively cold early spring has already seen some ant problems coming in.

The damp 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 work.

Regularly ants nest under the floors of houses and inside cavity walls causing a large number of foraging ants to infest kitchens and food cupboards.

However it is at their mating time when they can be most distressing as they release winged males and queens which then mate in flight.

The appearance of thousands of these flying ants inside homes can be horrific indeed.

A somewhat new pest was especially numerous in the Cheshire, Lancashire and Manchester area last year, the Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci).

It was unusual for pest controllers in Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire to come across these pests until recently but they seemed to appear from nowhere in 2008 and already this year has seen reports of these beetles in large numbers.

Having a similar life cycle to moths their larvae, called woolly bears can eat natural fibres and can do substantial damage to carpets and any fabrics. They can be a difficult and tricky pest to eradicate.

Bed Bugs are carrying on their come back in the Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire area, frequently arriving as unwanted guests in the suitcases of returning travellers.

Very often the first reaction of unfortunates who realise that they are infested with these horrible,blood-sucking creatures is to burn the old beds and get.

This is an unneccesary error as despite their name bed bugs do not just hide in beds and in an infested room will be found everywhere within about five yards of the bed, in cupboards, drawers etc, even in electrical sockets and the new beds will be instantly re-infested.

Many people confuse bed bugs with dust mites which are not visible to the naked eye.

They dine exclusively on blood which they syphon from their sleeping victims. People often associate bed bugs with insanitary conditions but nothing could be further from the truth, they do not require grime, they dine on you!

Until April 30th 2010 Harrier & Manchester Pest Control are offering a twenty-five percent reduction on their guaranteed ant treatment.

The revolutionary new 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 on most houses subject to satisfactory,free

For the summer of 2010 Harrier Pest Control are providing a fixed price for destroying wasps nests in the Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire area of just thirty two pounds.

Contact Harrier Pest control for details on 0800 019 8382 or 0161 930 8814

Bed Bug Moats a certain way to deal with bed bug infestation

One of the most reviled and misunderstood pest insect species known to mankind is the bed bug (Cimex lectularius). How many of us dropped off to sleep at night as young ones with the parting rhyme of our guardians in our ears “sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite”?

Bed Bugs may have started to feed on people at around the period when we moved into caves, the bat bugs Cimex pilosellus and Cimex pipistrella primarily fed on bats and it is probable that bat feeding species of bugs evolved to feed on human beings when our ancestors started living} in bat infested caves.

Until the invention of DDT in the early 20th century bed bugs were common stowaways in most poor quality homes.

The later years of the 20th century saw pest control companies called out to very few bed bug infestations indeed, their presence being generally restricted to budget holiday hotels and student housing etc.

A lot of people mistake dust mites, which aren’t visible to the unaided eye, with bed bugs which very definitely are.

Adult bedbugs are reddish brown, about a quarter of an inch in size and very swollen after feeding on human blood.

Bed bugs typically feed on a target’s blood every seven to ten days, emerging in the hours before dawn and locating their target by smelling the exhaled carbon dioxide from human breath and when closing in on their target, they sense body body heat.

Lacking a suitable human host to dine on they can remain in a period of dormancy for periods of up to 18 months.

Bed Bugs

The first signs of a bed bug problem are spots of blood on sheets and on the corners of mattresses and a lot of people can react badly to the bites of these bugs.

The early part of the 21st century has seen bed bug infestations explode across the planet, the easy availability of overseas and economic migration have both been argued as reasons for the resurgence.

What is sure is that that are now making a real fightback not only in slum quality housing but top class hotels, schools and even hospitals.

One London borough reports a doubling of bed bug reports every year from 1995 to 2001.

One night away in an infested bed is all it takes, they hitch a ride in your suitcases or bags. Pest control companies are also now reporting cases of transport related bed bug infestations on transport of all kinds so a simple trip home on an infested tube or train can be all it takes to spread the infestation to your own home.

They are an tricky pest to eradicate as contrary to popular notion they do not just live in beds. They hide in any nook and cranny suitably close to a sleeping human being, beds, electrical sockets, televisions, bed side telephones etc and dealing with them is both tricky and time consuming. They have even been discovered found living under the toe-nails of infirm people and in the creases of flesh on very overweight people.

A way of preventing bed bug infestation is to equip your bed with bed bug moats.

Bed bugs moats prevent bed bugs from entering your bed.

Visit to the Bed Bug Moat site for further details.

They are not a pest that can be eradicated by an amateur and a pest control professional will almost certainly be needed.

Contact us on 0800 019 8382