There are plenty of good reasons why you want to get rid of pests in your home, pests can cause damage and can affect your health and well being, as well as being a nuisance in general! Common home infestation problems are caused by ants, bed bugs, cockroaches, fleas, mice, rats and wasps. Ants usually found during spring and summer months and although they are are a nuisance they do not carry germs or spread disease. Ants are attracted to the insecticide treatment pest controllers use and will collect the insecticide bait and return it to the nest, eradicating the source with usually a single treatment. Cockroaches prefer warm moist conditions and are nocturnal, living in cracks and crevices around the home.
Fleas are a common problem in homes with cats or dogs. They will bite humans causing an itchy swelling and pest control technicians use a professional insecticide spray to kill the fleas in one visit. House mice are found where there is a food source and moisture, typically in your cupboards or waste bags. Mice carry viral and infectious pathogens and need a licensed professional rodenticide product used over three or more visits for a standard domestic property. Rats tend to be found in the same places as mice and also carry similar viral and infectious pathogens, successful treatments take around three visits and the pest controller will return to your home on a weekly basis until they are sure it is successful at which time they will remove the poison.
Wasps can be a nuisance during warmer weather and can attack in large numbers if disturbed or threatened. If you are experiencing high numbers of wasps in your home it is likely that there is a nest nearby. Wasp nests should be treated immediately by a professional pest controller as their are serious risks such as anaphylactic shock involved dealing with wasps nests. Pest control experts will spray or dust the nest with an insecticide which will poison the nest and contaminate it for any returning wasps. This is normally achieved on a single visit within a few hours.
When it comes to choosing a company or contractor in the pest control industry, at a minimum you should ensure that the service delivery staff are experienced and hold a Level Two Certificate in Pest Control qualification or equivalent from the Royal Society for Public Health. In addition the company should also be members of the British Pest Control Association and the Professional Register of Managers and Pest Technicians scheme.
You should also consider how long the company has been trading and do they carry adequate public liability insurance to ensure compliance with Health & Safety legislation. Beware of companies quoting prices over the phone without visiting you home, reputable companies will carry out a pre-treatment inspection before any preparation or costing can be carried out.
Finally, scrutinise any guarantees offered and understand fully what is covered by the guarantee and the treatment you are paying for before signing anything. An easy and quick way to get in touch with local pest control companies is to use the free quote service on this site, simply click the "post your job" button and enter brief details of your pest control problem along with your contact details to get started, it only takes minutes and is completely free.
Before contacting local pest control companies, check with your local council to find out if they offer assistance for free, many local authorities have environmental health departments which will provide free services for cockroaches, rats and mice infestations - even if you are not a council tenant, so check with them first!
They also may maintain a register of approved pest control companies in the region. To get quotes and advice from pest control companies in your area, you can also use the free quote service on this site simply by clicking the "post your job" button. Most prices for pest control start from around £35 and in some council areas if you are receiving benefits you may qualify for free pest control services for rats, mice, fleas, cockroaches, bed bugs and wasps.