Problems Caused By Rodents - Rodents, rats in particular, do spread diseases. Rodents are continually searching for food and will invade buildings, gnawing their way into the tiniest of spaces in their search. Their droppings spread diseases...
Problems Caused By Wasps & Hornets
Generally, wasps, hornets and bees do not pose a major threat to your property. However, their stings are nasty, many people are allergic to them (anaphylactic shock), and even those that aren't can suffer reactions to large quantities of stings.
Bee and wasp nests are created using a pulp formed from wood, bark and saliva, and are generally found in the eaves of a house or in trees in the garden. At Essex Green Shoots, we as a company will NOT now destroy any type of bee as we feel there is a massive shortage of bees in this country. They provide, with pollination, up to a third of all food that we eat. Also, the law has changed as regard controlling wild bees with up to £25000 fine if found destroying bees where there is no harm to human life. We will still pass you on to a local bee keeper when a swam can be recovered and placed in to a hive.
Insect Species Identification
Common species of bee in the UK include masonry bees, bumble bees and honey bees, with the bumble bees being by far the largest. Honey bees and bumble bees live in colonies with a sophisticated social hierarchy, and nests are most likely to be from these species. The common wasp and German wasp are the most prevalent species in the UK, and the ones most likely to venture indoors.
Problems Caused By Insects
The main problem caused by insects is the spread of diseases, particularly skin irritations and gastric complaints caused by insect droppings on food and around the home. Common problems include the spread of dysentery, diarrhoea, tuberculosis, cholera, typhoid and gastroenteritis among others.
Human food stores, whether huge accumulations in silos and warehouses or small domestic reserves, offer relatively enormous food stocks to insects (and mites) which can live and breed in them. The only limitation is that most stored products have a lower moisture content than when they were growing crops in the field.
Consequently the insect pests best able to thrive in stored food are those that have adapted to dry environments and many of them are able to conserve the water produced by their own metabolism.
The majority of the insects that are collectively known as Stored Product Insects come from two orders of insects - the beetles and moths.