Flies, Beetles, Bedbugs, Fleas

1. FLIES    2.BEETLES    3.BEDBUGS    4.FLEAS

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1. FLIES

Where do they live?

Houseflies are currently found where people work or live because of the ready supply of food. Bluebottles, which are larger than the common housefly, are also often found in human environments and are particularly attracted to meat and decaying materials.

Where do they come from?

Housefly eggs are laid in moist or rotting organic matter such as household rubbish, compost or manure. Once hatched, flies can reach maturity in a very short period of time depending on temperature. A female fly can lay up to 900 eggs during the one to three months of her adult life.

Common houseflies have a flight range of considerable distance and can easily move from breeding grounds to the home. A sudden appearance of bluebottles in the home normally indicates that a small animal (rodent or bird) has died – possibly under the floorboards or up a chimney.

Why do flies come indoors?

Houseflies and bluebottles come indoors looking for food. They are not choosy as to the type of food they settle on and are likely to be highly active once indoors. Female bluebottles are easily able to find sources of suitable food and are often found in domestic kitchens. Because of the way flies feed and where they are may have come from before settling on the food, it is best to make sure that food is covered to avoid contamination.

Can they cause harm?

Bluebottles and houseflies go from filth to food in a short time and have the ability to carry diseases such as gastroenteritis (tummy bug), salmonella, cholera, typhoid and they can also possibly transmit intestinal worms.

How can I control a fly problem?

MP has a range of techniques available in dealing with flying insect pests. In addition to residual treatments we have fly control units and insect screens available dependent on the extent of the problem. All of our fly control units are of the highest quality and are manufactured only in the UK. Our expertise has enabled us to recommend the very best fly control units, based on our many years of experience in dealing with every flying insect pest found in the U.K.

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2.BEETLES – Order Coleoptra 

Introduction 

Beetles form the largest insect order, including over 40% of all named insect species worldwide.  Most environments have been colonised and many serious agricultural pest species exist.  Some beetles also do considerable damage to stored foods, building structures, fabrics and fibres.

Group Characteristics 

All beetles follow a complete metamorphosis, the eggs hatching into larvae which are typically six-legged, although some species have legless grubs.  With many species it is only the larvae that cause economic damage, in others the adults also eat, damage or contaminate foodstuffs, structures and fabrics.  Identification of the larvae is important but can, in some families, be impossible without a microscope.  The adults are generally easier to identify.

All beetles adults have a pair of hard wing cases (elytra), usually covering a pair of membranous hind wings.  Further generalisation is not useful and each species described includes the important technical details relevant to its identification, detection and control.

Species Included

Ground Beetles (Strawberry Seed Beetle),Larder Beetle,Leather Beetle,Black Larder Beetle,Peruvian Larder Beetle,Khapra Beetle,Fur Beetle,Varied Carpet Beetle,Museum Beetle,Common Carpet Beetle,Furniture Carpet Beetle,Biscuit Beetle,Cigarette or Tobacco Beetle,Common Furniture Beetle,Death-watch Beetle,House Longhorn Beetle,Wharf Borer,Powder Post Beetle,Australian Spider Beetle,White-marked Spider Beetle.Golden Spider Beetle,Merchant Grain Beetle,Flat Grain Beetle,Foreign Grain Beetle,Plaster Beetles,Fungus Beetles,Mould Beetles,Dried Fruit Beetles,Yellow Mealworm Beetle,Dark Mealworm Beetle,Lesser Mealworm Beetle,Rust-red Flour Beetle,Confused Flour Beetle,Broad Horned Flour Beetle,Slender Horned Flour Beetle,Small Eyed Flour Beetle,Lesser Grain Borer,Grain Weevil,Rice Weevil,Maize Weevil,Wood-boring Weevils 

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3.BED BUGS

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Bedbugs are found wherever human beings sleep within a property. They can be carried into the home on luggage brought in after a stay in an infested hotel or dwelling. Bedbugs can also enter the home on second-hand furniture and in very rare cases, can be brought in on a person’s clothing.

They are nocturnal and spend most of their time hiding in areas such as floor cracks, under carpets, behind loose wallpaper or pictures, loose skirting boards and door frames and the surrounding structures of infested rooms. They commonly appear in the seams, piping and buttons of bed mattresses and on bedroom furniture.

Modern buildings often allow bedbugs to migrate along terraced houses and between flats, spreading the problem away from the original infestation.

What do they eat?

Bedbugs feed exclusively on blood, normally every 3-4 days and generally only in darkness. Although human blood is preferred, they can survive on blood from rabbits, dogs, cats and rodents etc.. Bedbugs can survive extreme starvation and have been known to survive for up to 12 months without feeding.

Are bedbugs a health hazard?

The close association of bedbugs with humans can cause a substantial nuisance through the blood feeding habits. Bites often result in a hard, white swelling – unlike flea bites, which leave a dark red spot. Itching caused by bites and the possibility of secondary infection caused by scratching is most common. If infestation is high then there can be a risk of anaemia. Bedbugs are not known to be carriers of human disease.

What do bedbugs look like?

Bedbugs are wingless, oval-shaped, flattened insects, usually about 6 mm long. When they have not eaten they are pale brown in colour but become reddish brown to mahogany when fully fed on blood. The head has large antennae and the mouthparts are well adapted for piercing the skin. Young bugs (nymphs) are nearly colourless, becoming brownish as they mature and moult five times before adulthood. Bedbugs can crawl up vertical surfaces of wood, paper and plaster, but are unable to crawl up smooth polished surfaces,

How can I control bedbugs?

Treatment must be very thorough and should therefore be carried out by a professional. UPC has a range of the latest techniques available.

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4.FLEAS(order Siphonaptera)

There are up to 60 different species of flea in the UK. Adult fleas are external parasites of warm blooded animals and birds. The most common fleas experienced with the UK are as follows:

Cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis)

The most common type of flea experienced within the UK. This flea is parasitic as adults and has adapted to living among the fur of the host and feeding on its blood. The eggs and larvae can live away from the host in warm quite areas ie wall floor junctions, carpeted areas and pet bedding.

The adult flea can jump vertically approximately 6 inches, therefore the majority of bits to humans from this pest predominate around the lower leg and ankle areas. However, with large infestations the pests can live in items of furniture ie sofas, which would result in bites being higher on the body of a human.

One female cat flea can lay up to 1000 eggs which are laid in small batches after a blood feed.

Fleas can live up to 12 months without a blood feed.

Dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis)

There is very little difference between the dog and car flea apart from the size of the insect. They feed, breed and infest habitable buildings the same as a car flea. The treatment for both types of flea are exactly the same.

Pigeon flea (Ceratophyllus columbae)

This is a host specific flea that singles out feral and domestic pigeons. They infrequently feed on humans, however if the host birds are not available, they will feed on human blood.

Control 

MP can offer a wide range of treatments and programmes to control an infestation of biting insects such as fleas.

Highly trained and experienced operatives can provide a thorough survey and inspection of premises to establish the cause and areas of infestations. A high quality and effective treatment programme will be advised to control such an infestation. Treatments include insecticide sprays and dusts to control all stages of the life cycle of such pests.

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