Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions are highly experienced in dealing with pest problems on behalf of letting agents and landlords. We can solve any issue speedily and effectively, and can offer advice to help prevent your unwanted visitors from returning.
Our letting agent pest control services are available throughout Essex and Suffolk, including Colchester, Harwich, Ipswich and Felixstowe. We can use discreet, unmarked van, so no one else can see that you have a problem, which will protect your reputation.
Bed Bug Treatment
Bed bugs are particularly an issue in domestic property lets, where there may be a large flow of new tenants over a comparatively short period of time, or a lot of visitors generally, whether they are guests or outside contractors.
They feed on human blood and their bites can itch and irritate the skin. At Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions we can dismantle any infected furniture, deep vacuum any carpets and use high temperature dry steam and residual insecticide spray to get rid of them.
The premises may have to be vacated for a short period of time while the work is carried out, but you will soon notice the difference. We can also advise you on how to prevent bed bugs from returning.
Rat and Mice Control
Rodents can be a problem in both domestic and commercial lets. They gain access to buildings via cracks and crevices in walls, and pipe and cable entry points, so agents with commercial properties need to be particularly careful. Both can cause a lot of damage by chewing through wood and wiring, while rats pose a particular health hazard, as they carry other parasites such as ticks and fleas, and their urine and droppings can spread infection.
Our rodent control methods usually involve the use of anti-coagulant baits, while we generally make three visits to your property to make sure your mice or rat problem has been totally eradicated.
Birds and Flying Insects
Birds and other flying insects are often attracted to food, especially in waste disposal areas. Pigeons are a particular menace; they can nest on buildings, and their droppings can spread diseases and parasites as well as looking unsightly.
In the case of pigeons we can make premises bird-proof by proofing with netting or wire mesh. We can also use spikes or bird gels to deter the nuisance birds. Droppings and nesting materials can also be removed when necessary.
If you have a problem with large numbers of wasps, then you may have a nest on the property; in this case we can destroy it using an insecticidal spray or dust.
Stored Product Insects
This is an issue with commercial rental properties which take in deliveries but can affect domestic kitchens as well. The term SPI covers pests such as beetles, weevils, moths and mites, make their homes on shelves and in cupboards; they can be brought in with the deliveries and lay eggs and larvae which contaminate any stored items. Foodstuffs, textiles and raw materials such as wood are all vulnerable to SPIs.
We are experts in dealing with all types of SPI, and the approach we take will be individually tailored to fit the nature and severity of your infestation.
The Current Legislation
Letting agents have responsibilities under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act of 1949. This means you could be served with a statutory notice if pests at your property are causing problems for tenants or neighbours. Even if it can be shown that the tenant is responsible, for example due to an unhealthy lifestyle or poor hygiene standards, you could still be required to eradicate the problem before the next occupant moves in.
Letting agents have responsibilities under the Housing Act of 2004 which says that residential premises should provide ‘a safe and healthy environment for any potential occupant or visitor’. Our experienced team are aware of and will comply with all the latest legislation, including any Health and Safety requirements.
How We Can Help
Our letting agent pest control expertise is available either on a contract or a one-off basis. Our contract services include a free site audit and recommendations, plus full reports at the end of each visit to your property. Our non-contract services include pest proofing, including bird control, and we can also clear and decontaminate your premises.
We are also fully accredited within the industry; we are members of the National Pest Technicians Association and the Contracted Health and Safety Assessment Scheme.
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