The List of Britain’s Major Pests!
Here at AMES, we understand how frustrating it can be when pests invade your home and property.
Pest removal can be expensive and invasive and not knowing what to do when pests enter your home can be incredibly stressful. Luckily, AMES understands such grievances and we’re here to help, no matter what the problem is.
Our specialist teams are based within and around the city of Birmingham and we’re constantly finding ourselves being called-out to different areas across the midlands. We specialise in performing pest control services relating to the following pests:
Rats are arguably the most common pest in Britain.
They were first recognised as a threat during the 14th century when they become the catalyst for the infamous Black Death era during 1348-1349. AMES specialise in rat removal and we’re experts on all things rat-related. For more information on the brown rat, do read our Introduction to the Brown Rat article here.
Mice infestations can cause serious problems, especially if they start breeding!
Mice are known to reproduce at alarming rates due to their short pregnancy period and becoming sexually mature at only 35 days old. For more information on how to get rid of mice, click here.
Pigeons are one of the most irritating pests in urban England.
Not only do they crowd among our footsteps but they cause havoc to our properties and personal belongings. Pigeon’s excrement has toxic properties that can permanently damage property exteriors, cars and statues, among other objects. Dealing with pigeons can be tough when you don’t know the effective methods. Have a look at one of our more elaborate articles on how to deal with pigeons here.
Ants usually pose a seasonal problem to property owners.
However, they have been known to appear all-year round, so it’s important to understand the reasons for this and learn the best ways to resolve their infestations. We have an article on The Definitive Guide to UK Ants if you require an in-depth look into the various species of ants residing in the UK.
5. Wasps/Bees Nests
Wasp and bee’s, like ants, are mainly seasonal pests and tend to pose problems for property owners around the summer time.
We specialise in wasp nest removal and provide one of the best pest control agencies in the UK. We’ve written an article detailing their removal process here. We strongly advise customers to refrain from removing wasps and bees nests themselves unless they understand how to remove them safely and appropriately.
Bed bugs are a common pest and annoyance in homes throughout the UK.
They’re able to infest your beds, sofas, carpet and curtains. Despite bed bugs posing a threat to your beds, sofas and other home comforts, there are simple treatments that can solve this problem. Our bed bugs section has information describing the signs and symptoms to look out for if you suspect you have a bed bug infestation.
Beetles aren’t exactly the most common British pest but this doesn’t mean that they can’t cause problems.
Beetles are known to disturb and destroy crops, plants and other vegetation. Beetles aren’t naturally aggressive but they can cause serious damage if you allow them to continue breeding and living around your property. For more information on beetles, have a look at our new article here.
Flies are one of the UK’s more common pests, and while they don’t necessarily pose a threat to you or your property, they are a nuisance.
Flies usually feed off leftover food in your home and while this won’t cause you any real health concerns, no one wants flies hanging around their house, let alone their food. For more information on flies and how to deal with them, have a read of our article here.
Moths aren’t your typical pest.
While the majority are relatively harmless, this doesn’t mean they aren’t a nuisance. Moths are known for eating through material, textiles and stored products. This means that if you do find moths nesting within your property, your clothes and belongings may be at risk. Dealing with moths doesn’t have to be tricky, we’ve outlined the best ways to combat moths here.
Many people would argue that cats are not pests, I myself do not see cats as pests.
However, cats do pose huge threats to birds, some of which people enjoy having in their garden. While you obviously cannot harm cats with pesticides etc, there are ways that you can stop them from infiltrating your garden/property. For some safe tips and advice on deterring cats from your property, have a read of our article.
One of the most infamous pests in the world.
Cockroaches are notoriously difficult to eradicate. Cockroaches are tough insects and have been known to withstand nuclear blasts, so it takes more than just spraying them with bug spray to dispose of them. They can survive on almost any food and will turn cannibalistic if desperate. While they are difficult to rid from your property, it is not impossible! Read our cockroach guide article here to learn more about the best ways of dealing with them.
Foxes are now a mainstay in urban Britain and while they don’t pose a direct threat to us, they can become a nuisance.
Foxes are protected by a number of wildlife protection laws, so you can’t harm them. They’re usually found digging holes in lawns and gardens but they’re also known to chew through cables, pipes and wiring. We believe in deterring foxes in a safe and efficient manner so, we’ve written an article on foxes and the best ways to remove them here.
We’ve recently written an article on the Harlequin Ladybird – detailing why this pest can be particularly dangerous.
Harlequin Ladybirds may seem like harmless insects but they pose a threat to the native ladybird species of Britain. This type of ladybird is quite remarkable, read more about their incredible features here.
Many people find mosquitoes to be a nuisance.
Their main point of annoyance is their bite which leaves an itchy red mark on skin and if scratched excessively, can cause bleeding or infection. One of the best ways to stop mosquitoes entering your home is to close your windows at night and switch off any lights that will attract them. For more information on mosquito deterrence, click here.
While snakes are not the most common pest in Britain, they can still pose a threat to UK homes and specifically gardens if you have small pets such as guinea-pigs or rabbits.
Snakes tend to avoid any human contact, as they’re shy creatures but if rattled, they can become violent. They pose no real threat to humans, but some adders will bite if they feel threatened and yes, they are venomous! Our snake article explains their habitat and other ways to deal with them if needed.
Woodlice are rarely spotted inside a property, unless part of your house is rotting.
Woodlice reside in damp, mossy areas and feed on the bark of trees and other tiny insects. They can chew through damp or poorly-kept areas within your home, so read our article on woodlice in order to educate yourself on the best ways to rid them from your life.
17. UK Spiders
Some people may not classify spiders as pests, mainly because they’re quite happy sitting in the dark corners of your home and minding their own business.
While many UK spiders will not pose a threat, some people aren’t keen on the idea of having them nesting in their homes. We have written a guide to UK Spiders in order to educate our readers on the types of spiders inhabiting Britain. Click here for more information.
Thrips are known for infiltrating your food supplies.
Thrips feed in large groups, mainly targeting vegetation. Both adults and larvae are particularly attracted to white, yellow and other light-coloured blossoms. We’ve written an article describing Britain’s food pests and the best ways to deter them from entering your cupboards! Click here to find out the best ways to deter food pests.
Caterpillars are one of the more uncommon pests in the UK but still come with a few problems.
Caterpillars are fast-feeding pests, easily decimating your plants and/or crops causing complete defoliation if not intervention is taken. While caterpillars are not that difficult to detect, it’s the speed in which they eat that causes the problem. Scouting is essential if you want to catch them early!
For More Information on Britain’s Pests, Contact Us Today!
For more information on pests in general, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our dedicated pest removal team. We’re always on hand to answer any queries you may have or problems that you’ve encountered.