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 Mice and Rat Pest Control in London and Essex

Rodents - Rats & Mice

Why control Rodents? There are a few issues to consider if you discover a mouse or rat infestation:

  • Contamination of food – pathogens found in mouse droppings and urine can lead to the spread of dangerous diseases such as Leptospirosis, commonly known as Weil’s Disease and Salmonellosis.
  • Property damage – Rodents gnaw at a range of items found in homes and business, some of which can cause safety issues such as increased risk of fire & flood from chewing through wires and pipes
  • Spread of diseases – Rodents carry pathogens in their urine and faeces which can transmit Hantavirus, Salmonellosis, Listeria and more
  • Business reputation – if customers notice that you have a Rodents infestation, they may decide to stop working with you

 

 

 

About Rats

In the UK there are two types of rat which have a tendency to cause problems for homes and businesses – brown (common) rats and black rats. Although black rats (Rattus rattus) are more rare, they are excellent climbers and tend not to burrow. Brown rats (Rattus norvegicus) are more common, spend their time burrowing outside and can also be found in sewers. Rats are persistent animals and once they gain access to your property, they can spread bacteria, diseases and cause a lot of damage.

How do you know if you have a Rat problem?

Although you may not have seen any rats, you may have heard scratching noises or found some small dark brown droppings. There may also be greasy rub marks on smooth surfaces, rat holes where they have created shelter, rat nests made from soft materials or footprints in dusty areas. Rats are mainly active at night so it’s possible that you may never actually see them.

Why control Rats?

There are a few issues to consider if you discover a rat infestation:

  • Property damage – rats will gnaw their way through wires, insulation, pipes, woodwork and more. They also tend to make nests out of any soft material they can find such as insulation or fabrics
  • Contamination – pathogens found in rat droppings and urine can lead to the spread of dangerous diseases such as Leptospirosis, commonly known as Weil’s Disease and Salmonellosis.
  • Fire safety – the insurance sector have estimated that rodent damage to wiring is responsible for 25% of all electrical fires in buildings (info from BPCA)
  • Reputation – if you have a rodent infestation, it doesn’t reflect well on your business. Customers could spot evidence of rats on your premises and no longer work with you
  • Legal obligation – property owners have a legal obligation under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949 to keep premises rodent free or to report infestations to the local authority (info from BPCA).

 

Rat Pest Control in London and Essex

 


 

What Sparta Pest Control Offer:

  • Identifying external areas surrounding your premises or home that are likely to attract rats.
  • How rats are accessing your property & why
  • What foods and conditions are likely to encourage rat problems.
  • Treatment and proofing of entrance points

About Mice 

In the UK there are many species of mice but only a few are considered as pests and are therefore subject to control. The main species you may encounter in your home, garden or business are:

Field mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) rarely go into houses but will find sheds and barns during the winter. They have a passion for fruit and vegetables so are a particular threat to farms and small holdings.

House mice (Mus domesticus) are active all year round and often be found making themselves comfortable within your home or business premises.

Yellow necked field mice (Apodemus flavicollis) are mostly found in rural areas, however, they’re also well known to cause a fire risk by chewing through electrical wiring.

How do you know if you have a problem?

  • Mice are mainly active at night so they can search for food and hide themselves during the day. Some common signs of mice to look out for include:
  • Small, dark droppings on or inside cupboards and also along skirting boards
  • Grease marks along walls, floors and skirtings which mark out the mouse’s regular travel routes
  • Urine pillars, which are a combination of dirt, urine and body grease which can be up to 4cm high and 1cm wide
  • You may hear scratching noises at night when mice are at their most active. They tend to be found in walls, under floorboards, in basements or lofts
  • Nests are built using easy to shred materials such as cardboard and fabrics. They can be found in lofts, walls, under floorboards, in airing cupboards and behind appliances
  • Footprints may be seen in unused areas where floors and walls are dusty
  • Spotting a live or dead mouse during the day can be a sign of a heavy infestation
  • Strong ammonia smells may be present because mice urinate frequently

 

What Sparta Pest Control Offer:

  • The responsible use of trapping to remove the problem from your home. At times we may need to use chemicals.
  • We can proof pest entrance points to block entry into your property.

 

If you think you’ve got mice or rats running around in your house, and you need pest control in London, contact us for a rapid response.

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 cockroach Pest Control in London and Essex

About Cockroaches

Cockroach faeces can cause respiratory allergies such as sneezing and exacerbate asthma symptoms, and can also transmit E Coli.

Cockroaches can contaminate by picking up bacteria from drains or waste areas and transferring this from their body to utensils, food and sterile goods.  The presence of cockroaches in premises may result in enforcement action by the Local Authority. This will impact on food premises leading to loss of business and reputation with customers.

 

 

 

cockroach infestation Pest Control in London and Essex

 

Cockroach Types

There are many species of cockroach. A few species such as the Oriental, German and American cockroaches have colonised urban areas and are therefore considered serious pests. All cockroaches are nocturnal and require access to water.

  • Oriental cockroaches are a shiny dark brown/black colour. They prefer cooler conditions and can be found in basements, boiler rooms and redundant drains. They often appear in large, institutional and older premises such as swimming pools, hotels and pubs.
  • German cockroaches are yellow/brown in colour with dark stripes. They prefer warm and humid environments and are typically found in flats, kitchens, bathrooms, bars, bakeries and other food manufacturing sites.
  • American cockroaches are chestnut brown in colour and found in sewers, cities and ports.

 

 

What Sparta Pest Control offer:

  • Advice on hygiene, refuse and cockroach prevention methods including regular deep cleaning to reduce food availability and slow growth infestation.
  • Proofing to reduce cockroach harbourage points such as sealing around pipe work passing through walls and ensuring wall tiles are securely fixed correctly.
  • Control for all cockroaches, which we will carry out through the use of heat treatment or freezing spray, specialist non-chemical control techniques. At times we may also need to consider the use of safe insecticidal cockroach gel.

 

 

 bed bug Pest Control in London and Essex

About Bed Bugs 

Bed bugs (Cimex Lectularius) are around 4 to 5mm long, red or brown in colour, oval in shape and do not have wings. Usually found in bedrooms, bed bugs feed on our blood through our skin. They are also attracted to our body heat and carbon dioxide from our breath. Their habit is to travel via clothes, luggage or furniture and easily move through properties using wall or floor cavities. Bed bug bites cause red, irritating marks on our skin and some people can experience severe allergic reactions. They can also cause sleep disturbance and damage to business reputations, especially for hotels and other accommodation providers.

 

 

 

bed bug infestation Pest Control in London and Essex

How do you know if you have Bed Bugs on your property?

If you notice dark or black stains on a bed mattress, linen or surrounding area, these could be bed bug excrement. There may be an unpleasant sweet smell, small dark blood spots (‘faecal pellets’) or you may even see actual live bugs. Although individual bed bug bites may not be very noticeable to begin with, they can continue to occur in rows along the skin as the insects travel along blood vessels to feed.

Why control Bed Bugs?

There are a few issues to consider if you discover an infestation:

  • Although bed bugs may not spread disease they can cause irritation and distress to children and adults
  • The presence of bed bugs does not reflect well on a business and may cause reputation damage alongside financial costs
  • If you live in a flat or terraced house, bed bugs can easily spread into your neighbours’ living areas so it’s important to take action fast
  • Bed bugs can also hide in furniture as well as mattresses and bed linen – the whole bedroom area should be thoroughly checked (including walls and floors)
  • If you buy second hand furniture, this should also be checked before you take it home
  • If you have stayed in an infested room, immediately check your luggage and clothing for bugs when you return home (infested clothes and linen will need to be dry cleaned or washed at a very hot temperature)
  • For accommodation providers, a professional can monitor and evaluate property for early signs of bed bug infestation before the problem spreads
  • Self-treatment of a bed bug infestation doesn’t usually work. A trained professional has the skills and knowledge to deal with the correct species, using the heating methods or most appropriate insecticides

 

What Sparta Pest Control Offer:

  • Look for signs of any bedbug activity currently at your premises. Examine the bedroom and use bed bug monitors. 
  • Use a heat treatment method to remove the bed bugs and their eggs. Seal any cracks and crevices where bed bugs can hide. 
  • Provide recommendations to help you maintain a bed bug-free environment through the use of mattress covers / encasements. to seal out the bed bugs.

 

If you have a suspicion that your bed has bedbugs and you need pest control in London, contact us now before the infestation gets worse.

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 ants Pest Control in London and Essex

About Ants 

The most prevalent species that invades properties is the black garden ant, which is actually very dark brown. They are highly organised social insects and it is the foraging worker ants that invade buildings in search of food. These are from 3 to 5mm in length and are attracted to sweet foodstuffs which they take back to the nest to feed the larvae and queen.

 

 

 

ant Pest Control in London and Essex

How do you know if you have ants on your property?

If you see lots of ants inside your house or business premises, then you will know that you have a problem. If you find them in your kitchen, then the infestation must be dealt with quickly to avoid contamination. Outside, you may see small piles of earth around holes in soil, in the cracks between paving slabs and at the base of walls which indicate entry and exit points to the ants’ nest.

Why control Ants?

There are a few issues to consider if you discover an infestation:

  • Although ants are not generally thought to carry diseases, they will travel long distances and may have trodden in a variety of contaminants before trailing them across your floors and walls
  • Ants travel a long way and are attracted by food! If you run a restaurant, contaminated stock will need to be disposed of to meet strict UK health & safety standards
  • Business reputations (and financial budgets) may suffer if large numbers of ants are seen on the premises or are found in an area that should be maintaining high levels of hygiene
  • Ants usually protect aphids from attack by ladybirds so that they can keep their delicious supply of honeydew. This can lead to an increased number of aphids in your garden which damage plants and flowers
  • A professional wildlife management specialist will know the signs of an ant infestation straight away which means the problem can be handled correctly, saving you money and stress in the long run

 

What Sparta Pest Control offer:

  • Treatments are targeted to specific ant species so we can treat the problem safely.

 

 Wasps Pest Control in London and Essex

 

About Wasps

 

 

 

 

Here in the UK, wasps are mainly classed as common wasps (Vespula vulgaris) or German wasps (Vespula germanica). Both are yellow and black striped and are known for their painful stings which can cause allergic and sometimes dangerous reactions. Often seen as an aggressive insect, the wasp will only attack when threatened but it tends to emit a distress pheromone which can make other members of its colony highly defensive and more prone to sting. When wasps are causing problems in a public area or are endangering human health, it may be necessary to prepare for wasp nest removal.

How do you know if you have a wasp nest on your land or property?

If you see a large number of wasps in and around your house, garden or office, there’s probably a wasp nest nearby. Queen wasps emerge from hibernation in the Spring and start working on a new wasp nest, which is made from chewed wood and saliva. She is joined by hundreds of “worker” wasps who continue to build the wasp nest and by the Summer, 300 eggs can be produced daily with up to 5,000 adults feeding grubs and maintaining the wasp nest. Wasps are likely to make their nests in sheltered spots so you’re likely to find them under trees, in bushes, in wall cavities, under eaves or in your shed or garage. They are at their peak in August and September when their work in the wasp nest is done and they start to become a nuisance!

Why control wasps?

There are a few issues to consider if you discover a wasp nest:

  • Wasp stings are painful and can be fatal. For people who are allergic to wasp stings, anaphylactic shock can occur and this is a life-threatening reaction
  • If you run a business and customers are bombarded by wasps they are likely to complain or even worse, stop visiting you
  • You have a duty to protect your customers and staff as well as minimising the disruption to your business
  • Wasps should only be treated if they pose a risk to public health and safety
  • The earlier you treat a wasp nest, the less aggressive the colony is going to be
  • Wasps do not die after one sting – they can sting you multiple times! Remember that when they feel threatened, wasps can become aggressive very quickly.

What Sparta Pest Control offer:

  • Our wasp pest control service involves the technician applying specialist insecticide at the entrance to the nest. Wasps entering the nest are then contaminated with the powder or liquid. This insecticide is biodegradable and is not toxic to other species, so the environmental impact of our work is carefully considered and managed.

 

If you think you’ve got wasps in your attic, and you need pest control in London, get in touch for urgent assistance.

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 Additional Pest Control in London and Essex

 

Other Pest control

Fleas  |  Grey Squirrels  |  Stored Insect Products (SPI)  |  Beetles  |  Moths | Flies

 

 

 


 

Flea control

The cat flea causes the most problems for British home owners and if an animal is not around or there are a lot of fleas, they resort to biting humans, usually around the ankles and legs.

Once fleas have established themselves within a home, animals will need to be carefully treated as well as the home itself by a flea control technician. Off the shelf aerosol products are not normally effective.

 

What Sparta Pest Control offer:

  • We can give you further advice over the phone as to how we can assist with your flea problem. If your pet has had a flea problem then we can advise on how to coordinate the flea treatment in your home.
  • Flea problems and infestations can manifest and occur in many areas including the garden, carpets, floors, under beds, on cupboard floors and under furniture. We’ll help you find and treat them.
  • We also offer advice around garden maintenance which can provide harbourage areas for fleas. 

 

 

 

Grey Squirrel control

Grey squirrels are considered pests and are part of the rodent family. The grey squirrel is a non-native species in the UK and is responsible for the decline of red squirrels.

The front incisors of grey squirrels are always growing and require constant filing, and this is achieved via gnawing. Unfortunately, they do not discriminate as to the material they chew. Naturally, this can cause problems especially if they are living in a roof space where wires (a fire hazard) or the structure can be damaged.


 

What Sparta Pest Control offer:

  • We offer advice around proofing, as this is essential to ensure squirrels do not have access to entrance points in your property.

 

 

Stored Product Insect (SPI), Beetles and Moths control

Flour beetles can be found in the household and can grow to large infestations living off food in furniture, cracks and crevices in cupboards. 

Biscuit beetles can affect storage businesses, food preparation businesses which need to store foods and households. The biscuit beetle can get into any packaged foods being stored which are not completely sealed and tend to favour cereals, grains and other stored food products.

Adult larvae will bore their way through packaging or food to emerge. If you think a packaged product may be infested with biscuit beetle larvae, you need to make steps to remove this infestation.



 

What Sparta Pest Control offer:

  • We can advise on food storage and offer preventative measures once the beetle type is identified.

 

 

 

Fly control

All too often, flies are tolerated in our homes, properties and businesses. However, all species of fly will feed by vomiting saliva onto food surfaces and then sucking up the resulting liquid. In the course of doing so, the fly contaminates food with bacteria from its feet and gut. This increases the likelihood of food poisoning. 

 

What Sparta Pest Control offer:

  • Fly killer aerosols are often a short-term remedy. It is recommended that in businesses that prepare food, we install proofing such as fly screens and Electronic Fly Killers (EFKs).

 

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If you suspect that you have a pest infestation and need professional pest control in London, call us now.

 

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