Pest and vermin control in the North West has seen a lively and brisk this year which is somewhat surprising given the relatively cold winter of 2009/10.
Pest controllers were kept occupied with the usual town centre rats and mice infestations during the winter of course, but the relatively cold early part of the year has already seen some ant problems coming in.
The wet summers of 2008 and 2009 were not to the liking of the hymenoptera (sawflies, wasps, ants & bees) but 2010 looks like it will turn out to be a hectic year for flying ant work.
Regularly ants nest under the floors of buildings and inside cavity walls causing a large number of foraging ants to invade kitchens and food cupboards.
However it is at the mating time when they can be most distressing as they create winged males and queens which then mate on the wing.
The appearance of many thousands of these flying ants inside homes can be horrific indeed.
A relatively new pest was especially prevalant in the Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire area last year, the Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus verbasci).
It was unusual for pest controllers in the North West to deal with these pests until recently but they seemed to appear from nowhere in 2008 and already this year has seen reports of these insects in large numbers.
They have a similar life cycle to moths their larvae, called woolly bears devour natural fibres and can do great damage to carpets and natural fabrics. They can be a difficult and persistent pest to eradicate.
Bed Bugs are carrying on their renaissance in the Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire area, frequently arriving as hitch-hikers in the suitcases of home-coming holiday makers.
Regularly the first reaction of those unfortunates who realise that they have been infested with these revolting,blood-sucking creatures is to get rid of the old beds and buy new.
This is an expensive error as despite their name bed bugs not only hide in beds and in an infested bedroom will be found everywhere within around five yards of the bed, in cupboards, drawers etc, even in electrical sockets and the new beds become instantly re-infested.
Many people mix up bed bugs with dust mites which are not visible to the naked eye.
They dine just on blood which they take from their sleeping victims. People usually associate bed bugs with insanitary conditions but nothing could be less true, they do not need dirt, they dine on you!
Up to April 30th 2010 Harrier & Manchester Pest Control are offering a 25% reduction on their guaranteed ant treatment.
The revolutionary new treatment which is guaranteed for three years, extendable indefinitely in further three year chunks by a affordable re-treatment every three years, can be carried out on most houses subject to satisfactory,free
For the summer of 2010 Harrier Pest Control are giving a fixed price for destroying wasps nests in the Cheshire, Lancashire and Manchester area of just thirty two pounds.
Contact Manchester Pest Control for further details on 0800 019 8382 or 0161 930 8814