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Why Are Rats Attracted to My House?

Wild rats and mice are pretty much universally unwelcome in our homes, so why are they attracted to come inside? It’s a question that you might ask yourself, and it’s actually a great place to start when you want to rid yourself of any pests; once you understand the factors that are contributing to the infestation, you can better ‌deal with them. This month at Pest Defence, we’ll talk about the different things that attract rats to your home, with tips on how to deal with the issues at hand. Things that attract rats into your home On their most basic…

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How Long Do Ants Live?

Ants are familiar to homeowners and businesses alike, since they are a common insect here in the UK. Often attracted by sources of food, it’s understandable that they regularly come into close contact with us. While they’re not dangerous themselves, an infestation of ants could mean that they bring unsanitary conditions with them. To help you better combat ants on your property, it’s worth knowing how long they live and at what time of year you can expect them to appear. This month at Pest Defence, we’ll talk you through these points, as well as how to get rid of a…

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What Do Wild Rabbits Eat?

Lots of people ask ‘are rabbits native to the UK?’, since they seem like such a staple of the English countryside. But believe it or not, wild rabbits are not native to the UK – the Normans brought them over in the 12th century. We’re more used to treating rabbits as pets these days, but wild rabbits still roam free in some areas — often enough to cause homes and businesses some trouble. This month at Pest Defence, we’re going to be looking into what wild rabbits eat, along with how they cause damage to commercial agricultural operations and domestic properties….

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Where Do Bees Go During the Winter?

If you managed to get out in the garden over summer, or even venture to your nearby park, you’ll no doubt have seen bees. Buzzing around happily wherever the flowers can be found in warmer weather, they’re an important part of our natural ecosystem – but where do bees go in the winter? This month at Pest Defence, we’re going to try and shed some light on this mystery, giving you a better insight into what bees do in winter and why you don’t see them. Where do bees go in winter? The first thing we should point out is that…

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10 Common House Spiders Found in the UK

Spiders are contentious creatures here in the UK, with arachnophobia (fear of arachnids) often topping the list of most common phobias. But while they give the majority of people the creeps, they actually offer a useful purpose to humans since they catch flies and eat other insects.  It’s around this time of the year – in August and September – when we’re likely to spot more spiders indoors, but what are the most common house spiders? To help you identify which spiders you’re sharing your home with, we’ve put this handy list together – as well as some FAQs on spiders…

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A Guide to Queen Wasps

The role of bees and their queens is well documented, but did you know that wasps are also considered pollinators and eaters of other pests? This is a vital role that they play when they’re out in the wild, but wasps are often known more as a pest when they happen to make a nest in cavities of buildings or in gardens. This month, at Pest Defence, to help you understand wasps a little more in detail, we’re giving you a guide to queen wasps. This will give you a better idea of when wasps are likely to be seen and…

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How to Get Rid of Fungus Gnats

A rising interior trend you may have noticed during the pandemic was indoor plants. We all need some greenery in our life – studies have even shown it can boost our mood and productivity – and so it’s only natural that people who found themselves cooped up at home all day invested in a variety of indoor plants. The thing people probably didn’t reckon with at the time was how much these can attract pests, given the right conditions. One of the key culprits attracted to plants is the fungus gnat. You’ll probably have come across them before without realising, so…

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Is Removing a Wasp Nest Necessary?

Whether you’re opening your cafe, pub, restaurant or other outdoor space for business or you’re getting into the garden at home for barbecue season, the last thing you want is to be tormented by a wasp colony. The warm weather always entices wasps out from late spring and throughout summer, so this month we’ve created a handy guide to help you figure out if removing a wasp nest is necessary, as well as some other tips and info to help you better understand wasps.   What does a wasp nest look like? A wasp nest will usually look like a brown…

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Reopening Your Building: Signs of Pests

While it might seem like pests are attracted to us, in reality, these creatures are often simply looking for somewhere to call home. That means that if your business premises have been left unattended for long periods, it’s possible that you might find that some form of pest has tried to move in. This is clearly unpleasant for you, your employees and your customers and raises environmental health issues. This year, plenty of businesses have been getting back into the swing of things with restrictions lifting, so we’re here to give guidance on how to spot signs of pests when you…

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Making Your Outdoor Space Pest Free Post COVID-19

It’s been a tough 12 months for everyone, but with the end almost in sight, many businesses have been reopening – especially in the hospitality and event industry. This is great news for the economy, people and jobs, but also for everyone else able to get outside and enjoy their outdoor space. But with this new rush to get outdoors comes the need to think about creating a comfortable environment free from pests. As the days get warmer and longer, more pests will appear and make a nuisance for anyone sipping a pint at an outdoor pub or having a barbecue…

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