Since our last blog, where the majority of our summer business shifted to predominantly commercial contracts, we are at point where the shift is happening again. Throughout the year our commercial contracts remain steady, however towards the back of end of the year domestic work sees a dramatic increase. With rodents, moles, squirrels and bird proofing, this time of year insects take up 15-20% of our contracts.
From May through to October everything changes and our domestic work begins to see an increase with contracts involving insect, particularly Wasps. Nests for wasps begin to develop in a mixture of places including bird boxes, shed, airbricks in homes, under roof tiles and even holes under the ground – remember this list isn’t exclusive! Wasp nests start to grow and become evident during summer and will continue to grow each week and the number of wasps per nest can go from the very few to the few hundreds.
Bedbugs are continuing to be an issue and we have seen an increase to treat these in peoples homes, with temperature rises these pests are multiplying rapidly and aren’t just restricted to bedrooms. As travel becomes more and more accessible, people are bringing these pests home without realising – making bedbugs a more familiar family pest problem.
Fleas have also seen an increase, as we have experienced a hotter than usual summer, the growth from egg to adult flea has dramatically increased.
As renewable energy becomes more and more popular, we have taken on Pigeon Proofing of Solar Panels. This year we had our first ever callout to tackle pigeons roosting underneath Solar Panels, with this the increase of home installation we foresee many more callouts in the future.
From studying the behaviour of pigeons, we have come to understand they will imitate behaviour they have seen. We proof the Solar Panels using UV stable plastic clips, which clamp onto the framework, we then place galvanised 25mm mesh formed to the shape of the roof over the clips and then a plastic washer is slid down the clip holding the mesh tight to the panel preventing access to the pigeons. The main obstacle with this work is access onto the roof; which may require the use of scaffolding, ladders or hydraulic lifts.
While this glorious weather continues we will continue to tackle insect invasions, in both commercial and domestic properties, ever ready to combat rodents as the colder weather sets in.