The 4 Main Pest Infestations That Threaten Your Home This Summer

Now summer is in full swing here in the UK; accompanying the glorious sunshine, the longer evenings, and the copious barbecues are a host of pests who take the open windows and doors of your home as an invitation to enter.

  • Ants

Ants are one of the most common insect infestations that occur in UK homes, and annoyingly and much to the frustrations of homeowners across the country, once they have made a home (usually in the kitchen or hall), they are particularly hard to get rid of.

An extremely cost-effective and simple way of attacking the ants’ nests is to fill a large spray bottle with soapy water and spray not only the heart of the nest but also the chemical trail left as they travel between locations. Additionally, create barriers around any noticeable access points and ensure you clean any areas of your home that contain any trace of food debris.

  • Bed-Bugs

Bed bugs are another principal infestation risk in UK homes, especially in warmer weather, and can take hold virtually anywhere in your home, from cupboards and wardrobes to carpets and soft furnishings.

Due to the velocity of their breeding habits and their diminutive size, chances are, by the time you notice you have a problem, the pests have already taken hold. It is strongly advisable, upon the first signs of bed bugs, to contact a professional bed bug exterminator London who provides both commercial and domestic eradication services.

  • Wasps

Fortunately, in the UK, there are rarely reported cases of wasp nests being discovered inside the home unless you live in a particularly rural setting or a farm. However, if there is a significant quantity of the yellow and black monsters, then logic would assume there is a nest nearby, even if in a neighbouring garden.

It is strongly advisable that you hire a wasp exterminator to remove the wasps from your home, whether or not you can see a nest, as any disturbance can result in a swarm of wasps and painful and even fatal amounts of stings.

  • Moths

If you have noticed that items in your wardrobe have begun to shred and know not of any potential causes, it is highly likely you have been invaded by more than a few hungry moths. Moth infestations also regularly occur within carpets and other furnishings and can lead to the destruction of valuable and sentimental belongings. Furthermore, English Heritage has reported that moths in the United Kingdom have more than doubled in their breeding rates over the last five years.

There are a plethora of ways to prevent and eradicate moth infestations; the most proven to be effective methods include ensuring your wardrobe is kept regularly ventilated, using specific clothes hangers made of cedarwood to hang any items made from organic fibres and, to eradicate an infestation, clearing out your wardrobes and cupboards and washing thoroughly with a water and vinegar solution.

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