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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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Having a pest infestation problem can present a risk to your health. There is a whole range of nasty illnesses and diseases that could come about if a pest infestation isn’t dealt with appropriately. Let’s take a quick look at some of the main ones:

Salmonella, Dysentery & Gastroenteritis – These illnesses can be caused by cockroaches contaminating your food and work surfaces if your food isn’t stored safely. The problem can be exacerbated if flies are allowed to land on food and spread the germs further. All three of these illnesses can become serious if not dealt with quickly and they lead to vomiting, diarrhoea, and severe stomach cramps. Rats or mice contaminating your food can cause these problems as well.

Hantavirus – This is pretty rare and is caused when humans come into contact with mouse or rat urine, droppings or saliva. Symptoms of Hantavirus are fever, haemorrhage and in worse case scenario, renal failure.

Weil’s Disease – This can be caused if rat or mouse urine contaminates water. It enters the body through eyes, mouth, nose, ears or cuts in the skin. Once again, this is rare and it’s more likely to happen in farm/agricultural environments. Symptoms are similar to flu but it can then escalate into far more serious damage such as meningitis or liver damage.

Pneumonia, E- Coli and Listeria – water that is contaminated by bird droppings can potentially cause e-coli and listeria. If bird droppings are allowed to accumulate and dry it can cause a dust that can bring about respiratory infections and problems such as pneumonia.

Thankfully, all of the above are quite rare and with appropriate hygiene standards they can be avoided completely. However, the severity of these illnesses illustrates the need to act quickly in the event of a pest infestation. It can be dangerous to let pest problems escalate so if you need any advice about dealing with pest control problem and how to avoid issues in the future, please get in touch. We would be happy to help.

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Effective pest control for pubs, restaurants and hotels is absolutely critical. For anybody involved in the hospitality/leisure sector, reputation is everything and there is a heavy reliance on recommendation to build success. Any negative news about problems with the kitchen being infested by pests is obviously going to be disastrous for the business so it is vital for owners to ensure the cleanliness and hygiene of their operation.

The Environmental Health Office and the Food Standards Agency heavily regulate the catering and hospitality sector and the introduction of ‘Food Hygiene Ratings’ has been a wake up call for many establishments.

Pest-Control-Self-HelpPests such as rats, mice, cockroaches, fleas etc can be a big problem for commercial kitchens so it’s crucial that strict procedures are adhered to in order to avoid pest infestations. Bed Bugs and other insects are the biggest pest threats to hotels.

The transient nature of hotels with guests arriving and leaving all the time, increase the chances of bed bug and flea infestations so it pays to be proactive to try and prevent problems from happening.

At Pestbusters we can provide you with a range of early detection and prevention solutions to stop pests from becoming a big problem. We can offer you professional advice about pest prevention measures and how you can stay compliant with health and safety regulations.

Prevention is obviously better than cure but if your establishment is already suffering from pest infestation then we would advise you to contact us quickly and we will do our utmost to solve your problem swiftly and advise on how problems can be avoided in the future. Please contact us for more information.

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Rats are a problem in all the major cities of the world and London is no exception. Since Victorian times London has been trying to control the massive increase in rat populations. The London sewer system was built in the Victorian period and this is where the problem really started. Of course, even before then during the 17th century, black rats were the cause of the bubonic plague and were a problem on London streets and across the country. However, whilst the bubonic plague is no longer a threat, rats are still a big problem and in the large cities of the world, and they are becoming bigger and bigger in size because of the amount of food that is available to them.

Rat-ControlThere is an estimated 7.5 million rats in London which is a staggering figure. The regular supply of litter, food scraps and shelter is all part of the issue that Londoners face. The amount of new building that takes place in London is also part of the problem. New foundations get dug, waste pipes are installed and sewer pipes are capped off. The failure to put in anti-rodent barriers allows rats to enter into floor voids and these become perfect nesting sites for them to nest. Once they are able to get into a property that’s when the problems can really start.

Of course, people are part of the problem here. Not discarding waste properly, allowing rats easy access to rubbish and the general food waste that is left from fast food takeaways and restaurants is the perfect environment for rats to flourish. Having stricter hygiene controls, being more careful with waste disposal and sealing off potential entry routes for rats would help this situation.

To solve a rat problem professionally you need to monitor the rats’ behaviour patterns and establish why they are using the building and how they are managing to get in. At Pestbusters we have many years experience in dealing with pest and rats control in London and the surrounding areas, so if you need any help, please do not hesitate to call us.