Congratulations Spartan!

It's been a busy month for Andy Durrance of Pestforce East London and not just with work!

Earlier this month Andy made the trip to Lake Tahoe USA to compete in the Spartan World Championships. Being one of around 12,000 other participants, Andy managed to get both 3rd place in age group 50+ and 1st place in age group 55+ "not bad for a silly old sod" he tells me!


And as if that wasn't enough of a challenge, last weekend Andy competed in the OCR (Obstacle Course Race) World Championships in Brentwood. If you're up early enough, you can catch the highlights this Saturday 27th October on Channel 4 5:55am - 6:50am.




What's next.....?
Next weekend Andy will be competing in the Spartan Trifecta World Championships OCR in Greece, an invitation only event up Mount Olympus!

Best of luck Andy!!

This is just a small insight to the races that Andy competes in and after starting the OCR Championships just 2 years ago and having travelled all over the world, Andy is now number 2 in the world for his age group! Well done Andy!

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How to clear up Pigeon poo (guano)

Last week a team from Pestforce were called in to recover the upstairs of a commercial premise from a period of neglect and an infestation of pigeons.

The team travelled to the Isle of Wight at the request of one of our key accounts and spent the week scraping, shovelling, removing waste and scrubing.

The property conditions really were bad and a major health hazard.

Check out the photos below - taken by the team to show the results of their efforts.
















False Widows in the News

With all the recent news on False Widow spider closing a number of schools we thought you might find the following article of interest

https://bpca.org.uk/a-z-of-pest-advice/false-black-widow-control-bpca-a-z-of-pests/189075

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.


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