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Pest Control


No matter what pest problem you have or indeed want to prevent, we can help.

Pests have the potential to contaminate the workplace, spread disease, damage products, foodstuffs and property, and even ruin your reputation leading to loss of business and even prosecution. So if you have a pest problem or you're responsible for a vulnerable site attractive to pests, then it is essential you put the right provisions in place to protect you and your customers.

Our operators have over 20 years experience in dealing with a wide range of public health pests from Mice to Mites and Rabbits and Rats, So whether it's your business premises, country estate, garden, public house or farm that's being affected, WWCS will have the solution to your pest problems.

Our Services Include:

  • The eradication and on-going prevention of all public health pests
  • A range of bird proofing solutions for pigeons, gulls and other pest birds
  • Rabbit control including trapping and fencing solutions
  • Specialist treatments for biting, stored product, textile or flying insects
  • 12 hour response for wasp nest treatments
  • Mole Control

Our service starts with a thorough survey of the premises and the pest problem, which is free and carries no obligation. Should you wish to proceed, we will set up the appropriate control and prevention system being sympathic to your business, staff and customers. We provide all the relevant health and safety records along with a site report folder detailing baiting plan and visits.

If you would like to take up references on our pest control services we are happy to put you in touch with some of our current clients which range from Prestigious Car Dealerships, Insurance Companies and Private clients.


Rats

pest control servicesThe rat has plagued humans for thousands of years - the rat flea was responsible for the Black Death. There are two species of rat in Britain, Rattus norvegicus which is commonly known as the Brown Rat and Rattus rattus which has the common names Black Rat or Ship Rat.

The Brown Rat is the larger, often weighing over half a kilo and measuring about 23cm, without counting the tail. It has a blunt muzzle, small hair-covered ears and a tail that is shorter than its body length. The Black Rat weighs only half as much and is slightly shorter. It has a pointed muzzle, large, almost hairless ears, a more slender body and a long thin tail that is longer than its body.

The Brown Rat is the commoner species and stays near ground level. The Black Rat still occurs in seaport towns and is a more agile climber, often entering the upper floors of buildings. It is possible to identify the species present from the different shaped droppings, footprints in dust (the Brown Rat is flat footed, the Black Rat runs on its toes) and presence of tail swipes. In towns, Brown Rats often live in sewers but in the countryside there is a constant background population in fields and hedges.

Both species breed rapidly and become sexually mature in about three months. Each female may produce from three to 12 litters of between six and eight young in a year.

Brown rats will burrow underground or into suitably soft material to make a nest. Refuse tips, loose soil under sheds and earth banks are all likely sites and chewed paper, straw or insulation material may be incorporated as nest material. The young are born blind, helpless and naked and depend on their mother for food for about three weeks before they are sufficiently developed to take solid food.

Rats, like mice, need to gnaw to keep their constantly growing incisor teeth worn down. They damage woodwork, plastic and lead pipes and will sometimes strip insulation from electrical cables by their gnawing. Rats will hoard food for future consumption and numerous cases of “theft” have been found to be the work of rats. They feed mostly at night and an average rat will eat 50g of food a day.

Creatures of habit, rats leave regular “runs” to and from feeding areas. They can be a menace to poultry, eating eggs, chicks and animal feed.

They are also capable of spreading many diseases from their filthy surroundings in sewers or refuse tips and can transmit food poisoning, Weil’s disease (from which about ten people and a number of dogs die each year in the UK), murine typhus, rat bite fever, trichinosis and other diseases. They are probable carriers of foot and mouth disease on farms. They contaminate more food than they consume and their urine can pollute stagnant water.

Remedy:

As far as possible, eliminate harbourages such as gaps under sheds, loose piles of wood or neglected weed patches. Do not encourage rats by leaving scraps of food out of doors. If you feed garden birds, use a bird table or feeder basket. Then call us !

Mice

pest control servicesThe House Mouse, and sometimes the Long-Tailed Field Mouse, seek the warmth and shelter of buildings for nesting sites and food. Their presence is usually detected from their dark-coloured droppings or damage to stored foods in the larder, packaging or woodwork.

Mice become sexually mature in eight to ten weeks, and a pair may produce eight litters, each of 16 young, in a year. Multiply those and you arrive at a horrifying number of mice! They climb well and can squeeze through very small gaps.

These nibbling nuisances have a compulsive need to gnaw in order to keep their incisor teeth worn down to a constant length. Electric cables, water and gas pipes, packaging and woodwork may all be seriously damaged by mice - many instances of electrical fires and floods have been attributed to them. They contaminate far more food than they consume and they are capable of carrying many diseases, particularly food poisoning. The average mouse deposits 70 droppings in 24 hours and urinates frequently to mark its territory.

Mice are erratic, sporadic feeders, nibbling at many sources of food rather than taking repeated meals from any one item. They do not need free water to drink as they normally obtain sufficient moisture from their food.

Remedy:

Because of their habits, traditional baiting techniques and trapping frequently do not work, and a combination of rodenticides may be necessary - in addition to mouse-proofing, as far as possible, all means of entry e.g. by blocking holes with wire wool embedded in quick-setting cement, or by fitting metal strips to damaged wooden doors.

For many years, the most widely used and effective rodenticide was warfarin. This is an anti-coagulant drug which prevents vital blood clotting. Mice feed on it, without suspicion of growing weaker, until they die. The disadvantage of warfarin-based baits is that they take several days to work and depend on repeated feeding by the mice.

In most urban areas of Britain, however, mice have now become resistant to warfarin. Alternative and effective, ready-to-use, proprietary mouse killers are available for household use. Other commercial rodenticides can be used including a powder that they pick up on their feet and fur.

An alternative to baits are break-back traps. They may catch the intruder if baited with nutty chocolate, raisins or similar attractive food and placed close to signs of mouse activity. Cheese, surprisingly is a comparatively poor mouse-baiter. Place traps close to, and at right angles to, walls so the treadle may be activated from either direction.

Moles

pest control servicesIn rural areas especially, moles can cause great damage to your garden/land by tunnelling through the soil, up to ……inches below the surface. With heavy infestations, the ground can become unstable and holes may appear not only damaging the foundations of your land but also creating safety risks.

Moles tunnel using their large two front paws to scrape away the earth and feel along tunnels with their snouts and whiskers. Because of the absence of light within their living conditions, moles have very poor eyesight so very rarely will you see mole activity above ground.

Remedy:

Professional pest control is needed to obtain control of these pests. Methods such as tunnel trapping, gassing (Aluminium Phosphates) can be used by a professional to control these pests. Tunnel trapping must be done with care as moles can easily detect disturbance of the tunnel and will avoid the area.


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