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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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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6 Ways to Get Rid of Rats

Rats have been the scourge of homeowners for as long as we can remember. They can carry all sorts of diseases which are harmful to humans, so if you’ve got rats in your home, you need to do something to get rid of them quickly.

Despite being a dirty nuisance, not everybody has the same ideas when it comes to putting an end to a rat infestation. With this in mind, you’ll find six ways to get rid of rats listed below.

 

•    Humane traps

There are many DIY rat traps available online and in DIY shops that trap the intruders without sentencing them to death. Of course, if you manage to catch a rat in a cage, you then have to do something to get rid of it. Some people drive out into the countryside miles away from their home and release the rats back into the wild.

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anglo infographic

Coming to a home near you this summer – ants, bedbugs, gulls, rats and wasps. Find out some crazy facts about them by viewing our pest control infographic.

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It's Time to Keep an Eye Out for Ants

At the time of writing it’s getting close to ant nesting season.

Ants can be a real inconvenience for home and business owners as well as being problematic to get rid of. Keep reading to discover more about ants.

What problems can ants cause?

 

How would it look to your customers if they came in to buy something from your food shop and saw ants crawling around on the floor?

If you’ve got small children at home, having ants around your house is very unhygienic as they can carry in germs from outside. Certain types of ants can also sting which is unpleasant, particularly for young children and pets. The most common ant in the UK, the black garden ant, doesn’t sting, but in the UK there are red, wood and flying ants that do.

Other problems caused by ants include damage to buildings, outdoor structures, lawns and plants.

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A Rise in Rodents Numbers

There has been a considerable rise in the number of rodents in the UK in recent years. This is down to a number of factors including warmer winters, a reduction in waste collections and an increase in wild bird feeding. There are many do-it-yourself options available to homeowners, businesses and tenants but in order to eliminate the problem quickly and efficiently, you should always seek professional help.

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Q: What do you call a wasp?

A: A wanna-bee!

Q: What is a wasp’s favourite singer?

A: Sting!

Q: Where do you take a sick wasp?

A: To waspital.

Wasps are generally not funny, apart from in jokes. (I’m sure some of you disagree after having read our selection of wasp jokes…) Anyway, you might’ve noticed a lot more buzzing lately, and some of you have probably had some chilling experiences where an aggressive wasp feels like it has the right to take a bite out of your sandwich or a sip out of your drink.

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Pest Control Problems in the Winter

Pest Control Problems in the Winter

While some pests are only a problem to home and business owners in the warmer months, there are a number that can cause difficulties all year round, including winter time.

Dealing with things such as bee and wasp nests is only something we’re called on to do at certain times of year. Keep reading to find out what pests we deal with even in the colder weather.

Rats

Rats are very resilient creatures and even when the weather outside is bitterly cold, they can survive underground, coming out for food when they need to.

Whether you’re a homeowner or business owner, you need to be on the ball all year round for signs of rats such as droppings near where food is stored.

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Pest Control Tips for Hotels and B&Bs

When you’re running a hotel or B&B, you’ll have 101 things to do at any given time but it’s essential that you keep on top of your pest control.

With so many online accommodation review sites around, if one guest has a bad experience with bed bugs for example, you reputation could soon take a nosedive.

Keep reading to discover our professional pest control tips for hotels and B&Bs.

Kitchens

Good food hygiene seems like common sense but many hotels and B&Bs run into problems in their kitchens. It’s essential to make sure all staff know exactly what to look out for when it comes to pests and how to avoid attracting them.

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A Beginner's Guide to Bed Bugs

The common bed bug or Cimex lectularius to use their Latin name have been feeding off humans for thousands of years.

Bed bugs love nothing more than to feast on human blood and they thrive in warm environments. They are typically 4-5mm in length and can grow up to 3mm wide. These dimensions coupled with the fact they’re most active at night, make them very difficult to spot with the naked eye.

Bed bug bites are most commonly found on the arms, neck and face – in other words the areas that are usually exposed while we sleep.

How to tell if you’ve got bed bugs

There are a number of tell-tale signs that you may have bed bugs. Whether it’s in your own home or a hotel/B&B you run, look out for the following clues that bed bugs are around:

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