Pest Control In Reading (Main)
PESTUK’s main office can be found in the town of Reading, West Berkshire and is run by our General Manager Scott. We currently have 30 regional offices across Berkshire, West London, High Wycombe and Alton. The main office on Portman Road can handle all calls for all of our covered areas when the other sites are not manned or are busy and can book jobs for the entire coverage area,
PEST UK have many pest control contracts in West Reading including Pangbourne Working Mans Club, Hotels, Butchers, Take Aways, domestic premises and Cafes. We also have many pest control contracts in the Oxford Road area which has hundreds of shops, Take Aways, Restaurants, Clubs and other specialist shops. As well as the above PEST UK has many pest control contracts for commercial sites in Reading & many schools. The pest control contracts perform a preventive function as well as dealing with pests on a call out basis (such as wasp & bee nests or ants, fleas and other insects and rodents).
The West of Reading contains The Oxford Rd, Norcot, Battle, Kentwood, Minster, Southcote, Tilehurst, Whitley, Caversham, Holybrook, Pangbourne, Purley on Thames, Tidmarsh, Sulham and Theale. Much of this area is not in the Reading Borough Council’s catchment area but in West Berkshire District Council.
The East of Reading contains the suburbs of Woodley and Earley. PEST UK actually have a pest control office in Lower Earley. Both Lower Earley and Woodley are under the control of Wokingham Borough Council not Reading Borough Council.
In the north of Reading across the Thames is Caversham. This is an affluent area linked to Reading via 2 bridges, Caversham & Reading bridges.
The first evidence for Reading as a settlement dates back to the 8th Century. By 1525, Reading was the largest town in Berkshire and was the 10th largest town in England, when measured in taxable wealth. By 1611 the population had expanded to over 5000.
In the 18th Century the beginning of major iron works and brewing trade in the town were evident. By the 19th Century the town had grown rapidly as a manufacturing centre. It has been ranked as the UK’s top economic area.
Culture And Community
Every year Reading hosts the Reading Festival which has been running since 1971. The festival takes place on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend, and is the largest festival of its kind within the UK, aside from Glastonbury Festival. Until 2006, Reading was also known for its WOMAD festival until it moved to CharltonPark in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. There is also a Beer Festival, one of the largest in the UK and is held at King’s Meadow for five days preceding the May Day bank holiday every year.
With its location in the Thames Valley west of London, Reading is an important location in the nation’s transport system.
The town grew as a river port at the confluence of the Thames and Kennet. Navigation of these rivers and the canals nearby are exclusively for leisure now and are not used for the transport of goods.
The M4 has become the main road for long distance travel from Reading and superseded the A4. Junctions 10-12 serve Reading, there is the Inner Distribution Road which is linked to the M4 by the A33 relief road.
Reading station is a major transfer point and terminus, recently updated and increased in size it is a major junction point of the National Rail system. Lines link Reading to both Paddington and Waterloo stations. Other stations within the Reading area are Reading West, Tilehurst and Earley. There is a proposed station to be built to serve the Green Park Business Park and the Reading and Basingstoke line.
Reading Buses are the local provider for bus services for the surrounding area and within the borough. Other operators of buses include First, Stagecoach and Thames Travel.
Reading School is the 16th oldest school in England, founded in 1125 as part of Reading Abbey. In 1486 the school was refounded as a Free Grammar School, free meaning teaching the free, not free of fees. Reading town hall now stands on the site of the refectory which was demolished in 1785. The current school site consists of a main block with two wings, a science block, page building, the John Kendrick building, South house, Music School and a chapel, The main block is built around a central quadrangle and consists of classrooms and administrative rooms.
Reading University, established in 1892 as an affiliate of Oxford University. In 1904 it moved to its London Road Campus and in 1947 to its Whiteknight Campus. The University of West London has a presence still within the town for its higher education students in Nursing, but has divested itself of previous ownership of Reading College.
Pest Control In Reading
The older parts of Reading centre have severe pest control issues with rats due to the poor state of buildings and infrastructure of some areas. The sewers are a constant source of pest control problems regarding rats & mice. Rats will thrive in older sewer systems where they can feed & burrow into the walls of broken sewers, then spread to the surface from collapsed pipes or other breaches. A railway line and 2 rivers run through the centre of Reading, both add to Reading’s pest control problems as both supply food and cover for rats & mice. As well as these factors PEST UK carry out pest control treatments for domestic & commercial premises which include: ants, bees, bed bugs, cluster flies, cockroaches, rats, mice, squirrels & wasp nests. Some parts of Reading are riddled with Bed Bug problems due some parts of Reading having densely packed housing conditions with poorly maintained sewer systems as well as a high percentage of these areas being near to railway lines, canals or one of the two rivers that run through Reading. PEST UK carries out pest control work for several housing associations in Reading (including Southern Housing, James Butcher & the Co Operative) & also pest control for Reading Borough & West Berks Councils.
Pest Control In Reading Schools
As well as preventative pest control Public Health Contracts (Rats, Mice & Cockroach Monitoring) in many of Reading’s schools PEST UK carry out fox culling on a regular basis in several of Reading’s Schools. Many of Reading’s Schools now rely on PEST UK rather than the Reading Borough Council for pest control call outs such as wasps, mice, bees, ants, cockroaches etc. This is due to our quick response and that all PEST UK’s pest control staff are CRB checked and fully qualified. PEST UK is a full BPCA member (The British Pest Control Association).
Reading Borough Council Pest Control Charges
Reading Borough Council only carry out treatments for rats. They do charge for this, it is slightly cheaper than PEST UK but getting an appointment can be difficult as they only have one pest control technician for the Reading area and as they offer a subsidised rate for rat treatments for people living within the Reading Borough on some benefits he is usually booked up several weeks in advance with rat jobs. On the Reading Borough Council web site they recommend that people go to the BPCA (British Pest Control Association) for advice or to be supplied with a choice of pest control companies. PEST UK is a full BPCA member with the additional factor that all the PEST UK pest control technicians are CRB checked as well as being members of the PROMPT/BASIS scheme. PEST UK also carry out pest control work and have pest control contracts at several of Reading Borough Council’s sites in Reading.
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.|