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Areas we cover

We treat throughout Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire including:

Bedfordshire Barton-le-Clay, Caddington, Dunstable, Eaton Bray, Hockliffe,Houghton Regis, Harlington, Slip End, Streatley, Studham, Sundon Park, Toddington, Tottenhoe, Tilsworth, Whipsnade
Hertfordshire Cockernhoe, Flamstead, Hexton, Lilley

Pests we can deal with

ant Ant pest control

Ants

Ants are widespread and relatively harmless although they can cause considerable nuisance when they get into houses.

We treat:

  • black ants (common ant) - nests are found in flowerbeds, under paving and at the base of walls. Worker ants usually invade properties in search of sweet food substances during the spring and summer months
  • red ants - commonly found in garden areas, typically under paving stones or slabs. The red ant can deliver a painful sting which is injected with formic acid
  • Pharaoh ants - an indoor species favouring warm heated buildings. Colonies are highly mobile making it difficult to self treat

How to get rid of ants - the treatment

You should only need to seek professional help if you have tried treating them yourself and have been unsuccessful.

Each treatment is tailored to individual premises. Once the type of ant infestation has been established, we will use the most appropriate treatment (sprays, gel baits, dusting powders) to remove the ants safely and effectively. Our customised treatments will be best suited to your needs and most effective for your unique ant problem.

Pricing

Dwelling house POA for ant treatment. No charge for Pharaoh Ant treatment (unless missed appoinments).
Rented dwelling £107 - per visit + VAT (payable by landlord)
Business premises (VAT) and local authorities (no VAT - excluding food premises) £71 - per visit + VAT
 

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bedbug Bed bug pest control

carpet beetles and woolly bears Beetle, weevil, mites and moth pest control - stored products

cockroach Cockroach pest control

flea Flea pest control

fly Fly pest control

pigeon Pigeon and gull pest control

rodent Rats and mice pest control

silverfish Silverfish pest control

squirrel Squirrel pest control

wasp Wasps and hornet pest control

 

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Pests we won't deal with

The following is advice with how to deal with protected wildlife which is causing a problem.

badger Badgers

bat Bats

bee Bees

fox Foxes

snake Snakes

spider Spiders

 

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Avoiding infestations

Rats mice and cockroaches are the most common pests in most homes and flats, causing health hazards, contamination of food, safety risks and various unpleasant odours. On top of this, a number of pests can damage buildings and fittings, with rats and mice gnawing electrical cables, which can short-circuit and cause a fire. That’s why it’s key to keep on top of things so that you don’t get an infestation that only a professional pest controller can sort out.

The real pest control is done in the home itself. It’s good to keep your surroundings and home environment clean to avoid infestation from invading pests. If you fail to adhere to reasonable hygiene and good housekeeping, then one day you will inevitably have to call in a professional pest controller. The most popular solutions in handling pest problems are prevention and action. A prevention strategy will reduce the chance of you getting a pest problem and needing to call a professional.

Strategy 1: Prevention

There are a few ways you can tailor your home to prevent pest infestations. Here are a few key tips that anyone can implement straight away:

  • ensure your food items are kept in dry and airtight containers, preferably glass or heavy plastics. Pests love sugar and flour. Hungry pests are aggressive enough to chew through tough polythene bags to get what they want
  • clean up all areas used to prepare meals and ensure your dishes are kept clean when not in use. Small crumbs are especially attractive to mice, cockroaches and ants
  • keep all uneaten food in the fridge
  • sweep, vacuum and mop your kitchen regularly. Pests will find the smallest crumbs that fall onto the carpet or collect around corners and between the kick boards

Strategy 2: Keeping pests out

The following tips will help you ensure no infestation occurs in your home:

  • ensure all common areas including gardens are free of rubbish
  • buy proper waste bins to help prevent infestation
  • ensure containers are sturdy and come with lids which should remain secured at the top. Ensure they don’t develop holes and cracks where roaches may enter through
  • get rid of water and clutter around your property
  • ensure hedges are well trimmed, and the lawns are mown
  • check gaps around your property, around waste pipes, holes in brick work and where possible block with appropriate materials
  • look at your air vents - rodent proof air vent covers can be purchased from most builders merchants

We hope you find these tips useful and help prevent you from having a pest problem. However, if you do find that you still need help or advice from a professional please call us on 01582 510330.

 

 

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Pest control and conservation

Animal Welfare

You can be fined or imprisoned if you cause unnecessary harm to any animal.

Controlling pests yourself

You can:

  • only trap or kill permitted animals
  • use permitted methods to kill animals
  • only use poison to kill the pests it’s intended for - this will be written on the packaging
  • only use traps that have been approved for use with the species you want to control - you must follow the instructions for use

You can’t use the following control methods for any wildlife:

  • self-locking snares
  • bows and crossbows
  • explosives (other than legal ammunition for a licensed firearm)
  • live birds or animals, known as ‘live decoys’, to attract pests (unless you have a license)

It’s an offence to keep or release some wild animals, eg grey squirrels - you must kill them humanely if you catch them alive.

Get Advice

If you need advice on any element of pest control you can call us on 01582 510330.

 

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