Stable Fly

Closely resembles the Housefly, but this fellow bites. Uncommon indoors but breeds in long grass, straw or grass cuttings where there are horses or other animals.


Although a native to this country, our permanently resident starling population is swelled every autumn by migrants arriving from the Continent. Starlings may roost in their thousands on ledges on buildings and in trees in city centres. Their droppings deface and erode stonework and make pavements slippery. In domestic lofts their nesting activities can build large piles of twigs, leaves and associated fouling. Insect and mite pests can find their way from this into the house.


A favourite media term. These rodents are generally described as resistant to all known poisons, larger, more voracious and generally more intelligent than their controllable relatives.

In reality, tolerance of some anti-coagulant rodenticides does exist in both rats and mice but does not, as yet, present a serious problem in control.


Social insects which may live in communities of many millions of individuals. In tropical and sub-tropical countries they are major pests of timber buildings.

Not presently a significant problem in the UK but global warming may allow them to establish in the south of England.