Spring Pest Control
As the British weather relents a little and it starts to get warmer, you may find a few unwelcome visitors creeping into your homes and gardens.
One kind of pest that you might start to see more of are Mining, or Mortar Bees. These lone bees tend to start appearing in April and May as the weather gets warmer. They are lone as while they live in close closeness, the females always live alone.
April is when bees who have laid eggs in fractures or holes in the walls the year past will start to appear. They have a very short life span, from April to July, so in this time they mate, lay eggs in their nest and then seal the hole up until April the next year.
Don’t be too afraid, Mining Bees don’t sting and aren’t aggressive. They are sometime confused with wasps although they are larger than normal bees.
While there isn’t that much you can do to get rid of the bees, it is important to keep an eye on the fractures and holes where the eggs are laid. By sealing these up, you prevent the eggs from being laid there in the first place.
April is also around the time that Honey Bees will start to appear – they are also the only swarming bee in the UK. Please remember that instead of killing a swarm using a wasp/bug spray, you should call a local beekeeper or pest control expert who can advise on the best plan of action.
Finally May bugs will start to come out in Spring and Summer evenings. These are large brown beetles that fly around making a loud buzzing noise – they are often mistaken for cockroaches. Again, this bug does not sting and is not unhealthy to humans.
Please remember that as more bugs appear and it might be tempting to use quick fix, cheap pest control products. You should always try to use products that are sustainable to both the air and the ecosystem you live in. If you have pets that might come sniffing around, check that the product you choose is safe for them.
If in doubt, contact a pest control company who can come and conduct an audit of the site. While it might seem costly, it can be a safer option if you have a large infestation and can save you money in the long term.