Cotton stringy scale: Imported bugs are ‘first new garden pest of the year’
The creatures are not thought to endanger host plants but the unsightly appearance of the egg masses may cause concern for some.
The cotton stringy scale – or takahashia japonica – was discovered on a magnolia in Berkshire, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) confirmed.
The creatures, which are believed to have been imported, are currently not thought to cause any issues for host plants.
Head over to Sky News to find out more.
AMES Group Successfully Resolves Rat Problem in Gloucester
The pest control team at AMES were recently called into a hostel in Gloucester to help resolve a rat problem.
According to AMES professionals, poor hygiene and drain systems located behind the kitchen were allowing rats easy entry into the building. AMES swiftly dealt with the infestation by by installing humane traps around targeted areas, ensuring no rats could enter the property.
Movement restrictions introduced to protect UK against tree pest
New measures are being introduced today (16 January) to protect the country against the tree pest known as the larger eight-toothed spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus), which was discovered in Kent in December 2018.
Legislation is being laid in Parliament that will restrict the movement of all susceptible material, including trees and wood with bark, within 50km of the outbreak sites where Ips typographus was found.
Read the full story over at Gov.uk.
‘Rat on loose’ at Sainsbury’s Heyford Hill, Oxford, superstore
THE MANAGER of a Sainsbury’s store has admitted there is a rat on the loose after one was spotted scurrying under a fridge last week and ‘hasn’t been seen since’.
An environmental health officer from Oxford City Council visited the Heyford Hill supermarket on Monday following concerns over rats.
One shopper, who did not want to be named, claimed he saw three rodents on counters near the store’s bakery on Thursday morning.
Oxford Mail reports on the full story.
Bed bug bites: Can turning your heating off help you prevent an infestation this winter?
BED BUG bites can cause raised red spots on the skin and itching if someone has a bad reaction. Getting rid of the pests can prove challenging as they’re difficult to spot. But can cold winter temperatures stop you being bitten – should you turn your heating off?
Head over to The Express to find out more on this story.
Birmingham Philpotts fined £35k after MOUSE droppings discovered at city centre sandwich shop
A sandwich shop chain has been ordered to pay more than £50,000 after a mice infestation at a branch in Birmingham city centre.
Philpotts Ltd was found guilty of three counts of breaching food hygiene regulations at the popular shop, which was discovered to be riddled with droppings.
At the end of a two-day trial, District Judge Rebecca Crane found the store at 34 Bennetts Hill had failed to implement a new food safety system due to “very serious” management failings.
The Birmingham Mail reports the full story here.
Johanna Konta loses to Garbine Muguruza in three sets after latest ever start to an Australian Open match of 12:30am… and a 3:12am finish!
Absurd and dramatic, Jo Konta’s Australian Open hopes came to an end at 3.12am after an agonising defeat that threatened to run towards breakfast time.
Delayed in part because an alternative court was covered in seagull droppings, the British No 1’s early hours shift came to nothing when she was beaten 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 by former Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza.
The Mail Online reports the whole story, click here to read more.