Find a round-up of latest articles and news regarding Pestek Pest Control. I will post articles in this section with advice on how to resolve pest issues and how to prevent them from happening in the first place. I will also post details of interesting pest control issues I have dealt with check in from time to time to see what I have been up-to :)

Do wasps move their nests?

Every pest controller occasionally gets a call where the customer claims that "the wasps they treated last week have moved round the back of the house" ..... ...

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Should wasps be protected?

There is a growing number of people who are pushing the idea that wasps are not a pest and homeowners should not call a pest controller to kill them. ...

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Does Pestek Pest Control pest control kill bees?

There are around 270 diferent bee species in the UK. Lets take a look at a few of the most common ones and see which ones we deal with.... ...

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Wasp nest removal update - June 2021

Its been a slow start to the wasp season for pest controllers across the country. This has been down in part to the terrible weather we had during April and May. However I'm now getting quite a few calls to deal with problem wasps nests. ...

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What are these small holes in my garden?

This is the home of a mining bee not a wasp, they are harmless solitary bees. Mining bees often live close to other mining bees. Its not its not uncommon to notice a dozen or more of their holes in close proximity. ...

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How can I tell the difference between bees and wasps?

Are you seeing just a few going into holes in the brick work? This is likely to be Mason bees, these solitary bees don't build a nest and have a very short life, they will only be around for about 4 weeks. Solitary bees are not a pest they are friendly and won't harm you. (April, May) ...

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When do wasps start to build their nests?

Queen wasps have spent the winter overwintering (sleeping) the warmer spring weather tells the wasps its time to wake up. The queen wasps, which mated last autumn are now ready to start looking for a suitable location to build their own nest. ...

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Tools of the trade - rodent tracking gel

Rodent Fluorescent Tracking Gel is one of the tools I use to confirm rodent activity and locate rodent access points. The product is a specially formulated non-toxic fluorescent gel that highlights rodent activity on virtually any vertical or horizontal surface. ...

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Case study: Ant infestation Adel, Leeds

Generally garden ant control treatments are quite simple if dealt with in March April and May, that is. If left until when the flying ants appear, garden ants can be very difficult to totally eradicate. ...

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Does ant powder get rid of ants?

Ant powder is often the first thing homeowners look to use when they notice an ingress of garden ants in spring and early summer. Unfortunately, ant powder is not actually very good at getting rid of ants inside your home. ...

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Focus on - Wasp nest eradication Leeds

Queen wasps are active from March / April, with the new workers starting to appear in mid June. From a pest control perspective the wasp season, the time when wasps nests start first get noticed, is usually at the beginning of July.
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Focus on - Garden ants

Spring time is almost upon us, for a pest control company this means the start of the insect season. Ants are the first summer insect pests to make an appearance, first sightings of black / garden ants usually start in March and April. ...

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Case study - Mouse infestation Moortown

Mice are often found in lofts, after the kitchen roof spaces are the most common places I'm asked to deal with mice. This particular job was for a homeowner in Moortown. As can be seen in the image at the top of the page mice had been nibbling on the pipe lagging. ...

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Tools of the trade - Trail cameras

One of my most useful pieces of equipment is the remote trail camera. These are starting to become more popular in the pest control industry, I have been using them now for several years.
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Case study - Mouse infestation Alwoodley

Dealing with mice in peoples homes is one of the most common things I'm asked to deal with, the process is almost always the same, the only difference is the number of mice that need removing ...

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Case study - Rat eradication Roundhay Leeds

I was recently called out to a property in Roundhay, North Leeds, the homeowner had noticed rat droppings and a half eaten bag of birdseed, ...

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How to fit mesh over air vents to stop mice getting in

6mm is all a mouse need to find its way into your home, most air brick vent holes are 10mm, and some older ones are much larger, this gives mice a great opportunity to escape the cold and set up home.
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Do repellents get rid of moles?

Moles are active all year round and are very common garden pests.

The moles dig feeding tunnels, these tunnels provide the mole with worms. When the mole has eaten all the worms in the area, they dig a series of new tunnels. Its the spoils from these tunnels that the mole pushes up to the surface that are known as mole hills. ...

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Do Ultrasonic Pest Repellents Work?

Ultrasonic pest repellent are found for sale for every pest you could think of mole repellents for gardens, rodent repellents for the loft or garage and insect repellents for the kitchen. ...

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Do mice spread germs and disease?

Mice carry a host of germs and disease including Salmonella, Typhoid, Leptospirosis and many more. If you are currently sharing your house with mice, firstly ensure all food preparation surfaces are regularly cleaned, disinfected and that food is stored where mice can't access it. ...

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Case study: Rats in a yard, terrace property in Leeds

This post details a recent job where I was called in to deal with a family of rats. The rodents had taken up residence in the back yard of a terrace property in Leeds.

For a change there were no bird feeders or garden decking involved :) ...

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Does rat poison make rats leave the house to look for water?

The simple answer is no, this misinformation has been around for many years and is what some pest controllers tell customers who are rightfully concerned that the use of rodenticides inside their home will mean a decaying rodent will be left behind.
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Do conkers keep spiders away?

Spiders are common visitors to homes during the autumn. This is the time of year when male house spiders start searching for female spiders.

Unfortunately, there is no evidence to prove that scattering conkers around your living room will keep them away ...

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How to stop rats getting into my house in winter?

November is a busy time for most families, first there is the fireworks to deal with and now you are making plans for Christmas or maybe not this year... However to pest controllers November means its time to dust off the rat traps. ...

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Has there been an increase in pests during lockdown?

Has there been an increase in pests during lockdown? During lockdown number one, the summer lockdown there was an early start to the wasp season. Not because there were any more wasps than usual but because nests were noticed sooner than they would have been during a "normal summer". ...

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Why do I have ladybirds in my house?

The reason the ladybirds are in your house in autumn is they are looking for somewhere to spend the winter. Ladybirds, as many insects do, will hibernate or "overwinter". Cluster flies and many other insects do this and shelter together sometimes in huge numbers ...

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Fully trained in pest control?

Read any pest control website and it will usually state"we are fully trained" unfortunately this often means that they have attended a one day course on the basics. Suppliers of pest control products insist on this as a minimum. ...

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Tiny white bugs what are they and how can i get rid if them?

Tyrophagus putrescentiae or mould mites are pests i'm called about now and again. I have had a couple of enquiries this week so thought I would write a post about it. This is an example of a pest that I usually provide an advice only service for. Mould mites are and white in colour, wingless and so small that they can barely be ...

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Are rats attracted to bird feeders?

The wild bird food market in the UK is worth over £200 million per year. However its not just the birds enjoying all that free food. Pest control companies are seeing an increasing number of call outs for rats in gardens. In many cases the only reason the rats are there is because of the food left out for birds.
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Noises in the loft what pest could it be?

Homeowners often call after hearing noises in their loft. The call either goes "I have noises in my loft and I'm not sure what it is", or, "I have noises in my loft it must be squirrels"
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How do I get rid of a wasps nest?

There are several species of wasps that cause problems in the UK. The common wasp and the European wasp are the usual ones that we get in this country. Their habits are almost identical and do not really warrant further discussion here. ...

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How do I get rid of beetles in my house?

Carpet beetles are the most common household beetle, there are dozens of commonly found household beetles. Usually found in either contaminated foodstuff such as grains flour and rice, or on other organic matter including carpets, ...

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How do I get rid of ants in my house?

Black / garden ants are usually found outside and are the most common ant in the UK. It won’t take you long to find a colony in the summer months just about every garden in the UK will have them. ...

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I have mice in my house should I be worried?

The house mouse is a small, slender rodent with a slightly pointed nose; small, black protruding eyes; and a nearly hairless tail with scale rings. Mice are considered the most troublesome and economically damaging rodent pests in Britain. ...

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Can rats get into my house?

Rats are the most destructive pests known to man. Rats are also the known source of numerous diseases which can afflict humans and domestic animals. Rats will contaminate food and will cause extensive damage to buildings and equipment in homes, warehouses, granaries, restaurants and bakeries, anywhere food is handled or stored. ...

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How do I get rid of moles in the garden?

Mole Traps are the safest and most effective way to control moles. The design is quite simple. Most modern traps have the same basic design as traps that was in use a hundred years ago. ...

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