Abbey Pest Control
We are now entering the season where rats, mice and squirrels are looking for nice warm homes to seek shelter from the colder weather. Unfortunately, this could easily be your home if there are voids through which they can squeeze. Rats, mice and squirrels can easily gain access to properties through the smallest of holes, such as those found in broken airbricks or unsealed weep holes, they can even gain access through elevated voids if there is suitable vegetation for them to climb. 
With the temperatures finally starting to cool we are now seeing rodents entering properties to seek suitable nesting sites for the winter months. Rats can gain access through various points from something simple as a broken air vent or missing brick to a broken drain. 
Over the past week we have dealt with a variety of pests around Reading including Tilehurst, Caversham and Woodley. We started the week by checking up on a couple of ongoing rat jobs to ensure they were progressing as planned. We installed temporary proofing at one home, this will be replaced with a permanent proofing solution once we have confirmed this is the entry point. 
Rats Caversham
Ever wondered what the inside of a wasp nest looks like? 
 
Wasps start building their nest in the spring, as the colony grows the nest grows alongside it. The nests are made from wood pulp, gathered from trees, fences and even cardboard. The workers collect the wood and mix it with saliva to enable them to build the nest. 
This nest was found within a bike shed at a block of flats in Arborfield, was extremely active and was removed a couple of days after treatment. 
 
At the bottom of the page is a short video of the nest and the clean up/ removal of the nest. 
Wasp nest in Arborfield, Wokingham
Over the past few weeks, with the temperatures rising, wasps are coming out in full force and nests are becoming increasingly active, below are some photos of a nest we treated in Calcot, Reading.  
 
Watch the video to see how we tackled the nest! 
Here is a prime example of why we are different from other pest controllers; as you can see in the photo below there is a hole in the vent leading into the building with a bait box placed a few inches away from it. This type of monitoring will not solve the rodent problem as any rodent new to that area would bypass the box and use the void to enter the property. 
It’s this time of year that the wasps start to make themselves known here in Reading, Berkshire. You’ll soon start to see a lot more in your gardens and possibly within your home. 
This week we have been busy completing a job in Charvil, Reading. 
 
The owners of the house had been hearing strange noises and scratching in the space above a downstairs bay window as well as noises in the loft space. We spent time discussing the extent of the problem with the owners to determine how long the issue had been present and if the house had a history of rodent activity before conducting a full survey. 
This week we have been helping a customer with an extensive mole problem on a large residential property on the outskirts of Newbury, Berkshire. The property sits in over 100 acres of land and their gardens have recently been inundated with moles, leaving unsightly mole hills all over the property. 
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