Mice live in nests that they build out of cloth, wool and paper. Nests are often built inside houses, in places such as roof spaces, under floors or in wall cavities, and wherever there is access to a good source of food, especially during the winter.
Mice can squeeze through cracks as small as 5mm, but mouse holes are usually 20-30mm in diameter. Mice are mainly active at night and can often be heard running about as they search for food.
Mice have been known to spread some nasty diseases to humans such as Salmonella, Listeria, which can cause food poisoning. These nibbling nuisances have a compulsive need to gnaw to keep their incisor teeth worn down to a constant length. Electric cables, water and gas pipes, packaging and woodwork, may all be seriously damaged by mice - many instances of electrical fires and floods have been attributed to them.
Brown Rats live in any situation that provides food, water and shelter. In homes, they will live in roof spaces, wall cavities or under floorboards. In gardens, they will burrow into grassy banks or under sheds.
Rats carry many nasty diseases which they can spread to humans, normally through their urine, including; Leptospirosis or Weil's disease, Salmonella, Listeria, Toxoplasma gondii and Hantavirus. Rats can inflict an enormous amount of structural damage. They can cause severe fires by gnawing away the insulation around electrical cables, floods by puncturing pipes and even death by chewing through gas pipes. The insurance sector has estimated that rodent damage to wiring is responsible for 25% of all electrical fires in buildings.
Property owners have a legal obligation under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 to keep premises rodent free, or, if rodents pose a threat to health or property, to report infestations to the local authority
Common Wasps, generally build their nests inside something, this can be a roof space/loft, garden shed, inside an air brick or even in the ground. Other Wasps build their nests in bushes, trees, hedgerows and even underground. They build their nests anywhere that they find suitable and where it is protected from the elements and is undisturbed. They build their nest itself using chewed wood and saliva to make a papier mache material. The nest material is durable, lightweight and surprisingly waterproof.
One of the most feared and aggressive pests, wasps will attack and sting, sometimes unprovoked but usually if threatened. This is a risk and a cause for concern if you have small children or pets as for some wasp stings can be very dangerous causing severe reactions, with several people dying from wasp stings every year.
Moles tunnel using their large two front paws to scrape away the earth and feel along tunnels with their snouts and whiskers. Because of the absence of light within their living conditions, moles have very poor eyesight so very rarely will you see mole activity above ground. In rural areas especially, moles can cause considerable damage to your garden/land by tunnelling through the soil. With heavy infestations, the ground can become unstable, and holes may appear not only damaging the foundations of your property but also creating safety risks. Professional pest control is needed for these pests.
Methods such as tunnel trapping, gassing (Aluminium Phosphates) and even shooting (least likely method of control) can be used by a professional to control these pests.
Rabbits are a pest that many people think nothing much can be done about, these wild animals have a population that numbers millions; ALL landowners have a legal duty to control rabbits on their land and there are a variety of treatments and proofing measures that can minimise the damage rabbits cause.
Foxes are typically found in woodland and open country, but their presence in urban areas is increasing. Red foxes are opportunist feeders and eat insects, earthworms, fruit, berries, wild birds, small mammals and scraps left by humans
Red foxes are primarily active at dusk and night. They are solitary, but they very occasionally group together in a pack. Foxes forage alone in different parts of their territory, which may extend from 25 to 5,000 acres, depending on the habitat. They use faeces and urine to mark territories.
Squirrels frequently enter domestic roof spaces. Once inside they chew woodwork, strip insulation from electrical wiring and water pipes, tear up fibreglass insulation and, occasionally, drown in water tanks.
Various types of trap are available as a control measure. The release of grey squirrels caught in cage traps is illegal.
Honey Bees are providers of honey and almost universally viewed with affection in the UK. They rarely present problems as pests, however, feral swarms can set up home in undesirable places such as chimneys and wall cavities. Honey bees are small and vary in colour from golden brown to almost black.
The most common scenario in which you may become concerned is when they swarm. Typically these intimidating swarms will first set up a temporary camp somewhere nearby, such as a tree branch, fence post and even cars. In almost all cases the swarm will take off again within a day or two to occupy a most suitable permanent home elsewhere.
Contrary to popular belief bees aren't protected and can be treated, however, they are endangered so we'd always recommend exploring all other avenues before considering eradication
Although you may be accustomed to seeing more flies in the summer, their numbers can become out of control and this is down to something in the area attracting them. Flies spread bacteria too, contaminating everything that they land on; a pest problem that should to be dealt with quickly
An ULV "Ultra Low Volume" treatment can be used to quickly control flying insects as well as certain crawling insects. ULV can be used in many situations including animal husbandry areas, private housing, food processing areas, warehouses, raw material stores including empty grain silos and stores, hospitals, hotels, municipal buildings, halls, community centres, cinemas, offices, farms and loft spaces. The same equipment can be used to perform sanitising treatments and deodorising treatments.
What is ULV?
The World Health Organisation has defined ULV treatments as those employing less than 5 litres/hectare. The optimum size of droplet has been demonstrated using laser holography to be around 15 microns. ULV machines produce almost all of there droplets in the optimal range, only a small fraction of particles produced by a conventional high volume sprayer fall into the optimum size range. Large droplets are wasteful, will not carry well through the air and not effectively reach the insect.
ULV provides a good penetration of insecticide into harbourages and cracks and crevices. The droplets are carried in on air currents and insects are flushed out into contact with more insecticide. Conventional high volume spraying may leave an unsightly deposit of insecticide as well as an unpleasant odour. The ULV technique leaves no visible deposit and will not stain, it is therefore ideal in situations where other insecticide application methods cannot be used. The ULV treatment time is very short, for instance a room in an average house requires under 10 second application time, the droplets produced fall out of the air in approximately 1 hour meaning the vacation time is far less than with a traditional treatment.
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