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Spring is the favourite season of the year for many people. The weather is warmer but not too hot and nature starts to wake up. However, this is also the time of the year when we can see all the dirt and dust that has accumulated in our home during the dark winter days. It is not unusual to notice spider-webs and other signs of the presence of insects. Early spring is the period when insects are still in that dormant stage and that’s why acting now, could prevent problems later.

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One of the first things that you should do is to fill any gaps and cracks found in walls and floors. These cracks are perfect hideouts for many bugs and especially for silverfish, who can be very active at night. If you have any potted flowers and plants on the floor in your home, now is the right time to remove them and place them higher. Millipedes and centipedes often like to come into the home and they can live right under the pot where the temperature is higher and there is more humidity in the air.

We should not forget bed bugs can commonly be found in our bedrooms. Any linen should be washed thoroughly and you should also use the vacuum cleaner tools to clean your mattress. Bed bugs can also be found in curtains so wash the curtains too. If you have any rugs that were used intensively during the winter, this is the perfect time to dust them out. In this way you will avoid fleas, especially if you have a dog or cat in your home.

Cockroaches are one of the nastiest bugs. They are attracted by the food we eat so your kitchen is a perfect environment for them. Cockroaches can live off small crumbs of food for weeks so the best option is to thoroughly clean the kitchen, remove any food debris that may have gathered under cupboards, microwave etc and keep any food securely stored.

A good spring clean now can stop pest infestations from happening so it’s worth making the effort!

For more advice about avoiding pest problems, please contact us now.

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There are many people who think that only dirty and filthy buildings attract rats, but that’s simply not the case. There are several situations in which rats are found in clean and neat homes and gardens. The reason for this is simple – rats need shelter, warmth and food. If these criteria are met, they can live anywhere.

Rats and mice must be controlled because they are disease carriers and they can cause significant damage to any type of building. Proper cleanliness and housekeeping is the best way to save your property from rat infestation. Another good tip is to secure any place in your home or garden that can be used as a nesting location to stop them from coming. This could mean sealing off any gaps or holes that you have in your brickwork.

In addition, don’t forget that if you place food in your garden for squirrels and birds. that you may be attracting rats too so be mindful of this when you are creating food stations. All these tips are useful for homeowners with their own property, but what happens if you see rats in your neighbour’s garden?

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If you only notice one rat in the garden of your neighbour then there’s no need to panic. Rats often pass through gardens when they are on the hunt for food. To reiterate, if you or your neighbour are leaving food for birds and squirrels it is very likely that some rats will come to see what’s going on as well!

However, if you see rats in your neighbour’s garden more than once and in numbers more than one you should definitely talk to them. They might have already taken certain measures which you are not aware about or they may not know that this problem actually exists. If they don’t know how and why they should deal with rats, then there are plenty of websites and articles that you can point them to so that they can understand what a potentially damaging problem this really is.

If they still don’t act and they are not interested in bringing in pest control experts the final step is to contact the local authorities and make them aware of the situation.

For more advice about rat problems, please contact us now.

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There are many different types of pests that live in both urban and rural areas, but according to official statistics the brown rat and the house mouse are the most common ones. If your home or garden is infested with these pests then you need to take action. Here are just some of the reasons why you need to control rat and mice infestations.

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To start with, we must consider the risk of diseases. Numerous studies have shown that rats carry many different kinds of diseases and some of them are lethal to humans. We all know that rats caused the devastating bubonic plague in the 17th century. In addition, rats are carriers of many dangerous organisms like salmonella. Their urine also contains compounds that cause Weil’s disease.

In addition, mice and rats can also cause lots of damage. They have teeth that need to be sharpened all the time, so they bite and chew everything that gets in their way. They can cut walls and cables and cause expensive problems.

If you leave them without taking any action, you risk infestation. One female rat can give birth to up to 60 rats in one year. These are just some of the reasons why home-owners and businesses must report the presence of rats and mice to pest control experts so that the necessary treatments can be implemented to get rid of them.

Some of the most common places where rats and mice are found include places close to food sources and warm places. Buildings that are connected to the house, garages, sheds and farm buildings are some of their favourite locations.

If you believe that you may have a rat or mice infestation and are not sure what action to take, then please contact Pestbusters now and we will investigate the problem for you.

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Mice are one of the most common pests that can be found where we live, whether in an urban or rural community and quite a few of us have a fear of these creatures.

Some people start sweating and feeling uncomfortable even when someone mentions rodents. The suspicion that there are rats or mice in your home can lead to anxiety and we can’t say that this fear is completely irrational. As we all know, rodents can pass many diseases to humans and on top of that they can cause much damage in the house.

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Mice have very strong teeth and they gnaw on literally everything that gets on their way. In addition, some of them carry fleas and microorganisms that can result in serious health issues in humans and pets.

  • Locating mice

Before taking any action, you should hire a team of professionals that will check the site and see whether there are mice and how many of them are there. By doing this, you will know what kind of action you need to take. There are certain signs that help professionals estimate the level of infestation. Some of these signs include: the number of holes, droppings, damage, runs, nests and smear marks.

  • Mice – key features

An average adult mouse found in the home is very small – between one and two inches long (without the tail). They can be easily recognized by their pointy nose, tiny eyes and big ears. They usually come in brown and light grey colour and have dense fur. House mice enter our homes in search for food and to give birth to baby mice.

  • Biology

The house mouse reaches sexual maturity when it turns eight weeks. A female mouse can give birth to eight litters that consist of up to 16 young every year. So, in theory, one mouse can produce 128 young mice a year!

Finally, mice are erratic feeders and they tend to shed many droppings in one day (up to 70).

If you think you may have a mice infestation and need help, then please contact us now. We would be happy to carry out a site investigation.

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When it comes to rats, it is always a good idea to prevent them from entering your garden in the first place rather than to look for a solution later. If you pay attention to the following you should have success in preventing rats from getting into your garden.

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First thing you should do is to remove food sources. Rats are on the look out for food all the time so if you want to prevent them from coming, make sure that your food leftovers are properly stored in sealed bags. Rubbish should always be kept in strongly closed bins. Have in mind that thrive in areas that are filled with lots of rubbish, so be careful with the waste from your household.

Bird feeders are also very attractive spots for rats When building or buying bird feeders, make or pick one that will keep the bird food well contained, and that will not allow food spillages directly in the garden. If you notice mice or rats that eat something bellow the bird feeders, then stop leaving food in the bird feeders for some time in order for the rats to leave.

Keep your garden and environment around your house clean and tidy at all times. Dirty places attract rats in large numbers as they seek for food and shelter. Move all unnecessary garden furniture or tools away from the garden, so the rats will not have a place to hide.
In order to check whether rats have invaded your garden, look for the following signs – diggings and holes in the ground, different types of noises, droppings, etc. There are lots of products available for dealing with rats including some pesticides, but if the problem persists then the best thing to do is to hire a professional pest control service that will take care of them.

For more advice about rat control, please contact us now.

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Rodents are one of the largest groups of mammals on the planet with over 3.000 species. They can be found all over the world and although they can look innocent and cute, they can do a lot of damage if they live inside your house. Rats, mice and squirrels are some of the rodents that can cause a lot of problems in UK homes. There are many people who use chemicals to solve this problem, but this procedure can be expensive and dangerous. If you are looking for a more natural solution then follow these tips.

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Eliminating Rodents Indoors

First and foremost, cover and seal all the cracks and holes that can be used by rodents. After that, you will need to catch all the rodents that are already living in and around your home. You can use many humane traps to capture them and release them in the wilderness if you want. Once you have eliminated all the rodents that have dwelled in your home, it is the right time to use some repellents. Mothballs, rags soaked in ammonia, Camphor balls, wild animal urine (foxes) are some of the things that you can use in the places where rodents usually occurred in the past. In addition, you can buy a cat too!

Eliminating Rodents Outdoors

In addition to the repellents you use in your home, you can also make your garden less desirable for rodents. If you have any waste bins outside, make sure that they are properly sealed and closed. You can also use urine from wild animals like foxes on the shrubs and trees and plant mint (rodents can’t stand the smell of mint).

These are natural ways that you can get rid of rodents but there are other methods too that professional pest control companies use to eliminate rodent problems. If you’re experiencing a rodent problem and need help, please contact us now.

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Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy our homes – they’re not too hot as they usually are in the summer, but they’re also not freezing cold where you need to blast the heating all day. It’s a perfect temperature to enjoy the season – but it’s also perfect for pests too!

A drop in temperature means all those pesky insects are looking for a snuggly warm place to cosy up in – and the nearest place is your home! We’ve provided some top tips to keep pests out this autumn.

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#1. Cover open areas

Attics, vents, and chimneys are perfect welcome mats for rodents and insects. Cover these with mesh well before the summer and ensure they’re clean, intact, and free from any debris for the cooler months.

#2. Seal up crevices and holes

If you’ve got a crack or hole in your foundations or walls, now’s the time to get these fixed – pronto. Not only can pests easily enter your home through these cracks, it’ll make your home draughty too!

#3. Clear your garden and home

Weed your garden and ensure any loose clippings and waste is disposed of promptly and correctly – anything nice and shady (especially if there’s a few food crumbs involved) is a beacon for pests, and you can ensure you don’t attract them by keeping your garden and home clear of waste and debris.

#4. Call the professionals

Don’t take on a wasp nest, mice infestation, or woodworm by yourself – the problem could get worse, and can cause even more issues for you. Wasps can cause serious injury if their nest is disturbed, whereas woodworm and mice can affect your home, chewing through floorboards, walls, and wires. Call the professionals, who’ll help clear your home and garden of creatures in a safe and efficient manner.

For all your pest control needs, please contact us now.

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Ant Man was a highly anticipated film for any Marvel movie lover and also pest control specialists like us. Dealing with ant infestations almost every day, we are quite aware of the uniqueness of these insects but wondered how this would be illustrated in the movie. We were not disappointed.

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One thing we were surprised about was Ant-Man’s choice of number two, Anthony. The use of winged ants is an unusual option for transport as they could cause quite a problem for the small super hero. It is only reproductive male and female ants that have wings and as most colonies reproduce in the spring this would mean that for Ant Man, the bad guys would need to be around then, otherwise there would be no winged ants for him to travel with as part of the escape plan.

In addition to the seasonal issue, their wings detach very easily. Basically, the male ant dies after sex and the females rips her wings off and digs her nest. During the film we see Anthony get shot and his wings detach, ant man falls but is caught by another passing comrade. In truth, ant man would probably be crushed in a ‘menage a trois’ by a frantic sexual act between two mating ants and fall to his death as the one ant dies and other starts motherhood!

Second guessing the ants’ next move

Okay, so maybe we’re being a bit pedANTic but that’s what being in the pest industry is like. We know that fighting crime can be tough, but fighting an ant infestation can be even harder and over the years we have built up a lot of knowledge about ants and the way they behave, which enables us to second-guess their next move.

Like any super hero film, there is always a back-story that shows how the hero got their powers. In the case of Ant Man, it was a special suit that enabled him to decrease in size, massively increase his strength and also enabled him to communicate with other ants. That’s quite a suit! I’m sure some of our pest control specialists would love one of those suits – it would definitely save time in locating their nest!

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There are a quite a few parallels in the film that do ring true from our experience. Ants certainly derive power in numbers and that’s why they live and work in colonies and rely on teamwork. And just like Ant Man, they can lift many times their own body weight which is a remarkable feat when you take the time to think about it.

Another parallel is how ants use scent trails to communicate with each other. Ant Man uses a special device in the film to help him achieve this. Ants rely on their sense of smell to find food, their ant comrades and to protect them from predators. However, it is this same sense of smell that we, as pest control specialists, can use to our own advantage. By using specially manufactured pest control chemicals we can interfere with the scent receptors of ants to stop them from entering the home and also to kill colonies. Ants may have super-hero abilities but it’s the pest control expert who will always come to the rescue!

The ‘Ant Man’ Specialists

It’s hard not to admire ants, their incredible strength and how they work as a community. However, we’d rather admire them in a BBC nature documentary than in the home, as a result of an infestation. If you are experiencing an ant infestation and would like to call in some ‘Ant Man’ specialists with a difference, then please contact us now.

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Finding pests in your home can be very distressing. Pests such as rats, mice, ants etc can cause great damage to your home and its environment, either by littering it or by damaging your household items. But there are reasons why that they head towards your home. Here are a few reasons why these unwanted pests raid your property:

General Cleanliness – Rats, mice and cockroaches love dirty and cluttered properties. To avoid this you should make sure that your house is kept neat and tidy at all times with no leftover food left around. Vacuum your home often and get rid of dust. Dispose off your rubbish properly to avoid pests.

Holes and Gaps – Pests like rats and mice find their way through the tiniest openings of your house. You need to keep a proper check of the surroundings to make sure that there are no unwanted holes and gaps in the walls or doors.

Food – Never leave food open and lying around. These pests raid your place in search of food. Cover all food items properly. Keep them in the fridge and avoid keeping food in an open view.

Fix Leaks – If you have any pipes or taps leaking, fix them at your earliest convenience. Pests like silverfish tend to be found more in damp places. To avoid this, try keeping the kitchens and bathroom as dry as possible.

Roof – Make sure your roof is sealed at all times. Pigeons and even squirrels can enter you house through an opening in your roof and find itself a comfortable place. Fix any broken tiles and possible points of entry.

For help with all your pest control problems, please contact Pestbusters now.

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Dealing with rat infestations is one of the pest control jobs that we frequently get called out for. We have many years experience in handling rat problems and over this time we have built a grudging respect for the creature! Here are 10 things you didn’t know about rats:
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