Did you know that cockroaches are an ancient group, dating back at least as far as the Carboniferous period, some 320 million years ago. They may be ancient but in reality, they are a very modern pest!  What are cockroaches? Cockroaches come from the order Blattodea and are common and […]

Bird Control

Our feathered friends in the garden that we feed are a joy to behold, but when birds congregate in public places, they not only become a menace but a disease spreading one at that. Why birds are pests Whether you live in a rural or urban area or indeed beside […]

Bluebottles and Flies

Flies are perhaps one of the most common pests that we all find in our homes, particularly during summer months and on warm days. And they are one of the easiest ways to spread disease. What are flies? Flies come from the order Diptera and include in their families an […]


There’s nothing worse than lifting your favourite wool rug or taking your favourite jumper our of the wardrobe to find that its full of holes courtesy of the common moth or to give it its official name Tineola bisselliella. What are moths? Moths can be extremely destructive and whilst they […]


Much beloved of the Victorians for their circus tricks, the flea or Siphonaptera is not so much loved by its modern audience. What are Fleas? Once a flea becomes an adult, its one goal in life is to find blood and then to reproduce. Without an adequate supply of food […]

Bed Bugs

There’s an old saying ‘sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite’, but bed bugs or Cimex lectularius are not just confined to beds. And they can travel. What are Bed Bugs? Bed bugs are bloodsucking or hematophagous insects and are attracted to their hosts by carbon dioxide, warmth […]

Have you seen this insect?

What is and Asian Hornet it? An invasive non-native hornet originally from Asia. Suspected records should be reported immediately. A highly aggressive predator of native insects, posing a significant threat to honey bees and other pollinators. Accidentally introduced to France in 2004 where it spread rapidly. A number of sightings […]

Fact File: Rabbits

  What to look out for: Droppings, stripped tree trunks, burrows, shoots on plants that have been eaten down to ground level. Why Control Them: Rabbits can quickly become a nuisance as they damage lawns, plants and flowers. Their burrows can also cause subsidence issues as their burrow systems can cause the […]