Pest Control News

Monday, 3 January 2022

Happy New Year From SOS Pest Control

Happy New Year From SOS Pest Control


We wish you all a Happy New Year. We hope 2022 brings you and your families a year with good health and happiness. SOS Pest Control are on hand to deal with any pest problems you may encounter, no job is too big or too small. 

Monday, 20 December 2021

SOS Pest Control- Merry Christmas!

SOS Pest Control- Merry Christmas!

SOS Pest Control wish all our customers, old and new a very Merry Christmas. If pests are bothering you this Christmas, please just get in touch. We are here to help. Pests do not take a holiday, so don't let them ruin the festive period for you. Let us take care of it for you.

Monday, 6 December 2021

Cockroaches

Cockroaches

Although it may be strange to think about cockroaches at this time of year but like us, they hate the cold. They would much rather be tucked up nice and warm in your home. They are typically found where there is water and humidity. The bathroom or kitchen are prime locations. 

Cockroaches can go many weeks without food, but can only survive a few days without water. They are not fussy eaters either, they will even eat each other if food is scarce. 

They are nocturnal so you will be very unlikely to see them during the day. They hide in dark spaces so it is always good practice to check behind sinks, toilets, bath panels, washing machines, dishwashers and fridges. 

No only are cockroaches unsightly, but they are also carriers of bacteria and diseases. They are a threat to public health if found in eating establishments. Which is why it is so important for cleanliness in restaurants and pubs and of course your home. 

Signs of these night creatures can sometimes be hard to see as you are unlikely to be able to catch a glimpse of them. So things like shed casings are a sure sign. Droppings as well are a sign. An infestation of cockroaches usually emits a strong odour too. Damage to items like bathmats, plastic, discarded boxes are also signs of an infestation. 

There are some things you can do to make sure your home is not inviting to cockroaches. Make sure you do not leave any standing water or liquids for long periods of time. Keeping all food in airtight containers and in cupboards that are higher up. Try not to leave pet food out over night, and clean out containers containing liquid before putting them in your recycling bin. Keeping on top of cleaning as that is the best deterrent. 

Remember, these kind of infestations can be difficult to deal with without the help of a professional pest controller. Cockroaches are particularly hardy pests and can be really difficult to get rid of. Give us a call today, and SOS Pest Control will get you sorted. 

Monday, 29 November 2021

Pests In Your Loft This Winter

 Pests In Your Loft This Winter

Now is the perfect time to be checking that loft space for unwanted guests this festive season. Most of us tend to store our Christmas decorations in the loft, and very rarely venture up there throughout the year. This means it is the perfect location for birds, squirrels, rats and mice to nest undisturbed, whilst having access to food and water. Now if you did have an infestation of any of these pests, it is more than likely you will hear them scurrying about or making some sort of noise in the early hours (squirrels are notorious for being active during the early hours of the morning). But pest control is not just about removing a pest issue, it is also about proofing your home against pests. Removing or blocking entrance points can save you the hassle and money of dealing with pests after they have gained access to your home. 

Access points in your loft

So there are a few ways these pests can gain access to your home. Birds can fly, rats and mice can climb, and squirrels can jump, so access points at height are not a problem for these pests.

Loose or broken roof tiles are the prime starting point. Any weakness will be found and can act as the perfect access point. Make sure that you regularly check the tiles on the roof, replace any broken ones and secure any tiles that are loose. 

Poorly sealed windows or vents are another way. Mice especially, can squeeze through the smallest of gaps so be sure to make sure your property is well sealed. 


Signs of pests

  • No matter what the species of pest, a sure sign that you have an infestation is droppings
  • Noises will keep you awake at night (typically)-gnawing, scratching, bird calls, rustling...
  • Damage to storage boxes, insulation, wires or wood to name a few materials (rats can chew through metal!)

What should you do?

If you are noticing any of the above signs of an infestation, we strongly recommend you call in SOS Pest Control. We can assess the extent of the infestation and treat it effectively and efficiently. Dealing with these kind of infestations without the help of a professional can typically end up costing you more money, not to mention the stress that comes along with it! We also offer proofing services, so if you think you could be susceptible to these kind of pests getting into your home, get in touch!


Monday, 8 November 2021

Rats in your home?

 Rats in your home?

Now that the weather is turning colder, it is a prime time for rats to start making their way into your home or business. They are looking for warmth, shelter and food to get them through the winter months. Rats are able to chew through all types of materials to gain access; brick, metal, wood, just to name a few. This does mean that rats are unstoppable when it comes to gaining access and why it is really important to do all you can to proof your home and not give them any reason to try. 

 

Pest controllers can help with proofing your home, but there are things you can do yourself first. Things like making sure all rubbish bins are sealed and no bags are just left on the floor. Keeping rubbish bins clean too can also help deter rats from sniffing out your rubbish. It is also good practice to ensure any gaps in brickwork or roof tiles are repaired and filled quickly. Rats are wonderful climbers so getting to any part of the home is easy for them. They typically use wall cavities to move around, although they can also be found under floorboards and in the loft. 

 

Rats are distinguished by their long hairless tails typically. They are usually brown in colour with long noses. They have long teeth which need to be filed down regularly which they do by gnawing through materials. 

 

Now is the time to check your home for all those potential entry points. If you find you are already being visited by these pests, then give us a call today. We can help!

Monday, 25 October 2021

Professional Flea Treatment & Control

 Professional Flea Treatment


Fleas can be a real pain. It is a common misconception that you can only get fleas in your home if you have a dog or cat as a pet. This is not actually true. Whilst those with pets are more susceptible to getting flea infestations, fleas are not exclusive to homes with furry friends. Dogs and cats are regularly treated for fleas with medication provided by vets, and these are very effective. However, it does not completely eradicate the issue of fleas. Fleas will also live on foxes and rodents.

This is due to the way fleas can move from host to host. They are able to jump considerable distances with the use of their long back legs. They do not fly as they do not have wings so they get about by jumping. This means that if a host has fleas, and you are within 20cm of that host, a flea can get to you. 

Adult fleas like nothing more than a blood meal. These parasites will feed on your blood until they are ready to burst. Fleas are attracted to the production of carbon dioxide, so where there is CO2, fleas will gravitate towards it. Although their initial bites will not hurt, the bite site afterwards can become itchy and inflamed. They are very small so can be hard to spot and their eggs are even smaller!

Fleas can be really tricky to get rid of which is why it is necessary to call in the professionals. Fleas will likely not be contained in one room of your home as you and/or your pets frequent lots of different rooms within the house which means that treating just one room will not get rid of them completely. Here at Devon Pest Control, we will come in and survey the level of infestation and then tailor our treatments accordingly. What we use to treat these kinds of issues is professional grade so it is extremely effective. We will be sure to leave you flea free! Get in touch today.


Monday, 4 October 2021

Professional Pest Controllers - SOS Pest Control

 Professional Pest Controllers - SOS Pest Control


We know it is always nice to save money where possible. Everyone likes to look after the pennies and many people opt to do jobs around the home themselves. Do it yourself pest control is no different. There are many products you can purchase at your local super market or DIY store that profess to sort out your pest problem. Whilst these products are useful for a one off, small pest problem, they are not suitable for dealing with infestations. This is because the ingredients are not as strong as what certified pest controllers can use to deal with your pest problem.

Employing a qualified and insured pest controller means you are paying for their knowledge, expertise and access to the best pest control products to eradicate your pest problem quickly and efficiently. They deal with all sorts of pests each day, they know how these pests gain access to your property, and what issues they can cause now and if left without being dealt with. Not only this, proofing your property is just as important. From a site survey, our pest controllers will be able to show you any potential access points for birds, rodents and insects. By getting your property professionally pest proofed, you will be able to enjoy your home or business without the worry of dealing with any pest issues.

Here at SOS Pest Control, we work hard to provide our customers with great service and always deliver on what we promise. Spending the money on a professional is like an investment in your home or business to keep you pest free!
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01233 210782

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01304 508334

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01303 201493

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01474 878927

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01622 829269

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01634 799188

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01892 731230

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