Pest Control News

Friday, 26 February 2021

Cockroaches- Unlikely February Pests


February has been a strange month weather wise; we have had rain, snow and sunshine.  Cockroaches are not necessarily the typical pest that you would associate with being a problem in winter, however, once in your home they can multiply rapidly and cause you some serious problems! 

 

Our homes are a great location to settle in, there is food in abundance and warmth too! Plus, a room dedicated to water (bathroom). The three key things cockroaches need to survive. You are highly unlikely to actually see cockroaches scuttling across the floor as they much prefer darkness, and will remain hidden away all of the time. Plus they are super speedy!!

 

What do they look like?

In the UK you will usually have to deal with German cockroaches or Oriental cockroaches. Cockroaches are known for their very long antennae and flat bodies. German cockroaches are brown in colour whereas the larger Oriental cockroach can be black or brown. They are able to squeeze through the smallest of gaps too so no area in your home is out of bounds.

 

Signs to look for;

-if you have an established infestation then there will be strong apparent odour

-damage to food packages

-spoilt foods

-shed skins

-droppings

-eggs/egg cases

 

German cockroaches are likely to be hiding in rooms that are warm and humid. The bathroom and the airing cupboard are good places. Also, the fans in fridges and freezers are also a favourite. Oriental cockroaches tend to enjoy cooler and damper environments like drains. 

 

Wherever they choose to locate themselves in your home, they must be near a water source as they can only survive a few days without water. Food however, they can go without for months. When they do eat, they are not fussy. They will pretty much eat anything and everything, even each other.

 

It is really important to deal with a cockroach problem as soon as you find out you have one. For home or businesses, cockroaches pose a huge risk to human health due to the bacteria they carry. Due to the unsanitary locations they frequent, like drains and sewerage pipes, they will contaminate anything they come into contact with.

 

Remember, cockroach infestations can rapidly get out of hand, so if you notice any signs that you may have a problem, it is best to call in the professionals to help deal with the problem. 





Monday, 8 February 2021

Mouse In Your House?

Mouse In Your House?




In urban areas, mice can and will reproduce all year round due to the lovely warmth of your home and the unlimited sources of food available to them.  This means that mouse infestations can actually be a problem all year round! However, with the weather being so cold at the moment, we are getting more and more calls from customers struggling with mice problems. But do not worry, SOS Pest Control can help! 

Below we have some information about what to look out for and things you can do to protect your home from these uninvited furry visitors. 

What do they look like?

  • Mice are typically quite small
  • They have rounded ears
  • Their tails are long and thin
  • Pointed snouts
  • Can be light brown/dark brown in colouring

Signs of mice

  • Droppings
  • Scratching sounds in the loft or walls
  • Smell of mouse urine (ammonia)
  • Strange pet behaviour (chances are they will find mice before you do!)
  • Damage to food packages or storage boxes

What can you do?

The best way to avoid a mouse problem is to proof your home! 
  • Fill any access points to your home like loose brickwork, gaps around pipe entrances, loose tiles
  • Secure/remove any easily accessible insulation as mice like to use this for nesting
  • Make sure to keep all food sources securely sealed
  • Regularly clean under cookers and fridges
  • Clean kitchen sides and floors regularly removing crumbs

If you happen to see any of the above signs, then proofing will stop new mice coming into your home but it will not help with your current infestation. Plus, mice are notorious for reproducing at an alarming rate. However, SOS Pest Control can help you. We are fully trained and able to deal with any pest infestation effectively and efficiently. Give us a call today!

Monday, 25 January 2021

Pest Control During Lockdown...Again

 Pest Control During Lockdown...Again

We are business as usual, even during these strange times. 

Pests like rats, mice, squirrels and foxes are typically prevalent during this time of year. This is due to the colder weather and less food sources available to them. Whilst prevention is always better, we appreciate that these pesky pests can make their way into your home or business through the smallest crack, loose roof tile, or gap in a fence. We are on hand to deal with whatever problem you may have, removing the problem effectively and efficiently whilst keeping our team and our customers safe. We also have a wide range of prevention solutions to offer to make sure your home or business remain free from pest problems in the future. 

We are here for you and available to deal with many types of pests, observing all government guidance in place to keep us all safe. 

Friday, 1 January 2021

Happy New Year From SOS Pest Control

 Happy New Year!!

2021 has arrived! This year will be sure to be a great one! SOS Pest Control intend to enter this year more determined than ever to keep our customers happy, safe and pest free. Whether it is a commercial property, domestic property, or even your garden shed that you have an issue with pests in, we can most certainly help. Do not hesitate to get in touch today via phone or email.

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Merry Christmas from SOS Pest Control

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We would like to wish our customers, old and new a very Merry Christmas. 

This year has been a tough one for us all and we are sure many of you are looking forward to seeing the end of 2020. 

We have been so grateful to you all for your continued support and business during these strange times. 

2021 will certainly be a better year. 

All the best, 

SOS Pest Control 

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Monday, 7 December 2020

Rats & Mice-Control & Prevention

Rats & Mice-Control & Prevention


The weather has certainly turned colder over the past week or so which means that your lovely warm home looks more inviting than ever to rats and mice! Although considered a pest problem all year round, the appearance of droppings or scratching in the walls is more common in the winter months. Rats and mice will attempt to enter your home to get out of the cold and of course, we have a never ending food supply for them too!

Some differences between rats and mice;

  • Adult mice are typically smaller in size to adult rats
  • Mice have longer tails than their bodies
  • Rats have longer faces than mice and a thicker tail
  • Rats are usually dark brown/ black in colour, mice are more light to dark brown

Some signs to look and listen out for;

  • Droppings
  • Scratching sounds in the wall cavities or under the floorboards
  • A strong odour
  • Entrance holes into your home through loose brickwork, wooden frames, air vents or pipes

Our expert team can help you with your rat/mice issue effectively and efficiently. Not only will we leave you pest free, but we can also put in place ways to prevent them from entering your home again. 

Things you can do to avoid issues;

  • Check any potential entry points into your home such as loose brickwork, gaps in seals around windows, doors and air vents.
  • Keep your kitchen clean and tidy
  • Keep bin lids tightly sealed
  • Clean bins regularly and keep away from property entrances
SOS Pest Control are here for you no matter what your pest problem may be. Get in touch today!



Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Pest Control and Your Business

 Pest Control and Your Business

 

While most of the country is in some sort of lockdown or tiered restriction, it appears things will continue in a similar fashion over the next month or so. But do not worry, pest controllers are considered essential workers and we are here for you. 

 

Even if you have had to close your doors to the public for a period of time, pests are still around, and in full force. Now is the time of year we complete quite a lot of contract work for rat and mice control and proofing. Especially in food establishments, having regular reviews of your premises by pest controllers is very important for you and your customers. Being aware of and preventing pest infestations is key to a great business.

 

During this particular time of year, unwanted visitors such as rats and mice are looking for a nice warm environment with access to food. A restaurant, shop or pub are prime establishments that will attract these pests as they search for winter locations to nest. Noticing droppings? Scratching in walls? Gnawing marks? Time to call in a professional!

 

There are lots of ways pest controllers can help remove and proof your building against all sorts of pests. Remember, we are here to help!

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