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At Pestbusters we have the know-how, experience and training to help you with your pest control problems. For a long time we have been thinking about producing our very own pest control self-help videos to give you advice about how to prevent and deal with pest problems and we have some exciting news for you. We are about to create our first in a series of videos which will help to inform, educate and prepare you for the types of pests that are out there and how to deal with them.

 

Pest Control Self-HelpFeaturing our very own General Manager Darren Brough, our videos will be packed with hints and tips about how to deal with pests such as rats, mice, ants, cockroaches, wasps etc and we will give you insider tips on how best to tackle these issues.

Our aim is to make you aware of the current pest control issues we have to deal with and give you practical advice on what you can do if you face a problem. We hope you will find the videos interesting and informative and share them with friends, family and colleagues so that everybody becomes more informed.

Please watch this space….our self-help pest control videos will be coming very soon!

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The recent mice infestation at Burger King in the Birmingham Bull Ring is a great example of how mice, if given the opportunity, will take full advantage of food scraps and gather in large numbers.

Environmental health officers from Birmingham City Council discovered the infestation and the restaurant was forced to temporarily close whilst they dealt with the issue.mice infestation
Rat and Mice infestations in shopping centres are not uncommon, especially at food establishments that have been less than hygienic in their operations. Shopping centres can potentially provide warmth, shelter and a ready supply of food and that’s what makes them so popular with rodents.

Back in 2010, the Indoor Market in the Birmingham Bull Ring had problems with a mice and cockroach infestation which caused all of the 140 stalls to temporarily shut down. Suffice to say, pest infestations are very bad for business.

Act Swiftly To Eradicate Pest Problems

If you have a pest infestation at your business and it becomes common knowledge then it can have a serious impact on your reputation, how you are perceived and ultimately lose you business and good will with your customers. That is why it is crucial to act quickly if you are experiencing pest problems and do what you can to prevent them in the first place.

At Pestbusters we have many years experience in helping businesses eradicate pest problems from their buildings and advising on how problems can be avoided in the future. If you think that you may have a pest problem at your premises and need professional advice on how best to deal with it then please contact us now.

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Rats are incredibly resourceful creatures and they only need a gap of about 1cm and they can push their way through the tiniest of spaces. They are well known for entering sheds and getting into integral garages and if you have gaps in your brickwork then they can potentially enter direct into your home. There have also been cases where rats have used cat flaps to enter homes and also through the u-bends in toilets which demonstrates just how creative they can be when they are seeking shelter!

rat problemsAnd shelter is exactly what motivates them – shelter and food. Rats are looking for somewhere comfortable to live where they can get easy access to food so this is why your home is very inviting to them.

So are there any simple precautions you can take to avoid rat problems?

Well, the simple answer to that is yes, there are certain practical measures for rat control that you can take to stop them from being a problem in your home or garden.

Here are some of the things you can do:

  • Remove any food sources
  • Make sure your bins are secure and closed
  • Only use squirrelproof bird feeders
  • Don’t leave pet bowls outside with water in them
  • Keep anything they can access in tight sealable containers
  • Make sure that any broken air bricks are fixed
  • Seal up small gaps around doors and in brickwork
  • Repair any roof damage and use wire mesh to seal gaps
  • Use tight fitting grates or screens to cover drains

If you have a persistent rat problem then we would always advise calling in professionals such as Pestbusters to eradicate the problem for you. We can also give you plenty of advice about how you can avoid rat infestations in the future. Please get in touch if you need any help.

Pest Control Services

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Pest control tends to be a year-round requirement and just because the winter is here and the cold weather is kicking in, it doesn’t mean that pests are not there. On the contrary, winter can be a very busy time for commercial pest control.Pest Control Services

Typically the types of pest problems you see in winter include;

Rats And Mice – to escape the cold and wet weather, rats and mice will seek shelter to keep warm. This shelter could be your shed or they may even enter your home if there are spaces they can get into. Once in the home they can cause damage to floor boards, skirting boards and wiring, not to mention raiding your food cupboards.

Pigeons – once again to escape the cold, pigeons will seek roosting spots in roof-spaces and buildings. Pigeons are prolific breeders and once settled, they can be difficult to move.

Cluster Flies – these often enter attic spaces to hibernate and sometimes unseasonal warm weather will wake them from their slumber and cause them to congregate in their hundreds, usually around windows.

Moles And Rabbits – these are more prevalent in rural and semi-rural locations and they can cause havoc with lawns, golf courses, plants, gardens, and vegetable plots.

Fleas – pets can often bring fleas into the home and as the heating gets turned up in your property they start to awaken and infest.

If you are currently experiencing a pest problem and need advice on how to deal with it then please get in touch. We are available for all the seasons!

Prepare For A Pest Control Service

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A question we get asked quite frequently by clients when our domestic pest control services are being engaged is if they need to do any preparation prior to our arrival. This will largely depend on the type of pest control treatment we are doing and whether the work is being done inside or outside. When you contact us with your problem we will be able to give you more detail about what’s required so that you can be prepared.

Prepare For A Pest Control Service

We often get asked to deal with ants, fleas and cockroaches so here are some general guidelines to help you:

  • Move items and storage away from walls
  • Clear items from window sills
  • Cover fish tanks and turn off pump
  • Remove and wash all bedding (fleas only)
  • Remove items from under the bed and carpeted floors(fleas only)
  • Vacuum all floors ( fleas only)
  • Clear food items off counter tops

Be prepared to leave your property for 2 to 4 hours whilst we conduct the spraying (this will give enough time for the treatment to completely dry)

Keep your pets away from the property for the same period of time

If there’s anything that you’re unsure about don’t be afraid to ask. We like to keep our clients informed about the pest control process we are carrying out so that you can have complete peace of mind.

To find out more about the pest control services we offer and the preparation required please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Pest Busters presents you Bed Bug Life Cycle – Incomplete Metamorphosis. This contains interesting information about adult bed bugs, young bed bugs, their shape and size, eggs and favourite places for harbourages. Controlling bed bugs is very detailed work and not recommended for DIY treatments. Treatments include insecticidal sprays and freezing articles of bedding and clothing. Contact Pestbusters (Midlands) Ltd today for any Pest Control Services you need!

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Have you ever wondered what happens to all those wasps that plagued your barbecues during the summer?

The fact is, most of them will be dead but you can be rest assured that they will be back!

At the end of the summer all the worker wasps return to the nest and die with the exception of the new queens. She will survive and lay dormant for a while in small crevices somewhere in a shed, building, a loft space or they’ve even been known to stay in the folds of a curtain waiting for spring to arrive.

Once spring arrives, the queen will emerge from their winter residence and start looking for a new place to build a nest and lay their eggs. As far as we know they never return to old nests but they could return to the same locality.

The nesting period

When the queen lays her eggs they grow into a small larva. Then after about 3 weeks the adult wasp emerges from the larva to perform their duties. These duties include building and maintaining the nest, foraging for food and providing food for the yet to emerge larvae.

Towards the end of June/early July the nest is normally at its maximum size and the worker wasps will work as a team to keep the nest going.

It’s an amazing circle of life which would be even more beautiful if they didn’t ruin your alfresco dining every summer!

Practically speaking, wasp nests can be problematical especially if they’ve decided to reside in your property. Check out your loft spaces and sheds in spring to see if there is a nest forming and if you need any advice or help on Wasps Control, keep our number close to hand and give us a call.