East Anglian Pest Control
Crawling Insect Control
Cockroaches, Ants, Silverfish & Other Crawling Insect Pests
Crawling Insect Pest Removal
Residential & Commercial Crawling Insect Control
Crawling Insects can carry and spread disease. Certain infestations such as cockroach infestations are among the most serious insect infestations in British homes. What makes them even more of a problem is their prolific reproduction rate. Four hundred eggs from a single female in one year can drastically increase the size of any local population.
However, there are many forms of control, to eliminate such an infestation from your home or business. Insecticide sprays, powders, glue traps and fumigating smoke bombs to name a few methods to rid your home of unwanted pests.
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- Initial survey to indicate the presence and identity of insect pest, abundance and origin or ingress points to the property
- Site-specific treatment program
- Professional grade insecticides
- Proofing of buildings to prevent future outbreaks
- Long term monitoring and control systems
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Commercial Crawling Insect Pest Control
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During the daytime cockroaches spend most of their time hidden away and emerge at night. Adult cockroaches can live up to one year, during which females produce an average of 150 young. Cockroaches prefer to feed on starchy foods but will adapt to survive. An integrated approach involving the use of cockroach traps, insecticidal gels and well-targeted use of residual insecticides where appropriate is recommended.
Garden Ants usually nest outdoors in lawns, flower beds, beneath paving flags and at the base of walls. Premises are usually invaded by worker ants foraging for food, especially sweet foods. The trail of worker ants can be followed to the nest and if the nest can be exposed, and it is safe to do so, the nest can be treated with insecticide.
Silverfish are mainly found in humid areas, usually the kitchen or bathroom where they feed on microscopic moulds and can be seen moving very fast when a light is switched on. Silverfish can be controlled by controlling the humidity of the affected area and using residual insecticidal dusts and sprays.
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East Anglian Pest Control has over 34 years of experience in the pest solution industry. We like to keep our clients up to date with pest information. Below are our latest articles related to biting pest control.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What attracts ants?
Like most pests, ants are attracted by the easily accessed food sources – particularly anything sugary, or that smells sweet. They are also known to feed on pet food of any kind. If a worker ant outside of the nest discovers a source of food, it will alert other colony members through the leaving a particularly strong trail of pheromones. Other workers will often abandon their own searches in order to follow this trail directly to the food source. This can lead to an infestation relatively quickly, especially if there are many food sources, or food available frequently in a property.
Ants are also attracted to water, but will not go out of their way to nest near a source without a promise of food nearby.
What are the signs of an ant infestation?
Ant infestations can be a source of major annoyance in a property, and the signs of them are often relatively clear. The following are indicators of a potential ant problem;
Ant nests near or outside of the property. It is rare for ants to build indoors, however, nests are commonly built in the vicinity of properties or food sources. If there are high numbers of ants congregating on cracks in walls, or around small dirt piles on the ground, it is likely that there is an ant nest nearby.
Ants in exposed food. Ants have exceptional senses of smell, and with workers being known to travel 100 meters away from the colony to seek food, nothing left exposed within or around the property is safe. In the case of an infestation, ants can often be found on any potential food source left out for even a short period of time.
Stray ants. As mentioned previously, worker ants will scout spaces for food sources, and so, can commonly be seen wandering alone, or in small groups, in contrast to the typical image of ants travelling in a trail. If there are stray ants in a property, there are likely many more nearby.
How do I get rid of ants?
One of the best DIY methods to remove ants from a property is baiting. Lure ants into the property with sweet baits such as honey or jam, allowing them to return to the nest a few times, in order to establish a pattern. This will most likely increase the number of ants present in the property, which may be alarming, but will allow for more poison bait to be carried back to the nest once the bait is switched to poison. When this poison is brought back to the colony, it will be distributed between colony members, and will, in theory, eliminate the nest within a few days or weeks.
If a noticeable number of ants are still present on the property after employing this method, it may be worth experimenting with a different bait, or using insecticide, especially if the location of the nest is known. Alternatively, a professional pest controller can be hired. This will be particularly helpful in the case of larger infestations. Specialists like East Anglia Pest Control will evaluate the issue, and employ a safe and effective solution accordingly.
After ants have been removed from a property, it is important to thoroughly clean any affected areas to remove pheromone trails. This can be done using cloths soaked in bleach or disinfectant – water alone will not be effective.
Why are there just a few ‘random’ ants in my property?
Stray ants present in or around a property are most likely worker ants on the hunt for food. As mentioned previously, worker ants will scout spaces for food sources, and so, can commonly be seen wandering alone, or in small groups, in contrast to the typical image of ants travelling in a trail. If there are stray ants in a property, there are likely many more nearby.
Do cockroaches live in the UK?
Cockroaches are thought to be less common in the UK than in other western countries, however, they are still a common pest. There are three main species of cockroach native to the UK, including the yellowish-brown German cockroach (often identified by the stripes present on its back), the red-brown American cockroach and the large, dark brown Oriental cockroach, which grows up to 30mm in length. Cockroaches prefer an indoor habitat, and are commonly found in kitchens, basements, vents, and in a variety of commercial properties.
What are the signs of a cockroach infestation?
There are multiple signs of a cockroach infestation indoors besides cockroach sightings. The most common are;
An unusual, lingering smell. Cockroaches produce a pungent, musty odour, which lingers around high-traffic areas. This is often noted as smelling oily. The longer cockroaches are present in an area, the stronger this smell will be. Cockroaches use this scent to attract other cockroaches, and to communicate the location of food sources.
Brown or black cylindrical droppings, around 2mm in length (though the size of the faeces is directly related to the size of the cockroach). These droppings tend to be left around food sources and nesting sites, but are often found throughout a property.
Smear marks along areas of high traffic. If the cockroaches in an area are suitably hydrated, they are able to leave dark smear marks along the areas which they travel most frequently. These marks can most commonly be found on horizontal surfaces, and along wall-floor junctions.
Shed skins or ‘shells’ Cockroaches shed their exoskeleton between five and eight times as they mature. These ‘shells’ are discarded, and are usually found in areas used by cockroaches for shelter.
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Removing food sources such as rubbish or leftovers from an infested property can assist in the removal of cockroaches to some degree – but is more of a preventative measure. In order to ensure these pests do not return, the use of insecticide is commonly required. This can be completed by the property owner; however, the best possible option is to contact a pest control professional. They will be able to assess the situation, and implement a solution best suited to the property and individual infestation.
What is a silverfish?
Silverfish are an ancient insect, thought to have existed for around 400 million years. Typically grey or silver in colour as their name suggests, this pest can be found in bathrooms, garages, and kitchens across the country, seeking moist, dark spaces to shelter in. Silverfish are generally between 12 to 25mm in length, and are most active at night.
What attracts silverfish?
Silverfish are attracted, like most pests, to sources of food, and to potential shelters. They are most commonly found in moist areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and garages. This is because they need a high level of humidity to survive. Silverfish can survive in areas of a slightly lower humidity for short periods of time, but will stick to damp areas if possible.
In addition to this, silverfish are attracted to darker, enclosed spaces which will allow them to hide, and prefer warmer temperatures, between 21 and 30 degrees Celsius.
Carbohydrates make up the majority of the silverfish’s diet, making them attracted to foods such as flour and oats. Book bindings, glue, insulation, mould and cardboard are also commonly consumed by this pest. Silverfish will eat protein on occasion, deriving mainly from dead insects.
The most effective way to remove silverfish from a property is to contact a professional pest controller, who will evaluate the issue, and employ an effective solution accordingly.
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