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Do mice spread germs and disease?

Mice carry a host of germs and disease including Salmonella, Typhoid, Leptospirosis and many more. If you are currently sharing your house with mice, firstly ensure all food preparation surfaces are regularly cleaned, disinfected and that food is stored where mice can't access it. ...

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Case study: Rats in a yard, terrace property in Leeds

This post details a recent job where I was called in to deal with a family of rats. The rodents had taken up residence in the back yard of a terrace property in Leeds.

For a change there were no bird feeders or garden decking involved :) ...

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Does rat poison make rats leave the house to look for water?

The simple answer is no, this misinformation has been around for many years and is what some pest controllers tell customers who are rightfully concerned that the use of rodenticides inside their home will mean a decaying rodent will be left behind.
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Do conkers keep spiders away?

Spiders are common visitors to homes during the autumn. This is the time of year when male house spiders start searching for female spiders.

Unfortunately, there is no evidence to prove that scattering conkers around your living room will keep them away ...

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How to stop rats getting into my house in winter?

November is a busy time for most families, first there is the fireworks to deal with and now you are making plans for Christmas or maybe not this year... However to pest controllers November means its time to dust off the rat traps. ...

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Has there been an increase in pests during lockdown?

Has there been an increase in pests during lockdown? During lockdown number one, the summer lockdown there was an early start to the wasp season. Not because there were any more wasps than usual but because nests were noticed sooner than they would have been during a "normal summer". ...

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Why do I have ladybirds in my house?

The reason the ladybirds are in your house in autumn is they are looking for somewhere to spend the winter. Ladybirds, as many insects do, will hibernate or "overwinter". Cluster flies and many other insects do this and shelter together sometimes in huge numbers ...

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Fully trained in pest control?

Read any pest control website and it will usually state"we are fully trained" unfortunately this often means that they have attended a one day course on the basics. Suppliers of pest control products insist on this as a minimum. ...

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Tiny white bugs what are they and how can i get rid if them?

Tyrophagus putrescentiae or mould mites are pests i'm called about now and again. I have had a couple of enquiries this week so thought I would write a post about it. This is an example of a pest that I usually provide an advice only service for. Mould mites are and white in colour, wingless and so small that they can barely be ...

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Are rats attracted to bird feeders?

The wild bird food market in the UK is worth over £200 million per year. However its not just the birds enjoying all that free food. Pest control companies are seeing an increasing number of call outs for rats in gardens. In many cases the only reason the rats are there is because of the food left out for birds.
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Noises in the loft what pest could it be?

Homeowners often call after hearing noises in their loft. The call either goes "I have noises in my loft and I'm not sure what it is", or, "I have noises in my loft it must be squirrels"
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How do I get rid of a wasps nest?

There are several species of wasps that cause problems in the UK. The common wasp and the European wasp are the usual ones that we get in this country. Their habits are almost identical and do not really warrant further discussion here. ...

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How do I get rid of beetles in my house?

Carpet beetles are the most common household beetle, there are dozens of commonly found household beetles. Usually found in either contaminated foodstuff such as grains flour and rice, or on other organic matter including carpets, ...

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How do I get rid of ants in my house?

Black / garden ants are usually found outside and are the most common ant in the UK. It won’t take you long to find a colony in the summer months just about every garden in the UK will have them. ...

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I have mice in my house should I be worried?

The house mouse is a small, slender rodent with a slightly pointed nose; small, black protruding eyes; and a nearly hairless tail with scale rings. Mice are considered the most troublesome and economically damaging rodent pests in Britain. ...

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Can rats get into my house?

Rats are the most destructive pests known to man. Rats are also the known source of numerous diseases which can afflict humans and domestic animals. Rats will contaminate food and will cause extensive damage to buildings and equipment in homes, warehouses, granaries, restaurants and bakeries, anywhere food is handled or stored. ...

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How do I tell the difference between rat and mouse droppings?

A common question I get when home owners find rodent droppings, Is are they from a mouse or a rat.

So, how do you tell the difference between mouse and rat droppings? ...

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How to get rid of pests

Many household pests are simple to get rid of, others such as bed bugs are not so. However successful pest control is not as simple as setting a few mouse traps or spraying a can of bug spray in the general direction of the pest. Correct pest identification is the first step, learning the biology and habits of the pest will help ...

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Pestek is wildlife aware

The safe use of rodenticides is a very important aspect of modern pest control. As part of my continuing training I have attended and passed the wildlife aware accredited Technician course. This qualification is not a course on basic rodent control. Those who attend the course are expected already to possess proficiency through ...

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A year in pest control

Pest control is seasonal, different pests are more active at certain times of the year. Pests to look out for in January and February are rats in gardens, kitchens and lofts. Rat traps and anticoagulant rodenticides are the tools I use most at the start of the year. ...

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How do I get rid of bedbugs?

Bed bugs can be extremely difficult to completely eradicate even professional pest control companies often find complete control difficult to achieve. However I am a specialist in this field and am often called to deal with infestations others have been unable to control. ...

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How do I stop mice getting into my house?

Generally getting rid of mice from your home is a straightforward process. The treatment usually takes a few visits until I can give you the all clear.

However preventing more mice from entering at a later date is not always so simple. The type of building is the main factor when considering preventing future access. For exam ...

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What is the BPCA?

Pestek Pest Control is and has been for around 10 years, a full member of the British Pest Control Association. The BPCA is the trade body for the pest management industry in the UK.

The BPCA members logo is earned, and I am very proud to display it on my website.

The BPCA promotes ...

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Why do I have rats in my garden

Rats are a very common garden pest and can turn up at any time of year. However, during winter when food is in short supply the number of callouts i get for Rats in gardens in Leeds increases.

Why do I have Rats in my garden?

90% of all the garden infestations I deal with are due to ...

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