Alton council pest control
If you require pest control services in Alton, you may think that your local council will be able to help you. However while they do offer services they seem to be based more around generating money for the council than treating and preventing the return of pests like rodents.
As an example, for rodent treatments they charge £43.00 per treatment and a call out fee of £20.00 for a maximum of 4 visits, that can be a lot of money. Bed bug treatments are also an extortionate amount for those who do not live in qualifying benefit homes.
PESTUK have been in business since 1985 and are members of the BPCA, the leading trade association that represents organisations that provide pest control. We adhere to the guidelines set out by the BPCA and our technicians take yearly exams and go to top up courses to ensure they have the skills and equipment necessary to effectively treat your pest problems.
When you contact us you will always speak to a person and never a machine, where as the local council services are only open 9-5 Monday to Friday. Our technicians work 7 days a week and bank holidays and provide 2 hour appointment slots, so you can plan your day accordingly. PESTUK will also provide information for preventing the return of pests to your property.
To book an appointment with our trained technicians please call our Alton office on-
Tel: 01420 408797
PESTUK have recently opened a new office in the area of Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire. We have been in the pest control business since 1985 and now cover Berkshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire,West Middlesex, West London and now South Hertfordshire. All of our technicians are BPCA trained and certified so you can feel safe in the knowledge our technicians are professional and knowledgable in dealing with all pests.
Foxes in Waltham Cross
An increasing problem in urban areas, foxes are opportunistic feeders and will eat insects, worms, berries, small birds, small mammals and food scraps left by humans. They can also carry mange, a type of skin disease caused by parasitic mites, which can be picked up by dogs and passed on to people. There are 2 methods of control we use, live trapping or shooting. Shooting is the preferred method as it is cost effective, achieves better results and is more humane. Shooting will be done at dusk.
Not all sites are suitable for shooting. When trapping is carried out we ask the customer to check the traps twice a day & occasionally tip food into the trap. The customer must then call the office as soon as a fox is caught.
Before any shooting or trapping treatment is started we need to carry out a survey to see if any control can be carried out (in some cases the site is unsuitable to use a high powered rifle or where a live trap will be interfered with) and if so the best method to use. There will be a period of pre baiting prior to the start of any treatment and we may ask for a diary to be kept of times and dates of sightings.
The survey fee is £50.00 + VAT (outside of M25). The price for one shoot is £170.00 + VAT (dusk or night shoot, outside of M25). Trapping is charged for the initial set-down & pickup which is £120.00 + VAT & then £60.00 + VAT per extra visit (outside of M25).
To book an appointment with us please call-
Tel: 01992 820556
At PESTUK we receive a large number of calls from the Shepparton area that involve rats and mice, and how they enter peoples homes. Rodents may travel some distance undetected through cavity walls, soffits and loft spaces before either coming to an area where they are seen, they are heard or evidence of their presence (droppings, smells or damage) is noted. They may be entering a row of terraced houses several properties away from where they are actually appearing.
Mice are able to gain entry through a hole as small as 1cm, so proofing against them can be difficult. We recommend sealing up any obvious holes around pipe work, removing any vegetation on or near your home can also prevent their access.
Mice have keen senses of taste, hearing, smell and touch. They are excellent climbers and can run up any rough vertical surface. They can run across wire cables and ropes and can jump up to a foot from the floor.
Rats require three things to survive and thrive- food, water and shelter.
With rats entering a property it is essential that entry points are located and filled, or the problem will return. Bird feeding is the most common culprit for a rat infestation with the storage of waste food and products another possible factor.
Air bricks are sometimes a common entry point for rodents, PESTUK can fit mesh air brick covers that prevent rodents from gnawing there way through back into a property. We would also check where any pipe work enters into the property incase of any gaps left by builders during construction.
Proofing internally will be the practical solution for flats, terraced and semi detached homes or properties where an entry point may be undetected, below ground or beyond control, within a large terrace or building.
This proofing will involve blocking holes, gaps and cracks in individual rooms to prevent re entry into those particular rooms. This means that control just by the use of poison bait will not be sufficient to deal with the current problem.
To book an appointment please call us on 0330 100 2811.
PestUK are specialists in protecting solar panels from pigeons and other birds.
We install high quality galvanised mesh around sides of solar panels to prevent pigeons from nesting underneath them. This method is 100% effective and almost invisible to the naked eye, so no ugly spikes sticking up.
The mesh we use has been designed exclusively for use with solar panels. Strips of mesh are fastened under the lip of the panels using special clips manufactured solely for this purpose. The solar panel proofing mesh is almost invisible after it has been installed. The design of the mesh ensures that panel ventilation remains unaffected.
If you have solar panels you will need to have them pigeon-proofed. Pigeons love solar panels, they provide a perfect space to roost, and they remain warm and cosy all year round. This is great for pigeons, but it means you will have to put up with the noise and mess and also makes the solar panels less effective so you’ll be paying more for energy.
A professional solar panel mesh installation will is a proven and effective way to keep pigeons away from solar panels, it will not compromise your solar panel warranty, and ensures that panels stay well-ventilated and function efficiently.
PestUK technicians are trained to install solar panel mesh, and have the correct equipment and training to work safely and effectivly on most rooves.
Ask PestUK for a solar panel proofing quote to keep pigeons away from solar panels.
Cold weather & pests
With the very cold weather and snow people will have been staying inside more, shutting doors and windows to keep heat in. This unfortunately does not stop all pests from entering.
Some pests are more prevalent in summer months, such as insects. they are very visible in these warmer times and disappear once winter arrives.
While some pests are not visible it does not mean they are not in your home, in the attic or loft or another area, keeping warm using insulation as bedding or as part of a nest.
In winter we have doors shut to help conserve heat, but an open door is not the only way to gain access to your property for a pest. A hole the width of a pencil can be enough for a rat or mouse to begin gaining access to your property. There teeth are exceptionally strong and can even make holes in metal.
Another thing to consider is that with the snow collections from our waste bins and recycling can be delayed. Leaving bags out with easy access can invite pests to begin foraging and make the property itself more attractive as shelter for them.
General debris such as leaves and dead vegetation can also be enticing as a nesting area for rodents and other pests looking for a safe harbourage point. These should be cut back and cleaned up on a regular basis to prevent problems from occurring.
In autumn and winter call outs for treating spiders are most common. This is the time their populations will peak as the days get shorter and colder and wetter temperatures entice them inside to our warm homes. PESTUK can spray a residual insecticide onto walls inside and outside around windows and doors as well as on wall/floor and wall/ceiling junctions.
Seeking warm and humid areas of the home to nest and breed in, they require high temperatures but can survive in cold weather. They most commonly can be found in kitchens, laundry rooms, boiler rooms & anywhere where high temperatures occur.
In a kitchen their favourite places to live will be inside fridges (where fridge motors constantly give off heat), cookers, boilers & washing machines.
PESTUK treat cockroaches with Advion gel bait. The treatment will be more successful if surfaces are clean. Pay attention to under & inside cookers, fridges etc. before the technician arrives.
When looking for a professional company for pest control always check they are a registered member of the BPCA.
To book an appointment please call us on-
0330 100 2811 or email- firstname.lastname@example.org
Proofing solar panels
As solar panels gain popularity for installing on home roofs the demand for preventing birds from nesting under and fouling goes up.
Why birds should be stopped from nesting
Birds find the panels attractive for nesting under as they are a means of preventing predators from attacking. This results in bird droppings and nesting damage, which can lead to guttering and drains becoming blocked and increased noise levels. The birds can also cause damage to the panels themselves which can become expensive after such an investment this is undesirable.
Birds, especially Pigeons carry Psittacosis which is carried in the dust of dried pigeon droppings this can cause respiratory problems.
PESTUK now have access to a new mesh that has proven to be more succesful in use than the previous method of spiking. In the 3 years we have used it, we have not had a call back for problems. The mesh comes in a roll and is fastened under the lip of the solar panels using special clips made solely for this job. The mesh can then be folded so it can not be seen once the job is completed, this also increases the rigidity of the mesh. This also prevents leaves from getting under and gathering preventing the panels working properly.
Our technicians are experienced in using roofing ladders and two of our technicians are PASMA certified to build scaffolding; ensuring we can gain access to the panels.
We offer free quotes for works to be carried out and can usually provide a quote for proofing your home from photos sent in to- email@example.com
Prices will vary depending on amount of panels and access and other factors.
We guarantee the installation of the mesh for one year for any defects to the works done. We have never had a situation where we have had to return to a property when the job has been completed.
To book an appointment please call PESTUK on 0330 100 2811 or
PEST UK (Reading – East)
Tel: 0118 373 2241
Does Thatcham council offer pest control?
When searching for someone to deal with your pest problem, you may think that the local council would be able to help.
West Berkshire Council however do not operate a pest control service of their own. They will only advise you to contact the BPCA to find a reputable company.
This is in fact a good thing as some councils have a specific company that they use exclusively. These companies are usually only contactable via email booking or phoning between 8 and 5pm. They also limit the services they provide and are often not very reliable. With restrictive services offered.
Thatcham Council however are leading customers to companies that conduct themselves properly and will save you time and money in the long run.
The BPCA is the association for pest control companies, a not-for-profit organisation acting on behalf of pest management companies in the UK. They offer guidance to people looking for pest control services to ensure that competent companies are used and avoid rogue traders etc.
Why choose PESTUK
PESTUK, apart from being a full member of the BPCA, are a fully insured company, our technicians are fully trained and BPCA registered and CRB checked as well.
Our phone lines are answered 24/7 by a person and never a machine. Our operators are also trained to be able to answer your questions as well. Unlike other companies we book appointments in 2 hour slots so you don’t have to wait in all day for someone to turn up, making booking easier.
Appointments can also be booked online from our web page- pestuk.com
Call us on 01635 818160 or 0330 100 2811.
Rats in the loft
Before you see rats in your loft you are most likely to hear them scurrying around at night. Other evidence of rats will be damage to food or household items that have been gnawed on.
Rats have well developed senses of smell, taste and touch. Rats breed rapidly and become sexually mature in about three months. Each female may produce from 3 to 12 litters of up to eight young in a year. Rats need to gnaw to keep their constantly growing incisor teeth worn down. They can inflict an enormous amount of structural damage. This includes causing fires by gnawing away the insulation around electrical cables, floods by puncturing pipes and even death by chewing through gas pipes.
Lofts can be used as nesting areas and kitchens as a food source. Rats are extremely intelligent, adapting to their surroundings. This can make controlling rats a difficult task. For these reasons we would always recommend having a proffessional pest controller treat your rat problem, rather than attempting to deal with it yourself. Professional and quality pest control services are available by checking the BPCA for local companies near yourself. The BPCA is the leading UK trade association representing organisations with a professional interest in the eradication and management of public health pests. They are a not-for-profit organisation acting in the interests of members and on behalf of the pest management industry within the UK.
Treating Rats in a loft
Infestations are normally dealt with by using cereal based poison bait containing an anticoagulant poison called Sakarat, which contains the poison Bromadioline 0.005%. 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 this feeding. 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 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.
Rats live in colonies with dominant and subordinate individuals. In heavy infestations rats can be seen feeding during the day, these are usually the old and weaker animals that feed during the more dangerous hours of daylight to avoid the aggressive dominant rats. Seeing rats during the day means that the problem is quite severe.
Rats are attracted to the smell of other animals and their food, so particular care should be taken when feeding pets, wild birds etc., the storage of any foodstuffs and the disposing of rubbish, including animal droppings. Should you find any dead bodies they must not be handled without protection and should be buried or burnt.
For these reasons we always recommend a professional pest control company be used to ensure a successful treatment.
To book an appointment please call-
Phone: 0118 373 2316
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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
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.
How to get rid of Bed bugs in Bracknell?
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.
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