A pest home invasion is one of the most difficult situations to deal with and it usually involves calling on professionals for help. Spotting and tackling an infestation early are key, so don’t delay if you see an unsightly critter in your home. Find out how Hoppy can help you find a local pest control specialist below.
What can pest control help with?
Pest control specialists can help with infestations of:
How Hoppy helps you choose a pest controller with Rated People
Hoppy has partnered with Rated People to help you find local trusted pest controller and get the job done in just 4 easy steps.
- Select ‘pest control’ from the list of trades and tell Hoppy all about your job by completing a short form.
- Then post your job – you’ll get a confirmation email from Hoppy and our partner Rated People that your job has been posted, with a link to where you can manage it.
- Now sit back and wait to hear from up to 3 trusted tradespeople about your job – be sure to check out their profiles, where you’ll find examples of previous work and genuine reviews.
- Then simply choose the right person for your job!
What questions should you ask a pest controller?
- How long have you been trading for?
- Do you have public liability insurance and what does it cover?
- Do you specialise in particular pests?
- What chemicals and pesticides will you be using and what are the potential side-effects?
- Do you provide a guarantee for the work and will you return if the pests come back?
- Have you undergone training with the BPCA?
What qualifications should a pest controller have?
Look out for British Pest Control Association (BPCA) qualification when searching for a pest controller which means that they have specific technical training.
Common pest problems
Pests are annoying and some are more prevalent in the UK than others.
Mice are active all year round, making nests in warm places like lofts and walls. They’re attracted to food and can often be spotted in kitchens.
Moths are also very common so be sure to check clothes made of wool, cashmere, and silk for tiny holes. If you spot any then it’s likely that you have moths and should look to dealing with the issue as soon as possible.
Bed bugs are more likely to occur in multi-occupancy buildings (like student accommodation). Bed bugs feed on human blood; if you wake up with bites don’t delay getting a professional in. They’re not easy to eradicate, with some pesticides proving infective, but addressing an infestation early on is the best tactic.
Most homes have likely spotted an ant or two around. Ants are attracted to sweet foods and that’s why it’s a good idea to keep floors and counters clean. You can buy anti-ant products easily to try and deter them, but if you’re seeing large numbers around you might want to call in the professionals.