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Pests in March

Pests that might appear in your home or business during March

Cluster Flies in March

Cluster Flies are a problem in the Autumn and the Spring. In the Autumn they are going into buildings for hibernation and in the Spring they are leaving the hibernation site. Both processes are not instant and may take several weeks or months depending on the weather (temperature and sunlight0 as well as being effected by artificial sources of heat and light in buildings. They (cluster flies) are more a nuisance than a health hazard and are not an indication of hygiene problems or a dead animal. They are just using the cavities in a building for hibernation purposes. Cluster Flies in March is a common problem and for the Spring time of year Cluster Flies in March is the peak month.

Custer Flies in March

Custer Flies in March

There are several species of Cluster fly, the most common species being parasitic on earthworms. The female lays eggs in the soil which hatch, bore into the soil and if lucky they find an earthworm. The larvae then feeds on the earthworm before pupating into the adult fly. There will be several generations per year. The amazing thing is that the descendants go back to the same hibernation site.
This is an Insecticide Smoke Generator, this type of treatment is sometimes called 'Fumigation'

This is an Insecticide Smoke Generator, this type of treatment is sometimes called ‘Fumigation’

Treatment for Cluster flies in March

PESTUK are experts at this. We have many years experience in the type of pest control treatment. We will carry out one or several methods to control the cluster fly infestation. An insecticide got or smoke generator be applied to voids such as lofts while a residual insecticide spray may be applied around windows, ceilings and walls. Typically prices are between £65 + VAT to £100 + VAT, depending on the size of the premises.

Cluster Flies in March

Cluster Flies in March

To book a Cluster Fly pest control treatment or free advice 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.

Cluster Fly info. from the BPCA

Grey Squirrels & Cluster Flies:
Now the Autumn is here we should be getting more enquiries about Cluster Flies and Grey Squirrels. Cluster Flies will be gradually moving into their hibernation sites while Grey Squirrels will favour ‘indoor’ sites such lofts to rest. They do not properly hibernate but rest up and sleep for long spells during very cold weather. They venture out to find nuts and seeds that they have hidden during the Autumn. They will also take advantage of bird food although some people actively feed Grey Squirrels. Regular feeding increases the density of the population in an area as a regular food supply means the territories don’t have to be so large to support the family. This increase in density of population can lead to problems for other wildlife (especially birds during the Spring).
At PEST UK we are often called out to deal with Grey Squirrel problems. We use a combination of trapping and poison bait to deal with them. They are difficult to deal with as they rarely take poison bait if there is an alternative higher protein food source nearby such as bird food (peanuts, fat balls and sunflowers being their favourites.) The PEST UK Squirrel treatments usually take between two and four visits. We have a fixed fee so the price doesn’t increase if we fail to deal with the problem. Our technicians are the best in the country and never fail.
There have been a lot of Foxes about recently. They have been gorging themselves on the bumper crop of blackberries and other fruits that are abundant this year. At PEST UK we carry out a number of shoots for about a dozen schools who have problems with foxes fouling playing fields and doing other damage.
We don’t cover the whole of the UK, these are the areas we cover: Berkshire (Berks), North Hampshire (Hants), South Buckinghamshire (Bucks), South Oxfordshire (Oxon), NE Surrey & West Middlesex.

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).

Squirrels Pest Control BPCA

BPCA Cluster Flies

Grey Squirrels:
When we say the word “Squirrel” it immediately conjures up images of Beatrix Potter like figures, all warm and cosy and fairytale like.Squirrel-Control

Unfortunately the reality is often very different, and squirrels can be a real problem for some people.

There are people who actively encourage squirrels by feeding them.  In other cases people are unknowingly increasing the population of squirrels by feeding birds.

Bird food is a great source of  high protein food, not only for birds, but also for squirrels, rats and mice.  Concentrations of these  pests can have a devastating effect on local insects , other rodents and mammals as well as newts, slow worms, frogs and toads. The more food in a squirrels territory the smaller the territory will have to be thus allowing the population density to increase.

Squirrels will also eat baby birds and birds eggs, so by having bird feeders that squirrels can access, can encourage squirrels into gardens and allow them to easily reach and kill birds that people are trying to protect.

Most of the calls we get within   our catchment area (Berkshire, North Hampshire, North West Surrey, South Oxfordshire and South Buckinghamshire) are for problems with squirrels entering roof spaces.

A male squirrel will have several dreys within its territory and a loft space is often treated as one of these and may only be visited every now and then which can make treatment difficult. In warm weather squirrel families are unlikely to visit lofts as the temperature may be too high. Lofts are often favoured for giving birth, especially  for the first litter of the year when the temperature is still quite cold.

SquirrelPestUK use a combination of traps, (usually Fen traps but some times Kania) and a warfarin based poison to control squirrels. Some pest technicians favour poison over traps. This method takes longer and the poison needs to be treated with an attractant such as sugar, chocolate flavouring or rat attractant.  Squirrels can be fussy feeders, particularly if they have access to a bird feeder full of peanuts and bird seed. The reason for this is that they can be fussy feeders, especially if they have access to peanuts, sunflower seeds and bird seed.

If a squirrel is poisoned outdoors then a special feed hopper has to be used (it is illegal not to poison this way outside). If traps are used we use special containers to prevent birds and other animals being caught in them.

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).
BPCA Pest Control Squirrels

More info on Squirrels from PESTUK

Water Damage Caused by Squirrels

I was called out a few years ago to deal with a squirrel problem in a loft of a house in Lower Earley. It was a very cold Winters day. I arrived and the upstairs was a mess, the ceiling had caved in, there had been a flood, water had come through the ceiling. The loft hatch was already open and there was a plumber in the loft trying to find the source of the leak. He was looking for a burst pipe or a leak but all the pipes were ok and the water system seemed to be working normally. He was stumped so I carried on with the squirrel treatment.

As I investigated I realised that the squirrel was the cause of the water damage. The cold water tank was lagged and the squirrel had made a hole on the lagging on the top of the water tank. Once the squirrel was in it’s nest (in the lagging on top of the water tank), the extra weight of the squirrel held the stop cock down causing the water to carry on flowing (even though the tank was full) eventually the water spilled out of the top of the tank causing the flooding. As soon as anyone entered the loft to investigate the squirrel departed and the water system functioned normally.

I also know of a squirrel causing a power cut. This was told to me by some one else but I believe it to be true. A family had gone on holiday and some how a squirrel had got into the house (probably down a chimney), when they returned the power was off and there was a dead squirrel still holding on to the microwave electric cable. It had attempted to chew the cable and been electrocuted!

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).

BPCA – Squirrels

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