If Charles Dickens’ Oliver (of novel, musical and film fame) were to sing the song ‘Food, Glorious Food!’ inside Nostell, I think it would be more appropriate for him to sing ‘Pests, Glorious Pests!’ Rather than wax lyrical about hot sausage and mustard Oliver would be singing about carpet beetles and silverfish. Instead of asking for more, he’d be praying for less! Enough of the comparisons for now, today’s blog post focuses on the not-so-glamorous world of pest monitoring (or IPM, ‘Integrated Pest Management’).
Nostell uses small black plastic pest traps, although there are a great variety of traps to choose from, including cardboard blunder traps and moth pheromone traps. They have a sticky sheet of card inside which pests stick to, which allows us to record numbers and see if we have any infestations. Luckily, Nostell is a generally good house with few pest worries. (Fingers crossed it will stay that way!) The pest traps are found in every room in Nostell, and are placed in areas that little beasties like to hide, for example in fireplaces, next to walls, and under beds.
We check the pests traps every three moths (I mean ‘months’ – a Freudian slip!) to ensure that no pests go unnoticed.
The public enjoyed seeing us open some of the pest traps – the one above in particular made a little girl exclaim ‘you have the worst job ever!’ but then after I had talked to her about the work we do, she changed her mind to saying ‘it’s actually quite exciting to see the bugs!’
We hope you’ve enjoyed entering the world of bugs – it’s one of the least glamorous jobs we have to do, but surprisingly fun!