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Can Pest Control Benefit Your Business?


No one wants a pest problem in their business. Not only can pests damage your stock and contaminate food, they also deal a lot of damage to your reputation and brand too. So when you experience a pest problem in your business, it’s recommended that you find a solution immediately. 

Pest control for businesses needs to involve more than just spraying pesticides. When you have a businesses in the food industry or have stock that is delicate, you want to have chemical-free solutions. This will reduce the impact they have on the environment whilst still protecting your property and your customers too. 

When you experience a pest infestation in your business, you need to talk to a local professional pest controller to develop a flexible contract that will protect your business. Having a pest control contract for your business will reduce the costs when you do experience a serious pest infestation. It should meet all of your specific needs and keep your staff and customers safe at the same time. 

Everybody will benefit from having a pest free environment. There are many people who suffer from allergies or asthma, which is worsened when pests are present. By having pest control in your business, you are protecting people’s health and comfort as well as protecting your brand reputation. 

Having a large pest infestation in your business can be very expensive. However, developing a long time pest control contract with a professional pest controller can reduce business costs over time. This is because they will deal with the root of the problem, and reduce the likelihood of an infestation happening again in the future. Many pest prevention methods also have the added benefit of making your property more energy efficient, also saving you money in the long run. 

Every business has its own pest concerns that it’s particularly worried about. Integrating pest control into your business makes sure that you have a customised solution to any pest problems that happen in your specific business. When you have a business in the food industry, there is zero tolerance for any sort of pests. Other industries may be a bit more tolerant of pest problems. 

Make sure you work with a licensed, expert pest control company to keep your business pest free and profitable. 

6 Hot Spots For Pests In Your London Home


Insects and various other pests are very eager to find a place that has food, water and shelter for them. Since most of our London homes are warm and full of food, it’s no wonder a lot of Londoners have to deal with pest infestations on a regular basis. 

If you want to prevent a severe infestation in your home, it’s important to have a great pest prevention routine in place. The first step to doing this is to know where the pests might be hiding. 

Here are some of the most common hiding places that you should keep a close eye on for possible infestations. 
1. Seams of padded furniture – These are one of the most common insect hiding places, especially for bed bug infestations. They spread very quickly, and sometimes it can take months before you notice a problem. Make sure to regularly check your mattresses, cushions and cracks on the bed frame. 
2. Cellars – Every cellar provides two things an insect craves; dampness and darkness. Check that all of your plumbing isn’t leaking and seal entry points around your basement. Inspect the darker corners regularly and places underneath appliances. 
3. Skirting boards – The spot behind your skirting boards is like a bug hotel, hosting all kinds of insects that love tight, dark corners. To avoid getting a pest problem in your skirting boards, vacuum along them once a week. 
4. Wardrobes and cupboards – To have a proper pest prevention routine in place, you need to inspect everything, including your clothes. There are bugs like moths that feed off fabrics. Clean your clothes regularly and always wash your clothes before you store them. 
5. Bins – A bin that has a tightly sealed lid will keep the bugs out of the bins. You must clean your bins regularly though. Some white vinegar and soapy water is a great solution for doing this. You may also be able to wash your household bins with bleach too or soapy water.
6. Appliances – Some pests will be more than happy to make their homes in your appliances. Ovens and fridges provide ideal shelter for pests. 

If you want to make sure there are no pests hiding around your home, give our team here at Catch-it a call to get the best advice on pest control solutions. 

Protect Your Car From A Rodent Infestation


Many of us rely on our cars every day to get us from A to B. However, did you know that rodents can also rely on your car for shelter and food too? Rodents love to make their home under the hood of your car, especially when the weather gets a bit chillier. 

The engine of a car is usually warm, dry and relatively undisturbed. It’s the perfect place for rodents to live. Once a rodent gets into your car, they can cause a lot of damage that could end up costing you a lot of money to put right. 

Engine wires are a particular favourite for rodents. If a rodent chews through any of the wires, it will cause your electrics to short circuit. You can change the wires but if the rodent problem is still present they will just chew through the wires again. 

As well as providing food for rodents, a car engine also makes a great place for a nest. Remember that your car has seats full of padding, a great material for a rodent bed. An engine has lots of little nooks and crannies that provide a perfect shelter for rodents to make their nests and breed. 

Prevent Rodents In Your Engine 
Here are some steps you can take to reduce the risk of rodents becoming passengers in your car. 
• Eliminate food in the surrounding area. Any pet food you keep around your car should be moved and stored properly. 
• Keep an eye out for rodent activity. Common signs are droppings, chewed paper and disturbed rubbish. 
• Reduce the amount of places a rodent can hide. Prune back bushes and trees near your car so that rodents don’t have anywhere they can hide. 
• Open the hood of your car regularly. A car engine that is out in the open is a lot more inviting than a closed hood. 
• Start your car engine regularly. If you don’t use your car much, make sure to start the engine regularly to disturb any rodents that may be hiding there. 
• Eliminate the rodent infestation. Even with all the prevention techniques in place, some rodents may still slip through the cracks. Make sure to a call a local pest control professional to eliminate your rodent control problem immediately. 

Types Of Business That Benefit From Pest Contracts


When you own a business, you spend a lot of your time making sure the inner workings of that company work the way it should. It would be a shame to let all of your and your staff’s hard work go to waste because of a pest control issue. 

The type of businesses that need to have a pest control contract in place are food premises, storage facilities or soft furnishing stores. All of these businesses can be seriously impacted by a pest infestation. This is why councils and local authorities always recommend businesses are covered by a pest control contract. 

Any business can really benefit from having a pest control contract. If you have a building that has refuse near it, is near a local water source or a waste ground, it can become very susceptible to pests. These properties all can benefit from preventative measures put in place when you invest in a pest control contract. 

If you want to invest in a pest control contract, you have to make sure the company you select have the right skills and expertise to meet your needs. It’s worth asking how the company trains their technicians, and what kind of pests they specialise in. Here at Catch-it, all of our technicians are trained in dealing with a wide range of pests. We deal with all types of pests on a daily basis here in central London. Catch-it is a reputable pest control company that can offer your business a contract to keep it safe from pests. 

In general, a pest control contract will cover the immediate treatment of pests and the follow-up visits afterwards to check for signs of re-infestation. These inspections make sure that your business has all of the right knowledge on pests. This includes how you should train your staff in pest prevention, warning signs of infestations and ways you can keep your business pest free. 

Not taking care of pest control issues and not addressing any infestation problems can result in your business being closed. It may even leave you exposed to further legal action, which results in hefty fines and even more loss of money. For more information on our pest contracts, give us a call today. 

Cute Squirrels? Don’t Be Fooled


Do you love animals? Puppies, kittens, baby seals. They’re all cute right? What about squirrels? We see these little fluff balls running round our garden, scampering across our fences and scaling trees. If you love squirrels, you may not be aware of the problems they can cause if there’s too many of them. Or if they decide to invade your London home. 

Some common signs that a squirrel has got into your home are: 
• Noises from the roof – Things that go bump in the night just got a whole new meaning. If you are hearing scratching or thumping noises through the day or night, you may have squirrels, mice or rats infesting your attic. 
• Smelling something funky – When you have squirrels in the loft, obviously they’re going to wee and poo. The build up of which will eventually leave a pretty horrible smell. Squirrels may also crawl into wall spaces to die, and that won’t smell too great either. 
• Noticing holes – Look at the outside of your London property. Is there a tree or electrical wire that is a bit too close? A squirrel can use that and then make a hole in your roof to enter the loft space. 
• Paw prints – Give your loft a quick scan each time you go up there. If it’s dusty, you may be able to spot little paw prints. 

So what’s wrong if a squirrel does manage to enter your home?
• Squirrels like to chew – And chew, and chew, and chew. They will literally chew on everything in your home, including insulation, personal items and electrical wiring (which then causes fires - scary!). 
• They can ruin your garden – Even when they’re outside, a lot of squirrels can do some serious damage. They will dig up your flowers and vegetables, and pretty much make a nuisance of themselves. 
• Squirrels carry diseases – Some of the diseases that rodents transmit are very dangerous. Squirrels also carry parasites which then spread to the rest of your home and your pets. 

If you have noticed there is a squirrel problem in your area, be aware that they can be dangerous. We here at Catch-it are experts in wildlife control, and have the right knowledge and experience to remove squirrels safely and efficiently. Remember, squirrels aren’t so cute when they’re inside your home. 

Why Rain May Open Your Home To Pests


With storm Doris firmly behind us, it’s time to talk about the negative impact storms and rain can have on pest activity. Storms may affect the structure of your property, leaving it damaged and open to any pests wanting a safe place to hide. Even minor damage to your home could leave it vulnerable to a pest infestation. 

If you’ve experienced heavy rain and strong winds recently, you may want to check your roof tiles. If they have slid, or fallen off completely, the openings made will be the perfect place for a pest to enter and make their home in your loft. 

Storms and heavy rain also affect the sealant around your windows and doors. It can even damage the frames. Once even the tiniest gap has been made, pests can squeeze through and quickly make your home, theirs. A mouse only needs a space big enough to fit its head through to be able to enter your home. That’s not a lot of wiggle room! 

After a storm or heavy rain, it’s important to check your homes’ exterior and perform any repairs that are needed. This will stop the pests from coming in. Here is a list of the top places to check: 
• Check your loft and chimney openings and make sure there is no damage. 
• Re-seal any cracks and crevices on the outside of your home. 
• Replace any loose or broken tiles on your roof, and any window/door frames that may have been damaged. 
• Eliminate moisture around your property, and unclog your drains. 
• Keep your loft dry and well ventilated. 
• Clean up any garden waste that may have happened during the bad weather. 
• Clean out your gutters and drainpipes, as this is a very common place for pests to nest. 

If you are not sure what methods you need to take, to prevent pests entering your home, or you already have a pest infestation, give us a call today. Our team of pest control experts are on hand 24/7 to help you with any pest control need. Prevention is the best method of pest control, so make sure to keep checking your house regularly to make sure any damage is repaired quickly. 

Diseases Caused By Pigeons


Pigeons are most commonly referred to here in the UK as rats with wings. And much like rats, they can carry and transmit some pretty serious diseases. More and more councils across the UK are taking measures to control pigeons as they become more and more used to living alongside us. 

Diseases caused by pigeons are at their utmost when there are a lot of pigeons around, and they leave a high number of droppings and feathers in their roosting sites. These are piles of noxious diseases which are very dangerous to us, and normally happen when there are no pigeon control measures in place. 

Here are some diseases pigeons can cause, carry and transmit to us. 
• Toxoplasmosis – Many people associate Toxoplasmosis with cat faeces, but pigeon droppings also have it too. In fact, you can find this disease in pretty much any warm blooded animal. Pregnant women are particularly at risk of transmitting this parasite, and are often warned to stay away from any type of cat poo or pigeon droppings. 

• Histoplasmosis – This disease is transmitted when pigeon droppings dry and then spores enter the air. We then inhale the spores, and get infected with the fungi. The type of fungus thrives in moist areas, which is what sites of pigeon droppings are. 

• Cryptococcosis – 84% of pigeon nesting sites are testing positive for this horrible diseases. This is also another disease which is inhaled, causing the infection. Many people mistake this illness as flu, becomes it mimics the symptoms. 

• Psittacosis – More commonly referred to as Parrot Fever, this disease is transmitted when the droppings dry and become airborne. Having this disease can lead to pneumonia, and in some cases has even caused death in those who have breathing difficulties like asthma. 

These are the main diseases pigeons can cause, but there are many more such as e.coli and salmonella that pigeons also carry and transmit to humans. If you’re having a particularly troublesome time with pigeons in your home or business, it’s best to call us for expert pigeon control and pigeon proofing. Our team is available 24/7 to help you with your pest control problems. 

The Dangers Of Being Bitten By A Rat


Rat or any other sort of rodent infestation on your property is a big concern because of the diseases they carry. That’s why it’s so important to know how much of a threat a rat bite can be. If you have a rat control problem in your London home, you will be more exposed to the chances of suffering from a rat bite. 

Just one bite from a rat is incredibly dangerous. That one bite could transmit several different kinds of disease. Make sure you have a solid rat prevention routine in your home to minimise the chances of anyone in your family suffering from a rat bite. 

Dangers And Symptoms Of Being Bitten By A Rat
Rats are incredibly fast! If you’re going to be bitten, it’s going to happen quickly. If you or someone you know has been bitten by a rat, it’s important that you seek medical attention immediately. Rat bite can transmit Weil’s disease for example. 

There are a lot of dangers and symptoms that come along with a rat bite. Immediately after the bite, the area will be sore and red. This can then be followed by a rash, and then later on could be joined by a fever. A fever is the most worrying danger of rat bites, because this may mean they have transmitted something to you, or the wound itself has become infected. 

The biggest health danger of a rat bite is rat bite fever. This is mainly transmitted from rats through bites and their urine. Having direct contact with a rat in this way can leave you infected and very ill for a long time. 

It is so important to not risk getting bitten by a rat, because it’s so dangerous. Call the professional pest exterminators here at Catch-it if you’re having a rat control problem in your property. 

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