Now the clocks have moved forward again, this is a sure sign that spring and summer is just around the corner and as much as we look forward to the warmth of the summer sun, so do all of the insects that become a nuisance over this time. How many of you have had an issue with wasps, ants and fleas? Have you required insect control before?
Common Pest Species for Insects
Wasp and Wasp Nests (order Hymenoptera) – Wasps are some of the most feared insects, especially if you suffer from an allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock) to wasp stings. Although there are several species of wasps, the common wasp or “yellowjacket” is easily distinguishable by their yellow and black hooped stripes. Wasps bring dread to many people during the summer season.
They are social creatures and will usually nest within homes, lofts, soffit boards, air vents, gardens, trees or bushes near your home. Dependent on the time of year, wasp nest sizes can vary from a golf ball size to the size of a pillow. By the end of the season, they can easily contain over 8000 insects.
Ants (order Formicidae) – Ants are a big nuisance in homes over the summer, although insect control for ants is usually only requested at the end of the summer when flying ants are seen. Ants are very social creatures forming colonies that may have anywhere between a few hundred insects up to several thousand, with the queen living as long as 30 years in some cases. Colonies can live close to each other so insect control for ants could take a longer period of time to see results.
Fleas (order Siphonaptera) – Fleas are parasitic insects most commonly associated with domestic pets, and the warmer weather usually sees a rise in calls for insect control of these blood sucking insects. With modern buildings and central heating, they are quickly becoming an all-year-round pest. Although there are over 2000 different species of flea, your homes will usually see the common cat flea, with adult fleas growing up to 3mm in length. Female adult fleas need blood from their host to breed and lay eggs, up to five thousand in the lifetime of the female. Eggs will be laid in dark cracks and crevices or on/close to the host and take on average 3-4 weeks from egg to flea. Flea insect control would be required throughout your home as fleas are very good at hitching a lift from their host.
Insect Control for Wasp Nests, Ants and Fleas
Wasp Nest Treatment & Wasp Nest Removal– It is suggested that the nest is treated using a residual insecticide from a professional pest control company. Using the correct equipment and PPE to ensure safety during the wasp nest treatment and removal is vital. A period of time (10-14 days) must be allowed for the wasp nest to be completely destroyed, killing all the wasps inside the nest, before a wasp nest removal can be arranged.
Ant Treatment – The most effective ant treatment takes place over several weeks and ideally will consist of more than one visit using baits that they will take back into the ant nest. This treatment can then be supported by residual contact sprays and dusts. This form of ant and insect control will not only help to reduce the number of ants in your ant nest this year but also start to reduce the number of ants in your ant nest that you will see in subsequent years.
Flea Treatment – Initially, the first part of this insect control would a deep vacuum clean to all areas, including skirting boards. This will help to remove flea larvae from the dark cracks and crevices they will be hiding in. Our technician will apply residual insecticides to all the high risk areas, as well as advising you on the best way to treat personal belongings, clothes, pet bedding etc. We would recommend that no vacuuming takes place for at least 10 days after the flea treatment has been completed, so that the insecticide has time to work properly. Please be advised that insecticides used in the flea treatment will not be used on animals or animal bedding and that we request that animals are not present during any flea treatment. Further insect control for fleas may be necessary 6-8 weeks later, reflecting the life cycle of fleas.
Flying Insect Control – Opkill are more than happy to advise on flying insect control in your home. We can provide information on electric flying insect control units, flying insect control screen mesh doors and windows, and flying insect treatments where appropriate.
Opkill realise the importance for a reliable and cost competitive option for insect control whether it be removing a wasp nest, killing ants, treating fleas, or numerous other insects that you need insect control and treating. Opkill are a company who will respond immediately. Opkill take great pride in our customer service, skill, professionalism and commitment to our customers. We are the preferred supplier of rodent and insect control to several district councils with the Midlands and the North of England.
Our fully qualified technicians and technical experts can advise you on the best course of insect control and treatment for your issue. Our warm and friendly contact centre team are waiting to take your enquiry from our UK head office in Worcestershire.
Pest and Insect Control Services Covered by Opkill
- Bed Bugs
- Cluster Flies
- Flying Insects
- Flying Insect Control Units
- Solar Panel Proofing
- Rabbit Fencing
- Commercial Contracts
- Flying Insect Control Mesh Doors/Windows
Book an Insect Control Service
Our field-based staff are supported by a dedicated team of managers, administration and call centre staff at our UK head office in Worcestershire. They are your first point of call for all your insect control needs. To book a service, you can contact Opkill Pest Control direct via our enquiry formon our website; or alternatively, you can call our sales team who are happy to help on 0800 980 41 42.