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Pest Control as a Career

Pest Control as a Career PESTUK has recently appointed a trainee pest control technician, and we thought we’d include a little bit more information for anyone thinking of starting a career in pest control. Firstly, it is a varied and interesting job, and you never know what’s going to turn up next. It is also

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PEST UK & Operation Smile

PEST UK is a local pest control company servicing the South of England for both commercial and domestic pest control problems. In 2013 we decided that we would give 1% of our profits to charity. (or £400.00, whichever was greater) This decision was made because we wanted to give something back, it is good publicity

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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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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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Bird Proofing in Wokingham

 Recently at PestUK two of our technicians (Rick Pellen and Rick Null) have been completing some much needed bird proofing in Wokingham, Berkshire. Pictures of this are below. Having lived in Berkshire for over 25 years I was very familiar with the problem in this particular parade of shops, as pigeons have been fouling the

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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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Ladybirds & CRB checks

Ladybirds & CRB checks: At PEST UK we have had a busy start to February 2014. As well as an increase in rat and mouse enquiries we are due to start a substantial pigeon netting installation in Wokingham, Berkshire. Nick Browning of PEST UK has taken pictures of hibernating Ladybirds in a loft space. These

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Squirrels & Queen Wasps

Squirrels & Queen Wasps: We had a difficult situation today. Yesterday we set fen traps and poison in the loft of a block of flats for a Housing Association in Caversham, Reading, Berkshire for a reported squirrel problem.  Late last night a squirrel was caught in one of the fen traps. It was not ‘miss

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Women in Pest Control

Women in Pest Control by Jim Dunn of PEST UK: I was slightly taken aback when I found out that my new work colleague Mel was actually a woman, not a man, as it got me thinking that we are in fact a very male dominated profession. Back when I started in the business in

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Operation Smile & PEST UK

PEST UK are proud to support Operation Smile with a percentage of all profits being donated to help put a smile on the face of a child somewhere in the world. Operation Smile is an international children’s medical charity, working with a team of dedicated medical volunteers who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children

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False Widow Spiders

False Widow Spiders, Pest Control Contract & Thorid Flies: Recently we have had numerous enquiries regarding Steatoda nobilisvor False Widow Spiders. Most of these calls are just people panicking due to the media coverage. A few customers actually book up a treatment. Spider treatments are not unusual. Even though spiders are actually good to have

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Pigeon Spiking & Fire Gel

Pigeon Spiking & Fire Gel: We have recently carried out more bird proofing at Mercerdes Garage Bracknell using spikes as opposed to netting that we did under the ceilings of the car wash bays. This recent work was done on girders and tops of pillars. The spikes prevent perching and roosting by pigeons. Some of

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Fleas in a Derelict House

Fleas in a Derelict House: A Housing Association called us out to deal with a flea problem in Swindon. As you can see from the pictures this house was truly derelict. The problem was that fleas were biting the people sent in to clear the house. There are many problems dealing with fleas and other

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Pigeon Netting in Ascot Berkshire

Pigeon Netting in Ascot Berkshire: PEST UK is carrying out pigeon spiking on pillars and girders at the front of a prestigious Mercedes garage in Ascot. Pigeons are perching and roosting on the tops of the pillars are girders that support the roof. These will be spiked using metal pigeon spikes to prevent them from

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Hornets & False Widow Spiders

Hornets & False Widow Spiders: At PEST UK we like Hornets they are interesting insects and much less aggressive than wasps. The sting is meant to be more painful than a wasp sting due to the large amount of acetylcholine (5%). Like wasps and unlike bees, they can sting multiple times. They use their sting

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Pest Control: Restaurants

Hygiene & Pest Control: Restaurants: At PEST UK we have Pest Control Contracts in hundreds of restaurants. I often wonder just what the Environmental Health Departments are doing. I have seen a perfectly clean tidy restaurant forced to spend hundreds of pounds moving a sink yet some disgusting kitchens and stores. It is probably that

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Pest Control Companies in Berkshire, Hampshire, and Surrey on Google

Pest Control Companies in Berkshire, Hampshire, Middlesex, South Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Surrey on Google: Just because a pest control company shows up at the top of Google doesn’t mean it’s the best one! There are a number of reasons a pest control company will appear first on Google, but unfortunately, quality and standards of pest

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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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What Good do Wasps do?

What Good do Wasps do? This is a question that a surprisingly high number of people ask when we are treating wasp nests. All insects perform some function and wasps are no different – yes they can be an aggressive nuisance insect that stings and can be a potential hazard (many people die from wasp

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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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Bird Proofing in Reading

  One of the more unusual types of work carried out by myself at PestUK is known in the trade as ‘bird work’. Bird work usually refers to the job of installing different types of netting and spiking onto existing building or structures, usually to stop pigeons from fouling the area below. In my time

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Sad Situations: Pest Control

Sad Situations: Pest Control: Sometimes you come across people or animals that are cruelly kept or miserable. On one occasion in the late 80’s I went out to do a wasp nest in a block of flats in Winnersh (these flats are now demolished). As I waited at the door I noticed brown stains on

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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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