Monthly Archives: February 2015
Reading borough Council have a subsidised service for pest control. The charges are much cheaper than us at PEST UK (we charge £100.00 + VAT for a guaranteed rat or mouse treatment where as Reading Borough Council Pest Control Department charge £70.00 including VAT). The web site does not however say if the treatment is guaranteed and the quality of public subsidised pest control services can be questionable. At PEST UK the technician who carries out any treatment is only paid on results, if the treatment isn’t successful then the pest control technician will not be paid until the treatment is successfully concluded. Any problems that may occur in the guarantee period then the PEST UK technician will respond quickly to rectify the pest problem. At PEST UK, unlike Reading Borough Council Pest Control, we work seven days a week (including Bank Holidays). I have also noticed that Reading Borough Council carry out three visits for the treatment of rats or mice. I can’t understand this as 90% of PEST UK’s rat and mouse treatments are successfully concluded after two visits. I believe that this is because our pest control technicians are more skilful than the pest control technicians at the council. Not only have thePEST UK technicians have a financial inceptive to clear up the pest control problems quickly but they are all BPCA qualified and members of the PROMPT/BASIS scheme which means they are constantly trained, attend seminars, take exams ALL the time, not just once as many pest control technicians do. At PEST UK we also look at why the customer rat and mouse problem. For example we will look at how they are getting into a building, what they are eating and how the food source can be restricted. We also offer a proofing service and drain surveys as well as fitting one way return valves to solve the problem.
Apart from the London areas councils generally charge less for a pest control services but you get what you pay for, if you want a restricted service then phone the council. If you want a first class quality pest control service, then phone PEST UK.
For advice or a pest control treatment please phone PEST UK on 0330 100 2811. Alec Minter
Noises in the Loft or Cavity Wall
A common enquiry into PEST UK is customers who phone up with noises in the loft or cavity walls. Listed below are the possible pest problems accepted with hearing noises in the loft or walls.
These can be noisy and a common scenario is rats coming in from the outside or from a breach in the sewer to go into the loft to rest or even to breed. There is usually no food source in a loft for them to be interested in but this will not stop them chewing cables and pipes (they have been known to start fires & cause floods) fouling water tanks, causing smells and don’t forget they carry diseases, some of which can be fatal.
Less noisy than rats, and they can live full time in lofts or wall cavities, feeding on insects, woodlice and seeds blown in. They carry many of the same diseases as rats and can cause the same sort of damage but on a lesser scale.
By far the noises of the rodent pests and can cause the most damage. Difficult to control and PEST UK is one of the only companies that offer a guaranteed service at a fixed price for Squirrels.
Most birds are protected (pigeons are not) so nothing can be done when young or eggs are present. Once the young have flown then holes in a building can be blocked up to prevent further problems or the issue can be tackled outside the nesting season.
Wasp & Bee Nests
This is quite common in the Summer, customers call us out for either noises in the loft or cavity wall or often they will state they have mice but when the technician gets into the loft they find a wasp or Bee nest.
Rodents: Rats, Mice & Squirrels in Cold Weather
Rodents, which include: Rats, mice and squirrels will all behave differently in cold weather. All three will take risks in cold weather. They will be bolder and in the case of rats and mice will act in ‘unnatural ways’. An example of this is feeding from bird tables in daylight hours as opposed to the natural feeding time of darkness. The reason for this is that they are in danger of predators at all times but much more so in the daylight. It is this ability to adapt that makes these rodents (rats and mice) very successful in fact more so than the less adaptable grey squirrel. This rodent (The grey squirrel) is still adaptable and will change its behaviour more so than other wild animals (such as weasels or stoats) and the main way that cold weather effects this rodent is that it will inhabit loft spaces more readily in the cold, but it can still enter loft spaces in warm weather as well. They will also feed on bird feed as well.
Rats: At PEST UK we take a 3 pronged approach, first we identify the food source then the entry points (if inside) and finally we lay poison baits to deal with the problem and return a couple of weeks later to check everything has worked. It is not always possible to identify the entry points and some times we recommend getting a builder to access certain parts of the building. In some cases it may be a sewer breach or an underground entry point.
Squirrels: These pests are dealt with in a different way. The food source is not as important although it is a good idea to stop bird feeding. Any proofing of holes must only be done after the infestation has been eliminated. At PEST UK we use a combination of traps and poisons although getting squirrels to take poison can be difficult. PEST UK offers a guaranteed treatment (unlike a lot of companies who charge per visit).
Mice: Same as rats but proofing can be difficult as they can get through a 1 cm gap and eliminating food sources can be difficult due to the tiny amount of food they require. PEST UK offer a guaranteed treatment.
Rats – BPCA Advice
Flies & Ladybirds
It may be cold and still Winter but already at PEST UK we are getting enquiries regarding Cluster Flies and Ladybirds. These creatures are ready to come out of hibernation and this is when they can become a problem in the house. They are not a health hazard but more of a nuisance pest. The timespan of this nuisance phase may be several weeks or even a couple of moths, depending on the weather. Hibernation emergence is effected by temperature, daylight length and in buildings artificial light and heat. It is always worth treating Cluster Flies and Ladybirds as otherwise the problem will get progressively worse as the population increases during the Summer as they have a genetic memory where their descendants (there may be several generations during the Spring, Summer and Autumn) come back to the same place to hibernate as their predecessors.
There are several species of Cluster Flies the main one lays eggs in the soil which hatch into grubs which then hunt an earthworm to feed on. This means that this type of Cluster Fly has greater numbers in wet Summers when earthworms are more successful. There is another species that breeds in piles of cow dung. As expected numbers near farms (often where dung heaps are poorly managed) are greater.
These are not the ‘normal’ UK Ladybird but a type of ladybird that has spread from Europe. This is called the Harlequin Ladybird. One of the differences between the two species is that the Harlequin hibernates on mass in buildings.
PEST UK is expert at treating these pests. Complete elimination will rarely happen but treatment reduces the problem and future problems.We use a combination of safe biodegradable residual sprays and also a ‘fogging’ insecticide treatment. Costs are typically £100 + VAT.
Rats on a Waste site:
We have just finished a rat clearance project at a waste tip in Reading, Berkshire. This was a challenging operation but due to a co operative management on site it has been very successful. From PEST UK’s point of view it is highly satisfying to clear a Rats on a Waste site problem that several other companies have tried to treat but failed to do so. The secret of our success is not just to bung poison bait down but to take an integrated approach. On this site one of the main problems was rubbish and stock rotation. There were piles of rubbish that weren’t cleared on a regular basis. If piles of rubbish, bottles, cans etc are left for more than a few days then rats will live in these piles. If they do this they can live and feed in the piles so the core of the infestation never has access to poisoned baits. We advised the management of the site to clear piles of rubbish before adding to them and to make sure they are completely run down to nil on a regular basis thus eliminating a place for them to live and which in turn will encourage the rats to feed on the poison baits. The old contractor only had baits surrounding the building but not in areas where the core of the rat population have access to the baits.
We have now started the pest control contract. The contract has fortnightly inspections and the key to a contract such as this is keeping an eye on any changes in work practices on the waste site.
Another issue is when you are dealing with large rat populations you can ‘weed’ out the rats that for example don’t like going into bait boxes or rats that don’t like eating a wheat based poison bait. If this happens then the type and presentation of poison baits may need to change.
Rats – BPCA Advice
I thought that Harrow council had high charges for pest control until I saw the London Borough of Hounslow’s pest control fees. Their commercial charge is £80 per hour, which works out at £640.00 a day! Their charges for rats are the same as ours (PEST UK) but I can guarantee that you will receive a far better pest control service from us at PEST UK. The Hounslow Council pest control charges for mice are £120.00, which is £20.00 more than PEST UK’s. Squirrels, Fleas, Cockroaches, Bedbugs, pharaoh Ants, Garden Ants, Wasps, Pest Control Contracts and Bee removal have charges that are all considerably more than PEST UK’s.
I can’t understand how a massive council like Hounslow has to charge above the commercial rate for pest control. Either the service is not subsidised (this I doubt) or they are just grossly inefficient. It would be fairer to their council tax payers if they were told to go to a private company rather than waste their money in paying over the odds for what is probably an inferior service. One of the most common complaint is timing. At PEST UK we give the customer an hour or even a half hour slot and if for any reason we are running late we will phone the customer to let them know. Often we will phone the customer half an hour before we arrive so they can pop out from work, we also do early mornings, weekends and late evenings. We understand that without our customers we will not survive while it seems to be a different attitude from councils!
PEST UK carry out hundreds of pest control jobs in the Hounslow, Feltham, Staines, Harrow areas and as well as the ’normal’ domestic pest control jobs such as bedbugs, rats, mice, squirrels (we also carry out rodent and bird proofing) we have pest control commercial contracts for food and other high risk premises. Compare Pest Control Prices in Hounslow and Feltham – London borough of Hounslow Pest Control Charges vs PEST UK Pest Control prices
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.
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!
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