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Pests are coming - don't wait until its too late 

For the rodent pests; vermin such as the grey squirrel, rats and mice autumn is a time of plenty which is quickly followed by famine. The berries, nuts and seeds are quickly eaten or stashed away for safety and what follows are the harsh times with scarce supplies of food and cold weather. 
Its not a secret but we’re good at discussing the finer points of life with friends and neighbour’s; things such as the holiday plans for this summer or the new car that’s parked in the drive, but there is one topic of conversation that is kept secret and that is – 
“We’ve got a rat problem in the house”! 
Its spring and in the pest control calendar we’re just about to see the wasps appear, one little insect that gets confused by both professional pest controllers and the general public alike is the mason bee or as its commonly referred to the masonry bee. 
These harmless but extremely important pollinators emerge in early spring and begin foraging for the foodstuffs that will be used to rear their young: bee bread. Bee bread is, as you’d imagine with anything to do with bees, simply a form of ‘super-food’; this is flower pollen mixed with bee saliva, proteins from the surface of the flowers and nectar. These remarkable insects form the base of a massive food chain that supports most life on planet earth and its often reported that without bees, mankind has just four years left to live. 
To fully understand insects we have to know that they are given a classification and belong to different Orders; think of dog breeds; not all dogs are the same but certain types are associated with one another such as labradors and retrievers. Wasps, bees and hornets all belong to the insect Order Hymenoptera: the word is derived from Greek which describes a membrane – Hymen and Ptera; wings. Insects of this order all have two pairs of wings and Hymenoptera covers the group of highly specialised insects that often associate in large colonies with a complex social organisation. 
It’s not just those of us in the pest control business but the RSPB, the Forestry Commission, landowners and farmers who all class the grey squirrel as vermin in the UK. Currently it is believed that there are approximately 2.7 million of these rodents spread across the country and we certainly have a major problem with squirrels in Woodley, we have been very busy already this year with call outs. 
Traditionally squirrels are poisoned, shot and trapped as the means of control; why do they need to be controlled? The answer is that we need to control these animals due to one important fact; the grey squirrel is correctly known as the north American grey squirrel and as its name suggests, it is in fact from north America. 
Rats or mice make the bulk of our workload here at All Aspects Pest Control, there seems to be a never ending demand for our services for these two rodent species and unlike the third rodent that we deal with; the squirrel, there is no set season of activity. It used to be the case that rats and mice would start to migrate into homes and businesses across Reading and central Berkshire in the autumn as the weather got wetter and cooler, for the last couple of years we have seen this trend disappear and it seems that they are with us all year round. 
Many people do not understand the difference between the two species so we have put together a short guide to tell the difference - rat or mouse, that is the question? 
Well it’s the autumn, frosty mornings and sunny days highlighting the tree’s in all their finery – russets, gold and yellow and just a few green leaves sprinkled about to lighten the palette, it is beautiful at the moment. The best thing about the autumn? Sunday roast when its cold outside, the smell of chicken roasting and the heat from the kitchen filling the house and a cold beer in my hand – now that’s what I call autumn. 
The word lawn comes from the middle English word launde which originally referred to a glade or an opening in a woodland, over the centuries the word adapted until it is as we know it today – lawn. 
Whats is it about wasp stings that make then so painful? I get that mossie bites itch and ants give you a nasty little nip but as a pest controller I do get stung by wasps from time to time and why oh why are they so painful? 
So I did a little research; for me its like a lightening bolt when they sting followed by nothing and then nothing, after a couple of hours I get the 'itch' and ohh what an itch. Then the swelling and more itching, no pain except for that first few seconds but the swelling is painful and the itch keeps me awake at night. 
The hot plume of Saharan air has certainly mixed things up with the wasps, everyone enjoys hot weather and these insectivores are no different. 
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