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Pests in February

Pests that might appear in your home or business during February

Flies in February

Flies in February usually mean you have Cluster Flies. Especially if flies seem to be coming from the loft area but they can come fro any cavity. They will use the cavity for hibernation purposes. They will not be breeding or feeding but hibernating. Harlequin LadybirdsHarlequin Ladybirds may also be hibernating along with the Cluster Flies.

Flies in February

Flies in February

Once a hibernation site has been chosen you will always get some flies hibernating there. How many depends of the success of any pest control treatments as well as how successful the flies were breeding throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn. They have genetic memory where even though they have never seen or been to the hibernation site that there parents or great grandparents hibernated in, they go to hibernate at the same site. Before humans arrived on the planet and started building houses, these Cluster Flies and Harlequin Ladybirds would use caves or hollow trees as hibernation sites. Now humans have erected so many buildings these insects have as many sites as needed. This may artificial boost the population. Although PEST UK cover many towns in the South of England (including Alton, Ascot, Basingstoke, Bracknell, Camberley, Farnborough, Farnham’ Fleet, Guildford, Harrow, Henley, High Wycombe, Hounslow, Maidnehead, Newbury, Northwood, Ottershaw, Reading, Slough, Tadley, Thame, Thatcham, Uxbridge, Windsor, Winnersh, Woking & Wokingham) most of our calls regarding flies in February come from Hounslow, Bracknell and the Reading areas.
Flies in February

Flies in February

Treating Flies in February

PEST UK are experts at Cluster Fly and Harlequin Ladybird treatments. It does depend or circumstances the type of treatment we do but generally we apply an insecticide fog to the loft and other voids as well as a residual spray to resting places. cost for a standard 3 bed house is £65-100 + VAT.
Flies in February
To book a Fly or Harlequin Ladybird pest control treatment or free advice on flies, ladybirds or other pest control matters then please call us: 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free from land lines & some mobiles).
Flies in February
PEST UK cover a wide area of England including Berkshire, Middlesex, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire & West London.

Mice in February

Calls from domestic and business premises concerning mice in February have been on the increase this month. Normally there would be a surge of pest control enquiries concerning mice in late Autumn and early Winter but probably due to this years exceptionally warm Winter weather this hasn’t been the case. This does not mean that there are not many mice about, in fact the opposite. The Winter is a time when the natural food sources start to dry up. These include insects natural and commercial fruits as well as cereal crops. Coupled with the drying up of these food sources comes the die back of vegetation cover. These factors lead to the mice to stop breeding, many will die and others will seek warmer places to go and new food supplies. These factors lead mice into buildings, homes and gardens.
Pest Control Food Premises and Restaurants
Although people are more tolerant of mice than rats, mice carry the same sort of diseases. They can also do the same damage as rats although on a smaller scale. I have seen them chew through dishwasher pipes and cause floods, set burglar and fire alarms off and cause electrical short circuits by chewing through electrical cables. They can also foul water tanks in lofts and some time die in the tank.
For some reason the bulk of the pest control problems relating to rats and mice this month have come from the Hounslow, Bracknell and Reading areas even though PEST UK cover a wide area.
Mice in Winter
To book a mouse pest control treatment, any other sort of pest control treatment or for some free advice then please call us at PEST UK: 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free from land lines & some mobiles).
Mice in Winter
PEST UK cover a wide area of England including Berkshire, Middlesex, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire & West London

Rats in February

At PEST UK we have received a lot of calls concerning rats in February. Although we carry out rat and other pest control treatments in Berkshire, Middlesex, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire & West London we are getting a lot of calls about rats in February in the Hounslow area. In ‘normal’ years rat enquiries peak in January but this year due to the warm Winter the rat problems appear to be coming in later in February. Rat and mouse populations peak in the Autumn after taking advantage of the warm weather and abundant food of the late Summer and Autumn. These rats will migrate towards buildings and gardens as the weather gets colder and the vegetation dies back. The warm Winter has made these problems less pressing but leaving the rat and mouse population high but a lower percentage of that rat and mouse population coming into contact with people, building and gardens. This has started to change as February has been colder than January and this has lead to increasing calls about rat problems into PEST UK.
Pest Control Food Premises and Restaurants
How much does a rat treatment cost?

The basic charge for a guaranteed rat treatment for a ‘normal’ sized property is £100 + VAT for a minimum of 2 visits. We operate a same day service 7 days a week and are cheaper than many Local Authority pest Control Departments as well (in our opinion) providing a far superior service. Not only do we treat the rat or mouse problem but we look at why you have the problem and how to prevent this problem happening in the future.

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

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

To book a rat or mouse treatment or any other pest control treatment or free advice then please call us at PEST UK: 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free from land lines & some mobiles).
PEST UK cover a wide area of England including Berkshire, Middlesex, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire & West London.
Rats BPCA advice

Wasps in February

At PEST UK we have been receiving an unusually large number of enquirers regarding wasps in February. This is unusual as wasps in February should still be in hibernation. It may be that the uneasily warm Winter weather has effected their hibernation cycles. It is only the Queen Wasps that are alive at this time of year. All other forms of wasps (the Drones and workers) die off in the Autumn and early Winter. Any wasp nests now are ‘old’ nests and are not active nor will they be inhabited. We often get calls from people wishing to have old wasp nests removed and of course we will do this but generally it isn’t needed and serves no purpose. The Queen wasps that are present at the moment do not inhabit a nest in fact they will attempt to start a nest in the Spring once they come out of hibernation (usually April, depending on the weather).
Pest Control Wasps in February
Treatment for Wasps in February

This can be done but treatment for wasps in February is more complex than treating a wasp nest in the Summer. This is because a wasp nest is in a fixed location and can’t move and the wasps are fully active so an application of insecticide can wipe out a wasp nest in a matter of hours. Dealing and treating sing Queen wasps in February is a bit different. First the Queen wasps will be spread out over a wide area and secondly the metabolism of the wasps will be slow, leading to a slow uptake of insecticide and dining may take a while. So a wasp treatment in February will reduce but not fully eliminate the wasp problem and may take some time to work. It may also be slightly more expensive as insecticide may be applied to a wider area, probably using an insecticide fogger, an insecticide smoke generator, a residual insecticide spray or a combination.
Wasps in February
Prices for treating Wasps in February

For a ‘normal’ 3 be house prices are usually £65 + VAT to £100 + VAT. The pest control technician will always discus prices and get agreement before proceeding with any treatment.
To book a treatment for wasps in February, any other pest control issue or free advice then please call us at PEST UK: 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free from land lines & some mobiles).
Wasps BPCA Advice
PEST UK cover a wide area of England including Berkshire, Middlesex, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire & West London.
Wasps by the BPCA

Rats and Mice in Winter:
As the vegetation dies back and the availability of fruits and nuts gets less, the weather gets colder rodents will look for new homes and food sources. With the cold weather people start feeding birds tempting rodents nearer to houses and in turn rodents may get into the house living in lofts, wall cavities or between floors. Mice can survive in a loft of wall cavity without actually leaving as they will feed on insects, woodlice and seeds blown. They can extract the moisture they need from their food or from condensation on pipes. They are territorial creatures and the size of the territory will will depend on the amount of food available within. If mice come across an area of high food value such as a kitchen (which will have scape of food) or a garden shed (with bulbs and or seeds for food) then the territory size will shrink. Territory size is very important when treating mice with rodenticide. If not enough bait or bait points are placed within the territory (and there may be many) then the treatment will fail.
Rats on the other hand will normally enter a building for shelter, then venture outside for food and water. Of course if the opportunity arises for food and water within the building then they will take it. Unlike mice rats are very suspicious of anything new placed within their territory. While mice will actively explore new objects, rats will treat anything new with suspicion. This can make control with baits and traps difficult for rats. A trick to speed up a mouse treatment is to move objects about within the territory. This makes the mice living there ‘re explore’ the territory and find the baits and or traps quickly. With rats patience is needed plus trying to remove the existing food source.

For advice or a pest control treatment please phone PEST UK on 0330 100 2811. Alec Minter
Rats: Advice from the BPCA

Cold Weather & Pest Control Contract:
This coming week at PEST UK will see a further reduction in the seasonal insect pests such as Cluster Flies, ‘other Flies, and Wasps (& Wasp Nests, requests for removal). This will be due to the cold spell we expecting this week that will kill off or send into hibernation these types of pests. Today (18/11/13) we have booked up several Cluster Fly jobs, Wasp Nest treatments, Bed Bugs, Moles and Fleas. Fleas seem to be the pest on the increase at the moment.

A new pest control contract was started today in a restaurant in the Reading town centre. This was in the older part of the town and the contract developed from a ‘normal’ rat job we started last week. This part of Reading appears to be overrun with rats. At the start of the treatment this well known and popular restaurant didn’t seem concerned that rats were running in and out of the restaurant! We advised proofing, hygiene measures and a clear up as well as regular pest control inspections. We didn’t hold out much hope they would bother with any of the advice as the owners did not want to spend any money. Much to our surprise they wanted the pest control contract with monthly visits. Steve Tiller, the PEST UK Operative talked to several properties adjoining this restaurant. They all had problems. This is an old part of Reading, I would expect the sewers would not be in a brilliant condition due to their age. The areas at the rear of these properties were rubbish and debris strewn giving harbourage and food for rats. The rear of the buildings in these situations are never maintained as well as the front so there is often holes around pipes, missing or broken air bricks to allow access into the buildings by rats.

To deal with this rat problem takes a combined approach of proofing, removing the food source and rodenticide treatment. Failure to do any properly and the treatment will fail.

BPCA Advice on Pest Control Contracts

Pest Services During Winter:
This December (2015) has been the warmest on record and this does effect pests. It means we are still carrying out pest control treatments for many insect pests that we would not be doing in late December such as Cluster Flies, House Flies, Blue Bottles, Wasps and Ants. This bonus for us at PEST UK is countered by the fact that the warm weather means there are less rat, mouse and squirrel jobs as they are not under much pressure (as the weather is warm) to move into buildings. Saying that however the population of rats, mice and squirrels is very high. We can tell this by the rodent takes we are currently getting on our pest control contracts with external bait points and we are using a lot of poison bait! Once the weather finally does get colder there will be an influx of rat, mouse and squirrel jobs coming into PEST UK.

Our mix of work at PEST UK is quite varied at this time of the year. It can include:

  • Cluster Flies
  • Fleas
  • Rodents (both rats and mice)
  • Bed Bugs
  • Cockroaches

Some pests are not effected by external temperatures, these include Cockroaches, Bed Bugs and Tropical Ants. Cockroaches generally live inside buildings in fridge motors or other high temperature areas. Bed Bugs will slow down if a house is not centrally heated but generally if some one is sleeping in a bed room at night and bed bugs are present they will be active. Tropical Ants rely on the core temperature of the building they are living in being high.

Our usual contract work continues all year round, as does certain types of specific jobs such as

  • Bird/Pigeon Proofing
  • Fleas

There are fewer insect related call-outs as the weather gets colder but we are expecting to see an increase in rodent and squirrel-related call-outs.

December is traditionally the quietest month for pest control call-outs as most pests are happily curled up somewhere sleeping through the winter. The reduced daylight hours can also make pest control difficult at this time of the year.

Bed Bug

Squirrel advice from the BPCA

Rat, Mouse & Poisons:
It is a common mistake for people to believe that stronger poisons (rodenticides) are better. First poisons with lower toxicity protect other wildlife that may eat a poisoned rodent. Birds of prey, foxes and badgers may be susceptible to this type of what is called ‘secondary’ poisoning. The strength of the rodenticide is often blamed on any treatment failures. Actually the main problem with most rodent treatments is to persuade all the rodent population to consume enough poison. Strong poisons will prevent this. Rodents are very sociable animals, some (especially rats) very suspicious so will take time to feed on a new food source (the poison bait or rodenticide). In most cases (depending on how hungry they are, their social status, external food sources and other factors) rodents will consume small amounts of bait to start with. If the poison is strong and they die or get ill then their friends and relatives will notice this and associate the poisoned bait with this and ignore it. Another reason for failure may be that the food source the rodents are feeding on has not need eliminated so only part of the rodent population is feeding on the bait. As rodents can breed very quickly any rats killed by the poison are replaced. This leads the customer to believe the treatment has failed and to ask for stronger poisons.

The three pest rodents in England are rats, mice and squirrels. All act differently when presented with poisoned bait.
Grey Squirrel Feeding on spilt bird food
Squirrels are curious but fussy feeders and will rarely touch bait unless it has been made more attractive by adding peanut butter, chocolate or other additives to the standard grain bait treated with warfarin. This is (Warfarin on whole wheat 0.02%) that is allowed to be used for squirrels.
Rats are suspicious of the bait and any containers wether they be trays or boxes. The way the bait is presented and the location are important for success.

Mice are highly inquisitive and the colony requires may small bait points for complete eradication.

To book a pest control treatment or free advice then please call us at PEST UK: 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free from land lines & some mobiles).
Rat Advice from the BPCA

Wasp Problems in Winter:
At PEST UK we are getting calls concerning wasps crawling about inside houses in a dopey state. Several customers this week have said that they have been stung. The problem for us and our customers is that the actual nest may be difficult to locate at this time of year. In the Summer and early Autumn there will be evidence of wasps leaving and entering the nest. When the temperature drops the wasps stop flying. Wasps get lost within the building. They get attracted to light and warmth but move very slowly. They get exhausted and disorientated. It is in this state when people get stung. They may sit on a wasp or a wasp may crawl into their bed.
Treatment is not as instant and more complicated than treating a wasp nest in the Summer. In the Summer a nest is treated and all life within the nest will cease in a matter of hours. Not so later in the year. For a start a percentage of the wasps may be out of the nest. A ‘lost’ wasp may take days to return to the nest if lost within the structure (cavity walls etc) of a building. They may even not make it back to the nest. So to deal with these ‘lost’ wasps insecticide has to be applied to areas where they are crawling, usually walls and ceilings. Insecticides take longer to work when the temperature is lower so the wasp nest destruction process will take up to 20 days at this time of year compared with only hours in the Summer.
Wasp Control from PestUK
To summerise, wasp problems are more complicated, take longer to work and more expensive to deal with in the Autumn and early Winter than in the Summer. Judging by the calls we receive at PEST UK it seems that more people get stung at this time of year than in Summer.
European Wasp

For advice or a pest control treatment please phone PEST UK on 0330 100 2811. Alec Minter

Resistance Rats, the truth: Recently I have been doing work at several farms and animal facilities which previously had pest control contracts with other companies. These other companies claimed that the rats could not be properly controlled outside as the rats were all resistant! Interestingly I have eliminated the problems at all of these sites using one of the most basic methods of pest control, known as saturation baiting. This method of pest control is, in a nutshell, using a low toxicity poison, but ensuring that lots of it is consumed so that it still kills the rats. More frequent than normal visits are required to carry this method out (sometimes), to ensure than no bait points become empty at any point in the treatment and ensure a complete riddance is achieved. This method is very basic, but VERY successful! The main complaint at one of the sites now is the smell from the dead rats!

In fact, I have only ever once found what appeared to be genuine resistance rats, and even this was doubtful as it may simply have been just a very severe infestation! However, interestingly, I have found resistance rats to older poisons in mice several times and had to switch bait!

The reason that this is interesting is, the area where myself and the other staff of PestUK work is supposedly home to the most resistant rats in Britain (see this article: ).

My personal opinion is that resistance rats are real, but MUCH rarer than it appears. It is mostly due to other companies simply not being competent or experienced enough to actually control rat problems.

If you or your company is having a problem with perceived or genuine resistance, give us a call, because I have never met a problem that I couldn’t fix! Call PEST UK for problems with resistant rats or any other pest control matters, either for advice or a pest control treatment on 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free from landlines & some mobiles).




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