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Andy Harwood

RSPH level 2 Award in Pest Management - Public Health Insects Pests (biology, prevention and control) - Public Liability Insurance - Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use certified & PROMPT BASIS Registered and a proud member of NPTA (National Pest Technicians Association)
Ants, Bedbugs, Birds Control, Bird Proofing, Cockroaches, Fleas, Flies, Foxes, Mice, Moles, Rabbits, Rats, Squirrels & Wasps

After serving 11 years in the Armed Forces and nearly 25 years in Law enforcement, I have now returned to my roots of a rural life and continue to deal with our unwanted pests for which I have been doing for many years as a hobby. I have vast experience with all kinds of pests on farmland and rural areas and now continue this as a profession. I am committed in providing a professional, reliable and honest service ensuring that suitable proofing advice, as well as treatment is given and that you, the customer, will be satisfied with the end results. For your reassurance, I am certified to use Professional grade rodenticides and pesticides in line with CRRU, Campaign for responsible rodenticide use. I have full third party public liability Insurance and I am a member of PROMPT BASIS (Certificate number: 20055862) which ensures that I am up to date with any changes in legislation and practices. I am also a proud member of the NPTA showing my commitment to the profession.

  • For you to receive the professional and reliable service that you require all my Prices take into consideration the costs of my wages, the cost of the treatment to be used, the equipment which has to be maintained, my time including anti-social hours, Insurance, regular training which I have to keep updating, vehicle maintenance and fuel, administration including emails, invoices and book keeping and also taken into consideration is that I do not get paid for holidays or sickness. Areas outside the NEW FOREST ARE CONSIDERED BUT MAY INCUR A SMALL SURCHARGE FOR EXTRA FUEL & TRAVELLING TIME.



ANTS - There are many species of ants in our country, the main ones are the Black ant (Lasius niger), the Ghost ant (Tapinoma melanocephalum), the Pharoah ant (Monomorium Pharaonis) and the Rogers ant (Hypoponera Punctatissima). They pose no threat health wise but are deemed to be a public nuisance in the homes, gardens and workplaces and may have a detrimental effect on businesses. They are from the same family as wasps (hymenoptera) and are often seen scavenging for food so leave a pheremone trail for other ants to follow once they have found it. Depending on the species, the nest may contain just one queen or many so treatment will be carried out according to the species identified. Control is carried out by using powerful insecticides which the foraging ants take back to the nest and kills the queen(s) and workers.

BEDBUGS - Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius linnaeus) are about 5mm in size, similar size of an apple pip and have a flat oval shaped body. They hide themselves in mattresses, within bed frames, under bed bases, within bed headboards, behind loose wallpaper, within paintings, wall sockets, behind wall partitioning, suspended ceilings, skirting boards and on clothing or furnishings - anywhere with a dark crack that provides cover. Bed bugs are not known to carry disease. However, they do feed on human blood, usually at night whilst people are asleep in their beds as they are attracted by the warmth of body heat. These bites cause irritation and itching and can take up to 2 days for the bites to show on the skin. Some people are particularly sensitive to the bites and experience an allergy and inflammation, especially to the arms and shoulders - this can be quite severe and may require medical attention. The presence of bed bugs in a room can be detected by the following: Blood spotting on bedding. Brown dropping spots close to where they live and on bedding, Opal coloured un-hatched and hatched eggs called casings. In heavy infestations, a sweet almond smell is common. Treatment is by using integrated pest management and will require the full co-operation of you to ensure we eliminate the bed bugs. We use steam treatment on soft furnishings which kills the bedbugs by thermal shock, and Insecticide which flushes out the insects and kills them and all life stages of the insects including the eggs.

BIRDS - Crows, Jackdaws, Ravens, Rooks & Magpies are all part of the Corvid family. All species are omnivorous and so will eat insects, small song birds eggs, small mammals and small reptiles as well as fruit and will breed between March and July laying anything between 4 - 7 eggs. Some deem these as pests and can once they have gathered in some numbers can be intimidating and the fact that they will feed on carrion and faeces and will undoubtedly carry diseases such as salmonella. Under the Countryside & Wildlife Act 1981 (General Licence) it is lawful to catch alive and kill using live traps for the purpose of preserving public health or public safety. The traps we use are larsen traps whereby we catch a decoy bird which then lures others into the traps. Each bird is then dispatched humanely. Wood Pigeons and Ferral Pigeons are also dealt with in similar manner and as alternative, and circumstances permit shooting will also be considered. Bird proofing service also available

COCKROACHES - There are two main species of cockroaches that infest our nation, Oriental (Blatta Orientalis) and German Cockroaches (Blatta Germanica). Each have their own traits and weaknesses. They breed very quickly and will eat most food types including themselves. They do a sever public health risk such as carrying diseases such as salmonella, typhoid and dysentry and also pose a risk to adults and children who suffer from eczema and asthma. It can also severely damage businesses and their reputation and so all businesses that provide food to the public are to comply with the Food Safety Act 1990 and therefore have a responsibilty to monitor any pest infestations on their premises. Prices are negotiable depending on the site and circumstances. The survey will involve an Integrated pest management programme to establish why you have cockroaches and how to prevent any reinfestations.

FLEAS - We deal with our two main problematic fleas which are commonly the dog flea (Ctenocephalides canis) and cat fleas (Ctenocephalides felis). Once the dog or cat have carried the flea into your home, they will soon breed and begin laying eggs in the furniture and carpets. To resolve the flea problem will include the assistance of yourself and the flea treatment for your pets is only one step towards eliminating the problem. We use a treatment of spraying a strong insecticide after a thorough hoovering. Once administered, the rooms need to be left for at least 2 hours to allow it to dry and not to hoover for at least 2 weeks after that. This allows the eggs to hatch and the next generation of eggs, larvae and adults can be killed.

FOXES - Foxes (Vulpes Vulpes), both urban & rural are becoming more common and pose a problem and worry for those who have livestock and pets. Foxes will hunt or scavenge alone but live in family groups and can have up to 5 cubs each year. They mate between December and February, as the male fox will bark, the females will screech in reply. The gestation period is normally 52 days and can have a litter of up to 5 cubs during March/ April. Urban foxes will make a den normally under sheds or decking and as they are territorial they will mark their territory using faeces and urine. Foxes may also carry Toxocara Canis (roundworm) which can be passed to humans and sarcoptic mange (mites) which is transferable to dogs. You may find that you have holes in your lawns and flowerbeds which are normally sure signs of fox activity. Their diet consists anything from worms, seeds, grubs, slugs, insects, small rodents, rabbits, chickens and whatever they can find in our rubbish bins. Where possible foxes will be caught in a live trap removing the risk of harming non-target species. All foxes will be dispatched with a firearm, humanely and lawfully causing the least suffering to the animal. Their bodies will be disposed of by incineration which is an approved method of disposal. They will not be relocated as this is in contravention of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and Countryside and Wildlife Act 1981. When we set the traps we ask that you monitor these traps regularly and notify us anytime 24/7 so that they can be dealt with without causing unnecessary suffering.

MOLES - The European Moles ( Talpa europaea) are widely spread and are not particular in damaging gardens or paddocks. We cover the New Forest area and offer a NO MOLE – NO FEE policy with a professional and reliable service and will usually catch the first mole within 24 hours. We operate on normally over a 3 day period up to a week for gardens and potentially longer for paddocks and fields. The traps would be set on the first day and checked regularly until the task is complete. When the problem is resolved and you are satisfied with the result then payment would be then required. It is possible that the problem will be not always be totally resolved on a permanent basis as moles will always travel where the food is and will very often use any existing runs/tunnels to expand their territory.
For farmers & equestrians we offer a service that slightly different approach for mole control. As farmland may contain a large amount of moles and require more time to set and examine, fees will be discussed in person and on site.

RATS/ MICE - For Rats (rattus norvegicus/rattus) & mice (mus musculus), we will conduct a thorough site survey and identify the cause of the infestation and any areas where we can provide recommendations in proofing areas and reduce the chance of further infestations. It is worth to note that 90% of calls that involves rats in their property are from damaged sewer or waste pipes which may incur extra costs from other agencies. We will provide a written record and a site plan where the bait boxes will be located. Once the treatment has been completed, all baits and any dead rodents found will be removed. Arrangements can also be made for contract agreements whether short or long term. For long term contracts, arrangements will be made for monitoring using Non-toxic bait.

LOFT CLEARANCE (RODENTS) We now offer the service of Loft Clearance after pest activity. Pest activity within the loft insulation often goes undetected or ignored once the pest problem has been resolved. However there remains a genuine risk to human health if it is left untreated and you remain exposed to the harmful pathogens that can remain in the faeces and urine of rodents. At Forest Pest Control we will assess and conduct a pest survey to ensure that the rodent problem has been resolved and then will commence with treating your loft by clearing your loft area, bag and remove all contaminated loft insulation, vacuum the entire loft of faeces and contaminated traces followed by spraying the loft area with professional graded bacterial spray. All staff will wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) due the high risk to human health. The replacement of suitable loft insulation can added on request.

WASPS - Wasps (Vespula vulgaris) can be aggressive if disturbed and highly recommend that a professional deal with it. We use professional grade insecticide, normally at the entrance and in the nest itself if possible and will be either early morning or evening when the majority of the wasps will be present and less active. If you wish the nest to be removed then there is no problem leaving the nest where it is, it is highly unlikely to be used again by the wasps and if it is visible it may be used as a deterant for any young queens to nest in that area next season. In the late autumn, workers will start to die off and the young queen will hibernate until the next season where the process of egg laying will start again to create more workers. Only wasps and hornets will only be dealt with as we will NOT treat any species of Bee. However, We can offer advice on how to deal with them or put you in contact with local bee keepers who can arrange their relocation.

GREY SQUIRRELS - Grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) cause extensive damage to trees and if they have gained access to loft spaces, will chew through wires and joists. They are also believed to carry Squirrel Pox which is lethal for our native Red Squirrel. They will eat the eggs and young of our songbirds such as the blue tits & blackbirds. We have various methods of dealing with Squirrels which include using spring traps, live trapping in cages and in certain circumstances shooting using suitable air rifles that are within the legal parameters. It is illegal to release any live caught Squirrels and will be humanely dispatched. This is mainly used for areas with a high population of grey squirrels and will requiring prebaiting the site. All kills will be swift and humane.

RABBITS - Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) cause extensive damage to crops, grass and surrounding areas. We often use Live cage traps or fenn traps which are checked every day in sensitive areas or paddocks and fields where livestock are kept. This prevents any unnecessary distress or alarm being caused to your animals. Consideration can also be given for shooting by way of shotgun if on fields which have been approved suitable for shooting by the Police or air rifle if targetting a specific area. This is a beneficial for areas with rabbits that suffer from myxomatosis, a highly contagious disease for rabbits which is usually a fatal viral disease extremely distressing for the rabbit which causes sever inflammation of the mucous membranes and inflammation of the eyes.

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Andy Harwood

Owner & Pest Technician
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Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide use

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