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Eliminate – Not Just About Pest Control

COVID 19 has had a massive impact on the world. Here at Eliminate, we adapted and brought in new measures to help our teams and customers deal with public health issues.

Not all businesses and organisations have been as fortunate as us to be able to make changes and charities are one of the worst areas affected by the pandemic and here at Eliminate, we want to do what we can to help.

You already knew we were great #pestcontrollers but we are great people too. Throughout August, we are donating £1 for every wasp job booked with Eliminate. Might not seem like much but we have the capacity to take on 200 wasp control calls outs a day

Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids respond to the needs of children in our local communities across Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife & Falkirk. They support children aged 0-18 years old to reach their individual potential. The children that they help are suffering from illness, have additional support needs or living in deprivation.

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 Cash for Kids launched an urgent appeal with 100% of funds raised being distributed to help children and their families that are the most vulnerable. Around 1 in 4 children across our area are living in poverty and with the effects of COVID-19 this will only rise in the coming months which is why they are doing all they can to help.

Since launching the appeal Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids have helped 7,453 children and their families with basic essentials including food, toiletries, nappies, mobile phone top ups and fuel cards/top ups.

All the money that Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids raises is distributed in Edinburgh the Lothians, Fife & Falkirk. What they raise locally stays local.

Victoria Hendry – Charity Manager said “We cannot thank the team at Eliminate enough for their support throughout the month of August. Local children and their families need us now more than ever and to have the support of a local business at what has been a turbulent team is just amazing to see. We couldn’t support as many children as we do without this type of partnership, we really appreciate it”.

Visit www.forth1.com/cashforkids to find out more about the great work Cash For Kids do and how you can get involved.

A Brief Guide to Spotting Common Bees and Wasps

Summer is here though the weather seems to be as mixed up as those working from home and loosing track of what day it is. Longer days, barbecues and playing outside are common at this time of year but so are an increase in insects and the buzzing of bees and wasps is common.

Many people have no problems with bees as long as they stay away, but their yellow and black striped wasp cousins are almost universally disliked. Any type of buzzing insect can be extremely irritating if you’re trying to enjoy a picnic or some time outdoors, but how do you tell the difference between a harmless honey bee and a potentially angry wasp?

Many wasp and bee species look very similar, but there are some subtle differences if you know what to look for. With this in mind, see our brief guide below and get back to enjoying the summer sunshine.

Bumblebee

Arguably the most familiar of buzzing insects, the bumblebee is between ¼ and 1 inch in size, and has an overall ‘fuzzy’, furry appearance. Bumblebees are typically very docile unless they feel threatened or you come too close to their nest. They pollinate flowers which is very beneficial for the planet, so keep quiet and calm and they should pass you by with no trouble.

Carpenter bee

This type of bee is similar to the bumblebee in size, but the top of their abdomen is bare and shiny instead of furry. Carpenter bees do not build nests; they prefer to burrow into wood which can cause serious structural damage to properties if not treated. If you spot a large number of these bees near a building, it’s best to call pest control as soon as possible.

Honey bee

The honey bee is a lot smaller, around ⅝ inches maximum size, and an orange-brown and black in colour instead of a brighter yellow. Honey bees are very social and live as a colony in large hives, and are not aggressive unless they feel the need to defend their colony.

Yellow jackets

A yellow jacket is probably the most recognisable type of wasp, characterised by its bright yellow and black stripes and long antennae. They live in self-constructed paper nests, and again, tend to be slow to sting unless the nest is threatened. However if you spot a nest on or near your property, it’s wise to have it professionally dealt with.

Paper wasps

A paper wasp is brown in colour, with reddish or yellow markings. They are larger and longer in the abdomen than yellow jackets, which can make them look more menacing although they are not naturally aggressive.

Hornets

Hornets are a much more serious problem, and although not very common, they should be treated with caution. The only type you’re likely to see in the UK is the European hornet – they look like a larger version of a yellowjacket, but their stings are far more venomous. Hornets are dangerous if disturbed, so call pest control immediately if you come across any nests.

If you need help managing any of the common pests above, give Eliminate Ltd a call. We offer wasp and bee removal throughout the UK, and are highly trained at eradicating nests in both commercial and domestic properties. If you need effective pest control, give us a call today or visit our website.

Businesses – Helping you get back to work

COVID 19 has caused chaos throughout the world. As things slowly return to normality, Eliminate are here to help your business get back to normal as quickly as possible.

Here are our top 3 tips from our lockdown experience :

  1. Social Distancing – No doubt you have spent hours working out how to make your site safe for customers. Encourage everyone to stay 2 metres apart, use masks and PPE as appropriate. If our Technician is visiting, they will try to attend at your least busy time of the day, wear a mask and keep your distance.
  2. Keep Clean – Wash hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water is not available, use sanitisers. Our Technicians are well stocked with sanitisers and single use gloves to help with efforts.
  3. Change when you get home – Get staff in the habbit of getting washed and changed when they get home. This practice was brought in by many of the superarkets who remained open throughout Lockdown. Avoid touching any surfaces without washing first when get home. Our team have ben practicing this throughout lockdownto help keep them and thier familes safe.

If you return to work and notice unwelcome visitors while you have been away. Don`t worry! Though we encouraged all sites to remove all food and debris before closing, there is always something that is missed.

Call us on 0800 731 1164 , contact through our website or to enquiries@eliminatesolutions.co.uk to have a technician on site that day to eliminate your pest problems.

Stay safe,

Eliminate team

Why You Should Leave Wasp Removal To The Experts

Wasps are only little insects – surely it’s easy to get rid of them? Absolutely not!

When faced with a wasp nest in your home or garden it might be tempting to save a bit of money and deal with the problem yourself. Ridding yourself of a wasp infestation isn’t as simple as it sounds, however, there are a number of different reasons why this is a really bad idea.

Here are three reasons why you should leave wasp removal to the professionals!

Allergies

When wasps feel threatened or you come near their nest there is a strong likelihood that you will get stung. If you are one of the unfortunate few that are allergic to a wasp’s venom then, a nest living on your property is more than an irritant – it could be deadly. If you have never been stung before you might be allergic without knowing!

Getting Hurt

Just because you know you are not allergic to wasp venom doesn’t mean they cannot hurt you! If you haven’t been stung by a wasp before, you should know it really hurts! If you have young children, they may be unaware of the danger so it is best to remove it properly.

Equipment

Destroying a wasp nest isn’t as easy as it looks. Often they can appear in difficult to reach places like high up a tree or a chimney. You shouldn’t risk your own safety trying to reach this awkward place. Professionals have access to specialised equipment such as ladders and other equipment that can make the job easier and safer (especially for you!)

Eliminate wasp nests

Eliminate Ltd specialises in Pest Control services including wasp treatments, bed bug eradication, rat control, mouse prevention, and bird control. Our mission is to provide unbeatable service on a huge range of different solutions to pests with the same efficiency, speed and competitiveness every time. Eliminate’s staff are dedicated and friendly while being highly experienced in a range of different problems plus only the best training. We are based just outside Edinburgh but offer a comprehensive service across all of Scotland and northern England. Customer satisfaction is at the heart of everything that we do and we are proud to have built up a stellar reputation in the sector in the many years that we have been operating. Regardless of the nature of the infestation, the location or whether you are a domestic or commercial customer, Eliminate will solve your particular problem quickly and efficiently with the minimum of fuss. We understand how dealing with pests can be highly stressful and

detrimental to your daily life – this is why we take care of everything! Our huge range of varied former customers will attest to our professionalism and reliability – why not get in contact with us today?

Contact us on 0800 731 1164 , enquiries@eliminatesolutions.co.uk , through web chat or social media.

Coronavirus and Pest Control

All of us here at Eliminate would like to assure our customers we are following all available precautions to prevent the spread of Covid 19.

The coronavirus is taking its hold on the UK but vermin still pose a risk to public health and here at Eliminate, we will continue to provide support to our customers throughout this time.

Our Technicians are fully prepared to treat your property for pest and bird control needs.

Our team are provided with full PPE which includes single use gloves, white suits and respirators. We have informed all team members that the use of half mask respirators is allowed on any premises during this time if they feel at risk/if customers request.

In the event that any member of staff shows symptoms of coronavirus, they will self-isolate and seek assistance from NHS 24 / NHS 111 until confirmation is received that they can return to work.

Should any of our customers be concerned about the impact of this pandemic on thier Pest Control Contracts, the team here at Eliminate are happy to answer any questions.

Please contact us on 0800 731 1164 , 07824 901 563 or enquiries@elimiminatesolutions.co.uk

Eliminate are following guidelines from the UK Government and British Pest Control Association.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public#information-about-the-virus

https://bpca.org.uk/News-and-Blog/Association/guidance-for-pest-management-companies-on-covid-19-coronavirus/247713

Why are there so many mole hills around?

Whether it is at the side of a road, your garden or a field, you may have seen mole hills around from early January. These hills may seem innocent, but they can do a lot of damage.  Trip up on a mole hill while playing football, this could be very painful! Out horse riding and the horse trips? You could be thrown off and the horse hurt. Trying to grow a new crop and hills appear, the root system of your barley could be damaged and affect your harvest.

  1. Breeding season for moles is generally February to June in the UK, you will start seeing more mole hills around from January created as the males search for mates.

  1. Not harmful to humans (unless you touch them), moles are pests to the agriculture world and to gardeners by causing destruction and eating worms which improve soil quality.

  1. Moles (Talpa europaea) belong to the mammal family Talpidea which are characterised by cylindrical bodies and hairless tubular snouts. All members of the family have poor eyesight but only a few are truly blind.

  1. Female moles give birth to one litter per year containing 2 – 7 young. Gestation period is 4 weeks. The young leave the mother when about 5 weeks old. The average life span of a mole is 2.5 years. Baby moles are called pups and three to four of these hairless babies are born per litter. They are bald unless around 2 weeks old when they will start to grow hair. The pup will leave its mum and find their own territory at around 5 weeks old.

  1. Moles are not just black. They come in a range of colours including grey, cream and orange. Albino moles are rare and it is estimated 1 in 100,000 are truly albino. The mole is at an advantage if it is black as this gives them camouflage from predators , especially in the dark.

  1. The estimated UK population of moles is 40 million but, as they live underground, it is really difficult to be sure of numbers.

  1. There are no moles in Ireland. Its believed that this is due to sea levels rising during the ice age, moles never made it from mainland Britain to Ireland (nothing to do with St Patrick driving them out along with he snakes). The only continents which are mole free are Antarctica and South America.

  1. An adult mole of 80g consumes about 50g of worms a day that’s as much as 250 earthworms a day! If they cannot find enough food in their established runs, they will create new ones to find more food sources.

  1. Moles can cause huge damage in agriculture, causing root damage to crops. They don’t eat the plants or roots but their digging activities can expose roots or breaking roots as they tunnel.

  1. Moles can dig up to 200m in a day. They work in 4 hour shifts with 4 hours sleep inbetween and can move up to 540 times their own body weight in soil.

What to do if you have moles….

There are lots of things you can try to get rid of moles and the internet is full of old wives tales, new innovations and old favourites.

Battery powered devices are on the market as well as household repellents such as coffee grounds on soil, red pepper in tunnel entrances or tar (they hate the smell) but the most effective way is trapping and in the case of farmland, gassing.

Trapping involves multiple visits over the space of a few weeks and continues until hills stop appearing and available in commercial and domestic premises.

Want to know more? Contact Eliminate on 0800 731 1164 or email enquiries@eliminatesolutions.co.uk

Ten Intriguing Facts About Wasps

You might associate wasps with the tiny little blighters that pester you when trying to eat picnics, but these sting-laden insects are in fact very intriguing.

Here are ten awesome facts about one of the most maligned pests in the animal kingdom:

1.Unlike many bee species, most wasps are capable of stinging numerous times because their stinger is not barbed. A wasp or swarm of wasps that feels threatened will sting continuously until they feel safe again.

2. Some species of wasp are known to strip the bark from trees. This can cause great damage to different types of trees, bushes and shrubs. The material collected for nesting is chewed, shredded and mixed with saliva and wax to make a paste material which is then used to construct the nest.

3. Wasps are carnivores and they feed on flies, caterpillars, spiders and bugs. Wasps chew their prey and feed the paste to their larvae. 

4. Both the queens and the workers are females and develop from fertilised eggs. The males do very little except fertilise eggs. If the nest becomes threatened, they will defend it, but otherwise they contribute very little to the colony. The male wasp is called a drone and its only job is to mate with a queen so that she can give birth the everyone in the colony. Once a male has done this (or failed in the attempt) it will die soon after.

5. Wasp workers (infertile wasps) only live for 12 to 22 days, which is longer than drones (fertile males). Queens, however, have an average lifespan of a year.

6. The venom of the wasp contains a pheromone that causes fellow members of the colony to become more aggressive and attack. This is why you should try and avoid swatting a wasp that is near its nest or other wasps. Even when the sting is not left behind, the venom can cause significant pain and irritation.

7. Though wasp stings hurt, symptoms normally improve after a few hours but you may still feel irritation and swelling for a few days. A growing number of people, however, are allergic to wasp venom and can die from anaphylactic shock. If you have received multiple stings, stung in the eye or you suffer symptoms of infection (fever, pain, puss) you should seek medical advice.

8. If you are stung by a wasp, there are a number of home remedies you can try such as honey, toothpaste or vinegar.

9. Like ants and termites, wasps live in colonies that follow a rigid caste order of queens, males and females.

10. A wasp colony produces queens and males in the summer. At the same time, all the queens and males will fly into the sky to mate. The vast majority of males will fail to find a mate but the one that does will heir a future colony when the fertilised queen starts to build a new one.

Eliminate Solutions

We at Eliminate Solutions know that pests can be a nightmare in and around your home and can even be potentially harmful to you and your family. If you own a business, an infestation could be a disaster for your company! Thankfully, you can trust Elimate Ltd to help with your bee, hornet and wasp control, anytime you need us. We also have huge expertise in bedbugs, birds, cockroaches, falconry, squirrels and moles.

We’re proud to say that we are available 24 hours of the day, seven days of the week. Severe infestations can be damaging to businesses and can have a knock-on effect not only to your walk-in customers – but nearby businesses as well. Our team work across Scotland and Northern England, so whether you are in Liverpool, Manchester, York, Newcastle, Carlisle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee or anywhere around and in between, your wasp, bee or hornet problem can be eliminated. Get in touch with the pest control services team at Eliminate today. Contact us on 0800 731 1164 or email us here.

Ten Fascinating Facts About Rats

Rats are synonymous with sewers, page and poor hygiene in the minds of many people, but this amazing mammal is in fact very interesting.

Forget the image of dirty rats going through your bins at night – here are ten amazing facts about our long-tailed neighbours:

1.A male rat is called a “buck”, a female a “doe” (a pregnant female a “dam”) and their young are “pups” or “kittens”. A group of rats is called a “mischief”.

2. The Norway rat, also called brown rats, is found on every continent of the world except Antarctica. Rats spread through the world on boats and are thought to have originated in Asia.

3.Rats are omnivorous and will eat pretty much anything they can find, including injured rats and their own faeces.

4.Baby rats have a gestation period of 21 to 26 days and can be sexually mature from around 6 weeks old. Rats do not recognize incest, so brothers and sisters and even mothers and sons may mate.

5.Brown rats are known to respond to peer pressure and ignore dangerous signs in order to copy the behavior of other rats despite their instincts.

6.Rats are shy animals that will almost always run away rather than face a threat.

7.Despite their reputation for disease and bad hygiene, rats are in fact very clean animals. They often spend hours every day grooming themselves and other members of their group.

8.Rats are sociable animals that have been observed to be unhappy and lonely when removed from social situations for long periods of time.

9.Rats are well known to have very long tails that take up a considerable portion of their body length. Rats do not sweat so it helps them regulate how hot they are as well as communicate with other rats and for balance.

10.Rats are famous for their memories of navigation. Once they learn how to navigate a route, they never forget it.

Eliminate

Whether you have a problem with wasps, hornets or bees, our highly skilled extermination specialists have the knowledge and expertise to ensure your property is free from pests and your family are safe from harm. Whatever the time of day or night, do not hesitate to give your local Eliminate Solutions specialist a call.

Here at Eliminate, we are one of the leading pest control companies in Scotland and Northern England. Our expert team can deal with any pest problem quickly and safely- no job is too big or small. You can find our list of local contact numbers on our website, or if you’d simply like some advice about a pest problem, why not drop us an email on our contact us page? Telephone us on 0800 731 1164 or email us here.

Eliminate your rat, mouse, squirrel or insect problems by calling us today.