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Dangers of Silverfish, Woodlice, Earwigs, Mites and Ground Beetles

Unexpected visitors such as woodlice, silverfish, earwigs, mites, and ground beetles occasionally find their way into our homes or businesses. (Sometimes termed casual intruders). They might not be as notorious as cockroaches or flies, but they can still bring their own set of problems. These are listed below:

  1. Silverfish:
    • Damage to Property: Silverfish are known to feed on starchy substances like paper, cardboard, glue, and fabrics. Their chewing habits can lead to damage to books, documents, clothing, and even wallpaper.
    • Contamination: While silverfish are not known to spread diseases to humans, their presence can contribute to the buildup of dust and debris, potentially exacerbating allergies and respiratory issues for sensitive individuals.
  2. Woodlice
    • Garden Damage: Woodlice primarily feed on decaying organic matter, but they can also nibble on tender plant shoots and roots in gardens and greenhouses, causing damage to crops and ornamental plants.
    • Structural Damage: In some cases, woodlice may enter buildings and structures, particularly those with damp or decaying wood, and contribute to the deterioration of wooden structures.
  3. Earwigs:
    • Plant Damage: Earwigs are omnivorous insects that feed on a variety of plant material, including leaves, flowers, fruits, and seedlings. In gardens and agricultural settings, they can cause damage to crops and ornamental plants.
    • Household Nuisance: While earwigs are not harmful to humans, their presence indoors can be alarming and may lead to discomfort or anxiety, particularly if they appear in large numbers.
  4. Mites:
    • Allergens: Dust mites, in particular, can trigger allergic reactions in some individuals. Their faeces and shed skins contain allergens that can exacerbate asthma and allergy symptoms, leading to respiratory issues, sneezing, coughing, and itchy skin.
    • Plant Damage: Certain species of mites, such as spider mites, can infest indoor and outdoor plants, causing discoloration, wilting, and eventually death if left untreated.
  5. Ground Beetles:
    • Minor Nuisance: While most ground beetles are harmless to humans, some larger species may deliver a painful bite if handled or provoked.
    • Predation: Ground beetles are predatory insects that feed on other insects, including pests like caterpillars, slugs, and aphids. While beneficial in gardens and agricultural settings, they may still be considered a nuisance if found indoors in large numbers.

So, while silverfish, mites, and ground beetles might not pose the same health risks or cause as much damage as some other pests, they can still be a hassle to deal with. Keeping your home or business clean and clutter-free, sealing up entry points, and addressing any moisture issues can help prevent these casual intruders from making themselves at home in your space. Premier Pest Control Services can help target these nuisance insects in your premises and sort the problem out- fast!

How We Get Rid of Casual Intruders?

Call us and we will quickly send a friendly and competent Technician to take a look at your problem.

We tell you how we will sort your problem and provide a cost.

If you are happy with the service and cost, we will safely treat the problem, keeping you informed all at every stage.

All documentation and advice sheets will be provided for your safety and peace of mind.

We will arrange follow up visits, as agreed to make sure that your problem is solved as quickly as possible.

We will remove our equipment/ dead rodents and advise on how to prevent re-infestation.

Our Service

We know that you will want to get rid of these pests as soon as possible and so we provide an emergency pest control call out service. We are a family-owned firm and we do not use call centres; when you telephone, you will always speak to a real person in your local area!

✔ Easy to book a visit

✔ Emergency call out

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✔ 24 Hour call-out

✔ No surprise charges

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get rid of pests myself?

Some infestations can be treated successfully using DIY products. These products will not be as effective as the equipment used by our company and our technicians have the vast training and experience to do the job quickly, efficiently and safely. It is therefore advisable to give us a call.

How long will it take to get rid of these pests?

Our professional pest controllers are trained to eradicate pests as quickly as possible. This can be within 1 day for simple infestations but can take longer for established problems. If you call us, we can have a technician quickly assess the problem and provide rapid eradication.

Is your service safe for humans and pets?

Keeping your family and pets safe during a pest control treatment is vital. We will use techniques and products safely to ensure that your loved ones are protected and kept safe.

Is your service cheap?

Many factors will affect the cost of pest control service such as property size, extent of the infestation and type of treatment that is needed. We will however pull out all the stops to get rid of your pest problem fast with excellent value included.

How quickly can you get to me?

We know that pest problems are really upsetting and you want them gone fast. We will aim to be with you within 24 hours of your call to stamp out the problem quickly and effectively.

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