Insects are everywhere, from spiders to ants, to bedbugs and fleas. In many cases, the odd fly or wasp in our home or business is not such a bad thing BUT, when they arrive in numbers, it can make for an unpleasant experience.
How many different kinds of insects are there?
This is a tricky question to answer; some experts suggest there are around 8.7 million different species and sub-species of insect but in all honesty, no one really knows.
The good news is that only a fraction of these insects are found in North Lincolnshire, with the vast majority easily recognisable and dealt with.
What is an insect?
Technically speaking, an insect is a creature that has a head, thorax, abdomen, three sets of legs and wings. In most cases, their numbers are in balance and harmony with the surrounding landscape and ecology but every now and then, something will come along that upsets this balance; if this upset is in the insects favour, it means homes and businesses can be infested or, if the imbalance is not in their favour, they may disappear from the area – either way, both can have catastrophic results.
Why do insect swarms or infestations happen?
There are many contributing factors that means some insects at some point in time, become a nuisance…
- Weather – changes in weather patterns can cause an imbalance in insect numbers, simply as favourable conditions can mean one thing – the right climate, temperature etc., in which to breed or, the weather creates an abundance of their preferred food source. Dry, long, warm summers contribute to spiders being larger than normal; not a welcome thought for many people…
- Habits – a change in our habits, over a prolonged period of time, can be a source of not only encouragement to enter our space, but also a ready food supply. Think of your compost heap, for example; even though we are being encouraged to compost all waste food, think of all the insects who would not only like to much their way through it, but enjoy the warmth of the rotting food…
- Breeding – in most cases, the population on insects remain in balance and harmony – in other words, in control – but, due to climatic conditions or other changes, their numbers can swell. As soon as the adult population starts to increase, undoubtedly the breeding capabilities increase too – and before you know it, there is an insect infestation or swarm.
- Natural behaviour – we must not forget that some ‘infestations’ are the culmination of natural behaviours but, due to a variety of reasons (some unknown!), they lose their way and our homes, sheds, garages etc. can become the place they decide to make their homes! Spiders, for example, tend to find their way into our home in the autumn, looking for warm places to lay their eggs and nurture their young.
- Plants – we have already mentioned food sources such as compost heaps, but plants in gardens can also be a source of food; the buddleia plant, for example, is attractive to butterflies and bees enjoy the sweetness of lavender plants.
- Travel – some insects and creepy crawlies that infest homes and businesses do so out of opportunity and the increase in our travel habits, both domestic and foreign, along with the import of food can mean that some insects get a free ride to the perfect location.
- Incorrect use of chemical treatment – and finally, knowing that some insects are more likely to invade our homes that others, we take preventative measures but the incorrect use and application of some chemical treatments – for example, flea treatments for pets – mean that some insects can still take hold in a property. Likewise, scientists believe that some insects are developing immunity to some chemical treatments too.
Can we deal with insects? Yes we can!
There is an answer to ALL pest problems, including insect infestations in North Lincolnshire so call us to find out more!