Abbey Pest Control

Pest Control in Tilehurst 

What can we offer you for pest control in Tilehurst? 

At Abbey Pest Control Reading we offer our Commercial customers cost-effective commercial monitoring to suit their business needs. 
 
We will ensure any existing infestations are eliminated before creating a bespoke plan to monitor the business on an ongoing basis, we will also look at potential proofing options to ensure your business has the most effective protection. 
 
Whether you have a small corner shop in Reading or you run a large delux hotel in Windsor we provide a complete pest control service that deals with not just the pest control monitoring but we provide the full range of pest control services such as rabbit culling, bird prevention and barrier installation, bed bug treatments and mole catching from lawns to agricultural land. 
 
All of our staff are fully qualified NPTA members and we ensure they undertake regular training to keep up to date with changes in legislation. We also hold public liability insurance in excess of £2million. 
 

Rat catching in Tilehurst  

Abbey Pest Control provide a rat catching service in Tilehurst based on the principals of IPM - IPM is Integrated Pest Management and so rather than just approach any rat problems with the sole use of rodenticide we look carefully at your property to see where the entrance points are. 
 
One we determine how the rats are getting into a building we can work out how to provide you with a anant solution through the use of traps to catch and remove the rats to fully proofing up and closing those entrance points. 
 
With an estimated 120 million rats running around the UK, the use of poison will only provide a short term solution to a problem, IPM eradicates and prevents any further problems for good - we use IPM on both domestic and commercial properties and its is most effective when combined with a regular monitoring contract. 
 
Rats can jump, swim, climb and gnaw their way into a property - if you hear noises in the loft at night don't close your eyes thinking that they will go away. The only way to get rid of rats is through a professional pest control company. 
 
 
 
 
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Mole hills

Mole Catching In Tilehurst 

Moles are elusive creatures and few people will actually see one; the most common time of the year to encounter a mole is in the late summer when the mother mole ejects her offspring from her territory and to escape her, the young moles will often take the quicker, more risky overland route. 
 
For many people they will only encounter moles through their habit of digging and throwing up mole hills: moles have a life which is regulated to four hours of work and four hours of rest, so in a 24 hour period that equates to three mole days. 
 
In that time they can tunnel up from under the fence and the dreaded mole hills suddenly appear in the lawn; here at Abbey Pest Control we work on traditional lines for mole catching. We use humane traps that have evolved very little over hundreds of years; these are set in the mole tunnels and physically catch the mole. 
 
Because we work on a traditional basis we also charge for that service in a traditional way: no catch means no fee. I am confident in my skills and ability to catch so we will only charge you for guaranteed results. 
 
 
 

Mouse Control in Tilehurst  

Mice can be a real pest; with the ability to squeeze through a space the same size as the first joint on your little finger these rodents can get just about anywhere. Once inside they cause mayhem; mice like to nibble and they will gnaw away at any stored goods, ripping open packets of cereals and rice. 
 
Once they've eaten they will deposit feaces all over the place as well, depositing over 40 times a day just a handful of mice can make a kitchen an unhygienic place to be and in the event that this is inside a commercial premise then you may have problems with the Environmental Health department. 
 
Mice can be trapped like rats and we follow the same pattern for mice treatments; IPM means that's we will actively search for the entrance point and we will seal up all likely points of access; where rats will be in the drains, mice will often use climbing plants. 
 
We survey, seal and eradicate the mice leaving you pest free in no time at all. 
 
 
Mice carry diseases just like rats do; 
 
 
 
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Cat with fleas

Flea Control In Tilehurst 

Increasingly warmer summers and milder winters have seen a general rise in flea infestations right across Reading and Tilehurst; cat and dog owners all know the importance of flea control with their pets but happens when it gets out of hand or you've moved into a new property that is already infested with fleas? 
 
You'll need professional pest control and we can help. We use a variety of cutting edge pesticides to kill off the fleas in all stages of their lifecycle; insect growth regulators are hormones which we use that prevent young fleas from maturing. 
 
We also use chemicals with a long residual lifespan; once applied to the carpets these keep on working for several weeks maintaining a chemical shield on all the surfaces. 
 
With flea treatments we ask that the property is thoroughly cleaned PRIOR to the treatment as you will need to resist the vacuuming for at least four weeks afterwards to allow the chemicals to stay in place. Likewise we will need the animals bedding treated by either a hot wash about 60 degrees centigrade or frozen in something like a chest freezer. 
 
We will also need the animals to be treated - if you usually just use one type of insecticide try switching to another active ingredient as we are seeing some degree of resistance within fleas to the same chemicals. 
 
 
The RSPCA also have a guide on how to get rid of fleas on your pets and this can be found on: 
 

Cockroach Control in Tilehurst  

Definitely a pest to make you go yuck! Cockroaches are more common than you would think; easily carried home from a cash and carry premise we often visit domestic premises to carry out cockroach exterminations in Tilehurst. The cockroach carries its egg's in a leathery case called an ootheca, occasionally they will glue this to something for safe keeping, if that is inside a crate or packaging then modern trade means items packed abroad are on the table at home within days .... and so are the cockroaches. 
 
Each ootheca contains upwards from a dozen to over twenty little cockroach nymphs - that's a whole infestation ready to go, we see the requirement for treatments where people bring food in from overseas, purchase second hand kitchen equipment and even sofas. 
 
Cockroaches will spread out looking for food and so they can end up just about anywhere in the house and in household goods. We treat cockroaches will poison gels and sprays to eliminate them; you will need more than one treatment and we use special traps to map out the spread and population size. 
 
Don't try over the counter products for cockroaches; their presence can make people ill as they spread disease: we have three different species that are regarded as pests in the UK. The German, American and Oriental Cockroach are all found as pests. 
 
 
The World Health Organistion regard cockroaches as unhygienic - read more with this link. 
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Squirrel

Squirrel Control In Tilehurst 

The grey squirrel is one animal that many people don't see as a pest - if you've had squirrels in the loft then you'll know how destructive they are. First they'll gnaw through the wood or plastic fascia to get into the space, once in there all the insulation gets ripped up to build their nest and they won't stop at insulation; any soft items like clothing can get torn up as well. 
 
Like all rodents squirrels will defecate in the loft; urine and feaces litter the area and with two breeding seasons each year, young female squirrels may also set up to have their broods in the same building. All this activity means noise and although largely active during the day, squirrels will move around at night keeping the human occupants awake. 
 
With now real predators in the UK these north American visitors create havoc; they will feed on young saplings stripping the bark of to get at the sugar beneath causing thousands of pounds of damage to forestry, they also predate our native song birds - eating the egg's and chicks. 
 
Here at Abbey Pest Control we use humane traps to control squirrels and because of IPM we will identify the access point and seal that up after we've eradicated them. 
 
 
Click here for more information on squirrels from the RHS. 
 

Moth Control in Tilehurst  

Clothes moths and carpet moths are a problem for anyone with wool or fur; extremely common late summer through the autumn the adult moths actually don't harm our belongings its their larvae. These small worm like insects eat away at the protein found within the wool and fur - these are Mother Natures' binmen eating the bits no-one else wants to eat. 
 
These moths like dark places unlike the usual moths that are seen flying around streetlights; move furniture and look for bald spots in the carpets - that's the work of the moth larvae. You may also see small paper like cocoons which they spin to shelter in. 
 
Moth treatments are carried out in a similar manner to the flea treatments, we will spray your carpets with a residual pesticide that lasts for around four to six weeks, during that time please don't vacuum the flooring as this breaks down the surface treatment. 
 
Woolen clothing can be frozen to kill off the larvae and then its best to store in an airtight bag or container. 
 
 
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Wasp

Wasp Control In Tilehurst 

The Queen wasp emerges from hibernation in the spring; many of us will not witness this or her and the drones she produces for sometime, she is busy building her nest and bringing up the drones - thousands of them! By mid summer there could be as many as several thousand in a successful nest. 
 
We have seven different species of colony building wasps now in the UK; we have new arrivals from Europe over the last couple of decades and in 2019 we saw the arrival of the paper wasp from the southern Mediterranean region. No matter what specie of wasp that you have they are all equipped with a very unpleasant sting. 
 
If you have a wasp nest in Tilehurst its best to call out a professional company to deal with it; recent changes to the pesticide labels means that tried and tested chemicals can no longer be used in certain situations and their use could present you with a problem. 
 
We aim to get out to all wasp nests within 24 hours and we run a seven days a week service as we understand that no-one wants to be faced with a horde of angry wasps at a family BBQ. 
 
We also guarantee our wasp nest treatments so if in the event that the nest does not die off within 24 hours we will return to retreat it with no charge. 
 
 
Click here for a guide to help you identify any wasps - if you dare! 

Can we assist you with Environmental Health and Council inspections? 

It is recommended that any businesses involved in the preparation of food has a monitoring contract in place. 
 
We will support you by providing regular reports and written documentation to satisfy the requirements of the Food Safety Act, we will assist you in developing a safe system of work which encourages best practice and complies with Health and Safety recommendations. 

What pests can we offer commercial contracts for? 

At Abbey Pest Control Reading we will assess the risks posed to your business and create a bespoke Pest Management Plan to provide you the most appropriate protection. 
 
We can install and service electric fly killers, install bait stations to minimise the likelihood of rats or mice infesting your premises and install insect monitors to manage cockroach and ant infestations. 
 
If you have a pest problem, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Abbey Pest Control Reading. 
 
Covering: Reading, Tilehurst, Caversham, Wokingham, Shinfield, Arborfield, Woodley, Earley, Newbury, Chieveley, Thatcham, Basingstoke, Hook, Camberley and surrounding areas. Our price includes a full survey, written report, all labour and materials. All of our operatives are fully trained, experienced members of the NPTA and we have comprehensive public liability insurance. 

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