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A horsefly bite is very painful | How can I get rid of horseflies?

When is a horsefly most active? Horseflies are more active during the summer months and the recent heatwave with its hot, sunny days and no wind has been perfect for them. They’ve been busy biting people, probably because people have been outside more exposing their skin. Horsefly bites are very painful. They can develop into

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Why Are There So Many Flying Ants?

What are flying ants? Flying ants are just normal ants with wings. Although they can be irritating, they are actually harmless. In the UK there are one quadrillion ants (that’s 16 zeros) – more than one million ants per person. Several species of ants are common in this country, and most of them fly and

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How Do Bed Bugs Spread During Summer?

How do bed bugs spread during summer? Over the next few weeks as people return from holiday they may find they’ve brought bed bugs home with them. Infestations frequently occur in bedrooms that lots of people have used, typically where holidaymakers stay. And during the summer months, the bugs breed more as it’s hot.  

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Jackdaw Rescued After Falling Down Chimney

Jackdaws nest in chimneys which can be a common problem as there are over 1.4 million pairs of jackdaws in the UK. The jackdaws build their nests by pushing twigs down into the chimney pot until they are wedged tight. This can take a huge amount of twigs as lots fall down the chimney before

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Starving Rats Forced to Move Out of Town Centres by Covid Lockdown

PESTUK technician Grzegorz Michalik has seen a 20% increase in call-outs to get rid of rats in people’s homes and gardens during the last 12-months. He covers Oxford, Banbury, Buckingham, Daventry, Northampton, Bicester, and Brackley. Why has there been an increase in the UK rat population? In 2020 the UK rat population grew by 25%

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Problems Caused by Gulls Nesting Under Solar Panels

Gulls nesting under solar panels have become a huge problem The number of gulls living in towns and cities has been rapidly increasing over the last 10-years. They have an easy supply of food from the food waste discarded on the streets and from scavenging in landfill sites. Nesting on the roofs of office blocks

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Clothes And Carpet Moth Treatment And Prevention

Clothes and Carpet Moths can wreak havoc in the home, destroying clothing, rugs, carpets and curtains. We field many calls regarding the prevention and treatment of moths. Prevention should always be a first and foremost measure, but often treatment is required. If not controlled they can increase in number incredibly quickly, furthering damage which can

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Raccoon Dogs – What Are They And Why Do They Pose A Threat?

What Is A Raccoon Dog? Whilst the word raccoon appears in their title, raccoon dogs are actually members of the canid (dog) family. They are indigenous to East Asia and are omnivores, feeding on birds, rodents and amphibians. They do not bark, but growl and whine. Are there raccoon dogs in the UK? Possibly in

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How To Deal With A Swarm Of Bees

At present we are dealing with an increasing number of calls regarding how to deal with a swarm of bees. Swarming is predominantly a spring or early Summer phenomenon in the UK. Garages, sheds and chimneys are all favourite locations for swarming bees. While mostly harmless, the possible numbers involved can be unnerving due to

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Ants Are Entering My Home, How Can I Stop This?

As the weather warms, are ants entering your home? It’s that time of the year again whereby ants become more prevalent in and around the home. With the colder winter months behind us, all manner of creatures awaken on the lookout for food and harbourage. There are over three dozen species of ants in the

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Are you attracting pests to your home without realising?

Are you attracting pests to your home without realising? There are a number of things you might be doing that are attracting pests to your property and as a result, can create a serious infestation in your home unless changes are made. Many infestations can be treated however some are a lot harder to eradicate

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Pests to avoid when moving house

Pests to avoid when moving house Moving to a new home can be an exciting experience for you and your family. However, it can also open up the perfect opportunity for many pests. Whether you’re escaping a previous pest issue that you don’t want to take with you or anxious about any unwanted visitors in

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What pests does your rubbish attract?

Almost all pests are constantly looking for their next food source. And for some, their closest and most convenient is your rubbish. As well as a hearty meal, your rubbish could be providing a new nesting spot for many pests too. Pests benefit from commercial property waste too. Restaurants, takeaways and supermarkets regularly throw away

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What is the difference between urban and rural foxes?

What is the difference between urban and rural foxes? As one of the most recognisable wild animals in Britain, foxes typically lived in rural areas, but since the 1930s, they have increasingly moved into our towns and cities. Both urban and rural foxes, depending on where you live, can cause a nuisance. Both are loud,

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The worst pests in London

The worst pests in London The capital of the UK, with a population of over 9,000,000, London is a hot spot for pests. Densely populated with both commercial and domestic properties, it’s no wonder London is so prone to infestations.  But what are the most common, and worst, pests to face in the ‘Big Smoke’?

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Pests in Student Accommodation

The start of the new academic year was slightly different for new and returning university students in 2020. Students in halls and rented accommodation had to adjust to new rules and regulations as a result of the impact of Covid-19. With many students restricted to their student accommodation and attending virtual classes, university houses and

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Protecting Children and Pets When Treating for Pests

Protecting Children and Pets When Treating for Pests As a parent or pet owner, we know the safety of your loved ones is your top priority. Keeping your family and pets safe during a pest control treatment is important to us too. That’s why the products and methods we use ensure that your children and

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Why London is crawling with rodents?

They say in London you are never more than 6 feet from a rat. While this may not be strictly true, the likelihood of bumping into a rat in London is fairly high. But what about mice? Well, if you happen to be passing through a tube station there’s actually more chance of encountering a

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Wasps, Bees and Hornets – What’s the difference?

With warmer temperatures and longer days, the summer months are often met with a surge in flying insects. More often than not, it’s the black and yellow striped insects buzzing around your garden – but would you know the difference between wasps, bees and hornets if you saw one? The three insects may look similar

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The rat explosion during lockdown

At PESTUK we have seen a huge increase in rat infestations since the beginning of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) lockdown. More of our technicians are getting called out to treat an explosion of rat infestations. But why is this happening?   The Lack of Pest Services Usually, pest management companies throughout the UK control several thousands

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Is a squirrel infestation really that bad?

Scratching noises in your loft or attic? Evidence of droppings? An increased presence of squirrels in the garden? Your house may be home to a squirrel infestation. Although squirrels may look cute and seem harmless, they can cause considerable damage to your home. Squirrel infestations are often found in loft spaces. They are very noisy

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Do I still need a pest control contract if my business is closed?

COVID-19 and Pest Control Contracts The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to the closure of many commercial premises. This includes bars, restaurants, takeaway shops, pubs, and cafés. Because of this, many customers have asked to postpone upcoming visits or even cancel their pest control contracts all together. We do not recommend this. We cannot express enough

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Does DIY pest control work?

Forced to stay at home during the current lockdown, many people are getting round to doing odd jobs around the house. Some attempting to control pests themselves. Whether it be through purchasing insecticides online or making home-made mouse traps, people are turning to DIY pest control in these difficult times. Here at PESTUK, we have

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What is Weil’s Disease and what happens if I get it?

What is Weil’s Disease? Weil’s Disease, more formally known as Leptospirosis, is a potentially fatal waterborne disease. It is caused by harmful bacteria found in the urine of rodents, cattle, and pigs. This bacteria is often found in ponds, rivers, puddles, sewers, agricultural fields, and moist soil. The risk of Weil’s Disease is heightened after

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The link between stockpiling and pests

At PESTUK, we’ve seen a surge of rat treatment requests over the last few weeks. Newspapers have reported a rise in the rodent population due to increased hoarding of food, coupled with delayed bin collections. Pest infestations are on the increase. The COVID-19 (coronavirus) panic buying and stockpiling of supermarket goods could be the reason why.

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Pests won’t stop for Coronavirus, so what happens next?

The Pest Explosion during & after the Coronavirus Crisis An absence of pest control during the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic could result in catastrophic consequences. So why isn’t our government considering pest control an essential service?   Rats & Mice Every day pest control companies throughout the UK control several thousands of rodents every week. As a

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Can pests spread coronavirus?

Can pests spread coronavirus? The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected many lives in recent months. We have seen a rise in cases in the UK and over 10,000 deaths worldwide. In recent weeks, efforts to stop the spread have caused a great disturbance to the UK. For instance, the disruption of transport, cancellation of sports and

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Is pest control bad for the environment?

Pest Control and the Environment Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time. The human impact on global warming is a topic that has repeatedly come to the fore of both scientific and social discussion over the past ten years. In 2013 the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) produced a

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Coronavirus: A message from PESTUK

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Amid the uncertainty surrounding the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to take the time to reach out and reassure you of some of the actions we are taking as a result of the ensuing pandemic.   What are we doing? Pest control and sufficient hygiene standards go hand in hand. At PESTUK, we

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What does snow mean for pests? 

Parts of the UK have been subject to snow, sleet and heavy rain in the past few weeks. This in turn has caused flooding, disrupted transport systems and forced many pests to seek shelter in buildings. While it is usual in Winter to see a rise in rodents entering our homes, the recent extreme weather

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