- Cat Flea (Ctenocephalidesfelis)
- Dog Flea (Ctenocephalidescanis)
- Human Flea (Pulexirritans)
- Bird Flea (Ceratophyllusgall)
- Wall-to-wall carpeting provides a relatively undisturbed environment for flea larvae to develop, whilst central heating has served to ensure the ideal temperature conditions.
- Irritation and allergic reactions can be cause from bites. Scientists believe that fleas were the cause of the plague being transferred to humans back in 1665.
- Fleas can be vectors of disease or may transmit parasitic worms.
- These can sometimes be transmitted to humans.
- Length: Around 2mm.
- Compressed flattened bodies with over lapping toughened plates.
- Long well developed hind legs for jumping.
- Greyish through to dark mahogany in colour.
- Mouthparts adapted to piercing and sucking with small eyes and they are covered with backward-directed bristles and spines.
Today, infestations of Fleas are caused predominately by our pets. Before you can prevent or treat an infestation of fleas, it’s important to be able to identify any signs of them.
Check your pet’s coat, the hind-quarters of your dog and the head and neck of your cat for signs of the reddy-brown critter. Checking their skin for fine black dropping or “flea dirt” is also an easy to way to spot these pests. Using a flea comb over a white sheet of paper is an easy way to identify “flea dirt” and the pesky things behind it.
To prevent Flea infestations, vacuum regularly, wash pet bedding frequently to a temperature of 50 degrees or over, check your pets with a flea comb regularly, and when moving into a new home or business space, ensure you inspect carpets and flooring, to ensure the previous tenants haven’t left you any creepy crawly surprises.
For a highly effective solution to Flea infestations, call Key West. Our experienced technicians are at hand to return your home or business to its pest-free state, and restore your peace of mind.
- German Cockroaches (Blatella Germanica)
- Oriental Cockroaches (Blatta Orientalis)
- American Cockroaches (Periplaneta Americana)
- Brown Banded Cockroaches (Supella Longipalpa)
- Can spread various human diseases by walking over food and preparation areas.
- Omnivorous they can survive for longs periods of time on a limited food source.
- Being nocturnal could mean you do not notice them during the day.
- Adults – 12 – 15mm long.
- Pronotum yellow with 2 dark brown stripes.
- The wings are as long as the body or slightly overlapping on males.
- Long antennae and spiny legs with 2 anal cerci visible on females
- Adults – 17 – 30 mm long.
- Their colour is a dark brown almost shiny black.
- Head tucked beneath pronotum, long antennae and spiny legs with 2 anal cerci.
- It is dangerous to swat a wasp near its nest site or to attempt to remove the nest yourself, as wasps can sting repeatedly.
- The wings are undeveloped in female but on the male they cover two-thirds of his abdomen.
Due to their nocturnal habits, it’s often easier to spot the signs of cockroaches than spot the critters themselves.
Look out for shed skin which the roaches normally leave close to where they’re sheltering, smear marks if water is available to the roaches or cockroach droppings if they don’t have access to water, and be aware of any unusual smells which are produced by infestations.
There are a number of high-risk areas for cockroaches, namely: bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, basements and drains. Any areas that are sheltered, dark and warm spaces with access to water or condensation, such as behind sinks, behind medicine cabinets, behind dishwashers and near piping.
To prevent these creatures from making your home their own, there are a number of things you can do.
Leaving all foods and liquids stored securely, ensuring the sink is empty of water, storing dry food away in sealed containers and emptying the rubbish bins on a daily basis will help to save you from sharing your home with cockroaches. Ensuring the home, and specifically food areas, are kept clean, and ensuring your pet’s food and water bowls are cleared away before nightfall should also help you stay protected from these creepy creatures. Decluttering the home also helps to limit the space available to them to live in, and sealing any cracks around the home inhibits roaches from entering.
There are a number of DIY products to help eradicate cockroaches, but for infestations or for the best advice, call Key West.
- Garden Ant (Lasius Niger)
- Pharaoh Ant (Monomorium Pharaonis)
- Pavement Ant (Tetramorium Caespitum)
- Ghost Ant (Tapinoma Melanocephalum)
- The Black Garden Ant enjoys a varied diet, ranging from fresh and sugary fruits to insects, dead or alive.
- Pharaoh Ants infest areas such as kitchens and patios, often in large groups, and are known to sting and bite.
- Ghost Ants occupy roughly the same areas as Pharaoh Ants, including houses, hospitals, public buildings, greenhouses and zoos.
- Ghost Ants are famous for the coconut like odour they release when crushed.
- Workers 4-5mm long.
- Queens 15mm long.
- Dark brown-black in colour.
- 1 small segment at waist point (pedicel).
- No sting present.
- Workers 1.5–2mm long, yellow–brown with brown abdomen.
- Males 3mm long, black and winged.
- Queens 3.5–6mm long, dark red in colour with wings.
- Black eyes. 2 small segments at the pedicel.
An ant problem? Yes. These tiny things can become a real nightmare for home and business owners, especially in large numbers. Which might be more common that you think!
There are many DIY solutions you can use to tackle a small number of Ants, but how can they be prevented, and large infestations treated?
Firstly, there a few signs to look out for to assess the problem. Live ants of course are an obvious give away but spotting their pathways in and out of your home, or their nests (which often look like a small piece of soil), could save you a much bigger problem later.
To deter ants from invading your home or business, clear up any food or drink spillages, vacuum any crumbs of food from under appliances and units, ensure food is stored in units or fridges and never out in the open, keep on-top of pet food and remove left-overs promptly, seal up any cracks or holes that could act as an open invitation to these critters, and ensure your bins are closed with secure lids.
If you have an ant problem, think Key West, for an effective, fast solution, at an affordable price.
- Bedbugs (Cimex Lectularius)
- Bed Bugs can be transported on clothing, in luggage, bedding and furniture but are very rarely found on hosts.
- They can ingest 7 times their body weight in blood.
- This enables them to go for prolonged periods without feeding.
- The adults are highly resistant to starvation (up to one year) and low temperatures so thorough treatments of surrounding areas must be carried out.
- The eggs are tiny and hard to see with a white cap
- Adults – around 6mm their bodies are oval and flattened.
- Recently fed they will then change to a red – brown colour.
- They have piercing mouth-parts adapted for sucking, simple antennae, legs and claws for clinging on to hosts, whilst feeding.
Well, the clue is in the name, but bedbugs can also be found in any number of other places.
Bed frames and headboards, carpets and underlay, skirting boards, between floorboards, inside electrical sockets, draws and cupboards are just some of the places these sneaky pests may be hiding.
Look out for dark stains on the mattress and surrounding areas, be on your guard for their signature sweet and sickly scent and look out for little dark blood spots on the bedding. Though small (4-5mm), it’s not uncommon to actually spot one of the little beasts themselves.
In addition to keeping your mattress and bedding clean, there are a number of preventative steps to take, so you never have to share your bed with one of these bugs.
Ensure all second-hand furniture has been checked over closely before it enters the home or business, and if you’ve stayed in accommodation you later found to have a questionable standard of cleanliness/hygiene, fumigate any clothes worn or possessions taken before entering your home or business.
Washing and drying clothes at the highest possible temperatures, eliminating clutter and vacuuming regularly can greatly reduce the chance of a bedbug infestation, or reduce the size of an existing infestation considerably.
If you spot any sign of bedbugs in your home or business, we suggest using one of the many DIY products available, before immediately calling us.
We have years of experience controlling this pest, so don’t hesitate to contact us should you find you’re sharing your home or business with these critters. For a speedy solution, at the right price, think Key West.
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