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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 lingjie on 16/5/2012

Very good cleaning service for my flat. Very hard working and reliable! Can be trusted to turn up on time and do a good job. Very friendly people as well. Highly recommend!

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 Cathy and Richard on 25/11/2011

2 very nice men called and set up a large machine outside with hoses so there was no mess and little noise in the house. They cleaned every where I asked. I was a little bit upset to be charged for moving furniture as I had removed most of it myself and the largeer pieces such as the sofa I couldn't remove from the rooms to be done were very easily moved. Overall though a good job.

hi we're a family business giving an all round garden maintanance service inc artificial turf specialists , also regular turfing, fencing, "locks" paving, tree surgeon ,grass cutting, hedge cuts/removal, pressure clean drives like new,lay gravel.17 yr exp

Trades serviced: Loft Conversion, Garden Shed / Playhouse, Wooden cladding /Fascias/ Soffits, External wall painting, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Aerial & satellite dish installation

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Reviewed by Gemma on 22/11/2015

Job completed quickly, very responsive to messages/calls

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 Gavin on 1/6/2013

Rebuilt a small retaining wall at the front of our property and replaced some fencing and a gate. Really friendly and trustworthy and very pleased with the results. 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 Ruth on 13/4/2012

Very pleased so far. Would highly recommend

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 tracey stroud on 8/2/2012

James was excellent! He was on time and even called the night before to confirm my appointment! The job was done quickly, efficiently, cleanly and cheaper than he had quoted over the phone! He even disposed of the old fire for us.........what more can you ask. Brill James thank you. I will certainly be using you again

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 DOREEN on 31/1/2012

Mr Steer came on time to give a quotation. He and fellow worker came on the day promised, they were on time, they were polite and friendly and carried out the work speedily and efficiently.

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 Vishal on 15/4/2012

Just got the job done yesterday, very friendly and efficient service. Seemed knowledgeable about the job requirements and offered a competitive quote. Overall pleased with the job and would certainly recommend to others.

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

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Reviewed by Thomas on 7/5/2013

he was good thanks

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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