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When your home is invaded by pests it can be a surprisingly difficult situation to remedy. Hire a commercial or residential pest control service to rid your property of stubborn and unwelcome guests.

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I am a fully insured general handyman covering all aspects from painting to roofing. I am qualified and accredited in most trades and happy to offer a free quote service on all jobs. I cover DD,AB,EH,KY,FK and PH postcodes.

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Reviewed by Colin on 20/7/2018

I would have no hesitation in recommending Barry. From initial contact, appraisal of the task and resultant quote right through to the job itself and after-service, he was a true gent; polite, reliable, communicative and, of course, with a high standard of workmanship. I hired him to fix, rehang and repaint a common stair door and I couldn't fault the resulting work (by his own admission, locksmithery is his passion, he quite easily took care of the other tasks involved). Would definitely use him again.

I've been working in the maintenance Industry for the past 17 years and i've worked for 6 different councils in London, I've been trading since 2012 with this company.

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Reviewed by Irving on 19/7/2018

Sebastian is extremely hardworking and reliable, he and his wife are also very pleasant. A good and efficient job done. Used them again to get new lawn laid. I would definitely recommend them.

Hi I am Kevin a friendly hard working reliable tradesmen who takes pride in all aspects of his work I am multi skilled tradesmen who can guarantee my work.

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Reviewed by Susan on 19/7/2018

Upon receiving the job request Kevin rang and said he would be at the house in ten minutes and he was. I found him to be polite punctual efficient honest and I cant thank him enough for completing the job to a high standard. Kevin comes highly recommended by myself. S Lambert

Burr building and roofing contractors are a family run business established in 1971. We pride ourselves on our: knowledge, expertise and quality of workmanship. We hold a asbestos removal licence. When choosing Burr building and roofing contractors, you can expect the very best! Fully insured up to a million pound, free quotes and will beat any like for like quote

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Reviewed by Angela on 19/7/2018

Very pleasant workers and reliable

Covering the South East and London and with over 23 years experience in the home improvement, building and electrical industry, we cover a range of services from changing a socket to flat pack furniture to building bespoke playhouses.

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Reviewed by Victoria on 18/7/2018

Dan was very personable, efficient and super tidy! I would definitely use him again.

Most of trades covered for your property and garden maintenance. Handyman service, painting, roofing, gardening, fencing and etc.

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Reviewed by S on 17/7/2018

Difficult to check whether gutters are clear!!

With over 5 years experience in the building industry I decided to start up my own company. I have qualifications in Bricklaying, tiling, plumbing and electrics. We tackle all sorts of work from assembling flat pack furniture and replacing socket and light bulbs to building walls and putting up shelves, unblocking plumbing systems to changing doors. My work focuses on the domestic and private work and the smaller jobs in the industry so I can commit to my jobs and get the work done.

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Reviewed by sola on 16/7/2018

Very nice chap with great work ethic

We cover all types of roofing work though out the northeast and general property maintenance

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Reviewed by Diane on 11/7/2018

Michael gave me a quote on the rebuilding of a brick pillar which had been knocked down. The quote he gave was very reasonable and he came the very next day and completed the work to a very high standard. He also removed all the rubbish and left the area very clean and tidy. I would highly recommend MJ Roofing.

Working in North Wales and surrounding areas The Tree Fellas offer a professional and courteous service at a rate that isn't extortionate.

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Reviewed by Brenda on 6/7/2018

Couple of changes to date but that could not be helped. Workers polite and explained what needed doing. Took all debris away. I think it will improve my tree for next season,Within budget.

Fully qualified ''FAST EFFECTIVE PEST CONTROL'' specialists in: Insect control, including fleas, bed bugs, moths, wasps, bees, ants, cockroaches. Rodent control, including rats, mice, squirrels, moles rabbits and birds.

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Reviewed by Debbie on 6/7/2018

Highly recommended. Great communication

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Pest Control Specialists - what you need to know

You might feel itchy just reading about these things but a pest controller is there to put your mind at ease. Infestations of insects or rodents can put your health and comfort at risk, plus they can damage your home.

What a pest controller can help with

Infestations of:

  • Rats.
  • Mice.
  • Cockroaches.
  • Ants.
  • Fleas.
  • Moths.
  • Mites.
  • Bedbugs.
  • Wasps.
  • Spiders.

These are just a few examples – you can see a more definitive list on the British Pest Control Association’s (BPCA) website.

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Common household pests in the UK

Mice

They’re active all year and like nesting in warm, quiet places such as lofts or cavity walls. They constantly gnaw at furniture, and will chew through packaging to get at food. Mice are known to spread disease and often use cables to climb to higher areas.

Moths

Clothes moths can be very stubborn to get rid of. You may think it’s the moths that are eating your clothes, carpets and fabrics, but it’s actually their white caterpillar larvae – the eggs they leave behind – doing most of the damage. Left untreated, they can ruin carpets as well as your favourite clothes.

Rats

Brown rats are the most common in the UK. The black rat, or ship rat, is rarely found in the UK anymore. Rats need to gnaw to keep their constantly growing incisor teeth worn down. They damage woodwork, plastic, bricks and lead pipes, and will strip insulation from electrical cables – which is a fire hazard. Much like mice, they can potentially spread disease.

Bed bugs

Bed bugs get around because of how much we travel, as well as the use of second hand furniture - it’s even suspected that they’ve built up tolerances to some pesticides. They’re more likely to occur in multi-occupancy buildings or places with fast turnover of tenants, and they feed on human blood. If you’re suffering from the dreaded bed bug, it’s always a good idea to a get a professional in quickly, as they’re stubborn and difficult to eradicate.

Wasps

Wasps live in nests and have complex social structures. They’re most active in the spring and summer, when the queens start to build new nests and the resulting wasps go out to find food. They’re most attracted to sweet foods, and will start to die off in the winter as natural supplies like fruit grow short.

The queen then goes into hibernation ready to start again the following spring. Large wasp nests can contain up to 30,000 wasps, and can be found in places where the nest is protected from the elements and will be undisturbed. Common locations include lofts, wall cavities, trees, bushes and underground. Treating a nest, especially inside a home, should be left to the professionals as wasps can become very aggressive.

Flies

Flies can contaminate food when they come into contact with it, and can transmit food poisoning, dysentery, typhoid or cholera. Good hygiene and quick disposal of rubbish is an effective way of getting rid of them, as well as fly screens on windows, and not leaving food uncovered.

Ants

Ants are attracted to sweet food which they take back to their nest to feed to the larvae and queen. The nests are often found on lawns, in warm, dry soil and under paving - look for finely powdered soil. There are treatments you can use yourself, like pouring boiling water into the entrance of the nests, followed by an insecticidal powder.

Spiders

Spiders have a bad reputation and are often considered a pest, but in the UK they’re mainly harmless. They can actually help in some circumstances as they eat flies in the home. If you happen to have a lot of spiders, this can be dealt with by simply removing them, their webs and their prey (flies).

 

The qualifications your pest controller needs

Pest controllers can get specific technical training through the British Pest Control Association (BPCA), who run a full range of courses.

Insurance for pest control work

Like most trades who are working on your home, they’ll need public liability insurance to protect you against any damage that could potentially happen.

Questions you should ask a pest controller

  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • How long have they been trading for?
  • Who will be carrying out the work and have they undergone training with the BPCA?
  • Do they specialise in particular pests?
  • What chemicals and pesticides will they be using and what effects could they have on your home?
  • Will they guarantee the work, and will they come back if the pest persists?

Pest control ideas

Read about how one of our staff members struggled and dealt with a clothes moth infestation. Here’s some tips on how to get rid of mice, wasps and ants, and last but not least, have a go at pest-proofing your place with this blog post.

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