We are not used to long cold winters but the belated arrival of spring seems to have lead to an explosion of activity within the natural world. Queen wasps are numerous and are busily trying to catch up. Ants too are very active and I have had several calls already. Calls regarding rats are still coming in but do appear to have slowed a little, whilst for the first time in a number of years there appears to an obvious upturn in the rabbit population.
As the land starts to dry out a little moles are also returning to land which up until very recently was water logged, this could prove troublesome to farmers who are looking to exploit early silage crops.
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The cold weather we recently experienced has forced rats to search a wider area for food. and new, warmer locations to live. I even had an issue with them trying to relocate to one of my sheds (not a wise move.) Obviously during extreme spells of weather these rodents have to try and exploit every food opportunity that presents itself to them. People keen to ensure the birds in their garden are able to make it through the harsh conditions tend to to over feed the birds, this offers a feast rats can hardly be expected to over look. Now we are through the worst of it I would advise that when you have the time you check all sheds, outbuildings, compost areas/bins and pet/ livestock housing and food storage areas to make sure you do not have any unwanted guests. If you find that you do and the problem is not one you feel comfortable dealing with, just pick up the phone.
After what was by all accounts a very slow wasp season we appear to be in full swing with the rodent invaders. Although the relative mild weather saw a slow rise in reported rat problems, the more recent cool weather has seen a noticeable increase. Moles can be a year round problem but having had a relatively dry period they had been forced down or to areas that drain less freely to find their food. Again the recent rains have seen an upturn in local activity. Rabbit haemorrhagic disease has decimated rabbit numbers over the last five years or so, requests for that type of control work have almost been non existent until this year. Numbers do seem to be increasing albeit slowly and I do wonder if we are witnessing some kind of natural resistance starting to appear and spread? As with all viruses I am sure there are many different strains that continue to evolve and develop and as a result there will be localised peaks and troughs in rabbit populations. Meanwhile can anyone ever remember seeing so many Grey Squirrels? I am currently awaiting a further development of a particular trap which I believe could provide some much needed assistance in the control of this particular pest.
The cool weather through April has seen a slow start to the “insect season.” The late frosts will almost certainly have had an impact on Queen wasps and up to now ants have not been as active as you would normally expect. Two weeks ago I relocated my first bee swarm of the year and I have another to look at this week but other than that these beneficial insects have also been slow out of the blocks. Despite the cold and dry weather moles have kept me very busy and our routine gull work has kept us ticking over. I also had a rabbit job which is the first of the year, rabbits have been low on my list of problem species over the last five years due to the severe effects of RHD. This spring though I have seen more rabbits in our general area than I have in those previous five years.
Moles, rats, moles, rats, moles and rats. Rather predictable but plenty to do. Fieldkraft offers control solutions for these and other pests in and around Stamford and Peterborough.
Whilst wasps continue to be a problem this time of year other pest species can cause concern if not addressed promptly.
This year seems to be one where fleas have thrived, there have been more reports of problems than I have known for many years.
With the harvest almost complete now too is the time to be aware of the potential problems of rats looking for winter quarters. It is a time to be more vigilante around livestock, pets and poultry, bird feeders are also a favourite.
If you find that you are subject to any of these pest species you might want to consider professional help and if this is the case Fieldkraft should be your first choice.
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So far this year has been one of the busiest I have known for properties that have required flea treatments.
It is very important to remember that when treating your pet for fleas that they are also wormed at the same time. There are very close almost symbiotic relationships between some worms and fleas.
Failure to do this could render any treatment within your property as at best pointless, as you will continue to be re-infested by your pet/s.
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We are rapidly approaching the time of year when insects can become a real problem in and around the home, whether it is ants in your conservatory or wasps in your loft Fieldkraft will have a solution to your problem.
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