Do we really have a problem with a super rats species or is modern lifestyle and human habits exacerbating the problem?
So we appear to have waved off the heat wave and the nights are once again drawing in, you may have even turned up your heating but what does this seasonal change mean in terms of pests?
Lets face it the wasp is an unpopular garden visitor. Yes it may consume nuisance insects and flies but the positives for most end there. At Sankeys we are experts at removing wasps and removing the problem from your home.
Recently the press has been inundated with reports of terrible wounds inflicted or resulting from spider bites but how genuine is the threat to human health from spiders in the UK?
Figures show that up to 5000 homes are treated each week so if you have a problem you are not alone!
The most common ant for causing infestation issues in the UK is the Black Garden Ant. Typically visible and active in your garden they are usually found under flower pots but they will enter houses in the constant quest for food.
Despite being common these tiny critters are barely seen yet are capable of causing substantial damage to lawns and gardens.
The cold winter weather is driving the pests away from the wintery outside and into our warm cosy homes! Here are a few tips on which pests you should look out for and how to prevent infestations as we begin 2018.
Which pests do you need to look out for in August and September? (We do not mean the children still on their summer holidays!)
It is that time of year again, shut your windows and close all the doors because the flying ant invasion will soon be upon us!
The two most active wasps in the UK are the Common Wasp and the German wasp and these are the two most likely to sting you.
Recent reports have highlighted a whopping 103% increase in pest control call outs to eradicate moths! So how do you treat a Moth problem?
Asian hornets are a genuine threat to our rapidly declining Bee population. One hornet can decapitate 40 bees a minute in order to provide food for its own larvae.
A Bed Bug infestation is not something that should be ignored. Reports show that cases of Bed Bug infestation have increased by 20% in the last 6 years.
Pests are a nuisance in residential areas but the impact of a pest infestation can have devastating consequences both on revenue and reputation.
If you are a business owner there are numerous reasons to remove and prevent birds nesting in or around your property. The team at Sankeys are here with important information you need to know about controlling birds and why is important for your health as well as your pocket!
Carpet beetles can cause a considerable amount of damage in textile business premises, resulting in significant financial losses.
Hopefully spring is almost on its way but with the brighter weather and longer days comes an increased risk of pests entering your home. Which pests should you be looking out for in March?
Prevention is better than cure when it comes to most pest problems and there are steps that you can take to help stop a potential pest problem in its tracks! Here are a few tips from the team here at Sankeys to help you rodent proof your premises.
As with all resolutions its all about getting into good habits so let's take a look at our pest free resolutions for 2017!
Bedbugs are reddish brown and are about the size of an apple seed. They are parasitic creatures who feed of human blood!
The cold snap has arrived and winter will soon be in full swing. As your home warms up courtesy of your central heating, the pests home remain cold and this can lead to them seeking an alternative shelter from the wintery weather.
Halloween is at the end of the month and most people like a good fright unless it has a tail and jumps out of your toilet or cupboards to say boo!
Not good news for all of you with a spider phobia it is that time of year again! September to mid-October is the time that spiders begin entering our homes!
Did you know that there are over 100,000 different species of wasp?
The media has been brimming with stories after a number of seagull attacks have been reported along the British coastline.
It has been reported this week that Asian Hornets have been spotted by residents in a number of areas including the south of England. So what is all the fuss about?
There are 800 species of tick worldwide with 20 here in the UK. Did you know they are related to the scorpion, mites and spiders? They are most active between April and October.
Spring is here finally here and so it seems may be the pests! With reports of mutant rats and vicious biting spiders dominating the news which pests do we really have to keep an eye out for now the longer days are upon us?
12 pest related jokes for the festive Christmas season.
So it is that time of year again when we shall soon all begin rifling through garages and lofts to fetch down the Xmas decorations ahead of the festive period. But what if you find more than just tinsel and baubles amongst your boxes of festive cheer?
The most obvious signs of a moles presence within your garden will be piles of excavated earth from their extreme tunnelling activities!
There are six main species of deer living in the wild in Britain, Red deer, Roe deer, Fallow deer, Sika deer, Reeves's muntjac, and the Chinese water deer with an estimated combined population of over 1.5 million!
Silverfish have inhabited the planet for over 400 million years sometimes known as the Carpet Shark these little silver wingless critters are nocturnal so the chance of any visible daytime activity is slim.
Did you know that there are there are over 650 different species of spiders in the UK? Despite the fact that all of them bite we are happy to say that only 12 of these species have enough venom that could cause you harm.
As the cooler autumn conditions return (did they ever leave we hear you cry!) so do certain pests and one in particular pest we are sure we would all like to buzz off. The Lesser housefly is more tolerant of cool conditions than the Common house fly hence its continued presence.
They ruin picnics all summer long and evoke fear in many adults and children alike but do we really need to be concerned with wasps?
Seagulls attacking holiday makers for food and even phones have been reported! Sadly reports of pets being pecked to death have emerged with a Yorkshire terrier and a tortoise being pecked to death by seagulls so they truly live up to their aggressive reputation!
Most pet owners are well aware of the importance of protecting your pets from ticks but the risk to your own health is a very real one.
Squirrels are very misleading characters often misrepresented as cute sociable creatures with a friendly demeanour. However this is far from reality as anyone who has had a real life experience with the creatures will tell you!
Over the last week we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of reported cases of injuries sustained from Giant Hogweed.
They may look harmless but did you know that there are 2,400 recorded moth species in the UK? There are 4 main offenders who much their way through our British homes.
Recently in the news there has been a number of stories documenting swarms of bees in southern England. In the past month alone residents and tradesmen in Chichester have had to take cover as Bees swarmed around a local pub terrifying all those dining alfresco!
The two most common wood boring insects in timber are the Common Furniture Beetle (anobium punctatum) and Deathwatch Beetle (xestobium rufovillosum) or Woodworm as they are more commonly known.
Millions of British people are being warned to be vigilant and keep an eye out for killer hornets arriving in the UK. This invasion is all down to the unseasonably warm weather we have been lucky enough to be experiencing of late.
Ant infestations are one of the most common domestic pest infestations. Arriving in swarms the insects invade kitchen areas in homes and offices across the country in search of food and shelter despite being more inclined towards sunnier climates (arent we all?) there are still a few types of Ants that reside in the UK ranging from the most commonly recognised Black ant or Garden ant to the Red ant and flying ants that plague our garden lawns!
Did you know that there are over 100,000 different species of wasp? Wasps can be classified in two broad categories: solitary wasps and social wasps. The wasp is found in all the countries in the world, on every continent with the exception of the Polar Regions.
Mice may produce between 50 to 80 droppings per night. So one of the most obvious signs of infestation is the presence of droppings. With an active infestation shiny and soft droppings indicate they are fresh therefore mice are present or have been in recent hours. A mouse's urine and is strong and because mice tend to urinate frequently its presence is highlighted by an ammonia smell, especially noticeable in enclosed spaces!
Lets start with the Easter Bunny do not be fooled by the fluffy images sold to you by the media of rabbits purely relaxing in your garden soaking up some sun! It is thought that the rabbit population reached anything up to 100 million by the start of the 1950s being vastly reduced by up to 99% only to return to approximate figures of 40 million in recent years.
Where there are people there will be pests. Pests are attracted to any waste we leave behind be it for food or for shelter and nesting materials. Recently in the news we have seen a number of stories relating to pests or their remains being found in food produce. So we thought we would round up the top 5! Probably best you read this after lunch or for safety reasons maybe before would be better!
Cockroaches have inhabited the Earth for more than 250 million years yet we guarantee you would not be too pleased should they be sharing your property!
The urban bird problem is dramatically increasing the reality is birds can be a real nuisance causing costly damage to homes and business premises blocked gutters, drains, dampness and obnoxious smells to name a few! This accompanies the possibility of serious Health Risks to humans.
Estimates of the rat population in Britain range from anything between 10.5 to 80 million. Yet experts appear united on one thing: our changing climate will be good news for rats, bringing them closer to humans and in larger numbers than ever before! So how much do we know about them and what can we do to prevent them becoming unwelcome house guests?
Anyone suffering from arachnophobia is in for an unpleasant few weeks. Last years mild winter, outstanding summer and an unseasonably warm autumn coupled with an abundance of food for our arachnid friends to feast on has been an absolute blessing for the spider population! So those feasting on flies and bugs, are bigger than they have ever been, and now they are coming into our homes to find a mate and settle down and raise their spider families!
Japanese knotweed, or Fallopia Japonica, was brought to Europe from Japan. Introduced to the UK during the Victorian Era it was originally intended to be a low-cost feed for cattle. In 1847 it was named the most interesting new ornamental plant of the year by the Society of Agriculture and Horticulture this is a far cry from the invasive pest it has become widely recognised as today in 2014!
Our lovely animated Pest Control Calendar infographic shows you what pests are most prominent throughout the whole year.
Cluster flies look much like large house flies although they fly much more slowly. Cluster flies, which are also known as attic flies, can be a nuisance if they choose your home for their winter hibernation. There are eight species of Cluster fly in the UK but they are frequently found together in swarms of more than one species.
Many pets can suffer from fleas, and this is never enjoyable for either animals or humans. Often it means that the whole house will get infested as the annoying insects start to lay their eggs in the carpet. Not only are fleas annoying pests, but they can also pose a number of hazards. As such, it is important to make an effort to keep a house free from fleas and to combat any infestation.
Staying in a hotel room should be a pleasurable experience, but you need to keep a close eye out for unexpected guests joining your party. If your hotel room has not been maintained to the best standards, there is a possibility it may be infested with bed bugs.
Sankeys Pest Control completed bird proofing at the Amex Stadium in Falmer, Brighton. The stadium required the use of a 45mt self-propelled boom to access the edge of the curved canopy and enclose the area housing the air-conditioning units.
As the warmer months continue to raise the temperature around the country, its not only the humans who become more active. The milder weather and kinder conditions are ideal for all manner of pests, many of which are very problematic for the homeowner or tenant.
Sankeys Pest Control were commissioned to extensively bird proof the new Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club Training Academy at Lancing near Brighton.
Its like a combination of science fiction and the arms race. Stories about super rats, super bugs and a wide variety of mutant bacteria, vertebrates and invertebrates hit the headlines at least once a week. Whether its in a house in Tunbridge Wells or the House of Commons on the Thames, rats are growing in size and becoming immune to all forms of poison.
Sankeys Pest Control was enlisted to undertake seagull-proofing work at the newly constructed Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital in Brighton. The 10-storey building had an issue with the birds roosting and nesting on the glass atrium roof.