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By Michael, Aug 30 2017 09:58AM

In our last blog we covered off crawling insects, so it seems only right and proper that we give a similar recognition to their flying cousins!

Our flying friends include moths, bluebottles, houseflies, flying ants, fruit and cluster flies.

The most common moth is the Brown House Moth. They grow up to 18mm long, feeding on wool, hair, fur, feathers, cork or debris from food such as dried fruit or cereals.

Bluebottle flies superficially resemble the housefly but are more shiny blue in colour and generally larger. They are commonly found on windows and produce loud, buzzing sounds. Because blue bottle flies deposit their eggs in decomposing organic matter, their appearance indoors indicates that decomposing matter is present nearby.

First, examine drains and pipes for breakages and/or holes. If no breaks are found, check rubbish areas, as flies can lay their eggs in scraps of rubbish.

Small numbers of bluebottle flies can even enter homes in pursuit of light or just accidentally through an open door or window. Using fly strips is a method of capturing individual flies and aerosol insecticides may also be of use, however, these methods kill only exposed flies and do not treat infestations.

Houseflies are a real nuisance – not just by flying around your house, but they also transmit diseases, so it is important to get rid of them. However, house fly control is not always as easy as it sounds.

The first step is identification - it is easy to confuse houseflies with several other fly species, including cluster flies. The different types of flies may look similar, but they require different control methods.

It is also very important to identify the places where the flies have been depositing their eggs. It may be something simple like an open bin bag can or a bowl of pet food left on the patio.

The next step is to eliminate the adult flies and it may be necessary to use fly bait, traps or an insecticide application. You may also want to flytraps.

Flying ants are a perennial problem, if only for a short period of time. The majority of ants are wingless. However, at certain times of the year, swarms of flying ants become a common sight.

Sadly, when winged ants are found within a home, it is likely that a colony has already been established or entered through an opening like an open window. 

Fruit flies are attracted to sugary, organic material and, as their name suggests, they are commonly found infesting fruit. However, fruit flies are also capable of breeding in decaying meat, rubbish bins and any large spills of fizzy pop or alcohol.

To keep fruit flies at bay, it is vital that we keep our fruit bowls in check! Sounds obvious, but a lot of times we tend keep our fruit for longer than its recommended life span, which really attracts flies.

Cluster flies, also known as attic flies, are around 9-10mm long and have light and dark grey chequered stomach and short, golden hairs on their chests and their wings overlap when at rest.

Cluster flies are slightly larger and darker than the common housefly and move more sluggishly, but are capable of crawling through small openings in the walls of a structure, so live in places like attics and wall voids.

However, in the warmer weather, they very often find themselves in the inhabited parts of the house and the move to the windows. They cluster around the windows and they leave stains on walls and curtains if crushed.

As with all types of household pest, be they flying, crawling, stinging or nest building, it’s always better to call in a professional pest control expert, as we have access to treatments and products that you just can’t get on the high street – products that will tackle the problem at source and not just temporarily treat the symptoms.

Until next time...


In our last blog we covered off crawling insects, so it seems only right and proper that we give a similar recognition to their flying cousins!

Our flying friends include moths, bluebottles, houseflies, flying ants, fruit and cluster flies.

By Michael, Aug 6 2017 09:31PM

British summer (if we can call it that!) is well underway, so it is likely that you may have noticed some unwelcome guests!

If we look at our crawling ‘friends’, we can include ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, silverfish and beetles.

Ants are a perennial problem! If you regularly see ants in and around your property, you can probably assume there is a nest there somewhere. The key is to first find the nest entrances. These are indicated by small piles of earth pellets or can be located by watching the ants moving back and forth from nest to food.

Once located, there are products you can buy from the supermarket but, to be honest, the ones that work best are just temporary solutions – it’s always best to call in the experts for a long-term solution!

Moving on to bedbugs – they can multiply VERY quickly, so early detection is critical to help prevent an even larger infestation.

Remember - A bed bug infestation has nothing to do with cleanliness

They can hide in unusual places such as behind baseboards, floor cracks, and under carpets or behind loose wallpaper, which can make them difficult to detect and, once indoors, they can be extremely difficult to control without the help of an experienced pest specialist.

Control of cockroaches is seldom easy because of the difficulty of getting the insecticide to the insect.

The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) has this advice for control of cockroaches:

“For any Cockroach infestation, we would always recommend contacting a professional pest control company, preferably a member of the BPCA. They are trained in cockroach control and will have access to a range of professional use insecticides that are not available to the public.

Next up is fleas and you need look no further than your pet dog or cat for the first signs of flea infestation! Constant scratching is, obviously, a key sign of fleas, as is visible signs when combing your pet (signs of fleas moving or visible droppings).

Another obvious sign is being bitten yourself and, if you have an active infestation, you may see fleas jumping in your carpet and furniture.

As with ants, there are things you can but over the counter but it will only offer a short-term solution. Our best advice is to:

a) approach a vet for a cure to your pet’s issues

b) use a professional pest control service to administer any treatments in your property.

Silverfish are a curious problem for households… found in damp areas commonly in kitchens and bathrooms and nocturnal in habit. They often get trapped in baths and basins, as they cannot climb smooth surfaces.

As they love dampness, always treat areas with an appropriate insecticide or call us and we’ll sort it for you.

Lastly, on crawling insects, we have beetles – there are at least 10 types of beetle in the UK, from biscuit to carpet and longhorn to woodworm.

As there are so many types, the best advice is to get the experts in to assess the problem and advise the most appropriate course of action.

By Michael, Jan 11 2017 02:29PM

Recently, you may have seen in the news that the UK is set to see a surge in the number of rats, after the laws regarding the use of the stronger poisons have been changed.

Now, anyone who wants to use anticoagulant bait must attend a training course and obtain a licence to use such products.

Here at PCSY, we are fully qualified to rely on us to help you with your rat problems, should they manifest themselves as per the warnings, and we’re only a phone call away. However, we thought it’d be a good idea to give you some great tips on preventing rats and other rodents getting into your property.

As you might expect, as the winter bites, our rodent friends find it harder to find sources of food outside. Gone are the BBQ months and times of people eating outdoors, so a rat’s ‘Al Fresco larder’ is less well stocked too!

Inevitably, this means they are looking to access properties to get to food that’s easily accessible, once they’re inside and the recent changes in the law on the use of poisons could indeed make this worse for tenants and owners and there’s the obvious problem that there being more rats around, they will breed in greater numbers.

So, here’s our handy guide to making it as hard as possible for our furry friends to get in!

• Where possible, keep foods in sealed containers

• Make sure outdoor bin lids are securely closed

• Keep hiding places to a minimum – don’t let rubbish build up!

• Clear away all left over pet foods when not in use

• Make sure compost bins are fastened tightly

• Fit bristle/brush strips to the bottoms of front/back doors

• Fill any obvious holes in exterior walls, roofing cavities and eaves

• Fix metal/rubber grates to drains and vents to keep them covered

• Seal any holes around pipe work with an exterior sealant

• Cut back bushes, trees, overhanging branches and grass to limit nesting and shelter possibilities for mice

• Cover any firewood, keep it above ground and at least 20ft from the house

Remember, it’s always best to call in the experts, especially now there are restrictions on the types of poisons you can use, without a license.

You can call me, Mike, at Pest Control Services Yorkshire on 07912 576896 and I’ll be happy to discuss your rodent issues and advise the best course of action.

Thanks for reading my latest blog and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and wish you all a Happy (and rat free) New Year!


By Michael, May 19 2016 09:25AM

The control of bees and wasps in Yorkshire is an annual problem for both householders and businesses, as the summer months begin to descend upon us.

As a nation, we have a tendency to lump bees and wasps together but, as you might expect, they are very different creatures and, therefore, have their own ways of disrupting our summer!

Wasps tend to be most problematic towards the latter part of the summer months, as this is when their nests will be at their largest and they are also more likely to be more aggressive towards human intervention in their nesting, given their ‘dozy’ state.

Bees, however, will always defend their nest aggressively but, as many of you will probably know, unlike wasps, bees die after stinging, so it’s a last resort for a bee to sting someone.

The most common bees in the UK are the Bumble Bee and the Honey Bee. A Bumble Bee is much easier to identify, as it tends be rounder, bigger and has many more striped markings than any other bees.

Honeybees, by contrast, are much smaller and can be easily confused for wasps.

There are many other types of bees in the UK (in fact around 250 different species!) such as the masonry bee, solitary bee and the common carder bee.

Some nest in colonies, whereas others build smaller fortresses inside small pipes or other ventilation inlets.

Turning to our ‘friend’, the wasp, did you know that a single large wasps’ nest can be home to up to 6,000 wasps and is capable of accommodating anywhere up to 30,000 of our little yellow and black chums!

Bee and wasp control is an annual problem for householders and businesses!
Bee and wasp control is an annual problem for householders and businesses!

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Unlike bees, wasps are prone to attacking in numbers if they are disturbed or feel threatened, so trying to destroy the nest in an attempt to remove it from your property or workplace is quite possibly the worst thing you can do and will only serve to aggravate its inhabitants – not something you want to do, trust me!

Wasp nests are often found on the eaves of building (the bits that hang over the edge), lofts and wall cavities, under decking, in garages and/or in your shed.

So, as both bees and wasps’ nests can be found in a variety of places, it is very important to call out a pest control specialist (such as PCSY) to remove the nest properly and without any danger to the residents or workers in building.

Believe it or not, some people have actually lost their lives whilst trying to remove a nest, due to the anaphylactic shock experienced after being stung, so it’s really not worth the risk!

At PCSY we’ve got everything we need to come in and do a quick and professional removal of your problematic bee or wasp nest, as we’ve got all the right protective equipment and tools in order to ensure we do the job efficiently and effectively, without breaking the bank.

So, if you want your buzzy invaders to, quite frankly, buzz right off, just give us a call today and we’ll be there to help you get rid of your summertime pest problem…. And don’t worry, we won’t ‘sting’

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