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Type of Pests That Come Out In May

As the weather starts to warm up, so does the activity of pests in London. May is the month when many types of pests start to come out and become a nuisance to homeowners and businesses alike. Here are some of the common types of pests that emerge in May and how you can prevent or control them with the help of Pest Gone, the pest control experts in London. Ants. Ants are one of the most common pests that come out in May. They are attracted to sugary substances and can quickly invade your home or garden in search of food. Ants can be difficult to control because they have a strong sense of smell and can detect even the tiniest crumbs or spills. To prevent an ant infestation, make sure to clean up spills and crumbs promptly, seal all food containers tightly, and eliminate any standing water in and around your home. If you already have an ant infestation, Pest Gone can help you with effective ant control solutions that are safe for your family and pets. Flies. Flies are another common pest that emerges in May. They are attracted to rotting organic matter such as garbage and animal waste. Flies can carry harmful bacteria and can contaminate your food and surfaces with germs. To prevent a fly infestation, make sure to keep your trash cans tightly closed and dispose of your garbage regularly. You can also install fly screens on your windows and doors to prevent flies from entering your home. Pest Gone offers fly control solutions that can help you eliminate flies and keep them from coming back. Wasps. Wasps are more active in the summer months, and May is the time when they start to build their nests. Wasps can be dangerous because they can sting and cause an allergic reaction in some people. If you see a wasp nest in or around your home, do not attempt to remove it yourself. Call Pest Gone, and we will safely remove the nest and prevent wasps from returning. To prevent wasps from building nests in the first place, make sure to keep your outdoor trash cans sealed tightly, clean up spills and crumbs, and eliminate any standing water. Bed Bugs. Bed bugs are a year-round problem, but they can become more active in the summer months. They are attracted to warmth and human sweat, and they can easily infest your home or business. Bed bugs can be difficult to detect and eliminate because they hide in cracks and crevices during the day and come out at night to feed. If you suspect that you have a bed bug infestation, call Pest Gone, and we will perform a thorough inspection and offer effective bed bug treatment options. In conclusion, May is the month when many types of pests start to emerge and become a nuisance in London. If you want to prevent or control pests in your home or business, Pest Gone can help. Our pest control experts are trained to identify and eliminate a wide range of pests, including ants, flies, wasps, and bed bugs. We use safe and effective pest control solutions that are tailored to your specific needs. Don’t let pests ruin your summer. Contact Pest Gone today, and let us help you get rid of pests for good.

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Pestgone Founder Is A Current Candidate On This Season Of The Apprentice

Pest control is a necessary and important industry and one that is often overlooked. However, a new face on this season of The Apprentice is bringing attention to the field and showing that entrepreneurship in pest control can be just as exciting and rewarding as any other industry. The founder of PestGone is a current candidate on the latest season of the popular reality TV show and is making a strong impression on both the judges and viewers. He has always been drawn to the field of pest control. After serving in the military, He saw first-hand the impact that pests can have on both individuals and communities. He decided to take this passion and turn it into a business, and thus PestGone was born. Now, He runs a successful pest control business, providing effective and efficient solutions to both residential and commercial customers. But His journey to success didn’t stop there. He decided to take on an even bigger challenge by becoming a candidate for the most recent season of The Apprentice. The show, which is hosted by Lord Sugar, follows a group of business-minded individuals as they compete in a series of tasks, with the goal of impressing Lord Sugar enough to win a business partnership with him. As of week 7, He is still in the competition, and He is making a strong impression on both Lord Sugar and the other candidates. His business acumen, leadership skills, and strategic thinking have all been on full display, and He has consistently delivered strong results in the tasks. His background in the military has also been an asset on the show. He has demonstrated a strong work ethic, discipline, and ability to work under pressure, all skills that have been honed in the military. Additionally, His experience in the pest control industry has given him valuable knowledge and insight that He has been able to apply to the tasks. Off-screen, PestGone is a company that provides several services, such as Pest extermination, Pest prevention, and Pest control management. They work with Residential, Commercial and Industrial clients, providing a fast and efficient service. They are fully licensed and insured, and they use the latest technology and equipment to ensure that their clients are satisfied with the results. Overall, He is a strong candidate for this season of The Apprentice and a successful entrepreneur in the pest control industry. He is proving that with hard work, determination, and a passion for what you do, you can achieve success in any field. Whether He wins the competition or not, He has already made a lasting impression and has shown that pest control is a valuable and respectable industry.

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Are my children safe with the use of pesticides being used in the home?!

Are my children safe with the use of pesticides being used in the home? Request Quote here Pesticides in the home A phrase that we hear at least 10 times a day is, ‘I have small children, are they safe against the treatments you are performing in my home?’ It is a valid and reasonable question that any caring parent should ask. In simple terms, YES. If the treatment is carried out by a trained professional then you, your children and your pets are perfectly safe. And in fact, in our industry of pest control, it is more likely to be the pest and it’s debris that will pose more risk to peoples health than the pesticides being used. How can we take your word for it? Good question! We will try and elaborate to make our statement more plausible. For decades, some of the worlds leading scientists have worked closely with agriculture to better sustain our crops and ensure safe standards are met for human consumption and the wildlife. On average a pesticide will take between 9-12 years to be produced, tested and brought to the market. In that time around £250-£300 million pounds would have been spent on this one single product. And they are not produced in someones shed at the end of the garden. These products are created in some of the most advanced secure testing facility across the world. Take syngenta, a company who spend on average £2.5 billion a year on research and development and have secure sites across the globe, one of which is in the UK with mind blowing facilities. Are PestGone employees fully trained? Yes! All of our technicians hold the industry recognised RSPH Level 2 qualification in pest management and have many years of experience. We also operate on certain sensitive sites across London and therefore everyone in the team has been DBS (Old CRB) or Counter Terror check vetted. All of our technicians will regularly attend training courses to improve standards across our industry as well. Life Uninterrupted Humans are creatures of routine and the last thing we really want is that routine to be disturbed, especially in the one spot we feel most safe, our homes! Having a pest infestation invading our safe space is worrying and not only that, can pose health risks. We will always, where possible treat every situation with the utmost care and discreetness whilst being mindful of all pets and crawling rug rats (children). Any concerns that you still have please don’t hesitate to call our office and speak to one of our technical managers who will be able to put any worries you may have to bed. Request Quote here

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Commercial Pest Control – PestGone Environmental Services Request Quote here Pest Control for Your Business The last thing your business needs is to have a pest infestation problem to have to deal with. From workers to visitors, clients to customers; This Could Be Incredibly Detrimental to Your Livelihood. Whether the problem is rats, bed bugs, woodworms, birds or any other such rodent or bug we have the tools, skilled staff and knowledge to get to work for you. The Infected Area in Question Could Be A Restaurant, Home, Hospital, School, Warehouse or Hotel We have a team who can discretely, and reliability eradicates your problem and ensure measures are taken to reduce the risk of it happening again. For most of us, any kind of infestation can lead to residents being evacuated, businesses closing down temporarily, or indeed vital public services being dramatically affected. At PestGone, we work to ensure your disruption is minimal and the problem is completely sorted. Our customer care and skilled pest controls are also trained in giving you tips, regulations and information to ensure your property is as clean, safe and meets health and safety standards. Your business doesn’t need to suffer as a result of this but taking precautions and experienced help can make all the difference.At PestGone we take care of the jobs you don’t want to. Pest Control can be incredibly tricky and very upsetting for our clients, so we want to take the pressure off. Request Quote here

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How to Control Rats

How To Control Rats – Pest Control For Rats “I smell a rat” – Thomas Middleton Dealing with any pest infestation can be disruptive, taxing, timely and very upsetting; our professional team at PestGone Environmental understands the impact Rats control problems can have on homes, offices and business establishments as well as busy public space. Request Quote here Rats Control Problems A particularly popular request and the persistent problem we get from clients is an outbreak of rats in any given area. So, what can be done? Rats are rodents, rodents that can be very tricky to remove. A rat infestation can cause serious and hazardous problems to buildings whether holes have been made, wires may have been chewed, the main structure of the building can quite easily be damaged, and food and drink can be overwhelmingly contaminated, all while quite famously carrying diseases. These types of outbreaks really need to be contained by experienced professionals. Our team is experienced, eager and know how to rid you of those unwanted guests ensuring the problem is removed and given the appropriate aftercare to not be repeated. It is common for people to fear rats more than rats fear us; maybe its’s the living memory of the plague in London, maybe it’s because they are highly intelligent, maybe it’s because they are rapid or perhaps it’s because they happily invite all their friends and family to any resident they move themselves into. Whatever your reasons for hating these rodents, they have outstayed their welcome. We work to not only remove the rats, but we also use our skills and knowledge to rat-proof your property, so this kind of infestation does not become a regular occurrence. So, how can we control the problem from repeating itself: Act First As soon as you realise there is a rat issue, contact us. Rats can cause severe damage to the bones of your building and to your health. Delay can only increase these problems. Location, Isolation and Inspection Getting to the root of where the infestation is, is key. Request Quote here

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How Do I Get Rid of Squirrels in My Loft?

How Do I Get Rid of Squirrels in My Loft? Request Quote here Whats the best way to eliminate squirrels quickly and safely? Having a problem with squirrels in your attic we know can be extremely stressful. They can scare you with their untimely late night noises, as well as wake you up with their early morning routine which can impact on your work and social life being so sleep deprived. These little woodland friends may look cute and cuddly with their bushy tails but they can cause a real nuisance to people lives once inside the home. Other than keeping you awake, these guys can also bring an invasion of ticks and fleas, as well as gnawing through electrical cables giving you more headaches to deal with. Why are they attracted to my house? Every living species on Earth has a role to play with each creature interacting with nature. It makes an impact and leaves its own footprint in some way. Think back to your biology class where you may have touched on the relationship between a predator and it’s prey. Imagine if the predator becomes extinct, what adverse effect will this have on the prey species or the environment. What would happen if lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and other predators of the African Savannah become extinct? There will be no predators to hunt the grazing animals, the population of wildebeests, gazelles, and other herbivores will increase and will run a riot on the Savannah, thus destroying the vegetation cover. Wasps serve a similar purpose to the big cats and carnivores of the Savannah. They are hunters. Wasps feed on other insects and often attack insects that are considered a pest. This makes them a natural regulator of the insect population. Without the “Angry Evil Wasp” tons of other insects will overrun our gardens and crop fields which may negatively impact our food resources. Therefore the main purpose of wasps would be to act as a natural regulator of the population of other insects. What options do I have to remove these guys? 1. Humane Traps Cage traps are a good way of catching squirrels. Peanut butter is an excellent choice of tempting bait as are Monkey nuts to entice the animal into the cage. Please note: Under Schedule 9 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 , it is illegal to release a grey squirrel back into the wild, or allow one to escape. The reason for this is that the grey squirrel carries a virus that is harmful to our protected native Red squirrels. Please see our Squirrel Page for more information. For disposing of the animal humanely, you can take to the your local vets at a cost of around £30-£40, or you can dispose of by cranial concussion using a blunt object and giving the animal a swift blow to the back of the head. Be aware drowning or other methods of disposal are deemed as animal cruelty and prosecutions may be served. Squirrel Break Back Trap Using a lethal squirrel trap is a fast way to solve your squirrel problem. Rodent snap traps for mice and rats are simply not powerful enough to eradicate a squirrel. A Fenn trap, or tube trap design specially to eliminate squirrels is required. Our bait of choice would be peanut butter with a nice monkey nut on top to encourage the animal. Please read all instructions accompanying the trap as these devices may cause harm if incorrectly used or set. Always set away from children and pets. Calling a Professional Pest Control Service with a reliable reputation and adequate liability insurance to deal with the infestation. After the removal an extended guarantee is awarded to give you full peace off mind. The other option you have is to simply scare the animal back out the way it come in, and then block its entry point with a hardened material. Please ensure if choosing this method you have have thoroughly surveyed the loft space for potential young in the nest. Trapping squirrels, especially the young inside will be seen as animal cruelty and you may be prosecuted. What You Must NOT Do. Use Rat or Mice traps. Installing snap traps that are not designed to eradicate squirrels is pointless. Snap traps for mice and rats will not kill a squirrel. All you will succeed in doing is making this unwanted visitor very angry. Use Rodenticide (Poison) Under NO circumstance should you use poisons to eradicate squirrels. The law changed some years ago to prohibit the use of poisons for the safety of the environment and the wildlife. If a squirrel dies somewhere accessible to the natural wildlife due to poisoning, with the wildlife then feeding on the carcass, there is a possibility of secondary poisoning for the feeding animals. Therefore to protect these natural scavengers, some of whom may be a protected species we can no longer use poisons. How Do I know if I Have a Red or Grey Squirrel? Grey Squirrels may have some red strands of hair on their heads and tails but will be predominantly be grey on their bodies. Red squirrels will have pointy hairy ears with big bushy tails and will be red all over. Remember, the reds are native to the UK and are protected!! Request Quote here

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What is The Point of Wasps?

What Is The Point of Wasps? Request Quote here What do Wasps Actually Do? When we think about wasps it usually brings back a painful memory of a burning sting that was induced by this evil flying devil! Whether being stung as a child or an adult, it still brings back this smarting thought if one gets too close. If a wasp does enter your personal space it usually results in a lot of flailing arms, accompanied by some ducking and diving in a pub beer garden, normally to the amusements of others. People may compare Wasps to Bees, and associate Bees to making honey which we love. Bees are less aggressive and will only attack as a last resort due to dying almost immediately after releasing their sting. So due to being honey makers, great pollinators and sacrificing themselves for the good of their species we love bees and rightly so. That said, wasps do actually have some use. In fact, every single living species on earth serves some sort of purpose to our ecosystem and our yellow and black unfriendly friends are no exception. So what is this purpose it serves? Every living species on Earth has a role to play with each creature interacting with nature. It makes an impact and leaves its own footprint in some way. Think back to your biology class where you may have touched on the relationship between a predator and it’s prey. Imagine if the predator becomes extinct, what adverse effect will this have on the prey species or the environment. What would happen if lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and other predators of the African Savannah become extinct? There will be no predators to hunt the grazing animals, the population of wildebeests, gazelles, and other herbivores will increase and will run a riot on the Savannah, thus destroying the vegetation cover. Wasps serve a similar purpose to the big cats and carnivores of the Savannah. They are hunters. Wasps feed on other insects and often attack insects that are considered a pest. This makes them a natural regulator of the insect population. Without the “Angry Evil Wasp” tons of other insects will overrun our gardens and crop fields which may negatively impact our food resources. Therefore the main purpose of wasps would be to act as a natural regulator of the population of other insects. Do Wasps Pollinate? We touched on earlier about the relationship of Bees and Wasps. We all know bees are great pollinators. In fact we have this taught to us at a very young age and believe that it’s only bees that pollinate and no other insects do. This is simply not true. Even just the natural air currents from the wind play a big role when it comes to cross pollination. Bees are quite furry insects and its these hairs that trap pollen for it to be transported to other plants. Wasps are not thought to be hairy but again, that’s not true. Wasps have some thin hairs as our picture shows and it’s these strands that will help transport pollen. Plus, wasps just disturbing the flowers will allow pollen to enter the atmosphere and be carried away by the natural air currents. Interesting Facts Only female wasps have stingers and all worker wasps are female. Potential queens and drones from the same nest use facial recognition to prevent cross-breeding. One nest may produce 30,000 wasps in a year Wasps are not known to sleep at night, however they will be motionless for many hours resting. Certain wasps will act as sentry’s for the hive and these can be seen patrolling on the outside of the nest. The Japanese hornet is known for flying roughly 60 miles every day at a top speed of 25 mph. This is astonishing considering that it is also the heaviest hornet on Earth. It’s not the cold that kills off the nest in the winter, it’s the lack of food with the flowers dying resulting in the wasps starving. Request Quote here

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What are the signs that pests are in my commercial building?

Pests in the Work Place? Commercial Pest Control Request Quote here What Are the Signs of a Commercial Pest Infestation?? When it comes to effectively and discreetly dealing with commercial pest infestations, early intervention is key. Whether you are dealing with rodents or stored product pests, the earlier you seek professional help the better. It is critical for you and your staff to be aware of any indication of pest activity on the premises to ensure professional intervention as early as possible. If an infestation is allowed to increase it may result in the closure of the business which will in turn cost the company money. Take a look at our sure fire signs of a commercial pest infestation that you and your staff can use to identify. Droppings Pest droppings or fecal matter is a classic sign off an infestation. Check your building for urine trails also. Remember, while rat or mice waste can be easy to spot, waste from smaller pests, like bed bugs, is often harder to see. Therefore, a thorough examination is crucial. Always instruct staff, especially housekeeping and cleaning staff in a hospitality facility, to examine all bedding, furniture, floors, walls, etc. for any evidence of pest droppings. Signs of Gnawing Signs of gnawing could be to food sources such as fruits or vegetables in the staff kitchen, or that chocolate bar you left in the bottom draw. Gnawing may also occur to wooden desks or door edges as rodents use these corners to file down and sharpen their teeth leaving behind wooden shavings. Other signs of gnawing may be actually hearing the noise of scratching in a cavity wall. If you see or hear anything you may think related then reacting and calling in a professional company is vital to gain control of the infestation early. Bites or Skin Reactions Bites and skin reactions are mainly related to insects such as fleas, bedbugs, mites etc. If bites are appearing mainly around the ankles then it is a good chance these are flea bites as they tend to sit on the top of socks and take a blood meal from you, the host. Three or more bites in a line would suggest bedbugs but these are quite easy to spot and usually only occur whilst sleeping at home. Bird mites will bite whilst dust mites do not, however they will cause skin reactions with there fecal matter being disposed of on your skin. Damage to the Property Physical damage to your building, such as holes and gaps, can be an indication of a pest infestation. Rats and mice love to chew, so gnaw marks on furniture or wiring is a huge red flag. Small holes in floors or walls are also sign of an infestation. Also be on the lookout for damaged wood, such as wooden furniture and outdoor wooden decks. This is a major indicator of a woodworm infestation. If you notice unexplained property damage, contacting a professional is important to help identify any underlying or visible pest issues. Disturbed Plants or Flowers Rodents may use plants or flowers as a food source and will eat nearly anything that is organic. Some mice will also try and burrow into the soils of the plants if access allows. Insects will also feed on plant stems and leaves so regular inspections should be carried out when watering to ensure no pest activity is taking place and going unnoticed. Smear or Grease Marks Rodents have natural oils in their hair like we all do. If a rodent uses the same run and squeezes through the same gap multiple times a greyish black smear will start to form. These can usually be seen on the top kitchen kickboards, white electric cables behind fridges or through internal air vents. If you are unsure then we would advise cleaning the marks you see, ensuring you wash your hands thoroughly afterwards, and then see if the marks appear weeks later. How do Pests Enter from the Outside Air Bricks & Air Vents This is the most common way we believe pest such as rodents enter the average property. They are attracted to the radiating heat and smells of food through the vent. This open source will lead directly to the properties basement or under floor cavities. Gaps Around Services Services such as waste water pipework, gas piping and electric cables allow opportunities for mice to enter your home. Quick DIY fixes to prevent this involve using wire wools or hardened adhesives with cement being the preferred choice. Under Doors Pests can squeeze under gaps such as doors that you can fit a pencil through. Draught excluders with stiff thick bristles can be used, or excluders with metallic bristles gets the best results. Failing that a bevel edged stainless steel door threshold. Request Quote here

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11 Things You Might be Doing to Attract Pests to Your Home!!

Am I Attracting Pests To My Home? The best way to control pests in your house? Don’t make it enticing for them to live there. Use this list to help you reduce the odds on pests taking up residence. Request Quote here Why do pests like me and my home so much?! Pests may have a multitude of reasons for liking your home, some of which may be out of your control entirely. For instance, the location of your house plays a big factor on what pest species you may encounter. If you live in the countryside surrounded by water ways and lakes you will obviously be greeted with a lot more blood suckers like mosquito’s and midges as well as a whole host of other insects. If you’re an urban dweller then you will be more likely to encounter rodents such as mice and rats. It’s simple to understand really, If your home is in a populated city or big town, with far more people living on top of each other producing large amounts of food waste, this will in turn allow more pests to thrive and their numbers grow. What control measures can you put in place? There are number of things you and your family might be doing to attract these little flying and scuttling night scarers. Putting in place your own control measures to prevent enticing pests can save a lot of time, money and worry. Below are our top 11 tips to reduce attracting pest! Lighting If you’re someone who likes to leave every light on making the home so bright it can be seen from space then you’ll likely attract most pests. Flying insects such as moths, gnats and others will swarm to the light show. Using calmer yellow lights will help reduce some of this insect activity. Damp and moisture Excessive moisture will attract common insect pests such as cockroaches and ants. Slugs can also invade a home if enough damp is present. Fixing leaking pipes and not allowing water to stagnate in basements or below floors is essential. Warmth When the weather turns cold outside, many pests look for a cozy winter home—and your place may just be the perfect spot. One little miss conception people do have is that they believe mice live outside in gardens and come in over winter. That’s not entirely the case. House mice are called house mice for one simple reason, they generally live in houses . During the warmer months they may take up residence in your shed or garage but over winter will seek a cosy hot boiler pipe in your home to snuggle up too. Rats and squirrels may also do the same along with certain insects. Food Spills happen—but if even a little bit of the mess is left behind, the mice and insects simply can’t resist. “Spilled food crumbs in your kitchen contain a veritable feast for rodents and insects such as cockroaches, ants, mice and rats. Regular cleanups—including moving and vacuuming behind the fridge and if possible oven is advised. Rubbish bins The smell of food waste may be completely unpleasant to your nose, but for insects like flies and cockroaches, it’s like a siren call. You probably already know the secret to stopping this—contain your waste. If not contained then this will also attract mice and rats which will try almost everything to get at the food goodness. Make sure when you take out the rubbish it is bagged and the bin is tightly closed, or in the morning your trash will be everywhere with foxes having a go. Clutter Here’s another incentive to get rid of your extra stuff—all that clutter can make wonderful homes for critters you definitely don’t want hanging around your house. “If clutter is kept to a minimum, and a home is kept relatively clean, there will be few places for insects to hide Pet Food If you have pet and are leaving food out over night or during the day when the home is quiet then you may be inadvertently be feeding other furried guests. Mice and rats will happily feed on almost all pet foods and on occasion squeeze through hamster or bunny cages to steal an easy meal. Just because you have a cat or a rodent hunting dog does not mean these pests will stay away. Bird Seeds We all like to do our bit for the natural wildlife and make our gardens more welcoming by given away a free meal. However, seeds that fall on to the floor will attract rats so having an overflow catchment tray is advised. Storage of the seeds should be in a toughened container and not left open in basements or loft spaces. An infestation can grow rapidly if this abundance of food if available to a pest. Dirty Dishes If you are someone who leaves your dirty plates till the morning then pests such as cockroaches, flies, ant, rats and mice will be lured in for a free meal. Cleaning dirty items immediately after each meal with washing up detergent will prevent pests being attracted to your kitchen. Paper Piles of papers that are rarely touched can be a big draw for silverfish and even cockroaches. To avoid having an insect infestation damage important papers, you should place them in tightly sealed plastic bins. Shredded paper will also be a draw for rodents such as mice and rats who will use this material to create a nice cosy comfy bed. Gaps and Cracks Rodents are always looking for tiny areas where they can sneak into your home, so gaps under external doors, around service pipework for gas and water, or damaged air bricks can be like a welcome mat for some unwelcome guests. Make sure you do a thorough walk around the outside of your home looking for entry points. We would advise also looking at your neighbours property if attached as pests on occasion can move between either the loft space

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What is the safest way to remove a birds nest from my loft?

When Can I Remove a Birds Nest from my Roof Request Quote here Birds are Beautiful Birds provide the background music to our lives, singing happily in our gardens, streets and towns. Whether their song is waking us up in the morning or lulling us to sleep for an afternoon nap, you can’t deny England wouldn’t be complete without their serenade. These wonderful creatures treat us to dazzling flashes of reds, yellows and blues with their presence. These colours seem even more welcoming during the drab cold winter months. That said, for all the happiness they bring to us and the environment, there may be at times where they are somewhere undesirable to you, or somewhere unsafe for them. If this happens you will want to know the correct steps and safety measures to take on how to remove the nest. Know the Law Before you make any attempt at removing the nest please be aware that all birds, their nests and eggs are protected by law: the Wildlife & Countryside Act of 1981. This makes it an offence, with certain exceptions, to deliberately take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built. It is also illegal to take or destroy the egg of any wild bird. So for this reason we recommend using a trusted and professional pest control company like PestGone to ensure the birds are removed safely and in accordance with the law. Bird Nest in my Roof Many birds use roof spaces for nesting, generally doing no harm whilst there. Because all wild birds and their active nests are protected by law, it would be a criminal offence to remove or block off an active nest. We recommend that any roofing work is scheduled to be done outside the spring and summer months when birds are likely to be nesting. Feral Pigeons As previously mentioned all wild birds are protected, even the feral pigeon. Although pigeons themselves are harmless, they can cause quite a bit of damage to your property, car, and may possibly introduce disease-bearing mites or ticks into your home. Pigeons can and will leave a stupid amount of poo, feathers and mess wherever they’re nesting. Blocking the pigeons out of your roof space is the best way to prevent this happening again using sturdy materials to seal the entry points. When blocking the pigeons out you must make sure no eggs or live squabs and pigeons are remaining trapping the bird inside. Common Birds nesting in Roofs The most frequent roof-nesters are starlings and house sparrows, both of which are red listed because of major population declines. You may also be lucky to have a swift nesting inside your roof, or have house martins build their mud nests outside, under the eaves. If you have swifts nesting in your roof, please always allow them to continue to share your home. Swifts are quiet when inside the roof and cause no problems at all. They are suffering from a shortage of nesting sites, and any lost site can be very difficult to replace. House martins are amber listed because of their population decline, and should be allowed to nest wherever the droppings do not cause major problems. Young starlings can be noisy during the last few days before fledging, and it is understandable that a nest above a bedroom can be a nuisance. If such cavities must be made unavailable to the birds, any repair work is best carried out during autumn or winter, when one can be sure that birds are not nesting. If you must block off nesting holes, please consider placing suitable nesting boxes under the eaves or in other suitable locations to give the birds an alternative nest site. I Have no Choice but to Remove the Nest. If the birds are in danger or there is a public health and safety, disease or damage issue, then you can discuss the situation with a Natural England Wildlife Adviser or Wildlife Licensing Unit on 0845 6014523 or email who can advise you on the best course of action. It may be necessary to apply for a licence from one of the authorities above to move a nest. Disturbing a nesting site without a licence is an offence and can result in a fine or a custodial sentence. Please note that it is not possible to issue licences to move birds’ nests in relation to damage to property or to enable development/building works. Health & Safety If you have gained the correct licence from natural England, or the nest is redundant then you can set about removal. Loft spaces can be very dangerous so care must be taken when physically walking or crawling. Adequate lighting must cover all areas of the attic using stand alone lamps or at the very least bright torches to guide the way. If your loft does not have wooden flooring installed then moving between the roofs wooden framework can be tricky. Standing on the insulation which has been placed on top of the plasterboard ceiling will likely result in you falling through, possibly harming yourself. We would always recommend having a person overseeing your efforts in case you do get into difficulty. If you are not confident then we would always recommend getting the services of either the RSPB or a fully insured professional pest control company like PestGone. Request Quote here

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