Pestforce Pest Control Shropshire
If you have a pest problem and require an expert pest control technician, please call me- Rob Davies of Pestforce Shropshire. We can talk through the different options and treatments for your unwanted problems, regardless of the pest or your location in Shropshire.
Do you require Pest Control in Shropshire? We cover Shrewbury, Ludlow, Oswestry, Wem, Church Stretton, Ellesmere, Craven Arms, Bishops Castle, Shawbury and all surrounding areas and villages.
Being experienced and qualified in pest control, we have a range of methods at our disposal to quickly alleviate you of your pest control problem. We are not limited to using just modern methods or poisoning as we believe that traditional methods of pest control can still get the quickest results.
There is a bigger picture in pest control –
i. it is about identifying the problem
ii. dealing with the pest humanely
iii. ensuring that the methods used as safe for use around children, pets and non-target species
What pests do Pestforce deal with and what services can we offer?
We deal with a broad spectrum of pests and have never come across a pest control puzzle that could not be solved.
We regularly provide services for:
Rodents - Rat and Mice Control.
Fox Control, Squirrel Control, Rabbit Control and Proofing
For some business customers, mainly those who rely on the local land for livelihood can find that rabbits, foxes and squirrels are a devastating nuisance. They can, within days, cause untold damage, costing thousands of pounds.
Rabbits can also be a nuisance for many gardeners also, devastating beautiful gardens in their quest to satisfy their hunger. Commercially, there are many businesses that suffer from the effects of damage caused by rabbits, but domestic situations can also be affected. Rabbits are naturally burrowing animals which leave holes in fields etc and horses have been known to be injured by catching their hoof in these holes, causing damage to ligaments and muscles. Rabbits feed by grazing continually on a wide variety of plants. They can also eat the bark from trees, which is known as “ring barking” This has a huge affect on the tree; ultimately ending it its demise as the sap is unable to rise beyond the damaged bark. The good news is rabbit populations can be brought under control but it does need a concerted effort. One option is a rabbit proof fence, around 3 foot high, as well as other methods such as trapping and shooting.
If rabbits are a significant problem for you, then contact Pestforce for further advice.
Mole Catching and Mole Control
Bird Proofing and Control including Seagulls and Pigeons
Flea Treatments and Bedbug Treatments
Insects – Ants, Moths, Flies, Silverfish, Cockroaches, Carpet Beetle, Spiders, Midges and more
Regardless of your location in Shropshire, pest insects can become a very large problem- very quickly. If you notice an increase of insects in your home or office, it is vital you contact a technician as soon as possible as a nest may be present in your property. Contact me on 07940 772 449 for professional insect control.
Bee and Wasp Control
As we enter spring, bees and wasps start to become a more common pest to encounter.
Bees are one of the first insects to start stirring. You may witness a mortar bee, resting the sun and warmth on a south facing wall. Soon after, you will start to see large bumble bees in the area and when the weather is dry, they prefer to make their nests in the grounds.
Honey bee swarms follow in the months of May and June. You may see a ‘cloud’ pass by or you may return from work or a shopping excursion to find that the bees have moved in! They travel as a swarm but are docile insects, which are simply resting and then will move on within a day or so.
We do not exterminate bees, preferring instead to re-home them with local bee keepers. If you are worried about a bee invasion, call Pestforce and we’ll be happy to help.
Woodworm- despite not being the most common pest- still cause much concern for home and business owners. Call me today on 0794 077 2449.
Who Pestforce can help?
We work with all domestic homeowners, including tenant, both with pest problem in the home as well as outside the property, whether the problem is in a garage, shed, workshop or any other outbuilding.
We also work with a wide and varied business base:
- Schools, nurseries, colleges etc.
- Local sporting venues – such as rugby clubs, football pitches, cricket grounds and many more.
- Various accommodation setting such as nursing homes, care homes, landlords, letting agencies, estate agents, B&Bs, hotels etc.
- Food outlets often need my help – I have worked with fast food outlets, shops, restaurants, pubs etc.
- Industrial units and factories, warehouses, office block, machinery centres, garages, storage facilities and such places
- Discreet pest control services have also benefitted other amenities such as cemeteries, graveyards, caravan parks, mobile homes parks etc
- ... and many other places and businesses!
NO matter what the pest control issue, We will have a solution. Please call Pestforce as soon as you realise you may have a pest control problem – the earlier we deal with it, the quicker the solution!
For your free on-site quotation, request a callback or email Pestforce Shropshire on firstname.lastname@example.org
Absolutely brilliant these guys, I had a bee nest in my garden with around 500 bees.. they just got on with it and successfully rescued the bees! Very few got killed, so a happy ending! Will definetly use these guys if I have any problems in the future! Happy ending for the lovely bumble bees!
Pigeon clear up and proofing at L'occitaneEn Prevence
I was contacted by the clients head office asking me to attend their store in Shrewsbury. They had recieved reports from the store staff that there was a number of pigeons dwelling to the rear of the shop, and as a consequence a large amount of Guano had built up on the floor, to the point where the drains had become blocked and they could no longer access the emergency exit.
I carried out an inspection and quickly noticed that aprevious attempt had been made at proofing the area with a new canopy. Due to it being poorly fitted, it had failed in a number of places and had allowed access to some thirty or so pigeons, who had made nests wherever they could. They were roosting on just about every ledge going spare and had made a huge mess with their droppings. They had even started to nest on the floor and there was eggs and nesting materials ust about everywhere.
Pigeon Guano in particular is a serious hazard to human health, so it was imperative that a robust clean up was done. Teamed up with Cliff from Pestforce north wales.
All surfaces were treated, and all Guano and nesting material was bagged up and taken off site.
The existing netting and wire was removed and disposed of, and then replaced with a bespoke post and wire system with pigeon grade net canopy.
Where appropriate, ledges and sills were proofed with the use of bird spikes.
Double Decker Bus Converted Holiday Home with Cluster Flies Problem
This is a job for cluster flies. I was contacted by the customer who owns a farm with four converted double decker buses which they let out as holiday accommodation.
They were receiving complaints from some of their guests at the time because of large numbers of flies coming to rest on and inside the buses. Covering the windows and generally making a nuisance of themselves they were keen to have something done during a period where they would have no guests, so as not to disrupt business.
This left me with one morning to get a good solid treatment done and get out the way before the next guests turned up. A surface spray product was used around key areas of the bus's which has proved to be very effective and there has been no flies at all since the treatment.
Mole Trapping for Shukers Landrover
Having recently moved to a new premises in Ludow, shukers landrover contacted me to help them with a Mole problem. They were trying to get new turf laid out the front of their showroom, and just as they had begun work, mole hills had started to appear.
Desperate to get the job finished, i set a few traps in a verysmall area, and then the groundworkers laid the turf everywhere except where my traps were. presuure was on to get them caught, as if i missed and they moved i would have to re set the taps under the new turf!
Luckily the mole...which turned out to be two moles, was caught straight away, allowing the groundworkers to finish off the last little bit and outting a stop to the Mole Hills.
Bird proofing survey for Sports Direct
I was originally called out because staff were complaining of flies coming into the store from the over head air conditioning units.
I went to check the main air con units at the back of the store, which are housed on a flat roofs i could see no obvious cause for concern inside.
I discovered, upon checking these main supply units, that there was a serious pigeon infestation. Again, someone had previous attempted to install bird netting but has left multiple weak points which the birds have exploited, and are now nesting in, on and underneath these air con units. This is, i'm almost certain, where the flies are coming from attracted in by the guano and the presence of dead pigeons and food waste which they have carried up there.
A full survey was carried out, recommendations made and a quote submitted to the facilities company Ryan Electrical. I am awaiting a response.
I received a call from a customer in Oswestry, saying that they were dismantling a shed in their back garden as part of some landscaping work. They had taken the whole shed down, and when it had come to pulling the floor up they had disturbed what they believed at first to be honey bees, which were now swarming around the garden.
I was able to give a priority emergency response. Within the hour, I had reached the property and was suited up, ready to survey the job for them.
I explained to the customer that I was reluctant to kill any Bees, and requested that I was given full access to their garden for the next couple of hours. As I believed that if time and care was taken, I could safely remove and rehome the nest. The customer was thrilled with this, as she had spoken to TWO other pest control companies locally already, neither of whom were willing to respond for 48 hours and had quoted her £50.00 more than my fee to destroy the nests....they would not even entertain the idea of rehoming!
I carefully removed the rest of the shed flooring which was still covering the nest, and discovered that a tear had been caused in the top, giving me a great view into the active nest, but making for an interesting time with highly agitated swarming bees....definitely a job for a trained professional!
I got a container ready that I used for containing nests....which was only just big enough.
The bees had not only formed a paper nest under the floor of the shed, they had also cleared away a fairly substantial amount of earth and had actually buried their nest into the ground. This meant that some time had to be taken to carefully dig around the edges to free it up from the earth.
I slid my shovel gently underneath one end, and then carefully slid my hand under the other end to support the weight. The nest was very big and heavy, but I was also surprised at how delicate and fragile it was too!
I slowly lifted the nest out the ground in one piece, and placed it gently into the waiting container. For a short while, I decided to leave the lid off the container to allow as many of the flying bees to find their way back to the nest before sealing the lid. Tiny breathe –holes allowed fresh-air into the container...however time nevertheless remained key. As despite having access to air, I knew that if the bees were left too long they would still potentially suffocate - over heat and die, or suffocate.
It was then a short drive down the road to a nearby farm where Cliff from Pestforce North Wales lives, and there we found a nice part of the woodland in which to make the bees a new home.
They were well behaved throughout, and I didn't get a single sting! The final step was to place them gently out of the container underneath a tree in a quiet corner of the woods.
Needless to say the customer was over the moon, and left me 5 star review on the Facebook page.
Photo's of the Week
This photo comes from the site of a contract I’m tending to for a customer. They have a large property with a chicken coop at the back of the house. The site is adjacent to a farm and a lake on the other side, and the customer is finding that they’re having a big problem with rats!
The rats were originally invading the coop just for the plentiful food. However recently, the rats have now began to establish several nests within the coop, and the customer has been watching helplessly as dozens of them run around the barn at night. This is all despite having previously had a contract with an established pest control provider.
The pictures show a pretty clear idea of what I found when coming to the property. Note where the rats have burrowed in, as well as where we suspect is the entrance to their nest.
The penultimate photo shows where the rats have climbed onto the top of the feed bin where the chicken feed was stored. They were actually able to chew through the top of the bin to get to the food....as you can see by the teeth impressions!
The final picture of the rat job shows where my foot had gone clean through the earth floor of the chicken coop. The rats had created so many tunnels under the coop that as soon as I placed any weight on the area, my foot went clean though, which gave me a good view inside of where all the tunnels went.
Rats in the Cattle-Shed
A recent inspection I did of a dairy farm holding 400 dairy cattle. The cattle have been brought in to over winter in the sheds and the farmer has started getting terrible trouble with rats in and around the farm buildings.
This time of year, the rats are being driven out of their nests by rising water levels and dropping temperatures in search of food and habourage. On this particular farm they are feeding on the cattle nuts and have chosen several sites in which to nest. The worst one being a banked area to the side of the main cattle-shed, which contained over 60 nest holes - virtually identical to the ones in the picture. Huge areas of droppings were also present and all this being allowed to occur under the service of another pest control company!!
Wasps in the Attic
I was contacted by the agent/owner who was on holiday in Australia. The tenant had noticed lots of wasps around her kitchen window during the summer months, but had kept the window closed and ignored them. Now, well into November, the tenant had gone into the loft to start digging out Christmas decorations, and noticed there was wasps flying around and then quickly realised there was a largest structure directly above the kitchen....where they had been swarming all summer.
Initial contact was made by the landlord on Monday and by Tuesday morning the nest was destroyed.
Hornets Nests in a Local Estate in Shropshire
I was called regarding a hornets nests that had been found within the shed of group of local gamekeeper in Shropshire, the shed itself was just inside an old walled garden surrounded by estate cottages.
Upon hearing that the nest itself kept the gamekeepers from easily accessing the shed and had been the cause of stinging incidents in the past, fast and effective action had to be taken.
The hornets’ nest was very large and the hornets in which the nest was inhabiting were large and dangerously active, which put the health of the gamekeepers and local residents at risk due to movements and lights of nearby cottages and caravans.
By using the correct PPE, I was able to access and treat the nest quickly and safely, leaving the nest itself in a dormant state within a couple of hours upon my arrival.
Pigeon Control in Shrewsbury
I was approached by a local estate agent, who overlook a very old and prominent building at the heart of the Shrewsbury town centre. The clients of the estate agent had complaints towards the condition of the rooftop courtyard area of the premises, seeing the entire area plagued by groups of pigeons which further led to the dangerous build-up of dried excrement (pleasant, I know!). This required the tenants, at great expense, to have the rooftop courtyard to be professionally cleaned every 2 months.
Previous pest control technicians had installed bird netting to deter the pigeons from the property, but had since failed and allowed the bird to once again gain entry into the courtyard and surrounding rooftops as it was not sufficiently secured and had collapsed on most sides.
Further inspection from myself indicated that the pigeons had not only been roosting along along the ridges of the courtyard, but also inside a refridgerated unit that services a nearby restaurant.
Since the initial full inspection, I have carried out a full site survey and made recommendations to trap and remove the existing population, clean and disinfect the area and reinstate the bird netting and spikes to prevent future access
Rats or Mice?
So these pictures are from a recent Rodent job. The customer had called me in because he kept finding a small pile of what appeared to be wall insulation and a mixture of other materials, in the middle of his kitchen floor every morning as well as hearing loud noises above his bedroom at night. He had no idea what was causing it, but had made the assumption that it could be to do with rats or mice, and had asked me if I would come and do a survey to see if I could find any evidence of Rodents.
I offered to come and carry out a free survey of his property that afternoon. The customer was thrilled with the fact that it was free and with the quick response time.
On arrival, I noticed that the property was a 300 year old cottage that had at some point been extended. I was greeted with that mornings pile of wall insulation in the middle of the kitchen floor and after a quick brew and a chat with the customer about the problem I began my investigations.
I removed the kick boards under the kitchen units as I could see some of the insulation spilling out and found huge amounts of wall insulation and chewed damson stones and nut shells. At the back of the units was a large hole going into the wall cavity where a sink had previously been.
I knew that Rodents can often be found at this time of year hiding from the elements in warm loft spaces, so this is where I searched next.
On entering the loft I found huge amounts of mouse droppings, but there was also evidence of Rat droppings as well. The insulation was full of runs and nests, in which bits of straw and remnant food had been dragged inside. The lagging on the pipe work was badly damaged where it had been chewed, and there was large entrance holes all along the perimeter of the loft. Confusingly, non of the droppings or food seemed to be fresh. The search continued and it eventually became apparent, after finding two piles of large fresh rat droppings, that the most recent guests were, in fact, Brown Rats (Rattus Norwegicus). There may well have been a mouse still in there, but only fresh evidence of Rats was found and a well placed snap trap later proved my theory to be correct.
The entire roof space was treated with several specialist humane products, and then attention was turned towards blocking up their access. As there had been Rodents of some form for so long, multiple access points made by the rodents were now in play, so a concerted effort was made to go over the entire property with a fine tooth comb, sealing and proofing any hole that had or could be used by Rodents to re enter. This included re-pointing old stone work, fault fixing in the timber framing and removing an ivy climber that had grown up the wall and inside the loft, which the mice at some point were using to enter.
Proofing is always encouraged alongside any eradication and with this having been done, I am confident that this customer will not have any unwelcome guests in the future.
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