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2015 moles in abundance

Well the pest season is off to a flying start and moles seem to be the main problem. Pest Purge are a traditional pest control…

Ants

Ant Control Maidstone There are many species of Ant living near to us. Mostly their nests will be in the garden. But as they forage…

Ants in space

This week saw the first ants in orbit. They travelled on a commercial Cygnus craft and docked with the orbiting International Space Station. The ant…

Asian hornet update, coming to the UK soon!

Over the last two years there have been many scaremongering articles written about this insect and its imminent arrival in the UK. Most of these…

Bed bugs

Bed bugs are very small but extremely clever keeping us very busy. Bed bugs can hide almost anywhere and can lay undetected for a very…

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs Control Maidstone This is an adaptable and evolving insect, one that has been around for thousands of years since mankind started colonising the…

Bed Bugs – The UK’s #1 Pest….well almost!

Cimex lectularius is going places, this little fellow is poised to steal the lime light. Hannibal Lecter more like it! Already America’s #1 pest and…

Bees v Hornets

When a hornet attacks, bees know what to do. A few hundred workers swarm around the predator, roasting it alive with their body heat. The…

Beetles & Cockroaches

Beetles and cockroaches have been with us a long time, Spider Beetles and Dermestid beetles have been found by archaeologists to have been around in…

Bird Pests, seagulls like eating rubbish

Did you know that seagulls are starting to change their diets? Some seagulls that have been studied over many years have shifted their diet from…

Crazy ants use acid as venom antidote

Just when you thought it was safe to sit on the grass along come some crazy ants! The xenomorphs that were so successful in Alien…

Do our insects have emotions? Would a mosquito feel sad if it saw its brother die?

We should consider several schools of thought on this. Firstly, insects do not behave in a way that suggests any kind of emotional life resembling…

Every cloud has a silver lining…

They may have brought damp and dreary weather but the clouds that have given us such a dreadful start to the summer have a silver…

False Widow Spider alert shuts a school down…do they pose a risk?

Sightings of Steatoda nobilis the false widow spider are on the rise. Should we be concerned….not really! Experts say they are not usually aggressive towards…

Foxes

Fox Control Maidstone These rural and urban pests are common throughout the country. Everywhere you go you will encounter foxes somewhere nearby. Pest Purge has…

Grey Squirrel Leaping

There I was in a loft pondering the nesting material that a squirrel had arranged in a flower pot lying on its side close to…

Honeybee trade threatens our wild pollinators!

Experts believe that honeybees have been busy spreading diseases to insects that pollinate crops. Apparently, imported honeybees are an important reservoir for viruses that kill…

Kent pest controllers foiled by bats? Wasps remain at home!

We were called out to inspect the loft space of a large traditional square oast-house near Maidstone. We were excited to find that whist we…

Killer hybrid bee to help save UK native bees

There are moves afoot to consider crossing honeybees with their more aggressive African cousins to produce a “killer” hybrid which is hardier and more resistant…

Last wasp nest of the season? Or is it?!

It’s always noteworthy to remember the first and last nest of the season. After all the rain and cold weather we have had I thought…

Mole Catcher

Moles are keeping us very busy, destroying lawns everywhere, from managed Cricket pitches to your average well kept Garden. Moles can destroy beautiful Lawns and…

Moles

Garden Mole Control Maidstone These small solitary creatures are a common garden and agricultural pest, popping up their mole hills as they tunnel around underground…

Mozzies, the super pest

Did you know that worldwide 219 million people get malaria, 435,000 die from contracting it and 90% of those deaths are in Africa. Compared with…

NIGHT SIGHT FOR VERMIN CONTROL

We recently added to our vermin control equipment an infrared night sight which has been superb for clearing rabbit and fox numbers. As we do…

Pest Experience

A couple of months ago i was informed by my School that I have to complete two weeks of work experience, as i sat in…

Rabbits

Pest purge are highly experienced in dealing with these rural pests, we can use a variety of traditional techniques, including, snaring, cage trapping, spring trapping,…

Rabbits galore, rare “blood moon” makes shooting fantastic

I was out last night on one of my regular evening shooting contracts, a large private estate in Kent with a 25 acre garden. The…

Rat and Mice infestation

Rats and Mice this year are getting in everywhere, eating and chewing their way through everything that they can get their teeth into. Rats and…

Rat census, how many rats are there in the UK?

How many rats are there in Britain and is it true that we’re never more than six feet away from one? For a long time…

Rat free cities…is it possible?

Well if you happen to live in Alberta, Canada you will notice a distinct shortage of rats. They have all been evicted, deported to Maidstone…

Rat surprise in restaurant

The headlines from a popular daily newspaper jumped out at me “Waiter there’s a rat on my head” Pest drops on lady at top eaterie.…

Rats

Rat and Vermin Control Maidstone These are some of the most common pests that Pest Purge is equipped to deal with. The main problems associated…

Rats and mice

Rats and mice are causing havoc in lofts everywhere keeping us very busy. This have been due to the very wet weather where the rats…

Rats on Rooftops

My client, relaxing in her lounge, looked out and watched a rat run along the guttering and shuffle off across the flat roof next to…

Residential Pest Biodiversity – Meet The Lodgers

The German cockroach lives in buildings, cheek and jowl with us, outside it dies. African in origin it probably inhabited caves as many cockroach species…

Sharks and bedbugs making the news

Well it has been reported that the pest problems in Australia seem slightly larger than ours in the UK. The main reason for this is…

Squirrels

An agile pest that is often found invading loft spaces. A great climber, you may have seen them on your garden fence or on the…

Squirrels damage loft space.

We were recently called out to a house where the owner had been hearing a lot of noise in the ceiling void above their lounge.…

Summertime hornets and wasps in abundance

The wasp and hornet season is getting underway. We are getting calls on a daily basis for the destruction of nuisance wasp and hornet nests.…

The flying insect season is upon us

Have you noticed that suddenly your gardens and your air space are starting to get crowded? Full of flying summer insects, wasps, moths, flies, bees,…

The wasp and hornet season is almost upon us.

Once again we are starting to see wasps and hornets flying around, going about their business, nest making, pollinating and catching other insects. This is…

Two winged trouble, flies can be a problem waiting to happen

Summertime seems a far distant cry, but have you noticed the odd fly is still bombing around, not keen to pack away their wings just…

Urban myths dispelled – rats on the rampage

Has anyone ever told you that you are never more than six feet away from a rat? If so, do not believe them. This scare…

Wasp & Hornet Season Hotting Up

Once again we are starting to see wasps and hornets flying around, going about their business, nest making, pollinating and catching other insects. All fine…

Wasp nest removal

We removed a wasp nest from a loft – it was huge about twice the size of a football. When we first treated the wasp…

Wasps and bats – unlikely bedfellows

Quite often we visit old buildings, at the owners request to sort out a wasp nest or two. Once we get into a loft space…

Wasps, Hornets & Bees

Wasps, Hornets & Bees Control and Nest Removal Maidstone All three are seasonal insects, more common in the warm spring and summer months. Wasps, hornets…

What do wasps like to eat for breakfast?

Wasps like to eat other insects. One morning I watched a moth get eaten by a wasp. The moth had been attracted to the lights…

Winter Wasps Waking Buzz Buzz Buzz

Last weekend saw some very warm weather for this time of year, Feb 25th 2012, my client had been watching some wasps coming and going…

Wood boring pests at large in the UK

Recently the Royal Academy of Art accidentally imported an Asian longhorned beetle into the UK in a sculpture called the Tree. Tell tale signs of…