Pests? No Problem!

Professional identification of pest species is vital as there are endangered indigenous species that must be correctly identified by fully qualified pest technicians who can set out best practice humane pest prevention/ control and/ or wildlife management. Our fully trained, experienced and knowledgeable pest control technicians can offer a wide range of advice from humane traps to simple deterrents.

We offer emergency and non-emergency pest control call out services for the following species of pest:

Rodents

Well-known rodents include mice, rats, squirrels and rabbits.

PLEASE NOTE: Professional identification of pest species is vital as there are endangered indigenous species of rodent in the UK e.g. the Water Vole, which can easily be confused for pest species such as the Brown Rat.

The Brown Rat also known as the Sewer Rat, (Ratus Norvegicus) and the House Mouse (Mus Domesticus) are common rodent pests in the UK and can cause considerable damage in both homes and business premises where infestations are present.

Rodents (from the latin word rodere, meaning to gnaw) cause damage to the fabric of buildings along with pipework and electricity cables through gnawing. Rats and Mice, given an edge on which to bite can easily penetrate all types of wood as well as soft metals such as aluminium and lead. They can also cause considerable damage to goods and products resulting in significant financial loss.

Rodents are incontinent and contaminate surfaces, food stuffs, and products with their urine and droppings. They are known vectors of disease with Weil’s Disease (leptospirosis) and Salmonellosis being among the most common, both of which can be transmitted to humans and can be extremely serious.

Grey Squirrels are also fairly common in the UK and become pests when they find their way in to the roof spaces of houses and other buildings, either by climbing the wall or jumping from overhanging trees. Like Rats they can cause considerable damage to pipes, electricity cables and timbers by gnawing but additionally cause damage to loft insulations by tearing it up to build their nests. Contamination of the roof space from their urine and droppings is also common.

Insects

Well-known insects include Cockroaches, Ants, Wasps, Bees, Flies, Fleas, Bedbugs, Clothes Moth and Carpet Beetle.

There are many species of insects that find their way into domestic and commercial properties in the UK. Too numerous to list here we will mention a few of the most common species.

Cockroaches: There are three or four species commonly found in the UK . These insects are known carriers of food poisoning bacteria and contaminate food and surfaces with their bodies, egg cases and faeces. Often found in Kitchens, Boiler Rooms, Swimming Pools in hotels and hospitals these are less commonly a pest of UK homes.

Flies: Again, there are many species in the UK with the Common Housefly, Lesser Housefly, Bluebottle, Fruit Fly, Drain Fly being the most obvious pests. With variances in their preferred food sources and breeding sites they can be all be found in both domestic and commercial situations and present a risk of disease and contamination due to their less than hygienic life style. Cluster Fly are also common pest of homes and commercial buildings but are seasonal as they head indoors in the late autumn to overwinter. Often it is simply the sheer number of Cluster Fly that presents the problem.

Fleas: Found in homes and sometimes in offices, hotels, schools and nurseries these biting insects can cause skin irritation and infection and affect morale and productivity in the workplace.

Bedbugs: Commonly found in Hotels, Hospitals and Hostels these biting insect pests feed on the human blood along with dead skin etc. around the bed. These pests can be unknowingly transported in our luggage sometimes ending up in our homes.

Textile Pests: Including Common Clothes Moth, Case Bearing Clothes Moth, Varigated Carpet Beetle and Fur Beetle these insects are labelled as textile pests as they damage textiles as the seek out Keratin (found in natural fibres) which the need for their development . Often damaging good quality carpets and clothing untreated infestations can do serious damage in the home or in a commercial environment.

Ants, Wasps and Bees: Theses insects have a very complex social structure and live in colonies which can contain tens of thousands of individuals and headed up by a Queen. Ants are often a problem in Pubs, Cafe’s and Bakeries along with domestic kitchens where they are attracted by the sugary foodstuffs causing contamination of food and preparation surfaces. Wasps often build their nests in roof spaces, garden sheds, summer houses, bushes presenting a risk to people in the vicinity from stings. Bees are hugely beneficial to the environment and should be left alone whenever possible. Unfortunately it is sometimes necessary to remove Bees for reasons of Health & Safety.

Birds

Well-known birds include pigeons and seagulls.

n some situations birds can indeed become pests with the most common complaints being in relation to Feral Pigeons and Gulls.
Feral Pigeons: These birds seek out sheltered locations on buildings on which to nest and roost. Under the eaves, under canopies, on window ledges and decorative ledges as well as finding their way into warehouses plant and boiler rooms etc. The resultant fouling, as well as causing an unsightly mess also presents a risk of disease to those who come into contact with it as pigeon fouling is known to harbour bacteria such as Salmonella and Psittacosis which can be harmful to humans. Additionally pigeon infestations present a risk of secondary infestations from associated insect pests suck as textile pests, bird mite and fleas which can find their way into buildings from the nest site.
Gulls: Gulls usually nest on flat roofs, in the valley of apex roof or on or against the chimney stack on domestic properties.They can be seen pairing up from around the end of March and create quite a noise. They build there considerable nests (1m x 1m) of moss and mud and general debris they scavenge and these nests often block rainwater gutters causing the gutter to back up and water to penetrate the building resulting in costly remedial repairs. The biggest complaint however, is that the Gulls become extremely aggressive when their young hatch and will launch a flying attach on anybody the deem to be a threat, this is often just somebody using the main entrance of a building and these attacks have resulted in nasty injuries for some.
It should be noted that in the UK all birds are protected and control of these pest species must only be carried out in accordance with the relevant licence from Natural England.