Mice control in London

Mice are the most common pest control problem in London and widely found in homes, and commercial properties. When you’ve got mice in your property  it’s both unpleasant, and potentially dangerous. There are various reasons  why the mice arrive.

  • Building works in the area
  • Cold weather outside
  • Availability of food
  • Flooding

When mice  arrive they tend to live in cavities – in the walls of your property or under floorboards

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Dangers of mice

Spread of disease

Various diseases are spread by mice urine and droppings including

  • Salmonella
  • Murine typhus
  • Hantavirus Pumonary Syndrome

Damage to property

Mice can chew through cables, especially those that are in cavity walls, which lead to damage to electrical cables which in turn can cause fires.

 Fast breeding

Mice can breed very fast, they can produce 12 offspring in less than a month, and can breed all year around so it’s very important to get the problem sorted as soon as possible

How to tell if you’ve got mice
  • Squeaking and scratching noises in the cavities of your property
  • Tiny, dark droppings which are similar in size to a sesame seed
  • Shredded paper or other materials – the mice are using these to prepare their nest.
  • Strong smell of ammonia in the main affected area
 How to get rid of mice

Getting rid of mice is not always easy but if you don’t want to pay out for a pest controller to come out there are various things you can try. So here are some of the best ways to get rid of mice.

Traps

Where to place them

As is logical, place the traps at the places in your property where you think the mice are going. Look out for signs of mice droppings to judge where this is.

Generally place the traps alongside a wall, because mice like to travel close to the side of walls.

Types of traps.

Humane traps.

These work by enticing the mouse with bait into a rectangular plastic trap. Once they are inside the trap, the door closes and the mouse is trapped but unharmed. You can then released it, if you wish to, but make sure that you release it far away from the property at least a mile, or it could return.

 Pros

  • You don’t have to kill the mouse
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Unfortunately these seem to be the least effective form of trapping mice.
  • You have to take the mouse a fair way from the property to release it.

Snap traps

These are the wooden traps that work by enticing the mouse onto them with bait and then snap shut on top of the mouse.

Pros

  • Generally pretty effective
  • The mouse doesn’t generally suffer too much
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Not pleasant to see the mouse dead or dying in a damaged state.
  • Will not necessarily kill the mouse, may just catch part of it, and you will have to finish the mouse yourself.

Sticky traps

These are sticky strips which work put putting them down in the area where mice are going.

Pros

  • Can be effective
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Will not kill the mouse, and not pleasant to find a struggling mouse or mice on these strips.
  • You will have to kill the mouse yourself

Electronic traps

These work by luring the mouse with bait into a tunnel like contraption. When they reach a certain point a switch is tripped and an electrical current kills the mouse.

Pros

  • Very effective
  • The mouse is killed instantly so doesn’t suffer

Cons

    • The electronic traps aren’t the cheapest option.

Although they are the most expensive option these electronic traps are what we’ve had the best results with and which we recommend. Click here to see their price and buy one

Mouse poison

The main alternative to traps is poison. It usually comes with feeding trays which you put down in the area that you see mice. Don’t put the poison down outside though because it can be dangerous for pets either your own or someone else’s, only put it down inside the house. And don’t put in the house if you have small children who might eat it or come in contact with it.

Pros

  • Can be effective
  • You don’t often have to clear up the mess of a dead mouse because they often die in the cavities where they are living.
  • Fairly cheap but costs can mount if you end up having to use a lot of it over a long period.

Cons

  • It’s not a pleasant way for the mouse to die
  • Poison is not always effective, some mice seem to have become resistant to certain type of poisson, so you may need to try various types of poison before you find one that is effective.
  • Dangerous for pets, make sure you don’t put poison down if you have pets. If you have cats, they will hopefully prove effective mouse catchers anyway.

Noise emitting devices

These small devices are plugged in to the mains electricity supply. They give out a constant high-pitch noise that humans can’t hear but mice can, and which is very noisy to them.

Pros

The most pleasant way to get rid of mice

Cons

These can work but sometimes the sound waves don’t always travel through walls very well to where the mice spend most of their time. It is best to position the device in the place where their food source is to try and put them off coming for the food. Get a recommended noise repeller here.

Call a pest controller

If you don’t want all the bother of this, or if your attempts to get rid of the mice fail, then you should call a pest controller.

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Pros

  • We are experts in getting rid of mice so will know where the best places to put bait to catch them are
  • We have better poison than you can’t get access to – some poison is only allowed for use by professionals

Cons

  • You will have to pay us!
How much will pest control cost?

This mainly depends on how big your property is. If you in a larger property then obviously it will be more expensive than a flat. We will generally come around first to put poison down, and then return at a later date to proof the property to make sure mice can’t get in at a future date.

How you can stop a mice infestation

Block up all holes into the property

This is difficult because mice can get through very small holes into your property, but it’s very important to do. If they can’t get in, then it’s job done and you’ll hopefully have no infestations again.

Be sure to stop them getting in through air bricks at the bottom of walls, you can do this by putting mesh over the air vents, make sure they can’t get through the gaps in the mesh. If you’re not able to do the job yourself, a pest controller or odd-job man will be able to do it for you.

Don’t leave food around

If mice do get in they need a food supply to survive and you need to make sure that they haven’t got one. So don’t leave any food around in any room, and clean up all crumbs, mice don’t need that much food to survive. It could be worth putting your foods into plastic containers which mice can’t knaw through.

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Rat control in London

They say that you’re never further than 6 feet from a rat. However fortunately they generally stay that far away and live primarily in sewers. They aren’t anywhere near being such a pest problem in London as mice are. However if they do appear it can be even more unpleasant and potentially dangerous.

Danger of rats

Health risks

Rats can carry a wide range of diseases which can be a risk to us including

  • Weil’s disease
  • Salmonella
  • E-coli
  • Tuberculosis.
  • They also carry lice, fleas and ticks

Damage to property

Like mice rats can chew through cables, especially those in cavities and thus causing electrical damage and possibly a fire.

How to tell if you have rats
  • Lots of scratching noises in the walls of your property and under the floorboards
  • Large dark droppings about 10-15mm long which will likely to be in clusters
  • A strong smell of ammonia
  • Food packaging ripped
How to get rid of rats

 Getting rid of rats is not generally easy but there are various methods you can try

Traps

Snap traps

These tempt the rat onto them with poison and then snap down on them breaking their necks generally.

Pros

  • Generally effective

Cons

  • Not pleasant to have to clean up the mess left

Electronic traps

These traps lure the rat into a plastic tunnel. When they get into the middle of the tunnel, they trip a switch on the device which gives out a strong electrical current and kills the rat instantly.

Pros

  • They are generally  effective
  • The rat is killed instantly

Cons

  • They aren’t particularly cheap to buy. But since they are the most effective way we’ve found of getting rid of rats we do recommend them. You can find out prices and buy one here.

Rat poison

If traps aren’t working or you don’t like the idea of them then you could try putting poison for rats down. Make sure you don’t put poison down if you have pets or small children as it’s strong dangerous stuff. And don’t put it down outside the house if  there are other pets in the area

Pros

  • Is often very effective
  • There’s less likelihood of having to clean up the mess of a dead rat.  don’t often have to clear up the mess of a dead mouse because they often die in the cavities where they are living.
  • Fairly cheap but costs can mount if you end up having to use a lot of it over a long period.

Cons

  • Poisoning is not a nice way for the rat to die.
  • If the rat dies and you can’t get access to it to dispose of it then it may be near enough to start smelling – not pleasant.
  • It may not always work as some rats have become resistant to some poisons. However there are different types of poison, so if one doesn’t work hopefully another will.

Sticky glue traps

These work by the rat getting stuck to a very strong glue on a strips of paper. Make sure you put the strips down in areas where you think the rat is going.

Pros

  • If placed correctly can be very effective
  • Fairly cheap

Cons

  • They will not kill the rat and it’s not very nice to return to the area and find a struggling rat stuck to this paper.
  • There’s no way of detaching the rat from the sticky strip so you will have to kill it yourself

Noise emitting devices

You plug these devices into the mains electrics. They give out  a constant noise which is so high-pitched that humans are not able to  hear it but rats are and it’s very noisy and unpleasant for them.

Pros

  • It is the easiest and most pleasant way to get rid of rats, if it works

Cons

The problem is that they don’t always work. The main reason for this is the sound waves that emit does’t travel through solid objects very easily, so if the rats are behind walls or under floorboards, the noise may not affect them too much . It might be best to put the device in the kitchen near your food to hopefully deter the rat from coming in to the kitchen.

Trapping the rat.

You can try and catch the rat, they are a bit easier than mice because they are larger and slower. You’ll need a cage to put them in to take them elsewhere if you want to release them. Release at least a mile away from your property, preferably in a countryside area, to stop the rat returning

Pros

  • You don’t have to kill the rat

Cons

  • Can be difficult to catch the rat
  • You have to buy a cage to put it in.

How you can stop a rat infestation happening in the first place.

  • Make sure you block up all holes into the property. This is easier than it is for rats because they are larger and can’t get through such small holes as mice can  If the rats find it hard getting in, hopefully you’ll have removed the risk of them arriving again.
  • Don’t leave food in the open in your property. You need to make sure that the rat doesn’t have an easy food supply, so never food leave around anywhere in your property. And it’s probably best  to buy some strong plastic containers to put your kitchen food in because rats have got strong teeth so can knaw through most normal food packaging.

Cockroach control in London

Cockroaches are a particularly unpleasant and hard to get rid of pest. There are two main types in London, the German cockroach and the oriental cockroach which will usually get into your property via drains or vents.

Dangers of Cockroaches
How to get rid of Cockroaches

If you spot one of them, the chances are that you’ve got a lot more. Try to look where it crawls to try and find where the nest is

Traps

Shop-bought traps

These traps attract cockroaches and then trap them with glue. Put a few of them in all the positions where you have seen cockroaches or think that they might be.

Pros

  • You will catch some roaches
  • Fairly cheap

Cons

  • The nest will still be in existence

Home-made traps

Put a jar with water in next to a wall. The cockroach will be able to climb into the jar and the water, but not able to get out

Pros

  • No cost
  • Easy
  • Reasonably effective

Cons

  • The nest will be unaffected

Buy roach bait

This bait contains a roach friendly food with poison. The roaches should eat some of it and take other of it back to the nest where it will kill the rest of the roaches. Put the bait wherever you think the roaches are going

Pros

  • Effective

Cons

  • Can take several weeks to work because although it will kill the first batch of roaches, eggs will hatch and you’ll need to poison the next generation to get rid of them all

Insecicide

Use insecticide spray to spray directly onto the roaches and on areas where they are seen

Pros

Effective

Cons

  • It doesn’t effect the nest just individual roaches, you still need to deal with the nest
Get a pest controller  in

If you don’t want to have to deal with the roaches yourself then get a pest controller in to deal with them.

How to stop Cockroaches returning

Cut out all water and food supplies

  • Cockroaches need food and water so make sure that they have neither.
  • If you have any water leakages in your property you need to fix them. Hopefully when they have no water, the roaches will instead choose to put the poisonous gel that you put out for them.
  • If you slop water anywhere clean it up immediately.
  • Clean your property thoroughly.
  • Wash all dishes straight after eating and never leave food out
  • Clean up all crumbs
  • Keep food in sealed plastic containers
  • Put your rubbish bags out frequently
  • Seal the property
  •  Seal any cracks you can find on the outside and inside of your property.
  • Put preventative traps/poison out
  • If there are any places you can’t seal, put down poison or traps to stop the roaches returning

Moth control in London

Getting rid of moths in London

There are two main types of moths that cause problems in London. These are

The common cloth moth 

This is the moth that eats through your clothes. They are particularly attracted to woolen garments. It is their larvae that are the problem, and they particular like dark places

  • at the back of the wardrobe,
  • under beds,
  • boiler cupboards

How to spot them

  • Small holes in clothes
  • Damage to rugs or carpets
  • Larvae- looks like maggots
  • Pupae – the silk coons which turns into moths
How to get rid of clothes moths

Put traps out

These are pheromone traps which attract the moths and from which they can’t escape.

Wash your clothes

The clothes moths are attracted by sweat and stains. It’s important to clean all your clothes to get rid of any eggs that have been laid.

Clean

  • Clean the place where you store your clothes.
  • Vacuum well – use a high-powered vacuum cleaner
  • Wash the area – use vinegar or soapy water

Get a pest controller

If you have a bad infestation you might need to get a pest controller in who will fumigate your property and get rid of the moths at all the stages it exists in

ego, larvae, pupae, adult moth

Prevent future infestations
  • Store your clothes
  • Store your clothes in plastic or metal containers or in vacuum-packs.
  • Buy some cedar. Moths dislike cedar, so use cedar hangers or buy cedar balls or hearts which you can sprinkle around in the areas where you keep clothes.
  • Try moths balls. These can be effective but they have a very strong smell. Alternatives are dried lavender, cloves or thyme.

Indian meal moth

This can lead to a severe problem in kitchens. The moths will attack your food.

Signs that you have indian meal moths

  • Signs of light webbing around packaging in your cupboards
  • Food that seems stuck together, this could be caused by secretions, or smells musty.
  • Caterpillars in cupboards, a sure sign that moths are on the way.
How to get rid of moths

Cut out their food supply

  • You will sadly probably need to throw out all the food in your cupboards.
  • Clean all the cupboards throughly using white vinegar
  • Buy plastic containers to put your food in, this will stop them eating your food.

Put traps out

Buy sticky traps that will attract the moths – they will stick to the trap and not be able to escape. If you have a large infestation you could put quite a few of them out.

Call pest control

If you can’t get rid of the moths it could be because they are laying eggs in places you can’t get at. You might need to call in a pest controller who will fumigate.

How to stop moths returning

Keep all your food in plastic containers.

Squirrel control in London

Dangers of squirrels

Disease

Squirrels can spread disease although this isn’t usually a problem because they don’t enter into areas where humans live

Damage

A far greater danger is that they like to gnaw electrical wires and this can cause fires.

How to tell if you have squirrels

You will hear loud noises and scratching above your ceiling and in attic spaces.

How to get rid of squirrels
  • Make sure that you have no food in your attic areas
  • Cut branches close to your roof, squirrels can jump from the trees onto your roof
  • Buy  a cage trap – You can try and trap the squirrels yourself by trapping them in a cage and then releasing them elsewhere
  • Sonic devices. You could buy a sonic device that makes a very loud high-pitched noise that humans can’t hear but that squirrels dislike
  • Call pest control. They will come and catch the squirrels and then seal up the house to stop them returning
How to stop squirrels returning

Don’t  leave any food in your attic area

Seal up outside entry into your attic.

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Pigeon control in London

Why are pigeons a problem in London

Health

Pigeons can carry many diseases and pose a serious health risk. Their droppings contain dangerous bacteria and fungi.

They harbor insects such as mites which cause other health problems such as breathing and stomach problems.

Damage

Pigeons can cause a huge amount of damage. Their droppings are very unsightly and cause erosion on brickworks and all other part of the buillding

They breed rapidly so can rapidly become a problem.

How to get rid of pigeons

The best way to get rid of pigeons in the short term is to scare them off

You could do this by

  • spraying water at them
  • or making a loud noise
  • Using an ultrasonic device which makes a loud-pitched noise that pigeons will dislike
How to stop pigeons returning

Anti-perch spiking systems

These are the most humane system because they don’t kill the pigeon but just send them on to another area. Spikes are put up to prevent the pigeons sticking around.

Sticky chemicals

These are sprayed on and make it uncomfortable for birds to perch

Using an ultrasonic device

Close off entrances – This could be done by putting up pigeon netting to stop them getting in.

Apart from scaring off the pigeons you might find that you need to call a pest controller to do many of the tasks to stop them returning. Take a look at a list of pest controllers here.

Ant control in London

There are two main types of ants in London

The Garden ant – these can infest and contaminate food in the garden

The Pharaohs ant  – is an indoor ant that has proved a particular problem in hospitals

They nest in cavities and can have huge nests.

How to get rid of indoor ants
      • Clean the ant trail
      • Locate the entry point of the ant trail and close up the entry point with tape or talcum powder
      • Put a sponge in soapy water and clean the trail. Spray the area with bleach or a cleaning solution.
      • Put down poison. Mixing boric acid powder with water or sugar is a common bait. Put the bait down next to the ant trail.

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How to stop them returning
      • Close up every hole. Since ants are so tiny they can get through very small spaces so it’s hard to close up all gaps, caulk is a good to use.
      • Put down scents that ants don’t  like such as vinegar, peppermint oil or cinammon.

Note that you don’t necessarily want to kill an ant hill in your garden because ants destroy a lot of garden pests so can be useful.

Bed Bugs control in London

Bed bugs are starting to become a particular problem in London, there has been a 100% increase in the past year. This is mainly due to migrations of people, both holiday makers bringing them back from abroad and people from abroad visiting or moving to this country and unknowingly bringing them here in their luggage. As London is the centre of the movement of people in this country, the problem is worse here than the rest of the country.

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The bugs are mainly active at night, and like the warmth of beds and human bodies, they can hide in tiny crevices and reproduce very rapidly, quickly creating a large colony. The bugs are transparent until they feed on blood, after which they become red.

Bed bugs are very difficult to kill because they are resistant to the pesticides that can be bought in the high st to treat them, so you will need to get a specialist in to get rid of them.

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Fleas control in London

These are often found on pets, particularly cats and dogs.

Signs of fleas
      • Skin irritations
      • Spots on the skin
How to get rid of fleas

Check out the bedding of your pet and give it all a good wash. If it is in a particularly bad state throw it out.

Vacuum everywhere

Insecticide

Spray insect growth regulator (IGR). Examples are pyriproxyfen or 

Wash your pet with a flea shampoo and then apply a flea-killing product.

Wasps control in London

A few wasps aren’t usually a problem and can be got rid of with

      •  a spray
      • with a flyswatter or magazine

Hide likely food sources such as fruit.

Spray insectide on any areas where you have seen the wasps congregate.

If you have a nest, you’ll probably need to get a pest controller in. CALL US on 0203 519 3001  or email to info@londonpestcontroladvice.co.uk

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