Frim spiders to flies, bedbugs to woodlice, insects are around us all the time. Despite their minute size (in most cases!), they form an important and integral part of our environment. Insects are integral to the food chain; if no insects existed, birds, moles and other animals would have nothing to eat, in the main.

However, like all pests, insect populations can suddenly erupt, causing a nuisance for many people and, depending on which insect this is, the results can present dangers to humans too.

Why do insects become a problem?

  • Environment – occasionally, something happens within the environment that creates the ideal breeding and feeding ground for all kinds of insects. In some cases, the built environment can also not only create the perfect environment but also act as a catalyst to some insects becoming more prevalent than others.
  • Weather – there is no doubt that weather plays an important role in both preventing insects from breeding as well as making their numbers swell to large figures. Dry, warm summers can see spiders double in size, for example, and with the onset of cooler, autumn weather, spiders like the idea of sharing our homes with us. Our reaction is not so welcoming!
  • Availability of food – when the food source of insects becomes more abundant, this can also lead to a population explosion of insects. For example, the prevalence of green fly in the garden is a great way of encouraging ladybirds, the natural ‘predator’ of the green fly. This happens in some areas of the country and so what is a problem in one area, will not be an issue in another.
  • In properties – insects can also be attracted to or transported in to our properties too, and what they find there makes the perfect place for them to nest and breed. Like most pests, insects prefer places that are clean, dry and safe, free from changes in weather or variations on temperature and with a convenient, ready food source nearby. In some cases, such as fleas and bedbugs, the ready food supply can be us humans and our pets too.

Is there an effective solution?

Yes, there is but, results of some methods can be mixed…

Do it yourself or over-the-counter products – invariably, at the first sign of insect infestations, many people buy an over-the-counter remedy or treatment that promises to do the job of a pest control, “without the expense”. However, there are issues with these treatments:

  • Strength – shop bought treatments are not as strong as those insecticides that are used by pest control technicians. In many cases, the solution of the product is so weak that in order to get the best result, the solution will need to be used several times.
  • Application – correct application of any insecticide is also important and, this is where some shop bought remedies fail. In the case of flea treatments for pets, many owners are not using them correctly, leading to fleas becoming more common place in some areas of the UK.
  • Resistance – in many cases, insects are also becoming resistant to some treatments, a common result of when a particular chemical has been used time and time again; the insect will begin to develop an immunity and the infestation can, in some cases, be encouraged to spread.
  • Cleaning – not many people realise then they use do it yourself or over-the-counter remedies for insect infestation that treating the issue is only part if the solution; a deep, thorough clean, along with the cleaning or washing of soft furnishings etc. can also be needed in some cases.

Professional, pest control help – some people find engaging the services of a pest control expert for insect infestations embarrassing. At one time, ‘admitting’ to having fleas or bugs in the home was a great source of embarrassment but in today’s modern world, bugs and insects are transported far more easily from place to place and, in many cases, country to country. International travel, and the ways with which we can move around, as well as goods from far flung countries can mean that insects find themselves in places that are perfect for them, but not so perfect for us.

Knowing insects and being able to identify them, as well as the extent of the problem is something that only a qualified pest controller can deal with quickly; after a free onsite assessment, we will tell you the problem, as well as the extent of the problem and the right ways of dealing with it. We also offer advice on the best ways to prevent a future recurrence of any infestation.

Why waste time and money on shop bought remedies when a pest control expert can deal with the insect problem, on your behalf, swiftly and effectively? Call us for a free, no obligation quote today.