Your Health and Safety is important to us.
Having highly toxic insecticides and rodenticides on and around your property is hazardous and the following points have been set out as guidelines by Maidenhead Pest Control to ensure safe working practices which are aimed to protect the health and safety of our staff, our customers, the general public and our native wildlife.
Maidenhead Pest Control - limiting the use of rodenticide
Maidenhead Pest Control has signed up to Government initiatives for safe rodenticide use; our aim is to operate in a safe and sustainable manner when carrying out pest control; whether your pest are rats, mice or squirrels we aim to reduce the amount of poison used every time. We have signed up to a National scheme and passed that schemes' qualifications in the safe usage of rat and mouse poisons known as rodenticide. It is our commitment to the environment that we will only use the minimum amount of rodenticide needed to rid you of your rat or mouse problem and only when necessary to do so. We are especially mindful of the effect that rodenticide has on non-target species and we will operate in a safe and ethical manner when applying poisons for rats and mice. There is clear evidence that many of our native wildlife species such as barn owls, kestrels, kites, stoats and even hedgehogs are exposed to carelessly used anticoagulants which are the main ingredients found in rat and mice poison. Maidenhead Pest Control is committed to the responsible use of rodenticide, therefore we use an Integrated Pest Management program following the protocols laid down by the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Control in our approach to rat and mice control.
When ever and where ever possible we use break-back traps which are program for use and deliver a quick kill to rats, mice and squirrels; we do not advocate the use of either glue traps or the use of drowning traps for rats and mice as these are both unethical methods and their use maybe subject to prosecution.
Maidenhead Pest Control policy on wasps and bees
One third of all the food we eat is dependent on insect pollination at some period of its growth cycle; honey bees are the main provider of that pollination and are essential to our survival. We at Maidenhead Pest Control will try and never target any species of bumblebee, honeybee or masonry bee with insecticide; as an alternative we can give advice on how best to live alongside your new found friends or in the case of honeybee's arrange to relocate the Queen and nest for you.
Bumblebee numbers are sharply declining, it is estimated that they "earn" the UK economy around £400 million pounds a year through the natural pollination of crops, we would direct all interested parties to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust to see what difference that you can make , WE will not target native bumblebee species with insecticide. Bumblebees' rarely sting and actually do so only if provoked or accidentally crushed between an item of clothing and skin, another solitary bees' is the masonry bee which can often be seen burrowing into a warm south facing wall, though solitary they will often appear in huge numbers giving the impression of an infestation. The masonry bee has a short stinger which cannot penetrate human skin so these are not a threat and we will not treat them. Bumblebees’ unlike wasps have a very determined lifecycle and their presence is usually only temporary.
Wasps form large colonies which is housed in a paper nest, these colonies can number at the height of summer in excess of 15,000 wasps; the Queen Wasp controls the colony with pheromones and they are highly organised, some wasps will be on guard to protect the nest while others will be inside keeping the temperature at an ambient level and others will be outside hunting for insects. When the Queen dies the pheromone control breaks down and the colony begins to disperse, the wasp larvae provide honeydew as food for the drones and without a Queen to lay more eggs there are no more larvae = no food. This means that the remaining drones are starving wasps begin to act aggressively in their quest for sweat food, stings from wasps pose a significant hazard to you and your family at this time. Therefore throughout Maidenhead, Ascot, Windsor and Berkshire, Maidenhead Pest Control will guarantee our treatments to exterminate your wasp problem.