Monthly Archives: November 2015
Wasps coming into rooms from lofts are a common problem in the winter. This usually means that there has been a wasp nest, or even multiple nests, for quite a long time, and the wasps in the nest are now dying out. It is not uncommon for wasps to have a nest in a loft, and complete their whole cycle undetected – starting in the spring and finishing in late autumn/early winter.
Why do I have Wasps Coming from the Loft in December?
The reason is, that although a wasp nests only lasts a year and will die out if left alone they produce new queens for the following year. These Queen wasps have mated with Drone Wasps (the males) from other nests in the Summer and leave the nest in late autumn/early winter to hibernate. Each nest can produce hundreds, and in large nests up to a thousand, Queen wasps for the following year. These Queen wasps leave the old nest and disperse over a wide area. They hibernate, but can cause problems because artificial light and warmth in a house can confuse them and draw them into living areas.
Treatment for Wasps Coming from the Loft in December
PEST UK can apply an insecticide ‘fog’ to the loft area as well as a residual insecticide spray to areas inside rooms (usually walls & ceilings) where wasps are being seen. This type of treatment will reduce the problem but does take time to work as the wasps’ metabolism is very slow so the uptake of insecticide can take some time (2-3 weeks). All the insecticides used by PEST UK are virtually harmless to all mammals.
Price for Treatment of Wasps Coming from the Loft in December
Price for a fogging/residual spray treatment is generally £65.00 + VAT for up to 3 bed house.
For advice or to book a pest control wasp treatment (or any pest control problem) then please call:
0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free from landlines & some mobiles).
Wasp – Information by the BPCA
Rats Mice Squirrels Lofts:
At last the weather is turning colder and whenever this happens it generates pest control problems with rats, mice and squirrels, especially in lofts and atics.
Rats and Mice
Both rats and mice don’t like the cold. Although they will tolerate the cold and both rats and mice will adapt to colder conditions but given the choice they will move into some where warmer. The population of rats and mice peaks in the Autumn. They have been breeding all year and a last boost of crops and berries increases the population late in the year. Now comes the cold weather and the food supply reduces coupled with the reduction in vegetation cover. This leads to increased movement of rats and mice towards buildings and more ‘risker’ food sources such as bird tables and nearer to humans. Rats and mice can get into houses through broken air bricks, breaches in the sewers or even up walls vis creepers and straight into loft spaces. Normally the rats, mice or squirrels are not looking for food when they go into lofts but shelter and/or (normally in the case of Squirrels a place to breed. Rats, mice and squirrels in lofts can chew cables, water pipes, damage insulation and make a noise. They have even been known to start fires by chewing electrical cables and pollute water tanks in loft spaces with droppings and bodies. The entry points may be difficult and in some cases impossible to trace. Mice can get through gaps of 1 cm where as rats need gaps of at least 2cm, depending on the size and age of the rat. They may be accessing the building lower down or via a sewer and then making their way up the cavity wall into the loft space.
People seem to be more tolerant of mice than rats but they carry the same types of diseases. people die in the UK every year from Weils and other diseases that rats & mice carry. At PEST UK we offer a loft insulation removal and replacement along with a biocide treatment (biocide treatments disinfect & deodorise the area) or for lightly infested areas a biocide only treatment.
Squirrels are very territorial and a loft space will be similar to a ‘drey’ or nest within it’s territory but with the onset of colder weather these will be used more frequently. Although not disease carriers they generally cause more damage and are much louder than rats or mice. It is important with squirrels not to attempt to block up any access points into the roof or loft space until after the present infestation has been dealt with.
For pest control treatments regarding Rats, Mice or Squirrels, including biocide treatments/loft insulation removal & replacement then call PEST UK on 0330 100 2811 or 0800 026 0308
Rats – BPCA Advice
BPCA Grey Squirrels Information
The cold does affect wasps and severe frosts can kill adult wasps (Queen wasps are resistant to frosts once in hibernation) but generally the cold weather just slows down wasps and can even extend their life. The reason for this is that the lower temperature will slow down the metabolism of the wasps so they don’t suffer ‘burn out’, unlike wasps in the height of summer when they may be active for over 15 daylight hours and then still work fanning the wasp nest at night to keep it cool. Worker wasps working in hot conditions are thought to have a lifespan of 6-8 weeks whereas wasps operating in lower temperatures and shorter days will live much longer. When the days are colder and shorter wasps may remain inactive for days at a time, only becoming active once the days become warm enough. This process cannot continue forever, and eventually the whole nest (apart from the ‘new’ Queen wasps) will die out.
So, does cold kill wasps? The short answer to this question is ‘No’!
Cold weather wasp problems arise when the wasp nest is in a house and it becomes affected by the artificial conditions of heat and light supplied by houses – without this artificial stimulation the wasp nest would pose no more problem. These artificial conditions can draw wasps out of nests and into contact with people. Wasps that are ‘pulled’ out of a nest in these conditions are more likely to sting people, and in fact we find that more people get stung by wasps from October to December than in the height of summer.
PEST UK can treat wasp nests or the areas in a house afected by wasp problems in cold weather, either by treating the nest directly and/or applying a residual insecticide and/or ‘fogging’ insecticide treatment to give relief to the wasp problem. It must be remembered that any inserted treatment when insects are cold takes much longer (wasp problems treated in December may take 2-3 weeks to work.
Please call PEST UK to book a wasp nest treatment (or any pest control problem) on: 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or free phone on landlines and some mobiles: 0800 026 0308.
At PEST UK we often get Estate Agents and Landlords phoning us with flea problems in empty houses. Fleas in property that is unoccupied can present a problem.
The problem is this: In ‘normal circumstances’ a flea treatment will take 2-3 weeks before the fleas die out, although this time frame is dependant on the house being occupied with plenty of movement within the house, the house being kept warm and well ventilated (this is to reduce humidity which makes the fleas and the larvae more susceptible to insecticide) as well as being occupied by people or pets.
As with a lot of blood feeding insects, fleas have the ability to lay dormant for a long time. This is because they may have to wait a long time for their host animal to arrive but as soon as the host animal arrives they must be ready. The lifecycle of a flea in brief is an egg, a maggot like larvae, then it pupates before emerging as an adult. While in the pupa stage the larvae turns into the adult but waits for the stimulus of one or a combination of warmth, movement and carbon dioxide before coming out of the pupa was. It is this adult flea in the pupa case that causes problems in unoccupied properties. This flea is waterproof and is unaffected by water based insecticides.
So a house had pets. The owners weren’t bothered by fleas, as in a low level infestation fleas won’t bother people as long as they have a supply of food from their host (usually a cat but sometimes a dog). The people and pet move and the fleas in the pupa stage wait. An estate agent or landlord arrives with prospective tenants and fleas emerge and start jumping on the visitors looking for a meal. Even if the house is then sprayed there will still be problems because the fleas that have come out of the pupa cases will die (in time) once they have crawled over the treated surfaces but there still will be a high percentage that have not emerged. This is a factor that a lot of insects in larval stages have, staggered emergence. This protects the species and makes survival of some more likely.
There is an oil based insecticide called Permost Uni that will penetrate the flea pupa case. Unfortunately, because it is oil based it will damage carpets and may even require more than one spray. It is also much more expensive.
If you want advice or a treatment from PEST UK on fleas or any pest control related matter then please call us on 0330 100 2811 or 0800 026 0308
Prices for flea treatments. Cost for a guaranteed flea treatment for up to a 3 bedroom domestic house is £65.00 + VAT. The cost for a single spray using ‘Permost Uni’ for up to a 3 bedroom House is £100.00 + VAT (Permost Uni works very quickly but is oil based and may damage carpets).
Contaminated Loft Insulation:
PEST UK now offer a loft clearance and biocide spray to Contaminated Loft Insulation by pigeon or rodent droppings. The service includes the removal of all Contaminated Loft Insulation, the vacuuming of the loft, a biocide spray then the installing of new insulation. For lightly contaminated lofts we also offer a much cheaper biocide spray only.
Psittacosis is an infection of pigeons and some other birds birds caused by the bacterium Chlamydophila (formerly called Chlamydia) psittaci. The disease has been described in many species of birds, particularly in pigeons and doves.
Infections in pigeons are important as they represent a biological hazard to human health. Pigeons can carry the organism without any signs of disease, or they can become mildly to severely ill.
Pigeons can transmit C. psittaci to humans; the resulting infection is also known as psittacosis or ornithosis.
Transmission of disease from pigeons to humans occurs mainly through inhalation of airborne particles from respiratory secretions, dried faeces or feather dust. Oral infection and handling of infected birds’ plumage and tissues are alternative routes.
Because human infection can result from brief, passing exposure to infected pigeons or their dried contaminated droppings, people should keep out of loft areas that have dried pigeon droppings.
Infection in humans
Psittacosis is an acute respiratory disease with an incubation period of between 1 and 4 weeks.
It typically causes flu-like symptoms (fever, headache, muscle aches) but can lead to severe pneumonia and non-respiratory health problems.
PEST UK Prices
• 1-2 bedroom property – £1200.00 + VAT
• 3 bedroom property – £1500.00 + VAT
• 4 bedroom property – £1800.00 + VAT
• Biocide spray only – £65.00 + VAT
Prices include, disposal of Contaminated Loft Insulation, vacuuming of loft, applying biocide and fitting new loft insulation (supplied). It is important that any rat, mouse or squirrel infestation is eliminated prior to any work being carried out. In some cases we can include the treatment in the above costs.
If you want any information or to book a loft biocide/insulation removal & replacement you can contact PEST UK 7 days a week 24 hours a day, some one will answer the phone.
Call: 0330 100 2811 (local rate), 0800 026 0308 (free from landlines & some mobiles).
e mail: [email protected]
For more info go to: Contaminated Loft Insulation
Most rodent infestations in buildings occur in loft spaces. This means that potentially the loft insulation is contaminated with rodent faces and urine which leaves a high risk of many types of diseases, some of which can be fatal. There is also the issue of smell. You don’t want to risk your health every time you go into your loft. Because this is such a serious issue that most pest control companies and local councils don’t bother with, PEST UK now offer a loft insulation removal, disposal & replacement service along with a biocide treatment at a fixed price. First the insulation is removed for disposal then a biocide treatment takes place to ensure the loft is free from rodent contamination and then fresh insulation is installed. For minor contamination we can also carry out a biocide treatment on its own. It is not only rats that can be a health hazard. People don’t realise that cute mice can carry exactly the same diseases as rats and in fact urinate more frequently making the risk of humans picking up disease more likely from mice. Grey Squirrels are not so much a disease threat than rats or mice but are far more destructive.
• 1-2 bedroom property – £1200.00 + VAT
• 3 bedroom property – £1500.00 + VAT
• 4 bedroom property – £1800.00 + VAT
• Biocide spray only – £65.00 + VAT
Prices include, disposal, vacuuming of loft, applying biocide and fitting new loft insulation (supplied). It is important that any rat, mouse or squirrel infestation is eliminated prior to any work being carried out. In some cases we can include the treatment in the above costs.
You can contact PEST UK 7 days a week 24 hours a day, some one will answer the phone.
Call: 0330 100 2811 (local rate), 0800 026 0308 (free from landlines & some mobiles) or e mail: [email protected]
Wokingham is a small wealthy town situated in Berkshire between Reading and Bracknell. The Wokingham Borough Council covers a wide area from Crowthorne in the South to Wargrave in the north. At PEST UK we carry out a variety of pest control treatments in the Wokingham area including cockroaches, bed bugs, fleas, rats, mice, squirrels, ants, foxes, rabbits, moles, cluster flies and many more. We have many pest control contracts in the Wokingham area, a great number of these are large private houses as well as commercial premises such as shops, restaurants and food premises. For some reason there are a higher rate of wasp nest problems in the Wokingham area than other areas of the same size and population within the PEST UK service area (PEST UK cover the areas of Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Middlesex, South Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire).
Trust is so important with pest control. If you are letting people deal with potentially dangerous substances and are letting them into your home the pest control technician must be trustworthy. PEST UK pride themselves in this. All staff are BPCA qualified and CRB checked.
Not only are the PEST UK technicians CRB checked and BPCA qualified (British Pest Control Association) but all are in the PROMPT/BASIS scheme which ensure that they have on going refresher training. The BPCA also carry out regular inspections on member companies to check that they are properly insured and their work practices are in order. They will also investigate any complaints from customers.
PEST UK offer a quality pest control service at very reasonable rates. We are often cheaper (and offer a 7 day a week same day service) than Wokingham Borough Council or any other pest control companies in the area. Please call Pest Control in Wokingham – PEST UK on 0118 373 3369 to book a pest control treatment or just for some advice.
PESTUK’s Wokingham Page: Wokingham by PESTUK
Pest Control in Woking: Woking in Surrey was one of the first areas that PEST UK expanded into after Berkshire and Basingstoke. Woking is a fairly wealthy area with a cross section of pest problems that include Bed Bugs (these sometimes indicate poorer housing conditions but can also mean people travelling abroad and staying in hotels), wasp/bee nests, ants cockroaches, fleas, rats, mice and squirrels.
Pest Control in Woking, Surrey – PEST UK
PEST UK also have pest control contracts in several commercial sites in Woking including two pubs, a restaurant, a Sheltered Housing site, an office complex and 3 shops. Woking has a railway line running through the centre, it actually splits in two which means more homes and businesses are flanked by railway lines. This is important in regard to pest control as there are always more pest problems in the vicinity of railway lines that usually involve rats, mice, squirrels and some insect pests.
If you live in Woking and have a pest control problem then please call PEST UK, not only are we quicker to respond to requests form the public than the council and other pest control companies our rates are very reasonable and in some cases cheaper than the council. PEST UK is also a member of the BPCA (the British Pest Control Association) which means you will get a fully qualified and properly insured pest control technician. Some councils and companies use trainees, at PEST UK trainees or apprentices are never allowed to work unaccompanied until fully qualified.
Another difference about using PEST UK over other organisations is that the technicians have a share in the company. The jobs belong to them so it is in their own interest to see the job through to a successful conclusion otherwise they have to rectify it at their own expense.
For pest control in Woking you can contact PEST UK 7 days a week 24 hours a day, some one will answer the phone.
Call 01483 789170 or e mail: [email protected]
Woking from PESTUK:PESTUK by Woking
Pest Control in Farnham: Although Farnham in Surrey is a small market town it is actually in a densely populated part of England that are all linked together in a ribbon of buildings that include the towns of Farnham, Aldershot, Farnborough, Frimley, Camberley, Sandhurst and Lightwater. PEST UK have had the Farnham pest control office since 2013 and we have several pest control contracts in the Farnham area including two Nursing Homes, several pubs and an Italian restaurant. Our main pest control treatments in the Farnham area consists of one off treatments for both domestic and commercial premises in Farnham including wasps, bees, ants, rats, mice, squirrels, bed bugs, fleas, cockroaches, rabbits and foxes. Farnham has a river and railway line running through it’s centre. Both these structures can lead to increased incidents of pest activity in premises near to these. The reason for this is that both railway line and waterways can provide a travelling route for rats, mice, squirrels and some insect pests as well as a food source. We find that a high percentage of rat, mouse and squirrel pest control issues in Farnham are the result of people feeding birds, squirrels and other animals such as foxes. Feeding birds supplies small amounts of high protein food in the same place at regular intervals, ideal for rats, mice and squirrels. In time these pests will find their way into nearby buildings.
At PEST UK we offer pest control treatments of rodents and insects as well as maintenance pest control contracts so that we can prevent infestations before they arise. These pest control contracts can be tailored to cover what ever pests are required. The most common contracts that we have in place are for food establishments which are covered against rats, mice & the monitoring for cockroaches and other insect pests. The environmental health like to see contracts like these in place when they carry out their checks as it shows due diligence.
Contact Contacting PEST UK Pest Control Farnham for advice or to book a Pest Control Treatment.
The local Farnham PEST UK office can be contacted on 01252 303 956
The office is staffed by people with pest control expertise between 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm Saturday and 12-4pm Sundays & Bank Holidays. Outside these hours the phones are answered by an answering service company who e mail the main office with any messages. When the Pest Control Farnham office is unmanned then the phones are diverted from Farnham to a central office in Reading.
You can e mail the Farnham office: [email protected]
Request a callback from our mobile & tablet website. www.pestuk.com
Farnham PESTUK web page:Farnham PESTUK
Pest Control in Ascot:
PEST UK has had a pest control Ascot, Berkshire office for several years. Ascot is a small but prosperous area in Berkshire and does not suffer from some areas from poor sewer infrastructure that leads to rat and mouse pest problems. It does have a railway line running through the South area of the town. Railway lines can be a conduit for rat, mouse, squirrel and some insect pest control problems. It is noticeable that properties, both commercial and domestic, near to railway lines, canals, rivers, waterways and some major roads suffer form more pest problems than others. PEST UK had a pest control contract at a pet food manufacturer in Ascot. This was a large site in South Ascot near to the railway line in Ascot which when we started the pest control contract had a massive rat problem. We cleared this up but unfortunately the site closed and houses were built on the site.
If you have a pest control problem in Ascot then please do not hesitate to call the PEST UK Ascot Pest Control Office on 01344 669160, either for free advice or a treatment.
PEST UK is a small but highly professional company and we are not a franchise. The Ascot office is one of 30 that PEST UK has throughout Berkshire, Hampshire, South Bucks, Middlesex, Surrey and West London. Our company matches and in a lot of cases exceeds any of the larger companies for expertise and training of staff. We feel we provide a quicker, cheaper and more personal service to our customers. If you require any further information then do not hesitate to contact me or look at our web site: www.pestuk.com.
Response times: We guarantee to respond to any requests within 24 hours giving you peace of mind that we are dealing with any issues quickly. Stephen Tiller is the pest control technician in charge of the PEST UK Ascot office.
Accreditation: PEST UK Pest Control Ascot and our technicians are members of the British Pest Control Association (BPCA). The BPCA is the trade body representing the public health pest control sector. We are assessed & our technicians have passed their pest control exam. The technicians are also apart of the BASIS/PROMPT scheme which means they have to complete ongoing training within the industry to meet their requirements. You can therefore relax knowing that your pest problems are in the hands of professionals. We are also Trading Standards Approved so we had to go through a vigorous application process and customers can be assured that they are using a reputable company.
Call PEST UK, Pest Control Ascot on 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free phone).
PESTUK Ascot Web Page: Ascot from PESTUK
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