January 2014 | Pest UK

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Pest UK / 2014 / January

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Monitors for Bed Bugs

Non Toxic Chemical Free Monitors for Bed Bugs: Bed Bug infestations have increased dramatically in the past few years. Fifteen years ago we would only do one or two treatments a year but now we carry out several hundred treatments for Bed Bugs in a year.Bed Bug infestations often leave little or no trace, just

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Rats, Sewer Problems

Rats and Sewer Problems:We have a pest control contract for rats and mice at a school in Wokingham, Berkshire. They have had a rat problem at the site off and on for the last two years. When it first started I was asked to supply a second opinion as Stephen Tiller from PEST UK had

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Squirrels & Queen Wasps

Squirrels & Queen Wasps: We had a difficult situation today. Yesterday we set fen traps and poison in the loft of a block of flats for a Housing Association in Caversham, Reading, Berkshire for a reported squirrel problem.  Late last night a squirrel was caught in one of the fen traps. It was not ‘miss

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DIY Pest Control

DIY Pest Control, Wasps & Rodenticides : Many people try and carry out pest control themselves, some succeed but many don’t. I will tell a few instances. I was called out to a house in Caversham, Reading to deal with a wasp nest. When I arrived I was directed to the garden where there was

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Bed Bugs & Multiple Occupancy

Bed Bugs & Multiple Occupancy Premises: I have just booked up a Bed Bug job for a multiple occupancy house in Reading, Berkshire. There are five occupied bed sit type rooms. We have treated this house several times for Bed Bugs before, twice in November 2011, twice in February 2013 and once in September 2013.

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Bed Bugs, Who Pays?

Bed Bugs, Who Pays? Should Landlords Pay? Some Landlords will pay for Bed Bug treatments especially if the tenants have just moved in but many won’t using the excuse that the new tenants might have bought the Bed Bug infestation with them. Either way it is difficult to prove. We have just had a case

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Rabbit Gassing & Wasps

Rabbit Gassing & Wasps: Yesterday we did a quote for Rabbit Gassing. Fifteen years ago a high percentage of our time in the Winter and Spring was spent gassing rabbits. Not any more this work has become quite rare. I don’t really understand this, there seem to be as may rabbits around although this does

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Bees, Wasps & Hornets

Bees, Wasps & Hornets: It won’t be long before we start getting calls about bees and wasps. This normally starts with customers saying that they have got hornets when in fact they usually turn out to be Queen wasps emerging from hibernation. Their function is to find a nest site, build a nest, lay eggs,

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Ants Nest Problems?

Ants Nest Problems? At PEST UK call outs and enquiries for ants mainly happen in the Spring but when the weather is very mild Ant cal outs may start in late January. The actual number of Ant callouts and enquiries has diminished over the past five years. This may be that the Ants themselves are

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Women in Pest Control

Women in Pest Control by Jim Dunn of PEST UK: I was slightly taken aback when I found out that my new work colleague Mel was actually a woman, not a man, as it got me thinking that we are in fact a very male dominated profession. Back when I started in the business in

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Wasps, Squirrels & Rats

Wasps, Squirrels & Rats: Today (10/1/14) was the first cold day with sub zero temperatures we have had for a while. This has immediately brought a rush of rat enquiries at PEST UK. Calls into PEST UK regarding rats this Winter have been much lower than normal. As I have mentioned in a previous blog,

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Wasps in Winter

Wasps in Winter: There are no worker wasps around from January. It is not unusual for us at PEST UK to get called out to active wasp nests in December but this happens only when the weather is mild, with normal temperature Winters all the workers are dead by December. What are left are the

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Pest Control December & January

Pest Control December & January: December and early January are traditionally a slow months for pest control companies. Rat and mouse enquiries normally tend to increase in January but this hasn’t happened yet. There may be several reasons. The first is probably that it hasn’t been particular cold so rats or mice haven’t needed to

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Cockroaches

German, Australian & American Cockroaches: I was luck to be on holiday in Tenerife over Christmas and was unlucky enough to live with a cockroach infestation, both German, Australian and American. The larger Australian and American variety were less of a problem and were probably casual intruders from outside areas. These are more alarming than

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Rats & Mice After Storms

Rats & Mice After Storms: Some of you may notice a sudden infestation of rats and mice after the dreadful weather. This is not unusual, and there is not much you could have done to prevent it. The rain and wind will damage rodents’ natural nesting spots and force them to higher ground, including into

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DIY Pest Control Methods

DIY Pest Control Methods for rats, mice and squirrels: We regularly get information from courses we attend or just word of mouth that the general public are reluctant to use professionals to treat rodent infestations. Their motive could be due to the perception that it could be costly to use a professional for help or

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