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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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Pest Control August Bank Holiday Weekend

Pest Control August Bank Holiday Weekend: We have had a few wasp calls this bank holiday weekend but not as many as expected as the weather was cloudy and  many people were away. Often it is the case that wasps are a nuisance in a garden or park and we at PEST UK get a

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From Snakes to Hamsters, we remove all pests!

From Snakes to Hamsters, we remove all pests!   I haven’t done a blog for a while as I have been very busy treating wasp nests, but I have done a few rather unusual call outs as well! Last week one of our clients near Maidenhead called us out to treat a number of wasp

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Autumn Pest Control Problems

Autumn Pest Control Problems: Wasps will still be the main pest problem in the Autumn for us at PEST UK. Bed Bugs will probably remain at the same level with an expected increase later in the year when the bed bugs brought back in holiday suitcases for hotels at home and abroad start to be

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Cat & Dog Fleas

Cat & Dog Fleas: The Summer Holidays are a time when at PEST UK we start to get an increase in flea call outs. It is towards the end of the Summer holidays when the calls peak. There are several reasons for this. The first is that the flea population starts to increase as the

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Madagascar Locust Disaster

Madagascar Locust Disaster: Just seen this article in the Guardian about the locust plagues in Madagascar and I must confess this is a job even PestUK couldn’t handle! Madagascar needs over  USD 41 million to save 1.5 million hectares (almost two-thirds of the country) of rice growing land before September 2013. Locusts eat the equivalent

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Bees & the Myth of their Demise

Bees & the Myth of their Demise : Rarely in the world of pest control is good news headlined in papers and the media. One example is rats. Although on the increase generally, wheelie bins in many areas have lead to a decrease in household refuse rat related problems but this decrease has been offset

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British Pest Control Association

The British Pest Control Association (BPCA): PEST UK is a full BPCA member and have been for over twenty years. This association, unlike many, actually inspects prospective and current members. At PEST UK we have just had an inspection. As well as looking at insurance, stores, vans and work methods the BPCA inspector goes out

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Slugs in Houses

Slugs in Houses: Stand by for a plague of slugs, gardeners warned: Pests sets to invade as the weather gets warmer We’re all looking forward to summer and lots of sunshine, ice-cream and perfect English gardens, but there are some less pleasant aspects of summer that we still have to deal with. One of these

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Cluster Flies

Cluster Flies: At last the weather has got slightly warmer. This brings insects out of hibernation. One of the first to make a difference to a pest control company are Cluster Flies. These flies gather in cavities to hibernate for the Winter. They are not feeding or breeding but are only interested in hibernating. As

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Squirrels, breeding & Trapping or Poison Treatments?

Squirrels, breeding & Trapping or Poison Treatments?: Normally at this time of the year squirrels have had their first litter (they normally have 2 litters a year but can have more if the conditions, usually enough food). This year we have not seen much evidence that they have had the litters. This is either that

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Pest Control Contract

Pest Control Contract: Most commercial premises have some kind of pest control contract in place to prevent vermin (rodent and insect) infestation. A pest control contract is where a pest control technician makes regular visits to a site to inspect preventative baits and monitors as well as checking for hygiene, proofing and other pest related

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UK Pest Calendar

UK Pest Calendar: Pests are with us all year round and we’ve put together this useful image to show you what to expect when! As you’d probably expect there is not a lot of pest activity during the dormant winter months, and then with spring approaching some pests start becoming more active.The types of pests

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Council Pest Control

Local Authority or Council Pest Control: Much has been made of the Government cutbacks effecting pest control services. I have had a lot of dealings with Council run pest control services, in fact I started my pest control career back in 1978 with Wokingham District Council. First I must point out that just because a

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Urban Foxes Are They Dangerous?

Urban Foxes Are They Dangerous?: Foxes are now a topical subject due to the recent ‘attack’ on a child by a fox. We have had more than the usual number of enquiries about foxes and yesterday actually set a fox trap in a garden and got called back twice due to the neighbour’s cat being

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Water Damage Caused by Squirrels

Water Damage Caused by Squirrels I was called out a few years ago to deal with a squirrel problem in a loft of a house in Lower Earley. It was a very cold Winters day. I arrived and the upstairs was a mess, the ceiling had caved in, there had been a flood, water had

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Pest Control and Hoarding

Pest Control and Hoarding: I have had some unusual situations with pest control and hoarding. I will tell you of one. A property maintenance firm (M & R Services, who are very good) called us out to have a look at a property in Berkshire that had a problem. It was a terrace house and

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Unusual Pests

Unusual Pests: Snakes, Bats, Scorpions, Minks, Hamsters: I am frequently asked “What is the most unusual pest you have dealt with?”. Like most pesties I have on a few occasions had to deal with snakes [actually a slow-worm], bats [protected of course], earwigs, pharoahs ants, spiders, foxes, and on two occasions, mink. However, my favourite

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Mole Catching

Last week we received a call from a lady in a rural location who was concerned about moles ruining her garden. There were easily 40 moles hills all over her lawn. Apparently the gardener had already tried to catch the mole but with no success, which was the reason that the problem had got so

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Pest Control Contracts

Pest Control Contracts Contracts are common place with food premises but surprisingly larger domestic premises also now require them. Contracts allow us to lay monitors, traps & in some circumstances poison bait down to inspect on the scheduled visits to check for rodent activity. The most important aspect though is the visit itself. This gives

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Bird Proofing

Recently we received an enquiry from a customer asking whether we could do something about pigeons roosting under solar panels he had recently installed on his roof at significant personal cost. There were several options available from us at PEST UK to deal with this type of problem. We are very experienced with doing bird

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Natural Predators for Pests

Natural Predators for Pests: Natural Predators The pests that trouble us the most, like bedbugs, fleas, ants and mice, should all have natural predators, but who are they and where are they now? There may be some insect predators for bed bugs and obviously rodents, birds and larger insects would eat them if they came

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Pests Season by Season

Household Pests Season by Season: Pest activity varies during different seasons. Below is a graph of  the typical activity of Household Pests – Season by Season   Please be aware that this list is by no means set in stone. Varying weather patterns such as a particularly hot summer will affect pest activity. Also, freak

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