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Monday, 6 March 2017

When Should I Call a Pest Controller?


When Should I Call a Pest Controller?

You wake in the night to scurrying sounds downstairs. With a tennis racket as a make-shift weapon, you take tentative steps to deal with the intruder. What you find is not an axe-wielding burglar but a group of cute looking mice, nibbling on the left over roast potatoes you left on the work top.
Startled by the light and your intrusion, they scarper but not before snatching another tasty morsel of yesterday’s roast potatoes.
You return to bed but you are determined to rid your home of the pest once and for all. You consider taking in a stray cat from the local animal shelter as you peruse the aisles of the local DIY store for mouse-traps and poison.

You Take a Bold Step

Placing traps at the back of cupboards, you seal holes and lay poison. And then you wait.
Only to find the next morning that the bait has not been taken, no traps are sprung and the mice have left little droppings all over the worktop.
You have failed in your bold step. With something akin to panic, you pick up the phone to call your local, friendly expert pest controller.
But, you may think, should you have called us earlier? Should you call a pest controller as soon as you spot a pest or, should you try and deal with it yourself?

What You MUST Consider

The Pest

What is the pest? Some pests are a nuisance but benign. They may make you itch, they may be an irritant but they are not a danger to your health. Carpet beetles and moths would fall into this category. They have chewed a hole in your favourite cashmere woolly jumper but they are not going to kill you with a nasty sting or spread bacteria.
Other pests are more than a nuisance. They are dangerous. Cockroaches spread nasty bacterium that can make you ill, as do rats and mice which are, by the way, perpetually incontinent, urinating and pooping as they scurry along your worktop.

The Location

Inside the house is a definite no-no, even if it is a troop of garden nontoxic ants nicking your jam or swarm of faeces-loving flies.
Your home should be a pest-free zone.
Outside is slightly different because, after all, this is the place where most pests would normally live. Thus, a scurrying family of field mice in the garden doesn’t necessarily equate to an invasion but you may see a rat or two and think you don’t want them getting any closer.

The Hazards and Dangers

Some pests and a swarm of them present massive threats – threat to life, the possibility of you being injured and so on.
A wasp nest hanging from a tree close to your back door is not conducive to being poked with a broom handle. An angry nest of wasps looking for the assailant – YOU! – will not be a pleasant experience.

The answer to the question is this – call us when you feel unsure what the pest is, if the pest is posing a threat, if the pest is in or close to your home. Our services are effective – much better than putting poison in your kitchen cupboards – and affordable,