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?
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?
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!
Recent reports have highlighted a whopping 103% increase in pest control call outs to eradicate moths! So how do you treat a Moth problem?
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!
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!
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!
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?
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!
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.
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.
Over the last week we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of reported cases of injuries sustained from Giant Hogweed.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.