The relatively mild winter of 2013/14 has seen pest controllers in North West Britain tackling unseasonally early pests in the spring of 2014.
Garden ants have been much more of a pest this year than they have been for several years with flying ants appearing as early as
mid-March, a very unusual occurrence indeed. We are now much better equipped to deal with ants inside houses with novel gels making ant control much more effective than it has been. See our Ant Control page for further details.
Cluster flies and Harlequin Ladybirds have been more troublesome over this past winter than ever before.
Cluster flies move into buildings in the autumn causing mayhem in badly affected properties. Unlike most flies they are not carrion breeders, they are pollen eaters and their larvae are parasitic on the live bodies of earthworms.
They emerge from the soil in autumn and move into buildings in huge numbers.
Harlequin Ladybirds are a relatively new pest to the North West and like cluster flies move into properties in the autumn. As a foreign, non-native import they are also causing considerable ecological damage and they can bite human beings.
At the time of writing, early April 2014, we are already seeing many queens of the new
bumblebee invader, Bombus hypnorum, the Tree Bumblebee, a new and aggressive bumblebee which we saw in the North West for the first time in 2012.
We expect that the late spring will see an explosion of this new bee which is extremely defensive of its nest and will attack and sting anyone getting close.
It is an easy bumblebee to recognise with its white rump and distinctive, swirling flight around the nest entrance.
They should not be approached, see our Tree Bumblebee page for further details.
This year we have standardised our pricing for wasps’ nests, we now charge a fixed and flat fee of just £35 across the whole of our area of operation, we no longer add a distance surcharge for any areas.
With the mild winter and early spring it is anticipated that wasps’ nests will be plentiful this year but because of the biology of the wasp are unlikely to be seen before June, any ‘wasps’ seen in April or May will almost certainly be bees, some of which do look similar to wasps. This is especially true of solitary bees.
If you are unsure please visit our Wasps Or Bees page.
Moles are also troublesome this spring, with the mild winter bringing the earthworms closer to the surface.