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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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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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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