Insects

Flying insects are more than just a nuisance.Flies for example carry many diseases and contaminate food. Wasps of course sting and many moths and beetles contaminate and damage textiles and stored food products. Pestsafe has the expertise and proven products to eliminate unwelcome insect activity.

  • Ants

    The common black ant (Lasius niger) nests in wall and floor cavities or outdoors in soil, sand and under pavings. Ants become more troublesome when they enter food premises and homes in search of sweet foods and also in late summer when swarms of male and female ants take to...

  • Wasps

    Of the eleven species of wasp found throughout Europe, only the common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) and the German wasp (Vespula germanica) are important as pest species in the U.K. Nesting underground, in trees, wall cavities and lofts, wasps are generally regarded as a nuisance pest and a threat to...

  • Mediterranean Flour Moth

    Also referred to as mill or flour moths (Ephestia kuehniella) are widespread anywhere flour and cereal products are stored or processed, including mills bakeries and food stores. It is the larvae which are the main cause of damage to food and packaging .Adult moths have a wingspan 20 - 25mm. They...

  • Common Clothes Moth

    The adult clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella ) is 5 - 7mm in length and pale brown/yellow in colour. Larvae are creamy white with a golden brown head. Their preferred habitat is natural textiles and fabrics. They may simply fly in through open windows or originate from birds nests or other infested...

  • White Shouldered House Moth

    Adult White Shouldered Moths ( Endrosis sarcitrella) have a 15 - 25mm wing span .Pale golden brown in colour with dark brown flecks and fine hair fringes at the tips of wings.Similar in appearance and life cycle to the Brown House Moth but with a very distinctive white head and shoulders...

  • Grain Beetles

    Saw-toothed grain beetles (Oryzaephilus surinamensis) are probably the most significant grain store pest in the U.K, infesting a wide range of cereal and packaged food products. Large infestations can arise from small numbers of insects over wintering in the fabric of the buildings or from contaminated transportation or new...

  • Larder Beetle

    Adult Larder Beetle (Demestes lardarius) are 7 - 9 mm in length,black capsule shaped, with a whitish speckled band and short clubbed antenna. These insects are often found in butchers, abattoirs and meat and skin processing facilities including tanneries. In the home they may be found in lofts (birds nests) or...

  • Carpet Beetle

    A common pest of animal and food products, carpet beetles (Anthrenus verbasci) are also as the name suggests a major pest of textiles. Adult carpet beetles are 2 - 4 mm long with a brown / black mottled yellow appearance. Adults feed outdoors on plant pollen and may be found on window sills...

  • Booklice

    Booklice (Psorcids) are small (1 - 2mm) wingless insects, brown / yellow in colour with a flattened abdomen and mouth biting parts.Booklice are harmless and only significant as a pest when present in large numbers. Frequently found in warehouses museums, domestic and retail premises they can cause significant damage to fabrics...

  • Biscuit Beetle

    Biscuit Beetles ( Stegobium paniceum ) are commonly found in shops and larders feeding on all kinds of dried vegetable matter including herbs, spices, cereals, flour and bread. Contamination of food products and packaging is the primary concern with these insects. Biscuit Beetles are very similar in appearance and can easily be...

  • Blow flies (Blue/Green bottles)

    Facts about blow flies Like the house fly, blow flies are more than just a nuisance, they carry many pathogens which they pick up from rubbish tips, sewage plants, animal and human excrement or dead and infected carcasses. Blue bottles (Calliphora vomitoria) have red eyes and a dull blue / black...

  • Cockroaches

    Cockroaches carry and spread serious diseases including those associated food poisoning and other gastric ailments. On any food premises they are a serious risk to health and professional advice should be sought if activity is suspected. Food premises with an active cockroach infestation run the risk of being closed down...

  • Fruit and Vinegar Fly

    Fruit and Vinegar Flies (Drosophila spp) commonly found in bars and restaurants usually indicate the presence of food spillages such as soft drinks or beer or over ripe fruit and vegetables on which the insects feed and breed. Life Cycle Development time varies widely between species from a few days...

  • Common House Flies

    House flies such as the common house (Musca domestica) and lesser house fly (Fannia canicularis) carry a number of disease organisms such as salmonella, cholera and parasitic worms.These can cause sickness diaohorria and food poisoning. It is important therefore that flies are adequately controlled particularly on food premises. With...

  • Bed Bugs

    Nocturnal in habit, bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) cannot fly and therefore they must either crawl or be passively transported around in clothing or luggage.They can survive many months without feeding. Often but not always associated with poor hygiene most infestations found in domestic premises are usually in the bedroom...

  • Fleas

    The cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) is the most common of the flea species found in the home followed by the dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis). Although rarely encountered, other species of flea can be found on many common mammals including rats hedgehogs foxes rabbits (transmit myxomatosis) and birds. Adult fleas live...

  • Silverfish

    Silverfish ( ) are 15-20 mm in length with silvery / blue scales and distinctive bristly tails. They are wingless but very quick moving and dash for cover when disturbed. These nocturnal scavengers often inhabit tiny cracks and crevices around skirting and under cupboards. They are frequently found in kitchens bathrooms and damp...