We stock a comprehensive range of Insect Control Products for bed bugs, ants, woodlice, wasps, cluster flies, carpet beetles, moths and all other insect pests. We sell a variety of products from insecticidal sprays and dusts, to smoke bombs and insect traps or if you would prefer a less chemical approach we sell a range of natural products. With our products you will be able to deal with most insect control problems in your own home quickly, efficiently and economically, without the need for a professional pest controller. For the most troublesome pests we have designed complete insect kits containing the all the products you need at a cost effective price. Kits contain full instructions so you can be confident of achieving successful control.
The animal kingdom is informally divided into two groups, the vertebrates and invertebrates. Invertebrates are a group of animals that have no backbone, unlike animals such as reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds and mammals who all have a backbone. Insects are invertebrates and make up the predominant life form on earth. There are estimated to be over 1 million different species. Insects undoubtedly owe their predominance to the development of wings which gave them a distinct advantage over the other invertebrates who could only spread by phoresy (hitching a lift) or in the transportation of goods, and their adaptability. Not all insects have wings of course, but those without, such as parasitic insects (fleas and bed bugs) have developed the ability to survive long periods without feeding, should they find themselves without a host.
When we talk about insects we usually mean any kind of bug or creepy crawlie but not all creepy crawlies are insects. Some fall into the official category of arachnids, crustacea and myriapods. Insects, like all living organisms, are classified so they are easier to name, talk about and manage. They belong to the 'Animal Kingdom' and are 'Arthropoda' which means they belong to the group of animals which have a chitinous exoskeleton (outside the body), segmented body and jointed limbs. Arthropods are thereafter divided into 4 classes:
- Insects. The largest group characterised by having a head, thorax and abdomen, a single pair of antennae, six legs and usually one or two pairs of wings.
- Arachnida. The group characterised by having a body divided into two parts, the cephalothorax and the abdomen, eight legs and no antennae. This class includes spiders, mites, ticks, and scorpions.
- Crustacea. Mostly water dwelling animals such as crabs, lobsters, shrimps and barnacles, but the ill-tolerated woodlouse is a land-living crustacean. They have two pairs of antennae and at least five pairs of legs.
- Myriapoda. Literally means many legs and includes centipedes and millipedes.
Insects have exploited just about every corner of the terrestrial planet but only a few have become serious pests. Most of these attack plants or plant products. There are serious reasons for controlling pest insects:
- Damage to agriculture. Agriculture grows plants of the same type over large areas and this upsets the balance of nature. Produce is then stored in large quantities.Both these conditions invite certain insects to exploit what is a rich resource. Beetles (Coleoptera), moths (Lepidoptera) and bugs and aphids (Hemiptera) represent most of the pests of growing and stored foodstuffs and the losses worldwide are enormous.
- Disease. There are relatively few insects that damage our health and our animals. This is because in evolutionary terms, insects were on the planet a long time before mammals. Therefore the amount of time that insects have had to adapt to living on mammals is relatively short. When you look at the number of insect that actually attack humans as opposed to animals there are even fewer. but those that can have had an enormous effect and insects transmit some of the most serious human diseases. Insects transmit disease either by harbouring a disease organism in their gut and biting their victim (vector-borne) or by contamination.
- Vector borne diseases are prevalent in hot countries because the disease organism needs warmth to develop in the insect gut. In Western Europe we are lucky to have remained relatively free of diseases such as Yellow Fever, Typhus, Plague, Malaria and Sleeping Sickness.
- Contamination. Diseases spread by contamination can be just as serious especially for the young, old or infirm. Flies and cockroaches are responsible for most contamination diseases because they move from unsanitary conditions such as drains, sewage plants and animal faeces to clean areas with relative ease. Bacteria isolated from the feet and bodies of cockroaches include organisms responsible for Dysentery, Gastro-Enteritis, Salmonella, Typhoid and E-Coli
- Allergies and phobias. Cockroaches are renowned for producing allergic reactions, associated with the chemicals in the cast skins and their droppings. The Brown-tail moth caterpillar can cause severe irritation and rashes because of the hairs that break off and stick into skin and clothes. Wasp and bee venom causes anaphylactic shock in some people. Biting insects produce an allergic reaction in the form of an itchy bump or red mark when they feed. This is the body's defence against the digestive chemicals the insect leaves behind, chemicals which anaesthetise the host and stop the blood clotting. House dust mites, their dead bodies or faeces cause allergies that can be particularly severe in young children.
- Damage to fabrics, structures and food. Fabrics are under attack from carpet beetles and clothes moths as well as cockroaches and booklice. In museums, such damage can be devastating. Wood-boring insects are capable of damaging both hard wood and soft wood, and seasoned timber. Food supplies are susceptible to the stored product insects, which eat and spoil food through contamination, excrement, silk webbing or smell.