September 2013 | Pest UK

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Pest UK / 2013 / September

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Moth and Carpet Beetle Problems in Hampshire and Berkshire

Homes throughout the country are affected by moths and carpet beetles. The problem can be worse at the beginning of autumn, particularly in the south of England where although the days are getting shorter, the evenings can still be relatively warm and doors and windows are left open. Moths are attracted to light and will

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Cluster Flies Autumn

Cluster Flies Autumn Autumn is the time when PEST UK start receiving enquiries about  Cluster Fly Removal. Cluster Flies are amazing creatures because of the genetic memory they are meant to possess – this also makes them difficult to eradicate. Cluster Flies pick a hibernation site. The exact criteria for this choice is unknown but

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Wasps & Nature

Wasps & Nature: The question is often asked – What good do wasps do? Wasps are one of the most hated creatures in the animal kingdom along with rats, snakes and spiders. They do do a lot of good in the Spring and early to mid Summer as the workers are feeding the grubs (which

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Wasps & Hibernation

Queen Wasps & Hibernation: The Queen wasps have already been produced by the wasp nests. The Queens, which are retile females and the Drones, which are males are the last wasps to be be produced by a wasp nest as it starts its decline. The number of wasp nest this year from PEST UK’s point

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Wasp Trap Trial

Update on Wasp Trap Trial, Squirrels & Wasp Nest Removal: The weather is set to get warmer nest week (w/c 23/9/13) which may alter the catches on the different types of wasp and fly traps I have on a trial. After the run away success of the bag type disposable wasp trap earlier on in

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Hornets in England

Hornets in England: Hornets have definitely been on the increase judging by the call outs we get for them at PEST UK. I have found them much less aggressive than wasps or honey bees, even when their nest is being destroyed or removed. I have noticed that in some cases the nests can be very

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Treating Wasps without Insecticides

Treating Wasps without Insecticides: At PEST UK we some times get asked to treat or remove a wasp nest without using insecticides. People (quite rightly so) are very suspicious of insecticides. An example of this is an insecticide used in the 1970’s and early 1980‘s in the UK called Chlordane. This was a potent insecticide

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Pest Control: Restaurants

Hygiene & Pest Control: Restaurants: At PEST UK we have Pest Control Contracts in hundreds of restaurants. I often wonder just what the Environmental Health Departments are doing. I have seen a perfectly clean tidy restaurant forced to spend hundreds of pounds moving a sink yet some disgusting kitchens and stores. It is probably that

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Removing a Wasp Nest in a Chimney

Removing a Wasp Nest in a Chimney: We have been asked to treat a wasp nest in a chimney of a private house in Maidenhead. The nest is in the chimney stack of a 40-year old 2 bedroom semi detached house. The chimney is not a large one. If we had been asked to treat

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Seasonal Pests: Rats & Mice

Seasonal Pests: Rats & Mice: Rats and mice can be considered seasonal pests as although they are present throughout the year the calls peak in the Winter. There are several reasons for this. Starting in the late Summer food is relatively plentiful with ripened crops and naturally occurring fruits such as blackberries, apples etc, the

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Pest Control Companies in Berkshire, Hampshire, and Surrey on Google

Pest Control Companies in Berkshire, Hampshire, Middlesex, South Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey on Google: Just because a pest control company shows up at the top of Google doesn’t mean it’s the best one! There are a number of reasons a pest control company will appear first on Google, but unfortunately, quality and standards of pest

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Seasonal Pest Control: Squirrels

Seasonal Pest Control: Squirrels: Grey Squirrels are a pest that although present all year round we get peaks of calls in the Autumn/early winter followed by another peak in the spring. The Autumn/early Winter peak is caused by squirrels looking for over wintering sites. Grey squirrels hoard food and may sleep for long periods during

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Seasons and Pests

Seasons and Pests: Pests, insect, bird, mammal and rodent change their behavior in accordance to the seasons. The main exception being bed bugs which seem to be steady all year round no matter what the weather or outside temperature. Not surprising really as they are an indoor pest only but the same could not be

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Types of Wasp & Fly Traps

Types of Wasp & Fly Traps: I have been running a test using different types of wasp traps and a fly trap. Initially the disposable Wasp Bag far outperformed the other types of traps, it even caught more flies than the Disposable Fly Bag trap which is designed to catch flies. As the weather has

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Cluster Flies Treatment

Cluster Flies Treatment: Cluster Flies, like Fleas and to a lesser extent wasps are an Autumn pest but unlike the other pests Cluster Flies are also a problem in the Spring when there emerge from hibernation. Cluster Fly calls into PEST UK start depending on the weather in mid to late September. This is the

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PROMPT,BASIS & BPCA

PROMPT,BASIS & BPCA: PEST UK is a member of PROMPT/BASIS & BPCA (The British Pest Control Association) as well as all technicians being members of the PROMPT/BASIS scheme. The BPCA’s criteria for being a member includes on going training and refresher courses. The PROMPT/BASIS scheme monitors this with a points system. This points system works

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British Pest Control Association (BPCA)

British Pest Control Association BPCA: PEST UK belongs toThe British Pest Control Association (BPCA). British Pest Control Association BPCA: The BPCA is the largest Pest Control Trade Organisation in the UK and represents mainly commercial pest control. It deals with the government on behalf of Pest Control Companies and promotes good practice from its members.

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Bed Bug Problems

Bed Bug Problems in Basingstoke, Reading, Newbury, Guildford and Farnham: Bed bugs seem to be a serious problem for a lot of people right now. At PEST UK we have seen a steady increase in bed bug infestations since 2003. Prior to that the bed bug population was on the decline, partly due to the

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Pigeon Spiking & Wires

Pigeon Spiking & Wires: Twenty years ago the most common way of preventing pigeons perching, nest building and roosting on ledges and gutters was pigeon wires. Unfortunately pigeons started to ignore the wires in areas of ‘high pressure’. What this means is that if there is a ledge available for them to roost at night

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Removing Wasp Nests

Removing Wasp Nests – Are they worth treating or removing in the Autumn?: It is said that the lifespan of a worker bee when they are working flat out is only six weeks. I am assuming this must be the same or similar for a wasp worker. I would also assume that this must be

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Is Removing a Wasp Nest Necessary?

Is Removing a Wasp Nest Necessary: Is there any need to remove a wasp nest? The answer to this question is ‘No’. Even if the nest is in an accessible place (i.e. not in a cavity wall) the nest should not be removed until all the wasps that are out working have returned, been contaminated

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Advertising a Pest Control Company

Advertising a Pest Control Company & Queen Wasps: Advertising a pest control company is a tricky business. Servicing companies like pest control that mainly rely on small value one off jobs that people may only use a few times in their life time can be tricky. Get it wrong and the company will not succeed.

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Wasp/Fly Traps

WaspFly Traps: One of the strange situations that is seen at this time of the year is holes in the ground with a mass of wasps buzzing round but no nest. This is the work of badgers. Badgers will dig up wasp nests and eat the grubs. They seem to eat virtually all of the

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