Bed Bugs And Moles

Signs of a bedbug problem:

Usually found in bedrooms
Are found in any dark area, not just beds
They feed at night when you are in bed
Can survive for months without a meal
An established infestation will also have an unpleasant smell, which I secreted by the bedbugs.

WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE

Bedbug adults are about 3.5 mm in length and have a thin waist, large abdomen and long legs, making them look like a spider. They are flat, wingless and vary from a pale straw to brown colour depending on how long it is since they last ate. And can last up to 1 year without a blood meal.

REPRODUCTION

Mating takes place off the host, the female attaching up to 200 – 500 eggs to the structure.
The local temperature must remain above 10-13 degrees centigrade for the eggs to hatch.
They then take about 6-18month to develop into adults.

IMPLICATIONS OF HAVING BEDBUGS

Bedbugs are not regarded as disease carriers but responsible for Asthma and other allergies.
Bedbugs can bite and cause severe irritation, scratching can lead to secondary infection.

HOW DO WE GET RID OF BEDBUGS?

Bedbugs are really difficult to eliminate without professional help. You will need to remove headboards, skirting boards, cupboard units, bed linen as necessary. It can take approximately 2-3 sprayed insecticide treatments to remove them.

Moles

Moles are active all year round and are identified by the distinctive mole hill. These can appear overnight, destroying lawns, sports pitches, golf courses etc. Moles hills are unsightly and can be difficult to repair. Their main source of food is the earthworm.

Signs of a Mole problem:

  • Mole hills
  • Kill Moles

WHAT DO MOLES LOOK LIKE

Moles are approximately 12 – 16cm long, with black velvet fur and large forefeet that are used for tunnelling. They are not often seen above ground

REPRODUCTION

Moles usually have one litter per year, between February and June, with approximately 2- 7 young (kits).
When the kits reach maturity after about 5 weeks, they are forced out by the mother and start creating their own network of tunnels and mole hills.

IMPLICATIONS OF HAVING MOLES

Moles can cause contamination of silage, making it unpalatable to livestock, indirect damage to agricultural machinery by the exposure of stones, damage to young plants by disturbing the soil and damage to drainage systems and watercourses due to the tunnelling.

HOW DO WE GET RID OF MOLES?

The most common method is by using Phostoxin or Talunex tablets to create a gas which is inserted into the moles tunnels or using the most up to date trapping methods.