Dealing with Wasps and Hornets

2018-06-07T10:01:46+01:00June 6th, 2018|Categories: Pests|

Social wasps are often seen in British gardens where they can become something of a nuisance when food and drink are present. There are several species found in the UK including the common wasp (Vespula vulgaris), the German wasp (Vespula germanica) and the hornet (Vespa crabro) which is the largest, measuring up to 40mm in [...]

Rats! Are they getting too close for comfort?

2018-04-12T16:16:16+01:00April 12th, 2018|Categories: Pests|

An old urban myth suggests that you are never more than six feet away from a rat, but they might well be getting closer. Experts suggest that with climate change and long warm winters, a rat epidemic is approaching – others say it is already here. A group of rats is rightly called a mischief [...]

The bee that gets a buzz from buildings!

2017-08-14T14:36:05+01:00August 14th, 2017|Categories: Pests|

It looks like a Honey Bee and it sounds like one… but it’s not. Osmis rufa, the Red Mason Bee, has a much maligned reputation as a pest, with a great number of pest control firms offering elimination or removal. However, these bees are highly prized by commercial growers since they are excellent pollinators and [...]

What’s in the woodwork?

2017-04-04T13:37:52+01:00March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Pests|

It has been suggested that, in one form or another, beetle infestation will be found in up to 75% of UK homes. This sounds rather high, but based on our own findings, it is a pretty rare ancient dwelling that does not have some signs of infestation somewhere as do at least 30% of modern [...]