Ants heatwave

Combination of Covid 19 lockdown and heatwave causes spike in bug invasions.

At this time of the year during a heatwave it tends to be ant season here in Scotland. Often people will see flying ants and commonly mistaken them for a fly. From the photo you can see worker garden ants hard at work outside. But if left to roam free can cause problems inside the house if they find a way.

Infograph of ants and other pests during corona virus covid-19

Heatwave is coming. And flying ants love this type of weather. 

Currently due to our unusual climate and a combination of Covid-19 we are finding more bugs are finding homes where they normally wouldn’t.

Feel free to check out the info graph to identify some of the more common pests that could possibly be found out and about not only in the UK but Europe and Asia.

Do you find yourself being bugged by flying pests then get in touch with Anglo Scottish Pest Control. We are only a phone call away and can help out in the Edinburgh and Lothians area.

If you would like further information on specifically flying ants please take a look at this very informative link below.

 

What are flying ants?

Flying ants are known as alates. In the UK, particularly in urban areas, the winged insects you see are almost always the sexually mature queens and males of the black garden ant, Lasius niger. The larger ants are the queens. They can be up to 15mm long.

 

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/when-why-winged-ants-swarm-nuptial-flight.html

 

Rats in Midlothian

Rats and their behaviour.

How to identify signs of rats where you live or work.

Have you heard scuttling under the floorboards or above your head in the attic?

The Common, Brown or Norway Rat, also known as the sewer rat, and are prevalent across the whole of the UK.

How to identify signs of rats

Brown UK Rat

How to identify signs of rats especially brown rats.

Brown Rats have well-developed senses of smell taste and touch. They have an acute sense of hearing, frequently using ultrasound to communicate, and are particularly sensitive to any sudden noise. Both species breed rapidly and become sexually mature in about three months. Each female may produce from 3 to 12 litters of between six and eight young in a year. Rats need to gnaw to keep their constantly growing incisor teeth worn down. They damage woodwork,
plastic, bricks and lead pipes, and will strip insulation from electrical cables.

 

How to get rid of Brown Rats:

Brown Rats are adaptable, highly mobile and breed rapidly, this combination can make rat control a difficult task for the untrained individual. For any Brown Rat infestation, we would always recommend contacting a professional pest control company, preferably a member of the BPCA. They are trained in rat control and will have access to a range of professional use rodenticides which are not available to the public.

However, if you decide to carry out the work yourself then you can buy amateur use poisons and traps from a hardware store or garden centre. Most rats are wary of new objects such as traps or poisons placed in their environment and will avoid them for a period of time prior to exploring them, so don’t expect an instant success. When placing poison or traps, make sure they are in a safe and secure place out of reach of children and pets.

For more information have a look over at the BPCA.ORG website for further details.

https://bpca.org.uk

 

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Pigeons eating rubbish

The City Bird

They may be described as our fine feathered friends but in reality birds can be a real nuisance causing costly damage to homes and business premises. The Scottish Parliament recently won their nine year battle to relieve Holyrood of a plague of pigeons but not before the government spent tens of thousands of pounds getting rid of the flock.

Over time pigeons have adapted to an urban environment and thrive in towns and cities, they are as happy eating bird seed as they are with the leftovers from last night’s take away. They only need a small amount of shelter and are commonly found nesting high up in buildings on small ledges and guttering and are as common a sight throughout Edinburgh as the dreaded traffic wardens.

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How to Stop Attracting Wasps to Your Garden

Summer is all about spending as much time outside as we can; barbeques, garden parties, picnics and just lazing around is what constitutes summertime. As we don’t have many months of warm weather in the UK we need to make the most of it – without annoying wasps buzzing around and ruining your day.

It is impossible to control wasps and entirely prevent them from coming into your garden – which you don’t want anyway. Wasps have important roles in the eco-system; they help pollinate plants and get rid of harmful insects. What you can do, however, is to minimise the number of these annoying stingers by making sure your garden isn’t a wasp magnet.

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3 Reasons Why People Fear Bugs

More and more children are born in big cities and becoming detached from nature and the living creatures that reside there – like all sorts of bugs. And we often fear things we’re not used to or understand – that is how the human mind works.

Not having a lot of knowledge about insects combined with an experience of being bitten by one or seeing someone else being afraid of one might result in a deeper, more irrational fear – a phobia. Entomophobia (fear of insects) is relatively common – particularly in urban areas.

Apart from most of us not liking the way bugs look, feel or sound, what is it about these (mostly) harmless little things that we are so afraid of?

Here are three major reasons why we stay away from bugs:

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Wasp nest removal Edinburgh

Wasp nest removal in Edinburgh & DIY Tips

Wasps are a pest that can bother you especially in late summer. We specialise in Wasp nest removal Edinburgh

Wasp nest removal Edinburgh

Large wasp

There are a few things you can do to minimise the risk of having lots of wasps flying around in your garden or near your house.

Try to avoid these simple mistakes

Make sure you rinse all your empty juice and beer bottles and other food packaging before you put them in your bin. Also make sure to have a tight-fitting lid and regularly clean your wheelie bin out. Avoid planting lots of flowers in your garden as they’re a definite wasp-magnet.

If wasps are still bothering you, you can easily make your own wasp trap. Just remember to be careful when handling and emptying the traps, and if you have any doubts just get a wasp nest removal Edinburgh to do it for you.

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10 Common Bug and Insect Phobias

Most of us prefer to be as far away as possible from any sort of bug. They’re just a pest that we could happily live without. An aversion for bugs is usually based on three things: knowledge or experience (bees), a culturally understandable repulsion (cockroaches) or fear based on inadequate information (crickets).

For some this dislike of insects turns into something more serious: entomophobia (or insectophobia). A phobia can be defined as: “A persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous”.

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5 Common Bird Control Decoys

Some birds are the most exquisite beautiful creatures whereas some are just a real pain. We can probably all agree that pigeons, seagulls and crows are some of the most annoying birds out there.

The problems birds cause include:

  • Property and equipment damage
  • Disturbing noise
  • Health-related problems
  • Crop damage

There are bird control decoys you can buy without having to spend a lot of money. Here is our list of five common ones:

 

1.     Owl, falcon and hawk decoys

Life size bird of prey decoys are great for scaring away pest birds. The effect of the decoys rely on the pest bird’s instinctive fear of predators. Put the decoy in a place where it can be clearly seen by the problem birds as they approach their roosting, perching or breeding area.

 

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How to Avoid Being Stung by Wasps

You might have noticed that we are in the middle of wasp season, where they just turn up and rudely interrupt you when you least expect it. You try to act cool and pretend you don’t want to get up and run as far as you possibly can while that painful childhood memory plays in your head more vivid than ever.

When you were five and got attacked by a drunken wasp. And you can still remember how much it hurt. Yes, wasps actually become “drunk” from overindulging on too much fruit and sugar, and as you might know from personal experience, it can be easy to mistake your front door for the neighbour’s when a bit tipsy. Or if you’re a wasp, mistake a colourful shirt or blouse for a flower.

Wasps don’t mean to be mean and sting humans just because they like it (they don’t really care about us at all). Their stings are there purely to kill insect prey, but from time to time they feel like they need to defend themselves against attack and manage to sting one of us.

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How to Stop Birds Being a Nuisance

They’re often referred to as our feathered friends, but various species of birds can become a real nuisance for homeowners and businesses.

Whether you’ve got seagulls nesting in your chimney, or are fed up with pigeons plaguing your business and making your building look unsightly, there are a number of ways you can stop birds being a nuisance.

 

•    Find out why they’re coming

In many cases, birds pose a problem to homes and businesses because people are leaving food out and attracting them. For example, you may have a neighbour who’s putting out bread every day which then gets the birds into a feeding pattern.

Also, you may have just moved into a property and not know that gulls had nested in the chimney the year before and are likely to come back again.

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