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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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Trades serviced: Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Internal Painting & Decorating, Linoleum Flooring, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, Internal Rendering

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Reviewed by simon on 8/7/2016

Complicated. Great guy but the worst workmanship I've ever seen. To be fair he refused to charge me and even offered to pay towards my 700 costs in wasted expensive tiles (I didn't take him up on this).

Trades serviced: Floor Sanding & Finishing, Internal Painting & Decorating, External wall painting, Door / Window painting, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Septic tanks - installation / emptying / cleaning

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Reviewed by kerry on 2/6/2014

Excellent service friendly staff would highly recommend

XTERIOR SOLUTIONS LANDSCAPING. Specialising in contemporary and traditional garden rebuilds, garden buildings, natural stone paving & walling, fencing, decking, water features. Working with you to develop and acheive your ideas.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Stonework / Stone Cladding, Porch / Canopy, Garden office / Studio construction, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Wooden Decking

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Reviewed by Tabitha on 29/5/2014

Tom came around and, explaining that I had bees and not wasps (which would cause me no bother), suggested that getting rid of the nest wasn't necessary. He didn't exploit me by carrying out the job anyway and there was no charge. I can't comment on the quality of his work, but I was very impressed with his genuine manner.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Pointing / Repointing, Floor Sanding & Finishing, Solid wood flooring, Wooden Decking, External wall painting

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Reviewed by Diane on 22/9/2014

I had forgotten to say in my previous review. Billy does what he says he will do and when he will do it at a cost agreed beforehand. He worked so hard and I can't thank him enough. Good guys are hard to find. Good tradesmen even harder. I would highly recommend

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Stonework / Stone Cladding, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse, Stone / Concrete Paving, Wooden / Metal / Wire fences

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Reviewed by Eileen on 10/7/2016

The work was carried out 2 years ago and I forgot to post my feedback, hence the delay in rating this job. Andrew and his team worked extremely hard in unpleasant weather conditions and remained calm and friendly, despite my endless modifications/additions to the original brief. Two years on, the garden is looking very good and I am very pleased with the results.

For all your Home & Garden improvements, From complete kitchen installations to odd DIY jobs around the house, No job to big or too small, Plumbing, Bathrooms, Tiling, Painting & Decorating, Lighting, Flat pack erection, Gardening, Lawns mowed

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

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Reviewed by Tapashya on 29/6/2017

I received a call immediately after posting the job to schedule a meeting for a quote but he never showed up for this first meeting. I called him back to reschedule the meeting and he did not show up for the second meeting. I called him again and at this point he said he was with a customer and that he would call me back in 5 mins and never called back so wouldn't recommend this trade person on the basis of reliability.

We are a family owned business with over 25 years experience. We specialise in bathroom refurbishments in addition to larger building projects such as extensions loft/ garage conversions and damp proof course work and general building works.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Garage Conversion

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Reviewed by tony on 22/7/2017

Many problems with roof and guttering had to get EYG to replace fascia and guttering,roof tiles are moving,also when contacted MATTY he said LINCS BUILD HAD GONE BUST

The best Upvc windows doors and glass units pluss upvc remedial work at the lowest prices around with a professional friendly service

Trades serviced: Conservatory, Lock fitting / Repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Decorative Glazing, Single / Double glazing, uPVC Windows & Door

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Reviewed by Joseph on 20/7/2017

Fantastic service from stsrt to finish! Good quality doors, great fitting and good finish. Had a slight problem with the trim, but rung John and he came the day after to sort it out! & while he was he I asked him about another little job and he did it on the spot! Would definitely recommend to anybody.

L.L Building is a small competant business based in east sussex, we provide a wide range of skills and free quotes.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Cellar & Basement Conversion, House extension, Home improvements, Porch / Canopy, Garden office / Studio construction

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Reviewed by Ryan on 1/7/2017

Friendly and efficient service providing quality work for a great price. I couldn't be happier with the work done!

Good clean honest down to earth prices. Itemised quotes so you know exactly what your getting for your money genuine local English tradesmen with old fashion values 2 million public liability

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Stonework / Stone Cladding, Laminate Flooring, Garden Shed / Playhouse, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly

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Pest Control Specialists - what you need to know

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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