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Another Unwelcome Pest Guest?!

This week we’re taking a look at the repeat pest offender and asking the question: If a pest is eradicated will I be pest-free for life?


Unfortunately, the answer is likely to be no or, if you’re lucky, a maybe.

Pests move and like humans they look for food, water and somewhere to set up home. If you experience a pest problem, you may well remove it successfully but that won’t stop other pests (or indeed the same species) infesting your property again.

This is why it is vital to take proactive, preventative measures.Let’s look at the two main pest issues people regularly experience:


Adult insects can typically walk and fly and so it is unrealistic to expect that you will be insect free for-ever!

Flies are a particular problem; although pest controllers can use solutions to treat a large fly problem and put in place methods to minimise further issues, as this pest flies it is simply impractical to eradicate completely.

Cluster flies are a particular nuisance and commonly return to the same location year on year so if you have experienced a cluster fly problem, unfortunately, it is quite likely that you will see them again the following year.

You can take some simple steps to reduce the risks of inviting insects into your home or business, such as:

  • Keeping surfaces clean and tidy

  • Keeping food in sealed containers

  • Ensuring bins have tight fitting lids and are regularly emptied

  • Using fly screens

  • Electric fly machines, particularly in food businesses

  • Installing fly traps


Again, eradication of an infestation can be carried out, but the reality is that where there is a food, water and harbourage source, rodents can and will take up residence again.

Particular problem areas are allotments, schools, small holdings, restaurants and live-stock areas. All of these places provide food and water sources for rodents. Rodents can access properties through open doors and windows and mice can squeeze through holes the size of the end of a bic pen!

Businesses are advised to implement regular routine rodent monitoring programs to assist with minimising risk and to ensure any problems are promptly identified and quickly dealt with.

Some simple steps you can take to keep out rodents are:

  • Keeping food in sealed containers

  • Ensuring bins have tight fitting lids and are regularly emptied

  • Removing food sources (for example, clearing up uneaten food stuffs in live-stock areas) as soon as possible after feeding times

  • Removing harbourage (for example, cutting back bushes and vines, disposing of debris)

  • Ensuring your customers or students put their rubbish in bins, especially when it contains food remnants

  • Regularly maintaining your property (for example, sealing holes)


Don’t let a pest problem get worse – often pests breed rapidly so what may start as a small problem can quickly escalate – Call in the professionals today to sort out a pest infestation.


If you have a pest problem, don’t panic. Call PGM & Son Pest Control Hereford on 01981 241334 or 07964 370480 today for advice and solutions. Give us a call, visit our website at or drop us an email to:




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