Don’t let moles injure your players

27 Nov

MoleMoles can be a problem for both industry and private homes. The European (garden) mole cause significant damage to lawns, gardens, fairways and greens, sports grounds and public parks with their constant digging.

They can quickly become established, digging several hundred feet of runs and dozens of mole hills. In average garden or lawn soil a mole can dig 15ft (4m) an hour.  These mounds and ridges are the main cause of mole related problems as they can be unsightly but also pose a risk of injury to people especially in areas open to the public. This is a particular concern for local authorities and parish councils because of the threat of facing prosecution from injured members of the public.  People out walking their dogs, children playing in the park, teams using sports fields are all susceptible to potentially suffering injury. Mole hills can also cause damage to machinery.

At this time of the year when the rugby and football season is in full flight, moles represent a particular problem. A mole can invade a pitch and cause severe damage in a matter of hours – imagine coming to use your sports field only to find 50 mole hills!

Moles are solitary animals and very territorial about their area. They only come together to breed in March and May. So even a heavy infestation is likely to mean no more than 8 moles per hectare (3 per acre) even in areas with good soil and plenty of earthworms.

At Abate Pest Management we offer a trapping or gassing service for moles. These are the only 100% effective legal methods of control of moles. Due to the strict laws against releasing illegal chemicals into the soil it isn’t recommended to try and control a mole problem yourself.

If we use traps they will be checked daily. We can provide contracts and maintenance programmes for industries and organisations where possible prosecution is a real possibility. We can also provide technical support and advice over the phone. If you  have a mole problem that needs urgent attention call Abate Pest Management.

Are the contents of your wardrobe under attack?

23 Nov

The common clothes moth

Summer 2016 provided the ideal conditions for the breeding of moths. Millions of homes in the UK are, therefore, likely to have moth larvae hiding away somewhere. As the weather gets colder people will be reaching for their winter woollies and may well find that moth larvae have had a field day chomping through their precious clothes. It’s the larvae that will munch through your best woollies – the moths themselves don’t eat fabric.  And it’s not just clothes the larvae eat. They will munch holes in any natural fibres: carpets, clothes, fabric, even leather.  The damage these pests create can be very costly.

It is this time of year that we generally start to receive calls about moth-related problems and after such favourable breeding conditions this summer and a mild autumn we expect this year to be no different.

At Abate Pest Management we have a range of professional treatments we can use to eradicate your moth problem quickly and effectively. We don’t recommend the use of moth balls containing paradichlorobenzene and naphthalene as there is evidence to suggest these may be toxic to young children.

Tips to help reduce moth larvae in your home

At the same time as calling in the professionals there are also some actions you can take to reduce the number of damage causing moth larvae in your home.

1.    Areas that are not regularly reached by the vacuum cleaner are the most likely places for the larvae to be found. Deep cleaning should be carried out in infested rooms, paying particular attention to wall/floor junctions, carpet edges and soft furnishings.  Change the bag in your vacuum often – this will help remove larvae and eggs from your property.

2.    Wash all fabric in the affected area – moth larvae will also munch through soft furnishings, towels, linens, curtains etc. Any infested clothing should be washed on as hot a temperature as possible to kill eggs and larvae.  Alternatively, any small items not suitable for washing or dry cleaning can be placed in an air-tight bag and stored in a freezer for 3 days to kill all life stages.

3.    Clean and wash furniture – wardrobes, cupboards and drawers should be checked and cleaned. As well as the underside of furniture as larvae sometimes pupate on these surfaces. Pay particular attention to cracks and crevices where eggs might be hiding.

4.    Clean any bags or containers – such as suitcases as eggs and larvae might be hiding there.

These pests not only affect homes but can be a major setback for clothing or soft furnishing manufacturing and storage facilities, museums and shops. Having a favourite jumper damaged by moth larvae is one thing, having a warehouse full of expensive designer garments damaged is a large financial problem – especially if contaminated stock has also infected a customer’s premises.

It’s important to take action as soon as you notice signs of a moth infestation. Call Abate Pest Management if you need to get rid of moths from your property.

Asian Hornets found in the UK

22 Nov Asian Hornet

The Asian Hornet has been found on UK soil. The first confirmed sighting was back in September in the Tetbury area of Gloucester and in October another sighting was confirmed by Defra in North Somerset.

They are a similar size to the native European Hornet at around 3cm long but have a much darker colouring. However, they are more vicious than other types of hornet and carry a much larger amount of potent venom.  A handful of people in France, where they are thought to have been introduced in a shipment of pottery from China in 2004, have died from anaphylactic shock following being stung by the insect. But the main threat these non-native species pose is to bees in the UK. An Asian Hornet can devour up to 50 honey bees every day.

The Asian Hornet is a notifiable species so if you think you’ve seen one then you must contact the GB Non Native Species Secretariat (NNSS). If you think you’ve spotted one, email details of the location and a photograph to send an email   alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk or you can submit details online and let them deal with it. An active hornets’ nest should not be provoked or disturbed. They will set up a surveillance zone around the sighting. Local bee inspectors will use infrared cameras and traps to locate any nests which will then be destroyed and hornets killed.

Because of the danger they pose to bee colonies and potentially other native species it is important that any possible sightings are dealt with quickly and by experts. At the moment pest control companies are not allowed to treat Asian Hornets and all cases must go through the NNSS.

Find out more about the Asian Hornet.

8 Nov

ratsRats – a fire hazard

Most people want to get rid of rats from their property because of the health hazard they pose. However, rats and other rodents also pose another, deadly hazard.

As winter approaches rats, mice and even squirrels can take up residence in homes and commercial buildings. Through their constant gnawing they can pose a serious fire hazard as they chew through electrical wires and cables.

As pest control experts we are often called in to deal with rodent pest problems. However, it’s all too easy to miss the tell-tale signs of a rodent problem until it’s too late and a major infestation has taken hold. In these cases, while we can place traps and baits around the property there’s no telling how much unseen damage the rodents have already wreaked on the property.

Anyone who has had a major rodent problem should seek advice from a qualified electrician. They will be able to check all the cabling and wiring in the property and make sure all are safe.

Many house fires have been traced back to rodents damaging wires in lofts and attics.  It’s worth inspecting these areas regularly – especially if you’ve had a rodent problem in other areas of the property. It’s all too easy to ignore these areas and a fire that starts here can have a devastating effect with potentially fatal results.

Wires that have been chewed by Rats

Wires that have been chewed by Rats

While dealing rapidly with a rodent problem as soon as you are aware of it is important it’s also vital to be pro-active and do everything you can to avoid rodents entering your property in the first place.

Rodents are opportunists and will gain access to a building wherever they can. A gap under a door, pipe holes in walls, overhanging trees and cables or even a door left ajar.

At Abate we take a proactive approach to controlling rodents by offering advice on how to make your premises less attractive to rodents.

If you live in a home or have a business prone to rodent problems, it’s worth considering one of our maintenance programmes.  This will include regular inspections throughout the year when we will check, replenish or relocate any bait or look for signs of new infestations to keep your home or business protected.

Tips for keeping your property rodent free:

·         Keep your property (including the loft and attic) clean.

·         Seal any possible entries to the building.

·         Keep rubbish bins tidy and covered.

·         Replace broken drain covers.

We have many years’ experience in dealing with rodents and can remove any pests you may have and make your property less attractive to rodents in the future.

If you think you may have a rodent problem, don’t delay.

Call us free on 0800 980 9767.

How do you stop birds nesting on a power station?

7 Nov

Agrilaser Bird Control System
One of our existing clients recently called us in to carry out some bird proofing to deter gulls and other birds from nesting and roosting on their rooves.

We installed a state of the art laser system – Agrilaser – which uses birds’ natural instincts to deter them from nesting or roosting.

The fully automated system circulates a green laser beam on a timing mechanism which sweeps across the roof tops. Birds see the approaching green beam of light as a threat. Their innate survival instinct kicks in and they fly away.

The continuous presence of this moving laser beam will keep areas bird free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The laser system is fully automated and can be run 24/7 giving it a great advantage over the hand held products on the market which need staff to operate regularly.

The Agrilaser system has many advantages including:

·         It’s easy to deploy in all situations.

·         Safe for the birds and humans.

·         No maintenance is required.Agrilaser Bird Control System

If you have birds nesting on your premises in large numbers they can cause several problems. Over time nests and droppings block gutters and downpipes and the resulting overflowing rainwater can ultimately lead to structural damage to buildings. Their droppings can be a health hazard spreading disease as well as posing a slip hazard on footpaths and the land around the nest and roost sites.

If you’d like more information about this bird control laser technology or the other bird control methods Abate Pest Management has to help you with your bird control problems, call us free on 0800 980 9767.

Rats and mice

18 Oct

As the weather starts to get colder this time of year is when animals like mice and rats start to become more of a problem to homeowners and businesses.

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As the autumn progresses into the winter months these pests can become an increasing problem. They both present a serious threat to health and property. Mice enter houses and business premises looking for food, water and shelter and rats are seen more frequently in gardens.

Rats carry and transmit a number of serious diseases and mice contaminate everything they come into contact with as they constantly urinate. As well as the potential health issues, rodents can cause damage to furnishings, internal structures, insulation and wiring. Chewing wiring is a particular problem – it can lead to fires and be expensive to repair.

Because of their biology they can present a challenge to control and if you suspect that you have either in or around your home you should call in the professionals to ensure you deal with the problem quickly and effectively. Rodents reproduce rapidly meaning a rodent problem can quickly escalate into a major infestation. Rodents also don’t hibernate during the winter actively seeking warmth and quickly begin reproducing. So it pays to be vigilant.

Signs you have a rodent problem

Rats (and mice) are most active during the night therefore it is often easier to spot the signs of a rat infestation than the actual animal.

  • Droppings – rat droppings are dark brown, about 12mm long and often tapered at one end, Mice droppings are about half the size and thinner.
  • You may find dirty marks where grease and dirt on their bodies has left dirty black marks along well travelled routes.
  • Rats are agile climbers and often found in lofts so you might hear scratching noises at night.
  • Rats dig extensive burrow systems for shelter, food storage and nesting, so look out for holes.
  • Rats will shred whatever material is available to them such as loft insulation, cardboard and other soft items to make nests.
  • Rodents need to gnaw continuously to keep their incisor teeth short. So watch out for teeth marks.its-time-for-mice-to-move-in

If you have heard scratching noises or spotted any of the signs above, you could potentially have a rodent infestation. It’s important to act quickly to make sure any potential infestation doesn’t spread any further.

Keep rodents away

Preventing the problems rodents cause can be easier than trying to control an infestation. Here are few simple steps that could save you from the problems rodents can cause:

  • Rodents will be attracted to your property if they can detect potential food sources.
  • Don’t throw scraps of food outside.
  • Fewer waste bin collections are increasing the likelihood of more rats. Make sure that all food waste is securely wrapped and stored in the appropriate bin at all times.
  • Repair any small holes in brickwork and holes in outside walls, floorboards or skirting boards.
  • Tidy up cupboards and remove any potential nesting material.

Rat control for businesses

It’s not just homeowners that can face rodent problems at this time of year. Any business can also face a rat problem. For some businesses though, like those who serve or handle food, a rat infestation can have major health and safety implications. Rodents can also present a serious fire risk to a company by gnawing through cables.

Call in the professionals

If you are in any doubt as to whether you have a rodent problem, call in the professionals. Don’t give the pests a chance to breed and become a major infestation.

Only a professional rodent control programme can provide reassuring protection from the risk of rats and mice on your premises. With our many years of experience we have an in-depth knowledge of rats and mice and how to deal with them.

If you think you have a rodent infestation please call Abate Pest Management now on 0800 980 9609 speak to our experts about our fast, effective rodent control treatments. You can also visit our website for more information.

Gulls attacking staff and visitors and their nests causing water ingress in Lowestoft

30 Sep

We were asked to help an off-shore wind company who were having real problems with gulls attacking staff and visitors at their business in Lowestoft.

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The nests which had been built on their guttering were causing water ingress by blocking the flow of rain water. Abate Pest Management installed bird proof netting on 7 roofs to stop the problem from occurring.

When birds build their nests in rain gutters or roof corners on buildings, a blockage can often occur, causing accumulation of standing water (usually rain water); this can also cause roof collapse. You can find that the water may seep through the walls in your building and could cause higher issues such as damp and rotting.

When birds nest in gutters, multiple problems can arise. Their nesting materials and feathers can lead to bigger issues and their nests often contain many insects which can lead to secondary infestations and the noise of cooing or cries from baby birds can become a nuisance.

There are many proofing methods on the market today to choose from, but before you think about purchasing any, we recommend your site should be professionally assessed in order to select the most appropriate system for your needs.

We recommend a netting method to stop the gulls from nesting in the guttering and attacking people, as it’s the most effective deterrent for nesting problems. Bird netting systems that screen off problems areas can be 100% successful when installed correctly. Nets come in different sizes and to suit different type of birds. They also come in a range of colours to suit your buildings masonry.

Not only do you have to consider nesting of birds but you also have to think about the problem of their droppings. Bird droppings are unpleasant and are infested with disease-causing organisms which can also act as a slip hazard.

At Abate Pest Management we have over 70 years of combined experience in solving your bird issues. We understand that there are all kinds of legal requirements and standards when it comes to solving particular problems. With our experience and knowledge, we make sure that you remain in compliance with all terms stipulated by your BRC Auditors. We take a look at what is required and tailor our services to meet your individual needs.

If you are having troubles with any type of birds and are trying to find a solution to stop your problem, call Abate Pest Management today for free advice on the best method to choose. Our skilled technicians cover the whole of East Anglia, providing a rapid, friendly and discreet response to a broad-ranging client base. You can also visit our website for more information on our services.