Insects and pests

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Here we deal with ants, cockroaches and bed bugs. We also have information sheets on:

Remember - we do not provide a pest control treatment service but we can give advice.


Cockroaches are generally found indoors, in area such as cellars, basements, kitchens, bakeries and heating ducts. They often remain hidden during daylight hours. They carry organisms which cause food poisoning in humans and other bacteria. They will feed on almost anything including. Insecticides are available and you should always follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. See Yellow Pages for treatment services. Good hygiene including food storage and clearing up spillages is the best way of avoiding cockroaches.


Bedbugs can be a problem where there are many people living together particularly if mattresses and other bedding is not washed regularly. They can also be transferred through furniture. Bedbugs can survive for up to a year without feeding. They feed on blood - usually human but they will also feed off other mammals such as rabbits, rats, mice, bats, poultry and other birds. They hide during the daytime and feed at night. Whilst they are not associated with disease they can cause irritation and distress to humans and people react differently to their bites. Infestations should be treated by a professional. Look for a contractor in Yellow Pages.


Once again good hygiene practices such as effective food storage and clearing up spills will help to reduce the risk of ants. The majority of ants live outside of the home. The worker ants forage for food and take it back to the nest. You can help to stop ants getting into your home by filling cracks and crevices. If you do notice ants in the home, scrub the area where you have seen them to remove their trail. A number of DIY products are available including powders and baits. It is important that you get rid of all the ants as they can soon rebuild their colony.

Published: 23 August 2013 - 10:29am