Myths & Facts about pests

Myths & Facts about Pests

Myths & Facts about pests

Myths & Facts about Pests

Chances are everything you’ve heard about domestic pests is pretty much wrong thanks to Hollywood movies and 90’s cartoons.

Let’s take a closer look below at the Facts & Myths


myths about pests

These are just some of the many things pest controllers  hear on a daily basis. We are lucky to live in such a location that doesn’t have some of the more larger pests such as spiders and snakes.


In actual fact the one we come across in our life which causes the most deaths on this planet is the MOSQUITO.

This most dangerous pest on Earth causes about a million deaths every year, mostly by transmitting malaria disease.

House Mouse

Believe it or not, the house mouse is even more dangerous than the rat. It’s a lot smaller in size, and exactly because of that, it needs a lot less food and water to survive. Not only that, but mice reproduce faster than rats, because of their evolutionary disadvantage of being smaller.

Also, mice carry more diseases. Not only with their bites and excrement, but also with their fur. Truth is, rats groom themselves very often, just like cats. While mice tend to leave the dirt on, and over time, it turns into a greasy protector which also helps them squeeze through narrow places.

This is also the best way to realize you have mice in your home instead of rats – greasy spots. Which also carry diseases. Rely on professional pest control to spare yourself the nightmare.



Infographic found over here

Wasp nest removal Edinburgh

Pest Advice for your Garden this summer

The Pest advice this summer is vital, everything that buzzes around your garden has the potential to be a pollinator. These incredible insects are useful; not only in the garden, but also in agriculture, with many farmers crops depending on them year in year out.

Pest advice bee on flower

A bee pollinating a flower.

There are thousands of species of buzzing insects, and the majority are not classed as a pest as you might think. And seeing headlines such as “murder hornet” you’re almost definitely not going to see one in your back garden.

Some wasps and hornets can be a public health risk if they are in the wrong place at the wrong time this guide below helps you identify if your buzzing visitors are a pest or wether you should call in the professionals.

Pest Advice – Wasps


Common Wasp

The more standard common wasp

Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris)

Common wasps generally have an ‘anchor’

shaped black marking on the

front of their face.





German Wasp

Photo of German wasp


German Wasp (Vespula Germanic)

German wasps have either an incomplete version

of this or three distinctive black dots

on yellow.





Both species are social and have a single queen who produces 3,000 to 8,000 workers. They make football sized-nests in the ground or in roofs and trees, which they abandon after the summer and dont return to the following year.

Wasps will usually only attack a person if they feel threatened and may call for back up! Wasps can emit a pheromone that sends nearby colony members into a defensive, stinging frenzy. Wasp stings are at best painful, and at worst fatal, they can send you into anaphylaxis. Wasps should only be  treated if they pose a risk to the public health and safety.

Non-pest Wasps

Pest Advice Tree wasp


Pest Advice - Saxon Wasp


Pest advice - Non Pest Red Wasp


digger wasp


 Spider Wasp


mason wasp


If you have any problems with our buzzing friends and foes get in touch.

For more info on buzzing check out this handy guide here

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.


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.


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