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Natasha Kulinski

Beaver Pest Control Wins Which? Trusted Trader of the Month for May 2024

We are thrilled to announce that Beaver Pest Control has been awarded the prestigious title of Which? Trusted Trader of the Month for May 2024! This award is a testament to our unwavering commitment to excellence in pest control services and our dedication to customer satisfaction. At Beaver Pest Control, we pride ourselves on delivering excellent pest control solutions across London and the South East of England. This recognition from Which? reflects the high standards we strive to maintain in every job we undertake.

Amazing Customer Reviews

Our success is built on the trust and satisfaction of our clients, and their pest control reviews speak volumes about the quality of our services. Here are some of the glowing testimonials from our customers:

“Beaver are Great”

“Beaver Pest Control have been looking after our building for the last three years and have been wonderful. We had our first incident of a rat in our building yesterday, and immediately Dessie and Jack sprung into action and were on site within the hour to help us.”

This review highlights our rapid response time and our commitment to providing immediate and effective pest control solutions. Dessie and Jack’s quick action ensured that the rat issue was addressed promptly, showcasing our team’s efficiency and reliability.

“Extremely Thorough Tidy Job”

“Asked Beaver Pest Control to get rid of a fox hole under my house. They did a really excellent job in very cramped conditions. Paul and Edouard went the extra mile and did a really thorough job leaving the place looking really tidy afterwards. Thoroughly recommend them. Five stars.”

Paul and Edouard’s meticulous work in removing the fox hole under difficult conditions exemplifies our dedication to thoroughness and professionalism. Their ability to leave the area tidy after such a challenging job is a testament to their attention to detail and commitment to customer satisfaction.

“Trustworthy and Professional Technician”

“The technician was professional — clearly an expert in pest control. Most important to me, he was trustworthy with a sensible, true evaluation of the situation. He identified all the possible entry points used by mice/rats. Thanks Beaver Pest Control. I will turn to you for any future pest problems.”

Trust is a cornerstone of our service, and this review underscores the importance we place on providing honest and expert evaluations. Our technicians’ ability to accurately identify potential entry points for pests ensures that we can implement effective, long-term solutions.

Commitment to Excellence

Winning the Which? Trusted Trader of the Month award is not just an accolade; it is a reflection of our continuous effort to be the best in the pest control industry. Whether it’s handling a rat infestation, managing wildlife issues, or conducting a CCTV drain survey, we approach each task with professionalism and dedication.

Our customers’ positive pest control reviews motivate us to keep improving and innovating. At Beaver Pest Control, we understand the stress and inconvenience that pest issues can cause, and we are here to provide prompt, effective, and lasting solutions.

Thank you to all our clients for your trust and support. We look forward to continuing to serve you with the same level of excellence that has earned us this esteemed recognition. For any pest control needs, remember that Beaver Pest Control is just a call away.


For expert pest control services in London and the South East, contact Beaver Pest Control today. Your satisfaction is our top priority!

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Common types of wasps in the UK

With wasp season fast approaching, wasps will once again become a common sight across the UK, buzzing around gardens, parks, and sometimes even making their way into our homes and businesses. While they play a role in the ecosystem, their presence can be more than just a nuisance; it can pose risks to our health and property. 

Common UK Wasp Species

Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris)

Physical Characteristics:

Common wasps typically have black and yellow stripes on their abdomen, with distinctive markings that vary slightly between individuals.

Nesting Habits:

They often build their nests underground, in wall cavities, or in roof spaces. These nests can grow quite large, housing thousands of wasps.

Behaviour Patterns:

Common wasps are aggressive when their nest is disturbed, repeatedly stinging intruders. They are attracted to sugary foods, often scavenging around bins and outdoor dining areas.

German Wasp (Vespula germanica)

Physical Characteristics:

Similar in appearance to the common wasp, with black and yellow markings on their abdomen.

Nesting Habits:

German wasps also build their nests in similar locations to common wasps. Their nests tend to be smaller in size.

Behaviour Patterns:

German wasps can be more aggressive than common wasps. This worsens towards the end of summer when their natural food sources become scarcer.

European Hornet (Vespa crabro)

Physical Characteristics:

Larger than common wasps, with a distinctive brown and yellow striped abdomen.

Nesting Habits:

Hornets often build their nests in tree hollows, roof spaces, or wall voids. Their nests are constructed from paper-like material, similar to wasp nests.

Behaviour Patterns:

European hornets are generally less aggressive than some species of wasps but can deliver a painful sting if provoked. They are attracted to light and may be found around outdoor lights at night.

What to do if you discover a wasp nest?

If you discover a wasp nest in your attic or wall cavity or garden, it’s important to proceed with caution to avoid disturbing the colony and risking stings. Firstly, it’s advisable not to attempt to remove the nest yourself. This can agitate the wasps and increase the likelihood of stings. Instead, keep a safe distance from the nest and avoid making sudden movements or loud noises that could provoke the wasps. Next, it’s best to contact a professional pest control company, such as Beaver Pest Control, to assess the situation and safely remove the nest. Professional pest control technicians have the expertise and protective equipment. They can handle wasp nests safely and effectively, minimising the risk to you and your property. 

What are the risks associated with wasps’ nests?

Wasp nests pose several risks to both human health and property. Here are the most common risks associated with wasp nests:

  1. Stings and Allergic Reactions: Wasps are known for their aggressive behaviour when their nests are disturbed. They can sting multiple times, and their venom can trigger allergic reactions in some individuals. For those with severe allergies, even a single wasp sting can lead to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction that requires immediate medical attention.
  2. Health Hazards: Wasp nests can harbour bacteria and pathogens, especially if located in or near areas where food is prepared or consumed. Contamination from wasp activity can lead to foodborne illnesses and pose a health risk to occupants of homes and businesses.
  3. Structural Damage: Depending on their location and size, wasp nests can cause structural damage to buildings and property. Nests built in wall cavities, attics, or eaves can weaken structures over time, leading to costly repairs.
  4. Disruption of Daily Activities: A wasp infestation can disrupt normal activities in homes and businesses. Fear of being stung can make it difficult for people to enjoy outdoor spaces or perform tasks such as gardening or outdoor dining. In commercial settings, the presence of wasps can drive away customers and damage the reputation of the business.

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Dealing with Silverfish in the UK: A Comprehensive Guide

Silverfish, those tiny, silvery pests that scuttle across your floors and walls, are a common nuisance in many homes across the UK. While they don’t pose any direct threat to humans or pets, their presence can be unsettling, and they can cause damage to books and wallpaper. In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to identify silverfish, DIY methods to deal with them, and ways to prevent their return.

Identifying Silverfish

Before you can effectively deal with silverfish, it’s essential to be able to identify them. These small, wingless insects are typically silver or grey, with a teardrop-shaped body and long antennae. They move quickly and are often found in damp, dark areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. If you spot tiny holes in paper or fabric, yellow stains, or tiny pepper-like faeces, you likely have a silverfish infestation.

DIY Ways to Deal with Silverfish

Professional pest control services can be effective if you are struggling with how to get rid of silverfish. There are several DIY methods you can try to eliminate silverfish from your home first:

  • Reduce Humidity: Silverfish thrive in humid environments, so reducing moisture levels in your home can help deter them. Consider using a dehumidifier in damp areas such as basements and bathrooms.
  • Fix Leaks: If you have a leak causing damp conditions, this needs to be fixed to get on top of an infestation.
  • Declutter: Silverfish are attracted to clutter, so keeping your home clean and organised can help reduce their hiding spots.
  • Use Diatomaceous Earth: Diatomaceous earth is a natural substance that can be sprinkled in areas where silverfish are active. It works by dehydrating the pests, ultimately eliminating them.

Preventing Silverfish Return

Once you’ve eliminated silverfish from your home, it’s essential to take steps to prevent them from returning:

  • Maintain a Clean Environment: Regularly vacuuming and dusting can help eliminate silverfish eggs and reduce their food sources.
  • Inspect Used Items: Before bringing used furniture, books, or clothing into your home, thoroughly inspect them for signs of silverfish.
  • Monitor Moisture Levels: Keep an eye on humidity levels in your home and address any issues promptly to prevent silverfish from returning.

By following these simple tips, you can effectively deal with silverfish infestations and prevent them from returning. 

Beaver Learning Lab 

We’re excited to introduce a valuable resource: the Beaver Learning Lab webinar series. Aaron Letchford, Senior Account Manager at Beaver Pest Control, shares his expertise in a webinar specifically dedicated to silverfish biology and identification. This insightful webinar provides more detailed information about identifying these pests and how you can deal with them.

Remember, while DIY methods can be effective for minor infestations, severe or recurring problems may require professional assistance. If you’re struggling to control a silverfish infestation, don’t hesitate to contact a pest control expert for help.

In conclusion, silverfish may be small, but they can be a big nuisance. With a proactive approach and the right strategies, you can keep these pests at bay and enjoy a silverfish-free home.

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What would the UK look like without pest controllers?

By Natasha Kulinski

I recently attended Pest Ex, an annual pest control exhibition held at Excel, London. For me, this is an important event for staying updated on best practices and ensuring that we, at Beaver Pest Control, are making the most of the latest products and services available in our industry.

Among the various highlights of the exhibition, one of my personal favourites is the big debate. This theatre brings together experts from the field to discuss important and sometimes controversial topics facing the industry. This year, one of the sections was based around Behavioural Resistance. Shedding light on the importance of ensuring that our practices are effective in preventing the spread of resistance among pests. It’s a good reminder that pest control isn’t just a service; it’s a critical profession. This fact was underscored by our status as key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The government understand why professional pest control is an essential industry.

This got me thinking: What would the UK truly be like without professional pest controllers? Would it be Armageddon? I’m no George Orwell, but I thought I would try to paint a picture of a world without pest professionals.

As the behavioural resistance talk was focussed heavily on the common house mouse, let’s consider the consequences for this species. This creature might seem inconsequential on its own, but its potential for rapid reproduction is staggering. 

Consider this: a single female house mouse can produce up to 5 to 10 litters per year. Each litter typically consists of 5 to 6 pups, although they can have as many as 12. The gestation period for house mice is short, lasting only about 19 to 21 days. This means that a female mouse can give birth to a new litter every three weeks.

Now, let’s do the math. Suppose we start with just one pregnant female mouse. After giving birth to her first litter, she can become pregnant again within days. With an average litter size of 6 pups, and considering the short gestation period, it’s possible for her to produce another litter before the previous one is even weaned. In the span of a year, a single female mouse, along with her offspring and their subsequent generations, can create a colony of thousands. 

Pest controllers are up against these numbers on a daily basis. It’s not just about dealing with a few stray rodents here and there; it’s about combating an ever-expanding army of pests that threaten to overrun homes, businesses, and public spaces if left unchecked.

Now, imagine the consequences of leaving these growing populations with no control. As mouse populations rise, so do the risks they bring with them. Rodents gnawing through electrical wiring could trigger devastating fires, especially in urban areas where buildings are closely packed together. Additionally, their tendency to chew through water pipes can lead to flooding, causing extensive damage to property and infrastructure.

Beyond the physical destruction they can wreak, mice and other pests also pose significant health hazards. They are carriers of various pathogens, capable of spreading diseases such as salmonellosis, leptospirosis, and hantavirus. Without effective pest control measures in place, the risk of disease transmission would skyrocket, endangering public health on a massive scale.

Without professional pest controllers, the burden of pest control would fall to the general public. However, DIY pest control often worsens the problem, inadvertently adding to the spread of resistance in mice through ineffective and untrained controls. If complete control is not achieved within any given rodent population, behavioural resistance and even genetic resistance will increase. This has been seen time and time again over the last 40 years with many rodenticides being removed from the market due to their ineffectiveness. 

I think we can all agree, a world without pest controllers is a scary one indeed. It is clear that they are not just safeguarding properties; they are also protecting public health and safety, ensuring that our communities remain liveable.

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Lighting the Way: Top 5 Electronic Fly Killers

In the ever-evolving landscape of pest control, staying ahead of the game is crucial. One aspect that has seen significant advancements in recent years is the use of Electronic Fly Killer (EFK) units.

This blog will explain how these devices work. It will discuss the switch from fluorescent bulbs to UV LEDs. It will also highlight legal updates. Additionally, it will present our top 5 EFK units.

Understanding EFK Units:

Electronic Fly Killers, or EFKs, have been crucial in for pest controllers for many years. These devices attract flying insects using UV light.

Electric fly killers protect places where food is prepared and high-risk fly areas. The UV light emitted by the EFK attracts the pests into the unit, where they come into contact with either an electrified grid or a sticky board, effectively eliminating them.

The Shift to LED Lighting:

Recently, many industries have switched from old fluorescent bulbs to Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. Technological advancements and legal changes drive this transition, aiming to enhance energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact. In the next two years, the old-style fluorescent EFK tubes will no longer be for sale. Many older EFK units will need replacement or retrofitting to accommodate newer LED bulbs.

Legal Changes and Environmental Benefits:

Authorities are implementing regulations to phase out traditional fluorescent bulbs in favour of more energy-efficient options, including LEDs. LED lighting not only consumes less energy but also has a longer lifespan, reducing the need for frequent replacements.

The environmental benefits of LEDs extend beyond energy efficiency. LEDs are safer for humans and the environment than fluorescent lights because they do not contain harmful elements such as mercury. As a responsible pest control company, Beaver Pest Control aligns with these environmental initiatives, promoting sustainable practices within the industry.

Top 5 Electronic Fly Killer Units with UV LED Bulbs

  1. Chameleon® Qualis
  2. Chameleon® Sirius X
  3. Chameleon® 1×2 Discretion
  4. Titan 300
  5. ON-TOP PRO X

Chameleon® Qualis

The Chameleon® Qualis establishes a new benchmark for energy-efficient and sustainable fly control with its sleek, contemporary design. This equipment, designed primarily for the food and packaging industries as well as industrial kitchens, is both attractive and technologically advanced.

Key Features:

  • Quantum X LED Filament Tubes: Fitted with next-generation Quantum X LED filament tubes, boasting FEP shatter-resistant coating as standard. Ideal for glass exclusion zones.
  • Extended Light Distribution: Quantum X technology ensures an extended pattern of light distribution, enhancing the unit’s efficiency.
  • Dual Chassis Options: Available with white-coated steel or 304 food-grade stainless steel chassis, providing flexibility for various environments.
  • Annual energy savings of up to £66 per year compared to current EFK models.
Chameleon® Qualis electric fly killer
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Chameleon® Sirius X

The Chameleon® Sirius X is the top-tier fly control unit designed for sophisticated front-of-house use. With its sleek design, this unit easily fits into restaurants, cafes, or hotels, combining style with top-tier functionality.

Key Features:

  • Quantum X Shatterproof Tubes: Fitted with two Quantum X shatterproof tubes for enhanced durability and efficiency.
  • LED Range Glue Board: Designed with a dedicated LED range glue board, contributing to energy savings and sustainability.
  • Dual Wall Mounting Options: The Sirius X offers flexible wall mounting, either horizontally or vertically, adapting to various spaces.
Chameleon® Sirius X Electronic Fly Killer

Chameleon® 1×2 Discretion

Discover discreet and efficient fly control with the Chameleon® 1×2 Discretion. This slim, wall-mounted unit offers a free-standing bracket option, providing flexibility in placement. The appealing front cover hides the sticky board and catch, making it a great choice for public areas where looks are important.

Key Features:

  • Discreet Design: Slim and wall-mounted, with a free-standing bracket option for versatile placement.
  • Attractive Front Cover: Conceals the sticky board and catch, making it perfect for areas in view of the public.
  • Enhanced Features: Offers similar features as the standard 1×2 model, with added discretion.
Chameleon® 1×2 Discretion Fly Killer

Titan 300

The Titan 300 is a sturdy all-metal unit that delivers outstanding fly control performance. Its wrap-around chrome guard ensures 360° protection. This device, built to tackle high fly infestations, is strong and adaptable, making it suited for bigger areas and a variety of commercial applications.

Key Features:

  • 360° Protection: A wrap-around chrome guard ensures comprehensive fly control performance.
  • High-Performance Transformer: Equipped with a high-performance transformer for enhanced efficiency.
  • Multiple Mounting Options: Versatile installation with options for wall mounting, ceiling suspension, or freestanding placement.
  • Tool-Free Servicing: Easy and fast servicing without the need for additional tools.
  • Adaptable Design: Can be modified to operate as a cluster fly unit by removing the tray.
Titan 300 Fly Zapper

ON-TOP PRO X

The ON-TOP PRO X is an innovative, discreet, and stylish fly trap designed for ceiling installation in both new and existing suspended ceilings. These LED models solve the challenges of space limitations, making them the perfect solution for supermarkets, convenience stores, fast-food outlets, and areas where conventional installations are impractical.

Key Features:

  • Unique Overhead Design: Fits discreetly and easily into new or existing suspended ceilings.
  • Patented Concept: Ideal for spaces with limited room, providing a practical solution for challenging installations.
  • Quantum X Shatterproof Tubes: Both models are equipped with two Quantum X shatterproof tubes for efficient fly control.
  • Large Polished Aluminium Reflector: Enhances the efficiency and economy of controlling flying insect infestations in public spaces.
ON-TOP PRO X ceiling mounted fly killer

Beaver Pest Control leads the way with innovative EFK solutions that meet regulatory standards and promote a sustainable and efficient approach to pest management. Illuminate your space while safeguarding it from unwanted pests with our top-of-the-line EFK units.

Talk to our experts about the right Electronic Fly Killer for your business. Get rid of flies with these eco friendly led fly killers.

Call us today on 020 8355 3443.

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Top 10 Household Pests

Our homes are considered our safe spaces, but unfortunately, sometimes our peace and safety are at risk from pests. Whether it’s rats, mice, bed bugs or other pests; dealing with household pests can be a challenge. Here’s a list of the top 10 household pests that might be unwelcome guests in your living space:

  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Birds
  • Bed Bugs
  • Squirrels
  • Wasps
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas
  • Moths
  • Flies

MICE

Mice are common household pests known for their ability to squeeze through tiny gaps, our rule of thumb is that if you can fit a pencil through it a mouse can get through! They can contaminate food, spread diseases, and cause damage by gnawing on various materials. 

BED BUGS

Bed bugs are notorious for causing sleepless nights with their bites. These tiny, reddish-brown insects hide in cracks and crevices around beds. Bed bugs are common across the world and increases in travel have allowed bed bugs to spread wide and far.

COCKROACHES

Cockroaches thrive in warm, moist areas and are attracted to food preparation areas. They are often found in kitchens or boiler cupboards. There are two common types of cockroaches in the UK; German Cockroaches and Oriental Cockroaches.

RATS

Rats are larger than mice and pose similar threats to health and property. 90% of rat infestations are linked to drain defects hence the more common name of “sewer rats”. Rats are neophobic (scared of new objects in the environment) making treatment tricky especially if the underlying entry points aren’t found and sealed.

SQUIRRELS

Squirrels can enter homes looking for shelter, especially during colder months. They are known to use overhanging branches to gain access to your roof and make themselves at home in attic spaces. When cornered, squirrels can be aggressive and very destructive.

FLEAS

Fleas often enter your homes from your pets. Cat fleas are the most common flea in the UK but other animals are prone to fleas. Once in our homes, fleas will rapidly multiply by feeding on your pets and you. Fleas will lay larvae in your carpets, bedding and soft furnishings making eradication tricky.

FLIES

Flies are not only annoying but also carry food-poisoning bacteria. There are a number of common fly species in the UK; whether you are dealing with bluebottles, fruit flies or drain flies, it’s important not to ignore the risks associated with them.

URBAN BIRDS

While birds might seem harmless, they can become pests when nesting in under your solar panels or window ledges. Birds can cause health risks when guano (droppings) build-up. Guano can damage your building materials, harbour harmful bacteria and pathogens, and create slip hazards.

WASPS

Wasps can be aggressive and can cause life-threatening stings to those allergic. Wasps will create nests in your garden, wall cavities, attic spaces and even underground. Wasp nests are most active between the summer months; June and August.

MOTHS

Common clothes moths can be tricky to deal with. The moth caterpillars, known as “woolly bears” due to their hairy exterior are what cause the damage to clothes. They will feed on textiles and fabric to grow and are often left unnoticed until damage has been done. 

As a homeowner, being proactive in identifying, preventing, and controlling household pests is essential. We would always recommend you seek professional pest control services to deal with rodents and insects effectively. Call us on 020 8355 3443 to get advice or book a professional visit today.

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Nesting Season Preparedness: Why Early Bird Proofing Matters for Your Business

Gull nesting season is fast approaching which makes now the perfect time to prepare your building. The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 protects wild birds, their nests and eggs which means dealing with birds during nesting season is very challenging. When it comes to birds, prevention is considered the best option.

Biology

Once a breeding site is chosen, Gulls will return to it each year. This means if you had a gull problem last year, you are likely to have a reoccurrence this spring. Gulls will lay eggs in April and May. Once the eggs are laid they will take approximately 30 days to hatch and a further 10 days before the chicks can take their first flight. 

 Why are nesting birds a problem?

There are a number of potential problems that can arise with nesting birds:

  1. Property Damage

The Gulls will make nests with a wide variety of debris which can lead to blockages in drain pipes and damage to roofs. Bird guano (bird droppings) can also degrade the building over time. These can lead to costly repairs, especially where access is difficult. 

  1. Health Hazards

Bird guano is known to harbour a variety of bacteria, fungi and parasites that are harmful to humans. During nesting season guano will accumulate around the nest. I can also lead to slip hazards for people entering your building. 

  1. Operational Disruptions

During nesting season Gulls are particularly aggressive to anyone working in the vicinity of the nest. This can disrupt your staff in carrying out their duties. They can also generate a lot of noise causing distraction and disruption to your day.

Benefits of Early Bird Proofing

Considering the risks and hazards posed by these birds, carrying out early birdproofing is the right strategic decision to save your company in the long term.

Long-Term Cost Savings

Early bird proofing should be considered as a preventative measure for any business. The cost of repairs following damage from just one nesting season can soon outweigh the cost of proofing. 

Improved Business Continuity

Uninterrupted business operations is paramount to the success of every business. Consider the repercussions of having to stop work due to a gull attack, and if this is during nesting season when the nests are protected, you run the risk of this happening multiple times before you can carry out the appropriate proofing.

Protect your Reputation

Your building is a representation of your business, if your customers are arriving and there is guano on the floor and side of the building, your reputation can quickly be damaged. The noise and aggressive tendencies during nesting season can also be very off-putting for customers. 

Customised Bird Proofing Solutions

We recognise that every business is unique requiring a customised solution for each customer. Our commitment to innovative solutions ensures we are able to carry out proofing in even the most complicated buildings.

Our Solutions 

Bird Control Services UK

The urgency of early bird proofing is not to be underestimated. If you require bird proofing carried out before nesting season you need to consider having surveys carried out from November – February at the latest. This will ensure a customised solution can be planned and works can be fully carried out before the start of nesting season.

If you are interested in finding out more about any of these bird control solutions contact us on 020 8355 3443.

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The crucial role of Pest Control companies in void clearance jobs

Why should pest control companies get involved in a void clearance?

Void spaces that have an excess of waste and hoarding materials are prone to the most extensive pest infestations. These infestations increase the contamination risks for waste clearance staff. It is very difficult to clear a pest infestation from a void clearance, so it is normally safer and more cost effective for the pest control company to clear the infestation and the waste simultaneously. 

Expertise in Pest Identification

Pest Control surveyors bring a wealth of specialised knowledge and experience. They will be able to identify a diverse range of pests that could potentially have taken up residence in the void space. Correct identification of pests is crucial in void clearance jobs. Many pests thrive in hidden, unoccupied spaces. Surveyors will be able to look for the subtle signs of pest presence in order to put plans in place to protect the workers carrying out the service from potentially hazardous materials. 

Several pests, such as rodents, insects and birds, are known to carry diseases that pose a risk to human health. Void spaces are a breeding ground for these communicable diseases such as Hantaviruses, Salmonella and Ornithosis.

Specialised Equipment and Techniques

Pest control technicians have a variety of specialist products and equipment to ensure the void spaces are left safe for future occupants. ULV (ultra-low volume) machines can be used to decontaminate the areas and ensure any disinfected fully. The technicians will use a  commercial biocide, approved only for professional use through an ultra-low volume machine to eliminate viruses and bacteria on all surfaces. The microscopic droplets created using the ULV machine will penetrate surfaces, cracks and crevices.

Any pest infestations that are active can be treated alongside the void clearance service to optimise the effectiveness of the treatment. It is common for pest controllers to treat multiple pests within a void space such as rodents and cockroaches or bed bugs.

Proactive Prevention Measures

Following the clearance, pest controllers are best placed to provide proofing to ensure rodents are unable to return. With void clearances, we tend to find the infestations have been ongoing for a long time and rodents in the area will be familiar with the access points to the premises. Carrying out proofing following a void clearance job is the best way to prevent further infestations.

Time and Cost efficiency

Undoubtedly, pest control will need to be a part of your plan to deal with void clearances. If you instruct an alternative company to carry out the clearance, you will first need a pest control team to deal with any active pest infestations, and clear any droppings, urine and dead pests found on the site before the cleaning takes place. At Beaver Pest Control, we have experienced scenarios where the void clearance team have had to stop carrying out the service part way through the job to allow pest control back in to carry out treatment and clearances of hazardous pest waste that wasn’t initially accessible before carrying on. This has delayed jobs and cost more in the long run to carry out the extra call-outs. 

This is why we, at Beaver Pest Control, have decided to invest in our specialist team to carry out void clearances. We use our knowledge and expertise in pest control to ensure void clearances can be carried out safely and efficiently.

Void Clearance Before
Void Clearance Before
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Void Clearance After

If you would like to find out more about our void clearance services, contact us on 020 8355 3443.

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Our top squirrel deterrent tips for protecting your attic this winter!

Squirrels aren’t usually the first animal that springs to mind when we talk about pest control. But, as with all of the pests we deal with, once they are in your home, they certainly are pests!

If you have ever had a squirrel in your attic or are worried it could happen to you then these top squirrel deterrent tips will help you keep your home squirrel free.

Squirrels can be an issue all year round. However, the winter months, from September to March while the temperature is at its lowest, are the most common times for squirrels to find their way inside.

Why do squirrels go into attics?

Attics provide a warm and secure place for squirrels to make nests and shelter from the harsh weather outside. A squirrel nest, called a drey, is usually made in a tree from twigs, branches and leaves. However, given the opportunity, squirrels will come into an attic and use twigs and branches they may bring in. They will also use any insulation or shredded papers and boxes they may find in your attic to make a nest.

Our top 5 tips on how to prevent squirrels

Your Garden: Squirrel Deterrent

Whilst you can’t prevent squirrels from entering your garden, there are ways to make your garden less welcoming. This in turn will reduce the likelihood of them entering your home.

Tip no. 1: Trim and tree branches that overhang your roof or near your roof. These are used as pathways for squirrels to access the roof. Squirrels can jump from anywhere between 8ft – 12ft so consider this when cutting back your foliage. The same goes for dense ivy on your building, this can be used as a ladder for squirrels giving easy access to the roof.

Tip no. 2: squirrel deterrents; use squirrel guards or baffles on your bird feeders to make your garden less inviting. If squirrels know they are unable to get food easily in your garden they will move on to easier pickings.

Squirrel leaps from rooftops to tree branches

Your Home: Squirrel Deterrent

If the squirrels have managed to get past the garden defences, then the next step it to ensure your home is secure. 

Tip no. 3: Proofing! Seal all entry points to your attic using metal plates or mesh. Squirrels are strong and can gnaw through softer materials so expanding foam won’t cut it.

Food Storage

Squirrels are attracted to live in close proximity to humans due to the abundance of food. We leave food in our gardens for the birds. We leave our rubbish bins full of food outside. Their basic need for food keeps squirrels coming back time and time again. 

Tip no. 4: Keep any bird feed or nuts in secure, airtight containers to prevent squirrels from getting access to them.

Tip no. 5: Keep your bins sealed with lids on to prevent squirrels from finding food sources.

Hopefully, these top tips will help you prevent squirrels from getting in your attic. If however, you find yourself coming across this article too late and you already suspect you have a squirrel in your attic, our team of local, professional pest controllers are here to help.

Call our team on 020 8355 3443 to find out treatment options for squirrel removal or request a free call back.

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Bed Bug FAQ: Answering your burning bed bug questions.

Bed bugs are tiny pests that can cause big problems. These sneaky creatures love to hide in cracks, crevices, and bedding, making it hard to spot them. As a pest control company working with both businesses and residents in the UK, we come across bed bugs frequently. This blog is to share the answers to some of key questions people are asking about bed bugs. We’ll explore the appearance of bedbug bites, the characteristics of these bugs, and delve into the life cycle of bedbugs, including their eggs to help you understand if you are dealing with bed bugs or another type of pest.

What do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?

Bed bug bites can vary from person to person, but they generally share some common characteristics. These bites often appear as small, red lumps with a darker middle. The bites may be grouped in a line or a cluster on your neck, shoulders, back, legs or arms. Itching is a common symptom, and some individuals may experience an allergic reaction that leads to more severe reactions.
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What Does a Bed Bug Look Like?

Early detection of a bed bug infestation is crucial for effective pest control. Adult bed bugs are small, oval-shaped insects with a reddish-brown colour. They are about the size of an apple seed, 4-6mm in length. They are flat, allowing them to hide in cracks and crevices easily. Bed bugs have six legs, antennae, and a specially adapted mouthpiece that they use to pierce the skin and feed on blood. The nymphs (young bed bugs) are smaller and lighter in colour but share the same general body shape.
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How Long Do Bed Bug Eggs Take to Hatch?

The life cycle of a bed bug includes several stages, with egg hatching being a critical part. Bed bug eggs typically take about 6 to 10 days to hatch, depending on environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity. Warm and humid conditions are favourable for faster development, while cooler environments may extend the hatching time
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What Do Bed Bug Eggs Look Like?

Bed bug eggs are tiny, measuring about 1mm in length, and are often translucent or pearly white. They are usually found in clusters and are attached to surfaces like furniture or fittings with a sticky substance. The eggs are resistant to many common insecticides, making thorough inspection and treatment essential for effective control.
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How Long Can a Bed Bug Live Without Feeding?

Bed bugs are resilient when it comes to survival without a blood meal. In ideal conditions, adult bed bugs can live for several months without feeding. However, they are opportunistic feeders, and when a suitable host is present, they will actively seek a blood meal. Nymphs, on the other hand, may only survive a few weeks without feeding.

Do bedbugs transmit diseases through their bites?

Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that bed bugs transmit diseases through their bites. However, their bites can lead to itching, discomfort, and in some cases, allergic reactions.

How can I prevent a bedbug infestation?

Regularly inspect your living and sleeping areas for signs of bedbugs, such as small reddish-brown insects, tiny eggs, or dark fecal spots. Keep your living space clutter-free and consider using protective mattress covers. If you are running a business that is affected by bed bugs on a regular basis such as hotels, you should consider pro-active bed bug monitoring such as Spotta.

Proactive Bed Bug Monitoring for Hotels

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Spotta™ Remote Bed Bug Monitoring

Spotta™ is an innovative technology which uses remote monitored Bed Pods which attract insects and identifies bedbugs at an early stage. The
Bed Pods automatically notify your local pest control technician.
Spotta™ is a highly effective solution that requires zero commitment from
hotel staff and zero visibilty to guests. The Bed Pod has no wires, no sound
and no smells. It is also placed hidden from view to protect your reputation.
This 24/7 automatic detection solution is an innovative approach to bed
bug monitoring.

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Dog Screens

Dog screens use highly trained dogs to detect bed bugs throughout your hotel. They are a quick and efficient way of screening rooms. The dogs will provide an accurate assessment of which rooms have an active infestation and are in need of treatment at the time of the screening. They can be used as an early detection service if used on a regular basis. It only takes a trained dog 1-2 minutes to search an entire hotel room. They are a great opportunity to provide due diligence and protect your business from false claims.

TruDetX Bed Bug Rapid Test

The TruDetx Bed Bug Rapid Test is a fast-acting, reliable test kit designed to accurately detect bed bug infestations, whether at high or low levels. According to scientific tests, Trudetx rapid bed bug tests were performed with 90% precision. This was achieved with extremely low bed bug activity and in hard-to-reach areas. They can now detect even low-level bed bug infestations quickly with a science-based test. This means that our customers can feel confident in moving forward with treatment to solve the problem quickly.

If you are concerned you may have bed bugs contact one of our team today on 020 8355 3443 and we can help you assess your pest problems.

Revolutionising Drain Services: A Journey of Innovation and Excellence by Beaver Pest Control

In a remarkable turn of events, Beaver Pest Control emerged victorious at the inaugural NADC National Drain Awards evening. Shortlisted for Innovation and Specialist Service, the company’s Director, David Lodge, shares the journey and success that led to this prestigious recognition.

A Comprehensive Approach to Drain Services

Beaver Pest Control, traditionally known for pest control, has recently expanded its services to become a one-stop solution for all drain-related concerns. We estimate that 80-90% of call-outs involve rats originating from drains. Stepping across into the drainage industry was a natural path.

We use high-power jet washing to clean drains, followed by a thorough CCTV check. The result is a detailed viewline report, transparently outlining ingress points and defects in the drainage system.

Our commitment to solving drain issues extends beyond eradicating rats. Through methods like capping, local repair works, patching, or lining, we aim to eliminate not only pests but also associated problems such as drain fly issues and unpleasant odours. While one-way valves are sparingly used, we offer maintenance contracts for their use.

Leading the Industry with Innovation

In addition to its recent award, Beaver Pest Control has actively contributed to industry standards. We collaborated with the BPCA, Davy Brown, and the NADC to create the BPCA Code of Best Practice for Drain Surveys. This comprehensive reference document showcases Beaver’s dedication to excellence in the industry.

The journey to offering this complete drain service was not without challenges. The company invested significantly in training and state-of-the-art equipment. Without doubt, the initial expense has helped our Drain Team to propel the division’s growth.

Shaping the Future of Drain and Pest Industries

Looking ahead, Beaver Pest Control has set ambitious goals. The company aims to secure the coveted NADC Drain Safe accreditation while fostering a closer relationship between the drain and pest control industries. Following this success, we envision further collaboration to enhance both sectors.

Influence on the Drain and Pest Industry

Reflecting on their impact, we have identified key contributions to the industry:

  1. Comprehensive Solutions: The company has pioneered an umbrella solution to a prevalent customer frustration—rat infestations.
  2. Resourceful Specialisation: Beaver demonstrates that specialisation and innovation don’t always require extensive resources. Through education, dedication, hard work, and a strong vision, the company has proven that smaller entities can lead in their fields.
  3. Industry Leadership: Beaver’s specialisation has extended beyond its company and customers, influencing the wider sector. Contributions include the development of codes of best practice for CCTV drain surveys, solidifying their commitment to industry excellence.

In conclusion, Beaver Pest Control’s journey from a newcomer to an award-winning force in the drain and pest control industry showcases the power of innovation, dedication, and a commitment to excellence. As the company looks to the future, its influence on industry practices is set to endure and evolve.

Are you using your guests as bed bug detectors?

If you work in the hospitality industry, you will be well aware that bed bugs are not new to the UK (despite the increased media coverage in recent months). Bed bugs have been an increasing challenge for hotels across the UK for decades. However, with the spotlight so firmly on bed bugs currently, there has been an increased drive for innovation to come up with new solutions to this challenge. The reality is, that as long as we have a thriving hospitality industry, we will be faced with bed bugs. These insects are spread through travel. They hitchhike across the world on luggage and clothing and whether you are a 5* hotel or a local B&B, you will likely face these insects in the coming months. 

Are your current solutions effective enough for your hotel?  We will introduce you to the latest innovations on the market with regard to bed bug control.

How do you currently find out about bed bug infestations?

Generally, there are one of three ways you are finding out about bed bug infestations in your hotel.

  1. The first way, and the least preferred way, is from your guests. If you have had a guest complain about bed bugs, you have already started losing money. 
  2. The second way is your housekeeping teams. Your housekeeping teams are in the rooms regularly, you may offer training on identification and rely heavily on them finding signs of infestation before your guests do. The issue with this is that your housekeepers are not pest control experts. By the time they spot the infestation, the likelihood is there are blood stains on the sheets or mattress (which means guests have already been bitten). The other issue is that your housekeeping team are on a tight schedule to turn rooms. They won’t be carrying out a thorough bed bug survey.
  3. The third option is that you are taking a more pro-active approach to bed bug surveys. There are several solutions you may have tried for this: dog screens, visual inspections from an expert or the more innovative digital solution on the market; Spotta™. 

How much does a bed bug infestation cost your business?

Would you be surprised to hear that research has shown bed bug infestations can cost up to £55k per year based on a 200-room property with 10 bed bug incidents per year? The cost of treatment is just a small proportion of the total cost to a hotel. Research has shown there are far greater costs from loss of reputation, and customer loyalty than the immediate operational costs of having rooms out of action and having to pay compensation.

Recent studies showed that 75% of customers who find bed bugs will never return to that brand of hotel!

How important to you is your reputation?

We live in a world where a single customer with a negative experience can reach hundreds of thousands of people. Your brand, your reputation, and your customer’s experiences are continuously being scrutinised on social media as well as review sites. Maintaining a positive image has never been so closely intertwined with the success of your business.

A 1* bed bug review costs hotels an average of £10/night on every single booking made. 

What is the solution?

In short: pro-active bed bug monitoring. There are a number of solutions that fall under the heading of pro-active monitoring for bed bugs. Some may argue that having housekeeping check the beds is pro-active enough. The reality is that housekeepers are changing the sheets well after the bed bugs have gone back to their cracks and crevices for the day. Unless the infestation is severe this is ineffective. So what solutions are available at night when bed bugs are feeding? In a day and age where digital data-driven solutions are impacting every industry, it makes sense to consider the impact technology could have on your pest control. 

Introducing: Spotta™

Spotta™ is a technology solution that continuously monitors and identifies bed bugs in real-time. It provides alerts that allow timely intervention and treatment, limiting the damage to reputation. The system involves installing a Bed Pod in each bed under each mattress that contains a pheromone lure to attract bed bugs. Once inside the Bed Pod, a photo will be taken of the insect. A combination of AI technology and a team of expert entomologists will confirm the species and alert your local technicians. They will treat the room and because the infestation has been identified quickly. The treatment is likely to be more successful and the rooms can be returned to service more quickly. 

In 94% of cases, Spotta™ identified the bedbugs before a guest was bitten. 

Our webinar below explains the Spotta™ solution in more detail.

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A Guide to Dealing with Bed Bugs

Bed bugscontinue to be a concern for both homeowners and businesses. Beaver Pest Control understands the importance of effective pest management, so in this blog, we’ll look at the impact bed bugs have on our daily lives, the challenges they pose, and how to effectively deal with them.

Identifying Bed Bugs

It is critical to confirm that you are dealing with bed bugs before taking action. These small reddish-brown insects are about the size of an apple seed. They hide in the cracks, crevices, and seams of mattresses, furniture, and walls during the day, emerging at night to feed on human blood. Beaver Pest Control recommends thorough inspections to confirm their presence. Understanding the extent of the infestation is crucial to effective treatment.

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Detecting Bed Bugs

One of the first steps in bed bug control is identifying their presence. Look for the following signs:

  • Bites: Bed bug bites often appear as itchy, red welts on the skin, typically arranged in a linear pattern.
  • Exoskeletons: Bed bugs shed their exoskeletons as they grow. Finding these translucent shells is a sign of infestation.
  • Blood Stains: Small rust-coloured or reddish-brown stains on bedding or furniture may result from crushed bed bugs.
  • Live bedbugs: They are visible to the human eye. Check the mattress seams and around any mattress buttons. 

Treatment Options

Once you’ve confirmed a bed bug infestation, it’s time to consider your options: 

  • DIY Approaches: Some people attempt to deal with bed bugs themselves using DIY methods, such as vacuuming, washing bedding in hot water (60c), and using bed bug sprays. While these may offer temporary relief, they often fall short of complete eradication, especially if the focus remains just on the bed. Bed bugs are known to spread around the room and even to adjacent rooms, so thorough inspections are vital.
  • Professional Pest Control: Beaver Pest Control recommends consulting professionals. Professional pest controllers use effective, safe, and environmentally responsible methods to eliminate bed bugs. This option provides peace of mind, knowing that the infestation will be dealt with comprehensively.Our teams are experienced in dealing with bed bugs and can ensure the infestation is fully treated. Options include insecticidal treatments, heat treatments, steam treatments and dust treatments. 

Trade-offs and Challenges

Every approach to bed bug control comes with its trade-offs. DIY methods can be time-consuming and may not fully eliminate the infestation. Professional services, on the other hand, may involve some expense but offer a higher likelihood of success. It’s essential to weigh these factors carefully. Our experience is that if DIY approaches do not fully eliminate the problem, bed bugs have time to breed and the infestation increases resulting in a higher cost when the pest professionals are eventually called in. Dealing with an infestation early can save you money and hassle.

The Impact on Well-being

Considering the impact on your well-being is crucial when dealing with bed bugs. Sleepless nights, anxiety, and the risk of allergic reactions to bites are factors to consider. In this regard, the quicker and more effective the solution, the better for your peace of mind.

Conclusion

Bed bugs are a persistent problem that requires careful consideration and a strategic approach. Beaver Pest Control encourages individuals and businesses to take bed bug infestations seriously and explore their treatment options thoroughly. While DIY methods can be explored, professional pest control services often provide the most reliable and efficient solution, ensuring your safety, well-being, and peace of mind.

Remember, addressing bed bugs promptly can prevent their spread and minimise their impact on your daily life. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Beaver Pest Control for expert assistance in tackling bed bug infestations effectively.

Seasons

A Year of Pests: Seasonal Pest Patterns in the UK

Pests are a persistent challenge throughout the year, but their activity levels often experience distinct spikes in different seasons. Certain pests become more prevalent during specific times, requiring tailored strategies for effective management. In this guide, we’ll delve into the seasonal patterns of pests in the UK, offering valuable insights on how to identify, prevent, and address these issues.

Spring: New Pests

As spring emerges, so do insects. Carpet beetles and moths come to the forefront, causing concerns for homeowners.

Carpet Beetles

These tiny invaders have a knack for infesting carpets, upholstery, and stored fabrics. Their activity peaks in spring, with their larvae feasting on natural fibres. To tackle carpet beetle infestations:

  • Regularly vacuum carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture.
  • Store clothing and fabrics in airtight containers to limit access.
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Moths

Spring is also a prime time for moths, especially clothes moths and SPI moths. These pests can damage clothing and food supplies. Effective moth management involves:

  • Storing clothing in moth-proof bags or containers.
  • Ensuring food items are sealed tightly in airtight containers.
  • Check lofts for bird nests. Insects often originate from nests.
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Summer: Prolific Pest Activity

Summer brings an upsurge in pest activity, both indoors and outdoors. Flies, wasps, ants, mosquitoes, and bedbugs become particularly active during this season, creating a range of nuisances.

Mosquitoes

With higher temperatures and humidity, mosquitoes thrive during summer, making outdoor activities uncomfortable. To mitigate the mosquito problem:

  • Eliminate any standing water sources around your property.
  • Wear protective clothing and use insect repellent when outdoors.
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Bedbugs

While a year-round concern, bedbug activity intensifies in summer due to increased travel. Manage bedbug infestations by:

  • Regularly checking and cleaning upholstered furniture and bedding.
  • Exercising caution when selecting lodging during travel.
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Ants

Warmer temperatures prompt ants to seek food sources indoors. Prevent ant invasions by:

  • Sealing crevices and openings that ants could exploit.
  • Properly storing food in airtight containers.
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