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Newbury Council Pest Services
If you require a pest control service in Newbury, you could be tempted to contact West Berkshire Council. However they do not offer a service of their own. This is in fact a good thing, for the following reasons-
- With council run pest control, you have a service that arrives any time between 8am and 5pm.
- The service is contactable between 8am & 5pm, Monday to Friday. Otherwise email or voicemail are the only options.
- Weekend services are not offered.
- The service offered can be booked up for days or weeks in advance.
PESTUK offer 24/7 answering of all calls by a person, never a machine. Our technicians work 7 days a week and work from 8am to 6pm (winter) and 8am to 7pm (summer). We provide a same day service to deal with pests. Appointments booked with us are in 2 hour slots meaning you don’t have to wait in all day for us to visit. Our technicians are fully qualified members of the BPCA and PROMPT/Basis trained and are also CRB checked. This means that any pest control conducted by PESTUK is by trained, professional technicians that use the most up to date techniques and methods to solve your pest problem.
Mice treatments in Newbury
You may see, hear or smell a mouse problem or other evidence such as burrowing or gnawing. Commonly heard in loft spaces they will travel in wall cavities to all parts of the house, especially areas where food is found. They often follow the routes of pipes throughout the house.
Mice are extremely adaptable, changing there behaviour to fit the environment they are in. House mice consume food meant for humans and pets. They contaminate food-preparation surfaces with their faeces, which can contain the bacterium that causes food poisoning (salmonellosis).
PESTUK will treat a mouse problem with sanitation, mouse proof construction and population reduction. The first two are useful as preventive measures. However when a mouse infestation already exists, a form of population reduction is always necessary. Reduction techniques include trapping and poisoning. PESTUK will use poison baiting as it is the quickest way to deal with a mouse infestation. The right type of bait in the right place has to be used for the whole population to feed on the bait for the treatment to succeed. The bait has to be put in the correct places, mice are territorial and if the bait is not in a mouse’s territory then it won’t take the bait.
Oxford City Council pest control prices
I have just attempted to contact Oxford City Council regarding pest control. I have found another council that provides no service at weekends for customers to contact. There is only the option to call back between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday or email.
With PESTUK you can call us 24/7 and you will always speak to a person, never a machine.
The prices they offer are expensive as well. For insect treatments they require a survey before any treatment is started. Additional rooms are also charged extra. At PESTUK we charge per 5 Litres of spray used not by rooms in a property.
As a smaller member of the BPCA we are able to offer customers all the accompanying benefits of membership, but at a much-reduced rate.
Appointments- Oxford City Council versus PESTUK
Oxford City council only accept bookings between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday, whereas PESTUK work 7 days a week and all calls are answered 24/7. PESTUK offer a same day service and a 2 hour booking instead of waiting all day for a technician to turn up.
All of our technicians are PROMPT members and BPCA/ADAS certified. Our company is also fully insured and uses only the most up-to-date biodegradable insecticides and poisons.
Most businesses are required by law to ensure that their premises remain pest free, and the easiest and most effective way to do this is to have a regular Pest Control Contract.
Pest control contracts are usually for commercial premises, they can also be useful for domestic/residential properties as well. Large properties, that have extensive grounds and animals; such as horses, chickens or other livestock can benefit from regular inspections. A domestic pest control contract can provide peace of mind for holiday homes which usually are empty for extended periods.
The reasons to have a contract in place with a pest control company include-
- Peace of Mind – A good contract from a reliable contractor should ensure that your premises, staff and business will be safe from pests and safe from any bad publicity and prosecutions that can occur if pests are found. If you have livestock or pets you will want to know that they are as well protected as possible. Prevention is better than cure
- The Law – The Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 requires property owners to ensure that their premises remain free of pests. The Food Safety Act & Food Hygiene Regulations include further legislation governing business premise that handle food. Closure of businesses, fines of up to £20,000.00 and prison sentences of up to 6 months can be imposed for breaching these rules. A good contractor will be aware of any changes or implications relating to the rules governing pest control legislation.
A Pest Control Contract with PESTUK ensures cover of your premises from named pests for a fixed fee, baits and insect monitoring traps are laid and inspected at regular intervals as agreed upon in the contract. Each contract has a regular technician – Once a contract is allocated to a technician we don’t ‘swap’ technicians. He (or she) will know the history of the contract.
These are just some of the reasons that a contract with PESTUK is advantageous.
If you require our services please either call or email us-
PEST UK (Oxford)
Tel: 01865 479719
PESTUK have the most contracts and offices in the Reading Central area as this is where we started our operations. There is an old sewer system in the central Reading area, this leads to an increased incidence of rat, mouse and cockroach problems where the sewer system is broken or breached. 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 is one of the UK’s top ten retail destinations with a shopping mall. The Oracle is a large indoor shopping and leisure mall on the bank of the River Kennet. This area was formerly the site of a 17th Century workhouse with the same name. The mall consists of 90 shops, including department stores for Debenhams and House of Fraser. There are also 22 restaurants, cafes and bars by the riverside as well as an 11 screen cinema.
Cockroaches in Reading Central
If you have a cockroach problem you will see evidence of dead and living cockroaches. Usually in kitchens or rooms with boilers and/or electrical devices such as fridges or cookers.
Cockroaches are more often seen at night as they are nocturnal. They require high temperatures, though will survive and tolerate low temperatures (but won’t thrive). In a kitchen the favourite places for them to live will be inside fridges (fridge motors constantly give off heat), cookers, boilers & washing machines. they can also be found in laundry rooms, boiler rooms and anywhere where high temperatures occur.
To treat cockroaches it is best that surfaces in the area you have seen them are as clean as possible before our visit. Check with neighbors or any building connected to yours to see if they have a problem as well.
The technician will have used Advion Cockroach Gel Bait, which contains Indoxacarb. the technician may choose to use one of the following insecticide sprays: Demand CS, Ficam W or K-Othrine. All insecticides used are biodegradable, almost odourless, non tainting and do not corrode or stain.
To book a treatment please call or email-
PEST UK (Reading – Central)
Phone: 0118 373 2316
Pests in Lower Earley, Reading East
PESTUK deal with most types of pests in Lower Earley Reading East. The most common though are-
Flea treatments in Lower Earley Reading East
Bites on the lower leg are usually evidence of a flea problem. The bites can occur on other parts of the body and on children they are often more evenly distributed as they are nearer to the ground and more likely to be playing or lying on the carpeted areas. Different people will react in different ways to bites. Some experience itching, swelling, some do not. Some people will react immediately to bites others it may take several hours.
Flea treatments will not work unless proper preparation has been carried out. Hygiene is paramount, the floor area of the house must be vacuumed and the whole floor area will be sprayed with a residual insecticide, particular attention should be paid to the edges of carpets at the floor/wall join, underneath static furniture, under beds & the resting and sleeping areas of any pets.
Upholstered furniture should be vacuumed and similarly treated (although not essential as fleas will eventually move onto the treated carpet surface) taking care to treat the space under the cushions of chairs and settees where debris has collected. If available, the bedding of the cat or dog should be replaced, washed or very thoroughly sprayed. Baskets must also be treated thoroughly. The vacuum bag must be removed after this & placed in an outside bin. The pet should be treated with a formulation to treat fleas on an animal such as a flea collar or formulation such as Frontline.
All technicians that work for PESTUK are fully trained and PESTUK is a full member of the BPCA, our technicians keep up to date with the most effective and legal methods of pest control and proofing.
PEST UK (Reading – East)
Tel: 0118 373 2241
Enfield Pest Control
As part of our expansion PESTUK have recently opened a new office in Enfield, North London. Currently we are taking on many jobs, mainly in domestic properties and for the following pests- rats, mice, squirrels, bed bugs, cockroaches, wasps and fleas.
Our prices are considerably lower than that of the local council, and with PESTUK you can be assured of skilled professionals dealing with your pest problem. All of our technicians are BPCA qualified, and PESTUK is a full member. Using a BPCA member pest control company ensures that your pest is dealt with by a trained competent technician that is continually taking refresher courses to stay informed of proper control methods and procedures.
Mice in Enfield
If you are hearing noises at night from your loft or from within walls it is possible that you have a mouse problem. Rodents will follow pipes and use small spaces within the walls to travel to areas where food is, such as the kitchen. They contaminate food-preparation surfaces with their faeces, which can contain the bacterium that causes food poisoning (salmonellosis). People are more tolerant of mice than rats although they can carry the same diseases as rats and are more likely to transmit such diseases, as they are bolder and more curious, coming into closer contact with food, cutlery and work surfaces.
Mice are extremely adaptable and will change their behaviour to fit into the environment they find themselves in. House mice will consume food meant for humans and pets and surprisingly are more resistant to poisons than rats or other rodents. This can mean that self treating of rodent problems in Enfield can lead to money spent on poisons that have no effect. Mice do not need to eat much food and can extract all the moisture they require from the food they eat. House mice eat only 1/20 th. to 1/10 th. of an oz. per day. Mice as with other rodents are constant gnawers, needing to keep their teeth from growing unmanageable. This gnawing can cause damage to wiring and to the structure of your property.
To book a treatment please contact us via-
Pest control in Ascot
If you require pest control assistance in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, 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 Ascot 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.
Pests treated in Ascot
Where Dial a Pest would need to do a risk assessment before treating a wasps nest PESTUK Ascot 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, that represents 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 quality service.
PESTUK treat the following pests regularly in the area of Ascot, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead-
- Rats and Mice
- Bed bugs
Rodents can be treated by PESTUK
Contracts in Ascot
PESTUK also provide pest control contracts for restaurants, take aways, schools and even private homes in the Borough area. A contract with PESTUK provides peace of mind- the contract will ensure your premises, staff and business/home is safe from pests and even bad publicity. A contract can ensure pets and livestock are also kept safe from pests.
To book a treatment either call or email us-
PEST UK (Ascot & District)
Tel: 01344 669160
email: [email protected]
Established in 1985, PESTUK now serves Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and West London. Our technicians and the company are members of the BPCA. All PESTUK technicians are CRB checked & members of the PROMPT/BASIS scheme that ensures on going training and other professional aspects of pest control.
Known worldwide as the home to the University of Oxford, which is one of the oldest within English speaking parts of the world. We have recently opened a new office in Oxford and are ready to help with any pest problem you may have. Below is a summary of some of the treatments we provide.
Flea treatments in Oxford
You may see fleas in the carpet or on your pet. The Flea infestation will have have been caused by either your own animals, by any previous occupants animals, or occasionally brought in by humans on their clothes. Fleas live in carpets and leave them only to feed on the host animal, being cats or dogs. If the host animal is not available then they will feed on humans, preferring women and children to men. They will move on to beds & clothing but soon return to the carpet.
Treatment of Fleas
Flea treatments will not work unless the proper preparation is carried out. Hygiene is paramount, the floor areas of the house should be vacuumed, particular attention should be paid to the edges of carpets at the skirting boards, underneath static furniture, under beds and the sleeping areas of any pets. The bedding of the cat or dog should be replaced, washed or thoroughly sprayed. The vacuum bag must be removed and placed into an outside bin. The pet should be treated with a formulation to treat fleas on an animal such as a flea collar, spray or formulation such as Frontline.
After the treatment do not vacuum for at least two weeks, after the first vacuum change the bag and dispose of bag away from the house. For this first week of vacuuming, vacuum at least once a day. The flea infestation will not be controlled immediately and may even increase slightly after initially seeming to die out within a 7-14 day period. Fleas may be present for up to 21 days after the spray. Animals should be fitted with fresh Flea collars, treated with Frontline (or similar) or sprayed/dusted with a spray/dust made for this purpose. Any remaining fleas will feed on the animal rather than humans. If the premises are not occupied there may be flea activity for up to 3 weeks from the date of occupation.
Bed bug treatments in Oxford
Bed bugs bite during the night. The bite marks will depend on the reaction of the person being bitten, as with Fleas & other biting insects, different people may react in a different way and at a different time to others. Bites are usually on areas of the body that stick out of the bed covers.
Bed Bugs are one of the hardest insects to treat and treatments will only work if preparation has been done correctly. The bed sheets and the curtains must be removed and washed. The rooms to be treated must be vacuumed and cleaned. The drawers and wardrobes must be emptied and the clothes only reintroduced 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 and posters. 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.
Pigeon proofing in Oxford
Often birds get into the eaves of houses. This can cause problems of parasites, noise & mess. Unfortunately the types of birds that nest in these areas are usually starlings or sparrows, both are protected & it is against the law to disturb, eggs, nests or young. Blocking off the holes will have to be done when none are present.
Birds are learning that Solar Panels are a nice place to roost and nest. At PESTUK we are receiving an increasing amount of calls relating to this problem. We now have access to a newly designed bird spike that has been designed for use with solar panels. This is similar to a ‘normal’ bird spike but set at an angle to prevent birds gaining access. This allows the base to have maximum contact with the roof making the spike stable and strong.
It may take time but the problems with birds and solar panels will increase as birds learn this behaviour and pass it down to their offspring. These spikes unlike other methods allow adequate ventilation under the panels and also allow larger items such as leaves to pass through rather than getting caught and building up as happens with mesh.
The problems that nesting birds can cause include smells, build up of droppings blocking gutters and drains, noise and general nuisance. Pigeon droppings also carry Psttacosis which is carried in the dust of dried pigeon droppings.
Most businesses are required by law to ensure that their premises remain pest free, and the easiest and most effective way to do this is to have regular a Pest Control Contract.
Pest control contracts are usually considered for commercial premises, they can be useful for domestic and residential properties as well. Particularly large properties, with extensive grounds and horses, chickens or other livestock may benefit from regular inspections. A domestic pest control contract can also provide peace of mind for holiday homes which may be empty for extended periods.
A good contract from a reliable contractor should ensure that your premises, your staff and your business will be safe from pests and safe from any bad publicity and prosecutions that can occur if pests are found. If you have livestock or pets you will want to know that they are as protected as possible.
To book a treatment or to get a free quote for a contract please call us or email us-
PEST UK (Oxford)
Tel: 01865 479719
Squirrels in Surbiton
The most common complaint about Squirrels is when they take residence in a loft space in Surbiton. 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 as a breeding site. A male squirrel will have several dreys (nests) within his territory – usually these will be in trees but some times inside buildings. Sometimes squirrels can be pests in gardens and can do damage to bulbs, plants, trees and eat birds eggs and young birds.
Why Squirrels should be treated in Surbiton
When squirrels enter a loft space, they can cause structural damage by tearing up loft insulation for bedding. By chewing timbers, pipe work and stored items, and they can pose a fire hazard by stripping insulation from electrical wiring or chewing through cabling which can cause fires or electrical problems. Insulation may be pilled into large balls for the nest or drey. They are also very noisy, and if they drown in uncovered water storage tanks they can contaminate the water supply. For these reasons, it is important to keep squirrels out of your loft. Squirrels in gardens are also destructive pests, as they can eat plants and bulbs. They will also strip bark and eat bird’s eggs and the chicks. Grey Squirrels are classed as vermin. It is illegal to release a trapped Grey Squirrel.
Treatment of Squirrels in Surbiton
Before the technician arrives we ask that you do not block up any holes you may find or see. As the Squirrel can cause more damage trying to find a way back inside to its drey or nest.
The technician will use either or both trapping & poisoning. The technician may use one or both methods. The poison bait we use 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 Squirrels feed several times before dying. This ensures that they do not become suspicious and associate the bait with illness or death and that all the Squirrels die. If they have access to other types of food such as bird food, which in urban environments they usually do, 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.
For further information on Squirrels please click the link for the BPCA. The BPCA is is the leading UK trade association, representing organisations with a professional interest in the eradication and management of public health pests.
To book in for a treatment of Squirrels or any other pest please call us on:
Mice in Enfield
If you can smell a strong ammonia scent, or have noticed small droppings or gnawing marks or have heard scurrying during the night it is possible you have a mouse problem. Mice in Enfield are a common pest problem that PESTUK deal with at private residences and in business addresses.
Mice are an extremely adaptable pest. Changing there behaviour to fit in with the environment they are in. House mice will consume food meant for humans or pets. They will contaminate food-preparation surfaces with their faeces, which can contain the bacteria that causes food poisoning (salmonellosis). People are more tolerant of mice than rats although they can carry the same diseases as rats and are more likely to transmit such diseases, as they are bolder and more curious. Coming into closer contact with food, cutlery and work surfaces. Their constant gnawing will also cause damage to structures and property.
Treatment of Mice
The control of mice involves sanitation, mouse proof construction and population reduction. The first two are good as preventive measures. When a mouse infestation already exists, some form of population reduction is almost always necessary. Reduction methods include trapping and poisoning. Trapping will only reduce a mouse population and will rarely eliminate it completely as they breed quickly, so elimination is the desired result. Poison baiting is the quickest way to deal with a mouse infestation. The right type of bait in the right locations has to be used for the whole population to feed on the bait for the treatment to succeed. The bait has to be put in the correct places, mice are territorial and if the bait is not in a mouse’s territory then it won’t take the bait. Our technicians will examine the property and determine the correct places for baits to be placed.
When we treat a mouse infestation it will be treated with one of the following baits:
- Sorexa D which is a bait, (canary seed), coated in the poison Difenacoum
- RACO FORCE PASTE, that contains the poison Brodifacoum
- Raco*, which contains the poison Difenacoum
- Sorex Brodifacoum Rat and Mouse Bait.
Mice are surprisingly more resistant to poisons than rats or other rodents. They do not need much food and can extract all the moisture from the food they eat. Mice in fact eat only 1/20 th to 1/10 th of an ounce per day. The baits and poisons we use are widely recognised as the best available for the complete eradication of a mouse infestation. The technician will make at least 2 visits. On the 2nd visit he will pick up the bait & any available bodies for disposal.
If mice have made a nest within the loft or have gained access then this can result in the insulation being contaminated with their droppings and urine. Contaminated insulation can cause serious health hazards for you and your family. We do recommend that this is carried out after a treatment.
Rodents can cause damage to insulation as well resulting in the insulation not functioning properly. At PESTUK we offer a service to remove this insulation and to install fresh new insulation.
We would firstly remove and dispose of the old insulation in a safe professional manner. The technician will then vacuum any droppings which are present in the loft space and carry out a biocide spray to make sure the loft is thoroughly disinfected.
The final process will be to place new insulation into the loft. The prices include all materials. For lightly contaminated lofts we offer a Biocide treatment only.
Below is a a breakdown of the price to carry out this service:
- 1-2 bedroom property – £1200.00 + VAT
- 3 bedroom property – £1500.00 + VAT
- 4 bedroom property – £1800.00 + VAT
- Biocide treatment only – £65.00+ VAT
PESTUK cover a wide area of England including Berkshire, Middlesex, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire & West London
Tel: 020 8226 4350
To find out more about Mice or to check a pest control companies legitimacy and knowledge of safe pest control please visit the BPCA, PESTUK are full members of the BPCA and observe the Associations Code of Practice and Code of Conduct.
Wasps in Ealing information
Wasps in Ealing are usually more prevalent in Summer months. Unlike Bees Wasps will sting people and pets sometimes unprovoked but usually when threatened. This is a risk and cause for concern, if you have small children or pets as some wasp stings, can be very dangerous causing severe reactions, with several people dying from wasp stings every year.
Cold weather & Wasps in Ealing
The cold will affect wasps and severe frosts can kill adult wasps (Queen wasps however are resistant to frosts once they are overwintering, also known as hibernation) but generally the cold weather will just slow down the wasps and can even extend their life.
The reason for this is that the lower temperature will slow down the metabolism of the wasps so that they don’t ‘burn out’, unlike wasps in the height of summer where they may be active for over 15 daylight hours and then still working fanning the wasp nest at night to keep it cool.
Worker wasps in hot conditions are thought to have a lifespan of 6-8 weeks whereas wasps operating in lower temperatures and shorter days will live much longer. When the days are colder and shorter, wasps may remain inactive for days at a time, only becoming active once the days become warm enough. This process cannot continue forever, and eventually the whole nest (apart from the ‘new’ Queen wasps) will die out.
So, does the cold kill wasps? The short answer to this question is no.
Wasps in Ealing homes
Wasp problems occur in cold weather when the wasp nest is in a house and becomes affected by the artificial conditions of heat and light supplied by houses – without this artificial stimulation the wasp nest would not pose a problem. These artificial conditions can draw wasps out of nests and into contact with people in Ealing.
Wasps that are ‘pulled’ out of a nest in these conditions are more likely to sting people, and in fact we find that more people get stung by wasps from October to December than in the height of summer.
PESTUK Ealing can treat wasp nests or the areas in a house afected by wasp problems in cold weather, either by treating the nest directly and/or applying a residual insecticide and/or ‘fogging’ insecticide treatment to give relief to the wasp problem.
It must be remembered that any treatment when insects are cold takes much longer (wasp problems treated in December may take 2-3 weeks to work.
Please call PESTUK to book a wasp nest treatment (or any pest control problem) on: 020 8226 3669 (local office), 0330 100 2811 (local rate) or free phone on landlines and some mobiles: 0800 026 0308.
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