Welcome to Pestforce South East London Pest Control - serving all SE Postcodes.
From the shoreline of the Thames to the foothills of Crystal Palace, Pestforce will control your pest problems.
Steve Turner is the senior pest controller serving south of the river Thames. For almost two decades Steve has been managing vermin and insect infestations in homes, schools, shops, pubs, clubs, places to eat, offices and churches across all SE postcodes.
Whilst we’d rather they did not share our spaces with them, pests have a long tie with humans and are here to stay, despite our best efforts. With few urban predators, bountiful food supply and diverse ecological conditions, our pesky urban residents take advantage from our lifestyles and the rich pickings from our city.
Click on the links below to find out more about common pests across London’s Southern Boroughs.
|Put 'Steve PEST' in your contact list and call him on 07469 391780. Alternatively, fill out the Request a Callback form above which will be sent as a text to Steve; you'll be helping make sure he has your correct contact details. Steve can answer your pest questions if send an email to Southeastlondon@pest-force.co.uk.
House mice are the conquering heroes of pests in SE London and Steve’s most common call out.
Ever since we’ve been holed up in caves, mice have been caching in on a human civilisation. Instinctively fearful of prey and needing protection from the harshness of the British weather, city-born mice have found a shortcut to an easier life than their countryside cousins - our cosy homes. Pre-built access pipes lead straight into Mouse Utopia where good food and shelter is it in abundance.
Q: How can I tell if I have mice? A: Use your senses of sight, smell and sound to detect an infiltration of mice.
You'll know you h ave squatters by the patter of tiny feet at night. Squeaking is the conversation of a mischief of mice and brawling youngsters.
Droppings found in t
he tidiest of cupboards, along skirtings, or on surface tops, are a major clue you have mice. Small and dark, about the size of a grain of rice, they can be scattered everywhere that a mouse has zipped along.
A musty smell is a tell-tale sign that you might have a house mouse. As a pheromone trail, they constantly leak urine wherever they go. Despite the potential for disease, there is no real cause for alarm. Cleaning up droppings with a disinfectant spray and making your house as mouse proof as possible should be enough.
The hidden confines of a cupboard, snug bedding of loft insulation, runways under the floorboards, the climbable inner surface of cavity walls, even a toy box, provide the perfect home.
The house mouse can fit through any gap big enough to poke a pencil through. In the human jungle, mice explore every nook and cranny nibbling anything to see if it is edible, including power cables. They chew clean cuts through wood, paper and clothing. If you find gnawing debris such as wood shavings, shredded paper, holes in containers, holes under counters and holes around pipes, it's highly likely you've got sitting tenants.
You may see greasy smear marks as mice rub along their routes, particular around holes or around corners.
Our food is perfect for a mouse's high metabolism. Mice live in the fast lane burning up huge amounts of calories, so they have appetites to match. As expected, London’s mice make up their home within a few metres from food. Just a few crumbs and an untidy cupboard to nest in are enough.
City slicker mice are nocturnal so are frustratingly hard to see, nibbling on food left out at night or vanishing the moment you appear. If you see a cheeky mouse during the day, it could indicate there is a large population is blooming within your home. Mice are prolific breeders; in a matter of weeks, a few mice can become a dozen.
Steve’s trained eye will detect if you have mice and lay down a deadly assault course to battle their demise. Call Steve on 07469 391780 now.
Brown rats are a big issue in South East London. The River Thames has long been a major rat-magnet. But lately, rats have been thriving more than ever due to construction work for the 2012 Olympics and Thameslink. Rats are beneath your feet in the old London sewer tunnels and The Underground, feeding all day and night rubbish buffets, and sheltering in derelict buildings, our attics and our gardens. We may not like it, but the SE postcodes are a perfect home for rats.
Our rattie neighbours have bulky round faces, sturdy paws and thick spaghetti tails. Although Steve cannot confirm sightings of monster rats as speculated in the Press, he regularly comes across rats with bodies as large as his size 9 boots.
Rats can cause pricey and treacherous structural damage. A rat's front teeth can grow 5 inches in a year. That's why they're always gnawing on things to grind them down such as water pipes, gas pipes and electrical cables.
Nasty infections, such as Weil’s disease, listeria, hantavirus, toxoplasma gondii and salmonella can be spread through rat urine.
Dribbling pee is part of a rat’s behaviour. Urine-marking is a passport to communicate information about its age, social status, individual identity, current stress level, index spatial knowledge and acts as a sexual advertisement. Dark scent marks can be found on easily walked on surfaces such as bricks.
The Cockney big squealers' success lays in its adaptability to our urban sprawl and its prolific rate of breeding. Reaching sexual maturity at 2-3 months, a female rat, under a vacuum environment, could have 15,000 pups by the end of a year. But the mortality rate is high with few rats reaching two years old.
If you hear scratching or pitter pattering noises in the attic during the night, it could be rats. They can use loft insulation as a downy bed for a siesta. As cold weather bites, rats tend to move indoors during October and November. Other noises in ceiling voids could be the tail bangs, hissing and shrieking of rats boxing.
The fuzzy undercover agents hardly ever scurry further than 300 feet from their burrows or nests when searching for food and water. Feeding at night, rats can eat 50g of food a day and will eat almost anything a human eats.
Rats are expert climbers able to scale vertical surfaces such as cavity walls and bounding under floorboards. Using their whiskers to judge widths, rats elongate their flexible bodies through tight spaces.
Rats can swim along the network of sewers, darting through a damaged waste pipe into the home. They have been known to wriggle up the U-bend into toilet bowls.
You may not want to watch this whilst sitting on the toilet!
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VIDEO TO SHOW HOW FLEXIBLE RATS ARE
As a survival strategy, rats are neophobic meaning they are very wary of unfamiliar objects or new foods. A rat will try a small amount of a new food the first time to see if makes them feel ill. This learned food aversion tactic makes using poisons a slower process than some impatient humans would like.
In the garden, rats dig into grassy banks or burrow under dry sheds and decking. They can be attracted to food dropped from bird feeders. Rats can be controlled in the garden, but it’s best to use Steve’s expertise to ensure other wildlife is kept safe.
Rats can be particularly ferocious and dangerous, especially if cornered or if food is in short supply. Steve has taken a few defensive bites himself over the years so he has come to know how best to approach rats.
Much like of the extensive use of antibiotics in humans is helping create strains of hardy 'superbugs', the use of rodenticides is creating colonies of poison-resistant 'super rats'. Steve has the pest control industry knowledge of what methods and products are going to work best to control a thriving rattie population.
To avoid a rat’s puncturing bites, don’t try and deal with it yourself. Call Steve on 07469 391780 pronto.
The majority of bees, particularly honey bees and bumble bees, are important beneficial insects. Playing a key role in the ecosystem, their preservation is vital. Steve would not consider bees a pest and the destroying of a bees nest is the very last resort. If the honey bees are not causing a nuisance or a threat, they can be left alone.
Every steps should be made beforehand to consider relocating any bees nest or swarm of bees. In the first instance, contact a beekeeper. Visit the British Beekeeper Association www.bbka.org.uk to find your nearest beekeeper.
Any decision to eradicate a bee's nest is not taken lightly. It may be necessary to take control of an established nest during the winter months when honey cells are capped and honey stores are at their lowest levels. A treatment can also be dependent on whether it is possible to close off the entrance(s) to the nest after treatment. Steve would need to conduct a survey to establish these criteria, the risk to humans and the danger of inadvertently destroying other bee colonies.
When you call us, you'll get....
- A quick and safe response
- Friendly service
- Experienced technician
- A free no obligation quote
When we work for you, you can relax because you're totally protected. Everything our experienced and friendly operators do for you is Insured and Guaranteed.
But please don't just take our word for it. .....
We've had the pleasure of helping thousands of customers in South East London with their Pest Control problems.
Just some towns we serve in South East London: Greenwich, Lewisham, Eltham, Plumstead, Woolwich, Waterloo, Thamesmead, Forest Hill, Charlton, Southwark, Bermondsey, Peckham, Dulwich, Brockley, Sydenham, Penge, Catford, Deptford, Camberwell, Norwood, Blackheath, Walworth, Kennington, Lamberth, Abbey Wood and all surrounding SE Areas,
So whether it's your house, your garden, your farm, your football pitch, your golf course, your bowls lawn, your cricket pitch ...... or even your own private runway that's being affected, by now you'll realise your Pest problems are in safe hands with us.
If you're worried about your pets ......... don't be. Pest and pets might be spelt with the same letters, but we understand the way you feel about them is very different. ...... We always make sure that whatever we do to tackle your pest problem is pet-friendly.
How can we be so sure we'll tackle your problems effectively?
Because our highly trained operators have access to a wide range of different pest control solutions and a specialised laboratory to help us diagnose those really rare pests that occasionally pop up and give us on the spot advice if we need it.
So let's get moving. The sooner you pick the phone and call us, the sooner your pest problems will be just an unpleasant memory.
Pestforce South East London are available for all residential, commercial, and agricultural jobs in London, South East London covering towns and cities such as:]
Abbey Wood, Anerley, Bankside , Beckenham, Bellingham, Bermondsey, Blackheath, Brockley, Camberwell , Catford, Charlton, Chinbrook, Crofton Park , Crossness, Crown Point, Crystal Palace, Denmark Hill, Deptford , Dulwich, Dulwich Village, East Dulwich, Eltham, Evelyn, Falconwood , Forest Hill, Gipsy Hill, Greenwich, Greenwich Peninsula, Grove Park, Herne Hill, Hither Green, Honor Oak, Horn Park, Kennington, Kidbrooke, Ladywell, Lee, Lewisham, Longlands, Loughborough Junction, Maze Hill, Mottingham, New Cross, New Eltham, Newington, Norwood, Nunhead, Peckham, Peckham Rye, Penge, Plumstead, Rotherhithe, Selhurst, South Bank, South Norwood, Southwark, Surrey Quays, Sydenham, Sydenham Hill, Thamesmead, Tulse Hill, Upper Norwood, Vauxhall, Walworth, West Dulwich, West Heath, West Norwood, Westcombe Park, Western Ladywell, Woolwich
Put 'Steve PEST' in your contact list and call him on 07469 391780.
Alternatively, fill out the Request a Callback form which will be sent as a text to Steve; you'll be helping make sure he has your correct contact details.