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Getting your home pest-free

I will advise you on the best way to make your home pest-free.  I will diagnose the problem, eradicate the pest and help you safeguard against future incursions. Call me for a no-obligation discussion on how to rid your home of pests.

Putting the Environment First

Whenever possible I remove pests using the most environmentally sustainable methods, avoiding harming non-target species. I support the aims of the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use which urges pest controllers to “think wildlife”.

About Me

imogen2I have been keeping homes and gardens pest free for twenty years. I have worked with some of the largest pest control companies in the UK and my experience in the field is backed up by a strong academic background which includes a Masters in Rural Resources and Environmental Policy. After taking time out to raise my children I have recently set-up my own business in order to help families like yours ensure their home is safe, healthy and clean.

As a mother (and animal lover) I understand the importance of treating pests in a responsible and environmental way. I know that some treatments can be dangerous to babies or toddlers, especially if they are being breast fed, and my preferred option is to set traps, or prevent pests from entering your home in the first place. If a pesticide, insecticide or rodenticide has to be used I will use ones approved by the Soil Association wherever possible and will apply the lowest volume application first.

In addition, living near Hampstead Heath I understand the particular requirements of treating pests near this beautiful and protected area. For example, I will only use X treatments for Y pests in order to comply with Z regulation.

I offer a full service and will take care of all aspects of treating pests in your home. I will get to you on time and will take all the time you need to explain how the pests you’ve got will be dealt with. I will fit the appointment around your needs, for example coming as soon as the children are in school in order that your home will be chemical free by the time they return. I will move all the furniture out of the way and back in place again, will vacuum before a pest treatment has been applied and will make sure to cover my shoes and take care of all the things that are valuable to you.

My official accreditations include being a member of BASIS Prompt, a professional register of pest control agents, something that would not be possible were I not up-to-date with all the latest legislation, new legal requirements and current health and safety best practice. I am also a member of the National Pest Technicians Association and the British Pest Control Association.

I love helping people rid their homes of pests and creating a beautiful and clean house. I live locally and am so committed to working in the area that prefer even not to use my car to get to you.

So call today for a no-obligation chat and let’s find ways to get rid of at least some of the pests in your life.

Services

This is the process I would go through with you when ridding your home of pests:

Identify the pest species and understand their behaviour, “think like a mouse, bed bug or clothes moth”.

Inspect the house to be able to do the following:

Exclude the pest. Work out how they get in and stop ingress e.g. fit a bristle strip to the bottom of a door to stop mice walking underneath.

Restriction. Make life uncomfortable for the pest, remove food sources and potential harbourages, and alter temperature and humidity. E.g. wipe food preparation counters as soon as they have been made dirty. Mice need very little food to survive.

Destruction. Remove or kill the target pest using methods appropriate to the pest species. E.g. anticoagulant rodenticides and break back traps. Wherever possible I use non-chemical methods first, then the lowest concentrations of rodenticide and insecticide to be effective.

Monitor any future pest activity so that an appropriate control strategy can be maintained. E.g. non-toxic monitoring baits for mice, bed bug detector for bed bugs or pheromone lures for moths.

And specifically:

Bed bugs: Vacuum bedroom, especially cracks and crevices, around skirting boards, between floorboards. Dispose of bag after use. Ask customer to launder bedding at 60C, spray pillows and mattress with products approved by the soil association. Spray the bed and the rest of the room with an insecticide approved for use against bed bugs. Leave monitors in place after treatment.

Clothes moths: Adults are usually seen after the larvae have done the damage to clothing and carpets. Remove clothes from cupboard, inspect for frasse and larvae and instruct customer to launder, dry clean or dispose of affected items. Vacuum rooms, especially cracks and crevices, around skirting boards and between floorboards. Dispose of bag after use. Spray with an insecticide and an insect growth regulator. Leave pheromone lures in place. It is very hard to obtain immediate control as all life stages, the egg, larvae, pupae and adults require different methods.

Pigeons: Various options are available. Methods and prices are determined by access.

Squirrels: Capture by trapping. Dispatch and disposal.

Foxes: Can be arranged. Please contact me to discuss.

Wasps: If the nest is accessible I will cut it off, drop it into a bag and spray in insecticide. Otherwise I will use an insecticidal dust and application gun. Traps can be
left in place to attract wasps.

Ants: Treatment of the nest if it can be found and along the ant trail with an insecticide.

Prices

I am available to talk about your pest problem by telephone or email. Call me or send me an email and I will ring you back as soon as I am able.

Here is an approximate guide to prices. There is some variation dependent on extent of the infestation. Some species require more visits and treatment methods and results depend on the species and their environment. For instance, a persistent bed bug problem may require heat treatment which can make the price much higher. Inspection is free. No work will be carried out before discussion of the costs.

Rats — £100
Treatment should take no more than 30-35 days to resolve the problem. At least 3 visits to lay baits and traps and remove carcasses.

Mice — £100
Treatment should take no more than 30-35 days to resolve the problem. At least 3 visits to lay baits and traps and remove carcasses.

Bed bugs — £150
Detection, initial treatment and follow-up as necessary

Fleas — £70
Spray treatment and advice about prevention and pet care

Cockroaches — £70
Detection, initial treatment and follow-up as necessary

Ants — £70
Baits laid, sprays, follow-up as necessary

Clothes moths — £150
Monitoring, insecticidal treatment versus the adults, insect growth regulators versus the larvae and eggs. Use of pheromone traps.

Squirrels — £100
Trapping, despatch, removal

Varied Carpet Beetle — £70
Detection, treatment and monitoring. Follow-up as necessary.

Wasps — £70
Hive treatment and removal. Traps if needed.

Foxes
Prices to be arranged after inspection. Trapping, despatch and removal

Pigeons
Prices dependent on problem. To be discussed.

All other types of insect problem can be treated such as flies, cluster flies. Please ring to discuss

Top tips for ridding your home of pests

There are plenty of things you can do to keep your home pest-free. Below are my top tips for dealing with different pests. Call me if you’d like more information

Mice
Seal any access points, use wire wool or chicken wire and mortar around pipes (under the kitchen sink is a favourite). You can use expanding foam but it is difficult to control). Fit kick plates or bristle strips to the bottom of doors with gaps underneath. If you can fit a bic biro underneath then a mouse can get through. Be very diligent about wiping surfaces clean after preparing food or eating. Mice only need to eat a very small quantity of food (3-5g) but will eat from many different places. They are good climbers and can produce 8 young every 3weeks in good conditions

Rats
Make an integrated rodent management survey, clean, block access points, control infestation .Rats will eat (25-30g) from 3-4 places and will eat it all. They can produce 8 young every 24 days. They are shy and averse to novelties. They like a predictable environment

Clothes Moths
These can be very challenging. Vacuum regularly, especially around skirting boards and in corners. Move furniture to vacuum underneath or behind. Do not put clothes away dirty. Adult clothes moths do not cause the damage to your best clothes and Persian rugs. It is the larvae (little maggots) which eat their way through any animal based fibres before pupating. They wrap themselves in frasse, a mixture of webbing and debris. They tend to move high up walls to pupate at ceiling level. Wash clothes and bedding, cuddly toys if possible at 60 degrees C if you find an infestation. You can revert to more environmentally friendly levels when you rid yourself of moths

Wasps
Make sure that they are not bees before treating. If the nest is accessible cut it off and drop it into a bag and spray insecticide into the bag. Wear protective clothing, hat plus veil, gauntlets. Have antihistamine on stand by. If the nest is hard to reach make sure that you can move away quickly without injuring yourself.

Ants
There are several different species of ants all of which need to be addressed in a slightly different way. The black ant nests outdoors but will come into houses to find food moving along trails along which bait points can be placed if the original nest cannot be found.

Bed Bugs
Are on the rise throughout the world. They cannot fly but will move in people’s suitcases when they go on holiday. They live in or around beds, headboards, wooden slats, screw heads. Again a good vacuum is essential especially if there are holes between your floorboards. Wash all bedding at high temperature. Avoid spreading the infestation between different parts of the house on the soles of your feet.

Fleas
The main treatment to carry out is for the cat or dog unless it is a rat flea. Flea preparations need to be given at regular intervals whether they have them or not. Wash the bedding, vacuum diligently. Then apply insecticide to the house if still necessary.

Pigeons
There are a range of tools available to prevent pigeons perching and roosting. Some can be fixed quite easily from inside the house but others require some sort of access equipment. If you have pigeons living in your loft there is a myriad of insects living in their nests, such as varied carpet beetles and mealworm beetles. There will be guano too. Wear a mask if you clear it yourself. Be very careful that there are no bats in the loft space before you do any work.

I am not going to deal with squirrels or foxes here but if anyone wants to ask me for advice I am happy to give it.

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