bed bugs, fleas, ants, flies & cockroaches
Cockroaches are known carriers of Gastro-enteritis, Dysentery... even Salmonella, and exposure to these insects pose a significant health risk. Cockroaches are tough, breed rapidly, and only professional products are powerful enough to eliminate them at vulnerable stages of their lifecycle.
Cat and dog fleas are a common problem in homes with pets but, fortunately, human fleas are now much rarer in the UK, but all can be effectively eliminated by Alpha Pest Control.
bed bug infestation
Probably the most personally distressing of pests to discover in your home, bed bugs are becoming an increasingly common problem in South Wales!
Whilst not thought to spread disease, their bites can cause allergic reactions and anaemia. Bed bugs live in inaccessible places and in huge numbers, so amateur, off-the-shelf, treatments are largely ineffective.
treatment options & pet safety
Alpha Pest Control regularly treat ants, flies, moths, carpet beetles and more. Because of their reproductive rate, an infestation of any insect pest can be overwhelming, so a quick response is essential. Use Alpha's FREE pest identification service as soon as you suspect a problem.
Pesticides for household insects are applied at very low concentrations, powerful enough to effectively kill small insects, but posing no health threat to people or pets. We will always advise on the day, but the best strategy is to keep pets away from any treated surface until they are completely dry... approximately 1 to 2 hours.
insect pest cost guide
Ants & flies
Up to 10 miles from Llanelli; from £55
Over 10 miles from Llanelli; from £65
Fleas, cockroaches & bed bugs
Within 10 miles of Llanelli; from £75
Over 10 miles from Llanelli; from £85
Ants & flies
Within 10 miles of Llanelli; £55
More than 10 miles from Llanelli; £65
All other insects
Up to 10 miles from Llanelli; £75
Over 10 miles from Llanelli; £85
In the case of an infestation of insects, identification is all important, so that we can determine what course of action we need to take to eradicate the problem. If you are unsure as to what insects you have, Alpha Pest Control on Llanelli offer a free insect identification service. Simply take a picture, send it to us and we can advise you accordingly.
Generally the types of insects that cause problems in domestic circumstances are normally fleas, bed bugs and cockroaches. This is not an exhaustive list but covers insect pests normally found around the home.
One of the first signs that you may have a flea problem is your cat or dog scratching, you may also have areas on the lower legs that are itching as a result of being bitten. Fleas do not feed on you but are attracted to your body heat, thinking you are a cat or dog. If this is the case your pet needs to be treated with a proprietary brand of flea treatment. This needs to be done on a regular basis in the summer to ensure there is no re-infestation.
Nowadays, with centrally heated houses, it is quite possible to suffer with fleas in the winter months. If this happens, continue with the flea treatment as recommended by the manufacturer. Fleas lay their eggs, mostly in carpets, and depending on the weather (temperature, humidity etc.) conditions, eggs take between 10 and 21 days to hatch.
It is important to remember that regular hoovering will remove some of the eggs but you will never remove all. On emptying your hoover, do it outside into a plastic bag and tie securely to prevent any fleas that hatch in there from escaping and re-infesting your home. Normally one treatment with an industrial insecticide, sprayed throughout the house is sufficient.
Bed bugs are generally some of the unwanted guests secreted in the bottom of your suitcase and emerging after you have returned from your foreign holiday. They are attracted to carbon dioxide and warmth. For this reason most bites occur on and around the neck area at night while you are asleep. They prefer dark areas and that is why they are predominantly more active at night, it is not uncommon to disturb them from their dark hiding places during the day and see them scurrying for the nearest darkest recess they can find.
Apart from the irritating bites around the neck area, another sign that you have bedbugs, is upon inspection of the mattress, little dark blood spots can be seen along with faecal matter.
Treatment needs to be professionally done and all little cracks and crevices treated with a strong insecticide spray. To ensure complete eradication, pheromone attractants may be used as an indicator of further bed bug activity. In extreme cases, heat treatment of the whole house may be necessary. Fortunately occurrences of this magnitude are few and far between.
There are various types of cockroaches, the 2 most common kinds found in the UK are the German and Oriental cockroach. The adult German cockroach is between 10 to 15mm long and is a yellowy brown colour. The adult Oriental cockroach is larger in size and is dark brown/black in colour. Normally found in houses, they are unable to cope with the British weather very well.
Often found in warm, humid situations such as kitchens and bathrooms. Rarely seen during the day and like bedbugs prefer the dark. They will feed on most things so good housekeeping will go a long way to preventing a cockroach infestation, it is also prudent to seal up any crack or crevice, preferably with insecticidal gel, to prevent safe harbourage. Because of their prolific rate of breeding, the sooner an infestation is noticed and treated, the better it is for the householder. They can easily cross contaminate foods and spread disease so early treatment is essential.