Falcon Environmental Services logo

The Falcon Blog

Modern solutions, flying with tradition

Falcon Environmental – Pest Management Specialists for Plymouth and the South West

rats looking for food

There isn’t a month of the year when pests don‘t pose a problem in one form or another. Nesting seagulls and pigeons are an issue in March/April time, then it’s the wasps turn to make a nuisance of themselves in the summer months. Once the weather turns, out come the rats and mice as we head into the colder months. You never know when you might experience issues with pests such as rats, mice and nuisance birds but if you do, it is important to have an effective pest management strategy in place. As April is pest management month, we thought we would take this opportunity to look at the steps you can take to protect your home or business.

In this article we will look at:

  • Identifying a pest problem – nuisance birds, wasps and rodents
  • Dealing with a pest problem – effective pest management
  • Preventing pest problems – prevention is better than cure

Identifying a Pest Problem

A key part of pest management is identifying the issue in the first instance. You may not even know you have a problem initially. There are some key signs with each pest that you should look out for

Nuisance birds

Noise – squawking in the early hours of the morning while you are asleep, or noticing an unusual level of bird noise outside your commercial premises is a sign that you might have nuisance birds. Of course, it could be coming from a neighbouring property. In this case, you need to make sure that they don’t take up residence on your property next.

Droppings – you step outside your door to notice that your car, or the exterior of your property, and that of the neighbours is covered in bird excrement. The more you see, the closer to home that the problem is. Not only is it unsightly and unpleasant, it can also cause damage to paintwork and it carries disease. If you do have a build up of bird droppings, or guano to give it it’s official name, you should consider professional cleaning to get rid of it.

Areas to check for nuisance birds

There are some key areas where nuisance birds like to build their nests, these include:

  • Solar panels
  • Chimney stacks
  • Roof ledges
  • Window ledges
  • Rafters
  • Beams

Essentially, they like somewhere up high, away from predators, where they can nest and raise their young!

IMPORTANT – IT IS ILLEGAL TO INTERFERE WITH THE NEST OF BIRDS IN THE UK. Act before it is too late and they move in on your property. There are preventative measures available which will stop them nesting in the first place.

Wasps

Wasps tend to come later in the summer, or at least they make their presence felt during those lat summer months. When they are busy building their nests during the early summer months, you won’t see them in the same numbers, or as aggressive as they get later in summer. You see, as their nest runs out of food, they venture out looking for it. This is when they start swarming around you when you are trying to eat al fresco or enjoy a pint in the pub garden. They will also eat fallen fruit which has become fermented, leading them to be intoxicated and more aggressive. Wasps nests can be identified by the following:

Noise – if you can hear a low buzzing like a humming sound but aren’t quite sure where it is coming from, you could have a wasp nests. Sometimes in the loft space, at other times in a tree in the garden. Wasps like to find uninterrupted spots close to a wood source so that they can build their nests away from danger

Disturbed wood – this may seem strange but if you notice damage to a fence panel, a wooden beam or tree bark, this could be a sign that wasps are nearby using this wood to build their nests. They chew it up and mixed with their saliva, it forms a paste that the wasps can use to build their nest.

wasp nest

Sight – Probably the biggest giveaway is the sight of wasps in your home, place of work or around your property. One wasp is probably nothing much to worry about but if you are regularly seeing them then this could be a sign that there is a wasps’ nest in the vicinity.

Areas to check for wasps nests

Carefully check the following areas to see if there is any evidence of a wasp nest:

  • Outbuildings – sheds, garages, summer houses – under the eaves, in the roof space etc.
  • Trees – holes in trees in the garden, old tree stumps, etc
  • Bricks – a whole in a brick is a common place for wasps to fly in and start building their nests.
  • Loft spaces

IMPORTANT – DON’T TRY AND DEAL WITH A NEST YOURSELF AND BE CAREFUL. While you might have identified a nest, don’t try and remove it yourself, call in the experts that know what they are doing.

Rodents

Rats and mice start to make themselves known once the weather turns, usually around October time when the temperatures drop. These prevalent pests will find their way in through the tiniest holes and gaps to find a nice warm, dry spot to shelter and nest. They are looking for a food source and somewhere non threatening – what better than your home or business kitchen? But how do you know if you have a rodent problem?

rats looking for food

Noise – in the dead of the night when you are woken up by a scratching sound that you can’t quite pinpoint! Often rodents find their way into the wall space or under the floorboards or they could be overhead. You will hear them scratching as they are nocturnal.

Droppings – another surefire sign that you have a rodent. Don’t mistake it for the family hamster – they will leave a small trail of droppings, or you will find a pile of them if you are near their nest. Rat and mouse droppings cause disease so you want to get shot of that rodent ASAP.

Damage – rats and mice love to chew so you may discover wires which have been chewed through or areas where they have chewed through wooden beams or similar.

Sight – You may see something scurrying across the floor out of the corner of your eye, you might even see one around the exterior of your property. Don’t freak out – it will be more scared of you – instead call an expert to come and remove it. Don’t just assume you have one either. Where there is one, more will follow and then, if they mate, you will soon have a much bigger problem.

Areas to check for rodents

Rats and mice are agile creatures so it may be difficult to pinpoint exactly where the rodents are nesting but check the following areas:

  • Loft spaces
  • Under floorboards
  • Old cupboards that are unused
  • Outdoor animal feed stores
  • Food bins

IMPORTANT – RATS AND MICE CARRY DISEASES AND CAN CAUSE HIDDEN DAMAGE. If you suspect you have a rodent sharing your property, call in the experts.

Dealing with a pest problem – effective pest management

Once you are confident that you have a pest problem, or if you need a little assistance to confirm your suspicions, then you need to take action to address the problem. It’s a little more tricky with some pests than others. In the case of a rodent, you can call up your local pest management company and ask them to send someone out. They can then identify where the pests are and seek to eradicate them.

Birds including seagulls and pigeons

In the case of birds, it is actually illegal to disturb the nests and you are pretty much stuck once they have made their own. You then have to wait for the young to fledge their nests. There are bird scaring tactics to encourage the birds to move on – hawking is an effective measure but you can’t remove nests.

pest management

Wasps

Dealing with a wasp nest is a case for the professionals. If you try to disturb one yourself, you risk getting stung. Some people are actually allergic to wasp stings – this can cause anaphylactic shock which, in the very worst cases, can be fatal. It is a much better solution to call a pest management expert that is experienced in dealing with the removal of wasps and their nests.

Rats and mice

Specialist pest eradication measures need to be carried out to get rid of rats and mice. There are DIY measures but we would advise against these as they are often ineffective and you end up paying more on various solutions in the long run. Much better to have the problem dealt with quickly and efficiently.

Pest prevention is better than cure

The best form of domestic or commercial pest management is prevention. Preventing pests from becoming a problem is far easier, and less costly, than dealing with them once they have invaded your property. Here are some tips for effective pest prevention:

Nuisance birds

Identify areas that would make a good nesting spot – chimneys, solar panels, ledges etc and then arrange for them to be bird proofed. Preferably before nesting season. Bird spiking and netting will make the area inhospitable to birds as they fail to land on any of the flat surfaces.

Wasps

If you see any brick holes, old tree hollows and the like, fill them in. If the wasps can’t gain access, they can’t build their nests.

Rodents

These flexible creatures can find their way in through even the smallest of spaces – pipes, gaps between bricks, drains, holes in walls etc. Be sure to cover up any access points (even those that look really small). Rat and mice will look for a source of food so if you are storing animal feed, keep it in closed containers, clean up any spillages and keep your bins contained! The less reasons you give a rat to come close to your property, the better. Exercise good hygiene and keep the pests at bay.

If you need any help with any aspect of pest management, then we are on hand to deliver our expertise and the benefit of our experience. Whether you are a domestic customer or a large commercial organisation, we are small enough to care and large enough to cope. We have a team of pest management experts that will go to great lengths to help and assist you with pest prevention and management. Give us a call on 01752 929292 today.

 

Call us for a quote today on

Or leave us a message and we'll call you

Do you have a picture that would help show us the problem? Click below to upload
Kay Soppet
Kay Soppet
2024-01-25
I was extremely pleased with Falcon Environmental Services. They were efficient, reliable, friendly and professional. I was happy that I found a local company to help with the problem of pests in my attic. They were always available to talk to explaining the situation to me and how they were going to deal with it. I really felt that they went over, above and beyond what I expected. Nothing was too much trouble, my calls and enquiries always returned with a friendly voice, care and consideration. I would honestly recommend them and use their company again if the need arises. It’s very comforting to find good, reliable professional people you can rely on. Thank you to everyone at FALCON.
Steven Newton
Steven Newton
2024-01-21
I would definitely use this company again very professional.
Marta Hawkins
Marta Hawkins
2024-01-19
Great service, super professional with a nice friendly touch. Always responsive and ready to adjust and accommodate extra needs. Highly recommend
Steve HOPPER
Steve HOPPER
2024-01-18
Fast friendly and knowledgeable, Matthew understands your problems and discusses and explains what can be done to sort the problem, uses various ways to solve or remove whatever is causing the problem, from rats, wasps, bee's, feral pigeons, you name, it Falconry Environment will work hard to find a solution for you...
Sarah Wilkinson
Sarah Wilkinson
2024-01-18
Great service, competitive pricing and friendly staff. Highly recommended
Shane
Shane
2024-01-18
Falcon is the best. Matt is and always such a professional approachable man. We have had the pleasure of using Falcon for a few reasons that they have alway had expert advice and responses.
John Adaway
John Adaway
2024-01-18
I have had the pleasure of working with Matthew and his team and would highly recommend Falcon Environmental Services their friendly and professional approach to the work they do.
Marc Payne
Marc Payne
2024-01-18
An excellent, professional and reliable service as always.
Aaron Brian
Aaron Brian
2024-01-18
Very professional service from every member of the team that I’ve dealt with. The team are extremely knowledgeable and always to willing to help when they can. Highly recommended company. Thanks Matt and the team.
Tracy Phillips
Tracy Phillips
2024-01-18
Very happy with service that we received. High level professional advice and follow-up work was provided by the company. Communication with the office was quick and responsive and colleagues who attended were prompt, helpful and skilled. Would fully recommend the service if and when required.

Contact us today for fast, effective help

Call us on 01752 929292 or complete the form below and we’ll contact you.

Do you have a picture that would help show us the problem? Click below to upload