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