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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Pigeon Proofing in Car Park in Berkshire:
PestUK have just spent the last couple of days installing pigeon spikes in a car park in Berkshire.

Pigeons had been roosting and nesting in many areas throughout the multi-storey car park  for many years. As a result of this many of the areas underneath the roost were heavily contaminated with pigeon faeces. While not the most difficult type of work, it was one of the more disgusting jobs I have done in a while.

Cleaning pigeon faeces is quite hazardous, but is not a problem as long as the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) is used, which is something that everyone at PestUK takes quite seriously.This job was particularly disgusting due to the various insect species which had infested the pigeon nests.

Only the most high risk areas of the car park were spiked, which in this case was all of the public entrances. Obviously in an ideal world all areas which provide harbourage would be bird proofed against pigeons, but at PestUK we realise that pigeon-proofing work is expensive and we can tailor quotes to make a realistic compromise between protecting public health and excessive cost.

These photos show how faeces  build-up under roosts:

Before

Pigeon-proofing by PestUk.com

 

 

After

Pigeon-proofing by PestUk.com

 

 

This is one of the entrances after it was spiked to prevent any future nesting:

Pigeon proof spikes by PestUK.com

 

When carrying out bird work such as this we understand that many people do not like to see pigeons being harmed. There is an element of the British public who does not understand the related risk of disease and vermin that these nests may bring.  At PestUK we are always discreet when dispatching pest animals such as pigeons, particularly when we are in areas such as this where we can be seen by the public.

If you require any further information please visit our bird proofing page or call us on 0800 026 0308

BPCA – Pigeons

Local Authority Pest Control in Berkshire, Harrow, Hounslow, West London, Middlesex, North Hampshire, Surrey, South Oxfordshire & South Buckinghamshire:
Apart from the usual seasonal trends and variations in population of different pest species, a great deal of our work is influenced by what the local council do or don’t do. Most (if not all) of the local councils will either, treat rats and mice themselves or sub contract a private company to deal with rats & mice in their housing stock. Some will include housing association properties and some will treat rats & mice free if the occupants are on benefits. This does vary though. Some councils will treat any pests in these categories and some only rats or mice. It really does depend on the council.

Many councils have their own pest control teams that are generally (in my opinion, & I have worked for councils as well as employing many ex council staff) not efficient and not worth the low fees that they generally charge. Maidenhead, Windsor & Ascot council as well as High Wycombe have had their council pest controllers taken over by a private company. Two of these contracts are run by  SDK. This is a company based in Cornwall that was a cleaning company but expanded into pest control. They also at one point ran the West Berkshire council pest control service but they lost this, I think due to the poor service. West Berkshire Council now directs any enquiries to the British Pest Control Association Web Page where they are supplied with local BPCA members and they can make their own choice.

At PEST UK all the technicians are paid on results. If the job isn’t done properly then the technician has to fix it himself or herself before any payment is made. This system ensures that PEST UK only employ skilled and competent technicians.  PEST UK operate 7 days a week (including most bank holidays) and always provide customers with an 30 minute to 1 hour slot of their choosing. We work from 8am to 1900hrs (1800hrs in the Winter).

In my opinion the private service is much better than council run services. Although it is slightly more expensive per job the overall cost is lower as private technicians work much more efficiently (at PEST UK anyway), more jobs per day, longer hours, all week and better customer satisfaction this will result in lower rates due to the council not having to employ so many people or sub contractors.

To book a pest control treatment or free advice then please call us at PEST UK: 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free from land lines & some mobiles).

The BPCA

Grey Squirrels:
When we say the word “Squirrel” it immediately conjures up images of Beatrix Potter like figures, all warm and cosy and fairytale like.Squirrel-Control

Unfortunately the reality is often very different, and squirrels can be a real problem for some people.

There are people who actively encourage squirrels by feeding them.  In other cases people are unknowingly increasing the population of squirrels by feeding birds.

Bird food is a great source of  high protein food, not only for birds, but also for squirrels, rats and mice.  Concentrations of these  pests can have a devastating effect on local insects , other rodents and mammals as well as newts, slow worms, frogs and toads. The more food in a squirrels territory the smaller the territory will have to be thus allowing the population density to increase.

Squirrels will also eat baby birds and birds eggs, so by having bird feeders that squirrels can access, can encourage squirrels into gardens and allow them to easily reach and kill birds that people are trying to protect.

Most of the calls we get within   our catchment area (Berkshire, North Hampshire, North West Surrey, South Oxfordshire and South Buckinghamshire) are for problems with squirrels entering roof spaces.

A male squirrel will have several dreys within its territory and a loft space is often treated as one of these and may only be visited every now and then which can make treatment difficult. In warm weather squirrel families are unlikely to visit lofts as the temperature may be too high. Lofts are often favoured for giving birth, especially  for the first litter of the year when the temperature is still quite cold.

SquirrelPestUK use a combination of traps, (usually Fen traps but some times Kania) and a warfarin based poison to control squirrels. Some pest technicians favour poison over traps. This method takes longer and the poison needs to be treated with an attractant such as sugar, chocolate flavouring or rat attractant.  Squirrels can be fussy feeders, particularly if they have access to a bird feeder full of peanuts and bird seed. The reason for this is that they can be fussy feeders, especially if they have access to peanuts, sunflower seeds and bird seed.

If a squirrel is poisoned outdoors then a special feed hopper has to be used (it is illegal not to poison this way outside). If traps are used we use special containers to prevent birds and other animals being caught in them.

To book a pest control treatment or free advice then please call us at PEST UK: 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free from land lines & some mobiles).
BPCA Pest Control Squirrels

More info on Squirrels from PESTUK

Calls for Wasp Nests, Bees and Ants:
dark_honey_bee_hemberger-1At PEST UK we are getting many calls in our area (Berkshire, South Oxfordshire, Surrey, South Buckinghamshire and North Hampshire) for people saying they have a wasp nest. At this time of the year this is rarely the case. If they have any wasp(s) it will be a Queen or Queens as these have only recently come out of hibernation. At PEST UK we always try to move the bees or persuade the customer to leave them. Bees are not normally aggressive but nowadays people are scared of being sued and of people suffering allergic reaction should they be stung. People getting stung by bees is rare. The bees most likely to sting are Honey Bees. They can get aggressive if they think the hive is in danger. Customers will either think there bees are wasps but some will identify the species (usually by researching on the internet) and a lot of people will request that they are moved. Problem is in most cases this is not possible. Mason and mining bees may be hundreds of individual nests (the difference between these types of bees and wasps and Bumble Bees is that all the females lay eggs while with the other two types only the Queen lays eggs). So removing the nest(s) in these cases would be almost impossible. Bumble Bee nests can some times be either dug up (if in the ground) or removed if in an accessible position in the loft. I have re located many Bumble Bee nests. I think the main problem is that the bees get lost once released and the nests only survive once the adults that emerge once the nest is in it’s new location hatch and carry on the work of maintaining the nest and new grubs.

AntCall outs for ants are mainly in the Spring when they first emerge from hibernation and when the nests swarm in the Summer. They are mainly a nuisance rather than a hazard. People often think the winged ants are a separate species, they are not they are the Queens and Drones which have been produced then removed from the nest by the workers to swarm and mate. this happens over a wide area once the temperature and humidity is high enough. They mate, the Drones die and the fertile Queens loose their wings and the following Spring start new nests. Unlike wasp or Bumble Bee nests which only last a year, an ants nest can carry on for about four years.

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Wasps BPCA
Ants BPCA
Bees BPCA

Wasps from PESTUKBees from PESTUKAnts from PESTUK

Honey Bees:
Bee Control by PestUKNo one likes to kill bees and at PEST UK we will always try and move them where possible. Bees are not protected as some people believe. In fact honey bees are a semi domesticated species. Although not officially protected they (Honey Bees) may only be treated as long as there is no danger of the insecticide contaminating other Honey Bees. This means that the entrance to the nest needs blocking as soon as the insecticide has been applied. This in itself can lead to problems. If the entrance to the nest is in a chimney with a gas flue then it is illegal (and life threatening) to block the chimney. If the nest is in a cavity wall and bees are entering through an air brick and the air brick is blocked off then bees may find another exit and this could be inside the house. Hundreds or thousands of angry bees inside a house will be dangerous. These regulations do not apply to Mason, Mining or Bumble Bees.

Moving Honey Bees

Honey bees can be moved if they are in a hanging swarm. This happens when the hive produces a new Queen and the splits with one Queen leaves with a percentage of the hive and the swarm ‘hangs’ in a bush or tree while scouts search out a suitable place to start a new hive, usually a cavity such as a chimney. The waiting process can take several days and if found in this state can be collected by a bee keeper and placed in a hive. Once the swarm moves into a cavity it is almost impossible to remove them and they have to be left or destroyed. Leaving an active nesting a building is rarely a desirable option. Parasites will feed on wax and honey. The nest produces waste liquid and may also smell.dark_honey_bee_hemberger-1

PEST UK is often approached by beekeepers in Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey & South Buckinghamshire  asking for swarms.

To book a pest control treatment or free advice then please call us at PEST UK: 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free from land lines & some mobiles).

Bees – BPCA

Businesses:
A Pest Control Contract is not expensive. Not only will it protect the health and safety of your employees, it will also protect your reputation. Most prosecutions happen to smaller companies. Remove the worry and leave pest control in the hands of experts.

Domestic:
If you are regularly experiencing pest problems, maybe a Pest Control Contract is better. That peace-of-mind knowing that there is an expert team just a phone call away!

Take a look at our Pest Control Contract page, or call us now on 0800-026-0308

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