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An influx of giant house spiders have already crawled into the homes of unsuspecting householders and we'll be seeing a lot more of them in the weeks to come.

September will see a large quantity of males leaving their hiding places to seek a mate. Their bite can penetrate human skin but its stinging venom is harmless to humans.

And with bodies that can measure up to three inches long, there's every chance you will see it first.

However, it only gets worse for arachnophobes, as these speedy creatures scurry at 1.18mph and once held the Guinness Book of Records top spider speed.

So good luck to budding exterminators, you are about to make some new friends this autumn, but here are some tips for keeping spiders away from the house.

Limit spider food - Clear away any dead flies, or other small crawling insects.

Vacuum regularly - Always vacuum high and low, and make sure you target sheltered spots beneath worktops and behind cupboards and sofas.

Remove webs - Do this regularly, and remember to check the corners of the ceiling and in corners of picture frames and mirrors.

Fill gaps - Make sure you fill the gaps between walls, pipework and under doors where possible.

Reposition sheltering sites - Spiders will look to tuck themselves away in firewood piles, garden bags and compost heaps, so put them at the bottom of the garden.

Limit lighting - Insects are drawn to light, and flies and moths are ideal spider prey, so turn any outside lights off if you can.

Put them off the scent - Spiders don't like the smell of citrus fruits like lemon, plus eucalyptus, tea-tree and peppermint oils. Try rubbing lemon peel around windows and doors, or spray the other scents around them.

Feline foe - A cat will try to catch a spider if it sees it - although owning a moggy won't stop spiders coming indoors in the first place.

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A dead rat was found in the basement of a Bromley restaurant by a hygiene inspector along with gnawed vegetables meant for customers.

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Mice are common house intruders and many households and businesses suffer with the problems these pests bring. Mice can be attracted to your house whilst looking for food, warmth or shelter.

Mice live on the ground and like to burrow, however, they are also able to climb. This means they find it very easy to get around and enter buildings. The fact that they can easily climb and prefer warm environments is the reason they are often found in lofts.

Did you know?
- Mice are actually colour blind. Just like most mammals, mice are colour-blind and see similar colours to humans that are colour blind.

- Unlike rats, mice can survive without water. They won’t seek out a water source if they can get enough moisture from the food that they find.

- If you were asked what a typical meal time would look like for a mouse, would you automatically think of the stereotypical mouse with a square of cheese? Well this isn’t actually the case, although mice will eat almost anything they can get their teeth into, they do have preferences. These pests have quite good taste when it comes to food and they will ideally like to snack on biscuits and chocolate!

- Just like rats, mice can also carry diseases. A few harmful diseases that can be transmitted by mice are; salmonella, listeria and tape worm. This is reason enough to not want your household infested with mice, however they can also cause significant structural damage to your home. Mice can cause damage through their gnawing and nest making. They have even been known to cause house fires by nibbling through electrical cables.

We pride ourselves in our professional and discrete approach to pest control. Therefore, if you are suffering from a mice infestation don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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A flowerbed was cleared after a video of rats teeming around rubbish bags made the national news – but people are still concerned about “monster” rodents lurking in other areas.

A passer-by posted a video on the #Fixit Harrow Network Facebook group on Friday, which showed several rats darting around the shrubs in Greenhill Way, Harrow on-the-Hill.

The footage was featured on BBC London News, which prompted Harrow Council’s clean team to clean up the rubbish and set traps.

But many fear rats are becoming a borough-wide problem.

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Ants are present all year round, however, like many pests ants are a huge nuisance in the warmer months. This is because they are attracted to the smell of foods and the summer is prime time for enjoying picnics and BBQ’s outside.

Did you know?

1. Ants are extremely clever insects. When you think of an ant does the stereotypical image of an ant carrying a leaf come to mind? This actually hasn’t been exaggerated by cartoons or story books, as ants can carry up to 20 times their own body weight.
2. Their legs are also very strong which means they can run fast. This may be good news for them but not so good for us when we are trying to stop them eating our picnics.
3. Ants use their antennas to smell and track down food. Something you may not know about ants is that adult ants cannot actually chew and swallow food. Instead they cleverly squeeze their food and then feed off the juice that is extracted from it.
4. Amazingly there are over 1000 different species of ants, and that’s just the ones we know about!
5. Ants are very capable insects. They live in large communities and work strategically together to keep their colony happily ticking along. Ants can be divided into the following groups; queens, males and worker ants.

Ants have a massive advantage and they are able to enter your home through many different outlets such as; the basement, loft, windows, doors and the smallest of cracks due to their size.

It is easier to deter ants from entering your home rather than attempting to get rid of an infestation once one has occurred. There are simple steps you can take to avoid an ant infestation;

1. Ensure you tidy up after each meal. As we are all aware ants are attracted by food so make sure you cover up any leftovers and don’t leave dirty dishes out for too long.
2. Keep your house clean. Simply sweeping up after meal times could prevent ants from being tempted to enter your home.
3. When cleaning surfaces or floors try not to use an excess amount of water. Not only do ants hunt for a food source but they are always on the look out for water too.
4. By taking out your rubbish regularly you are eliminating the temptation. Also, where possible leave your rubbish a good distance away from your house to avoid ants from coming in uninvited.

If all your handwork fails to keep these pests at bay then don’t just live with the annoyance, there are always other solutions and your next step could be to contact Emerald Pest Control.

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Ants are a real home nuisance. Our ant control solutions are perfectly safe for your family and pets!

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Anyone that has ever been stung by a wasp will immediately appreciate the pain and upset caused. Preventing a wasp infestation is paramount for safety. There are several ways that you can reduce the risk of being stung.

The most important prevention methods are to remove food sources and block nesting sites. The following steps are proven methods to keeping your home free from a wasp infestation.

Firstly, make sure that you regularly remove garbage from your home. Wasps are attracted to a food source. You should also keep all garbage wrapped up when inside the home.

Secondly, elaborating on the previous point, always keep garbage bags in bins. This practice should be followed whether you’re inside or outside the house.

Thirdly, before throwing fruit and vegetable waste into a bin, make sure that it’s appropriately wrapped before throwing it away.

Fourthly, make sure that your home is free of any small holes. A dry warm area is perfect for wasps to nest. Do not provide wasps with easy access to any areas of your home.

Fifthly, the summer months see a wealth of people enjoying the summer sun. If you enjoy a barbeque, eating outdoors or picnicking, be wary of wasps. By leaving food outdoors, you will invite wasps to the environment.

If you have a wasp nest on your property, you will need to take action. Should a wasp land on your skin it’s important that you do not flee, just stand still and the wasp should depart of its own accord. Don’t attempt to swat a wasp. Once aggravated, the wasp is more likely to sting you. If you’re sure that you have a wasps nest on your property, it’s important to locate it. Don’t attempt to remove the nest yourself, seek advice of a professional before attempting to remove the nest.

An infestation of wasps is something to be treated with caution. It’s always advised to contact an experienced pest control business before attempting to take any action yourself.
Visit Emerald pest control for more information

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