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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Wasps through ceilings is a common problem. It usually occurs later in the ‘wasp season’; often in late August, September and October. People phone us in a panic as they have wasps coming through the ceiling and in most cases they are going from the ceiling into a bedroom. I have known people be stung badly in these cases as it sometimes happens at night. They are lost and confused and become aggressive. The reason this happens is that the nest has been sitting on top of the ceiling in the loft and the liquid the nest produces has,  over time, rotted the plaster board which then gives way leaving a hole directly into the nest out of which tumble hundreds of wasps.
Pest Control Wasps
Wasps through ceiling: PESTUK offer a guaranteed treatment in this situation but the ceiling will almost certainly need repairing. This is more common in very old properties that have thin plaster board. Staining will occur some weeks before the nest actually breaks through the ceiling. In most cases the occupier is aware that they have a wasp nest in the loft due to the booing and fringe of wasps and of course the noise. On warm nights wasps will fan the nest to keep it cool and the sound of thousands of wasps fanning the nest makes some noise.
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Treatment of a Wasp Nest

Wasps through ceiling: PESTUK will treat a wasp nest for just £50.00 + VAT (£60.00 inc VAT). We are a full BPCA member company as well as all technicians being in the PROMPT/BASIS scheme. The BPCA Website So you know that if you choose PESTUK to deal with your wasp nest or any pest control problem you are getting a company that has fully qualified staff (and CRB checked) and is fully insured.
Wasp Nest
To book a or for free advice then call: 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free from land lines & some mobiles).

More on Wasps from the BPCA

Trainee Pest Control Technician (Harrow area)

PESTUK are looking for trainees with a view to servicing Harrow and surrounding areas. Full training will be given with a daily rate of £50 per day being paid while training. The training period will be based in the Reading area with a view to being operational in most aspects of pest control within 4 weeks. A short time after the training period and having  attended various pest control training courses we would put the trainee forward for the BPCA qualification.

BPCA training
Ealing Council Pest Control Rip off!

Job Description (Once Training period is over)

Once the trainee has gained the BPCA qualification, he or she will be expected to start working independently.   This role is very different to ‘normal’ pest control jobs. The successful candidate will bee xpected to provide their own van. Please do not apply unless you have or will purchase a reliable van and have read the job description below.
Cockroach Hounslow Pest Control

This is the way our Pest Control Technicians work:

At 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 their own Ltd company, so you pay less tax by claiming for protective clothing, telephone bills, gas, electric bills etc. You get better paid and generally have more spare time when it is needed. We can offer the position as a regular employee but rates would be lower to reflect this. Setting up a limited company is a relatively simple process which we can help with – it is very similar to a franchise but without the up front costs and with job security as well as a regular income.

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Pest ControlAnts BPCA

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.

Job 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.

Reading Pest Control

What the Pest Control Technician provides

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

Bumble Bees in April

What PESTUK Provide

PESTUK supply the jobs to the Trainee Pest Control Technician, who carries out the work and then receives a percentage of the moneys earned from that job. The rate is standard for each job completed.

Pest Control Reading Wasps


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 and  operators kept in a particular area. Treatments involve rodents, insects,  some mammals and some proofing. The bulk of the work is domestic treatments and contract work. The actual way the treatments are carried out will not be described in detail here but they follow the BPCA and COSHH guidelines and 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.

Mice in Winter

PESTUK operate 8.00 am to 1800 hrs Winter & 8.00 am to 19.00 hrs Summer, Monday to Friday. (you are not expected to work all these hours!) We operate Weekends & Bank Holidays, these days are shared out between the 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 PCO’s and for most of the year working less 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 to get their opinions, contact details can be obtained at the interview.

Getting Bitten Bed Bugs

If you have any questions or would like an information form then please telephone: 0118 9505775

Wasps in Spring are not as numerous as they are in the Summer and Autumn. This is because the nests are just starting and the numbers are low. In fact when the Queen Wasp starts the wasp nest she is on her own. It is not until the first batch of workers turn from grubs to adults that she has any worker wasps. These workers are sterile females and she will produce many thousands of these before the nest dies off in the Autumn/early Winter. When the nest eventually dies only the new fertilised Queens will survive the Winter to continue the wasp population for the next year.
Information on Wasps from the BPCA
Pest Control Reading Wasps
What to do if you see Wasps in Spring

If you start seeing wasps in Spring then try and see where they are going in and out. This will give you the location of the nest. Then the nest can be treated. Wasp nests in the Spring time can be difficult to locate. When the nest is larger in the Summer then the entrance of the nest is much busier, solely because the numbers are so great and so easier to see and locate. A wasp nest cannot move location but they will change the entry and exit points if any attempt is made to block the entrance to a nest. This is often what people do when they see wasps going in and out of a hole. This is never a good idea and I have seen many bad outcomes, including people being badly stung, when this has been done.
Wasps & Warm Winters
Wasps in Spring
What PESTUK can do about wasps in Spring

PESTUK offer guaranteed treatments for wasp treatments. Cost is only £50 + VAT. So if you would like advice on wasps, any pest control matter or wish to book a treatment then please call: 0330 100 2811 (local rate). PESTUK is open 7 days a week and the phone lines are answered by a person 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Rats are a more common this May than they have been in previous years. There are several reasons why we are seeing an increase in rats in May.

One reason for the increase of rats in May is bird feeding. Birds are messy feeders and will peck at fat balls, peanut and seed feeders, spilling small amounts of food. This provides rats with a high protein source of food in the same place every day. Rats usually feed after dark when they are in less danger from dogs, cats, foxes, humans and some birds. In densely populated areas, the less dominant rats (these are usually the old, young, weak and sick rats) are forced to feed during the more dangerous daylight hours because they are bullied and attacked by the strong dominant rats at night.
Rats by the BPCA

 Rats and Mice in cold wether feeding in a kitchen in Hounslow

Rats and Mice in cold wether feeding in a kitchen in Hounslow

Rats from Sewers

Broken or breached sewers can provide a steady stream of rats. Placing rat bait close to a sewer breach will only be a short term solution as more rats from the breach will eventually inhabit the area. The young rats will leave an expanding colony due to pressure from more dominant rats and look for another place to live. A successful rat colony will produce many rats that leave and spread into the surrounding area. Once these rats come across an area with food and shelter, like a breached sewer. they will stop and breed.
Rats in Lofts

Eliminating a Rat infestation

The first task is to find out the food source. Unless this is addressed the treatment may fail. Once this has been dealt with then poison bait can be used. Unless used properly poison bait will fail. The right type of poison put in the right place and presented in the correct way will eliminate rats, but it does need to be done correctly. Rats are shy suspicious creatures and many treatments fail because the bait is not presented in the correct manner. No enough bait being put down or not enough bait points will also lead to failure.
Rats in Hounslow

What can be done

PESTUK have expert technicians who can guarantee rat treatments (as long as advice on proofing, hygiene etc is adhered to).
Rats in March

If you have rats in May or any pest control problem and want it treated or just advice then please call PESTUK on: 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free from land lines & some mobiles).
Rats in March
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.

Squirrels in a Suspended Ceiling

Recently one of our pest control technicians (Stephen Nice) visited a school with a grey squirrel problem. They had entered a flat roof through a hole in the sofa board and had built a nest (a squirrel’s nest is called a drey) in the suspended ceiling. It is important to say at this stage that the hole in the sofa board should not be repaired until after this family has been eliminated. If any attempt to do this is made before then they will do damage trying to get back in. They are more likely to do this at this time of year as (as in this case) there were young in the drey.
Squirrels by the BPCA
Grey Squirrel in April Feeding on spilt bird food
They may look and act cute but they are vermin. They kill and eat baby birds and their eggs. They damage trees and plants and have resulted in the demise of the native British red squirrel. Feeding grey squirrels makes the situation worse and studies have shown that the denser the population level then the less song birds are present in the area. They are originally from North America and were introduced to parks in Victorian times.
More on Squirrels from PESTUK
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Pest Control Treatment for Grey Squirrels

PESTUK offer a guaranteed treatment for grey squirrels. Not all pest control companies have the confidence to guarantee the elimination of this difficult pest. Many pest control companies charge ‘per visit’. This initially seems quite cheap but it can work out very costly, with numerous visits, a large bill and you may still have squirrels! Our technicians use a combination of traps and poisons. Typically a squirrel treatment will take between 2 and 4 visits. There is a fixed price of £135 + VAT.

If you have any questions about squirrels or want to book a squirrel treatment then phone PESTUK on 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free from land lines & some mobiles).

PESTUK cover a wide area of Southern Central England, including West London.

Now is the ant ‘season’. Ants are well out of hibernation and the population of the nests is expanding, and now is the time people start encountering ant problems.

Black Ants

AntsThe majority of problems encountered in domestic situations are the common garden or black ant. These ants generally live outside or around the foundations of houses and other buildings. They usually forage outside but occasionally come inside, especially in early Spring when the outside temperatures are low and later when food sources are located inside. The ants lay pheromone trails which are indicators as to where food or water sources are. These trails are hard to eradicate and are followed by others from many different nests. People often think that what they are seeing come from one nest and once the nest is located and dealt with then the problem will be solved. This is rarely the case.

Ant Information from the BPCA

Tropical Ants

These are from the tropics that have colonised buildings in the UK. They behave differently and ‘normal’ insecticide treatments can actually make the situation worse. Pest Control Ants involving these is difficult and need an expert solution.

Further info on Tropical Ants from the BPCA

Wood Ants

Pest Control AntsThese rarely come into buildings. Their usual habitat is the floor of pine forests. Red wood ants get their name from their red and brown-black colouring and most species live in woodland habitats. Wood Ants are considered endangered and a lot of work is being done to conserve the species.


 Control of Ants

PESTUK offer a guaranteed treatment (inside areas only) for all types of ants. The tropical variety may require several treatments ranging over months or even years. External treatments will reduce the population but will recover. External treatments are often used when garden ant populations peak or just get too high, treatments in these cases are useful and depending on circumstances, may take several weeks or months for the problem to return.
More Information on Ants by PESTUK

PESTUK may use an insecticide spray or powder treatment, a baiting program or a combination, depending on the type of ants and the circumstances.

Pest Control Ants: To book a pest control treatment or for free advice on any pest control problems then please call us at PESTUK: 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.

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

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