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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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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 George on 24/7/2020

Completed a great job and explained everything

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 Graham on 23/6/2020

Quick, no nonsense. Came round the same afternoon. Really excellent service

With over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, we know how to deliver work that looks good and lasts. We work on properties of all shapes and sizes, commercial and domestic, turning your dreams into a reality.

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Reviewed by Jane on 22/5/2020

He is honestly amazing! Always arrived on time in a very good mood. Great work ethic and very friendly. Very reliable highly recommend! Thank you so much George for your fantastic work!

Here at Weathertite Constructions we cover a wide range of building roofing extensions conversions damp problems drainage with camera inspection, garden design with patios driveways and walls. James has 20 years experience Lee has 35 Gary has 17 we are here to provide a good service information and a very reasonable quote kind regards James

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Reviewed by Ted on 20/7/2020

VERY GOOD WORKMANSHIP, A BIT SLOW ON ATTENDANCE.

Swift Property Solutions is friendly, professional and reliable. Make us your first point of contact for any job large or small in and around your home or business. All work to the highest of standards by qualified tradesman with guarantee documentation

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Reviewed by Deborah on 23/5/2018

excellent man despite his cable breaking he did the best he could and only charged me half price. Will be asking him to do more work as I need to

*Always Smart Landscaping* cheap reliable services, with a free quote no obligation with a 14 day cooling off period. We will try our best to be the cheapest! we cover all landscaping from building work, gardening work, driveways, jet washing, Fencing, Painting. You name it will do it. No job to big or none to small!

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Reviewed by Bernard on 15/2/2020

very reliable hard working and reasonable rates

Garden maintainence Turf Tree lopping and felling Garden tidy ups clearances Pebble walk ways Hedge trimming Weeding Planting All landscaping jobs ect

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Reviewed by Helen on 1/6/2020

Excellent work would recommend this firm

We are a small friendly business who have over ten years of experience in the building trade, we have exceptionally high standards, whether it be an odd job to a complete renovation project. Topspec property maintenance covers all your property needs!

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Reviewed by steven on 29/6/2020

always on time. a proactive approach with ideas and solutions. good work ethic and left the work space tidy at the end of each day.

Kingswood UK is a company with a dedicated team that can carry out multiple types of property repairs, we ensure all work done is of the highest quality and a 12 month warranty is in place for all products and services.

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 Raje on 11/7/2020

Keith was excellent at his job. Very polite and took his time to make sure the pest wasn’t coming back, visited few times to check loft and blocked all holes.

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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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