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For those suffering Bee, Fly, Moth and Wasp infestations, we can help you tackle the problem.
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- Bumble Bee (Bombus sp.)
- Mason Bee (Osmia sp.)
- Solitary Bee (Andrena Fulva)
- Honey Bee (Apis Mellifera)
- Honey bees live in hollow trees or in chimneys, wall cavities or roof spaces.
- Honey bees convert nectar into honey and beeswax.
- A honey bee swarm will arrive in flight and cluster on a tree branch.
- A colony size can often be greater than 30,000 individual honey bees.
- Solitary bees prefer to feed on honey and pollen.
- Solitary bees prefer to tunnel and nest in sandy soil, soft mortar in old houses or use domestic air bricks to nest in.
- Solitary bees do not swarm and are not aggressive.
- Mason bees are harmless; they are not aggressive and will not attack.
- Masonry bees are most common in southern Britain.
- Bumble bees nest in small wall cavities, holes in the ground, under sheds or in undisturbed compost heaps.
Bees are not protected, as commonly assumed, but they are endangered, which is why some pest control companies do not treat problems involving them.
If you identify a nest outside, the options, if deemed to be a problem by a pest controller or other organisation called in to help, are relocation or eradication.
If the location of the nest is considered dangerous, and relocation not possible, eradication will be considered.
Not much can be done to prevent bees from building their nests around your home, although smaller nests caught early can be more easily removed/treated.
For a safe and professional solution to bee problems, call Key West for the best service and advice, at the right price.
- Honey bees are similar in size to wasps but are furrier and mostly black in colour.
- Solitary bees look similar to honey bees.
- Bumble bees are larger and furrier than honey bees.
- Bumble bees are dark coloured except for golden stripes across the end of their tails.
- Bumble bee tail colours can vary in UK varieties.
There are around 6500 species of fly living in Britain. Fortunately the pesticides that are used for fly eradication cover all types and species. Various different techniques and time frames can be given for treatments but please feel free to contact our customer service staff who will be more than happy to explain the different services we offer. The following is a list of species of fly you are likely to encounter:
- Filter fly
- Lesser house fly
- Fruit fly
- Horse Fly
- The adult fly transmits disease by contaminating food with disease organisms it has picked up on its hairy legs or has ingested and then regurgitated.
- It is often a carrier of such diseases as typhoid fever, cholera, dysentery, trachoma, and anthrax.
There are a number of effective DIY Fly control products available to ease your fly related ills, a number of them specifically to combat their presence in areas where food is prepared.
For those who are noticing a few too many of these buzzing blighters in their home, there are some preventative measures you can take.
Closing doors and windows after dark, ensuring the lids of rubbish bins are securely closed, cleaning up after pets, ensuring kitchen areas are kept clean and free of any crumbs and spillages, removing any standing water and ensuring that all food left out is covered, are ways to prevent flies from invading the home.
For larger or recurring infestations across the home or business, call Key West. One of our skilled technicians will come to assess the scale of your problem, identifying the types of fly and their lifecycle, before getting to work to eradicate your infestation, quickly and at a competitive price.
- Length: 5-8mm with a wingspan of around 13-15mm.
- The thorax is grey with 4 dark stripes.
- The abdomen is buff-coloured and occasionally transparent.
- The larvae are white and taper to a point at the head end. 10 – 12mm long when mature.
There are around 800 different types of moths across Britain, and 2400 species recorded in the British Isles. Fortunately the pesticides that are used for moth eradication cover all types and species. Various different techniques and time frames can be given for treatments but please feel free to contact our customer service staff who will be more than happy to explain the different services we offer. The following is a list of the species of moth you will be likely to encounter:
- House Moth
- Case-bearing Clothes Moth
- White-shouldered House Moth
- Indian Mill Moth
- Tropical Warehouse Moth
At one time the common clothes moth was by far the most economically important clothing household pest in Britain, an estimated £12million worth of damage was caused by this one species alone.
For a small moth problem, there are a number of DIY treatments available, however for larger and repeat infestations, give us a call for tried and trusted solutions.
Before learning how to prevent Moths from flapping around your home, it’s important to know the high-risk areas for the little critters. Underneath your bed, in infrequently used cupboards, drawers and wardrobes, and loft/attic spaces, are playgrounds for moths.
To prevent moths, keep windows and doors closed in the evening, or use fly screens or curtains to deny them access to your home. Vacuum regularly, in all those hard to reach places, ensuring you reach under beds and heavy furniture etc to try and remove moth eggs before they hatch. If you store textiles for long periods of time, keep them in sealed plastic bags or suitcases to prevent moths accessing them, and ensure all clothes are kept clean.
For infestations or recurring issues, our skilled technicians are at hand to assess your issue and begin work to eradicate your infestation quickly and at an affordable price.
- Length: 4 – 7mm long overall.
- Long thread like antennae, long legs with spines at joints.
- Forewings are shiny golden with no markings. Trailing edge of the wings is strongly fringed.
- Common Wasp (Vespula Vulgaris)
- Garden Wasp (Vespula Germanica)
- A sting may introduce a condition known as anaphylactic shock (an extreme reaction to the toxins in the wasps’ venom) which if not medically treated can result in death.
- Their venom contains a pheromone which acts as an alarm causing other wasps to become more aggressive when a wasp has stung something or has been killed.
- Do not try to block up the hole from the outside as this can trap and anger the wasps and lead to them trying to find a way out through your premises.
- It is dangerous to swat a wasp near its nest site or to attempt to remove the nest yourself, as wasps can sting repeatedly.
- Later in the season as larval rearing is reduced the adults search for sweeter substances.
- Wasps also become more irritable as the cooler weather sets in
Think you’ve got a wasp problem?
Check for nests under eaves, in sheds, garages, lofts and cavity walls. To prevent a fully-blown wasp problem, it’s better to catch nests early on, when they’re roughly the size of a golf ball, easier to treat, and contain fewer wasps.
If you happen to identify a nest, ensure to keep your children and pets away from the area.
Should you decide to use DIY products to control a small wasp problem, do so carefully, and pay close attention to the instructions provided to ensure you’re out of harms way.
To ensure you don’t encourage these little stingers into your home, ensure outside bins have secure lids and are stored closed, away from the home and any open windows or doors.
For those with a wasp problem, think Key West, for safe and fast removal at a competitive price.
- Length: 10 – 12mm
- Thorax: Black with Yellow on its sides.
- Abdomen: Yellow with Black bands.
- Antennae: Black. Legs: Yellow.
- 2 pairs of membranous wings.
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