Tag Archives: Wymondham

Moths – are they becoming extinct?

6 Feb

Moths – are they becoming extinct?

If  you have been plagued by carpet moths, then you will presume that there are moths in abundance and you would be partly correct.  Carpet moths are one of the few species whose numbers have increased in recent years, but in general, moth numbers are sadly decreasing.

Does it matter that the moth population is in decline?  Well, yes it does really as it is important in our eco-system:-

“The decline could have a knock-on effect for plant pollination and animals reliant on moths for food, such as garden and woodland birds, bats and small mammals”

Part of the reason for their decline over the past four decades may be put down to changes in agriculture and farming.  With more intensive farming and less growing of berries, such as gooseberries and currants, the moth may have less food available to them.

There is a silver-lining.  The EU is encouraging farmers to plant more trees and hedgerows and to move away from the more intensive farming methods – this will also increase the butterfly population too!


Moths are important indicators of biodiversity health

If you are having issues with carpet moths, please give us a call and we will offer advice and if necessary, come and treat the area for you.

The (all too) Common Furniture Beetle

12 Oct


The effects of woodworm can be catastrophic; wooden structures, if contaminated, can collapse and leave a building in complete disrepair. Woodworm is the generic term for all wood-boring insects; the creature most likely to be munching its way through your wooden structures is the Common Furniture Beetle. These insects are most likely to be introduced to a property via previously contaminated timber, canes and planks of wood or old furniture. Need I say, it’s important to look out for the ‘signs’ of woodworm before that old barn comes crashing down or….. Grandma’s chair gives way.

So! Look for holes – fresh ones – round in shape with sharp edges. Also, keep an eye out for bore dust below the wood (i.e. on the floor), this is caused by an emerging insect and is a sure giveaway that CFB’s are in the building (literally). Floorboards or roof structures that have been infected will often have ‘crumbly’ edges where the insects’ tunnelling has begun to break down the wood’s structure.

Although there are a number of different types of wood-boring insect, the principals for treating all woodworm cases are very much the same – all treatments are designed to disrupt the life cycle stages with a course of insecticide.

So, watch out barn conversions, listed buildings, churches and any kind of pine or soft wood structure – woodworm is at large. Visit the webpage for more information:

Re-structuring our position in the market; update

8 Oct

We have been re-structuring our position in the pest control market over the last 18 months with extensive re-investments and are pleased to say that all of our systems and procedures are now complete to offer our existing customers and potential new customers what we have to share.

We are a multi ISO accredited company, have high level recognised pest control certifications to ensure full compliance and are also up-to-date with all the current market needs.

We work in line with the new BRC version 6 requirements and are already working towards being compliant for version 7 next year.  We are approved to work on sites that have to comply with TFMS (TESCO Food Manufacturing Standard) along with the Organic and Soil Association specifications.

New client tools and expansion

Advanced customer log-in

We designed and self-built a bespoke online CMS portal system where you can access all the reports and work carried out at your premises or multiple sites and for your auditors’ requirements. This front end system is a very advanced way of accessing data from your desk.

This is not to replace the existing folders being used but an addition to our advanced service customers.

If you feel your business would benefit from this service then please give Abate a call.  We are looking to expand our services further a field and not just in East Anglia but to other sites you may have which we currently do not provide; sister companies or clients you could refer us to.

We are looking to set up a new branch in Northampton which would be fully operational for the start of 2013. This will help geographically covering the middle section of the UK with direct links to major towns, cities and good road networks which will naturally create more efficient and speedier service response times.

Abate Woodworm and Specialist Hygiene

House clearing

There are two further sections to Abate you may not be aware of which have also gone through several changes recently.

There is a fully operational woodworm section where we can treat and protect wood boring insects in timbers at domestic dwellings, barns and units etc.  We offer free site surveys, free advice, along with long term 10, 12 or 20 year guarantees that can also be underwritten through the FSA (Financial Services Authority) which is further added value. Please visit our new website.

There is a Specialist Hygiene Cleaning section where we come along to clean up after squatter sites, tenant evictions, hoarders etc. The staff are trained in Sharps awareness courses and know about careful waste management.  Our high end environmental waste disposal licence shows our compliance and care in the community. Please visit our new website.

The future

With so many great changes to Abate in the last 18 months we now look forward to the exciting months and years ahead which has been achieved with the help of our admin and service staff to make us a key independent pest control provider within the UK.

Further business plans over the next 3 years is to branch even more into south west UK setting up a site or sites on the outer London road networks so that all of England and Wales are covered by 3 or even 4 key branches with the Wymondham Branch continuing to house the main HQ.

Our new mission is to “enhance the business needs of more customers by extending our reach and optimising our scale”.

This huge investment sets out our aspirations for the next 10 years:

We will put customers first at the heart of everything we do and build upon the success Abate has already created and reach our target goals:

  • Be Number 1 in the pest control sector for customer loyalty
  • Be the best in this sector by creating added value
  • Accelerate our scale to reach out to more customers
  • By expanding our business reach we aim to keep your costs down.
  • Be a thriving successful company with fantastic people who have absolute care and maintaining our primary goal of customer satisfaction.

We hope you can help Abate achieve these goals and if you think we can be of further assistance to you or someone you know then please do not hesitate to give us a call or pass on our details.

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!

Advanced Customer Log-in – what is it?

2 Aug

Advanced customer log-in

We are so thrilled to launch our new advanced customer log-in which will really add value to our current and prospective customers and clients.  So, what is it?

It is an on-line tool that will help with the management of single or multi site locations. The advanced customer login facility will allow you to view all your locations and each location contract summary. In addition you can drill down to each treatment that has been carried out together with observations, recommendations and materials used.

All of the data is presented on a dashboard for quick viewing.  Great isn’t it!

There’s a rat in the kitchen…

20 Jul

We don’t like …

We don’t like to go on about the weather too much (who are we kidding – we’re British, it’s what we do best!) but sadly the recent downpours have done more than just ruin our dreams of barbecues and days at the beach. Thanks to the wettest June on record and a pretty soggy July as well there have been nationwide problems with our sewers unable to cope with the volume of water and becoming flooded. This has forced the sizeable rat population out in to the open and on the hunt for a new home on higher ground. Rats will generally stay in a home once they’ve found one so a priority needs to be to stop them re-establishing themselves in yours!

The obvious steps you can take to deter them are to be sure not to leave food and rubbish lying around, don’t over feed wild birds and make access difficult for them. Rats often enter properties through pipes and holes so check your drain covers are intact and there are no holes around your gas, electricity or water pipes. A survey carried out by LV insurance company last year determined that rodent damage had cost over £500 million in UK homes and businesses last year alone – much of which can be accounted for by damage done to electrical cables in the home.

It’s not just damage to the property we need to be concerned about with rats, they pose a great risk to public health spreading diseases like Toxoplasmosis and Leptospirosis through their faeces, urine, and hair. Definitely something you want to avoid! Tell tale signs of an infestation are evidence of gnawing, droppings, and the tracks and burrows the rats create.  So have a quick check round your house and garden to make sure you aren’t making your home seem an inviting place for them to make theirs!

We have turned into sulky teenagers

23 Apr

Well….probably not quite correct, but Abate is 13 years old this week and what a 13 years it has been.  Year-on-year expansion, more ongoing contracts and working with Listed Buildings too.  We can’t complain!

So, that’s it this week – Happy Birthday to us teenagers

Clement the Cuckoo and his trip to Cameroon

26 Mar

I was browsing through various stories this morning and this one amused me – yes, I am easily amused.  Apparently, Clement the Cuckoo is missing.  So what I hear and who is Clement the CuckooImage?

Clement was one of 5 cuckoos that were tagged in 2011 in Norfolk by the British Trust for Ornithology and Clement seemed to have been flying around Cameroon very happily when he dropped off the radar.The other 4 cuckoos have generally appeared at a later date when they have lost their way, but Clement is feared dead; RIP Clement.

The reason behind tagging cuckoos was to trace their migratory habits as they are in decline in the UK.  Clement was the first cuckoo in history to take a western migration route from Europe to Africa via Spain rather than the normal route via Italy.  He then made his way from Senegal to The Congo where he joined his four friends in the rainforest.

Sadly, cuckoos are not the only bird that is in decline, others include the nightingale, yellow wagtail and turtle dove, but there is an urgency with the cuckoo as their numbers are declining rapidly.

Have you heard a cuckoo in recent years? I’m not sure that I have.

Badger culling – Part four

11 Mar

This old chestnut has raised its head again. The Labour Party applied through the Freedom of Information Act to obtain advice that was given to the government by the group Natural England.

Natural England says that badger culling in the form that it’s going to take in the two pilots, could make the situation worse.

Previously, culling was done in a scientific manner -RBCT-Randomized Badger Culling Trial.  Large numbers of badgers were culled virtually simultaneously and this was sustained over a four-year period.  The way that the culling will be done in the new pilots may only disturb the badgers so that they move into other areas thus spreading disease and more cattle will be affected with TB.

Natural England concludes that even if the cull areas are expanded, it is unlikely that the existence of badgers will be in danger, but, they may eventually disappear from some areas.



Thank you to BBC.co.uk

BS OHSAS 18001:2007 – We are accredited!

4 Mar

Yes, we are blowing our own trumpet!  We have just been successful in attaining the BS OHSAS 18001:2007 accreditation.  I believe, but I’m not 100% sure, that Abate is the only pest control company in this region – apologies if this isn’t correct and please feel free to tell me and I will redress the statement.  This not only underpins our commitment to safety and compliance to improve our working environment, it is also beneficial when writing tenders.  Anyway, should you be interested in exactly what the accreditation is, please read the blurb below:-

Organizations of all kinds are under constant pressure to comply with occupational health and safety regulations and perform in line with their policy. This accreditation sets out the minimum requirements for a best practice occupational health and safety management system helping organizations to control their hazards and risks, while boosting their performance.

How does it work then?

BS OHSAS 18001:2007 helps us implement a sound occupational health and safety management system so we can reduce any risks to personnel and put the right safety measures in place. The standard continually looks at the best ways to improve and maintain health and safety systems and ensures we comply in line with all our company policies and procedures. It improves our overall working environment and the conditions of employment to our staff.

*           Acquiring this international standard will broaden our business opportunities

*           Demonstrate due dilligence, good governance, low risk and a competent management that is commited to health and

safety in the workplace

*           BS OHSAS 18001:2007 will raise both the performance and morale of our staff to deliver our services to existing


*           It ensures we look after our most valuable asset which is our employees

*           Gives potential clients assurance of our effective risk management procedures and full regulatory compliance

*           Promotes safer working environments by heightening adherence to our health and safety policy and procedures

*           To improve efficiencies in health and safety budgeting for costs such as further training, ensuring that the money is well

spent and related to the real needs of the company

*           Provides reassurance to clients and employees that we are taking all reasonable steps to protect the business against

damage to our reputation and breach of legislation