Insect Control Dublin - Control Pests like Wasps, Ants, the Fly, Bugs and Beetles

Total Pest Control Dublin treat all flying and crawling insects problems, preparing a plan to suit each case.

Insect Control Overview

Total Pest Control treat all infestations of flying and crawling insects, in each case we identify species and prepare a treatment plan. Call the Experts TODAY on 01 2303580 or see our Contact Page.

Flying Insects

WASPS

In spring the over-wintering queen wasps leave their hibernating quarters to seek nesting sites which could be a hole in the ground, a hollow tree or artificial structures such as eaves, lofts and garden sheds etc. The queen starts to build her nest with a papery material that she makes by chewing small pieces of wood mixed with saliva; this is known as wasp paper. She will raise the first few workers by her own efforts and those workers will then commence the enlargement of the nest and caring for the immature wasps to follow. Nest construction starts in earnest in June and will reach it’s maximum size in September, when 5,000 to 10,000 workers may be present. These workers will forage for food up to 400 metres from the nest. The size of wasp colonies will vary from year to year; the severity of the previous winter is probably the key factor. In the autumn the young queens mate and leave the nest to hibernate, the rest of the nest dies out and the nest is never used again.

LESSER HOUSE FLY

When the eggs are laid they are about 1mm long and they hatch in 24 to 48 hours. Larval development is 8 days and they have 3 skin moults. Larvae are 6 mm when fully grown. Lifecycle from egg to adult takes about 3 weeks and they breed mainly in poultry manure.

COMMON HOUSE FLY

The eggs are laid in decaying material, particularly rubbish dumps and manure heaps. Under ideal conditions it can take as little as 2 weeks to complete its life cycle.

FRUIT FLYS

Female fruit flies lay their eggs on the surface of rotting fruit, fermenting juices, soured milk etc. Fruit fly larvae feed on the yeast organisms and fungi growing in the fruit and vegetable materials. Through their feeding efforts, they soon turn their food into a semi-liquid mess and given their biology, they are a common pest in pubs and commercial kitchens.

PHORID FLY

The phorid fly breeds and feeds primarily on moist decaying organic matter. The reproductive potential of these flies is tremendous and very large numbers of them may appear in a short time. Phorid flies are found throughout the world and are a serious pest when found in food producing, food handling or food serving facilities. Fermenting materials such as fruit, dirty garbage containers, rotten vegetables or slime in drains are just a few of their favourite breeding and feeding places. The life cycle from egg to adult can be completed in as little as 14 days (under ideal conditions).

INDIAN MEAL MOTH

The female moth lays between 60 and 300 eggs, singly or in clusters, on or near the foodstuffs. Eggs hatch in 2 to 14 days with larvae or “tiny whitish caterpillars” dispersing within a few hours. Larvae move to foodstuffs, and feed in or near a tunnel-like case of frass and silk which they web together. Under good conditions, the entire life cycle requires six to eight weeks and can be active all year round. However, in cold climates, larvae over-winter and pupate in March.

Crawling Insects

GARDEN ANT

Garden Ants usually nest outdoors in lawns, flower beds, beneath paving flags and at the base of walls. Premises are usually invaded by worker ants foraging for food, especially sweet foods. During summer, winged females (Queens) and males leave the nest on one or two warm afternoons and take flight. During this flight, which may only last for 2- 3 hours, the ants mate. The formation of a new colony starts with a mated winged female digging into the earth to overwinter and start a new colony in the spring.

PHARAOHS ANT

In temperate climates it is an indoor species, associated particularly with large facilities such as hospitals, prisons and blocks of flats. Unlike some other ant species, the queen may be replaced by other queens. This is an important feature to bear in mind during control, as new queens can be produced when needed resulting in colonies which are able to split.

BED BUGS:

Although humans are the preferred host, bed bugs feed on many warm-blooded animals. Bed bugs usually hide in cracks or mattresses during the day and emerge at night to feed. They inject saliva as they feed and allergic reaction to this substance often causes slightly delayed swelling, itching and burning. Under favourable conditions, each female lays 200 to 500 eggs and at temperatures above 21°C these hatch in 6 to 17 days. Adults often survive up to 2 months without food, but under certain circumstances can live a year or more without feeding.

CARPET BEETLE

A pest primarily in the home, food and museum sectors (the latter causing a significant threat to collections). Mating occurs immediately after emergence. The female produces up to 100 eggs over a period of two weeks. Larval development lasts for 10-30 days. Larval forms (known as the “Woolly Bear”) can reach 4 – 5 mm in size before pupation and can cause considerable damage to products such as wool, fur, leather, silk and animal skins, and occasionally cereal based food products. Adult carpet beetles usually live outdoors on pollen and nectar, and thrive in situations where they remain undisturbed, such as under carpets, bird and rodent nests and animal remains.

SAW TOOTHED GRAIN BEETLE

The females live from 6 to 10 months and deposit upwards of 250 eggs in foodstuffs. Several generations may occur each year, as the life cycle requires only 3 to 4 weeks during the summer, when conditions are at their most favourable.

LARDER BEETLE

Females each lay about 135 eggs, which hatch in 12 or more days. Larvae prefer spoiled ham, bacon, dried beef and other meats. Larvae either bore into this meat or wander away to bore into wood, books and even metals such as lead and telephone cables to pupate. The life cycle requires 40 to 50 days.

PLASTER BEETLE

Plaster beetles feed on mould or mildews and are attracted to anything that is musty smelling with newly constructed homes, damp areas in basements, bathrooms and damp commodities (such as grain), often affected. Eggs are laid singly and take approximately 5 weeks to complete the lifecycle.

RED RUST & CONFUSED FLOUR BEETLE

Beetles attack milled grain products such as flour and cereals. These beetles often hitchhike into the house in infested flour and can build up into large populations on food accumulations in cabinet cracks and crevices and in furniture. The life cycle requires one to four months when temperatures are favourable and the female may live for as long as 2 years.

BOOKLICE

Psocids are usually found in dark humid places such as kitchen cupboards, bathrooms, on drying plaster in new houses and on old books and stored papers in libraries and archival storage areas, where they feed on microscopic moulds. Psocids live for about 6 months, during which time the female can lay up to 100 eggs laid separately at a rate of 1-3 per day. The eggs then hatch in 1-2 weeks depending on the surrounding humidity.

ORIENTAL COCKROACH

Unlike other pest cockroaches, Oriental’s cannot climb up smooth surfaces. Oriental cockroaches generally live in moist areas, but can survive in dry areas if they have access to water. They tend to prefer cooler temperatures and thus are common in basements, boiler houses and walkways adjacent to buildings. The Oriental cockroach breeds well in unventilated crawl spaces or basements where humidity is high. Adult cockroaches can live up to one year, during which females produce an average of 150 young. This cockroach prefers to feed on starchy foods but will adapt to survive

GERMAN COCKROACH

Egg cases are carried by the female until just before hatching and each female may produce four to six cases during her lifetime, each containing 30 to 40 eggs. Eggs hatch in 28 to 30 days, and nymphs develop in 40 to 125 days. Female cockroaches live about 200 days (slightly longer than the male). The German cockroach produces more eggs and has more generations per year (three to four) than any other cockroach, and only a few individuals are needed to develop into troublesome infestations.

SILVERERFISH

They are found living in warm (71-90 degrees Fahrenheit), moist locations in the home and are most often found damaging books, cloth, and sometimes dried meats or dead insects. They seem especially fond of the sizing on books and paper as well as the glues and pastes found on wallpaper, labels, and paper products.

TESTIMONIAL

Hear It from Our Clients

Fantastic, efficient service from both Paul and Marcus. There was a thorough inspection of both the effects of the mice problem we had, as well as the root cause of it. The work was done over three spaced visits to ensure the mice were gone and the drains cemented to prevent future infestations. Great communication from both Paul and Marcus-they always answer the phone or return calls or texts. They made themselves available at short notice when it was needed- one of the traps caught a mouse. The price was exactly as quoted. Excellent service. Would definitely recommend and use again ourselves.

Lisanne Brady

Service: Rodent Extermination, General Pest Inspection

Paul is a superhero! We moved into a new rental and were shocked to find we had rats living out our back garden. (Not contributing rent, I might add!) Paul immediately identified the access point from our sewage system and filled it on the spot. (He even filled some other gaps in the side of the house that might become future access points) He then investigated our drains and cleared all debris the rats had created from digging and applied a one-way rat blocker in the drain to 100% prevent the rats from ever entering the house via that system. Finally rat traps were put around the garden and were checked on a weekly basis diligently until the rat problem was no more.

Paul Griffin

Service: Rodent Extermination

Victor is an absolute beast. Came for a follow-up visit after the initial appointment to address some questions I had at no charge. Very professional and courteous. Highly recommend.

Nouaman Maloley

Service: Hornet & Wasp Extermination

FAQ

Total Pest Control FAQs

Read through our most frequently asked questions.

What types of pest control services do you offer?

We offer comprehensive pest control services across Dublin, focusing on Rodent Control, Insect Control, Wildlife Management, and Bird Control. Each service is tailored to tackle specific pests with the most effective and humane methods available.

Our rodent control strategy involves a thorough inspection to identify the type and extent of the infestation. We then use a combination of baits, traps, and exclusion techniques to eliminate rodents and prevent future infestations. All our methods are safe for use in homes and commercial properties.

We employ a variety of techniques for insect control, including targeted chemical treatments, heat treatments, and mechanical barriers. The method chosen depends on the type of insect and the severity of the infestation, ensuring that it’s both effective and minimally invasive to your property and health.

Yes, our wildlife management services involve humane trapping and relocation of nuisance wildlife such as foxes, raccoons, and squirrels. We also provide advice and solutions for wildlife-proofing your property to prevent future issues.

We provide a range of bird control services designed to safely deter birds from nesting and roosting in undesirable areas. Options include the installation of spikes, netting, or wires, as well as visual or auditory deterrents, tailored to your specific situation and local regulations.

Absolutely. The safety of your family and pets is our priority. We use environmentally friendly and sustainable methods that are effective against pests but pose minimal risk to humans and animals. We will also provide you with all the necessary information on safety measures to take during and after treatment.

We offer a rapid response service for pest emergencies in Dublin. Our team is available 24/7 to ensure that we can address your pest control needs promptly and effectively.

You can schedule a service by calling us directly or by filling out the contact form on our website. We offer free initial consultations to assess your pest problem and recommend the best course of action.