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Winter Vermin Control Tips from Control Services

By Pest Control Services - Friday, January 05, 2018

Pest control in the UK is cyclical. By that we mean that changes in the weather largely determine what pests are most likely to manifest themselves during the different seasons. The two most commonly addressed pests during the winter are mice and rats. We recommend that our clients employ good vermin control practices at this time of year. zzzzz

Why Bats Are So Important to Us

By Pest Control Services - Friday, December 08, 2017

With the peak of the pest control season now behind us for 2017, we thought it would be appropriate to discuss something that we rarely write about. In this post, we will discuss bats and why they are so important to us as pest control experts.

It is routine for our technicians to look for signs of bats whenever assessing a new job. There is a significant difference between being effective pest control experts and a company that shows little regard for natural habitats. We do not want to be the latter kind of company. Bats are important to us because they are important to the natural environment.

Protected by Law

There are about 18 species of bats common to the UK. Each and every one of them is protected by law. This is due to significant population depletion over the last 20 years. The good news is that populations are stabilising after many years of decline. The bad news is that bat populations are still threatened by the one thing that has contributed most to their decline: habitat loss.

Habitat loss can occur in many different ways. From property owner ignorance to new construction, bats can perish because they suddenly have no place to live. As pest control experts throughout Berkshire, Wiltshire and beyond, we know how to identify habitats. We will never intentionally endanger them while we are trying to control other pests.

What You Need to Know

There are some things you need to know about bats should you ever have need to call Pest Control Services to do a job on your property. First and foremost, it is against the law to destroy, damage, or disturb bats or their roosts in any way. If you have bats on your property, you must leave them alone by law.

Second, pest control can proceed on properties with bats as long as technicians follow certain procedures. Pest-control companies must:

immediately stop or not commence work on any property where bats are known to be, or have been present;

contact the Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation (SNCO) to get advice as to how to proceed;

not place rodenticides in any open space near roosting spots;

not use sticky, cage, or spring traps in areas where bats roost; and

not use ultrasonic deterrents around bat roosting areas.

Finally, controlling wasp populations can be especially tricky when bats are present. If a wasp population presents a danger to health and safety, the law does allow for the use of certain insecticides in the same areas where bat roosts are present. However, the pest control technician must still get guidance from the SNCO before proceeding.

Here at Pest Control Services, we obviously take our responsibility to nature very seriously. We are fully committed to serving our customers by eliminating any and all pests that pose health and safety issues, but we are also committed to doing so in a way that respects sensitive species such as bats.

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November Is the Month to Start Thinking About Rats

By Pest Control Services - Friday, November 10, 2017

November may mean a lot of different things to a lot of people, but for us it means one thing: rats. This is the time of year that rats start looking for a warm, cosy place to spend the winter months. It is better for homeowners to start asking how they can prevent a rat infestation now than waiting to ask how to get rid of rats later.

The truth about rats is that they do not hibernate. We don't see them much during the summer months because they are out doing what they do. But rats don't like the cold and snow any more than we do. When evening temperatures start dropping, rats start looking for warm shelter. They will try to get into your house if they can.

This year we're expecting the normal 30-40% seasonal rise in callouts for rat service. If weather experts are right though, this year could be one of the worst we've seen in a while. Forecasters are calling for an exceptionally harsh winter that could see snow falling in parts of the UK as early as November. That would drive rats to look for shelter sooner and more aggressively.

How to Prevent a Rat Infestation

If you are looking at prevention rather than asking how to get rid of rats in a couple of months from now, there are things you can do to keep the vermin out of your home. Also understand how important prevention is. Once rats get into your home, they are very difficult to get out.

We have four suggestions as recommended by the British Pest Control Association:

1.Home Inspection – Do a thorough exterior inspection of your home, looking for any gaps or holes rats might find. Bear in mind they can squeeze through extremely small holes.

2.Windows and Doors – It takes but a split second for a rat to come in through a window or door that’s ajar. Make sure all windows and doors close tightly, and keep them closed once temperatures start falling.

3.Food Sources – Eliminate food sources by cleaning bird feeders and pet food bowls. Food bowls should not be left out overnight. Also, make sure bins are kept tightly closed and secured.

4.Nesting Sites – Address sites that rats might find appealing for nesting. Clean up your garden, keep it neat and tidy, and remove any standing piles of debris.

Remember that rodents can cause both health issues and property damage. Once inside your home, they can easily chew through wires and timbers alike. They can also carry disease into your home as well. This is not something you want to deal with under any condition, but especially if you have children or pets.

If you don't know how to get rid of rats, no worries. You shouldn't try to do it yourself anyway. Instead, call Pest Control Services for assistance throughout Berkshire as well as some parts of Wiltshire and Hampshire.

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Autumn Invites the Cluster Fly In

By Pest Control Services - Friday, October 13, 2017

Thoughts of autumn's cooler temperatures and shorter days can be comforting to homeowners who struggle with insect pests like wasps and hornets. Unknown to many of them is the cluster fly, another annoying pest that does not tend to make its presence known until late autumn or early winter. Now is the time to start thinking about cluster flies if you have had problems with them in the past. zzzzz

You Never Know When You Might Need Pest Control

By Pest Control Services - Friday, September 08, 2017

As experts in pest control in Hampshire, Berkshire and much of south-central England, we have come to expect just about anything. Many of the customers who call us for the first time never dreamed they would have need of pest control services to handle things like rodents and insects. But the natural world is all around us. And try as we might, we cannot always keep it at bay. Pest Control Services is here to help when pests become a problem at your premises. zzzzz