Wasp protection

Wasp eradication

Unfortunately I read each year that someone has died due to being stung by a wasp. The Sun newspaper reports today that Katrina Heaton could have died if a Doctor had not been passing by the area. Katrina had been carrying an EpiPen but was in a remote location and went in to shock, she was rushed to hospital and her life was saved.

At Aberkil we get a couple of calls a season with the caller pleading with us to get round to their property as quick as possible as they are allergic to wasp stings, if we can we make this a priority call out in order to eradicate the wasp nest.

Do not under estimate the danger of  a wasp sting, many people find out the hard way and this is usually caused by trying to tackle the nest themselves.

The photograph shows the protection that an Aberkil operator would wear when tackling a wasp infestation.


Image of a wasp

Keep Away From Wasps

I have just been reading an article about a family getting attacked by wasps, the poor dog is in a bad way and the family have ended up with a large bill. This happened down by a river bank where the wasps will make a nest in the embankment and they can be easily knocked.If you do come across one , best to keep well away from them and do not get too curious. Wasps in the ground are the most dangerous to tackle as any vibration will make them come at you.

Here is a post http://bit.ly/29YQ9Ed to the full article and it provides a link to help the family with the vet bill.


Keep safe

Peter Stewart


Aberkil’s week

That is the end of another busy week at Aberkil, we have dealt with mice, rats, gulls, pigeons. The wasps have started to come in too. there is one insect that appeared and that is the varied carpet beetle, we have only dealt with them twice her at aberkil, it is actually a beautiful creature.

We have a cluster fly job booked in for next week, some new contracts to protect premises against rodents coming in to cause damage etc. We have full scaring programs running and have been using our new bird gel on a few places.

If you have a pest problem, be sure to give us a call.

The phone rang today with regards to bedbugs and since the summer holidays are coming I thought that I would remind about the importance of checking your accommodation wherever you go in the world. Hotels etc are very much aware of the situation regarding bedbugs and will check for them, however accommodation can be  infested very quickly with new guest coming and going. Below are some tips before going on your travels:

  1. Seal your suitcase with suitable materiel, you can get this done at an airport if you wish.
  2. On arrival in your room do not unpack
  3. Pull back the sheets and look for fecal marks on ridge of mattress
  4. Check the bedhead again look for any fecal marks or insects
  5. If you do see anything, report it immediately
  6. If you are happy enough unpack and seal your suitcase once more
  7. Enjoy your holiday

Let’s face nobody likes to talk about this subject, however  over the years I have met many people who have had an added extra to their holiday when they come home. Here is a link to let you know what we are up against.


Pigeons under solar panels

The phone has been ringing lately regarding pigeons getting under solar panels, this can be a real problem as we had one lady where the company refused to come back and deal with a problem she was having with the panels, it was a catch 22, get rid of the birds and we will come back, she had no choice but to get us in to remove the pigeons and seal the panels.

Birds are very sheltered under the panels and this is an ideal area for them to breed. This can cause a lot of pigeon mess in the area and it may build causing a a smell and even insects to appear in the home. they may also damage any of the parts underneath the panels and invalidate the warranty.

So what can we do for you as pest controllers, the good news is that something can be done, Aberkil can mesh off the area to prevent access by the pigeons without any harm to the birds. If you need help to prevent pigeons getting under your solar panels just call


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I was reading some news last week about a wasp nest that decided to set up home on an instrument panel of a plane of all places, I just hope it was not in mid air at the time.

It reminded me me of some of the strange places I had seen wasp nests during my time in pest control. the first one I remember was a call out to the Royal Mail where a nest was inside the actual post box , seemingly the postman is still running. Another day we had a call to deal with a massive roll of cable that was going offshore, as soon as the crane moved it there was pandemonium as all the roughy toughy riggers ran for their lives.

My online pest control  friends have let me know of some of the strange places they have seen them, here is a small list:

Inside a curtain in an O.A.P Home

Toilet ceiling, that was in use

On bird netting

The last one that I will mention is an outdoor playhouse, this can be a very dangerous situation, unfortunately it is usually children who find them first. My advice to parents is to check the inside of these houses on a weekly basis, check all around the corners, roof and behind doors. You may choose to tackle this yourself using a spray or dust from a hardware store, however I would suggest using a local pest control service.

Please take care around wasp nests and treat them with respect as they can be nasty if you upset them.



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We are getting our kit ready here at Aberkil for the wasp season, that’s making sure the pumps are working and having a good supply of dust etc. The operators are getting their PPE ready which consists of head and face protection, gloves and beekeeper suit.
this made me search the internet to see what was happening in other areas of the country and according to the Express and Star firefighters were sent to a premises In Walsall to deal with a fire that had been caused by someone trying to smoke them out.

Over the years people have phoned and asked me how to get rid of wasps, after the call some decide that they are going to try to do the job for themselves and in their words “,I am going to smoke em out”. here is a thought, would your insurance cover you?, is it worth the risk for the sake of a few pounds.
Do not phone the fire brigade , phone us first.

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I think I have Bedbugs

These are words that I have heard many times over the years, “I think I have bedbugs” , the majority of the time they surprised to hear that they do not have them. Once  have interrogated them about the size of the supposed bites, if they have seen insects or blood on the sheets, if they answer no to all of these questions, the chances are is that they do not have bedbugs.

Once I have established that you have bedbugs, you then have a bit of work ahead of you. In order to gain control of the bedbug situation, you need to do the following:

Strip the beds

Wash all sheets etc at 60 degrees

Empty all cupboards and drawers etc

Once you have done this we will come in and vacuum all the bedding and cracks and crevices etc

We will then apply a professional insecticide to bedbug harbourages and walking surfaces. dust will also be used n some circumstances.

Aberkil will make another treatment a few weeks after with an alternative insecticide in case of resistance.

A bedbug treatment is usually successful after a 6 week period. Most of the insects will be eliminated after the initial treatment.

I am absolutely delighted to announce that Aberkil are in the final for the TradesAdvisor Awards for two categories. The first being the innovative award and the second for health and safety.

The results will be announced on the 12th June, please keep your fingers crossed for us.

Fast Elimination of Mice

Here at Aberkil we are investing in new type of traps for mice, the emphasis will be on providing a faster elimination of mice on your premises. We will still be providing a backup of using a fast acting rodenticide for mice too. I have found over the years that customers want rid of their mice and they want rid of their mice NOW.

Safe Elimination of Mice

Using our traditional methods used to be a slower process, this was due to health and safety aspects involved with laying poison for mice.For the eradication of mice we are using a fantastic new rodenticide that lowers the body temperature causing the rodent to fall asleep.

Control of Mice

Therefore if you wish to have your mice under control fast and efficiently, call Aberkil on 01224 692152 now.