We see more pest problems in the summer than during any other time in the year. We are always very busy from June to September dealing with all kinds of
pest, although some are undoubtedly more common summer pests compared to others. Here's what you need to know about them:
Voles & Moles
Voles and moles can really destroy a lawn. The first sign of an infestation is usually tunnelling across the lawn or garden area. These look like narrow runways typically 1-2 inches wide and if you leave voles alone your lawn may develop significant scarring.
We recommend a treatment of well-placed traps, to keep the population of voles down as much as possible. In addition to this, we recommend that you keep your lawn cut short because voles like underbrush and grassy areas where they can hide from predators. We are able to provide a complete vole pest control service in Newbury, Thatcham and Hungerford.
Wasps are aggressive predators which will attack if provoked, or sometimes for no reason at all. Wasps are attracted to sugary substances such as the food and drink humans consume, so it makes no wonder that they are commonly seen buzzing around in the summer.
Unfortunately, it isn't possible to stop wasps from coming near you all of the time because these creatures fly i.e. they have no boundaries! However, you should dispose of any wasps nests you find and place sticky fly traps in your home. We recommend a professional service such as the one we provide to get rid of wasps nests due to the dangers involved.
Flea populations soar in the summer months and any pet you have, be it a cat, dog, rabbit or another creature can pick up fleas. Once an infestation begins, it can be notoriously difficult to gain back control because flea larvae can survive many over the counter pesticides.
We recommend a thorough home treatment to keep flea populations down. Your pets should be treated with a spot-on treatment, such as Advocate, and flea tablets should also be given if your pet scratches often. Flea 'bombs' or sprays are an effective weapon against fleas, however all these measures need to be performed long-term and over the summer.
Last but not least we have ants. Ants are, in all honesty, harmless creatures although some people can have a nasty allergic reaction to them and if they start to enter your home this can obviously be a problem and especially so around pets and children.
We can also help with other common summer pests, don't hesitate to enquire about our services.
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