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How to Prevent and Get Rid Of Woodlice In the House

Woodlice are a common household nuisance in the UK. In small numbers, they don’t pose much of a problem, but a woodlice infestation can become difficult to handle and hard to stop. While woodlice won’t pose much of a risk to your health, an infestation is not a pleasant thing to deal with; this article will help you understand why woodlice are appearing in your home, as well as how you can prevent an infestation from occurring.   What do woodlice look like? Woodlice (‘Pill Bugs’ in the United States, and ‘Slater Bugs’ in New Zealand) come in a variety of…

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How to Prevent and Get Rid of Booklice

Booklice thrive in damp conditions. These tiny insects are harmless to humans but can quickly grow in numbers, causing an infestation which can be difficult to control. The name might make it seem like they exist purely in the confines of old books, but actually, booklice are happy to take root in any dark, warm and humid places where damp might be found. Booklice do not leave behind a great deal of evidence of their presence, so it might be tough to know you have an infestation unless you spot the creatures yourself. But by learning more about booklice, including what…

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What are cluster flies and how do you get rid of a cluster fly infestation?

Aiwok [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Pests are irritating, unsightly and insanitary – which is why finding an infestation is worrying – and finding cluster flies is no exception. Cluster flies are 8mm long and are a dark grey colour, with small patches of gold hair on their back and long wings. Appearing in spring, cluster flies will begin to lay eggs outside and will hibernate in your home around nearing winter, around August time. To get rid of cluster flies you can use your vacuum cleaner, aerosol fly killer or call your local professionals who will be able to…

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Types of Mice in the UK – Mouse Identification & Facts

There are numerous types of mice in the United Kingdom, varying in size, average lifespan and physical appearance. If you’ve found a mouse in your garden or your house and want to know the species, or if you’d just like to find out the different mouse breeds in the UK and be able to distinguish between their differences, read our guide on mouse identification and become an expert. We’ll also provide interesting mouse facts like what different mice eat in the wild, their lifespans, what they look like, whether they hibernate and more.   British rodents identification – the different types…

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How to Keep Rabbits Off Your Garden or Land

Domestic rabbits are common family pets but wild rabbits are quite different. Destroying your land and passing fleas on to your pets in the process, they can be a real nightmare. In the summer they’ll thoroughly enjoy your flower beds, weeds, grass, leaves, fruits, roots and shoots – perfect for a growing bunny’s appetite – and in the winter they’ll tuck into tree bark, twigs and bushes (they’re not all that fussy!). If you’ve got a headache over the state of your garden or land due to a fluffle of rabbits, then read on to find out how to prevent rabbits…

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How To Tell if a House Has Pests: Infestation Warning Signs

Have you checked that you’ll be living alone before buying or renting a house or apartment? Take time to closely inspect each room so you’re not faced with the unpleasant experience that comes with a pest infestation. This month, Pest Defence are here to share the alarming signs that pests are present within a property. Read on to discover the warning signs…   How to tell if a house has pests Avoid the costly affair of pests by understanding what it is you should be looking for inside a new home and out. With countless pests on the prowl for shelter…

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Where Do Pests Come From?

Pests are an alarming thing to find in both the home and office because it means that they have somehow managed to make their way inside through small cracks and crevices within the property – which means it’s a job for a professional to find it, seal it and remove the pests. If there aren’t any signs of broken sealants or cracks, it’s likely you’ve brought a contaminated item into the home without realising. Whatever pest you have found in your home, we have it covered in our comprehensive guide. Pest Defence are here to provide answers to your questions, covering:…

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What To Do When You Have Pests in a Rented Home

Pest Defence are here to share with you our comprehensive guide on what to do if you find pests in your rented home. Who is responsible for pest control when renting? This depends on whether your pest problem was caused by existing issues such as holes in the walls, if your tenancy agreement states that your landlord sees the property as ‘fit to live in’ and if the pests were already there before you moved in. In all of these cases, the responsibility lies upon your landlord. That said, it is the tenants’ responsibility to control pests if there are signs…

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Identify a Pest By Its Droppings

Sometimes we don’t know we have pests until we find their droppings inside our homes and not only can this be gross to find but also concerning, especially when you’re unsure what it is you’re dealing with. Cut the curiosity and identify the pest in your home by their poop with our handy infographic. And see below for more details on determining the type of pest in your home. Rats  Rats excrete much more than any other pest, as much as 25000 pellets in one year. Should you have rats, you will notice these droppings all over as they go to…

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How To Prevent Cockroaches & Get Rid of Them

The warmth and the availability of food in your home or business can attract cockroaches, and once they enter your home, they can quickly reproduce to cause an infestation that can be significantly detrimental to the health of your family. To help you deal with the potential threat of an infestation, we’ve put together this cockroach fact sheet to provide you with all of the information you need. Types of cockroaches Cockroaches can be found all over the globe because they can live off next to nothing. In the UK the cockroach species we will come across include: Oriental cockroaches: this…

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