Are you selling or buying a house? Did your survey detect suspected wood boring pests?

27 Jul

Could your property be at risk of damage due to wood boring insects? When it comes to the damage caused by woodworm within our properties it typically depends on the type of wood boring beetle that is attacking the timber. At Abate we provide a full and detailed report and estimate service for house purchases and also for our various remedial and building projects from design to completion.


We are all guilty of not caring for our property from time to time, however identifying property problems are not very easy if you don’t know what to look out for. There are many small signs to help you identify emerging property problems both externally and internally. Identifying issues and acting upon them early means that the treatment is going to be more cost effective in the long run.

Not all woodworm leave the same signs but here are a few key signs of a woodworm infestation:

  • Bore dust – (frass) Caused by emerging adult beetles, usually visible below the infested timber.
  • Fresh exit holes – There will be evidence of old emergence/exit holes at one or several locations on any exposed beams and timbers.
  • Tunnels in wood – Around the corners or edges to roof joists or floorboards.
  • Dead beetles – Usually found near the infested timber or around nearby windowsills.
  • Adult beetles – These will tend to emerge from timbers between May and October.
  • Woodworm larvae – Usually a creamy-white colour and curved in shape.

How much damage can woodworm cause?

Depending on the density of the timber and the age of the building, there might not be a great deal of immediate structural damage but if the active areas are left untreated they will become weaker over several years. Adult woodworm will only live for a few weeks, emerging from new fresh holes and often leave a powder on the ground called frass. They will mate and lay eggs back into the emerged holes and the whole cycle/process starts again. They have at least a 2-year life cycle but usually no more than 5 years. Ultimately the amount of harm caused by woodworm will depend on the species of beetle and the type of wood.

What treatment would we recommend?

If you are in any doubt about the presence of woodworm in your home, then a woodworm survey from a professionally qualified woodworm surveyor will be able to identify this using their experience and specialist equipment. Our surveyors will perform a detailed woodworm survey before recommending any treatments. With years of experience and qualifications, our surveyors are the best in the business when it comes to diagnosing a property problem and creating a bespoke treatment plan for your property.

During any treatment stage it is important that correctly trained and skilled staff are used who have the knowledge in specialist timber treatments. This would include wearing the correct PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), safety clothing, facemasks etc.

The whole dwelling would be guaranteed by us for 20 years and also underwritten by an insurance company via (SBG) Specialist Building Guarantee. Abate Pest Management can provide solutions for property issues for a range of customer types, including private and public housing, commercial properties, heritage sites and listed buildings.

If you would like to have a timber survey and report for wood boring insects, please contact the Abate team on 01953 603390 or visit our Woodworm services website.

The Zika Virus – Here Are The Facts

25 Jul

Everyone knows how annoying and painful mosquitoes can be. If you’ve heard about the Zika virus and are wondering what it is and whether you are at risk, you’re not alone. The first human case of a Zika infected disease was detected in Nigeria in 1954 but since then there have been further outbreaks in Africa, South East Asia and the Pacific Islands since. However in May 2015 it was reported in Brazil and since then it has spread rapidly.


What is the Zika virus?

The Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted infection spread to people primarily through the bite of an Aedes mosquito. They are found throughout the Americas except for Canada and Chile where it is too cold for them to survive. If they drink the blood of an infected person they can then infect subsequent people they bite.

Although the symptoms are quite mild lasting up to a week, if the Zika virus is caught during pregnancy it can cause a serious birth defects. Zika doesn’t naturally occur in the UK but if you have travelled to areas that do have Zika, such as the Caribbean or the Pacific islands, in the last 6-8 months then we recommend you talk to your doctor about your travel. To diagnose Zika, your doctor will ask you about recent travel and any symptoms you might be experiencing. They might collect blood or urine samples to test for Zika or similar viruses.

What are the symptoms of the Zika?

  • Mild fever.
  • Conjunctivitis (red, sore eyes).
  • Headache.
  • Joint pain.
  • A rash.

How do people get infected with Zika?

The Zika virus is often spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, but it can also be sexually transmitted by men infected with Zika to both female and male partners. If your male partner has or had Zika, or travelled to an area where Zika is spreading, condom use is advised for at least six months.

Here are some facts about mosquitos in the UK:

  • They can develop from eggs to adults in just six to ten days.
  • They are found close to still water, where their larvae feed and develop.
  • They seem to be attracted to dark colours.
  • Mosquitoes will normally bite you at dawn or dusk.

The team at Abate have over 70 years of combined experience in solving a multitude of pest problems. We specialise in providing targeted solutions for a number of pest types with tailored services depending on the severity and environment of the infestation. Our skilled technicians can help with both commercial and domestic pest problems across the whole of East Anglia.

Are you facing a mosquito problem in your home or at your business premises? For your free site audit, why not call our team on 08009 809767. We are more than happy to answer and questions or queries you may have. You can also visit our website for more information on our products and services.

Drone technology for pest control

27 Jun

Proud to be one of only a few companies in the region to be using drone technology to service high rise buildings.


Over the past few months we have seen a significant increase in the number of call outs to install bird proofing products on both domestic and commercial properties. In order to maintain our high level of service we decided it was time to invest in the latest technology. So far it has proved a huge success, enabling us to inspect properties more efficiently and identify if pests such as seagulls are nesting on your roof tops using thermal sensors. We can provide CCTV footage of rooftops through the use of our 60ft pole.

Rain gutters and downpipes are a particular problem area when it comes to birds. Over time the bird droppings and any nests that are made in these areas can create a blockage. This can result in rainwater overflowing causing wood to decay, structural damage and possibly causing significant damage to rendering. These are all quite expensive problems to fix, so we believe that with the use of our new drone we will be able to service a wider range of properties. It will increase our safety when working at a height and it offers time and cost efficiencies in the long run. All the data captured from our drone can be processed by a smartphone or tablet, reducing the need to send people to investigate.

The drones that we use have custom built professional systems allowing us to view high resolution footage of the problem areas. The potential is extremely exciting news for the agricultural industry. Farmers will be able to see what the drone is looking at in real time, meaning that they can track the pest’s movements, secure their location and prevent them from harming their crops or livestock.

There are a wide range of bird proofing systems on the market today and with our expertise we can recommend the best method to control your bird problems. From netting, post-and-wire systems, spikes or gel systems to the latest in bird proofing technology – the Avishock system.

If you have a bird pest problem and would like further information, please call us for free on 0800 980 9609. You’ll also find some useful information at

The Brown Tail Moth

24 Jun

While most of us welcome the summer months, the arrival of a new pest could make you think twice about spending lots time in your garden. The brown tail moth are often found along the coast of south eastern England living in vast colonies. They are known to build webs that can house several hundred caterpillars. Not only do brown tail moth caterpillars cause devastation among your plants but if you are particularly unlucky, they can cause irritation to your skin and potentially leave quite a nasty rash.


Brown tail moth caterpillars emerge during late spring/early summer, eating the buds and leaves from nearby bushes and trees. Although the caterpillars prefer hawthorn or blackberry bushes, they will eat practically any type of tree or bush. Heavily infested trees are weakened by the loss of leaves, meaning that the likelihood for fruit that year is dramatically decreased. This is particularly irritating for gardeners as it means all their hard work goes to waste. Not only does it cause a problem to your vegetation but it also releases hairs into the air which can cause skin irritation and can affect some people quite severely.

How do I spot them?

Brown tail moth caterpillars are roughly 3-4cm long and they have a distinctive spotted pattern of red and orange dots against its dark brown body. They carry spiked and barbed hairs, so if you come into contact with them you might find you develop a rash. This can be a particular problem for anyone who suffers with asthma as it is possible that these hairs could be inhaled, and if precautions aren’t taken, could cause breathing difficulties.

What should I do if I have an infestation?

The best way to check if you have an infestation of brown tail moth caterpillars is to check to see whether any of your trees or bushes have lost a significant amount of leaves. The caterpillars tend to live in groups or “tents” which are nests they create between small branches. These clumps of cobweb like material will release irritant hairs when disturbed. It is important to take protective measures when carrying out any treatment. Always wear thick clothing, rubber gloves and welly boots so that you cover all bare skin where possible to prevent coming into contact with the caterpillars. If you are spraying insecticide follow the instructions carefully and take note of any recommended safety measures. If you are looking for a much simpler option that will save you time and money then call our skilled team at Abate. With over 55 years combined experience in solving a multitude of pest problems across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire we are always on hand to solve your pest problems.

If you have a problem with moths and would like further information, please call us for free on 0800 980 9609 or call 01953 603390.  Alternatively you can purchase a treatment to deal with your moth problem through our online shop

Wasp Nest Removal – Summer 2016

23 May

Abate Pest Control destroys wasp nests quickly and safely

Abate Pest Management make sure your visitors are safe and do not feel threatened when they come round to visit.  Wasps can be found in a wide variety of places from nesting underground, in cavities or trees, in bushes, sheds and garages as well as houses in places such as loft spaces.

Get ready for wasps – Wasp control in Norfolk (2)

Wasps are usually present from May through to September and it can be easily said that you may be facing a problem with one.  Our qualified team can free you from your wasp nest problem in a variety of ways and will assess the situation and place of infestation before taking up the appropriate treatment in removing the wasp nest. We dust an insecticide powder around the entrance of the nest which contaminates the worker wasps as they return to their nest as well as spraying an insecticide directly onto the nest.

“Had Abate in for a wasps nest at home… very happy with speed of response, quality of work and dead wasps within 20 minutes. Chap attending site very professional and all paperwork correct and in order. I like to check the service out sometimes, when I have a reason and you passed with flying colours!!  Many Thanks” – Brian at Norse Care

We advise that wasp nest removal should not be undertaken by untrained persons in any circumstance.  Abate Pest Management can provide you with the quickest and safest option.

Are you facing a wasp nest problem and would like a professional wasp nest removal treatment? For your free site audit, why not call our team on 08009 809767; we are more than happy to answer and questions or queries you may have.  To find out more information you can visit our wasp nest removal page on our website today.

Abate has huge success in bird proofing intu Chapelfield

23 May

Abate Pest Management has just completed some specialist bird proofing at intu Chapelfield.

Over the last month the team at Abate has been working hard to help deter nuisance birds away by bird proofing the intu Chapelfield building and the area that surrounds it.

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Pigeons & gulls favour rooftops and ledges which are great harbouring and roosting points for the birds.  The result of the project has been a huge success, preventing gulls and pigeons from nesting on the roof space through our specialist bird proofing methods. Abate Pest Management have over 70 years combined experience in the pest control field, servicing both commercial and domestic properties in Norfolk, Suffolk and beyond.

Can we help you stop pigeons & gulls nesting on your roof in Norwich?  Do not hesitate to call us today on 0800 980 9767 for a free site survey or visit the Bird control page on our website.

As the weather gets warmer, look out for moth damage

14 Apr

While most of us welcome the warmer spring days, the rise in temperatures brings unwelcome visitors to our homes and businesses – the moth.

As the days get warmer, we pack away our winter woollies and our wardrobes become the focus of attack by these harmless looking insects. At Abate we regularly see an increase in the number of call outs we receive to deal with moth problems at this time of year.

Moths can get into properties via infested items such as carpets, rugs, second-hand furniture and clothing.  They may also migrate from birds’ nests in the roof space where they can feed on feathers.

Carpet beetle pest control

The Common and Case-Bearing Clothes Moth are the two main species likely to be found infesting domestic dwellings in the UK.  Tapestry Moth are occasionally encountered – usually in cooler, older buildings with a higher humidity level.  But it’s not the moths that are responsible for causing the damage, but the larvae.

It can be very difficult to pinpoint the source of an infestation due to their elusive nature. Moths prefer warm, dark conditions such as in drawers, cupboards and under furniture. Anything made from natural textiles is at risk. Clothes Moth have been found breeding on the hammer felts in pianos!

The female Clothes Moth lays 40-50 eggs over 2-3 weeks. These then hatch in 4-10 days. By the time you see the adult moths flying around it may be too late to stop an infestation.

Moths produce irregular holes in garments while the Case-bearing Clothes Moth produces a more regular hole pattern.

Control methods

Areas that are not regularly accessed by the vacuum cleaner are the most likely places to harbour moth larvae.

Drawers and cupboards should be checked and cleaned. Also check the underside of furniture as larvae sometimes pupate on these surfaces. Furs and stuffed animals are also vulnerable to attack.  Deep cleaning should be carried out in infested rooms, paying particular attention to wall/floor junctions, carpet edges and soft furnishings.  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 / dry cleaning can be placed in an air-tight bag and stored in a freezer for 3 days to kill all life stages.

Any infested areas should be sprayed with insecticide although bear in mind that eggs and pupae are difficult to kill and a repeat treatment may be necessary.  Abate do not recommend the use of moth balls containing paradichlorobenzene and naphthalene as there is evidence to suggest these may be toxic to young children.

If you have a problem with moths and would like further information, please call us for free on 0800 980 9609 or call 01953 603390.  You can find all our moth pest control products available to purchase in our online shop at


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