8 Nov

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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

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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.

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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.

3-day netting project on potato farm in North Norfolk

30 Sep

Abate Pest Management were asked to help a potato farm in North Norfolk to bird proof their new extension. The farm had invested in a new extension on the side of an existing building which also had a canopy added to it.

The farm was manufacturing their food products underneath the canopy, so needed a bird proofing method to stop the birds from nesting and consequently stop their droppings. Pigeon guano is highly infested by disease-causing organisms and can cause slip hazards and structural damage to buildings.

Not only is there a high issue with the pigeon guano, but when birds nest in buildings the nests are often contained with insects which can lead to secondary infestation.

We recommended bird netting. Netting systems that screen off problems areas can be 100% successful when installed correctly. Nets come in different sizes to suit different bird types and also come in a range of colours to suit your buildings masonry, so it’s important to pick the correct one.

Netting is one of the most versatile solutions for bird control problems. It provides a discreet yet effective barrier from all nuisance birds without harming them. Netting is also the most cost effective solution for large open areas.

At Abate Pest Management we have over 70 years of combined experience in solving you bird issues. 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 trying to find a solution to a bird problem, call Abate Pest Management today for free advice or visit our website for more information. Our skilled technicians cover the whole of East Anglia, providing a rapid, friendly and discreet response to a broad-ranging client base.

How to get rid of flies

29 Aug

There are over 110,000 species of flies in the world and over 7,000 in the UK. They are considered pests because of the range of diseases they can spread from gastroenteritis and dysentery to Salmonella and E. coli.

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Left untreated a few flies can quickly turn into a hazardous problem – especially for restaurants and kitchens. What starts off as a seemingly innocuous situation can rapidly turn into a full blown infestation.

Calling in a professional pest management company is the best way to ensure that flies are completely eradicated from any commercial or domestic premises.

At Abate we have a range of treatments we can use to make sure we clear your home or commercial premises quickly and discreetly.  From fly screens, to electronic fly killers (EFKs), to sprays and glue boards. We will inspect your site, discuss the issues we find and agree with you on the best solution for your fly problem whether this be fly screens or fly control units.

This month we were called in to install fly screens in a school kitchen in Newport, Essex. We can make and fit made-to-measure fly screens for any window or door. These keep the flies out while still letting the fresh air in.  All our insect screens for windows have mitred corners and a flat smooth face that make them unobtrusive and easy to clean.

We also have a range of EFKs suitable for use in different locations. Some are designed for public areas – such as restaurants, bars, hotels, retail shops where fly control needs to be hidden from view, others are more suitable for problems areas which the public don’t access – such as kitchens.

This month saw us carrying out servicing and maintenance on some EFKs for a company in the Innovation Centre in Cambridge. The work included changing the glue boards in their units.

At Abate not only can we install fly control units we also service and maintain them. We will regularly change the glue boards and lamps in the EFKs and, if you are in the food production or packaging sector, we can also carry out fly counts. Monitoring and recording both the number and species of fly caught to enable quick identification of any regular pest issues.

If you would like help or advice with a fly problem in your home or business, contact the Abate team on 0800 9809797 or check out the pest control website.

Squirrels: pests or cute wildlife?

26 Aug

Keeping rodents under control is vitally important in any commercial or domestic premises. While we all appreciate the problems rats and mice can cause, many people are less aware that squirrels can cause significant damage and health problems if they get into buildings.

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Squirrels may enter buildings looking for food and shelter and when this happens they can cause a great amount of damage to products and to the fabric and structure of buildings. In rare cases, they can also pose a health hazard to humans. They particularly like loft areas in commercial and domestic buildings where they chew through wires, make a lot of noise, set off alarms and build nests out of the loft insulation.

It is important to call in the professionals to deal with any squirrel problems. It is against the law to release a Grey Squirrel into the wild so a professional approach is always advised. Red Squirrels are protected under the Wildlife and Conservation Act 1981 so it is important that managing wildlife such as squirrels should be left to the professionals. Not only can we ensure the current problem is eradicated meeting all legal guidelines and protections we can also ensure that all possible measures are taken to avoid a repeat of the problem occurring in the future.

Our team has been helping Cambridge County Council sort out a squirrel problem they have recently had in one of their care buildings. The squirrels had been nesting in the roof, using the loft insulation material and chewing through cables. We removed the nests, created and installed a bespoke metal mesh to fit onto all the guttering to prevent re-infestation.

We have a range of live cage traps, baits and proofing methods we can employ. Not only can we sort out the problem with the existing squirrels we can ensure your premises is effectively proofed against the pests returning and gaining access. We will check any traps on a daily basis and will check for entry points to ensure the squirrels are not able to get back into the premises.

Abate Pest Management is an ISO registered company which means we can meet the administrative demands of large businesses including an advanced service for food grade premises, packaging and pharmaceuticals that meet Soil Association, BRC and TFMS specifications.

If you would like help or advice with a squirrel problem in your home or business, contact the Abate team on 0800 9809797. We have a range of traps, baits and proofing measures we can use. Alternatively, visit our website.