5 Common Pests you can find hiding in London

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If you live in London ants, bed bugs, bees, carpet beetle, biscuit beetle are a fact of life. These pest especially bed bug multiplies fast, immediately you find one, start making preparations to exterminate them. This common pest once associated with unhygienic surroundings is prevalent due to a number of reasons, including increased travel, the use of second-hand furniture, and suspected tolerance to some pesticides. These pests still occur with regularity, particularly in multi-occupancy buildings with rapid resident turnover, for example, office buildings, hostels, hotels, holiday camps and blocks of flats. Wasps, moths and even parakeets are also pests that are common in some specific cities in London. 

Pests can also cause structural damage to your home and offices. If you have any wood structure in your home that is not treated and these pests take over, you’ll quickly find yourself paying high costs for repairs.  So here are some ideas to stop infestations before having to result in calling Pest Control London to save the day.

These are the most common 5 pests in London: 

  1. Ants 

How to Get Rid of them yourself

  • A simple mixture of water and vinegar can also effectively erase the trail. 
  • Create a repellent by blending lemon juice, orange peels or cucumber rinds with warm water. Then dip a cloth into the solution and use it to wipe down your surfaces or mop the floor. 
  1. Bed Bugs 

How to get rid of them yourself

  • Clean bedding, linens, curtains, and clothing in hot water and dry them on the highest dryer setting. 
  • Use a stiff brush to scrub mattress seams to remove bedbugs and their eggs before vacuuming. 
  • Repair cracks in plaster and glue down peeling wallpaper to get rid of places bedbugs can hide. 
  • Get rid of clutter around the bed.
  1. Bees 

Way to avoid and remove them:

  • Having Citronella, Mint, and Eucalyptus plants around your home will keep the bees away. 

Biscuit beetle. 

Way to avoid and remove them:

  • Throw out any infested food and thoroughly clean out any food residues from areas where the beetles or their grubs are found. Also check the loft or eaves of your house for an old bird nest, as these can be a common source of Biscuit Beetles.
  1. Carpet beetles 

Way to avoid and remove them:

  • Clean your home thoroughly, identify where the larvaes are and get rid of them 
  • Vacuum your whole home and every rugs and carpets to get rid of larvae and beetles. 
  • Boric Acid spray: 1tablespoon (4.2 g) of boric acid with 2 cups (473 ML) of hot water. Stir it until the powder dissolves, then use a plastic spray bottle to mist it over hard-to-reach crevices. 

Always avoid taking any second-hand furniture without checking it thoroughly. If you have stayed in an infested environment, upon arriving home or your office, immediately check your luggage and clothing. Keep in mind the sheer level of destruction and harm pests can bring into your life. 

If you feel your issue has not been resolved with the house keeping options above them we recommend you contact a professional pest controller to survey the issue and treat as necessary.


Sarah Williams is a self-development writer who is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. She believes that true happiness comes from taking care of your body and having great relationships. You can connect with her at Wingman Magazine. Website: Twitter:

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