Pest Control in Andover
To get rid of pests from your home or business premises in Andover call PEST UK 01264 541 160
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Pest problems we deal with
Mice and rats are prolific breeders year-round. The seek food and shelter in homes, restaurants, shops and offices, getting inside via the tiniest cracks or holes. Drains provide a perfect living environment for rats and they climb up through the pipes to enter a building.
Flies and cockroaches enter homes and business premises during the spring and summer in search of food. They are prolific breeders so an invasion of a couple of these pests soon becomes a huge infestation.
Bed bugs are very difficult to get rid of. People bring them into homes, offices and public places on their clothes or in their luggage. They can also be hidden in furnishings and clothing imported from abroad.
Fleas are brought inside by cats and dogs, and occasionally by humans on their clothes. They live in carpets and only move from the carpet to feed on animals or humans, leaving an itchy bite.
The larvae of clothes moths and carpet moths are massively destructive. A female moth lays up to 50 eggs which become larvae after a few days. They feed on wool and silk carpets, curtains, rugs and clothes. They are a problem year-round as centrally heated homes keep them active during the winter.
Birds such as gulls, pigeons and house martins roost and nest on buildings. They cause damage to roofs, solar panels and air conditioning units. Nesting materials block guttering and chimneys. They produce large amounts of droppings that smell unpleasant and are unsightly, carry diseases and corrode metals, stone and brick.
Solar panel proofing is a long-term solution to prevent pigeons roosting and nesting under the panels, preventing them causing damage that reduces their effectiveness.
Rodent proofing prevents rats, mice, squirrels, glis glis accessing a building. Ultimately it saves costs by stopping repeated call outs to pest control technicians to get rid of infestations.
Squirrels and glis glis find their way into loft spaces and cause lots of noise and damage by tearing up insulation and gnawing timber, pipes and wiring.
Wasps and honey bees often nest in chimneys, roof spaces and other cavities within buildings. Colonies can consist of thousands which are very noisy and if they’re disturbed they will sting.
Ants usually live in nests in the ground. They only invade properties in search of food, but they mostly travel in large numbers. Prevention is the best cure but because they can access a property via a tiny crack it is difficult to find how they’ve gained access.
Foxes are noisy and scream loudly at night, mark their territory with unpleasant scents and droppings, attack pets, dig up gardens and scavenge in bins. They carry disease such as mange which can be picked up by dogs and toxoplasmosis that causes blindness in children.
Ladybirds collect in huge numbers in the autumn to hibernate. They are a nuisance as there are so many of them and they secrete a yellow chemical which can stain walls, furniture and window frames
Rabbits cause damage to lawns and plants. It is a legal obligation that every occupier of land takes responsibility to prevent rabbits from causing damage.
Molehills usually appear in early winter and spring. This is when moles dig temporary shallow tunnels just below the surface of lawns and flowerbeds whilst searching for earthworms. They push up displaced soil in vertical tunnels which form the molehills.
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.
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