Listed below is an outline of some of the most common pests we deal with.
We will not kill bees unless absolutely necessary. They provide a vital role in the pollination of plants. We will endeavour to re-home them, where possible. Colonies of bumble bees will die off after summer so please try to live alongside them. If you need a beekeeper to collect a swarm of bees, please see our links page. Please note that beekeepers do not deal with bumble bees, only honey bees.
Usually found in lofts or around window frames during the colder months. The larvae of cluster flies develop as parasites in the bodies of earthworms and the adult fly emerges in late summer, seeking somewhere protected to spend the winter. These flies pose little threat to humans but are more of an annoyance.
A particular problem for pet owners. It is essential that you treat your pet for fleas before our treatment is carried out. The whole property will need to be treated and must be left un-vacuumed for a period of time for the treatment to work correctly.
These are solitary bees that nest in holes and crevices in brickwork, usually south-facing. They are harmless to humans and will only sting if squeezed between your fingers! We can treat these, but like honey-bees, they are excellent pollinators and preventative action is preferable (re-pointing etc).
Mice and rats can cause many problems with their gnawing and can spread disease. First signs are usually droppings or hearing scratching/scrabbling in loft, wall or under floor spaces. Depending on the size of the infestation, at least 3 visits will usually be necessary. Rats and mice are most lively from dusk to dawn.
Moles can cause devastation to lawns, leaving unsightly mounds of earth and instability underfoot with their tunnel systems. They are solitary for most of the year, occupying exclusive territories until their breeding season (February to June). We use the traditional trapping method, which we believe to cause the least suffering to the mole. At least 2 visits will be necessary.
Squirrels often gnaw through electrical wires in loft spaces and this can cause fires. They make more noise than rats and mice, with heavy thudding and loud scuttling noises. The squirrel is most lively at dawn and dusk. If we use live-catch traps, these need to be checked twice a day.
Wasps and hornets can be a real nuisance and give a painful sting. We specialise in the extermination of wasp nests and aim to attend the same day, where possible. After the nest has been treated, activity will usually settle down after a couple of hours and by the following day, no activity should be noticed. On the occasional instance when the treatment has not been successful, we offer a free re-treat (please allow 7 days before calling for this service). The nest is not usually removed unless in a problematic position.