Wednesday, 31 December 2014

How to prevent a mice infestation

If you have a mice infestation in your house, it’s important to make sure that you take care of it as quickly as possible. But the best approach is to prevent the mice from getting a foot hold in your house in the first place if at all possible. Here are a few ways you can do this.

Control Their Food Supply

Mice can only gain a foothold in your house if they have access to food. Generally this means food that you leave out. Contrary to popular belief, mice aren’t that enamored of cheese in the wild. What they love is something with more nutrients like anything with grain in it such as bread or cereal. They also tend to love peanut butter and other nuts since it’s what they also often eat in the wild.

If you keep your sources of food put away in cabinets or other secure areas that are high up and difficult for mice to access, then you will make it impossible for them to have enough resources to stay and infest your house.

Control Their Breeding Habits

Mice often need access to materials in order to form a nest. They also have to have free access to various parts of your house in order to move back and forth to collect food and other materials.  Therefore, it’s important to make sure you properly seal all holes in your home to make it harder for mice to get into your house in the first place.

It’s also important to make sure that you make it more difficult for mice to rip up materials like cardboard for nesting material. You should put all such materials away in a secure location, and you should also comb over your house in order to find areas where mice might be getting in in order to properly seal them up.

Call Professionals

Ultimately, the best approach for getting rid of an imminent mouse infestation before it occurs is to contact an extermination professional. They will be able to make sure that you are doing everything right and that you haven’t missed everything.

They will also often have the best materials for controlling the infestation; including equipment and chemicals that you just don’t have access to as a non-professional. In fact, many professional pest control companies will have enough experience that they will be able to identify the exact breed of mouse that’s trying to establish a colony in your home.

This will allow them to change their approaches to deal with your specific problem in terms of general breeding habits.

If you need advice about mice, rats, cluster flies and or bees or would like assistance removing them from your home, call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 or click here to request a quote.

Friday, 28 November 2014

How to overcome rats

Regardless of whether you’re dealing with hornets, dealing with fleas, or dealing with rats, it’s important to use the right tools for the job, but it’s even more important that you have the right people for the job. Here’s why.

Specific Professional Grade Products

Professional pest control companies will have access and know how with using materials that it’s better off that everyone else stay away from. For example, there’s a new product called Racumin foam that is extremely effective for dealing with rats, but also has the disadvantage of being a bit dangerous for regular people to use.

For example, the product has all sorts of warnings on it including about how you can only use it indoors, how it contains a percentage of a deadly chemical, about how it can’t be used on or near anything that uses electricity at all, about how it can’t be used with any other pest control product, and so on.

The right professionals will know how to use it though, and it’s been proven effective for use against rats of around 20 grams or mice of around 4 grams or around the size of a tennis ball.

Being Safe

The problem with trying to take care of a rat infestation problem yourself is that it’s easy to make a mistake if you don’t have the experience and proper equipment. A lot of pest control people will have extensive safety equipment such as professional grade masks and professional grade gloves and suits as well as a number of professional safety procedures for making sure that they don’t accidently get exposed to a deadly poison meant for rats.

Rats are large enough that if you get exposed to the poison meant for them, it can have serious consequences on your long term health. As a result, try to find professionals who have access to Racumin foam so that they can take care of the problem for you.

If you need advice about mice, rats, cluster flies and or bees or would like assistance removing them from your home, call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 or click here to request a quote.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

How to deal with a mice infestation

When it comes to dealing with hornets, dealing with fleas, dealing with mice or dealing with any kind of infestation, the important thing is to go with a professional pest control company. Here are a few reasons why.


Professional pest control companies will be able to lay down traps suited specifically for the particular type of mice that you have infesting your house or other building. There are actually multiple different types of mice out there including field mice and others, so the type you have actually matters.

The pest control company will be able to figure out precisely what kind you have by looking at the droppings, through surveillance, and through other means.They will then be best suited to figuring out what sorts of traps will work, what sorts of bait will work the best, and so on. After all, if you try doing this yourself chances are pretty good that you’ll get it wrong because it’s easy to underestimate or overestimate the size of the traps you need or what you should bait them with if you don’t have the equipment or expertise to figure it out on your own.

For example, many people think that mice like cheese and so they might bait their traps with cheese. But the truth is that pest control companies will be able to identify the sorts of food products that the actual mice in the wild would want, such as peanut butter or grain. Mice in the wild don’t often get access to cheese or milk, after all.

Spraying and Other Procedures

While capturing individual mice can certainly help, professionals will often have more experience with the procedures needed to remove the problem entirely instead of going one mouse at a time. The key is to root them out at their source often by using sprays.

This is one of those things that’s difficult to handle by yourself while being entirely safe at the same time.

If you need advice about mice, rats, cluster flies and or bees or would like assistance removing them from your home, call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 or click here to request a quote.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Racumin Pesticide (Rodenticide) Foam

It’s important to use a professional company to get rid of rats. Professional pest control companies will have experience dealing with hornets, dealing with fleas, dealing with rats, and dealing with many other types of pests. It’s important to check what type of experience a pest control company has before moving forward with them, however. Here are a few of the methods such companies might use.
New Foam Product

There’s a new foam product out there called Racumin Rodenticide Foam that’s specifically designed for helping you eliminate rats in your home. The idea is that it’s easy to apply and it specifically works based on the normal behavior of rats.
The grooming behavior of rats is how the product works to get rid of them. The advantage with the product is that it can be used in many areas in the house where it’s not normally possible to use other kinds of rat poison such as for baiting.
The fact that the product is non-bait is definitely an advantage that many pest control experts will use. It works especially well on the Norway rat, or House mice. The product only works indoors and its designed for use in the UK and Ireland.  Essentially pest control experts will place the material on areas where rats are known to walk up and down, or especially in places where they enter or exits such as known rat holes.
Essentially, all the experts have to do is put the material in a place where a rat will walk over it. Once it’s on their skin and fur, they will transfer it into their mouth themselves by washing their fur with their tongues. This means that you don’t have to worry about getting the rat to eat anything which can be difficult or at least, considerably more difficult than simply putting it in an area where the rats might walk by.

If you need advice about rats, cluster flies and or bees or would like assistance removing them from your home, call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 or click here to request a quote.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Cluster Flies, Fact Sheet And Proven DIY Solutions?

Although cluster flies are harmless and are not known to carry disease, their constant buzzing can be a great nuisance.

They also stain windows and other places where they settle and they can make surfaces sticky. They can be distinguished from house flies by their bigger size and also by the stripes at the back of their heads.

They tend to fly rather sluggishly. They are usually found in large numbers. Once they nest somewhere, they release pheromones that attract other flies in the area. They like to lay their eggs in moist places and they do their best work in winter. Once they have established a nest they are very hard to get rid of.
If you live in an area in the UK where they are common you may be looking for different ways of dealing with cluster flies. Here are some methods that come highly recommended:

You can use a cluster buster. This simple but very effective invention uses a powder (Quicksand) to keep the flies stuck. It can take 1,000 flies which means that it can be effective for as long as 2 years. Check your local store to see if they have cluster busters.

You can use aerosols to get rid of cluster flies. There are several brands that are quite effective and that are safe to use within the home. That said, you should not spray them near anyone who suffers allergies or if you have small children and elderly family members.

You can call in pest control. They will come, make an assessment of how big the problem is, and then bring in chemicals to deal with the flies. Try and find a company that uses chemicals that are safe for both you and the environment. Find alternative accommodations as they work on the flies until your home is safe from chemicals. Also find out how long the results will last; there are some chemicals used by these companies that have a very short term effect.

If the infestation is small your vacuum cleaner can get the job done. Once you are finished empty the flies into a zip lock bag and put it out in the trash. Keep in mind that you have only got rid of the flies that you can see – any that are hiding or hibernating will still be a problem at some point.
Try any or all of these methods of dealing with cluster flies in your home.

If you need advice about cluster flies and or bees or would like assistance removing them from your home, call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 or click here to request a quote.

Friday, 3 October 2014

What is the most effective way to deal with rats in my home?

Rats are a common problem in the UK. Once they get into a home or a commercial building they can breed into large numbers.

Not only are they a nuisance, they also have the potential to spread disease and infection to both humans and pets. There are several recommended methods of dealing with rats.

The first step is deterrence. If you live in a rat-prone zone like in the big cities make sure that there are no small spaces that rats can crawl through and get in your home. The same goes for the countryside especially if your home is near a barn.

Rat poison is a good option except it presents 2 problems. The first is that the rat may crawl into a small space and die which means you have to deal with the smell. The other is that you endanger other animals that may eat dead rats such as owls and dogs.

You can use electromagnetic devices that produce very low current that drives rats away. These can be very effective but they should not be used in homes that have bats otherwise you will have to deal with dead bats.

Traps are also an excellent way of dealing with rats. They should be set in places where the rats run around and away from children and pets. Don’t bait them for a few days – the rats have to get familiar with them. After two or three days bait them with peanut butter. Wear gloves – if they get the human scent they get cautious.

You can also use glue traps but you have to be ready to drive the rats more than 2 Km to set them free if you cannot bear to watch them struggle until they die from exhaustion. This is a very effective method if you have big nests.

If the idea of killing rats is more than you can take you can make humane traps for them. There is information online about how to make one. The best are made out of metal. Again, once you trap them you have to take them out in the wild where they cannot come back.

The use of guns to kill rats is not illegal in the UK so long as you have a certificate of ownership for the gun. If you decide to go with this method be ready to clean up the mess.

Now you know the best ways of dealing with rats; don’t allow them to multiply.
If you need advice about rats and mice or would like assistance removing them from your home, call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 or click here to request a quote.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

How can we deal with mice, do I need to buy a cat?

Is it true that in the UK you are never more than 6 ft away from a rat or a mouse?

Whether it is true or not, it is a fact that there are more than 100 million mice in the country. Although quite rare in homes they can be quite endemic once they establish themselves – they multiply at an amazing rate. So how do you best deal with them to remove them from your home?

Are cats effective or is there another way of dealing with mice?

The first thing that you need to do is figure out how they got in to begin with. You may spend a lot of time removing them only to find that they return in a month or so because you haven’t plugged their route into your home.
The next is to figure out how you want to deal with them. This is determined by how many of them there are. If they are a large population you will have to call in professional help.

However, most homes will have just a few mice. To kill them with poison can be tricky – they may die in spaces that you can’t reach and stink up your home. Poison presents another problem – the dead rat may be eaten by another animal and the poison could affect it. Traps are a better option but you have to be ready to deal with the dead rat once it’s caught.
Some people use live traps. While this is an ideal option, you have to take the mice more than 2 Km from your home otherwise they will just come back. You also have to be careful to release them far from residential and commercial buildings.

You can also buy electromagnetic devices that drive rats out.
If you look online you will find that people have all sorts of other clever ways of dealing with mice. One that many people say work is feeding the mice with cement.  However, we would recommned you call in a professional to help you deal with the problem. This will ensure you get a lasting result.
Use any of the methods recommended here are effective in dealing with rats and mice before they overrun your home.

If you need advice about cluster flies and or bees or would like assistance removing them from your home, call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 or click here to request a quote.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Safety in the use of pesticides at home!

 It's easy to lose your head if you are dealing with fleas, flies, woodlice, or other common UK home infestations. In fact, if you are dealing with hornets, centipedes, or other poisonous or dangerous pests, panic can set in.

Unfortunately, most pesticides, when used improperly, can pose more of a danger to you, your family, and pets than the pests themselves. Because of this, safety when using pesticides is of the utmost priority. In this article we'll take a look at what you should know to make sure that you handle pesticides safely for home use.

The best thing you can do is to always read all labels on any pesticide you use at home. The presence of a safety label on a pesticide protects you due to the fact that it ascertains that the pesticide in question adheres to all government regulations and has been tested and certified for safe use at home.

Never store pesticides in containers other than the original package. The reasons for this are to make sure that access to the pesticide is restricted by safer packaging and to ensure that the pesticide is always contained in packaging that includes safety labeling and indications on how to use the pesticide safely.

You should pay attention to the reputation of the pesticide brand. You should also be aware of the active ingredients and their percentage in the pesticide (this information should be clearly labelled.) This allows you to research effectively to ensure that the pesticide is appropriate for the location you want to target.

It is also important to use the right pesticide for the pest you are dealing with.

If you are dealing with hornets, a pesticide designed for fleas may not be the best idea.
Most importantly, follow all safety recommendations detailing how and how much pesticide to use and what to do in case of accidental ingestion.  

If you need advice about hornets, wasp,woodlice, flies and or bees or would like assistance removing them from your home, call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 or click here to request a quote.

How can I prevent and deal with woodlice?

Some people in the UK have trouble dealing with hornets, others have trouble dealing with flea infestations.

However, one of the most pervasive problems is dealing with woodlice. Woodlice fears are a common phobia, and they can quickly become an inconvenience.

Although woodlice don't really transmit diseases, they can cause some damage to your home furnishings, and leave stains on carpets or walls if killed incorrectly. Generally, woodlice are attracted to damp areas in your home, and may enter a home by accident. The fact is that most woodlice will find your home a harsh environment due to a lack of sufficient humidity and will usually try to find their way to an outdoor environment.

Woodlice are found all over the UK and there are three main species, the Pill Woodlouse, the Common Woodlouse, and Porcellio Scaber. The first of these is one of the most common, the second is generally the largest of the species. The third has a rougher surface and is a bit thinner than the other two.

Woodlice are not insects but are actually crustaceans that have a segmented exoskeleton and can have up to fourteen legs.

Woodlice love to feed on rotting wood and leaves and may damage wallpaper or surfaces by eating tiny mould found on these. In most cases, woodlice will be found on the ground floor, although they may appear in bathrooms or toilets (attracted by the damp.)

You can prevent and control woodlice by using insecticidal sprays. However, this is usually just a stopgap measure. For a permanent solution and prevention, take action to remove vegetation near your home and damp areas within your living quarters. Sealing gaps and providing adequate heating and humidity control are the two best things you can do to prevent a woodlouse infestation. 

If you need advice about hornets, wasp,woodlice, flies and or bees or would like assistance removing them from your home, call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 or click here to request a quote.

Pest Control: The Cluster Fly (Pollenia Rudis) in the UK

Pollenia Rudis

There are a myriad of varieties of flies that will cause distress to your home or business. However, Cluster Flies may be more annoying than other types of flies due to their strange behavior. Unlike other regular flies, you will find cluster flies congregating in the first warm space that they find. On cold days, you will notice them crawling sluggishly over your wall or window. When they find their way inside your house, they can leave stains on your curtains and walls.

What are cluster flies?

Also known as Pollenia Rudis or attic flies, cluster flies are usually bigger than the normal house fly –they are 8-10mm in length. They also have golden hair on their thorax, a grey checked abdomen, and overlapping wings. Again, unlike ordinary flies, you will find them crawling lazily, looking dopey, and craving for warmth wherever they can find it.

Dealing with Cluster Flies

Dealing with cluster flies isn’t as simple as dealing with fleas or any other common insects; simply using an insecticide that you come across can be a poor choice. The insecticide will kill them but will also encourage infestation of other breed of pests that feed on their dead carcasses. When this happens, you will have a totally different problem. It is therefore important to prevent a problem with these flies than to deal with them after they have arrived.

Ways to Prevent Cluster Flies From Entering Your House or Business

•         Ensure that all entry points as well as holes in your windows or door screens are properly sealed off
•         Seal any cracks or openings that you notice in your house with silicone based caulk
•         Inspect the exterior of your house or business just before the breeding season, especially if you have had problems with cluster flies before.
When dealing with cluster flies, it is advisable to call a professional pest control expert.

If you need advice about hornets, wasp, flies and or bees or would like assistance removing them from your home, call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 or click here to request a quote.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

What is a hornet, how to defend yourself and your home.

A hornet is an insect in the wasp family that more or less looks like a yellowjacket. They can grow to be quite big, sometimes exceeding 2 inches when they are fully grown. Hornet populations are common in Europe, Asia and Africa. They usually nest in wood and they can be quite predatorial. A hornet’s sting is very painful and in some cases can even be fatal. If you live in an area where they are common, dealing with hornets is important because the larger their populations grow the more risk they present.

The first thing that you must do is make sure that you’re safe. If you are not sure that you can be safe it is best to call in a professional hornet removal service.When dealing with hornets, you first need to identify where their nest(s) is. They like to nest in sheltered areas like beneath rafters, on branches and in the basement or the attic. Their nests look like the nest of a wasp but they are a little larger. They attach the nest upside down so you will see the cones.

One of the ways to remove hornets is to bag them. It is best done on the evening when hornets tend to slow down a bit. You have to wear protective gear and then take the bag as close to the nest as possible, cut the nest from the root and then secure the bag.

You can also look for hornet and wasp sprays. You need to soak the hornet’s nest in this insecticide so that when they come back, they get the poison in their systems. You can find these sprays in any hardware stores; don’t buy anything expensive because they all work in the same way.

If you are not successful with these two methods, you can call in professionals to help you deal with the hornets.

If you need advice about hornets, wasp and or bees or would like assistance removing them from your home, call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 or click here to request a quote.

Ways to Deal with Feral Pigeons in Warwickshire

Living with feral pigeons roosting on or around your house can be a major problem. In addition to their regular cooing noises driving you angry and having to take care of their droppings on your vehicle, home and property, pigeons are also common carriers of all kinds of health problems that are possibly dangerous, sometimes even life threatening to humans.

However, if you suffer from feral pigeons nesting anywhere on your Warwickshire property, you need to know that there are strict laws ruling their eradication and management or procedures.

In the U.K., feral pigeon pest management is controlled by Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 started by the Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs. Although this act is pretty long and quite confusing, all you have to realize is that it mainly puts the necessities regarding how pigeons together with other pests can be eliminated and/or killed.

Thus, to prevent any probable legal issues caused by your removing the pigeons, it will always be the suitable plan to work with a nearby pest control company in place of planning to do it yourself, because they doesn't only recognize the laws ruling the elimination, but also the proper techniques for eliminating them and protecting them from coming back.

Based on the place that the pigeons can be found and how many there are, the pest management company may perhaps attempt to trap them or maybe attempt to kill them all by making use of poison naturally while staying strictly in line with the legal requirements. Still, after removing every one of them, you almost certainly want to ensure they don't reappear.

One common procedure of pigeon prevention is the use of spikes to avoid them from arriving and nesting on the home, but it's usually also required to ensure the property is completely sealed up from the outside to avoid them from finding other spots to nest.

If you need advice about feral pigeons or would like assistance removing them from home, call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 or click here to request a quote.

Fleas and our pets, how to control and prevent fleas from infesting your home.

 Fleas are pretty common among pets; as a matter of fact, they are the most common external parasites. They are not just pesky, little jumping insects that cause itching and irritation; they have the potential to transmit diseases because they feed on blood. They breed so fast and it is important to get rid of them as soon as you notice them. Fleas travel with humans and animals and even a single contact between your dog and an infested dog in the park can lead to fleas in your home.

The first thing you need to do when dealing with fleas is to make sure that your pet doesn’t have them. You will know that it has fleas if it is scratching, licking and general irritation. They can also cause hair loss and pale lips and gums. One of the best ways to get rid of them is using a flea dip. There are many flea dips that you can choose from in the market. Make sure to get a brand that will be as kind to your pet’s body as possible. Follow instructions on how much you should use.

Flea shampoos are known to work as well although these tend to have a very short period of effectiveness. You may shampoo your dog today and see fleas in less than 48 hours. Also, they don’t work much for cats because cats are generally hard to shampoo. If you choose to go this way, choose a shampoo brand that is completely safe for your dog.

A flea collar can also be effective although they also have a short lifespan – they will keep fleas off your pet for a couple of days at the most. The collar releases toxins into the fatty layer of the skin so that when the fleas bite the die. The other problem with collars is that they tend to work on the head and neck area only.

If you need advice about fleas or would like assistance removing them from your pets and home, call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 or click here to request a quote.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Should you be worried about Mosquitoes?

According to recent statistics, the number of mosquitoes in the UK is rising. The number of mosquito bite reports has grown almost 3 times from what was reported just 10 years ago. The country is home to about 30 varieties of mosquitoes but a few of these are not native – they have been transported from other countries. What you should be worried about is the kind of mosquitoes that cause malaria and fortunately, there are very few of these in the UK. In fact, most of the 2,000 reported cases of malaria every year are by people who have travelled from other countries.

Mosquitoes breed in wet and warm weather. They have to find stagnant water to lay their eggs which hatch after 2 or 3 days. It doesn’t matter if the water is shallow – even an inch of stagnant water near your home will provide a sufficient environment for female mosquitoes to lay their eggs. An adult mosquito can live for up to six months and that’s why it is very important that you destroy their breeding grounds right away before they have a chance to reproduce. An interesting fact about mosquitoes is that only the females live on blood; the males live on nectar.

What you can do to prevent mosquitoes out of your home?

There are several things that you can do to keep mosquitoes out of your home. The first thing that you should do is get rid of any place where mosquitoes might breed. Even old tyres that have a small puddle of water are perfect breeding grounds. Any empty containers that may collect water when it rains must go too. If there are holes where water can pool when it rains, fill them so that they are level with the rest of the ground.
Citronella is an excellent mosquito repellent; so long as no one in the home is allergic to the smell, you can light citronella candles around the house.
Mow your lawn every week to destroy mosquito hideouts. They like to shelter in tall grass and weeds and then come out at night to feed.
If you use these tips, you will successfully keep mosquitoes out of your home.

If you need advice about mosquitoes or would like assistance removing them from your property, call Avon Pest Control on 01926 632 929 or click here to request a quote.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Do you have a problem with May Bugs?

Do you have a problem with May Bugs?

The May bug or Cockchafer as it is otherwise known is a large, harmless beetle that appears in areas of the UK between the months of May and July. You will usually see them on warm evenings as they fly towards artificial light. If windows and doors are left open, they will fly into the house and although they don’t harm humans, they can be annoying. During the day, they can be observed feeding on leaves and crawling through grass which is where they lay their eggs.

The real danger of May bugs is the grubs that their eggs hatch into. These emerge under the soil and they feed on roots of turf. They have been known to destroy large sections of lawns, golf greens and bowling greens. If not taken care of as soon as a homeowner notices them, they can be very costly in terms of turf replacement. There is another danger brought on by cockchafer grubs; they attract rodents like badgers and even birds like crows which have to claw the ground to get to them. In the end, if not exterminated, the combinations of the grubs eating turf roots and clawing by small animals and birds can render extensive damage.

It is very important that you find a pest control company to take care of cockchafer infestations. Although some DIY websites recommend that homeowners can do it, it is almost impossible to get rid of all of the bugs and grubs without very specific quantities of chemicals and equipment. The pest control companies first spray the infested area with the chemicals and then irrigate the area so that the chemical seeps into the soil. The May bugs themselves will come in contact with the chemical when they go into the grass to lay more eggs. It seeps into the body and kills them. It is best to call the extermination company in late spring and early summer when both the May bugs and the grub are active. Depending on how mature the bugs are, you may have to do several treatments before you can get rid of all infestation.

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