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.