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Enfield is one of the London areas that PESTUK are now expanding into. The high prices the local council’s charge for pest control mean that we are getting more pest control work in Enfield in the future. Presently we do a cross section of pest control jobs in the Enfield area although the bulk of them being domestic pest control calls often rats, mice, squirrels, bed bugs, cockroaches, wasps and bees.
There are no other British Pest Control Association members in the Enfield area. The BPCA organisation ensures that customers are looked after and that all member companies are insured, properly trained and are inspected on a regular basis. You know if you choose a BPCA member then you won’t have a cowboy company and the risk of the job not being carried out. PESTUK also offer a 7 day service (Saturdays at no extra charge) and our phone lines are answered 7 days a week 24 hours a day.
Rodents in Enfield
If you find signs of gnawing on food or furniture or hear scratching from your loft you may have a rodent issue. Mice and Rats should be treated as they carry diseases, they can contaminate food preparation surfaces with their faeces and urine. PESTUK can provide treatment by searching inside and outside of your property for evidence of entry points, what is being used as a food source and also any possible nesting areas.
Trapping will only reduce a rodent population, rarely will it eliminate it completely and as they breed so quickly elimination is the desired result. Poison baiting is the quickest way to deal with a rodent infestation. The right type of bait in the right places has to be used for the whole population to feed on the bait for the treatment to succeed. If this is not done then the treatment will not be as successful.
To book in a an appointment with PESTUK please call us on 020 8226 4350
Bracknell Bed bugs
Bedbugs bite at night. Depending on the person being bitted the reaction can vary. Some people will show visible bites on their body while a person laying next to them can show no signs of bites. We at PESTUK Bracknell get many calls from people asking for treatment of bedbugs. Infestations have been on the increase since 2003 due to business travel, foreign holidays, immigration and the sale of 2nd hand furniture. Bed bugs have six legs and are very good walkers, an infestation may have spread from an adjoining building or from some furniture or suitcase recently brought into the house, second hand clothing may also spread infestation.
Bedbugs feed entirely on human blood at night when the victim is asleep. After feeding they crawl back into their hiding places which are in cracks and crevices in furniture, behind wall paper, bed frames, cupboards, mattresses, electrical equipment, curtains, light fittings etc.
Treatment of Bed bugs and Preparation
Bed Bugs are one of the hardest insects to treat and treatments will only work if the preparation has been done correctly.
Bed sheets and curtains must be removed & washed. The rooms to be treated must be vacuumed & cleaned. The drawers and wardrobes must be emptied and the clothes only re introduced to the rooms once they have been washed or tumble dried. The treatment will fail if the room is full of clutter.
The rooms must be clear of toys, books, boxes, CDs etc. Be careful not to put any of these objects into other rooms as you may spread the infestation. Objects in the room that cannot be either washed, tumble dried or sprayed with the insecticide (books, shoes, cd’s, dvd’s etc) must be put in a freezer overnight. This should be done before putting objects back into a treated room.
Bed bugs usually only infest rooms that are slept in and we recommend treating any adjoining bed rooms to the infested room. They can lay dormant for up to 12 months so be careful with any objects removed & then re introduced back into a bedroom within this time frame. If you are going to replace a bed or mattress either do this prior to treatment or once you are sure the treatment has worked and all bed bugs have been eradicated.
To book an appointment please call- 01344 721939
For more information on bed bugs please go to the BPCA web site.
Wasps in February
We have been receiving a large number of calls about wasps in February so far this year. This is unusual as Queen Wasps should still be in hibernation. It may well be that the warmer weather this winter has affected their hibernation cycles. The only Wasps alive at this time of year are the Queens. All other types of wasps, drones and workers die off in the Autumn and early Winter.
Any wasp nests found now are old nests and are no longer active, which we often get requests to remove and we are able to do, but this is not really needed and does not serve a purpose. Queen wasps that are present at this time don’t inhabit a nest, in fact they will only attempt to start a nest in Spring once they come out of hibernation (usually April, this is dependant on the weather).
Treatment of Wasps
Treatment for wasps in February is more complex than a treatment in Summer. Wasps in summer have one fixed nest that can’t move and the wasps are fully active. An insecticide treatment can wipe out a nest in a matter of hours. In Winter a treatment would involve treating possibly multiple singular Queen wasps spread over a wide area. Also at this time of year their metabolism is considerably slower and the insecticide can take longer to have a full effect and kill them off.
To book a treatment for Wasps or any other pest please call PESTUK on 0330 100 2811
For more information about wasps please visit the BPCA web site.
If you require pest control assistance in the Farnborough Council area, you may be tempted to contact the council.
I attempted to book a treatment with their provider SDK, trading as Dial a Pest. Contact was only by an online order form, and once you completed that you would have to wait for them to contact you with a time to visit.
With PESTUK Farnborough you can call us 24/7 and you will always speak to a person never a machine. We are able to arrange visits for your pest problems usually same day and with a 2 hour time slot so you don’t have to wait around all day as with other companies.
Where Farnborough Council use of Dial a Pest would need to do a risk assessment before treating a wasps nest PESTUK Farnborough can come out and do a treatment same day and the treatment is also guaranteed. PESTUK are full members of the BPCA, the leading UK trade association, they represent organisations with a professional interest in the eradication and management of public health pests. Its recommended that all pest control problems be treated by a BPCA member company to ensure you receive a high quality service.
PESTUK treat the following pests regularly in the area of Farnborough Council, and Farnborough in general-
- Bed bugs
PESTUK have been operating since 1985, are full members of the BPCA and we have experience of many types of contracts including, but not limited to- shops, pubs, hotels, schools, farms, stables, offices, restaurants, food manufacturers, housing estates, flats, factories, rubbish tips.
To book an appointment please call us on- 01252 765110 or 0330 100 2811
One Way Sewer Valve
A large number of rat problems stem from sewers. Breaches in sewers under buildings can be costly and time consuming. Repairs to sewers may run into the thousands of pounds. Baiting alone may or may not solve the problem but if the infestation originates from a sewer then future problems are likely unless the sewer issue is addressed. Baiting some sewer related rat problems just does not work as the rats that are killed from eating the bait are replaced by ‘new’ rats from the sewer. A solution is to fit a one way sewer valve.
It may be that rats are getting into the structure of the building via a broken or cracked pipe, a ‘bodged’ connection (kitchen & bathroom extensions are common for this) or a missing vent guard. Rats and sewer problems are just not restricted to inside buildings (although this is the most serious, time consuming and costly) but they may burrow out of compromised sewer systems in open ground and the rat population will spread out not the surrounding area.
Fitting a sewer one way return valve
A one way sewer valve is best fitted after an initial bait treatment has been conducted at your property. The technician will fit the appropriate valve to the pipe for your property. The valve has a flap that closes once the sewage has passed. These are a cost effective solution that prevents rats going ’up’ the sewer but the flap allows sewage to flow out. It also acts to prevent any back ups of sewage from entering the house.
The technician will place the valve in the best location to prevent rats getting back to your property.
The price for fitting a one way sewer valve is £170.00 + VAT (outside M25) and £204.00 + VAT (inside M25).
If the property in question is a terraced, block of flats or semi detached house then more than one sewer valve may be needed.
To book an appointment with PESTUK please call us on- 0330 100 2811
Wasps in January
As the Winter progresses wasp problems become fewer. This is because by January the Queen Wasps (and Queen Hornets) are in ‘proper’ hibernation. The fertile Queens of both wasps and hornets are the only forms to survive the Winter. No nests function in the Winter. They have all died out, and can’t be reused. Queens will all attempt to make new nests in the Spring.
Although lofts provide a safe easy place for them to hibernate they are susceptible to artificial light and heat which can ‘fool’ the Queens or Hornets to come out of hibernation early. In most cases most reported problems in January are actually Queens but many people think they are hornets due to their size. PESTUK has many years of experience dealing with these pests.
If Queen Wasps and Hornets are causing problems then it is possible to treat them either by using an insecticide ‘fog’ in the loft and/or a residual insecticide spray to walls and ceilings. Treatments such as these will not eliminate the problem but certainly reduce it. An insecticide ‘Fog’ is applied to large voids such as lofts using a Fogging machine. This is similar to using a massive can of fly spray.
The disadvantage of this compared to surface spraying is that it is not very residual but for a residual insecticide surface spray to work the surfaces have to be generally smooth, clean and dust free, not the types of conditions you get in a loft. Any wasps that crawl over the surfaces treated with the residual insecticide spray or come into contact with the insecticide fog will absorb the insecticide and die but due to the Queen Wasps having a slow metabolism at this time of year this may take some time.
To book a treatment with PESTUK please either call us or email us on-
0330 100 2811
For more information on wasps please visit the BPCA’s page.
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Wasps coming from the loft in January are a common problem. This usually means that there has been a wasp nest, or even many nests, for a long time, and the wasps in the nest are still dying out (this would be unlikely but not impossible in January). It is very common for wasps to have a nest in a loft, and complete their whole cycle undetected, starting in the spring and finishing in late autumn/early winter.
Why do I have Wasps Coming from the Loft in January?
The reason wasps come from a loft in January, is that, although a wasps nest only lasts a year and will die out if left alone they produce new queens (and Drones but these tend to die out by late December/early January) for the next year. The Queen wasps would have mated with the Drones from other nests in the Summer and leave the nest in late autumn/early winter to hibernate. Each nest can produce hundreds of Queen wasps, and in large nests up to a thousand Queen wasps for the following year. These Queens leave the old nest and disperse over a wide area. They hibernate, but problems arise when artificial light and warmth created in a house can confuse them and draw them into living areas.
Treatment for Wasps Coming from the Loft in January
PESTUK can apply an insecticide ‘fog’ to the loft area as well as a residual insecticide spray to areas inside rooms (usually walls & ceilings) where wasps are being seen. This type of treatment will reduce the problem but does take time to work as the wasps’ metabolism is very slow so the uptake of insecticide can take some time (2-3 weeks). All the insecticides used by PESTUK are virtually harmless to all mammals.
Information on Wasps from the BPCA: https://bpca.org.uk/a-z-of-pest-advice/wasp-control-how-to-get-rid-of-wasps-bpca-a-z-of-pests/188976
Price for Treatment of Wasps Coming from the Loft in January
Price for a fogging/residual spray treatment is generally £65.00 + VAT for up to 3 bed house. 9£78.00 + VAT inside the M25 area.
For advice or to book a pest control wasp treatment (or any pest control problem) then please call:
0330 100 2811 (local rate) or 0800 026 0308 (free from landlines & some mobiles).
Wasp – Information by the BPCA
PESTUK Oxford know this time of year can lead to an increase of rat and mice activity within homes. 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 this makes our homes an inviting destination for rats and mice.
People are also more likely to feed birds in the cold weather which can attract rats and mice to this delicious extra source of protein, which can then cause them to nest nearby.
Rats in Oxford
Rats will normally enter a building for shelter and 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. This can make control with baits and traps difficult for rats. With rats patience is needed plus trying to remove the existing food source.
Mice in Oxford
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 in.
Mice 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 depend on the amount of food available within. If mice come across an area of high food value like a kitchen, or a garden shed then the territory size will shrink. Territory size is very important when treating mice with rodenticides.
A PESTUK technician wil come to your home and will inspect the property inside and out, looking for possible entrances and likely food sources and any possible nesting area. The technician will then lay poison baits down in strategic places and in correct amounts and arrange a follow up visit in 2-3 weeks time.
To book us please either call or email-
PEST UK (Oxford)
Tel: 01865 479719
further information on rodents-
Waltham Cross PESTUK
Waltham Cross, a town in Hertfordshire is immediately north of both the M25 and the London Borough of Enfield.
The town is within the borough of Broxbourne, the metropolitan area of London and the Greater London Urban Area, with Chestnut to the north, Waltham Abbey to the east and Enfield to the south.
PESTUK, established in 1985 has technicians over Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and the West of London.
PESTUK are full members of the BPCA, the governing body for pest control in the UK, you do not pay to be a member you have to show quality of the technicians work and competence. To go with a BPCA member is to ensure you do not end up with a cowboy company. We provide contracts to many private and residential homes and estates as well as many businesses; such as take aways and restaurants as well as manufacturing warehouses and office buildings.
Squirrels in Waltham Cross
The most common complaint of Squirrels is when they take up residence in a loft. They can make a tremendous amount of noise and usually are much more destructive than rats or mice. They will enter loft spaces for shelter or a breeding site. A male squirrel will have several dreys (nests) with his territory – usually in trees but some times in buildings. Sometimes squirrels can be a pests in gardens and can do damage to bulbs, plants, trees and eat birds eggs and young birds. Both problems can be treated.
The treatment of a Squirrel infestation is much more difficult & time consuming than for other rodent pests. Control of Squirrels in outside areas can be carried out in some circumstances but needs to be carefully considered as once a family of squirrels has been removed from an area that territory will be re occupied sooner or later. How soon this happens depends on the population of the surrounding area.
Squirrels will prey on birds nests, eating eggs & young. Feeding squirrels in gardens will increase the density of the population possibly harming other wildlife. To control them we will use trapping & poisoning. The technician may use one or both methods. the poison bait is a whole wheat that has been soaked in an anticoagulant poison called WARFARIN @0.02%, M.A.F.F. no: 01009. This is the only poison bait allowed by law to be used on Grey Squirrels. The poison requires that the Squirrel(s) feed several times before dying. This ensures that they do not become suspicious and associate the bait with illness or death and all the Squirrels die. If they have access to other types of food such as bird food they will ignore the bait. Due to this difficulty traps will often be used along side the poisoned bait. Legally these types of traps have to be checked daily so can only be used if you are able to do so. If you see or hear an animal caught in one of the traps that is in distress you must phone our office.
To book an appointment either call or email us-
PEST UK (Waltham Cross)
Tel: 01992 820556
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