How to control London pests

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It is easy to imagine rodent or insect pests being predominant in rural areas. Wildlife tends to be associated with the countryside, but there is plenty of it in cities too. There are more rats in London than humans; around 8 million. And there are also plenty of mice, birds, squirrels, urban foxes, garden ants, Pharaoh’s (indoor) ants, fleas, cockroaches, wasps and bed bugs causing problems in the capital. Domestic and commercial pest control in London is necessary to manage vermin, which can pose a hazard to human health, breach of food hygiene law or just a generally unpleasant environment. Rats can spread many forms of disease such as Salmonella, E.Coli, Tuberculosis, Tapeworms and Weil’s disease, all of which can be fatal to humans. Urban bird and fox problems can cause damage and mess to property, which can then attract other pests.

So what measures of pest control in London can be taken? Firstly, you should make sure that your home is not desirable to unwanted pests. Keep your kitchen area clean and keep the house free of bits of loose food and water. Regularly remove the rubbish, tie it and close it in the wheelie bin (do not leave the bin bag next to your bin). Try to seal food and drinks in airtight containers, and take your pet’s food away when not being eaten, as this will also attract insects and rats and mice. Fix leaky pipes to avoid a damp environment which can attract some bugs, and seal off doorways where drafts (and insects) can enter. If you have found a pest in your home then you will need to identify it before beginning any kind of pest control in London. Study what your insect or animal looks like, and find out what its species is called using online resources or a pest control company (some offer this for free). You need to know your pest before you can take any effective action on controlling it.

By carrying out research into pest control in London you may find that your infestation can be handled by an easy measure which you can complete cheaply and efficiently. Fly swatters are an ecologically friendly way to control flies and other bugs, and vacuuming and cleaning your home is beneficial towards reducing most pests. You may also find that you can buy some home pest control products like mouse traps, fly screens or pheromone traps (to catch moths). All of these options are non-toxic, and it is generally better to look for non-toxic possibilities to control your infestation initially as they are less dangerous to children and pets, and more kind to the environment. If your pest cannot be controlled by a thorough clean and vacuum, swatting or traps then it is time to begin to look into pesticides or professional pest control in London providers.

Specialists who provide pest control in London can offer a fast and effective treatment of your pest, and usually can provide anything from pigeon-proofing or humane fox repellents, to insecticides for smaller pests like fleas, cockroaches or bed bugs. When choosing a provider of pest control in London it is important to look for a full member of the British Pest Control Association, which indicates a reputable business.

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For help identifying a pest or dealing with an infestation visit Terminex. They provide all forms of pest control for areas in and around London and Hertfordshire.
 

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This article was published on 2012/01/05