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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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Reviewed by Justin on 10/1/2019

Did a very good job at the agreed price, arrived on time and a very friendly service. Very pleased.

Black Ops has twenty years experience within the pest control industry. Choose the real expert in Pest Control for a fast and effective control for all types of pests.

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Reviewed by Lyndsey on 5/1/2019

I am unable to rate based upon actual work but I do wish to say that Keith came around to have a look at the problem and provided advice in a very professional and friendly way. He did not charge me for the visit despite being here for around 30 minutes (n even when I tried to insist on paying something) and I would certainly look to hire him in the future. I would not hesitate to recommend based upon this first experience.

We are first and foremost a Pest Control company, not a sales driven company. We will offer you advice firstly, we will then compete a full free survey to find out what is needed, and then explain what is required to eradicate the problem.

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Reviewed by Graham on 18/8/2018

Good quick service. Was done as soon as the weather allowed

We cover London and its surrounding areas. We also cover East Hertfordshire and Essex. We treat all types of pests. Please call us for a quote and one of our team will be glad to help you with your pest control problem. We service contract work for commercial properties and domestic work.

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Reviewed by Bobby on 21/12/2018

Great job, fast and reliable. I strongly recommend PESTMASTER to everyone.

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 David on 27/7/2018

Dale was reliable, punctual and completed the job quickly. He was very pleasant and the pricing was very fair - especially as it included a two year guarantee.

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Reviewed by Sylvester on 12/11/2018

Ben showed up on site within a very short period of time after contacting me and sorted out the issue soon after.

Professional Pest Control Service in London. We specialise in quick removal of Mice, Rats, Cockroaches, Bed bugs, Ants, Squirrels, Wasps, Pigeons, Moths, Fleas, etc. All our treatments are guaranteed. Visit our website www.PestControl-London.org.uk

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Reviewed by Oksana on 3/1/2019

Excellent service from start to finish. No more pigeons at my property! Thank you Alex.

Hi my name is Stephen, i have done pest control for the last eight years, i have decided to move away from the big companies and concentrate more on customer care. I specialise in a variety of pest control, covering a wide range of insects, rodents and birds.

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Reviewed by Prateek on 12/11/2018

Stephen was brilliant, after completing a thorough survey he convinced us to focus the proofing work in the main drains and voila the rat problem was gone. He is very reassuring and knows what he is doing, 5 stars! Thank you!

Hi Everyone, my names Ted, I am an honest reliable tradesman. I have been working in all aspects of gardening and landscaping since I was a teenager. My word is my bond and I m a natural problem solver so please give me a challenge! I look forward to meeting with you. Regards

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Reviewed by Robin on 13/1/2019

An excellent service - thanks.

Welcome to Steelguard Pest Control Services where we aim to resolve your pest related problems in a professional manner safeguarding your home or business. Steelguard Environmental is a newly founded company but rest assured that my experience operating within the pest control sector is over 5 years and value the strong belief that upholding public health within our environment is not only a pest controller's responsibility, it is their duty. Safe guarding your homes, businesses, and places of leisure is of the upmost importance to myself ultimately preventing damage, disease and distressed members of the public.

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Reviewed by Derek on 3/12/2018

Nicholas done a superb job, and managed to find the root and cause of the mice infestation. I have used other companies such as rentokil before but they just normally put down traps and poison and that's it but Nicholas went the extra mile to try to solve the problem by properly investigating and blocking places where the mice could get into the house. He is friendly and very easy to communicate with and i would highly recommend him

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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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