Professional pest control services from local people
Here at All Aspects Pest Control, we are a company that’s local to you; we live in Woodley and we fully understand the problems and the pressures in our area when it comes down to pests.
Having a wide range of local knowledge of the area, our biggest pest issue in Sonning is with rodents: rats, mice and squirrels. Our local knowledge allows us to quickly pinpoint what pest you have if you’re hearing scratching noises in the loft and locate the entrance for your unwanted visitors.
When we know what the pest problem is then we can correctly plan our method of control to get rid of your animals quickly and permanently. This is one advantage of using a local company rather than a national, we also have quicker turn out times and we provide a more detailed service.
All pests dealt with in Sonning on Thames
Sonning is a small village with just over 3000 people living in it but we will deal with just about every pest someplace in Sonning at one time or another, from bed bugs to rats we see the usual spectrum of pests as any other town. As a local family run business with three working technicians, we provide a range of pest control services with a rapid callout and these include the following:
Total rodent control throughout Sonning
Rat control in Sonning
Rats are a pest problem in Sonning and these animals inhabit the drains in the village; most people assume that they come from the River Thames but we see them underground. Using our background knowledge of the local area, we can quickly pinpoint the way the rats are getting inside your property, and we use drain inspection cameras as standard to check the condition of the underground pipework. We look to find faults and redundant sections which may be used by the rats and the cause of your rat problem.
Whether rats are coming in via the drains or in through the walls, successful rat control is not about the use of rodenticide, to fully eliminate these rodents from your property you need to identify the entrance and seal it up.
This type of pest control is called Integrated Pest Management where we place an emphasis on proofing works rather than just the use of poison. We prefer to trap rats, removing the animals physically which you cannot do when you use poison as they die just about anywhere and more often than not, that going to be inside the house.
Squirrel control in Sonning
The Sonning area is now home to the North American Grey Squirrel; mature oaks and coniferous trees all give these rodents a natural habitat and in the breeding season when numbers start to peak they will start to look at your home as a place to nest in.
The grey squirrel was bought into the Country during the Victorian era, and since then, the grey squirrel has become a major pest throughout the area, with no predators and a breeding cycle that see’s two separate birthing periods every year, the numbers of grey squirrels are booming across the County.
Female grey squirrels are territorial in nature and so they need to find themselves an empty space for raising their young and that is more often than not, inside a loft. Squirrels are equipped with razor sharp teeth and strong jaws and they will simply gnaw through wood, plastic, and even thin sheet steel to gain access to the inside of a loft.
Once inside, they shred up the loft insulation and gnaw on electrical cables, causing a great deal of damage. We never poison squirrels but use humane traps that give a quick dispatch and once again, if we are able to seal their entrance point, we will, in order to prevent further infestations.
Mouse trapping in Sonning
We only ever trap mice in Sonning as part of our pest control service and mice will squeeze through a gap the size of your little finger, and if there isn’t a handy opening, they’re more than capable of making their own. Mice are part of the rodent family and just like rats, they have strong front incisors that grow out from the root; rodents actually have to grind their teeth to stop them from curling out and preventing their feeding.
Mice can gnaw through wooden door frames and plastic air bricks and with such a tiny entrance hole required, many people miss these and resort to the use of rodenticide as a means of controlling mice.
It is actually illegal to use rodenticide on some species of mice – every chemical we use in the pest control industry, whether in the form of a solid block of rodenticide or a liquid insecticide has a label that governs its usage. This label covers where it can be used, the quantity and the species; here in Sonning the mice that we see are what’s known as ‘field mice’ and come in the form of voles, shrews and some species of mice.
This collection of animals form the basis of the food chain for owls and other raptors so they should never be poisoned, we only trap and seal and this is the best way to control mice in Sonning.
Mole catching in Sonning
Mole catching is how I started out in pest control; as a sixteen year old working on a farm over in Hurley, I began catching moles for the farmer and it’s still something that I do. Our mole catching service is done on a basis of ‘no catch means no fee’. If I fail to catch your mole then I don’t charge you for the time taken, and the reason for this is that it is my job to catch the mole and why would anyone pay for something that isn’t delivered?
Mole catching is about patience and understanding the ground, why would you pay up front for mole catching when for one; you don’t know how many are in the ground and secondly, you don’t know whether you’ll catch it or not? No catch no fee for mole catching – makes sense to me.
Wasp and hornet nest removal service in Sonning
Wasp nest removal in Sonning
Being local is an added advantage for delivering wasp control across the Sonning area as we’ll happily work over seven days a week. Wasps are a major summertime nuisance and many people are terrified of these yellow and black pests. Wasps start building their nests in April or May when the Queen Wasp comes out of her winter hibernation, the fact that they go unnoticed is largely down to the weather and growth cycles.
Wasps are insectivores and hunt other insects, and they do this better in sunny, warm conditions because of a unique set of cells in their body. These special cells convert ultraviolet light into electrical energy meaning that they become supercharged on sunny days.
The Queen wasp is really just an egg laying machine and as more workers become available to gather in insects, so more food is produced, and more eggs are laid; in a good year there may be several thousand workers all flying in and out of the nest. This means that wasp nests can become huge, and every wasp is armed with a painful sting; a nearby wasp nest can ruin a barbeque and make outdoor life intolerable. So we aim for a callout time of within 24 hours for local wasp nest treatments in Sonning.
Hornet nest removal in Sonning
With similar in characteristics to wasps, European hornets are not such a common pest in Sonning, however these insects are about four times the size of a wasp and make a great deal of noise as they fly about and can be truly terrifying.
Unlike a wasp nest that can have thousands of workers, hornets will only reach numbers in the hundreds at most, being so large, means that the Queen Hornet produces fewer eggs and so colony sizes are much smaller.
With distinctive dark red and deep yellow markings, the hornet packs a savage sting; with three times as much venom as the wasp made up of a cocktail of chemicals and enzymes that hit our pain receptors, our technicians are equipped with the correct PPE to tackle all of these insects.
We would advise against DIY attempts to get rid or wasps and hornets; the stings are painful, and you could make things worse.
All about bee's
When it comes to delivering a professional pest control service in Sonning, we take an ethical approach to the service we provide, hence why we will only ever trap mice. As an industry we need to think about what we’re doing and why we are doing it and our approach to bee control is balanced on the basis that we will only treat bee’s if there is a life risk to the occupants of the property, and by that we mean, not being allergic as everyone is, but anaphylactic.
Everyone gets an allergic reaction to wasp, hornet and bee stings – it’s the release of histamine that causes the swelling and itching and these symptoms can be controlled with antihistamine pills from the chemist. Bee’s are important to our future as pollinators, and in some cases such as mining bee’s, mortar bee’s and leaf cutting bee’s these insects are completely harmless as they have lost their venom and actually unable to sting.
Unfortunately, some pest controllers out there, see killing bee’s as a form of financial reward; there is no reward in killing harmless pollinators and where possible we will relocate a nest of bumblebee’s rather than kill them.
You can read our blog on bee’s to see if in fact your ‘pest’ is actually a friend.
Insect eradication in Sonning from a local company
Ant removal in Sonning
Ants are a common problem through the warmer months and we treat all types of ants including the exotic species that are finding their way into the country such as Pharaoh ants and Acrobat ants. Travel, global warming and imported goods are seeing a rise in invasive species of which ants excel at and these are becoming more of a problem year on year.
Moth control in Sonning
Clothes moths or carpet moths, whichever you have a problem with are treated both the same with chemical sprays, chemical fogging and pheromone lures. Both of these moths are becoming more common as pests due to the milder winters and the cheap price of wool. Stored produce moths problems can usually be resolved with throwing out contaminated foodstuffs.
Flea control in Sonning
We are seeing a build-up of chemical resistance in fleas to the products found in veterinary products that are used by cat and dog owners, and so we are seeing a rise in call outs to deal with some heavy flea infestations. We use a combination of chemical sprays and fogging agents to combat fleas and you may require two visits for a bad infestation.
Beetle control in Sonning
Carpet beetles have a nasty surprise as pests; the larvae are called woolly bears because the caterpillars have a thick layer of fibrous hairs sticking out of their backs and these hairs are covered with tiny barbs. These break off and lodge in our skin producing a nasty rash, chemical sprays and fogging agents soon get rid of carpet beetles and woolly bears.
Bed bugs and cockroaches - problem pests in Sonning
Bed bug eradication in Sonning
Our approach to controlling bed bugs is one of thoroughness, these insects are extremely easy to pick up and its not just from hotel beds. Bed bugs are natures top hitchhikers and will spread through public transport, schools and even hospital admissions, we always use heat as the opening attack on a bed bug infestation and we experts in bed bug control.
Cockroach control in Sonning
Another problem pest that infest our homes and businesses, and you must expect multiple visits to control these insects, we use a variety of chemicals and lures to map out the spread of the infestation and to bring it under control. Cockroaches are a problem for retailers and businesses that handle food; we offer a regular monitoring service to tackle the threat of cockroaches.
Professional pest control throughout Sonning
No matter what pest you have in Sonning, we have the professional solution for you, with over 19 years of experience in the industry we can deal with any issue in a timely and efficient manner.
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