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Wasps

Type of British Wasps

Like bees, wasps are a type of insect that forms colonies. These insects have a common structure since there is a queen that reigns over all of them, leaving them certain chores as to collect food and pollinate flowers.

When we talk about wasps, we are not referring to one in particular since they come in multiple types and their aggressiveness, behaviour, and everything changes according to that, so it is better to get to know them first.

German Wasp (Vespula germanica)

Vespula germanica

This one shares its throne as one of the most common but cannot compete with the Vespula Vulgaris. They can grow up to 13 mm and have their legs and body covered in yellow and black stripes.  It looks similar to the common wasp, but it has three black dots in its head that can set it apart from other species.

This type of wasps can be very dangerous, even with wildlife that has stepped into their territory. Humans need to be cautious when they are around them as they can attack pretty quickly and very aggressively. Always remember to check the grounds around you and inside your house as they can set up their nests in attics, although only a part of it is grounded. In terms of their diet, once they have found a source of food, they can go and get it again as many times as possible.

In the winter things can be rough to their nests if they are not as protected since low temperatures can make them die off. If a nest is well-built, it can recover and not die.

Common Wasp (Vespula Vulgaris)

Vespula Vulgaris

You can find this one the most annoying type of British wasps. It can bother you while you are having a picnic, but it is not as aggressive as the German one. Their appearance is also pretty similar, being the male almost identical to the naked eye, while the females have a few differences. Their dots now transform into different shapes like a dagger or an anchor. They can also be bigger than the germanica as they can grow up to the 17 mm of length and their queen can reach the 20 mm.

The behaviour of this wasp is pretty normal, and not as aggressive as other types. There is something unique that represents them, and it’s their adaptability to the place where they live as habitats can vary among them. Furthermore, their nests can be found in different places as cavities made by rodents or any kind of animal, inside hollow trees or holes, even though they can be found underground.

Although they create nests that are smaller than the germanica ones, they do not survive the winter as it is not prepared for those kinds of temperatures. This nest can hold up to 10.000 individuals in most cases.

Red Wasp (Polistes Carolina)

Polistes Carolina

From all the types of British wasps, this one is unique in terms of appearance. You can spot them pretty easily since they are big in terms of size. They go around 18 mm to almost 30 mm. Their colour is very singular since they have black wings and are a reddish- brown coloured. Often with red stripes along their abdomen. They dislike sweet things as much as others so if you want to lure them in a trap these might not work.

It is important to say that they are very well skilled when building their nests. They are umbrella shaped, and like them to be in protected areas, so nothing can disturb them or the nest. It is pretty common to hear it being called the paper wasp, this is because they tend to use materials like paper, so they can build their nests, which normally are in rural areas.

Their diet is varied as they can go from sugary foods like nectar, up to different insects as larvae, cicadas, and caterpillars. They rely on their stings to get their prey, and they can be very painful.

Tree Wasps (Dolichovespula sylvestris)

Dolichovespula sylvestris

It is said this is the only wasp that is not considered as a pest since they do not have a lot of interest for human food, so they do not usually go around houses. Their main focus is to build nests, with a singularity that distinguish them from the rest, as they can be aerial and underground, but attached to an overhanging structure. These British wasps build their nests on tree branches, rocks, or even grass stem.

Their behaviour is different from other wasps since they are not really aggressive towards wildlife or humans. You will get a sting or two if you get near them, though. They look similar to other wasps but the feature that distinguish them is the brownish colour of their wings.

Norwegian Wasps (Dolichovespula norwegica)

Dolichovespula norwegicaScopoli, 1763)

They are the smallest species of wasps around Britain. Their queen is the one that goes up to 18 mm long. Yellow and black are the colours that represent them, however, red can be found in the front part of their abdomen.

This species can be found in the rural areas of the UK, and their nest can be seen in trees, house walls, shrubs, and other enclosed areas where the nest can be protected. Their diet consists of different insects like spiders, and the most important thing is the nectar they get from flowers.

These are some types of British wasps that exist. Remember that not all of them are friendly and if you need to get rid of them you can call a pest service to remove them from your premises.

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Cockroaches

Do cockroaches bite?

When we find a cockroach in our house, we start to panic. Not only because they are disgusting beings, but because they bring diseases to our homes, and they can affect our pets and family. It is crucial to get rid of them when they are beginning to pest because they can reproduce rapid and when they have high numbers many things can happen, including something very rare: a bite.

Do cockroaches bite?

We think that is impossible that a cockroach can bite us since they are very shy and dislike being around humans, although cases have been reported, so cockroaches do bite, but this is a very rare encounter. This can happen in many ways, usually when cockroaches have a strong shortage of food. Although, they can bite people because there is food residue on top of the skin that can urge them to do it. Remember that they only eat dead cells, so they can bite your head, face, mouth, eyelashes, and places where they find them. German cockroaches have been said to do it, and also American and Australian ones.

Why do these insects bite?

Probably you have never heard of one of these cockroaches bites a person, but they can do it. As to why, there are some things that can contribute to it. Extreme cases where the cockroach population is high can make this happen because the food supply is very limited, and they need it for survival. You can see that if there is rubbish near, they are always going to look for food there and not in a human being.

What do cockroaches bite look like?

This is important, as a bite is something critical and must be addressed as soon as possible because there are many insects that can cause this, and it is better to know and identify if it were the case.

Their bites can be somewhat similar to ones made by other insects like spiders, bugs, etc. Nevertheless, there are some differences that can set them apart. Of course, if you find the insect that must mean that the bite must come from it, but if you did not see it, then you have to find another way of identifying it.

Their bites are very similar to what bed bug bites are. The area around the bite turns red, and they are a little wider than theirs. Also, the type of bite is different. You can find them in a straight line or in groups, but when it comes to cockroaches, they leave the marks one by one. The skin gets swollen and may need some treatment if it gets infected, so you have to be careful.

If you see that they do not have the characteristics that we have spoken about, then you might search and see if it is a different kind of insect that is lurking in your home.

Are these bites dangerous?

Cockroaches bite humans, that we know, but is it really that dangerous? If we compare them to other bites from other insects, they are not as dangerous. However, we have to think that these insects spend their whole life lurking for food in the dirtiest places and their legs are full of germs that can transmit diseases, although they do not do it by biting.

Also, their saliva can have can contain those pathogens and bacteria. They are known to transmit salmonella and other diseases just by walking over someone. Moreover, people have reported that they have felt ill after one of them has walked over their skin, triggering allergic reactions.

How to get rid of cockroach bites?

Firstly, you have got to identify if you have been bitten by one of these insects, since their bite is pretty similar to other insects’ bites. When you have done this, you have to follow different procedures to stop infection from happening. Sometimes an allergic reaction can happen, so it is better to call a doctor or get medical assistance in any case of anaphylaxis.

Treatment for cockroach bites

You have to keep the wound as clean as possible, so for this you may have to wash it with soapy water. By washing it you will reduce the risk of infection, and you might feel a little better since it is less probable to happen.

You need to know that cockroaches bite, and they are not aware of the consequence. If you feel like the bite is starting to swell a little, it is time to put an ice pack over it, so it does not go up that much. Of course, you need to take some antihistaminic for it not to develop further.

There are a few home remedies that can help you with that. For example, putting some aloe Vera over it can help the itching to decrease and help with the swelling. Using tea bags and lemon juice can have the same effect, so you should apply them.

Hiring a pest control service

Pests are always going to be in your home. It is probable that thanks to a pest control service the bite would have never happened. This is one of the best ways to avoid them and also prevent something bigger to happen. They are insects that transmit a bunch of diseases, and you have to be alert and aware of what you have in your home.

Do not try to get rid of the roaches with chemicals as many of them can be harmful for pets and also people if they are not used in the correct way, so it is better to give them a call and find the solution for this bad thing.

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Fleas

How to get rid of flea eggs?

When we talk about pests, we might refer to different types of insects. Some of them are more dangerous than others, while others are just annoying and disturb your quality of life. It is pretty simple sometimes to get rid of them, but it is not often the case.

If we talk about fleas, we know that this insect likes to go from one host to another, hiding in all the cracks, crevices and dark areas they can find. Furthermore, they tend to hide in their host. Most of the time, fleas come from our pets, so it is easy to have them at home, however, they need to be stopped while they are a few.

It is important to get them when they are in the earliest stage of their life cycle, that is to say when they are eggs. This is why we will tell you about how you can get them and eliminate them in that state.

What do they look like?

The first thing you should know before trying to get rid of flea eggs is how they look like. An adult is pretty easy to see with a naked eye, but that is not the case for eggs. They are microscopic, so you really need to use something that can make you identify them quickly. A grain of salt is the most compatible thing to say in terms of their looks.

You really need to look out for the flea eggs. If you have found an adult, then lying around you must find eggs. If you really want to check and see what you are dealing with then you will have to use a magnifying glass and a piece of black paper, so you can compare the shapes of the things you encounter as they are so minimal that you really need to break them apart from dirt.

Also, you can easily mistake them for flea dirt. Although this is pretty easy to see as you can check that they are dirt because you put them in a white paper, and they are brownish, while eggs are white. If you use a drop of water, they will turn red, and that indicates that they have fed from a host leaving their blood as a faecal matter.

Where do fleas lay their eggs?

It is for sure that you need to find the places where they are laid, but first you need to check what is the source they are coming from. Generally, they will come from your pets, or second-hand furniture that you have just bought can also contribute to the problem.

When you have found the source, you need to start looking for them. If your pet is the source, they might lay their eggs on their skin, sticking for a while (which is something you cannot control), but after a while they will dry and start to fall off, that is the moment when flea eggs can be found in other spaces rather than on the host. These spaces can be on different crevices, your pet’s bedding and many places around. Sometimes this can be bad since even in the cold months your house can be the perfect fit for them to grow and develop to adult fleas.

How to get rid of flea eggs at home?

As we said before, finding the source of the infestation is the first stage into eliminating these heinous creatures from your home. Remember that killing the adults is not the same as killing the eggs because if you get rid of the adults first you may have trouble after the eggs have hatched. These are ways to keep your house free from these horrible eggs:

Clean your pet

If they are the ones who have the infestation going, it is your duty to eliminate their reproduction by using anti-flea shampoo or any other harmless chemical on your dog or cat, as this might kill adult fleas and also the eggs. Try to comb their hair, so you can eliminate the remaining eggs that may still be stuck to their skin.

Vacuum all over your house

Vacuuming is one of the best things you can do to get rid of them. It is easy just to vacuum all over the furniture, pet’s bedding, carpet and all the spaces you consider might be infected by these slimy pests. Remember to dispose of the vacuuming bag as it can be full of eggs that can hatch. If it is not replaceable, put it into the freezer, so the cold temperatures kill the flea eggs, not allowing them to hatch.

Sanitize your bedding

Remember that these insects go from host to host, so they can jump to any places around the house. Wash your clothes, pet’s bedding, sheets, blankets, etc., with hot water, as this will kill the insects that are on them. Try to wash them at least two times, so you make sure there are no more insects there.

Use oil infusions

Sometimes the use of oils can help you naturally repel and kill fleas. If you mix peppermint, citrus and clover-based sprays you can diminish flea population in your home. Of course, this is a natural way to do it, but if you want you can use chemicals, although remember that they are not recommended without the instructions from a professional since they can affect you, and your family’s health.

All in all, the best solution to this problem is to hire a pest control service that can help you deal with these insects and eliminate them for good using the best techniques and tools for that.

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Rats

What do rats eat?

These pesky rodents can be found in many places, from farms to houses. It is curious how this rodent has adapted to its environment and has got used to being around humans. One of the main reasons that this happened is because of the food.

Food resources are a rodent’s main way of survival, and humans make it easy for them to survive as we have a diet that can translate to theirs, which can really affect us as these rodents can spread diseases that can harm humans.

What do rats prefer to eat?

Remember that these rodents do not care about the food they can find. They will eat just anything, although they have their preferences when it comes to eating. Sometimes this can change because of the place you live, as wild rats and city rats tend to eat differently.

Rats are omnivores, so they can eat many types of food, but that also depends on where they live. If you see wild rats, their diet goes from fruits, seeds, to carcasses if they find it interesting enough based on the smell.

However, city rats are more used to different types of protein, like meat and chicken, or whatever they can find in your rubbish. This is why it is important to have everything we own stored in safe places, so they cannot get to it and contaminate it with those heinous diseases that can even kill a person. It is important to know what rats eats, so you can be alert and take the best decisions for them not to visit you.

What attracts rats to your house?

This is a question you need to answer to assess if there are rats in your house and how you can avoid having them in there. Sometimes when they have problems finding a regular food source they will go naturally to the places where they can find it, and a house has more than enough for them. Moreover, if they are looking for shelter during the cold months, that does affect their natural food sources, they can go inside just to protect themselves from the outside.

In terms of foods, they are going to be attracted to many things. These include cereals like rice, oats and different types of vegetables that are stored in boxers or places where they can get to by chewing. If you have spilt some oils, or you have not cleaned your countertop, they may be attracted to those. Moreover, if rubbish has not been removed from the premises, they are going to try to find a way to gnaw through it.

What attracts rats to your backyard?

Sometimes, our homes are not the only places that are exposed to the invasion of these rodents. Leaving chopped wood or debris can be negative for you as it represents a space they can use for shelter.

Shelter is not the only thing they are looking for. Water supply also contributes to the rat stay in your yard. You know what a rat eats, but what it drinks too. Their thirst can be quenched from many places including your pet’s bowl, pipes that have leaks or birdbaths.

Finally, the food is critical for their survival, and they can find plenty of it in your backyard. Aside from the oats or fruit you may have there, rubbish cans, pet food, compost, may be raided to get some food.

Ways to avoid rats in your house

Having rats in your house may lead to disease and harm, so it is better if you keep them away. These are certain things you can do to keep them away:

Everything must be clean

When rats come into your house is because they have all what they need to survive, so if they do not have it, so try to keep everything sealed in a place they cannot have access, and also, the areas of the house need to be clean in order for rats to feel that they do not have anything to do there and feel uninvited.

Check out your yard

This is critical, since sometimes we think that everything is ready at home after we have cleaned. As you did with your home, it is better if you search through your yard and see if you can find any food sources or water supply for these rodents and cut it the minute you see it. Remember that pets can attract them as their food is left on the outside, and this is something that rats eat.

Take out your rubbish

As soon as you have organized anything at home or cleaned, you must remove the rubbish from the premises and dispose it in a place that rats cannot enter or gnaw through. They love eating what is in there, so it is better if you do not have any at home.

Set up some rat traps

One of the solutions to get rid of these rodents is to set up a few traps here and there, so they do not enter your home and do not disturb you. Of course, you have to be careful in terms of the method, some are more humane than others.

If you have rats at home, the best way to remove them from your premises is if you hire a pest control service. They can help you in your path of eliminating them and making sure they cannot get in again. Give them a call, and they will visit you and assess the case, leave it to the professionals.