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Bed Bugs

Insect pests, Bed BugsBed bugs are a nocturnal parasite, all stages feeding on mammalian blood, principally human but also dog, cat or rodents. Hide by day in crevices in beds, furniture, wallpaper, skirting boards and emerge when hungry, usually every few days, to feed. Bites may cause severe allergic reaction but not a known disease carrier. Prevalent in lodging houses, hostels, hotels. May also be carried on luggage.

The Bed Bug is found worldwide, and throughout Britain. It still occurs surprisingly frequently. It is now becoming more common in hotels and hostel accommodation. It is associated with human habitation, hiding in furniture and structural cracks and crevices, emerging at night when hungry to search for blood meals.


Cat Flea

Insect Pests, FleasThe Cat Flea is cosmopolitan and is found widely throughout the British Isles. It is by far the commonest of the flea species that comes in contact with man, and despite its name it is also commonly found on dogs. The adult cat flea spends a variable proportion of its time off the host, resting in the latter’s sleeping and bedding areas. Larvae of the Cat Flea, in common with most other species of fleas, feed in and around the bedding areas on dust, debris, flakes of skin and fur and dead insects.


Flies

Insect Pests, FleasFlies come from the order Diptera contains over 100,000 species worldwide. It is an advanced group in evolutionary terms, with quite a range of interesting adaptations to unusual life-styles. Much work is required from entomologists to discover the full life history facts of many, even quite common, species.

The public impression of flies is one of rather dirty insects with distasteful habits. This is reasonably accurate for many of the species in close association with man, but there are many others that are beautiful in form and/or colouration, and possess fascinating details of morphology and habits making them an interesting and diverse order for study.


Ants

Insect Pests, AntsAnts are commonly found in many parts of the world, and throughout Northern and Western Europe. Occurs with great frequency throughout the UK and frequently close to and in association with man’s dwellings. The species has a well-defined social structure, and catholic tastes. It is usually the sexually-infertile females, the workers, which are seen away from the nest. The species is seldom more than a nuisance in buildings.


Wasps

Insect Pests, WaspsWasps are a nuisance, potentially more serious if nest in close proximity or within buildings. Wasps are widely feared for ability to sting which is painful and, very rarely, lethal. Potential disease transmission from feeding on rotting food materials. Also beneficial in killing many other garden insect pests.

Both species are common throughout Britain and Northern Europe. They are social insects forming colonies inside nests specially constructed in soil banks, roof spaces and in cavities in trees and walls. They are frequently associated with domestic housing.


Beetles

Insect Pests, BeatlesBeetles 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.


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