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by steven light 14 Oct, 2017
Hi folks
sorry about the long wait between blogs but we have been busy lately with an influx of moles and rodents with the odd few wasps jobs between them.
Anyway back to the matter at hand, the Lodi anti rodent spray . This has been met with a lot of controversy in the pest control industry as of late so we thought we would obtain a sample can to put to the test.
Since obtaining this sample we have been integrating the product into our rodent jobs, mainly at this point in lofts.
Why I hear you all asking? Well, the amount of rodent jobs in lofts that we come across which to some extent include chewed/gnawed wires and/or pipe lagging (insulation around the pipes) is unbelievable. The amount of times we see this is scary and at the end of the day a necessary and sometimes expensive issue for the client. So on any rodent job, we undertake at the moment with signs of gnawing we are implementing this product into the treatment plan. By rodents causing this type of damage although you may think it’s nothing and only a small problem, it can lead to future issues like fires, floods, electrics shorting out and electric shocks to anyone who ventures into the loft for any reason and hasn't noticed a bare wire. And this is just to name a few issues.

Luckily our past few loft jobs which have had these issues have had full or partial re-wires, but the clients are still nervous about the same problem happening in the future. This is where this new product comes into play, it is called as the title suggests anti rodent spray, (this isn’t a great name as it could be slightly misleading to the buyer without reading the label). It is not designed to stop rodents but it is designed to deter rodents gnawing anything that this product is applied to.
We have currently come to the conclusion, at this point in the field testing of this product is that it will help out to a certain extent. There isn’t a product that can stop this happening 100% but it is currently working well. We are still conducting more field tests and are hoping to also get video evidence to back up all our claims.

Another thing we have noticed since using this product is not only are we leaving a happy customer, but they seem to be more at ease than when we don’t use the product. We are explaining to clients that it’s a new product we are testing, and at this stage we can’t truly say how well it works, all we can say is after explaining the product and showing them the can itself it’s like they have an extra sigh of relief on top of the sigh of relief that the problem is being dealt with anyway.
I will also add that along with following the product label on how to use (to be lawful) it would only be a sensible idea to spray on wires if you have some knowledge of electrics. If you spray on a bare live wire it could cause more issues and dangers for both the person who has applied the product and the client. Even if the product was applied while the electrics were off it stays quite fluid like and sticky along with giving off fumes for a while after applying so always be safe and cautious.

The product will be rated 4/10 at this point due to the clients being happier knowing it’s applied. I believe client satisfaction should come into all product tests and I do believe it’s a product that is more of a sell on or to give an extra piece of mind to the client. Once we get video evidence this score may well change greatly , which we are working on getting at this time . Keep an eye out for the updates
by steven light 06 Oct, 2017
This story is taken from the sky news website.
by steven light 04 Oct, 2017
GOOD Samaritans have come to the aid of an 84-year-old stroke survivor who was conned out of £150 by a doorstep rogue trader.

Pest controller Mike Light is one of several people who have rallied to help the Wantage pensioner targeted by a cowardly criminal.

He has now offered to fix for free the fence that she thought she was paying to get repaired.

Mr Light, who lives in Berinsfield and works for Shire Pest Solutions , said: "I saw the story on Facebook and I just couldn't believe it.


"I still can't believe there are people doing that sort of thing in this day and age.

"I've done a bit of fencing before and I just thought it would be nice to give something back."

Mr Light spotted to the story on Facebook after it was shared by Val Prior, founder and manager of Didcot's Changing Lives charity shop .

She heard the story first hand because the lady - whom the charity wanted to remain anonymous - came into the shop at the end of September and told staff how she had been conned.

Mrs Prior, who lives in East Hendred, said: "This lady comes into the shop every week, and she's just had a stroke in which she lost the use of her arm.

"When she came in that Tuesday she told us that a man came to the door asking if she wanted any work done.

"She said she wanted her fence repaired, and gave him £150 straight away. He said he'd come back with the tools later, but of course he never came back.

"I told her she had to go to the police, and she said to us 'I don't want to because it's my own stupid fault', and we said 'no it isn't'."

Listening to the story in the shop happened to be a former police employee who immediately went and fetched two local constables who made an official report.

Mrs Prior then gave the woman £150 from the charity's reserves, which are there to help local people in need.

She said: "She tried to give it back to us the following week but we told her 'you need it more than us'."

Mrs Prior also shared the story on Facebook mostly to warn people in Wantage and the surrounding area not to fall victim to the same conman.


She explained: "I live on my own and I've got my wits about me but we can all be hoodwinked.

"We are all vulnerable and if that happened to my mum or dad it would break my heart."

It was Mrs Prior's Facebook post that Mr Light spotted, and immediately offered his own services free of charge.

He popped over to the woman's house on Saturday to start work on finally fixing the fence.

Mrs Prior added: "It's that sort of gesture that really restores your faith in humanity."
by steven light 29 Sep, 2017
Hello, loyal readers, it’s me again.
It will soon be coming up to that time of year again where cluster flies are causing a nuisance.
To the untrained eye, these can look like regular flies but there is a big difference. These are probably one of the biggest fly pests we deal with especially in the spring and autumn. You may start noticing flies gathering on one side of your property on the walls outside and on the windows both inside and out and generally on a south facing area as to get as much heat as possible while they can. These flies will start in small numbers but get worse over a short amount of time, and it can be perceived as the same flies there day after day but this is not the case. The first flies have arrived and are leaving an invisible pheromone trail for others of the species can follow. They have found a good site in which they can over winter ready next year. When the weather has become nice, and warm enough for them to fly off and go about their business you may start noticing fly issues this happens in the spring time as the weather is warming up as I’ve said. In the autumn this happens in reverse, as the weather cools the adult flies are looking for a place to overwinter in a temperature stable and safe environment. What does this mean to you as a home owner if you notice this? What it means is if you are experiencing high levels of flies in the spring or autumn the flies are either emerging from their winter escape (your home) or making your home their new residence for the winter. The pheromone trails they leave will help other flies know it’s a safe place to over winter the next year and this is a snowball effect. The more and more pheromones left previously, the stronger the draw for the next years overwintering cluster flies.
Where do we usually find cluster flies in numbers? In general cluster, flies are normally found in the voids of your house. The biggest voids that are accessible are the loft and occasionally a basement. An area that is generally dark, and doesn’t fluctuate in temperature as much as being exposed to the elements outside.
Signs you may have cluster flies.
This can be different for many people, some notice large numbers of flies in the windows or on the walls, others may hear buzzing like wasps in the loft (September-November time) when trying to sleep. Some people find out when entering the loft with a head lamp on or switching a loft light on whilst planning ahead and finding out all the Christmas decorations for the coming festivities only to be met with a cloud of flies or removing a loft hatch and a lot of fly bodies falling on them. This isn’t nice even for us and it can still give us a shock when it happens to us, we are only human at the end of the day.
We can treat this very easily using a range of professional use products and we are currently also trying to use as many organic products as possible in all our treatments be it insect or rodent. Either way, we will have a solution to suit your needs.
When we say, if you have a pest we have the solution! We really do mean that. Anyway, that’s a blog on its own. So, for now, I will say farewell and wish you all a pest free environment wherever you are.
by steven light 27 Sep, 2017
Hello folks me again, I know, I know, my voice is becoming boring now with all these blogs. You’re lucky you can make my voice up in your head, I hear it daily so I’m sure you can bear with me for a few sentences.
Let’s get down to business. The weather even through the summer this year hasn’t been great; in fact, it’s the worse summer holidays I can remember for years. Rodents are yet again making the news both on TV and in the papers and it's all thanks to the summer we have not had.
by steven light 14 Sep, 2017
The garden ant (black ant)
So today’s blog is coming quite late in the season but still has an importance.
Let’s talk some facts. The black garden ant also known as Lasius Niger to most pest technicians and ant keeping hobbyists are a common summer home invader. The workers are 3-4mm in length on average and these are generally what you see invading your homes. The queens are 9-10 mm on average and the only times you will see these are when the nuptial flights happen (winged females and males take to a mating flight) during the summer months of June until late August depending on where you live as it's different throughout the UK and is not set in stone and it can also happen on multiple days. This nuptial flight will normally take place before or after a storm and all the local nests of that species will fly at the same time. Mating between the future queens and the males will occur in flight. If you see a large black ant walking the pavement without wings, then this is considered a fertile queen and a possible future pest issue, the male only has one objective in life and that’s to mate with a queen, once this is accomplished he will die as his job is done.

The queen will then find a suitable location to dig down and seal herself in until the next spring. In this time they will lay eggs which will develop into nantics (the first workers for the queen) to get a founding stage for a future colony. It is possible the numbers in this colony can reach the 10,000 ants mark. To stop ants you only need to stop the queen, it is believed that things like boiling water over an ant nest will sort the problem but the chance of the single queen succumbing to that is slim, although it will destroy a lot of the workers. You have to remember that UK ants are adapted to our weather and climate which can include flooding so do you think this will work? It will in the short term and on the odd occasion it may possibly solve the issue. If ants are invading your home they are either trying to expand territory or have found a source of food. If it’s a food source then it’s generally a house keeping issue, and a good clean will sort that problem out. For territory expansion, i would call a professional as that’s a different matter altogether.

So then back to the story, my eldest son has just became fascinated in nature and insects and shown a big interest in ants in particular along with an interest in pest control so what to do???
What did I do? I caught some mated lasius niger queens, I joined some facebook groups for advice and that was just the beginning. From this, I now own two different species of ant, the two lots of black ant (for my son) and a red ant colony for myself (due to the bite/sting they can inflict). I bought a couple of nests and out worlds and I’m now helping my son understand how ants live, work and their care needs for survival i.e. nest hydration, food, water and general maintenance, along with respect for animals of all species and being able to view the ants in a semi wild state. if he ever gets bored of them they can be put outside and released legally due to being a native insect.
As I have already mentioned I currently have two nests/out worlds. I brought my red ants or Myrmica Rubra as they are known along with an acrylic formicarium (ant farm) from www.britishants.com and it’s a great little starter formicarium that I shouldn’t have to upgrade for a while yet as only one of the nesting chambers is full. I also have a nest and Outworld combo (starter kit) from www.antworlds.com awaiting my Lasius Niger (black garden ant) to get to a larger enough size where I can move them from an ant-worlds queen founding chamber.
To find videos I have made with my son and to see how these ant farms (formicarium's) look then why not check out my personal Youtube channel HERE which will occasionally also contain my other animals or pests. 
Hope you enjoyed this blog let us know what you think.
by steven light 11 Sep, 2017

It’s a system that can save you time and money, by this I mean it checks your traps instead of you driving out to check your taps. Unless you must put fresh bait in the trap it will notify you when it activates.

by steven light 04 Sep, 2017

At Shire pest solutions we have always been interested in joining a trade association but as with all things its cost and what do you get, and then looking at what you don’t need from them.

There are two that you here about and they are the BPCA and NPTA both representing small and large company’s but they can be confusing to which one you want to belong to as it comes down to cost and what do you get from being a member.

Information below was taken from both the BPCA & NPTA Websites

by steven light 18 Aug, 2017
So we embarked on a new job, rabbit control by shooting at night . It's not everyone's cup of tea so for that I'm sorry but, it's about many more factors than just killing rabbits . a local golf course has an oversized rabbit population and needs help to lower the numbers.
The rabbits are causing damage to the greens by digging and the unsightly view of large amounts of rabbit droppings.
by steven light 11 Aug, 2017
This is an update from our Pestex 2017 blog
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