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The Difference Between Rats and Mice

The Difference Between Rats and Mice Hearing scurrying noises at night, or seeing signs of damage to food stuffs and you home? Strong smells coming from the loft or a new extension. These are some of the signs of a rodent problem. The difference between rats and mice can be hard to spot but here

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Ants in May

Ants in May PESTUK receive a large amount of call about ants in May. They will have been found in peoples kitchens and other areas of the home as well as spotted in gardens in large numbers. they are attracted to sweet food stuffs and finding one nest will not always solve the problem. they

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Top May Pests

Top May Pests As April passes and we are now in Spring proper we are receiving more calls. Gardens are being used more frequently now and the days staying light later means people are coming more and more into contact with pests. The top May pests dealt with by PESTUK are as follows- Squirrels Common

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What Bugs Come out in Spring?

What Bugs Come out in Spring? With the weather becoming warmer some of the UK’s insects are now becoming more active. So what bugs come out in spring? These include ants, bees, queen wasps and caterpillars. Ants The worker ants will frequently enter dwellings searching for food, in particular sweet substances. While they are not

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What Smells Attract Rodents?

What Smells Attract Rodents? Having rats or mice in your home or garden can be a stressful thing to deal with. They cause damage with their constant gnawing. They leave faeces and urine everywhere they travel, used as scent marking, and can carry diseases.  But what smells attract rodents? Listed below are a number of

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Pest Control for Gardens and Allotments

Pest Control for Gardens and Allotments The country’s biggest celebration of gardening runs from Monday 29 April – Sunday 5 May 2019. It is the nation’s biggest celebration of gardening and helps raise awareness of the difference that gardening can make to everyone in the UK. Gardening can inspire the next generation of gardeners, and help them

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Pest Prevention Spring Cleaning Tips

Pest Prevention Spring Cleaning Tips With the arrival of warm weather brings with it a renewed energy needed to tackle home improvements and general upkeep. Take advantage of this and maintain a healthy living environment for your family and prevent pests from infesting your home this spring. As part of your spring cleaning we recommend being

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Insects That Bite

Insects that bite Have you come across an unexplained red, sore or itchy lump on your body? This may be a bite from one of a small number or insects found in the UK. Insects that bite include Fleas, Bedbugs and Mites. Below will be a description of each and how we treat them. Fleas

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Easter and Bank Holiday Opening Hours

Easter and Bank Holiday Opening Hours PESTUK work 7 days of the week and our phone lines are answered by a person and never by a machine 24 hours a day. Many pest control companies do not work weekends or bank holidays, however we do. PESTUK Easter and bank holiday opening hours are as follows- Bank

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What Are Silverfish and How Do You Get Rid of Them?

What are silverfish and how do you get rid of them? We are often asked what are silverfish and how do you get rid of them? Silverfish are cigar-shaped, silvery grey wingless insect around 1 cm long. They are found in damp areas commonly in kitchens and bathrooms. They are nocturnal in their habits, they

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Top 5 April Pests

Top 5 April Pests As April and Spring are approaching us more calls are made to us at PESTUK. People are going out into their gardens again and the days last longer so people are outside more and more as the weather improves. The top 5 April pests are as follows- Ants The worker ants

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What Are ‘Pantry Pests’ and Why Do You Get Them?

What are ‘pantry pests’ and why do you get them? Pantry pests, also known as “Stored Product Pests”, are a group of insects with an appetite for dried and processed food products that are stored in homes and restaurants. Products that can be infected will include: flours, cereal, dry pasta, dry pet food, powdered milk,

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How Do Pigeons Spread Diseases?

How do pigeons spread diseases? The problems that nesting birds cause include smells, a build up of droppings which can block gutters and drains, noise and general nuisance. They are also possible of causing health problems. Pigeons spread diseases via their droppings. These diseases can include- psittacosis which is a flu like disease, also known as parrot

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Bedbugs in Hotels

Bedbugs in hotels Bedbugs in hotels are a common problem throughout the year. More so at times of high seasonal activity. Customers can suffer from painful bites on exposed skin during the night. This can lead to complaints and loss of business for hotel companies and owners of smaller hotels. What are bedbugs? Bed bugs

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Top 5 March Pests

Top 5 March Pests PESTUK deal with many pests throughout the month. The majority of work is still rodent related, including rats, mice and squirrels. However the top 5 March pests are- Rats Rats carry diseases, they can start fires & cause other damage by chewing through cables. They kill other wildlife and an infestation

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PESTUK work weekends

PESTUK work weekends Many pest control companies across the country do not work weekends or a limited number of hours. Some companies/ individuals  do not even work full hours during the week. PESTUK work weekends and from 8am to 6pm in winter and 8am to 7pm summer months. PESTUK was established in 1985 by our

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Can Bugs Survive the Winter?

Can bugs survive the winter? Now Winter is seemingly behind us, there’s one question on a lot of our minds. Can bugs survive the Winter? The answer is yes, however there are a number of ways that they do so. Some will have laid eggs that will hatch once the temperatures increase enough for them.

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Ants in March

Ants in March This is the time of year when ants become noticeable and we will begin receiving calls from customers asking for help. Worker ants will enter dwellings foraging for food, in particular sweet substances. While ants are not a risk to human health, they can be present in large numbers to be a nuisance.

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How to Get Rid of Clothes Moths

How to get rid of clothes moths Finding strange holes in your clothes and/or your carpets? This is damage caused by clothes moths or carpet moths. If not treated properly or straight away their numbers can increase and cause more damage. How to get rid of clothes moths is a commonly asked question this time

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What Pests to Expect in Spring

What pests to expect in Spring As temperatures begin to rise and flowers begin to flourish and bloom again, pests become more active as well. Below PESTUK give you a list of what pests to expect in Spring and how we can deal with them for you. Ants Worker ants frequently enter homes foraging for

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Fogging Lofts for Wasps

Fogging lofts for wasps A spot of spring cleaning or a mysterious random wasp in a room of the house could lead to the discovery of wasps at your home. Especially in the early spring. Fogging lofts for wasps can often times be the best solution at this time of year where a large nest

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Queen Wasps

Queen Wasps As spring approaches the new Queen wasps now begin to emerge from their over wintering nests in search of a site to build their own colony nest.  Wasps are classified as members of the order Hymenoptera. This means “membraneous wings”; all stinging insects belong to this group. In the UK, we mainly get common

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Cluster Flies in Spring

Cluster Flies in Spring Cluster Flies in Spring are dark grey flies about 8mm long with yellowish hairs on their backs with overlapping wings. In autumn they will congregate in large numbers in upper rooms or roof spaces of houses to hibernate. They then reemerge in Spring to look for egg laying sites outside.  They are

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Is Pest Control Necessary in the Winter?

Is Pest Control Necessary in the Winter? Is pest control necessary in the winter? the answer is a very resounding yes. With the nights long and dark, temperatures are low or freezing. Surely insects and rodents have all died off and won’t be a bother?  Sadly this is not the case. Rats, mice and squirrels

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Why Would a Restaurant Have Cockroaches?

Why Would a Restaurant Have Cockroaches? Nothing can ruin your appetite quicker than spotting a cockroach on the floor of a restaurant or takeaway that you have just walked into.  To see them on a night out with friends or loved ones is bad news for yourself, the manager and the owner of the restaurant

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February Pests

February Pests Some pests prefer warmer summer months, others thrive when the weather turns cold and the nights draw in. It is important to be aware of what pest can invade your residential or commercial property throughout the year. February pests that can cause damage and distress are as follows- Rats, you may suffer the

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Are All Insects Pests?

Are All Insects Pests? A commonly asked question by some of our customers. Not all insects are pests, some are beneficial. These helpful insects include- bees and other pollinators of flowers and crops, ladybirds and beetles eat aphids and other insects that feed on and damage plants. Of those that are considered pests PESTUK can

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How Do Mosquitos Survive the Winter?

It is unlikely that you will be seeing mosquitos at this time of year, it will most likely be a gnat. Mosquitos can survive till the next warm season though. So, how do mosquitos survive the winter? Differences between gnats and mosquitos Gnats have transparent wings and long legs like a mosquito. They will swarm

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Cockroaches in the Winter

Cockroaches are distinguished by their long whip-like antennae, flat oval bodies and rapid, jerky walk. Adult German Cockroaches are light yellowy/brown and range in size from 10 to 15mm long. The Oriental Cockroach is a dark brown/black and is 20 to 24mm long. Nymphs, the immature stages of development look exactly the same as the

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Pests in January

January is typically a slow month for pest control. Insect problems are not as prevalent, except for bedbugs which are not a seasonal pest. The most common pests in January are rodents, such as rats, mice and also squirrels. They will be heard or seen entering lofts or gardens looking for nesting areas and for

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