Pest control articles by Prime Pest Control London, industry news and studies, interesting facts about pests, professional advice on pest detection, control and prevention

Prime Pest Control is protecting residents in London and business in various industries from pest problems for years now. Our dedicated pest specialists are professionally trained by the BPCA and have been successfully eradicating all kinds of pest insect, rodent and bird infestations, having gathered profound knowledge in the field. We are more than glad to be able to share their experience and raise more awareness through our articles.

We are constantly keeping up-to-date, doing research within the industry and trying to implement all of the best practices and cost-efficient methods in our pest management schemes. We will be sharing with our customers and web users all kinds of useful information about the pest control industry and interesting facts about pests insects, rodents and birds.

March 2024

March 4, 2024

Invasive Pest Species in the UK – The Grey Squirrel

Invasive Pest Species in the UK – The Grey Squirrel

According to the UK Government and the industry leading British Pest Control Association (BPCA) invasive species cost the economy nearly £1.9 billion per annum, threaten native species and ecosystems, as well as our health.

Did you know that the cute and adorable looking grey squirrels are considered an invasive pest in the UK? According to the British Red Squirrel organisation ‘they are listed in the IUCN international list of 100 worst invasive non-native species, which highlights the damage that grey ...

September 2022

September 26, 2022

Natural repellents guide for an insect free garden UK

Natural pest control in the garden

Have you ever wanted to relax and put your feet up in your garden and soak up some sun or release some stress from a hard day but realised insects already settled in the best spots in your garden before you? Maybe you have a beautifully blossoming flower garden (heaven for the bees), or some wildflowers popping with colour (mirroring the beauty of ladybirds and butterflies). Some of the visitors may be welcome but some might cause you a little bit of distress especially in the evenings when you realise a few pop ups on your skin ...

October 2020

October 14, 2020

Bed bug anxiety amid the COVID-19 pandemic

The phobia of bed bugs

We tackle many infestations in various situations and individual circumstances with the pure intention to help people with their pest problem. One particular pest in the urban environment stands out though – the bed bug. The bloodsucking insect has become notorious in the past two decades, causing people to fear sleeping in their own beds, throwing furniture away or stripping down the carpets. Bed bugs seem to be causing even more anxiety during the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK for obvious reasons. Just the thought of having the insects at ...

April 2020

April 3, 2020

Pest control during the COVID-19 pandemic

Why pest controllers must be recognised as essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis

The outbreak of the new strain of human Coronavirus 2019-nCoV, also known as COVID-19, has changed our daily lives dramatically. As professional pest controllers, we are used to helping to protect people and businesses from pest issues. For humanity sake, we sincerely hope and pray that the virus can be contained as soon as possible, causing less misery and deaths across the world. Regardless of our situation at the moment, we must heed the advice of the UK Government, ...

October 2019

October 16, 2019

How do bed bugs travel and spread

Despite of the fact that bed bugs do not transmit harmful diseases, they are one of the most disturbing pests in our urban environment.

There are numerous ways that we can introduce bed bugs into our properties, and since they do not usually spread from one property to another by themselves it is us humans, or the movement of our possessions, that becomes the carrier.

Bed bugs migrate from outside very rarely, although we have seen such cases. Typically, something like an infested mattress left outside for disposal, or even a piece of furniture such as a sofa or bed frame, can lead ...

February 2019

February 13, 2019

DIY vs PRO spray


Do It Yourself pest control

Pest control is always a matter of chance in terms of success rates. Chances and risks always vary, depending primarily on the type of pest, level of infestation, layout of the property, the treatment methods available, the process itself as well as all preparation and post-treatment procedures. A lot of factors could influence the outcome of a treatment, no matter if you treat the infestation with DIY products or hire a professional service. There are pest technicians and companies that may not deliver a thorough and comprehensive ...

October 2018

October 29, 2018

UK pest control accreditation

Accreditation and quality matter

When it comes to the quality of the service you are going to get, it is important that you check the credentials of the pest control company of your choice. The most basic requirement is for your pest technician to be qualified by an industry recognised organisation in the UK, which is the British Pest Control Association (BPCA). This means that the pest technician will have a professional approach to your problem, his work is safe for you, your family or business, and his advice is reliable. An unqualified pest technician could ...

April 2018

April 29, 2018

A rare sighting of the ‘velvet ant’ in the UK

One of the insects with the most painful stings in the world, the so called ‘velvet ant’ or ‘cow killer wasp’, has been reported for the first time in Liverpool, UK. The sighting is actually really unusual as the insect is native to the United States. While toxicity of the venom has no properties to harm us and the definition ‘cow killer’ is quite overstated, we still believe that nobody would like to volunteer to get stung as Mr Peterson did, bless his heart!

The ‘cow killer’ is a solitary wasp that belongs to the Mutillidae family of wasps and has a dense pile of ...

February 2018

February 26, 2018

Carpet beetle rash VS. Bed bug bites

After the bed bug evolution and their comeback, professional pest control companies in London treat bed bug infestations on a daily basis. We have noticed that the majority of properties in London affected by one pest are infested by another pest as well, mostly by textile pests and mice. There is one pest insect though, that is causing a lot of nuisance, without people noticing its presence and realising that it is the source of the problem. And nope, it is not a bed bug! It is the carpet beetle larva that is causing a skin reaction in most cases where we are exposed to the ...

December 2017

December 4, 2017

Non-toxic treatments on the rise

Heat treatment with hot air

As different areas of our lives are becoming chemical-free, paraben-free, pollution-free, hustle-free, etc… the pest control industry is not falling behind at all… We have recently noticed a significant rise in the number of non-toxic methods used in different sectors of the pest control industry worldwide.

Heat treatments have increased in numbers and more and more customers prefer to choose the heat treatment option, where they have choice. Not only is it toxic-free and environmentally-friendly, the heat treatment is a very ...

December 2016

December 12, 2016

Are your home and business rodent-proof?

With the Christmas holidays fast approaching and the weather becoming colder every single day, some of us may have already encountered the typical for this time of the year pest problem in our homes or business venues – mice and rats. Mice have the ability to enter a property through a hole as tiny as 2 cm and settle into attics, closets, kitchens, under floor boards, and in various other areas around the house. Rats may not be able to enter through a 2 cm hole but they can chew their way through many obstacles and materials, underground burrows, sewers, opened windows and doors.

December 7, 2016

Cockroaches’ behavioural traits

Cockroaches are a stubborn pest to tackle, due to their abilities to adapt to very inhospitable conditions. This is a fact that has been well-known to the public for a while now. What is new, however, is that recently a study was published, which explained that cockroaches have personalities and can even demonstrate various characteristic traits, e.g. shyness or leadership (Reuters, 2015).

A study in the Université Libre de Bruxelles on the behaviour of cockroaches showed that the pest can display different behavioural characteristics, which is an explanation to their survival and ...