Pest Problems

Well its a new year but not much changes in the Pest Control World. Its been a busy Christmas in all the areas I cover, with all the usual suspects providing pest problems. Rats have been moving in doors as the weather got colder and with all the rain flooding out the sewers it has caused a constant stream of rats and mice making their presence felt. Once again Blackburn has been a pest problem area, with rats in the lofts of the rows of terraced houses. The main problem being lack of action from council pest control teams. The sewers really need baiting on a regular basis but it seems its only done now once a large problem has established itself.

Rodent Control-Squirrels

Squirrels have also been making their presence known. Some of the damage that I have seen in peoples lofts is unbelievable, 6” joists almost chewed through and some damage to wiring also seen, its lucky fires haven’t been started in some instances.

Calls from Preston areas have slowed down, maybe the councils there have been making more of an effort with their pest control obligations.

One more change for Ian Smith Pest Control is the addition to the team of an extra pair of hands, though we are keeping it in the family, with help from my Brother in Law at busy times. Customers have been very happy with the expertise he brings to Ian Smith Pest Control and all being well he will be helping a lot more in the coming year.

Seasonal Pest Problems

Different seasons provide different pest problems, with spring currently well under way, I am getting many calls from commercial and domestic areas plagued by insects and rodents that are out making a place for themselves in the world.

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