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The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.

The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.

The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.

The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.

The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.

The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.

The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.

The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.

The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.

The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.

The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.

The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.

The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.

The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.

The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.

The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.

The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.

The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.

The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.

The Best Tool in Pest Control? It’s In Your Home!

There are lots of pest control tools out there on the market, but when it comes to household items that can be used to help you control your pests you will find that the trusty vacuum cleaner is the best option.

Let’s start from the very beginning; you use your vacuum cleaner for cleaning around the house, sucking up dust and unwanted dirt from around your home. Using your vacuum cleaner for a regular house clean can help prevent pests in your home. While you are vacuuming up dirt, dust and debris you will be vacuuming up the food for the pests – if the pests have nothing to eat they are unlikely to stick around and will go somewhere else where food is available. Now, what about the pests you see; like the spiders web in the corner of the bedroom with spider egg sacks, or the cluster of flies that always escape the swipe of the fly swatter or even the ants that are around the front porch in Summer – a quick suck from the old vacuum cleaner and the pests are gone. Remember, if you do choose to use a vacuum to rid you of your pest’s then use it on full blast / the highest suction and as soon as the pests are sucked up take out the bag, tie it at the top and stick it in the bin – your pests are gone! Now some pests can be harder to get rid of because they are too big for the vacuum cleaners suction, or even too small to find easily so you will need to call in the pest removal experts in cases like this. But don’t worry; they will get your house pest-free again, quicker than you think!

Have You Invited Squirrels Round For Your New Years Eve Party?

As with every party there is always someone that invites themselves. Sometimes it’s the weird guy at work that nobody really talks to yet he always seems to know about all the parties and happens to be at them. Or maybe it could be the noisy neighbour who just happened to pop by – during your party and as she’s there she may as well stay for a drink or two.

However you may have some other ‘unwelcome’ guests at your New Years Eve party that you do not even know are there. We discussed the rats and mice at your house for Christmas in last week’s blog, these guys may be spotted on the ground floor of your house, but common household pests such as squirrels will often hideaway in your loft or in other parts of your home that are rarely used. Unlike the rodents who are just looking for somewhere to ride out the colder the months, the squirrels are looking for somewhere to breed and raise their young. The squirrel is looking for somewhere warm and cosy like in your loft insulation. Unlike rats and mice, the squirrel won’t be seen through gnaw holes in food packaging, they will go out and get food and then bring it back to feed their young in your loft. Squirrels may look cute and furry running up the trees in your local park, but when they are running back and forth across your loft all hours of the day and night or destroying your expensive loft insulation they will not be so cute and adorable. If you think you have squirrels in your loft call in the pest removal experts to rid you of your squirrel infestation.

Rodents Need Somewhere To Stay This Christmas Too!

While you are planning your Christmas Day, sorting out where everyone is going to stay while trying to find a way to get out of having the in-laws round for Christmas dinner again this year rodents are also planning where they are going to stay this Christmas.

As the colder weather is upon us rats and mice that live outdoors will start to try and find a warmer and dryer shelter to stay, where there is plenty of food available. Sadly one of the places they may consider staying is your home. If you thought your mother in law was bad, just wait until you find a family of rats staying in your home! They will cause a lot more trouble than your mother in law could ever dream of! A rat or mouse could enter your home through a gap or hole as small as a quarter of inch in diameter, for them this is the perfect entry point to the food, warmth and shelter than a rodent is looking for. Once the rodent is inside your home they can then start searching around for food while you are sleeping so you are none the wiser. It is often said the best way to know if you have rodents in your home is by spotting their droppings but it seems that mice and rats have become wise to this. Research has proven that some clever mice and rats refrain from defecating or even eat their own faeces to avoid predators find them or even knowing they are there. Just because there are no droppings in your home is does not mean the rodents have found a new home. If you have found corners of food packaging gnawed or nibbled chances are there are rodents in your home and you will need to call in a rodent removal company to get them out of your home! After all, it’s warm in your home and there is plenty of food, why would the rodents choose to go elsewhere?

Stop Squirrels Stealing the Bird Seed

If you love seeing birds in your garden then you may have a bird feeder in your garden this winter. This is a great way of looking after all the winter birds such as gorgeous little Christmassy robins; however it can also attract greedy squirrels.

It can be very upsetting to spend times and money on a bird feeder and bird seed and then sit at the window ready to watch the robin, cardinals, finches and doves feed from the bird feeder, only for a squirrel to come along and eat all the food, scaring the birds off in the meantime. In this article we talk about different ways you can avoid feeding the greedy squirrels and instead keep the bird seed for the birds. If you have a hanging bird feeder place it on a smaller branch or wire at least a few feet away from the nearest large branch so the squirrel is unable to leap to it but the birds can still get to it with ease. Alternatively you may choose to cut branches away from around the bird feeder to make it more of a challenge for the squirrel. When purchasing bird feed for your bird feeder choose varieties of bird seed that birds like but squirrels don’t. If you speak to a reliable pest control company they will be able to advise you on the best bird seed to use. Some people choose to add cayenne pepper to the bird seed, birds are not deterred by the heat of this spice but many squirrels will be. You will also find squirrel proof bird feeders available in many garden centres and pet shops; these are built with pegs or smaller holes that make the feeder inaccessible for squirrels but are still suitable for birds to feed from. If you would still like to feed squirrels but are concerned about the birds going unfed then why not put out separate food for squirrels – this will then leave the birds to feed in peace and you get to watch squirrels in your garden too!

How Can You Detect Bedbugs In Your Home?

Thinking about bed bugs may give you the creeps, as you read this article you may start to feel imaginary bugs crawl over your body, you may start to have itchy arms or tickly legs but this may just be your mind playing tricks. How can you really tell if you have a bed bug problem in your home?

The obvious way of knowing if you have bed bugs in your home is through finding the bites on your body in the morning, bed bugs feed at night time so you may wake to find red itchy spots on your body. You will notice that the bites appear in clusters or in a line usually on areas of your body where there is not much hair as bed bugs can be quite lazy and prefer not to forage around in hair to find their dinner. Another common indication of bedbugs is through blood spots of faecal smears; these spots will be brownish on colour and around a quarter to half an inch long. These smears and spots will often be found near seams of fabric or where fabrics overlap – mainly on mattresses, bed sheets of bed linen. Sometimes you may come across discarded insect exoskeletons in the crevices of your furniture or carpets – this will also tell you that you have a bedbug infestation that needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. You may notice a musty sweet aroma in your home; some people say it is a scent similar to rotten raspberries. If you notice this smell in your home then you have a heavy bedbug infestation that will need the aid of a professional pest control company. If you notice any of these bedbug signs it is highly recommended you call in the pest control companies before the bed bugs breed and the problem becomes much more serious.

How To Choose The Right Pest Control Company

So you’ve found a pest in your home, it could be bedbugs in your guest room, cockroaches in your kitchen, squirrels in your loft or mice in your garage. It doesn’t matter what the pest is or where you have found it, you will need to find a pest control company to help rid of your pest problems. But how do you know which pest control company to choose?

The first thing you need to do is a bit of research, ask around your friends, family or work colleagues and see if they know anyone or could recommend anyone to you. If you’re not sure you want to admit to people that you have a pest problem then have a look on the internet, newspapers or even the Yellow Pages and see what pest control companies are out there. Have a look at the pest control companies advert or website, does it impress you? If the website looks rushed or looks like little care has gone into it then is that the sort of company you want in your home – one that may rush the job or not really care? When you have chosen 2-3 companies type their name into an internet search engine and see what comes up. This is where you will be able to find reviews from real people. The pest control company may have their own pest control reviews on their site but they will only put the good ones on their website, have a look to see if there are any bad ones and then ask the pest control company for their side of the story. Give the pest control companies a call, tell them your pest problem and ask them what they would do to fix it and how much it would cost. This would give you a feel for the company through speaking to them, give you a chance to think about how they would deal with the issue and also the price they would charge. You can then compare these prices with other companies. Ask the pest control companies the likelihood of the pest returning and how this would be dealt with, some pest control companies may offer a guarantee or a lower rate for returning for the same issue. Make sure you know where you stand if the pests return in a short amount of time. When all of this is done compare the prices, the procedures and ways in which each pest control company would deal with the issue and also how you felt speaking to them – were you comfortable with them? All you need to do then is call them up and book them in and you will pest free again!

When It Comes To Travelling & Bed Bugs, Don’t Forget To S.L.E.E.P

It is very common for bed bugs to be found in hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels and other accommodation where people stay for a short amount of time. This is because people from all walks of life will stay in these places and they may have also stayed in other places where bed bugs have been. To avoid bringing bed bugs home from your travels with you, it’s important to remember to S-L-E-E-P while you travel; S – Survey the surfaces of the room you are staying in, look for any signs of a bed bug infestation. Have a look at the bed sheets, the seams and tags of the mattress and the bedding skirt too. If you see signs such as small rush coloured spots this room has a bed bug infestation and it is highly recommended you request a room swap or change accommodation completely. L – Look around for common bed bug hiding places; these are areas such as under the mattress, on the bed frame or the head board or even on other furniture such as down the back of a chair for example. Bed bugs commonly come out at night for feeding but it is proven that they are never further than 1.5metres from the radius of the bed during the daytime. E – Elevate your luggage or suitcase on a luggage rack that is off of the floor, away from the bed and away from the wall. Bed bugs will often hide behind headboards, around artwork or picture frames and of course in the bed so it is important that your luggage is nowhere near these places so you don’t pack them up to take home. E – Examine your luggage while packing your suitcase. It’s a good idea to store your suitcase or travel bags away from the bedroom, maybe in a closet or wardrobe but definitely not under the bed. P – Put your clothes in the tumble dryer when you get home. As soon as you get in from your holiday or travels put your clothes in the tumble dryer for around quarter of an hour on the highest heat. This should kill off any bed bugs you may have accidently bought home and will stop them reproducing and spreading throughout your home. Don’t forget to SLEEP with the bed bugs on your travels!

Cockroaches Are Dining In Restaurants

Cockroaches can be a very common pest to find in homes and restaurants all over the United Kingdom. Let’s think about it – your kitchen is warm, there are lots of nooks and crannies for a cockroach to live in and there is continuous food available for them to lunch on. Your kitchen is like the dream home for all these little creepy pests, but is a cockroach the dream pet for your kitchen?

Cockroaches are known as pests for a reason, they cause incredibly negative publicity for businesses such as restaurants and they carry around unwanted diseases. In a restaurant a cockroach can be particularly dangerous as the cause of food poisoning outbreaks. If you are the owner of a restaurant it’s a great idea to call a pest control company into your business during a time the restaurant is closed. Get the pest control specialist to have a look around your kitchens, store rooms and seating areas and they will see if they can find signs of cockroaches or any other pests within your premises. Once the pest control company has completed their search they will then be able to advise you on the pests you are dealing with, if any, and also recommend what precautions you should put in place. This may be small traps under cupboards or fridges, moving some food products to a different area or even moving some of the equipment to leave less room for cockroaches to make homes. You can then arrange for quarterly checks where the pest controllers will come back to your premises to check that the pest issue is gone and check that you have no other problems. For a restaurant there is not much worse than a customer seeing a pest and either screaming so the whole restaurant know, or even telling everyone via word of mouth. Some people go one further and tell the world about your restaurant and the pest sighting on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Damage like this can cause huge issues for a restaurant and their customers may choose not to return. If you notice pests in your restaurant don’t wait around, but call the pest control professionals in immediately and they can deal with your pest issue. The longer you leave it the more pests you will have and the long it will take the pest control company to get rid of them!

There’s A Rat In Your Kitchen – What Are You Gonna Do?

We all know the song by UB40 – “there’s a rat in ma kitchen, what am I gonna do?” but if there was a rat in your home or kitchen what would you do? In this article we list some of the top ways you can get rid of the rats from your home.

Humane Traps – Going into any DIY shop you will find some humane traps; these are traps that trap the rat without killing them. The issue with these traps is that you then need to get rid of the rat from the cage. This can be done by driving miles from your home and releasing them but you need to make sure that you drive away far enough that they do not return to your home. Lethal Traps – These are also available from most DIY shops and are ideal for those people who don’t want to deal with live rats at all. There are lots of different lethal traps available to help you get rid of your rats, right through from the snap trap to the more costly traps that are electronic, these kill the rat instantly with an electric shock. Cats – when you have cats prowling your home and garden you will be less likely to have a rat problem, this is a great idea if you like cats but if you’re not a cat fan then this may not be the option for you. It’s important to remember that your cats may bring you dead or half dead rats as a ‘gift’ and this may not always be the gift you always wanted. Chemicals – these are available in DIY shops but you need to be really careful with the rodent removal products you chose. Some chemicals that can be purchased to remove rats from your home can be poisonous to humans and pets. If you are not used to handling strong and dangerous chemicals then it’s recommended that you chose a different method to rid your home of rats. Fill The Gaps – if you have rats in your home you need to think about how they may be getting into your home. Rats can squeeze inside through some pretty small spaces especially when the smell of food is there tempting them. Make sure you go round your home and fill in all these holes to stop the rats coming back inside your house, keeping them outside where they belong. Pest Control Professionals – If you panic at the sight of a rat then it may be wise to call in pest removal specialists to get rid of the rats for you? The pest control company will come into your home, see the size of your rodent problem and suggest different ways in which they can remove the rats from your home.   Which rat removal method takes your fancy?

Popstars Hotel With Bedbugs

Pop star Lauren Hildebrant has recently come out in a press release saying that people should be aware of bedbugs in hotel rooms, after getting a few bits weeks ago during a stay in a New York Hotel she has now struggled to sleep in other hotels with the fear their are bedbugs in the bed. Meanwhile Jeremy Borash took to twitter to confirm he had been asked to sign a release in exchange for compensation further to getting bites from bed bugs after a stay at a New Jersey Hotel. But it’s not just America these bedbugs are choosing to enjoy their holidays, bedbugs can be found all over the world in cars, public transport, moving vans, homes and hotels. The reason bedbugs tend to be found in hotels is because the rooms are used by people from all different walks of life. It seems that bedbugs in four and five star hotels are spoken about more often because it’s the upper-class and celebrity style of people that stay in these places and they will shout about it for the entire world to hear. It is also proven that high end hotels don’t want people to think they have bedbugs so instead of calling the bedbug removal experts in they try and rid their hotel rooms of bedbugs themselves. Some high end hoteliers fear that if people see bedbug removal specialists arriving then people will no longer stay at their hotels. However, what it really needs is someone to stand forward saying that they know bedbugs are a problem in the hotel industry and they are calling in the bedbug specialists to remove any bedbugs from their hotel to ensure that those staying at the hotel have an enjoyable stay. If you have bedbugs in your hotel don’t be ashamed, instead be proud that you are doing something about it by calling the pest control company, instead of allowing your visitors to get eaten by these blood sucking pests.