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) ...Read More
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. ...Read More
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. ...Read More
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.
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. ...
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. ...Read More
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 :) ...
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.
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". ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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.
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. ...Read More
A common question I get when home owners find rodent droppings, Is are they from a mouse or a rat.
So, how do you tell the difference between mouse and rat droppings? ...
Many household pests are simple to get rid of, others such as bed bugs are not so. However successful pest control is not as simple as setting a few mouse traps or spraying a can of bug spray in the general direction of the pest. Correct pest identification is the first step, learning the biology and habits of the pest will help ...Read More
The safe use of rodenticides is a very important aspect of modern pest control. As part of my continuing training I have attended and passed the wildlife aware accredited Technician course. This qualification is not a course on basic rodent control. Those who attend the course are expected already to possess proficiency through ...Read More
Pest control is seasonal, different pests are more active at certain times of the year. Pests to look out for in January and February are rats in gardens, kitchens and lofts. Rat traps and anticoagulant rodenticides are the tools I use most at the start of the year. ...Read More