Filed under: pest control - pest types — admin @ 1:38 am on the April 6, 2010
The UK is very much an “it’ll never happen to me” society right now. This is the direct result of a lot of changes that have occurred in recent years, but unfortunately it is that attitude that will see your home overrun with pest this spring. With the clocks going forward shortly, many will begin to emerge and look for a comfortable home to rest in, which could be yours if you are doing nothing to stop it. If the worst does happen and you find yourself having to call in professional Manchester pest control experts this summer then there are certain things you should look for in professionals.
The first thing is asking questions. The Manchester pest control experts you call in should always ask questions. They should ask you about any noises, any steps you have already taken, whether there are pets or small children in the home and other similar questions that are pertinent to the way they plan to deal with your pests.
The second is they should have proof that they know what they are doing. All pest control experts should have experience in the field and should be knowledgeable. You can check their credentials in advance but never allow anyone into your home if they appear to not know what they are doing. Customer testimonials also help to set your mind at rest. Either way, any reputable Manchester pest control company will be more than happy for you to check until you are absolutely satisfied.
Filed under: pest control - pest types — admin @ 1:35 am on the
Manchester pest control is high on many speed dial lists all year round because of the seemingly increasing number of pests around. More and more infestations seem to occur every year and there are two common rodents that usually make the top pests lists. The first is rats but the second, and more common in domestic homes, is the mouse. Mice are not only an annoyance but can bring in all sorts of other bugs, viruses and problems. As such, you need to sort the problem out sooner rather than later.
To avoid calling in Manchester pest control experts, you need to take several steps to ensure that mice do not get into your home. If they do then the likelihood is that all the traps in the world will not stop them returning time and again. Mice are just as flexible as rats are and can sneak through the smallest of gaps. They can climb, jump and will not hesitate to bring their entire families into your home so take the following steps to prevent mice infestations in the first place rather than having to look to take care of them at a later date.
The six points below are excellent places to start when it comes to preventing mice infestations:
1. Make sure that your property is free from rubbish. This includes any litter in your garden and in front of your home. Everything from old gardening equipment to furniture to garden waste should be cleared away because they provide excellent shelter for mice.
2. Cut back everything in your garden to a manageable level. You need to be able to tend it all year round to disrupt any mouse habitats that may be there. Wild areas are fine if they are far enough from your home but all shelter around your home should be tamed.
3. If you have a path or patio area in front of your home then make sure that there is a 3 inch gravel border around it to keep rodents at bay. Mice will not cross it or burrow through it so it is an excellent tactic to use to avoid calling Manchester pest control in too.
4. Make sure that your rubbish area is tidy at all times. Never leave lids off bins and if you have cracks in them then use tape to plug them up immediately. Mice can easily squeeze into cracks that are just a centimetre or so big so make sure that you do not give them the chance. This also applies to compost heaps.
5. Take a walk around your home and make sure that all gaps are plugged up. This should be done every month or so. Pipes, vents and cracks are ideal for mice to squeeze through so maintain them and keep all gaps to a minimum.
6. If you have a pet then the likelihood is you will have few problems with mice because of the scent but make sure that you keep all cat flaps that are not in use firmly shut and do not leave any doors that mice could get through open unless you want to call in Manchester pest control.
Filed under: pest control - pest types — admin @ 1:32 am on the
Did you know that pigeons are often referred to as “rats with wings”? This is the common name for them in urban areas, such as those Manchester pest control take care of, but this applies to all feral pigeons regardless of where they seem to settle. This is largely because pigeons carry the same number of germs and viruses that rats do but also because they tend to settle in one area and prove to be almost impossible to get rid of via conventional means. Do not mistake homing pigeons and those kept in back yards for those that are considered feral though. The two are very different, with the former being clean and trained and the latter being wild and very destructive.
If you want to avoid calling Manchester pest control in to take care of a pigeon problem, you need to prevent infestations in the first place. There are ways and means that you can prevent pigeons settling in your home and garden and five of them are below for your reference. Make sure you adhere to these and prevent problems from day one:
1. Fix your home up! That is the first rule of keep pigeons and thus the Manchester pest control away. Pigeons tend to head for derelict buildings or those that are run down enough to offer access to the attic, roof space or disused water tanks. In fact, pigeon will make their homes wherever they can. Holes in walls, poor roofing, loose tiles, broken windows and other such issues on a house can provide them with an opportunity to get in. Do not let them in at all because you will never get rid of them. Fix these issues now.
2. Clean up any areas that could provide pigeons with ready access to any form of food. This could be exposed compost heaps, outside rubbish bins, waste areas and other similar areas can provide food for pigeons. They are excellent foragers and so will take advantage of the slightest laxness in rubbish disposal.
3. Cover all dog, cat and other pet food you may have up when it is left unattended. For example, if you have an outdoor pet like a rabbit, make sure that the food is left in a cage or similar area. Dog food should never be left exposed because pigeons will take full advantage.
4. Prevent other pests coming into your home. Insects like ants also provide ready food sources for pigeons so by preventing these pests, you can prevent pigeons coming in too.
5. Finally, walk around your property regularly and make sure that you know exactly where you are in terms of repairs. Make sure that all cracks are plugged up as soon as they appear because you can ensure that you never have a problem with pigeons and never have to call in Manchester pest control this way!
Filed under: pest control - pest types — admin @ 1:29 am on the
In spring and summer, homes in all areas of the UK suffer from one plight. Although some will also have rates, others will have flees and even more will have mice, not every household will suffer from these Manchester pests, but there is one pest that will prove to be a handful, even for Manchester pest control experts. Actually, it may come as a shock to find out what sort of pest it is because many homeowners do not think of the annoying creatures as a pest. That pest is the common ant. Black ants are the worst pests around. Difficult to get rid of and hard to prevent in the first place, you need to start looking to prevent them entering your home now, before it is too late.
Black ants are far more problematic than red ants, even though more people dread the latter. Although red ants do bite, they tend to steer clear of human habitation, preferring instead to make their nests in remote areas or large gardens. The following preventative measure can help you to steer clear of ant infestations this spring and summer:
1. The first thing to do is check around your home to make sure that there is no reason to call Manchester pest control in the first place. Ants will only go somewhere that offers them a source of food and shelter. For example, if your home is cool and it is baking outside then they will head indoors. If there is a food source then it will be easy to follow their trail so you can eliminate the food source. It may be a bin or food may be lying around.
2. When it gets to spring time, go around your house looking for any potential entry points. This must be done outside the home because ants will burrow, disrupt the soil and leave huge holes or cracks in your home and garden. As such, you need to make sure that all pipes are secured, all cracks are filled and all vent meshing is intact. This will help you to avoid calling Manchester pest control out.
3. If you do find ant trails when you are walking around outside then cut them off. If you do not have pets then the best way to do this is using a little household insecticide but if you do have pets then use talcum powder to remove the trails and disrupt the pattern.
4. Look inside your home and note any improvements that need to be made in terms of loose skirting boards, cracks, loose tiles and other such issues that could be exploited by ants looking to make nests inside your home. By mending these problems in advance you can avoid issues in the future.
5. Just be vigilant. The first time you see an ant inside your home is the start of the season of misery for you. If you want to avoid problems later, you should take care of the problem before it truly starts.