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

Operation Smile: PESTUK have donated-  £1,576.06

PESTUK supports Operation Smile, and has done for 6 years now. The amount of money we have donated to Operation Smile has increased year on year and we hope this continues.
One of the the most noticeable facts about Operation Smile is the number of places where clinics are set up and the frequency of these. Check out the list on the Operation Smile website. The clinics are all over the world (even here in the UK).
PESTUK chose Operation Smile because this charity helps children the world over and makes a difference to young lives. 1% of all our profits are donated to them. We feel it right that our success should be shared by people who need help.
Donations to Operation Smile also benefit PESTUK. We would hope that when faced with 2 similar pest control companies that offer a good service at a reasonable cost that some of our customers would choose PESTUK because some of the fee they are paying will go to Operation Smile.
We wish all our previous and future customers a Happy New Year.
To book an appointment with us contact PESTUK on-
0330 100 2811 or email us at-

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:

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.

Rats are suspicious of new objects in Oxford homes.

Rats in Oxford

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.

Mice in Oxford can be treated by PESTUK

Mice in Oxford


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-


BPCA- Rats

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-

Waltham Cross squirrels can be treated by PESTUK

PEST UK (Waltham Cross)
Tel: 01992 820556

PESTUK Borehamwood

PESTUK have recently opened a new branch in Borehamwood. Established in 1985, PESTUK provide pest control for commercial and private properties as one off treatments or as annual contracts. All pests are controlled expertly and humanely with expert knowledge.
Our company is fully insured and uses only the most up-to-date biodegradable insecticides and poisons are used. All PESTUK technicians are CRB checked and are members of the PROMPT/BASIS scheme that ensures on going training and other professional aspects of pest control.

We are one of the smaller members of the BPCA (British Pest Control Association), and are able to offer customers all the accompanying benefits of membership, but at a much-reduced rate.
We have experience of many types of contracts ranging from shops, pubs, hotels, schools, farms, stables, offices, restaurants, food manufacturers, housing estates, flats, factories, rubbish tips and many more.

Rats in Borehamwood

Borehamwood- Rats carry diseases and are incontinent.

If you are hearing scratching and scurrying noises during the night, or finding evidence of gnawing on food products or on furniture then you may have rats.

Lofts may be used as resting places, kitchens as a food source or both. Rats are extremely intelligent, adapting to their surroundings. This is what makes them one of the most successful animals on the planet and makes controlling rats a difficult task. If rats are inside the building you may hear them in wall cavities or roof spaces. You may see their droppings or smell the urine.

Treatment of Rats

Rat infestations are normally dealt with a cereal based poison bait containing an anticoagulant poison called Sakarat, which contains the poison Bromadioline. This poison usually requires that the rats feed several times before dying or if they consume enough poison to give them a lethal dose on their first feed they will not suffer any ill effects until some time after having fed. This ensures that they do not become suspicious and associate the bait with illness or death and a ‘complete kill’ takes place killing all the rats in the colony.

It can take up to 7 days before the rats start feeding on the bait as they are neophobic, or suspicious of new objects. It is important to achieve a complete kill as they breed at such a rapid rate that any survivors soon replace the dead with their offspring. (A healthy female rat can live for two years and can produce up to 60 young in a year). In heavy infestations rats can be seen feeding during the day, these are usually the subordinate old and weaker animals that feed during the more dangerous hours of daylight to avoid the more aggressive dominant rats. If you see rats during the day time it usually means the problem is quite severe.

To book a treatment with PESTUK either call or email us-

PEST UK (Borehamwood)
Tel: 020 8226 4251




Enfield Council Pest Control

I have again contacted a local council to compare our services to theirs.

Upon contacting Enfield Council I found that the operative who answered had no knowledge of pest control and had to transfer me to the correct department. Despite calling the number on the Pest Service website. No one answered though, as it seems they close at 5pm.

At PESTUK all calls are answered by staff with training to answer your questions and to book you an appointment as swiftly as possible. Our phones are answered 24/7 by a person and not a machine.

PESTUK technicians work 7 days a week and are fully qualified members of the BPCA and PROMPT/Basis registered. The BPCA is the governing body for professional pest control companies, membership is earned by proving competency not by paying a fee for membership.

Our treatments are booked in 2 hour slots, unlike councils which will only give you a day of visit, which could be any time between 8am and 5pm. Our technicians will even call you when they are on their way meaning you don’t have to sit at home all day.

Mice in Enfield

If you hear scurrying noises late in the night or see evidence of gnawing or even smell urine it is possible you may have a rodent issue. Commonly heard in loft spaces and will travel in the wall cavities to all parts of the house, especially to areas where food can be found. They often follow the routes of pipes throughout the house.

Mouse control in Enfield involves sanitation, rodent proof construction and population reduction. The first 2 are useful as preventive measures. However when a mouse infestation already exists, some form of population reduction is almost always necessary.

The techniques we use include trapping and poisoning. Trapping will reduce a mouse population, rarely eliminate it completely and as they breed quickly elimination is the desired result. Poison baiting is the quickest way to deal with a mouse infestation.

The right bait in the right places 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. 


To book a treatment please call or email us-

PEST UK (Enfield)
Tel: 020 8226 4350

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.

Newbury Mice treated by PESTUK

Mice in Newbury can use waterways for travel and as a food source.

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.


Bird Feeding attracts rats in Newbury


PEST UK (Newbury)
Phone: 01635 812092

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.

PESTUK Contracts

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


Reading Central

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

Reading Central Cockroaches

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-

  • rats
  • mice
  • bedbugs
  • fleas
  • wasps

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.

Lower Earley Reading East

Fleas in Lower Earley, Reading East are treated with a residual insecticide spray

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

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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

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