Pest Control in Andover
How do I get rid of pests in Andover?
PEST UK are a fully insured, independent pest control company and offer a prompt response within 24-hours. Our professionally trained and qualified technicians follow the BPCA Codes of Best Practice. We provide safe, legal and effective pest control services for homes and business premises.
The office in Andover is run by Lewis Webber, one of our pest control technicians. The most common pest problems we deal with are ants, bees, bed bugs, fleas, rats, mice, squirrels, cockroaches, wasps & wasp nests, hornets, bird & pigeon proofing.
We have vast experience in controlling pests in a variety of commercial situations
- pubs, restaurants and hotels
- school, college and university buildings
- farms and stables
- housing estates and apartment buildings
We offer tailor-made pest control contracts for domestic and commercial premises. A contract provides the simplest way to proof against and deter pests. As a result you can avoid costly damage to your property and the spread of disease.
The historic market town of Andover is situated in the Test Valley in Hampshire on the River Anton, a tributary of the Test. It lies west of Basingstoke, 15 miles north north west of Winchester and north of Southampton. The town dates back to Saxon times, although most of the town’s buildings are from the 18th century as they were previously made of wood with thatched roofs and were ravaged by fires in 1141, 1435 and 1647.
Andover’s first mention in history is in 950 when King Edred is recorded as having built a royal hunting lodge there. In 962 King Edgar held a meeting of the King’s Council, a Witenagemot, at his hunting lodge near Andover.
A more important event in 994 was the Christian baptism of a Viking named Olaf Tryggvason. This baptism was part of a deal with the English king, Ethelred the Unready, whereby Olaf stopped ravaging England and returned home. He later became king of Norway and helped to convert his country to Christianity.
In the Domesday Book (1086) Andover had 107 adult male inhabitants and it’s estimated it had a total population of about 500 which indicates it was a relatively large settlement at that time. Andover also had six watermills which ground grain to flour to supply the residents with bread.
In 1175 King Richard I sold Andover a royal charter granting certain townspeople rights and forming a merchant guild which took over local governance. The members of the guild elected two bailiffs who ran the town. In 1201 King John gave the merchants the right to collect royal taxes. In 1256 Henry III gave the townspeople the right to hold a court and try criminals. Andover also sent MPs to the parliaments of 1295 and 1302–1307.
By the Middle Ages, Andover had grown into a small town and by the 14th century it probably had a population of about 1,200.
The main industry in Medieval times was wool and sheepskins were made into parchment for writing on. The annual sheep fair, Weyhill Fair, was held for four days and people would come from a wide area to trade. At its height in the 18th century, the fair had as many as half a million sheep for sale, alongside other types of livestock and commodities such as leather, cheese and hops. The novelist, Thomas Hardy, immortalised the fair as “Weydon Priors”. Street names in the area of the town where the fair was held are known as “Sheep Fair”. In 1599 the number of fairs was increased to three each year. There was also a leather industry and a lime-burning industry
In Tudor times, there were many leatherworkers including shoemakers, glovers, tanners, and saddle makers. Other trades included haberdashers, milliners, hat makers, drapers, weavers, fullers (who cleaned and thickened wool), and tailors. By the 16th century, there was also a silk-making industry.
During the 18th century, the wool industry in Andover declined and in the 19th century, it ceased altogether. The silk weaving industry also petered out. However Andover became a major stopping point on stagecoach routes due to its situation on the main road between east and west England. Eventually, more than 30 stagecoaches passed through the town every day on their way to London, Southampton and Oxford.
In 1813 the Tasker brothers founded the Waterloo Ironworks in Andover. By 1865, they made their first steam engine. and has continued to thrive today. After struggles at the beginning of the 20th century, the company began producing semi-trailers using steel rather than iron. By the end of the second world war they had delivered 4,000 recovery trailers able to carry an entire fighter aircraft, nicknamed the Queen Mary trailer. The company closed and the buildings were demolished in 1984. In the 20th century Andover gained a new industry, printing and by 1969, 24 new factories had been built in including engineering companies and Twinings tea and coffee producers.
Andover has two museums within the same building, one telling the story of the town and surrounding are and the other, the Museum of the Iron Age, which tells the story of nearby Danebury Ring, an Iron Age Hill Fort. For more information see www.hampshireculture.org.uk/andover-museum
Nearby areas of interest
Danebury Ring is an Iron Age Hill Fort. Evidence suggests that the Fort was built 2,500 years ago and occupied for nearly 500 years until the arrival of the Romans.
Some of the pests we deal with:
|Rats||You may see rats during daylight hours but they prefer to operate at night.|
|Ants||Worker ants will frequently enter dwellings foraging for food, particularly sweet substances.|
|Cockroaches||Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal so they are more likely to be seen at night.|
|Squirrels||The most common complaint about Squirrels is when they take residence in a loft space.|
|Mice||You may see, hear or smell a mouse problem or see other evidence such as burrowing in insulation or soil.|
|Wasps||Wasps are aggressive and will sting readily if they think the nest is in danger.|