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  • Bedbugs are oval-shaped, flattened insects, usually about 6mm long. When they have not eaten they are pale brown in colour but become reddish brown to mahogany when fully fed on blood. The mouthparts are well adapted for piercing the skin.

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    What you need to know

    Are they harmful?

    Cockroaches are capable of carrying organisms which cause food poisoning in humans and many other bacteria. They will feed on almost anything, including refuse, faecal matter and food for human consumption.

    What do they look like?

  • Adult fleas are normally 1-4mm long, brownish in cooler, without wings, but with powerful legs adapted for jumping. Female fleas can live up to two years, during which time they can lay up to 1000 eggs.

  • Are garden ants a health hazard?
    Garden/Black ants are not regarded as a 'significant risk to public health', however they can be a nuisance when found in the home.
    Where can they be found?

  • What do they look like?
    The most common mouse found in buildings is the house mouse, weighing less than 25g. The fur colour varies between light brown and grey.

  • There is different types of moth’s textile and stored product moths.

    The case bearing moth is the most common Textile moth in the UK has a wingspan of about 15mm.

  • What do rats look like?
    The common rat typically has brownish fur on its back and is grey underneath, but colour can vary from white to black.
    Where do they live?

  • What do they look like?
    The adult grey squirrel has a body height of approximately 25cm and a tail length of approximately 20cm. Their body is adapted for climbing and jumping and they use their tail for balance.
    Where do they live?

  • What do they look like?

    The Most Common Tropical Ants in the UK are Pharaoh Ants

  • What do wasps look like?
    Although similar in size to bees, wasps are distinctive in their appearance because of their narrow waist and bright yellow and black banding.
    They are usually 1-2cm in length, the most common being the common wasp (vespula vulgaris) and the German wasp (vespula germanica). Wasps are aggressive when disturbed.
    Where do they live?