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There's a hint of autumn in the air this morning, despite it being early August the storm that seems to be bent on wrecking the weekend is bringing temperatures down and blowing the leaves of the trees. Walking my dog my thoughts turn to the autumn and what this years’ going to be like and in one word – RATS! 
As a pest controller I'm often called out to treat a wasp nest that in fact are bee's; either honeybees or bumblebees. I find these insects fascinating and as part of a non-treatment approach I believe that its education rather destruction. 
At this time of year we are getting a lot of calls for wasp nest removal all over the Maidenhead area and these are starting to become more noticeable; don't delay on getting a wasp nest removed as these insects grow in numbers rapidly. 
We get called out to what people think are wasps when in fact they usually are bumble bee's with the white tailed bumble bee being the most common culprit. We don't treat bee's as they pose little in the way of a threat to us and our approach is education; bee's are beautiful and our survival depends on them. 
We have produced a quick visual guide to the different species of wasp, hornet and bee that we often get called out to across Maidenhead; we don't treat bee's and this is explained. 
Marlow like every town has its problems with feral pigeons roosting on buildings, depositing guano and causing a mess. The rowing club had a major problem around the air conditioning units on a small section of the roof. Through the use of netting we have voided that area off and cleaned out all the mess creating a safe working place. 
At this time of year when the temperature plummets we see inward migration of rats and mice into our homes, offices and workplaces all over Maidenhead; in addition this is the first of two squirrel breeding seasons, so if that wasn't enough we find a rise in call-outs for these as they invade our properties looking for nesting sites. 
We carry out mole control all over Maidenhead and widely across all parts of Berkshire and the ground beneath our feet changes dramatically, we can be on water logged clay and then is a mile down the road on sand. This diverse geology: the composition of the soil affects moles and how they live. 
We are starting to see an increase in mole catching requests; they have had a awful summer with the ground set like concrete and now its time to build their territories before winter freezes the ground and before the breeding season sets in. 
Moles are solitary animals and generally avoid one another as they go through their day to day business; the moles’ home territory will overlap with others around and when they reach a shared section of tunnel they will smell the soil inside to see if the other mole has passed through recently. 
Outside of the breeding season they will fight one another so it’s best to avoid bumping into the neighbour when traversing those sections that are shared. This is the reason, when mole trapping around the Maidenhead area that we keep our mole traps in the ground for a while, to see if a noisy neighbour investigates the now empty set of mole runs. 
Moles have different types of tunnel: feeding tunnels which have a random direction and depth, surface tunnels where they are almost exposed through the weave of the grass roots – probably eating chafer grubs and leatherjackets. 
Finally they have connection tunnels that take them from feeding area to feeding area, these are usually straight tunnels at a constant depth – a great place to mole trap as they will be marching along at a good pace. 
I often see more of these style of tunnels when it’s getting closer to the breeding season as I can imagine the boars moving about looking for the lady moles, so I was surprised to see this run of molehills at a job in Winkfield this week. 
During our long hot summer we did very few mole jobs as the ground was so hard, in fact the few we did it was like concrete and those moles we caught all looked in very poor health. I would assume that those moles that survived what would have been lean times are now establishing a larger territory as possible while the grounds soft; getting ready for spring maybe? 
Wherever you live around the Maidenhead area we provide a mole trapping service based on no catch = no fee. If we don’t catch it then you don’t pay – why would you pay for a service that didn’t deliver? 
This is the start of our pest control year where we see an annual inward movement of rats, mice and squirrels into homes all over Berkshire. We at Maidenhead Pest Control do our utmost to ensure you're pest free and you remain that way through a process called Integrated Pest Management. 
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