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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.

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we supply and install new patios driveways block paving tarmac gravel and concrete. work is guaranteed payment is only accepted on completion, giving you more quality for less. Pavestone Construction is a family run business with over 30 years experience.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Stonework / Stone Cladding, Underpinning / Piling / Foundations, Wooden Decking

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Reviewed by Jayne on 21/6/2017

I will upload all my evidence to this site in order to prove the poor workmanship.

Trades serviced: Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance, Water Tanks and Immersion Heater, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Septic tanks - installation / emptying / cleaning

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Reviewed by Alice on 6/1/2017

“A very negative experience. A small job to fit some Acco drains was never completed. The initial work had to be halted due to heavy rain, but they never revisited to rectify defects and to complete the job despite daily phone calls and promises made. After a couple of weeks of waiting, we ended up completing the job ourselves.”

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Stonework / Stone Cladding, Garage Conversion, House extension, Home improvements, Porch / Canopy

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Reviewed by James on 30/5/2017

Good standard of work started and finished as quoted found the service very good would have them back to carry out more work. would recommend this company to other people.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing

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Reviewed by forhana on 19/9/2016

Dean did an excellent job of putting my bay window poles up. He is very polite and extremely helpful. I will definitely be using him again for other jobs.

Trades serviced: Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse, Stone / Concrete Paving, Wooden / Metal / Wire fences, Wooden / Metal gates, Garden Design

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Reviewed by Natalie on 6/2/2014

Ryan did a fantastic job and I would recommend him to anyone.

We are a team smart and we like doing QUALITY.We do our job well at a good price!

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Garage Conversion, House extension, Home improvements, Garden office / Studio construction

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Reviewed by Teshome on 29/3/2016

A reliable, courteous and friendly tradesman! I would give him more and more jobs if I have more to be done!

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair

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Reviewed by Maggie on 24/5/2016

Came to give look at the proposed work said I would receive a quote via e mail within the week heard nothing since. Have tried to contact them again no reply certainly would use them again

we are a family run company dating back three generations in all types of property services. from top to bottom we have got it covered. we are happy to provide free quotations and advice. references available. thanks for looking.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Stonework / Stone Cladding, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Conservatory

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Reviewed by Jackie on 22/9/2012

I was so pleased with his work that he is coming back to do some more work for me

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by James on 21/10/2014

Mac Property Solutions carried out a quality job within our programme requirements and was also competitively priced. Excellent value all round. We would not hesitate in recommending the company to anyone else.

Enviro-men are Surrey gardeners, hedging, tree surgeons, fencers,pest control.been operating since 1999 We are reliable, professional local Surrey tradesmen. All our work is carried out to the highest quality. See our fantastic ratings at Rated People

Trades serviced: Wooden / Metal / Wire fences, Garden Clearance, Garden Maintenance, Lawn care services - grass cutting / turfing / seeding, Residential pest control, Commercial pest control

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Reviewed by Tracy on 23/3/2017

I would recommend Joe, he's extremely helpful and trustworthy, and the garden looked great.

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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