PEST CONTROL SERVICES
Please scroll down to find out more about our services for bed bugs, bees, bird mites, carpet beetle, cockroaches, deer, fleas, flies, foxes, hornets, mice, moles, pigeons, rabbits, rats, seagulls, silver fish, squirrels, starlings, stored product insects, wasps, woodlice and woodworm.
We are neither the cheapest nor most expensive pest control service provider;
we believe in fair pricing that reflects our skills, experience and standard of service.
All our prices are inclusive of VAT.
If the pest control service you require is not listed here, call 0800 107 7351 or complete our Contact Form to find out how we can help you.
RAT, MICE & SQUIRREL CONTROL
There are two species of rat in Britain; ‘Rattus Norvegicus’ , commonly known as the ‘Brown Rat’ or ‘Common Rat’ and ‘Rattus Rattus’, also referred to as the ‘Black Rat’ or ‘Ship Rat’, which is now rarely found in the UK. Rats have well-developed senses of smell, taste and touch, an acute sense of hearing (they frequently use ultrasound to communicate) and are especially sensitive to sudden noises. They are sexually mature from 3 months of age and can breed rapidly, with females producing between 3 to 12 litters of 6 to 8 young each year. All rats need to gnaw to wear down their constantly growing incisor teeth; in so doing, they damage woodwork, plastic, bricks and lead pipes and can even strip insulation from electrical cables. They live in any location providing food, water and shelter. In homes, this includes roof spaces, wall cavities and under floorboards. In gardens, they burrow into grassy banks or under sheds. They can also often be found living in sewer systems. Rats will mostly feed at night, eating an average of 50g of food per 24 hour period and although their preference is for cereal products, they are omnivorous and will eat almost anything that humans eat. In addition to damage caused by gnawing, rats carry many nasty diseases including Leptospirosis or Weil's disease, Salmonella, Listeria, Toxoplasma gondii and Hantavirus, which they can transmit to humans. The presence of rats can ruin an organisation's reputation; if clients and customers spot evidence of rodent infestation in the premises you manage, they are unlikely to want to do business with you. 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.
The ‘House Mouse’, and sometimes the ‘Long-Tailed Field Mouse’ are found in buildings seeking food and warm, sheltered nesting sites. The House Mouses’ body length can range between 60-90mm, with the tail adding up to an additional 100mm. They weigh less than 25g, and their fur colour varies between light brown and grey. Like rats, mice have acute hearing, use ultrasound to communicate and are sensitive to sudden noises. They live in nests that they build from cloth, wool and paper, often in houses, in places such as roof spaces, under floors and in wall cavities – wherever there is access to a good source of food - especially during the winter. They are mainly active at night and can often be heard running about as they search for food, nibbling sporadically at many different sources, rather than taking repeated meals from any one item. They don’t need water to drink as they obtain sufficient moisture from their food. Also like rats, their favourite foods are cereal products but they will eat almost anything.
Squirrels can cause damage to your home, your business and to your health. They chew on woodwork and ceilings, strip insulation from electrical wires, tear up fibreglass insulation and contaminate cold water tanks with their urine and droppings. Active at night, they cause sleep disturbance because of the loud noises they make when running around. In gardens and allotments, squirrels take fruit, raid the nests of small birds and dig holes in lawns to bury their food. Squirrels breed twice yearly on average, having 3 or 4 young each time and they will habitually return to the same property to breed year after year. Proofing properties where squirrels have already gained access will not solve the problem and as grey squirrels are not indigenous to the UK they may not be live trapped and relocated. In this instance, lethal trapping is the only suitable course of action. Never employ a pest controller to use rodenticide to treat for squirrels as this carries an unacceptable risk of secondary poisoning.
Rats, mice and squirrels are adaptable, highly mobile and breed rapidly, making controlling them a difficult task for the untrained individual. Professional pest controllers, especially those who, like Control Pest UK, are members of the BPCA, have personnel specifically trained in their control, with access to a range of professional use rodenticides that are not available to the public.
Call 0800 107 7351 or complete our Contact Form to find out how our Rat, Mice & Squirrel services can benefit you.
Rats from £90.00 - we recommend a minimum of three visits.
Mice from £80.00 - we recommend a minimum of three visits.
Squirrels from £60.00
HEAVY HEAT TREATMENT FOR BEDBUGS, FLEAS, BIRD MITES AND STORED PRODUCT INSECTS
Certain pests have developed some resistance to traditional pesticides, necessitating the development of alternative treatment methods. Heavy heat treatment is an innovative and highly specialised new method, which has been proven to be highly effective in exterminating bedbugs and other insect pests.
We use 3 phase 400v heaters with aluminium ducting connected to our own generator unit to heat specific areas or rooms to 48 degrees centigrade or higher. At this temperature, insects of all life cycle stages - including eggs - are dead in less than a minute. Because the heat radiates, it can even reach hiding places previously employed by the insects to avoid traditional extermination treatments. It also leaves no chance for the insects to ‘go into hiding’ - which they can do for several months without the need for food - meaning insects from the original infestation cannot return at a later date. Thus, heavy heat treatments are not only effective, they are also comprehensive.
Other benefits include the safe occupation of adjacent rooms whilst treatment is carried out, no waiting time before returning to a treated area, and no need to dispose of clothing, bedding, delicate items and items of sentimental value, as they are also treated within the portable heat treatment tent. Lastly, being chemical free, this treatment is better for the environment, better for our clients and better for our technicians.
Please note: we create individual tailor-made treatment programmes for every situation; in extremely severe infestations, additional treatment methods such as insecticidal spray and pheromone traps may be required in addition.
Call 0800 107 7351 or complete our Contact Form to find out how our Heavy Heat Services can benefit you.
ELECTRICAL FLY KILLING EQUIPMENT
We are pleased to be able to supply, install and maintain a range of electric fly killing equipment for use in domestic or commercial premises, either inside or out of doors.
The units are very low maintenance, requiring only cleaning at regular intervals and annual replacement of tubes, and are successful in controlling a range of pests, from cluster flies to wasps, queen wasps, ladybirds and other nuisance flying insects.
For our full brochure and up to date price list, call 0800 107 7351 or complete our Contact Form.
WASP, BEE & HORNET CONTROL
Reactions to wasp stings can range from discomfort, to pain and even death for people who are allergic to them.
Wasps are known to be aggressive in the defence of their queen and their nests, which they tend to build close to where humans are, in locations including roof spaces, eaves, wall cavities, internal garages and garden decks. Most people become aware of a wasp situation in early summer; Queens come out of hibernation in the Spring to create a new nest and begin breeding and hatching workers, whose numbers swell over time, leading to nests being at their busiest and most dangerous over the summer months. We advise seeking help for treatment of wasp nests as soon as they are identified; Control Pest UK provide safe and effective methods of wasp nest eradication and removal, regardless of whether they are located at ground level, at height or in restricted areas such as roof spaces.
Often confused with wasps, bees are less aggressive and in the case of honey bees, are an endangered (although not protected) species. As such, Control Pest UK will take a different approach to treatment in line with the identified species and always employ non-lethal methods in response to problems with honey bees. If possible, we will work with bee keepers to lure the queen (and thus the workers), into a catch tray, which the bee keeper can then take to a new location. In the case of particularly difficult to reach nests or swarms, we will ourselves use the live catch box method to capture & remove the bees, transport them to a safe new environment and release them without harm.
Hornets are less common than either wasps or bees. Whilst they are larger in size than wasps, they, like bees, are less aggressive but will still sting repeatedly in defence of their nest and so should be treated as soon as their presence is detected.
Call 0800 107 7351 or complete our Contact Form to find out how our Wasp, Bee & Hornet Services can benefit you.
BIRD MITE ERADICATION
Bird mites are extremely small insects that feed primarily on the blood of chicks in nests. Once this preferred food source is extinguished (when chicks fledge and leave the nest), the mites will move into homes and commercial properties to feed on human blood instead. Bird mite bites tend to occur at night, are pinprick size and create a raised, itchy red blotch that may or may not have a lesion. They itch more and take longer to heal than mosquito bites or even bites from bed bugs. Such infestations can cause loss of sleep and even negative psychological effects.
It is almost impossible to effectively deal with bird mite infestations yourself, however Control Pest UK has the necessary equipment and expertise to offer a range of services for bird mite, from prevention via premises proofing (please see our Other Services Page), to removal via insecticidal spray treatments, insecticidal smoke generator treatments and heavy heat treatments. Following treatment, we can carry out a thorough clean and disinfection of all affected areas and remove and dispose of nests and associated waste materials under our Waste Transfer Licence.
Call 0800 107 7351 or complete our Contact Form to find out how our Bird Mite Services can benefit you.
The two most common species of Cockroach found in Britain are the German Cockroach (Blatella Germanica) & Oriental Cockroach (Blata Orientalis). They are easily identified by their very long whip-like antennae, flat oval bodies and rapid, jerky walk. The adult German cockroach is a light yellow/ brown and is 10 to 15mm long, whilst the adult Oriental Cockroach is dark brown/black and is 20 to 24mm long.
Cockroaches feed on almost anything, including refuse, faecal matter and food intended for human consumption. They can survive for several months without food but no more than a few days without water, so often harbour in hard to reach areas close to a water supply. The British climate makes it hard for them to survive outside, which is why they will most often be found in the heating ducts and boiler rooms of large centrally heated buildings such as hospitals, bakeries, hotel & restaurant kitchens and blocks of flats, or clustered around pipes, stoves, and sinks. Whilst foraging for food and water, cockroaches contaminate food, utensils and preparation surfaces in their path. They taint food with an obnoxious smell and are vectors of disease, capable of carrying the organisms which cause food poisoning in humans as well as many other bacteria.
Control of cockroaches is seldom easy because of the difficulty of getting the insecticide to the insect (due to their preference for hard to reach areas) and the need for an insecticide that is persistent enough to kill both adult insects and nymphs that may hatch at a later date. This is why we recommend contacting a professional pest control company for all cockroach infestations, one who is a member of the BPCA (British Pest Control Association), as these professionals not only have access to a range of insecticides that are not available to the public, but they are trained to use these insecticides both safely and effectively.
Call 0800 107 7351 or complete our Contact Form to find out how our Cockroach Services can benefit you.
Three visits, from £160.00
DEER CONTROL & PROOFING
There are six different deer species found in the wild in Britain. They eat grass, leaves, fruits, berries and woody plants, tree bark and tree shoots, and in so doing can cause considerable damage to farm crops, parks, golf courses and private gardens. They are also responsible for a large number of road traffic accidents.
Control Pest UK have extensive experience of managing deer problems professionally, humanely and legally, gained over many years and can provide tailor made deer proofing and exclusion to all types of properties. We will conduct a full site survey and provide you with a detailed schedule of work and price quotation prior to commencement.
Call 0800 107 7351 or complete our Contact Form to find out how our Deer Services can benefit you.
Bespoke price quotation upon request.
FLEA & BEDBUG EXTERMINATION
Fleas are a big problem in British homes, especially those with pets. They are small (about 2-4mm long), with flattened bodies that are reddish brown in colour and are just about visible to the naked eye. Fleas are flightless but have very long, powerful legs that enable them to jump long distances and move easily between wild animals, pets and humans. Fleas are parasites and their bites cause the biggest problem; whilst not painful, they can cause an uncomfortable itch and rashes and some pets can develop an allergy to flea saliva. Flea eggs drop from the host to other surfaces including carpets, rugs, sofas and pet beds, hatch out into adult fleas, search for a host and the cycle continues. Fleas can live from 2 weeks to 8 months and once they have found a host will not move unless disturbed. They don’t go away by themselves and if you do have pets, both they and your home need to be comprehensively treated in order to successfully eradicate the fleas.
Once associated with unhygienic surroundings, the most common causes of problems nowadays are increased travel, second-hand furniture and tolerance to certain pesticides. Infestations still occur frequently, particularly in multi-occupancy buildings with rapid resident turnover such as hostels, hotels, holiday camps and blocks of flats. Adult bed bugs resemble a small brown disc, measuring up to 6mm in length. They are wingless but have well developed legs that enable them to crawl up vertical surfaces and cement their elongated eggs into cracks or crevices close to hosts (humans). They are mainly active at night and can hide in crevices in the bed and surrounding furniture and also behind skirting boards, under loose wall-paper, behind pictures and even in plug sockets. Bedbugs need to feed on human blood but in some cases can survive up to a year without doing so.
Control Pest UK offer safe, effective and targeted treatments for fleas and bedbugs (we recommend a minimum of two visits for fleas) to remove infestations from domestic and commercial properties alike.
Call 0800 107 7351 or complete our Contact Form to find out how our Flea and Bedbug Services can benefit you.
Two visits, from £90.00
FOX CONTROL & TRAPPING
Foxes are typically found in woodland and open country but their presence in urban areas is increasing. They are omnivorous, with no specific diet and in the countryside will eat anything from insects, earthworms, fruit, berries and wild birds to small mammals, poultry (chickens, geese, etc.) and small livestock, including lambs and even piglets - BBC Wildlife Magazine estimates that poultry and livestock lost to foxes annually amounts to between £10 and £12 million pounds in value. In urban settings, foxes will rummage through bins for human food waste and have even been known to kill domestic pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs housed in outside hutches. They are opportunistic feeders and often kill more than they need to eat immediately.
Foxes also cause nuisance by leaving droppings to mark their territory ( which leaves an unpleasant smell), by digging up gardens and by creating mess when they raid bins. In rare cases, foxes can pass sarcoptic mange to humans and domestic dogs.
Fox bites are rare, but the removal and eradication of a pest fox or foxes is a specialised task that should only be undertaken by professionals. Of the various methods available, only those that are deemed humane are legally permitted. Control Pest UK are proud to provide fox control services that meet all humane standards, whilst remaining effective.
Call 0800 107 7351 or complete our Contact Form to find out how our Fox Control & Trapping Services can benefit you.
Bespoke price quotation upon request.
You will very rarely see moles above ground; their presence is detected by the appearance of ‘mole hills’ and in extreme cases, holes. Their tunnelling causes great damage to domestic and commercial land, farms, schools, colleges and more and if left untreated can lead to ground instability and an eyesore becoming a safety risk.
Professional pest control is the only way to eradicate this pest; amongst the many different methods available, Control Pest UK have found that best results come from the use of scissor traps. These have been in use for hundreds of years and when deployed correctly by those experienced in mole control, are very successful in dealing with the problem.
Call 0800 107 7351 or complete our Contact Form to find out how our mole control services can benefit you.
PIGEON, STARLING & SEAGULL CONTROL
Feral pigeons, starlings and seagulls foul buildings, leaving behind an unsightly mess that can also become a health risk as accumulated droppings are sources of disease. In the absence of predators, birds fall sick and infect others with Ornithosis and other diseases, some of which can be transmitted to humans.
Controlling birds through population reduction is less desirable and less effective than removing their food sources or blocking off sites where they perch or roost (a technique known as proofing, which is now used extensively). The prevention, proofing against, and control of, pigeons, starlings and seagulls is a highly specialised skill, requiring specific equipment and tools, including barriers, spikes, nets and wire. In addition, active systems like shock strips, audible scarers and optical gels can be used to create negative associations in birds wishing to land or roost on buildings.
All of these methods have their own merits; some offer a stronger and more lasting deterrent dependent upon the situation but as with any method of control, may become less effective when used over an extended period of time. Heavy bird infestations may require control by shooting or trapping, or by flying predatory birds.
Call 0800 107 7351 or complete our Contact Form to find out how our Piegon, Starling & Seagull Control Services can benefit you.
RABBIT CONTROL & PROOFING
First introduced to England in the 12th century by the Normans for food and fur, wild rabbits are now a common sight in many parts of the country. They are grey-brown in colour, with long ears and hind legs and a fluffy white tail. Rabbits are smaller than brown hares and do not have black tips on their ears.
Reasons to control rabbits include the damage they cause to crops, property and infrastructure. Rabbits can cause soil erosion through the removal of vegetation and ground to become weak and unstable through tunnelling, as well as damage to tree bark and the grassland on and around golf courses. Landowners have a legal duty to prevent rabbit damage on land that neighbours their own.
There are many methods for rabbit control, ranging from exclusion fencing to lethal culling. Our technicians are fully experienced in all of these methods and will often use a combination to produce a successful outcome. Some control methods can be employed free of charge; each situation is individually assessed to determine which methods to employ for the best result. Whichever method is used, we ensure all our work is carried out in the most humane way possible and without threat to other wildlife or the environment.
Call 0800 107 7351 or complete our Contact Form to find out how our Rabbit Control & Proofing Services can benefit you.
Bespoke price quotation upon request.
STORED PRODUCT INSECT CONTROL
Stored product insects (SPIs) are insects that eat, live and breed in stored products such as grains, processed foods and tobacco. The UK has many different types of SPIs; the two most common are beetles and moths. There is no significant health risk to humans from SPIs but products they have contaminated are no longer fit for human consumption and can often contain cast skins or pupal casings. Finding insects in foodstuffs can also cause significant psychological distress.
All businesses handling any kind of cereal, grain or dried food, such as supermarkets, restaurants, food processing facilities and food storage warehouses are at risk of SPI infestations. SPIs are believed to be the world’s ‘most expensive pest’, costing business billions of pounds every year. Domestic SPI infestations are often the result of a purchased contaminated product; once in the home the insects will quickly spread in search of additional food sources.
Fully eradicating an infestation requires more than the removal of moths and/ or beetles as other life cycle stages may still be alive and well. Our fully qualified and experienced technicians fully understand SPI habits and lifecycles and so can recommend targeted, effective treatment programmes specific to your needs. Before starting work they will fully explain the process and when finished will provide you with a report detailing the action taken, pesticides used and post-treatment advice.
Call 0800 107 7351 or complete our Contact Form to find out how our Stored Product Insects Services can benefit you.
Three visits. From £80.00
WOODLICE, SILVER FISH & CARPET BEETLE EXTERMINATION
Woodlice are harmless, feeding on rotten wood or vegetable matter and entering homes from the garden. It is not specifically necessary to treat woodlice but sometimes large infestations can occur that can cause distress and require attention. Our experienced technicians have access to professional pesticides that will quickly resolve any such issues.
These are often found in damp areas such as kitchens and bathrooms and feed on starchy substances including glue, wallpaper paste and carbohydrate food debris. Large numbers of silverfish in a given area can indicate a damp problem that requires treatment. Treatment is with professional insecticide designed for the eradication of silverfish.
The greatest problem arising from carpet beetle infestations is the damage caused by the larvae (known as “woolly bears”), which are now responsible for more damage to textiles in Britain than clothes moths. The larvae feed on feathers, fur, hair or wool and will often be found in airing cupboards - which house the clothes and blankets that constitute the food they need. Adult carpet beetles feed on pollen and nectar and so do not present a problem. Damage to carpets from this pest can be identified by the presence of well-defined round holes along the seams of fabric.
Insecticide is needed to combat this pest successfully and it must be applied thoroughly to all affected areas and items in order to be effective. Our technicians have the skills and the experience to ensure infestations are eradicated in their entirety.
Call 0800 107 7351 or complete our Contact Form to find out how our Woodlice, Silver Fish & Carpet Beetle Services can benefit you.
WOODWORM (WOOD BORING INSECTS) TREATMENT
Wood worm is the term used for the destructive larvae of the Common Furniture Beetle. Their presence is often noticed by the appearance of neat round holes, 2mm across, in wooden surfaces, often accompanied by tiny piles of wood dust beneath them. These holes are made by emerging adult beetles; there may be many more immature grubs still tunnelling away inside the wood.
Woodworm is often introduced to premises in second-hand furniture, tea chests or wicker-work, but the beetles can also fly in through windows. Once arrived, they may move from furniture to also attack floorboards, joinery and even structural timbers such as rafters and joists.
Our technicians will treat woodworm infestations with a two-step process; a thorough clean of all affected areas, followed by a comprehensive application of specialist woodworm killing agents.
Call 0800 107 7351 or complete our Contact Form to find out how our Woodworm Services can benefit you.