Pest and vermin control in Lancashire, Manchester and Cheshire has seen a brisk this year which is somewhat surprising given the very cold winter of 2009/10.
Pest operatives were kept working with the usual town centre rodent problems all thoughout the winter of course, but the relatively cold early spring has already seen some ant infestations coming in.
The damp summers of 2008 and 2009 were not to the liking of the hymenoptera (sawflies, wasps, ants & bees) but 2010 looks like it will turn out to be a hectic year for ant problems.
Usually ants make their nests 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 troublesome as they produce winged males and queens which then mate on the wing.
The emergence of many thousands of these winged ants inside houses can be horrible indeed.
A somewhat new pest was very prevalant in the the North West area last year, the Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci).
It was unusual for pest controllers in Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire to encounter these pests until recent times but they seemed to appear from nowhere in 2008 and already this spring has seen reports of these beetles in unprecedented numbers.
These beetles have a similar life cycle to moths their larvae, known as woolly bears devour natural fibres and can do great damage to carpets and all fabrics. They are a difficult and tricky pest to remove.
Bed Bugs are continuing their come back in the Cheshire, Lancashire and Manchester area, frequently arriving as hitch-hikers in the suitcases of home-coming travellers.
Regularly the first reaction of those unlucky ones who realise that they have been infested with these horrific,blood-sucking creatures is to destroy the old beds and get.
This is an unneccesary error as despite their name bed bugs not only hide in beds and in an infested bedroom will be found anywhere within around fifteen feet of the bed, in cupboards, drawers etc, even in electrical and telephone sockets and the new beds will be rapidly re-infested.
A lot of people confuse bed bugs with dust mites which are not visible to the naked eye.
They dine just on blood which they drink from their sleeping victims. People often associate bed bugs with dirty conditions but nothing could be less true, they do not need grime, they eat 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 further three year chunks by a simple re-treatment every three years, can be carried out in 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 details on 0800 019 8382 or 0161 930 8814