You Do Need Pest Control
Many households throughout the UK will need to call a professional pest control company at some point in time. This page is designed to give you a few useful tips when using a private company as many individuals have not had any experience in dealings with the pest control industry.
There are many reasons why a domestic household would require pest control services. The key is to identify the pest that is causing you a problem. Our information pages will help you do this. Below are a few examples of common pest problems that may occur in the home.
Once you have identified your pest and contacted a company you should be able to get a price of the work required over the phone. This may be a guide price as pest problems vary in size and difficulty. If a price for pest control work cannot be given out on the phone, most companies will visit your premises and give you a free quotation before any work is carried out. It is always a good idea to get a figure before work commences.
If you have a Wasp nest(s) companies should be able to quote you a price over the telephone if it is a straight forward ie, the nest is easily accessible via the ground, ladders or loft. In order to destroy a wasp nest only one treatment is required. Double-check that your chosen pest control company will revisit you free of charge if they fail to kill of the nest. Prices may vary pending on the location of the nest. Your local company will be happy to explain their charges and procedures.
As a general guide if you have a problem with Rats or Mice you will be looking at a treatment schedule of two-three visits. With severe infestations, more visits will be required.
Most companies use anticoagulant poisons in order to control rodents.
Trapping techniques do work but these can be very labor-intensive, traps need to be checked every 24 hours. Therefore the use of traps would result in a large bill which is not practical and can be avoided by using poisons. Please ask the chosen Pest Control company to advise you on how to avoid a rodent situation in the future. For example, if the rodents are inside your premises they will be able to tell you how they are gaining entrance and action that you need to take in rodent-proofing your building. If you have concerns about poisons being used around your home please voice these to your chosen pest controller. Your technician will reassure you and talk you through the procedure that they are about to carry out and what precautions are being taken in to account.
In order to eradicate a flea problem, two treatments would be required. The treatment involves spraying an insecticide in the affected areas. Two treatments are required as the first will only kill off the adult fleas, the second should be carried out two weeks later, this will kill off the flea eggs that have hatched. Prices for this treatment vary as it depends upon the size of the affected area for example 1/2 rooms compared to the whole house.
Again the treatment against bed bugs requires two visits. This is for the same reason as fleas. The first visit will destroy the adults and the second to destroy the eggs that have hatched. An insecticide is applied to the affected areas. The price will vary due to the size of the affected area