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FAQ’s

1. What are flying ants ?

In late summer winged female ants (queens) and male ants (drones) take flight. The purpose of the flight is to allow the queens to mate with the swarming males. After mating the males die and the fertilized queens find their own nesting sites. They start to lay their eggs immediately, hatching out into sterile worker ants. They in turn begin working to expand the new ant colony.

2. How do I know if I have bedbugs ?

Bedbugs can cause unpleasant skin irritations and sometimes can cause severe allergic reactions with swellings and accompanying discomfort. The best and most obvious way of determining if you have bedbugs is to either find them yourselves or to find their tell-tale black droppings (semi-digested blood). If you are still unsure, contact us today.

3. I have bedbugs at home, can I pass them onto friends if I stay at their house ?

Yes. Bedbugs can be spread through people, particularly their luggage and their holiday and traveling clothes

4. Can Strathearn Pest Control control bedbugs ?

Yes, we have highly trained experienced technicians and provide our services across Scotland.

5. How long does a wasps’ nest live for ?

Wasps’ nests will only last for a single season, beginning in spring, and dying off in late autumn. The old nests are never re-used, but sometimes a new nest is built on the side of an old one.

6. How long does it take for a wasps’ nest to die after you’ve treated it ?

The time taken to die off completely depends on access to the nest. If we can treat the nest directly, then it may be less than an hour to die. If access is difficult, then it could take a couple of days to die off completely.

7. What damage do cockroaches cause and when am I most likely to see them ?

Cockroaches are invariably nocturnal, and any sudden light will send them running for cover. Although it is rare for cockroaches to cause damage to buildings, the chief concern is the diseases they can transmit to humans.

8. At what time of year are moles most active ?

Moles can be a nuisance at any time of the year, but seem to be most active between autumn and spring. At this time, they are actively digging new tunnels, looking for mates, and foraging extensively for food. Mole control exercised at this time can be most effective as populations are reduced before the breeding season.

9. What methods are used for controlling moles ?

If there is a real need to control moles, treatments include trapping and poisoning by gassing using a gas called phosphine. As a professional Pest Control contractor, we will advise on which approach is appropriate.

10. Do rabbits cause disease ?

Surprisingly, yes! There are well documented cases of wild rabbits carrying E.coli into gardens, having picked up the organism from cattle dung in nearby fields. Defra now routinely investigate rabbit activity when there is an outbreak of E. coli 0157.

11. What can I do about the bats in my loft ?

Bats are protected by laws such as the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, and it is an offence to interfere with bats or their roosts. Bat droppings are sometimes confused with mouse droppings, but a professional pest control technician can easily differentiate between the two types.

12. Why do I have a problem with fruit flies ?

Fruit flies breed very rapidly in areas of poor hygiene. Eggs are laid in rotting vegetables, soured milk, beer residues, rotting fruit etc. In most cases fruit fly infestations are solved when the hygiene issues on site are resolved.

13. What do rats and mice eat ?

Rats and mice eat most commodities, although they tend to prefer cereal based products. They usually eat at night, and generally need to eat approximately 10% of their body weight each day. Rats need to drink every day, whereas mice can obtain all the moisture they need from the food they eat.

14. How can I tell if I have rats ?

Evidence of rats may be quite hard to find. Rats often hide their droppings away, and footprints, tail sweeps and damage caused by chewing are often hard to see. If you suspect you have rats, always call in a professional, better be safe than sorry!

15. How quickly can you get rid of my mouse problem ?

It depends upon the nature of the infestation, the numbers of mice, and the property infested, but a rule of thumb would be 2 – 3 weeks.

16. What is the biggest rat you’ve seen ?

Imagination & fear plays a large part in estimating sizes of rats. We have seen some pretty well fed rats on farms and have seen ‘rats as big as cats’ !

17. My dog has fleas. What should I do ?

Responsible pest control contractors would never treat pets for fleas. Treatment of pets should ideally be undertaken under veterinary supervision, but certain products are available from pet shops and supermarkets. If you do try to use these products, always follow the instructions for use carefully.

18. After my house has been treated for fleas, how long is it before I can return ?

Generally, after about three hours. However, the period does depend upon the treatment conducted, so ask the technician and follow his instructions to the letter for least risk.

19. How often do squirrels breed ?

Squirrels have 2 breeding seasons per year, with litters born feb/march and june/july. Each litter averages 3 – 4 young.

20. Do your technicians carry identification ?

Yes. They will also wear company uniform. If in doubt, always call the relevant office for confirmation. The genuine technician will be pleased to wait.


If you would like to know more about how we can help you either on a one-off job basis or with a longer term preventative Service Plan please call us on freephone 0800 0283 703. Alternatively complete our online contact form for a free survey and detailed quotation on how we can eradicate your pest problem.


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