Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The problems caused by squirrels in roof spaces

The family of squirrels includes tree squirrels, chipmunks, flying squirrels, ground squirrels and the marmots. Squirrels are known to be terrific climbers, but they come to the ground in search of food. They live next to humans and sometimes can be burrowing into the roof spaces and lead to many damages in your home if taken for granted. The problems associated with squirrels in roof spaces include:

Living in the roof spaces - they love to chew their way into walls or roof spaces since they are warm and safe for their young ones. During nest making, they also bring in materials such as dried leaves and hay that can lead to fire outbreaks. They can also end up chewing power cords thus affecting the electrical system and, again, posing a fire risk. 

Noise making - They often run around the roof which causes a lot of noise and disturbing people (especially at night when sleeping).

Chewing on wooden trim - Squirrels also chew on the wooden trims since they like chewing during their daily routine thus making holes in the wood and causing further damage.

How squirrels destroy things
Crop destruction - Squirrels cause damage to crops by feeding on them. Squirrels mostly feed on young plants thus destroying them.

Destruction of irrigation lines - Squirrels chews on the irrigation lines thus making holes that leak water from the pipes or completely damage the pipe.

Vines and trees - they chew the bark of trees and burrow under the trees, causing damage to nuts and fruit.

Squirrels are prolific breeders  and most squirrel species reproduce twice a year usually at the end of winter or in the middle of summer with a gestation period ranging from 30-45 days depending on the species. The squirrels can have 3-4 babies or even up to 15 babies in a litter depending on the species. If you suspect you have a squirrel problem in your home, you may find it becomes an infestation a lot faster than you had anticipated.

They can destroy properties if not dealt with in a timely manner and it is therefore vital to contact a professional pest control company such as Avon Pest Control as soon as you suspect you may have a squirrel problem before the problem gets out of hand. You can contact Avon Pest Control at http://www.avon-pestcontrol.co.uk/pestControl/miceAndRats/

Friday, 24 February 2017

How to clear pest infestations and the best ways to prevent the pests from returning

Most people prefer spending more time indoors in winter, but unknown to them, there are also other creatures, namely pests, who eye up the same homes for their winter warmth. 

How Pests Enter Homes And Businesses
These are common things that can attract pests and other microorganisms to your home or business.
Moisture In Your Home
When there is moisture in your place, it will not take the insects much to get there since they love moisture. You need to ensure that you have no leaks by carefully checking the entire plumbing system. Clear the unwanted water within your residential or commercial place to discourage pests.
It does not matter if the piles of items you have do not have food substances in them, pests will be still attracted to them. Insects and rodents love hiding and burrowing in paper piles and other clutter. You should, therefore, keep your home free of clutter, not only to chase away pests but to maintain neatness too.
Small Cracks In Hidden Places
Bugs and other tiny pests may take advantage of small cracks in and around your homestead to gain access into the house. Check the foundation of your house and walls for any form of cracks that may be present.

Common Methods Of Controlling Pests
When pests are not controlled, home and business owners can incur damages.
Apart from just destroying homes, pests can also consume plants and vegetables, and spread dangerous diseases. There are two major ways of controlling pests; natural and chemical.
Natural control methods of pests are done to actually eliminate or reduce pest infestation without causing harm to crops, humans and other organisms. They are methods that include cultivating insects or other tiny organisms that eat pests, companion planting to chase the insects away from the major crops.
A chemical pest control method is the use of dangerous pesticides that immediately kills parasites upon the use. Chemical pesticides have residual and harmful effects on both animals and humans, and therefore should be utilized with caution.

There are also other methods that have been used to tackle common pest problems. These include mousetraps and flypapers that haven’t born much fruit in the entire war against pest problem.
It does not matter the type of pest you have, Avon Pest Control Ltd is ready to help you eliminate pests in a more fast and professional way. Call us today or you can also check more at http://www.avon-pestcontrol.co.uk/pestControl/

Monday, 13 February 2017

Common causes of pest problems in the home

Most of the time when a homeowner notices a pest problem or an invasion of pests in their home, the common reaction is to apply a quick fix to terminate the problem; what they fail to recognise is that it helps more to deal with the cause of the problem professionally to ensure the pests don’t return. Future pests will only be diminished once the cause of the problem has been identified and dealt with accordingly. Look around the property for environments that may be conducive for common pest problems and breeding of the pests (food left out, holes in skirting boards etc. Here are a few of the common pest problems and their causes:

Shrub or tree branches touching your roof or siding
The problem with this is that ants and rodents use such avenues to escape whenever you apply a pesticide or rodenticide in the house.  The branches of trees act as a highway to the roof and thus making accessibility of your house easy for the rodents

Siding touching soil
When your siding is in contact with the soil, the result is often rotting of the siding. This will eventually invite the ants and other insects. What you can do in such an instance is to dig soil away from the siding deck staircases as well as deck posts. As well, you can provide plenty of clearance starting from the bottom of the siding so that the foundation of your home can be visible. Only then can you manage to control such pests as ants and termites.

Debris in the gutter
Gutters plugged with debris are a big enough problem to worry about, but when water overflows the gutter, it runs down the siding thus leading to the decay of the siding and can encourage pests. At other times, the water in the gutter will be stagnant thus becoming a haven for mosquito breeding. You can fix this by cleaning the gutters every so often. Do not wait until there is too much debris in it.

Damaged soffit vent screens
When you have a damaged or missing soffit vent, you run the risk of inviting birds, rats, and bats which eventually cause unwanted odour and damages. Fixing this is not a big task. Simply get a galvanized hardware cloth and use it to re-screen the problem. You can then use screws to attach the screen. 

Of course, this advice is all very well but in actual fact you will be much better served if you seek the help of a professional pest control company like Avon Pest Control. We will eradicate your home of pests and make sure you don’t get any future infestations. Contact us via our website www.avonpestcontrol.co.uk today and see how we can help with your pest problems.