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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 Tim on 23/9/2018

Prompt, helpful and efficient

Home Response is a specialist, nationwide provider of boiler, appliance and home emergency cover for landlords and homeowners.

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Reviewed by LOUISE on 23/9/2018

Excellent service - responsive, professional, very knowledgeable and good value. Cannot recommend highly enough.

Hi my name is Lee i have been a joiner for over 20 years. I have a multitude of experience within the building sector, from shopfitting, flooring, joinery work, bathrooms, kitchens, I also build bespoke pieces.

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Reviewed by Felicity on 22/9/2018

Lee was great from start to finish. Very quick to answer my request and understanding of our needs, having a young child we needed a new bathroom quickly and he accommodated every requirement we had and more. Very impressed with the work and communication. Professional outfit and would definitely hire again. The work was done while we were away on holiday and we had regular updates for peace of mind which was perfect. Thanks for a fantastic experience and a wonderful bathroom to boot.

Covering all of Devon and Cornwall, we take pride in not only doing the best but doing so with consideration for our customers and the Environment. With over 36 years in our industry we boast qualified staff, full insurance & FREE quotations within 48hrs.

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Reviewed by Dave on 21/9/2018

We found JB services to be highly efficient with excellent workmanship. Jay left everything clean and tidy and completed the job on time and was always ready to go that extra mile to ensure that we were happy with the result. We would highly reccomend him and will be using JB services again.

Pride myself in the details of all work undertaken also in been as helpful as possible with value for money a must

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Reviewed by Neil on 21/9/2018

Steve did a great job turned up when said he would did what he said he would no hidden extras would recommend him to any one will be using again in the future

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Reviewed by Asif on 18/9/2018

Experienced and competent tradesman.

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Reviewed by Bob on 18/9/2018

Very punctual. Once problem was identified work was completed promptly.

Booker and son are a small family run business. We take good pride in all work we do our aim is to keep all our customers happy. We work highly of recommendation. Please feel free to look some of our work and customers feed backs.

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Reviewed by Sarah on 17/9/2018

Friendly service by Lee and his partner. They attended on time and worked very hard. Very reasonable. I would use again/recommend. Sarah-Ilford

We expert in garden clearance,cleaning and building, we always give a first class job with reasonable quotes

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Reviewed by Carly on 16/9/2018

Super efficient removal service - couldn’t have asked for more!

AMS JOINERY SERVICES are a thriving business based in Glasgow & West Lothian covering central Scotland for over 20 years.We work hard to achieve client satisfaction 100%

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Reviewed by Fiona on 14/9/2018

Absolutely great service from Andrew. Was at my home 30 minutes after posting, diagnosed the problem, locatedcthd part and fixed the issue for a very reasonable fee. Would most definitely use Andrew's service again.

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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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