Pest Control Specialists dealing with Ants, Bed Bugs, Bees, Birds, Bird & Pigeon Proofing, Cockroaches, Fleas, Flies, Foxes, Glis Glis, Mice, Mites, Plaster Beetles, Moles, Moths, Beetles, Rabbits, Rats, Squirrels, Wasps

Monthly Archives: April 2016

Due to expansion PESTUK have a Pest Technician Vacancy based in the Harrow area.

06122011215At PESTUK our pest control technicians are unique. We (PESTUK) supply the work (either ‘one off’ jobs &/or pest control contracts) and the technicians take 50% of the fee! If the technicians bring in their ‘own’ work then this rises to 75%. Our technicians are extremely well paid and self motivated. We have a system where the pest control technicians run theire own limited company, so you pay less tax by claiming for protective clothing, telephone bills, gas, electric bills etc. You get better paid & generally have more spare time when it is needed. We can offer the position as a ‘normal’ employee but rates would be lower to reflect this. Setting up limited company is a relatively simple process which we can help with. This set up process is very similar to a franchise but without the up front costs.

Pest Technician Vacancy

PESTUK believe that the people who work for the company should benefit from any success. This is why we pay the pest control technicians the way we do.


Security – PESTUK was established in 1989. Currently we now have 12 technicians. During that time no one has been made redundant due to lack of work, recession, company re organisation or take over. Whenever a downturn has taken place the income may drop but never are jobs lost. Some of our technicians have been with us for over 20 years. PESTUK is a member of BPCA and is Trading Standards approved.

What the Pest Control Technician provides: The pest control technician supplies their own van (sign written, which the company will pay for) & ladder with PESTUK supplying all of the other equipment.

What PESTUK provides: PESTUK supply the which the operator carries out and then receives a percentage of the moneys earned from that job. The rate is standard for each job completed. Although being self employed (Ltd) you loose some benefits, It is similar to a franchise without the costs but with job security.

Earnings can be extremely high in the Summer (up to £7000.00 + per month) but lower (depending on workload) in the Winter months. Yearly earnings can work out quite high, approx. 35-50k +. The existing technicians are probably the highest paid in the country. Earnings do vary from year to year.

PESTUK covers Central Southern England with some contracts in the West Country. Where possible the jobs are grouped together & operators kept in a particular area. Treatments involve rodent, insect & some mammal pests and some proofing, the bulk of the work is domestic treatments & contract work. The actual way the treatments are carried out will not be described in detail here but they follow the BPCA, and COSHH guide lines & must be obeyed at all times. The wearing of protective clothing and all other safety measures etc. are to be strictly adhered to. Technicians are allocated contracts which are serviced at set intervals. These contracts supply regular work & income throughout the year.
The hours ‘on call’ (unless agreed before hand) are:

Winter – 08:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday
Summer – 08:00 to 19:00  Monday to Friday
Weekends & Bank Holidays are shared out between technicians

Flexibility is a key factor, there is plenty of scope for time off except in these busier months but as we are a small team it can be difficult to have time off should another technician be off. This job is much better paid than most PCOs and for most of the year working fewer hours with a great deal of independence within the PEST UK guide lines, but in return we expect loyalty and honesty.

You may talk to our existing technicians about the Pest Technician Vacancy to get their opinions, contact details can be obtained at the interview.

If you have any questions about the Pest Technician Vacancy or would like an information form then please e mail or telephone: 0118 9505775

Spring is when they are about feeding off the early flowers and blossom. They are an essential to many fruits and crops for pollination. This is why at PESTUK we will always look to see if a nest or swarm can be moved rather than destroyed. We are realistic though and realise that in many cases this is not possible so we can destroy a nest. They are not protected and as long as dealt with in a certain manor taking precautions (such as ensuring there are no bee hives nearby) we can treat a nest or swarm.

Bumble Bees

Bumble Bees in AprilBumbles are the first to emerge after the Winter. They follow a similar life cycle to wasps. Only the fertilised Queens survive the Winter. These Queens find a hole in the ground or cavity in a building and start a nest. They lay eggs which hatch into grubs, which in turn pupate into worker bees. Workers (and wasps) are sterile females. Bumbles are the hardiest of the bees, some species even inhabit the arctic.






Mining & Mason Bees

These do not have workers and queens, all of the females are fertile and lay eggs. They are called ‘solitary’ although they nest in groups. Mining bees make holes in the soils where the female lays eggs. The holes are packed with pollen and sealed. The eggs hatch into grubs and feed on the pollen before pupating and turning into adults. Masons take advantage of soft pointing in brickwork or existing holes in walls to lay their eggs.

Honey Bees

These can form massive nests numbering in the thousands. All forms (males, females and sterile females which are Drones, Queens and workers) overwinter and build up stores of honey to enable them to do this. They are semi domesticated. This makes them more prone to diseases than wild bees. They can be easily moved if caught in a ‘swarm’.

Bees by the BPCA

More on Bees from PESTUK

Bee Control by PestUKIf you want advice or have a problem, call us PESTUK: 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free from land lines & some mobiles).

PESTUK cover a wide area of Southern England including Berkshire (Reading, Newbury, Windsor & Maidenhead), Middlesex, (Harrow, Hounslow, Ealing, Feltham, Uxbridge, Northwood, Ruislip, West Drayton) Surrey, (Guildford, Egham, Woking, Camberley Oxfordshire (Henley, Wallingford, Didcot), Hampshire (Basingstoke, Aldershot, Winchester Andover, Whitchurch), Buckinghamshire, (Amersham, Beaconsfield, High Wycombe, Burnham, Gerrards Cross Farnham Common). & West London.

Getting Bitten

Getting Bitten. When people get bitten they want to know what it is that is biting them. In the vast majority of cases it is quite easy to find out and treat the cause of what the insect is that is biting the person.

Who is Getting Bitten?

In a lot of cases only certain individuals may be getting bitten even when sharing the same bed. There are two schools of thought on this, first that the insects prefer one sex (usually preferring women) and the other is that not every one reacts in the same way (some not at all) to insect bites. The ‘itch’, swelling and raised well is caused by the chemical the insect injects into the hole in the skin while feeding to prevent clotting. It is this that causes the ‘bite’.

Bed Bugs

If people are getting bitten by bed bugs then this will occur at night, in rooms where people sleep or at present for long periods at night. Bed Bugs are very hard to eradicate (see the PESTUK Bed Bug page for further information). Bites are often spread over the body but often on areas of the body that stick out the bed at night. Bed Bugs are rarely seen and only come out at night as long as carbon dioxide and warmth are present.
Getting Bitten Bed Bugs
Bed Bug, Information from the BPCA


Usually associated with pets (cats are the worst culprits) including dogs, rabbits, birds and hedgehogs. Bites in adults are normally (except for young children) restricted to the lower legs. Fleas live in carpets, cracks in skirting, floorboards and soft furnishings. They are occasionally seen jumping.
Getting Bitten Cat Flea
Fleas, information from the BPCA

Bird Mites

These are associated with bird’s nests. They are a pest to humans emerging from bird’s nests.
MITES pestuk


Some people are convinced they can ‘feel’ bites even though there is nothing there. This feeling can be caused by many things including anxiety, mental health problems and allergies. Unfortunately this type of problem is quite common.

PESTUK can offer advice and treatment solutions to all these pests and problems.please call us on: 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free from land lines & some mobiles).

PESTUK cover a wide area of England including Berkshire (Reading, Newbury, Windsor & Maidenhead), Middlesex, (Harrow, Hounslow, Ealing, Feltham, Uxbridge, Northwood, Ruislip, West Drayton) Surrey, (Guildford, Egham, Woking, Camberley Oxfordshire (Henley, Wallingford, Didcot), Hampshire (Basingstoke, Aldershot, Winchester Andover, Whitchurch), Buckinghamshire, (Amersham, Beaconsfield, High Wycombe, Burnham, Gerrards Cross Farnham Common). & West London.

Pest Control Reading

PESTUK has 4 pest control Reading offices. Reading is where PESTUK first started and since has expanded to cover most of the South of England. We have pest control contracts not only in Reading but central London, Cornwall, Wiltshire, Oxford, Surrey, and beyond.

Reading is the largest town in Berkshire and ‘nearly’ a city. It is prosperous and diverse.
Local Reading News
Pest Control in Reading

The main part of Reading is fairly old but there is a variety in age and housing type throughout Reading and the outskirts. The older housing stock leads to problems with rats, mice, squirrels, cockroaches, bed bugs and other pests. The reason for this is that old style terraced housing and flats allow the transfer of pests through different houses and flats through cavity walls, roofs and soffits. The older Victorian sewer systems also lead to more rodent problems in these older areas.

BPCA (British Pest Control Association) Membership

PESTUK is a full BPCA member. This is vitally important as although sometimes slightly more expensive you are letting some one into your home that you do not know. All PESTUK pest control technicians have been CRB (Criminal Record Bureau) checked and as part of the criteria of joining the BPCA all are fully qualified. Unlike some other pest control companies (this includes large companies such as Rentokill and Ecolab) we only let qualified and CRB checked pest control technicians operate on their own. The BPCA carry out regular independent audits to check member companies. They will and do expel companies who don’t achieve and keep the high standards they set.
BPCA Reading Pest Control

Pest Control Reading BPCA

Pest Control Reading BPCA

PESTUK – The Service

At PESTUK, unlike the council or larger pest control companies, we offer early morning, evening, Bank Holiday and weekend appointments. Our phone lines are answered by a person (no machines), 7 days a week.
Reading Pest Control
If you want free advice or would like to book a pest control treatment then please call one of our offices. Three of these offices are only manned on a temporary basis but if the technician is not in the office then the phone is diverted to the main office where expert advice and the ability to book appointments is available.

PESTUK (Reading – Main) 0118 9505775 PESTUK Main Office
Suite 9,
62 Portman Rd 
Reading  RG30 1EA

PESTUK (Reading – Central) 0118 373 2316 PESTUK Reading Central
82 London St

PESTUK (Reading – East) 0118 373 2241 PESTUK Reading East
50 Marefield
Lower Earley



PEST UK (Reading West) 0118 3733367 PESTUK Reading East
Stonehams Farm
Long Lane
RG31 5UG

Pest Control Reading Wasps

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!

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

Member of the British Pest Control Association

Think Wildlife