Tag Archives: norfolk

Bird Proofing Wells-Next-the-Sea North Norfolk

9 Jul

Last week we were at Wells-Next-The-Sea on the North Norfolk Coast to install an Avistrand pin and wire solution on the gantry of The Granary.  We used stainless steel ridge brackets specifically designed and fabricated to adjust and lock onto roof ridges.  We operate a number of Bird Proofing methods for Bird Control.

The wires are then tensioned and fixed on each pin which in turn will stop gulls and pigeons landing on the brand new re-roofed slated Gantry.

Because of the building being listed and of importance,  we had to  match the stainless steel to the colour of the ridge.  The brackets were sprayed by us  to colour match the roof.

If we can help you with any Bird Proofing please contact us http://www.abateltd.co.uk/contact/contactus

Moth problems? Need pest control?

3 Apr

Have you ever had that awful moment when you pull a much loved item of clothing out of the wardrobe, only to discover it’s full of holes? We all know moths enjoy eating jumpers, but why? And what can be done to prevent them?

Clothes moth

Clothes moth

The moths that cause a problem in our clothes are not those you see fluttering around a lightbulb – the Common and Case-Bearing Clothes Moths prefer the dark. Your clothes are particularly at risk if they are made from natural fibres (moths love silk and wool), and if you’ve put them away without having cleaned them first.

To avoid an infestation of this pest, you have a few options. Firstly, the most important thing is to store clothes correctly – that is to make sure you have cleaned everything before storing, and ensure you regularly vacuum clean the wardrobe. Even just to shake out garments in a well aerated room once a month can help to keep moth numbers down. In the past people used moth balls, but these are highly toxic, smell overwhelmingly strongly and are no longer recommended as a means of treatment. In terms of natural detterants, cedar balls can be used, although adult moths often become immune to the smell.

If you have a significant moth problem, your best line of action will be to get your house fumigated by a pest control company. Have a look at http://www.abateltd.co.uk/interior/pestdirectorymoth to see how we can help you.


28 Mar

Have you noticed a rise in ant  numbers in your house in the last few weeks? Yes, so have we. Usually we think of ants coming out in vast armies in the summer, and we prepare accordingly. But at this time of year they come out of dormancy, and tend to start putting in an appearance, generally outside. As it’s been so cold this winter, they’re coming indoors, albeit in smaller numbers than in the summer, but they’re there.

We need the ants to aerate our soil and help keep down certain pest populations, so don’t reach for the ant powder too hastily. Better, keep the areas where you don’t want them clean so they can’t scavenge there. But if you find you have an infestation, we can help.


How not to do it…

14 Aug

A gardener trying to wipe out the moles who had taken up residence under his lawn was blown to pieces by the military grade explosives he used for the job.
Zbyszek Ziola, 65 launched a midnight attack on the pests using 15 sticks of dynamite his soldier son had stolen for him from his base. He failed to get clear on time and was killed by the massive blast.
Coroners recorded a verdict of accidental death…
Just another example of why it’s a good idea to call in the professionals!

New Year and 2012

4 Jan

A quick few words to wish everyone a very happy New Year and to say that I hope you enjoyed a lovely Christmas time that was rodent-free!

Our living-room looked as if a bomb had hit it on Christmas morning and we still have chocolates and biscuits in the office to tempt us!  Diet and exercise are definitely on the agenda particularly as I intend a rowing challenge for Charity this year in support of Wymondham Star Throwers; more about that another time.

Please don’t forget to dispose of all the mountain of rubbish we have at this time of year responsibly; rats love all the left-overs and birds and wildlife hate paper and sellotape.

Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous New Year.

Badger culling – again

5 Sep


Yes, I’m back on to the subject of badger culling again.

I watched an episode of Countryside last night (Sunday) and they re-visited the issue of badger culling to eradicate bovine TB .  As you can see from this article in The Telegraph earlier this year, it brings out extreme views as Adam Henson, a Countryfile reporter was targeted by animal rights activists and extremists despite keeping his opinion  neutral.

I am not going to give an opinion as to whether it is the right or wrong thing to do, but here is an extract of the argument taken from Countryside Magazine and I would welcome your comments…



  • Badgers can and do carry bovine TB and can pass it on to cattle.
  • A scientific review carried out in 1997 by Professor John Krebs concluded that there was “compelling” evidence for badger-to-cow TB transmission.
  • The existing regime of testing and removal has failed to halt the rise in cases. While infected badgers are on a farm, cattle are at risk.
  • The cost of compensating farmers for the removal of TB reactors keeps growing.
  • Leading scientists, including former government advisor Sir David King, say it would have a significant effect on reducing TB in cattle.


  • A cull makes scapegoats of badgers, while not addressing the main problem – cow-to-cow transmission. Between the mid-1930s and mid-1960s, testing and removal of infected cattle pushed national infection rates down from around four in 10 to less than one in 1,000.
  • Many believe culling thousands of animals that are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 would be unethical.
  • Improvements to the way cattle are tested and practical measures to keep cattle and badgers apart (such as electric fences around farm buildings) would cut infection rates.

This is an updated article which originally appeared in issue 16 of Countryfile Magazine (January 2009)

Mr Fox and his not so friendly diseases

8 Aug

Hello again!

I thought I would continue the theme of talking about a different animal each week and about the current issues, particularly health issues, that are emerging.  I hope you are not eating your breakfast or lunch whilst reading this as some of what I am about to say is not very pretty.

‘Today’s Technician’ magazine published by the National Pest Technicians Association published a very interesting report last month about the diseases that foxes carry that may have lethal consequences for working dogs and in extreme cases, humans too.  Because of the explosion across Europe of the red fox population, a disease carried by foxes that is capable of killing hundreds of people a year may be brought to Britain.  Why?  It’s a direct result of the EU lifting restrictions on animal movements.

I really don’t want to sound like a scaremonger but at conference recently, Vic Simpson of the Wildlife Veterinary Investigation Centre in Truro outlined the threat posed by Alveolar echinococcosis (AE).  It’s caused by infection with a small tapeworm found in foxes and dogs.  They slowly multiply, typically growing for 10 – 15 years before diagnosis.  By this time, the liver is so badly and extensively damaged that more than 90% of patients die.  I must stress at this point, that this is very very rare in humans, but it can be transmitted to humans through water contamination and food ingestion OR by handling dogs or foxes that have picked up eggs in their fur.

The current situation in the UK is that so far, no disease has been reported and any dogs taken to Europe must be treated with a wormer 48 hours prior to their return.  The EU is pressing the UK from imposing any controls on animal movement and worming requirement Derogation expires in December 2011 which means, anyone coming into the UK from the EU can bring their dog, cat, etc…into the country untreated.

As with any parasite, once it is here, it is here forever.  Clearly, we will not be seeing any cases for at least 15 years but the question is, should we have a fox disease surveillance programme in place now in readiness, particularly with the rapid expansion of the fox population.  This is a question that only the government perhaps can answer.



With thanks to Today’s Technician (July addition) and Vic Simpson of the Wildlife Veterinary Investigation Centre in Truro.

Rats, pests and the Galapagos Islands

6 Jul

I recently read a very interesting article by Bell Laboratories in The Bell Report about rats at the Galapagos Islands.  Bell Laboratories were recently awarded the Wisconsin Business Friend of the Environment award for developing a bait used to eradicate invasive rats on the Galapagos Islands.

So many people assume that pest control is all about rat and mole catching and miss that pest control very much supports wildlife and the environment.

The Galapagos project was run by the Galapagos National Park Service with assistance from California-based Island Conservation, the Charles Darwin Foundation, the Raptor Center of the University of Minnesota and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.  Bell Laboraties developed a bait that would withstand the rigors of aerial application yet breaks down into inert components reasonably quickly.  A helicopter was equipped with a bait spreader basket that broadcast ten tons of a pelleted bait on several small islands and islets in the archipelago.  This was the first large-scale rat eradication project ever conducted on oceanic islands in South America and over the next 20 to 25 years, the project aims to eliminate invasive Norway rats, roof rats and house mice from this most delicate of ecosystems.

So, if you think that pest control is all about a man with his trouser bottoms tied up with string carrying a ferret, then maybe it’s time to think again!

How my little girl melted my heart…

24 Jun

Hello again

This week I’m sharing a really personal experience that happened just last weekend.  We have two young children and we are always showing them how things grow and why they grow – currently we have a fabulous crop of potatoes which are perfect just steamed and served with a little butter and sea salt.

Out of the blue, my 7-year old daughter asked if she could sell some at the gate, so she set up a table, wrote a sign, bagged up the potatoes and priced them at 50p a bag and then sat on a little stool in front of the house just waiting for passers-by.  There she remained for an hour and a half and sold 8 bags.  Initially, my little entrepreneur wanted to keep the money herself but she changed her mind.  She has heard me speak many times about Wymondham Star Throwers, a cancer support charity, that I actively fund-raise for continually and decided that she wanted to give the money to the charity instead.  I had to hold back my tears.  My young daughter is not only a budding entrepreneur, but she already understands the meaning of charity too….she melted my heart.


Charity support – my passion!

18 Jun

Hello again

This week I thought I would share my passion for charity fundraising with you.  I would imagine that generally pest controllers would not be associated with charity fundraising as pest controllers in general don’t have a particular ‘fluffy’ and perhaps caring image so I thought I would dispel a few myths!

The charity that I actively raise funds for is Wymondham Star Throwers.  It  is a not-for-profit, registered charity run entirely by passionate volunteers, dedicated to supporting and advising people in East Anglia who are affected by cancer, or are at particular risk of developing cancer.  It was started by Dr Henry Mannings to provide help to cancer sufferers who felt they have nowhere else to go or required advice on further management.

My latest exploit has been a very gentle darts competition and I am so determined to reach my goals, not only in business, but in charity too by a very much more strenuous rowing the channel across and back again, or its equivalent, even if the pain becomes almost too much to stand; such is my passion!

So, maybe the image of pest controllers should be reviewed; we don’t all have our trousers tied with string at the bottom and carry a ferret, neither do we walk about looking like something out of Ghostbusters (well, not all of the time anyway).  We care about our environment passionately (that word again) and pest control is all about protection, nurture and care – just the same as in charity support.