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Where do wasps go during the winter months?
Where do wasps go during the winter months?

Wasps die off during the winter months. This is not because of the cold. it is because of starvation and the lack of food.


From September onwards you will start to see larger wasps than you normally would. These are known as the queen wasps. You will notice them when they start to emerge from their winter hiding places. Queen wasps usually hibernate during the winter in crevices and sheltered places. The queens go out to look for a new place to build or lay their eggs. 


As the days start to get warmer, the queen wasps will start to come out from hibernation where they have been spending the winter months in a deep sleep.


Hibernation usually takes place from as early as the beginning of September to as late as the end of April.


How do you know its a queen wasp?

Queen wasps are usually the centre of a wasp nest, and the rest of the wasps in a colony exist to feed and care for her. 


She is the only female in a colony able to lay eggs, so the colony's survival depends on her. Queen wasps look basically the same as worker wasps, making it difficult to identify but they are a lot bigger.


Do queen wasps sting?

Only female wasps, including queens, have stingers, which are used solely for self-defense. Bright colours warn others of their painful sting.


What should you do if you think you have a wasp nest?


If you think you have a wasps nest on your property, it’s important to have it dealt with properly by contacting pest control professionals like ourselves. Make sure any pets or children stay far away from the nest site, as aggressive workers or even the queen are prone to stinging if they feel threatened. We know how to handle wasps correctly and safely.

3 Major Diseases Pests Can Cause

3 Major Diseases Pests Can Cause


Do pests carry diseases?

Yes. Pests are big carriers of diseases. They are a very serious problem to your health and others around you. Insects like mosquitos, lice, fleas and bedbugs are able to give many diseases caused by infectious agents known as viruses and bacteria.


So, what are the diseases that can be transmitted to you? Here are a few of the major diseases in which pests are the most likely to carry into your home.


Lyme Disease

What kind on bugs carry Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through tick bites which carries a bacterium known as Borrelia Burgdorferi. This disease is the most likely the worst disease you could possibly catch. 


Symptoms of Lyme Disease

  • Fever
  • Headache 
  • Fatigue 
  • Skin Rash
  • Muscle pain
  • Tiredness


If you have the symptoms of Lyme disease, see your GP asap. Let the GP know if you have been bitten by a tick, or if you've never seen a tick on your skin but you have been in the woods or areas with long grass.



Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties.


Asthma is very easily triggered. One way asthma is triggered is by cockroaches. The saliva, feces and shedding body parts of cockroaches are the way that asthma and other allergies are triggered. These allergens are like dust mites and aggravating symptoms when they are in the air.


Symptoms of Asthma

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath


See your GP if you think you or your child may have asthma. Several conditions can cause similar symptoms, such as a chest infection or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), so it's important to get a proper diagnosis and correct treatment.



Salmonella infection is often caused by mice and rodents as they are frequent carriers, salmonella is a bacteria that causes gastroenteritis. Spread of infections to humans occurs through contaminated water and food. The infection causes severe diarrhoea and is treated with supportive care.


Symptoms of Asthma


  • Stomach cramps 
  • Bloody stools
  • Chills
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle Pains
  • Nausea
  • Sickness
  • Dizziness

Top Pests That Affect London


Are you based in London or even the surrounding areas? If so it is very important for you to know what pests are most likely to enter your property. London as a city is full of pests and the last thing you want to find out is that they have infested your house. But, pest control can be easily handled if taken care by a professional pest controller. If you'd like to contact a professional pest controller click here.


Below are some of the most common pests that people find in their homes or business within London.



Rats and mice are the most commonly found pests in London. These pests carry a huge amount of diseases and bacteria. These diseases are very harmful therefore it is important that you act quickly if you have a problem. But how do you know if you have them? 


Here is a few common signs to if you have them:

1- If you see live or dead rats in the property

2- Rat or mouse droppings (to find out more about them click here)

3- If material has been chewed or gnawed.


Rodents are attracted to food waste, so if you spill or drop any kind of food waste outside or inside your property it is best to get it cleaned up straight away otherwise it will instantly attract rodents.


Rodents are very dangerous as they are known to be able to chew through wiring which is then able to spark, this will then cause a fire. To keep pests away from your London business make sure you contact Conquest Pest Control for the best possible solution.


Bed Bugs

London is a very busy city and bedbugs are a major problem for house owners and hotel owners. Bed bugs are very easily moved from one place to another, so if you visit somewhere that has bedbugs and they get on your clothing you could then move them to your house without even knowing. 


Bed bugs like to bite and when they feed it causes your skin to become very itchy and irritated by them. The bites are often grouped together in a smaller area and they are most likely to occur is a line. Bites are normally small areas that become inflamed and red. The bites don't always seem to show instantly. 


There are many more cases of bedbugs in London rather than in Hertfordshire. Bedbugs are a lot more active during the night time and infestations occur mainly in bedrooms. Bedbugs have to live near to a place where there food source is, in many cases the food source will be you.


You can identify the adult bedbugs as they are about 4 to 5 mm long. They do not have any wings and are dark brown all over. Bedbugs have long legs and claws that they use to cling on to the host during feeding. They also have antennae on their heads.





Cockroaches are highly known for being very resilient when it comes to pest control services. In the London cockroaches are most likely to be found in restaurants and housing during the colder months (winter).  Cockroaches breed very similar to rodents, which can result in an infestation getting out of hand before even being discovered.


Cockroaches are proven or suspected carriers of the organisms that cause the following infections:


Typhoid Fever










Cockroaches can spread a variety of diseases. However, they are not direct vectors of diseases. Transmission occurs indirectly, from consumption or contact with items which have been contaminated by cockroaches, rather than through bites.


Cockroaches can also trigger asthma and other allergies as well as spread E.coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus.


E.coli causes serious food poisoning.

There are proteins within a cockroaches faeces and saliva that can trigger allergic reactions and asthma symptoms.

Also possible to get infections caused by Salmonella bacteria.


Cockroaches spread diseases through droppings, vomit and direct contact.



To discuss your any pest problems you may have in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

False Widow Spiders to invade Britains homes

False Widow Spiders to invade Britains homes


False widow spiders are set to invade Britain’s homes in the winter as temperature temperatures get colder. As the temperature drops rapidly across the UK, with the lowest touching -7 degrees celsius, the false widow spiders are searching for warmth and this is mostly likely to be in your homes.


The weather during the summer was ideal for the spiders to lead to a surge in numbers as they started to head for our homes within the coming months.


What is the false widow spider?

A false widow spider, also known as Steatoda Nobilis, is native to Madeira and the Canary Islands. They have slowly been moving over to the UK in the recent years due to colder winters. The spider is nocturnal and will spend the day times sleeping inside cracks or holes close to its web. 


How can you identify a false widow spider?

  • It is a medium sized spider with a round, brown body and off white coloured markings.
  • The body and legs will have a shiny appearance.
  • The females are normally bigger than the males, with females being 9.5 to 14mm, and males being 7 to 11mm
  • The species looks exactly like the black widow spider other than it being a different colour. 
  • It is red and sometimes orange colour.


Is the False Widow spider bite venomous?

Similar to most other spiders, the false widows bite is venomous. The bite itself from the spider is not usually felt immediately, however within a short space of time, a burning sensation will be felt followed by a radiating pain. Within around the 20 minute mark, the affected area will swell badly. If you have been bitten on the hand, within 3-4hours welling will develop and you will have a tingling sensation. The area will have two small puncture wounds in the swelling, surrounded by abnormal redness and may even have a bluefish colour. 


Experts say the species are not normally aggressive but if the spiders are found in clothing they may attack. The spider bite does not always have a mild effect. The female bites are more severe than the males and usually result in intense pain.


Their bites are not fatal to humans but the venom causes painful burns and swelling that can lead to a fever. 


In 2015 Alex Beer had a false widow bite and left him with horrifying swelling. The photo can be found Here. 

What do the False Widow Spiders eat?

A lot of the false widow spiders will prey on black widow spiders, as well as other spiders which are hazardous to humans. False Widow Spiders mainly feed on crawling insects, especially isopods.



Reproduction on the False Widow Spider

False Widow Spiders mate in the spring and the females can produce three or more egg sacs from May through to July. Each sac can contain 200 or more creamy coloured eggs. Whereas the males can live for up to 18 months. They die shortly after mating.


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