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: July 2017

The PEST UK Reading Central Office is run by General Manager Scott Hyslop.

Pest Control in The Reading Central Area

As PEST UK started its pest control operations in Reading and it is the largest town in Berkshire as expected it is the area with the most PEST UK Pest Control Contracts ranging from restaurants, offices, schools, garages, Ambulance Stations, hospitals, pubs and clubs to private homes, farms and old peoples homes. Apart from the PEST UK pest control contract base, PEST UK carry out many pest control one off treatments for estate agents, housing associations and domestic premises in the Reading area. The pests include: wasp nests, bees, ants, bed bugs, rats, squirrels, mice, foxes, moles, cluster flies, fleas and all other types of insect pests. There is a fairly old sewer system in the central Reading area, this leads to increased incidents of rats, mice and cockroach problems where the sewer system has been breached.

Reading Central

We regularly treat pest control problems for rodents and Oriental cockroaches emerging from the central Reading sewer system. As well as old sewers Reading has 2 rivers, a canal and railway lines through the centre. These provide pest control problems as they supply food and shelter to rats, mice, squirrels and some insect pests.

Reading Central


The largest town in Berkshire, Reading is situated on the Thames and the river Kennet. Reading’s history dates back to the 8th century. The ruins of Reading Abbey can still be seen today which is within Forbury Gardens and attracts tourists. Reading was severely impacted by the Civil war as there was a siege which effected trade. The 19th century saw the arrival of the railway which benefitted the towns brewing, baking and seed growing businesses in the town. Little damage was done to the town during either world wars except for a single plane in February 1943, which attacked the town leaving 41 dead and over 100 injured.


As a commercial centre for information technology companies as well as Insurance. Reading hosts major companies such as ING Direct, Microsoft and Hibu have their headquarters in Reading. There are three main business parks within Reading, Thames Valley Park, Green Park Business Park and Arlington Business Park. The town has expanded to include Caversham and in the 70’s the largest housing estate was built (Lower Earley). The local government of Reading does not actually control all the people of Reading as large areas of Earley, Woodley, Charvil, Twyford, Hurst, Purley, Calcot, Theale and Tilehurst are controlled by Wokingham Borough and West Berkshire Councils.

Reading is one of the UK’s top ten retail destinations with top brands and a big shopping mall called The Oracle which boasts a cinema, plenty of restaurants, bars and shops. Reading has a venue called The Hexagon which hosts comedians, conventions, plays and musical acts. The town has a University which is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world. Reading hosts the Reading music festival annually which has been running since 1961.

Reading sports

Reading have a football club partly owned by a local millionaire (John Madejski) who currently play in The Championship which is the second tier of English Football, the stadium is also named after him. PEST UK have a pest control contract at his school in Reading. There is also a rugby team called London Irish who play in the Aviva Premiership. Reading also hosts a half marathon every year which attracts 16,000 competitors and started back in 1983.

Pest Control Contracts for Schools in Reading:

PEST UK have contracts at many schools in the Reading area, including Reading School, The Abbey Junior & Senior Schools and many more. We carry out pest control ‘one off’ treatments for wasps, fleas, cockroaches, rats, mice, squirrels and fox culling as well having pest control contracts at others. The reason why they choose PEST UK over Reading Borough Council and other pest control companies is that all the technicians at PEST UK are CRB checked, PEST UK operates 7 days a week, work unsociable hours as well as and provide a same day service. Fox culling is an important part of pest control in schools. Reading schools suffer from foxes fouling playing fields and living under buildings, especially the porta cabin type. PEST UK have a fully qualified and licensed firearms pest control technician. When shooting is not an option PEST UK can also trap foxes.

Pest Control for Domestic Premises in Reading: The majority of PEST UK’s pest control work is actually at domestic premises. We are often the preferred choice over Reading Borough Council and other pest control companies because:

1 All PEST UK’s pest control technicians are fully BPCA qualified & CRB checked.

2 We offer timed appointments.

3 Appointments are available 7 days a week, evenings & weekends.

4 PEST UK offer a Same Day Pest Control Service.


PESTUK’s main office can be found in the town of Reading, Berkshire and is run by our General Manager Scott Hyslop. We currently have 30 regional offices across Berkshire, West London, High Wycombe, Hampshire, Oxford and Alton. The main office on Portman Road can handle all calls for all of our covered areas when the other sites are not manned or are busy and can book jobs for the entire coverage area.

The address and phone number of the main office is:

PESTUK (Reading)
Suite 9, c/o Access Storage
62 Portman Rd Reading  RG30 1EA
Phone: 0118 9505775

PESTUK have many pest control contracts in Berkshire including Pangbourne Working Mans Club, Hotels, Butchers, Take Aways, domestic premises and Cafes. We also have many pest control contracts in the Oxford Road area which has hundreds of shops, Take Aways, Restaurants, Clubs and other specialist shops. As well as the above PEST UK has many pest control contracts for commercial sites in the area as well as many schools. The pest control contracts perform a preventive function as well as dealing with pests on a call out basis (such as wasp & bee nests or ants, fleas and other insects and rodents).

View from the air of The Reading Festival

Culture and Community

Every year  the Reading Festival takes place which has been running since 1971. The festival takes place on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend, and is the largest festival of its kind within the UK, aside from Glastonbury Festival. Until 2006, the WOMAD festival was also held in the town until it moved to CharltonPark in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. There is also a Beer Festival, one of the largest in the UK and is held at King’s Meadow for five days preceding the May Day bank holiday every year.

Pest Control in Reading

Reading Main

Wasps can be a nuisance

The older parts of the town centre have severe pest control issues with rats due to the poor state of buildings and infrastructure of some areas. The sewers are a constant source of pest control problems regarding rats & mice. Rats will thrive in older sewer systems where they can feed &  burrow into the walls of broken sewers, then spread to the surface from collapsed pipes or other breaches. A railway line and 2 rivers run through the centre of Reading, both add to Reading’s pest control problems as both supply food and cover for rats & mice. As well as these factors PEST UK carry out pest control treatments for domestic & commercial premises which include: ants, bees, bed bugs, cluster flies, cockroaches, rats, mice, squirrels & wasp nests. Some parts of Reading are riddled with Bed Bug problems due some parts of Reading having densely packed housing conditions with poorly maintained sewer systems as well as a high percentage of these areas being near to railway lines, canals or one of the two rivers that run through Reading. PEST UK carries out pest control work for several housing associations in Reading (including Southern Housing, James Butcher & the Co Operative) & also pest control for all the local council’s in the area. PESTUK prides itself for helping councils with ‘difficult’ pest control jobs.

Rats and Mice in cold weather feeding in a kitchen in Reading


Shepperton is a suburban town in the county of Surrey, bisected by the M3 in the North West and bounded to much of the South and East by the River Thames. Predominantly known for its use by film and Television production companies at Shepperton Studios.

Much of the land in the area is formed of protected flood meadows, small lakes or fertile alluvial soil farmland this can cause quite a problem with rats and mice using these as means of travel and as a food source. Also with any potential flooding this can run the risk of rodents being seen more prominently around properties and businesses.

We have many pest control contracts around the area of Shepperton with local businesses and with schools. All of our pest control technicians are CRB checked and bring a wealth of pest control experience and keen knowledge to any of your pest problems. With the River Thames  and the rail line running through Shepperton both of these can be a highway for rats and both can supply foodstuff and cover for rats or mice. As well as rats & mice using these areas as highways there are pest control problems with properties bordering these areas. These include squirrels, rabbits and some insects pests. Apart from that Shepperton suffers from the normal domestic pest control problems which include: wasp nests, bees, ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, squirrels, rats, mice and fleas.

Shepperton rats

Rats can harbour in loft spaces in Shepperton


Shepperton has a traditional high street, shorter than nearby Ashford, with a village hall, library, bank, shops, public house, several cafes and a railway station.

Opened in 1932, Shepperton Studios, then Sound Film Producing & Recording Studios, now part of Pinewood Studios Group since 2001. The studios have 15 stages, ranging in size from 3,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet, five of these are equipped with interior tanks for underwater filming. A mixture of TV and motion picture filming have taken place on the lot, including box office successes and independent films.


Shepperton railway station is a terminus for the main destinations of London, Kingston upon Thames. Opened in 1864 and was electrified in 1916. Service on the line is half-hourly  to London Waterloo via Kingston, Monday to Friday.

Access by road is via the A308, A244, B376 and the B375. the M3 motorway runs through Shepperton itself and the London Orbital, or M25 is to the West.

Local Events

The Shepperton Village fair is held annually within the village and has been running since 1973.

The fair is held close to the Thames on Manor Park, the Fair begins with a large procession through the High Street, and is followed by arena displays, fairground rides, stalls, competitions, a Marquee & the Great Nauticalia Raft Race. The fair is held on the second Saturday of every June. The fair promotes local charities, organisations and businesses.

Farnham Technician

PEST UK’s Pest Control Farnham office is run by Melissa Aiano, our only female pest control technician. Mel has been in pest control for many years. The Farnham pest control office is one of our newer offices. Melissa was contracted to manage in PEST UK pest control Farnham, Camberley, Aldershot, Farnborough, Frimley & Fleet areas. Mel is Royal Society for Health qualified. A member of the PROMPT/BASIS scheme which entails ongoing training with attendance to annual pest control courses & seminars. PESTUK is also a full member of the BPCA which is the leading UK trade association and represents organisations with a professional interest in the eradication and management of public health pests. They are a not-for-profit organisation acting in the interests of members and on behalf of the pest management industry within the UK.

About Farnham

Farnham is 11 miles from Guildford & 28 miles from Winchester. There are many old buildings including Georgian houses and also a castle overlooking the town.

Farnham is a market town with many shops located along the main thoroughfare running through West Street, The Borough and East Street. The town has a significant number of independent retailers, some of which have been in business since the nineteenth century.

Farnham is claimed to have been settled by hunters from the stone age era, there is evidence of tools and prehistoric animal bones found together in deep gravel pits. The first known settlement, a collection of pit dwellings, was dated as being from around 7,000 years ago. The numbers of those living in the area continued to grow through the Bronze Age, evidence for this is the triple barrow at Elstead and many other barrows in the area.

In Roman times the area became a well known pottery centre due to the supply of gault clay, oak woodlands and the nearby roman road from Silchester to Chichester.

In the 17th Century Farnham was a successful market town with Wheat being very prosperous in the area and then was turned to hops, a key ingredient in beer. Other new industries included greenware pottery, wool and cloth.

Farnham is the western starting point of the North Downs Way National Trail, a long distance footpath opened in 1978. The trail runs from Farnham to Dover, past Guildford, Otford and Rochester to name a few. Planning for this path began in 1950. The North Downs Way was officially designated by the then Minister of Housing & Local Government Anthony Greenwood. Upon opening the path was 141 miles in length. The pathway is classed as mixed-category varying from footpath to bridleway, byway and road.

Pest Control in Farnham

PESTUK has various types of pest control contracts in the area including restaurants and takeaways, pubs, private houses, several schools, a nursing home and waste facilities. We have pest control contracts in many private houses as well as commercial food related premises. Owners of private houses want pest control from a pest control technician that they know & trust. PESTUK provide this; all our pest control technicians are CRB checked and hold the highest pest control qualification as well as having ongoing pest control training within the PROMPT/BASIS scheme.  A contract is looked after by one pest control technician, it is his or her contract & visits are only carried out by other pest control technicians in the absence of the regular pest technician & then we usually give the customer a choice. This way our customers only have some one they know.



Cockroaches are members of the order Blattodea. they date back as far as the Carboniferous period some 32o million years ago and can survive within many different climates from arctic to tropical.

The two most common types to be spotted within the UK are the German and Oriental Cockroaches, other species may be encountered but treatment for these would be the same.


Cockroaches have small heads and wide flat bodies, are reddish brown or dark brown. They have large compound eyes and large flexible antennae. they have an exoskeleton containing calcium carbonate which protects the internal organs.  Male cockroaches are generally smaller than females, and some females do not have wings.  They are mainly nocturnal as a whole and prefer high temperatures. Some species, like the German cockroach have elaborate social structures, involving common shelter and information transfer and recognition of kin.

Preparation before a treatment

We recommend before the treatment takes place that the areas to be treated be as clean as possible. Clean under and within cookers and fridges, all areas up and down need to be cleaned and  de greased. If you live in a joined house or a flat we would advise contacting your neigbours to see if they are experiencing issues as well as a treatment will only be successful if all affected areas are treated at the same time.


Our technicians will use Advion Cockroach Gel Bait which contains Indoxacarb or if they believe the cockroaches should be treated with one of the followng insecticide sprays as most suitable for the property in question: Demand CS’ which contains Lambdacyhalothrin, Ficam W which contains 80% Bendiocarb w/w or K-Othrine which contains Deltamethrin. Or a powder might be used, called Ficam D. This contains an insecticide in a dust formulation @ 1% w/w Bendiocarb. All insecticides used by PESTUK are biodegradable, almost odourless, non tainting and do not corrode or stain.

After Treatment

For the next few weeks after baiting or spraying dead cockroaches will be seen in the property. These should be placed in an outside bin for disposal. We recommend not cleaning down any surfaces that have been treated as the insecticide or bait would be washed away. Keep the property and surfaces clean as this will help to ensure the success of the treatment and reduce the infestation. Insecticides work best on clean surfaces and any food debris will be fed on by cockroaches. This will involve keeping areas usually not seen clean, such as under fridges and at wall junctions.


We guarantee cockroach treatments but only in detached buildings that have been treated in their entirety, flats, terraced houses & multi occupancy buildings cannot be guaranteed as there is a probability that cockroaches may spread from adjoining domiciles. This may take weeks, months or years depending on circumstances.

Call 0330 100 2811 to book an appointment



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