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Rats and Mice at Winter

Rodents and Homes. At PESTUK we know this time of year can lead to an increase of rat and mice activity within homes. The colder weather can make our homes an inviting destination for Rats and Mice. People are also more likely to feed birds in the cold weather which can attract rats and mice

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Rats in May

Rats are a more common this May than they have been in previous years. There are several reasons why we are seeing an increase in rats in May. One reason for the increase of rats in May is bird feeding. Birds are messy feeders and will peck at fat balls, peanut and seed feeders, spilling

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Mice in February

Mice in February Calls from domestic and business premises concerning mice in February have been on the increase this month. Normally there would be a surge of pest control enquiries concerning mice in late Autumn and early Winter but probably due to this years exceptionally warm Winter weather this hasn’t been the case. This does

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Mice Pests

Mice Pests Are Mice pests? People seem to tolerate mice more than rats. In fact some people will not bother to control mice but would be horrified if they had rats and would get a pest control company in straight away if they had a rat infestation. Mice carry most of the same diseases that

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Rats in February

Rats in February At PEST UK we have received a lot of calls concerning rats in February. Although we carry out rat and other pest control treatments in Berkshire, Middlesex, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire & West London we are getting a lot of calls about rats in February in the Hounslow area. In ‘normal’ years

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Rats in Basingstoke

Rats in Basingstoke I recently visited the Pelgar Rodent Training Faciliy in North Hampshire. PestUK are a BPCA registered company which proves that we are not cowboys, and are professionally trained pest controllers. At this rat training facility there are the most rats in basingstoke. Hundreds of rats are kept in pens.The rats behaviour is

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Rats in Lofts

Rats in Lofts Rats in lofts are a common problem. Rats in lofts can cause fires by chewing through electrical wires, cause floods by chewing through water pipes, contaminate water tanks with urine, droppings and dead rat bodies, they carry disease and make a lot of noise. How do Rats in Lofts get there? Rats

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Rats in Sewers

Rats in Sewers Rats in sewers are a cause of quite a high percentage of rat problems in houses and businesses. A breach in a sewer may not always be picked up by a camera survey and in some cases the sewer will function as normal. Occasionally stones, earth and other debris may be seen

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Rats, Mice & Squirrels

Rats, Mice & Squirrels: Now the warmest December ever has ended and January has started at last to get colder and this will at last bring an influx of Rats, mice & squirrels into buildings. PEST UK have many rural pest control contracts where we have static preventative bait points and this Winter these bait

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Rodents

Rodents: It has been a while since I did a blog so I thought it was long due that I started doing it again. Rodents in Lower Earley Today I carried out a follow-up visit for a rat treatment that i started just before christmas. When carrying out rat treatments (or mice treatments), it is

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Rats

Rats By Harry (who works at PEST UK) Since I have started working at PEST UK, I have learned the ways in which Rats are dealt with by our technicians. Furthermore, I have learned that they must eat 1/4 of their own body weight in Sakarat (bait) to be affected. There are a few differences

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Rats & Mice Are Back!

Rats & Mice Are Back! Now that we are in the winter in pest control we see a change in the pests that our technicians are out treating. We see the change from all the wasps and bees that dominated the summer season to the infamous rats and mice. There is a reason for this

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Rats/Mice/Squirrels/Lofts

Rats Mice Squirrels Lofts: At last the weather is turning colder and whenever this happens it generates pest control problems with rats, mice and squirrels, especially in lofts and atics. Rats and Mice Both rats and mice don’t like the cold. Although they will tolerate the cold and both rats and mice will adapt to

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Loft Insulation Contaminated by Rodents

Most rodent infestations in buildings occur in loft spaces. This means that potentially the loft insulation is contaminated with rodent faces and urine which leaves a high risk of many types of diseases, some of which can be fatal. There is also the issue of smell. You don’t want to risk your health every time

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Rats in Gardens

The majority of our domestic call outs involving rats are in gardens and most of them are caused by feeding either birds, squirrels, foxes or domestic animals. Rats by their nature live from other animals – they find it hard to compete in a completely ‘natural’ environment where they have to compete with other animals

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Rats in a Waste Recycling Plant

We have started works at a waste re cycling plant in Reading, Berkshire with a severe rat problem. Although quite modern the plant is heavily infested with rats. This is mainly down to ineffective control by the previous pest control contractor. They have put plenty of rat baits and boxes down but most in the

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Mice

Mice carry the same diseases as rats. People die form Wiels disease every year but some people regard mice as acceptable. They are not, they are vermin, a health hazard and as with rats they can chew through wires and can be the cause of fires and electrical short circuits. I have been to several

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How Do I Stop Rats or Mice from Getting into My Kitchen and Bathroom?

In a lot of cases blocking & tracing the rodents entry into a building externally is not possible so proofing internally is the answer. This (proofing internally) is the only practical solution in most cases involving flats, terraced, semi detached houses or properties where the entry points may be undetected, sub terrenean or beyond control

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Rats in Chicken Coops

Anyone who keeps chickens knows the potential problems of rats in chicken coops – and not just rats, mice too! If you keep chickens you need to be very careful that you take every precaution to ensure that there is not an increase of rats and mice in your area. Many chicken keepers will tell

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Sewer Valves – Rat Prevention

Mel (PEST UK’s only lady technician) recently fitted a sewer valve and took photo’s to demonstrate how they work. These valves are a cheap alternative to digging up a sewer to fix a breach. In fact the price of the supply and fitting of a sewer valve can be cheaper than the price to put

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Resistance to Rat Poisons in Berkshire

We have just encountered an area of resistance to the rat poisons Difenacoum and Bromadiolone at a research centre in Compton Berkshire. Although one of the larger ‘local’ pest control companies in the supposedly hot bed of resistance that is Berkshire, at PEST UK we rarely get problems. One of the reasons is that we

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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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Rat Damage: Car

Rick Null of PEST UK has a pest control contract at a large garage in Newbury, Berkshire. A customer bought their Honda car in for repair. Mice had got into the car and chewed the wiring causing an incredible £8000.00 of damage. The car had been stored in a shed. The owners of the car

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Mutant Rats

Mutant Rats: So says the front page of the Daily Star. This follows a ‘story’ of a 16 inch rat that supposedly chewed it’s way into a family home in Sweden. There is a picture of a large rat caught in a rat trap. The caption reads: The giant rat was caught in a big

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Rats, Mice & Flooding

Rats, Mice & Flooding: The recent spate of storms and flooding has taken its toll not just on humans! Small animals, including rats, mice and squirrels have had their homes destroyed and are also looking for safe dry places to live.They also have been pushed out of there homes. Rat and mouse infestations in and

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Wasps & Rats in Flats

Wasps & Rats in Flats: We were called out today to remove a wasp nest is a house. At this time of year any wasp nests will be occupied. Dormant is the wrong word to use as a wasp nest is never re used. It is not uncommon for a new nest to be built

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weil’s disease

Weil’s disease & flooding: Leptospirosis, also known as Weils disease, is a potentially fatal waterborne disease that can be found in stagnant water after floods. Weil’s disease is caused by bacteria found in the urine of rodents, cattle and pigs. It can also be referred to as mud fever, swamp fever, swineherd’s disease and sewerman’s

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Rats, Chickens & Rabbits

Rats, Chickens & Rabbits: Melissa Aino (our only lady pest control technician) was called out to a rat job. She has taken photo’s while she is there. She is currently carrying out a riddance program and once successful the customer is going to have an annual pest control contract. The pictures show that this site

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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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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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