Abate Pest Management performs magic and birds disappear

9 Dec

For over 5 years, Abate Pest Management has been servicing Bretts Transport’s 170,000ft2 ambient warehouse at its Guyhirn Distribution Centre in Cambridgeshire. Simon Brett, Managing Director has praised Abate for the services that they carry out to the required BRC requirement. He then asked if he could have some help at his private residence.

Simon has had an issue with birds at his house for some time. Pigeons were roosting at various places and depositing pigeon guano over window ledges, brickwork and onto the drive. He had tried several different methods to resolve the situation but didn’t have much success.

We advised that bird gel would be a great solution. Gel systems are a physical barrier to discourage birds from landing on buildings. The gel is applied to ledges and ridges in small pots. To the birds, the gel distorts their landing patterns and this discourages them from perching. It was later found that a gel solution had been tried before but not installed correctly making it ineffective.

We also recommended a spike system for a certain area of the property which consisted of strips of plastic spikes that again provide a physical barrier preventing birds from landing. They are a cost effective and adaptable solution that can be used on a wide range of buildings.

We cleaned down by soaking the affected areas with water and an anti-bacterial agent to prevent the creation of dust whilst cleaning all the guano. Our technicians then applied the gel and spike solutions throughout the necessary areas of the property.

Simon said, “It was like magic.  The birds instantly disappeared and haven’t been seen since the work was carried out”.

Jon Blake of Abate said “Bird control isn’t just for commercial buildings. At Abate we create a bespoke solution for the type of bird problem and the property concerned. There are several solutions that we use to eradicate bird problems. Every property is different.  We conduct a detailed survey to identify the best solution to use which may be based upon the age of the property; if it is listed and where the bird problems are taking place. To see all of the different proofing solutions, check out the bird control page on our website.”

Commercial Pest Control Experts

3 Feb

Pest control is now becoming an essential part of running a business for many companies. Have you got preventative measures in place to protect your business?

Pest Control Norwich

At Abate Pest Management we work with many organisations across different industries to prevent and solve pest problems. The skilled pest technicians who make up are team are so much more than a bait checkers. Their skills combined with high levels of qualifications, mean they are well equipped to deal with just about any pest problem. Diplomacy and professionalism is key when applying pest control at any level. We deal with all types of pest problems.

Who do we work with?

We provide full pest control services for a wide range of commercial establishments including:

  • Education centres.
  • Food processing establishments.
  • Industrial sites.
  • Commercial sites.
  • Offices.
  • Museums.
  • Local government and housing.
  • Pharmaceutical establishments.
  • Offshore, marine and ports.
  • Logistics warehouses.
  • Farming and agriculture sites.
  • Pubs, bars and restaurants.
  • Facilities management companies.

Reduce the risks to your business

We have multi ISO accreditation for quality and health & safety management systems along with Gold accreditation. We are also member of the NPTA (National Pest Technicians Association), which helps to assure our customers that we are committed to providing a quality, effective service.

Why choose a professional pest control company?

Many people do not fully appreciate just how important pest control is and the part it plays in everyday life to help protect our health and the environment. At Abate Pest Management Services we’ve taken many years to build up the right team of qualified, experienced professional staff. We’ve been in business for over 18 years and during that we invested in adding to our technicians’ skills through thorough training. Our staff are a key element to the integrity of our business and we continue to grow year on year. Our team delivers professional advice and solutions on bird control, rodent control and insect control to homes and businesses across East Anglia and beyond.

If you need professional pest advice or pest control solutions for your commercial premises, call us today on 0800 980 9609. You can also visit our website to find out more.  

How to deal with rats and mice in your home

31 Jan

Rats and mice continue to remain two of the top pests found in both domestic and commercial properties during the winter months, so how do you stop them getting in?


From physical damage to your home to disease and bacteria associated with rodent droppings, rodents in the home pose a serious threat. Rats and mice have been known to chew through electrical wires, posing a fire hazard. Given the chance rodents will find just about any way to sneak into your home. Whether they are looking for food or simply a nesting site, if you haven’t taken preventative measures, they could choose your home. Rodents tend to be rapid breeders. Some species breed year-round, and populations are maintained through constant reproduction.

Here are our top tips on how to deal with rodent prevention:


  • Store food in metal or glass sealed containers.
  • Clear up any food waste and crumbs from the sink, work surface and floor.
  • Ensure pet food is stored away when not in use.its-time-for-mice-to-move-in


  • Empty bins regularly and make sure lids are securely fitting.
  • Eliminate any food fragments from or around outside bins.
  • Compost bins should be fastened tightly.

Avoid clutter

  • Keep your house and garden clean and keep garden clutter to a minimum to reduce hiding places.
  • Avoid organic food waste in compost heap as this can attract rats.
  • Remove items which can be used to make nests such as cardboard.

Secure the building

  • Fill holes in exterior walls, roofing cavities and eaves.
  • Look behind furniture, in the corners and cabinets for any potential pest entryways.

What is the quickest and most effective way to get rid of rodents?

Call in the professionals. At Abate Pest Management Services we can implement effective rodent control solutions that are specifically designed for your home. Not only that but we can also offer advice on how to make your premises less attractive to rodents.

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

Merry Christmas from Abate!

20 Dec

During the Christmas period it is inevitable that there will be extra food or scraps left over in your home, so make sure you don’t attract any unwanted pests this year.


At Abate we recommend that you wrap any extra food to be saved properly and stored away in an air tight location such as a tub or in the fridge. If you do have any food waste make sure you dispose of it correctly as there is a chance it could attract rats or mice.

It’s not just food that attracts rodents into our homes. A cold snap will drive them into buildings in search of shelter.

Our team of qualified pest control technicians have dealt with many cases of rodent infestations. This experience has enabled us to build up an in-depth knowledge of rodents and how to deal with them in the best way. Whether it’s at home or within the workplace, we will be able to provide you with expert advice on rodent control as well as the best way to handle an infestation.

Here’s a few tips on how to avoid a problem with rats and mice:

  • Block gaps and holes – A gap under your door, pipe holes in walls, overhanging trees, cables or even a door left ajar can encourage rodents into your home.
  • Keep it clean and tidy – Rodent control starts with good housekeeping. Rubbish and overgrown vegetation should be completely removed from the outside of your home or commercial building.
  • Protect your food – Loose open foods should be kept in rodent-proof containers, denying them access to your food and any contamination. Rodents such as rats or mice may also go for your pet’s food so make sure that their food is not left out all day.

Our Christmas opening times

We close for Christmas at 2pm on the 23rd December 2016.

Back open again from 8am on the 29th and 30th December 2016.

Closed other days before and after.

Back to normal opening 3rd January 2017.

If you find an unwanted furry friend sitting on your doorstep, just give us a call on 01953 603390. You can also visit our website for more information.

New Website Launch

15 Dec

Abate Pest Management invites visitors to explore its new website – www.abateltd.co.uk


The site has been designed to provide an improved user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout the site.

The site includes extensive product information to help customers understand the complete range of pest control and pest management services that Abate Pest Management provides to both domestic and commercial customers.

We’ve made it easier for visitors to the site to find detailed information on the types of pest we can deal with and helpful tips on how to prevent them from becoming a problem in the first place. Both for our domestic customers and commercial business customers. The site also contains information on the services we can provide.

Created with the user experience firmly in mind, the website has been designed using the latest technology so the site is compatible with today’s browsers and mobile devices. So no matter whether you need urgent help or advice while on the move or from your office or home PC; the site will provide the same excellent user experience.

The online shop has also been improved for any visitor wanting to purchase pest control products directly from Abate.

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.