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Mice and rat pest prevention makes up much of the work load at Enviropest Control Services. These vermin can be serious pests which require urgent prevention measures. If you suspect a problem, it is highly unlikely to go away on its own accord.

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Mice

Mice Infestations

The House Mouse is a major pest in the UK in both domestic and commercial properties, the mouse population has like the rat population seen an increase in the UK over the last few years.

Mouse droppings are sometimes the first evidence that people see that they have a mouse infestation. Many people think that because they see a lot of droppings then they must have a heavy infestation, however one mouse is capable of producing 80 droppings per day.

Mice require only the smallest of holes to squeeze through, a fully grown adult can pass through a hole the size of a pencil or your little finger.

Mice are capable of causing a lot of damage, their teeth are continually growing they therefore have to keep gnawing at objects to wear their teeth down.

This means they not only gnaw at food products but also wiring and cabling which in turn can create electrical and fire hazards.

Mice Reproduction

Mice are even more prolific than rats in their reproductive life, their gestation period is three weeks. They are sexually mature after 8 weeks from birth and will have on average between 7 to 8 litters per year, in each litter there could be up to 16 youngsters.

Mouse Disease Facts

Mice urinate continually by means of small droplets of urine, as they run over food products or surfaces the urine is left behind which contains Salmonella.

This is often the cause of food poisoning or upset stomachs. Other diseases associated with mice are Lyme disease and Hantavirus.

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If you have a mice problem please telephone 0121 693 6616 for a prompt service.

Rats

Rat Infestations

In the last few years the UK has seen a significant increase in the Brown Rat population, Birmingham and the Midlands are no exception to this increase, this can be attributed to the following factors: -

  • An increase in the fast food outlets and people depositing their rubbish in an untidy manner
  • Milder winters which has resulted in a reduced mortality rate
  • Wetter weather resulting in flash flooding which in turn flushes rats out from underground burrows

This has resulted in an increase in rat infestations in both commercial and residential properties.

Rat Reproductive Facts

Rats are prolific breeders, they have a gestation period of 3 weeks and will often have between 3-7 litters per year, an average litter size can vary between 6 to 8 youngsters. A young rat will become sexually mature from 9 weeks from birth.

Diseases Carried by Rats

The most famous disease carried by rats was the plague, which decimated London and was associated with the Black Rat, today this disease is not a problem in the UK. However there are three main diseases associated with rat infestations found in the UK: -

  • Salmonella (food poisoning)
  • Weils disease (also known as Leptospirosis) and
  • Trichinosis

All these diseases can be fatal in severe cases.

For Rapid Rat Removal Results

If you suspect that you have a rat problem then please call now. Rats breed rapidly and if you see one rat it will almost certainly mean that there are more rats close by.

Thankfully Enviropest are experts at tackling rat problems effectively.

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From an initial survey our technician will recommend a course of action to bring your rat problem under control. For fast effective action please telephone 0121 693 6616 - Enviropest operate a 24-hour service.

Rat Case Study

A pig farm was experiencing a severe problem with rat activity in the pig swill. Rats were living within the pig swill and ignoring the standard rat bait. The pest control company who were treating the farm were having difficulty in controlling the rat infestation.

Enviropest were called in and by using different methods of rat control eradicated the infestation. By clearing the infestation up the farmer removed the risk of his pigs getting the disease trichinosis.

Ants

Black Garden Ant

If you have an ant problem in Birmingham, Kings Norton, Solihull, West Bromwich, Worcester, Wolverhampton or anywhere else in the Midlands you are on the right page.

Ants can become a problem when the weather becomes warmer, they can even be a problem in winter in some locations because of central heating.

Left untreated in and around the home or commercial buildings the number of ants in a colony can increase rapidly.

A queen is mated once and has enough sperm in her body to continue laying eggs for several years, which is why ant infestations in homes occur in the same location year in year out.

Nests are found in soil, under paving slabs and in between cavity walls.

Black ants lay trails for other ants to follow and will therefore quickly infest food commodities.

A particular feature of the Black ant is a mating exodus from the nest called swarming. This takes place for a couple of weeks in late summer when fertile males and females swarm out of the nest to mate, the fertile ants have wings (normally referred to as flying ants) the males are the smaller ants and usually mate with the larger females in flight. The males die shortly after mating. It is this time of year that most properties experience a serious problem with ants.

It is beneficial to control ants at the first sighting of them before swarming takes place. Enviropest can tackle the problem at source and provide guidance to reduce the likelihood of a repeat infestation.

Pharaoh's Ant

The pharaoh ant is rarely found outdoors in the UK because the climate is too cool but it can thrive in buildings and if you do suspect a problem immediate action is necessary. It is roughly half the size of the Black ant but provides a much greater risk to humans.

Because they live in buildings they are not affected by the seasons and can increase in numbers as central heating is switched on. Their preferred foods are proteins such as meat, blood, nuts, cheese and chocolate. They are capable of chewing through plastic packages, and so infecting items such as sterile dressings in hospitals.

Harmful organisms can be transmitted by the ants because they live in un-hygienic places.

Pharaoh ant queens have wings but unlike the Black ant they rarely fly, colonies expand by the queen taking a few workers and starting a new nest a short distance away.

A Pharaoh's ant infestation requires professional help.

If you suspect a Pharaoh's ant problem this is most definitely a time to request professional help. The nests are often difficult to track down and require a carefully formulated course of treatment to clear an infestation.

General insecticides do not work on Pharaoh's ants, if used they fragment the nest and more nests develop.

The Enviropest team have a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring to tackling such problems and will create a clear action plan to get rid of your problem.

Please call 0121 693 6616 for assistance.

Bees

Bees - Masonry

Whilst a nuisance masonry bees, are not known for stinging.

Masonry bees can become a problem when they start tunnelling through soft walls and damaged mortar. This is more frequently a problem in older properties. Because the problem can be accumulative any suspected attack should be treated sooner rather than later.

Insecticide will stop the problem in the short term but for a long term solution the answer is often re-pointing of problem areas.

For more help and advice please telephone Enviropest 0121 693 6616.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches

Cockroaches can be a problem in premises used for preparing food and also larger public buildings, and blocks of flats.

Typically nocturnal if you suspect a problem in a larger building this is the time to call in professional help. Cockroaches are potential carriers of serious diseases.

Once a building has a cockroach problem only a concerted action programme will eradicate the infestation. Enviropest have the expertise to develop a plan for controlling and eradicating the problem. The first step is a thorough survey to establish the extent of the problem before action is taken. Cockroaches typically live for around 8 months and the females will produce many eggs during their lifetime - without professional treatment the problem will not go away on it own.

Please telephone or use the Contact form to arrange a survey.

German Cockroach

The German Cockroach typically prefers warmer humid buildings. The females lay many eggs which quickly reach maturity and of course those females then go on to lay many more eggs so causing the situation to quickly escalate.

Oriental Cockroaches

Typically prefer a cooler environment to the German Cockroach such as basements and drains.

Whilst the Oriental Cockroach is slower to reproduce than the German Cockroach it nevertheless needs keeping under close control.

Cockroaches present a serious risk to public health, please call 0121 693 6616 for assistance.

Fleas

Fleas

Fleas come in a number of varieties and sizes: -

  • Cat
  • Dog
  • Human
  • Rabbit
  • Tropical Rat
  • Hedgehog
  • Bird
  • Mole

Fleas as a problem have been on the increase driven by a number of factors including, wall to wall carpeting, central heating and the abundance of pets.

Whilst in the past fleas have been responsible for plagues such as the Great Plague of London 1665, today that is not a serious concern but they do bite.

Flea bites appear as a tiny red spot which lasts a few days.

Flea problems are normally associated with pets - but it can be worth seeking professional help where a serious problem exists.

If in doubt telephone Enviropest on 0121 693 6616 for expert assistance.

Flies

Flies

Prevention is the best form of attack with flies and Enviropest has a range of options to help exclude flies from your premises.

Whilst flies are normally associated with warmer weather, they can be a problem throughout the year if they are in a warm environment. Because flies can transmit a wide range of unpleasant diseases they must be tackled without delay. Enviropest have the experience and track record of helping customers to successfully control fly problems, please do not hesitate to call in one of our experts to help deal with any problem.

Pest Exclusion

Enviropest offer a full range of pest screens, from lightweight screens for kitchens and conservatories through to heavy duty doors more suited to industrial applications.

All our screens are fitted with fibre glass mesh as standard but can be upgraded to aluminium or stainless steel meshes if required. We also supply chain curtains and mesh curtains.

Fly Unit Range - to back up your exclusion protection

Effective insect treatment is essential in places where food is to be prepared. Keeping pests away from these areas is a full time job and Enviropest can supply the tools to keep flying pests at bay.

Our insect control systems are completely safe, economical and employ no harmful chemicals or pesticides.

They are built and approved to the highest international standards.

On-Site Pest Survey

An on-site survey by one of our inspectors will determine which options will best suit your needs. Please telephone 0121 693 6616 to arrange a survey.

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs - Insects Biting

Bed bugs cannot fly therefore they can only travel in luggage or some other transportation method.

There are a number of variations of these bugs: -

  • Common bed bug
  • Pigeon bug
  • Martin bug

Bed bugs have, increasingly over the last few years, become a major pest.

Once most commonly associated with poor, over crowded conditions bed bugs have escalated as a problem with the onset of cheaper foreign travel in particular to third world countries and the popularity of city breaks.

Enviropest are seeing an increase in bed bug activity due to the transportation of eggs and adults from abroad. This is increasingly prevalent as a problem in hotels and hostels.

Whilst bed bugs are seldom associated with diseases their bite can cause a nasty swelling.

Second hand furniture can also be a source of bed bugs and these days central heating can allow them to breed all year round.

Where there is a serious infestation professional help is required to ascertain the extent of the problem and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.

Enviropest have many years experience of tackling such problems, please telephone 0121 693 6616 to arrange a free survey.

Case Study

We at Enviropest have very good experience in bed bug control, a hotel of a major chain of hotels was experiencing a bad bed bug infestation which was not being controlled by their usual contractor.

After being called in by the management, a thorough treatment schedule was put in place to bring the bed bug problem under control, allowing the hotel to use all of it's bedrooms.

Insects - Food

Stored Products Insects

Stored product insects include: -

  • Grain Weevils
  • Grain Beetles
  • Flour Beetles
  • Spider Beetles
  • Biscuit Beetles
  • Larder Beetles

Stored Product Insects (SPI) are specific insects which attack edible foodstuffs, ranging from grain, flour, rice etc.

Many of the infestations of these insects are associated with poor housekeeping issues. Due to the expanse of global trade most food insects have a wide distribution throughout the world.

Stored Product Insects will cause huge monetary losses in damaged food products, so it is important that early diagnosis of any such activity is identified quickly.

Biscuit Beetle

A commonly found insect which infests many food commodities such as grain, spices, biscuits, flour. The larva is capable of boring into very hard ingredients. The adults will sometimes fly.

This insect has been confused with the Furniture beetle which is a woodworm pest because of their similarity. They can be recognized by the furniture beetle having a greater humped thorax.

Larder Beetle

An insect which is normally associated with poor housekeeping and indifferent hygiene standards. A common pest of kitchens which feeds on a variety of animal proteins.

The adults will often fly and will sometimes hibernate in unheated premises.

Grain Weevil

This insect is easily recognizable by it's snout or to give it the correct name the rostrum. As the name suggests this insect is a major pest of grain, the larva is not easily seen at it is hidden within the grain. The adult cannot fly and is quite capable of surviving our winters.

If you suspect a problem with insects affecting your food storage whether on a commercial or domestic scale please call 0121 693 6616 for assistance.

Insects - Textile

Textile Insects / Carpet Beetles

Textile insects are pests which in their larval stage have the ability to digest the protein keratin which is found in: -

  • Wool
  • Fur
  • Animal hair

These are substances which are commonly found in domestic properties.

Cotton and other man made materials can be damaged but will not be eaten.

The most common textile pests found in this country are:-

  • The Varied Carpet Beetle
  • Fur Beetle
  • Common clothes moth
  • Case bearing clothes moth
  • White shouldered house moth
  • Brown house moth

The two most common textile pests found in Britain are the Varied Carpet and the Brown house moth.

Brown House Moth

The adults have dark wings with three or four black spots on them, the larva is dark white with a brown head. It is the larval stage which does the damage and are often found beneath carpets, underfelt and between floorboards.

The larva is a dirty white with a brown head, the larva will travel considerable distances.

Carpet Beetles

Carpet Beetles adults have the appearance of small ladybirds, the larva of carpet beetles are covered by hairs and are sometimes known as woolly bears, these larva can be an irritant with some people if picked up.

Carpet Beetles are 2-4mm in length and are a major pest attacking textiles. They thrive where they are left undisturbed. The edges of carpets and in wardrobes are popular living areas.

Bird nests are very often a source of textile pests, so if any evidence of insects are found in bedrooms an inspection of your loft might be advisable.

If routine cleaning is not sufficient to keep carpet beetle under control Enviropest are able to offer a professional service please telephone 0121 693 6616 to discuss arranging a survey.

Moles

Moles

Contrasted with some pest Moles are a lesser problem than many others but where they are damaging farmland, golf courses, gardens and the like Enviropest are able to offer a choice of effective solutions.

There are few pests which are as easy to recognise as the mole and the mole hills which they create.

Moles typically have 3 - 4 off spring per year so breed much slower than other pests. Where they are a problem please telephone 0121 693 6616 and one of our technicians will survey the situation and recommend an appropriate course of action.

For more information on garden mole pest control click here

Birds

Birds

Bird problems can cause stress to you and damages to your premises. Pigeons are a huge pest problem across Birmingham, Wolves, Coventry and the Midlands and whilst shooting them might provide some short-term satisfaction it is not a long-term solution. Effective bird control is essential or within days of a cull more pigeons will be back.

Pigeons often carry more pests and diseases than any other pests, their droppings cause damage to the fabric of buildings, are unsightly, and a potential accident hazard to humans. However, there is no need to tolerate the problems they cause.

Enviropest have a huge amount of experience in delivering an effective long-term pest control solution to this problem which starts with denying the birds a place to perch by placing spikes on likely settling points.

There may be other areas which need protecting and where spikes are not an appropriate solution, in such cases strong netting is very effective. Stopping the pigeons from roosting is a sure fire way of managing a pigeon pest problem.

Seagulls were seeing their own reflections on the glass roof panels of the Birmingham International Conference Centre (ICC), this gave the impression there were other seagulls in their territory.

The seagulls were dropping pebbles onto the glass panels to attack the so called invaders, this level of activity created cracks in the glass causing thousands of pounds of damage.

Enviropest were called in to net the complete glass roof, using ¾" net to avoid pebbles dropping through. This has been a huge success and has now reduced the costly expense of replacing broken glass panels.

Please call 0121 693 6616 or use our contact form to arrange a site survey and report on how to treat your bird pest problem.

Rabbits

Rabbits

Whilst rabbits may appear cute and remind one of Beatrix Potter stories they are estimated to cause £100million of damage in the UK each year.

They have a reputation for breeding quickly which is well justified with a doe being capable of conceiving just 2-days after giving birth.

If you have a rabbit problem please contact Enviropest on 0121 693 6616 to take advantage of our experience in controlling these pests.

Squirrels

Squirrels - Grey Squirrels

Grey squirrels are "rats with better PR", these pest cause a wide range of damage and often carry disease.

A series of mild winters has seen their numbers increase. They can get in to lofts where there is the opportunity for them to cause a considerable amount of damage and noise, as well as damage and destruction to trees.

If you have a problem then Enviropest can offer a choice of solutions. Please telephone 0121 693 6616 to arrange a site survey.

Wasps

Wasps

Wasps usually are a late summer problem. This is when the wasp control is mostly needed. At this season many people get stung by wasps, which in some cases can be dangerous, even fatal. Wasps are active since spring, when they start building their nests. Wasp nest can contain over 30.000 wasps at the end of the summer.

The nest building is started by the Queen wasps who come out of hibernation in the early spring. She lays eggs and the first Workers appear just a few weeks after. While the Workers build the nest through the summer, the Queen continues to lay eggs. Both fertile and sterile wasps are born. At autumn time the sterile wasps mate, while the workers begin to die. The queen will leave the nest in late autumn and hibernates over the winter. A wasp nest is then abandoned. It will not be used again.

A wasp nest is built from chewed wood mixed with their saliva. The nest is built in a cell shaped structure.

Lofts or embankments are common places for wasps' nest. These places can be treated easily by destroying the nest or applying insecticide.

The long term solution for commercial premises to a wasp problem is protecting your work environment with screens on windows and doors.

Electric Wasp Killers

Electric fly killers are also very efficient in controlling wasps, Enviropest have a wide range of suitable fly and wasp electric killers.

Wasp traps located around strategic places of a perimeter of a premise can reduce the number of wasps entering the building.

Maintaining good housekeeping and maintenance will help reduce your wasp and bird problems.

Immediate Action Against Wasps

If you have a wasp nest or suspect that you have one in your house or property please call Enviropest on 0121 693 6616 for expert pest control assistance.

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