page 12 – don’t let summer bug you

don’t let summer bug you

With warmer weather finally here, you’re likely to notice an increase in animal, bird and insect activity.

Most of them are a welcome sight, but if you’re having problems with ants, birds, bees or other animals and insects there are some easy steps you can take to help.


Garden ants usually nest outdoors in lawns, flower beds, beneath paving flags and at the base of walls. If you have a problem you can treat them using ant killer powder, which is sold in small tubes at most garden centres, larger chemists and hardware shops. When treating an ant problem in your home, it is important to try and find the point ants are entering the room. Follow the trail as far back as you can. Do not disturb or kill any ants that are feeding on the powder, and be patient as it could take a week or more before the treatment is effective.


Birds nest during summer and lofts or the eaves of buildings are common places for them to nest. All wild bird species, their eggs and nests are protected by law. You must always try to avoid harming birds or doing anything which may kill or injure them. If birds are nesting in or on your home, please get in touch with County Durham Housing Group once they have left their nest. This will allow entry points to be closed to prevent them returning.

Feeding birds is not discouraged; but please be aware that food for birds could also attract other animals, including rats. Only use specially designed bird feeders, hung from a bracket or washing line. Don’t leave excessive amounts of loose food and clear up spillages to ensure rats aren’t attracted.

Bees and wasps
These little black and yellow striped insects might be a real nuisance, but they are also essential to our planet; pollinating plants and eating smaller insects. Basic precautions, like not leaving unwrapped food out, can reduce your chances of encountering bees and wasps outside. But it is inside the home where they are most likely to become a problem.

Wasps are the most likely to build a nest inside of an outbuilding, loft or roof. It might not be easy to spot a nest. You may find dead wasps or hear a humming noise in warmer weather, but not always. If you do suspect an infestation of wasps, it’s important not to try and deal with it yourself. Contact County Durham Housing Group to arrange for a professional pest control expert to visit your home and take the appropriate action.