PESTUK Reading East
Rick Pellen is our techninican for the Reading East (Lower Earley) area, this area usually refers to Whitley, Earley, Lower Earley, Woodley, Cemetery Junction, London Rd, The Wokingham Rd, Shinfield and Newtown. The counties main hospital The Royal Berks is within the area as is Reading University.
There are two railway lines running through Reading East one on its way to Waterloo and the other heading North to Paddington. These lines can provide Mice and Rats with food and cover from predators so premises nearby can be succeptible to incursions.
Earley also has a nature reserve with woods, lake and stream and the University has woods, lake and open space. We provide the pest control contract for the Nature reserve with the main pests being Rats and Mice in the area.
We provide contracts for many private homes and businesses, such as take aways and restaurants in the area of Reading East. Pests include: ants, cluster flies, cockroaches, bed bugs, fleas, rats, mice, squirrels, wasps & bees.
Wasps and Wasps Nests
If you see wasps entering a hole in the ground, wall, roof or any other part of a building between May and November then you may have a wasp nest. If you are getting unexplained nests in a room of the house this may point to a nest nearby. In Autumn as the days grow shorter wasps can get attracted to lights in buildings which they can confuse with sunlight.
If you have a hole do not be tempted to block it up as this will make them angry and aggressive but would not kill the nest, they will just find another entrance and may enter the house.
Nests are of a brown or grey colour and are constructed of a paper mache type material. If untreated a wasp nest will eventually die out, however before that the nest can produce approximately 100 fertile Queens who that would over winter, the insect form of hibernation, they could potentially start nests of their own the next year. Nests will become larger until around the end of Autumn and then the workers will have finished there job of maintenance of the nest and collection of food for the grubs and now will feed on rotting fruit. This makes them drunk and aggressive. Nests can stain ceilings and even eat through them in some instances.
We will treat the nest or the nest entrance with an insecticide called FICAM D which contains the chemical Bendiocarb 1% w/w. This modern biodegradable insecticide is not highly toxic to mammals, but is extremely so to the hymenopterous group of insects (Wasps, Bees and Ants). After the treatment the nest will remain in a hyperactive state for 2-3 hours, but can usually ceases much sooner. Keep people and pets away from the treated area until activity has ceased. Once the nest has been treated it will-
- A treated nest cannot ever be reused.
- A Wasp nest cannot move its location, once started it is there for the duration of its life (7-8 months), nor can Wasps move from one nest to another.
- All nests start in the Spring, never later than May but the expanding populations are not often noticed until much later in the year. The population expands from 1, when the nest starts up in the Spring, to around 10 000 in the Autumn.
The nest itself is made of a substance similar to paper mache and will not rot or smell, so it is safe and hygenic to leave in place. If you do decide to remove it, wait until at least 4 weeks after a treatment to ensure that any larvae that may have hatched after the Queen has died. In this period scratching may be heard from the nest but this will soon end.