Flying Insects

bees

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Bees can cause a nuisance to both the residents and business alike. Due to the ability which enables some of these insects to sting can cause a significant health and safety issue to the workplaces and public. We aim to sort the problem out for you quickly so you can get back to your business.

The Honey Bee, 

There has been a dramatic reduction of the number of honey bees in this country and we at Opkill pride ourselves with offering various solutions to enable us to protect both parties. 

Bumblebees

Likely to be seen June to end of august Bumblebees may build their colony within dry grass cutting, small cavity holes and ventilation systems, these bees are normally found lower levels but can also be found above ground also.  Bumble bees are not as aggressive as other nesting insects such as wasps however these may still sting and should be left alone. Should you require these nest removed/relocated please call out support line below.

Solitary Bees

There are over a couple of hundred different spices in the UK alone however most of these do not sting.  You may find yourself greeted by the solitary bee or also known as the Mortar bee, These can cause a nuisance to our homes and premises as the natural habitat of a motor bees is to reside within banks and often soft rock in which the female bee will burrow into. She will build a series of tunnels in the early spring where she lays a number of eggs which hatch during the early summer.  Treatments for solitary bees can prove difficult as multiple points need to be treated. Should you require assistance or are having an issue with solitary bees please contact us today.

 
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bees

Having issues with bees?

CALL US NOW FREE on 0800 980 41 42

 

Bees can cause a nuisance to both the residents and business alike. Due to the ability which enables some of these insects to sting can cause a significant health and safety issue to the workplaces and public. We aim to sort the problem out for you quickly so you can get back to your business.

The Honey Bee, 

There has been a dramatic reduction of the number of honey bees in this country and we at Opkill pride ourselves with offering various solutions to enable us to protect both parties. 

Bumblebees

Likely to be seen June to end of august Bumblebees may build their colony within dry grass cutting, small cavity holes and ventilation systems, these bees are normally found lower levels but can also be found above ground also.  Bumble bees are not as aggressive as other nesting insects such as wasps however these may still sting and should be left alone. Should you require these nest removed/relocated please call out support line below.

Solitary Bees

There are over a couple of hundred different spices in the UK alone however most of these do not sting.  You may find yourself greeted by the solitary bee or also known as the Mortar bee, These can cause a nuisance to our homes and premises as the natural habitat of a motor bees is to reside within banks and often soft rock in which the female bee will burrow into. She will build a series of tunnels in the early spring where she lays a number of eggs which hatch during the early summer.  Treatments for solitary bees can prove difficult as multiple points need to be treated. Should you require assistance or are having an issue with solitary bees please contact us today.

 

Flies

Having issues with Flies?

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Having flies within the home or workplace can become a real nuisance as well has a potential health hazard. There are many types of fly’s which can cause problems which is why identifying the insect is important as incorrect identification can result in failure to control the infestation. Below are a few examples of the common invaders within our premises. 

For more information into how Opkill can help control your infestation why not browse our fly control products or fill out our enquiry form Here 

Common House Fly (Musca Domestica)

Adult 

Size:  5-8mm Long

Colour: Grey Thorax with four Small black stripes

Wing: The 4th Vein of the wing is slightly bent and the wing tip is slightly pointed. 

Biology,

Locations: The Common house fly are very fast moving and the pupae can be very difficult to locate. However typical location may include Farms, Restaurants, Rubbish Tips, Factory’s, Homes, Poultry Houses, 

Eggs: Around 1mm long laid in large batches Laid within decaying moist matter i.e rubbish, poultry houses, food residues. Eggs take around 8 hours to 3 days.

Larva: (Maggot) These are around 12mm long once mature larval development will typically take 4-60 Days. 

Pupa: The pupa is dark reddish brown barrel-shaped pupa development into adult takes around 3 – 28 Days. 

To avoid infestation, strict sanitary measures as well as exclusion techniques, such as repairing damaged window screens, should be undertaken. If your home is already host to a house fly infestation, contact opkill to discuss methods of eradication.

 

 

 

Lesser House fly (Fannia Canicularis)

Adult

Size: 4-6mm long

Colour: Grey thorax 3 black stripes on the front end of the thorax

Wing: All veins running almost straight from the end of the wing.

Biology

Locations 

The Lesser house fly will typically fly in very irregular and triangular pattern courses within a room can be typically found within the house. 

Eggs: The eggs of the lesser house fly are laid in batches of up 50+ the eggs can be laid in a variety of substances including liquid although the preferred would be poultry, Dog, Cat, & Cow faeces. Hatching time normally occurs within 24 hours.  

Larva: The larva of the lesser house fly looks very similar to that of a very small caterpillar with a small like hair to it its slightly flat and able to move in liquid food the larva develops within 1-4 weeks.  

Pupa: the pupa lasts for around 1-4 weeks and is often found buried within soil.

 

Blowflies Blubottles(calliphora)

Greenbottles (lucilia)

Adult 

Size 6-12mm long blue bottle 5-9mm long green bottle 

Colour shiny metallic blue and hairy or shiny metallic green 

 

Biology 

Locations Known for burrowing into wounds particularly on sheep causing sheep strike.

 

Eggs 1.5mm in batches up to 200 usually in meat cheese or on dead animals.Hatching within 18 hours Some hatch as flies others as larve see below.

Larve Maggots that feed on flesh take up to 12 days to develop usually around 18mm long at full growth stage. 

Pupa Can be found in soil is a reddish brown colour matures in up to 12 days.

 

Typically found on farms but also in homes. They also are attracted to rubbish. Ensure rubbish is cleared and animals are shaved and as clean as possible (sheep)

 

 

Vinegar Flies (Fruit Flies) 

Size 3mm long 

Colour yellow/brown 

Tends to hover 

 

Egg Laid one by one they are white and can lay up to 25 per day.

 

Larva Develops in rotten fruit or sweet substances sometimes in pubs. 

Pupa Usually in soil and has horns for respiration.

Adult Takes from 7-30 days and can live up to 9 weeks 

Can be found in fruit and veg productions breweries and bars.

 

To avoid infestations remove all decaying items and rubbish and clear up any spillages of beer wine or sticky sweet substances regularly. 

 

Autumn Flies (Musca autumnalis)

Size 6-8 mm long 

Colour orange with a dark stripe down its centre.

Life History 

 

Egg laid in batches usually of around 20 eggs takes up to 6 days to hatch, these eggs are normally laid in animal dung. 

Larva These are yellow in colur and they feed on the dung 

Pupa whiteish grey colour, it pupates in soil

Adult Usually hibernates during the Autumn

 
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Flies

Having issues with Flies?

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Having flies within the home or workplace can become a real nuisance as well has a potential health hazard. There are many types of fly’s which can cause problems which is why identifying the insect is important as incorrect identification can result in failure to control the infestation. Below are a few examples of the common invaders within our premises. 

For more information into how Opkill can help control your infestation why not browse our fly control products or fill out our enquiry form Here 

Common House Fly (Musca Domestica)

Adult 

Size:  5-8mm Long

Colour: Grey Thorax with four Small black stripes

Wing: The 4th Vein of the wing is slightly bent and the wing tip is slightly pointed. 

Biology,

Locations: The Common house fly are very fast moving and the pupae can be very difficult to locate. However typical location may include Farms, Restaurants, Rubbish Tips, Factory’s, Homes, Poultry Houses, 

Eggs: Around 1mm long laid in large batches Laid within decaying moist matter i.e rubbish, poultry houses, food residues. Eggs take around 8 hours to 3 days.

Larva: (Maggot) These are around 12mm long once mature larval development will typically take 4-60 Days. 

Pupa: The pupa is dark reddish brown barrel-shaped pupa development into adult takes around 3 – 28 Days. 

To avoid infestation, strict sanitary measures as well as exclusion techniques, such as repairing damaged window screens, should be undertaken. If your home is already host to a house fly infestation, contact opkill to discuss methods of eradication.

 

 

 

Lesser House fly (Fannia Canicularis)

Adult

Size: 4-6mm long

Colour: Grey thorax 3 black stripes on the front end of the thorax

Wing: All veins running almost straight from the end of the wing.

Biology

Locations 

The Lesser house fly will typically fly in very irregular and triangular pattern courses within a room can be typically found within the house. 

Eggs: The eggs of the lesser house fly are laid in batches of up 50+ the eggs can be laid in a variety of substances including liquid although the preferred would be poultry, Dog, Cat, & Cow faeces. Hatching time normally occurs within 24 hours.  

Larva: The larva of the lesser house fly looks very similar to that of a very small caterpillar with a small like hair to it its slightly flat and able to move in liquid food the larva develops within 1-4 weeks.  

Pupa: the pupa lasts for around 1-4 weeks and is often found buried within soil.

 

Blowflies Blubottles(calliphora)

Greenbottles (lucilia)

Adult 

Size 6-12mm long blue bottle 5-9mm long green bottle 

Colour shiny metallic blue and hairy or shiny metallic green 

 

Biology 

Locations Known for burrowing into wounds particularly on sheep causing sheep strike.

 

Eggs 1.5mm in batches up to 200 usually in meat cheese or on dead animals.Hatching within 18 hours Some hatch as flies others as larve see below.

Larve Maggots that feed on flesh take up to 12 days to develop usually around 18mm long at full growth stage. 

Pupa Can be found in soil is a reddish brown colour matures in up to 12 days.

 

Typically found on farms but also in homes. They also are attracted to rubbish. Ensure rubbish is cleared and animals are shaved and as clean as possible (sheep)

 

 

Vinegar Flies (Fruit Flies) 

Size 3mm long 

Colour yellow/brown 

Tends to hover 

 

Egg Laid one by one they are white and can lay up to 25 per day.

 

Larva Develops in rotten fruit or sweet substances sometimes in pubs. 

Pupa Usually in soil and has horns for respiration.

Adult Takes from 7-30 days and can live up to 9 weeks 

Can be found in fruit and veg productions breweries and bars.

 

To avoid infestations remove all decaying items and rubbish and clear up any spillages of beer wine or sticky sweet substances regularly. 

 

Autumn Flies (Musca autumnalis)

Size 6-8 mm long 

Colour orange with a dark stripe down its centre.

Life History 

 

Egg laid in batches usually of around 20 eggs takes up to 6 days to hatch, these eggs are normally laid in animal dung. 

Larva These are yellow in colur and they feed on the dung 

Pupa whiteish grey colour, it pupates in soil

Adult Usually hibernates during the Autumn

 

Wasps

Having issues with WASPS

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Wasp Nests 

Wasp nests can be a problem throughout the summer for many households. Even before the summer some households will suffer due to nests containing hibernating queens over the winter. Most wasp nests can usually be found in our loft spaces.  

Finding a wasp nest inside our homes isn’t one of the most desirable things to have. If you have children, family or friends who visit you may be worried that wasps could potentially sting or cause an allergic reaction. But with pest control services and qualified technicians to help resolve the issue, wasp nests can easily be treated and removed. 

 

Treatment

It is advisable to get a qualified pest control technician to treat the wasp nest. Technicians at Opkill Pest Control are all minimum Level 2 trained in pest control and have the knowledge and experience in treating and removing wasp nests. Technicians will wear the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before starting the treatment. 

At Opkill pest control our technicians will first try to locate the wasp nest. Not all nests can be located, however the technicians can still carry out the treatment. Both treatments contain the same chemical and will work in the same way.  If the wasp nest can be located a pole system will be used. This will be pushed inside the nest and the chemical sprayed inside. If the wasp nest can not be located, entry points may be found in holes in the walls, these will be sprayed with the chemical. 

The chemical used is Ficam D and Benticarb. The chemical will attached itself to the wasp, as wasp come into contact with each other it will gradually attach to every easp in the nest, eventually killing them. Depending on the time of year and the amount of activity in and around the wasp nest, it can take between 1-2 weeks to kill the nest. Wasp nests can be re-treated if need be. 

 

Removal 

Once all activity has stopped in and around the wasp nest, an Opkill pest control technician can remove the nest by cutting it down. If the wasp nest has still not been located, unfortunately it can not be removed.

 
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Wasps

Having issues with WASPS

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Wasp Nests 

Wasp nests can be a problem throughout the summer for many households. Even before the summer some households will suffer due to nests containing hibernating queens over the winter. Most wasp nests can usually be found in our loft spaces.  

Finding a wasp nest inside our homes isn’t one of the most desirable things to have. If you have children, family or friends who visit you may be worried that wasps could potentially sting or cause an allergic reaction. But with pest control services and qualified technicians to help resolve the issue, wasp nests can easily be treated and removed. 

 

Treatment

It is advisable to get a qualified pest control technician to treat the wasp nest. Technicians at Opkill Pest Control are all minimum Level 2 trained in pest control and have the knowledge and experience in treating and removing wasp nests. Technicians will wear the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before starting the treatment. 

At Opkill pest control our technicians will first try to locate the wasp nest. Not all nests can be located, however the technicians can still carry out the treatment. Both treatments contain the same chemical and will work in the same way.  If the wasp nest can be located a pole system will be used. This will be pushed inside the nest and the chemical sprayed inside. If the wasp nest can not be located, entry points may be found in holes in the walls, these will be sprayed with the chemical. 

The chemical used is Ficam D and Benticarb. The chemical will attached itself to the wasp, as wasp come into contact with each other it will gradually attach to every easp in the nest, eventually killing them. Depending on the time of year and the amount of activity in and around the wasp nest, it can take between 1-2 weeks to kill the nest. Wasp nests can be re-treated if need be. 

 

Removal 

Once all activity has stopped in and around the wasp nest, an Opkill pest control technician can remove the nest by cutting it down. If the wasp nest has still not been located, unfortunately it can not be removed.

 

Cluster flies

Having issues with cluster flies?

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The Cluster fly (Pollenia Rudis)

Green Cluster fly (Dasyphora cyanella)

 

The Cluster fly is typically a seasonal pest which often is found within the roof space of premises between the months of September through to March. Cluster flies can be seen in large numbers as described a large fly infestation. The adults live outdoors during the summer months congregating around trees, posts, & walls in the sunlight, These fly’s will migrate indoors in the autumn and often in vast numbers. 

 

Breeding, 

Contrary to belief the cluster fly will not breed on dead animals and is often confused with the blue bottle or Blow flies. 

 

Eggs & Lava

Cluster flies lay their eggs in soil and the larva bore through the skin of earthworms that act as a parasitic after about 10 weeks it penetrates the worm cuticle into the soil and continues its development within decaying matter. 

 

Pupa

The pupa will continue the development for a further 6 weeks until they emerge as the adult fly 

 

Signs Of Infestation. 

 

Having a high volume of fly activity? This can be indicated by evidence found in various locations within the property from fly bodies and live Insects. Infestation would also indicate Cluster fly (Pollenia Rudis.)  Cluster flies tend to live outside within the summer months and live in loft spaces throughout the winter. They are attracted various types of buildings due to them being south facing and white with a large number of windows. The UV rays from the sun bouncing off the building attract the flies in the attempt to warm up.  The flies are quite docile due to the fact that they are cold and have limited energy. This indicates normal activity.

Due to the nature of this pest there is unfortunately no quick fix, as typically each winter a new infestation occurs. 

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Cluster flies

Having issues with cluster flies?

CALL US NOW FREE on 0800 980 41 42

The Cluster fly (Pollenia Rudis)

Green Cluster fly (Dasyphora cyanella)

 

The Cluster fly is typically a seasonal pest which often is found within the roof space of premises between the months of September through to March. Cluster flies can be seen in large numbers as described a large fly infestation. The adults live outdoors during the summer months congregating around trees, posts, & walls in the sunlight, These fly’s will migrate indoors in the autumn and often in vast numbers. 

 

Breeding, 

Contrary to belief the cluster fly will not breed on dead animals and is often confused with the blue bottle or Blow flies. 

 

Eggs & Lava

Cluster flies lay their eggs in soil and the larva bore through the skin of earthworms that act as a parasitic after about 10 weeks it penetrates the worm cuticle into the soil and continues its development within decaying matter. 

 

Pupa

The pupa will continue the development for a further 6 weeks until they emerge as the adult fly 

 

Signs Of Infestation. 

 

Having a high volume of fly activity? This can be indicated by evidence found in various locations within the property from fly bodies and live Insects. Infestation would also indicate Cluster fly (Pollenia Rudis.)  Cluster flies tend to live outside within the summer months and live in loft spaces throughout the winter. They are attracted various types of buildings due to them being south facing and white with a large number of windows. The UV rays from the sun bouncing off the building attract the flies in the attempt to warm up.  The flies are quite docile due to the fact that they are cold and have limited energy. This indicates normal activity.

Due to the nature of this pest there is unfortunately no quick fix, as typically each winter a new infestation occurs. 

Hornets

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Hornets

Having issues with hornets

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Mosquitoes

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Adult mosquitoes usually mate within a few days after emerging from the pupa stage. Female mosquitoes are usually larger than males. Females have fine threadlike antennae with few hairs, whereas males have bushy antennae. In most species, the males form large swarms, usually around dusk, and the females fly into the swarms to mate. Many mosquitoes are not blood eaters however of the bloodsucking mosquitoes only the females that eat blood, it is common for them to be carriers of disease. 

Midges 

Midges are small flying insects they are often mistaken for mosquitoes. They are approximately a half-inch in length and light green to brown in colour. Midges appear in large swarms mostly near water. For example creeks streams canals & any large bodies of water. These are very attracted to lights  e.g street lights or outside lights etc. Although midges do not bite,  they often occur in large numbers and can be annoying.

 

Noticeable Differences

Mosquito                            

Uses proboscis to bite     

Wings are longer than its body   

Always develop in stagnant water.

May carry diseases

Midge

Cannot bite

Wings are shorter than its body

Develop in mud on the bottom of lakes, ponds, etc.

Does not carry diseases

 

Things to look for:

 

  • Large swarms near lighting particularly white lights.

  • Humid temperature 

  • Swarms around dusk

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Mosquitoes

Having issues with MOSQUITOES

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Adult mosquitoes usually mate within a few days after emerging from the pupa stage. Female mosquitoes are usually larger than males. Females have fine threadlike antennae with few hairs, whereas males have bushy antennae. In most species, the males form large swarms, usually around dusk, and the females fly into the swarms to mate. Many mosquitoes are not blood eaters however of the bloodsucking mosquitoes only the females that eat blood, it is common for them to be carriers of disease. 

Midges 

Midges are small flying insects they are often mistaken for mosquitoes. They are approximately a half-inch in length and light green to brown in colour. Midges appear in large swarms mostly near water. For example creeks streams canals & any large bodies of water. These are very attracted to lights  e.g street lights or outside lights etc. Although midges do not bite,  they often occur in large numbers and can be annoying.

 

Noticeable Differences

Mosquito                            

Uses proboscis to bite     

Wings are longer than its body   

Always develop in stagnant water.

May carry diseases

Midge

Cannot bite

Wings are shorter than its body

Develop in mud on the bottom of lakes, ponds, etc.

Does not carry diseases

 

Things to look for:

 

  • Large swarms near lighting particularly white lights.

  • Humid temperature 

  • Swarms around dusk

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