A group of beetles with globular abdomens and fairly long legs, superficially resembling small spiders, 3-4mm long.
General scavengers of all sorts of animal and vegetable debris and stored food, and frequently associated with old birds’ nests. The Golden Spider Beetle (below) is covered with golden hairs whilst the Globular Spider Beetle is a shiny, dark brown colour.
The Australian Spider Beetle is by far the commonest species. Adults may feign death when disturbed. The female lays up to 1,000 eggs, which are sticky. The fleshy larvae roll up when disturbed but when ready to pupate wander about and may get into cracks and crevices in floors or shelves.
In the UK, native spiders are not considered dangerous or a threat to health but some households suffer with ‘nuisance’ house spiders, and because of common fears (arachnophobia) many require pest control.
If you require this particular you can contact one of our members to obtain advice and possible treatment methods, usually smoke generators.
If you are experiencing problems from a species in which you do not identify with the Uk and are worried, you can contact your local RSPCA shelter for advice.
Small, wingless insects which usually live in soil but occasionally come indoors, into damp kitchens, cellars and outbuildings. A leaping organ on the end of the abdomen provides the “jump” which gives them their name.
Deliberately introduced to this country sometime in the 19th century the grey squirrel has since spread throughout most of mainland England and Wales. Mainly a resident of broadleaved and mixed woodlands it is also a common resident of urban parks and gardens.
They frequently enter domestic roof spaces. Once inside they chew woodwork, strip insulation from electrical wiring and water pipes, tear up fibreglass insulation and, occasionally, drown in water tanks.