PGM & SON Hereford Insect Identification Services
How often do you find an insect, or more likely, an infestation of insects and have no idea what they are?!
This is actually more common than you think. We get a lot of enquiries from people asking what insects they’ve found in their home or business. And, frequently, we are contacted by customers who tell us they’ve found a pest or insect in their Hereford home or business and when we arrive the pest or insect is actually something else entirely.
According to reports, it is estimated that there are 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) individual insects alive at any one time. Wow! That’s a figure most of us have never even heard of, although it’s comforting to know that something is bigger than the national debt or the Brexit bill!!
As qualified pest controllers in Herefordshire, we can usually tell what pest or insect you’ve found. However, there are rare occasions when the species stumps even us!
Insects are often really small, and it can be tricky to tell the difference between say, a grain weevil and a rice weevil close up without a microscope and a trained eye.
Did you know that as well as our Herefordshire pest control service, pest waste removal and pest advice service we also provide an insect identification service?
We’ll arrange to store your insect/s properly and remove them for identification purposes. Once the insect has been assessed we’ll provide you with an identification report. And, if you want treatment for any infestation after we can provide this for you.
Often, people will want to know what insect/s they have but have no need for treatment. An example of this might be gardeners or vegetable plot owners who have found insects and want to know if they represent a threat to their flowers or vegetables. Once an insect species has been identified and deemed harmless, they can simply be left to their own devices. Nature and humans working together in harmony.
Also, it might be beneficial to actively encourage a species; for example, Lacewing larvae are voracious predators of small pests such as aphids, whitefly, caterpillars and leaf-beetle larvae. They will colonise almost any plant where they have a plentiful food supply and can effectively keep troublesome plant pests under control.