Honey Bees

Bumble Bees

Bed Bug Treatment

Flea Treatment

Moth Treatment

What to do if you have a rat infestation

What to do if you have a mouse infestation

Damage and nuisance caused by squirrels

How we control squirrels

Honey Bees

Where a swarm of honey bees is encountered, we would advise you to contact a bee keeper.. The British Bee Keepers Association provide excellent advice on identifying honey bees and finding a bee keeper in the local area to help with their safe removal. It may be worth waiting for 4 or 5 days before doing anything to see whether the swarm moves on from your property. Often, they will rest in an area such as in a tree or on a fence before moving on to find a better location to set up a more permanent residence.

If you are unlucky enough to have a honey bee colony take up residence in your property, you may need a specialist to help with their removal. Westart Apiaries (https://www.westart-apiaries.co.uk)_offer such a service and we would advise you to contact them.

Bumble Bees

Bumble bees will often take up residence in our homes in places such as the eaves of roof, in compost bins or in any other crack or hole which affords them protection. Our advice would be the same as with honey bees….if they are not causing you a problem, then leave them alone!

Sometimes they will nest in areas close to windows or in places where they present an unacceptable risk. Tree bumble bees have become a very common issue for us to deal with and more often than not, this is the type of bee we will called out to. Tree bumble bees can be identified by their distinctive colours of orange, black and white from their head to bottom. You will often see the smaller male drones flying around the outside of a nest hoping for one of the larger females to emerge in the hopes of mating.

We will try to relocate a tree bumble bee nest wherever possible. Please contact us for more information.

Bed Bug Treatment

1. Remove all sheets, covers, or any other bedding from the mattresses in all bedrooms. Place in plastic bags to transport to your washing machine. It is important that you do not spread infestation between your rooms which is why transport within sealed bags is important.

2. Wash all bed linens in the hottest water possible. Do not replace the bed linens until four hours after treatment.

3. If any mattresses or other furniture are in poor or ripped condition and infested, they should be discarded.

4. Remove all personal items including clothes, toys, shoes, stored materials, etc., from the furniture and floor area throughout the home.

5. Remove everything from ALL closets. Completely empty all bedroom drawers and empty all books and items from bookcases prior to treatment.

6. Clean or launder all clothing in the hottest water possible and store in clean storage bags for up to two weeks after treatment. Any stuffed toys or other fabric-based personal items should be run through a pre-heated, hot dryer cycle for a minimum of 15 minutes.

7. Vacuum all carpeting, bedding, bed frame, backs of pictures, and other areas bedbugs are seen. Immediately empty the vacuum cleaner bag and dispose of it in your external waste bins.

8. To give the treatment time to work, do not shampoo or clean floors or carpet for at least three weeks after the treatment. The vacuum may be used as desired.

9. Move all items and furniture away from walls. The technician will need access to all baseboards and behind all furniture.

10. The bathtub, kitchen counters, dining room tables, and coffee tables can be used to place items during treatment.

11. Allow three weeks from time of treatment for it to be completely effective.

Flea Treatment

Before Treatment

  1. Wash all pet bedding in hot water.
  2. Vacuum all carpeting and mop wood and tile floors, including along walls and inside closets.
  3. Clean or vacuum furniture, especially between and under cushions.
  4. Dispose of vacuum cleaner bag in a trash container outside your home, close tightly. If using a vacuum with a re-usable bag, empty contents into container outside your home, close tightly, and discard. Wash reusable bag in hot water.
  5. Remove all pets and have them treated for fleas by a vet. If you plan to treat your pet yourself, it is essential that all label directions are followed and that you use only products specified for the species of animal on which the product is to be used. It is critical, however, that pets be treated at the same time as the home, so that neither re-infests the other afterwards.
  6. Pick up all toys and items off floor. This includes picking up items from floors inside closets and under beds.
  7. Strip all bed linens and wash in hot water.

After Treatment

  1. To give the treatment time to work, do not clean carpet or floors for at least 10 days after treatment.
  2. Continue to treat your pet (s) for as long as recommended.
  3. Expect to see flea activity for up to 3 weeks after treatment. This is normal and is due to the continued hatching of eggs and their continued destruction.

Moth Treatment

Effective treatment requires the complete elimination of all stages of the moth life cycle, eggs, larvae and adults. This can be achieved using insecticidal fogging agents which our technicians are trained to use effectively and safely. Before our visit, you should vacuum your property particularly around the edges of carpets and underneath furniture. All flooring and surfaces should be tidied and kept as clear as possible to allow the maximum contact of the insecticide. You should also be prepared to vacate the rooms where treatment has taken place for at least 3 hours.

What to do if you have a rat infestation

The best thing to do is call us immediately so we can come and survey the area, if you have anything in the vicinity that you think may get damaged like wooden furniture that can be removed, remove them immediately. There is no point in trying to clean the affected area, it is best if you just get us to call round for us to use our pesticides formula to eradicate the rats from entering your premises again.

If the rats are in an area where food is easily found such as kitchens, back alley waste disposal sites or in a business where food is created, then try to seal off the food in larders, cupboards, fridges and freezers to keep the temptation for the rats to a minimum.

What to do if you have a mouse infestation

The best thing to do is call us immediately so we can come and survey the area, if you have anything in the vicinity that you think may get damaged like wooden furniture that can be removed, remove them immediately. There is no point in trying to clean the affected area, it is best if you just get us to call round for us to use our pesticides formula to eradicate the mice from entering your premises again.

If the mice are in an area where food is easily found such as kitchens, back alley waste disposal sites or in a business where food is created, then try to seal off the food in larders, cupboards, fridges and freezers to keep the temptation for the mice to a minimum.

Damage and nuisance caused by squirrels

The grey squirrel is classified as a rodent, but is not regarded as vermin as unlike rats and mice, they do not present a human health risk.

Problems occur mainly where squirrels gain access to roof spaces. In these situations, they may cause damage to electrical wiring, insulation, plastic water pipes or other materials and this can sometimes result in fires or flooding.

The noise they make can be annoying and can often be distinguished from a rat as it will normally only happen during the day and it is more of a thump, thump, thump sound as they hop rather that scurry.

How we control squirrels

Believe it or not, it is an offence to release a Grey Squirrel back in to the wild once captured. It is therefore necessary for our technicians to use humane traps which quickly dispatch a problem squirrel rather than capturing them alive.

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