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Hints And Tips

Here are some seasonal hints and tips, we will endevour to up date this section as the
seasons change and different pests become a problem.
If you have a pest that does not appear or require information about
other pests please use the enquiry form
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Mr Nigel Probert
298 ASTWOOD RD,
WORCESTER.
WR3 8HD


WORCESTER AREA TEL 01905 619939
DROITWICH AREA TEL 01905 799005
MALVERN AREA TEL 01684 216613.






WELCOME TO OUR HINTS AND TIPS AREA.


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This is your page of the web site.
Here we try to keep you informed about which pests are currently causing problems and try to answer some of the questions we are asked.
Unlike the majority of those you will meet in the industry, we are NOT trained by any company, our training came mainly through an of shoot of a Government department. These were the people who studied WHY you have your problems and what is the SAFEST and most EFFECTIVE way of dealing with your problem.






FIND US ON FACEBOOK



We have now started our own facebook page. Far better for you the customer as it can be updated daily.
We find it a far better way of getting information out to you the customer.
Either look up VERMINATER PEST CONTROL on the search facility or copy and paste this url
https://www.facebook.com/verminaterpestcontrol?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
You can find our facebook page by searching Google for @verminaterpestcontrol




WASPS, WASP NEST, WASP NEST REMOVAL - VERMINATER WASP CONTROL



Well it is almost the end of July and lots of calls from customers already this year so far, saying they have a wasp nest.
Most of you will not know you have a wasp nest until about the end of July, wasp nests are very slow in getting established this year.
A wasp nest starts each year with a single queen wasp and slowly builds up in numbers and customers will not know they have a wasp nest until their numbers build up too several hundred, which takes months.
By the time you notice you have a wasp nest it will have been active for at least 3 months.
Wasp nests do seem to be 6-8 weeks late this year despite receiving over 300 calls already for wasp nest removal, we have in fact only seen less then a handful of actual wasp nests. The rest have been bumble bees.
The biggest wasp nest we have seen this year is about the size of a grape fruit, normally at this time of year a wasp nest would be the size of a football.
Already this year several new customers have discovered us via facebook or through this hints and tips page, they have been using companies that appear on their local council website in the past but some are discovering that for wasp nest removal, they have been paying £30 MORE then if they had called us to treat it............

Customers are informing us that they are being quoted very high prices from companies they have found on the web when doing search`s for "wasp nest removal Worcester", "wasp nest removal Droitwich" or "wasp nest removal Malvern".
These are classed as long tail search terms and many of the companies that appear in the results are NOT LOCAL COMPANIES.

DURING WASP NEST REMOVAL SEASON, HERE`S THE DEAL.
We make ourselves available on Saturdays and Sunday mornings to treat wasp nest`s or swarm`s of bees.
AT NO EXTRA COST
That's right, we charge the same price as we do the rest of the week, we have done this for the last 20 years.

SEARCHING THE INTERNET
When searching the internet for any sort of local business, be careful what you search for.
If you are looking for pest control in Worcester, Malvern or Droitwich, you may type in pest control Worcester, pest control Malvern or pest control Droitwich. By looking for companies by trade in your area, you are more likely to find local companies, it is when you start doing searches like ants in home Droitwich or rats in loft Malvern or even bedbugs in bed Worcester that you stop finding local companies in your search results and companies from all over the UK start turning up.
So no matter what your pest problem is you are more likely to find local companies if you search for pest control Droitwich, pest control Malvern or pest control Worcester. Even if you live slightly out of these areas in more rural areas, searching for companies by village name or area does throw up a host of companies from all over the Country not locally. So remember if you are looking for someone local to deal with your ants, wasps, bees or rats and mice type pest control Droitwich, pest control Worcester or pest control Malvern.

This point has hit home with a number of customers this summer whilst they have been searching the web to get their wasp nest treated.
A new customer was shocked to discover that when he typed wasp nest removal Worcester in to his search engine, he ended up employing a company from Coventry and not a local company.
Other new customers have been shocked at the prices they have been quoted after searching the web for wasp nest removal Worcester and contacting companies they find who advertise for wasp nest removal Worcester. Well if a company has to come to Worcester from Nottingham, Derby or even Birmingham, then someone has to pay for the time taken to drive here and back and you can guess who that is going to be............you the customer.
In fact, if you cross reference companies claiming to be local companies with those that actually advertise in yellow pages most of the companies you find will not be in the directory. It is expensive to advertise in such directories yet you can set a website up at a fraction of the cost, so please do your home work.









PRICE LIST


Seeing some of the first words that customers who phone enquiring about our services do seem to be “how much is it going to cost me” or “what price do you charge”, here is a list of what our charges are for 2015.
Prices start from:

WASP NEST TREATMENT/ WASP NEST REMOVAL
Wasp nest removal Malvern £45
Wasp nest removal Worcester £45
Wasp nest removal Droitwich £45
Wasp nest removal Pershore £45
Wasp nest removal Evesham £45
As 60-70% of customers we meet have more than 1 wasp nest, each additional nest, provided we have access to it, is charged an extra £10 if treated whilst we are there.
We do not advice the removal of an old treated wasp nest as this nest will prevent other wasps build a new nest there in years to come.
Wasp nest removal to soon after treatment can lead to hundreds or even thousands of wasps returning later in the day only to find their home gone..... they often try to rebuild the nest.
We certainly do not advice customers on how to carry out a wasp nest treatment / wasp nest removal simply because we do not know your medical history.

SWARM OF BEES (dependent on access and legal requirements on treating established swarms)
Swarm of bees Malvern £60
Swarm of bees Worcester £60
Swarm of bees Droitwich £60
Swarm of bees Pershore £60
Swarm of bees Evesham £60
If an established swarm, the law on how they may be dealt with changes from how we can treat a new swarm.

RATS AND MICE
A normal treatment for rats or mice is normally 2-3 visits.
1st visit - survey to establish type of rodent, size of infestation and areas infested. Also includes advice on proofing of property to prevent infestation and stop problem returning. The use of rodenticides or traps to erradicate problem.

2nd visit - to check that method used is working and that proofing of property has stopped more rodents gaining entry, top up rodenticides if necessary.

3rd visit - to check that no more activity has occured and remove any remaining products.

Malvern from £75
Worcester from £75
Droitwich from £75
Pershore from £75
Evesham from £75

Some customers do not want a treatment they are just fed up of paying year after year for treatments, they just want help so they are not infested again. As one of the most experienced persons in the industry in establishing causes of infestations, we charge £35 per hour for surveys.

FLEAS
Malvern £15 per room
Worcester £15 per room
Droitwich £15 per room
Pershore £15 per room
Evesham £15 per room
Example – a two up two down would be 4 main rooms plus stairs and landings and bathroom. We would class this as 5 rooms in total so cost is £75
TIP
Be aware of anyone who claims that for fleas you will need more then one treatment. The main reason for this is because it is not treated correctly first time. Why any professional would want to expose you the customer unnecessarily to the danger of exposure to these types of products.

CLUSTER FLIES
Main loft area
Malvern £60
Worcester £60
Droitwich £60
Pershore £60
Evesham £60
Extra loft spaces are charged at £15

ANTS
(Dependant on treatment required prices from:)
Malvern £50
Worcester £50
Droitwich £50
Pershore £50
Evesham £50

MOLES
Prices start from as little as
Malvern £50
Worcester £50
Droitwich £50
Pershore £50
This is for domestic properties
If you wish to learn how to trap moles we are happy to teach customers how. We cram over 30 years’ experience in to an hour. For this we charge £75
Free quotes for larger gardens, paddocks or fields.

SQUIRRELS
We trap squirrels NOT poison them like some as poison does not always work and when it does it can leave you with major problems.
Malvern £20 per visit
Worcester £20 per visit
Droitwich £20 per visit
A treatment may be between 3-5 visits.
CARPET BEETLE/MOTH
Malvern £50-£100 dependent on number of rooms infested
Worcester £50-£100 dependent on number of rooms infested
Droitwich £50-£100 dependent on number of rooms infested

Other pests and technical advice then please phone for quote.
Worcester area Tel 01905 619939
Droitwich area Tel 01905 799005
Malvern area Tel 01684 216613


This price list covers the surrounding areas also these include:
Kempsey, Powick, Hallow, Severn Stoke, Leigh Sinton, Upton upon Severn, Colwall, Storridge, Knightwick, Alfrick, Martley, Clifton on Teme, Callow end village, Lower Broadheath. Hallow, Rushwick, Grimley, Holt Heath, Ombersley, Doverdale, Cutnall Green, Hampton Lovett, Bromsgrove, Great Witley, Abberley, Stanford Bridge, Kidderminster, Upton Snodsbury, Flyford Flavell, Handbury, Hallow village, Hadzor, Sneads Green, Tibberton, Crowle, Alfrick Pound, Spetchley, Leigh Sinton village, North Piddle, White Ladies Aston, Powick village, Peopleton, Drakes Broughton, Pirton, Clifton, Kerwell Green, Kinnersley, Callow End just to name a few.........




WHAT AREA DO WE COVER?



We provide a pest control service in the following areas:
Worcester City council area.
Wychavon district council area.
Malvern Hills district council area.
Parts of the Wyre Forest district council area.
Kempsey, Leigh Sinton, Powick, Hallow, Severn Stoke, Upton upon Severn, Callow end village, Colwall, Storridge, Saint Johns, Knightwick, Rushwick, Alfrick, Martley, Clifton on Teme, Lower Broadheath. Hallow, Grimley, Holt Heath, Ombersley, Alfrick Pound Doverdale, Cutnall Green, Hampton Lovett, Bromsgrove, Great Witley, Abberley, Stanford Bridge, Kidderminster, Claines, Upton Snodsbury, Flyford Flavell, Northwick, Handbury, Barbourne, Hadzor, Sneads Green, Dines Green, Tibberton, Crowle, Setchley, North Piddle, White Ladies Aston, Powick village, Hallow village, Leigh Sinton village, Peopleton, Drakes Broughton, Pirton, Clifton, Kerwell Green, Kinnersley, Callow End just to name a few.........


Now that local authorities have stopped their pest control services and most no longer advise you to use their "preffered contractor", now all councils are allowed to have a list of companies they can use to do work for the council if they themselves do not do that work. So they will have a list of builders, window cleaners or electricians but by councils, by their own rules and regulation should not be making that list available to you the public.........
We are still meeting customers who`s infestations should have been sorted out once and for all by the companies that many of these councils employed but obviously failed to check that they were doing the job correctly, PROBLEM SOLVED.....MORE LIKE PROBLEM DRAGGED OUT FOR YEARS......
Many customers seem confused about the pest control service provided by their council, now this is something we have looked extensively in to and we have asked an organisation that oversees what local authorities do and even right up to government minister level. The answer seems to be
NO COUNCIL SHOULD BE PUTTING OUT TO TENDER TREATMENTS FOR PEST CONTROL AS THIS IS NOT A STATUTORY DUTY, THE COUNCILS STATUTORY DUTY UNDER LAW IS TO CARRY OUT PERIODIC INSPECTIONS OF THEIR AREAS AND SERVING NOTICES ON PEOPLE WHO FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THEIR LEGAL REQUIREMENT TO KEEP THEIR LAND FREE OF RATS AND MICE............




FAQ


Q/ WHY HAS MY COUNCIL STOPPED PROVIDING PEST CONTROL?

A/ This question of what councils should be doing in the way of pest control has raged in the industry for many years. We have looked in to this at great length and what we have discovered is quite shocking.
Firstly it is not the responsibility of any local authority to provide any pest control, their job under current law, is to ensure you comply with your legal requirements under law and when necessary serve notices on those who fail to comply with the law.
From our enquires, NO council is given any monies from Central Government to fund pest control treatments (as it is not the councils responsibility to carryout treatments). Councils fund these services by taking money from other departments, which contributes to you receiving less from these services.
You only have to look locally to see something is wrong, Worcester council do not provide pest control yet other councils advice you to use only certain private companies.
Several years ago we asked the then MP for local authorities why councils were paying private companies to provide pest control treatments, he informed us that no council should be doing this.



Q/ I HAVE FOUND AN OLD WASP NEST IN MY LOFT AND NOT WANTING THEM TO USE IT AGAIN, SHOULD I REMOVE IT?

A/ Wasp nest's are only ever used for one season. Once dead, they are never used again.


Q/ IS IT ADVISABLE TO REMOVE AN OLD WASP NEST?

A/ If the nest is not hanging above a water tank in your loft, then leaving it will not be a problem. In fact leaving old wasp nests in place works in your favour, it blocks off that site, so preventing other wasps nests from being built there in following years. Remove the wasp nest and you open up the site and next year a new wasp nest can be built there.


Q/ DO YOU CARRYOUT THE TREATMENT OF..........?

A/ We are a pest control company so dealing with pest's is our business.
After spending over 17 years working for a council in a rural area, where many of our customers were from the farming community, we would be expected to remove thousands of rats from a farm as quickly and as safely as possible. This would take on average just 2-3 weeks, so dealing with a few rats or mice in a house, office or shop is not that difficult.
Here is a list of some of the common pest's we deal with;
ANTS, BEES, BEDBUGS, COCKROACHES, CARPET BEETLES, FLEAS, CLUSTER FLIES, HORNETS, MICE, MINK, MITES, MOLES, MOTHS, RABBITS, RATS, SQUIRRELS, WASPS.

Just to name a few.


PEST CONTROL TRAINING
Not all pest control training is the same, which is why when you employ company X,Y or Z you never get the same level of service.
When we all go on these pest control training courses, we all come away with the same information but how each pest control officer uses that information will often be the difference between you the customer having your pest problem solved quickly or have it dragged out for years.
Just because we all do the same pest control training does not mean we all work the same.
We realised in our early years in the pest control industry that much of the training was not what we needed to know and at times these pest control training programs were nothing more then sales pitches.
We opted to obtain much of our pest control training from ADAS which was a spin off from the old ministry of agriculture. The reason we chose this form of pest control training was because these were the people who had studied why it was you the customers got rat and mouse infestations, what was the best way of dealing with rodent infestations and how to avoid further infestations. Something many other pest control training programs failed to do.


SEARCHING THE INTERNET
When searching the internet for any sort of local business, be careful what you search for.
If you are looking for pest control in Worcester, Malvern or Droitwich, you may type in pest control Worcester, pest control Malvern or pest control Droitwich. By looking for companies by trade in your area, you are more likely to find local companies, it is when you start doing searches like ants in home Droitwich or rats in loft Malvern or even bedbugs in bed Worcester that you stop finding local companies in your search results and companies from all over the UK start turning up.
So no matter what your pest problem is you are more likely to find local companies if you search for pest control Droitwich, pest control Malvern or pest control Worcester. Even if you live slightly out of these areas in more rural areas, searching for companies by village name or area does throw up a host of companies from all over the Country not locally. So remember if you are looking for someone local to deal with your ants, wasps, bees or rats and mice type pest control Droitwich, pest control Worcester or pest control Malvern.

This point has hit home with a number of customers this summer whilst they have been searching the web to get their wasp nest treated.
A new customer was shocked to discover that when he typed wasp nest removal Worcester in to his search engine, he ended up employing a company from Coventry and not a local company.
Other new customers have been shocked at the prices they have been quoted after searching the web for wasp nest removal Worcester or wasp nest removal Droitwich and contacting companies they find who advertise for wasp nest removal Worcester or Droitwich. Well if a company has to come to Worcester from Nottingham, Derby or even Birmingham, then someone has to pay for the time taken to drive here and back and you can guess who that is going to be............you the customer.
Many companies are setting up websites for local areas for a whole raft of search terms, this gives the impression they are local companies yet when you click on the link then you are taken to a page of a much larger website with many pages optimised for a large range of search terms or they will buy a domain name with a local connection and set up a web page for that domain name and when you click on it, it will redirect you to their main web site. It is actually cheaper for companies to do this, then to advertise in local directories such as yell for instance.



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