Pest Control in Lambourn
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- farms and stables
- housing estates and apartment buildings
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.
Lambourn is a large village and parish in West Berkshire, north of the M4 between Swindon and Newbury. After Newmarket it is the second largest centre of racehorse training in England. Pests commonly dealt with in the area are rats and mice, wasps and bees and cockroaches. All handled by our fully trained and competent technicians, and PEST UK is a BPCA member providing trusted skilled pest control measures to all situations and properties. From homes to shops and restaurants.
Lambourn was first mentioned historically in the 9th century in the time of Alfred The Great. There are even suggestions he was born in Lambourn. This has not been proven, however he did own land in the area which was left to his wife upon his death.
In the 13th Century a charter was granted to allow a market and 2 sheep fairs to be held a year.
In Upper Lambourn there is the Seven Barrows, which is in fact over thirty Bronze Age burial mounds forming a large prehistoric cemetery. On a line west of Seven Barrows is the Long Barrow, which dates from 4000 BC making it 2,000 years older than the other barrows. Sadly it has been half destroyed by ploughing and only the mound in the woods and a few sarsen, or sandstone blocks remain.
Lambourn is most famously known for its over 30 training establishments for horses. Baron William Craven the 3rd was a Racehorse owner and breeder. In 1727 he started the Wantage Racehorse Meetings at his property on the Letcombe Downlands. In 1731 he started the Lambourn Racehorse meetings on his property near Ashdown House on Bailey Hill Downlands.
The first stables were at the Red Lion Inn opposite the church, which is now flats, and at Lambourn Stables, now called Kingswood House Stables. The well drained, spongy grass, open downs and long flats have made Lambourn ideal for training racehorses and it became a fashionable training centre. Lord Rothschild has his stables at Russley Park in Wiltshire and like Lord Craven his horses practised on the gallops at Lambourn.
In 1898 Lambourn grew to its present size with the addition of the Lambourn Valley Railway as horses could only attend local meets or walk the 15 or so miles to Newbury. With the advent of this method of transport the horses could be transported to more meets and further away.
Over 1,500 horses are stabled in the area and it has now become known as “the Valley of the Racehorse.”
Most recently Many Clouds a Lambourn horse, trained by Oliver Sherwood won the Grand National in 2015.
Lambourn has a long tradition of holding a carnival procession on the Sunday of the August Bank Holiday Weekend. The streets are closed to traffic and the parade of floats and walking entries make their way through the village. Previous years had each racing yard entering a float to win the cup for the best entry.
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