There are lots of different types of flying insects that could be bothering you in your home. Some are just plain irritating, while others can pose a serious health risk.
Moths and flying ants are fairly common flying household pests that are pretty harmless. Moth larvae feed on and damage carpets, clothing and upholstery and some types of flying ant can bite and sting. But generally speaking, they’re not likely to hurt you or your household.
Other types of flying insect can be more dangerous. Flies might appear harmless but can cause disease by contaminating food. Horse flies, midges and gnats have irritating bites and horseflies can also transmit diseases. Mosquitos also bite – these can be irritating and painful and a small number transmit viruses and bacteria that can cause diseases
Wasps and hornets are also common flying insects. They gather around food sources and sting to defend themselves. While this might not be too much of a problem outside, inside or close to your home this can be a real issue. Bees are similar to wasps as they also sting to defend themselves. However, they don’t gather around food sources and play a valuable role in pollinating crops. Although it’s not illegal to kill bees, you should make every effort to avoid hurting them.
How do I tell if I have a flying insect infestation?
Of course, the most obvious sign of an insect infestation is if you come across lots of them flying around. But there are a few other things you can look for to give you an indication.
Small, white eggs or maggots in dirty, moist places are a sign that there might be flies in your home. Or if you find irregular holes in clothing, upholstery or carpets then you might have a moth problem.
Wasps make papery-looking nests in sheltered spots, like wall or loft cavities. These vary in size from a golf ball to a football or bigger. Bee hives look similar to wasp nests but have numerous distinctive hexagonal shapes.
What’s the best way to deal with a flying insect infestation?
There are several ways to get rid of flying insects. Vacuuming and cleaning regularly will help to get rid of insect eggs and reduce breeding areas. Plus, by keeping food contained, washing up and getting rid of spillages quickly you’ll avoid attracting flies and wasps.
There are also lots of insect sprays available that either deter or kill flying insects. These can be quite effective but aren’t always enough to get rid of large-scale infestations. Plus many sprays can be detrimental to your health.
If you have a large flying insect infestation, it’s a good idea to contact a professional pest controller. Or if you’re having problems with bees, get in touch with a beekeeper or pest control firm that relocates bee hives. A professional will give you advice and help you to deal with the problem.
Professional pest control cost
Approx. £150 - £200
For an inspection, treatment and follow-up visit
Usually from 1 day - 1 week
Depending on the scale of the infestation