Crawling insect control

Do you have a creepy crawly infestation and need crawling insect control fast? If so, speak to the experts at Valley Pest Control. We offer affordable crawling insect control for customers across the South West of England. Our services include the control, removal and proofing of bed bugs, beetles, fleas and ants to name just a few. So if, you live in Exeter, Truro, Bristol, Bath, Taunton, Devon, Somerset, Cornwall or Dorset, call us today for a free quote and fast response.

Resolving a Crawling Insect Infestation

Valley Pest Control Ltd offer professional crawling insect pest control and removal services to effectively solve beetle and crawling insect infestations.

  • Fast, effective and reliable services
  • Expert advice on how to keep your property pest free
  • Effective, long-term solutions
  • Environmentally aware systems and non-harmful methods
  • High training standards

Covering the South West of England, we have friendly, regional pest control and removal experts that provide professional crawling insect pest control services. With crawling insect pest control and removal experts based around the South West, including, Exeter, Truro, Wellington, Taunton, Bridport, Barnstaple and Bristol, we respond quickly to call outs. Contact us today to arrange a call out.

ant pest control

Here at Valley Pest Control Ltd, we offer suitable pest control solutions for beetles and crawling insects including: bed bugs, beetles, weevils, cockroaches, booklice, earwigs, firebrat, silverfish, centipedes, ants, fleas and more.

Please see our information guides below to help you identify and eliminate the pest problem or call our friendly team today. Hover your over each pest to find out more.

Call Valley Pest Control Ltd today on 0800 387 219 to arrange a free site survey.





SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 2 to 3mm. Shiny black. Elbowed antennae. Large head, slender thorax, characteristic waste, long legs.

BIOLOGY : The queen ant lays a variable number of eggs. 3 to 4 weeks later legless grubs hatch. 3 weeks later larvae mature. 2 weeks after pupation adult ants emerge. Late summer winged and matures males leave nest and mate and the males die whilst the females find new nest sites. Many thousands of ants live in a nest in a social hierarchy tending to various functions.

PREFERRED FOODS : Sweet spillage’s, although outside of human habitations they have a wide food range including much organic matter.

HABITAT : A wide range of locations. Ant colonies can sometime be in close proximity to human dwellings. Entering buildings to forage for food. Sometimes nests can be found well inside factories with the ants exploiting proofing defects such as cracks in the building fabric.




SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 1/8 inch (3mm) long. Very dark in colour. Adult fleas are about 1/8 inch long, wingless, and have three pairs of legs. The hind pair of legs is modified for jumping. Fleas are vertically flat like a fish, and can move easily through the hair of a host. The immature stage or larval stage of the flea looks like a small white worm with a dark head. Flea eggs are small and white.

BIOLOGY : Female fleas lay eggs loosely in the host’s hair (usually a cat or dog). The eggs drop off and hatch into tiny, hairy, worm-like larvae. The larvae are usually found where the animal sleeps, along baseboards, in carpets, or on furniture. Larvae pupate and new adults emerge. The new adults seek a host immediately and must get a blood meal to survive and produce eggs.

PREFERRED FOODS : Fleas will bite humans-especially when they cannot find their usual animal host or if they become very numerous. Their bite often will leave a small, red, irritated area on humans.

  • 24hr Call out
  • Fast acting flea service
  • Effective spray flea treatment
  • Domestic and Commercial flea treatment

Using Flea treatment from your local pet store may not be as effective as the medicine the vet will give you which is why it is important to always go to the vet if your pet has fleas so it will help get rid of them efficiently.

In order to eradicate the fleas from your home we will spray a flea treatment which will instantly kill all of the fleas.

The faster you act the less of a chance there is a big flea infestation throughout your home…
HABITAT : The cooler and drier fall weather brings a reduction in the number of household fleas. However, house pets usually maintain small flea populations throughout the winter, with the numbers increasing slowly in the spring and exploding in mid-to-late summer.

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

BED BUG (Cimex lectularius)

PEST NAME : BED BUG (Cimex lectularius)

SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : Wingless, oval, flattened unless recently fed, about 6mm long. Red-brown changing to dark mahogany colour if recently fed.

BIOLOGY : Egg – nymph – adult. Up to 200 or more white, capped eggs laid at a rate of 4-5 a day glued to crevices and harbourages. The nymphs have 5 moults taking from a few weeks to several months depending on conditions and food supply.

PREFERRED FOODS : Mammalian blood (principally human), emerging at night to search for prey. Feeding usually takes about 10 minutes. They can ingest up to 7 times their body weight in blood at any one meal but can go for prolonged periods of up to a year without feeding.

HABITAT : Hide by day in crevices in beds, furniture, wallpaper, skirting boards and emerge when hungry. May be carried on luggage.

May Bug

May Bug


Cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha)


SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 2-3cm in length. Long, slender distinguishable tail end, deep brown colour. Males have seven antennae ‘leaves’.

PREFERRED FOODS : Leaves & flowers, larvae eat vegetable and grassroots.


HABITAT : Deciduous woodland, parkland, and wooded urban areas. Farmlands and gardens.



SILVERFISH (Lepisma saccharina L)

PEST NAME : SILVERFISH (Lepisma saccharina L)

SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 15 to 20mm. Taper carrot shaped body, covered in silvery scales producing a white glistening appearance. Three distinctive thin bristly tails, long thin antennae. Wingless.

BIOLOGY : 100 eggs laid over two to three month period in cracks and crevices. There are 10 nymphal stages. Adult reached at approximately 1 year.

PREFERRED FOODS : Protein rich gums and book binding pastes, fine textile and leather goods, dried powdered foods especially in damp areas.

HABITAT : In cracks and crevices especially skirting boards, loose poor fitting coving and around door frames. Damp areas favoured. Nocturnal.



PEST NAME: BOOKLICE (Psocids spp) Many species commonly found.

SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR: 1 to 2mm.  Tiny soft bodies, wingless or winged species, pale yellow, straw to dark brown and black.

BIOLOGY: Up to 200 eggs laid 1 to 3 a day. Eggs incubate for 1 or 2 weeks, the nymphs have 3 to 8 moults to adult size.  Prefer 20 to 25oc but will develop at 10oc.  Need damp environment for successful growth, therefore high humidity.

PREFERRED FOODS: Moulds and microfauna growing on paper, cardboard, pallets and packaging.

HABITAT: Widespread in warehouses, on many wooden pallets and on packaging especially if stored in damp warehouses.



FIREBRAT (Thermobia domestica)

PEST NAME : FIREBRAT (Thermobia domestica)

SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 15 to 20mm. Body covered in brownish mottled patterned scales. Taper carrot shaped boy with three long bristly tails, very long thin antennae longer than body.

BIOLOGY : Approx. 100 eggs laid in batches, as many as 60 nymphal stages/moults have been recorded. Living up to 2.5 years. 17 to 20 stages more usual. Eggs laid in cracks and crevices poor fitting coving and sometimes in machinery. Very fast running.

PREFERRED FOODS : Starchy food but can digest fats and proteins. Flour spillage’s and deposits in bakeries. Omnivorous.

HABITAT : Indoor locations mainly bakeries, around ovens and machinery. High temperature tolerant favouring 37oc. Nocturnal.

Plaster Beetle

Plaster Beetle

PLASTER BEETLE (Lathridiidae spp)

PEST NAME : PLASTER BEETLE (Lathridiidae spp)

SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 1.5 to 2.5mm. Greyish brown to blackish brown. Distinctive antennal club. Ridged and punctured wing cases.

BIOLOGY : Eggs are laid singly. Larvae hatch in approximately 1 week. Larvae moult 3 to 4 times. When 3 weeks they are full grown, pupae formed and adults hatch in 1 week.

PREFERRED FOODS : Moulds and mildews on substrata.

HABITAT : On packaging, cardboard material on damp plaster or on damp surfaces. Found in warehouses commonly especially when damp.

Carpet Beetle

Carpet Beetle

Varied Carpet Beetle (Anthrenus Verbasci)


PEST NAME : Carpet Beetle


SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR 5mm larvae, adults between 2-3mm long. Round shape. Color varies.


PREFERRED FOODS : Lint, hair, detritus and textiles provide foot and shelter/


HABITAT : Homes, offices, museums…





SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 17 to 30mm. Dark brown to black, very shiny and very flattened. Female has very reduced wing buds and the male wings are longer to almost the end of the abdomen. Long flexible antennae. Cannot fly but very fast running. Cannot climb smooth surfaces.

BIOLOGY : Oethecae produced 5 to 10 per female each containing 16/18 eggs. Incubation 48 to 80 days at 20oc to 25oc preferred temperature. Nymphal stages 7 to 10 to adult. Life span 60 to 250 days depending on temperature.

PREFERRED FOODS : Omnivorous feeding on any organic matter including human waste to soap, candles, paper etc., etc..

HABITAT : World wide in mainly heated buildings, drains, dustbins, cellars, boiler houses, ducting, lift shafts. Can squeeze into very small cracks and will exploit bad fitting coving and door jams etc.



COMMON EARWIG (Forficula auricularia L)

PEST NAME : COMMON EARWIG (Forficula auricularia L)

SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 12 to 20mm. Light to dark brown. Short leathery wing covers, pronounced pincers, flattened elongated shape.

BIOLOGY : 30 eggs laid in soil. Female tends eggs. 4 to 6 nymphal stages to adult.

PREFERRED FOODS : Carnivore eating mainly small insects, dead animal and plant material.

HABITAT : Primarily outdoors in horticulture, usually indoors as a casual intruder, likes cracks and crevices especially around door frames and at skirting level.



CENTIPEDES and MILLIPEDES MYRIAPODA (Chilopoda and Diplopoda spp)


SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : Up to 15cm long. Mahogany brown to pale straw. Many segments in body with a pair of legs attached to each segment. Compound eyes, antennae, sensory organs at rear.


PREFERRED FOODS : Carnivorous eating insects and mites etc..

HABITAT : A casual intruder, often entering buildings to seek shelter. Desiccation soon takes place inside buildings. Avoids daylight.

Various Beetles

Confused Flour Beetle

Confused Flour Beetle

CONFUSED FLOUR BEETLE (Tribolium confusum)


SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 3 to 4mm. Uniform red-brown to dark brown. Slim with segments of antennae gradually broader towards tip.

BIOLOGY : 200 eggs laid in foodstuffs. Larvae develop and hatch in 6 to 14 days. 5 to 11 moults over 3 to 9 weeks. Pupae formed and adult hatches in 9 to 17 days. Adults live 15 to 20 months.

PREFERRED FOODS : Flour, cereal products, grain, oats, rice bran, nuts, dried fruit, spices and chocolate.

HABITAT : Throughout the food industry possibly in any premises handling or storing flour, flour mills, bakeries, silos favoured.

Rice Weevil

Rice Weevil

RICE WEEVIL (Sitophilus oryzae)

PEST NAME : RICE WEEVIL (Sitophilus oryzae)

SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 2 to 3.5mm. Dark brown nearly black with four clearly defined red spots on fused wing cases. Less shiny than Grain Weevil. 8 segmented antennae. Hind wings present.

BIOLOGY : As above Grain Weevil, but prefers warmer temperature of above 13oc.

PREFERRED FOODS : Buckwheat, peas flour, biscuits and tobacco but favours rice.

HABITAT : Rice mills, flour mills and less common in warehousing in UK.

Flat Grain Beetle

Flat Grain Beetle

LARDER BEETLES, or BACON BEETLE (Dermestes lardarius L)


SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 7 to 9mm. All black with a whitish transverse band with black flecks, very short-clubbed antennae, convex elongate-oval shape.

BIOLOGY : 200 to 800 eggs laid, these hatch in approximately 7 days. Larvae full grown in 6 to 8 weeks. Larvae avoid light. 5 to 6 moults occur and larvae full grown at 10 to 15mm. Pupation takes place and from the time of hatching the adult beetles lives for 3 months.

PREFERRED FOODS : Animal and animal by-products, hides, guts, dried egg yolk, cured and dried meats, bacon and meat, scratchings.

HABITAT : Butchery, meat processing, meat by-products and offal producers, egg products manufactures.

Grain Weevil

Grain Weevil

GRAIN WEEVIL (Sitophilus granaries L)

PEST NAME : GRAIN WEEVIL (Sitophilus granaries L)

SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 3 to 4mm. Red-brown, slightly curved proboscis, elbowed antennae. Oval punctures on thorax. Longitudinally grooved wing covers, cannot fly.

BIOLOGY : Eggs deposited singly in a small hole made in grain, which is then plugged. 350 eggs laid over 9 months. Eggs hatch in 8 to 11 days. Larvae feeds on endosperm.

Life cycle 8 to 16 weeks depending on RH. 75% is favoured and the larvae moults 4 times. After pupation the adult hatches 1 to 3 weeks later and bores its way out of the grain. Lives for approximately 9 months.

PREFERRED FOODS : Wheat, rye, maize, barley, millet and rice.

HABITAT : Important grain storage pest. Found in flour mills, health food manufacturers, brewing industries.

Larder Beetle

Larder Beetle

LARDER BEETLES, or BACON BEETLE (Dermestes lardarius L)


SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 7 to 9mm. All black with a whitish transverse band with black flecks, very short-clubbed antennae, convex elongate-oval shape.

BIOLOGY : 200 to 800 eggs laid, these hatch in approximately 7 days. Larvae full grown in 6 to 8 weeks. Larvae avoid light. 5 to 6 moults occur and larvae full grown at 10 to 15mm. Pupation takes place and from the time of hatching the adult beetles lives for 3 months.

PREFERRED FOODS : Animal and animal by-products, hides, guts, dried egg yolk, cured and dried meats, bacon and meat, scratchings.

HABITAT : Butchery, meat processing, meat by-products and offal producers, egg products manufactures.

Biscuit Beetle

Biscuit Beetle

BISCUIT or DRUGSTORE BEETLE (Stegobium paniceum L)


SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 2 to 4mm. Reddish brown, head tucked below thorax, loose three segmented club antennae, wing covers finely ridged.

BIOLOGY : 20 to 100 eggs laid in the food material. Larvae chew their way through the foodstuff and any packaging making tiny holes. 4 moults as larvae until full grown at 5mm. The cocoon is formed in the food material and is covered with tiny food particles. The life cycle is completed in approximately 200 days at 17oc but in 70 days at 28oc.

PREFERRED FOODS : Biscuits, pet food cereals and biscuits, old dried dough, breakfast cereals, spices, herbs, flour, nuts, dried fruits and seeds.

HABITAT : World wide, bakeries, warehouses, a pantry pest and often found in stored food samples in labs and test kitchens. Will readily fly in warm environment is highly attracted to UV light.

Fur Beetle

Fur Beetle



SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 4.5 to 5mm. Adult shiny black with a clear white marking on each wing case and white spots at the base of the prothorax. Short clubbed antennae.

BIOLOGY : 50 to 100 eggs laid. Larvae hatch and moult 6 to 20 times. Pupation is within the last larval skin. The adult beetle hatches after 3 to 20 days.

PREFERRED FOODS : Any high protein animal materials. Often found in stored grain and cereals and dry vegetable products.

HABITAT : Throughout the UK. Often in flour mills and provender mills. Warehouses and meat processing premises.

Ground Beetle

Ground Beetle

GROUND BEETLE (Carabidae spp)


SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : Shiny black, dark brown depending on species. 10 to 20mm.

BIOLOGY : Eggs laid singly, larvae hatch and moult 5 to 7 times before pupating. There is sometimes a second generation depending on the weather.

PREFERRED FOODS : Larvae voracious predators on other invertebrates, adults have similar food preferences and eat live and dead and decaying organic material.

HABITAT : Outdoors, common indoors as casual intruders looking for shelter.

Merchant Grain Beetle

Merchant Grain Beetle

MERCHANT GRAIN BEETLE (Oryzaephilus mercator)

PEST NAME : MERCHANT GRAIN BEETLE (Oryzaephilus mercator)

SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 2.5 to 3.5mm. Medium brown, almost identical to Saw Toothed Grain Beetle,

BIOLOGY : 170 eggs approximately. Larvae 6 to 10 weeks. Larvae moult 4 times. Complete life cycle 20 days at 35oc. Usual span is three months. Breeding temperature minimum 17oc.

PREFERRED FOODS : Dried fruit, nuts and processed foods, chocolate.

HABITAT : Widespread often confused with Saw Toothed Grain Beetle, found in chocolate factories, fruit processors, bakery warehousing.

Rust Red Flour Beetle

Rust Red Flour Beetle

(Tribolium castaneum)

PEST NAME : RUST – RED FLOUR BEETLE (Tribolium castaneum)

SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 2.5 to 4.5mm. Shiny mahogany brown. Sort clubbed antennae, slight ridges at side of wing cases.

BIOLOGY : 450 eggs laid over 100 days in food material. Larvae take 4 to 5 weeks to develop. Pupation is within the foodstuffs. Adult emerges 5 to 10 days later. The beetle can live 18 months. Normal life cycle is completed in 7 weeks.

PREFERRED FOODS : Flour, chocolate products, broken grain products, the germ is favoured in grain, dried fruits, spices, nuts, groundnuts and cereals.

HABITAT : Flour mills, warehousing, feed mills, becoming more common.

Sawtoothed Grain Beetle

Sawtoothed Grain Beetle

SAW-TOOTHED GRAIN BEETLE (Orzyzaephilus surinamensis L)

PEST NAME : SAW-TOOTHED GRAIN BEETLE (Orzyzaephilus surinamensis L)

SIZE, SHAPE AND COLOUR : 2.5 to 3.5mm. Dark rusty brown, long narrow flattened, 6 teeth on edges of prothorax, 3 ridges on centre of prothorax, antennae with club ends.

BIOLOGY : 150 eggs laid loose in foodstuffs. Hatch 7 to 10 days. Larvae for 4 to 6 weeks. Pupate for one week. Life cycle can be 9 weeks. The lowest temperature level for breeding is 18oc. The beetle can live up to 3 years.

PREFERRED FOODS : Grain products, seeds, nuts, processed foods, dried soups, dried fruit and sugar.

HABITAT : Warehouses, silos, mills, food processing factories and in stored grain. The principle grain pest in the UK.

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