Do you have spiders in your home?

Read on to find out how to make your property less attractive to them….

Here at Pestforce Pest Control we will always endeavour to rid your home or business from pests. However when it comes to spiders, calling your local pest controller is usually not necessary and there are many steps that can be taken before you pick up the phone.

A survey from YouGov shows spiders are the UKs fourth most common fear, effecting a large percent of the population. However when it comes to arachnophobia, the figure is far lower but the effects far more severe.

We have noticed an increase in spider enquiries and this is likely due to the unseasonably warm weather we have had over the last few months, creating an ideal environment for the little critters to thrive.

10 of the most common UK spiders found in and around your home are….

House Spider
·         Up to 120mm
      ·         Hairy and dark brown in colour
      ·         Can bite but don’t usually pose a threat to humans
      ·         Usually come out at night and commonly found in the bath

Zebra Back Spider
·         5mm-9mm
      ·         Black and white in colour
      ·         Can bite but don’t pose a threat to humans
      ·         They jump to catch their pray

Cupboard Spider
      ·         4mm-10mm
      ·         Dark with light markings
      ·         If bitten which is rare, symptoms are minor
      ·         Females have a larger, rounder abdomen than males (pic)

Daddy Long Legs
      ·         Up to 45mm
      ·         Small oval abdomen with long thin legs
      ·         Venomous but rarely bite and if so cause no lasting effects
      ·         Usually found in areas with some moisture

Money Spider
      ·         Up to 5mm
      ·         Small with grey or black bodies
      ·         Harmless to humans
      ·         Folklore suggests luck and wealth should one land in your hair

Lace Web Spider
      ·         Up to 12mm
      ·         Brown with yellow markings on abdomen
      ·         Bites can be painful with symptoms lasting 12 hours
      ·         Usually found on outdoor walls and fencing

Missing Sector Orb Spider
      ·         Up to 7mm
      ·         Silvery grey body with markings to the abdomen
      ·         Harmless to humans
      ·         Usually found on windowsills

False Widow Spider
      ·         Up to 20mm
      ·         Dark brown with bulbous abdomen
      ·         Britain’s most venomous spider known to have bitten humans but are not aggressive
      ·         Love dark spaces like under kitchen appliances and cupboards

Cardinal Spider
      ·         Up to 140mm, the UK's largest spider
      ·         Reddish brown but young spiders are lighter in colour
      ·         Can bite but they are rare and painless
      ·         Lives mostly in buildings and walls

Tube Web Spider
      ·         Up to 23mm
      ·         Black with an iridescent green jaw
      ·         Bites can be painful with symptoms lasting a few hours
      ·         Lives mostly under stones and logs


How to deter spiders from your home…

·         Fill in potential entry holes in walls and around pipework
·         Vacuum regularly high and low, ensuring you catch any cobwebs as you go
·         Check dark spaces in your home, underneath and behind furniture and kitchen cupboards
·         Move any log piles and general clutter away from the outside of your house
·         Deter insects from your home (spiders feast on these) by ensuring you keep windows closed if you have lights on in the evening

Why are spiders important?

Spiders are one of nature’s best pest controllers. Due to their diet of insects, they are extremely important within agriculture and horticulture, as insects cause great damage to our crops. According to spider expert Norman Platnick, there would be ‘famine’ without them.

This is one of the reasons a responsible Pest Controller will not spray for spiders outdoors, spiders do their ‘job’ best when outdoors! A typical treatment for a spider infestation would be an insecticidal spray, this can be extremely harmful to insects, fish and our much loved cats and dogs.

What to do if you have a serious spider infestation

All this said if you have a serious spider infestation inside your home or workplace, then as a last resort you can of course call a professional pest controller for further advice. 

With anything though it is important that you call a fully qualified and accredited professional. Here at Pestforce we are always happy to help.

GDPR Compliance

Most customers will be aware of the recent changes to the data privacy laws called GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations). Pestforce have updated their privacy policy in accordance with the new legislation.

We have put in place new training, policies and procedures for technicians, staff, franchisees and our support teams to ensure that we maintain the privacy of our customers.

If you have any concerns please call the office for clarity or more information.

Do you know the difference between your flying pests?

As the days get warmer and the nights get longer you will notice the return of our buzzing friends. Whilst they are usually happy going about their life, many can cause harm and distress to us so it helps to understand their differences. 

Here are the characteristics of our most common species, which ones are bothering you?

Honey Bee
Colour: Amber and black striped body
Hair: Short, furry looking
Size: 2.5cm
Sting: The barb is removed after it stings, which kills the bee
Food: Pollen and nectar from flowers
Lighting: Not attracted to the light
Nesting: Vertically hanging, wax based honeycomb nests
Nature: Gentle

Bumble Bee 
Colour: Yellow and black stripes 
Hair: Long, furry looking
Size: 1.3cm
Sting: The barb retracts, so it can sting again
Food: Pollen and nectar from flowers
Lighting: Not attracted to the light
Nesting: Small nests in soil cavities 
Nature: Gentle

Yellow Jacket Wasp
Colour: Bright yellow and black stripes 
Hair: No hair
Size: 1.3cm
Sting: The barb retracts, so it can sting again
Food: Sugary food/ drinks, over ripe fruit, human food waste 
and other insects
Lighting: Not attracted to the light
Nesting: Horizontally hanging, small paper like nests in protected 
areas such as lofts, soil cavities and eaves
Nature: Aggressive

Colour: Yellow and black stripes 
Hair: Some short hair
Size: 3.5cm
Sting: The barb retracts, so it can sting again
Food: Other insects
Lighting: Attracted to lights at night
Nesting: Very large paper like nests in protected areas such as tree hollows
Nature: Aggressive

If your newly detected flying insects are stopping you from 
enjoying the summer and would like your local Pestforce technician 
to remove them for you, contact us today to book an appointment
0333 567 0577

or click here to find your local technician.

Pestforce welcomes Jack Harris to the team

I am delighted to welcome Jack Harris, Senior Technician at Pestforce Harrow and Uxbridge.

He joins the team following our intensive training programme and can't wait to get stuck in.

Welcome aboard Jack, good luck!

Matt Baldwin opens the new Pestforce Brighton office

The Pestforce team are delighted to announce the establishment of the new Pestforce Brighton service team.

Matt is keen to get stuck in following our extensive training programme! Good luck Matt!

Following a career in the motor vehicle trade, Matt Baldwin chose to join Pestforce. This was after reading an article we placed in the BASC magazine, realising he could turn a keen interest in hunting, shooting and fishing into his own business, made owning a franchise the obvious choice.

Welcome to Mark Robinson

We are delighted to welcome Mark Robinson to the Pestforce network.

Mark and Pestforce are delighted to be opening a new local office to cover the South Warwickshire region incorporating Rugby, Leamington Spa and Stratford on Avon.

Mark was brought up in the countryside and has always had a keen interest in all levels of pest and environmental control. He is now excited to be establishing the new Pestforce local office and can't wait to get out and help the local community to be pest free.

Mark says that he enjoyed the Pestforce induction and training regime although he found it quite intensive and a real challenge. Mark is now eager to put this extensive knowledge into practice.

Good luck Mark!

Pestforce wins PPC Van of the Year 2018

Gary Leek of Pestforce East Yorks, scooped the award for VAN OF THE YEAR 2018 at the BPCA PPC Live Show at Malvern last week.

A statement from the BPCA who led the judging, explained why they have come up with this award.

"We wanted to celebrate the unsung hero of the pest management world - your van. Our panel will be talking through what makes for the perfect work van. They'll be discussing everything from health and safety, pesticide storage, security, fleet technology and company branding."

As you can imagine Gary is extremely pleased with his award and here's what he had to say...

"As you do I asked why pick my van off the car park as there were some smart vans parked out there, there reply was the tidy uncluttered graphics smart and to the point. Plus the number plate, MR05 BUG always catches attention. After the review of the final 4 vehicles, I'm told it was how the van was organised inside with the appropriate health and safety on view and at hand. So I was well chuffed as the van inside was how I finished work before we shot down to Malvern late Tuesday afternoon."

Pestforce East Yorkshire, MR05 BUG and me will be featured in the next PPC magazine now you can’t complain at that type of publicity!

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