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COMMON HOUSEHOLD PESTS


ANTS

There are more than 10000 known Ant species around the world. a female ants fate is to become a worker or queen this is determined by diet, not genetics. 

Most ant colonies contain thousands of individual ants with queens living seven years+ whilst workers have a lifespan of about 5 weeks. A queen can lay over 3000 eggs per day.

Although most ants are harmless many that have found their way into your home may have journeyed throughout grimy places and can spread contamination throughout your living area.

RATS

A Rats average lifespan is 2-3 years and are fully grown between 6-8 months old.

With more then 60 different species of rat  they come in all different sizes.

 A female rat typically births 6 litters a year consisting up to 12 rat pups.

A rats teeth never stop growing so they continually have to chew. This can cause damage to your home, they easily chew through plastic coatings on electrical wiring which would lead to short circuits or even house fires.

Diseases caused by rats can be transmitted through bites or scratches. Rat feces illness can be transmitted to humans through urine and droppings left around your home.

COCKROACHES

The average lifespan of a cockroach is 1-2 years but some can live up to a decade.

During its lifetime a cockroach can give birth to 14 egg capsules, containing around 13 babies with the hatching stage taking more then 3 months.

Infestations can vary in severity, if more then 25 are found it is classified as a heavy infestation.

If you see a cockroach or 3 your likely to have hundreds or maybe thousand's living in a nearby nest.

Roaches can carry pathogens that cause a variety of diseases including gastroenteritis, cholera and salmonellosis.

PIGEONS

With more then 30 types of pigeons, they are one of the most intelligent birds on the planet.

The average lifespan is 6 years and they can breed 6-8 times a year.

Pigeons can harm your house because they carry diseases and also carry mites.

Droppings can cause serious health issues even from just breathing in dust or water droplets contaminated my pigeon droppings.

Droppings due to there acid content can lead to long term damage of buildings.

FLIES

There are over 100,000 different types of flies but those most commonly complained about include the common house fly, lesser house fly, bluebottle, cluster, drain, and fruit fly. 

Flies feed on both human and animal faeces and are known to carry many diseases including Cholera, Conjunctivitis, Typhoid fever and Tuberculosis.

They can contaminate work surfaces, kitchen equipment and food. 


MICE

The average mouse lives 12-18 months.

females can have up to 10 litters a year and can become pregnant within 24 hours after giving birth.

The average gestation is 19-21 days with the average litter size as 10-12 pups.

House mice are considered dangerous and destructive pests, because they carry and transmit viruses, bacteria and other deceases.

they are commonly responsible to causing damage to personal property and are notorious for commercial crop destruction.

A mouse can squeeze through the tiniest of gaps, 5mm is all they need!

SQUIRELS

Squirrels will commonly enter loft spaces for shelter or to use as a breeding sight.

A male squirrel will have several nests within his territory which can be in trees or buildings.

They can be incredibly destructive and distressing pests to have in your home.

Not only can they cause noise at night they can damage by gnawing on woodwork and ceilings , tear up loft insulation they can also strip the plastic from electrical wires which can lead to loss of power or more seriously fires.


WASPS

Wasps make their nests by chewed wood pulp and saliva.

They are usually build in sheltered areas with easy access to the outside.

Nests are often found in wall cavities, roof spaces, under eaves and sheds or garages.

Queen wasps start working on new nests in the spring, by the summer months wasp nests are working overtime with up to 300 eggs being produced everyday and up to 5000 adults building the nest structure.

Not only are they annoying they are known for giving nasty stings, at best they are just painful or more seriously you could suffer an allergic reaction which can be fatal.

FLEAS

Fleas are small flightless insects that survive as external parasites of both mammals and birds. They can grow up to aprox 3mm long.

Once reaching adulthood a female fleas primary goal is to find blood and reproduce.

During their life they can lay in excess of 50000.

Once in your home they can quickly spread hiding in carpets ,furniture and even your bed!

They can carry and transmit several illnesses that can spread between animals and humans.

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