Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions are the people to call if you want a high-quality shop pest control service in Ipswich, Colchester, Felixstowe, Harwich, Stowmarket and other towns and villages throughout both counties.
Here we look at the types of pests which can infest retail premises and how we can get rid of them speedily and effectively. We always use discreet, unmarked vans as we appreciate the importance of avoiding any damage to your reputation.
Rats and mice can easily get into small holes in buildings. They cause a lot of damage by chewing through wood and wiring, as well as valuable stock, so it is important to get rid of these rodent pests quickly.
At Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions we usually eradicate your mice and rats by using anti-coagulant baits. We also use traps, which can be a quicker way of dealing with your rat or mice problem.
We will typically make three visits to your shop to make sure the problem has been completely eradicated. Our technicians will also identify potential points of entry and offer advice on how to keep the rodents out.
Shops which sell clothing, textiles and furniture are more likely to be affected by certain species of moths and beetles, which are known as fabric pests. One type is the clothes moth, which likes to make its home in items containing natural or blended fibres. The larvae, known as woolly bears, eats through the fabric, causing such damage that an item can be impossible to repair.
Another fabric pest to watch out for is the carpet beetle. Typically, this beetle starts its life outside, often in an abandoned bird’s nest, and moves into shops and other business premises in search of warmer temperatures. Like the carpet moth, it is the larvae that causes the damage, and it will attack all types of fabrics and furnishings.
At Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions our treatment of beetles and moths involves a full survey, and, once we have discovered the source of the infestation, treat it using an insecticide spray. This is highly effective when used along with regular vacuuming, airing clothing and dry cleaning. All our sprays and treatments have been approved for use in the UK.
Nuisance birds are more likely to be an issue outside your premises than indoors. Gulls and pigeons are attracted to any outside food waste, and set up home close to your shop, which can be unpleasant for staff and customers. Their droppings are unsightly, and they can pass on diseases and encourage other pests.
If you have a bird control problem, Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions’ experienced technicians carry out a full survey to determine the nature and extent of your problem. We usually try to bird-proof your premises with spikes or netting, or remove the nests. A controlled cull may be necessary in extreme cases, assuming the birds are not protected by law.
Stored Product Insects
If your shop handles food, then you could be vulnerable to what are known as SPIs. In this country various species of beetles, weevils, moths and mites come into this category. They are brought in with deliveries of foodstuffs and other raw materials, and make their home in your stockroom, damaging your goods before they reach the shop floor. Basic food products which contain rice, grain, pasta, nuts and flour can all be contaminated by the insects’ eggs and larvae.
At Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions we specialise in identifying and eliminating all types of SPI. Our treatments will depend on the type and severity of infestation you are suffering from.
Complying with the Regulations
There may be restrictions on what can be used to combat certain types of pest. For instance, we make sure we only use rodenticides (for controlling rats and mice) which are on the Health and Safety Executive’s approved list.
If your shop sells or stores foodstuffs, we comply with the standards laid down by the EU and the British Retail Consortium.
Shop Pest Control from Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions
At Essex and Suffolk Pest Solutions we offer our shop pest control services on either a contract or one-off basis. Our non-contract services include pest control and pest proofing, which can include protecting your building from an unwanted invasion of birds. With our contract services you get the benefit of free site audits, regular visits and comprehensive reports. If you would like to know more about our commercial pest control services, follow the link above.