A Pestforce wedding!! ๐Ÿ’•

A very big congratulations to Ben Dean of Pestforce Leeds and his new wife Jes Dean on finally making it down the aisle!


Ben has been with Pestforce for many years now and proving he really is Perforce through and through, he even drove the van to his own wedding! 


Wishing you both many happy years together!


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Our very own Mark Robinson talks wasp nest removal 'live' on BBC Radio


Mark Robinson, owner of Pestforce Pest Control Rugby & South Warwickshire, has recently spent the morning with Richard from BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire.

This summer is proving to be an incredible year for wasps and because of this, Mark is currently working 12 hour days trying to service all of his customers so they can get on with enjoying their summer, wasp free!

Richard tagged along to one such job, a wasp nest in a loft. However there was only one bee suit to go around, so cue a slightly nervous (unprotected) Richard as they tackle the nest.....





Richard made it out in one piece, the same can't be said for the wasps! Wasp nest completely eradicated, leaving an extremely happy customer! 

If you have a wasps nest, call Mark today and fear not, he doesn't bring the radio crew everywhere he goes!

Mark Robinson - 01789 228 016 - mrobinson@pestforce.co.uk 

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Do you have spiders in your home?

Read on to find out how to make your property less attractive to them….

Here at Pestforce Pest Control we will always endeavour to rid your home or business from pests. However when it comes to spiders, calling your local pest controller is usually not necessary and there are many steps that can be taken before you pick up the phone.

A survey from YouGov shows spiders are the UKs fourth most common fear, effecting a large percent of the population. However when it comes to arachnophobia, the figure is far lower but the effects far more severe.

We have noticed an increase in spider enquiries and this is likely due to the unseasonably warm weather we have had over the last few months, creating an ideal environment for the little critters to thrive.


10 of the most common UK spiders found in and around your home are….




House Spider
·         Up to 120mm
      ·         Hairy and dark brown in colour
      ·         Can bite but don’t usually pose a threat to humans
      ·         Usually come out at night and commonly found in the bath




Zebra Back Spider
·         5mm-9mm
      ·         Black and white in colour
      ·         Can bite but don’t pose a threat to humans
      ·         They jump to catch their pray



Cupboard Spider
      ·         4mm-10mm
      ·         Dark with light markings
      ·         If bitten which is rare, symptoms are minor
      ·         Females have a larger, rounder abdomen than males (pic)




Daddy Long Legs
      ·         Up to 45mm
      ·         Small oval abdomen with long thin legs
      ·         Venomous but rarely bite and if so cause no lasting effects
      ·         Usually found in areas with some moisture



Money Spider
      ·         Up to 5mm
      ·         Small with grey or black bodies
      ·         Harmless to humans
      ·         Folklore suggests luck and wealth should one land in your hair




Lace Web Spider
      ·         Up to 12mm
      ·         Brown with yellow markings on abdomen
      ·         Bites can be painful with symptoms lasting 12 hours
      ·         Usually found on outdoor walls and fencing





Missing Sector Orb Spider
      ·         Up to 7mm
      ·         Silvery grey body with markings to the abdomen
      ·         Harmless to humans
      ·         Usually found on windowsills




False Widow Spider
      ·         Up to 20mm
      ·         Dark brown with bulbous abdomen
      ·         Britain’s most venomous spider known to have bitten humans but are not aggressive
      ·         Love dark spaces like under kitchen appliances and cupboards



Cardinal Spider
      ·         Up to 140mm, the UK's largest spider
      ·         Reddish brown but young spiders are lighter in colour
      ·         Can bite but they are rare and painless
      ·         Lives mostly in buildings and walls





Tube Web Spider
      ·         Up to 23mm
      ·         Black with an iridescent green jaw
      ·         Bites can be painful with symptoms lasting a few hours
      ·         Lives mostly under stones and logs





 



How to deter spiders from your home…

·         Fill in potential entry holes in walls and around pipework
·         Vacuum regularly high and low, ensuring you catch any cobwebs as you go
·         Check dark spaces in your home, underneath and behind furniture and kitchen cupboards
·         Move any log piles and general clutter away from the outside of your house
·         Deter insects from your home (spiders feast on these) by ensuring you keep windows closed if you have lights on in the evening


Why are spiders important?

Spiders are one of nature’s best pest controllers. Due to their diet of insects, they are extremely important within agriculture and horticulture, as insects cause great damage to our crops. According to spider expert Norman Platnick, there would be ‘famine’ without them.


This is one of the reasons a responsible Pest Controller will not spray for spiders outdoors, spiders do their ‘job’ best when outdoors! A typical treatment for a spider infestation would be an insecticidal spray, this can be extremely harmful to insects, fish and our much loved cats and dogs.


What to do if you have a serious spider infestation

All this said if you have a serious spider infestation inside your home or workplace, then as a last resort you can of course call a professional pest controller for further advice. 

With anything though it is important that you call a fully qualified and accredited professional. Here at Pestforce we are always happy to help.







GDPR Compliance

Most customers will be aware of the recent changes to the data privacy laws called GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations). Pestforce have updated their privacy policy in accordance with the new legislation.

We have put in place new training, policies and procedures for technicians, staff, franchisees and our support teams to ensure that we maintain the privacy of our customers.

If you have any concerns please call the office for clarity or more information.


Do you know the difference between your flying pests?

As the days get warmer and the nights get longer you will notice the return of our buzzing friends. Whilst they are usually happy going about their life, many can cause harm and distress to us so it helps to understand their differences. 




Here are the characteristics of our most common species, which ones are bothering you?



Honey Bee
Colour: Amber and black striped body
Hair: Short, furry looking
Size: 2.5cm
Sting: The barb is removed after it stings, which kills the bee
Food: Pollen and nectar from flowers
Lighting: Not attracted to the light
Nesting: Vertically hanging, wax based honeycomb nests
Nature: Gentle



Bumble Bee 
Colour: Yellow and black stripes 
Hair: Long, furry looking
Size: 1.3cm
Sting: The barb retracts, so it can sting again
Food: Pollen and nectar from flowers
Lighting: Not attracted to the light
Nesting: Small nests in soil cavities 
Nature: Gentle





Yellow Jacket Wasp
Colour: Bright yellow and black stripes 
Hair: No hair
Size: 1.3cm
Sting: The barb retracts, so it can sting again
Food: Sugary food/ drinks, over ripe fruit, human food waste 
and other insects
Lighting: Not attracted to the light
Nesting: Horizontally hanging, small paper like nests in protected 
areas such as lofts, soil cavities and eaves
Nature: Aggressive




Hornet
Colour: Yellow and black stripes 
Hair: Some short hair
Size: 3.5cm
Sting: The barb retracts, so it can sting again
Food: Other insects
Lighting: Attracted to lights at night
Nesting: Very large paper like nests in protected areas such as tree hollows
Nature: Aggressive




If your newly detected flying insects are stopping you from 
enjoying the summer and would like your local Pestforce technician 
to remove them for you, contact us today to book an appointment
0333 567 0577

or click here to find your local technician.

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Pestforce welcomes Jack Harris to the team


I am delighted to welcome Jack Harris, Senior Technician at Pestforce Harrow and Uxbridge.

He joins the team following our intensive training programme and can't wait to get stuck in.



Welcome aboard Jack, good luck!

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Matt Baldwin opens the new Pestforce Brighton office

The Pestforce team are delighted to announce the establishment of the new Pestforce Brighton service team.

Matt is keen to get stuck in following our extensive training programme! Good luck Matt!


Following a career in the motor vehicle trade, Matt Baldwin chose to join Pestforce. This was after reading an article we placed in the BASC magazine, realising he could turn a keen interest in hunting, shooting and fishing into his own business, made owning a franchise the obvious choice.

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