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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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