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How to Get Rid of Drain Flies/Moth Flies and Prevent an Infestation

If you have noticed little flies in your bathroom, you may have encountered a drain fly infestation. Though they are relatively harmless, these pests can be a huge inconvenience, making your bathroom and kitchen areas look unhygienic and unsightly. Here, you can find all the information you need on what drain flies are and how to deal with them.   What do drain flies look like? Drain flies, also known as sewer flies, filter flies, moth flies or sink flies, look similar to the average house fly as they are very small – about an eighth of an inch – and…

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Who Can Provide Pest Control in Romford or elsewhere in Havering?

Finding that you’ve got pests in your home or workplace is a huge inconvenience, not to mention very unhygienic and unsightly. Infestations can cause a whole host of problems from wasted food to disgruntled customers. Often, one of the biggest barriers to solving the problem is simply finding out who you can go to for a solution. In this article, we’ll go through the options that are available when you’re looking for pest control in Romford and the London Borough of Havering.   Does the council offer pest control in Romford? The degree and prices of pest control offered varies between…

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Who Offers Pest Control in Loughton & Epping Forest District?

Pest infestations are generally quite uncommon, but when they do occur they can cause a lot of damage. If you notice any signs of a pest infestation, you’ll naturally want to take action straight away. You’ll want to know what your options are and how you can access effective pest control services at an affordable price, fast. Here at Pest Defence, we’re on hand to help and have compiled information about what’s available in the areas of Loughton and the wider Epping Forest District.   Does the council provide pest control in Loughton? Loughton Town Council currently does not provide any…

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Common Food Pests and the Dangers for Restaurants and Retailers

Food pests can cause your customers to become ill and your reputation to be tarnished, resulting in significant setbacks for your business. This is why it’s important for all businesses, no matter how big or small they are, to maintain sanitation standards to prevent pest damages. In this article, we’ve put together a guide to the most common pest issues facing food retailers and restaurants, so you can save your produce and your business before it’s too late.   Why are pests a food safety hazard? When pests get access to food stores, it is easy to understand how they can…

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Who Provides Pest Control in Ilford and London Borough of Redbridge?

Pest infestations are thankfully quite uncommon, but when they do happen it can have a huge effect on our day-to-day life. These nuisance critters can cause much more destruction than their size would suggest, damaging all sorts of things from food, to crops, to livestock. When an infestation strikes and you need help getting rid of it, it’s important to be aware of what your first port of call should be. If you’re looking for pest control in Ilford or elsewhere in the London Borough of Redbridge, this article will give you the lowdown on the services available and what you…

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How to Prevent and Get Rid of House Dust Mites

Though you would never be able to sense their presence, dust mites are a cause of aggravation to many. These tiny creatures hide in dust all over our houses without us knowing, leaving up to 20 droppings a day, which is bad news for allergy sufferers. So what can you do about this common pest? In this guide, we’ll go through everything you (might not) want to know about dust mites.   What are dust mites? Dust mites (sometimes known as house mites) are tiny, microscopic creatures that can be found pretty much anywhere humans can. They are a type of…

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How To Get Rid of Ladybirds and Prevent An Infestation

Ladybirds are less scary-looking than your typical insect, but just like any other pest, they can cause significant disruption when they appear in large numbers. A ladybird infestation can be a huge nuisance but overall they are nothing to worry about, and can be dealt with easily. In this guide, we will go through everything you should know about how to deal with ladybirds in the home, and why the Harlequin variety has been stirring up such a fuss.   What are ladybirds? Contrary to what their cute, dome-shaped, polka-dot appearance may have you believe, ladybirds are a type of beetle,…

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How To Prevent and Get Rid of Biscuit Beetles

Kamran [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Most people don’t think to check their dried food for pests as it’s not somewhere you’d necessarily expect to find an infestation. Your store-cupboards can, however, become somewhere for pests such as biscuit beetles (or drugstore beetles) to thrive, which can cause contamination and health risks, as well as being a huge inconvenience. In this guide, we’ll look at everything you need to know about biscuit beetles and take you through some common questions about infestations.   What are biscuit beetles? Biscuit beetles are small, hard-shelled, reddish-brown beetles with an oval-shaped body which is…

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What Types of Insect Pests Are Living in My Home?

Your home can be a thriving ecosystem for a number of pests and creepy crawlies. Most of the time, you won’t be aware of their presence, but when they begin to grow in numbers, they can infest your home and become a persistent nuisance. In this article, we’re looking at some of the different types of insects you might find living in your home, which will include information to help you identify them, and learn how they can infest your property.   Silverfish What do they look like? Silverfish are easy to identify by their shimmery, silver appearance and rapid, wriggly…

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How to Prevent and Get Rid of Bird Mites

Here at Pest Defence Ltd, we are often asked to identify lesser-known insect species which have been found in the home. One of these is the bird mite – also known as pigeon mites, red mites and bird lice – which can be mistaken for bed bugs. They do pose a risk to humans and are certainly an unwelcome presence in the home, so read on for our advice on what to do if you think you may have a bird mite infestation.   What are bird mites? ‘Bird mites’ is the collective name for several types of mites for which…

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