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Prices for Removing Wasps or Bees in a Chimney

Removing Wasp or Bee swarms or nests in a chimney can be difficult. Most pest control companies will not tackle these difficult jobs, it can be dangerous, more expensive to insure and takes 2 people with long ladders and roof ladders. In the case of bee swarms it may be that they can be treated

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Honey Bees in Chimneys

Like Bumble Bees, Honey Bees have been making a come back in the past few years. The increase has not been as dramatic as the increase in Bumble Bee nests but they have been increasing. This may be down to the increase in people keeping Honey Bees. The way new nests are formed is different

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Wasp Nests for June 2014

At PEST UK we have done (so far at the time of writing on 30/6/14) 134 wasp nests. Last June we did 163. Our turnover was much higher this year than last year this is due to the increase in Bee and other jobs. We posted a video of Rick Pellen who is PEST UK’s

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Mouse Infestation At House Near Guildford Surrey

Recently I treated a mouse infestation at a house near Guildford in Surrey. The Lady was clearly alarmed by the mice, although it was not until I actually looked around the house that she realised quite how many mice were in fact present! After I showed the lady the problems, she still seemed quite concerned,

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Ant Infestations

Ant Infestations: This past month have been our busiest April ever at PEST UK. Ants, especially in the latter part of the month have been the pest that has increased the most. As ants come out of hibernation they will forage inside as it is warmer. They may come out of hibernation early if the

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Bees Nests

Bees Nests: Most of the calls we are getting at the moment are for bees. The warm weather had meant an influx of jobs, the majority of them being bees. For the first time this year we took over 25 jobs (yesterday) in a day.All of the wasp nest reported have been Mason Bees except

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Wasps in Spring

Due to the recent warm weather at PEST UK we are getting dozens of calls about wasps. The main feature of these calls are people saying they have Wasps, Hornets, Bees, Queen Bees or Bees coming out of their lofts. Customers even find these (they are in fact usually Queens) then look in the loft,

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Wasps & Bees

This is the most important time of the year for the Queen Wasp and Bumble Bees. The weather in the next 12 weeks will decide on the population levels of these insects in the Summer ahead. This factor can make or break pest control companies as the financial implications are enormous. The life cycles of

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Councils & Pest Control

Spring Weather, Councils & Pest Control: The weather has improved and already the number of calls to PEST UK for Ladybirds, Cluster Flies, Bees and Squirrels have increased. The Ladybird call outs have increased from previous years and in fact we are getting more calls for Ladybirds than we are for Cluster Flies. These are

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Sewer Valves, Wasps & Bees

Sewer Valves, Wasps & Bees: One of the questions we get asked at PEST UK concerning rat infestations in houses is: Where are they getting in? How do I stop them in the future? If the house is part of a terrace or a block then this makes finding the entry point(s) difficult. Rats may

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Pest Control in Spring

Pest Control in Spring: Spring is nearly here and the weather is certainly warmer and this brings Cluster Fly enquiries, complaints about squirrels in lofts, reports of hornets, queen wasps and queen bumble bees emerging from hibernation. The call outs for rats and mice has already decreased but is slowly being replaced by these other

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Hibernating Wasps & Bees

Hibernating Wasps & Bees: Soon PEST UK will be selling more pest control products to the public. We don’t really like to do this as we  believe that, in most cases it is better that pest control is left to professionally trained people. The reason for this is that we see many so many DIY

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Wasps & Hibernation

Wasps & Hibernation: Mel (she is our only lady pest control technician) got us to write to one of her customers, she had told them verbally and written on the pest control report (that we leave with every contract customer) but she was so concerned about this issue that she wanted a letter as well.

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Bees & Wasps in Lofts

Bees & Wasps in Lofts: On Saturday I saw a Queen Bumble Bee flying about at Tilehurst Station. This is very early even for Bumble Bees and not good news for Bumble Bees unless the weather stays mild and the rain stops! The daly emergence from hibernate is often triggered by lid weather. Temperature is

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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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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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Fox Deterrents: BBC article

Fox Deterrents: BBC article: Foxes are in the news again, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24563919 The article goes into the history of foxes first moving into towns, this was in the 1940’s and first recorded in Bristol. It also looks at why culling foxes may be a waste of time due to the fact that once a territory

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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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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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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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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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Wasp & Bumble Bee Nests Cannot Move

Wasp & Bumble Bee Nests Cannot Move: One of the common complaints we get regarding wasp nests is that the customer phones up to say “The wasps have moved, they moved from the area you treated to the other side of the house”. Wasp nests cannot move. What has happened is that the wasp nests

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Wasp Nests In Berks, Oxon, Hants, Surrey & Bucks

Wasp Nests In Berks, Oxon, Hants, Surrey & Bucks: At PEST UK we are now experiencing the types of calls we normally would receive in early May. A lot of calls for wasps but once the technician attends these are usually found to be bees. We have had small wasp nests but these are rare

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Grey Squirrels

Grey Squirrels: When we say the word “Squirrel” it immediately conjures up images of Beatrix Potter like figures, all warm and cosy and fairytale like. Unfortunately the reality is often very different, and squirrels can be a real problem for some people. There are people who actively encourage squirrels by feeding them.  In other cases

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Calls for Wasp Nests, Bees and Ants

Calls for Wasp Nests, Bees and Ants: At PEST UK we are getting many calls in our area (Berkshire, South Oxfordshire, Surrey, South Buckinghamshire and North Hampshire) for people saying they have a wasp nest. At this time of the year this is rarely the case. If they have any wasp(s) it will be a

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Honey Bees

Honey Bees: No one likes to kill bees and at PEST UK we will always try and move them where possible. Bees are not protected as some people believe. In fact honey bees are a semi domesticated species. Although not officially protected they (Honey Bees) may only be treated as long as there is no

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Bed Bugs in England

Bed Bugs in England: Bed Bugs are a pest that 10 years ago were rare in our service area (Berkshire, North Hampshire, South Oxfordshire, South Buckinghamshire & Surrey), so rare that we would only carry out 1 or 2 jobs a year, recent years have produced between 200 to 300 bed bug jobs per year.

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