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Common pests in Reading you should be aware of

Tuesday, April 05, 2016


In the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty surrounding Reading, such as The Chilterns and North Wessex Downs, you expect to see a diverse range of wildlife. However, when certain insects and animals are a bit closer to home, you probably won't greet them with similar levels of enthusiasm.

Even so, if you happen to see any of the following pests at home or work in and around the Reading area, make sure you contact us here at Pest Control Berkshire and we will deal with the problem as soon as possible.

Wasps and hornets - A particular nuisance during summer, wasps and hornets tend to build nests close to human habitation. Common and German wasps are most troublesome with their aggressive behaviour and painful sting.

Fleas - Although cat and dog fleas are not known to carry any disease serious to humans, their bite can be incredibly itchy and aggravating.

Rats and mice - Found in areas that provide undisturbed cover as well as access to food and water. Both rats and mice carry disease and a significant health risk that can prove fatal. (We are frequently called out to problems with rats and mice in the Reading area.)

Moles - Despite their cute appearance, moles can actually be very destructive and cause injury to livestock. Typical habitats include farmland, paddocks, parks, playing fields, and gardens. (Moles seem to love the Reading area! Bradfield and Pangbourne are real mole hotspots but we see plenty in Woodley and Earley as well.)

Woodworm - If left unchecked and untreated, woodworm can cause structural damage to any property by weakening the timber.

Flies - A small group of the 6000 species of fly in the UK have the ability to bite, transfer disease, and contaminate. They are found close to accessible food sources, such as organic matter and stagnating water.

Bed bugs - Even the cleanest environment can be a breeding ground for bed bugs, which leave sore and irritating marks when they bite.

Ants - More prevalent during warmer seasons or when there is a food source nearby, ants often require pest control in domestic environments and public places, such as schools.

Bees - Seeing as bees are incredibly important to the environment and only sting when compromised, there is rarely a reason to terminate them. However, you may need a bee swarm to be removed from your property or premises.

Grey squirrels - Exhibiting similar physiological characteristics to rats, grey squirrels are aggressive, destructive, and successful breeders. They are not native to the UK and have severely unbalanced the ecosystem since introduction.

Beetles and cockroaches - While beetles can cause damage to structures, property, manufactured goods, and food products, cockroaches are a considerable health risk in public and domestic environments, which should not be ignored at any cost.

For the best pest control in Reading and West Berkshire, just give us a call. We offer free, helpful advice and we are licensed and accredited pest controllers covering Reading, Theale, Twyford, Sonning, Wargrave, Mortimer, Burghfield, Pangbourne, Ilsley, Chieveley, Thatcham, Newbury, and Hungerford,


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