Pest Control In Woking
Melissa Aiano manages the Woking branch of PEST UK. This is one of our newer branches.
Pest control in Woking
Woking has a ‘normal’ cross section of pest control problems. These include: wasp nests, bees, bed bugs, fleas, ants, rats, mice, squirrels and cockroaches. There is a slight increase in rat pest control problems through the centre of Woking and this is probably due to the railway line and canal running through the centre of Woking. Both railway lines and canals can be channels of rat problems allowing rats & mice to spread to surrounding areas.
At the moment PEST UK’s presence in Woking is limited as it is a fairly new office but we are expanding. Currently PEST UK has a mix of pest control contracts in the area including domestic private homes, housing associations, restaurants, take aways, butchers, distribution warehouse and stables. This is in addition to all the domestic pest control callouts we receive at PEST UK from Woking which is a mixture of the usual season pests such as wasps, ants, fleas, cockroaches, bed bugs, squirrels, rats & mice. We have noticed that a higher proportion of Woking’s inhabitants feed birds and squirrels than other areas of the PEST UK catchment area. The feeding of birds and squirrels attracts rats, mice and more squirrels that leads to pest control problems involving these pests. About 80% of our rat, mouse and squirrel pest problems involve bird feeding.
Woking is a large town in Surrey. It is part of the London commuter belt. Woking is mentioned in the Domesday Book and had a monastery on the site in the 8th century. Land was purchased and used for burial for London’s dead. Woking also has a mosque. This was the first purpose built Mosque to be built in the UK. Woking has an energy supply that can run independently of the main power grid should that fail. It is part of Woking’s sustainable energy policy. Woking is home to the McLaren Formula 1 Company as well as Alent plc. Woking has rail links to London and is near the M25. Woking is twinned with Rastatt in Germany, Amstelveen in Holland and Le Plessis-Robinson in France.
The town of Woking was formed in the area to the south of the Basingstoke Canal which was completed in1794 and around the railway station that was built in 1838 at the junction between lines to London, the south coast, and the south-west of England. There was a private railway to Brookwood Cemetery, which was developed by the London Necropolis Company as an overflow burial ground for London’s dead. As a result, the original settlement 1 mile to the south-east, on the River Wey, became known as “Old Woking”. Later, Woking Crematorium at St John’s became the first crematorium in the United Kingdom. This Woking based company has over the years sold much of it’s land for housing over the years. Many of Woking’s housing estates are built on land owned by the London Necropolis Company including The Barnsbury Housing Estate.
The Martinsyde aircraft factory set up in Woking during World War I and used the Brooklands Aerodrome for test flying. This was closed in the 1920s. The site was then used by the engineering firm James Walker & Company. The area was redeveloped in the 1990s into the Lion Retail Park.
Woking postal area contains many villages which include: Knaphill, Horsell, Hook Heath, Mount Hermon, Barnsbury, Maybury, Sheerwater, Goldsworth Park, St John’s, Pyrford, Kingfield, Westfield and Ridgway, some can be described suburbs of Woking itself. Further villages are: Old Woking traditionally a separate village, Mayford; Bisley and Sutton Green to the south nearer the border between Woking and Guildford and West Byfleet to the east is a post town with Byfleet and adjoins to the north-east.
Neighbouring areas of Woking. These are: Bisley, Chobham, Ottershaw, Brookwood & Pyrford.
Woking is a wealthy area with a modern and successful economy. The local schools achieve exam results above the national average. The number of jmanagerial, professional and technical jobs in Woking is above 50%, which is again above the national average (about 7% above).
The largest and most well known employer in Woking is the McLaren Group. Other major companies in Woking include include the chemical and assembly materials company Alent plc and Ambassador Theatre Group, a major international theatre organisation.
The railway station at Woking is one of the busiest commuter stations in the London commuter belt, and as well Woking’s position along the M25 motorway make Woking an extremely attractive place for London commuters to live.
There are many offices in Woking including Fidessa, Capgemini, Mouchel, Petrofac, John Wood, SABMiller & WWF UK.
Culture And Community
The Woking Martian Statue
Woking has a Wellsian Martian Tripod, designed by Michael Condron, which was unveiled in April 1998. The tripod celebrates H.G. Wells’ book, The War of the Worlds, which was written in Woking. The Tripod is 7m (23′) tall. The legs are 17 cm (7″) in diameter. There are three parts of the sculpture: The Tripod, Bacteria, and the cylinder the tripods came to Earth in. The Martian is also shown advancing from Horsell Common.
Another piece of public art is a Hawker Hunter jet fighter mounted on a pole roughly ten metres tall situated outside the ‘Big Apple’ family entertainment complex. This is the last Hunter built and was used to promote the previous ‘Planets’ family entertainment complex. It was black but now painted silver.
Lightbox Art And Heritage Centre
Woking is home to an arts and heritage centre called ‘The Lightbox’.The modern structure, located between the Basingstoke Canal and Victoria Way, was designed by architects Marks Barfield, the architects of the London Eye. The Lightbox contains many hands hanging from the ceiling, a brief history of Woking and many other exhibitions. Notable past exhibitions include a Wallace and Gromit exhibition and a Leonardo da Vinci exhibition.The Lightbox also has the Ingram collection on a long-term loan. The Ingram collection is a selection of paintings and sculptures owned by Woking Football Club owner and local businessman Chris Ingram.
Woking has a modern shopping centre called The Peacocks and an older shopping area, Wolsey Place. The Peacocks Centre underwent development work in 2010 to add a new façade in the town square. An extension was added that consisted of adding glass with coloured lights that change in sequence. The Peacocks and Wolsey Place have, at present, been joined by means of a covered walkway to complement the town centre’s redevelopment. In commemoration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the town square has been renamed “Jubilee Square”.
The main area for evening entertainment is around Chertsey Road which contains restaurants serving a number of cuisines such as Indian and Chinese. There are also numerous bars and pubs along Chertsey Road as well as several nightclubs around the area. The Ambassadors cinemas and New Victoria Theatre can be accessed via the top floor of The Peacocks.
Woking has an indoor swimming pool, “Pool in the Park”,[and a separate leisure centre which is located at Pool in the Park, opposite Woking Leisure Centre. Outdoor facilities include a skatepark (which is popular with local children), tennis courts, five-a-side football pitches, a cricket pitch (during the summer), bowling greens, a crazy golf course, and a children’s adventure playground. These leisure facilities are all located within Woking Park. Woking also has the largest public library in Surrey.
Woking is also to home to the Surrey History Centre, which holds archives and records about the county.
The tallest building in Woking is Export House, known locally as ‘The BAT Building’ (Pronounced ‘B-A-T’ or ‘Bat’), from the initials of its first tenant, British American Tobacco. It is 73 metres (240 ft) tall, and has peregrine falcons nesting on top.
Monument Road runs from the far end of Maybury Road to the Addlestone Road, and lies just inside the Woking side of the Woking-Sheerwater boundary. It is commonly thought to be so named because of an unadvertised cemetery for Muslim Indian soldiers who died in the service of the British Empire in the Great War of 1914–1918. The cemetery no longer contains graves, the corpses having been interred in the Pakistani cemetery close to the mosque, however the walls, entrance and corner towers of the cemetery still remain intact, and they bear a clearly oriental Indian style. The cemetery is located several hundred metres from Monument Road itself and remained hidden until the woodland in which it was situated was pruned and thinned.
Monument Way is probably a reference to a much earlier structure in the area that was destroyed by natural causes in the mid-1800s:
Early in the 17th century Sir Edward Zouch obtained the Manor of Woking and gained permission to demolish the old palace site. He used some of the material to build a new house – Hoe Place (now a private school) – with some of the Tudor bricks apparently being used in buildings such as The Old House in OLD WOKING and ‘The Monument’ – a tower that once stood on the hill where the Hoe Bridge Golf Course is today. It was Sir Edward’s grandson, Sir James Zouch, who obtained the Market Charter for Woking in 1661, with the Market House (opposite the entrance to Church Street) being built in 1665.”
Woking railway station, Platform 5 (south) side
Woking railway station is on the Alton Line, Portsmouth Direct Line, South Western Main Line and West of England Main Line. There are frequent trains to and from London Waterloo (via Clapham Junction), a journey taking approximately 25–30 minutes. There is also a twice hourly Waterloo–Woking stopping service that calls at many stations between Waterloo and Woking.
Gatwick Airport can be accessed via Guildford railway station or Clapham Junction. London Heathrow Airport has no direct train services from the south west of England, so a RailAir service operates between Woking and Heathrow.
A canopy costing £2.8 million has been built between the station and the main shopping area of the town. It is approximately 34 metres in length and 22.5 metres in width, stretching from the railway station entrance (town, platform 1, side) to Albion House. The project included landscaping and the provision of a new way to the town from the railway station.
Rail Accident Investigation Branch has one of its two operational centres in Woking.
Woking is accessible from the M25 motorway (junction 11), the M3 motorway (junction 3) and the A3.
The main access road is the A320 between Guildford and Staines, which passes through the town centre and connects to the M25 to the north, and to the A3 to the south at Guildford.
Bus And Coach
A RailAir coach service is run by National Express, connecting Woking railway station and London Heathrow Airport, in the absence of a direct train link to Heathrow. The bus services in Woking are mainly operated by Abellio Surrey and Arriva Guildford & West Surrey. Arriva Guildford & West Surrey provide the short-distance to services to the surrounding towns and villages, such as West Byfleet, Byfleet, Camberley, Weybridge and to Guildford. Abellio Surrey provides services to more distant towns including into Greater London. These include Staines, Addlestone and Heathrow T5. The Bustler community transport service, which operates from bases Westfield and St John’s, uses a fleet of minibuses to serve people with a transportation disadvantage.
The Lightbox Art Gallery by the Basingstoke Canal at Woking
The Basingstoke Canal, completed in 1794, passes through the north of the town and is crossed by several footbridges and road bridges. The Lightbox, an Art Gallery, is sandwiched between the canal and Victoria Way, a dual carriageway. The canal underwent restoration in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s with the restoration completed on 10 May 1991.
Infant and junior schools in the area include: Barnsbury Primary School, Beaufort Primary School, Bisley C of E (Aided) Primary School, Broadmere Primary School, Goldsworth Primary School, Greenfield School, Hoe Bridge School, Horsell C of E (Aided) Junior School, Horsell Village School, Kingfield School, Knaphill Junior School, Knaphill Lower School, Maybury Primary School, New Monument Primary, Pyrford C of E (Aided) Primary School, St Dunstan’s Catholic Primary School, St Hugh of Lincoln Catholic Primary School, St John’s Primary School, St. Andrew’s School, Sythwood Primary School, The Hermitage Junior School, The Oaktree School and Westfield Primary School.
Secondary schools in the area include: Bishop David Brown School, Gordon’s School, St John the Baptist School, The Winston Churchill School, Woking High School and Fullbrook School.
Woking College is located in Old Woking and provides post-16 education.
There are also private sector schools. There are several private preparatory schools in Woking: Hoe Bridge, St Andrew’s, Greenfield, Oakfield School and Ripley Court are all mixed, while Halstead School is girls only.
The Surrey campus of the International School of London is located in Woking.
Woking is also home to the Tante Marie cookery school, the UK’s oldest established professional cookery school. According to the Woking News and Mail, it has now been bought by famous chef Gordon Ramsay who intends to set up his own catering college.
Woking has a non-League football club, Woking F.C., that competes in the Conference National (tier 5). The Borough also supports three clubs playing in The Combined Counties Football League Division 1 (tier 10): Knaphill FC, Sheerwater FC and Westfield FC.
Woking Hockey Club women’s first XI compete in the English Hockey League Women’s League 1 (tier 2); the men’s first XI compete in a regional league. The club has two AstroTurf pitches next to a clubhouse based in Goldsworth Park.
Woking also has a number of cricket clubs including Old Woking CC, Woking & Horsell CC, and Westfield CC.
It is also home to Pyrford Cricket Club. Founded in 1858, Pyrford is one of the oldest cricket clubs in Surrey.
Woking comes under Surrey PCT (Primary Care Trust), administered and run by the NHS. Group of GPs together with Woking Community Hospital serve a minority of local residents’ primary healthcare needs with its walk-in centre but mostly works in the areas of community rehabilitation and neuro-rehab in the Ted Bradley Unit. Specialist hospitals nearby are St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey (for A&E) and Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford.
Nuffield Hospital is Woking’s main private healthcare provider.
Woking used to have its own hospital with maternity and A&E amongst other departments. Woking Victoria Hospital was situated on the corner of Victoria Way and Chobham Road, right by the Basingstoke Canal, from 1950 until the mid-’80s.
Just outside of Woking Town Centre there is a walk-in hospital, there is not an A&E department, but will deal with minor emergencies. The main hospitals in the area are St. Peter’s Hospital, Royal Surrey County Hospital and Frimley Park Hospital. There is also a Village Medical Centre in Send.
Woking has a Coroners Court and a Police Station, which is housed in a former school. In the area there are smaller police stations. Nearby, in Guildford and Surrey Heath there are two prisons: a Category C prison and a women’s prison.
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.|