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Cluster flies are flies that hibernate over winter in large congregations, hence the name cluster fly. They are typically found hibernating in loft spaces and outbuildings hence their other common name of attic fly. The term cluster fly is an umbrella term for any species of fly that hibernate en masse and the most common species is the yellow cluster fly | Cluster fly control Doncaster

Without doubt, the number one pest that we are asked to deal with are wasps. They form their nests in a variety of  nooks and crannies such as air bricks, lofts, garages, sheds, porches, dormer windows; the list is endless. During the Spring the queen wakes up after hibernating during the colder Winter months. She will initially feed herself up before choosing a location to construct a nest. The initial construction is a small ball the size of a golf ball. Within nest there are about 20 cells where the queen will deposit an egg in each. These eggs soon hatch into larvae and will pupate to become the first workers of the new nest | Wasp control.

Now that Spring has arrived and the temperatures continue to rise, insects will start to become active. Some insects cause problems all-year round in our homes and businesses. This article will look specifically at the main seasonal main pest culprits that can cause irritation, fear and even illness to people suffering from these insect infestations.

Squirrels can cause havoc if they gain access to your loft. At Kestrel Pest Management we have attended jobs where the wiring has been chewed and caused the electric to trip. They will chew beams, rafters, roof felt and they will pull up the insulation. They will dislodge roof tiles and damage fascias and soffits. They will chew water pipes and cause blockages in the feeder tank. You can see from this list of damage that a squirrel is not the kind of tenant you want living in your loft space | Squirrels in the loft.

Moles (Talpa europaea) can quickly spoil any grassed area by the moles prodigious tunnelling that results in spoil heaps being deposited on the surface. The moles are constructing these tunnels to search for earthworms and grubs that reside in the soil. They will patrol these tunnels on a regular basis (around every 4 hours) to consume any food item which has fallen into the tunnel. The small size and tremendous energy output of these incredible digging machines means that they require a relatively huge amount of food | Mole control Doncaster.

We carry out rat treatments throughout the year but, as is the case with mice, our callouts to rats increase as winter arrives. Rats are a member of the order called rodents along with mice, voles and squirrels. A common characteristic for this order is their constantly growing incisor teeth which they use to feed and gnaw. Rats are around 20 times heavier than mice so can wreak a lot more damage once they gain access to your home | Rat Control Doncaster.

Although mice can be a problem to the householder at any time of the year, it’s winter that sees the demand for our services to attend mouse infestations increase. Being such a small creature it is imperative for the mouse to be inside buildings where it can more readily maintain its body temperature. With this in mind it brings us to our first question which our customers normally ask…