East Anglian Pest Control
Flying Insect Control
Wasps, Hornets, Flies Other Flying Insect Pests
Flying Insect Pest Removal
Residential & Commercial Flying Insect Control
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Flying insects form an incredibly diverse section of the natural world and have an important role to play in natural processes. However, like any pest species, when they intrude into our homes, business and enjoyment of outdoor areas there is often grounds for their control.
Flying insects typically go through a life cycle consisting of four stages – egg, larva (e.g caterpillar or maggot), pupa (usually in a cocoon) before finally becoming adults. Most insects develop wings on maturing to their adult stage to aid transportation or as part of the breeding process. When insects cause us issues in the flying stage they are often categorized as ‘flying insects’ by pest controllers, although they still may need treatment at an earlier stage of the life cycle.
We Can help with:
- 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 including the installation of fly screens
- Long term monitoring and control systems including installing professional-grade fly killers
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Commercial Flying Insect Pest Control
We’ve 30 years experience in pest control and provide free surveys for flying insect pest control, removal, clearance and prevention. And we’re available 7 days a week for advice and help. We really do know what we’re doing; you can trust us to get it right.
WASPS AND HORNETS
Wasps and hornets are seen as a threat because of their painful stings, which some individuals are severely allergic to. Wasps and hornets only sting to defend themselves. However, wasps are far more aggressive than hornets and require very little disturbance to initiate an attack.
The obvious sign of a cluster fly infestation is to see a large quantity of lame or dead flies. It’s also very common to find them in your loft, in sunken spotlighting or under insulating felt layers. Cluster flies typically return year after year, unless eaves and other entryways are adequately sealed.
House flies, blowflies and flesh flies visit sites contaminated with faeces and other filth to feed and breed, picking up organisms that cause disease and carrying it to food and surfaces in homes and businesses. They are both a nuisance and a health risk, which for businesses can mean economic and reputational loss and litigation.
EAPC does not exterminate or remove beehives. Bees are regarded as beneficial insects because of their role in pollinating food and horticultural crops. Unlike wasps and hornets, they do not forage for human food, only visiting flowers for nectar and pollen. Please contact local beekeepers and specialist for beehive relocation.
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If you require any of the above domestic and commercial pest control services and are located within the Suffolk and East Anglia areas then please do not hesitate to contact us as one of our professional pest control technicians will be more than happy to help.
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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 insect pest control.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When Is Wasp Season in the UK?
Wasp infestations generally begin around April, in the spring. At this point, queen wasps are beginning to emerge from their nests. However, they tend to go unnoticed by property owners and tenants until summer, when they grow significantly in size. Increasingly aggressive behaviour towards the end of summer may contribute to this. By the arrival of October, most nests will have died off due to lack of food and falling temperatures, leaving behind them a small number of queens in hibernation. These estimates are strongly influenced by weather variation. If, for example, there is a good spell of weather in early spring, followed by a cold snap, the hibernating queens may emerge early, and subsequently die, leading to a lesser number of infestations.
What are the signs of a wasp infestation?
Wasp nests are not always visible to property owners, due to the fact that they are often established in lofts, garages, sheds, and general lesser disturbed areas. If accessible, wasps can nest in-between walls, cracks, under roofing and in cavity spaces. Some wasps, such as the German wasp, even nest underground.
Though the structures themselves may not be easy to spot, more easily recognisable signs of a wasp infestation include increased wasp numbers. The presence of a constant buzzing sound is also a sign of wasp activity. In the case of an underground nest, holes and openings in the ground may be a sign of a nest – and should be avoided. A final sure sign of wasp activity are fresh, stripe-like marks on wooden surfaces surrounding the area in question. Social wasps, like those most common in the UK, construct their nests using fibrous materials – most commonly, wood fibre. Wasps will collect wood fibre from surfaces such as fences or sheds, leaving a line of wood unpainted, or not weathered by the sun.
Where do wasps build their nests?
Wasps are capable of constructing their nests almost anywhere, however, there are some spots that prove to be more common than others. Wasp nests are often established in lofts, garages, sheds, and general lesser disturbed areas. Elevated areas such as roofing and roof edges, gutters, and tree branches are also frequently built upon. If accessible, wasps can nest in-between walls, cracks, under roofing and in cavity spaces. Some wasps, such as the German wasp, even nest entirely underground.
How long will a wasp nest last?
Wasp nests do not usually live through the cold winter months, both due to temperature drops, and a lack of food. Resultantly, the average life-span for a wasp nest in the UK is around a year. This does not apply to every nest, however, as there is a chance that the nest may become polygynous, meaning they are inhabited by multiple egg-carrying queens, and stand a chance of surviving the winter, allowing for the establishment of a large colony.
How do I remove a wasp nest?
Removing a wasp nest with no professional experience is risky. Wasps can pose a significant danger to humans, whether or not the person in question is subject to adverse sting reactions. It is often difficult to judge the size of a nest – particularly in the case of those established underground. In addition to this, few products readily available in store are effective enough to kill off an entire colony. In order to avoid enraging a wasp nest and suffering stings as a result, it is best to contact professional pest controller to assess the situation, and provide a suitable solution.
What are the differences between wasps and bees?
It is important to be able to tell the difference between wasps and bees, as bees are a protected species – those who tamper with their hives may face prosecution.
Though there are many different species of bee, both the honeybee and the bumblebee sport a layer of hair on their bodies, used for collecting pollen, whereas wasps tend to appear shiny. Wasps’ bodies tend to appear more tapered and aerodynamic than that of the bee.
Beehives are created using beeswax, which, as the name suggests, appears waxy, whereas wasp nests appear papery, and are created by mixing wood or plant fibre with saliva whilst chewing.
How many wasps live in a nest?
The number of wasps present in one nest varies both with the nest age, and the type of wasp housed in it. In addition to this, some nests can become polygynous, meaning they are inhabited by multiple egg-carrying queens, and stand a chance of surviving the winter, allowing for the establishment of a large colony.
The most common wasp in urban areas of the UK, the German Wasp (Vespula Germanica), average around six hundred to eight hundred wasps per nest, though this number can be up to one thousand five hundred in rare cases.
Where do flies come from?
Flies often enter a property through an open door or window during the summer season, either in pursuit or decaying organic matter, or from the decaying matter from which they hatched. This matter can include fruit, vegetable, meat, or even faeces, making sites like bins and roadkill popular. Adult house flies lay eggs in materials such as this, which then develop into maggots within one to three days. The maggot will then develop into pupa, which will hatch into an adult house fly within three days.
How do I get rid of flies in my property?
Preventative measures are an effective way to avoid an infestation. The most effective preventative measure when dealing with flies is effectively managing rubbish and food waste. This must be routinely removed. In addition to this, keeping counters clean and free of attractors such as food morsels will reduce the number of places a fly can land. Initial entry to indoor properties can often be prevented by either keeping windows and doors closed, or, installing fine mesh screens. Fly traps are also available commercially, which often kill before infestation can worsen
What does a swarm of flies in my property mean?
A large swarm of flies either in, or around your property, is an indication that a clutch, or multiple clutches of fly eggs have hatched nearby and reached maturity. They could have been laid in any kind of rotting organic matter, including manure used in gardening, roadkill, in compost heaps, or in waste bins. These flies are most likely now seeking matter in which they can feed and breed.
What are the signs of a fly infestation?
The most obvious sign of a fly infestation is increased numbers of flies in or around a property, or in a specific area. This is often accompanied by a buzzing sound.
In addition to this, ‘nesting’ sites where eggs have been laid, or maggots are present, are a clear indication of fly activity. House fly eggs, for example, look like very small grains of rice, and are generally white in colour. They tend to be laid in clusters, and are commonly found on rotting matter.
Indoors, both adult house flies and maggots are often found in and around bins, on floors around drains, around light sources, and near pet food. Much the same can be said for outdoor fly infestations, however, the presence of animal faeces from, for example, pets, may attract larger numbers.
How long do flies live?
The lifespan of a fly depends on its exact species, however, the lifespan of the most common flying pest in the UK, the housefly, tends to be between 15-25 days, not counting the maggot and pupa stages.
Why are there flies in my loft?
The presence of a large number of flies in a loft or attic space most likely indicates a cluster fly infestation, particularly in the autumn months. Cluster flies are similar in appearance to houseflies, but exhibit vastly different behaviour. Cluster flies hibernate throughout the winter in warm spaces such as lofts, attics, and historically, hollow trees, before emerging again in spring.
Preventative measures can be taken to keep cluster flies out of properties, such as sealing entry points, however, once they have entered and begun hibernating, it is possible to remove them using DIY methods, or, by hiring a professional pest controller.
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